The themes of the instability of circumstances and of the importance of the perception of power connect thoughtful, complex, character-driven scenes and engrossing conflicts.
Shocking season premiere improves upon fantastic finale of previous season.
Moody, atmospheric cult favorite opens with one of the best episodes of television of all time.
An exciting, engrossing end to the first season, “Founder’s Day” stands as a paragon of the serialized drama season finale.
Mia Kirshner takes center stage as Elena finally meets her birth mother, a woman so complicated that Elena would probably have needed years of therapy had Isobel not given her up for adoption as a baby.
Episode provides strong character development as it delves into the story of how the Salvatore brothers became vampires.
Quality execution lifts up an inauspicious premise, making this episode a winner, with good direction providing the crowning touch.