The Vampire Diaries: Revenge of the Doppelganger

I have every reason not to watch The Vampire Diaries—after all, it’s a blatant ripoff of the best elements of every other CW show. Elena is Dawson’s Creek’s Joey Potter, the object of two boys’ affections. She is also Smallville’s Clark Kent, the central character with a mysterious alter ego. Damon and Stefan are One Tree Hill’s Lucas and Nathan, brothers and bitter rivals. And Mystic Falls, Virginia is Gilmore Girls’s Stars Hollow, Connecticut, a quirky east coast town with a complex history. Plus, there are the obvious Supernatural and Buffy the Vampire Slayer connections. I’m a True Blood fan and I’ve watched all the Twilight movies thus far. I’ve seen it all, right?

Well, yeah. But that doesn’t mean that The Vampire Diaries isn’t fun. On the contrary—it’s loads of fun. It’s True Blood, minus the truly disturbing sex scenes and overbearing “historical” accuracies. It’s Twilight, plus better actors and weekly (not yearly) installments.

If you’re new to The Vampire Diaries like me, the Season 2 premiere was as good a spot as any to jump in on the action. And if you're a returning fan, you're probably still reeling from how awesome Thursday's episode was. Nina Dobrev worked overtime in it as both Elena and Katherine, Elena’s vampire-doppelganger-counterpart, and she did a hell of a job. (And I'm not just saying that because I loved that she was in the Emmys opening number with Jimmy Fallon and the Glee kids.) Even though she played both parts, it seemed like there were two different actresses on the screen. Katherine walked with a swagger, talked with an attitude, and commanded Damon and Stefan’s attention in a forced, almost tragic way. Oh, and because she’s an evil vampire, she kills people. How disorienting to see that sweet familiar Elena face snuff out Caroline! I’m assuming Fringe and its two universes will welcome Nina with open arms if this vampire thing fizzles out.

Katherine isn’t just causing physical harm to innocent bystanders, either. She’s turning Damon (Ian Somerhalder) into an emotional wreck, which might be the best twist of all. In just one day—the premiere picked up where the Season 1 finale left off—he’s received two identically short ends of the same pointy stick. Elena and Katherine rejected him for Stefan (Paul Wesley), which only means that he’ll turn into a raging, amusing, entertaining lunatic this season. Let the games begin!

What did you think of the Season 2 premiere?


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The Clark Kent reference is dumb because there is no alter ego going on there, she's a doppelganger major difference
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only tvshow about vampire , i interested about since :angel.
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I love the start of the new season! It's thrilling! I've made a little video resuming this episode... This is it:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hfUh2QJqdrk
Please, watch it! Thanks!
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loved it loved it loved it loved it loved it loved it loved it loved it loved it !!!!!!!!!
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Loved the season 2 premiere! Can't wait for the next episode!
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i prefer damon. hes much hotter
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For me i Prefer Damon. the premiere is PERFECT
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I loved it, and I can't blame Elena and Catherine for both choosing Stefan. He's hot.
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I loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee Damon!
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I loved it so hilarious suspenseful and exciting I am dying for more great article!
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That was great ! Especially when Damon kills Jer !
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Elena and Katherine looks so much alike,are they twins?
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loooooooove damon! Ian Somerhalder is a genius when it comes to acting... and hats off to Nina Dobrev... she was great!
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I love this show, it's my absolute favorite (well, right after with Burn Notice anyway), so I'm really happy it's back :D
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every1 found this episode "edge of your seat" worthy, while i did watch the first season, and found it great, this episode for some reason BORED me, i found myself changing channels before it even went on commercial..i loved the elena/katherine scenes, they were interesting to watch to see if Nina could change characters without seeming too "fake"..will continue to watch..hopefully it gets better!
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Best Episode so far this season
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Great opener. Leaves me wondering what the rest of the season has to offer, So it is truly " Game On!"
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Damon 'killing' Jeremy was probably the most unexpected, twisted surprise in the show, so amazing. almost got emotional.
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Really liked this episode.
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I wasn't disappointed.
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It was a great season premiere!!!
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The season opener definitely kept me on the edge of my seat. Damon's emotional pain sure does make for delicious television
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While it wasn't that awesome and at times inconsistencies in the quality but overall it was satisfactory.
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Yeay, totally agreeing!!
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It was nice to meet Katherine, finally.
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I was going to say something about Fringe too..
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that was an amazing season 2 premiere Nina Dobrev did a great job as Elena and Katherine i'm it seemed like they were two completely different actress. it was truly an amazing acting job and Damon looks like he's about to go off the deep end. and Stefan is just plan angry and i like that all in all a 10/10 for the season 2 premiere.
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i loved it what i love about it is that in the beginng it was a love trianle between two vampires & a mortal woman then it was two vampires between a vampire woman who is a good - bad look - a - like of the woman the two vampire men loves but now one of the vampire men is painting the town red with hate & violence.
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Game on!
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Great episode! I'm so glad I caught up over the summer.
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