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True Blood

Mon Oct 7, 10-11.10pm, Fox

Series six, episode two
It’s a sign of how far this show has declined that not even the introduction of the estimable Rutger Hauer (as Jason and Sookie’s long-lost grandfather) can revive it for long.

While Eric takes the fight to the Governor after Tara’s shooting, Sookie is taken in by yet another handsome stranger and Bill contemplates how to employ his awesome new powers, narratives and chronologies shift so quickly that, in its desperation not to bore us, ‘True Blood’ merely frustrates and confuses us instead.

No series can pull off this sort of storyline juggling for ever, and ‘True Blood’ started dropping the balls some years ago. Now, stripped of any narrative tension by its ‘anything goes’ universe, it’s an underwhelming mess.