The thing about The Vampire Diaries is that the show is so absolutely frantic without being fragile. In other words, it completely pulls off stuffing each episode to the brim with twists, turns, and shocks without ever truly derailing itself. The solidity is in the characters and their development, I believe.
Someone recently asked me who my favorite character was on The Vampire Diaries and I found myself stumped. Under most circumstances, I can rattle off my favorite character, or at least my top two, from a television show as a knee-jerk reaction. In this case, it takes me a while and I inevitably change my answer. Another friend also alerted me that this was the vampire show that was created for the sole purpose of gathering the best looking cast possible. This makes sense too.
I nearly always forget that it’s Nina Dobrev playing both Elena and Katharine. That’s how good she is at playing the yin and yang. As much as I like Damon as a character, I hope the writers are smart enough not to play with fire too fast in having Elena cave to Damon. I think her and Stefan are perfectly fine together and I think it’s way overplayed, at this point, to have characters on a teen drama-type show flipflop in romance. It wouldn’t make enough sense to me… some sense, not enough.
I really like Caroline. I was always fascinated by Caroline because I think this is the kind of show where the urgency is mostly in the supporting cast. It’s in the people who know nothing about the supernatural half of the show. By “urgency” I mean, that’s where, as a viewer, you subconsciously know the big drama can happen. That’s where the wild cards are played. That’s where someone can die.
I like Caroline’s development now, more so, though, than the role she played within the “urgency” of the show during season 1. I think it says something about the character that she was pushed into the supernatural realm of the show head over feet and reacted so well. I always find myself so frustrated that the other characters are so hard on her after all that she’s been put through. She will never have children! This seems like the type of girl who aspired to be a trophy wife and now she has to battle werewolves! Having said that, I think death suits her well and it seems to be the best thing to ever happen to her. She also looks twice as good as a vampire.
I think where the show’s subsequent pitfall may be, eventually, is in its pacing. I think a show that moves at such a fast pace is brilliant at its start and usually lackluster by the end of season 3 or beginning of season 4. I think Gossip Girl is the perfect example of this. You hit the audience with episode after episode of impossibly dramatic scenarios and intensely tried relationships and then you’re suddenly left with very little to do with your immediate cast. Thus, you’re forced to write in new character after new character for more ridiculous scenarios. Only problem? The audience never likes these characters nearly as much as the original cast and so, the new plots are dead before they get off the ground. I sincerely hope The Vampire Diaries can escape this demise because right now it’s soaring.