Review: The Vampire Diaries, “Smells Like Teen Spirit”

I haven’t discussed the last two episodes of The Vampire Diaries here on the blog, but you probably don’t have to make much of a guess about how they were received in the Barker Complex. If anyone was concerned about how Stefan’s departure from Mystic Falls would be handled, you’re probably laughing at your past … Continue reading Review: The Vampire Diaries, “Smells Like Teen Spirit”

Review: The Vampire Diaries, “The End of the Affair”

Ed note: Hey folks, I’m very, very short on time today, so this review is going to be shorter than normal. Apologies. I’ll be honest with you folks: I grew a little tired of the flashbacks during the second season of Vampire Diaries. The trips back to 1864 were fine and generally purposeful, but for … Continue reading Review: The Vampire Diaries, “The End of the Affair”

Season Premiere review — The Vampire Diaries, “The Birthday”

One of The Vampire Diaries greatest strengths is its ability to come up with wild plot twists that seem both entirely crazy and completely believable at the same time. There have been roughly 9,000 insane developments in the first two seasons alone. And I might be understating it a bit. At this point, we expect … Continue reading Season Premiere review — The Vampire Diaries, “The Birthday”

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, “Daddy Issues”

It sucks being Tyler Lockwood. Not only did he not ask to be born into the werewolf gene pool, but he did his damnedest to avoid actually triggering the curse that would turn him into a monster. And when that didn't work, he thought he'd found a friend, confidant and lover in Caroline who could protect him … Continue reading The Vampire Diaries, “Daddy Issues”

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”