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Twilight meets One Tree Hill here, and the results are as bad as they've ever been....
Warner / 935 Minutes / 2012-2013 / Unrated / Street Date: September 3, 2013
I guess it was bound to happen: Twilight has become such an intergalactic phenomenon that it shouldn't surprise us that we have so many seductive vampire romance scenarios in entertainment right now. I mean, True Blood doesn't quite count – that one is at least legitimately good (at least as TV junk food) - but The Vampire Diaries' silliness is evident enough that even girls with 'Edward 4-Ever' tattoos can't deny its implicit lunacy.
Even just compared to the show's previous season, this latest collection of Vampire Diaries episodes seems strikingly toothless (har har). The push/pull dynamic of our lead brothers - Paul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder - still populates the show's major dramatic tether, but their daily grind never takes on any significant draw or intrigue. Yeah, the beasts are here – in a show called The Vampire Diaries, you gotta deliver the goods - but there's way more Degrassi than Frankenstein on hand here.
It simply doesn’t add up to all that much. If you took all the elements that kinda work in the Twilight saga (rampant passions, fears of entities both dark and light) and eliminate them from the mix, you’re left with uninspired young adult melodrama, which is unfortunately the bread and butter of The Vampire Diaries. It means to take a Supernatural-meets-One Tree Hill approach to the current hipster vampire ethos that currently flood DVD shelves and Teen Beat side columns, but it's really just same old same old same old, only with more fangs and mopier twenty-somethings trying to pass as high-schoolers.