TV Fanatic Mid-Season Report Card: The Vampire Diaries 12/28/2010

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With our favorite prime time shows on hiatus, TV Fanatic is taking a look back at some buzzed-about programs and grading their performance this fall, with a look toward 2011.

Previously this week, we gave a solid grade to The Good Wife. Up now: The Vampire Diaries.

Best episode: "Kill or Be Killed." Surprises sprung up in seemingly every scene on this installment, which concluded with the revelation that Katherine was working with Mason. This development would lead to the latter's death, which has now led to the presence of more werewolves in Mystic Falls.

The Salvatore Siblings

Best character: Damon seemed like too obvious of a selection... but for good reason. If there were more heartbreaking scenes on TV this fall than Damon telling Elena he loved her, only to then compel her to forget, well, I haven't seen any.

Worst character: Jeremy means well. He's also built up a nice physique. But, let's face it, the guy is boring. I don't blame Bonnie for her lack of attraction.

Most impressive cast member: Nina Dobrev. Ian Somerhalder may get the best lines, and Paul Wesley broods with the best of them, but Dobrev goes from Elena to Katherine, from sweet to mischievous, with apparent ease. It's been a pleasure to watch.

Biggest surprise: Caroline would have been in the running for Worst Character, but her transformation into a vampire has breathed new life into this blonde... literally! The new Caroline brims with self-confidence and has found a well-meaning mission in her quest to assist Tyler.

Best addition: New characters enter Mystic Falls more often than Damon raises his eyebrows. But Rose has made the most permanent impression. She's helped reveal yet another human side to our favorite Salvatore sibling.

Hopes for 2011: More of the same, really. The show may run out of momentum at some point, but I'm happy to sit back and enjoy the ride while it continues to be this unexpected and suspenseful. I'll also be happy to see more of Dobrev in black lingerie.

Overall grade: A.

Agree? Disagree? Head over to our Vampire Diaries forum and sound off!

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Jeremy is so cute and NOT the worst character...I think they should give him a more important storyline!!!


Best Episode:Rose / Masquerade/ Plan B/ The Return
Best Character: Damon although Katherine is a close second.
Worst Character:Matt has been epicly pointless, at least Jeremy has had some decent scenes.
Most Impressive: Nina !
Biggest Suprise: Elena and Katherine being connected in Masquerade, Damon snapping jeremy's neck.
Best Addition: Elijah/Rose
Hopes for 2011: Less werewolves..some progress in the Damon/Elena/Stefan relationships I love Delena as friends or more as long as they have more scenes together !
Overall Grade: A*


I think a "A" grade is not appropriate ... i would give a B+ because episodes after "Masquarade" were less interesting than all the previous episodes of both seasons! I don't like saying it, but my interest has decreased a lot after episode Masquarade .. Only the last episode turned out to be really good comparing it to the previous 3 episodes!! Hopes for 2011, not something in particular, just make Vampire diaries the show people fell in love with .. Like the 2nd half of the first season, and the first 7 episodes of season2 !!


Worst character: Matt and Jenna, totally fallen off the radar. Jeremy has always been my favourite, can totally see promise for the future. Plus love Beremy - Bonnie should have kissed him! Also loved Caroline, granted she's my next favourite character after Damon, love her as a Vampire and the new Tyler/Caroline romance. TVD is definitely one of my favourite shows. Bring on the new episodes. There better be more DELENA scenes x)


Totally agree!
TVD = best show ever.


Best episode: Kudos to "The Return"
it was the start of a very good season filled with nonstop action. Kicked the show off with a bang, the return of Katherine, Damon's true feelings coming out for Elena, Jeremy's inauguration into the supernatural world, the new kick butt Caroline, and Tyler's first steps towards the werewolf stuff. Best Character: Yeah, Damon is a show stealer. Worst Character: Matt/Jenna. Right now Matt is pretty much a useless character and Jenna is entirely too oblivious. She's only used as a vessel to allow more danger and drama into their lives, opening the door to any and every vamp in town. Most impressive Cast member: Nina for playing two totally different parts with such ease. Biggest Surprise: The background characters and their side plots. Let's face it, in the beginning most people only cared about what was going on with Damon/Elena/Stefan. The other characters were pretty much useless but now...Now Caroline has become tolerable and dare I say likeable as a confident vampire. Tyler has ironically found his humanity in the process of accepting his being a werewolf and their side storyline of the apparent sexual tension between the two is as sizzling as the main romantic triangle between Elena and the salvatore brothers. Jeremy has matured and come into his own as a character and it's refreshing and attractive. Bonnie is become more well rounded as a character and isn't completely a pain in the butt to watch,and her side story with Luka is interesting. They're not just relying on the three leads to carry the show anymore. Strong cast now. Best Addition: Elijah. Is he good? Is he bad? What are his motives? He's intriguing as a character. You can't decide whether you like him or dislike him. You don't know just how trustworthy he is but he's definitely intriguing. Hopes for 2011: Keeping up the wonderful pace that they've set thus far. The romantic in me is hoping for a bit of Bonnie and Jeremy, but definitely hope to keep the pace going.


Best Episode: Masquerade
Best Character: Damon...always! Although Caroline comes in a very close second :-)
Worst Character: Bonnie, she needs to get a grip!!
Most Impressive: The wonderful Nina Dobrev
Biggest Surprise: Caroline being an amazing vamp, and also her relationship with Tyler
Best Addition: Elijah hands down, how awesome is he??!
Hopes for 2011: Klaus, a real kiss between Delena and more Caroline/Tyler :-)


so im weird... i want bonnie and jeremy to get together! i like them. and whilst i think matt is hot its probs time for him to go... his character doesnt do much anymore these days although i guess he is the token human with no vamp awareness yet.


Best episode: Katerina
best caracter: katherine
worst character: Matt
most impressive: Nina&micheal
biggest supprise: Damon killing Jeremy
best addition: Jules
Hopes for 2011: Elena becoming a vampire& starting to love Damon!!!


Best Episode:By the light of the moon
Best Character: Damon ^^
Worst Character: Stefan (boring, except when he's with Kath or Caroline.
Most impressive cast member: Nina Dobrev
Biggest Surprise: Damon confessing his love for Elena.
Best Addition: Elijah
Hopes for 2011: more on Caroline/Tyler and Damon/Elena

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Vampire Diaries Quotes

You want a love that consumes you. You want passion and adventure, and even a little danger... I want you to get everything you're looking for. But for right now, I want you to forget that this happened. Can't have people knowing I'm in town yet. Goodnight, Elena.


Dear Elena, yes you heard that correctly. Hell has frozen over. I'm writing it all down. Granted, I'm half a bottle in thanks to my 1950 Chateau Cheval Blanc, a bottle I waited 65 years to open. I used to spend nights sitting in my wine cellar convincing myself I could hear it age, tannins growing, fermenting, but appreciating its beauty didn't make time go by any faster. The bottle just laid there on its shelf, torturing me while I waited for Katherine and time stood still. Eventually I convinced myself that no sip of that wine could ever taste as good as I dreamt it would. And that is the story of why I drink bourbon. I don't know who I am without you, but I know that as long as I'm with you, time will stand still. So who is Damon Salvatore without Elena Gilbert? A selfish friend, a jealous brother, a horrible son? Or maybe with a little luck, I'll do right by you. Because you may be a thousand miles away or a hundred years away, but you're still here with me and my heart is right there in that coffin with you. Until you come back to me.