As we’ve mentioned many times before, we enjoy a number of the cheesy fun shows on the CW. Some of these we never really warmed to, some of them we stopped watching when they got tiresome (I’m looking at you, Flash and Arrow). But we’ve kept up with Vampire Diaries and The Originals. Many is the time we’ve been sitting around in the evening, bored and looking for something to do, when S will say to me, “Well, we’ve got vampire shows on the DVR. Wanna watch them while I fold laundry?”
And I mean no offense when I say that’s pretty much the level of engagement we have had with those two shows recently, particularly Vampire Diaries. They’re something mildly interesting to have on in the background. They’re basically our equivalent of old-fashioned daytime soap operas, if you want to think of them that way—something to have on the TV while you dust the living room or peel potatoes for supper.
Even so, Vampire Diaries has been a part of our lives for years now, and we’re sorry to see it go. I can’t say I thought the finale episode was earth-shatteringly awesome. It certainly wasn’t like the finale of Justified (as S wrote, the ending of that show was absolutely perfect). But it fulfilled the basic function of a series finale—wrap up all the storylines in a satisfying way so the viewers think they’ve gotten what they came for. And don’t do anything to destroy the good will the show has built up, or pull some “clever” slight of hand that makes the viewers feel like they’ve wasted their time. Some shows find that surprisingly hard to achieve actually. Think of the last episodes of How I Met Your Mother or Roseanne, for instance.
Our favorite thing about the finale, of course, was that little nod to Klaroline shippers. I won’t say that S responded to this by letting out an ultrasonic squee of delight and doing a little dance on the couch, but I won’t deny it, either. We actually saw the episode up at my parents’ house, where we were visiting, and all the way home in the car, every twenty minutes or so, whatever we happened to be talking about, S would turn to me and say, “Oh, and by the way, J? Klaroline is endgame!” As S has mentioned before, Klaroline (Klaus Mikaelson and Caroline Forbes) is one of her favorite TV ships. And as she noted yesterday, it’s the only one on this list she made more than a year and a half ago that has so far ended happily (or at least ended in such a way that we can imagine it ends happily).
So all in all, we’re pretty pleased with how Vampire Diaries turned out. Now we just need another show to watch while S folds the clothes.