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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The number of the Gilbert house is 935. See more »

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Elena's front door has glass panel's in it, in every subsequent episode there are no glass panel's in her front door. 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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Elena Gilbert: You know, you're kinda the talk of the town
Stefan Salvatore: Am I?
Elena Gilbert: Mysterious new guy, oh yea
Stefan Salvatore: Well you have the mysterious thing going on too, with a twinge of sadness
Elena Gilbert: What makes you think I'm sad?
Stefan Salvatore: Well we did met in a graveyard
Elena Gilbert: Right. No, technically we met in the Men's room.
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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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