Monday, May 23, 2016

True Blood Season One

Oh, Finals are here, already?

Have a seat, have a seat. My, it's been about a month-- spent on reading and tons of orchestra audition practicing, along with decent amounts of quality sleeping.
My audition was two weeks ago and I'm still not entirely over it. 
My Advice for Freshman Fish post will be coming out halfway through the American summer season, so look forward to that~

Short-term vs. Longterm - I would like to get my mind straight on the matter.
Moreover, some goals for my sophomore year:
-Find outdoor routes and go outside for at least 20 minutes in the neighborhood
-Study material that's outside-of-school ; keep that momentum going for Academic Decathlon, Science Olympiad, or something
-On weekends, broadly schedule the day -- carpe diem !

Onward to an outlook on True Blood's first season!
12 Episodes, 58 mins each
2008 HBO
based on Charlaine Harris' first [and second?!] books in the Southern Vampire Series

Vampires assimilated among the human race? A telepathic waitress sets eyes on her first vampire guest... dead bodies piling around her brother... an underground operation of selling vampire blood...

I read the first two books and I enjoyed them. Unfortunately, the book series and the tv series don't have a daunting Game of Thrones style relationship. Only a few events are taken from the books and woven into the TV series, unless I'm mistaken.

The pilot is simply exposition- introducing tight bods, the female MC, and how to obtain vampire blood. Whether the episode deems any importance or not, Sookie Stackhouse displays a stubborn, strongheaded attitude [that will dwindle down to a romanticized persona] and damn, everybody in Louisiana is l o u d. Typical Americans -- we are all so proud about that level of friendliness.

A well-coordinated casting ensemble! (even though it took me half the season to buy Ryan Kwanten and Anna Paquin playing as brother and sister) As far as character development goes, note the phases that some characters face, seemingly for the first time in their life -
-Tara is 'liberated' after an exorcism that she called BS on
-Jason gets hazy on V
-Sookie is instantaneously overjoyed after her first time sexual experience
Doesn't it seem suitably realistic? This is not a presentation about life; the town of Bon Temps is torn among the [debatedly] terrifying presence of vampires in the area, for goodness' sake!

Storylines pace nicely, lotsa talking, so if you're learning English, why not watch True Blood?

Ability to be Binged7.5
Theme Song/ Animation is Present6
Personalities Differ Among Characters6
Alternating Viewpoints/ Camera Work7
Nice! There's Character Development5
Title 8
Suspense/ Surprise5

Set in a year where flip phones are fairly common, hopefully, Sookie's waitress occupation showed me that there is time for friends, family, and lovers despite working. Then again, her boss, Sam, has special feely feelings for her... @@