With the final season of True Blood just around the corner we decided to look back at the wonderful if slightly dangerous town of Bon Temps and its eclectic band of residents. Based on the Sookie Stackhouse series from Charlaine Harris and adapted for television by Alan Ball, True Blood was an instant hit thanks to its mix of mythical creatures, mystery with a touch of original sin thrown in for a touch of flavour.
After the opening we get to see the credits roll for the first time, it’s a montage of some of the oddest parts of the deep south intermixed with images associated with this new evolution of civilisation. The idea of setting the story in the Deep South obviously comes from the books but there is a history concerning the area and its intolerance of those who are different. This makes for a tension filled show where you never feel quite at ease when a new character enters the fray.
Our star of the show is Sookie (pictured left), a waitress at a bar named Merlottes. However from the off we are let into why this character is more than seems, as she is waiting tables she is flooded with the thoughts of the bars patrons. It’s quite an unsettling moment as she listens and responds to someone’s thoughts for the first time; with this much information in the first five minutes you can be forgiven for thinking this information dump will be at the expense of further plotlines. This is hardly the case as each episode brings a new trial or tribulation to the group as they fight for survival.
The main plot of the first season is also linked to Sex as a series of murders grip Bon Temp and the rather inept police force do all they can to find the killer. The question is though who will be unmasked as the killer but more importantly is the reasoning behind the killings. Of course the entrance of Vampires to the town will cause its fair share of issues but again everthing in this show comes back to the dynamic and this is where the show is second to none.
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