When Mystic Falls welcomes some secretive new citizens, vampires end up squaring off against warlocks and werewolves in the second season of the CW''s Vampire Diaries. During the gothic horror-fantasy''s first year, Elena (Nina Dobrev) also found out about Katherine, her blood-sucking look-alike (Dobrev excels in depicting these polar-opposite personalities). With Katherine back in the picture, Caroline (Candice Accola) joins the ranks of the undead, Damon (Ian Somerhalder of the overactive eyebrows) gets his anger back, and Tyler (Michael Trevino) learns about his lycanthrope legacy. That leaves Bonnie (Kat Graham), who joins forces with Damon, Stefan (Paul Wesley), and Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) to track down a magical moonstone before Katherine and the Original vampires, who aim to destroy Elena to break a curse. Caroline''s boyfriend, Matt (Zach Roerig), Elena''s aunt, Jenna (Sara Canning), and Jenna''s boyfriend, Alaric (Matt Davis), also get caught up in the supernatural skirmish.
If Tyler''s Uncle Mason (Taylor Kinney) contributes to the hunk factor, werewolves don''t always shake things up as much as intended, especially when Twilight got there first. The adherence to vampire mythology can also be a little lax, since this variant eats and drinks just like the living, which makes their blood lust seem more like caffeine addiction. Further, with so many pivotal relationships carrying over from the first season, the second can feel a little anticlimactic, even with charismatic new vampires, such as Rose (Lauren Cohan) and Elijah (Daniel Gillies), though the bond that develops between Bonnie and Jeremy helps to counteract the more gruesome bits of business. And don''t get too attached to the principal cast, because one of them won''t make it out alive. Extra features offer deleted scenes, a gag reel, and featurettes that explore the wolf transformation process, the split-screen sequences, and the complicated connections between characters. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
As the series continues in season two, the appearance of the villainous Katherine in Mystic Falls will throw a wrench into the love triangle between Stefan, Elena and Damon, and the other residents of Mystic Falls must choose sides as they fall victim to a new breed of danger. New and unexpected friendships will be forged, allies will become enemies and hearts will be broken. Plus, Stefan and Damon will be forced to face a villain more evil and diabolical than they ever believed possible.
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