Well my husband and I sat down and watched the entire season over a few nights. We both had nightmares the second night, after two and a half hours of vampires and hoodoo. But what fun!
If you don't mind some fucking, and I mean fucking, not sex, True Blood is a fun, unusual story on vampires. Based on the Sookie Stackhouse books by Charlaine Harris , HBO does a great job bringing the story and characters to life.
My first reaction after the first two episodes, was that the director added a sex scene each time he wasn't sure what to do next. But by the end of the season, you can see he was just doing some "character development" for Jason Stackhouse, Sookie's brother. If you loved the books but have been afraid to watch the show for fear they ruined them, don't be afraid any longer. While I disagreed (at first) with the casting of Alexander Skarsgard as Eric Northman, I was soon won over. Even my husband commented on what a great job they did casting Eric. I think the real joy is Anna Paquin as Sookie. She seems so familiar, but hauntingly elusive. It wasn't until I realized she played rouge in "X-Men" that I could pinpoint where I had seen her before. And of course seeing Lois Smith from "Twister" (Tasty cow Aunt Mae!) as Sookie's grandmother was a real kick in the pants. When I first read the books I always pictured Vladimir Kulich from "13th Warrior" as Eric, so of course I was bummed to see someone else. But Skarsgard really carries it off and that is just some of the magic of True Blood.
Of course I could go on and on (and I will, a little). Stephen Moyer as Bill the Vampire, Ryan Kwanten as Sookie's brother Jason, Sam Trammell as Sam and Nelsan Ellis as Lafayette, all them are a real treat to watch. The casting was truly superb. Everyone brought their characters to life and you found yourself transported to the small town on Bon Temp in each show. The only thing I didn't like when some bozo had Sam say he could change when he had a live specimen as a model. That will really bite them in the ass if they make it to Season 10! Which I truly hope they do. Just can't wait for Season Two to come on.
True Blood is a great example of bringing a book to life. I wouldn't go as far as to say it is better than the book, but I will say it is as good as the book. And this is high praise in deed! Oh, and as for the fucking, just fast forward if you don't want to watch it, the rest of the episodes are worth a minor bit of porn.
Lock your doors, pour yourself something to drink. Turn down the lights and cuddle up with someone who enjoys a fang bang. True Blood is a bloody good time. I give Season One five out five bottles of True Blood!