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Survival Log - True Blood: Season 1 pt. 1

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Survival Log - True Blood: Season 1 pt. 1

Wednesday, 17 February 2016 00:00

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        The first run of “Survival Log” has begun, and since I’ve hit the halfway point of Season 1, I figured it was time for a milestone article. And I’m not sure what surprises me the most: that I’ve gotten this far in only a couple days, that I’ve been sober for all of it, or that so far I’ve actually enjoyed the show.

Probably the rest of my team’s reaction when they read the above statement

        Just a quick macro-level overview of the show premise: vampires now live openly amongst the humans, which brings with it all sorts of social problems. It’s basically the same premise as the X-Men comics, including the not-so-subtle comparisons to the civil-rights and LGBT movements. The story focuses around a telepathic waitress named Sookie, who becomes attracted to her Louisiana town’s first vampire, Bill. There’s a whole mess of other points to delve on, but these logs are supposed to be somewhat short, and I’m lazy, so I leave the rest for you to figure out.

        Perhaps one reason I’ve had a good time watching True Blood so far is that, while I mentioned in the prequel article that I had already seen the first couple seasons, I’ve found that I’ve forgotten pretty much every detail outside of some larger points. So I’m coming at this fairly fresh, and I’ve noticed some nuance that I missed in my younger viewing. For one thing, there seems to be a little twisting of the “vampire lore,” which is to say the system of rules that the creatures are built upon.

Strangely one of the top results for a funny image of “vampire rules.” Decided not to fight it.

        We have our usual suspects, such as an aversion to sunlight, as well as a weakness to silver. And apparently the older a vampire is, the more powerful they become. What makes it interesting though is that there is a supernatural element to it, as evidenced by the fact that they cannot enter a home unless invited. Yet other aspects associated with “supernatural vampires” as opposed to the “virus/parasite/etc.” variety (aka Blade or The Strain) are conspicuous in their absence; a good example is when our main vampire character Bill gives a presentation in a church and walks right up and touches a cross to prove he’s not a servant of the devil.

        I also like how vampire blood (Or “V” in the show) is some kind of super drug, as equally powerful and sought-after as it is dangerous and forbidden. I’m sure it’s a unique twist on the lore (I really can’t be bothered to do any research on this topic; what do you think I am, a professional?), but it’s a plot-point that I have a feeling will become relevant in future episodes.

Yet somehow I doubt this’ll turn into Clear & Present Danger – The Hunt for V

        Outside a few small clues such as these though, there’s a lot left to uncover (“we don’t like to have our weaknesses revealed” is the mantra of a couple episodes). And yes, there’s all sorts of relationship drama going on, as well as some form of story, but for me it’s the lore that’s got me hooked.

        But I guess that is one problem so far; a big part of this season is some form of serial killer going around targeting women who have associated with vampires. But this seems to be an almost secondary plot point. In what would be the main story-driver of pretty much any other show, the killings seem like almost an afterthought, little accent marks to keep the viewer coming back to find out how the romantic interests will play out, and oh yea who the killer is.

        For now this little experiment is going well, but again it was after the second season that I originally abandoned the show, so I imagine these articles will be largely misery-free until that point. I’ll probably write the next milestone article when I complete the first season with a little recap. Maybe the fact that there’s a fucking serial killer in town will finally become important!

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