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 Hybrid”

After a slightly slower, more character-based season premiere, The Vampire Diaries wasted no time jumping into some big ideas in this week’s episode, “The Hybrid.” This episode introduced us to what will probably be the primary narrative for at least the first half of the season (Klaus building a hybrid army), jump-started a few supporting…… Continue reading Review: The Vampire Diaries, “The Hybrid”

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”

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, “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”