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Friday, September 17, 2010

The Vampire Diaries episode 2 review

We were surprised by how sad we were about Caroline's transformation in the beginning of this episode. We like this new development as fans of TV, but not so much as fans of The Vampire Diaries. This definitely adds a new, interesting element to the show, but poor Matt! We just hope she'll be able to control it.

We liked Stefan trying to be funny when he was guessing what Tyler and his uncle were. We were disappointed in Jeremy showing Damon his ring that protects him. Damon removed it easily. Duh. After Jeremy snuck into Damon’s house to try to kill him with a wooden stake he made, he admitted his plan beforehand to Damon (great going, Jeremy), and Damon said our favorite line of the night, talking about when people tried to kill him in the town before: “It was 1864. People knew how to whittle.” Then Damon and Jeremy had a bonding moment (meaning Damon didn't kill him). Hopefully this means Damon won't try to kill Jeremy ... for the next few weeks, anyway.

We loved Caroline’s revenge against Damon, and the fact that she didn’t spend time wondering what she was, because Damon’s old compulsions started wearing off. Caroline remembered how badly Damon had treated her and threw him across the high school hall. It was less cool when she whispered, “You suck” to Damon as she walked off, but she IS a 16-year-old girl. We probably wouldn't have had the guts to even say THAT.

Bonnie had a new crush, but Damon brainwashed him into attacking Tyler, just to see how Tyler and his uncle would react. Then Caroline ate him. Poor Bonnie’s crush. Damon then tried to kill Caroline and Elena stopped him. Bonnie tried to kill Damon, but Elena stopped her too. Elena is one of the smartest, most reasonable teen heroines of all time. They SHOULD listen to her. Bonnie blamed everything bad that has happened (pretty much since the beginning of time) on Damon. Actually Bonnie, everything that happened was YOUR fault. We think that she probably realizes this, but someone on this show needs to acknowledge it.

Tyler and his uncle spent a significant amount of time looking for a white “moon stone,” which Tyler found and kept. Also, we predict that Uncle Mason and Mama Lockwood are gonna have sex. We generally like Caroline as a vampire, because she seems able to control it better than Vicki Donovan, thanks to Stefan’s training. The sweetest moment came from Caroline and Matt at the end of the episode. He said he loved her, and she didn’t bite him/controlled herself.

Stefan and Elena also had a sweet moment together. It’s about time we are reminded that these two enjoy being together, and that is the reason for all this drama. It was exactly what Elena needed. She resisted at first, because she felt like now was not the time for pleasure, with so much doom and gloom going on. Stefan said, “I came back to this town to start a life with you. We can’t forget to live it. We have to take these moments.” It’s nice to remind the kiddies that life is full of problems, but you need to live in the now and enjoy your life through the worrying. So the high school girl got to have a normal moment with her boyfriend. Except for the levitation. We forgot those vampires could levitate. Or at least jump really, really high. But how else were they going to get to the top of the Ferris wheel when the fair was closed?

We were disappointed we didn’t see Katherine, but it builds suspense to not have to most interesting new character waived in our faces all the time. We understand. And we approve.
Episode grade: A


  1. I like all the plot developments in this episode, but after such a superb premiere I was disappointed by this episode. Caroline's first moments as a vampire seemed to hit the wrong emotional points. 70 percent of the scenes felt like this to me I don't know if that was the writing of the directing or the acting (though I suspect to former).I guess this is what last season of VD was like for me- one fantastic episode I could watch three times over followed by three I could care less about... Last Season it was Lost girls, 162 candles, Isobel and the finale that kept me watching this show...

  2. We agree that it wasn't nearly as good as last week. It was more of a set-up episode, with only Caroline's transformation as a new event. But there were really no twists or surprises. We think the directing was to blame for the weird tone in Caroline's few few minutes of transformation.

  3. I like Caroline a lot more as a vampire. She seems like less of the show's weak link now.

  4. We want to feel as Cat does, but we can't help but be sad that the only human couple is...not human anymore. If everyone is a witch, a werewolf, a hunter, or a vampire, then we have run out of fodder for the beasts. Jeremy and Matt are the only regular main characters now. We trust the show though. When has it NOT been excellent?

  5. Point taken about everyone on the show becoming a mythological creature, and I'm definitely on Team Poor-Matt-I-hope-Caroline-doesn't-eat-him-now. But this episode made the most irritating character on the show sympathetic to me for once. She's apparently got a capacity for making better decisions than Vicki (hopefully), and now that she'll be experiencing an existential crisis of her own (Am I dead? Am I undead? What is 'dead'? etc.), the character's got a real capacity for growth. That or she'll be dead by November. I'm never bored with this show's capacity to make me change my mind about things.

  6. Yeah, it was a chore to watch Caroline just exist to be jealous of Elena. Maybe the will introduce some awesome human characters to make up for everyone being "special."