Created by: Alan Ball
Cast: Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell, Ryan Kwanten, Rutina Wesley, Deborah Ann Woll, Chris Bauer, Nelsan Ellis, Jim Parrack, Carrie Preston, Alexander Skarsgard, Kristin Bauer, Todd Lowe, Michelle Forbes, Michael McMillan, Mehcad Brooks, Anna Camp, Ashley Jones
Synopsis: With all the regular cast established, the second season of True Blood effectively ups the ante. Three main story threads run throughout the twelve episodes. Eric has designs on Sookie, while using her gift as a tool to track down his maker Godric. Bill of course tags along in ever protective mode, as well as the new vamp Bill created, Jessica. Jason seeks to follow his path to God by joining an anti-vampire religious group. Back in Bon Temps, Tara comes under the influence of the supernatural Maryann, who seems to have a history with Sam.
A review by Film Nerd.
The first season of True Blood provided a very adult form of entertainment, a trend that was certainly been maintained in this second offering. Paquin’s Sookie was already far from being shy when faced with danger, and nothing has changed, ready to jump into anything she needs to do head first. Though Moyer’s Bill has changed little, we do get a greater peek into his past, giving him a greater emotional range to tap into seeing there is a real actor hiding under there somewhere. However, though their story remains central to proceedings, the key top this series is the rich story given to all the external characters. Bill faces new challenges trying to tamer new vamp Jessica (Woll), and this adds real spice to proceedings. It also provides an opportunity to see the torments that a freshly minted vampire can face in this world. Similarly, Sookie’s relationship with Eric provides new tensions, providing us more of an insight to the other end of the spectrum to Jessica’s young vamp. Overall, a consistently entertaining plot thread.
Jason’s storyline, meanwhile, was at times quite irksome. This has nothing to do with Kwanten’s performance. If anything, his character’s motivations are more identifiable throughout, it is just the group he is now associated with is so damned annoying. A heavily “Christian” religious group prepared to declare war on vampires. It does provide an interesting commentary on these cultish groups, and as such it is appropriate they are annoying. So I see the goal that this plot thread meant to achieve , however my personal experience here did drop a star for me, as I am not watching the show to be annoyed!! Jason does shine though, leading to some fun moments late season.
The Bon Temps storyline was at times for me similarly annoying, but there was so much more happening here that I was a bit more settled with this one. The source of frustration was Forbes’ Maryann. I am quite fond of Forbes as an actress, being an alumnus of Star Trek: The Next Generation and Battlestar Galactica. So this is not a reflection of talent, more a reflection of this very over-the-top bohemian character. The role she plays is to really delightfully stir things up though. Tara is right at the centre of this, and similarly Sam is heavily involved, if on the sideline of this story for a long time. Maryann is somewhat of a goddess who brings lust and free-living to the community. She seems unable to affect drunken Andy Bellefleur. This for me was key to the series, taking his hard arse antagonist, giving him a comic angle which eventually leads to some heart coming through (and one of the true shocks of the season).
So for me the season was not without faults, but when so much entertainment is on offer, it does not have the detriment that such faults would have in a lesser series, or in a lesser concept of story. I have now purchased season three, and will be chomping at the bit to see season four, which starts shortly in the US.
3 stars out of 5
True Blood Season 2 trailer