It had been a few weeks since I’d checked up on The CW’s THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, so I decided to yield to the flood of acclaim lately and take a look. Naturally, I was somewhat lost about the specifics, but happily I was able to get the gist of what was happening. And I liked what I saw.
Except, there wasn’t enough Elena (Nina Dobrev) for me. She spent most of the episode as Rose’s (Lauren Cohan) prisoner, awaiting the arrival of boogeyman Elijah (Daniel Gillies) with a mixture of fear, heroic resolve and dewy loveliness. Not that she was a shrinking violet; she did everything she could to try to escape, including taking a shot at Elijah himself. Talk about feisty! Of all the actors on this show, I have been most impressed by Dobrev’s growth over the course of the series. (Or has this just been a case of my eyes being opened to what was always there? I was not kind to TVD in the beginning.) Dobrev is more than just another pretty face; she has terrific acting chops. She is particularly adept at the dual role of Elena/Katherine; each character seems like an entirely different person. (Which they are: one’s a merciless, powerful vampire; the other is a high school girl)