Thursday, October 1, 2009

Can THE VAMPIRE DIARIES Keep Its Bite?

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6 comments:

Jeff said...

While I commend you for being a part of TV.com, a great site, I must really question your analysis of Vampire Diaries. Buffy the Vampire Slayer was a show where the "wittyness" of the characters always felt grounded in who they were, while in Vampire Diaries it feels like a formula. It's really unfair to make a comparison between the shows just because they both have vampires. This show is kind of insane. Let's see, a strange 100 year old vampire becomes obsessed with a a 16 year old girl. His involvement with her brings his serial killer brother to town, so what does our handsome hero do? He gives his brother a series of stern talking to's. Does that make any sense? Every bad thing that has happened so far is a direct result of Stefan, so how are viewers to see him as a remotely likable character. Also, the dude is a Vampire playing football, which is completely unfair. Now, they did this on Smallville, but they at least addressed the issues that go into someone with super-powers playing a sport. I honestly don't see how people could call this a well written show. If there's something I'm missing, I'd love to know. Also, again, all the characters are super-hot models loaded with generic angst. What made Buffy great is that all the characters were unique and had their own issues and voices. Of course, it was TV and it was loaded with the super-hotness of Gellar, Dushku, and Boreanez, but you still had Giles, and Xander, and Willow.

Blogette said...

Hey -- Giles and Xander were hot too!

I'm actually starting to really like The VD (the guilty pleasure kind of like), but it's mainly because of Damon. If we're going to do any Buffy comparisons, I'm totally getting a Spike vibe (pre-complete annoyingness from him). Other than the fact that I still support Kevin Williamson's shows (I even watched all of Hidden Palms), I only decided to watch this show for Ian Somerhalder (Paul Wesley's okay too, I guess). I find him to be the most entertaining part ofa somewhat dull show -- he shakes things up.

The football thing also reminded me of Smallville, and not in a good way either -- Season 4 of Smallville>, aka the season of "FOOTBALL! and Magicks" is widely considered as one of its weakest seasons. Then again, this show gives me early Smallville vibes all around -- Elena hangs out in the same cemetery as Lana did, and I'm pretty sure it's the same high school. I honestly just see The VD as more (so far, early) Smallville with vampires than Buffy or even Angel.

I do think this show has potential though (just like I think Hidden Palms had, but they focused on the wrong characters), but I also think that it's never going to live up to that potential if it stays in the shadow of Twilight.

Jeff said...

I must confess to loving the magicks plotline in Smallville. I only liked Lana when she was possessed or had powers. Honestly, Smallville, for me at least was a way cooler show with cooler characters(oh Chloe!). I agree the the Lana aspect of Smallville has common ties with VD, but that was also, in my opinion the worst most boring part. Give me Chloe or Lois any day! And yes Xander and Giles had some sexy(for God sakes Giles played behind blue eyes in a coffee shop), but not Vampire Diaries sexy.

Blogette said...

I found it more a liking of the witch Isobel, not so much Lana. Although I did legitimately like Lana in the "Lexmas" episode (well, the Lana is Lex's coma-dream...).

And I'm sorry we turned your comment page into a Smallville discussion, Amanda. lol

LazyWriterOnTheTV said...

"I'm actually starting to really like the VD"...

Hope THAT doesn't get taken out of context...

Rebecca said...

Hey Amanda,

Great article! It actually made me want to watch this show -- and I'm one of those ancient people in my thirties! (Ok, just barely, but still.)

How'd you get this sweet gig? Seems like a terrific career move!

Best of luck,

Rebecca Silverman Fitzgerald