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The Vampire Diaries Review: Damon Loves Elena!!!

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Well, that was bloody fantastic.

The episode "Rose" had it all, from a brotherly road trip to an whirlwind of a fight to an outpouring of information to an entirely new direction for our favorite characters... and that was all before Damon caused every living room in American to fill up with dust when he finally told Elena the words he needed to say... just once.

I love you. Man, I'm gonna need a moment.

Brotherly Road Trip

Few shows can pull off the mix of action, answers and affection that was on display this week on The Vampire Diaries.

I might tear up again if I focus too much on the latter, so let's stop and try to make sense of the mythology that came streaming out of Rose's mouth this week.

Elena is a Petrova Doppleganger. We already knew this, but it sounds like she isn't the only one. Or there have at least been others through the years. Her blood can break the sun and the moon curse, which "the originals" are interested in doing, presumably so they can wreak some serious havoc.

QUESTIONS: Was Katherine actually trying to protect Elena? If so, why didn't she come out and tell her the same things Rose did? Also, what role does the moonstone play in all this?

There's a Klaus, too?!? This is both a point and a question. I can't fault a show that reveals so many answers on a weekly basis... but we were introduced to Rose, Elijah and Trevor all in the span of a few minutes. Then, we learn there's an even more powerful, ancient vampire out there? And he's also on the way?!?

That's a lot for a viewer to take in just one episode! At least we can sort through all this together, right, readers? That's what our Vampire Diaries forum is all about.

So, now we're left with a new set of enemies for the Mystic Falls gang to battle. And now they are a united front against whatever, or whoever, lies ahead. Stefan gave Damon a heartfelt speech and apology at the conclusion of the episode, which preceded the latter's moving words to Elena.

It looks like this sibling rivalry is truly over for a moment and that Klaus, Elijah and every other Original won't have an easy time taking what they want from Mystic Falls, not when the Salvatores have both found something to fight for.

A few other thoughts/questions:

  • The show has to be a little careful just having Bonnie cast whatever spell is most appropriate for a given situation. That can feel like a convenient way out for the writers, but at least there are grave consequences every time she does so.
  • Did events between her and Jeremy tilt your feelings on this potential hook-up one way or another?
  • Can Caroline really trust Tyler? Why do I have a strong feeling her secret won't remain between the two of them when all is said and done?
  • Way to Bing and decide, Jer!
  • You're a werewolf. Say it. Think this line, from Tyler to Caroline, was a purposeful wink at Twilight?
  • I found the use of the word "pardon" interesting. It appears as though the Originals abide by some form of law or code.
  • Impressions of Lauren Cohan as Rose? She'll be around for awhile.

I'll have plenty more to say in this week's Round Table, but now it's your turn: Comment away!

Review

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First, the moonstone is to drawl the blood of the doppleganger...Bonnie will hook up with Jeremy weird but better than the others. Obviously this entire series is based upon the twilight's vampire epidemic... not twilight and I love it!! Damon and Elena should be together. Stephan and Elena love each other and are possibly soul mates but Damon and her have a deeper connection. We all know that the person you should be with and the person you're meant to be with are not always one in the same. Bottom line this is not real life but an escape from it. To get lost in the fantasy of what could be. Good show and I LOVE IT... but let's not get carried away with all the deep thoughts and synical views

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THIS EPISODE WAS PERFECTION! I love it soso much!

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I CAN'T BELIEVE DAMON SAID I LOVE U 2 ELENA(l)
I WISH HE DIDNT WIPE HER MEMORY THOUGH IT WOULD HAVE BEEN INTERESTING TO SEE WAT WOULD HAVE HAPPENED TEAM STEFAN 4 EVA IM JUST STARTING 2 LYKE KATERINA BUT LOVE ROSE SHE IS SO AWSOME

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Well, I can't wait to see what they do with Klaus. He is a very interesting (totally insane, but interesting) character in the books. Still, I didn't really like this episode. The first half was pretty boring and the second half, well... Damon and Stefan had no problem in killing Elijah, who is presumably an original. And well, at the end of the episode... Elijah revived. Can a vampire do that or is it just a super cool original and that is why he can? Well, then there will be somewhat of a problem with killing him. Overall, not my favorite episode, however, Damon's confession at the end was incredibly heart felt. Ian Somerhalder is the best actor ever.

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I wanna add something to two comments I read here:
1) So did anyone notice how Elena's pupils dont change when Damon compels her? Or am I 'seeing' in to it too much? (I saw the same too, but wasn't sure if i was whrigt) 2) i'm quite happy that they are somewhat going back to the books. because although in the books klaus was the one who turned katherine, he was still a kick-ass original. so it's awesome they're incorporating him into the series. :D can't wait for next week
Ihave also read the books a long time ago and I remember that on the 4th one, klaus is the one keeping elena in some sort of paralel reality where she can only comunicate with bonnie, damon, stefan and her other friend (can't quite remember her name) on their dreams or when bonnie casts a spell to do it.

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So did anyone notice how Elena's pupils dont change when Damon compels her? Or am I 'seeing' in to it too much?

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oh! and i love caroline and tyler!! tylerine? lol they're so cute together..and even though i love matt..tyler needs someone to love..after all he's been through..he's the cutest..a dick..but the cutest:)

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and just one more thing...HOW CAN HELENA NOT HAVE FEELINGS FOR DAMON?!!! seriously he's like so nice to her and he cares so much about her! i would kiss him right there!

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ok so i never got how people cried two weeks ago in the breakup scene..i was like pffftt naaah...but then this scene i was holding back..i wasn't crying..and then Damon's tear! oh that changed everything! it was hilarious cause i started crying like crazyy!! my mom came running because she thought i was hurt or something hahaha
DAMON..you are my one true love...and if you ever see me : don't kill me ..MARRY ME:D p.s. delena all the way!

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i'm quite happy that they are somewhat going back to the books. because although in the books klaus was the one who turned katherine, he was still a kick-ass original. so it's awesome they're incorporating him into the series. :D can't wait for next week.