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The Vampire Diaries Review: A Mother's Nature

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Well, The Vampire Diaries proved me wrong tonight: there is something sexier than this week's cover of Entertainment Weekly.

My. Goodness. Gracious. I know it upset both Delena fans and Stelena fans, but let's just give hot props where hot props are due: "Dangerous Liaisons" concluded with the most erotic scene in show history.

Having a Ball Together

But was it a worthwhile scene? Does it really move the story along or does it merely exist to act as an obstacle between Elena and Damon?

It certainly made sense for both characters. Two recently-scorned, vulnerable individuals fall into bed together? Following a slew of shots? Not exactly ground-breaking material there. Many of us have likely made similar decisions and regretted them in the morning.

And, yes, it also fits both characters. Damon is as self-destructive as they come, and - whether she knew the extent of what she was saying or not - Elena did just throw his love back in his face. As for Rebekah? Well, what single gal wouldn't sleep with Damon Salvatore? Moreover, what single gal with a vendetta against Elena would not sleep with Damon Salvatore? Again, perfectly sensible on her part in that regard.

But I can't help but think it feels contrived, coming across as a way for the writers to drag out the love triangle for as long as possible... which actually aligns with the rest of what - dare I say it?!? - was a bad episode of The Vampire Diaries.

It's one thing for very little to happen throughout an hour; I'm all for the occasional slow cooker, the focus on characters here and there over non-stop action. But the romantic teases thrown our way here didn't feel natural. Come on, Caroline would NEVER come close to considering anything with Klaus. Sure, it's interesting that he paints and likes horses and isn't always a violent maniac.

But all the daddy issues in the world can't change what he did to Tyler, who is clearly Caroline's true love. I don't buy any hints otherwise. I just see them as a way to get the Twitterverse buzzing about Klaroline versus Forwood and to get the shippers freaking out when, in reality, we all know Caroline will be with Tyler when he returns.

Then again... what is he doing if he's not following her dad's advice? Where is he? Whatever happens moving Forwood (get it?!?), it likely will NOT be as simple as Tyler simply coming back a cured hybrid and falling into Caroline's bed. Still, relax everyone. No way is she getting with Klaus.

So the romance, or hints at romance, didn't do it for me this week. The waltz? The set-up of both Salvatore brothers serving as Elena's date? Too forced, too dragged out.

Mother Original, however? She was easily the best part of the hour. Do we buy that she really wants to kill her children in order to make up for betraying the natural order of things? I think so. It's hard to believe she'd be lying to Finn, her right-hand son, about offing him and his siblings. That would be downright cruel. But will she actually go through with it? That's another matter.

It's probably easy to concoct a plan when you're chilling on The Other Side for 1,000 years (think she hung out with Anna and Vicki there?). But then to see your flesh and blood in person? Even if those persons are vampires? Esther seemed to be having second thoughts after her chat with the moral Elijah. Either way, we now have another direction in the Original storyline, one that forces multiple characters and agenda to intersect and one whose outcome I can't come close to predicting.

And that's when The Vampire Diaries is at its best.

Quick bites:

  • Kol is totally the male version of Rebekah. I'm itching to kill something. What are we waiting for? Give him time and his humanity may come out, but for now, he's just loving life as a vampire. Or trying to at least.
  • Might Alaric, somehow, be the Mystic Falls Butcher? It doesn't seem to make sense, considering he was actually stabbed, but the show likely wants us to consider that possibility based on the point of view - from a patient's room - it took early on inside the hospital.
  • Then again, a doctor could easily be inside a patient's room, as well. The kind of doctor who, in one Fell swoop, could stake an ex-boyfriend in the woods.
  • Poor Matt. As quarterback of the football team, isn't there some hot cheerleader he can get with? Someone who doesn't come with any supernatural baggage?

What did everyone else think? Have you stopped panting from the Damon and Rebekah sex scene yet? Did this slower episode do it for you? Or, like me, did developments feel both boring and a bit contrived?

Review

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Kitanishi-h-mcdonald

Btw Candice Accola needs to be the next Buffy.
There will only be one buffy and there will never ever ever be "next buffy". But C.Accola certainly deserves a badass role somewhere else, with actual good quality writers.

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Gossip Girl - 09 episodes : Lost - 12 episodes : The Vampire Diaries - 58 episodes. When I stopped watching each show. Nov 11--
"Final ?'s Did they fire all of last season writers? This season has been really bad with not much structure I'd still like an answer. As the character accuracy has been abysmal throughout this season. Not to mention the story lines. To borrow words from Andrew Kevin Walker's Se7en " Holy Christ, somebody call somebody. Call somebody." Btw Candice Accola needs to be the next Buffy.

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This episode was intense, beautiful, mind blowing. By far the best episode. Thank you for FINALLY bring back Damon (my personal fave) of Season one. The Damon who was/is bada-s with a capital B. The Damon who is the best manwhore of all time. This is the Damon that is smokin hot. Have to admit it, I was getting really tired of the wimpy/love sick/puppy dog Damon. WELCOME BACK DAMON, YOU'VE BEEN MISSED!!!!!!!!!!!!!! btw, Rebekah and Damon have the award for the hottest sex scene. Please have those two get together for a little sex session every so often.

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Okay, honey, maybe you can`t admit that you love Damon, or maybe you won`t..But you are his friend !! And friends don`t treat eachother like you did..Remember, you´re pillow talk and you crying in front of him "where were you Damon"..Whenever you need him it`s okay, but now you broke his neck and his heart without thinkin twice of it and without reflecting that friendship means to respect the other part..Elena, you`re not worthy of any Salvatore..Get you`re human, get kids and leave this guys alone..I`m so dissapinted about you`re attitude..Elena, you`re totally scewed it up..

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Agree w/ Sam...It was bad

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Good episode and props to Nina and Paul,they were SMOLDERING!!I kept thinking they were going to jump each other.An that last scene was beautiful.As for Caroline and Klaus I love their friendship and could possibly jump on board the romance train if they are written correctly.An Yay bad boy Damon is back!!!I was so sick of his wounded puppy routine with Elena.Next episode looks interesting to say the least.

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I liked the show! But I am a huge fan!!! I wish Stefan would of kissed Elena but maybe sometime this season it will happen hopefully =) i am def a Stefan & Elena fan!!! and for the ending with Damon & Rebekah I LOVED it!!! Vampires & Hot SEX = SEXY!!! :)

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Not sure what changed this third season (is Williamson no longer writing episodes with Plec?) but the whole season seems disconnected, incoherent, sometimes bordering on downright silly. Last season I had to watch every episode twice, just in case I missed something, but now I have no desire to watch season 3 episodes twice. Episodes used to be so full of emotion, but now I feel they are kind of void of any feeling. And way too many times the writers try to explain away why/how certain things happened that just don't really work. Even the comments we make for the third season have changed....it seems many people agree with me now....just so unfortunate because I had such high hopes for this show.

Kitanishi-h-mcdonald

They so ripped off True Blood with the magazine cover with the brothers and Elena.
Not surprising. Hardly anything is original in this show. Everything they either try to copy from Buffy and fail or take from some other popular thing.

Kitanishi-h-mcdonald

Plus, the writers seem intent on shoving Klaroline down our throats. It came out of absolutely nowhere and suddenly Klaus is smitten with Caroline after meeting her just once. Or is that not the case? Does he spend his nights watching her sleep, a la Edward Cullen, or something? Seriously, what am I missing here? OH GOD, THIS HAS SO MUCH TRUTH. Except for last part. Damon and Stefan are the Edward Cullens of this show, complete with their own bland bella swan ;] Whole DES triangle is the worst and weakest part of the show. Both the triangle itself and characters involved in it. Elena does not deserve the title of "lead heroine character" because she is neither lead nor heroine nor character. She is a bland caring flawless mary sue cardboard.

The Vampire Diaries Season 3 Episode 14 Quotes

Anyone else feeling a little used right now?

Damon

Drive much?

Rebekah [to Elena]
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