Last week, The Vampire Diaries scored high ratings and fast fans, making the follow up episode a test in whether or not the show is a one-hit wonder or an overnight success. The second episode, "The Night of the Comet", was up to the challenge. I enjoyed last week's episode, but I had my beefs too. What were the ups and downs of this week? Read on.
The Good: Last week I said the good part was the guys; I'm not straying far from that, but I am getting a bit more specific: Ian Somerhalder as Damon. I always liked Somerhalder, but didn't realize how perfect he would be as Damon when the role was announced months ago. I'm psyched that he's really coming into his own. Sure, he was good as Lost's Boone, but playing a smug, sexy vampire suits him even better.
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The Bad: I don't want to be too much of a Twilight geek here, but it bugged me that Stefan gives Elena a copy of Wuthering Heights — the same book that figures prominently in Eclipse. Stefan's personality and superhuman are already reminiscent of Edward Cullen's powers and I worry about the show being too close to the Twilight series. I know that the Vampire Diaries series predates the Twilight Saga, but I just want Diaries to find its own niche in on-screen the vampire genre.
The Bloody: The scary scenes are as good as any horror movie. That sequence in the beginning with the "rain" and the camper is terrifying, not to mention the ending of the episode. The vampire feeding face is way freakier than most pop culture vampires. The vamp faces from Buffy the Vampire Slayer were kind of comical, whereas the red eyes and translucent skin we see on Diaries is enough to give me nightmares.
Last week I complained about the cheesy fog to announce Damon's arrival and the overbearing diary stuff. The fog is still there, but it only showed up in the initial scene, and I'm pleased that there was only one diary writing session. Though there was a whole conversation about diary writing, it was a discussion about not doing it and expressing your feelings directly instead. I hope the characters practice what they preach.
What did you think of the second episode of The Vampire Diaries? Are you getting into the story now, or are you already over it?
Something to think about: do Stefan and Damon coordinate when to wear those black v-neck tees? Just wondering.
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