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”

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”

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”