Part 1 of Vampire Diaries The Finale:Character List:First Draft: Sunday 22 May 2011 12:04am G.M.T

Characters:
Alric:
cool/hunky be-stubbled History Teacher who ‘got involved’ with the Vampires and was married to Isabelle who studied Vampires then decided to become one herself. Isabelle is the mother of Catherine but not my Alric by ‘Uncle John’ her previous lover. She abandoned Catherine at birth with the ‘village Doctor’. (really)

Elena:
gloomy loooking indecipherably aged High School student who falls in love with the square jawed Vampire supposed hunk Stefan. Even before the Vampires came, Catherine never smiled, ever. When life was supposed to be bliss in her little Twin Peaks alike peaceful town. Throughout the whole debacle of the variously gory series i cannot remember Elena ever looking anything more bothered than being slightly bored in a lesson at school.

Beyond this state of severe expressionlessness the main thing about Elena is her beautifully straight ironed hair. Again, through hell’s fire and damnation not one hair ever moves out of place. I spent a lot of time just distracted with Elena’s hair. Wondering how on earth she gets it so straight. (It really was very boring at first.)

Stefan:
very old vampire, well only since the 1600’s which isn’t that old by Vampire standards as we know from True Blood. So square jawed that it hurts your eyes, his jaw probably could cut paper. nb. For a long time Stefan and his brother, Damon were so indistinguishable to me from their very handsomeness i had trouble telling them apart. (This happens a lot in US Shows i find with the brooding brood of ever handsome ones which people such shows unremittingly.

Damon:
Stefan’s older brother, who is at first apparently really evil, ok he is, however we find out in time that he was really the ‘good and virtuous’ brother in the 1600’s. It was Stefan who originally went to the Dark side and turned his brother into a Vampire mostly against Damon’s wishes..Damon was the churchgoing devout and wholesome brother. However they both succumb to the fatal charms of the fair and beautiful Vampire Catherine..

Catherine:
Now here is where it gets tricky since Catherine the Vampire is beautiful, devious, errantly evil and dark and dangerous etc. She looks exactly like Elena above, young high school human Elena, however they are not relations.

Elena the look alike human is a sort of wondrous and one time human told of in the Vampire books: a Doppelganger. The precious Doppelganger can break the ‘curse’, however i lost track of the ‘curse’, it became so damn complicated. Something to do with long suffering & gloomy Elena the Doppelganger, moonstones and a necessary triple human/vampire/werewolf sacrifice-yep..

It is fairly obvious that it is the same actress playing both parts of the two characters unless they are identical twins. ( i hope you’re keeping up)

Personally i prefer Elena as as evil Vampire, the only difference being her dastardly scheming ways and a slight ruffling of the hair and a bit of full on vampishness in the full sense of the word..Although Vampire Catherine’s flirting and wooing techniques date back to the pre 1600’s..

Bonnie:
Elena the human’s friend at high school, who tries very hard not to get involved with the Vampires, sensibly noticing that everyone involved with them are dying like flies. However she is dragged into the maelstrom mainly for her newly discovered witch’s powers. She is a descendant of her long dead witch ancestor Emily (serving wench to the original Vampire Catherine in the 1600’s) however is not very good at spells seemingly.

Bonnie’s spells do eventually work however each time it costs her copious amounts of blood spurting out of her eyes. General malaise with fainting and flaring candles also accompany all her suspiciously groaning and moaning spell castings…
One time Bonnie even ‘fake’ died but it was all a trick and she drank the magic elixir and was right as rain.

Minor Characters:
Caroline:
Cheerful happy sweet and sensitive Cheerleader. The only character who ever smiled. However ‘non-assertive’ which of course is corrected by becoming a vampire having being killed by Damon. One of Damon’s countless ‘dinners’ or just things Damon does when he’s in a bad mood and/or bored..Loses the love of her boyfriend who can’t ‘accept’ her..

However Caroline as Vampire (the new cool) is now approvingly ‘assertive’ and mean and gets even etc. by throwing baddies around and protecting her new love, the werewolf Tyler. nb. Tyler is officially hot. Cue plenteous shots of poor Tyler ‘transforming’ into a big bad snarly drooling giant yellow eyed doggie and always waking up naked in daylight hmm..

Tyler:
Forgot to mention that Tyler is a werewolf entirely unrelated to the whole Vampire incursion, it is a family curse thing..He has to go lock himself in the ancient slave quarters in the middle of the forest for his bad time of the month. However Caroline lovingly attends to him and protects him, miraculously not getting eaten for doggy dinner. He is actually very sweet as a guy. They make a lovely couple. At least somebody gets a happy ever after. As long as they have some good chains..

Elena’s brother Jeremy
a minor character since he doesn’t find out about the whole vampire infestation of the town until very late in the day. Then rather improbably falls in love with Bonnie after grieving for the loss of the love of his life Vicky. I say improbably since Jeremy is about 12 when the series starts..

Vicky who was sucked dry like a lollipop over a particularly debauched and horrific weekend a’ la Damon. Buried in the forest after things went a little too far, eg. Damon forgot to stop, Vicky is not discovered for a very long time. However she was an ‘uncool’ person at school and nobody seems to bother too much about them..
Elena the human knows all about this yet casually shrugs it off like a minor bad hair day..ok stricly speaking i can’t say that since Elena never has a bad hair day..

More Nightshift-BBC4 &Why did it Finish so soon? Saturday 21 May 2011 7:57pm G.M.T

Yes, Boo hoo, what happened to Nightshift? The last two episodes i cannot claim to be able to relate fully since a mate came round and i became caught up as is my wont at explaining who all the characters were and the previous action..Oh and going on generally about how brilliant it is/was!

I so enjoyed the Icelandic season on BBC4, lapping up every detail of Iceland, a far away, fascinating and completely unknown land to me. Jar City preceded Nightshift which i can also thoroughly recommend and will write about separately although some funny dialogue i would wish to relate would be a spoiler..Jar City has to have the coolest Detective you could ever wish to meet..

Anyway i digress, back to Nightshift. It is essentially a play set in a Petrol Station. It could be anywhere since we don’t see the countryside or anywhere else, only the Petrol Station, the people who come there and their cars. Oh and the people who work there.

Well we do see some people sitting in chairs at the singing X-Factor audition that the poor benighted Olafur gets called away from with only “three more people ahead of me” by the ever evil and indefatigable Gregor..

There are only a few characters in NIghtshift, the main ones being Gregor, the boss of the petrol station. Think every and any nit-picking, bullying, controlling and worrisomely insane boss you have ever had. That Is Gregor. Obsessive to the point of madness and all the while focussed on the standards of service whilst dreaming of going away “to Sweden” with the proceeds of the ‘holiday fund’.

A ‘fund’ which he has involuntarily enforced upon poor long suffering Olafur. Each and every transgression Olafur makes in Gregor’s eyes result in a docking of Olafur’s pay towards the ever swelling fund. Olafur is a joy to watch, unusual in appearance, he has a shock of black hair, a sturdy forehead and dark an ever suffering eyes.

I say suffering since at first it is just Olafur and Gregor in the petrol station and Gregor demands the very highest standard of everything to be carried out ‘by the book’ and he has a big imposing folder so we believe that is indeed ‘the book’ . However on top of this Gregor bullies Olafur quite dreadfully at every spare minute and second of Olafur’s working day.

Olafur dreams of being an ‘agent’ to his band. A band you half believe is a fantasy however as with many claims that Olafur makes events transpire to surprise us..
At one point Olafur gets himself a mobile and headset and lolls secretly in his various hiding places away from Gregor and talks importantly on the phone, trying to book his band.

Olafur is downcast to discover that his band has to pay to play at a venue. I must confess i was surprised too? Olafur’s favourite place of escape from Gregor is his beloved old van, which he parks in the service centre inside the garage and sits in, smoking and plotting and fuming in hurt and silent rage..

Gregor is big, tall and has ginger hair, with a big shiny bald patch on top. He has a long pointy tufty bush of a beard. In appearance, especially when he is shouting which he does a lot, he resemble some ancient enraged and unorthodox monk without robes. Or some equally ancient and mythical figure from an Icelandic saga perhaps, an irascible village Elder, quick to his temper, & loud of voice…

nb. My mate, seeing Nightshift and the infamous Gregor for the first time, shouted “that’s not a real bald-spot, he’s shaved that to look old”! Lo and behold i read a review of Nightshift saying that the actor who plays Gregor is actually the current Mayor of Reyjkavik and used to be the lead singer in a Punk band!

More about Nightshift at another post, off to see Wallander BBC4, which Wallander will it be?..