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The Vampire diaries Season 2: I LOVE it!!!
The Vampire Diaries - Season 2 (DVD)
Member Name: louisechackett
The Vampire Diaries - Season 2 (DVD)
Advantages: good stories, romance and action
Disadvantages: none for me
I have to point out here that have you not already seen The Vampire Diaries there are going to be a few minor spoilers in this review so you may not wish to read on.
For those that know a little bit about me you will already know that I am a huge fan of The Vampire Diaries and although I watched the second season on ITV 2 I was very excited to receive the DVD box set for Christmas this year. The DVD set comes in a cardboard slip case which features a picture of the main three actors in the series as well as the title with a "love sucks" comment underneath it. You are advised that the series is suitable for viewers aged 15 and over which I think is probably about right in all honesty due to the fact that it does contain blood, violence and such like. Inside the cardboard sleeve there is a DVD case which looks just the same as the cardboard slip but which houses the five DVD discs as well. There are 22 episodes in season two, each of which lasts around forty minutes so it will take some time to watch the episodes unless like me you just nail it and watch a few episodes a night! I do think it is important to have watched series one before this one to get a feel of the characters and the direction in which the story is going.
In the last series of the Vampire Diaries whilst Elena Gilbert, Stefan Salvatore and Damon Salvatore had their issues it was mainly about Elena discovering her boyfriend Stefan was a vampire and the issues that went along side dealing with that and covering it up as well. In series two though things get a whole lot more interesting as we learn more about the fact that Elena is the Petrova doppelganger and essential to a spell which will break the day and night curse for one of the original and most powerful vampires Klaus and we are also introduced to werewolves so there is a lot more action in this series I think. Of course because of the introduction of werewolves people are going to make even more links between The Vampire Diaries and Twilight and I am a huge fan of the Twilight Saga but for me The Vampire Diaries is a more grown up Twilight as it deals with things in a more real way in my opinion. For example when we see a werewolf transform in The Vampire Diaries it is painful as every bone in their body breaks and adjusts to the wolf form but in Twilight they just jump in the air, lose their shirts and transform easily!
In series two we see the return of Katherine who is the vampire who changed Stefan and Damon in to vampires. She declares her love for Stefan which no one really believes because she has proven herself to be more than untrustworthy but for Damon it is a difficult admission as he has spent more than a hundred years thinking that he loved Katherine and once she was found they would be together. As Katherine and Elena look identical they are obviously both played by Nina Dobrev and I think she does a wonderful job of distinguishing the pair and playing them in really different ways. Katherine is sexy, manipulative and strong where as Elena is a little scared at times and more down to earth. It is odd to see that Katherine and Elena can look so different from one another just by the way in which Nina Dobrev plays them which I think is quite clever.
A story which I have really enjoyed watching in this series is the development of Damon as a character. In series ones we see Damon be completely bad as he has switched off his human side to avoid feeling any hurt or regret for his actions but we also see a softer more caring side of him. In series two we really see Damon develop as he begins to fall for his brother's girl once more and feels a real need to protect Elena. Throughout the series it is clear that Damon loves Elena but he tries to hide this really well and we see him battle with his own feelings and his natural desire to feed on human blood as well. I think Ian Somerhalder plays the role of Damon perfectly because he is sexy and broody yet you see him be so intense as he tries to protect Elena from the various threats which occur throughout the series. He manages to portray the fact that he would rather die than let Elena die so very well and he makes it all seem believeable....I know that I would LOVE a Damon in my life.
It is also interested to watch the relationship between Damon and Stefan in this series because as much as Damon tries to hide the fact he loves Elena Stefan is aware of this fact and that must be really hard to take so we do see some fights between the brothers. Paul Wesley who plays Stefan does an excellent job of portraying the caring, more sensible vampire but I like how in this series we see him battle a few of his own demons and sometimes see glimpses of the old Stefan who we have been told was a very prolific killer who took joy in taking human life. I really enjoyed seeing Paul Wesley act out lots of different sides of Stefan and in particular seeing him deal with the return of Katherine who at one stage meant so much to him.
Another nice feature of series two is the way in which we see characters which were around in series one but not really main players come to have a more active role in the series. As such we have a good group of what I would call main characters and I think that really enhances the series because it isn't totally focussed on the journey of Elena and the two Salvatore brothers. In series two we see Elena's Brother Jeremy, played by Steven McQueen really come in to his own because for starters he has a new hair cut and suddenly appears older and hotter! As he learns about the supernatural dealings in Mystic Falls and those which surround his sister he opts to work with the others against them. We see Jeremy as he begins a relationship with Elena' witch best friend Bonnie too which I think is lovely to see being played out on the screen. In series one Bonnie, played by Kat Graham, is just discovering her witchcraft but in series two we see how powerful she can actually be as she takes on the original vampires almost single handed. Bonnie is a character which I haven't really been able to warm to properly but I think this is a lot to do with the fact that she has her guard up a lot in the series and we don't often see a softer side.
A huge event in series two is the transformation of Caroline who is one of Elena's best friends, played by Candice Accola, from human to Vampire. I think that this is done in a good way really and I think Caroline is the perfect choice to become a vampire because of her stressy nature which becomes heightened as a vampire. The transformation is played really well with Caroline craving blood and I think it is acted well too but then it all seems to go a little bit wrong with Caroline following Stefan's lead and feeding on animal and blood bank blood which all seems a little too easy considering it took Stefan many many years to adapt to this change. This said I do like Caroline as a vampire and I also enjoyed seeing her relationship develop with Tyler a new werewolf whilst her relationship with her boyfriend Matt was put in serious jeopardy.
The introduction of the original vampires Klaus and Elijah in this series is excellent I think as it brings a whole new element of fear for the people of Mystic Falls where before their only main issue was the odd rogue vampire. As the original family there are special rules which accompany them such as the fact they cannot be killed by a stake and how they can control the minds of vampires as well as humans. We see in Elijah a somewhat honourable man who just wants to seek revenge on his estranged brother Klaus but yet you learn not really to trust him completely and I think this is because he is played so well by Daniel Gillies who portrays Elijah in a creepy way a lot of the time and you know you shouldn't cross him. Klaus is played by Joseph Morgan and he is a really excellent actor. He portrays Klaus for the short time we see him in such a sinister way yet this is done by being softly spoken and is ultimately just about his general presence. Having seen some of series three I think Klaus's character is wonderfully clever but series two just gives us a little taster of how things are likely to be in series three. Joseph Morgan does an excellent job of making you dislike his character in this series.
The whole series two of The Vampire Diaries is filled with action as we see witch craft, rituals and general fight scenes as well. Typically again with links to Twilight we see the rivalry between werewolves and vampires but like I said earlier this seems somewhat more grown up and you know that if they got a chance they would tear each other apart. The action scenes are mostly well done and believable and they keep your attention well. Being a girl though I also really enjoy seeing the relationships develop in the story as well and there is plenty to keep me going in this series. In series one I was very much all about Stefan but in series two I found myself wishing that it didn't have to be so complicated for Damon and at points even wishing Elena would appreciate his feelings a little bit more. Through this series I have laughed and even cried at one episode and I just love it! It is not a "kids" programme and it really keeps my interest well so much so that I struggle to wait a week to watch the next episode as for me it just gets better and better. In series two I also think that the story is linked together really well and so we see things which link lesser characters to the main ones but this is done in a clever way which whilst interesting isn't overly complex and so you do not lose interest at all and if anything you are left asking more questions and wanting to go on and watch the next episode.
There are various bonus features on the DVD which include looking at how Nina Dobrev copes with playing two characters, a section which looks at the werewolves as they are a new addition to the show, a look at the love stories in the show, deleted scenes and gag reels. I really enjoyed watching the deleted scenes because it is interesting to see what might have made it in to the show but my favourite section was the gag reels because it shows a different fun side to the cast as they make mistakes whilst filming because they show is pretty serious for the most part so it is nice to see them messing around and having a laugh!
Season two of The Vampire Diaries costs £25.99 to buy online from either play or amazon but the two series box set costs £33.99 should you be interested in watching the series and you have not seen any of it.
Thank you for reading my review!
Summary: A fabulous series well worth watching
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