Not being a really big fan of the CW and it’s shows I was reluctant to sit down and watch The Vampire Diaries Season 4 on DVD. I’d had enough Twilight form the wife and enough vampire romance from trying to relive my love for Buffy (which was no longer there). So how surprised was I when I finally committed to watching the show and found myself entertained, kind of.
In the last season Elena is involved in a car accident in which Matt veers off the road to avoid hitting Rebekah and the two plummet to, what would have been their death, only to be saved by Stefan. Elena tells Stefan to rescue Matt first which results in her death.
Opening in season two Elena wakes up to find both Damon and Stefan at her bed side (apparently that’s just Vampire behavior…ahem…Edward Cullen). It turns out that instead of dying Elena was given vampire blood to save her life and now the tragedy of this decision is that she can A) Feed and become a vampire forever B) Bonnie can find some way out of it C) Die, all over again.
Thought I’d only watched the first three episodes of the first season and been turned off by too much hammy eyebrow raising and back and forth love drama, I was actually able to step into this fourth season and not feel completely lost. Even though a lot had been going on; a body shift by a villain vampire, a very freaky looking Jasmine Guy being a witch, some werewolf/vampire hybrids, etc etc etc, I was able to just jump right in.
Though the season did leave a lot of moments where I simply couldn’t stomach the “small world” dramatics of everyone being connected by some tragic happenstance and the forever lingering love triangle between Elena, Stefan, and Damon I still rather enjoyed the broad scope of the show.
Mind you, a lot of this stuff is simply cut and paste from other vampire/werewolf idea’s, but at its core it was original, and even though Rob Lowe’s clone (Damon) did get on my nerves at times, he was kind of a bad ass. Stefan (the Mathew Perry school of eyebrow raising) was a bit bland, but his chemistry amongst the other players made him a valuable character. When Elena finally went full vamp and started roof surfing vans and slam dunking basketballs at the high school court…, just kidding I was quoting teen wolf (not that MTV show, the one with Michael J Fox. Yes kids, that MTV show is a loose remake). Either way it was a pretty decent show. I wont even be mad when the wife decides to start watching it. Again. This fourth season was pretty good.