True Blood: The Complete Second Season (HBO Series)
Review by Gayle Surrette
HBO Home Video DVD ISBN/ITEM#: B00280LZAE
Date: 04 February 2010 List Price $59.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /
True Blood: The Complete Second Season will be in stores on May 25th. As with the first season, this is a series for adults. There's nudity, violence, and language. But it's also great drama and extremely well done keeping the flavor of the original Southern Vampire Series of novels by Charlaine Harris. The stories are dark and gritty with a touch of humor and well worth watching.
It seems that each season is built around one of the novels. For season two the novel is Living Dead in Dallas where Eric Northman asks Sookie to help him find Godric and free him. The vampires believe that the Fellowship of the Sun has him and that they are going to kill him.
The series uses this main story as backdrop and then runs another threaded story that fills in the missing time while Sookie is not involved with the main novel plotline. During the first season they introduced Maryann. She's seems to have a past with Sam Merlotte and while she acts as a do-gooder, weird things happen around her. For season two, the the writer fills out this story line and completes this story with the last episode. We learn more about Maryann, where she came from and what's she up too. This story follows the people of Bon Temps: Tara, Sam, Eggs, and the other background characters in the series.
In season two, Jason also gets screen time as he decides to learn more about the Fellowship of the Sun and joins in a retreat where he will learn to be a soldier of god and fight evil. Jason learns over the season that sometimes what people say and what they do are not the same and you need to look closer at those who claim to know who is good and who is evil.
Just when we'd almost forgotten about him, Lafayette shows up and we learn where he has been and what's happened to him. This also give us a much darker look at Eric Northman, Pam, and the vampires of Fangtasia. Lafayette will never be the same after his experiences. Meanwhile, Hoyt finally finds a girl that he cares for enough to stand up to his mother -- this surprises Hoyt as much as it surprises his mother.
If you don't have HBO and you love the novels from which these character derive, True Blood the series maintains the spirit of the books and tells stories that you could imagine that the author of the books just hasn't gotten around to telling. However, there are a few liberties taken with Harris' canon, so if you're a true fan of the books, you'll notice discrepancies here and there. Since the bulk of the season's shows are not based on any of the novel, it fills in a lot of what happens when Sookie isn't in Bon Temps. Life goes on when Sookie is off on an adventure but it also shows that life is not simple in a world with magic, shifters, werewolves, vampires, and other supernaturals living along side humans.
This is an excellent continuation of the series and should be added to your collection.