True Blood Sea­son Seven

Some­one dropped the Ball

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Dvd & blu- ray - Jor­dan Far­ley

Re­lease Date: OUT NOW!

2014 | 18 | Blu- ray/ DVD Cre­ator: Alan Ball Cast: Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Alexan­der Skars­gård, Ryan Kwan­ten, Deb­o­rah Ann Woll, Joe Man­ganiello

And it was all go­ing so well. Sea­son six was a par­tial re­turn to form for HBO’s sex and blood­shed vam­pire drama, but this fi­nal run sends the show out on the most du­bi­ous bum note since Lost’s anti- cli­max.

The vis­cera’s on the wall from the first episode. The Hep V virus has gone global, in­fect­ing vam­pires who’ve taken to roam­ing the coun­try in packs, eat­ing their way through whole towns. The open­ing mo­ments see Bon Temps un­der siege, only for most to sur­vive by the skin of their fangs.

But that’s as ex­cit­ing as the sea­son gets. The Hep V sto­ry­line feels pe­cu­liarly small scale. Char­ac­ters are killed off with weary­ing fre­quency. And the fi­nal episode hinges on a mo­ment of such id­iocy that the emo­tional im­pact of a re­la­tion­ship cen­tral to the show loses all res­o­nance.

Tara’s baf­flingly point­less sub­plot and the re­turn of a fa­mil­iar face – sim­ply to man­u­fac­ture mawk­ish happy end­ings for sev­eral key play­ers – are the fi­nal nails in the cof­fin. It’s un­mit­i­gated rub­bish, ex­cept for Bill and Pam, who stay classy and hi­lar­i­ous right to the end. Only Vik­ing vam­pire god mega- fans need bother.

Ex­tras: On DVD: five audio com­men­taries, a de­cent 28- minute “Farewell To Bon Temps” spe­cial, and a sea­son six re­cap. The Blu- ray ( rated) adds a 15- minute Mak­ing Of on the last episode.

Alan Ball first read Sookie Stack­house when he called into a Bor­ders to kill time be­fore a den­tal ap­point­ment.

Sookie’s flow­ery shirt proved mag­netic to men.

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