If you are interested in complex plots, smart conversations, character development and consequent story-telling you will hate this show so don't even bother watching the first episode.
If you love seeing fantasy creatures spilling each others blood and guts, having sex, and are in for a fun ride with a whole bunch of different characters (believe me, you will find someone you like even though most of them are superficial idiots), and just love the "fiction" part in science-fiction then this is the show for you.
55-minutes per episode where you can turn off your brain, lean back and enjoy the misery of the people living in the True Blood universe (no sarcasm here - I really mean that).
Though I mostly enjoy watching it, I do not understand why people hype this show so much. It's not that good. Not at all. Sure it's entertaining, but hell there are many far better shows out there that don't get nearly as much (media) attention.
Anyway, it gets a solid 6.5 rating. For all the blood, ya know ;)
This is one show that gets more addictive the more you watch it!!! The actors portray their characters well and I love the mix of drama, comedy and action all rolled into one action- packed show! This is one of the few shows that I get extremely excited about every week and can't believe we now have to wait so long for the next season!!! The only two criticisms I have is that there aren't enough episodes in a season and the next season is way too far away!!! Keep up the amazing work everyone and can't wait for season after season of this magnificent show!!!
I started watching this show at the beginning of summer due to the fact that there really isn't anything on between June and September. The first 2 seasons were entertaining at best - I actually think I may have enjoyed them more than I should have because there was nothing else to watch. The show was campy in a good way and occasionally rather fun to watch. That being said, the third season was an extreme letdown, even for an already average show. I quit watching after episode 9 of this season because I really couldn't put up with it anymore. I read recaps of the episodes that I missed before watching the finale earlier this evening. I know I am going to get a ton of hate for this review, but I felt I needed to get this out. Individual Season ratings are as listed below:
Season 1 - A decent start to a campy and interesting series. Packed with interesting characters and never takes itself too seriously. Rating: 7/10
Season 2 - An interesting story arc and plenty of humour make this a welcome improvement on season 1. Rating: 8/10
Season 3 - A disappointment through and through. The concept was there but boring subplots and a weak story arc (If you can even call it an arc) make for a rather lacklustre season. Rating: 5/10
I disagree with those, who say that finale is somewhat half season finale. I think it is just the way it should be. Sam revealed to us his past, got back to basics. Tara started a new life having said goodbye to her mother and her past. Jason, at last, is not involved in any low class (again)relationship. Hoyt and Jessica managed to get together. Each and every relationship got to its logical point. I do believe Bill is not an evil, I do believe he truely loves Sookie. They just had to break up so that she could find what she really was. Because before she was so deeply involved in vampires' showdown, she simply had no time to take care of her own self. Even if I am wrong and Bill is not what I think of him, for me personally Sookie-Bill relationship is the only worthy reason to be wanting for the show to go on.
Have heard about it and my friends have been over this show for quite sometime and have forced me into watching this show. Below is my review describing how i felt about the show and weather it lived up to the hype that was created up by my friends.
So my friends were all over this show and bragging about how great it is and how exciting and thrilling the show is. They made me sit down and forced me into watching couple of its episode from season 1. My impression of this show before watching was that it would be the same old drama about the vampires and werewolves and how they dont get along. Surprisingly the show was interesting and is kinda thrilling for what its worth, but im not a vampire and werewolves fan so id say that this show is not for me and i would not watch it.
Im sure may of you will disagree on me, but for me this shows doesnt work.
First off, when Snoop Dogg writes a song about you, that means you're awesome. That awesome gal is named Sookie Stackhouse, who meets a vampire named Bill and is immediately attracted to him. We find out that Sookie is a telepath with some extra powers that are still not fully divulged. Sookie's best friend, Tara, spends most of the first season infatuated with Sookie's dumb brother, Jason. Jason's level of stupidity is never exhausting, only amusing. We learn that True Blood tastes horrible. So bad, in fact, that the American Vampire League shows their hypocrisy by drinking from humans rather than the crap they peddle for public trade. Then, there's Eric. Every vampire story must have one vampire that wallows in self-hate(Bill)and another that has nothing but love and lust for the kill. Thank the maker(Alan Ball)for Eric who proves that evil can be fun, as long as he's commited to his cause: Survival of the fittest and Eric is VERY fit. Eric's "child", Pam, is also a riot as she does her own share of evil deeds at her maker's behest. She even ruins a pair of designer shoes for the cause. Now, that's commitment. I can't leave out Lafayette, the gay semi-crossdressing cousin of Tara. Lafayette delivers awesome one-liners and beatdowns at the drop of a hat. He is True Blood gold. The gang come together and fall apart. The fire and desire between Eric and Sookie is compelling, but fleeting. We know that she wants Bill, who was forced by the Magister to make his very own little vampire named Jessica. Jessica was a sweet, virtuous, christian girl who's probably better off as a vampire because her parents are a little off. Jessica gets a job as a hostess at Merlottes, which is owned by Sam, the shapeshifter that loves it when you scratch his belly. True Blood doesn't lack for villains either. We get many vampires, werewolves, clergymen,and a maenad by the name of MaryAnn. MaryAnn is pure evil and hellbent on harming one pitiful puppy in particular. Her minions are, mostly, unwilling, but fun-loving party people. More notable villains are Nan Flannagan, spokeswoman of the AVL, the Magister, Sophie Anne, the beautiful,selfish, and indifferent Queen of Loozana. AND Russell. Russell is a freaking hoot going on a bloody rampage to show the world that VAMPIRES RULE and humans are just happy meals on legs. If you haven't already, check this show out. It's definitely worth paying for HBO for the few brief months the seasons last.
A couple years ago, I became interested in the Southern Vampire novels, but I never really invested my time into reading them. However, after watching True Blood I am very thankful I didn't! While I still haven't read the books, I can't imagine myself getting nearly as much enjoyment out of purely reading the books. That being said, I absolutely adore True Blood. It has everything I could possibly want out of a vampire drama: Romance, thrills, battle scenes, gore, special effects...And a sexy cast to boot. It is true that the show would most likely not be as appealing as it is if it wasn't so centered around blood and sex, but who cares? It is incredibly entertaining! It has the effect to make the meager hour it shows each week fly by. Anyway, I'm still a die-hard fan of this show, but I would be lying if I said that the show hasn't gone a little downhill. The first season was superb - maybe it was so great because it was fresh? I don't know. The second season was great as well, but the third season fell a little flat. It became a Soap Opera, but it was still good. My only complaint now, with the fourth season, is that it almost has too many story lines happening! I'd much rather it spend more time focusing on Sookie than on Andy, the sheriff. However, the ever-twisting plot keeps you from getting bored. Overall, would I recommend this show? Yes, I would. Almost anyone - of the mature audience variety - can get enjoyment out of it. It is one of the few shows that my boyfriend will sit down and enjoy just as much as I do. The acting, filming, and directing are all done nicely, and the storyline is intriguing. I'd say, give the show a chance ;)
A supernatural take on racism and bigotry serves as the background for an epic love affair. This, frakly adult, lecture of Buffy, the vampire slayer and Angel the TV show, delves in the complexities of a small community in Bon Temp Louisiana and both the dangers & the allure of the underworld within it.
As the feudal society of vampires reveal themselves to the public, the ripple effect starts to affect werewolves, faes and witches alike, cristians and wiccans turn against the vampires as several factions of werepeople turn against one another. In he midst of this chaos, Sheriff Northman must balance his career at the service of a corrupt Queen Sophie Ann, his duty to both maker and progeny (Godric and Pam) and the undeniable crush on an hybrid fairy dating Bill Compton, a double agent for the AVL.
The balance of power eventually places Bill in charge of Lousiana, as well as his ex-girlfriend the fae in charge of the Sheriff, vampires are born at the same time humans lose their inocence and supernatural creatures get killed at the hands of humans as well as their own kind, in a show that continues to take risks and re-invent itself like few of the genre dare to do.
Its very rare that I leave a bad review but the last season of True Blood was nothing but a huge let down after a long year of waiting. I thought that with all the extra time they would've come back with a dynamic season but I was wrong. What I want to know is why shows like Burn Notice, CSI, and Law and Order who have nonstop action and amazing plots can come back after a small 2-3 month break with another explosive season but yet True Blood with little to no action and a horrible plot takes an entire year to come back with another disappointing season?
True Blood is a show that has so many great elements. It takes place in a world where Vampires are trying to assimilate into the public sphere, and now drink a synthetic blood beverage called "True Blood."
When I was introduced to True Blood, I knew only two things. It starred Anna Paquin, who won the Globe for it, and it was going to be addictive. True Blood follows the life of Sookie Stackhouse, a waitress with an unusual ability to read minds. Although, we learn easily that supernatural abilties are not all that unsual. Things start somewhat simple in the first season, but are filled with exploration of characters, intriguing storylines, and hilarious dialogue from Tara and Lafayette. True Blood stands out among other Vampire shows on television because it pushes the edge with a lot of graphic sexual nature and foul language, but these only add to the dynamic and make the show more fun to watch. Some of the characters in True Blood are purely amazing, such as Sam Merlotte, Lafeyette, Tara, Jason, and of course Sookie. I think the prime reason why I am so pulled into this show, is the creativity in the writing and the quality of the acting. Anna Paquin puts on such a good performance. As the seasons go on, the show gets more complex, but it's still fun to watch. Great stuff.
First of all, I´m not objective about vampires, I love them. I devour everything I found about the subject. I start watching the show as an alternative to Lost wich let me lost after finnishing :)
And I found a good surprise. Finally someone give back waht vampires are, adults and erotic. Tons of blood, sex and social critic mixed in a bizarre context. Altought they don´t follow exactly the books I didn´t care, it also works for me. I don´t like very very much the many subplots but the books have more (from Sookie POV). I prefer to focus a little bit more in the love triangle, but it´s also ok! I enjoy the show.
What I like specially is that the characters are not perfect, they are phsycos (Franklin, one of the best), annoying (I like thinking how I´d kill Tara, but I like her), airheads like Jason, sweet as Sam, pathetic as Lorena, discusting as Russel, etc etc...but Eric, he´s perfect hehehehe
And besides it has also another excellent thing: the soundtrack!
Congratulations!! go on True Blood!!
I am usually very generous when i review and rate a show. Even if i disliked it, i always try to see it for the good deeds, after all it's someone's work you're watching, it must worth something. But that was until True Blood... The only reason i didn't rate it zero is because it wouldn't let me rate it less than 1. I don't have one single good thing to say about this show. This is just the kind of cheesy garbage i expect to live up only to it's first season. The acting is lame, the plot is ludicrous, it's not even a plot in the first place, but a horrible sketch that should have been thrown in the trashcan. And what's with those things they called fangs again? Fake plastic toy fangs look more real than that! Seriously, what were they thinking when they made this? True Blood is an embarassment to HBO, the show's crew, and every vampire standing on earth.
I'm a big fan of vampire shows (Angel,Moonlight) and i can see that this show is NOTHING like what we are used to. Definitely for an adult audience as it is a lot more in your face and grittier than the other shows. It'll have to keep its current late night time slot if they continue to use such graphic sex scenes. Personally i was bitterly disappointed with the characters, I just don't believe Sookie's character and her best friend is down right annoying. I also had a hard time believing that a human woman and human man could overpower a vampire that easily, but I realize that this show is trying to redefine the vampire universe we are used to and give it its own parameters so I'm going to give it another couple of episodes and see how it goes.
The book is good, alan ball is talentuous (six feet under is The masterpiece!!) but the first episode of True Blood is very disappointing. The heroin appears as a real tart, naive, not as the Sookie i read about, who is quite a funny girl and has ideas to stand for. The additionals bits and caracters added for the show, well, i didn't get what's the point of that; it is not even funny, just embarrassing.
Don't misunderstandng me, i like sexy things and i like vampires... but this scene about sex in the kitchen, well... Didn't get it.
Come on someone, do something, it could have been such a good thing to watch!! I read the book when I heard of the new serie coming up; Being a real fan of Six feet under, I had no doubts it would be fab, but .. Well i think i am going to cry.
The potential of this show and the acting of its cast were thrown under the bus by the inclusion of near pornographic scenes- instead of a fresh take on Vampires, this show groups itself with other tired, over sensualized, cliched Vampire mythos.
The True Blood website was great, the ads leading up to the show were great, but the opening scene of the series should have alerted me to what became a trend in the show- cheap attempts to gain viewership by putting (over) sexual situations on the screen. I didn't read any Sookie Stackhouse novels, nor will I. What could have been a sharply written and sometimes humorous take on Vampires coming out in the open has instead become fodder for adolescent goth larping vampire wannabe's wet dreams.
Save your time, and find old episodes of Moonlight to watch. While not stellar, even it was a better show than True Blood.
Better yet, get a white plastic fork, break off two prongs, and insert them into your upper lip like two fangs. Now go look at yourself in the mirror. Congratulations, you have approximated the special effects seen in the first 10 minutes of the series.
Believe me, that's not what I wanted. I wanted and still do want to like this show. Instead I find less and less I like about it. I don't find the Bill/Sookie relationship erotic or romantic. Really, in the last episode, was Sookie making love to Bill's arm like a teenager practicing kissing erotic or Bill licking blood off her forehead? - eewwww! I am put off more and more by the beginning images - What is the purpose of all the dead animals?
Most of it would be fine if they would tone down all the gratuitous sex. Do I really need to see Sookie masturbating while thinking about Bill - not once but twice!? Is there any other sex than rough, bondage kinky sex? You wouldn't know it by watching True Blood. I'm not opposed to sex/lovemaking but I really do like for it to have some bearing on moving the plot forward. The sex here is nothing more that poor filler. How any woman would want to mess around with Jason is in itself amazing. He's neither charming or likable and less so with each episode.
I have to wonder about Bill's character given the friends he associates with. These are the typical, old-fashioned horror vampires and I was never attracted to that anyway. Personally, I find Bill more creepy than romantic. Am I looking forward to the next episode? No
Will I probably watch it on HBO? No, don't get it. I'll watch it online somewhere.
Will I watch it? Yes, I'll give it a couple more episodes anyway but its going to have to get a lot better than this.!
I saw the first episode and made me sick ... if I were one of the directors of this film production (Scott Winant / Alan Ball), I do not know if I was ever able to appear in public places, I'd be too ashamed. If you want to watch this show, please do not! It is a waste of time. My opinion is that this show was done with a very low budget and casting crew without responsibility, fresh and original ideas
True Blood is just another "life-of-the-small-town" series. You have several main characters, a couple freaks and a vampire. They're havin sex, fighting, eating, sleeping and do a bunch of talking. Nothing special. Any other latest vampire-related series like Moonlight or New Amsterdam is way better. The vampire line is sooooo weak. You have a mediocre guy with non-attractive face which just hangs around and bangs an X-Men girl who can read thoughts. Almost nothing happens in the city and even when some granny died writers had to make it a half-episode drama.
For now True Blood is VERY boring. I'll probably quit watching it.
Bad Bad worst vampire show on the air waves. This show has little story line if any, I mean really whats it supposed be a red neck town who are all really stupid or sex crazed oh and the so called vampires are also out of the closed and when the story starts to waver lets throw a sex scene in then a few words and another sex scene a few more words and another sex scene and on it goes. I got to the third episode and could not watch anymore, Moonlight is 100 times better than this vampire show bring back Moonlight it beats this show hands down.
I've read all of the Sookie Stackhouse books Charlaine Harris has published so far and I LOVED them to bits. So I was really excited, when I heard they were making a TV-show.... but oh, was I disappointed.
I watched the first few episodes thinking that it'd probably get better and of course waiting for Eric...
but it is possibly on of the most boring shows ever created. Vampires are hardly important in this drab little redneck town, where nothing seem to happen except.. sex, sex and .. more sex.
Sometimes I felt like I was watching softporn and not a tv-show. ):
And they made all those big changes in the storyline, it can really only be called 'based on the books'. Tara working at Merlotte's, the whole demon-mother crap, Jason's weird girlfriend and whatnot.
So, I really really tried watching this, but it is so awful that my whole view on the series (books, too) has been warped and I don't even want to read the next one. ):
Ive never really understood why people watch vampire shows but I had nothing better to do and it was in HD so what the hell. Where do I begin? Complete rubbish is what I would call it. Some girl who works in a bar and can for some reason hear peoples thoughts encounters a vampire.
Lets hold on a second. If you can read peoples thoughts then why are you working in a bar?
why dont you go and make a million dollars at poker and then lie in bed all day?
Apart from this nonsense, the other characters in the show dont really have any need to be there. Their scenes dont really amount to anything and all they appear to do is have sex a lot and thats about it. All I could think of while watching this mess was, how did the maker of something like six feet under decided that he wanted to make a show about vampires having sex?
Dont waste your time people, even if it is in HD.
I've read all the Charlaine Harris books upon which this series is based - and I'm a fan of them. So when I heard the series was being made I was excited about bringing the characters to live. Even when I heard that Anna Pacquin was going to be Sookie I was prepared to give it a shot - I know she's a great actress but I she didn't immediately seem the right choice to me.
Having seen this now, I'm really disappointed. Unfortunately this series just shows that not all great books translate well onto the screen - silver or small. I'm sticking with the original books and my imagination.
i watched the complete 1st season & i couldn't believe how terrible it was. who wrote this crap?? ok, i can accept things in a show's mythology within reason there are vampires & artificial blood. vampire blood has drug-like properties like lsd but 1 drop gives you an erection but when a show can't follow it's own rules, i get annoyed. an entire vial of it somehow doesn't make you hallucinate?? you don't overdoes on it? it just gives you a priapism?? that was incredibly stupid. if it's a drug it should act like a drug. what about tara's mom? wow, what a stupid subplot "i got a demon inside me!!" but she doesn't, it was just a scam, sure she could have quit cold turkey through belief but tara's mom would have died from alcohol withdrawal. it was so stupid. oh, my favorite piece of stupidity: "i'm a shapeshifter", not "i'm a werewolf & we hate vampires" like every other vampire mythos. no, i'm a shapeshifter. so suddenly in this world, there are vampires, telepaths & shape shifters. what's next? aliens, zombies? god, i miss blood ties.
I will not say that this show is awful, but I will say it really isn't my kind of show. I've seen enough vampire movies and television shows in my life that the theme of this one makes it seem old. That said, there is some decent acting in this series and the storylines are somewhat okay. From the very few parts of the show I have seen, I must admit that it really isn't as boring as one would think at first glance. Overall, this is just an average show in my opinion, and I must say it doesn't interest me. Thank you.
I'm pissed, pissed, pissed that not one man on man scene was in this series at ALL.
I'm sure Alan Ball, thinks he's being so bold with his little series, but he could get a lot of bolder, if you ask me.
Two seasons, not ONE. HOMOSEXUAL. SCENE. what the hell!?!?!?!?!!? I'm just like the Queen herself, I LOVE seeing two men together. If I've got to look at a bunch of ugly straight ppl having sex, naked body parts everywhere, then I should be able to see some naked parts I actually WANT to see in just as many sex scenes. Eric is BISEXUAL, he LIKES men just as much as women. I hope they aren't turning his character strictly straight. That would just be disappointing. They need to stop throwing the homosexual words around in the show and actually start showing some freaking homosexuality!!! If OZ can do it, and Blood and Sand can do it and Queer as Folk can do it True Blood should be able to do it too. Other than that, the Bullhead demon arc was unecessary and took up entirely too much of the series time. Vampires ppl, if done right are much more entertaining than a lot of other supernatural creatures out there. At least, to me they are.
this show is another one of my favorites i just love me some vampire action. i love the plot i like vampire love stories and i love how its that and its action i love everything about this show. this show gets a perfect score from me
this show is another one of my favorites i just love me some vampire action. i love the plot i like vampire love stories and i love how its that and its action i love everything about this show. this show gets a perfect score from me because to me it deserves 10 as the rating. To people that do not like this show keep your options to your selfs. Do not ruin it for the rest of us fans. Anyways like i was saying i love this show and it needs to keep going keep it up your doing good Please dont cancel this it would be a shame to see it go i will get mad if it does.
I was not sure that this series would be good, because I feared that Anna Paquin might not be right the actress for the part of Sookie Stackhouse, but then I saw her performance, and I guess that she's the one! I mean, her accent for the character is just perfect. The rest of the cast is very good, and they are somehow like I had imagined them... well, except for Tara, but the character is funny in its own way. The way mythology and urban myths and legends get mixed with reality is just amazing. So far, the series is just what the doctor and the dentist ordered to everyone who loves vampires and vampire stories. It might not be Supernatural, but it's one of those series which make you beg for more, even after watching the ending credits... That's why I say that you'll beg for another bite in the neck. Totally Addictive!!!
I'll admit the show started out painfully simple, the lines were somewhat cheesy, Bill's version of saying "Suckie" was driving me crazy, and Eric was no where to be seen for a few episodes. But it built up until we were all hooked. Season 1 ended with a punch, cut to Season 2. We see more Sookie and Eric verbal sparring, the introduction of Jessica, and more characters. Yes the whole Mary Ann part was annoying to watch, and watching people have weird black-eyed sex was extremely awkward, but it ended with Sookie helping vampires from Texas and saving the town from a maynad. And Season 3. Well we've only seen 3 episodes so far, but I can say it will be a great ending. Bill and Sookie's relationship is going down the drain quick, Alcide is a total fox (no pun intended), and Eric is slowly charming the pants off Sookie. We'll be watching Eric and Sookie soon enough! A great beginning to a great book series. And the characters are a perfect fit.
Great to have a good vampire show back on the air. And not a PG version like Buffy. This is stylish and sexy, and very funny, with lots of interesting characters to develop. And with the news that the shows been picked up for a new season, the writers and director can actually take time to fully develop the characters without the worry that it will be axed after only one season. This show will definitely not be for everyone, but for anyone with even a mild interest in vampires, this show will not disappoint. Hope its gets a few more seasons.
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