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

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, “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”

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”

Fall TV “Preview”: Eight cliffhangers I can’t wait to see resolved

The fall television season is just about to begin! To celebrate, I'll be doing a series of fun features and previews for both returning and brand-new series. I have not seen any of the new pilots or premieres from veteran series, and thus the quotes around preview. No matter, that won't stop me from doing … Continue reading Fall TV “Preview”: Eight cliffhangers I can’t wait to see resolved