Since I was young I’ve been fascinated with the world of vampires (I guess you could have called me a morbid child). I made it my life mission as a child to watch, read, and invest in anything vampires. My interest was mainly focused on television shows and movies and each new media I watched tackled vampires in a different, unique way.
The Vampire Diaries doesn’t stop short in pulling out all the stops. The mythology, the powers, the story lines, are unique to the show. A newly introduced sub-plot is tackling the topic of the “cure.” This however is not the first show to explore this idea. Now, the idea of this so called “cure” was only loosely introduced in last Thursday’s episode, The Five. We can’t say for sure what this “cure” will entail and if it’s even still in existence within their world, but characters Stefan and Klaus (or as shippers refer to them as, Klefan) have now made it their mission to track down and discover what exactly this “cure” is.
As I mentioned before, The Vampire Diaries is not the first vampire themed show to tackle this topic. I’ve chosen to look at two past television shows that also delved into this moral story line.
Show #1: Forever Knight (1992-1996)
A Canadian television show that ran in the ’90s about a vampire detective and how he himself dealt with vampirism in an ever changing world. Main character, Nick Knight, was an 800 year old vampire who was desperate to find a cure to make him human again. Nick, similar to Stefan on TVD, had relegated himself to drinking animal blood in order to curb his thirst for human blood. He found himself constantly battling his inability to have actual relationships with humans, especially for fellow colleague and medical examiner, Natalie.
In the 3rd and final season, Nick is reunited with his vampire sister, Janette. Janette it seems has mysteriously turned from vampire to human. The exact events are never made clear as to how Janette became human. The process is only described as Janette feeding on her human lover and through the ultimate act of making love, she was transformed from vampire to human.
Through a series of events, Janette is killed but it does not stop Nick’s quest from finding out what exactly this cure is. In the series finale, Nick makes a decision to try to cure himself by using Natalie as his lover. Given Nick’s inability to control himself while drinking human blood, the process is deemed extremely dangerous. Natalie agrees though if it means that she and Nick can be together as humans. Spoiler alert: The process fails and Nick ends up killing Natalie by accident, unable to control his thirst. In a grief stricken state, Nick has his maker, LaCroix, kill him so that he can be with Natalie in the after life.
This is a show where the cure ultimately failed for our main protagonist, but gave us the illusion that vampirism isn’t a permanent curse.
Show #2: Moonlight (2007-2008)
Moonlight, similar to Forever Knight, was also a show about a vampire detective (and a show I will never forgive CBS for canceling). Protagonist, Mick St. John, was an 85 year old vampire who worked as a private investigator. Mick was forcefully turned by his wife, Coraline, and after murdering her (or so he thought) in the 1980s, lived in a wallowing existence. He constantly was fighting to be as human as he could (thankfully these versions of vampires could walk in the sun, in fact these vampires were straight up awesome: screw a cure).
In an episode entitled, The Ringer, Mick is asked by his friend (and wannabe lover, Beth) to help find the missing cameras of Beth’s friend, Morgan. All seems normal until Mick meets Morgan, who bares an uncanny resemblance to Mick’s ex-wife, Coraline. No, this show did not implore the use of doppelgängers, Morgan was in fact Coraline, masking herself as human using a special “compound.”
In an effort to make up for the horrible things Coraline put Mick through (I won’t go into it, watch the show! It’s only 1 season..unfortunately), Coraline allows Mick to use some of the compound on himself. This compound isn’t exactly a cure and the ingredients of it aren’t exactly known either. All that is known is that the compound was created hundreds of years ago for a royal family of vampires to use to mask their vampirism during a purging of the creatures. Mick is unsure as to how long the compound will last but has Coraline give it to him without hesitation. What looks like a thick blood-like concoction is placed on an open wound of a vampire and sinks into the blood stream.
Mick becomes human but in the end has his vampire friend, Josef, turn him back into a vampire in order to save Beth from a pack of evil vampires.
It is unclear as to how The Vampire Diaries will tackle this topic. Will the cure be an elixir, a spell, a donut sprinkled in unicorn blood? The show has already tackled witch craft being able to turn vampires human again so I venture to guess this cure will be a little different. All I know is that The Vampire Diaries vampires are also pretty awesome (eternal hotness, ability to blurry run, and the ability to eat whatever the hell you want without counting calories) and I would probably say “nah, I’m good.” if I was a vampire offered their cure.