Alrighty, A television show about vampires set in the south. Louisiana to be exact. When I first heard (vaguely) about the premise of True Blood: Vampires have come “out of the coffin” and have revealed themselves to the rest of the world thanks to the Japanese who’ve invented a synthetic blood that vamps can drink instead of the real thing, thus, you know, allowing them to have friends and lead um, more normal lives, I was, kind of excited. Blah Blah. Horror in the south, so you know it piqued MY interest.
Turns out there was a rough cut of the pilot “released/leaked” to the intarwebz so, of course, I watched it. What a disappointment. Let’s talk about those accents. They were the most horribly contrived, fake, STUPID accents I’ve ever heard. I mean, it was almost insulting, being a southerner myself. The acting seemed completely unnatural. I mean, it’s a show about vampires, so unnatural fits in there somewhere, but the acting? The number one rule, aside from fantastic writing (which the show was also lacking), is believable, natural acting. The audience has to BELIEVE. You have to put the audience in a place where, once they believe in the characters, you can throw just about anything in there, be it vampires, killer chickens, whatever.
Maybe it was due to the fact that the pilot episode was a rough cut, or that sometimes the first episode of a new series just sucks out loud, but the pilot for TRUE BLOOD just lacked any bite. Heh, sorry, couldn’t help myself. For those of you that might be interested, click on the vivacious Anna Paquin below (who stars as Sookie Stackhouse in the series). The show’s set to air September 7, 2008. Hopefully it’ll get better as it progresses.