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?


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So glad to see Damon given some great lines, and to see his relationship with Stefan evolve. Felt believable.


It is awesome to let Paul/Stefan have some screen time with his real life wife. I hope that they hook up. haha!


yes, i've always liked the character of Elena but come on girl, why don't you brow beat the crap out of Stefan and Damon? Okay they deserve it some but like Kyra said, good points Kyra, never try changing what you fell in love with. Stefan is self-persecuting enough. And Damon can be, but yeah i want that bumper sticker too. Elena needs to pick one and I really don't know who I want it to be, maybe Damon because he needs love. Everyone has always loved Stefan, give Damon some love. I really felt for Elena in the scene with Boring Jeremy. Yep the Sage and Rebekah thing, very shaky indeed. I love you Alaric, hot teach.


And @bored now.
Are you one of those guys who`s only writing to piss people off or do you really have an opinion. I doubt that. I think you never watched a minute of this show and i wonder if you have a life or friends. It`s obvious that you spend a lot of time with a tv show you don`t like. No player at home to see the old and boring buffy stuff again and again if the new vampire stuff not satisfy you. Well, i think you won`t stop your stupid commentaries, so take this as advice. Take your remote at 8 on thursday and switch off CW.


There`s so much i would like to ask Julie Plec. After a strong season 2 i feel a little ripped apart. And i really ask myself what felt wrong. First, i really love the brotherly bonding and development in season 3. And we saw really strong episodes and also a few bad. "Ghost world" was one of the bad ones. "The reckoning" one of the perfect ones. So what felt wrong. First as a "Damon/Stefan" shipper Elena really got on my nerves. Ok, she`s 18 but acting like stupid girl didn`t suit her very well. She love both, but for me she treat both like crap. Damon is also kind of her soulmate and he`s the perfect match for her "Katherine-side". Stefan is matching her dream of this sweet perfect love. But it`s annoying me that she always want to change both. First duty of true love : never try changing what you fell in love with..She loves vampires, FACT! So deal with it girl or start dating humans. The triangle was interesting before


. Now i`m really mad about how they push the two fanbases with different spoilers against each other. I think for the quotes it will be very bad if they don`t give Damon and Elena a chance. You can read it on different fan-sides. The Delena fanbase is still very upset after Elena pushing away in "Dangerous Liaisons". You don`t care. You definitely should care because this means the quotes will go down. It´s no secret that maybe 75% fans outside are clamoring for DELENA. Destroy them, and i promise the show will go down. You can maybe be upset that most people care about them. But it`s a fact none of us can deny. I see it also on this side. Only 60 entries now instead of 150 after a new episode. That says everything. People lose hope and don`t want to be cook on a low heat any longer.


I really miss the slow and strong storytelling of the second season. It was awesome. Now, everything changes so fast and there are so many unfinished things around. The good thing of season 2 was that all characters act mostly together as a team. Now we have development on high speed but we see much good character just for a few episodes. And we have some lost threads around like Katherine. This much underused character which just blows up to be a plot filler was last season on of the villains. But don`t get me wrong. I`m still a fan. I just don`t want to lose my favorite tv show.


It's the best, love it.

Kitanishi h mcdonald

it’s not a Brazilian soap opera where everyone sleeps with everyone and in the evening they all have a supper together !
Sadly thats EXACTLY what the show has become.


Éhm,, Damon, shirtless ANYBODY?! HotHotHot! :D

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The Vampire Diaries Season 3 Episode 17 Quotes

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


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