The Vampire Diaries- Season 1
It’s Elena’s first day back at Mystic Falls High School since the tragic death of her parents. Along with her Aunt Jenna, Elena tries her best to look after her troubled younger brother, Jeremy, and salvage what family they have left. The first day is already shaping up to be a struggle for Elena until she meets the mysterious new kid at school, Stefan. Elena is touched that he can relate to what she’s going through. What Elena doesn’t know is that Stefan is a vampire, constantly resisting the urge to taste her blood. As their undeniable connection grows deeper, Stefan’s dangerous older brother, Damon, shows up to wreak havoc on the town of Mystic Falls – and claim Elena for himself.
Plot Rating: 2/5
Honestly the content is pretty dry. The first few episodes you can pick exactly which “Twilight” book they are copying from (yes, I know the show is based off of a separate series of books, no I’m not changing that statement).
Stefan Salvatore is the Edward of the story (in everything including looks). He drinks the blood of animals and writes his hopes and dreams down in a little diary. Opposite of Stefan is Damon, his brother, who is dark and wild. He follows his little brother around, killing people and pegging it on him or doing whatever he can to make his brother miserable.
The two have come home to Mystic Falls, where Stefan falls in love with Elena, a girl who lost her parents in an accident a year before and is just doing what she can to keep her drug dealing little brother in line and cope with her losses. Oh, and Elena just happens to look 100% like a long lost love named Katherine from the 1800s.
As the season progresses it gets a little better, but overall the show is basically “Twilight”. Angsty vampires pretending to be teens to fit in.
Acting Score: 5/5
As close as it is to “Twilight” I will say one thing to the benefit of “Vampire Diaries”: Nina Dobrev (Elena) can actually ACT, unlike a certain Stewart girl. And Paul Wesley (Stefan Salvatore) bathes, unlike his Edward counterpart. And don’t get me started on Ian Somerhalder (Damon Salvatore). I only watched “Lost” so long as he was on it, so I always favor him.
As recycled as the writing feels, the acting is actually very good. There aren’t many guest stars, and when there are they stick around for an episode of four, but even they show quality. Must be a CW thing- the guest stars and extras are actually pretty great (CW is also responsible for “Supernatural”).
Age Rating: 12+
Usual scare warning. There is some sex early on, but otherwise they just imply everything. Also be on the lookout for the typical blood and gore associated with Vampire flicks. As Stefan becomes less angsty and more of a tough character you can expect the language to increase.
A spin-off has been hinted at for a while now. While nothing has been actually set in stone it is still being considered.
While Elena may be madly in love with Stefan, Nina Dobrev is dating Ian Somerhalder in real life.