The Vampire Diaries Season Two Report Card: A-

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The 2010-2011 television season is over.

Before looking ahead to summer programming, and giving readers as much insight as possible into new fall shows, TV Fanatic will be taking a look back, grading and evaluating the latest seasons of various dramas and sitcoms.

First, we gave The Good Wife an A. Now: The Vampire Diaries.

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Best character: Damon. He's the obvious answer for a reason. Thanks to a constantly entertaining, impressive performance by Ian Somerhalder, this is a character who can be relied on for humor, emotion and action. The show may over-rely on his angst over Elena to an extent, but Damon drives The Vampire Diaries.

Worst character: Katherine. Think about the attention that was paid to her on season one, followed by her shocking arrival on season two. Then think about where the series went with Katherine and the answer is... unclear. Ridiculously hot tomb sex aside (and that was merely a fantasy), the writers seemed to lose track of a direction for this once-vital blood sucker.

Best episode: "Klaus." I'm a sucker for the flashback. This episode officially introduced us to Joseph Morgan as Klaus and began to peel away the complicated mythology behind the Originals. Hybrid intel, the sun and the moon curse revelations and Elijah with long hair. The hour had it all!

Best storyline: The introduction of werewolves. There's just so much potential here, from Tyler and Caroline's supernatural-crossed relationship, to Klaus as a hybrid to the long-simmering feud between this species and vampires.

Hopes for 2011-2012: Fewer spells that magically fix everything; more character consistency when it comes to supporting players (i.e. Katherine, John until his death); and a true commitment to this dark version of Stefan. It's a welcome change for him and for Paul Wesley and I don't want the show to have him revert back to simply being Elena's sweet savior after just a couple episodes.

Overall grade: A-. The Vampire Diaries guarantees a wild, unexpected ride every week. No show shocks viewers as much and no show follows through as reliably on promises of game-changers and deaths. All that and the cast looks like this! Like Alaric's bed without Jenna, my Thursday nights will feel empty until September.

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A++ The whole cast is amazing. Best ever. Especially love the screen presence of Damon-Ian Somerhalder. In Australia, they are running the last six episodes after midnight. The network is not giving the show enough support, which sucks. Oh well, can't wait for the DVDs and season three.
Ps. Love Nina, but I hope that Elena is not so boring, nice and moral in S3. Make mistakes girl!


i completely disagree with u about Katherine. She is one of the best characters on tvd. hats off to nina for portraying elena and katherine so differently. But i think when they brought kalus' storyline in, they kind of forgot katherine and didnt pay attention to her character. But she still managed to do well. so yeah they need to use katherine more, and u should change katherine's name from the worst character description, and put in matt's name. i love matt too but c'mon that is a bad character. Dont know why some ppl think elena is boring. like everything in the show is centered around her. so how can she be boring? thats like calling tvd boring, and that is never the case with this show. I love tvd, best show on tv right now. I would give it a A. cant wait for season 3 and delena


katherine the worst character??????
lol at that.


ARE YOU CRAZY...........A++++++++ Best show on tv....What is good wife?Sounds Boreing.

Gaby ee

This show deserves an A++ in my book :D This is one of my favorite shows and I love it so much!


I have to agree that I would be disappointed if Stefan immediately becomes good again. I want to see him be really dark for a while.


SO AGREE with you Tilly. I've got exactly the same trio characters. They're ALL awesome. Damon because it's Damon, and we love him, but so times he acted to much like a child, compare to beautiful/charismatique/powerful/magnetic Elijah. The episode 2.19 is, for me, a revelation. The acteur is doing a really good job. And finally, but not least, Caroline. How we can love a character that we hate the previous season. She's is sunny/funny/smilly. She makes us laugh and sometimes cry. Caroline and Elijah are the two BIG revelations of this second season. Can't wait to see what comes next. :)

David and sabrina 2014

the season overall of this year is definitely a A-. Damon was a pretty decent character, I definitely agree that Katherine was the worst character, my favorite episode of season 2 was "The Last Day", the story of the werewolves was ok but kind of lame, and I think that season 3 will also start up as being another great big shocker. Klaus is turning Stefan down and Damon should do the same thing and help him back as well. In every show I hear, good will always triumph over evil, Stelena fans live forever, and there will always have true love remaining. I agree that my Thursday nights will feel empty untill September but no worries. I have the recap of seasons 1 and 2 to remember. This show never stops growing of being incredibly awesome. =) XD =O


wau this the best show tv eva..since i layed eyz on it i neva took a step ma opinion the all the applause shld be given 2 damon his character is so unboring..even tho he did a lot of cruel things in season 1 like wen he killed lexis their longtime friend and transformed many innocent people..but in season 2 he kinda showed himsef as sme savage being who waz slowly learning from the fact of mingling with human beings in mystic his more cooperative and his starting to feel pity and smtimes concerned look bt too bad he strting to deveop sme feeling 4 elaina..on the contrary elaina iz such a boring person both on the inside and outside..thumps up for the writaz who hve introced the sexy warewolf tylor his just amzing with caroline such a strong bond and a forbiden mysterious chemistry within this 2 different vempire diaries iz even getin more interestin with stefan goin away with klaus.elaina alone with damon.and most of all caroline breaking up with her boyfriend with taylor her warewold best friend by her side..wht an exciting story plz..hurry up to bring out more episodes..xoxo


Best character: Damon!!! He gets the best quotes and the best scenes! He is by far the most attractive one and by far the most interesting! I love him! :) Worst character: Bonnie! I really can't stand her, i was upset when i thought she had died on elena's part but when she was alive i was so annoyed! I hate her! Best episode: Finale! It was so gooood! All delena and nothing hurt! I also love ripper stefan! what a hotty! Best storyline: I liked the moonstone twist at the end! :) Hopes for 2011-2012: Less bonnie, more delena! No vikki and lots of anna! Caroline and Tyler, evil stafan! :) Overall grade: A++++++++++, it's my fave show at the moment! Can't wait for series threeee!

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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.