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TRUE BLOOD The Complete Second Season

DVD Review by David Blackwell

 

DETAILS:  720 minutes (12 episodes on five discs), 7 audio commentaries, Vampire Report Special Edition, Fellowship of The Sun reflections

VIDEO:  1.78:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)

AUDIO:  English 5.1, French 5.1, Spanish 2.0

Subtitles:  English, French, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese

 

Studio:  HBO Entertainment/ HBO Home Entertainment/ Warner Home Video

RELEASE DATE:   5-25-2010

 

DISC 1- NOTHING BUT THE BLOOD/ KEEP THIS PARTY GOING

DISC 2- SCRATCHES/ SHAKE AND FINGERPOP

DISC 3- NEVER LET ME GO/ HARD HEARTED HANNAH/ RELEASE ME

DISC 4- TIMEBOMB/ IWILL RISE UP/ NEW WORLD IN MY VIEW

DISC 5- FRENZY/ BEYOND HERE LIES NOTHIN

TRUE BLOOD is an addictive series.   Each episode makes you want to watch the next episode right now.  Season two has lots of threads that develop and collide making TRUE BLOOD a series with staying power.  The cliffhanger leaves viewers hanging to see what happens in season three (which starts airing on HBO in June).   Eric is the vampire you want to hate while Bill and Sookie have their own problems as Bon Temps becomes ground zero for a battle with an ancient being.    Flashbacks flesh out the past of the vampire characters.

 

Season two picks up where season one left off.   Lafeyette has disappeared and he is being held by vampire sheriff Eric for selling V (vampire blood).  Meanwhile, Tara is being caught under the spell of the supernatural Maryann (Michelle Forbes who is great playing evil characters).   Sam (who has a past history with Maryann) wants to run away because Maryann wants to use Sam for a sacrifice.   Telepath Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) is being drawn more into the world of the vampires where she is dispatched with Bill (her vampire lover) to Dallas by Eric to find the missing Godric (Eric’s maker).   Jason (Sookie’s brother) joins the Fellowship of the Sun (an anti-vampire church) to be trained as part of an army to stop vampires.  

 

The Maryann plots are interesting, but the stuff that still holds the strongest thread in this series is the relations between humans and vampires.   Those relations are in a delicate state.  Some people are willing to embrace unity between humans and vampires while others don’t want vampires at all.  The Fellowship of the Sun plotline was good, but it seemed to fizzle out too soon.   I wish the vampires would find a formidable human enemy because it may be something that could add even more to the TRUE BLOOD mythology.   Still Alan Bell and his staff of the writers always seem to be able to step up to the plate and keep coming up with great material (I can’t wait to see season three).

 

SPECIAL FEATURES:

Audio Commentaries were recorded for episodes 2, 7, 8, 10, 11, and two for episode 12

 

THE VAMPIRE REPORT: SPECIAL EDITION-   a look at the biggest vampire events in the past year including faux vampire commercials.

FELLOWSHIP OF THE SUN:  REFLECTIONS OF LIGHT-  Fellowship Of The Sun leaders Steve and Sarah Newlin preach rules to live by and these are funny (and sometimes scary).

 

Target has an exclusive 45 minute Q&A with cast and crew that is included with the DVD set.

 

FINAL ANALYSIS:   TRUE BLOOD season two is as good as the first season leaving you wanting more.   Unless you get HBO, you will have to wait until next year when season three hits DVDs.

 

This DVD review is (c)5-31-2010 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission.  No vampires were harmed during the writing of this review.  Send all comments to lord_pragmagtic@hotmail.com