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

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”

True Blood, “Trouble” and “I Got a Right to Sing The Blues”

Again, thanks to my vacation, I didn't have time to watch the last two episodes of True Blood, let alone recap the damn things. Alas, I've powered through them today and combined my thoughts into one post. It was totally compelling to be at Comic-Con to see all the True Blood banners and love during … Continue reading True Blood, “Trouble” and “I Got a Right to Sing The Blues”

True Blood, “9 Crimes”

Back after the holiday break, True Blood turned in what was probably its finest episode of a still-weak third season. Less scatterbrained and more emotionally resonant (especially early on), "9 Crimes" suggests things might just calm down despite the 1,306 storylines happening right now. I guess even though I just gave "9 Crimes" some praise, … Continue reading True Blood, “9 Crimes”