The Vampire Diaries: Season 1, Episode 1

Pilot (10 Sep. 2009)

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In the small town of Mystic Falls, teenager Elena Gilbert and her younger brother, Jeremy, struggle to come to terms with the recent death of their parents. Elena is popular amongst her ... See full summary »

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In the small town of Mystic Falls, teenager Elena Gilbert and her younger brother, Jeremy, struggle to come to terms with the recent death of their parents. Elena is popular amongst her peers and the perfect straight-A student. However, she has difficulties hiding her grief from the world. Meanwhile, Jeremy treads on a dangerous path of using drugs to ease his pain. The arrival of new student Stefan Salvatore, makes Elena think about romantic possibilities. Elena is unaware about Stefan's mysterious origins as well as his brother Damon. Written by matt-282

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An unnamed acoustic theme used throughout Kyle XY(Often at emotional climaxes) is used when Stefan and Elena are talking on the bridge. This is probably because both Brian Young(Executive Producer/Writer on The Vampire Diaries) and Julie Plec(Executive Producer/Writer on The Vampire Diaries) worked on Kyle XY together as writers and producers. See more »

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The Salvatore boarding house looks completely different from what it does in the rest of the series. This is because the pilot was filmed in Vancouver, whereas the rest of the show was filmed in Georgia. See more »

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Caroline Forbes: Elena, oh my God! How are you? Oh, it's so good to see you.
[to Bonnie]
Caroline Forbes: How is she, is she good?
Elena Gilbert: Caroline, I'm right here. And, I'm fine. Thank you.
Caroline Forbes: Really?
Elena Gilbert: Yes! Much better.
Caroline Forbes: You poor thing.
[hugs Elena]
Caroline Forbes: See you guys later?
[walks away]
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Truly the worst episode of the series.
16 October 2011 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

The Vampire Diaries seems to be a show that gets better along the way. The Beginning of season 1 was mediocre. The second half was good, showing true potential. The second season was great. And so far the third season is even better.

And, oh dear god, was it ever bad at the beginning.

The first episode is crammed with bad acting, cheesy dialogue, interactions, writing, special effects, etc. Full of clichés. The characters are mostly all annoying or at least you don't care about them. The acting is wooden a lot of the time. It resembles 90210 more than it resembles a Vampire/Horror show.

Good News: It only gets better from here. The acting does get better, you start to actually care for most of the characters, clichés and cheesy things are thrown out almost immediately (like the fog and the bird...) and the story lines become less simple and more intricate.


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