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?!


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the most ridiculous thing about this episode was oh the terror for Elena to have killed someone .... oh my god. She has been in what seems like 231423214 situations where she had a hand in killing people , people around her got killed because of her and now she is crying like a baby because she killed someone who was after her .. dont buy it.


i was suprised conner didnt come back to life somehow at the end of the episode, though i only just realised that it was BECAUSE of him dying that jeremy's tatoo showed up


Am looking forward to seeing Elena make her first kill, but am a little disappointed that everytime she tries to learn to be a 'responsible' vampire, someone or something puts her on the path to becoming a 'ripper' or worse, like judgy Bonnie at the frat party. 'You let her get completely out of control' she bleats to Damon, at least she didn't kill anyone, and if she is going to feed, of course it should be the 'douche' who spikes some poor girl's drink with a drug. Now we find out that killing one of the Five will have consequences. The story seems to predict that either a 'cure'is found for Elena or she destroys herself. Couldn't the writers have waited until she finished university, got married and had a child (or two) at least then she'd be following in Katherine and Isobel's footsteps? Elena becoming a vampire seems to be the trigger for everyone to start running around to find a cure or a reversal.
On a side note, it would be nice to hear more of Katherine's experiences or to find out more about the spell that turned the Originals into vampires, because that would reveal more about Elena and Katherine's origins, the Petrova family, and of course Tatia. She, or Katherine have not had a voice in the series so far. On an even further side note,I always thought that Rebekah's hatred of Elena, which started even before she met/ attacked her in the gym was a little extreme, and she throws in a comment ' the Original one (Tatia) was much prettier', which makes me think she was friends with her. (Maybe) Tatia betrayed her too, after all she did put a rift between her two brothers, and caused all of their deaths/transitions into vampires. We know that Rebekah has always craved a normal human life.and I'm rambling again.


I am really disappointed Connor is gone already. Him and Evil Alaric were the only villians in quite a while that seemed like geniune threats to the characters on the show, in the longest while. They didn't really care about collateral damage and didn't have ridiculous emotional weaknesses (like the originals).
Take Klaus for example when he first showed up he was a real threat, trying and at times succeding to take out multiple characters. Yet now that he has been around for a while he doesn't command that same fear. Tyler broke his sire bond, repeatedly stands up to him, is dating the girl he has a crush on. Yet Klaus just lets him live. Why hasn't he killed him? He is in such a power position that even if he did Stefan would still help him go for the cure. A few episodes ago it was because he wouldn't be able to make more hybrids. Yet he has the oppertunity now and cares less for the ones he has, Sending Dean in to die without a second thought. PLEASE TVD get more villians who are actual threats. Not just wanting to be loved haha.


I still don't know what to tink about the episode. There were some good things, but there were also many bad things... What I liked
Elena being badass (even though it was just for three seconds).
Matt and Jeremy bromance.
Salvatore brothers teaming up once more. Yay!
Caroline. What I didn't like
Connor being killed so soon - TVD continues to throw interesting, promising characters away.
Hayley (don't know why, the character just doesn't work for me yet).
Tyler's explanation - if the only reason he didn't tell Caroline anything was to leave Klaus in the dark, why did he keep EVERYTHING secret? This was either lazy writing or Tyler lying.
Elena's constant wailing. Again, I'm not sure what to think about this episode. But I definitely liked the action, the pace :-)


A few good parts but I didn't like it.


I like this show and this ep was a 5 stars but I hate the way they kill off characters who were introduced as very old/powerful/bad-ass, so fast and so easily. Connor's death reminded me of Luka and his dad's and so many others. It's just a waste, we hardly get to know the characters and their stories, it's like "hey meet this awesome and mysterious new character, guess what he's up to?!" Then zip! He's dead! As for the characters who serve as plot devices, where is Dr Fell? Has Bonnie got a life except for fixing any related-to-Stelemon-problems?


Great episode. I actually liked Elana in this - she kicked ass (Damon and her would make a good team). I hope she stays this way. Didn't see it coming when she killed Connor. Also like that Damon is helping look for the cure for Stefan's sake, not Elena's - Team Salvatore - shows they still love each other.


The best part of this episode was The Salvatores brothers's last conversation. Screw the pseudo love triangle, I am team Salvatore brothers, because they may fight and argue and literally tear each other's heart's out, but at the end of the day, they still love each other as brothers! It makes me really sad that they are both in love with the psycho idiot called Elena who has sooo many issues, its really sad. Also was so glad to see Caroline! And Klaus is just THAT good, he can be a million miles away but he is still the puppet master, and everyone is his bitch! Haha,love it!


Bonnie's story is technically more interesting than Elena and Caroline but since TIIC don't give two shits and she only there to feel minority quota and be a plot device, it makes it frustrated even as a Bonnie fan to put up with her mishandled storylines.
As for Shane right now with that hypnotizing stuff, am I finally getting my phantom/Caleb Morley storyline with Bonnie. I did enjoy him because I don't think Shane is some regular human who loves witch history. He more interesting compare to the current men who are all whiny bitches (including Damon).

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