The Vampire Diaries
This post should probably be entitled: ‘What I’m Not Watching’; because the truth is I’ve got like five or six episodes of The Vampire Diaries queued up to watch, and they’ve just been sitting there for weeks now. This is rare for me. I’m pretty much a TV junkie, and usually consume the shows I love the second they come out. And trust me when I say that I was a huge TVD fan.
So what exactly happened? I’m not sure, but to be totally candid, it’s happened before. I lost interest in Beverly Hills 90210 after the gang graduated from college. I had no love for Dawson and the gang once they left the Creek. And when yet another disaster struck Seattle Grace, I said goodbye to Meredith and the rest of the doctors on Grey’s Anatomy. So despite being a diehard fan, I have let shows go in the past; it’s just rare.
I think TVD kind of lost its spark for me last season. This was before Elena left the show. I found myself losing interest and doing chores with the show playing in the background. There were few moments that made me put down the sponge and refocus my attention, like when Sheriff Forbes died, but for the most part I wasn’t really invested anymore.
To be fair, I have to admit I wasn’t a Delena fan. Although I love me some Damon, I’m straight from the school of thought that if you present me someone’s soulmate in season one, I’m shipping them for the rest of the series’ride. I didn’t like it when Rachel started making eyes at Joey on Friends; I was annoyed when Veronica broke up with Logan, and I’ll forever hold a grudge against Shonda Grimes if Olivia and Fitz don’t end up together on Scandal. Sorry, but I was Stefan all the way. You know me… You can’t present me with a love that’s expanded lifetimes and not expect me to root for them.
But that’s neither here nor there, because I was still tuning in. Despite the writers emasculating Stefan each week, I continued to watch every Thursday night. Soon though, characters started to disappear, or get less and less screen time. We lost Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) who went to “art school”– he’s apparently vampire hunting, Michael Trevino (who played werewolf Tyler Lockwood) quit the show and told People magazine that he was “surprised (he) didn’t run out of storyline earlier”, bit the biggest blow was when series star Nina Dobrev, who played Elena, announced she was leaving the show. The show started out being about her diaries! What is Mystic Falls without Elena?
The worst part though? Instead of bEwing up the story lines of the characters we still had left, the writers dupped in a bunch of new characters and shoved them down our throats. Who can forget the Gemini Twins Luke and Liv Parker? Or Jo? Or the whole damn coven of Heretics we’ve been introduced to this season?
The whole show feels like a convoluted mess right now. I’m not invest in any of the characters anymore. I could care less about Caroline and Stefan. Although I love Candice King and Paul Wesley individually as actors, and I think the two of them are giving this storyline all they can, this relationship seems so forced and lukewarm at best. And is it just me, or were these two so much cooler as bestit’s?
Now, I don’t plan on doing anything drastic and deleting TVD from my TV set for good, but it’s going to take some motivation to get me to watch the shows I’ve got backed up. Who knows though? Maybe I’ll binge watch them and fall all in love with Mystic Falls all over again. I certainly hope so because I sure do miss it.