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True Blood (Season 4)
05.25.2012 By: Chris Bumbray
True Blood (Season 4) order
Director:
Alan Ball, various

Actors:
Anna Paquin
Stephen Moyer
Alexander Skarsgard

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
After being taken to faerie world at the end of season three, Sookie (Anna Paquin) is back in Bon Temps. While to her, she only seemed to be gone a few minutes, it turns out Sookie’s been gone for a year, and things in Bon Temps have changed. Bill (Stephen Moyer) is now the vampire king of Louisiana, and engaged in a torrid affair with a woman who, unbeknownst to him, is his own great-granddaughter. Jason (Ryan Kwanten) in now a cop, and helping Andy (Chris Bauer) who’s now sheriff, overcome his newfound addiction to V. Meanwhile, Eric (Alexander Skasgard)- who seems to be the one person not to get over Sookie, is turned into an amnesiac by a coven of witches.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I supposed TRUE BLOOD was bound to take a dip in quality after three fairly great seasons. The warning signs were there towards the end of S3, but in its fourth run, the cracks are starting to really show. While TRUE BLOOD is still sexy, and campy enough to be fun- even at its worst, this season is easily the series’ lowest ebb since it started.

The big problem is that there simply seem to be too many characters, and too little screen time to do them justice. Many of the newer additions are boring, especially Alcide and the werewolves- who get more screen time than ever thanks to Joe Manginello’s new sex-symbol status (he’s shirtless A LOT). I also didn’t care for Lafayette’s entree into the world of witchcraft, as the whole coven storyline paled in comparison to the conflicts from seasons past- especially last year’s Russell Edgington plot (luckily he’s back for Season 5).

Worst of all is the amnesia plot for Eric, which is such a dumb, worn out old plot twist that’s milked to death. Always one of the show’s best characters, Eric isn’t even really Eric for most of the season, with his sweet amnesiac act allowing him to bed Sookie at long-last, but not much else. It’s all ho-hum.

THE EXTRAS
Once again, TRUE BLOOD is loaded with extras. As is usual for an HBO show, each episode features and enhanced viewing option, that includes new segments with each character, and more. Each episode also has an Inside the Episode option, giving is a quick look at each episode’s production. There’s commentary on each episode, a documentary called The Final Touches giving a solid overview of the season, as well as a separate fold-out containing the whole season on DVD & Digital copy which is handy if you have TRUE BLOOD fans in your circle of friends who don’t have access to Blu-ray.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Hopefully, in season 5, TRUE BLOOD will bounce back, but once show’s jump the shark, the writing is usually on the wall, so TRUE BLOOD may be going the route of NIP/TUCK- although hopefully it’ll rebound (as NIP/TUCK did in its last season).
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12:42AM on 05/26/2012

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I totally agree, Chris; a disappointing season. For me, the show jumped the shark with the whole "Lafayette possessed by the female ghost" thing. It was nearly laughable at times, and though the show is known for being very funny, in this case it was not in a good way. Like Game of Thrones, I believe the series should have stuck closer to the source material and not worried so much about what characters are getting what screen time.
I totally agree, Chris; a disappointing season. For me, the show jumped the shark with the whole "Lafayette possessed by the female ghost" thing. It was nearly laughable at times, and though the show is known for being very funny, in this case it was not in a good way. Like Game of Thrones, I believe the series should have stuck closer to the source material and not worried so much about what characters are getting what screen time.
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