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Retrograde



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 2008 10:13 am    Post subject: True Blood Reply with quote

I don't think this series has started airing yet (least of all in the UK), but I found the pilot episode online and downloaded it yesterday. I have to admit that I haven't read the Sookie Stackhouse books; even though i've heard great things about them, there was something about the premise that didn't pull me in. Anyway, after watching the pilot, i'm still wavering. I'd like to see some more episodes before I invest in the books and decide to stick with the series, but my initial reaction is that it didn't blow me away.

Has anyone watched it, and what did you think? (especially when compared to the books)
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 2008 10:26 am    Post subject: Re: True Blood Reply with quote

Retrograde wrote:
I don't think this series has started airing yet (least of all in the UK), but I found the pilot episode online and downloaded it yesterday. I have to admit that I haven't read the Sookie Stackhouse books; even though i've heard great things about them, there was something about the premise that didn't pull me in. Anyway, after watching the pilot, i'm still wavering. I'd like to see some more episodes before I invest in the books and decide to stick with the series, but my initial reaction is that it didn't blow me away.

Has anyone watched it, and what did you think? (especially when compared to the books)


Can you tell me where to find the pilot? I hadn't realized it had been made yet. I'm very interested as I absolutely love the Sookie books!

Linda
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 18, 2008 1:26 pm    Post subject: Re: True Blood Reply with quote

Linda in sw va wrote:
Retrograde wrote:
I don't think this series has started airing yet (least of all in the UK), but I found the pilot episode online and downloaded it yesterday. I have to admit that I haven't read the Sookie Stackhouse books; even though i've heard great things about them, there was something about the premise that didn't pull me in. Anyway, after watching the pilot, i'm still wavering. I'd like to see some more episodes before I invest in the books and decide to stick with the series, but my initial reaction is that it didn't blow me away.

Has anyone watched it, and what did you think? (especially when compared to the books)


Can you tell me where to find the pilot? I hadn't realized it had been made yet. I'm very interested as I absolutely love the Sookie books!

Linda

http://rapidshare.com/files/123021231/t.b.1.1.part1.rar
http://rapidshare.com/files/123021399/t.b.1.1.part2.rar
http://rapidshare.com/files/123021570/t.b.1.1.part3.rar
http://rapidshare.com/files/123021768/t.b.1.1.part4.rar
http://rapidshare.com/files/123021924/t.b.1.1.part5.rar
http://rapidshare.com/files/123022123/t.b.1.1.part6.rar
http://rapidshare.com/files/123022136/t.b.1.1.part7.rar

Unless you have a premium account with Rapidshare, you'll have to wait for up to 100mins to download each subsequent file. You can get around this by resetting your IP, though. To put the files together, you need WinRAR.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 21, 2008 2:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i must say Anna Paquin is not shown at her best .......
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 27, 2008 7:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Downloading the torrent may be quicker that rapidshare
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 28, 2008 4:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

NoirFemme wrote:
Downloading the torrent may be quicker that rapidshare

For anyone else, that's what i'd recommend. But for me, it takes about 12 minutes at the most. I download a lot from rapidshare, so a premium account comes in handy.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 30, 2008 3:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very, very disappointing.

I hope this thing goes through some MAJOR re-edting, if not re-shoots, before the series begins on HBO. I was planning to subscribe to HBO just for this series, or downloading the episodes from iTunes. Unless I find out that there has been a major improvement...no way.

What's wrong IMO? I'll put it in white text, so highlight to read.

We get to see Sookie's scuzzy brother, not once, but multiple times, do the deed with the vamp-groupie tramp that is found dead later in the episode. And all I can say about that is ewwwwwww. I didn't expect True Blood to be a show designed for airing in the "very special" 1 am time slot, but that's how it came across IMO.

And everybody, everybody, has a stereotypical deep south accent, and they are all rednecks. Compared to this group, the Dukes of Hazard are sophisticated. Do you really think of Sam, for example, as some kind of major hick in the books? Sam is also rather aggressive towards Sookie romantically, which is not at all how I pictured him from the books.

Bill is only introduced briefly in the pilot; Eric, Pam and others are yet to show. About the only positive thing I can say about the pilot is that I can believe that Bill was a confederate soldier...he does kind of have an air about him.


So, no, I don't think in the present state the pilot compares well to the books, and if I were Charlaine Harris, I'd be heartbroken if this is how the show is when it airs.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 30, 2008 10:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was skeeved out by Jason/Maudette sex, but True Blood is airing on HBO and while the prospect of nudity is probably being used to draw in viewers, there is sex in the books after all...

As for the actors, the only person who disappointed me was Bill. In the book he is just a pretty stern, old-fashioned and quiet guy, while on the show they've made him this cliched "tortured broody" vampire. The guy who plays Sam looks pretty spot on (except his hair isn't reddish!), and the bar scenes were pretty well done. Anna Paquin is Sookie. She looks like how I pictured her and seeing her in action cemented my opinion. The less said about Tara the better. I really hate how they've put a chip on her shoulder, which is really offensive (angry black woman much?) and pointless. In the end, I decided that I liked the pilot. It captures the essence of the show in a nutshell.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 01, 2008 5:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree about the sex scene, it creeped me out too. What made it worse is that I used to have a huge crush on the actor when he was on an Australian soap called Home & Away. Shocked Not anymore.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 01, 2008 7:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's not a simply matter of the type of content, it's how it's presented. For example, I like The Tudors. I'm still not crazy about those type of scenes, but usually in the Tudors it has some bearing on the plot, and there's usually only one or two per episode. More in white...With the TB pilot, one or two scenes would have bearing on the plot. Instead they went for overkill for the sake of having a lot of those scenes in there. And since they were scuzzy scenes to begin with- and IMO, they were very scuzzy. Like I said, belonging in a cheaply made, poorly acted, "very special" airing at 1 am movie on the premium channels. And if you've ever seen even a few minutes of one you know what I'm referring to.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 01, 2008 6:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I haven't seen the pilot, but this sounds like a typical case of what I call HBO syndrome. Since HBO is not subject to US broadcasting regulation laws, they tend to go overboard with the sex and the swearing, just because they can. For the record, I don't have a problem with sex and swearing - both are a part of life. But the HBO shows always seem to shout "Look, look, aren't we daring."

I actually had high hopes for True Blood, because as far as I know the show was created by the same guy who did Six Feet Under, which was the only HBO show I ever truly enjoyed, in spite of some instances of HBO syndrome.

Still, when/If True Blood shows up on our side of the Atlantic, I will give it a try.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 04, 2008 8:31 am    Post subject: Re: True Blood Reply with quote

Retrograde wrote:
Linda in sw va wrote:
Retrograde wrote:
I don't think this series has started airing yet (least of all in the UK), but I found the pilot episode online and downloaded it yesterday. I have to admit that I haven't read the Sookie Stackhouse books; even though i've heard great things about them, there was something about the premise that didn't pull me in. Anyway, after watching the pilot, i'm still wavering. I'd like to see some more episodes before I invest in the books and decide to stick with the series, but my initial reaction is that it didn't blow me away.

Has anyone watched it, and what did you think? (especially when compared to the books)


Can you tell me where to find the pilot? I hadn't realized it had been made yet. I'm very interested as I absolutely love the Sookie books!

Linda

http://rapidshare.com/files/123021231/t.b.1.1.part1.rar
http://rapidshare.com/files/123021399/t.b.1.1.part2.rar
http://rapidshare.com/files/123021570/t.b.1.1.part3.rar
http://rapidshare.com/files/123021768/t.b.1.1.part4.rar
http://rapidshare.com/files/123021924/t.b.1.1.part5.rar
http://rapidshare.com/files/123022123/t.b.1.1.part6.rar
http://rapidshare.com/files/123022136/t.b.1.1.part7.rar

Unless you have a premium account with Rapidshare, you'll have to wait for up to 100mins to download each subsequent file. You can get around this by resetting your IP, though. To put the files together, you need WinRAR.


What program are you using to play these? I downloaded the first link and it states that can only be opened with the WinRAR and as far as I can see you have to pay for this program. Am I missing something, I hope? :)

Linda
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 04, 2008 2:23 pm    Post subject: Re: True Blood Reply with quote

Linda in sw va wrote:


What program are you using to play these? I downloaded the first link and it states that can only be opened with the WinRAR and as far as I can see you have to pay for this program. Am I missing something, I hope? :)

Linda


That's the main reason I downloaded the torrent.

1. Get uTorrent http://www.utorrent.com/

2. Upload torrent http://www.torrentz.com/search?q=true+blood
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 04, 2008 2:23 pm    Post subject: Re: True Blood Reply with quote

Linda in sw va wrote:
What program are you using to play these? I downloaded the first link and it states that can only be opened with the WinRAR and as far as I can see you have to pay for this program. Am I missing something, I hope? :)

Linda

You can't watch each part individually, you have to download all of them and then use winrar (which you can download a trial version of) to connect the parts. When winrar finishes, it should leave you with an AVI video file just under 1 hour long.

EDIT: To connect the parts, double-click on part 1, which winrar will open, then click on "extract to", then select a place to save the file, and click "ok". winrar will do the rest.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 04, 2008 3:56 pm    Post subject: Re: True Blood Reply with quote

Retrograde wrote:
Linda in sw va wrote:
What program are you using to play these? I downloaded the first link and it states that can only be opened with the WinRAR and as far as I can see you have to pay for this program. Am I missing something, I hope? :)

Linda

You can't watch each part individually, you have to download all of them and then use winrar (which you can download a trial version of) to connect the parts. When winrar finishes, it should leave you with an AVI video file just under 1 hour long.

EDIT: To connect the parts, double-click on part 1, which winrar will open, then click on "extract to", then select a place to save the file, and click "ok". winrar will do the rest.


I hate to be a pain but do you happen to have the link to the trail version? I couldn't find that.

I will also look into the utorrent.

Thanks!

Linda
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