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The Vampire Diaries "Night of the Comet" Episode Review 2009-09-18 08:30:26

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

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.

To see the bad and the bloody, just


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.

Photo courtesy of The CW

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sonya-ina sonya-ina 8 years
I'm hooked. I can't help it...
Geminispoppy Geminispoppy 8 years
I was pleasantly surprised actually. I read the books as a teen and i was soo afraid they were going to mess it up. But so far so good!
qtpie qtpie 8 years
the second ep was much better than the first i think. i'll keep watching this show, but mainly because of Ian Somerhalder... swoon. Some of it's still pretty cheesy though (Dear Diary, etc.). And that was funny when the brothers were both wearing black v neck tees
Niami Niami 8 years
High cheese factor. bleh.
khameel khameel 8 years
I noticed the Wuthering Heights reference, too. However, I really enjoyed this episode. It even scared me a couple of times! And the actor playing Stefan is seriously hot! He does that whole brooding stare VERY well! LOL!
ktc71 ktc71 8 years
After last week I figured I would stick with it and see where it goes. So far I'm liking it. I'm not loving it, but I like it enough to keep watching.
esmerb esmerb 8 years
I loved it!
flowergirl flowergirl 8 years
I'm hooked :) It's a fun watch for Thursday nights.
redchick152 redchick152 8 years
i'm w/ Buzz...its starting to be a bit Twilight-ish. i hope they stay FAR AWAY from Twilight similarities. after the 1st episode, i looked up the book series to see what its about and there is definitely enough to give us good story lines. i'll keep least until my other shows start up again!!
kiwitwist kiwitwist 8 years
I watched last week and thought I would give it a couple more episodes to see where it was going. Glad I did, because I thought last night's episode was great. Not amazing but it kept me interested and wanting more, that is the point right?! There are a lot of elements that are 'Twilight' but I love Twilight so why wouldn't I love VD. Hope it gets even better. So far the only shows I really care to watch are vampire related lol.
care0531 care0531 8 years
I watched it last week and wasn't thrilled with it and therefore I am one of those people that fall in the category of watching the first show but not the second!
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i'll probably tune in again if i remember but it's not a MUST see in my opinion. i have to say though that there were a few scenes that made me jump and that's a good thing from a CW show.
lellybear lellybear 8 years
MEH. it's not the best but it's not the worst. i'll continue to watch. mainly for damon -ga rowl- and because it seems like an update on Roswell. in this episode the ex bf, whose name escapes me at the moment, really really reminded me of Kyle.
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