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  1. Lauren
    Lauren September 13, 2009 at 1:32 pm |

    I remember reading that Sam Trammell was from the South, and confirmed it here:

    He was born in New Orleans and moved to West Virginia as a teenager. There’s one Southern actor!

  2. Lauren
    Lauren September 13, 2009 at 1:32 pm |

    The accents still kill me (SOOKEH!). Alan Ball has said that he grew up in Georgia and didn’t want to create another stereotypical Southern experience on-screen, but everything from the wardrobe choices (Sookie’s in particular) to the opening sequence strikes me as a hipster’s reimagining of a New Southern gothic. I think the actor that plays Sam is one of the only truly Southern characters, though Rutina Wesley went to school in Evansville, Indiana, and if you are familiar with Indiana you know Evansville has more in common with Kentucky/Appalachia culture than the Rust Belt.

    And I get what you’re saying about Eric. Something with the writing and his character is very meta.

  3. Lauren
    Lauren September 13, 2009 at 1:33 pm |

    I think the actor that plays Sam is one of the only truly Southern characters

    REVISE! I’m still drinking my coffee. I meant to say that he’s one of the only main actors on the show that is actually from the South. Louisiana, I believe.

  4. Susan
    Susan September 13, 2009 at 1:46 pm |

    If you’re in as much “squee” with Eric as I am, I’d recommend following @EricNorthman on twitter. He’s part of a group of very dedicated and very good tweeters who role play as characters of True Blood. And it’s all actually sanctioned by the show and HBO.

    Eric makes me drool a little. It’s wonderful.

  5. Lauren
    Lauren September 13, 2009 at 2:00 pm |

    Oh crap, two Laurens on a True Blood thread. This is going to get confusing.

    Looks like Nelsan Ellis (Lafayette) also lived in the deep South briefly. Also, Renee’s post from earlier this summer fed my dislike of Stephen Moyer. Personal politics and bad word choice aside (not to mention that I think he fundamentally misunderstands what makes Sookie an interesting female character, re: her control of her own sexuality and self-discovery), I think he’s a flat actor.

    I should say, though, along the lines of your shame in loving the show, I don’t look for any great social commentary and choose to see it as a good, escapist story. Season One didn’t help with their clumsy allusions to vampires and their “coming out of the casket” as similar to the gay rights movement, and I’m glad they have largely abandoned this POV in Season Two.

    But then again, when I take a step back and look at the show critically there are some really problematic elements to the race and gender themes on the show. Tara pining over Eggs? There had better be some supernatural element at work in their mutual attraction than just LURVE, not to mention that there seems to be a real dearth of black people in Bon Temps that aren’t immedidately related to Tara. Maryann as the sexually rapturous evil female narcissist? I choose to see it as a condemnation of religious fervor, lest I get angry. Etc, etc.

  6. atlasien
    atlasien September 13, 2009 at 2:03 pm |


    Most of the accents on the true are truly atrocious.

    My favorite character by far is Jason Stackhouse. Every episode he’s in, he has at least one line that’s totally golden and has me laughing on the floor. This last episode, he had two:

    Andy: …and women do just throw themselves at you. You don’t even have to do anything.
    Jason: Actually I do. I work out like a motherf**ker and I watch a lot of porn to learn stuff.

    Sam: You can’t shoot anyone else. These are our friends. This is our town.
    Jason: Sometimes you need to destroy something to save it. That’s in the Bible… or the Constitution.

  7. yogagrrl
    yogagrrl September 13, 2009 at 2:34 pm |

    I think for whatever reason, the show just didn’t hire dialect coaches because almost all of the accents are uniformly terrible.

    As to the slavery thing, I think the writers were lazy and just wanted to make Bill likeable so if they say it, it’s true. ;)

  8. Nia
    Nia September 13, 2009 at 2:41 pm |

    Being Deep South born and raised myself, those accents are beyond cringe-worthy, but I’m in the same, obsessed boat as others. I will say that Sookie’s (or SOOKEH’S, as was so perfectly stated by one of the Laurens above) wardrobe resonates well with what poor Southern young women who buy their clothes at Wal-Mart would wear. Regardless of if I like it, I buy it.

    I would disagree that the allusion between Vampire and Gay rights has been particularly toned down in Season 2, particularly with the fundamentalist Light of Day Institute and Luke’s declaration about unforgivable sex acts:

    Luke: Sex outside of marriage is a sin.
    Jason: You really believe that?
    Luke: It ain’t what I believe, it’s what God believes. But, uh, some sins are bigger than others.
    Jason: Like what?
    Luke: Well, let’s say you’re gonna do it outta wedlock, gotta make sure the girl you do it to ain’t married either.
    Jason: Right. ‘Cause adultery’s bad.
    Luke: One of the worst, right up there with incest and bestiality.
    Jason: The f…
    Luke: But all of ‘em put together ain’t half as bad as if you do it to a vampire. Or to a dude. Or to a vampire dude. That’s like the cream de la cream [sic] of sin. There ain’t no repentance for that!

    A bit heavy handed, perhaps.

  9. Marissa
    Marissa September 13, 2009 at 2:59 pm |

    The Eric character reminds me a great deal of Spike from Buffy, only I’d have to side with Spike in terms of amusement factor. Although as for the show’s few benefits, I think it might actually pass the Bechdel test.

  10. Lauren
    Lauren September 13, 2009 at 3:01 pm |

    I love Jason Stackhouse, too. I do think there’s something in the way he’s written that is exactly small town right. I could tell you the names of the two guys I went to high school with that he seems like a mix of.

    That’s my thought when it comes to Kenny Powers, personally (wrong show). :D Regardless, the combination of Jason and Andy and their Rambo/A-Team thing this season, and what you were saying about winky Eric earlier, it’s so popcorn TV. Love it.

    I will say that Sookie’s (or SOOKEH’S, as was so perfectly stated by one of the Laurens above) wardrobe resonates well with what poor Southern young women who buy their clothes at Wal-Mart would wear.

    You think? Because I’m dying for her to just throw on a t-shirt and jeans somewhere outside of Merlotte’s. All the petite dresses with the prints and the smocking smack of Good Girl to me, and Sookie, while “good”, is not a Good Girl in Bon Temps. Perhaps I’m being nitpicky.

    I would disagree that the allusion between Vampire and Gay rights has been particularly toned down in Season 2, particularly with the fundamentalist Light of Day Institute and Luke’s declaration about unforgivable sex acts

    Loved that scene. I guess I think Season One was really heavy-handed with it and Season Two is a bit more realistic. A reactionary religious movement against pretend mainstreaming vampires makes sense if we are to suspend reality and accept the premise, but a reactionary religious movement against vampires and other supernatural shit doesn’t have to be parallel to a very real gay rights movement. Plus, it bothers me that there were so many parallels the writers tried to draw between (real) gay rights and (pretend) vampire rights. Vampires are predators, gay people are not. The whole premise is really problematic.

  11. Michael Hussey
    Michael Hussey September 13, 2009 at 4:42 pm |

    Vampires are predators, gay people are not. The whole premise is really problematic.

    The gay metaphors don’t work. The vampires come off as generally assholish. True Blood works best as a campy comedy/soap opera. It is funny because the premise is as silly as Lost or that vampire detective show (forget the name.)

    The vampires are stupid and immature. They are immortal arrested development. The vampire queen obsessed with yahtzee was hysterical. (True Blood needs more of Evan Rachel Wood.) The humans are more interesting than the vampires. Being a guy, I don’t have the Eric obsession. Although, I like Alexander Skarsgård as an actor. He was better in Generation Kill.

    Anna Paquin is playing her Rogue character from the X Men movies. Same accent and new super power. I’m amazed she won all these best actress awards for the role.

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  13. Roxie
    Roxie September 13, 2009 at 7:18 pm |

    I don’t this show is terrible at all. I mean, have you ever seen a rerun of “My Wife & Kids”?

    It’s kind of hard to talk about the show w/o talking about the books.
    Some notable changes:
    1. There are less black ppl. Tara is white & Lafayette dies in the first book. He isn’t as awesome, either.

    In the book, Bill says that he did have a “mammie”…I don’t think (correct me if I’m wrong) he owned slaves & he talks about the war being a “rich man’s war”, which leads me to believe that by the time he came of age, he didn’t have the money to own slaves. I was more upset by Sookie’s reaction to Tara’s question–as if it was rude of her to ask!

    I’ve lived in GA all of my life & I’m not really bothered by Bill’s accent (especially when there’s Tara’s & Sookie’s to distract me). Jason’s accent is actually quite good & I loved Renee’s sexy cajun accent. I really don’t get why they get someone to help out Tara & Sookie’s accents!

    One thing the books have done that the series has yet to (although you can find some of this on the extras on the dvd also in the extras on youtube is show the variation of personalities in vamps. Many, like Pam & Eric totally enjoy it. Others, like Bill are trying to mainstream & all in between.

    Check out those youtube extras. They’re quite good!

  14. Lauren
    Lauren September 13, 2009 at 10:24 pm |

    Hm. Well, the finale sucked.

  15. Raksha
    Raksha September 14, 2009 at 1:57 am |

    Someone on a message board I go to said that when she watches this show, her husband mocks Bill’s accent by doing a Foghorn Leghorn impression (“SOOKAY! Ah say, Ah say, SOOKAY!”). Now I can’t un-hear it! Hee!

  16. Thom
    Thom September 14, 2009 at 8:50 am |

    I didn’t think it sucked… but it felt like the main story ended at about 24 minutes and we got another 36 that was people just talking about what “happened” but little developement. So I thought it started with a bang and then whimpered its way out the door.

    The setups for Sam and Bill are intriguing (though I suspect I know whose gloved hands those were).

  17. Thom
    Thom September 14, 2009 at 8:56 am |

    “I think it’s gotten a little better this season in at least implying that there are other black people, just not on our screen.”

    Yeah, I seem to recall Tara’s mom showing up with another woman by her side who was one of her church friends. And then there was the sham “Priestess”. But outside of Tara’s family, it seems people of color do not last long in Bon Tempe.

  18. t
    t September 14, 2009 at 11:09 am |

    The bill slave thing…most likely it was cutting hairs – but in those days – his father as the head of the house would have owned everything. And bill’s family would have lived with his dad – think of it as extended family living. One of the reasons they needed such big homes. It’s a given though that bill benefited from it – but so did others of that time. Even though i detest the character of Bill- i don’t add that as a tick mark as to why. It’s in the past. If we hold him responsible for his family owning slaves – we would have to look closely at what Eric was before he was turned. Eric was a Viking – that means – raping, pillaging, looting, killing and vikings even stole women as breeders/slaves. It is just what they did. Same as better off (money wise) peeps in this country in that given time frame.

    I am a prolific reader – and have never really seen a character come to life on screen (big or little) as Eric does in True Blood. Alex S is Eric. I think that is what is driving me crazy cause he could so do the Eric in the book with all those awesome scenes…but instead we get Alan Ball’s version of St Bill. I so get what you about him pulling you in and it’s like he is doing it for you.

    We need more pam.

  19. Roxie
    Roxie September 14, 2009 at 3:39 pm |

    T, Pam’s actress says that on the season 2 blu-ray DVD there’s like, a Pam Special where she just talks about everyone in town. She said it was like 34 pages long.

    NOTHING has ever made me want to get a blu-ray before.

  20. brista
    brista September 14, 2009 at 3:53 pm |

    Man, I love this show. I think it needs less Evan Rachel Woods and more Pam with her great pumps.

    And Bill’s, well, Bill. SUCKAH!!!! MY LOUD YELLING WILL PROTECT YOU!!

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