Directed by: Various
I’ll admit that I have put off watching this, having watched the pilot some time ago. Said pilot episode did not ring my bell and, despite many a person suggesting that the series improves (and it does) I had little faith. However, having watched it all in one weekend I am now suffering from… You know when you eat too much Chinese food and you get that weird too much MSG feeling? Well I am suffering from a too much angst induced weird feeling… honestly so much teen angst can’t be good for you… perhaps I should have watched this on a weekly basis and controlled my intake!
Firstly I’ll admit that I have never read the books and so had no preconception of the world the series created. So, the basic story runs like this – for those who haven’t seen the show – new boy Stefan (Paul Wesley) turns up at the Mystic Falls high school. You just know he is something odd as he looks like the bastard son of Angel and Edward Cullen – all pouty and hair gelled – plus his voice over at the head of the series talks about remaining hidden for over a century but he has to meet her. Also at the school is Elena (Nina Dobrev) – the *her* he has to meet.
|writing in her journal|
|Ian Somerhalder as Damon|
|a spell to make feather's float|
|Stefan with full vampire face|
I mentioned drugs and it seems that someone in the writing staff has a real addiction bee in their bonnet. From casual drug use leading to death (by vampires), to alcohol leading to getting off with your best friend’s mom, to drunk vampires and blood as a drug this programme really does use the vampire/addict allegory a lot, as well as highlighting more mundane substance abuse, and is fairly preachy with it. Stefan on human blood for a couple of episodes went down a relapsed junky route and one fears that he will relapse once a season - much like Angel seemed to become Angelus once a season for a while.
|the corpse is bloodless, the series not so|
That said, compare it to the current crop of vampire related series and it fails to touch either True Blood or Being Human. Perhaps it still is a tad too teen?
Take it in small sips – 6 out of 10 (for the season as a whole, earlier episodes would drop a point).
The imdb page is here.