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Survival Log - True Blood: Season 2 pt. 1

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Survival Log - True Blood: Season 2 pt. 1

Friday, 18 March 2016 12:00

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        Well, here I am halfway through the second season of this adventure I’ve set for myself, and I find myself wondering if this show is deliberately shooting itself in the foot. Now, to be fair, I never read books this series is based on; an ex of mine did, and she enjoyed them, but she also believed dogs were evil killing-machines. So suffice to say, my motivation to do so has been low. However, I DO know that this show came out in 2008, three years after the book Twilight came out, and I’m seeing some similarities in story-telling.

“Oh, I think this particular trend started a long time ago, don’t you?”

        Let me start with the things I like so far. OK, well, the thing that I like so far. It’s a little stereotypical (OK, it’s OVERLY stereotypical, but whatever), but the fact that we’re slowly being shown how the bible-thumping, vampire-hating Christian group The Fellowship of the Sun is more than just a hate-group, but actually capable of some real action in their quest to eliminate the vampires from society. They’re armed, capable of executing their plans, and are effective at recruiting, brainwashing, and motivating their followers. And it’s all hidden behind a strong conventional appearance of bright smiles and southern charm. And so while, yes, it’s the Church that’s going to be the ones going after vampires and the evil they represent, they’re effectively concealed behind their own stereotypes to hide just how effective a force they can be.

        The problem though, is that it’s taken me six episodes to figure all this out, in what should have taken two, or maybe even three. Remember my reference to Twilight earlier? So much of this show, and especially so far this season, has been just relationship drama. Couples in this show go from fight, to making up, to make-up-sex, to fight again every single episode, sometimes even MULTIPLE times per episode! It’s exhausting, and even downright frustrating. We’ve got a murderous church, and some kind of witch causing a ruckus about the town, but WAIT! It’s been a few minutes since we last saw a couple get in a fight over something! I knew what I was getting into when I started this, but that doesn’t make it any less bothersome. I think I may try a drinking game of “take a drink every time a couple gets in a fight, make it a shot if it’s Sookie & Bill,” but I’m pretty sure that game would kill me.

Though to be fair, would probably not be as dangerous as this drinking game…

        Will the Fellowship of the Light end up being a force to truly reckon with? What is the witch’s end-game, and how will it threaten the town? I guess I’ll find out in what would be a two-hour season finale (including commercials) of any other show, but will actually be the next six solid hours of my TV viewing time.

        Fuck me.

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