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The Vampire Diaries Review: A Lump of Kol

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So THAT's where the saying Kol in your stocking comes from!

On this week's episode of The Vampire Diaries, "Catch Me If You Can," this Original blood sucker made his random presence felt, urging Jeremy not to go after the cure; nearly killing Rebekah; and compelling Damon to take out the hunter who could awaken Silas and apparently bring an end to the entire world.

If you believe in scary stories, that is.

Jeremy v. Elena

My overall reaction to the episode? Blah. It wasn't terrible, but it was certainly a letdown after a fast-paced opening few minutes. I don't feel like we ended someplace especially different from where we started.

Let's start with the same complaint I had a week ago: compulsion, schmul-pulsion. This storyline crutch has got to go. It's far too easy to have Originals just compelling their inferior vampires left and right. In this case, granted, it led to a very cool save of Damon by Stefan (you might say he arrived at breakneck speed, eh? Eh?!?), and Damon being locked in the dungeon is at least a twist in the storyline... but can one actually recognize when one is being compelled?

Damon actually warning Jeremy to run while chasing after him was incredibly lame. I'm not sure of the rules of compulsion and I'm not sure if the show is either. The writers just seem to use this whenever it's convenient.

Elsewhere, let me get this straight: Sheriff Forbes went out of her jurisdiction to take Shane in for questioning... then simply let a town citizen interrogate him... because the temporary Mayor (who had never been seen in Mystic Falls before) said it was okay?!?

Yes, we suspend our disbelief when it comes to the overarching idea of supernatural beings on TVD, but is it too much to ask for a realistic, competent police force? My eyes still hurt from rolling so often at the notion of Bonnie playing any role in the questioning of Shane.

Still, like so much on this show, the end result was intriguing: Bonnie Bennett, witch prodigy. Will she use her powers for good or grow into a ticking time bomb of pure evil?

One more complaint before I move on to the positives: Where was Caroline Forbes? Where, Julie Plec?!? What have you done with her and when will we see here again?!?!?!?

A Shady Shane?

As for what I did like about "Catch Me If You Can?"

  • Sarcastic, uncaring Stefan. Correction: I LOVED this. It's a logical step for the character, it's a dynamite portrayal by Paul Wesley and this is one of the best Vampire Diaries quotes of the series: You don't know what I look like when I'm not in love with you.
  • Red. Hot. Strebekah. Sex.
  • The mystery of a new team in the race. As I've written about before, the general through-line of multiple teams competing for the cure is fascinating and enjoyable. It's been bogged down by sire bond nonsense and now an over-reliance on compulsion. But I'm all in on new alliances being built and new relationships being spawned as a result. So... who do you think that suicidal chap in the professor's office was working with?
  • Poor Matt, Least Valuable Player. It's the jacket, dude. You've gotta ditch that jacket.
  • An Elijah mention!

We're left with Bonnie once again flirting with dark magic; Elena actually coming up with a decent plan to off Kol and therefore his bloodline; Damon locked up; and Stefan and Rebekah getting down.

What was your favorite development from the episode? And should we really be trusting Rebekah with that headstone?

Review

Editor Rating: 3.9 / 5.0
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" you dont know what i look when im not in love with you" probably the most true and sad lines of the ENTIRE series.! im sad for them.. we had these two fighting EVERYTHING for each other for 3 entire seasons and saw how much they loved each other.. but im happy we get sassy, sarcastic stefan back :) um im kind of confused about why elena wants jeremy to kill kol when theres a possibilty it might kill all of them ? im hoping she looks more into it to see who started their line!

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I don't understand how Damon was able to figure out he was compelled considering Kol told him he wouldn't remember and then a few scenes later Damon has figured it all out and is telling Jeremy to run, since when did compulision allow you to figure things out.
I think the third team in the race for the cure is TeamKatherine who else would tell someone to bite of their own tongue and then kill themselves.
expect her and i hope it is her I miss her.
Bonnie is basically shane's hypnotized puppet expect for when she is able to take control for herself that is until he calms her down.
I have a storyline forget saving Elena every 2 seconds and save Bonnie from her ultimate demise this expression crap is going to lead her straight to a coffin.
I also loved that Bonnie was telling shane her friends wouldn't be happy knowing that 12 innocent people are going to die considering Elena is planning on making jeremy the hunter in training kill kol and his entire sire line who are most likely innocent vamps living their lives, who have friendships and love just like her but who care about them, so much for caring about innocent people, Bonnie doesn't know her friends very well.
Why is nobody listening to Kol what do they think will happen when Silas is awaken that he will skip of into the sunset, he has been buried alive for how long, he is a powerful warlock, yeah I don't think getting the cure is going to be so easy but it doesn't matter they'll learn the hard when they awaken silas and he goes pyscho warlock and starts killing.
Rebekah calling Elena a child who cares about I laughed because Elena is a child and i blame this all on the poor writing by the writers, I'm not blaming the sire bond I blame them.
They have basically destroyed a character that everyone loved in seasons 1-3 and replaced her with whatever this elena is.
I'm not a fan of this love triangle anymore it bores me they get so boring after 4 seasons and at this point just end it already Stefan & Elena or Damon & Elena and let that be that, it's no fun anymore and it causes way to many arguments in the fandom.
The sexual tension between Rebekah & Stefan was too obvious and I was a fan of these two in the 20's so I'm happy we get to see a bit more.
Caroline and Tyler where missed and Matt what is your actual storyline one second your a bloodbag for Elena and then your helping Jeremy in the woods and then your back at the grill, someone give him a real storyline quick.
Also can they stop with the whole kill Klaus thing it's redundant and it's not season 2 or 3 anymore.

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I don't understand how Damon was able to figure out he was compelled considering Kol told him he wouldn't remember and then a few scenes later Damon has figured it all out and is telling Jeremy to run, since when did compulision allow you to figure things out. I think the third team in the race for the cure is TeamKatherine who else would tell someone to bite of their own tongue and then kill themselves.
expect her and i hope it is her I miss her. Bonnie is basically shane's hypnotized puppet expect for when she is able to take control for herself that is until he calms her down.
I have a storyline forget saving Elena every 2 seconds and save Bonnie from her ultimate demise this expression crap is going to lead her straight to a coffin. I also loved that Bonnie was telling shane her friends wouldn't be happy knowing that 12 innocent people are going to die considering Elena is planning on making jeremy the hunter in training kill kol and his entire sire line who are most likely innocent vamps living their lives, who have friendships and love just like her but who care about them, so much for caring about innocent people, Bonnie doesn't know her friends very well. Why is nobody listening to Kol what do they think will happen when Silas is awaken that he will skip of into the sunset, he has been buried alive for how long, he is a powerful warlock, yeah I don't think getting the cure is going to be so easy but it doesn't matter they'll learn the hard when they awaken silas and he goes pyscho warlock and starts killing. Rebekah calling Elena a child who cares about I laughed because Elena is a child and i blame this all on the poor writing by the writers, I'm not blaming the sire bond I blame them.
They have basically destroyed a character that everyone loved in seasons 1-3 and replaced her with whatever this elena is. I'm not a fan of this love triangle anymore it bores me they get so boring after 4 seasons and at this point just end it already Stefan & Elena or Damon & Elena and let that be that, it's no fun anymore and it causes way to many arguments in the fandom. The sexual tension between Rebekah & Stefan was too obvious and I was a fan of these two in the 20's so I'm happy we get to see a bit more. Caroline and Tyler where missed and Matt what is your actual storyline one second your a bloodbag for Elena and then your helping Jeremy in the woods and then your back at the grill, someone give him a real storyline quick. Also can they stop with the whole kill Klaus thing it's redundant and it's not season 2 or 3 anymore.

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@tatan:About having Damon and Elena I think we have to wait at least till this sire bond get solved before we can see them together in a couple relationship if nothing else has come up to keep them apart. And about Stefan trying to find the cure to know Elena's true feelings after all that has been said and done is a proove of how delusinal he is that he's holding into the sire bond as a reason for his break up with Elena not being able to believe that for the 1st time he's not the chosen one (the good brother) but it's his (bad) brother for the simple reason that she's no longer in love with him but she is with his brother, which is the same for Damon who's having this insecurity 'cause he can't believe that after all these years (145+ years) he's chosen, he's enough, he's loved back and that he's worth it .

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@anon: it was for Stefan going behind their back, lying to them, verveining him, putting everyones life in danger by helping a vampire hunter (who won't stop at nothing to kill all of them even by using innocent people like April twice, Matt and Jeremy as a leverage against them) to get a loose.

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@anonAnd what makes me angrier at Stefan is how he was accusing Damon not just that he's so desperate to kill Jeremy (which is wrong 'cause he did everything to worn him and told him to kill him before he loose controle on himself, plus he would be happy to stay away from Jeremy so he won't need to kill him) or that he can use the sire bond to make Elena do what he want even against her will but he was accusing him that he will use Elena against her will to get out and kill her brother but sure that's how low Stefan can think about his brother. About Damon almost ripping his brother's heart out :1st we all know that no matter what these two can't kill eachother, 2nd it wasn't just to get a simple answer

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And what makes me angrier at Stefan is how he was accusing Damon not just that he's so desperate to kill Jeremy (which is wrong 'cause he did everything to worn him and told him to kill him before he loose controle on himself, plus he would be happy to stay away from Jeremy so he won't need to kill him) or that he can use the sire bond to make Elena do what he want even against her will but he was accusing him that he will use Elena against her will to get out and kill her brother but sure that's how low Stefan can think about his brother. About Damon almost ripping his brother's heart out :1st we all know that no matter what these two can't kill eachother, 2nd it wasn't just to get a simple answer

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@anon :The reason that I used the word cruel from all words isn't just for Stefan's actions (yes sometimes there is the need to use harsh acts as the best option at the moment and everyone has done that including Damon and Stefan) but it's more because of his satisfied and enjoyed look while he was causing pain to Damon and Elena. And about Stefan making the "smartest" and "the most logical thing" sorry but bleeding his brother out, putting him in a cell and keeping him and Elena apart 'cause he thinks that it's the best for Elena and Jeremy isn't the smartest thing but it's his best way to get his revenge. He could've took Damon's daylight ring and then tell him that 'till they find a way to stop Kol's compulsion he would stay home and won't get out and at night Jeremy stay somewhere where Damon can't get in.

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I have another question. Why is Stefan still trying to find out if Elena loves Damon or if its just the sire bond? Isnt that pretty clear already? First, he and Damon found out when they went to find the witch in NOrleans that a sire bond only happens when the sired has feeling before being sired. And second, she already confessed under compulsion that she slept with Damon because she is "in love with him¡¡¡¡¡" What else do they need? And if this in not enough yet, she has already said several times she doesn't want the cure¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡

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@sunshine
Also what do you think about Damon BARELY ripping out his baby brother's heart? All for some stupid ass question. Why are you helping Klaus? Is that not cruel? Stefan hasn't been cruel lately, I mean if that's cruel what is Damon?

The Vampire Diaries Season 4 Episode 11 Quotes

I know you were daggered for a little while... but knocking is still a thing.

Stefan

I don't take orders from you, dick.

Jeremy [to Klaus]
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