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”

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 review — True Blood, “And When I Die”

This is the best season of True Blood ever. Sure, there were maybe two truly enjoyable episodes and most of the storylines were underdeveloped, stupid, poorly-plotted or some combination of all three. And sure, the series continued its terrible trend of crafting dreadful finales that are trapped somewhere between concluding old, bad stories and starting … Continue reading Season Finale review — True Blood, “And When I Die”

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

Post-hiatus musings: HBO edition (True Blood and Entourage)

After nearly a month, my fairly substantial hiatus here at TVS is over. I am happy to be back providing content for you folks on a regular basis. In my time off, I’ve missed all sorts of television, both viewing- and writing-wise. To combat that, I’ll be whipping up a number of random posts with … Continue reading Post-hiatus musings: HBO edition (True Blood and Entourage)

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, “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”

Being Human, “There Goes The Neighborhood” Part 2

In my review of the first half of this two-part episode, I was generally charmed by Being Human. I haven't seen the UK version this series is apparently so closely based on here in the early episodes, but the actors and the premise seemed good enough to keep the series steady enough in its own … Continue reading Being Human, “There Goes The Neighborhood” Part 2

Series Premiere — Being Human, “There Goes The Neighborhood” Part 1

Syfy's Being Human is yet another one of 2011's UK remakes coming to America. Based on the subject matter and the cast, it is also the one I've been the most excited about, even though I haven't seen the original BBC series. I've heard a lot of good things about the British version of this … Continue reading Series Premiere — Being Human, “There Goes The Neighborhood” Part 1

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”