It’s rare that I discover a show when it first comes out. I almost always find out about shows years after they’ve started.
So, I’m a little embarrassed to talk about this show now, as it just finished up this year in its eighth season. But that’s me … always late to the party. On a whim, really, back in the fall, I started watching The Vampire Diaries. I know, I know. That’s only been on since 2009! And I only started watching because I needed something to drone on in the background while I got through some tedious paperwork. But after the second or third episode, I was hooked. Then I binged through seasons two, three, and four by January. I slowed down a little after that, and I’m just now in the middle of season seven, although I fully expect to finish the eighth season by summer.
For those who are even later to the party than I am, The Vampire Diaries is a show on the CW Television Network, which also produces such shows as Supernatural, Riverdale, The 100, and The Originals (a spin-off of The Vampire Diaries). In the first few episodes, the show seems like standard Twilight rip-off fare set in small-town Virginia. Vampire (Stefan) masquerading as human goes to local high school and meets girl (Elena), and they fall in love, try to figure out how it’s going to work, blah, blah. But then, Stefan’s estranged brother and fellow vampire (Damon) enters the scene. Unlike Stefan, Damon isn’t opposed to killing people for blood. Chaos ensues, and the little town of Mystic Falls suddenly becomes a hot-bed of unexplained murders and by the fourth season, vampirism is epidemic.
Throughout the seasons, of course, relationships and situations change. I often lose interest in shows when things get a little too “out there” and complicated (that’s kind of where I am now in season seven), but I’m determined to finish. Also, the CW helps out with this problem by offering up casts with lots of eye candy. Damon Salvatore (played by the delicious Ian Somerhalder) certainly has made it easy to tune in day after day.
So there you have it. I’m a late bloomer. I felt a little better the other day when someone told me they’d just started watching Grey’s Anatomy, which started up in 2005. And I have to confess, I’ve never watched that show either. Next, I think I’m going to start watching Lost.
Have you ever started a TV series when everyone else is finishing it?