The Vampire Diaries

The Vampire Diaries, S01E22: Founder’s Day; Review by Robin Franson Pruter

The Vampire Diaries, S01E22: Founder’s Day; Review by Robin Franson Pruter

An exciting, engrossing end to the first season, “Founder’s Day” stands as a paragon of the serialized drama season finale.

The Vampire Diaries, S01E21: Isobel; Review by Robin Franson Pruter

The Vampire Diaries, S01E21: Isobel; Review by Robin Franson Pruter

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.

The Vampire Diaries, S01E20: Blood Brothers; Review by Robin Franson Pruter

The Vampire Diaries, S01E20: Blood Brothers; Review by Robin Franson Pruter

Episode provides strong character development as it delves into the story of how the Salvatore brothers became vampires.

The Vampire Diaries, S01E19: Miss Mystic Falls; Review by Robin Franson Pruter

The Vampire Diaries, S01E19: Miss Mystic Falls; Review by Robin Franson Pruter

Quality execution lifts up an inauspicious premise, making this episode a winner, with good direction providing the crowning touch.

The Vampire Diaries, S01E18: Under Control; Review by Robin Franson Pruter

The Vampire Diaries, S01E18: Under Control; Review by Robin Franson Pruter

Strong storytelling characterizes this episode as the first season plot threads begin to come together in anticipation of the season finale.

The Vampire Diaries, S01E17: Let the Right One In; Review by Robin Franson Pruter

The Vampire Diaries, S01E17: Let the Right One In; Review by Robin Franson Pruter

A storm hits Mystic Falls in an episode that presages a major development in the character of Stefan Salvatore.

The Vampire Diaries, S01E16: There Goes the Neighborhood; Review by Robin Franson Pruter

The Vampire Diaries, S01E16: There Goes the Neighborhood; Review by Robin Franson Pruter

An episode lacking major plot developments lays the groundwork for the final group of episodes of the first season.

The Vampire Diaries, S01E15: A Few Good Men; Review by Robin Franson Pruter

The Vampire Diaries, S01E15: A Few Good Men; Review by Robin Franson Pruter

Disappointing episode focuses on backstory.

The Vampire Diaries, S01E14: Fool Me Once; Review by Robin Franson Pruter

The Vampire Diaries, S01E14: Fool Me Once; Review by Robin Franson Pruter

Excellent episode features complex plot and emotionally powerful events.

The Vampire Diaries, S01E13: Children of the Damned; Review by Robin Franson Pruter

The Vampire Diaries, S01E13: Children of the Damned; Review by Robin Franson Pruter

A flashback-heavy episode examines the concepts of trust and betrayal.