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The Vampire Diaries Season 1 Pilot Recap and Review 2009-09-11 11:30:40

The Vampire Diaries: The Good, the Bad, and the Bloody

Doubting the thirst for vampire entertainment? The evidence is against you: last night's pilot of the The Vampire Diaries was the CW's most watched premiere ever. I'm surprised by how much I enjoyed it, but I'm not completely sold yet — I need a few more strong episodes to see if it can earn a permanent spot on my TiVo. Here were a few of my love-it-or-hate-it moments:

The Good: The guys. Though Paul Wesley's Stefan is as introspective and sensitive as Edward Cullen, his self-loathing isn't as annoying. But it's not just about Stefan; Ian Somerhalder is literally killer as his bad boy brother, Damon. He's so gorgeous and charming already that I had to remind myself that I'm not supposed to like this guy.

To see the bad and the bloody, just read more.

The Bad: That fog. And the crow. The creepy thematic elements are so heavy handed that I thought the cheesiness factor might turn me off. I hope that now that the fog/crow's origin has been revealed, it'll be abandoned. The "dear diary" stuff also needs to be toned down. I know that it's a cornerstone of the books (and hello, in the title), but it's such an overwhelming plot device that I'm worried that Elena's (Nina Dobrev) every emotion will hit us over the head.

The Bloody: I was surprised at the level of gore on the show. It's certainly no True Blood, but I'd assumed that the bloody stuff was going to be akin to the immaculate biting of the Twilight vamps. Not so, as evidenced by some pretty gnarly bite marks. But even for a gore-hater like me, it's still easy to stomach.

So, if you were one of the many who tuned in to see the latest spate of vampire/damsel players, which parts did you think were the best and worst? Where do you want to see the story go this season?

Photo courtesy of The CW

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