Tuesday, April 14, 2009

True Gibberish

See, this is what happens when I try to branch out.

Last night Jul and I attended the True Blood panel at Paleyfest. You know, the one that was supposed to happen about five months ago and got canceled and rescheduled and then re-rescheduled. Yeah.

So I thought I'd actually use my Twitter account and attempt a whole live update thing while I was there... The results are on the right side of the page, though I'd be hard-pressed to tell you exactly what I said.

Hey. Wait. Perhaps through the magic of saved SENT messages in my phone... Yes. Got it.

Wow. Things that seem important while you're texting are decidedly less so in the light of day. Ah well.

Here's a cleaned up version of what I wrote:

First, they showed a clip reel from season 1 that had the audience laughing and cheering. Then the screen went dark for a few seconds and a new clip started playing from season 2 -- which apparently begins airing in June! Who knew? In the clip, Sookie, Bill, and the female vamp he sired (don't remember her name) are arguing in a car. Apparently Sookie did something for the female vamp that Bill felt put all of them in danger, and possibly some other people. Also, she undermined his authority as sire, which is a big no-no. Bill keeps yelling at Sookie until she finally gets out of the car and does the whole "fine, I'll walk home" routine. The sired vamp tells Bill that Sookie wants him to follow her and apologize, but he gets pouty and refuses. Cut to Sookie walking down an empty road and starting to get nervous because she keeps hearing things. Things which turn out to be a weird-looking horned demon thing that chases her and rakes her back with giant, nasty claws... and then the screen went to black and more cheering ensued.

After the cheering finally died down, they introduced the cast (really; almost everyone was there) and Alan Ball and did the usual Q&A stuff. What do you like most? What do you dislike most? Blahblahblah.

Some random tidbits that I did find interesting:

Ryan Kwanten, who I'd never seen in anything before this, is a really smart, well-spoken Aussie -- a far cry from the dumb-but-lovable (and very, very horny) Jason he plays. He also said he sees Jason as the redneck Casanova, and all the oxymoronity that implies.

When asked his favorite scene, Sam Trammell, who plays bar owner Sam Merlotte, gave his least favorite one: running naked through the woods in tan-colored jazz shoes.

Anna Paquin seemed shocked (and a bit offended) that so many people were worried about where all the dirt went... in, you know, that one scene. Apparently it never crossed her mind or became even a bit of a problem in the hours it took them to film it, though she did admit that perhaps things would have been different if she and Stephen Moyer were as... natural as their characters are in the scene.

Overall I'm as engaged as I ever was by this series. It's an enjoyable romp that's meant to be over-the-top and silly, but still (I think) manages to deal with interesting issues from time to time. Inasmuch as season 1 followed the story of the first Sookie Stackhouse book -- with sometimes large embellishments and fleshing-out of characters -- it looks like season 2 will largely follow the second book.

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