Judge David Johnson is grateful he graduated high school without getting drawn into a vampire/werewolf battle.
Our reviews of The Vampire Diaries: The Complete First Season (published October 15th, 2010), The Vampire Diaries: The Complete First Season (Blu-Ray) (published August 31st, 2010), The Vampire Diaries: The Complete Second Season (Blu-ray) (published August 29th, 2011), and The Vampire Diaries: The Complete Third Season (Blu-ray) (published September 24th, 2012) are also available.
The only thing that sucks more than vampires is school!
CW's flagship series charges forward with its fourth season, telling the blood-soaked, twist-heavy tales of Mystic Falls, a town stacked with vampires, witches, werewolves and the most underpaid high school faculty in the world.
Facts of the Case
As if angst and love triangles and American history exams weren't enough of a stress, Stefan (Paul Wesley), Damon (Ian Somerhalder, Lost), Elena (Nina Dobrev) have had to endure the onslaught of Original vampires and their malevolent plans to screw around the supernatural genetic pool. As it typically does, the series ended with a mega-twist, as an important character, namely (DO NOT PROCEED IF YOU HAVE NOT WATCHED ANY PRIOR SEASONS AND HAVE AT LEAST A MODEST INCLINATION TO CHECK OUT THE SERIES) Elena, who found herself sired by Damon and turned into a vampire. Bananas!
This season: more big character changes, a handful of big-time death scenes, the appearance of vampire hunters, more Original tomfoolery (in advance of their own spinoff series) and the biggest, baddest Big Bad yet.
Going to do something different with this part of the review. My wife has been a steady follower of the series since the get-go and, whatever jokes you want to crack about the viewership for the show, I can't say anything because I too had been roped in by its addictive all-or-nothing approach to storytelling. The showrunners ensure you get your money's worth, as each episode sports humongous cliffhangers after commercial breaks. It's got to be a pressure cooker in that writers' room as they strive to come up with game-changers on a weekly basis.
Anyway, for my money, Vampire Diaries is a fun show and it never rests on its laurels and in this day and age of endless procedurals and NCIS spin-offs, you have to tip your cap to a series bold enough to consistently reshuffled the deck. Anyway, my wife:
How did this season compare to others?
How did that plotline work out?
What was your favorite part of the season?
What was your least favorite part of the season?
How about Silas, the main villain?
Why have you stayed with the series?
A top-shelf HD release from Warner Bros. Episodes receive pristine 1.78:1/1080p transfers and active 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio tracks, delivering a total A/V package that continues to impress.
Extras are highlighted by six featurettes:
"Inking the Brotherhood: The Hunter's Mark"
"Creating Silas's Island"
"Blood, Boys, and Bad Behavior: Becoming a Vampire"
"The Evolution of Elena Gilbert"
"The Vampire Diaries: The Ultimate Prop Master"
"The Impact of a Single Show: The Vampire Diaries—Fan Video"
A gag reel, deleted scenes, a gallery of fan-created artwork, and DVD/Digital Copies of the season round out the offering.
You can see why Vampire Diaries is CW's bread-and-butter: it's found a formula for addiction, and the rollercoaster keep moving in its fourth season.
Dear Diary: Not Guilty, again! XOXO.
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