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Andy's 'Vampire Diaries' Afterthoughts: These 'Wolves Make Taylor Lautner Look Wimpy & I Like Caroline Better As A Vampire!

Thu, September 16, 2010 9:53pm EDT by Andy Swift 10 Comments
Courtesy of The CW

Courtesy of The CW

What a solid follow-up to the season premiere!

Don’t get me wrong, I think Candice Accola is a good actress — but there came to a point last season where I wondered, “How many friends does Elena really need?” Well, if I had a time machine I’d tell my former self that Caroline would soon become awesome. Her emergence as a vampire on the Sept. 16 episode of The Vampire Diaries made it even better than the season premiere. She’s the best addition the show has made since bringing Katherine (Nina “I am very talented” Dobrev) to town.

Granted, I was a little worried that baby vamp Caroline might be a little too much like baby Jessica on True Blood — but as it turns out, seeing a character we already know realize what they are and learn to live with it (or in this case, die and then live with it) is really cool. And speaking of people learning what they really are…

When I first realized that werewolves were going to enter the picture — Tyler’s eyes changing after the accident was a pretty clear message — I was skeptical. I’m not exactly on Team Jacob, I don’t even play such games. But now that we’ve gotten a taste of what the wolves, Tyler (Michael Trevino) and his arm-wrestling uncle Mason (Taylor Kinney), are going to be like, I’m excited. They’re so much cooler and scarier than anything I’ve seen in the Twilight trailers. And next week’s episode looks to have plenty of ’em.

Here are a few more afterthoughts, in smaller doses:

  1. Am I the only one who kept expecting Elena to be revealed as Katherine every 5 minutes? This switching business is making me edgy.
  2. That said, the ending was so chilling and cool. And why doesn’t Stefan (Paul Wesley) fly more often?
  3. They’re in school — so where’s Mr. Saltzman (Matt Davis) at?
  4. Elena is a really lucky girl. Her friends are really cool, even if they are also supernatural and incredibly dangerous.
  5. “God bless Elena, but she does not know the meaning of the world ‘fabulous.'” (Caroline might be the most sugary sweet vampire ever.)
  6. When Caroline told Damon (Ian Salvatore), “You suck,” I didn’t even mind the cheesiness. That’s how much I love Caroline Forbes.
  7. I also love Caroline for restraining herself and not biting Matt (Zach Roerig.) I really hope he doesn’t get killed off tragically.

What did YOU think of the episode? Drop me a comment and let me know what’s on your mind as you continue to absorb all that happened tonight. But first, vote:

— Andy Swift