October 9th, 2009
|10:17 am - True Blood|
I wasn't going to watch True Blood, because vampire TV shows are generally crap, but I saw it was made by HBO, and developed by the team behind Six Feet Under, which I loved, so I gave it a crack the other day. I've only seen one episode, but I think it's going to be good.
Vampires in films and on TV can be used to add a wafer-thin frisson to a load of old cobblers, but I didn't get that impression from the pilot. It seemed to be more interested in imagining a community than in reanimating other Vampire stories.
And I have also started watching Flash Forward, and it has been OK so far, cleverly structured, but I kind of expect it to let me down like Heroes and Lost.
I'm a huge fan of vampire movies but I agree that most of the TV vampire series have been pretty iffy. I think the most successful was probably the anime series Vampire Princess Miyu, which despite the title and superficial resemblances to Buffy was actually amazingly dark and quite imaginative.
And of course there was Ultraviolet, which I loved. I'm so grateful the American version never eventuated.
I was not as fond of Ultraviolet as most of my f-list because I think it lets organised religion off the hook. One of my things
True Blood is excellent. Very silly at times, but fantastically well written.
I would expect anything to be well written from Andy whatsisname who wrote six feet under.
ETA I mean Alan Ball. I got one letter right.
Edited at 2009-10-09 11:01 am (UTC)
|Date:||October 9th, 2009 05:27 pm (UTC)|| |
I managed four episodes of True Blood before I gave up in disgust. Apart from immense amounts of shagging, I didn't see anything it offered that wasn't a bland, meat-grinder output of the same-ol'-same-ol'.
I've liked the first couple of Flash Forward, except that Fiennes' character has already lost all my sympathy.
I thought the small town interactions were promising, particularly because its HBO. I will give it at least 4 episodes anyway.
|Date:||October 10th, 2009 03:47 pm (UTC)|| |
We really enjoyed it as a "proper" vampire series - lots of sex and blood and surprisingly funny too.
Flash forward is currently fun but we're not expecting it to be "important". Also not sure whether the idea is any more than 1 series long.