True Blood - Season 2 (2009)

True Blood - Season 2
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Strong horror violence, blood and gore, sex scenes and nudity

Actors: Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell, Ryan Kwanten, Rutina Wesley, Chris Bauer, Nelsan Ellis, William Sanderson, Jim Parrack, Carrie Preston, Alexander Skarsgard, Michelle Forbes, Deborah Ann Woll

When we last checked in with Sookie Stackhouse, the mystery surrounding a Bon Temps serial killer had finally been solved, to the town’s infinite relief. Sookie is thrilled that her vampire soulmate, Bill Compton, has escaped with his life (or is it death?) after coming to her daylight defense. On other fronts, Sookie’s pal Tara Thornton sets downnew roots with an affluent benefactor, Maryann Forrester; Sam Merlotte resolves to get in shape-shift shape after a forest foray; roguish brother Jason finds new purpose with an anti-vampire sect; and detectiveAndy Bellefleur licks his wounds after being proven wrong about Jason’s guilt. But just as things are settling down, some deadly new twists threaten to ratchet up the saga of Sookie Stackhouse to bloody new heights!

DVD Boxset
Status: QuickPick
Run time: 500mins
Origin: UNITED STATES
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Audio Formats: English Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles:
Television Revision
by Andrew Williams,

Now, this is a story all about how... Bon Temps has another killer on its hands, with the revelation that Miss Jeanette (Tara’s fake exorcist; remember her?) had been brutally murdered at the end of Season One. Meanwhile, Jason Stackhouse (Ryan Kwanten) joins anti-vampire cult The Fellowship of the Sun, Sookie (Anna Paquin) and Bill (Stephen Moyer) invite a new member into their ultra-weird family, and there’s a new woman in town taking care of Tara (Rutina Wesley). But this is Bon Temps, people. She’s almost certainly evil. Happy days? True Blood’s sophomore effort is a marked improvement. The addition of season-long antagonists in anti-vampire fanatics the Newlins (Michael McMillian and Anna Camp) and mysterious social worker Maryann (Michelle Forbes) offer some much-needed forward mome...

Now, this is a story all about how... Bon Temps has another killer on its hands, with the revelation that Miss Jeanette (Tara’s fake exorcist; remember her?) had been brutally murdered at the end of Season One. Meanwhile, Jason Stackhouse (Ryan Kwanten) joins anti-vampire cult The Fellowship of the Sun, Sookie (Anna Paquin) and Bill (Stephen Moyer) invite a new member into their ultra-weird family, and there’s a new woman in town taking care of Tara (Rutina Wesley). But this is Bon Temps, people. She’s almost certainly evil.

Happy days? True Blood’s sophomore effort is a marked improvement. The addition of season-long antagonists in anti-vampire fanatics the Newlins (Michael McMillian and Anna Camp) and mysterious social worker Maryann (Michelle Forbes) offer some much-needed forward momentum, and the actors are up to the challenge. Forbes in particular is able to command the screen and, as a bonus, some of the regular cast rise to her level, especially Alexander Skarsgard as Eric, who proves why he has inspired so much breathless fan-fiction with a smouldering, layered performance second time out.

It’s not all Sookie sex and Eric one-liners, though. This is True Blood, and the writers will make you yell things at the television. Episodes feature the kind of ham-handed exposition you would have blushed at in your high-school play; the whole ‘Fellowship’ storyline is fun but takes pot-shots at religion without ever actually saying anything; and character motivation has never been priority numero uno in the True Blood writers’ room. But no element suffered a worse fate than poor old former romantic lead Bill Compton, who is (I’m sorry) de-fanged in such a spectacular way you can see why female viewers jumped ship to Eric with such reckless abandon.

The final frontier: This is True Blood’s best season, and the kind of show it should have been going forward. At its best, it produces jaw-dropping character moments and plot twists. At its worst, it can set records for facepalms-per-episode. They got the mix right this time out, but at the risk of spoiling further season reviews, it’s all down hill…

Top 3 Episodes: 3) Scratches. Delightfully weird and icky. 6) Hard Hearted Hannah. Compelling flashbacks (something they do surprisingly well) and a cracking cliff-hanger are among the highlights of the season’s best episode. 9) I Will Rise Up. A so-so outing redeemed by a fantastic closing scene and a send-off to another great True Blood addition. They always kill the good ones!

Worst Episode: 7) Release Me. In which an entry into the ‘Worst Exposition dialogue of all Time’ Hall of Fame is submitted. You can try and distract me with breasts all you want, True Blood. I still noticed.

Season MVP: Deborah Ann Woll. Woll takes a character primed to be an irritating, repetitive presence  - newly undead teen Jessica - and turned it into the show’s most human, grounding element. Not bad for a vampire.

3.5/5

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Member Reviews (11)

Lynnieb
says
The fun and ridiculousness continues. I am hooked.
Posted Tuesday, 3 December 2013 See my other reviews
The series gets better after season 1 and is very addicting.
Posted Thursday, 26 September 2013 See my other reviews
It is a good series, even though it is VERY different from the Sookie Stackhouse books, This season is supposed to be based on the Living Dead in Dallas book. The maenad is only supposed to briefly appear a total of 2 times, first time to hurt Sookie as punishment to the vampires for not paying her dues well enough and the second time at a private and secret sex party that Sookie is supposed to have been invited too and she only goes to find out who was lafayettes killer. to an lafayette was suppossed to have been found dead in Andy Bellfluer's car not that voodoo lady. Godric was never eric's maker in the book series. Eric's true maker is Appis Occella Levis an ancient roman vampire. not to mention they have once again left out the character of bubba who what elvis has become when a morgue attendent that was a vampire turned him. Jessica isn't even a character in the books at all. Tara is supposed to be white and NOT related to lafayette. Eggs is the one who killed lafayette for speaking about the secret sex parties. READ THE BOOKS AND YOU WILL SEE WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT!
Posted Friday, 14 June 2013 See my other reviews
Sam
says
Don't even bother with Twilight...This is fang banging great!
Posted Monday, 25 February 2013 See my other reviews
Fan
says
It's supposed to be the entire season but only plays the first two episodes.
Posted Monday, 27 August 2012 See my other reviews
a
says
Great series
Posted Tuesday, 14 February 2012 See my other reviews
berni154
says
love the series! was this ever aired on australianTV???
Posted Wednesday, 30 November 2011 See my other reviews
Rebecca Robertson
says
What can I say all the True Blood series are awesome I've only recently discovered the series and absolutely love it. I can't wait for my next disc to be sent as soon as i've watched it I've got it straight in the post.
Posted Friday, 10 June 2011 See my other reviews
Speedracer
says
I can't say I'm too impressed with True Blood. One of those HBO series that focuses too much on dirty language and sex to push the boundaries of TV.
Posted Wednesday, 27 April 2011 See my other reviews
Anita L.
says
Awesomely addictive!
Posted Saturday, 5 March 2011 See my other reviews
Kazza
says
Well it felt like I'd only a few months ago watched Season 1, though it was just over a year ago. Still could remember all characters once watched first 10 mins. Still love the series.
Posted Wednesday, 23 June 2010 See my other reviews
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