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post Apr 27 2010, 10:53 AM
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Yes we need a True Blood topic. This is it.

17th of May - Season 2 UK version is released, y'all.

For Zoe and Stackhousers everywhere (*giggles*)
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post Jul 29 2010, 07:02 PM
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I finished Season 2 yesterday after the third of three bulk watching sessions with a couple of friends. I really enjoyed the last couple of episodes - including the finale, which was quite odd in the way that it resolved everything quite early on, but did set up some nice plot threads for Season 3 - and thought that the season overall overcame a weak opening to become even better than Season 1. Alexander Skarsgard really came into his own this season, and I thought the show managed to make much better use of its splintered cast than in the first season (Tara, in particular, felt less like a third wheel than she did the first time round) by developing each of them fully and not letting any one of them drag on too long. Case in point; the fundamentalist Christian lot, whose plotline was good but who were dropped before they got too boring.

One thing that struck me this time around was how good the show is at cliffhangers. When we started our second session, we were on episode four, but every subsequent episode had such a shocking or fun cliffhanger that we had to keep watching until we'd watched six episodes in a row and it was 3 in the morning. I think only Breaking Bad does better cliffhangers than True Blood, but never episode after episode.

Jason and Eric continued to be the most fun (the line: "If a tree falls in the woods, it's still a tree, ain't it?" had me in peals of laughter) but I was surprised by how much I liked Jessica by the end of the season. When they introduced her in Season 1, she was petulant and annoying and I was so glad that they moved away from that towards making her more vulnerable and scared. Her relationship with Hoyt was quite sweet, if weird, and I'm really interested in seeing where they take her character in the future.

So, yeah, I really loved it. Can't wait to see Season 3.

QUOTE (Zoe @ Jul 19 2010, 04:05 PM) *
Skarsgard was in 'Beyond the Pole' on Saturday with Rhys Thomas and Stephen Mangan - did anyone see it?


We had the director (sadly not Skarsgard) in for a screening a few months back. He's very nice, but the film's pretty rubbish. Mockumentaries are very hard to do well, and a good cast can't make up for a lack of comic invention.
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post Apr 6 2011, 11:36 AM
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QUOTE (maian @ Jul 29 2010, 08:02 PM) *
I finished Season 2 yesterday after the third of three bulk watching sessions with a couple of friends. I really enjoyed the last couple of episodes - including the finale, which was quite odd in the way that it resolved everything quite early on, but did set up some nice plot threads for Season 3 - and thought that the season overall overcame a weak opening to become even better than Season 1. Alexander Skarsgard really came into his own this season, and I thought the show managed to make much better use of its splintered cast than in the first season (Tara, in particular, felt less like a third wheel than she did the first time round) by developing each of them fully and not letting any one of them drag on too long. Case in point; the fundamentalist Christian lot, whose plotline was good but who were dropped before they got too boring.

One thing that struck me this time around was how good the show is at cliffhangers. When we started our second session, we were on episode four, but every subsequent episode had such a shocking or fun cliffhanger that we had to keep watching until we'd watched six episodes in a row and it was 3 in the morning. I think only Breaking Bad does better cliffhangers than True Blood, but never episode after episode.

Jason and Eric continued to be the most fun (the line: "If a tree falls in the woods, it's still a tree, ain't it?" had me in peals of laughter) but I was surprised by how much I liked Jessica by the end of the season. When they introduced her in Season 1, she was petulant and annoying and I was so glad that they moved away from that towards making her more vulnerable and scared. Her relationship with Hoyt was quite sweet, if weird, and I'm really interested in seeing where they take her character in the future.

So, yeah, I really loved it. Can't wait to see Season 3.


I have basically just done the same thing over the course of about 4 days (school holidays).

I really really got bored of the whole zombie MaryAnn storyline though, which probably differs from what you thought, and I am also finding Sookie and Bill two of the least watchable characters. Sookie is a bit like Claire from Heroes, only less nasal and a bit needier.

Jason, Hoyt, Terry and the Vampire Queen were all very good. And Jessica, who I was sort of disappointed by half-way through, but then grew to like again.

My only other negative would be that finale episode. I like having all the loose ends tied up, but then just as it seemed we were on for a nice bit of calming down and re-organisation, another few strands split open ready for Series 3. I think I just wanted a bit more peace and quiet first.
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- Serafina_Pekkala   True Blood   Apr 27 2010, 10:53 AM
- - Outatime   As per Zoe's suggestion of spoilering download...   Apr 27 2010, 10:56 AM
- - Serafina_Pekkala   Yep - this is good advice. Channel 4 has done Ser...   Apr 27 2010, 11:05 AM
- - Zoe   Yes, please spoiler anything not aired on terrestr...   Apr 27 2010, 12:07 PM
|- - Serafina_Pekkala   QUOTE (Zoe @ Apr 27 2010, 01:07 PM) That ...   Apr 27 2010, 12:13 PM
- - Zoe   I was going to check, but stopped just before typi...   Apr 27 2010, 12:22 PM
- - dandan   z-bird, here's the rest of your afternoon take...   Apr 27 2010, 02:32 PM
- - Outatime   I can't believe the series is nearly over, I h...   May 2 2010, 06:22 PM
- - Serafina_Pekkala   Hello True Blood thread I've been watching Se...   May 22 2010, 01:47 PM
- - dandan   lovely, lovely eric...   May 24 2010, 01:29 PM
|- - Serafina_Pekkala   QUOTE (dandan @ May 24 2010, 02:29 PM) lo...   May 24 2010, 03:26 PM
- - Llama   When is this on telly? Have I missed it all?   May 24 2010, 02:01 PM
- - Outatime   Channel 4 get it in September. FX has just finish...   May 24 2010, 02:33 PM
|- - Llama   QUOTE (Outatime @ May 24 2010, 03:33 PM) ...   May 24 2010, 07:31 PM
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- - dandan   anyone been watching the webisodes? i have the fi...   May 25 2010, 10:27 AM
- - Outatime   Webisodes? How do they fit in?   May 25 2010, 10:38 AM
- - dandan   post season two, tasters for season three... yup,...   May 25 2010, 10:49 AM
- - Serafina_Pekkala   Not seen those. Will look. For those who think ...   May 25 2010, 11:12 AM
- - mcraigclark   QUOTE (Serafina_Pekkala @ May 22 2010, 09...   May 30 2010, 10:45 PM
|- - Serafina_Pekkala   QUOTE (mcraigclark @ May 30 2010, 11:45 P...   May 30 2010, 11:38 PM
|- - dandan   QUOTE (mcraigclark @ May 30 2010, 11:45 P...   May 31 2010, 08:41 AM
- - Serafina_Pekkala   Huhuh Anyway - I find the concept of stalking a v...   May 31 2010, 09:10 AM
- - Zoe   There is a lot of Buffy in True Blood, it's he...   May 31 2010, 11:34 AM
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- - Serafina_Pekkala   New season 3 starts soon download fans - this Sund...   Jun 10 2010, 01:47 PM
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- - maian   HBO renew True Blood for a fourth season My siste...   Jun 21 2010, 09:17 PM
- - Zoe   She was in tonight! It was good. Unusually str...   Jun 21 2010, 11:18 PM
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- - Serafina_Pekkala   You work fast. Like Jason. Hurh.   Jun 22 2010, 09:21 AM
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- - Serafina_Pekkala   Haha - yeah, I always wonder that. And they made ...   Jul 19 2010, 01:23 PM
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|- - Everlong   QUOTE (Zoe @ Jul 19 2010, 02:53 PM) I hav...   Jul 19 2010, 02:17 PM
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- - Zoe   A hash brown sarnie sounds divine I wonder if the...   Jul 19 2010, 02:14 PM
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- - Serafina_Pekkala   Yes - anything from Season 3 is to be spoilered.   Jul 28 2010, 01:47 PM
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