Review: True Blood(TV)

Posted on 23rd June 2008 by aaron in News,Reviews - Tags: , , , , ,

Alrighty, A television show about vampires set in the south.  Louisiana to be exact.  When I first heard (vaguely) about the premise of True Blood: Vampires have come “out of the coffin” and have revealed themselves to the rest of the world thanks to the Japanese who’ve invented a synthetic blood that vamps can drink instead of the real thing, thus, you know, allowing them to have friends and lead um, more normal lives, I was, kind of excited. Blah Blah.  Horror in the south, so you know it piqued MY interest.  

Turns out there was a rough cut of the pilot “released/leaked” to the intarwebz so, of course, I watched it.  What a disappointment.  Let’s talk about those accents.  They were the most horribly contrived, fake, STUPID accents I’ve ever heard.  I mean, it was almost insulting, being a southerner myself.  The acting seemed completely unnatural.  I mean, it’s a show about vampires, so unnatural fits in there somewhere, but the acting?  The number one rule, aside from fantastic writing (which the show was also lacking), is believable, natural acting.  The audience has to BELIEVE.  You have to put the audience in a place where, once they believe in the characters, you can throw just about anything in there, be it vampires, killer chickens, whatever.  

Maybe it was due to the fact that the pilot episode was a rough cut, or that sometimes the first episode of a new series just sucks out loud, but the pilot for TRUE BLOOD just lacked any bite.  Heh, sorry, couldn’t help myself.  For those of you that might be interested, click on the vivacious Anna Paquin below (who stars as Sookie Stackhouse in the series).  The show’s set to air September 7, 2008. Hopefully it’ll get better as it progresses.

17 Comments »

  1. i thought it was an alright episode…i still enjoyed moonlight 10 times more

    Comment by k — September 9, 2008 @ 6:16 pm

  2. K, Seriously? I mean…really? Maybe I’ll have to watch it again, but I remember it being really shite. It was a couple of months ago when I first watched it, but yeah, my impression of things rarely change. At the same time, Moonlight? Come on… seriously? The only thing that I can fathom, not to be mean or anything, but the only thing I can think is that K, you must be a girl. Moonlight was poorly written, poorly acted, poorly everything. If it wasn’t canceled, it should be. Terrible “fru fru” vampire television. Just another soap opera, like Passions or something.
    Thanks for leaving a comment though. Just because I disagree, don’t be afraid to comment again.

    Aaron

    Comment by aaron — September 9, 2008 @ 9:14 pm

  3. I just watched the first episode of True Blood, and I liked it a lot. I laughed at some parts out loud, and although it seemed dull towards the end, I was overall pleased with the show.I think this show has potential to get better as the season goes on. Much better than Moonlight, which was very bad.

    Comment by Samantha — September 10, 2008 @ 5:00 pm

  4. Ok, ok, you two have convinced me, I’ll take another look at the first episode. Perhaps it wasn’t as blah as I thought. Ah, well, I DO think the series has potential, however. Moonlight, though, yeah, that one sucked. Sucked OUT LOUD.

    Thanks for visiting the site!
    Aaron

    Comment by aaron — September 10, 2008 @ 8:18 pm

  5. i watched true blood i thought it was pretty good it was not great but i think it will do better i like the plot and everything so i’ll probably read the books the series is based on. i don’t know what moonlight is so can’t really give n oppinion on if it sucked or not

    Comment by michelle — September 11, 2008 @ 3:51 pm

  6. I watched the first episode and thought it was great! The not so young kid related parts made me giggle out loud because it was so odd, yet I still liked it very very much

    Comment by Michelle — September 13, 2008 @ 9:09 pm

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  8. I loved the book series, so I have to agree with being disappointed in the show. I feel that the Bill should have been played by someone else and Sookie is so not how I pictured her. In the first paragraph of the book it states that Sookie has big blue eyes! Totally off from what the show portrayed. Jason, Tara, and Sam fit their characters better. I wished someone that read all her books and enjoyed it did the casting and writing. It would have been way better!

    Comment by Cheri — September 18, 2008 @ 5:25 am

  9. I have watched the past 2 episodes and I can not wait to see the next one. I think this show is awesome!

    Comment by Maddie — September 20, 2008 @ 6:59 am

  10. Okay, I just watched the third episode. I liked Moonlight and Bloodties and I think this is just as good, maybe a little better. HBO has the pleasure of adding more real life situations without worrying about censorship. Keep em coming !

    Comment by Jon — September 22, 2008 @ 5:35 am

  11. OKay, read what yall wrote, bad acting…yes, good idea though….yes. I’m gonna give the whole season a chance, Jericho didnt’ get really interesting until halfway through, so maybe this will get better too.

    Comment by Bryon — September 24, 2008 @ 1:21 am

  12. I loves this series, I got so hooked on the first 3 I had to go get the book and I read it in 12 hours!!! I think anything made for TV or movies do loso something, but HBO has still made this a great show, every conversation between Bill and Sookie are exactly like the book, it has humor, and depth; this is a worth while show, especially on a boring Sunday night!!! I am so happy with the book and I don’t even care I know what is going to happen becasue I am so into the characters, much better than that suck ass moon show!!! Seriously, read the book, understand they can capture everything a book as to offer, and enjoy the show!!! Sookies powers and the murder mystery make this more than just another vampire show!!!

    ps,
    I love Stephen Moyer, I think he is a better William Compton than the book pictures!!!

    Comment by Robyn — September 24, 2008 @ 1:22 pm

  13. Well I think That True Blood is Great cause i thank that vampire Bill play the role BRILLIANT!! i also love soookieshes soo cute LOL

    Another Michelle

    Comment by a diffrent Michelle — September 24, 2008 @ 11:44 pm

  14. I think it’s really good…but maybe its just me… i mean as far as the accents go eh i don’t mind it and it doesn’t need so much sex but whatever i guess… its definitly not a show you watch with the family… however i’m hooked on it… along with dexter lol

    Comment by Bridget — October 3, 2008 @ 2:24 am

  15. It’s Vampire Light – nothing to get serious about there, and kind of a relief, really. Mindless, fluffy entertainment – I like it for what it is, not for what it isn’t. Gives me some time on Sunday to NOT think about anything while I’m waiting for the weekly grind to begin again.

    Comment by dingobluefoot — October 6, 2008 @ 11:48 am

  16. i freakin’ love true blood. the first time i saw it i thought it was a little cheesey but i was totally intrigued. i have watched every single episode since and cant get enough. i know it is a little over the top and i never thought i would be into a vampire series but i’m hooked. i’m gonna be so sad when this season is over.

    Comment by christie — November 12, 2008 @ 2:16 am

  17. Christie

    I agree whole-heartedly with you. Once I got into the show, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Especially now that we know there are shape shifters and werewolves, I’m exited to see where it goes.

    Keep it Creepy!
    Aaron

    Comment by aaron — November 12, 2008 @ 9:13 pm

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