Monday, October 6, 2008

What I'm Watching: True Blood

True Blood: Season 1, Episode 5 "Sparks Fly Out" (B+)

Now here's an example of a well-crafted, far more focused episode of this show. Until this point, I haven't been completely convinced by the installments, but this one is pretty terrific. Instead of sending Jason on another pointless sexcapade, he gets super high and the effects are interesting to watch. I really enjoyed the town meeting and seeing everyone's varied reaction to Bill speaking. I'm not traditionally a fan of flashbacks to old war times (it really bothered me on "New Amsterdam"), but it works very well here. Watching Bill long for his family and get tricked by that vampire is heartbreaking and at the same time very effective. I worried for a bit that he might be a one-note character, but it's clear now that he's not. I was pretty shocked and generally dismayed by the end of the episode, as Gran was pretty much the only truly sweet and kind character on the show. She'll be missed, and I have to note that her death helps the death rate on this show approach the likes of "24" and "Prison Break," considering the number of dead bodies each episode.

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