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Sunday, March 28, 2010

Vampire Diaries bites back

     This past Thursday, The Vampire Diaries returned to the CW.  There's a lot of mystery in the show, and it's interesting to watch it play out.  For instance, this past week Elena (Nina Dobrev) got closer than ever to discovering the secret of where she came from.  She knows she was given to her parents by a woman named Isobel (Mia Kirshner, The L Word) who is still alive but doesn't want to be found.  My question is, why does Elena look so much like Katherine (also Dobrev)?  Surely, it won't just be that she's the great-great-grandniece or something?  I mean, they are identical!  I have high hopes that there will be some awesome explanation, like perhaps she is a reborn version of Katherine, tied into mystics and magic.  But I also have a sneaking suspicion that I may be disappointed.

     Connected to this mystery is Isobel's husband, Alaric (Matthew Davis, What About Brian), who had thought her dead.  Somehow, a ring that she gave him saved his life after Damon (Ian Somerhalder) stabbed him in the lung.  What in the world is it, and how did it do what it did?  And if they are going to pretend that Elena was actually Isobel's birthed daughter, who is the father?  Is it him?

     Also, the vampires that were trapped in the tomb below the town for the past century and a half have escaped.  How did they get out?  Bonnie (Katerina Graham) and her sadly deceased grandmother (Jasmine Guy, Dead Like Me) barely held the seal open long enough for Elena, Damon, and Stefan (Paul Wesley) to make it out.  How did others escape?  Is the seal somehow permanently broken?  I don't understand that bit.

     As far as I can tell, it's a pretty good series.  My only current complaint is that there is so much focus on characters who are only doing limited run, like Alaric, Isobel, and the new vampire group, that several of the main characters get limited development.  For instance, although Bonnie has had some plot, she was not at all relevant this week.  Tyler (Michael Trevino) in particular has had nothing to do for months.  I don't know if the CW was just trying to get the teenage cast in there to attract their typical viewer, and now wants to go deeper into back story, or what,  but if that's the case, it's time to dump a few of the high schoolers.

     The Vampire Diaries airs Thursday nights at 8pm on the CW.

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