Guest Author - Cheril Vernon
If you haven’t had the opportunity to watch one of the first couple of episodes of True Blood, HBO’s new vampire series by Six Feet Under creator Alan Ball, you might want to give it a try. Fortunately, HBO likes to repeat its episodes to get viewers to get hooked, and many times will offer new episodes back to back on certain days.
According to the show premise, Japanese scientists have invented synthetic blood, bringing the vampires “out of the coffin,” so to speak. So now at every store, all vampires have to do is pick up a six-pack of True Blood (looks like four-pack of red beer coolers).
In Bon Temps, a small town in northern Louisiana, some of the residents get their first look at a real vampire when Bill Compton, played by Stephen Moyer, stops by the town café where waitress Sookie Stackhouse works, played by Anna Paquin.
Sookie has a secret of her own. She’s telepathic and is tired of hearing everyone’s thoughts. So she enjoys meeting Bill, because not only is the first vampire she has ever met in person, but he’s also the first person whose mind she cannot read.
As you can expect, Sookie and Bill are attracted to each other, which brings on to itself a whole new bag full of problems. Her boss Sam, played by Sam Trammell, already has a secret crush on her. Her sassy friend Tara, played by Rutina Wesley, doesn’t think it’s a good idea either for her to hook up with a vampire.
Her brother Jason, played by Ryan Kwasten, is a lady’s man. One of the ladies he dates even admits to having slept with a vampire. She says it’s the best sex she’s ever had, though rough. This doesn’t settle too well with Jason who is feeling pretty insecure. Later, she is murdered and Jason is considered a suspect.
And though vampires are out of the coffin, that doesn’t mean everyone is happy about it. There are many people that don’t believe that vampires should be able to co-exist with humans. Many are afraid of them. While vampires like Bill Compton are trying to live peacefully, other vampires aren’t so friendly and don’t like the True Blood drink knock-off compared to human blood.
Then there are others, like the cruel Rattrays couple who attempt to kill Bill so that they can sell his blood, which is worth a lot of money. It intensifies the sexual experience of humans who drink vampire blood, making it a huge market.
True Blood is pretty sexual and violent, hence, it’s on HBO. This is definitely not a show for youngsters to be watching.
The show, which airs on Sundays at 9 p.m. CST on HBO, is based on southern vampire novels written by author Charlaine Harris.