Since the Gates is a brand new show, it has the unfair advantage of freshness as we learn new things about each character and his or her motivations. True Blood is nearing the end of its third season, and although a few new players have been added, the basic rules haven’t changed much and the action is overall fairly predictable. Another advantage the Gates has over True Blood is the premise of secrecy. Few people know about the presence of vampires, werewolves,witches, and succubi outside of, or even within The Gates community, whereas the entire world knows about the existence of vampires at least, on True Blood. (Werewolves and shifters will have their existence revealed in the near future). On the Gates, there’s an overall subtlety that True Blood could use more of; the cattiness of the female characters on the Gates is sheer fisticuffs, guns, and staking through the heart on True Blood. I have to say that ABC’s new supernatural offering creates more suspense and is better at keeping people guessing about what happens next than the HBO franchise. Despite the great differences between the shows, I think HBO could definitely stand to take a step back and add more subtlety, suspense, and character depth.
Here’s a good example of how the storytelling techniques differ: on True Blood, viewers see via flashback that Eric wants to avenge the death of his parents who died from a werewolf attack at the command of Russell Edgington. (Although it seems unlikely that Russell Edgington would forget a face like Eric’s, given his predilection for young men). On the Gates, you have Teresa/Amanda Walcott pulling out a gun and giving her reasons for wanting to kill chief Monohan. Which scenario has more suspense and drama?
http://www.cinemablend.com/television/The-Gates-Watch-Digging-The-Dirt-26219.html – a fair assessment of the show.