Vampire Diaries Season 1, Episode 1: 'Pilot' Review - Featured

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!

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Sep 11, 2009 2:48PM EDT

It's kinda a shame. I'm not even going to try it because I loathe Twilight and I don't want to have to go through with something that bad again.
I'll stick with True Blood, even if it's almost finished for this season.

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Sep 11, 2009 2:59PM EDT

I have to agree in the point it's driffrent from True Blood in the aspect of vampire use.Where In True Blood vampires are kind of normal in Vampire Diaries they will hold a big mystery through out of the whole show and their traits and the history of our main characters will probably be a big part of the plot.
But apart from the comparism to True Blood. I think it won't be one of my favorite shows (even though I'll watch a season or two^^), because the romance aspect will be heavier than anything else no big mysterious plot just frequent breaking up and getting together again.
Or maybe not, let's give the show a chance^^

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Sep 11, 2009 3:24PM EDT

Eh, it's mildly interesting and on before Supernatural; I'll watch it...

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Sep 11, 2009 4:24PM EDT

I don't think this show is anything like trueblood.... and WAYYYY too much like twilight.. Even if the vampire diaries books came out before the twilight saga. But that being said... I agree with GRIMEYtheFATMAN.. it comes on before supernatural and its not horrible, so i'll watch... atleast a few episodes before i make up my mind.

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Sep 11, 2009 4:36PM EDT

It is what it is I suppose...I don't expect much from a CW show, just basic entertainment...but this really was fluff and filler, and really slow. I actually wanted it to be good...but it wasn't. I found myself thinking that I'd be better off reading the books the show is based on than watching it. In fact, I think I'd rather put "Thriller" on repeat mode and just watch that for about 45 minutes each week, than watch that over-hyped garbage. The Stefan character is not interesting looking or acting (although the brother is, somewhat). I've never seen Twilight, or read the books, so I can't compare it to that, but True Blood is a show that has better writing and acting, so it's not even in the same ball park.
All that being said, I may give it another shot next week if there's nothing else on I want to watch... :O maybe they just got to a slow start out the gate. If the next one sucks, then I probably won't waste any more of my life watching it.

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Sep 11, 2009 6:08PM EDT

Ian's character is going to be amazing.
Next thing he'll proberbly do is join the school and then he'll turn everything upside down for Stefan.
Fun, Fun, Fun.
Though the series proberbly won't be a big of a hit as True Blood it reminds me of a more vampire centric version of Supernatural which don't get me wrong isn't a bad thing it could be interesting.

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Sep 11, 2009 7:36PM EDT

I'm with you KanaKatasrophe

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Sep 11, 2009 8:20PM EDT

I watched a few minutes of it then flipped away during commercials and forgot to flip back. Never a good sign :P.It's something to watch when I'm bored but with the fall season starting. I doubt I'll even remember it in a week or two.

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Sep 11, 2009 10:19PM EDT

First off i think every one should get over if The vampire Diaries is or isnt similar to twilight. Instead of bashing it either way, you either give the show a chance for what it is, basically a teenage highschool drama show with vampires thrown in the mix. The idea is nothing new. There is no comparison with True Blood, True Blood is god among the vamps tv shows ever created, and the two shows are meant for two different fanbases. One that is Adult and one that the lil kiddies can watch. Now on the show, personally, the show is a little iffy, but I dont think its bad necessarily. In fact, i think it has a decent chance to be entertaining. I'm just waiting to see how they will keep the storyline entertaining.

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Sep 12, 2009 4:39PM EDT

i would have preferred the within temptation version of running up that hill but cant have it all not sure if i like this show as much as true blood its too teen angst ridden for me always writing in the diaries give it another couple of weeks then see

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