The Vampire Diaries- Season 2
In the explosive Season 1 finale, Elena’s uncle set a plan in motion that brought the Founder’s Day celebration to an end amid chaos, destruction and death, and saw the return of the vengeful Katherine Pierce. This season, Katherine’s appearance in Mystic Falls will throw a wrench into the love triangle between Stefan, Elena and Damon, and the other residents of Mystic Falls must choose sides as they fall victim to a new breed of danger. New and unexpected friendships will be forged, allies will be come enemies and hearts will be broken. Plus, Stefan and Damon will be forced to face a villain more evil and diabolical than they thought possible.
Plot Rating: 2/5
This time the storyline is a little bit stronger, and less “Twilight” (though get ready for a dark and brooding Werewolf). It’s still a little dry, I think it does a better job of setting up season 3 (hopefully) than really pulling people into the story.
What really drags the rating down is how repetitive and predictable the whole season feels. See a character you don’t like? Don’t worry, within 4 episodes they will be defeated by the Salvatore brothers. Season 1 set this pattern up and Season 2 just keeps rolling with it. This is really what is responsible for the low plot rating. I’ve been promised Season 3 is a pickup and it is the season where things really get going, so we’ll see…
Season 2’s theme is also “Flashback”. You get Katherine’s entire back story, and the truth behind her presence in Mystic Falls. You get the Salvatore’s entire back story. And you get a few other character’s feeling nostalgic. It feels like every other episode is a flashback…
Acting Score: 5/5
I continue to be impressed with Nina Dobrev (Elena/Katherine), Paul Wesley (Stefan Salvatore), and Ian Somerhalder (Damon Salvatore).
Steven R. McQueen (Elena’s little brother Jeremy) is now savvy to the whole Vampire thing, and yet he doesn’t really do much other than hide behind his new love interest Bonnie Bennett (Kat Graham). I was happy to see Caroline Forbes become a stronger figure in the show, though I’m not sure if she’s ever going to be the strong tough one or just the ditzy blond that throws kinks in plans (I have hope for her though, and Candice Accola handles the high-emotion scenes expertly). I’m a little disappointed in Zach Roerig (Matt Donovan), he goes from a 3D character to a pretty 1D, while Michael Trevino (Tyler Lockwood) steps up his game and jumps from 1D to 3D.
Age Rating 15+
This season deals with a bit more violence, some of it could be frightening to children. As always, this is a Vampire show. And, in addition to the usual violence from last season you have Katherine, who does whatever she wants, Damon, who cleans his act a little but is still kind of dark, and Werewolves, who have very graphic and scream-filled transitions once a month (don’t worry, I’m not spoiling the plot for your, it’s a pretty obvious development). There is also a little more sex (again though, they only ever show the lead in).
… Last time I had to hit Wikipedia for the trivia, nothing new to report.