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The Vampire Diaries Review: Break On BOO to The Other Side!

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I've had enough of this ghost stuff to last forever.

Amen, Matty. Amen.

Consider this a warning, Vampire Diaries fans: I did not like "Ghost World" one bit. Take that as a backward compliment, perhaps, because I've come to expect so much from this typically tantalizing show. But this spirited invasion was nothing more than a random, confusing mess that pushed all our main characters off to the side in favor of dead folks we haven't thought about in ages.

Anna and Jeremy

I know, I know:

Lexi is tons of fun, Anna is adorable and sensitive and Mason is smoking hot (right, ladies?). I grant you all of that. But they had their time, they died in exciting, surprising ways and it was a major letdown for every emotional moment tonight to be centered around individuals who have played no role in the ongoing story.

My beef with the hour started at the very beginning. I can't be the only one who felt the show skipped a major scene, can I? One second Mason was torturing Damon, the next Damon was free and driving around in a convertible. I want my ghosts to go bump in the night, not to provide us with such bumpy transitions.

Let's move on to the class taught by Lexi: Ripper Detox 101. Huh?!? Where did she suddenly get some sort of extra strong compulsion ability? Is there a Master's Program taught on The Other Side? Paul Wesley deserves gobs of praise for his portrayal of a pained, peeved Stefan throughout these scenes (I will rip you apart, Lexi!!!), but this just came across like a contrived solution. Which is my one major problem overall on season three.

There's been a lack of flow. There's been too much exposition and not enough well-paced build-up. Characters are simply telling other characters about something that seemingly came out of nowhere (Anna explained last week her convoluted connection to Mikael, Mason just showed up here and - voila! - presented Damon with some family secret about how to kill an Original).

It feels like our favorite players are just pawns in some supernatural drama. I want to see them taking control of their own fate, making decisions based on what we've seen and learned about them over the years... not just going along with whatever plan is dropped on them each week.

And then there's Bonnie. I'm pretty sure she speaks more witch jibberish than English these days. Seriously, is she ever not casting spells?!? Her sole purposes for awhile now is to show up, read her grimoire and utter some nonsense that may or may not save the day. Consider: Damon doesn't drink blood all the time. Tyler isn't perpetually howling. These characters grew into well-rounded, interesting people when time was spent with them outside of their supernatural abilities.

I know I should be encouraging teens to read as much as possible, but come on Bonnie: put down the book and chill. Try smiling even.

Finally, I can't help but wonder: will the gruesome murder of a founding family member, in front of the entire town, be addressed after this week? Especially when it was presumably followed by ghosts running wild - and then vanishing - around Mystic Falls? The blood and gore and violence on this show are most often kept secret from residents, but will questions about what the heck is going on now permeate every meal at The Grill, as they really should? Or, as I fear, will the public murder just be dropped from storylines?

This is a small town that takes its traditions seriously, and a prominent citizen was just strung up from a tree. I'm just saying. That really should come up again in the very near future.

So let me have it, VD lovers. You won't find a bigger fan of this show than yours truly, but that doesn't mean I'm blind to its problems or can't point out when an episode really lets me down.

In this case, when nothing was really accomplished in the grand storytelling scheme - save for Alaric's concluding discovery, which will serve as an introduction to next week's Original flashback episode - it somehow seemed appropriate that the final exchange between Damon and Alaric went as follows:

What is it?
I have no idea.

Review

Editor Rating: 2.2 / 5.0
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Matt Richenthal is the Editor in Chief of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter and on Google+.

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Luckybastarda

SOMEONE NEEDS TO DIE IN THE SHOW. Bonnie or Matt. Either one of these two. PICK ONE AND KILL HIM. This would have been a GREAT way to pick up the show... VICKY CRYING ON MATT'S BED SAYING SHE DIDN'T WANT TO BE ALONE ANYMORE and then STABBING HIM WITH A GI JOE OR SOMETHING.

Aquariuz

I think you're exaggerating in this review, Matt. Sure, you're disappointed with this episode but giving it 2 stars is a really dumb move.
I always look at the star-system before I watch an episode. When you rated it as 2 stars, I was looking forward to a lame episode.
But boy you're wrong.
It's a fun filled with action episode. You don't like ghosts? Your problems. Just saying.
And you're saying plotholes anywhere? This is TVD. You can't expect anything to run perfectly. So just enjoy the frickin' story.
I'm so disappointed with this review.

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@Frida: Girl u hit it outta the park with one sentense. I want that bad :)

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This weeks show relied to much on Ghost and certain scenes were left hanging~~~~Damon Tied in the Chair, Stefan half helps free him and walks out, Ghost Mason then yanks the Curtains open and we see the Sun Burning Damon! So how did Damon get out of the chair?????? Too many Ghost, I mean it nice to see previous Cast members but they are gone now, unless there is a real purpose for a Ghost, then there should not be them running all over town~~~really confusing and really made no sense. Vampire Diaries is the Best series on television, it is my Favorite show of all~~~Thus, that is why I was disappointed in this Ghost story~~~lets get back to the real Town, the Real people , with Damon, Elena and Stefan~~~~a real ghost is all right, just taken a bit too far with the Jeremy and Matt bringing all these Ghost to almost Life~~~a bit too far off to believe! As for Anna, she died, her time as a Ghost has been served~~~she managed to come between Jer and Bonnie, so now Lets hope she Vanishes Forever with her Mom Pearl, unless they want to do flashbacks to more story of her in the 1800! Jeremy is old enough to get a real life, time to grow up!

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I completely agree with you. The past 2 episodes have had problems, there's been way too many plot holes, people keep showing up randomly with an explanation to something they couldn't possibly know etc. etc. I hope this is not how the whole S3 will be because it really started in an excellent way. But now the ghosts are gone so hopefully they will get over this letdown and give us real storylines where everything happens in a logical/shocking/non confusing way. And they seriously need to stop adding new characters, this is almost like Glee S2 when they focused more on the music than the characters. Back to the main characters please!

Brittany123

This episode wasn't that bad.. Sure, there were a few unanswered questions.. But you know The Vampire Diaries.. They never let us down! :)

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@Matt Richenthal, Lexie did not control Stefan's body. She did not actually dry the blood up in his body. She psychologically made him think that way, and his body being convinced that it was actually happening, responded accordingly to this fake starvation.

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I want more delena, forwood, klaus and ripper-stefan. It's awesome!

Amy-jackey

some parts of last night I didnt like and some i did like. It sucks that they didnt bring back jenna. i think bonny should break up with jeremy.

Rhianna-speranzo

i actually liked the ghosts although just one episode with them was kind of pointless. They should have at least been on for a few more episodes. I think what jeremy did WAS wrong but did he ever really get closure with anna? no she just died and he had to suck it up. Bonnie doesnt get it but she was right to be pissed.

The Vampire Diaries Season 3 Episode 7 Quotes

Elena: That's what they call it?
Jeremy: That's what Anna calls it. There's not an official brochure or anything.

Greetings, blondie. Witchie.

Damon

The Vampire Diaries Season 3 Episode 7 Music

  Song Artist
Changing-1 Changing The Airborne Toxic Event iTunes
Song Hitchhiker Empires
Come-on-come-on Come On, Come On Michael Johns and The Ontic iTunes
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