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.

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Best Episode : Masquerade
Best Character : Damon
Worst Character : Matt
Most impressive : Nina D ^^
Biggest Surprise : jeremy goes after the moonstone
Best addition : Elijah
Hopes for 2011 : Living Rose :) More Damon/Rose. A lot of shirtless Damon :)


@Katerina_Nicole_Leanne that wasn't kill or be killed that was Plan B.


worse character has to be matt, its time for him to go.


Agree for all, hopes for 2011 is Rose dying, more of Delena


I think kill or be killed is the best episode so far, cause it was very interesting! Jenna stabing herself and Stephan in a vervain filled well, and Damon torturing mason, and the katherine mason scenes. And the suspence when you saw the snakes in the well.Very interesting.


Best Episode: Rose
Best Character: Daaamon, duh!
Worst Character: Too many :S xD But on top there's Bonnie -.-
Most Impressive cast member: Nina!
Biggest Surprise: Caroline's turning / The Love Confession
Best Addition: ELIJAH!
Hopes For 2011: A Dying Rose, More Delena-Time, Jeremy getting away from witch-bit....girl.


Best Episode:
Best Character: Damon
Worst Character: Bonnie
Most impressive cast member: Nina Dobrev
Biggest Surprise: Caroline becoming a vamp
Best Addition: ELijah
Hopes for 2011: More topless stefan, more romance, less bonnie! Grade A+++++


Best episodes: i wud add da last 4 epds. Best character: Damon n Katherine. Worst character: Honestly, i thnk Jeremy improvd 4rm da last season.. Cmon ppl,dis 1 has 2 go 2 Matt,jst 4 da lack of screen tym n storyline. Biggest Surprise: Caroline is an awesome vampire,wow! A far cry 4rm her previous annoyin self,lol! Oh! Mason bein killed after his love confession 4 Katherine,why Damon?why? :-(. Tyler havin an interestin storyline. Best addition: Elijah! He is totally bad-ass ..who can 4get dat slap 4rm hell?!awesome! Hopes for 2011: Da show shud continue wit its gr8 storyline n cliffhangers. A Jeremy n Bonnie hukup, a really,creepy,scary Klaus! Cyler,yeah! Delena?mayb,jst 2 spice things up.. Oh!n finaly,Paul Wesley gettin sum recognition..his gr8 as Stefan! Thumbs up!


Best Episode: Masquerade
Best Character: Katherine
Worst Character: Jenna
Most impressive: Nina Dobrev, then Michael Trevino a close second
Biggest Surprise: Caroline becoming a vamp, or Damon killing Jeremy
Best Addition: Elijah, the smooth operating bad-ass
Hopes for 2011: More of Ian and Paul shirtless!


Best Episode: Rose
Best Character: Damon
Worst Character: Jenna
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

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.


Hey, Blondie. Today isn't the worst day of your life. Today and tomorrow, it's a cakewalk. There'll be people around you day in and day out like they're afraid to leave you alone. The worst day? That's next week when there's nothing but quiet. Just a heads up.