TRUE BLOOD Season Four Premiere Review

     June 25, 2011

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Not unlike any other first episode of a new season, True Blood once again reminds us that if we think it didn’t happen, it probably did. Every premiere, we are thrown in the fantastical world of Bon Temps and wondering what else there is lurking behind the lush vegetation of this Louisiana town. This season, however, takes us out of our comfort zone and immediately throws us into what I can only describe as a science-fiction landscape. The fast rising climax of the opening scene without delay takes us from this reverie scene of realization and literally drops us back down to earth, where Sookie (Anna Paquin) is instantly bombarded with a slew of questions and a sudden catharsis like you’ve never imagined.  More after the jump.

true-blood-season-four-posterEach character is re-introduced in a new and sometimes negative light, bringing in a whole new perspective and an energetic change to the characters we know and understand; But also blending a cluster of new people into the ever-changing mix. As we know, with each new season, a new magical specimen taints the seemingly calm water. Last season, werewolves roamed the streets and immediately presented an intense and passionate disgust for vampires, but not without creating an interesting love “triangle” involving the brawny but soft-eyed, Alcide, played by Joe Manganellio. However this season, we are quickly introduced to a coven of witches, led passively by Marnie Stonebrook (Fiona Shaw) that can only be described as hopeless until one of our adored characters becomes the active element that flips the switch on who is in control.

Every season since the first there has been a slow but ever-growing push on the theme of vampire politics constantly tracking back to our favorite two-faced spokesperson, Nan Flanagan (Jessica Tuck). Since the King himself was “dethroned,” we can only speculate how Nan will manipulate the next successor. Although we perceive a seemingly rule-positioned hierarchy that exists in the vampiric realm, we all know that this is a long time demented and determined plan of none other than Nan. We are constantly fixated on the dramatic relations between all the Bon Temps players, but it isn’t until later that we are reminded of the on-going resistance between the rights of the living and the dead. Luckily, from what we can tell, this is going to be a good season to parallel the characters struggles to the bigger picture themes.

This season is transforming everything that we know about True Blood; a transformation so majestic in nature, that I was specifically written and asked by Alan Ball himself not to divulge specific matters at hand. In merely three episodes, almost every character can be re-defined as the opposite of what they were before. The only character we can hold as a true constant is our favorite brazen and sincerely more independent, Sookie. We also are noticing this significant transition from supporting characters that are becoming major characters, which in turn take their own story that eventually molds into the final and fantastic season ender that we all expect. If we know anything about True Blood it’s that the last two episodes of any given season are the key to that sudden moment of clarity and understanding, where we can recognize exactly how everything ties together and what it means for our Louisiana locals. Fortunately, we are a long ways away from that giving the show enough time to thoroughly confuse us for our own enjoyment.

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