The good and the bad about True Blood

True Blood's romance plot is intriguing, the acting is fine, and the hyper-realistic setting of a supernatural South is loads of fun to watch, but the series will easily offend many audience members with its graphic sex scenes. I found myself forwarding - I DVR it - through one of the nastier ones in the premiere. It's HBO, so there's going to be some boundary pushing, but the graphic sex seems unnecessary in a series that's already dripping with sensuality in almost every scene. Read the Full Review

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Sep 17, 2008 5:58PM EDT

I tend to agree. I'm generally intrigued by the show...but those scenes are totally gratuitous; they really don't add anything except the "we can do this because it's HBO" sort of a feeling.

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Sep 17, 2008 8:58PM EDT

I agree as well I cant believe that Charlaine Harris allowed this to happen to her books. I was shocked its an HBO thing that did not need to be put into the show. Other than that I found myself hooked to the storyline.

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Sep 18, 2008 12:45AM EDT

I also agree. It is fascinating by itself. Sex doesn't always sell!

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Sep 18, 2008 6:00AM EDT

I found myself questioning if I should watch it or not because of some of the more graphic scenes. But the story plot is so incredible and the characters so compelling that I think I will stick it out for a while longer.

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Sep 18, 2008 1:15PM EDT

Agreed. The story itself has me hooked, and seems set to keep me hooked, the violent and graphic sex scenes arent needed for people to watch the show.

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Sep 18, 2008 5:30PM EDT

The books are full of sex scenes........why wouldn't you think they would put them in the series?

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Sep 18, 2008 6:40PM EDT

Friends of mine who I'd introduced to the show judged the show primarily on those scenes and hated it because of them.

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Sep 19, 2008 5:30AM EDT

Like dying in 6FU, sex is a part of life. I must say that it did look rough, but if it serves the story it should not be avoided just make sure not to make viewers unease. If they were thinking like that I wonder if 6FU would have been half as good as it was, and if SATC would have even seen the day.If you have that much trouble with the sex scenes, because they are so graphic or what ever the reason is, just do what I do during House or other medical drama shows when they open up a body, don't look at the screen for a few seconds ;)Don't get me wrong, I do understand how violent sex can bother people, but so far it serves the story, and as long as it does you have to tolerate it. You might find this ridiculous, but I was truly bothered by that seen, from the last episode of Fringe, when they find the image of that bridge. It was not the fact that they pulled it out of an eye (which was difficult for me to watch), it was the way they found which bridge it was. They were suppose to switch back to everyday scientific and technology tools to do that. I work in a place filled with rather high tech, but we never had equipment that sophisticated yet so easy to use. But it served the story, so I overlooked that detail.True Blood may just aim to seduce us the way Bill is trying to seduce Sookie, and just like Sookie we may find some of the seduction moves inappropriate or even ridiculous. Just like her we have our own ideas and expectancies when it comes to vampires, i.e. tv shows. But all in all you have to admit that it's a darn good show.
Cheers!

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Sep 20, 2008 7:53AM EDT

I don't know if I'm a perv or what, but the sex scenes didn't bother me at all.
I thought it was cohesive with the storyline/plot. Perhaps it was written to shock, maybe that was the point. So that people feel uncomfortable. Personally, I think it's a good thing.

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Sep 20, 2008 7:55AM EDT

p.s. - One of the many reasons I loved Six Feet Under (written/directed by the same guy) was that I felt like I was constantly being tested, and so many scenes/dialogues made me uncomfortable. Maybe that's a sign of good writing.
To feel like 'Hey, what is going on here? This isn't normal. Why am I feeling this way?'.

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Sep 20, 2008 10:07AM EDT

I have to say that I was more surprised by seeing bare breasts after 5 minutes in an american TVshow than touched by the rude kind of sex...Don´t think its anything to complain about, and I do think it does its part for the special atmosphere of this show. Ever seen shortbus? That movie has some scenes that make most people feel strange - but nevertheless these also have their purpose and are not at all 'gratuitous'.

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Sep 21, 2008 12:32PM EDT

I just think it's done on purpose because I guess that the libido boost is the reason why even vampires should be scared for their blood so it's art of the scenario! Nudity and sexuality are just means to an end, not the show in itself! I know it's selfish but I'm happy I have a show for me that I won't share with my little sister, she is not allowed to watch it (she's 13)!Oh prude America!

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