Thursday, May 17, 2012

The Vampire Diaries

A new addiction consumed me once again. It is none other than, The Vampire Diaries. I’ve been watching this series since last year and been hooked since then. Thanks to my housemates who introduced me to this. ^^


The series was introduced to me while Season 2 was already on air. I was so curious that time that I had to ask someone to get me copies from season 1 up to the recent episode (Of course, I need to catch up). Each time I’ll finish an episode, I feel like craving for more that I will end up seeing myself in front of Seth (my laptop) the whole day. I just can’t explain the excitement that it brings to me that, I feel like asking for more.

Let me share to you some details about the series and the cast that makes the story very interesting. 

OFFICIAL SERIES SUMMARY:

Four months after the tragic car accident that killed their parents, 17-year-old Elena Gilbert and her 15-year-old brother, Jeremy are still trying to cope with their grief and move on with their lives. Elena has always been the star student; beautiful, popular and involved with school and friends, but now she finds herself struggling to hide her sadness from the world. As the school year begins, Elena and her friends are fascinated by a handsome and mysterious new student, Stefan Salvatore. Stefan and Elena are immediately drawn to one another, and Elena has no way of knowing that Stefan is a centuries-old vampire, struggling to live peacefully among humans, while his brother Damon is the embodiment of vampire violence and brutality. Now these two vampire brothers – one good, one evil – are at war for Elena’s soul and for the souls of her friends, family and all the residents of the small town of Mystic Falls, Virginia. (From http://www.vampire-diaries.net)

SEASON 1:

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES is the story of two vampire brothers who are obsessed with the same girl. In season one, Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Damon Salvatore (Ian Somerhalder) returned to their hometown of Mystic Falls, Virginia, for very different reasons. Stefan was determined to get to know Elena Gilbert (Nina Dobrev), who bears a striking resemblance to Katherine Pierce (also played by Dobrev), the beautiful but ruthless vampire the brothers knew and loved - in 1864. Damon, on the other hand, was intent on releasing Katherine from the tomb where he believed she was trapped by a witch's spell all those years ago. In the explosive finale of season one, Elena's uncle Johnathan (guest star David Anders) set a plan in motion that resulted in Katherine's return.

SEASON 2:

In season two, Katherine's manipulations threw a wrench into the love triangle between Stefan, Elena and Damon, and the other residents of Mystic Falls were forced to choose sides as they fell victim to a new breed of danger. Stefan and Damon were later met with their greatest challenge yet - the arrivals of Elijah (guest star Daniel Gillies) and Klaus (Joseph Morgan), two of the "Original" vampires. As Klaus went head-to-head with Damon and took a special interest in Stefan, he was also seemingly focused on breaking the "Sun and Moon" curse by sacrificing Elena. No matter what action the brothers took to protect Elena, Klaus would not be swayed from his mission, proving himself to be the most powerful vampire in existence. Ultimately, Klaus' sacrifice ritual proved deadly not for Elena but for her Aunt Jenna (Sara Canning), whose violent death devastated both her family and her boyfriend, Alaric Saltzman (Matt Davis).

SEASON 3:

Season three opens the door to the history of Klaus and The Original Family, as Klaus' motives for wanting Stefan on his side are finally revealed. As Stefan sinks deeper into the dark side, Damon and Elena struggle with the guilt of their growing bond, even as they work together to bring Stefan back from the edge. The ghosts from Jeremy Gilbert's (Steven R. McQueen) past have a powerful message they're trying to deliver to him, not to mention the impact they're having on his relationship with Bonnie Bennett (Kat Graham). After the emotional end of her relationship with Matt Donovan (Zach Roerig), Caroline Forbes (Candice Accola) grows closer to Tyler Lockwood (Michael Trevino), and a war erupts between their families.


THE CAST:

NINA DOBREV as ELENA GILBERT

Elena Gilbert is the main female character, the main protagonist and the heroine of The Vampire Diaries. She is an 18 year old vampire who is yet in transition who lives in the supernatural town of Mystic Falls, Virginia, with her adoptive brother and biological cousin Jeremy at 2104 Maple Street. Elena was in a romantic relationship with Stefan Salvatore, a 162 year old vampire, before losing him when he gave himself over to Klaus in exchange for the cure to a werewolf bite a hybrids blood to save his brother.
However, she also shares a complicated relationship with Stefan's elder vampire brother Damon Salvatore, who is both dangerous and seductive. She attends Mystic Falls High School, where she is a former cheerleader, honor student, and one of the most popular girls in the school. Elena wants to become a great writer; she stated this in a conversation with Stefan, and she has a diary in which she writes everything that happens in her life.

Elena has to deal with trying to lead a normal life ever since her adoptive parents died in a car accident and since she became involved in a romantic relationship with a vampire named Stefan Salvatore. Stefan unexpectedly saved Elena's life on May 23, 2009 when her adoptive parents, Grayson and Miranda Gilbert's car went off at Wickery Bridge. He tried to save them but her father, Grayson, insisted on him saving Elena first.

When Stefan pulled Elena out of the car, he said that he was shocked and taken back when he saw that Elena looked like Katherine, he could not believe the uncanny resemblance between the two. Stefan then took Elena to the Mystic Falls General Hospital, and had been watching her ever since for about four months, and learning about her to make sure that she is safe and not at all Katherine Pierce, or like her. Elena said that it was a "miracle" that she had survived such a horrific and tragic car accident and she questioned how it was in any way possible that she survived and made it out of the car.

After she discovers the secret of the Salvatore brothers, Elena has to deal with murders and lies in her life as well as with supernatural events and characters. She is described as a star student. She is popular, sporty, smart, kind hearted, compassionate, selfless, empathetic, caring and nice. She can be rather vulnerable and a damsel in distress, although she does possess a strong-willed, determined, passionate and fiery streak.

This character is a member of the Gilbert Family and Petrova Family.

PAUL WESLEY as STEFAN SALVATORE

Stefan Salvatore is the main male lead and protagonist of The Vampire Diaries. Stefan is a 162 year old vampire. His older brother Damon Salvatore is also a vampire, and hates him as he promised him a lifetime of misery. This was due to their shared love of Katherine Pierce, the Vampire who turned both of them into Vampires before her presumed death in 1864. New to his vampire life, Stefan was a ripper, as said by Alexia Branson, but learned to live more compassionately with her help.

In 2009, Stefan returned to his home of Mystic Falls to discover a girl that looked exactly like Katherine. They started to date, but their lives were tangled with that of his brother Damon. With Katherine's return, the revelation of the existence of the The Originals threatens to destroy Elena to break a curse, and Stefan and Damon are searching for ways to save her. At the end he is forced to become Klaus' right-hand man in exchange for saving his brother's life.

Stefan is a member of the Salvatore Family.

IAN SOMERHALDER as DAMON SALVATORE

Damon Salvatore is the brother of Stefan Salvatore and a distant relative of Zach. He was born in the 1800s with his brother until he became a vampire. At the time of his return to Mystic Falls, Damon and Stefan hadn't seen each other in 15 years because of their bitter and violent relationship. Damon's sole purpose for coming back to Mystic Falls was to free Katherine Pierce, the vampire who turned him and the woman he loved.

After the realization that Katherine never loved him, Damon started working with Stefan and Katherine's doppelgänger Elena Gilbert, with whom he fell in love with and has constantly tried to protect her. Damon is also the head of the Founder's Council along with Sheriff Forbes and currently lives with Stefan in the Salvatore Boarding House. For the first season, Damon was the congeries’ antagonist, but was reverted his status to help Stefan and protect Elena. He had been bitten by Tyler Lockwood (now Hybrid) during a full moon which meant he was slowly dying but was later saved after being fed Klaus' blood by Katherine who healed him.

Damon is a member of the Salvatore Family and a part of Founder's Council.

KAT GRAHAM as BONNIE BENNETT

Bonnie Bennett is the best friend of Elena Gilbert, close friend of Caroline Forbes, and also a very powerful witch.

This character is a member of the Bennett Family.

Born and bred in picturesque town of Mystic Falls, Virginia, Bonnie is a charming and free-spirited eighteen-year old sorceress, who is considered very mature for her age. Despite her hatred of vampires, Bonnie is extremely selfless and is willing to do anything to protect the good people of Mystic Falls. Bonnie has shown to be very-self sacrificing and very often risks her life to protect those of her friends. At first, Bonnie was scared when she found out about her powers, but she soon grew confident and has been practicing ever since.



CANDICE ACCOLA as CAROLINE FORBES

Caroline Forbes is a vampire, and also the best friend of Bonnie Bennett a witch and Elena Gilbert who is now recently a vampire herself. Despite her bright and cheerful personality, Caroline is commonly known for insecurities; which causes her to become excessively competitive, especially towards Elena.

Throughout the series, Caroline begins dating Elena's ex-boyfriend, Matt Donovan. Who encourages her to become a more caring, kind, and selfless young woman. On the Founder's Day episode, Caroline is severely injured in a car wreck, and suffered from internal bleeding.

After Bonnie urge's Damon Salvatore to feed Caroline his blood (in order to heal her possibly fatal wounds), she is smothered to death with a pillow by Katherine Pierce in the Mystic Falls Hospital. She is shown to be very strong for her age as a vampire.
This character is a member of the Forbes Family.

STEVEN MCQUEEN as JEREMY GILBERT

Jeremy Gilbert is the adoptive brother and biological cousin of Elena Gilbert and also a medium. Prior to the beginning of the series, his parents died in a tragic car accident that his adoptive sister Elena managed to survive. As a way of coping with the accident, he started dealing and using drugs but soon stopped after the death of his first girlfriend.

He recently started a romantic relationship with Bonnie Bennett, and in a turn of events, Jeremy was shot and killed by Sheriff Forbes in early May of 2011, only to be revived by his girlfriend who is a witch. However, the spell that caused him to be revived had consequences. It gave Jeremy the power to see ghosts, more specifically his two ex-girlfriends, Vicki and Anna. He went to live with family friends in Denver after getting compelled by Klaus to stand in front of a speeding car. He is now back in Mystic Falls after Elena and Damon went to get him after Klaus figures out where he is.

SARA CANNING as JENNA SOMMERS

Jenna Sommers was Elena and Jeremy's aunt, who became their legal guardian after their parents were killed in a car crash. During the first two seasons she remained largely unaware of the supernatural forces in Mystic Falls. She used to date Logan Fell, who was turned into a vampire by Anna and was then later killed by Alaric Saltzman. She begins a relationship with Alaric, Elena and Jeremy's history teacher. She also went to high school with Mason Lockwood, Tyler's uncle. Before she became Elena and Jeremy's guardian, Jenna was a party girl especially back in high school, which Mason revealed when he visited. Katherine compelled Jenna and had her spy on Stefan and Elena and then stabbed herself in her stomach while Elena and Alaric watched. At the hospital, the doctors said she was lucky to be alive.

Her relationship with Alaric became strained after she discovers his wife Isobel was alive, She finally learned the truth after being attacked by Klaus. Shortly after reconciling with Alaric, she was called by Katherine, who tricked her into leaving her house, so Klaus could kidnap her and turn her into a vampire. During the sacrifice, Klaus killed her in order to break the Hybrid curse.

This character is a relative of the Gilbert Family.

ZACH ROERIG as MATT DONOVAN

Matthew "Matt" Donovan is the ex-boyfriend of Caroline Forbes and Elena Gilbert, brother of Vicki Donovan and also a medium. After the death of her parents, Elena broke up with Matt, although he still cares about her deeply. Throughout the series, Caroline and Matt begin dating, of whom he encourages to become a more caring, kind, and selfless young woman.

Matt is a member of the Donovan Family.

Matt was born in Mystic Falls to Kelly Donovan and an unnamed father. He had an older sister, Vicki Donovan. Because their mothers were best friends, Matt knew Elena Gilbert since infancy. They grew up being really close friends and they started dating in their early teens. When Elena's parents died, she broke up with Matt because she needed time alone. He still hoped they could be together, but it was not likely to happen due to Stefan.

MICHEAL TREVINO as TYLER LOCKWOOD

Tyler Lockwood is a Hybrid who plays for the Mystic Falls High School football team. He was a Werewolf until being successfully sired into a Hybrid by Klaus.

This character is a member of the Lockwood Family.

He is the son of Richard Lockwood and Carol Lockwood, and nephew of Mason Lockwood. He was portrayed to be arrogant, selfish and a bully, but after triggering the family curse that turned him into a werewolf, he has learned to tone down his behavior. Before this revelation, he was referred to many times as a "dick," by both Matt and Jeremy. He is shown to have an athletic build, and great strength as a human. He also has a short temper and becomes angry very easily. He didn't understand why he behaved the way he did, until Mason came to visit after Mayor Lockwood's death.

After discovering that his family carried the wolf gene, Tyler was scared to become a werewolf himself and his fears came true when he accidentally killed Sarah and triggered the curse. Caroline Forbes, a vampire who wasn't his friend, offered her support to him, helping him through his first transformation and preparation for his new life. Tyler eventually fell for Caroline, but questioned their relationship when Jules, another Werewolf and Mason's friend, told him that Caroline and two other Vampires, Stefan and Damon Salvatore, killed Mason. Finding out that this was true, Tyler felt betrayed and leaned towards the werewolf brethren. He hesitated to help Caroline when she and the Salvatore's were at the brink of death, which hurt her, causing her cut off their friendship. He was the one who revealed Mason's plan to break the curse to Jules and her boyfriend Brady. He then helps them find the Moonstone and the doppelgänger.

Stefan reveals to Tyler that Jules and Brady had lied to him and that Elena would die in the ritual to break the curse. He releases Stefan who kills Brady before he can capture Elena during which time the rest of the pack is killed by Elijah. He then decides to leave town with Jules, the only survivor, with a promise that she wouldn't lie to him anymore.

After receiving a phone call from his mother telling him that she had an accident and was in the hospital, Tyler and Jules returned to Mystic Falls. They were both captured by Maddox and Greta Martin, Witches working for Klaus, and were to be used in the sacrifice that would make Klaus a vampire/werewolf hybrid. Tyler and Caroline, who had also been captured for the sacrifice ritual, were rescued by Damon who was later bitten by Tyler during his transformation.

Tyler and Caroline eventually start a relationship, which becomes rocky when he becomes Klaus' first successful Hybrid. His life made much easier with the transformation, Tyler becomes very respectful of Klaus, and tries to sabotage his friends plotting against him.

MATT DAVIS as ALARIC SALTZMAN 

Alaric "Ric" Saltzman was an Original and a vampire hunter. Alaric is also a history teacher at Mystic Falls High School. He originally came to Mystic Falls to find the vampire that killed his wife, but learned she voluntarily became a vampire and left him. He also learned that his wife had a daughter named Elena Gilbert, who is now his student and began a relationship with her adoptive aunt Jenna. Following Jenna's tragic death, he seems to start to act as a father figure to Elena, and her brother Jeremy. Ironically, he is technically Elena's stepfather due to his marriage to Isobel.

As a vampire hunter, he designed several weapons to fight vampires.

This character is a relative of Elena Gilbert and the Gilbert Family.

The Saltzmans are descendants of German immigrants who arrived in Texas in 1755. He was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts. He mentions to Jenna Sommers that during high school, he wore eyeglasses and had a skin condition. While attending Duke University, he met and married Isobel Flemming, a parapsychologist (it's revealed by Meredith that Isobel filed restraining order against him twice) who had an interest in vampires, a topic he would regularly tease her about. He said that she was "like Mulder, except hotter, and a girl." At some point, Isobel gave him a ring and told him to always wear it. One night he returned home late to find a vampire in his bedroom drinking Isobel's blood. Her body was never found and she was assumed to be dead. Alaric took over her research and found out about Mystic Falls and the rumors about vampires being alive in the town. He went there to find out the truth and discover what had happened to his wife.

He also created a number of anti-vampire weapons so as to protect himself and others from them.

NINA DOBREV as KATHERINE PIERCE

Katerina Petrova, most commonly known as Katherine Pierce, is a vampire and former lover of Damon and Stefan Salvatore. She first appeared in recurring flashbacks, depicting her physically romantic relationship with the Salvatore brothers, eventually turning them, but was captured by the townspeople of Mystic Falls to be destroyed. She is also one of the Doppelgängers.

However, behind her sweet nature, Katherine revealed her deceptive side and escaped her would-be death with the help of George Lockwood. 145 years later, Katherine returned to Mystic Falls and started toying with the Salvatore's again, cutting off her loose ends by destroying the tomb vampires. Katherine was deeply hated for the murder and the turning of Caroline Forbes into a vampire, and using a werewolf, Mason Lockwood, to retrieve the moonstone, an essential element to break The Sun and the Moon Curse. Katherine is exposed as a doppelgänger who spent her immortal life fleeing an Original named Klaus. And although she chose Stefan over Damon, she promised John Gilbert that she would help protect her descendant Elena Gilbert, who is the center of the Salvatore brother’s hearts. She is initially portrayed as the main antagonist, but the arrival of Elijah, an Original vampire, diminishes her attitude and frightens her with the knowledge of Klaus. Her current whereabouts are unknown since Homecoming.

She is a member of the Petrova Family.

JOSEPH MORGAN as KLAUS MIKAELSON

Niklaus, more commonly known as "Nik" or "Klaus", was an Original/Hybrid, and the son of Unnamed Man and Esther. He has six siblings that consist of five half-brothers and one half-sister. A deceased unnamed older brother, four other half-brothers named Elijah, Finn, Kol, and Henrik. And a younger half-sister named Rebekah. Klaus is also the step-son of Mikael.

He is first mentioned in a conversation between Rose and Stefan warning him about the Originals. Klaus is believed to be the most hated and feared of all the Originals and those who fear him are desperate for his approval. Over the centuries Klaus has become a recluse who confides in and trusts only the members of his inner circle.

For over 1000 years Klaus has been trying to a break a curse that bound him to a moonstone. He created the myth of the sun and moon curse in order to help find the moonstone and the Petrova Doppelgänger that was needed to break the actual curse. His goal was to bring out his werewolf side so he could sire his own super race.

In 1492, he finally got his chance to break his curse when he met Katerina Petrova, the final piece for the ritual. He kept her entertained until the full moon, but was unaware that she found out what he was and what he wanted from her, causing Katherine to escape from him. After Katerina turned into a vampire he assumed that her family line ended with her and that his chance to break his curse was forever gone, Klaus traveled to Bulgaria and slaughtered her entire family in revenge.

For the next 500 years Klaus was searching for a way to break the curse without the doppelgänger and had forced generations of witches and warlocks to help him for centuries. Along his search for a way to break his curse, Klaus has hunted down his family and neutralized them. Also he was searching for Katerina Petrova, who escaped him and stole his moonstone.

He is the main antagonist of Season 2, making his first appearance in Know Thy Enemy, in Alaric's body.

Niklaus is a member of the Mikaelson Family.


And now, I can't wait for season 4 to start... ^^

“You want a love that consumes you. You want passion and adventure, and even a little danger..." Damon Salvatore

8 comments:

Momma Mina said...

My friend at work is also addicted to TVD. I have never watched a full episode, but I've already seen some scenes in ETC when channel surfing. Is it really good? Hindi ko kasi masyado bet ang mga eksenang palaging madilim, palaging gabi, ganun. Pang-Ugly Betty at Desperate Housewives lang ang kaya ng powers ko. ^_^

iamjessiegarcia said...

i actually love it rather than the twilight saga. you might wanna try watching just an episode and see it for yourself. i was also like you back then. hihihi...

Kareen said...

hey jess! i love your blog layout.. maybe next time you could help me.. hehehe... see you soon!

iamjessiegarcia said...

thanks kareen!^^ sige just lemme know how i could help you... see you around

jelai said...

You are so passionate in making this post about The Vampire Diaries. I haven't watched this series, but from what I heard from my friends this really is a great show. I have the Vampire Diaries book though, but I'm not sure if it's the same.

I wanna watch this. aya lang wala kaming cable eh! Hehehehe.

Followed you! :)

iamjessiegarcia said...

Hiyee Jelai! I just found this series very interesting. I heard that it has a book but since I'm visual and my I normally have a short attention span, I really need something visual for me to enjoy something. That's why I decided to go for the series than the books.

You might wanna check at least one episode so you could see if you'll be interested or not.

Thanks for dropping by ^^ just feel free to visit anytime!

PS. followed you back ^^

aRaN said...

wow...Nay TVD fanatic ka din pala....nakita ko din ng personal si Daemon during his Penshoppe photoshoot visit her in Pinas....but Im so looking forward on seeing my Elena and my Katarina tahaha

iamjessiegarcia said...

ay uu... hintay na nga ako ng season 4 eh. hehehe... buti ka pa nakita mo si ian. ako never had the chance @_@

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