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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


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?

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californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 years
Surprisingly, I really liked it. I think the main actors were fantastic, especially Paul Wesley, who played Stefan :drool:. The supporting actors, however, were dreadful and extremely annoying except for the guy who played Jeremy (Elena's brother). I enjoyed the story, though, and I loved the music that they used. Plus, there was just the right amount of gore so I was creeped out but not grossed out.
whatwouldruthdo whatwouldruthdo 8 years
Good enough to convince me to watch the second episode, but that's about it. It will need to be a little more compelling in episode 2 to keep me as a viewer.
cupcake_ cupcake_ 8 years
Surprisingly I liked it!
esmerb esmerb 8 years
Two thumbs up!
Pistil Pistil 8 years
I went into it with low expectations, and left unimpressed. Brooding teenagers, what a concept. I think I must be psychic, too, since everything was so predictable. Then again, high school dramas are not my thing, but I thought I'd give it a shot anyway since there was nothing else on. I did like the music.
cibele cibele 8 years
The bad: - Stefan guy is kinda boring. I really don't like the goody ones. They are all the same in all shows, movies, etc. No personality, not funny at all, just introspective and "mysterious" Zzzz - Like someone said above, the diary things reminds me of Roswell. And Liz girl was boring with her diary entries, same here; - The lead girl. I didn't liker her on Degrassi, don't like her now. The character is not helping either. The good: - The soundtrack. Playing Placebo wins points with me; - All the hot guys (except Stefan). The girls are cute too, but I didn't like them. I miss a geeky, or fun girl, smart, anything other than the usual pretty girls. - I liked the darker aura of the sets and cinematography. - Damon - at least someone with a sense of humor in this show (although a deadly one).
theseether theseether 8 years
I read The Vampire Diaries books by L.J. Smith when I was in middle school. The books were awesome themselves. I was disappointed by how much they changed for the tv show, especially making Elena a brunette instead of a blonde. They also changed her personality. If I hadn't read the books, maybe I'd be more into the tv show.
BabyNorbert BabyNorbert 8 years
The best thing about the first episode was Ian Somerhalder's Damon... I'm definitly going to give this show a shot.
Yv Yv 8 years
I gave it a shot, cause I love True Blood, and a couple of teen dramas are my guilty pleasures. But my god, how awful this one is. It's even worse than Twilight [I didn't think that was possible]. Something for 12 year olds maybe. There's nothing smart, nothing funny, nothing interesting here, and as far as acting goes, in comparison to these young actors, Pattinson and Stewart seem like Paul Newman and Meryl Streep. I can't believe that Ian Somerhalder, after starring in Tell Me You Love Me, moved on to this sh**.
qtpie qtpie 8 years
The story is your usual vampire storyline... meh.the 'dear diary' thing is so cliche and was a crack-up. The only good thing about this show is Ian Somerhalder. Drool....
xMariax xMariax 8 years
I liked it. It was a great, interesting show. Plus I'm loving the hot guys lol. And I liked the main actress, Nina. Never watched "True Blood" and haven't watched "Twilight" yet. I'm a little slow getting into "Twilight" lol. I just now started getting into it and I haven't seen the movie yet and just started the books recently lol. Anyways so "The Vampire Diaries" is my first vampire show/movie and I like it alot. And both Stefan and Damon (Paul and Ian) are both hot and better looking than Robert Pattinson. The only thing I didn't like was the violence and creepiness. Eww.
MissMarisol MissMarisol 8 years
It was better than I expected. I will keep watching for a while & hope it gets better. it's no True Blood but I need some vamp show to hold my attention since TB doesn't come back til next summer and New Moon is not out til November. Damon is no Eric Northman. hahaha
jhilly123 jhilly123 8 years
Really liked it!! Made my friend watch it with me, and we both though Stefan and Damon looked hot (love Damon's smirk in his first scene! even if I'm not supposed to like him lol). But I agree with what everyone else is saying, the fog, the crow, and the somewhat cheesy dialogue were kinda annoying. I'll keep watching!
jor2590 jor2590 8 years
loveeeeeeed it :)
redchick152 redchick152 8 years
i agree w/ PoshBride....its a good combo of several of my guilty pleasure-shows.
flowergirl flowergirl 8 years
I was a bit disappointed that the commercials had pretty much given most of the episode way, but I will definitely be tuning in again next week. Random thoughts... the way they styled Ian Somerhalder's hair was awful, I'm already annoyed by that blonde chick, but I loved Paul Wesley & Nina Dobrev.
Lexie_Kesh Lexie_Kesh 8 years
Watched, it was surprisingly good. Never saw or interested in seeing Twilight or True Blood, so I can't compare them. This show howerver reminded me of Roswell. The cast, except for the slutty girl, is great looking. The dialogue is ok, the music I love. Hopefully the cheesy fog and crow was to introduce the a-holeness of the Damon character. I'll give it a try.
bleached bleached 8 years
I enjoyed it more than expected. It was a bit on the corny side but I can see this becoming a guilty pleasure...
Lorelei-LeFae Lorelei-LeFae 8 years
I liked the fog element.
DeppObsession DeppObsession 8 years
I was surprised. The pilot was really good.. definitely tuning in next week
lellybear lellybear 8 years
i watched it waiting for Supernatural to come on and i gotta say i was pleasantly surprised. damon definitely got my attention. the fog is definitely cheesy and the "dear diary" stuff just reminds of Roswell. i'll give it a chance though.
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