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TV Series Review

They say blood is thicker than water, and that's particularly true for the Salvatore brothers, born, raised and transformed into vampires in Mystic Falls, Va. The supernatural sibs have been lapping up the thick stuff for the last century-plus, feeding an undying rivalry from which neither can seem to shake free. Or so it was for most of the show's run, which concluded its eight-season run in 2017. This CW supernatural soap opera found a measure of redemption when the final bell literally tolled. But for most of its history, The Vampire Diaries was predicated on both a long-running lover's triangle among "good" vampire Stefan Salvatore, bad brother Damon and the object of their shared affections, Elena—a Mystic Falls high schooler who turns into … well, plenty.

Long in the Tooth

It's not easy to keep a show like The Vampire Diaries, um, fresh for eight seasons. As Damon tells his sister in the closing episode, "after 153 years this banter we have it just old." But featuring an attractive, apparently ageless cast, most of whom come equipped with super-supernatural powers probably helped lengthen the program's shelf life. These particular vampires are demigods—fast, strong and, of course, good-looking with few of the weaknesses traditionally associated with their kind. Crucifixes and holy water have no effect on them, and Stefan professes a love for garlic. Still, being undead isn't quite the party it would seem to be. Newly "converted" vampires are very distraught over their transformation, and Stefan confesses to Elena that he never wanted this "life." It gets more complicated than that, of course. Much more. The Vampire Diaries has taken more twists and turns than a Marvel comic book saga. We've not even gotten into Caroline, Elena's uptight friend who becomes a vampire before becoming another vamp's main squeeze and turning the show's long-running triangle into a … square? Or Bonnie, the budding witch with mysterious powers who holds the fate of Mystic Falls in her pretty hands. Or the legions of dead people who keep coming back to life. Or Katherine, the Salvatore's somewhat demonic sister. Or the Lockwoods, a secret family of werewolves. Or the people who occasionally die and return to Mystic Falls like it's reunion weekend. Or …

It Lives Forever … On Video

Now, if all this has your head spinning, just think how the folks in Mystic Falls must be feeling. Something strange has got to be in the water. And after decades—maybe even centuries—of supernatural beasts eating the locals, the townspeople are a little put out. Crusades against vampires abound. And you'd think all those nocturnal supercreatures would decide to set up shop in a place where, perhaps, their names weren't plastered on historical documents, their faces weren't captured in sepia-tone photographs, and where the townspeople weren't forever vigilant of the walking undead. But that's just us. Nobody's ever accused the CW of applying clearheaded logic to its teen melodramas. What CW did apply to The Vampire Diaries was a heaping helping of sensuality, muddled spirituality and just a whiff of derring do to keep people tuning in and applauding the right characters.

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Nina Dobrev as Elena Gilbert; Paul Wesley as Stefan Salvatore; Ian Somerhalder as Damon Salvatore; Steven R. McQueen as Jeremy Gilbert; Katerina Graham as Bonnie Bennett; Candice Accola as Caroline Forbes; Michael Trevino as Tyler Lockwood; Taylor Kinney as Mason Lockwood






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