The Vampire Diaries, “Katerina”

Wow, and I thought last week's episode was a major exposition dump. "Rose" featured a whole lot of information disseminated to Elena and company, but at least it came amid a series of set-pieces and character action. "Katerina," while mostly enjoyable, was a purely expositional episode that is surely setting the stage for all sorts … Continue reading The Vampire Diaries, “Katerina”

The Vampire Diaries, “Rose”

Last week's "Masquerade" was the high-point of a solid second season for The Vampire Diaries, but it was also something of a mini-finale for the swell of stories told in the first seven episodes. Tyler finally became a werewolf, Katherine was sort-of dealt with, Jeremy became a real character, etc. Therefore, this week's effort, "Rose," … Continue reading The Vampire Diaries, “Rose”

The Vampire Diaries, “Plan B”

Though I think this season is off to a slightly rocky start, I have to admit, I totally missed not having The Vampire Diaries in my life last week, and that's probably a bigger sign of its quality than anything else, especially on a jam-packed Thursday night. Thankfully, tonight's episode, "Plan B," is probably the … Continue reading The Vampire Diaries, “Plan B”

The Vampire Diaries, “Killed or Be Killed”

Apologies for not writing up last week's Vampire Diaries (again, at Flow), but I found "Memory Lane" to be a really great episode, perhaps the best of the season. It was only a matter of time before Katherine was humanized a little bit and frankly, I'm glad it happened sooner rather than later. I also … Continue reading The Vampire Diaries, “Killed or Be Killed”

The Vampire Diaries, “Brave New World”

The action-packed Vampire Diaries premiere reminded us of how great the series can be when a lot of crazy things are happening. The second the episode, "Brave New World," suggests that the series can also do more low-key, character-centric episodes as well. "Brave New World" is all about the aftermath of Katherine's rampage in the … Continue reading The Vampire Diaries, “Brave New World”

Season Premiere — The Vampire Diaries, “The Return”

After my whirlwind, 2.5-day screening of The Vampire Diaries' first season, I have been chomping at the bit for more. So I can only imagine how those of you waiting since May felt. No matter when we watched first or how long we waited, I think it's safe to say that the season two premiere, … Continue reading Season Premiere — The Vampire Diaries, “The Return”

Far from sucking: Reflections on season one of The Vampire Diaries

From the beginning, I was skeptical of The Vampire Diaries. When I heard about the series during development season back in early 2009, I was more than¬†ambivalent. And what shouldn't I have been? Its development came right on the heels of the Twilight phenomenon and just as True Blood was taking off. The whole thing … Continue reading Far from sucking: Reflections on season one of The Vampire Diaries