The Vampire Diaries Review: A Dirty Rotten Shane

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Sorry, Damon Salvatore. You may have a handsome behind, but you are one giant liar.

To conclude last week's strong Vampire Diaries episode, you uttered these inspiring words: Here we go. But the show didn't go very far at all on "Into the Wild," burying itself in far too much drivel from Atticus - yes, Atticus! - Shane and dragging the hour down with an over-reliance on exposition.

Yes, we learned a great deal.

About why Shane manipulated the Pastor to commit group suicide. About what his end game is for The Cure. About Bonnie's relationship to a witch with a really complicated name. But if Shane's history classes are anything like the way this information was doled out - talking, talking and then even more talking - I can't imagine why anyone would sign up.

Shane on the Island

This was really one of the more boring episodes of The Vampire Diaries in recent memory, which is slightly understandable because it clearly served as a transition to next week's official introduction of a new hunter and what hopefully will be a final showdown between Shane and, well... everyone else.

But, for all the answers given, the installment really didn't accomplish much at all.

Is anyone surprised that Shane has an ulterior, evil motive? Anyone taken aback that he was training Bonnie for his own nefarious purposes? We were clearly headed here all along. I doubt many viewers thought Shane was simply a well-meaning father figure who would bring out the best in our resident witch.

The Elena-Damon divide over taking The Cure has grown old, as well. My feelings on the sire bond nonsense have been made clear over the course of The Vampire Diaries Season 4 (spoiler alert: I don't like it!) and it's tiresome to watch these two continually debate whether her feelings are real.

Moreover, what do they/we even know about The Cure? Is it an injection? Are there gallons' worth? Can one vampire take it? Two? Three dozen? The group would have been better served if they stopped discussing the pros and cons of taking it - and instead focused on the shady dude who promised it could be found.

Know how else the group would have been better served? If it stopped splitting up! Sheesh! Do these people not watch any horror movies?

Back in Mystic Falls, meanwhile, we had a Tyler and Caroline sighting for the first time in three weeks. But the return wasn't welcome for this couple, as Caroline quickly suffered a bite at the mouth of her occasional, quasi paramour.

Now, I adore these characters. And I love the actors portraying them. But it's unclear what point this mini storyline served. We should all understand Klaus by now: he's cruel, but he also possesses a softer, vulnerable side and it stems from how he's been hurt in the past and... yadda, yadda, yadda. Caroline calling on his humanity in order to be saved was really just pointing out the obvious.

Maybe his love for C -Money has now been solidified? Perhaps he'll really try to fight for her heart now? But it's hard to see how much mileage that angle would get, considering Caroline also called him out for killing Jenna and Tyler's mother, among many other victims. She ain't falling for his serial-killer-with-a-wounded-heart-of-gold act.

So we're left with a wasted trip into the wild. There was far too much telling and not nearly enough showing this week. I watch The Vampire Diaries for the occasional heart-to-heart, sure, but not to watch one guy just spout his history for minutes on end. The pressure is now on, new hunter dude.

You better bring it next Thursday night. What did everyone else think?


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I'm fairly certain that the only "cure" for immortality is death so whatever they find us going to kill them. Shane mentioned this when he spoke of the old witch and how she expected Silas to take the cure and join her on "the other side" but he wouldn't give her the satisfaction. The others will probably realize there's only enough for one or two people. Elena will get it first because everyone wants her to be human, but then she'll die (and become an angel like in the books) and everyone else will use what's left of the cure to kill Silas. Then the show will go from there. There's got to be some kind of ending regarding klaus considering Morgan is going to be playing lead in his very own originals show so I'm pretty sure we'll be saying goodbye to him soon too (though probably not permanently...they have to leave room for crossover episodes!)


Aww this episode was pathetic. I really disliked it, to be honest. It just pointed out everything we already knew, nothing much happened and everyone was all over the place. If i wanted to watch a terrible 40 minutes of island patheticness, i would have watched survivor.


My biggest question is how the hell did Shane get out of prison.... The writers clearly missed that hole in the plot.


Ok so if the cure is real then this is what I think will (or should) happen:
One of the Originals will 'take' the cure only to find that all their years on earth sort of catch up with them after becoming human again. So it would probably be Rebecca, but if Klaus somehow managed to be the one, then its a way to move on to the next big villain maybe Silas. Either way, only Elena would be able to be cured since she hasn't been a vamp very long and then they would all be back to square one, a human Elena caught between her 2 vampire brothers.


I agree. Last night's episode was a real snooze fest. Here is where I think this is all going. In the books, Damon dies, Elena is devastated and Damon comes back. There is also another story line where Damon accidentally gets cured of being a vampire. I think these two things are going to happen simultaneously. The writers loosely follow the book. When Damon comes back from the dead he is different and of course Elena goes back with Stephan (the most flat character on the show). If they really do trash the Damon-Elena relationship (which has taken over 3 seasons to develop). Ill probably call it quits. After a while it just gets tiresome.


Ok I can picture exactly how this will go down at the end: >>The cure is found
> its dicovered it can only be for one person * gasp * nobody expected that!
>> suprised/dark looks are exchanged between elena-stefan-rebekah
>> stefan is obviously gonna back down
> there will be some intermezzo where every character seeks some solace and time to think
>> stefan will come to speak with elena, probably tell her he still loves her and no matter what will love her, human or vampire
> rebekah will see this exchange from a distance, and it will dawn on her that she will never have stefan, or the happy life she desires
> she will grant elena the cure, possibly dying in the process and/or sacrificing herself to save the group, while sharing one last teary with stefan, who nods to her in recognition and thanks for what she has done aaaaaaand * scene *


Love it every week but it is getting old with the brothers.. Stephan & Rebecca .. Damon & Elena .. That would make the show work ..


Another week and another supremely disappointing episode. Last season I would eagerly await the week to go by so that I could watch the next episode, but since the very beginning of the season I've just been really bored. I'm desperately hoping that TVD improves.


Terrible episode last week and this week. Oh TVD.. WHY? Although this episode gave a lot of answers (which is a good thing), the way they integrated this big amount of information in one ep was just bad decision making. It was too much and nothing really happened: boring says it all.


It was a bit boring.

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