Friday, November 16, 2012

Musings on this week's episode of The Vampire Diaries

This show continues to be my favorite drama currently on tv - well acted, well written, just a well crafted show. It constantly brings out the inner teen in me and I'm not ashamed to admit it! :)

This week's episode had shades of Buffy the Vampire Slayer all throughout it, and I mean that as the highest compliment, seeing as Buffy is probably my favorite television drama of all time. But the potential Hunters reminded me of Buffy's potential Slayers, Elena being tormented by hallucinations trying to get her to kill herself and her eventual chosen path of suicide - waiting for the sun to rise - was all sorts of one of my favorite Buffy episodes, "Amends," when Angel is tormented by the First into almost committing suicide by waiting for the sunrise, and Elena's darker personality emerging in the wake of her death and rebirth was very much Buffy's darker side after her death and rebirth. Now that the show has forged its own path for the most part from L.J. Smith's book series (though those milestones, such as Elena becoming a vampire, remain the same), I'm curious to see where these storylines are headed, most notably Elena and Jeremy's relationship - love how much this brother and sister duo love each other, but how will they survive Elena being a vampire and Jeremy being her mortal enemy, a vampire hunter?

Just one other note of comparison between TVD and BtVS, and its a slight nitpick - Buffy reached a point where almost every character had become supernatural and there were no more humans to interact with or relate to, except for Xander. TVD has reached that same point, where the drama used to be mined from the relationships between humans and the supernatural. Now, we just have Jeremy and Matt (and I guess new character April) left, and even Jeremy now has a quasi-supernatural calling. Let's get fully human (and adorable) Matt a more major storyline, stat!

There endeth the complaint. Great episode. Can't wait till next week!

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