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True Blood Season 2
DVD disk
May 13, 2010 By: Chris Bumbray
True Blood Season 2 order
Director:
Alan Ball, Various

Actors:
Anna Paquin
Stephen Moyer

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Taking up immediately where season 1 left off, with the discovery of the corpse of a fraud backwoods’ exorcist – minus it’s heart, in the parking lot of Sam Merlotte’s (Sam Trammel) diner- workplace of Sookie Sackhouse (Anna Paquin), and her best friend Tara (Rutina Wesley). From there on, TRUE BLOOD SEASON 2 is off to the races, with it running a lean and mean twelve episodes, each one packed to the gills with enough sex, intrigue, black humor and action to once again prove what a breath of fresh air TRUE BLOOD has proven to be for HBO. This season, Sookie, and her undead lover Bill (Stephen Moyer), spend most of their time in Dallas with the vampire Erik (Alexander Skasgaard) - who’s looking for his 2000 year old maker, Godric.

Meanwhile, in Bon Temps, poor Sam finds himself in the middle of his own personal WICKER MAN, when shape-shifting priestess Maryann (Michelle Forbes) comes to town, and quickly enslaves Tara, and the rest of the town- save for local detective Andy (Chris Bauer), who, despite having fallen off the wagon, is now the last man standing- along with Sam, preventing Maryann from completely taking over the town. All the while, Sookie’s horny brother, Jason (Ryan Kwanten), has joined up with an anti-vampire religious sect called the Fellowship of the Sun.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Last summer, when I picked up Vol 1 of TRUE BLOOD, I wasn’t sure if it would be my cup of tea. The ads made it look a little too-TWILLIGHT for my tastes, but considering that it’s the brainchild of Alan Ball, who also created SIX FEET UNDER, one of the finest TV shows ever made- I decided to give it a spin.

Boy, am I glad I did, as TRUE BLOOD, along with MAD MEN, BREAKING BAD, and DEXTER, is one of the best shows on TV. It’s like TWILLIGHT for grown ups, and easily the sexiest TV show I’ve ever seen. Last year, we got the delectable Lizzy Caplan, in a few incredible nude scenes. As she was sadly killed off, Anna Paquin’s been left to pick up the slack- and let me tell you, she doesn’t disappoint, with her frequently ditching her clothes. Ladies also get their fare share of eye candy courtesy of Skasgaard, and Kwanten- so this is an equal opportunity kinda show.

There’s really something in TRUE BLOOD for everybody, and Season 2 is just as involving as the first, with each storyline going into intriguing directions. Some of the new characters, particularly the vampire Godric, and Bill’s super sexy protégé Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll) are just as intriguing as the already established ones, and blend into the incredible cast seamlessly. Each and every character gets something interesting to to do this season, including Merlotte’s V-dealing, flamboyant cook- Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis), who emerges a changed man after spending several weeks imprisoned by Erik and his cohorts.

THE EXTRAS
The bonus features are a tad lean on the DVD set, with the blu-ray box containing many exclusives not available here. However, this still has several Audio Commentary tracks, featuring most of the cast. There’s also a few funny fake PSA’s , a fake evangelical short called Fellowship of the Sun: Reflections of the Light , as well as a faux news report called The Vampire Report: Special Edition .
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
I had a bloody blast with TRUE BLOOD SEASON 2, and the only thing that bums me about this set is that now I have to wait another year to get my hands on season 3 (I tend not to do the week-to week thing when it comes to TV shows). It’s a great show, and worth an easy recommendation to just about anybody.
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