Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Review: The Vampire Diaries: The Complete Seventh Season DVD

Warner Bros., Not Rated; 926 minutes

Is there one television series that is your guiltiest pleasure, even though it's not very good?

For me, this would The Vampire Diaries.

Loosely based on the young adult books by L.J. Smith, The Vampire Diaries debuted on the CW in 2009 and quickly gained a small following. While it was somewhat a Twilight Saga ripoff during it's first few seasons, the series has finally grown into it's own show.

Due to the Kansas City Royals going to the playoffs and then the World Series last year (which they won), I got behind on the seventh season of the series; so far behind that I eventually decided to just wait for the DVD to release to get caught up on the season.

While I do like the series, I have always believed it has been held back from being really good due it's lackluster scripts and the bland performance by Nina Dobrev as the main character, Elena Gilbert. Most fans threw a fit when she left at the end of the sixth season, but it didn't bother me one bit.

The seventh season has a different format to it. The first half of the season picks up a few months after the sixth season finale, where the Heretics have taken over Mystic Falls. These episodes normally end with a flash forward set three years into the future. The second half of the season, which mostly deals with the huntress plot, is set three years later (in the flash forward timeline), though there are a few flashbacks.

Final Thoughts: After watching the DVD (22 episodes) over the past week, I don't understand the hatred for the season that most fans have talked about online. In my opinion, the season is better written than the past few seasons have been. Instead of having one boring storyline stretched over the course of one season, there are two storylines that intercepts with each other, all of which sets up for the events that will take place in the final season (it starts on Friday).

Overall, I enjoyed watching The Vampire Diaries: The Complete Seventh Season. While it wasn't perfect, it was a lot better than the previous seasons.

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