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True Blood Season 2 Blu-ray Review

“True Blood” has a bit of a sophomore slump in its second season.

Grades:

Content: B-

Picture: A

Audio: A

Extras: B

The first season of “True Blood” was engrossing from start to finish. The characters were engaging, the mystery in the season long story arc held your interest, and best of all, the show was fresh, fun, and just plain exciting. The 12 episode second season, however, is somewhat lacking. The main problem is that the story arcs involving the powerful mind controlling Maenad Maryann, Jessica and Hoyt’s romance, and the anti-vampire religious group the Fellowship Of The Sun are drug-out and not all that interesting. By the time the season hits the mid-way mark, you really want these stories to be over so the show can move on. Unfortunately, that doesn’t happen and we’re forced to watch it play out.

Thankfully, season two does have its moments. First and foremost, Eric’s maker Godric steals the show here in a couple of episodes. I would go into more detail, but I don’t want to give away any spoilers. Regardless, I will say that he is a unique character. Another character that steals the spotlight- the vampire queen Sophie-Ann wonderfully played by the talented Evan Rachel Wood. She simply owns every scene she is in and I am looking forward to seeing more of her in season three. Another aspect that drives the season is the chemistry between Sookie, Bill, and Eric. In many shows the love triangle becomes tiresome, flat, and drug-out, but that’s not the case with “True Blood” because you are actually interested in their relationships. Lastly, fans will be delighted to know that the show digs more into Sookie’s special abilities. That’s all I will say about that.

Summary: While nowhere near as fun as the first season, season two is still worth a watch. Bring on season three!

Picture and Audio:

The series is presented in 1.78:1 1080p. The episode transfers are crystal clear and make you feel like you’re there in Bon Temps.

The 5.1 DTS-HD audio track is superb. From the music and dialogue to the background noises of Bon Temps, everything is as sharp as a vampire’s fangs.

Extras:

* Enhanced Viewing feature for all 12 episodes. By accessing this feature you can get trivia facts, Fellow of the Sun anti-vampire messages, pro American Vampire Leagues, series clues, short interviews with the characters of Pam, Hoyt, Karl, and Steve, and a flashback/flash-forward feature to show scene connections.

* A dull commentary on episode 2 by Nelsan Ellis and Michael Lehmann.

* Commentary on episode 7 by writer Raelle Tucker and director Michael Ruscio. Some interesting production tidbits here.

* Lively commentary tracks on episode 8 by Stephen Moyer, Alexander Skarsgard and John Dahl and episode 10 by Ryan Kwanten and Sam Trammell.
* Commentary on episode 11 by Rutina Wesley, showrunner/writer Alan Ball and director Daniel Minahan. Ball provides some interesting remarks here. Worth a listen to for fans.

* Two commentaries on episode 12. One by Anna Paquin and Michelle Forbes and one by Alexander Woo and Michael Cuesta. The Paquin/Forbes track is nothing more than a giggle fest Giggle fest and the other track is flat-out bland.

* “Fellowship of the Sun: Reflections of Light”- 4 segments with Steve and Sarah.

* “The Vampire Report: Special Edition”- A mock news report by Victoria Davis.

May 31, 2010 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , ,

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