True Blood season 1 (HBO)

Discussion in 'TV Shows' started by mattCR, Sep 6, 2008.

  1. mattCR

    mattCR Executive Producer
    Reviewer

    Joined:
    Oct 5, 2005
    Messages:
    10,515
    Likes Received:
    385
    Location:
    Lee Summit, Missouri
    Real Name:
    Matt
    First two episodes are up on InDemand.

    It's an interesting twist on the vampire-human situation. A japanese firm invents "TruBlood" a synthetic blood that allows vampires to shed their lurker roles and come out into the public.

    Some vampires appear, and try to become aprt of society; meanwhile, some people hunt vampires, apparently using thier blood as a sort of drug, and prostituting themselves to them for the experience.

    Anna Paquin as a mind-reader.

    Hmm. Who knows where this is going. The first episode was better then I expected, and Alan Ball (Six Feet Under) has a good track record. I'll give it a try and see what happens [​IMG]
     
  2. MarkMel

    MarkMel Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2003
    Messages:
    1,802
    Likes Received:
    85
    I have a problem.

    No mater what, I finish what I start. Be that a movie, tv show or book. No matter how bad it is.

    That's not to say that I didn't like this show but since I started watching it, I'm in for the long haul. I liked it but it could go bad.

    I still watch ER if that says anything and that pretty much sux these days.
     
  3. Richard Travale

    Richard Travale Producer

    Joined:
    Feb 27, 2001
    Messages:
    3,425
    Likes Received:
    12
    Location:
    The Island, Canada
    Real Name:
    Rich Travale
    I watched the first episode and I thought it was ok. I will give it a few more before I pass true judgement.

    Anna is always enjoyable but a few of the characters got on my nerves a little bit...best friend Tara being the main offender.
     
  4. MarkMel

    MarkMel Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2003
    Messages:
    1,802
    Likes Received:
    85
    Oh I liked Tara she was funny. Did Wanda Sykes have a kid.
     
  5. Shawn_KE

    Shawn_KE Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Nov 25, 2003
    Messages:
    1,295
    Likes Received:
    0
    It was ok. Anna Paquin was pretty bad in it though, both acting and that accent. Well, all the accents were bad lol.
     
  6. Don Giro

    Don Giro Supporting Actor

    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2004
    Messages:
    835
    Likes Received:
    15
    Location:
    New Jersey
    Real Name:
    Don
    I kinda liked the debut, but I have the sinking feeling that this show could get real old REAL fast...

    Didn't Buffy already cover this "attracted to a vampire" material for seven seasons (give or take a season)?
     
  7. Jon Martin

    Jon Martin Cinematographer

    Joined:
    Sep 19, 2002
    Messages:
    2,219
    Likes Received:
    1
    Did the show need both vampires and mind reading? Plus I didn't care for the actor playing the vampire.

    I don't know if I'll stay with it.
     
  8. Richard Travale

    Richard Travale Producer

    Joined:
    Feb 27, 2001
    Messages:
    3,425
    Likes Received:
    12
    Location:
    The Island, Canada
    Real Name:
    Rich Travale

    Oh man! I was thinking that the whole time...which is probably why she annoyed me so much.
     
  9. Don Giro

    Don Giro Supporting Actor

    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2004
    Messages:
    835
    Likes Received:
    15
    Location:
    New Jersey
    Real Name:
    Don

    Same here. They should have used the "goth" long-haired convenience store clerk from the opening instead.
     
  10. JediFonger

    JediFonger Producer

    Joined:
    Feb 2, 2006
    Messages:
    3,958
    Likes Received:
    24
    Real Name:
    YiFeng You
    [​IMG] i have the SAME PROBLEM!!! we need to start a club. TV-anonymous or somn like that. although T&A means somn else too [​IMG].

    don, the point of the opening montage is that nothing is what they appear to be. u thought that that the clerk was the vampire... but it's the other guy who was =).

    i think this series is going to give us a huge dose of what it means to be prejudiced against somn... anything. vampirism is just a cover for whatever that "ism" is. similar to dexter's twisted moral codes =).
    -yifeng

     
  11. ErichH

    ErichH Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Mar 1, 2001
    Messages:
    1,163
    Likes Received:
    0
    There are a few hotties in the bayou, but they don't look like a casting call in LA, and they don't speak such clear English either. I'll give ep3-? a chance and see what breaks.

    It's already obvious the writing borrows from 10 places and expects us to go along with quite a few assumptions about some weird future. I can go there, but it better perform past the fist 2 eps T&A.
     
  12. Don Giro

    Don Giro Supporting Actor

    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2004
    Messages:
    835
    Likes Received:
    15
    Location:
    New Jersey
    Real Name:
    Don

    I know that [​IMG].

    My point was that I would have preferred the vampire that Paquin "meets" look a little more "Goth" and a lot less "Martin Donovan."
     
  13. JonZ

    JonZ Lead Actor

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 1998
    Messages:
    7,795
    Likes Received:
    8
    "Did the show need both vampires and mind reading?"

    I havent read the books, but supposedly its just the beginning of meeting supernatural characters (as people who have read the books already know).

    For example, Ill mention one change I noticed from when I saw the pilot months back.

    This is a spoiler about a character that will be shown in the future.....
    When Sookie saves Bill there was a woman seen watching from nearby that is supposedly Sookies fairy godmother or something like that. The shots of her were cut from the premiere on sunday

    Also it appears Michelle Forbes has landed the role of
    Woman in the Woods/Maryann/ Maenad
     
  14. todd s

    todd s Lead Actor

    Joined:
    Jul 8, 1999
    Messages:
    7,116
    Likes Received:
    71
    Lots of gratuitous sex scenes...not that theirs anything wrong with that. [​IMG]

    Also, a few things....

    -When she gets beaten up at the end. I was surprised the bar owner wasn't watching from his window or that he couldn't hear her getting beat.

    -For those who read the books. With regards to getting bit by vamps during sex or drinking vampire blood by addicts. Wouldn't they turn into vampires?
     
  15. JediFonger

    JediFonger Producer

    Joined:
    Feb 2, 2006
    Messages:
    3,958
    Likes Received:
    24
    Real Name:
    YiFeng You
    yeah i was just thinking about that todd =P. what kind of vamp mythos will this series explore?
     
  16. Johnny Angell

    Johnny Angell Played With Dinosaurs Member

    Joined:
    Dec 13, 1998
    Messages:
    6,459
    Likes Received:
    823
    Location:
    Central Arkansas
    Real Name:
    Johnny Angell
    Your first point will eventually be answered by the series. On your second point, Charlaine Harris created her own version of vampires and rules. She of course used many existing traditions but also modified them. In her books a single bite doesn't create a vampire, come to think of it, I don't that that has been true in other versions either. There is a significant amount of effort for a vampire to make a vampire.

    I read someplace or that the first season will be 12 episodes and is only the first book, Dead Until Dark. I thought the actor playing Bill was just fine and so also was Sookie. However, there was something about the episode that seemed off. I'm hoping this is a series that finds it's way after an episode or two.

    I've enjoyed the books so much, that I know I'll stay interested in the series. BTW, the books are available at Audible.com and the reader is pretty good.
     
  17. Johnny Angell

    Johnny Angell Played With Dinosaurs Member

    Joined:
    Dec 13, 1998
    Messages:
    6,459
    Likes Received:
    823
    Location:
    Central Arkansas
    Real Name:
    Johnny Angell
    I have to agree here, Tara is not in the books and why they wrote her as such an asshole, I don't know. You know what's harder to believe in vampires? Tara keeping a job more than day.

    As for those wanting a more traditional vampire, remember that in this world, vampires have come out of the coffin and they occupy all niches of society. Some are more traditional but many blend right in.
     
  18. Zack Gibbs

    Zack Gibbs Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Sep 15, 2005
    Messages:
    1,687
    Likes Received:
    2
    I believe that traditionally you have to drink the blood of the vampire who bit you for you to become one yourself.
     
  19. JonZ

    JonZ Lead Actor

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 1998
    Messages:
    7,795
    Likes Received:
    8
    Second episode was MUCH better than the first.
     
  20. Rhoq

    Rhoq Supporting Actor

    Joined:
    Mar 1, 2004
    Messages:
    734
    Likes Received:
    0

    Yes it was and the preview for next week looks like it will be even better. Can't wait.
     

Share This Page