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The Vampire Diaries Review: Compulsive Behavior

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On your marks... get set... CURE!

The Vampire Diaries finally returned after a lengthy hiatus this week, airing an "After School Special" that featured the return of Rebekah, harsh truth from Elena, a transformation for Tyler, sides being chosen in a race for the elusive elixir and, unfortunately, a rather lame writing crutch to get everyone there.

Who knew compulsion could make everything so easy?

Questions for Stefan

It was a pleasure to see Claire Holt back in my living room (or as close as she'll ever get to my living room... damn), as Rebekah can always be relied on to bring the perfect combination of pain and pity, revenge and bitterness.

She lashes out because she's lonely, she turns her sorrow into rage. Can you blame her? Considering all she's been through with Klaus as a brother?

Rebekah is a terrific character, but simply locking everyone in the library and forcing the truth out of them was far from a terrific move for the show. Didn't we learn in Writing 101 to show and not tell? It doesn't make for mesmerizing television to have characters sitting around a table, reciting dialogue to move the story forward.

Not to mention how this just adds another chink in the paper thin armor of that whole sire bond thing. Why didn't Damon just have Klaus compel Elena before? If there's a way for her to be forced to come clean about her feelings... why didn't that come up before?

When we left The Vampire Diaries Season 4 in December, Damon ordered Elena away. Fast forward fewer than one episode and now she's certain that she loves him and that's enough for him to invite her back to the cabin for some naked bedroom action (if you know what I mean!). Please, pretty, pretty please with sugar and Bonnie's magic salt on top - can we be done now?

Can Elena and Damon just be together without all this contrived back-and-forth?

Of course, the main takeaway here is that Stefan now knows the truth. But he won't accept the truth. That's why he wants to team up with Rebekah and find that cure in order to turn Elena human again and find out - no, really, truly, seriously find out! - if she's in love with Damon. No wonder Elena feels like a "broken toy," a sad/apt description for how Stefan has been looking at her.

I feel the guy's pain, but it's rather clear at this point: she loves Damon. Move on, Stef. May I recommend the gorgeous blonde blood-sucker standing right in front of you?

Out in the woods, meanwhile... it's AWESOME! Jeremy is jacked, Klaus is turning humans into vampire prey, Matt is wearing a varsity letter jacket. We need to dedicate a lot more time to this storyline (enter The Vampire Diaries promo for next week's episode. Yes!). I'm all in on Jeremy and his mark and Klaus' being a total bad ass and double pepperoni pizza and the idea that some immortal dude named Silas can raise the dead.

This is fun Vampire Diaries lore and mythology, a lot more fun than Elena's oscillating, supposedly sired feelings.

Finally, in the Totally and Completely Random News Department:

  • Bonnie's father has been elected temporary Mayor, even though he's never actually around and has been referenced about three times in four seasons.
  • Kol is back!
  • April is ping-ponging back and forth from Rebekah's secretary to Bonnie's partner in witch crime to town tattle tale. Sorry, Katherine, you're no longer the show's most obvious plot device.

So, yes, The Vampire Diaries is back, but so are some of the problems that have plagued its past few episodes. Still, I maintain hope!

Team Stelena vs. Team Delena has been replaced with Team Rebekah/Stefan vs. Team Klaus/Damon vs. Team Shane/Bonnie. Who will get to the cure first? What will that squad do with it at that time? And who are YOU rooting for, TVD Fanatics?

Review

Editor Rating: 3.2 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.7 / 5.0 (1376 Votes)

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CONTINUE: didn’t kill Liz when she find out about his and Stefan’s true identity,defended Caroline against her mother when she said that her daughter is dead, saved Bonnie when she got bitten by vampire Alaric,took care of Jeremy …etc). 6/We didn’t say it’s not painful we said that it’s childish which is something you agreed about plus he’s not the only one who went through a heartbreak so did Elena (everytime he walks aways or refuse to let his humanity back) who didn’t want to forget Stefan’s memory and so did Damon (who got nothing but loneliness, rejection and referred to be worthless of love for almost his entire existence) who didn’t want to forget Elena and didn’t regret his decisions ‘cause it was worth meeting her even that she was Stefan’s girlfriend, plus it would have been great of Stefan if he try to find and think about the reasons behind Elena falling out of loving him and falling in love with his brother instead of keep saying « Elena slept with Damon ».

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CONTINUE: 3/ As Nelly said Damon didn’t leave ‘cause Elena was in transition and he was there to help her and the idea of sleeping with her was never an option for him ‘till she broke up with Stefan and as much it is painful for Stefan it was inevitable when you leave two people who have a huge amount of emotions (sexual and non sexual) alone in a mansion. 4/Damon never walked away from Elena and when he left with Katherine it was in order to find a way to kill Klaus and then he promised her to never leave her again and he kept his promise.5/Yes Damon made a terrible thing to Elena’s friends and by breaking Jeremy’s neck but he paid for his acts and did allot of good things too that slept your mind (without mentioning his good deeds toward Elena and Stefan he protected Caroline when she almost got bitten by Tylor,saved Matt from Kol,

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@Nelly:Thank you so much for your comments and I agree with every word you said,I just adore this TV show and Damon & Elena for sure.Thanks again.
@anon: Thanks for reading my (idiotic) comments and replying to it even that I would've been better of you if you were nicer.And as a reply to what you said :
1/ I watched all episodes (76 episode till now) and repeat it many many times (I’m addicted to this amazing show). 2/ I never said that it was an unilateral deal between Stefan and Damon, I said that he’s in denial that he refuses to let them (Damon & Elena) be and to believe Elena’s feelings toward Damon by seeking to find the cure to know for sure Elena’s feelings that it was clarified that she loves Damon (she said so when she was compelled to say the truth, the sire bond doesn’t effect feelings).

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* I meant to say no longer in LOVE with Stefan

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I wonder what would happen if Elena turns human again and her feelings for Damon do not diminish. What would Stefan do then? Walk away as he should've done by now or try to "fix" her some other way to make her love him? Kill Damon? Kill Elena rather than seeing him happy with somebody else? OMFG...this is beyond boring and predictable...no wonder Elena is not longer in live with him...zzzzzzzzzzzz

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This sire bond thing is getting tedious. And Stefan's denial is up there along with it...arggg...Stefan Puhhleazze, accept and move on. How can you say that you need to know how Elena REALLY feels about Damon. Are you fucking insane? It doesn't matter anymore honey. She has said it by words and by actions. She slept with him out of her own accord...hell, she pursued him and moved into your own house to be with him! How blind can you be? This is beyond me me why the writers are making him go through these motions. Isn't this more painful to watch? I believe this is a disservice to Stefan's character. He deserves to be freed from Elena's situation and move on with his own life. That's what we all have to do in situations like this. Elena didn't plan on hurting him and falling in love with Damon, but shit happens... She has been honest but Stefan's denial is so deep it will turn into hatred. If Stefan continues down this path of revenge against Damon, he will lose everything. I'm hoping he'll come to his senses sooner rather than later and nixes teaming up with Rebekah. That cannot end well.

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Haha, it really is funny how SELFISH Stefan is! When Elena loves him, everything is good and everyone is expected to accept it because he's the "good brother," but God forbid she likes Damon, then something HAS to be up! I was never really a fan of his, but I like him less and less every episode because he's so focussed on what he wants; he doesn't care that for the longest time things were the other way around with Damon pining for Elena, and him being smug about their relationship despite knowing of his brother's feelings. Everyone is expected to give Stefan what he wants and I'm sick of it. Stefan needs to move on from his bitterness, and Damon needs to stop doing bad boy things like letting Klause have his way! If Elena finds out, she's going to be disappointed...

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So, what teams do we have now? Rebekah/Stefan/maybe Kol
Damon/Klaus/Jer/Matt/Elena (I guess)
Shane/Bonnie My question is how Caroline and Tyler will fit into this - if they do at all... yes, Caroline is team Stefan, but she hates Rebekah (and maybe the more cynical Stef isn't to her liking as well). Vampirebarbie also blurted Elena's "secret" out and despises Damon, so I can't see her there either.

Crazybrit

the most exciting and happiest moment in dis episode is KOL IS BACK!!!!!!!!!!!though i dun like his hairstyle,prefer his old hairstyle

Neejan

I'm impressed. This was one of the best TVD episodes, perhaps even better than previous (midseason) finales. So much tension and emotion going on. Of course nothing revolutionary new happened, but things really rounded up. Five Stars!

The Vampire Diaries Season 4 Episode 10 Quotes

Damon [to Jeremy]: I'm updated our relationship status to: It's Complicated.

April: You asked me to take notes:
Rebekah: I wasn't being literal, darling.

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