The CW officially jumped on the vampire train with last night's premiere of Vampire Diaries!
The pilot episode was good for what the show's meant to be, aka it's basically another CW teen drama with vampires.
I was never a vampire fan before True Blood, and I became completely fascinated by that particular vampire show because of how unique it is. It doesn't just rely on the fact that they have vampires on the show as the point of interest, but has a whole lot more going on with different sorts of supernatural beings and plenty of fun and crazy plot as well.
But Vampire Diaries seems like one that's going to pretty much rely on the vampire aspect as the point of interest. In the Pilot, our lonely, independent damsel in distress, Elena's big trauma of her parents dying four months before was laid out to show us why this pretty girl is so sad, and then she met her vampire.
From there, basically the episode was made up of creepy possible or full-on vampire attack moments that we had to wait until the end of the episode to discover definitely wasn't Stefan, and otherwise, the episode boiled down to Stefan and Elena meeting and scratching the surface of their very strong draw to each other.
It looks as if from here we'll be watching the conflict between good Vampire Bill-like Stefan trying not to prey on people, and Stefan's brother, the fully-vampire life embracing Eric-like Damon who's stirring up all sorts of trouble for the town and for Stefan. It seems as if there was some big conflict back in the days they lived in the town for Stefan, Damon and whatever other vampires were around at the time which will be slowly uncovered as Damon continues to attack people in town. The other big piece of plot to be developed is who Katherine of the 1800s (who looks exactly like Elena) is and why Stefan came back to find and know her.
The plot and character development was pretty good in the pilot and while I wouldn't say this is the most amazing new show, I'd say for a new CW teen drama, it could turn out to be the next hit.
So what did you think? Is there enough substance to Vampire Diaries to make this show one of your new favs? Even though The Vampire Diaries books were written before the Twilight series, since this show has come out after the huge Twilight craze has been going for a while, is it just too much like Twilight for vampire fans to care? Sound off in the comments!