What could have pulled me out of semi-retirement? A grandiose examination of the themes of Mad Men Season 3? Barely made my typing finger twitch. An exploration of the ramifications of Dollhouse’s series finale? Not falling off the wagon. A startlingly profound rumination on the second to last season of ABC Family’s surprisingly wonderful Greek? Not exactly.
No, the answer is, as always, hot guys with their shirts off. In other words, it’s time to reflect on the return of The Vampire Diaries.
Now if the mere phrase “Vampire” is enough to make you start humming the Buffy theme song in protest, I can hardly blame you. Our culture has become painfully saturated with the pale, blood thirsty types. In fact, when I first started watching the CW’s freshman show about good looking people with the strong urge for blood, I wondered if perhaps, like a vampire’s victim, I was just being held under some sort of vampire glamor.
But the thing is, Vampire Diaries has really, really grown on me. What started off as Buffy or Twilight -lite has actually turned into a show that is worth delving into, week after week. It’s a show that consistently surprises and engages me, even as it plays with its teen soap and horror foundations.
So here are, in no particular order, the five most compelling reasons to visit or revisit The Vampire Diaries:
- While I complained early on about a lack of good female characters, the character of Katherine (badass vampire and lover of both of the brothers Salvatore) has really started to grown on me. At least until the 21st century version of her shows up and turns out to be a lovesick wuss.
- The plot is legitimately surprising, complex, and fascinating. What I originally saw as a pretty straight-forward “girl meets pasty boy” story has evolved into a complex mythology that is at once relateable and action packed
- The banter. Written by Dawson Creek impresario Kevin Williamson, the dialogue may not have the Buffy-flare, but it is consistently witty and fantastic.
- The relationships, especially the semi-friendship between Damon and Elena and the brotherly “love” between Damon and Stefan.
- And lastly…
- The brothers salvatore’s near constant half nudity