The Vampire Diaries -- TV Review
Let's play catch-up: You know I'm a recent orphan and me and my brother Jeremy live with our aunt, who's a doctoral student and practically our own age. We have no supervision! Anyway, Jeremy's still popping and dealing pills, and I have to go into the boys' room at school to tell him to quit it. And I also have to pretend to be OK in front of my friends, including the psychic one and the one who resents me and the one I broke up with, Matt. I think he's still carrying a torch.
But I'm not such an emotional wreck that I can't make goo-goo eyes at the new hot creepy guy in school. Stefan keeps looking at me like we've met before, and he pops up, like, everywhere: outside my front door, at the cemetery and second-day-of-school parties. He lives with his uncle and he's an orphan, too. But Matt doesn't like him. Bizarre love triangle alert!
Love life aside, life in Mystic Falls, Va. -- which looks a lot like Vancouver -- is weird: Two people got mauled by animals and the school slut got her throat slashed. She said it was vampires, but come on! Vampires are, like, 800 years old, so why would they hang out with high school students? They'd be all creepy and broody -- which is kinda like Stefan when you think about it, but he's so not a vampire. His diary is called a "journal," and since the show is called "The Vampire Diaries," that just proves it. Plus, he has a brother he hates, and it's not like the brother could be a vampire, too!
(Just so you know, I don't talk like I'm writing right now. But because my dialogue is scripted by Kevin Williamson -- he did the "Scream" movies and the series "Dawson's Creek," which also had preternaturally adult kids in it -- I have to be all mature-sounding and not at all creeped out when Stefan watches me through my window.)
It's pretty fantastical and spooky around here, which makes me wonder what's going to happen next. A little less graphic throat-ripping, I hope. And where is that Buffy chick when you need her? I guess high school isn't just pimples and prom dates. When you're an orphan with your own emo stalker out there, it's complicated!
Airdate: 8-9 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 10 (The CW)
Production: Outerbanks Entertainment, Alloy Entertainment Group, CBS Television Studios
Cast: Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder, Steven R. McQueen, Sara Canning, Katerina Graham, Candice Accola, Zach Roerig, Kayla Ewell, Michael Trevino
Executive producers: Leslie Morgenstein, Bob Levy, Kevin Williamson
Creator-writers: Kevin Williamson, Julie Plec
Co-executive producer: Julie Plec
Producer: Pascal Verschooris
Director: Marcos Siega
Director of photography: Ramsey Nickell
Production designer: Jillian Scott
Costume designer: Susan De Laval
Casting: Greg Orson, Lesli Gelles, Coreen Mayrs, Heike Brandstatter