True blood is a new vampire series with an interesting premise; the vampires are coming out to society. The title True Blood refers to a synthetic blood by the same name that allows them to live without harming humans. Sounds interesting right? Well it might be but the pilot is slow paced very slow. I watched the pilot wanting it to be good. I was disappointed. I haven't written the show off yet though. It still has great potential and maybe they intended it to start slowly. HBO generally makes some good series like The Soprano's so I'm willing to give true blood a few episodes to see if they capitalize on the potential of the premise they set up and I think you should as well.
I am a huge vampire fan and have watched quite every show with vampires in it. This one is unique, finally the vampire main characters are not cops(or P.I.s or whatever) seeking redemtion by fighting crime and evil, no shining knights who just happen to be on a special diet.
What a relief...
If you liked "Interview with a Vampire", you will like this show, it has a similar mood, a similar feeling.
The characters stay true to the book, having the same feeling to them, they did their best to stay true to the mood of the books. The things that were adapted feel right and add to the overall feeling.
Another thing: I believe the weak rating this show has at the moment I am writing this is caused by a leaked pilot, which was unfinished. Whoever just watched that one, should go back and watch the final version, its a huge difference....
I love this show alot i might not have HBO but the small amount of clips that i have seen are enough to go crazy for. Sookie same to be the only charater or mayber one of the few with morals. i like how she is her own person and she can depend on her slef. Bill is the first vampire i have ever seen who is actully. scary, sweet, sensative, and kind at the same time. he is such such a hottie. i love some of the charaters that are in this show. this show is a cool mistery and i like mistery shows.
I can honestly say when i first watched it i hated it. I had started watching because i LOVED moonlight and thought id try watching this, I think it was the accents that really threw me off and yet i went to bed the night after watching the first episode i found myself thinking i cant wait to see the next episode. THe chemistry between Bill and Sookie is amazing and being the romantic i think thats what keeps me coming back for more. I think you have to watch at least two episodes to make the decision weathehr you love it or hate it. Right now im totally hooked
Oh Anna, you amaze me. Pilot performance just blew me away!
The show reminds me of the british drama shows my mum used to watch, and in some ways seems comforting. I never thought I'd be even slightly intrigued by this type of drama, and yet somehow the first 2 episodes just blew me away!
Tara is "...... just plain mean" and that whole sarky attitude made me laugh at every scene that girl was in. Sad to say that the 3rd episode didn't quite interest me the way the first 2 did. I'd hoped to see more attitude than sex (throughout the episoe) and her being a 'little miss attitude' to the patrons, hahaha. I see where the story is going tho and I appreciate it for what it is.
I love reading a good book but lately, don't have the time to read one. The structure of True Blood makes me feel like I'm reading one, "... And fo that I oughta thank ya"
The idea for True Blood could have been taken in any sort of direction. They could have produced a serious drama, drawing a direct comparison to the civil rights movement or to the pursuit of gay rights. Another approach might have seen this show as a parody of other vampire shows, relentlessly mocking series like Blade, Buffy, Moonlight, and the like. Pure romance, sci fi, or horror could have all been alternate versions.
However, I think that a combination of all these genres is what truly makes this show unique, and importantly, watchable. It seems to be a show about serious issues that simply doesn't take itself too seriously. You really need to watch every minute to sense the genre (and really mood) switches, moving quickly from drama to comedy, from romance to horror, sci fi to philosophical and political debate.
Another positive aspect of the show is that it tries to always give depth to the characters. Everyone seems to be hiding something, an interesting twist to a show with a mind reader. The real issue is not what is being hidden, but rather why each person hides their secrets from others. The characters are fully dimensional. It would have been easy for the show to stereotype its characters, but each main character seems to be complex, with both good sides and bad. In this world, there is no right or wrong, but rather the idea that everyone makes choices everyday, choices that can be good or bad without making the person who choices it one or the other.
I was expecting just another happy go lucky vampire seraies, lets face it we've seen a few of them over the years. Buffy, Blood Ties, Moonlight. The last thing I was expecting was a bit of sex and violence. This series pulls no punches.
I liked the setting, Louisiana kind of had a 'Interview with a Vampire feel' to it. I accept that the sothern accents may have put people off but if you can ignore it, it was an interesting pilot.
I thought the babe from X Men was very good and her vampire love interest was a strong character, portraying a mysterious past, I'll stick with this one I think.
I lived in Louisiana and believe every word that genius Alan Ball has written! After dark the vampires do come out to play, disappearing quickly into the morning mist as the sun rises over the West Bank of the Mississippi. The performance of Anna Paquin is revelatory - I never cared much for The Piano, though I loved her in Glengarry Glen Ross. She has discovered that innocent/trashy southern thing that has produced ever so many Miss Americas. The vampires themselves range from the saintly to the beastial - a lovely nod to Anne Rice. The opportunity to see Lois Smith on a regular basis is a gift - her dialogues with the main vampire guy about family history are priceless. She has the very same grave innocense she displayed a half century ago in East of Eden. Cinematography, Art Direction, Costume Design and Casting are all spot on. This is a keeper!
The score for this show is not for the dialogue, which is average at best. But, when dealing with vampires any dialogue seems cliched and hokey. This score is not for the graphic sex scenes, because they're not that hot. The real passion is in the holding back. Ryan Kwanten gets his incredibly ripped bod out for explicit sex scenes for a good quarter of the first two episodes, but doesn't create a sense of attraction or longing in the viewer.
Stephen Moyer on the other hand, ticks all the buttons. Dark, handsome, and brooding, he's got an old fashioned look and manner, but as a bloodsucking vampire, also has the danger element.
Not enough is made of good old fashioned sexual tension in tv. Either it's an undercurrent that is never explored or ruins a show when the lead characters finally become involved. And when people do fall in love on screen, it is dealt with quickly before moving on to a 'we're an established couple' phase, then 'we're having problems'. In a time when plots move ever faster to keep the attention of an audience who are increasingly fickle with ever shrinking attention spans, Alan Ball has perhaps taken a gamble by drawing out the tension, but it works splendidly. I hope it is kept up throughout the season and beyond.
This is no masterpiece, but it is truly enjoyable pop tv, and that's what counts.
Sookie's able to read thoughts, as such she's immediately drawn to her first Vampire encounter, Bill, who's dead so has no brainwaves, which is a relief for Sookie. Humour, sex, violence and totally viewing satisfaction ensues!
This is a great new show, the fact that Alan Ball is involved attracted me to the show instantly, then I read further, found out about the concept and the story, which gave me more cause for excitement! I watched the first episode and loved it, the second was even better. The one thing that kept me so interested was not the story itself (which is wonderfully fresh and dark!) but the acting within, all the cast play the parts brilliantly! Sookie and Bill are great; you can almost sense the tension and attraction of the characters, which is a complete credit to the actors! This is definately one for the future and if it turns out to be a flop then I will eat my electronic words with a side of my hat for good measure!
I will have to say Ive been waiting for a good Vamp show to come along and True Blood has the potential to do that. The premise of Vamps being a minority I like. Where the show is going to go with Sookie's abilities I dont know. And Bob saying that she is something more than human opens up a whole world of supernatural. I look forward to what this show has instore for us in episodes to come......lets hope it doesnt get cut like most of HBO's good but different shows. I hate loving a show that gets cut.
If you like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, you'll like this. The characters are interesting and well written. Alan Ball has been a favorite of mine since American Beauty and I loved Six Feet Under, however, this show goes in a completely different direction. I think the show has great potential as well and is written in a style, where each episode seems to lead into the next with an interesting cliff-hanger, that I appreciate in shows. The bottom line is that if you like vampire stories, than you will like this show. If you don't this isn't the show for you.
this show is awesome. anna paquin is pretty good as a southern belle with telepathic abilities, but stephen moyer really makes the character of vampire bill compton -- and the chemistry between these two actors is amazing, they really . the auxillary characters are well cast also, and the story seems to be interesting, though very little has been revealed in the first two episodes -- mostly just characterization and build up. i can not wait until the next episode. the books are supposedly really amazing, too, so i definitely can not wait to read those, too. alan ball does a really good job making these books into a great series.
After Angel was cancelled in 2001, there was a dry spell in the Vampire TV Shows category. Then last year, we had two for a brief time: Moonlight on CBS (a plague on you, CBS! A plague on you and all of your programming!) and Blood Ties on Lifetime (also based on a book series, incidentally). Now HBO has gotten into the vampire business with True Blood. The premise for this show is a great one: a world where everyone knows that vampires exist. The main character, a woman named Sookie Stackhouse, is a telepath, which means that she can hear what people are thinking. She hates it, which I find more realistic than all of these characters who think that mind-reading is the greatest thing ever. Do you actually want to know what everyone really thinks about you? That's Sookie's life. Then one night, she discovers something new about her power: she can't hear a vampire's thoughts. At all. Enter smart, sexy vampire Bill, who is quickly becoming the most important figure in Sookie's small-town life. So far, the show seems to be sticking fairly close to the books. I don't want to give out any spoilers, but things get very interesting.
I like that True Blood is not set in either Los Angeles or Toronto (unlike Angel, Moonlight, Forever Knight and Blood Ties). Even though we're only a couple episodes in, the characters seem well-rounded and I have confidence that HBO will stand behind this show rather than cancel it after 16 episodes (but I'm not bitter...). The acting is solid; some people have complained about the Southern accents, but I can't really tell one way or the other. I love the sets and the costumes I've seen so far, and I can't wait to see Fangtasia, the vampire bar they've been hyping in the previews. The one part about the costumes I don't like is the fangs. They're too close together, giving the vampires a tendency to look like Bunnicula. Maybe they'll change it in the future.
I don't have HBO (had to track TB down online) so I was shocked by the softcore-porn scenes. I'm sure this is a plus for some people, but I think the show would be better off without it. Still, it's probably par for the course on HBO. Yes, the show is rated TV-MA for a reason.
Overall, I like what I've seen so far. My rating may change in the future, based on where the series goes, but right now it's a solid 8/10.
Love the show. Hooked since day one. The accents bothered me a bit but they're growing on me. The fang placement is a bit odd but even that is starting to look ok as well. We're all so used to the "standards" that have been set about how vampires are supposed to look, their strengths and weaknesses. I love the little twists. For those having issues with it, approach the show with an open mind. This isn't your typical vampire show and that's what makes it great. I've watched each episode at least 3+ times and am anxiously awaiting episode 3. I'm so happy to hear the show has already been given the green light on season 2.
The show is reasonably good.
I didnt read the book so I am basing all my opnions on the TV show. I like the idea that not all vampires are bad and that some of them are decent folks, they were, after all, humans and Whoever they were as hunams must reflect on what they become as vampires. I think that is only logical. It new, the idea of selling vampire blood but it make sense that it does make ppl healthier and allow mortals to acquire some vampire traits. I had high hopes for the show but I think the way that the actress playing Suki is over acting abit and by the second, this is the second time that is in trouble and needs help. How did she manage to get this far in her life without "Bell" saving her every night?
It's been only 2 episodes so it's way too early to judge but I like it. I've read the book and it's not among my vampire favorites (early Anita Blake stories are) yet the story is decent and characters compelling and not so glamorous-over-the-top.
So, what is most pleasing about the show is how similar are the characters to those of the book. I'm not sure about the southern accent (I don't know how it is supposed to sound) but I appreciate the effort.
What really strikes me is opening credits sequence. It's a work of genius, sets up the atmosphere immediately and the song suits it perfectly. Each image is a masterpiece in its own way.
The cheapest thing about the show (any vampire flick, I think) is fangs. Nobody can get them right.
To sum up, I will definitely watch it, some secondary characters are highly amusing (the chef is awesome), and I have hopes for the whole thing.
i have not read the books yet, but will start today. I really like the characters of Bill, Sukie, and Tara. I have a feeling that this can go one of two ways, uphill and be amazing or turn into a campy b movie type of series.I do like it give it a chance! I think it has a lot of potential to get past the vampire stuff to truly develop the characters with the vehicle being vampires. I am looking forward to see where the show goes in terms of character development. I am hoping that like Jericho it will focus on several main characters and their storylines but also develop story lines around the lesser characters as well. I think that the acting is decent and will improve as the actors get to know their characters better. I do like the actor that plays the vampire Bill Compton, he doesnt overplay it, he does a really nice job. I have one issue, they are using heavy, thick Cajun accents in a NON-cajun town. Monroe and that area is part of north louisiana is almost a different state/country than south louisian, so that is a huge mistake on someone's part. If they wanted it set with Cajun names, Cajun accents it should have been set in Cajun country, south Louisiana. Otherwise it is well done.
Unlike many fans, I have not read the book, and unless and until I get into the show, I won't read this one. I want the show to make my decision, on its own merits.
I like the main characters and I don't believe I will have any trouble investing in them. There are some annoying characters too, that bore me to tears when they are the scene subject, however, I also suspect that because there are so many characters who will ultimately be key to the story, its going to take some time and patience for them to fall into place.
Its certainly different from any of my other favourite vamp shows in its presentation, content and graphic scenes, and I attribute that to "The HBO Factor"...which I also think will ultimately be a good thing.
All-in-all, I will give it some time and hope the investment pays off.
"True Blood" is a show reminiscent of "Buffy", "Angel", "Forever Knight" and "Moonlight." Yes, it is a vampire show. But like the rest it is a different incarnation on the vampire legend. Vamps are now able to be out and about due to the creation of TruBlood, a Japanese-made blood substitute for vamps. The allure of the show is between the telepathic waitress Sookie and the vamp Bill.
One knows right off that those two destined to be together, especially when Sookie realizes that she can't hear his thoughts. I was completely taken with the show from the start. The 'billy bob' looking guy got me when he announced to the young couple and the clerk that he was a vamp. He would have been the unlikeliest of candidates. It was really intriguing to see a show of this type on HBO where one didn't have the restrictions that they have on one of the big four stations. This is the best show since "Carnival." Good start. I recommend this show to any one whom is taken with the vampire legend. Very good.
When I first caught wind of a new series created by Alan Ball I was more than ecstatic, too long has my world been without the genius behind Six Feet Under and re-watching the box sets just weren't cutting it, I was desperate for something new and refreshing to sink my teeth into (!).
I can positively say that I wasn't disappointed, not only did it satisfy my Ball-less existence but also tapped into my absolute passion for all things "mythical". Ball is ingenious (if perhaps not completely original) in approaching the existence of Vampire's in the "noughties" much as homosexuality and race was dealt with in "real life" in the twentieth century, it makes things much easier to relate to and more "believable".
The casting is inspired and each character will become your best friend, remind you of your annoying friend you can't live without or become a super villain you can enjoy despising. But they wouldn't truly be Alan Ball characters if no matter what your first impression, they didn't all have shades of Grey.
It is these shades of Grey that may deter you from persevering with the series, which would be a fatal mistake! If you are unfamiliar with Alan Ball creations I urge you to visit American Beauty or Six Feet Under to fully understand that his character development is more complex than that of other works of fiction - he will not spoon feed you, your personal relationship with the character must develop much as a new relationship in life would and in turn, your appreciation for the series will flourish.
Treat True Blood with the open mind you would a potential new friend and you shall be rewarded if Ball remains on form!
I have never watched HBO. now i understand why, but i do like the show i just think it needs time to grow. i just have never seen so much sexuallity and nudity in one episode. i love sookie she is a cool kid. bill seems like he is a quite vampire. i will try to watch more it's just wow, there was just alot of bad words and sex. i have never been around on that type of show. but i know one thing that is for sure. this show is nothing like matching towards moonlight at all. but i will try to watch more.
Being a fan of any and all vampire shows that have existed (RIP Moonlight and Buffy) I was extremely excited to watch this show. I however, was quite disappointed with alot of it. The accents were not great, and I thought the acting was a bit cheesy and the theme music that came on every time Bill came into the picture was a bit strange. I felt as though they should have gone into a little more about Sookie and why she can hear people's thoughts and how tough her childhood must have been to be able to do so. There needs to be a little more character development. I will continue to watvh the show and hope that it gets better because I really like the concept of a "vampire friendly" society.
Fellow Winnipegger (dang I should've asked her out) Anna Paquin stars as a naive southern chick who can read minds... and seems to infatuated with vampires.
Paquin plays an awesome ditzy southern belle. I haven't been this turned on by a southern accent since Reese Witherspoom did it in the movie Freeway. Incidentally if you were a fan of Freeway then you will absolutely love this show. It's got all the fixin's. Redneck southerners, vampires, cheeky humour, sex and violence... darned near orgasmic I tell ya!
Of course this is just the first episode. I hope it continues to be this great. I love it because of its freshness... that wears off in a while so I hope the story gets good.
Also, I don't understand the was Anna Paquin runs and walks in this show... it's like she's bobbing around... neat.
After watching the first show of True Blood on HBO, I am completely hooked! It's interesting that the whole world knows about the vampires--especially watching and listening to peoples' reactions. And Sookie main character, being telepathic, perfect and awesome! Her just being a regular human would put her and Bill, a vamp, at very different levels. With her gift, she is partly supernatural too.
The action pulling the two together is intense. I cant wait to see how Bill saves Sookie. Especially with the previews hinting at it! I think True Blood would attract those who like Blood Ties, possibly Moonlight, and other vampire action shows. Though people should be warned that there are some very sexual scenes and some nude parts (at least in the first show).
Vampires! We've seen them before in a few memorable TV-shows like Buffy and its spin off show Angel. The creator of those shows must have inspired Alan Ball to some degree. True blood is funny and innovative, it takes us where no other TV-show have gone before. It really mixes up our understanding of how and what a TV-show is about. The show keeps you wanting to see more and to wait a week to see how this weeks cliffhanger ending turns out, seems just too long. Albeit one can pretty much figure it out, it must be seen.
The actors make a good job with the characters they were given, what a marvelous universe True blood offers for them to play in.
Great show and im sure most people were either offended or found it too far fecthed but its a show. There isnt anything real about it sometimes you just have to let go and get into it. Otherwise just dont watch it and post something bad when you only seen 15 minutes of the shows. Great story greatplot great characters love bill and im already anticipating a second season. Pilots are supposed to make you wonder and think, What next?. So far this isnt all your gonna get its HBO they are known for making groundbreaking shows like carnival. Give it a chance, as for me i love the show already.
What a breath of fresh air. So, it is not strictly based on the books, but close enough in my opinion. Some of the acting is a bit strange, but the recast of the 'Tara' character is a hell of a lot better than the pilot. Ryan Kwanten as the brother 'Jason Stackhouse' took a bit to get used to. He is an Aussie and made his fame down here in Home and Away. To see him playing a thickwitted and permantely horny southern male was just weird. Anna Paquin is good as 'Sookie Stackhouse' the lead character but I don't think she gets the plot at times. She seems forced into acting 'strange' which is what Sookie's character is famous for in her home town of Bon Temps. She seems too intelligent to be deliberately stupid.
Vampire Bill is spot on for the casting, and I'm looking forward to seeing more of him.
Coming up is more vampires, maenads, shifters, were-animals, faeries and witches if they stay true to the books. I hope they do as this will make for a very interesting series.
The best thing is that hubby now is reading the books as he thought it was a hoot and loved the interplay between the characters.
Spot on for now, but I will wait and see how this pans out.
Definitly a show to keep your eye on. i'm already hungrey for the next episode. This show has a lot of petential, and I can not wait to see what happens further along in the season. The first episode had a few discrepencys with the first book of charlaine harris's sookie stackhouse books, but that was to be expected with a revisal for a television series. But even with the changes made, their is still enough of a compelling story left to rivet the right viewers. Though the one thig I beleive they should work on is the over excitability of the main character Sookie Stackhouse.
This is not the best pilot i have ever seen, but it's an original story. I like the fact that the main character is untypical. This is in the same time an harmless and a very strong woman, depending of the situation. She has personnality.
The vampire is much more typical but the relationship developped between him and Sookie is intense and romantic in the good sense of the term.
The pilot could suffered of his own originality, because we don't always understand where they want to lead the spectator but the universe is enought interesting to keep the attention of the audience. This is not the best show i have ever seen, but it have a very strong potential.
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