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post #61 of 3651
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Originally Posted by VisionOn View Post

They don't need different products like they sell in the show.

I would guess the diffrent types would be for flavor. Fun stuff to think about.
post #62 of 3651
Watched the pilot last night. It's got an interesting feel, very Six Feet Under-ish with a light tone overlaid on top of some darker, heavier themes. I like Anna Paquin in the lead, and her new vamp friend has the right look of menace balanced by a southern good-ol-boy accent. It's not what I had hoped for (something much darker and scarier), and the wife, who originally wasn't interested, actually liked it better than me. Did appreciate the little gratuitous nudity they threw in; reminded me this was an HBO show, because honestly, this could have aired on any of the cablenets. Just doesn't go far enough down that dark road for me. But, it's early yet; we'll see how it develops.
post #63 of 3651
I saw the poor quality "screener" of the first episode they are peddling at Blockbuster. Once we got past the massive "HBO" watermark covering the entire screen and the annoying pop-up promotional disclaimer, the actual show was just meh.

I'm pretty played out with romantic vampire yarns to start with, and this one is already playing like a cheap copy of season one of Buffy. While the acting was acceptable (though I would be SHOCKED to see any bayou old boys tolerating such a flamboyant gay) the backstory is what really bothers me.

For starters, why in the HELL is a telepathic chick working a a waitress? She ought to be working a solitary job or raking it in on a steamboat casino. Seems like her ability has isolated her emotionally from folks, yet she has dedicated friends. Doesn't jive, IMHO.

Then there is the "Tru-Blood" nonsense. I guess it depends on how fleshed out the vampire physiology is. Are they a seperate species? Created from humans? How can no one know such a simple thing as their suseptibility to silver? If they are, by nature, homicidal creatures, why is the human world so passive towards them?

Anyway, I'm sure lots of these questions would be answered either in the books or in the show, but the impression I got from the first ep is that the writers don't really CARE, they just want us to accept the given attitude towards vamps and move on.

Anyway, we'll just wait for the BR. Barring HORRIBLE reviews it looks to be at least a rental. Seems to be high on the gore/sex factor anyway (yum, Lynn Collins!!)
post #64 of 3651
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Originally Posted by VisionOn View Post

I wouldn't say this was inspired. It's just Alien Nation for the gay generation. Throw in little substitute blood from various other vampire shows and movies and that pretty much sums it up. I wouldn't be surprised if they didn't pitch it like that. "It's like Alien Nation, except with vampires!"

One thing I think is pretty interesting and slightly flawed in the show is the concept of Tru Blood. Real variants are actually better. They don't need refrigeration, have very long shelf life and can be used to match any blood type. They don't need different products like they sell in the show.

I hear you. Ball's stuff is not for all tastes but he appeals to me. I like the vibe he sends us along with the action that he is not really taking his stuff very seriously. If his gay themes were more overt, I would be turned off, but I didn't think Ball over did that sort of thing in his earlier projects and this show seems not to be going over the line, either.

EDIT: It occurred to me after posting the foregoing that the frequent depiction of David Fisher's sexual liaisons with other men made me so uncomfortable, I fast forwarded through them.
post #65 of 3651
I was stoked that Jessica Stroup was the first character shown. If she were a main character, I'd watch the hell out this show.

IMO, judging from the pilot, this show will only appeal to vampire genre lovers and is not as good as most HBO series (most recently GenKill). With that said, I'll give it a few more shots, but don't see myself sticking with it.
post #66 of 3651
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Originally Posted by VisionOn View Post

One thing I think is pretty interesting and slightly flawed in the show is the concept of Tru Blood. Real variants are actually better. They don't need refrigeration, have very long shelf life and can be used to match any blood type. They don't need different products like they sell in the show.

It's been a long time since I've heard anything about synthetic blood, so please enlighten me if I'm wrong, but I thought its sole function was to carry oxygen. I didn't think it had any nutrient value. (But of course we don't know exactly what it is that the vampires need from blood.) As for the different types, maybe vamps can taste the difference.
post #67 of 3651
From Fredfa's "Hot Off The Press" thread:

Nielsen Notebook
'True Blood' Scares Up Modest Debut Audience
HBO's Vampire Series Premiere Night Cumes 2.1 Million Viewers
By R. Thomas Umstead, Multichannel News - September 9, 2008

Home Box Office took a decent bite out of the Sunday night television audience, drawing 2.1 million combined viewers for its Sept. 7 premiere of vampire-tinged original series True Blood.

The Allan Ball-produced series debuted at 9 p.m. with 1.4 million viewers, with a repeat 10:30 p.m. airing drawing an additional 700,000 viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research data. The series stars Anna Paquin as a southern cocktail waitress who falls for a 173-year-old vampire (portrayed by Stephen Moyer) against the backdrop of the discovery of a new synthetic drink that allows vampires to walk among humans without craving their blood.

While the series drew more viewers than the 910,000 that tuned into the September 2007 premiere of Tell Me You Love Me, it fell short of other HBO series premieres such as Big Love (4.5 million), Rome (3.8 million) and John From Cincinnati (3.4 million)

The pay TV service's Hollywood comedy series Entourage performed slightly better, averaging 1.6 million viewers during its 10 p.m. Sunday season-five premiere, according to Nielsen. That number, however was down 25% from the 2.2 million viewers the network averaged during Entourage's June 17, 2007 season four premiere.

http://www.multichannel.com/article/CA6594274.html
post #68 of 3651
Wow, I'm shocked, shocked at those numbers. HBO has to be pretty disappointed with them especially compared to their recent series' debuts. As I alluded in an earlier post, vamps + sex + violence + quirky characters should have been a home run with an American public fascinated with the mythical bloodsuckers. But, it didn't get rave reviews out of the box, and the buzz just wasn't there. I think JJ Adam's 'Fringe' sucked all the oxygenetic hype out of the room.
post #69 of 3651
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Originally Posted by archiguy View Post

Wow, I'm shocked, shocked at those numbers. HBO has to be pretty disappointed with them especially compared to their recent series' debuts. As I alluded in an earlier post, vamps + sex + violence + quirky characters should have been a home run with an American public fascinated with the mythical bloodsuckers. But, it didn't get rave reviews out of the box, and the buzz just wasn't there. I think JJ Adam's 'Fringe' sucked all the oxygenetic hype out of the room.

Oh man, its bad enough that J J Abrams Fringe hits tonight. HBO must be having nightmares about competing with his show, as well as that other one from a virtual unknown like J J Adams!

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post #70 of 3651
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Originally Posted by viscious99 View Post

Generally speaking I don't like the vampire genre, and I wasn't excited about this at all.

It was a lot better than I was expecting it to be. I will continue watching.


That describes me too. Really really enjoyed the first episode.
post #71 of 3651
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Originally Posted by Jim Shaffer View Post

It's been a long time since I've heard anything about synthetic blood, so please enlighten me if I'm wrong, but I thought its sole function was to carry oxygen. I didn't think it had any nutrient value. (But of course we don't know exactly what it is that the vampires need from blood.) As for the different types, maybe vamps can taste the difference.

There's a few versions of the blood, there's a white one which is probably the one you are thinking of that just carries oxygen and some others which are based on hemoglobin and look like blood. Those I think still have serious side effects like heart failure but that that shouldn't be a problem if you're already dead.

I checked out the Tru Blood brand site and the different types seem to be all about the flavor. That site doesn't explain what the blood is made from or how it was discovered, which is a pity.
post #72 of 3651
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Originally Posted by jason10mm View Post

For starters, why in the HELL is a telepathic chick working a a waitress? She ought to be working a solitary job or raking it in on a steamboat casino. Seems like her ability has isolated her emotionally from folks, yet she has dedicated friends. Doesn't jive, IMHO.

That is the part I actually like the most. That could be a good jumping off point to see where the telepathic gift could take her character as a small town girl who decided to start living a bigger life. I don't think that will be something that is going to get built upon, with all the vampires probably stealing the spotlight but maybe they will.
post #73 of 3651
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Originally Posted by archiguy View Post

Wow, I'm shocked, shocked at those numbers. HBO has to be pretty disappointed with them especially compared to their recent series' debuts. As I alluded in an earlier post, vamps + sex + violence + quirky characters should have been a home run with an American public fascinated with the mythical bloodsuckers.

Yeah but considering the amount of vampire related shows on TV in reruns or have been on recently there's no real incentive for anyone to pay for it.

It also has the problem that mainstream female audiences like their vampires with the gothic romance as shown in Blood Ties and Moonlight, but don't want naked groins thrusting around on their TV.

For the guys that like Blade and 30 Days of Night (or even Angel) the prospect of a romantic vamp story probably isn't a big attraction when it isn't wrapped in some fang ripping horror. Even if it does have a large amount of naked boobs.
post #74 of 3651
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Originally Posted by Palladin View Post

Oh man, its bad enough that J J Abrams Fringe hits tonight. HBO must be having nightmares about competing with his show, as well as that other one from a virtual unknown like J J Adams!

Oops. Meant JJ Abrams, of course. Damn vamps sucked all the oxygen out of my brain, too. Hate it when that happens. So Palladin, you stoked for 'Fringe' tonight?
post #75 of 3651
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Originally Posted by archiguy View Post

Oops. Meant JJ Abrams, of course. Damn vamps sucked all the oxygen out of my brain, too. Hate it when that happens. So Palladin, you stoked for 'Fringe' tonight?

Got unexpectedly blindsided earlier and just finished watching it. Someday I'd like to meet the man who invented the DVR and thank him. Rather than diluting thr thread of a show I never watch, I'll save any comments for the 'Fringe' thread.


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post #76 of 3651
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Originally Posted by archiguy View Post

Wow, I'm shocked, shocked at those numbers. HBO has to be pretty disappointed with them especially compared to their recent series' debuts. .

Up against US Open Women's finals and SNF?
post #77 of 3651
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Originally Posted by HDTVChallenged View Post

Up against US Open Women's finals and SNF?

Well, I guess they'll look at the week's cumulative - HBO always says that when things don't pop out of the gate like they want - but I think it's safe to say those totals will be off as well. We'll see.
post #78 of 3651
I liked the acting and the tone. The scene where they were face to face in the restaurant and everyone was staring was very well put together.

Not getting much of a vampire vibe yet, and didn't really like the fangs on the hick vampire. But the series has a lot of potential as it could go in a hundred different directions from this point. They do need to pick up the pace some with the violence though. Only one dead human in the Pilot of a vampire series and they don't even show the death? Kinda weak.
post #79 of 3651
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Originally Posted by VisionOn View Post

That is the part I actually like the most. That could be a good jumping off point to see where the telepathic gift could take her character as a small town girl who decided to start living a bigger life. I don't think that will be something that is going to get built upon, with all the vampires probably stealing the spotlight but maybe they will.

I'd agree with you if Anna Paquin was younger and/or her power recently manifested. Instead it seems as if she has a long history of reading minds with an associated reputation. Plus she is emotionally distant from almost everyone to the point of denying herself sex/intimacy. Yet she retains this powerfully protective group of friends.

Seems to me she should be a semi-recluse or a manipulative bitch, not this naive charmer able to immediately captivate some 200 year old vamp. I can see her attraction to a man she can't "read", but not the reverse.

Anyhoo, hopefully the mythology of the show deepens, the bayou stereotypes fade, and the show progresses. Be catching it in the spring on DVD, but it certainly isn't worth $12/mo.
post #80 of 3651
Ill give it 2 more episodes to see if it can catch my interest.
post #81 of 3651
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Originally Posted by Wytchone View Post

Ill give it 2 more episodes to see if it can catch my interest.

Keep us posted, please.
post #82 of 3651
lol ↑

Thank you dad1153 for posting the numbers.

It appears the show will have enough following to barely last out, but if the numbers continue to plummet for HBO, one would hope they would serve as a wake up call to HBO penny pinchers who killed Deadwood off.
post #83 of 3651
There was enough there to keep me watching for a bit. I wasn't overly impressed, but there's enough potential material available it could get better.

larry
post #84 of 3651
Bad show, bad acting, bad writing. If all you want to see are the sex scenes..then watch Real Sex or go to Cinemax. I can count on HBO to repeat this endlessly.
post #85 of 3651
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Originally Posted by lax01 View Post

I thought it was awesome...dark humor and nudity and all...I can't place my finger on what made it so entertaining and fun but its definitely got something special. I will definitely watch again.

I liked it as well and I didn't think I would, in fact, I didn't watch it until Sat night. It has a David Lynch/Coen Brothers look and feel about it, a sort of surrealistic dramedy.
post #86 of 3651
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Originally Posted by keenan View Post

I liked it as well and I didn't think I would, in fact, I didn't watch it until Sat night. It has a David Lynch/Coen Brothers look and feel about it, a sort of surrealistic dramedy.

I'm still looking forward to the next show, on tonight. It sometime takes a few for a new show to hit it's stride and on many shows I don't really make up my mind until 2-3 of them.

Though I was sold on True Blood in the first half of the pilot.

- Tom
post #87 of 3651
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Originally Posted by trbarry View Post

i'm still looking forward to the next show, on tonight. It sometime takes a few for a new show to hit it's stride and on many shows i don't really make up my mind until 2-3 of them.

Though i was sold on true blood in the first half of the pilot.

- tom

+1
post #88 of 3651
This episode is disgusting.

I mean, who puts more sugar on Lucky Charms? That's just sick.
post #89 of 3651
so far I've liked both episodes. but I'm not sure if I care for the cliffhanger endings. then a few minns latter they show the next episode preview.
post #90 of 3651
I thought this episode was vastly more interesting and enjoyable than the first one. Especially since they concentrated on the telepathy and less time trying too hard to be quirky with their vampire lore and trying to jam boobs into every frame. The cops are good as well with some well known supporting actors filling them out.

Pity then the ending I thought was just silly. On his own Bill is quite an interesting and low key character with a nice rapport with Sookie (even if it's very similar to the Buffy/Angel relationship), but when they bring the other vamps in and they are snarling at the camera and hamming it up with bared fangs I think it just looks ridiculous.

I think I'd like this show better if there were less vampires.
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