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The Vampire Diaries Review: The Off Switch

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When "Elena" and "Caroline" are trending worldwide on Twitter after only the East Coast airing of The Vampire Diaries, you know it's been a wild episode! What could have happened in "Bring It On" for these two characters' names to be plastered all over social media?

For starters, Elena has completely shut off her humanity.

And FYI: she's loving every minute of it.

Elena v. Stefan

Elena with no humanity is almost identical to Katherine, so right off the bat you know she's not going to get along with Caroline. Despite Damon's attempt at using his sire bond puppet strings to control her, Elena was still running wild. She rejoined cheerleading only to end up feeding off the competition, fighting with Caroline, and letting Caroline fall from the air during a stunt. 

Next it was Stefan's turn to try and control Elena; nothing a little injection of vervain couldn't take care of! Then again isn't Stefan always taking care of Elena? Elena said it herself, it seems like Stefan spends his entire life trying to protect, control, and monitor her actions. Do you agree? Or do you side with Stefan that it's his responsibility because he brought the whole vampire lifestyle into Elena's life to begin with?

Since Sergeant Stefan had Elena grounded she threw a party at Casa Salvatore. A drunk party swarming with people made the perfect diversion for Elena to escape Stefan's ever-watchful eyes. It would've worked for a few more minutes if she didn't piss off Caroline again and throw Sheriff Forbes into a wall. Before Elena body checked Caroline's mom and called Caroline out on her nosiness and feelings for Klaus, Caroline made an excellent point. It was great to see Elena actually having fun again. 

OK so obviously Elena isn't being an upstanding pillar of society, but I'm really enjoying off-switch Elena. She's fun! She isn't whiny! Isn't that what everyone's biggest gripe about Miss Gilbert has been for the past 3 seasons? She always needed protection and everything was always centered around her. Personally I say everyone should stop trying to shove this cure down her throat and let the girl enjoy being a vampire. 

Speaking of, are we done with this cure storyline yet? Since Damon, Rebekah, Klaus, and Hayley spent the whole episode trying to track Katherine's minions for a lead to the cure, I'd say that storyline is not over. Then Stefan figured out that the lack of local blood supplies must mean that Silas is in town. If everyone else would follow Damon's attitude about the cure, the only person who might still have to worry about it is Klaus. You know Katherine is just dying to shove the cure down his throat! But hey, at least Klaus got laid right?

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Damon accepts being a vampire, wants to have fun and intends to continue the party with Elena in New York. What was up with his friend Will that he ran into? Guess we'll find out more of that backstory when they hit the Big Apple. 

What did you think of the latest episode of The Vampire Diaries? Do you prefer off switch Elena? Are you into the Klaus and Hayley hook up? If Matt just inherited the biggest house in town does that mean he can quit working at The Grill? Hit the comments! 

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Leigh Raines is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.

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I love the new Elaine. She final having fun. Instead,of crying or careing and trying to protected others. She gets to enjoy being a vampire.
Thank you,Vampire Diaries

Allison-berry-barbieri

You know what I took away from the episode....KLAUS SEX! Omigosh, Joseph Morgan was so freakin' hot it made my heart skip a bit and my knees shake. Phoebe Tonkin irritates me, as does "Haley", (I think it's her terrible inability to cover the Australian accent)....but GOOD LAWD, that was HOT! And I wonder if the tats were real....

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The poor girl can't catch a break. I'm just hoping this sends her running to Klaus (and in the process he realizes how much he effed up with Hayley). I liked Caroline's interactions with Stefan but only on a friends level. Elena...I know she's the main character on the show but I just really want her to go away. She's annoyed me all season and this 2.0 version of her isn't any better. If Nina is going to play a bitch role please just give me Katherine, there's a fun character! About the only time I enjoyed Elena in last night's ep was at the end with her and Damon.

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This episode turned me into an emotional train wreck. I had high hopes for it coming off the last couple eps but this one fell way short. First off, I'm a Klaroline shipper so the Klaus/Hayley scene was painful to watch. I've seen a few comments from people about it being a hot sex scene but I have to respectfully disagree. That was an AWFUL sex scene! There's no chemistry between the two of them, it just felt forced and wrong. Klaus has been trying to win Caroline for how long now and in a matter of hours he's got Hayley in bed...wtf? I really can't stand Hayley's character and it may be enough to keep me from watching The Originals. She just doesn't fit in with them at all! I can't say much about Phoebe Tonkin since the only things I know her from are Secret Circle and TVD but I've hated her characters in both shows. Is she always cast as being a heinous bitch? As for Caroline, I felt really bad for her when she was reading the letter from Tyler. The poor girl can't catch a break. I'm just hoping this sends her running to Klaus (and in the process he realizes how much he effed up with Hayley). I liked Caroline's interactions with Stefan but only on a friends level. Elena...I know she's the main character on the show but I just really want her to go away. She's annoyed me all season and this 2.0 version of her isn't any better. If Nina is going to play a bitch role please just give me Katherine, there's a fun character! About the only time I enjoyed Elena in last night's ep was at the end with her and Damon.

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Caroline should have at least landed a punch on Elena for even going after her mom like that. It was another let down on Caroline's character....treating Elena with kiddy gloves after she tries to hurt your mom.
Absolutely hate Klaus/Haley!! What the hell was that...as far as sex scene goes, it was so forced....ew ew ew. I wish I didn't have to see that and I was cringing the whole time it happened. Is this some way to create a backdrop story for the Originals? Yuck! I don't like Phoebe Tonkin's character at all; it was just a lateral transition from the Secret Circle. She is still slutty as ever. I don't have motivation to watch the Original now.
Best moment: Caroline and Stefan bonding as friends and finally having "Elena free' fun....of course that had to be ruined by psycho bitch Elena.

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I did not like yesterday's episode! I was expecting a lot more after that prolonged hiatus. The TVD writers keep on letting the fans down in S4 ☹
Elena is just a brat with her humanity shut off; "I want the blue ribbon so I'll just eat you". WTF! She is projecting Katherine here. Nothing is different about that. It has been done. As a human, she was whiny and as a vamp she is no better. There is just no fine balance with this character. And yet everybody is still obsessed over her and dedicate their lives for her...sheesh! The TVD creators seriously need to give the secondary characters something better to do with their time. I think Elena said it best to Stefan: "Your whole life revolves around me". Stefan seriously needs to move on with his life...
I can't believe how Elena treated Caroline, and totally took her down in that fight scene?! Or did Caroline let her at the risk of hurting Elena? Caroline should have at least landed a punch on Elena for even going after her mom like that. It was another let down on Caroline's character....treating Elena with kiddy gloves after she tries to hurt your mom.
Absolutely hate Klaus/Haley!! What the hell was that...as far as sex scene goes, it was so forced....ew ew ew. I wish I didn't have to see that and I was cringing the whole time it happened. Is this some way to create a backdrop story for the Originals? Yuck! I don't like Phoebe Tonkin's character at all; it was just a lateral transition from the Secret Circle. She is still slutty as ever. I don't have motivation to watch the Original now.
Best moment: Caroline and Stefan bonding as friends and finally having "Elena free' fun....of course that had to be ruined by psycho bitch Elena.

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How sad that people think that Caroline 'deserved to get beat up'. How childish. If anyone 'deserved' a beating tonight, it was Elena. She's acting like a bratty kid.
And by the way...if her humanity is shut off, that means she doesn't have feelings towards Damon either. It's not a selective humanity...just cause that's the way Delena fans want it.
After next week's episode, she runs into Elijah. Personally I would like to see those two hook up!

Sarah-silva

This was the first time I did not like Elena. I hope her humanity comes back quickly.
This was also the first time where I was actually fine with the idea of Stefan and Caroline! I think I will like that!
I can not believe I did not choose Hailey as the girl Klaus slept with. Love Joseph tattoo!
I guess the new Elena is alot more like Damon that I first realized. I do not like how she is treating Caroline though. Poor Caroline with Elena in her mean girl mode and Bonnie possibly going to the dark side, she will only have Stefan to confide in and I see that as being when they become romantic.
Stefan is smart, he realized that Silas is in Mystic Falls, but will have to handle it alone as Damon is going to NYC!

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I know I will get some hate for this comment, but Caroline deserved that beating from Elena. After all the rude comments she made about Elena and Damon's relationship and clearly going against girl code and blabbing things to Stefan she had no business saying, the beating was long over due..lol
Now hopefully Caroline will learn to shut her mouth and Elena and her can kiss and make up. Also, I enjoyed the klaus and haley sex, it's not like Caroline is going to give it up any time soon, she's still in love with Tyler. Can't wait til next week, hopefully we'll get a Dex scene. Finally, I thought Elena was funny, especially when she told Stefan about himself...burn.

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I feel like by the season finale 2 things will happen.
1. Damon will receive the cure by having it forced upon him. (He is the main one saying cure blah blah blah no to the cure, how ironic for it to be him!)
2. Both Katherine and Elena will die this year making the dropping of the veil and giving into Silas the only choice left...cut to black see ya in season5 I also feel like Elena and Katherine should burn in the sun. Like fighting outdoor (daytime) and someone pulls the other's ring/necklace off and the burning vamp hangs tight to the other so the flames take them both out while everyone (especially a human damon) stands around watching them die.

The Vampire Diaries Season 4 Episode 16 Quotes

Caroline: Feeding on the competition, hello did you not hear what Damon told you?
Elena: I did but who cares? I'll do whatever I want.

She's a vampire, off switch is one of the biggest perks.

Damon
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