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Vampire Diaries Rewind, Part 2: That's More Like It!

Before Thanksgiving, I took one for the team by slogging through the first four episodes of The Vampire Diaries Season 1, exactly zero of which were good. I'm sorry, but it's true. Sure, we all love the handsome, confident teenager that is Vampire Diaries Season 2, but I think we can all admit that this show was an ugly child. I'm talking buck-toothed and pigeon-toed. In addition to still finding its feet style-wise, the first four episodes suffered for two big reasons: They dragged out Elena's ignorance about Stefan even though he was CLEARLY a vampire, and also presented Damon as a villain even though he was way more likable than anyone else. These episodes were very UGH, and the prospect of continuing on made me feel so sad in my heart.

But what a difference an episode makes! Seriously, the next four episodes were fantastic! You guys were right, good episodes were right around the corner. And I was right about Jasmine Guy. Her arrival definitely coincided with a huge increase in quality. Look at us, everybody was right! Hooray for us!

Season 1, Episode 5

This episode began with Elena reaching over for her diaries, then opting not to write in them. THIS WAS A PROMISING START! Those diary voiceovers were the worst, and it was like the show finally REALIZED it. It made me laugh out loud when she put the diary away, because for a second I thought I'd actually willed it to happen.

Meanwhile, Damon was locked in a dungeon after Stefan got fed up with his shenanigans.

Also, things were super weird at school between Stefan and Elena. Her main reason for pushing him away was that he was too mysterious for her. Understandable! So in order to assuage her fears, he snuck into her home and started making dinner and grossly pronounced mozarella like "moozarel." But then, since there was a knife in the vicinity, Elena cut her finger open because OF COURSE Elena cut her finger open. These people!

Yikes! Stefan was thirsty. So this time Elena actually saw Stefan's face go all vampire on her, but he was just like "I just have something in my eye." Nice save!

Also, since things were sorta rocky between Elena and Stefan, Matt floated back into the picture I guess? I don't really get Matt. I don't. I think he's supposed to be the school hunk but he's so forgettable. From the first time I saw Matt, he reminded me of something and I couldn't put my finger on it. But now I think I know what it is he reminds me of: mashed potatoes. I don't say that because he's bland or mushy or because it was just Thanksgiving anything like that, I say it because he LOOKS LIKE MASHED POTATOES.

See what I'm saying?

Oh, that reminds me…

TEEN BIKINI CAR WASH! Another reason why this episode was so excellent. It's always nice seeing teenagers work for a good cause while half undressed. Everyone was there, even Bonnie. I don't think I even have to tell you this, but Bonnie was not great at washing cars.

Later, Elena met an old man who claimed to have known Stefan back in the 1950s. So, plucky Nancy Drew-like detective that Elena is, she went and tracked down an old local news broadcast from the era and check out what she found…

Yeah. So this was definitely the tipping point. Elena found out about Stefan. Finally! It's so hard to watch a show where you think the main character is just a total idiot. There's absolutely no reason for Elena to have not figured this out. Even in real life, where I know vampires aren't real, I would STILL be able to spot a vampire on sight. Plus, in this fictional world, they still have access to movies and terrible Stephanie Meyer books about vampires, so vampires are not a foreign concept. BUT ALSO they have established Mystic Falls as having once been a hotbed of vampirism! This fact would've been taught in all their classrooms, and they'd have town-wide vampire parties and dozens of tourist attractions related to vampires because small towns are frequently proud of stupid things that rake in tourist dollars. So anyway. Congrats, Elena. Your dull boyfriend is immortal.

OH, THANK GOD. Jasmine Guy opened her front door and a new era began. For the record, Jasmine Guy is definitely too young to play Bonnie's grandmother, but still. She's awesome and she makes Bonnie seem awesome by association. In my mind, Mystic Falls exists in the same universe as A Different World, and Bonnie's grandfather is Dwayne Wayne. Flip-up sunglasses and everything.

Season 1, Episode 6

OH NO, A FLASHBACK EPISODE! Actually, phew, not really. I mean, we did get a few brief flashbacks, but nothing too boring. Plus, in the flashbacks we learned a few crucial things, starting with the most important tidbit…

That's right, the Salvatore brothers were slave owners. How charming! Now, I know a bunch of you have already started scrolling down to type out some angry comment about "the times they were in" and so on. But come on. Your favorite dreamboat hunks OWNED SLAVES. Who cares if it was 1864 Virginia? Do you know how many people CHOSE NOT TO own slaves? TONS. In my opinion, owning slaves is wrong and quite frankly it disqualifies you from being a hunk. So there! (P.S. Between this and my witches complaint, I am definitely the Jesse Jackson of Vampire Diaries recaps.)

Hi, Katherine! You guys, we got to meet Katherine for the first time and she looked resplendent. She definitely pulled off the period look better than either of the boys.

Speaking of the boys, in the present day Damon was spending some quality time with Vicki after escaping the dungeon, murdering his "Uncle" Zach, murdering Vicki's stoner friends, and then almost draining her dry. Housebound without his sunlight ring, Damon did something truly awesome: He turned Vicki into a vampire out of pure boredom.

This led to what is by far my favorite moment I've ever seen on Vampire Diaries, past or present: Damon and Vicki dancing around the mansion to Depeche Mode and trashing Stefan's bedroom. Honestly, I can't say anything snarky about this because it was a truly awesome, ridiculous thing that I had to watch four times in a row:

Not kidding, just a great scene. And it all culminated with Vicki sobbing about her life and Damon helping the best way he knew how: by snapping her neck. A few minutes later she resurrected as a pre-vampire and it was just a matter of time before she completed her transmogrification by drinking human blood. Suspenseful!

So yeah, Vicki escaped the mansion and Stefan went after her. They wound up in the woods, where Jenna's reporter boyfriend SHOT STEFAN with wooden bullets.

Luckily Damon saved Stefan at the last moment and WHOOPS! Vicki fed on the reporter. This turn of events was pretty awesome. We got to see how vampires are made, plus Vicki was just enough of an unstable presence that things seemed like they were about to get pretty interesting.

Season 1, Episode 7

For any other small town, Halloween is a big deal. For Mystic Falls, however, it was just another day.

Now that she was a full-fledged vampire, Vicki was HUNGRY! Again, this was such a great turn of events: Up until this point, Vicki was just some lady who sort of looked like a broke-down Scarlett Johansson, but now she was genuinely frightening and even a little sympathetic.

Okay, so she wasn't the greatest at picking Halloween costumes. You know how it is, Halloween just sort of sneaks up on you. It was either this or, like, a hobo.

Damon continued his awesome streak by flirting with Mrs. Lockwood, the town cougar. Additionally, Damon managed to stumble into a position of trust with two members of the Mystic Falls anti-vampire council. First he spotted Mrs. Lockwood's Vervain bracelet and immediately deduced that the council was back in business, and then within minutes he quickly positioned himself as its #1 supplier of Vervain. Again, I have nothing snarky to say… This was just good storytelling!

The whole vampire council thing: TERRIFIC. Honestly, it makes sense that this thing exists, particularly after all of Damon's recent snacking. It's like, duh, vampires are a problem, how do I join? But also, now that Stefan and Damon have a common adversary, they can be on the same team again. Damon is an absolute jerk, but it's so much more entertaining when he uses his jerk skills against other jerks. BETTER.

Oh, Bonnie. Well, at least Bonnie had a cool scene with Jasmine Guy. It made me laugh when Jasmine Guy explained that the main thing witches do to survive is to allow everyone to believe they're a joke. So basically: Low self-esteem is a major part of being a witch. No wonder Bonnie's personality started circling the drain right around the time she started lighting candles with her brain.

The other thing that made me laugh was the magic amulet that she found mixed in with her costume, and how Gran informed her that no, it was the amulet that found her. THE SAME EXACT THING HAPPENED IN TEEN WITCH! Seriously, the main girl in that movie found an amulet amongst some old clothes and it gave her powers and she was told that the amulet had found her. I mean, I'm sure this was definitely a nod to that movie, but man. TOP THAT.

Anyway, just when I thought Vicki would be a terrific new villain, she attacked a bunch of folks and Stefan had to stake her. Bye, Vicki! This was too bad. She'd just gotten interesting.

But then get this, the characters actually seemed AFFECTED by her death. This is a show where a good ten percent of the town's population gets killed every few weeks, so it was nice and a little bit surprising to see people actually shedding tears for one of their friends. Jeremy in particular took it kind of hard, so Elena asked Damon to erase the knowledge of Vicki's death (and also to compel Jeremy to get more homework done while he's at it). That seems like a neat trick. I sure wish I had a friend who could help me forget things. LIKE THE FIRST FOUR EPISODES OF THIS SHOW.

Season 1, Episode 8

This episode was like, "Vicki? Vicki who? Meet Lexi!"

Hi Lexi! I liked Lexi immediately. She just seemed like a cool lady. Also, the fact that there was absolutely NO romantic chemistry between she and Stefan was downright refreshing. It's so rare that a television show allows two attractive people of the opposite sex to just have a laid-back friendship. Plus, after seven episodes, Elena was simply rotating between boring, passive, and tragic and it was hard to respect Bonnie, Caroline, and Vicki as strong women. Welcome, Lexi, why don't you stay a while?!

Lexi had been a vampire even longer than Stefan, and they'd been BFF for a while, having traveled all over the world together. I guess they even got into hair metal and hung out with Bon Jovi back in the '80s? Holy moly. Now THAT is a flashback episode I want to see!

Meanwhile, Caroline's Sheriff mom was questioning everyone about Vicki's disappearance. Damon showed up with a box full of Vervain, and so began her duncery. She told Damon that she's looking for a vampire who arrived in town around the time some murders were committed, even though Damon is definitely new in town because there are only like 40 people tops and she had never met him, and he also DEFINITELY murdered some people because he is DEFINITELY a vampire. So obviously she doesn't suspect him at all. God, this woman.

By this time, Elena had had enough of supernatural monsters. Her boyfriend had revealed himself to be a vampire, then her brother's girlfriend went on some kind of murderous, blood-thirsty rampage around town. She was totally over it. So of course Bonnie decided it was a great time to reveal that she's a witch.

GREAT TIMING, BONNIE! Also, she did it in a totally annoying way, by splitting open Elena's pillow and levitating feathers all over the place. Okay, I'm sort of kidding, because the scene actually was really lovely. Between the music and the ladies' acting, it was the second episode in a row where I had to re-watch a scene because it was so good. And anyway, WHY was Elena trying to pretend she didn't want anything to do with vampires or witches? Like her life was so interesting before? Get real, Elena!

Lexi's awesome. I was really excited about the possibilities for her character.

DAMON, YOU HAVE SOME 'SPLAINING TO DO!!! So Damon murdered Lexi. I guess he wanted to prove to the Sheriff that he's anti-vampire? I don't know, I think he may have crossed a line. Stefan wasn't thrilled about this, and there was a VAMPIRE BRAWL. Stefan got stabby with Damon, but let him live because he is the bigger man/vampire.

Finally, to end on a charming note, Damon really treated our sweet future-vampire Caroline real bad. Matt had also had a pretty rough few episodes, what with his sister freaking out and disappearing (totally dead, though). It was actually really touching, the way they cuddled after so much angst. Usually it seems weird to me when two blondes date (don't even get me started on two redheads), but in this case I'll give them a pass. He is like mashed potatoes and she's like cream cheese. Together they are comfort food!


QUESTIONS

... Was Vicki killed off too quickly?

... Was Lexi killed off too quickly?

... Do you want to dance around Stefan's mansion in your underwear?

... Which Vampire Diaries character would you most want to wash your car?


And hooray, new episodes return this week!

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Ok, so I'm really missing TVD and October seems FAAAAAR away, so I'm reading and LOLing my way through all of your recaps to tide me over. I haven't read all of the other comments yet but can we talk about Bonnie's stunt double in the burning car scene for a second????? Hello, super-muscular back!!! I love me some Kat Graham, but come on, she's super-scrawny. I remember watching that episode and being like "There's no way that's her back." Sure enough, in what I guess was a less stunt-y scene, we saw the real slim Bonnie. (Bad Eminem reference!) So anyway, yeah, that always bugged me. I have no idea if you'll even read this or if I'm basically ranting into the Internet vacuum, but I had to get it off of my chest and your screen grab was to perfect not to share. Love you, PP! (sorry, that sounds creepy)
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You are so right about vampires and turism. I should know, I'm Rumanian, lol. We made a lot of money out of all that Dracula crap.

Now, the questions: Lexi was most definitely killed too quickly, I loved her. I don't care about Vicki, though; I'm up for it if you are, lol; I'll have to with Damon, there's something about him that gets to me.

Now, my question: Which character would you like to wash your car?
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I love your recaps! You compliment and insult The Vampire Diaries at the same time, so it's quite great. Haha. Questions:

1. No, I don't really think so. I never liked Vicki though...

2. YES! I was all kinds of mad when Damon killed her! It took me awhile to forgive him for that one...

3. OH YES PLEASE! :)

4. Tyler. Shirtless. Nuff said. (I just can't see Damon or Stefan washing a car very well. Haha.)
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I love the show, specially ss 1, thnks for the memories!!
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Weeelll....

Did the brothers actually own the slaves, or did their father? (From what I could tell from the flashbacks, Papa Salvatore was a royal jerk to begin with, so....)
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1. No. I kinda hated Vicki. She was just overacting all the time and annoyed me to no end.
2. YES!! One of the reasons I quit watching (gonna have to start again - because I need to see the recap pictured on the show. It's ALL youir fault...! LOL) is that they kept offing the interesting people, while Elena makes me want to set myself on fire or cry. Or both.
3. As long as Depeche Mode (even a cover) is involved and I get to bounce on that bed - sure! :P
4. Damon. At least he's FUNNY!

5. You rock. I'm laughing my hiney off to your recaps, and let's face it: my hiney is thankful for that! XP
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1. Vicki was irritating and other than the dancing scene with Damon, not a good character for the series.

2. Lexi had possibilities and witty one liners to rival Damon. She was killed off way too soon.

3. Definitely

4. Damon
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question a) nope. b) hell yes!!!!!!!!!!!
c) yup -_- (but only if he's there, lol)
d) damon -_- (or jeremy, but the jeremy later on ,not the depressed one, obviously)
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Great review LOL about Matt aka mashed potatoes and Caroline.
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Top That now Top That lol
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you crack me up. im sitting here at work LOL'ing so loud. Good job on these review TVD jesse jackson! halarious!!
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It felt like forever, but they finally killed off Vicki. But on the other hand, Lexi was killed off way too early. I actually liked Lexi and was hoping they'd keep her. But hey, this show attracts and retains strange characters who can't act, so I guess she had no choice but booted-out. Dance around in Stefans mansion, hell no. Last thing I want is Elena giving me the evil eye! As for car-washing, I know who I wouldn't want my car-washed by ---> Bonnie. I doubt my insurance covers accidental arson by insecure witches. Can't wait to read your review on s02e10
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This was really fun to read :)

... Was Vicki killed off too quickly?
No.

... Was Lexi killed off too quickly?
Hells yeah!

... Do you want to dance around Stefan's mansion in your underwear?
Hells yeah! I mean why not? :P

... Which Vampire Diaries character would you most want to wash your car?
Lexi I guess
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haha great review :D Next episodes are even better actually( addictively better)..

Awww matt and caroline are an adorable couple! The blonde only makes it cuter ^_^

And, new episode this week..yayayyay!
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I watch for the deaths, so I'd say Vicki and Lexi were killed off juuuuust right. I like it even more if we get a chance to know them. The only character I'll be sad to see die is Caroline, which is an interesting season 2 development, as I used to pray to Baal nightly that she'd die. She's way more likable as a vampire. Sort of like Nina Dobrev, who now only sucks most of the time instead of all of the time like she used to.
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1. In a way... I felt kinda sorry for Vicky (as sorry one can feel for a made up character ^_^) She was really messed up broken doll. I guess I just want to some kind of happy ending for her (which is weird for me 'cause I'm usually all for the angst)

2. Lexi was fun and all... but I didn't miss her so much.

3. Wouldn't you like to know pervert ;-)

4. Ok yes... Damon is smokin' hot.
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Wow, even though I saw TVD S1 once and I totally forgot it, I'll never watch it the same after reading this LOL. Awesome!!! Answering your questions. Here we go. 1- Vicki was so annoying, and being a vampire took so long, but she was killed off too quickly, she wasn't going to be like Caroline in S2 though, Caroline rocks, Vicki, eh not so much... 2- Lexi *Insert heart here* she was awesome, cool and diff than all the boring people and being just a friend with Stefan was nice too, she is too cute for him anyway lol :P, I wanted to snap Damon's neck myself when he killed her... 3- LOL, with Damon, hell yeah!!! Only Damon though :P... 4- Hummm, do I have to chose one? Or I can call Damon, Tyler, and Matt to wash it shirtless?!!! ;)
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I still love Lexi. She was amazing and she's my fav girl in this show. It was so painful to see her dead. I hated Damon for this during next few episodes.
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Lexi defenately was killed off too quickly, was totally surprised by that....
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I like the fact that this season Stefan brought up or actually didn't want to bring up Lexi. He told Caroline she reminded him of Lexi but didn't want to talk about it and we figure out Lexi tried to set up Stefan and Rose. Plus the genuine sadness Stefan showed when talking about Lexi makes me hope they may resurrect her in a flashback
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Awesome!
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Oh, I forgot, next episodes are even better!
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1-I never liked Vicky, I really loved the moment when Stefan killed her.
2-Yes, I wanted Lexi to stay for while , bot I can't hate Damon
3- No really, only if Damon is around
4- I don't have a car
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love it
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1. Meh, I could live with or without Vicki. 2. I liked Lexi, she would've been a nice recurring character, i can see why Stefan told Caroline that she reminded him of Lexi. 3. no, i'm a straight dude. 4. anybody except the boys
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"Hi I look ridiculous" haaha so true! 1. hell no she was annoying and slutty. 2. YES but it was an interesting plot development. 3. if Damon is there sure. 4. any guy except Jeremy because he's a preteen
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1-Yes I liked Vicki.
2-Meh, it didnt really matter much.
3- why would i dance AROUND a mansion?
4-Damon!
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1. No I didn't like Vicki too much. 2. Lexi was killed way too early I loved her! 3. I would love to dance around Stefan's mansion in my underwear with Damon. 4. And I would want Damon to wash my car so I could get him all wet!
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1. As the show has progressed I dont think Vicki was killed to quickly.
2. Lexi would be cool to have for another episode or 2 but she wasnt a major character in the story so it was no loss either.
3. Nah I rather not dance around a mansion.
4. Katherina or however she spells her name, shes way hotter as a vampire.
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"Low self esteem is a major part of being a witch" LMAO. Bonnie really is a pathetic character! Yes Vicki and Lexi were killed off way too early! I would love to dance around Stefan's mansion in my underwear and I would want Damon to wash my car so I can sit back and watch him 'eye act' at me!
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Yes, yes, yes and the blonde one. What's her name again?
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LMAO! OMG! I was cracking up so hard reading this at work that I had to finish it at home because ppl were looking at me like I sprouted two heads! This was a hilarious trip down Vamp D memory lane! The pic with Stefan in the eighties... ROTFL! Nice touch! Q1: NO, she was killed off in the nick of time because she was soooo getting on my nerves! Q2: I was actually kind of pissed because Lexi was really cool and they should have kept her for a least a few episodes. @MeganReif, I hope you are right and we see her again in flashbacks. Q3: With Damon AND Stefan... YESSSS!!! =D Q4:Duh, Damon AND Stefan; after they're done getting all hot dancing around in the mansion with me, they can cool off washing my car... shirtless, of course. ;-D
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1) Vicki had to die. She had a volatile personality. As a vampire she was too dangerous. 2) There have been at least 3 throwbacks to Lexi in the last 3 episodes. I think we'll be seeing some flashbacks, since everyone loves her. 3) Yes, I want to dance with Stefan in his mansion 4) I want Stefan to wash my car.
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I didn't really like Vicki that much. She started the trend of Jeremy's girlfriends being killed of, but I'm glad she was because she was annoying and whiny. Lexi had great potential to become a fan favorite, and killing her off in one episode didn't do her justice at all. I was really starting to like Lexi.
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1) No, Vicki was annoying and bad for Jeremy. 2) Yes, they could've done so much more with Lexie. And it was really fun to see another side to Stefan. A lighthearted side. 3) I could definitly see my self dancing around in Stefans mansion. 4) I want Damon to wash my car
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1- Lexi should have stay around a lot more, she was great!

2- I never get why they never killed Damon, he was killing people all the time and Stefan was just like:
S: "HEY DUDE HOW WAS YOUR DAY?"
D: "GOOD!, I KILLED SOME PEOPLE INCLUDING OUR UNCLE"
S: "NICE!, LET'S GO AND TELL ELENA BOUT IT!"
come on! he was a murderer and they didn't even care!!

3- i'd really like to watch the show with you some day! it would be so fuc@$# awesome! lol
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Vicki was boring, so I think she could have been killed off before... Lexi should have had a couple more of episodes... I SO want to dance in my underwear in Stefan's AND Damon's mansion, but Stefan can go and hang anywhere out, I'll just keep Damon. Damon should wash my car!
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Hated Vicki, she was so annoying! I love Lexi, and even though I love Damon, I was a little pissed that he killed her. Hell yeah I want to dance around in my underwear in the mansion with Damon! ♥ Katherine, because I want to see her all wet! ;]
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Vicky, no,couldn't stand her slutty mouth, Lexi, yes, liked her very much; I would like to WATCH Damon dancing in HIS underwear. Same thing for the car wash.
Oh, and, marry me Price, you're so funny!! ;)
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Lexi was killed off too quickly. Don't miss Vicki that much though. I'd love to have underwear dances in vampire mansion and have Damon wash my car ;P
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I'm gonna have to disagree and say that I think the first season was better (minus the first four episodes of course). It had the triangle thing going on way better, and the plot has just gotten all kinds of ridiculous. Elena is such a Mary Sue character, gah. I'm still gonna keep watching though. Keep up the reviews!
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I have no opinion about Lexi, so I don't care about her at all. But Vicky was very cool. Too bad she was killed off. She was especially great as a vampire. Dancing in my underwear? Sure! Which character? C'mon, like there's any chance I wouldn't choose Damon.
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me like a lot
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NO, yes, YES, DAMON (of course).
I was so relieved when they finally killed Vicky off. I mean, c'mon, the girl nearly died like three times before she ACTUALLY died. Even D sayd it at the graveyard;
"You just don't wanna die, do you?" I was so glad we'd never have to hear that whining again, am I right? + with Damon compelling Jer, he stopped whining, too. Yay! Lexi was awesome (who doesn't love Bon Jovi??) and I was so dissappointed when they made DAMON kill her! But I forgave him for that :) Too bad though. Oh and that scene? Just a reverie waiting to happen, Ian, yum... Vicky was withstandable in that scene, too!
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No she was annoying, Yes, Only if Damon is there too! and Ian of course!
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Wait, why is it Stefan's mansion? Damon killed it's owner, shouldn't it be Damon's mansion?
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Yes Yes and Yes, and obviously Damon.
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Hahaha loving these weekly recaps. Fair funny!! Even though I would have loved Lexi to have stuck around a little longer, the ending to that episode was great!! Can't wait till next week!
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Lexi was def killed of too quickly, Vicki was not though. I mean, Lexi was fun and exciting while Vicki was just **** (not in an entertaining like for example Cordelia from Btvs) and annoying..

And Damon would be welcome anyday to wash my car... or just stand within my sight like the eye-candy he is :)
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Lexi was definitely killed way to quickly, but Vicki irritated the hell out of me. Dancing in underwear.... yeah, now I'm gonna watch that scene again. And again.
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