TV & Video Review: ‘True Blood’ (Season Two) (Blu-ray)

TV & Video Review: ‘True Blood’ (Season Two) (Blu-ray)

True Blood‘s first season was a huge hit for HBO and having ended on a cliff-hanger, fans were chomping at the bit to see what would happen next. Season two introduced some new characters and presented some intense and exciting challenges for those audiences already loved. For Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin), life is more dangerous […]

True Blood‘s first season was a huge hit for HBO and having ended on a cliff-hanger, fans were chomping at the bit to see what would happen next. Season two introduced some new characters and presented some intense and exciting challenges for those audiences already loved.

For Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin), life is more dangerous than ever as she and Bill (Stephen Moyer) become more deeply involved. Meanwhile, Tara (Rutina Wesley) finds herself in love and under a spell; Sam (Sam Trammell) puts his trust in an unlikely ally; Jason (Ryan Kwanten) joins an anti-vampire sect; Eric (Alexander Skarsgård) recruits Sookie to investigate the disappearance of a 2,000-year-old vampire; and it’s revealed Maryann (Michelle Forbes) possesses a power that can control almost everyone in town. After making the shocking discovery, Sookie, Bill and Sam must form the last line of defence to save Bon Temps.

A great addition in the series’ second chapter is the expanded storylines for the other characters; they no longer feel like supporting or secondary to Sookie and Bill, but rather additional key contributors. This is especially welcome by those that did not feel entirely drawn by the vampire-waitress love story that drove most of the first season. Furthermore, the others are independently very captivating people.

In addition, creators have proven an ability to keep the series relatively fresh by introducing an array of new characters; they’ve also shown they are not afraid to kill key plot drivers.

Once again, the fates of some of the characters at the end of the season were unknown and thus sure to draw the faithful back for another year. It’s not too late to get on the bandwagon with only two seasons to catch up and plots that are sure to encourage viewing episodes back-to-back.

Special features includes enhanced viewing on all 12 episodes: character perspectives from Hoyt, Pam, Karl and Steve Newlin; pro- and anti-vampire news updates throughout each episode; flashbacks to pivotal moments and flash forwards to reveal significance of scenes; and FYI trivia facts. Also included are: a special edition of The Perspective with Victoria Davis; “Fellowship of the Sun: Reflections of Light” rules to live by with leaders Steve and Sarah Newlin; and seven audio commentaries with the cast and crew.