The Vampire Diaries
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.
Strong storytelling characterizes this episode as the first season plot threads begin to come together in anticipation of the season finale.
A storm hits Mystic Falls in an episode that presages a major development in the character of Stefan Salvatore.
An episode lacking major plot developments lays the groundwork for the final group of episodes of the first season.
Disappointing episode focuses on backstory.
Excellent episode features complex plot and emotionally powerful events.
A flashback-heavy episode examines the concepts of trust and betrayal.