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313 out of 382 people found the following review useful:
"Awwww, SOOKIE SOOKIE Now...", 21 September 2008
Author: Christopher T. Chase (firstname.lastname@example.org) from Arlington, VA.
Dracula living in a trailer park instead of a castle. NOSFERATU out on
the bayou. THE LOST BOYS hangin' out down by the Chattahoochie with a
keg, instead of in an underground lair with a beachfront view. A great
dinner of catfish, blackeyed peas and rice and cornbread, served up
with a tall, warm, bubbly bottle of...BLOOD.
However you want to describe it, TRUE BLOOD is not only unlike any vampire story that's been done before, it's not like any series that's on right now. It's DARK SHADOWS-meets deep-fried Southern Gothic, and only Alan Ball, the creator of SIX FEET UNDER, would dare stick his neck out to bring it to you.
Based on the novels of Charlaine Harris, which I've never read, (but certainly will after this!), BLOOD takes place in the not-too-distant future. It's been two years since the world got a shock it never expected: vampires came "out of the coffin" as a race. We suspected they always lived - and fed - amongst us, but now it's official, and just as before with race relations and as it is now with GLBT people, the reaction across the board is the same - fear of change and fear of the unknown influences most people's feelings about it. And it doesn't seem to matter much that vamps now opt for finding nourishment from a bottled beverage made of synthetic plasma called - wait for it - "TRU BLOOD", rather than from the warm, breathing, two-legged receptacles called Everybody Else.
Sookie Stackhouse, however, has her own unique take on the whole deal. Sookie (X-MEN'S Anna Paquin) lives and works as a waitress in Bon Temps, LA, at a roadhouse restaurant called Merlotte's, the center of most of the series' action. She serves up pitchers of beer and sweet tea, and will give you a piece of her mind, once she has a piece of yours...though you'll wonder how she knew what you were thinking. Sookie is a telepath, and unfortunately for her, she can't turn off the constant flow of other peoples' streams of consciousness...most of which offers way too much information.
The only minds she can't read are vampire minds, something she discovers when she encounters Bon Temps' first vamp, the courtly and smoldering Bill Compton (Brit actor Stephen Moyer in a bravura performance). They are taken with each other on first sight - Sookie, who is not afraid of the unusual since she herself fits that category all too well, and Bill because he cannot figure her out - is she mortal, or something more?
Looking on this blossoming romance in various stages of curiosity, disgust or outright disapproval are Sookie's brother, Jason (Ryan Kwanten), a walking hormone on two legs whose IQ matches his boot size; headstrong, opinionated Tara (Rutina Wesley), Sookie's childhood BFF; Sam Merlotte himself (Sam Trammell), Sookie's boss, who's got it bad for her and wears his heart on his sleeve on and off the clock; Lafayette Reynolds (Nelsan Ellis), the boldly out, proud and randy cook who serves as Greek chorus, instigator and confidante to Merlotte's employees, but most especially to Sookie, and her 'Gran', Adele Stackhouse (the marvelous Lois Smith), who couldn't be happier that Sookie is romantically involved with somebody...even if he is undead.
Not a single opportunity is wasted here to explore every nuance of mixing the ordinary with the extraordinary, in a way that even a series as outstanding as BUFFY could only get close to. Passion burns, secrets abound, betrayal, murder and things even worse lurk around every corner. It's what you've hoped for but never gotten from every soap opera that couldn't show you what was REALLY going on...until now.
Best of all, TRUE BLOOD is like the best songs that come from Mississippi Delta blues. It has an irresistible melody and a driving beat that pulses with sex, muscular sensuality and undeniable heat, with an undertone of menace lurking just beneath, ready to explode without warning...and sometimes even without provocation.
As with 6FU, Ball and his crew are firing on all cylinders here in the first two episodes I've seen. I sure hope they can keep it going...With the early renewal for a second season, HBO sure seems to agree, and so do the fans. Especially this one.
270 out of 362 people found the following review useful:
Fangtastic!, 16 August 2008
Author: UncleTantra from Leiden, the Netherlands
OK, I just watched episode 1 of this new HBO series, created by Alan
Ball ("American Beauty," "Six Feet Under"), and there is simply no
question in my mind that it's going to be one of the hottest things on
The setting is backwoods Louisiana. Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin, from "The Piano") is a waitress in a local eatery during the day and at the local bar at night. She's pretty normal, except that she can read minds. And the crowd at the eatery and at the bar are pretty normal, too, by backwoods Louisiana standards.
Except that the hook of this series is that vampires "came out of the coffin" on national TV a couple of years earlier. They now live openly in society, because the Japanese have invented a synthetic blood that is sold in convenience stores everywhere as "True Blood." The vampires themselves are considered kinda exotic, and there are "fang bangers" of both sexes who long to have sex with them.
One moves to town. Sookie saves his life. Sparks fly. The stage is set for a really fun, well-written series. There is not a clunker in the cast, or an off moment in the writing. One to look forward to.
230 out of 318 people found the following review useful:
Make Way for True Blood ---, 13 September 2008
Author: Ali ----
There is no doubt in my mind that True Blood is developing it's
die-hard cult fans even as I write this.
Director Alan Ball has successfully adapted the show from the southern vampire series penned by Charlaine Harris. The show incorporates the gritty, down-south, feel that permeates Harris's books. The imagery, whether in landscape or in outfits, is incredible and really gives the viewer a chance to feel the atmosphere of the story.
The music is unbeatable... The opening credits rolling by is enough to hook a person right there.
The acting by lead characters is great. Anna Paquin as Sookie Stackhouse is incredible. She's captured just the right tones of innocence, lively spark, and morals that personify Sookie. The only thing that might be noted is that her accent seems a little off, I can't say how specifically it just sounds wrong which is understandable as she's a Canadian.
Stephen Moyer as 'Vampire Bill' is great as well. I thought his accent was great, much more realistic than other characters who I had definite red flags pop up when I heard them speak. His screen presence is unbeatable and he fits the role of a vampire almost eerily well.
I'm looking for some better character development in Tara, Sookie's close friend, she seems to fit a stereotype a bit too well for my taste. Hopefully writers will mix things up for Tara a little, give her some great lines.
So acting is a 8 out of 10, Screenplay and Scenery get a definite 10 out of 10, and the score is 10 out of 10.
True Blood is the kind of show that comes along and while it has every opportunity to fall flat, sinking into the rut of so many other 'vampire TV shows', it rises above and makes its own cut into the genre.
159 out of 236 people found the following review useful:
Love at First Bite, 17 June 2008
Author: yossarian100 from usa
Another interesting, entertaining, and slightly on the odd side series
from HBO that should have more than enough sex and blood for those more
discerning fans of our mythical long toothed friends, the vampires.
On the other hand, some may find it little more than an "R" rated soap opera with teeth.
I'm more forgiving. I liked the first episode, thought it had a fairly strong cast, and the story held my interest, even though some of the southern accents sounded a bit strange. Still, having a lead character who is wound a little too tight, there's a reason for that, is a fresh enough idea and Anna Paquin, as Sookie Stackhouse...you heard that right, is well cast.
I'm looking forward to the next episode. Maybe this new show will reach right out and bite you.
104 out of 164 people found the following review useful:
Follows the first book well, 7 September 2008
Author: bugdog from Austin, Tx
I like it. I just picked up the books on recommendation from a coworker
and ended up reading nearly the entire series in 2 days (I'm halfway
through From Dead to Worse right now). It's rare that I can sit down
and read a book in a few hours and even more rare that I can read an
entire series without a break, but these books are that good.
I didn't expect that the TV show would be so close to the books, frankly. I was stunned to see how close the first episode is to the first book and even more stunned to see the locations looked pretty damn much like what I had in my head. That's just weird. (The kitchen in Sookie's grandmother's house was just dead on and that made my jaw drop.)
I like the characters. I like the settings. I know I love the books. If the rest of the series plays out like the first episode, then I'll be a happy camper.
134 out of 224 people found the following review useful:
loving it, 17 September 2008
Author: mordantmonkey from United States
so, i read everyone else's reviews. it seems that if you are a
Buffy/Angel fan, then you will more than likely loathe this series.
otherwise, there's a chance you will really dig it. that is, provided
lots of sex, especially really creepy sex doesn't freak you out.
let's start with the credits. i haven't seen credits that i actually enjoyed watching since the end credits of se7en. yes, the credits are weird. and cool.
the acting, look, cast, and score are top notch. the first two episodes left me clearly conflicted. not to be confused with dear departed dexter (another killer series). i was drawn in, turned on. and for some reason really freaked out. all at the same time. excellent.
i just bought the first 3 books...and i'm nearly finished with the first. well done, creators of true blood! well done, chick that wrote the southern vampire series!
87 out of 141 people found the following review useful:
true blood is just truly great, 25 May 2009
Author: rikkigawthorpe85 from United Kingdom
A great TV show, I love the genre of horror and supernatural, and this is a different take on the vampire legend. The acting is superb and the story keeps you intrigued right up till the finally. These are some great cameo's and I'm hooked. I can not wait for the second season to start in June, their is a couple of slow episodes, but isn't their always to these shows, just like dexter lost and heroes great with a few bad episodes but is a must watch. the main characters are played fantastic as is all of the supporting cast. I hope that this doesn't get axed as some TV series do, like carnival which I was enjoying. But do watch you won't be disappointed
105 out of 178 people found the following review useful:
The failing of True Blood, 26 October 2008
Author: Ron Mueller from St. Louis, MO
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
For every series that makes it to television, a 100 ideas are formed,
50 scripts are written, 15 pilots are made, and one, just one, actually
makes it to production. From such a selection process, we are lead to
believe that the final product must be the cream of the crop, for what
other reason could so many ideas be rejected to give us a single
And so it goes with True Blood; all the stars were in alignment and what started as a series of novels was transformed into an idea, a screen play, a pilot, and finally a series. Unfortunately, it can sometimes be a long journey and along the way there are many turns that ultimately change what was good and pure into and show that production people feel would be best for ratings. Oh how wrong they so often are...
True Blood is an example of a creative concept that has developed into one of the poorest story lines, worst acting, and silliest subplots as anything in recent television history. Its international cast of relatively unknown actors struggle to find their voices but keep tripping over their fake southern accents. Alan Ball's not so secret desires for Ryan (Jason Stackhouse) gives us a fresh nude shot each week although it often has nothing to do with the storyline. Tara's angry black woman characterization fails to connect and you find yourself secretly hoping the vamps take her out quickly before she goes into another speech about white suppression while attend a ceremony for the Glorious Dead of the Confedercy. Sam finds suppressed love for Sookie and suddenly we are to believe he needs to watch over her morning, noon, and night despite years of working with her and avoiding any such relationship.
As for Bill the Vampire, his moral high ground is quickly surrendered at the first chance to make love with Sookie and has no issue with make a quick snack of her (although she remains somewhat unharmed). We find the other vampires not so mainstream as Bill but greatly desiring to become accepted by a public as they look at the living as Happy Meals with legs.
Despite my best efforts of suffering through the first six episodes, I have come to the realization that no matter how long you watch a bad show, its still bad. Somethings die for a reason, even vampires. Maybe this show should to.
29 out of 36 people found the following review useful:
True Awesomeness, 11 August 2011
Author: subspace2010 from Australia
Released the same year as the incredibly awful Twilight, which I had to
turn off after 30 minutes, I dismissed True Blood as just another teen
vampire show. How wrong I was....and happy to be so.
For once someone got it right. All the topics that most people wouldn't touch with a really really long stick are all here and in your face. From voodoo, paganism, witchcraft, homosexuality, vampires, werewolves, you name it it's probably in there.
The thing that strikes me most about this show however is how they portray both sides of the simmering human/vampire feud. It makes it really hard to take sides when you've got so much character depth and insight into what makes them who and what they have become.
The show is expertly written with humor and razor sharp dialog. The characters are ALL fantastic and hard to fault. Kudos to Ryan Kwanten aka Jason Stackhouse who does a superb job of playing a dumb ass redneck American. You'd never pick he is actually an intelligent Aussie bloke. And Nelsan Ellis who plays Lafayette Reynolds is just awesome. I don't think I'd like Kristin Bauer who plays Pam De Beaufort as much if she wasn't such a foul mouthed b#@ch.
My only complaint, and it's a purely selfish one, is I would like to see more on Sookies fey ancestry.
Uncensored, uninhibited, unashamed TV at it's finest. Shut up and take note writers and producers and learn a few lessons from a show that pushes the boundaries and isn't just another pile of steaming predictability.
91 out of 163 people found the following review useful:
Ball delivers in HBO-worthy fashion, 7 September 2008
Author: anewaphorist from United States
First of all, let me say that TrueBlood was good, especially
considering that this was the first episode. Alan Ball does a good job
of establishing a realistic setting (the town of Bon Temps, LA) with a
believable scenario in society recognizes vampires. The sex, while
graphic, is sufficiently twisted, establishing some of the differences
between humans and vampires. The dialogue wasn't bad and the somewhat
campy atmosphere of the show hooked me in and gave it a genuine air of
back-country sex and scandal. The acting of the major characters was
solid, with Anna Paquin providing a solid portrayal of a young Southern
woman tormented by hearing everyone's thoughts yet clinging to her
That being said, there were a few problems with the show. The accents were strained at the best of times, with Sookie's African-American friend Tara's being the worst. The character Tara seemed, to my distaste, to conform to the stereotype of the "angry black woman" a little too easily. Some of the acting from the minor characters was disappointing, especially the customers in Sookie's restaurant. While I foresaw a cliffhanger ending, I thought it could have been better constructed; the credits rolled too soon after the vampire hunters (whose acting was sub-par) attacked.
All in all, the show was very entertaining with lots of developing plots to look forward too. A few lapses aside, it was a strong show, one I will look forward to watching every Sunday. I would probably give it a 7.5/10, but it is important to keep in mind that this was only the first episode.
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