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TV Series Review

They say blood is thicker than water, and that's particularly true for the Salvatore brothers, born, raised and transformed into vampires in Mystic Falls, Va. The supernatural sibs have been lapping up the thick stuff for the last century-plus, feeding an undying rivalry from which neither can seem to shake free.

In the present day, Stefan, the "good" vampire bro, doesn't feed on humans like his bad brother Damon does. And he's fallen madly in love with Mystic Falls high schooler Elena—a girl who's the spitting image of his Civil War-era girlfriend, Katherine.

Not that Katherine is actually dead and gone, mind you. Not in this kind of drama. She's still fully in the mix after turning Stefan and Damon into vampires way back when. And although Elena is just your average gorgeous high school student, Katherine seems none too pleased she's on the scene at all—making for a natural, if undead, rivalry.

Other cast members include: Elena's uptight friend Caroline, who's just been turned into a vampire. Elena's best friend Bonnie, who's a witch. And Elena's teen brother, Jeremy, who has already faced death twice: once by a suicide attempt and once courtesy of Damon, who snapped his neck like a twig. Luckily, Jeremy wore a protective vampire ring that brought him back to life—and also protects the fanged clan in sunlight.

These particular vampires, by the way, are demigods—fast, strong and good-looking with few of the weaknesses traditionally associated with their kind. Crucifixes and holy water have no effect on them, and Stefan professes a love for garlic. Still, being undead isn't quite the party it would seem to be. Newly "converted" vampires are very distraught over their transformation, and Stefan confesses to Elena that he never wanted this "life."

But all that is just one side of a dark tale. The mysterious Lockwood family has its own issues. Tyler Lockwood is a three-sport varsity athlete who struggles with rage. Long-lost Uncle Mason has returned and is secretly some sort of supernatural beast—probably a werewolf. Thus, Mason is subtly grooming Tyler for the family "canine business."

Now, if all this has your head spinning, just think how the folks in Mystic Falls must be feeling. Something strange has got to be in the water. And after decades—maybe even centuries—of supernatural beasts eating the locals, the townspeople are a little put out. Crusades against vampires abound. And you'd think all those nocturnal supercreatures would decide to set up shop in a place where, perhaps, their names weren't plastered on historical documents, their faces weren't captured in sepia-tone photographs, and where the townspeople weren't forever vigilant of the walking undead.

But that's just us. Nobody's ever accused the CW of applying clearheaded logic to its teen melodramas.

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Nina Dobrev as Elena Gilbert; Paul Wesley as Stefan Salvatore; Ian Somerhalder as Damon Salvatore; Steven R. McQueen as Jeremy Gilbert; Katerina Graham as Bonnie Bennett; Candice Accola as Caroline Forbes; Michael Trevino as Tyler Lockwood; Taylor Kinney as Mason Lockwood






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Paul Asay Meredith WhitmoreBob Hoose

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