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The Vampire Diaries Review: Hitting the Mark

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You got me, Vampire Diaries.

Following a few lackluster Season 4 episodes, you reeled me back in with "A View to A Kill" and, yes, you did it by bringing out the humanity in both Rebekah and Klaus. You did it via some very cool action sequences that resulted in the Gilberts taking out Kol. You did it by making me believe in Strebekah as a couple.

But, let's be honest: you mostly did it with your shout-out to Bon Jovi.

Reacting to Stefan

Unlike the rock anthem that helped turn Rebekah on to the 80s, this episode was all about wanting Kol dead... or dead. It was a mission shared by Elena, Jeremy, Matt, Stefan and even the Original's siblings.

Was the return of Kol random and unexplained? Yes, but not as random and unexplained as Bonnie's father having "sources" that can pump vervain into the town's water. But more importantly, it served an important purpose here: the hour felt coherent, it felt well-paced, it built to a fatal crescendo that heated up both Kol's body and the search for The Cure.

Everyone is now on the same team, really. They may want the elixir for different purposes, but that will simply serve to make it that much more interesting when they actually find it. For now, everyone and everything has been brought together.

There's a common purpose among our favorite Mystic Falls residents, as that concluding scene perfectly combined interpersonal relationships and conflicts (Damon vs. Stefan! Bonnie vs. her parents! Matt vs. the temptation to wear his varsity jacket!) with one over-arching storyline. High drama/suspense? Mixed with well-layered, intriguing character developments? Sounds like the recipe for what's made The Vampire Diaries so great over the years, doesn't it?

You might say that the closing few moments really hit the mark. Eh? Eh?!? Okay, perhaps only I might say that.

But what made the episode so delightful as it made it way up to the Jeremy shirt rip and the growing of the map?

  • Joseph Morgan. Granted, I could write this every week. But the actor pulled off Klaus' vulnerability with a single look upon asking Damon what he says to Elena... and then went in the complete opposite direction when he flipped the eff out after witnessing Kol's death.
  • Related to the first bullet point, but great exchanges between Damon and Klaus, the show's two bad boys who are sort of alike, except for this well-put difference, as uttered perfectly by Big D: You do bad things for no reason. You do them to be a dick… if you're gonna be bad, be bad with purpose.
  • Lexi mention!
  • And a Lexi mention that actually fit the situation perfectly. Same for Klaus taunting Damon with how Stefan resisted his compulsion in that gymnasium on The Vampire Diaries Season 3. Great use of callbacks on both accounts.
  • Also a Katherine Pierce mention. Yes, this means she's coming back. Yes, my money is on her being behind that mystery team who sent some random dude into Shane's apartment last week.

Overall, a very well-written episode. Damon quasi bonded with Klaus, Stefan really bonded with Rebekah, Jeremy and Elena worked well together and even the return of Bonnie's mom made sense and brought some intrigue to that dysfunctional family.

Is Bonnie really a ticking time bomb? Can Shane be trusted to lead this giant team to the Cure? Will Silas really bring about the end of the world? Will we ever see Caroline and Tyler again? Are Stefan and Rebekah totally going steady now? You said it, Damon:

Here we go...

Review

Editor Rating: 4.7 / 5.0
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I also do hope that they find the cure and Elena takes it. I do not see this happening but this is what I'm hoping for. There are too many vampires at this point and they need a couple more humans.

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@Tess, Cindee
Ummm I'm POSITIVE there are commenters that CAN do a better job than that humpty dumpty in charge of the show! Plec is extremely biased and it's standing out so much that things are no longer beginning to make any sense. Her mind is so one-tracked on Elena (whom she's projecting herself on) making her a mary-sue, and the triangle with Stefan and Damon. You call some posters teenage girls, the truth is Plec is the teenage girl whose obsession with this triangle and her sexual fetish with the two male leads is driving this show to moot. Case in point: 4 SEASONS IN AND EVERYTHING IS STILL ABOUT SAVING/HELPING ELENA!

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Kol didn't stab Elena in the heart because he wasn't going to kill her or Jeremy. He was going to stop the curse - the reason why he was going to cut off Jeremy's arms. If he wanted to kill Elena and Jeremy, he would have stabbed Elena in the heart without missing and stabbed Jeremy too but remember he didn't want to get the hunter's curse? And killing the main character, Elena, would result in a bad show. You guys can hate Elena all you want, but she made this show the way it is. I hope Elena's jealousy comes out more and makes her more vicious, I can relate, being a girl and being jealous. It's like world war 3 when a girl's jealous.

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@spy101 klaus said in season 3 that the salvatores and everyone else like elena, caroline, bonnies mom, etc was all descended from klaus. so thats why they havent killed klaus yet.

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everyone needs to know that even though kol is 1000 year old original, the water that jeremy gilbert sprayed had vervain in the system and vervain is one of the main things that really hurt a vampire whether they are an original or a regular. so its not ridiculous to think that elena and jeremy couldnt have done it. anyone else notice how sad it is that every time rebekah is about to be stabbed by the dagger because shes in the way it always happens when theres a dance? and she never got to go to any of these high school dances? it makes me sad that she never gets it her way but thats what makes her character so lovable despite the cruel things she does. why cant shane get compelled? anyone know? and between his private sessions with bonnie, does shane compel bonnie?

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@Tess I agree with you. I have no clue why there are so many complaints. This show is extremely intriguing in every single episode it never fails to not have me captivated. Stop complaining, and start enjoying. If you complainers want to make your own show the way you all want it, be my guest.

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I don't understand why you all dislike Damon so much. The quote to Klaus about being bad with a purpose was spot on perfection. Klaus killed Tyler's mother, because he was pissed at the fact his sire bond broke between the hybrids. That is simply no purpose whatsoever. Klaus's weakspot is Caroline. I would like to see more of them in this season. This show just gets more and more exciting. We see Stefan being more of a douche, due to the fact Damon and Elena are finally getting their share of being together which makes it all the more interesting because Stefan has been a boring nice guy for almost all 3 seasons excluding the ripper moments of season 3. Even the actor himself loves playing the role of being the bad guy. I really like to see more of Stefan and Rebekah. I can't wait to have Katherine join in again as well and what they would ever do if they found a cure and if the cure is truly real.

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@Topwaffle...See, this is what happens when you have to turn off your brain to enjoy a TV show; do it for long enough and you start buying into the nonsense. There's NO way Elena and Jeremy should have defeated 1,000 year-old Kol, at least not that easily. And the vervaine storyline by Bonnie's dad -- who just showed up out of the blue and became town mayor -- was a convenient cop-out to effect Kol's silly death.

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note to self. Never ever read fan comments ever again. Some people act like a bunch of teenage girls.
Personally I'm perfectly content with the show and how the story-lines are progressing. The writing is good, all the characters are developed well and killer lines are delivered the way and at the time they are supposed to. This is good TV.

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@Topwaffle "added emotional power".....WHAT THE FUCK???? I can't.....

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