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 From:  CHYRON (DSMITHHFX)  
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Great character development wasted on blood-drenched (literally) vampire soap.

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 From:  CHYRON (DSMITHHFX)  
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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

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 From:  Manthorp  
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Looks like good clean fun.

"We all have flaws, and mine is being wicked."
James Thurber, The Thirteen Clocks 1951
 
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 From:  CHYRON (DSMITHHFX)  
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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.
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 From:  Manthorp  
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42547.5 In reply to 42547.4 
You're selling it well. I may have to sample the soiled goods.

"We all have flaws, and mine is being wicked."
James Thurber, The Thirteen Clocks 1951
 
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 From:  milko  
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VIII

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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!
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 From:  CHYRON (DSMITHHFX)  
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8)
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 From:  CHYRON (DSMITHHFX)  
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42547.8 In reply to 42547.5 
Safe for all machines!
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 From:  Matt  
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It's triggered by 8​​)

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 From:  william (WILLIAMA)  
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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.
never trust a man in a blue trench coat, never drive a car when you're dead
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 From:  william (WILLIAMA)  
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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.
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 From:  CHYRON (DSMITHHFX)  
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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.
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 From:  william (WILLIAMA)  
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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.
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 From:  CHYRON (DSMITHHFX)  
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Never heard of it. Looks interesting.
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 From:  CHYRON (DSMITHHFX)  
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42547.15 In reply to 42547.10 
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.
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 From:  CHYRON (DSMITHHFX)  
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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.
“He is to dancing and singing as battery acid is to bubble baths.”
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“He is to dancing and singing as battery acid is to bubble baths.”
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