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The Vampire Diaries Review: Burning Bridges

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The Vampire Diaries asked its viewers to accept a lot in "Break on Through," not all of which flowed very naturally.

Let's start with the return of Sage. It wasn't exactly organic. First: how did she know Finn was freed from his casket?

Granted, she's 900 years old and clearly possesses certain powers that far exceeds those of the young (not even 160-year old!) Salvatores. But it becomes a dangerous line, a pretty severe writing crutch, when she can simply do and see anything she wants.

Rebekah and Sage

Second: Why did she and Damon suspect Rebekah was up to something? We've barely seen this Original since she and Klaus discovered the White Oak Tree secret in "All My Children." Was she really acting different? Was there any indication Damon should be suspicious?

Third: Finn? Really, Sage?!? This is the Original we know the least amount, making it difficult to really get invested in anything surrounding him or the fiery red-headed mentor of Damon's. It simply seemed random all around that Sage showed up... schemed to deceive Damon... and based all her machinations on love for another character we scarcely know.

Nothing involving Sage worked for me this week, which is saying a lot considering her presence resulted in a near threesome.

The storyline didn't serve Rebekah well, either. The Vampire Diaries has done a tremendous job creating depth to this (gorgeous!) character, but she came across as more pathetic than vulnerable here. I know, I know: it's Damon Salvatore. What woman would not jump at the chance to jump back into his bed? But she was really so willing despite the rivalry that clearly existed between her and Sage? With Sage right there? Looking on mischievously?!?

Can we give Rebekah some credit please? (SPOILER ALERT: At least she'll get her revenge next week.)

Elsewhere: There wasn't really a lot of movement on the Alaric front. Yes, we now know for sure he's one "accidental serial killer," as Damon so tactfully put it. And, yes, that counsel member hit list is sort of scary. But we're still left pretty much where we were a week ago: with Alaric as a murderer; wondering how the ring will affect Jeremy; and appreciative that Matt Davis is getting a shot in the spotlight.

The final line of the episode was even indicative of how the show has been treading water a bit recently: Let's go kill some Originals. We're on board with that battle, Damon. Trust me, I'm excited to see where this all goes. But wasn't that also the mission many weeks ago? Where have we really gone since then? And, honestly, why do they even want to kill the Originals anymore? They aren't even in Mystic Falls, for the most part, and haven't really done much in awhile.

Let's hope the concluding set of season three episodes stop spinning and start moving forward with the momentum that made us all embrace TVD from the outset.

What were the highlights of an overall mediocre installment? A number of nice character moments and exchanges. We had Bonnie embracing Elena; Caroline doing her best to convince Abby to stay, by invoking the memory of her father; Elena shedding quiet tears on the phone with Jeremy (great work in this scene by Nina Dobrev); and, best of all, Stefan realizing that he could overcome his blood lust, thanks to Elena.

You're gonna be okay, she told Meredith. But I somehow doubt the fallen doctor was the only person for whom this message was intended.

What did you think of the episode? Were you intrigued or bored by the appearance of Sage? Do you blame Rebekah for bedding Damon again? Do you care that Bonnie's mom left again? And where can we find Own it. Live it. Love it. bumper stickers?

Review

Editor Rating: 3.4 / 5.0
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Personally, I think Julie Plec should ask herself if it's worth getting TVD canceled just to have Stefan and Elena together? She needs to think about whether or not she wants the show to continue at this point, or maybe she already knows its done and she is setting up her Twilight ending? JMO

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I need more information, more background, more organic reasons to believe what is occurring on screen... It can't just be all hot guys with no shirts and broody looks, you know!

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Oh, and let's not forget that Klaus can take over a person's body (Alaric) but that has never happened before or since, and it was never explained. Seriously, Julie Plec, seriously? Please start making your storylines organic instead of being filled with convenient plot devices... I mean, I LOVE Vampire Diaries, love it...but I don't want it to lose the reasons I fell in love back in Season 1. I fear the show will end up as Supernatural did for me after Season 4 or 5... I still love the boys but it's "magic" disappeared. I end up comparing VD to Twilight a lot and, one of the main differences I see is that the supernatural elements and vampire lore are MUCH better explained in Twilight. I mean, I'm just supposed to accept that Mama Original somehow had a spell to turn her kids into vampires but then the blood drinking and all those supernatural abilities just occurred?

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Oh, and let's not forget that Klaus can take over a person's body (Alaric) but that has never happened before or since, and it was never explained. Seriously, Julie Plec, seriously? Please start making your storylines organic instead of being filled with convenient plot devices... I mean, I LOVE Vampire Diaries, love it...but I don't want it to lose the reasons I fell in love back in Season 1. I fear the show will end up as Supernatural did for me after Season 4 or 5... I still love the boys but it's "magic" disappeared. I end up comparing VD to Twilight a lot and, one of the main differences I see is that the supernatural elements and vampire lore are MUCH better explained in Twilight. I mean, I'm just supposed to accept that Mama Original somehow had a spell to turn her kids into vampires but then the blood drinking and all those supernatural abilities just occurred. I need more information, more background, more organic reasons to believe what is occurring on screen... It can't just be all hot guys with no shirts and broody looks, you know!

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Totally agree with the reviewer in every way. I don't even remember why they want to kill the Originals anymore. They don't really seem to be bothering anyone anymore...Klaus has left them alone, no one is in danger (except for Elena, who used to be a "human blood bag" but that hasn't been explored for a while)... Also, out of nowhere Sage loves Finn (who I couldn't care less about)?! And, finally, where do these supernatural abilities pop up out of nowhere...Damon and Katherine can go into dreams, Sage can project mental pictures a la Renesmee in Twilight... what on earth?! How did they acquire these abilities and why do they only come up when needed for plot development? Come on, Julie Plec, I love this show and it's way too soon for you too "jump the shark". We need the Season 1 and 2 magic back. I can only be lured to the TV by Ian Somerhalder for so long.... Finally, I agree with the commenter that said the hiatuses have made the show feel choppy...

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Yay! LOVED this episode! It was a total breakthrough! I no longer feel the need to watch another hour of Vampire Diaries. Turned it off right after Abby bit Jamie. Knew it would happen the minute I saw him chopping wood. And the promised sex sandwich. And Stefan slurping up blood bags over the sink? And the Alaric murderer jokes - he actually killed real people and it's vaguely amusing? This show used to be fun for me. Now it's lost any center it pretended to have. There isn't one character I care about. It's all good! Free at last! Ok. Now over to Mad Men.

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I've enjoyed this episode.
1) I loved all Damon's scenes, his scene with Elena when he told her that he forced Stefan to drink the girl's blood because he need to learn how to controle him self, his plan with Sage who I knew that she will betray him for the sake of her OTL Finn and him showing Stefan the Wickery Bridge sign I've start screaming and laughing from joy. :)
2) It was nice to see Alarick's dark side, it was an awesome (unexpected) scene.
3) I loved how Stefan stopped him self from turning into a ripper because of his love to Elena.

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I hate that some people(aka Bored Now and Vampbarbie) make statements as if they're fact and speak like they know the entire "loyal" fanbase of this show. Why tell us what we should feel or think about this season? We deliver our opinions just like you, why try to force your opinions on us? Quick question, you two were part of the boycott right? So did you actually not watch the episode and downloaded it after or couldn't TVD filled thursday evening?

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And another fail for the sour grapes who waste their time dissing vampire diaries.They were supposedly going to boycott this episode, yet this episode had even more viewers than the previous one lol. Even Bored Now seemed to watch the episode, after he/she was all aboard the boycott express, guess TVD is so annoying that it needs to annoy you guys every thursday :)

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This shoe is done for. Like someone said earlier, get rid of Julie plec bring back Kevin Williamson or it won't be around for much longer. Very sad.

The Vampire Diaries Season 3 Episode 17 Quotes

Ric, the world can't stop just because you're an accidental serial killer.

Damon

Take him out for martinis, feed him some chicken soup. Don't let him kill anyone.

Damon
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