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.


Editor Rating: 2.2 / 5.0
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From 90% of the comments most people weren't exactly happy with this episode. Atleast half seem to hate the ghost storyline. Most missed characters etc are Delena, Tyler and Mikael/klaus etc. Oh and overwhelmingly let Stefan stay bad by choice for a while, atleast. Very few people seem to disagree with much of the above.


I liked Anna and was glad to have her back.
And Stefan? I never was a fan when he was lovy-dovy. But now?
I've never found Stefan so attractive. I actually admire Paul Wesley's acting. Turning into Damon must be hard because well, Ian Sommerhalder just nailed the bad vampire part. But Stefan makes it believable while still remaining in character! Good job! And now, this episode needed some Klaus (every episode needs some or a LOT of Klaus hahaha). That means I can't wait for next week!!


I agree with the review. The ghost plotline was pointless and boring (why didn´t Jena show up?!), with just a few exceptions: a) Anna´s reunion with her mother, b) Mason forgave Damon and we could see that it touched him (even though he tries to hide his emotions). I don´t like the fact that: they didn´t show us what happened to Katherine and Michael, the absence of important characters (Tyler, Klauss, Rebecca), they didn´t need the ghost storyline to find a cave with inscriptions containing the clue to kill Klauss (I want to see the characters- Elena, Damon, Alaric and the others- working to find answers, researching information, reading, godamnit!) it was like a solution dropped from the sky and shoved down our throats and it doesn´t taste well when it´s done like that. We were presented with disarticulated situations, the story didn´t evolve from one point to another. I love this show and I know it can be better. This is what I´d like to watch:
1. Please don´t make Stefan the good guy again (at least, not yet), he´s far more interesting this way, plus it´s obvious that, to be nice he has to force it. But I want the compulsion (that Klauss put on him) to go away, so that he can be good or bad on his own choice.
2. I want Katherine "alive", I have this fantasy that she and Stefan could be together. I know, people always side with Elena to get either Damon or Stefan, but if Stefan decides to remain bad, he and Katherine would be a great couple. Let´s not forget that Stefan was the one Katherine loved.
3. It´s time to see Damon and Elena together, they got to hook up! They both have feelings for each other (even though Elena represses them), the chemistry is amazing and Damon´s personality evolved (naturally, without having to force it). This is season 3 and they haven´t even kissed, at least give us that and Elena has to want it.
4. I want to see Michael on action,
5. Elijah must return, before Klauss is wasted, I want to see the brothers resolving their issues,
6. I´m hoping for Tyler´s storyline as a hybrid to evolve, we haven´t seen much of it,
7. Finally, there are a few details to work on: stop calling Alaric "Rick", he has a nice name; if Elena is like a hybrids´ blood bank why isn´t Klauss back to colect?, Matt needs a consistent storyline, the relationship between Jeremy and Bonnie is boring (break it or fix it, just don´t keep it the way it is).
I know I sound judgemental but it´s like I said before, I love the series. The way I see it, a bad episode of The Vampire Diaries is better then most episodes of other shows! Can´t wait for next week!

Leigh r

this episode was okay. I didn't hate it, I didn't love it. It was great to see Lexi again, Mason is great eye candy, but I'm so over Anna. I love that Elena finally stood up for people this week. She may deal with supernatural crap 99% of the time but she's still a teenage girl who is ready to thrown down with the girl who hooked up with her best friends boyfriend! I think I still have lingering respect for the way she took down Stefan last week after he called her pathetic. Next week looks amazing!


I completely agree with you. This weeks episode was a HUGE disappointment. We need to completely get rid of the ghosts and get back to the main characters and figure out ho wto kill Claus. Is Katherine really dead? Too many unanswered questions.


Ghosts blow when they take physical form. No delena scenes, no Tyler or even forwood svenes and that sux. Stefan is better evil, don't bring him back so fast.


Julie I completely agree with your post. Damons scenes were fab as always, the ghost stuff was lame. I missed Rebecca and Tyler also. Ohand no delena sucks balls


I agree that the ghost stuff is way too boring for this great show but I did love Lexi coming back and showing Elena what she needs to do to get Stefan back. I hope he comes back very soon. At least he is locked up now and cannot hurt anyone until they figure out how to break the compulsion. Elena needs to keep fighting for him after everything that he has done for her and it was good to see that she is.
They should have shown what happened to Katherine and Michael, instead of all this ghost crap though. I really want to know.
The Damon and Alaric scene was stupid and lame. Alaric should not forgive Damon after he killed him. Also, I loved Damon being tortured cause he deserves it for sure.


This episode wasn't that bad. The reason why I love Damon's character so much is because he deals with what he is in a really touching but yet never cheesy way. He knows (and we all kwnow) that he's a very human and sensitive person but he can't bring out this part of him because he's afraid to be vulnerable, to get weak and to have his feelings hurt. This constant struggle with himself is always enjoyable and funny to watch (the writers might be overusing this sometimes though). Seeing him admit that he would do anything to help his brother or that he has trust issues (thanks to Mason who could have been a great friend to Damon) or apologize to Alaric was cool. The whole ghost storyline would have made more sense if they had brouhgt back Jenna too. It helped end up the unfinished stuff between Vicky and Matt, anna and her mum and Janna (i hope so, she got what she was looking for (mommy), right?) and it laid the ground for the coming original witch SL. The return of tomb vampires, Gram's and Lexi (I like her but still) was a bit random. Mason wanted redemption because he was somehow involved in Klaus's agenda to become a hybrid but what was the others excuse for coming back? Stefan was compelled by Klaus to turn off his humanity and as Damon said in the beginning of the episode, nothing but Klaus' death can fix it so how on earth could Lexi help with that? and worse how can Elena? It reminded me of Caroline's dad trying to fix her or resisting Damon compulsion. If original vampire powers can be fouhgt off then we can't rely on any rules on the show. Those let down and confusing facts kind of ruin it for me.


I actually totally agree with your review. TVD is my favorite show, but I didn't care for this ep, and have never been super excited about the season 3 ghost stuff. I agree that those characters who came back all had their storylines, and they all ended... most of them in season 1! There is enough going on, and are enough new characters (ie. Rebekah) that I don't see why we have to dredge up the old ones. And why get invested in them, because we know they're gone for good after this one ep?!

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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.


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