I guess I just need to go with the flow and accept True Blood for what it is instead of what I’d like it to be. In my opinion there are far too many storylines that don’t connect and probably never will connect. There are also far too many characters, many of whom I don’t like, or prefer that they remain secondary characters. But the writers seem to think that every character is a main character, and deserves screen time in every episode.
This is the last time I’ll bitch about this, and either I’ll just stop writing about True Blood or find something else about it to talk about. But seriously, is Andy Bellefleur that interesting of a character that he needs to be in every show? Is Arlene?! Terry Bellefleur is a character I actually like a lot, but much prefer when he is in secondary status, not main character mode. Not to mention the idiots in the wolf pack, which is such a dull storyline my eyes glaze over every time they come on screen.
And speaking of the wolf pack, why don’t they actually do something with Alcide? He pretty much disappears from the books, but in the show they don’t have him doing anything at all. Okay, they want to keep Mr. Hunk-Ra around for the ladies (my wife gets all breathless and wide-eyed whenever he’s on screen), but for god’s sake at least give him a moderately interesting storyline. Any storyline. Please.
Jason and his questioning of his ladies’-man ways? Boring. Even Pam’s back story as a brothel madam in San Francisco in 1905 is kind of cliched and dull, and Pam’s one of the few characters I would like to see more. And while I think Jessica is hotter than the sun, if you can’t give her more to do than play Guitar Hero with college kids, let her sit out an episode or two.
Because the one interesting thing going on in the show is the storyline with the Authority and the return of Russell Edgington. Christopher Meloni is fabulous as Roman, and I really like the mythology of vampire creation that they’ve dumped into the show even if it doesn’t make much sense. (Since vampires can only be created from normal humans, it doesn’t make much sense that vampires came first.) Even though the Authority themselves are kind of dopey and unoriginal–a bunch of people arguing around a boardroom-like table? Really? That’s the best you could come up with?–Meloni is so good, and some of the ideas presented about vampire fundamentalism so interesting, that I want to see more. Not more of Andy Bellefleur’s bare ass in bed.
Will I get my wish? No way in hell. The writers have made their overcrowded bed and it’s pretty obvious they’re sticking with it. I guess I will too, at least for now. But it’s certainly not the must-see television it used to be, and doesn’t hold a candle to Game of Thrones.