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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.

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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

Editor Rating: 3.1 / 5.0
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Oh, and for the first time I really like Elena and Stefan's scenes.
We can't fool ourselves, even if we wanted it, the love triangle will stay for long, so why don't we enjoy it for what it is^^

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I don't understand those who critics Caroline behaviour from this episode: for me, there is not doubt she's not interested, she cut him off (I'm not sure that the expression I was looking for, sorry English not my first langage^^) several times and she's not going to throw herself at him like that but you can't really blame her to show some curiosity toward Klaus and I hope she will in the futur.
On the other hand, I have to agree that the drawing at the end was maybe a little too much but it may be because the horse. A "only Caroline" portrait would have please me more.
And how cute was Klaus the whole time. I loved his scene with his mother when she asked him about girls^^ Curiously, Klaus being an artist didn't bother me. I mean, the guy is 1000, of course he has hobbies!

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as for Elena, I must say I'm not a very big fan of the love triangle anymore, I usually don't really like her and I love Damon, but he did not even considered her opinion and was even "brutal" with her. I get he wanted to protect her, in his own way, but it was not the way to do it. Apart from that, I don't really like, like the majority, the way Elena is always portrated like a saint...and it surprised myself, but I do like her interactions with Caroline and Matt, maybe more than those with the brothers...
On the Caroline/Klaus issue...well I am biased because I just adore Caroline and love Klaus. So, I would love to see something develop between those two, friendship or more^^ I don't see why it couldn't happen but it will take time.

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@gibbles actually Julie Plec just said in an interview they dont intend on bringing the Original Petrova this season...

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Everything was off, to say the least. Elena treated Damon like trash and didn't even give him the benefit of the doubt when she saw him tearing up the vamp. Really Elena? But she's gonna go soft on Stefan all of a sudden now? DE's scenes weren't allowed to be steamy because Stefan was once ag in thrown in to soon. No build to SE again. Then we have Forwood phone calls?!! What is this General Hospital? I love Elijah but they didn't even let him shine this time. Its like everything is disconnected and shoved down my throat. Nobody wants SE, nobody wants Elijah to die and even Klaus is being pussified. Water down our characters, mix em up and see what happens. This ain't Gossip Girl!!!

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Overall an average epi in my opinion.The downfall for me is elena.Im so sick of her ridiculous damon and stefan crap!She leads both of them on and on and then...elijah??!i mean really all 3 of those hotties deserve better.I started out liking d/e then i liked s/e then i liked both and now I like neither!Its like true blood 2.0!!!!!!An look how that turned out.....

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contrary to the majority I found this ep good but not great so I would probably give it a 3/3.5. It's not a bad note, just average but I think it's because most of us had high expectations.
As an Elijah fan, I just wanted to take that glass out of his hand! What a shame if all the awesome Orginals were to go at the same time, but of course, that's not what I think will happen! It would be too cruel! Well for us, viewers (and Original lovers). At first I even though it would kill all vampires and I was like "noooo" but well, no vampires, no show^^ but the spell could make the Originals back to humans, no? just a though I'll keep because I can't believe they could all die and then some of them could stay in the show! Imagine a human Klaus! How scared he could be?!
But if a spell like that existed, wouldn't it turn all vampires back to humans, as the Original family must be the indirect makers of the whole lot?
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I had a hard time concentrating on the story line with all these really fine looking men dressed in their evening wear. Seriously, I enjoyed the show. I can almost feel Stephan's pain he loves Elana so much and I believe she loves him back. Elana and Damon definitely have something going on but it's a confusing relationship. Caroline and Klaus, tempting. The story is right where it should be with a lot of twists and turns and teasing. Keep up the good work

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I actually liked this episode better than last week's, although a couple of the characters irritated me to no end. Elena, mostly for letting Elijah have the drink, or even thinking she will get off scot-free in this spell...it's sealed by the doppleganger blood, just like the spell to actually make them originals..I seriously doubt that's the extent of it. Also, Stefan, if you supposedly loved Rebekah why did you basically say you couldn't care less if any of the Originals died? Damon/Rebekah made sense to me, I didn't mind it, and Elena needs to realize that Damon isn't just her puppy dog. I'm glad he is getting a bit of fire back.

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They so ripped off True Blood with the magazine cover with the brothers and Elena. This show is so anoying and it goes no where however I keep watching hoping that something good with happen. Needs to be written better and the only character I like is Damon all the rest suck!