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The Vampire Diaries Review: Here Lies a Great Episode...

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That was a damn good episode of The Vampire Diaries.

You want emotion? How about two fake funerals, as Caroline and Elena both took significant steps toward a new path in life?!? You want action? How about a high-speed chase across a bride to somewhere really dangerous, via a game of revenge-based chicken? You want shocking moments?

How about a decapitation? A murder? A declaration of love from Tyler that was immediately followed by a nearly deadly bite into Caroline's gorgeous neck?!? Oh yes. "Our Town" had it all, including tequila and cake, the touchstone of any birthday party.

Caroline Turns 18!

Let's start with Ms. Caroline Forbes. Seriously, is there anything more depressing than watching this typically cheery cheerleader (and third grade hop scotch champion!) in a bad mood? It's just not the way she's meant to be.

And who would have thought it would take Klaus, of all people, to put a smile back on her face? To force her to admit that life is very much worth living, especially with all the "genuine beauty" a vampire has access to over the centuries? But he can't really be making a move on Caroline... can he?!? We all know Klaus has a heart, this is not some one-note villain twirling his figurative mustache and cackling into the night. Still, the especially tender side we witnessed here came somewhat out of nowhere. I say the guy has an agenda.

Don't be blinded by the diamonds, C. Or by the fact that the love of your life apparently can't really control his actions. Be strong.

From a downtrodden 18-year old to a daring 154-year old... damn, Stefan. I would NOT want to see you across from me at a poker table. We could debate forever whether or not he actually would have driven Elena over that bridge, but I don't think Stefan even knows. He's fueled by rage, and vengeance and, yes, a broken heart. He's living moment to moment, not considering any actions except those that will put the hurt to Klaus.

Stefan may act all tough. He may claim protecting Klaus' siblings is his number-one goal and that saving Elena is Damon's problem now... but I don't buy it. It's a similar form of denial that many of us have gone through when we think we've lost our soulmate, only we put on Wilson Phillips CDs (right, guys?), get drunk and try to hit on every girl that walks by. Stefan turns off (dims down?) his humanity, locks his heart up and focuses solely on blood lust. Tomato. Tomat-uh-oh.

You know it's bad when even Damon is scared. I loved the scene when he pleaded with Klaus to do whatever Stefan says. It was another sign of how much Elena means to him, sure, but it was also emblematic of how frightened Damon is by an unpredictable Stefan.

And, Elena, we can all understand where she's coming from, right? Being with Stefan felt safe and secure. Being with Damon feels rebellious and, simply, wrong. It can be tough to accept you're no longer the innocent child who sees the world in black and white. Be excited, Delena fans. That faux funeral was Elena's way of realizing that life can be complicated and so can the man she smooched last week.

Elsewhere, what do we make of Dr. Fell? And the homicide that concluded the episode? I'm not sure why the sheriff would call on Damon for a regular murder (aside from the fact that, let's face it, who would NOT want to spend as much time as possible with that guy?), but it must have something to do with the fact that Brian the Medical Examiner covered for all those vampire kills by writing "animal attack" on various death certificates.

Is it random that we've never met these people before, considering Meredith is on the Counsel and Brian apparently played a huge role in town over the years? Yes. But... whatever. It's a new mystery, and an intriguing one at that. What would The Vampire Diaries be without unexpected cliffhangers that zig when you expect the show to zag?

Quick Bites:

  • Hey, we found a second use for Bonnie! She can cast spells to save the day, and she can light birthday candles.
  • Ladies, how many of you want to drink the Klaus Kool Aid?
  • Somewhere, Ric Flair is expecting royalties for Stefan stealing/paraphrasing his catchphrase. To beat the villain, you've got to be the better villain.
  • Last week, the kiss. This week, Tyler drops the L bomb. Are you trying to make the Internet explode, Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson?!?
  • It is right. It just isn't right now. Very well, played, Damon.
  • Okay, I give: what's in the locked coffin?!?
  • Let's take a look at next week's episode promo, shall we?

Review

Editor Rating: 4.9 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.8 / 5.0 (427 Votes)

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Geelightning

OH MY GOD how interesting would it be if Klaus was really using Caroline and then he finds himself actually caring for her in the process! I used to be a solid Forwood shipper but KLAUS AND CAROLINE? COUNT ME IN! I agree that it was an amazing episode! Seriously every scene was amazing EXCEPT the ones with Dr. Fell in it. Seriously.

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Alaric would not have killed Brian,he hardly knows Meredith yet, plus he's not a killer. He just looked puzzled when Brian was putting her down. I think that Stefan still loves Elena, but he wants her to be happy, and knows she has feelings for Damon so is telling her to let him go. When he said that he doesn't want to care what she feels about him, shows that he does,he just does not want her to feel guilty. Loved Klaus and Caroline.

Lord-of-winter

I personally think Klaus will use Caroline,I don't know why everyone Is falling in love with them.What If he really ends up hurting her or some she love and cares about what then,I think she just a tool for Klaus against Stefan.

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I'm pretty sure it's Klaus mother (the Original witch) in the locked coffin. I know it doesn't really make any sense but I can feel that it's true. And if it isn't you can call me stupid if you want, I promise I don't mind.

Fortyseven

The examiner was killed by Alaric or Mer.

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Does anyone have a feeling that alaric killed the medical examiner guy? Idk just a theory

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Please guys, get over this Stelena or Delena stuff. Even this stupis names sucks. Let the writer tell their story without threatened them. I read on another webside, that Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson got weird death threats after Damon and Elenas kiss. How stupid is this. Hello, this is a tv-show. Paul is married and Ian and Nina in love. Nothing of all this is real. And besides. I`m a non shipper but i love the over many episodes growing love between Damon and Elena. But this means not that i don`t like Stefan and Elena together. He was her first love, but both have to learn, that it`s only real when you show somebody the way you really are. By the way, this episode was awesome..love every second..Badass Stefan..Klaus beeind seductive..And Damon beeing simoly Damon..Bravon

Stefelena

This is what i think about the whole "if you love two people,choose the second coz if you truly love the first there wouldn't be a second". This is a love triangle,something like this is bound to happen,i bet even if damon is the one she love first,she will definately fall in love with stefam at one point and if you look at this in a different dimension(all the horrible crap damon has done to her aside and the fact that damon is stefan's brother)it's understandable if elena fall for him coz she know how much he love her and how he protected her with his life,she can't take all that for granted,there are so many things that can make you love another person even if you love someone else at that moment not coz u don't truly love that person or you don't appreciate him,love itself is very easy to get into but extremly hard to get out of,am not saying this all these coz i ship stelena but that's what i think.

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Caroline and Klaus are intriguing. They would burn out fast and she could be his weakness a la demise. Damons line to Elena "its right, just not RIGHT NOW". That should be the quote of the triangle, foreshadowing at its most epic. Love the last cuz if you truly loved the first, there wouldn't be another. BTW Dr Fell is smokin hott

Chrys

Of course Klaus has a hidden agenda as far as it concerns saving and trying to seduce Caroline...BUT...i trully believe their relationship might evolve furhter. I think that Caroline will end up being Klaus' weakness and she will bring out his tender side. It's a pitty that a tragic ending is guarnteed:(
About the coffin... As many do, i also think the original doppelganger lies in there. Obviously she's now a vampire...But a that's as far as my imagination can take me.I really can't see her connection to the curse.
Damon's ''It's right. It just isn't right now.'' was like one of the most epic lines ever. Don't worry Delenas, we're getting there. But imo not until Elena and Stephen get back together and she realises her feelings aren't that clear anymore.