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The Vampire Diaries Review: Elena's First

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Last week on The Vampire Diaries, “The Five” looked to the past.

The Killer,” however, was filled with happenings big and small that will propel us into the future, as the episode teased/introduced/propelled juicy storylines coming that will clearly play a role the rest of the season.

What was so great about tonight’s nearly flawless episode? SO many things!

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The Voiceover: They’re vampires... who write in diaries. Get it?! But, seriously, our episode kicks off as a sullen Elena laments in her voiceover about being depressed, angry and scared at her new vampy self and then.

Cross cutting to the Salvatore mansion, Stefan is scribbling down how he’s intent on finding the alleged cure to give Elena her life back. The opening somehow avoid the sap and proves once again that the emotional core of the show is truly the guiding force to everything that happens. Bravo!

Damon-isms: As usual, the biting humor of Damon was all over, from his early scene mocking Elena’s melancholy state by saying he gets the "shame spiral" and "newbie vampire remorse." Later, we're treated a Wizard Of Oz reference when Damon calls Klaus and his hybrids the “Lollipop Guild.” All that quipping aside, we can always expect Damon to eventually get to kick-ass mode, which he does. 

Nearly Klaus-less: Klaus may be in Italy trying to figure out this curse cure, but his presence is all over the episode, which only shows how effective and awesome the character is. Stefan ends up doing what Klaus says. Tyler ends up doing what Klaus says. Sense a pattern here? The fact that Klaus is in another country (and has the best cell service ever apparently) and is still driving story is a compliment to both the writers and the fabulous Joseph Morgan.

Now, if we can only get Rebekah back soon. (Hear me, Julie Plec?!?)

Who’s in Peril This Week? Jeremy, Matt and April are all helpless while bald bad-ass hunter Connor rigs the Grill with his werewolf juice bombs that come with a poisoned nail chaser to get rid of as many vamps as possible. In the midst of all this, Jeremy realizes he has spent time with Connor but someone has compelled him not to remember, so that’s a major remember this part of later moment from this scene. (Truth be told, I’m mostly happy that Jeremy finally has an actual, active story this season.)

If I have one complaint, it’s that the victim of Connor’s booby trap is not any of our regulars but Hybrid Dean (ummm... who?), one of Klaus’s minions who gets "nailed" and looks kinda like Pinhead from Hellraiser for a quick second and then dies. Quite an elaborate death for someone we really don’t care about, but I’ll forgive for now.

What Caroline Saw: I’m sure our fearless TV Fanatic Editor-in-Chief Matt was pleased as punch that we got some Caroline this week, especially when our blonde bloodsucker caught her beloved hybrid Tyler wrapped around Haley and went all finger pointy at the twosome.

But, come on, you’d think by now we’d see it coming when the TVD writers fool us by thinking one thing when it’s really another. Another example of the smart writing is made clear here when Tyler comes clean that he and Haley were just bummed about the death of Hybrid Dean (again... who?!?). LockWolf also reveals to her (and us) that Klaus’s ‘knowledge’ of a love tryst between him and Haley is just a rouse so they can keep working on de-siring all Klaus’s hybrids.

So Caroline has nothing to worry about, right? RIGHT?

Brotherly Love: I marvel whenever the love/hate of the Salvatore Brothers comes back in play and never grows stale. We get he-man shoving in this case, asStefan gives Damon a shot of vervain and Damon later digs deep (literally) in his bro’s baby-smooth chest. However, at the end of the day, Damon’s got Stefan’s back. Awwww!

And the writers still manage to remind of us of the love triangle when Damon makes it clear that while Stefan might not be able to love vampire Elena, Damon is fine with her no matter who she is. Snap! Delena is so ON!

Bewitched: We’re slowly getting Bonnie back into the mix, but first she’s still on the outside of things, hanging out with dreamy Professor Shane (who we shouldn’t forget is pulling Connor’s strings). Shane is kindly helping her bring back her magic and while it all seems subtle and nice, you just know this is a big teaser for what’s sure to come in future episodes. Bring it!

Twist and Shout: So, who really turned out to be “The Killer?” from the episode title? The newest vamp on the block, of course, Elena. We could’ve guessed her first kill – via the classic snap-your-neck move no less - would be a big one... but leave it to the TVD writers to wisely make it the one person (buh-bye, Connor) who just happened to have a tattoo that could help her become human again.

While Elena isn’t exactly aware of this fact yet, it’s a nice kernel to a secret held by Damon and Stefan that will surely come back to life when we least expect it.

Tattoo You: The fact that The Vampire Diaries Season 4 still leaves you drooling for the next episode the moment the end credits roll is quite a feat. At the end of “The Killer,” Jeremy is the only one who can see the sudden appearance of the hunter’s tattoo on his arm... BOOM!

Damon tells Stefan he has his back, but also makes sure we know that the love triangle is still alive and kicking…BOOM!

And then Elena has her end-of-episode voiceover interrupted by the appearance of blood in her bathroom and the word KILLER written on her mirror, but the images then vanish and we get one final ‘What The Frak?’ moment... BOOM!

Can someone conjure up a time travel spell to get me to next week’s episode? Like, NOW?!

Review

Editor Rating: 4.5 / 5.0
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Actually it was depressing to see Stefan plotting and scheming behind Damon & Elena's back, I get it he want's the cure for Elena, but he went too far: Vervaining his brother, taking his daylight ring, risking everyones life, leaving Jeremy bleeding and saving Conner instead. And in the end he let Elena down who trusted him with her brother's life and the people she cares about and by his actions he made her do what she didn't want to do which is killing Conner. And what made it even worst is that the true reason for him trying so desperately to get the cure isn’t only about Elena being saved from the vampirism curse but it’s for him too so he will have the human girl that he loved back, 'cause he can't be with the vampire Elena (he can't keep up with her, he can't recognize her).

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That was a fantastic episode.!!!
I'll start with Professor Shane. Well I don't trust him I don't know what his motives are for helping Bonnie but he was smart how he kept her away from getting involved into Conner’s issue.
I was happy to know that Tyler didn't cheat on Caroline and the idea of him planning to help his friends to be saved like he did by letting Klaus feel proud thinking that he has a leverage that he can use to screw his relationship with Caroline.(didn't see that coming)
Loved how Matt & Jeremy were nice to April and tried to keep her away from all these supernatural stuff and Jeremy’s nice gesture giving her his vervained bracelet to be protected from compulsions.

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Now, to my second favorite character (my first being damon ofcourse), Rebecca. All she wants is love . she is desperate for a stable person in her life. she needs someone to be there for her no matter what. the only person she has ever had is klaus and he isnt very dependable. She belongs with matt. they are so cute together! he makes her feel important and every girl likes feeling that way. if matt forgave her and gave her a chance, i believe that rebecca will become less hostile and she will be a strong, moral girl like caroline. All she needs is a little love.

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As for katherine, i hope she returns soon. i have heard rumors that she is returning next episode and i am looking forward to that. katherine belongs with stefan and not damon. damon is too good for her and deserves better. katherine truly loved stefan at some point in her life and stefan loved her back. if that love returns, katherine may change for the better. i think it would be pretty sweet if katherine became a permanent role in the show. what if she and elena become friends? that would be a little wierd.

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i love the idea of a cure for vampirism. however, i want elena to stay a vampire. she is a lot more interesting as a vampire and i like her careless nature when she gets high off of blood. The cure should go to damon. i want to see him as a human. he cant be so careless when he is a human and he may even be a different person. he may return to how he was before a vampire. i would really like to meet the real damon.

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another thing that bugged me was the situation between caroline and tyler. i didnt like how the story line went. i wanted hayley and tyler to have something between them that created a rift between caroline and tyler. the whole story about how tyler just told klaus that as a lie was a little boring. im hoping that tyler was lying when he said that and something sis actually happen between hayley and tyler. that would make my day. i really want caroline and klaus together. they are very cute together!

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i was very disappointed with this episode. First of all, elena was being very annoying. She was taking whining throughput the whole episode. She needs to embrace the fact that she is a vampire and vampires kill in order to survive. Honestly, i think elena is overreacting on the pain one feels when they kill someone. She killed the bad guy so i dont understand why she feels so bad. Also, i disliked how she blamed damon for the position she is in. She said that damon had forced her into killing conner when she was the one that wanted to take action. she was the one that was urging damon to do something and when he allowed her to take action, she willfully did. He gave her independence and the freedom to make her own choice like stefan usually does. The only difference is that elena never seems to get mad at stefan for giving her freedom, only damon. another thing that bugged me was the situation between caroline and tyler. i didnt like how the story line went. i wanted hayley and tyler to have something between them that created a rift between caroline and tyler. the whole story about how tyler just told klaus that as a lie was a little boring. im hoping that tyler was lying when he said that and something sis actually happen between hayley and tyler. that would make my day. i really want caroline and klaus together. they are very cute together! i love the idea of a cure for vampirism. however, i want elena to stay a vampire. she is a lot more interesting as a vampire and i like her careless nature when she gets high off of blood. The cure should go to damon. i want to see him as a human. he cant be so careless when he is a human and he may even be a different person. he may return to how he was before a vampire. i would really like to meet the real damon. As for katherine, i hope she returns soon. i have heard rumors that she is returning next episode and i am looking forward to that. katherine belongs with stefan and not damon. damon is too good for her and deserves better. katherine truly loved stefan at some point in her life and stefan loved her back. if that love returns, katherine may change for the better. i think it would be pretty sweet if katherine became a permanent role in the show. what if she and elena become friends? that would be a little wierd. Now, to my second favorite character (my first being damon ofcourse), Rebecca. All she wants is love . she is desperate for a stable person in her life. she needs someone to be there for her no matter what. the only person she has ever had is klaus and he isnt very dependable. She belongs with matt. they are so cute together! he makes her feel important and every girl likes feeling that way. if matt forgave her and gave her a chance, i believe that rebecca will become less hostile and she will be a strong, moral girl like caroline. All she needs is a little love.

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This episode was really dissapointing and seemed too forced and fake. How can Damon say that he loves Elena in any way but Stefan only loves her as human? That is so not true, the only reason Stefan is trying to help her get the cure is because Elena has been telling him over and over again how much she hates being a vampire and she doesn't want this at all and would end it if she could and if it wasn't for Jeremy she probably would.
Damon has to be the worst brother in history, as he is willing to rip out his brother's heart to get his way and find out something he wants, what a Joke.
Also, I didn't get why Elena was sobbing like a little girl when she killed the hunter, as he was going to kill her brother and Stefan, so he deserved what he got. Elena has also been around a lot of death, so I don't buy the whole sobbing thing at all.
Looking forward to seeing Katherine next episode.

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3) i feel the writers have copped out with elena vamp transition and will keep voicing my opinion until the reasoning is clear. i don't buy into this cure business and feel that it is pointless. season 1 finale to season two was the best TVD and nothing it seems can compare.
4) we need a consistent storyline here and a plot to get rid of klaus. i want it to end that klaus takes the cure and elena but elena's doopledanger is the loophole and klaus becomes a werewolf and elena kills him and her and elijah run off together to become vamp royalty.......

Drea-xoxo

1) my wish got answered even if it is an hallucination KATERINA o how i have missed thee!!! she made the show make her perm and kill klaus! we spent two seasons trying to kill him and now he is allowed to roam free! not amused.
2) episode bored me, it didn't serve a purpose but make me like elena less and less. stefan wants cure for self. he wants doopledanger to continue...damon has always loved her, stefan sees the version of katerina he wanted in elena.