Tru Blood

September 9, 2008 at 10:31 am (babbling, Entertainment, TV) (, , , , , , , , , , )

I was looking forward to HBO‘s ‘True Blood‘ and SUPER excited HBO had a free weekend of viewing this past weekend so I could Tivo it.  Let me start by saying I have NOT read Charlaine Harris’s Southern Vampire Mystery books which the series is based on.  I LOVED Buffy and Angel, and I’ve given other vampire shows a chance Moonlight for instance.  And I’ve seen all the Anne Rice movie adaptations, the various Draculas, to the bad made for TV Sci Fi movies about the vampire lore, so I had to tune in…Photo courtesy HBO –

HBO‘s viral campaign and advertising campaign for this show was BRILLIANT.  It piqued my interest immediately and the commercials for Tru Blood Beverage were rather funny.  I think it built my expectations a little too high though.  I thought to myself, “If a commercial is that witty, then just think of what the show must hold….”  even if their tag line “Out of the Coffin” made me worry a tad bit.

Not being a huge fan of other HBO products/shows, is it typical for them to turn their shows into soft porn?  There seemed to be more sex than there was plot for this first episode.  And it wasn’t even sexy, or interesting.  Really I would have fought to cut it out for the most part.

I loved Anna Paquin.  She’s great, innocent, curious, and captivating.  She’s very well cast, and it’s a good role for her if they fix the other issues in the show.  If this show doesn’t last I hope that Joss Whedon sees her talent and casts her in something.

The main vampire is Bill played by Stephen Moyer, whom I also liked but some are debating about.  He was strong, sexy and mysterious which is fine so far for the character. (although also fine with me NOT knowing anything about the story the series is based on)

I also liked Lois Smith as the grandma and Sam Trammell as the bartender.  Both characters were believable and interesting.

The rest of the cast so far?? Over acting, un-believable and I was wishing there was a massacre in that town and a lot of them wiped out (hopefully not to be turned into vampires and never to be seen of again).  The gay chef, the best friend, the brother who gets carried away during sex….most of them seem to be cast for looks and that’s about it.

I liked the score, it seemed to compliment the show well.  I also liked the effect they did when Anna Paquin’s character was reading people’s minds.  It was great and plausable.

I brought up Joss Whedon early because he set the bar high with his success with Buffy and Angel.  He has a huge cult following and continued success with both series even in comic book form.  I’ve never met the man, nor am I one of his cult fans yet I believe his success wasn’t just because of his talent, but because he surrounds himself with other VERY talented people.  Experienced writers such as Jane Espenson who has drama, sci fi, fantasy experience. Tim Minear who’s experienced in drama, horror, action.  Others with backgrounds in comic books, fantasy, embracing comedy to break up the heavy subject matters…. all of which this series is lacking.  Buffy had issues that weren’t so over the top you could relate to them on some level.  And when a vampire’s fangs came out they didn’t make an annoying sword ching sound.  SERIOUSLY HBO?? UGH, that was the worst, and I would have only accepted it if you had made this whole show a comedy, which it obviously was not.

Overall I’m not totally convinced HBO can fix this show.  They need more plot, a quicker editing pace, comedy, to kill off a LOT of the cast, more action, more depth… basically hire Joss etc. to fix it already HBO!!

PS Don’t forget to watch/Tivo Fringe tonight on Fox at 8pm so we can all talk about it tomorrow. And for the Gossip Girl fan’s CW has Privileged at 9pm.

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