Review: The Vampire Diaries, “Bringing Out The Dead”

Boy, did I pick a great episode to check in with The Vampire Diaries. After what I thought was a fairly weak midseason finale by typical TVD standards, the series bounced around a little bit in its first three episodes of 2012. That’s not to say I didn’t like them or that they didn’t include … Continue reading Review: The Vampire Diaries, “Bringing Out The Dead”

Controlled madness: On The Vampire Diaries, Nikita and narrative pacing

This summer, I made my way through the first season of Nikita, a series I liked in the early part of last season but one I ultimately lost touch with because I was already watching 71 other things at the same time. Thursday nights are tough, you all know this. Generally speaking, I very much … Continue reading Controlled madness: On The Vampire Diaries, Nikita and narrative pacing

2010-2011 season wrap: The Vampire Diaries

With the 2010-2011 television season officially over, I’ll be taking some time over the next week or so to look back on how some of television’s best and worst fared this season. General thoughts: I burned through the first season of The Vampire Diaries in very quick fashion last August in preparation for the second season. … Continue reading 2010-2011 season wrap: The Vampire Diaries

Season Finale — The Vampire Diaries, “As I Lay Dying”

When you're a series that's almost entirely defined by your ability to come up with the most insane twists (in a good way), sometimes expectations for that kind of thing get too high. At the time, the end of The Vampire Diaries first season seemed like the most wild thing ever and throughout the series' second … Continue reading Season Finale — The Vampire Diaries, “As I Lay Dying”

The Vampire Diaries, “The Sun Also Rises”

Well, that was just miserable. The Vampire Diaries is a series that primarily works based on its ability to speed up the narrative so fast that the twists and turns come so quickly, it's too difficult to even think about how telegraphed they may or may not be. Everything is shocking on this series because it … Continue reading The Vampire Diaries, “The Sun Also Rises”

The Vampire Diaries, “The Last Day”

The insane plot developments and shocking twists come so often on The Vampire Diaries that the series has almost lulled me into a nice, cozy sleep in a way. I don't always know what the twists are going to be, but I always know that they're coming. Or at least I thought I did. Tonight's episode, "The … Continue reading The Vampire Diaries, “The Last Day”

The Vampire Diaries, “The Last Dance”

With Klaus ready to make his move, everyone on Team Elena has their own opinion on not only how to kill him, but the best way to protect Elena in the interim. Different perspectives and plans of course brings conflict, and that's really what this whole episode is about. All season has been about protecting … Continue reading The Vampire Diaries, “The Last Dance”

The Vampire Diaries, “The House Guest”

As the last episode of The Vampire Diaries until APRIL MOTHER-FREAKING 7TH, "The House Guest" should probably semi-wrap up some of the threads the series has been dealing with here in the first episodes of 2011 while obviously also set up things for the final six episodes in the spring. Thankfully, The Vampire Diaries is … Continue reading The Vampire Diaries, “The House Guest”

The Vampire Diaries, “The Dinner Party”

Sometimes, like I've done with the last few episodes, it's interesting to talk about some of the emotional states of characters, trust and all that nonsense. But when The Vampire Diaries gives us an episode like "The Dinner Party" it's hard not to just pump my fist with adrenaline-boosted excitement. This episode is jam-packed full of … Continue reading The Vampire Diaries, “The Dinner Party”

The Vampire Diaries, “Crying Wolf”

Trust is hardly earned in The Vampire Diaries universe. Deals are constantly being struck and destroyed and even the person closest to you probably isn't telling the whole truth. It's not always intentional, sometimes the lies for someone else's one good. Other times, a lack of information flow is fully purposeful and ultimately, dangerous. "Crying … Continue reading The Vampire Diaries, “Crying Wolf”

The Vampire Diaries, “The Descent”

When most people talk about The Vampire Diaries, the first thing they mention is Ian Somerhalder, and for good reason. Somerhalder isn't the greatest pure actor, but he's an electric performer who just happens to be fantastic at the kind of scenery chewing this program asks of him. He is most certainly the best part … Continue reading The Vampire Diaries, “The Descent”

The Vampire Diaries, “By The Light of The Moon”

As the final episode of 2010, "By The Light of The Moon" isn't the most exciting effort of The Vampire Diaries' second season. In fact, it's fairly timid compared to some of the crazy episodes we've seen this season. However, Mike Daniels' script does a really smart thing by building the entire episode around what … Continue reading The Vampire Diaries, “By The Light of The Moon”

The Vampire Diaries, “The Sacrifice”

Figured it was time to update the title card image! Though I really enjoy episodes where the big ensembles come together for one important task like "Masquerade," (which is still probably my favorite episode of the season) The Vampire Diaries is ridiculously good at pairing off its ever-expanding group of characters without losing any sense … Continue reading The Vampire Diaries, “The Sacrifice”