In THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, now in its second season on the CW (airing Thursdays at 8 PM), most of the bloodsuckers are deadly serious. Stefan (Paul Wesley) constantly grapples with his determination not to kill despite his instincts, as well as protecting his mortal love Elena (Nina Dobrev), whose vampire doppelganger and ancestress Katherine (also Dobrev) is determined to win Stefan back. Then there’s Stefan’s brother Damon (Ian Somerhalder), who has bouts of homicidal behavior when not making plays for both Elena and Katherine. But in the midst of all this is Candice Accola’s Caroline, Elena’s high-school bestie who just […]Read On »
It’s no surprise that V has struggled during its run to find its voice and remedy pacing issues. And the first two episodes of Season Two offered up promise, but still felt like the series was dealing with the wayward plotting ghosts of Season One.
However, “Laid Bare” has remedied many of those issues. A solid episode packed with action, revelations and some very cool effects, it’s one of the best episodes of the series to date and promises a major upheaval in the personal lives of all the characters.
“Hey, I’m so sorry about the whole trying to kill your brother thing. Do you think we can still be friends?” Yes, it was pretty silly of Damon (Ian Somerhalder) to think he could possibly win back Elena’s affection. On the flip side, it was pretty mature of Caroline (Candice Accola) to break up with Matt (Zach Roerig) to protect him no matter how much it pains her. But let’s hear for the werewolves and their ability to kill a vampire with a single bite. This is all just more proof that season two of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES is going to be a very different from season one.