The Vampire Diaries

Season 1 Episode 2

The Night of the Comet

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Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Sep 17, 2009 on The CW
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Episode Summary

Mystic Falls begins the preparations to celebrate the passing of a comet. Vicki recuperates in the hospital from her injuries. Stefan uses his abilities to erase Vicki's attacker from her memory, but is interrupted by Matt. Mr. Tanner warns Aunt Jenna about Jeremy. Elena and Damon meet for the first time at the Salvatore house and his revelation on Stefan's past brings Elena closer to the truth. Damon finds his next victim in Caroline.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Damon gets to meet elena for the first time. and we also get to see Damon's first sex scene of the season.

    8.0
    I loved this episode i though that it was really hot because Stefan gets to know more of elena and seems to enjoy watching across the class room. Damon seems to still act up to his old vampire tricks in trying to eat viki and also tries to force damon to drink blood but still refuses. I thought that it was really cute that elena wanted to tell more of the truth on why she does not trust her self and so does Stefan. And seeing their first kiss of the season i thought that was really hot to see.moreless
  • Damon finally meets the infamous Elena, which turn into a tense confrontation between Damon and Stefan the rest of the episode.

    7.5
    I liked this episode, I thought the revelation of the vampire's special powers was an important part of the show that was revealed. I thought the aunt becoming overwhelmed wasn't very well written though, and I think the aspect of the show is probably gonna end up just sliding. I am super excited to see exactly was Stefan and Damon did in their hayday! I mean, the way they're talking it must have been fireworks and chaos.. I'm hoping for some flashbacks in some future episodes!

    Oh, and is Damon really going to kill every human he sees? Especially the best friend? We might run out of characters soon...moreless
  • Elena and Stefan both seem to be happy. Elena meets Damon and he continues to make trouble for Stefan telling her about Katherine. Vicki is eventually released from the hospital and she becomes a pawn between Damon and Stefan. Damon continues killing.moreless

    8.5
    Not quite as good as the first episode. For the most part not a whole lot happens. Damon threatens Stefan and tries to manipulate his brother into acting like a vampire.



    We see a couple get munch at the beginning of the episode. This time they were camping instead of driving. Damon seems to basically just go around killing anyone who happens to be off by themselves. It's like he is culling the herd. Other than this he threatens to reveal Stefan using Vicki. For some reason he decides not too in the end. He does seem to be enjoying Caroline at the end of the episode.



    Aunt Jenna is having problems with Elena's brother Gilbert. She is trying to be a responsible adult in their relationship but he pretty much ignores her. Gilbert is enamored with Vicki but she is really still very stupid going back to her old boyfriend who really doesn't seem to care about her.



    Really this episode was even more about some of those things I worried about in the first episode. Teen angst and soap opera plots. We'll see how things go this next week.



    A step down from the Pilot episode and not a step in the right direction for this show. This show has the possibility to be great. Thanks for reading...moreless
  • Vamp bro vs. vamp bro...with a Vicki in the middle

    8.5
    It's not often, whenever a new show airs, that the episode following its pilot is better than. This is not one of the exceptions. This newest "entry" in 'The Vampire Diaries' gives us loads of insight into these characters while propelling the season's stories up notches. But the pacing was very slow and certain parts seemed out of place at times. Still, it wasn't a bad episode.



    I'd like to begin by commenting on the horror aspects of the show, i.e. the special effects and such. It's still very subtle stuff, much like last week, with the vamp bros' face changes and all, but there was way more added. For one, we got quite a bit more into how the vampire lore will be treated on this show, such as Stefan's ability to super speed and his super hearing ability. True, these abilities were hinted at last week, but they were displayed more clearly here. Add to that, according to dialogue, these said abilities will not work properly unless a vamp feeds on actual human blood, something Stefan hasn't done for a long time now. However, thus far, he hasn't shown any signs of weakness in using them. Still, other factors abounded that yielded some horror-induced reactions. For instance, Damon's stalking of Caroline and Vicki's hallucinations - and the very end of the ep - all made for some really shudder-worthy moments. But along with the horror, we of course get to the real meat of the story: the drama. And there's a lot going on. This is the ep in which Elena and Damon first meet, a very anticipated moment, no doubt. There was some great intensity throughout, especially once Stefan showed up. While Elena plainly has a thing for Stefan, it's clear that whatever game Damon's trying to play Elena will inevitably fall for him in time. It was suspiciously made clear when he dropped hints of Katherine in front of Elena, sorta like he was starting to plant the seeds of proverbial doubt in her mind toward Stefan. This is THE triangle, after all, so it will be thrilling to watch how this unfolds. Also, I'm still very interested in finding out these two brothers' history.



    The others' stories aren't far behind. Matt is now very suspicious of what is going on with his sister, Vicki. By the episode's end, he seems to have developed a sense of curiosity about Stefan, especially after seeing him at the hospital and his infatuation with Elena. After all, he confessed to Elena that Vicki uttered the word 'vampire', something Stefan was unnerved about after overhearing this. Vicki herself is already starting to hit rock bottom. She's attacked by a vampire, and was played with by both vamp brothers regarding the "mind control" power they exhibit, allowing them to alter her thoughts and memories. On top of that, she's doing drugs anyway, courtesy of Jeremy, while obviously denying a sexual relationship with him in order to maintain her image so she can be with her real interest, Tyler.



    If Vicki were smart, she'd dump Tyler and stay with Jeremy, although the drug problem would be...well, a problem. Their little tryst was almost made public this week, and if she's not careful, her foils could be her own undoing. Personally, I think once her attack is realized to the truth of what happened, her drug problem will be the blame, further complicating things for her. Which will actually make it easier for Jeremy to step in for her. He's obviously not about to let her go that easily, hence his animosity toward Tyler. But at least Jeremy's intentions with her are true and pure, whereas Tyler's just being an ass. But Jeremy has to overcome his own drug addiction as well, which will complicate any kind of relationship he has with any girl. He's already starting to isolate himself from his family, Elena and Jenna, with his behavior, which is unfortunate due to his sister's involvement with vampires (a fact none of the humans on this show even know yet), a fact that will play importantly in the future because it will affect everyone involved.

    Bonnie and Caroline had no real bearing on the events this week other than to provide some emo support for Elena and give us hints of what's in store for them on down the road. Bonnie and her psychic thing is already killing me! I wanna know what she's seeing! Grrrr!!! Oh well. That just makes the wait more exciting. As for Caroline...well, what can I say except for what is going to happen to her now since she was attacked by Damon in the last shot of the ep? It's making me wonder if she and Vicki are merely pawns in Damon's game to get to Stefan, using Elena's friends as a way to that means. Or perhaps his intentions are far more sinister with Caroline. Time will only tell, I guess. Still, it'll be exciting to see what happens.



    Odds and Ends:

    - I was glad to see Jenna get more screen time. It gave us more insight into her character and how she will be involved in these kids' lives.

    - Even though he's still a minor at this point, I am dying to find out what Zach's part is in all this vamp fam drama.

    - Still kudos for the soundtrack. I liked it better last week, but it was still very good this week.



    I'm giving this ep an 8.5. It was slower than the pilot last week, in my opinion. But it wasn't necessarily worse. Just....slower paced. And I hope it continues to grow and gain a very popular fan base and boost in ratings to keep it going. As I said last week, it shows considerable promise. And after this week, I stand corrected. Next week's previews look as if Stefan joins the football team. This will be a hoot. Can't wait to see.....moreless
  • The Night of the Comet

    9.5
    I thought the second episode of the season started to open a little more. I like how things seem to be a little tense with Elena and Stefan. He is brother is such the trouble maker. I also like how Elena's brother is persistently trying to get the girl and it seems to work for him until she gets glamored one to many times. Damon tries to come off like he really doesn't care for Stefan, but in the end you can tell he must have a soft spot for him somewhere because he helps him out. Great season 2 episode.moreless
Benjamin Ayres

Benjamin Ayres

Mr. Tanner

Guest Star

Elizabeth Keener

Elizabeth Keener

Girl (camping)

Guest Star

Lee Frederick

Lee Frederick

Guy (camping)

Guest Star

Chris William Martin

Chris William Martin

Zach Salvatore

Recurring Role

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    • Original International Air Dates:
      Latin America: Thursday, October 29, 2009 on WB
      Norway: Wednesday, January 6, 2010, on TVNORGE
      Germany: Wednesday, January 27, 2010 on ProSieben
      United Kingdom: Tuesday, February 2, 2010 on ITV2
      Sweden: Thursday, February 11, 2010 on TV6
      India: Friday, November 5, 2010 on Zee Cafe
      Slovakia: Sunday, November 7, 2010 on Markiza
      Poland: Tuesday, December 28, 2010 on TVN
      Turkey: Saturday, April 2, 2011 on CNBC-e
      Czech Republic: Friday, June 1, 2012 on TV Nova

    • Featured Music:
      "Help I'm Alive" by Metric
      "Closer to Love" by Mat Kearney
      "Hang You From The Heavens" by The Dead Weather
      "Heavy Cross" by The Gossip
      "I'm An Animal" by Neko Case
      "I Get Around" by Dragonette
      "Gravity" by Sara Bareilles

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