Why True Blood’s has experienced a mini-resurgence in season five

If you recall, I was not a fan of True Blood’s fourth season. In my review of the S4 finale (which discussed the season as a whole), I hoped aloud that Tara’s death would be permanent and that the series would be able to clean the slate a little bit for season five.  Of course, Tara’s…… Continue reading Why True Blood’s has experienced a mini-resurgence in season five

TV Surveillance’s Worst of 2011: TV Surveillance Podcast Episode 23 — The Worst TV of 2011

It is that time again folks! The end of the year is upon us and that means it is time to look back on the highs, lows and WTFs in television from the past 12 months. There is a lot to reflect on in regard to television 2011. Charlie Sheen went crazy. Well, crazier. Comedy…… Continue reading TV Surveillance’s Worst of 2011: TV Surveillance Podcast Episode 23 — The Worst TV of 2011

TV Surveillance’s Worst of 2011: Most Disappointing Veteran Series

It is that time again folks! The end of the year is upon us and that means it is time to look back on the highs, lows and WTFs in television from the past 12 months. There is a lot to reflect on in regard to television 2011. Charlie Sheen went crazy. Well, crazier. Comedy…… Continue reading TV Surveillance’s Worst of 2011: Most Disappointing Veteran Series

Season Finale review — True Blood, “And When I Die”

This is the best season of True Blood ever. Sure, there were maybe two truly enjoyable episodes and most of the storylines were underdeveloped, stupid, poorly-plotted or some combination of all three. And sure, the series continued its terrible trend of crafting dreadful finales that are trapped somewhere between concluding old, bad stories and starting…… Continue reading Season Finale review — True Blood, “And When I Die”

Friday List: Nine half-baked True Blood spin-offs that would be better than True Blood

If you’re a regular reader of TV Surveillance, you know I love a good list. Or a mediocre list. Or even a horrible list. The point is I have a lust for lists. This fall, I’d like to provide you folks with more lists than ever and hopefully that will result in a weekly or…… Continue reading Friday List: Nine half-baked True Blood spin-offs that would be better than True Blood

Post-hiatus musings: HBO edition (True Blood and Entourage)

After nearly a month, my fairly substantial hiatus here at TVS is over. I am happy to be back providing content for you folks on a regular basis. In my time off, I’ve missed all sorts of television, both viewing- and writing-wise. To combat that, I’ll be whipping up a number of random posts with…… Continue reading Post-hiatus musings: HBO edition (True Blood and Entourage)

True Blood, “If You Love Me, Why Am I Dyin’?”

I tweeted earlier tonight that I’m now fairly convinced that I was just an idiot when I thought True Blood was kind of a good television program. But what I am realizing is that I think I only thought these things for like six weeks, sometime near the middle part of season two. Those glorious…… Continue reading True Blood, “If You Love Me, Why Am I Dyin’?”

Season Premiere — True Blood, “She’s Not There”

As begins its fourth season, True Blood is a series I no longer give the benefit of the doubt. After two severely flawed, but wonderfully entertaining seasons, last year’s offering of episodes failed to provide the same kind of enjoyable thrills to balance out the laughably large number of problems. Early last season, the series…… Continue reading Season Premiere — True Blood, “She’s Not There”

Season Finale — True Blood, “Evil is Going On”

My lord, what in the heck happened to True Blood? All season, I’ve flipped and flopped in my opinion of the series, mostly because I’ve seen the series start strong and completely run out of gas by the time the season is over. I was also concerned about how in the world the series was…… Continue reading Season Finale — True Blood, “Evil is Going On”

True Blood, “Fresh Blood”

I wasn’t planning on writing about Sunday’s True Blood until my guilt took over. I can’t leave you loyal folks hanging! But that doesn’t really change that “Fresh Blood” was more mediocre wheel-spinning from the series. I’ll say this: This episode isn’t as boring or awful as last week’s effort. However, as a penultimate episode,…… Continue reading True Blood, “Fresh Blood”

True Blood, “I Smell a Rat”

After a string of successful episodes and one hell of an ending to last week’s effort, True Blood derailed a bit this week by clumsily answering some questions and furthering one of its biggest problems. So, Sookie’s a fairy. Cool. Or not. See, I type such non-nonchalant prose because that’s the way the episode handled the…… Continue reading True Blood, “I Smell a Rat”

True Blood, “Everything is Broken”

True Blood has been damn good since episode five this season, and “Everything is Broken” is yet another exceptional episode that has me again re-analyzing my thoughts on the series as a whole. Let me just preface all this: True Blood is not a “good” television series. I think Alan Ball, his team and the…… Continue reading True Blood, “Everything is Broken”

True Blood, “Night on the Sun”

The last three episodes of True Blood have been some of the series’ best thanks to a more narrowed focus on a smaller group of important characters and an emphasis on the wider scope that exists in this world. “Night on the Sun” continued that trend, but unfortunately also decided to spend lots of time…… Continue reading True Blood, “Night on the Sun”

True Blood, “Hitting the Ground”

You know True Blood has too many characters when three kinda-sorta major died in “Hitting the Ground” and there was still too much going on that even more than that were completely absent from the episode. Yeah, three folks died this week! I can’t say that I’ll miss Coot, Lorena or the Magister, and the…… Continue reading True Blood, “Hitting the Ground”