While Alan Ball’s resume may not be as long as some in Hollywood, what he has produced has had a significant impact on entertainment and television in particular. In 1999 Ball won an Oscar for his screenplay for American Beauty. This opened many doors for him and he moved to producing his own television shows with Cybil then Oh, Grow Up in 1999. But it wasn’t until 2001 that the world would really take notice of Ball with his series Six Feet Under which became one of HBO’s signature shows and a show that is held by many, including myself, to be one of the greatest shows ever on television. But where that may be the high point for anyone else, Ball then created True Blood in 2008 and it took on an even greater audience and became another of the most loved and most fanatically fan loved shows on the air. This week is the release of True Blood: The Complete Seventh (and final) Season.
Based on the series of novels by Charlaine Harris, True Blood centers around the town of Bon Temps, Louisiana, home to many supernatural beings including vampires, shape shifters, fairies and werewolves. It is also home to Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin), a telepathic waitress that has fallen in love with brooding vampire Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer). The ongoing drama of Sookie and friends has had many ups and downs over 7 years but this final season finds the vampire population threatened by a deadly Hep V virus. The townsfolk are clashing with the vampires and everyone’s lives are at stake as they try to survive the escalating chaos and for the first time, it’s not just the mortal’s in danger.
True Blood has really been a unique show in that it has successfully combined horror, gore, comedy, romance and drama into one cohesive narrative. The stellar cast has always been top notch and the show has gained a cult status that will no doubt have much influence on horror themed shows to come. The final season took a brave approach in that it did not concentrate on storylines and action as the previous few seasons had but instead chose to focus on the characters themselves and resolving their issues and delving deeper into who they all are. This is a brilliant move for a final season as it really gives the viewer a chance to bond with the characters they love so much before bidding them farewell. And that it not to say there is no action, True Blood: The Complete Seventh Season has plenty of that as well. And there are plenty of revelations and deaths as well, many to characters you may not have expected. True Blood did their audience proud and sent off the residents of Bon Temps with style and class. Which is to be expected from the guy who created Six Feet Under, a show that hands down created the best final episode of TV ever.
The Blu-ray from HBO does not disappoint. Much like every season of every HBO show, quality comes first and this season is no exception. The picture here is practically flawless with bold color, extraordinary clarity and a full bodied audio track that will leave fans wishing there was more to come.
Available now on Blu-ray and DVD.