True Blood (Season 1, 2008) TWR

From: CHYRON (DSMITHHFX) 3 Feb 14:09
To: ALL1 of 22
Great character development wasted on blood-drenched (literally) vampire soap.

From: CHYRON (DSMITHHFX) 3 Feb 14:14
To: ALL2 of 22
MrsD. and I binge-watched most of this over the weekend. The first four episodes are brilliant, then it all went sideways. More ass on show than

From: Manthorp 3 Feb 17:41
Looks like good clean fun.
From: CHYRON (DSMITHHFX) 3 Feb 17:50
To: Manthorp 4 of 22
It's amazingly raunchy fare with fuckings, bjs &such galore. The direct violence is relatively tame, or it was until ep eight (the numeral is rendered in teh as some idiot emoticon), with lots of bloody victim shots, then (in ep eight) the heroine is rescued by her vampire boyfriend at a vampire bar, by staking the vampire choking her, causing him to vomit about 30 buckets of blood over the heroine in what is maybe the bloodiest scene in cinema since Carrie.
EDITED: 3 Feb 17:55 by DSMITHHFX
From: Manthorp 3 Feb 18:26
You're selling it well. I may have to sample the soiled goods.
From: milko 3 Feb 18:37


is it? I think you can make it an emote if it you put a : in there as well. :8

nope. I'm sure there's a way. What do you mean? Or will these all transform when I press Post?
they did not!
EDITED: 3 Feb 18:38 by MILKO
From: CHYRON (DSMITHHFX) 3 Feb 18:53
To: milko 7 of 22
From: CHYRON (DSMITHHFX) 3 Feb 18:56
To: Manthorp 8 of 22
Safe for all machines!
From: Matt 3 Feb 19:21
To: milko 9 of 22
It's triggered by 8​​)
From: william (WILLIAMA) 4 Feb 10:49
If you develop a liking for it there are 7 seasons - and yes, they get raunchier and bloodier. We watched it back in the old-fashioned days when you had to wait a week for an episode. Those were simpler, more innocent times, so we were even more shocked by all the doings back then.
From: william (WILLIAMA) 4 Feb 11:58
To: william (WILLIAMA) 11 of 22
Oh yeah, and good titles with fine use of Jace Everett song. I had never heard of Mr Everett and his career appears to be average as opposed to meteoric. True Blood will have helped him a lot.
From: CHYRON (DSMITHHFX) 4 Feb 13:51
To: william (WILLIAMA) 12 of 22
It's a fine song -- "...I want to do bad things with you". I always considered the series as YA fare for some reason (maybe had it confused with Twilight), and had no idea the folks who did Six Feet Under were behind it. Anyway, as I said the character development was ace, until eclipsed by outlandish plot elements* that lent a more risible air to the proceedings (e.g. the vampire roadhouse is pretty sketchy). We'll see how this plays out and probably try to pick up another season at some point, if it's available.

*more outlandish than, say, a mind-reading waitress and her civil war-era boyfriend who drinks a Japanese synthetic human blood product called... True Blood.
EDITED: 4 Feb 13:56 by DSMITHHFX
From: william (WILLIAMA) 4 Feb 14:16
Ah, six feet under. That made me think about Peter Krause and that made me think about that odd mini-series the Lost Room. Wouldn't mind seeing that again. Must check whether Jim has a copy. Probably not, or probably one stalwart offering a 6 day download.
From: CHYRON (DSMITHHFX) 4 Feb 14:20
To: william (WILLIAMA) 14 of 22
Never heard of it. Looks interesting.
From: CHYRON (DSMITHHFX) 5 Feb 14:25
To: william (WILLIAMA) 15 of 22
We watched two more last night. The glaring weak spot in the series, though not enough to ruin it, are scenes with >1 vampire, and the more, the worse it gets. In groups large and small, they go all boorish posturing, like kids sporting prosthetic fangs from the halloween store (I suppose these marginal characters are 'performed' by extras). The hero vampire character was right to go it alone. Now he's is damaged goods -- it may even be a botched, legitimate plot device intention. Blade did this stuff a whole lot better.
From: CHYRON (DSMITHHFX) 6 Feb 16:00
To: ALL16 of 22
Finished the season with a rushed resolution of a main plot thread (unsolved murders by a serial killer), and the introduction of a new one laying the ground for season two. Which I feel no pressing need to consume. It began so much better, which reminds me of Cirque du Freak. Something about YA-pitched vampire stories, I reckon. MrsD. had read some of The Southern Vampire Mysteries the series is based on, and handed me one to read last night. One can see how the six feet under QA eventually foundered under the constraints of this extended pulp narrative by a hack writer. No mention of "True Blood" on the cover. Maybe the edition was published prior to.
From: CHYRON (DSMITHHFX) 8 Feb 16:51
To: ALL17 of 22
From: CHYRON (DSMITHHFX)26 Feb 14:35
To: ALL18 of 22
Speaking of Blade, picked up Blade III Trinity dvd new for two bucks and watched the opening scenes. Blade is looking a bit more wooden than ISTR, as in cigar store indian wooden. Perhaps he has indulged in too many blood puddings, or his fangproof body armour is a whole lot more padded up. His sidekick Whistler (Kris Kristofferson) old and tired, so no change there. This has not had good reviews. Fun Fact: Blade II was directed by Guillermo Del Toro, and is reckoned to be the best of the series.
From: Manthorp26 Feb 15:49
Is it still Snipes? I'm surprised he doesn't need a bath chair.
From: CHYRON (DSMITHHFX)26 Feb 15:53
To: Manthorp 20 of 22
He probably does by now -- Trinity was released in 2004.