The Vampire Diaries: Wood If They Could (PHOTO RECAP)

The Vampire Diaries S03E18: "The Murder of One"


Oh, so THAT is what a good episode is supposed to look like. I'm not going to lie to you, sometimes I can't tell the difference between good and bad things anymore. Whereas people did not seem to care for the last few episodes of The Vampire Diaries, I thought they were fine at the time? Fun even? Or at least I did until last night's episode, which made those ones seem like wet garbage. The reason I wasn't very harsh against their shortcomings is because these days I'm frankly just happy that the Good Lord sees fit to bless us with another new episode of this crazy carnival week in and week out. Who am I to say what's good and what's bad when I'm just happy to be included? Oh, it's in my job description? Hmm. Okay, well in that case, "The Murder of One" was a simply rock-solid episode, full of fun moments and important things. Phew! Being a critic is hard. (Please don't tell the Pulitzer Committee I wrote any of this.)

Hey can I talk about this episode with you? Cool, thanks, here goes...

Like the thoughtful friend and reprehensible enabler that she is, Elena showed up at Alaric's apartment with a handful of delicious treats.

After literally frowning at the first glance of Damon (R.I.P. Delena), she found herself barred from the apartment for some reason!

What were those boys up to? I'll tell you what...

That's right, they were listening to some hot rock jams and operating industrial-grade power saws! Alaric's apartment has always been the weirdest place in Mystic Falls, but it was suddenly a weird place covered in sawdust.

Speaking of Alaric, after he'd finished sawing up the Wickery Bridge sign, he sort of came to his senses about the fact that he'd murdered half-a-dozen people and should probably not be loose.

Damon did NOT agree with Alaric's plan to lock himself back up in the town's Styrofoam jail.

Damon's reasoning was that, sure, the ring made Alaric into a split-personality PSYCHO, but at least he was safe from supernatural death! Don't worry, this decision would definitely not come back to haunt anybody!

Meanwhile most of the gang met up in the woods. Elena and Caroline had a heart-to-heart about the fact that Alaric had killed Caroline's dad, but it somehow became a conversation about how hard Elena's life is. Then Matt showed up looking mildly surprised to be there.

I definitely get the impression that Matt's received his fair share of accidental mass texts or CC's. Fortunately in this situation he was definitely invited to join the gang, and it was lucky that he was able to take time away from work, football practice, and eating cheese from mousetraps (or however else he gets nourishment).

Then the Salvatores showed up eager to brag about what they'd kept a secret from Elena only hours earlier.

12 White Oak stakes! That is so many stakes! Plus, they brought a game plan to match... Some of them would pose as bait while others would distract Klaus and Stefan would rush in and murder Rebekah, thus killing ALL the Originals! Because they are linked remember?

Klaus sure remembered. That's why he was off in a big city somewhere trying to lure Suicidal Finn back to Mystic Falls where he'd be better protected (from committing suicide).

Unfortunately Finn was NOT interested. And who can blame him? If you'd sat out most of the millennium wouldn't you want to see the sights? Anyway, Klaus wasn't having it:

Next thing Finn knew he was flailing around on Klaus' marble floor staring up at the one who got away.

This lady!

Klaus had a COOL phone! And the extremely long, lingering shot of him using it (awkwardly, with a stylus) was CRUCIAL to the episode. Oh Klaus. Leave it to a 1,000-year-old vampire to find using a stylus on a cell phone cool.

So yeah, Sage and Finn were totally the Romeo & Juliet of their time.

MEANWHILE (and it's a big 'meanwhile'), Rebekah was exacting some revenge after last week's brain molestation incident. She busted into the Salvatore Mansion and abducted Damon! And then chained him to the ceiling in Klaus' ballroom! The plastic tarp she'd laid down beforehand was NOT a good sign.

Just so you know, a large percentage of this plotline was like something out of a Saw movie. It was pretty disturbing! But Rebekah wasn't just torturing for the fun of it, her intention was to bleed Damon of the vervain he'd been drinking so that she'd be able to compel him to murder his own friends. Practical!

Oh, and up until this point a big deal had been made about how Bonnie was M.I.A. and not returning her phone calls. Well, look who'd recruited her?

Klaus was threatening bodily harm against Jeremy (via Kol, who was currently chillin' in Denver spying on Jeremy) unless Bonnie helped him reverse Esther's spell. Bonnie was NOT happy to be there.

Then this scene happened, which I think was supposed to be emotional but it was just so strange and confusing to me that I didn't know what to make of it!

Like, again, the conversation took a turn so that Caroline was the one comforting Alaric. Her explanation had something to do with the fact that she'd murdered a stranger once, so that means she's not about to throw rocks at other people's glass houses. Or something. Look, it's exactly the sort of warm-hearted yet nonsensical argument Elena would make, but for some reason when Caroline does it, it's much more convincing? Either way, absolutely nothing about this conversation was rooted in any kind of relatable truth that I've ever experienced, or ever will experience, so it probably wasn't as moving to me as it was supposed to be. Caroline still wins though!

So by this point Elena had discovered that Damon was in Rebekah's possession, so she insisted on putting the kibosh on the gang's plan. Stefan, of course, was insistent that they continue with the plan in order to save Damon.

So yeah. Disagreement! Imagine that.

Oh, then this woozily filmed scene happened:

The Scorsese-style lighting was definitely NOT huge giveaway that it was a dream sequence, but whatever, still fun.

Oh my gosh, they almost kissssssseedddddd!!!

But haha, it was just Rebekah, exacting some mindgame torture to go with the bodily harm. There was a nice moment where Damon incredulously pointed out Rebekah's psychological shortcomings.

Ouch! For a second there, her silent gaze was sort of devastating. And the fact Damon kept rubbing it in made me kind of mad at him? I like Rebekah tons, so I'm not sure I want to see her antagonized all the time. She got real stabby in this episode, though!

Meanwhile in the next room, Bonnie was readying the spell and Klaus whipped out a Trapper Keeper full of his siblings' BLOOD.

Quick question: How did he get these samples? When they were desiccated in their coffins, was their blood extractable? You know what? I don't care anymore, and I stopped caring about midway through typing the question. Life goes on, you know?

Anyway, then Bonnie had all the different bloods, which she stirred together into some kind of gnarly cocktail that you probably learn in witch bartending school.

And all the blood separated into five orderly piles! Pretty neat!

Meanwhile at Mystic Grill, Finn and Sage were living it up.

But while doing tequila shots, they realized they'd been poisoned with vervain!

It was Stefan, attempting to lure them into a street fight! Which he succeeded in doing. Unfortunately within four seconds he'd muffed everything up by dropping the stake.

That's when a certain mousy empath and her pale beefcake friend BURST out of the back door with a crossbow and a positive mental attitude!

Elena shot Finn with an arrow!

Then Matt ran up and STABBED Finn with a stake!

Then they hilariously disappeared back inside and slammed the door! A perfect plan executed perfectly!

Sage was NOT happy.

Bye forever, Finn. You were easily the most important character ever featured on The Vampire Diaries. The reverberations of your death will be felt for entire seasons down the road.

Oh, but this was moving: Upon leaving Klaus' clutches, Bonnie walked outside, notified Elena that the spell was broken and Damon was a prisoner, then collapsed beside a car and sobbed.

It was a moving moment (for real), and that's mostly because Bonnie is almost never allowed moments like this? She's had a rough season, let's be honest, and usually this show cuts away right when she's supposed to have a quiet moment to process stuff. So it was cool that she got to have a full-face cry for once. (Still holding out hope for a Dark Bonnie plotline.)

Back at the Salvatore Mansion, Stefan angrily marched outside to go rescue Damon only to find himself doing an unexpected barrel roll right back into the house!

It was Sage! And she was PISSED.

OH HELL NO. If there's one way to make an audience demand a character's death, it's having that character lay a hand on Caroline, and Sage just straight-up BACK-HANDED our precious angel! This WOULD NOT STAND.

Fortunately only moments later this happened:

Bye forever, lady. I should point out that she'd brought along a henchman that she herself had sired and HE died too. What did it all meaaaaaannnn??

It didn't take long before they realized the connection. After Finn died, all the vampires he'd sired (Sage and so on...) died with him. Whoa!

THAT MEANS! All living vampires trace their bloodlines to the four remaining Originals! Caroline, Stefan, Damon, Abby, and Katherine all trace back to Rose, who was probably sired by Elijah or Klaus. And Tyler was definitely sired by Klaus. So yeah: That whole plan to kill the Originals is definitely out the window now. (But seriously: YAY!!! I <3 the Originals so much.)

So then Stefan showed up at Klaus' house in order to fetch his brother.

He attempted to hand over the "eight remaining" stakes in exchange for Damon. But because the vervain had drained from Damon's system, Klaus immediately compelled him to 'fess up about how many stakes there were (12), and so Stefan's lie was exposed right away. Also, for good measure, Klaus treated us to some sweet gore action via Damon's wrist shackles:

Oh, Klaus. After an ill-advised attempt to stake Klaus (seriously, shouldn't the Salvatores adopt a live-and-let-live attitude toward the invincible titans in their midst?), Klaus agreed to let Damon go so long as Damon returned ALL of the remaining stakes to him. Meanwhile he alerted Rebekah to his new plan: They would leave town together, plus take Elena with them so that he could produce more hybrids.

Except Rebekah wasn't so sure she wanted to stray far from the cliques of Mystic Falls High.

Klaus was super mean to her about it. Get over it, K!

Then this scene, whatever this was supposed to be. I know this show is a romance, but ugh. The gist was that Stefan finally told Elena that he loves her and always will, but then he made it contingent upon her saying that she had zero feelings for Damon.

Now, to be honest, this show has done a less-than-stellar job of proving that Elena actually does love Damon. She's been super mean to him ever since he kissed her, and even then she only ever gave him grim glances. There have been opportunities to DENY that she liked Damon (and she declined to), but that's not the same as showing us his feelings are requited in any way. But yeah, of course Elena is not going to say she doesn't love him in some way. She probably wouldn't refute her feelings for Matt or Alaric either. Doesn't matter: Stefan didn't want anything to do with her now. Okay, psycho.

Speaking of which... Damon still had to carry out his compulsion errand.

But whoops! Alaric didn't know where his stake had gone, just that it disappeared during another of his blackouts!

Wuh-oh. The problem is that Alaric's alter ego wants to kill all vampires. Now he (or she!) can. (Haha, it makes me laugh to think that Alaric's alter-ego could be a lady, don't ask me why, probably because I haven't been to bed yet.)

So yeah, good episode. Moved things right along! We got some delicious teen teamwork, two characters got real killed, Bonnie had stuff to do, the Originals seem to be slightly safer now, and the plotlines are starting to come together! Can't believe there are only four more episodes, you guys. This is nuts!

BYE.

 

QUESTIONS:

... Matt killed an Original! Discuss.

... So how many vampires all over the world dropped dead after Finn was killed?

... Was Caroline a little too easygoing about her father's murder?

... Have Jeremy and Kol become workout buddies?

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Post-script! Last week I didn't get a chance to respond to comments, but I loved every last one of them. I wanted to single out dref22 for making this image, at which I LOL'ed for real:

This was the best. And huge thanks to the rest of the Awesome Comment Parade for making this such a fun place to visit!

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so whats with the decade dance and elena and stefan going together hmm? i read it in the synopsis for the episode and i am not down for some more of the same stelena "i want you but i dont want you" shit.. and i hope elena finally tells damon how she feels and they do more than hand holding *crossing my fingers* but its pretty doubtfull :/
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Hey ACP-ers! I miss you guys! Stupid-grownup-real-life keeps getting in the way of hanging out here. As much as I want to there is no way I can catch up to 640+ comments (as of this writing) here and like 900-baggillion over at TSC. Anyone out there able to give me a short-ish update? What are we talking about? CW'd stuff? or random!hyperbole!tangents! ?

Clearly, none of us expects Klaus to die in the finale. But have we come to a consensus as to what our best guess is? Will someone (probably Damon) try to force Tyler into helping, or will Tyler offer to go out in a heroe's blaze-o-glory in an attempt to take down Klaus? Will Bonnie yammer her way into defeating someone/anyone? I want Jeremy to come home. Can the ACP make this happen? Is there a better plot theory out there in the ACP that I missed?
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haha we missed you too! I'm kinda lost as well, though, unfortunately. I haven't caught up in a couple of days but last I knew we were debating whether or not certain characters are expendable and which ones we've grown attached to. Some say the show will go on with ease at the passing of, say, Klaus for example; but I tend to disagree. I think the show and the story have far too much invested in the Originals - namely Klaus and Rebekah - to just up and off 'em outta thin air. Your thoughts?
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Kol - totally expendable.

Bekkah/Klaus/ELIJAH - completely necessary.

Matt/Jeremy - no personal opinion, not sure how TVD will use them.

Tyler - best guess is that he'll get killed/hurt/cliffhangered in a battle over/about/with Klaus.

Bonnie - no personal opinion, think she might be in danger of getting CW'd off at the end of the season.

Ester - loose her. the sooner the better.

Sage - better not show her face again.

Meredith - she needs to go, (please let Alcoholaric ring-kill her)

Abby/Mayor Lockwood - will either find some way to 11th-hour redeem themselves, or die a "tragic death/sacrific" which will be a major character-motivator for one of the kids next season.

Bonnies-Not-Brother/Abby's-not-son - will not survive the season (either because he is a newly-introduced-disposable character, or becasue Bonnie will need the aformentioned angsty character-pain/motivation for next season. (Seriously, what is that dude's name? Luca? Or was that dead-Greta's brother?)



Clearly, I haven't thought about this one bit. Sorry, for the short/vague answer, mmmshuddup. ;)
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"CW'd stuff? or random!hyperbole!tangents!?" - Pretty much both. A little more of the latter, but it is just because we exhausted the subject of the episode and the recap.
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Wish granted.
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Awesome recap! These articles makes the show (more) worth watching! And I agree, this episode has been way better than the last episodes. I thought the idea of every vampire dying if the originals dies was very original (no pun intended) and creative. Can't wait for the next episode, but I am tired of the show taking this many and long breaks...
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Are batting cages a workout now? Coz Kol and Jeremy were definitely hangin' at the cages, and Kol didn't come along until after Jeremy was gone, so Jeremy doesn't likely know who he is. Damon is along for the ride in order order to unwipe Jeremy's mind, and the writers wouldn't bother with that detail if Kol had told Jeremy the truth.
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So as promised, let's bring it back to TVD! Still have a shit ton of questions unanswered.

*Major spoilers if you havent seen this weeks TVD and the promo for the next episode*



Wth is Jeremy doing in Denver? Chasing puppies and playing baseball? Has he lost his damn mind? Was he around long enough to know that Kol is an Original or does he just think he made a new friend? Will Kol eat the puppy?

Why couldn't Damon and Elena afford two rooms in their roadtrip? Why is Elena such a bloody tease? What is Stefan doing while they go off together? You'd think he's jump at the chance to be alone with Elena...

Finale's coming up! Will someone die? Will it be Matt or Tyler? Will it be Bonnie? (LOL I would love that, the writers would have to go into witness protection hahaha)

Who will be the new big bad next season? Will they introduce a new enemy, or will one of our own (bonniebonniebonnie) turn on them? Will Katherine ever come back? WHAT is Elijah doing? Does he even know Finns dead? Why isn't Rebekah as close to Elijah as she is to Klaus? Did they ever talk behind Klaus' back? ...etc, etc
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Yay, questions! Okay, my answers:



-Jeremy is in Denver not caring about what's going on because he's been compelled, except I am hoping that he wasn't actually compelled, and seeing as they're coming to him for help, they'll have to tell him all the stuff anyway. No chasing puppies or playing baseball (I hope). I hope he's been out there getting to work on something awesome and that was a promo specifically for Elena's sake. I'd like to see Kol eat a puppy. I do not know why.

-Damon has wealth, or so it's been implied. They couldn't afford two rooms because that doesn't allow the writers to write in some sex-charged atmosphere. That's the only reason. Elena's a wacky person, that's why she is how she is. Stefan is brooding, like a good vampire should brood. Think of all the times that Angel just sat there brooding about Buffy.

-Finale going to be excellent. I hope. I hope someone dies. It's always good when a show has the guts to go kill someone. Given what they've been trying to do to Matt, I can see him being the one to die. Personally, I would want it to be Tyler, though, because I cannot stand him.

-On the topic of the Big Bad next season I am still hoping for all out vamp war between rivaling vampire factions of not-wanting-their-respective-original-to-be-killed sides. Other than that, Dark Bonnie could be something, too. Katharine better be back, and soon. She's pretty awesome, and as someone said (who knows how long ago), a SURVIVOR. I LOVE Elijah and can always use more of him. I am sure he knows that Finn is dead, he's Elijah. Rebekah is messed up. I still think about that whole crush-type thing she had on Matt. I say get those two together and then kill them. That could be fun.
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-interesting, do we still believe Jeremy's faking the compulsion? If he is out there training for vampire hunting, do you think the killer ring took hold of him before Alaric? Or is it just a coincidence that vampire hunter jeremy and the ghost of gilbert crazy have the same motive? LOL as I mentioned below, you want to see Kol eat a puppy because we are all blood thirsty and need a regular dose of gore. Damons shackles *wince* were a pretty good example *wince*.

-LOL at your Buffy and Angel comparison. It does to be a personality staple for "good" vampires, doesn't it? How pathetic.

- This is my hope too! Only, since we've effectively narrowed it down to Matt, Tyler or Alaric, I would prefer it be someone totally random, like Sheriff Forbes. Oh shit, poor Caroline. I take it back!!!!! Don't, writers, please! Kill off the original three, but just in a SURPRISING way.

-Vampire war FTW. haha I said Katherine was a survivor (somewhere down in the hive of crazy comments) but I'm not the only one. And omg yes to your Rebekah/Matt plan! My friend and I decided last night that Elena would choose Matt, have like three minutes of happy with him, and then he would get killed off leaving her completely and utterly desolate and psychotic. Hopefully Matt's death will be directly or indirectly a result of either Stefan or Damons (or both's) actions and she will say F U to the Salvatore brothers, at least for now.

Thanks for your answers, this was fun!
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I haven't seen the promo!! :O And as for next season, I was sorta hoping the Mikael thing would crescendo into next season so HE would be the big bad wolf (err vampire)! He's so mean he makes Klaus look good and maybe we could see a truce between the Originals/Salvatore-&-Friends.. But no.. Maybe there will be a division in team Klaus and everyone will pick sides and there'll be a war? Dangit I can't wait until next Thursday!
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Next Thursday? I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but you'll be waiting a tad longer than that... Awesome ideas, I too would love a war. Have you noticed that we're all pretty blood thirsty? No wonder we get frustrated when they waste so much time on the love triangle, we want to see hearts LITERALLY ripped out, not just metaphorically!
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They've been trying to make us care about Matt. That's a pretty good indication he will die. But they don't need to kill him off because they are going to kill off Alaric. Let's all pretend to be shocked they didn't mean it when they said he could be on both shows. Kol and Esther will die because no one cares about them. They have let people grow too attached to Klaus and Elijah. I won't contemplate Rebekah dying. So I think that covers it, unless they throw in a parent death.



Also, Bonnie will be possessed by a witch ghost giving the actress something to work with and the character the complete personality transplant she so desperately needs. This is the magical solution to The Bonnie Situation. They will do this in such a way that there is no hope of restoring Bonnie to her body, which will make them feel a little guilty, because they'll like not-Bonnie more than they liked Bonnie. Damon will say as much, because he is kind of an ass.

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Sooo negative! Well you could easily say they've let us grow too attached to Damon but that's not true. I mean yeah, he's a MAIN character but still. He WAS the bad guy after all at the beginning. Idk, maybe it's a lousy analogy but forget the viewers attachment for one second.. Klaus is just a straight up awesome bad ass and to kill him off would be to close down a gold mine.
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hmmm but my problem is that they never seemed to care before? Wasn't that this shows thing, super awesome characters have mini-arcs then are killed off in brutal unexpected ways? It's not Klaus' fault, but in true TVD tradition, he has majorly overstayed his welcome. I just feel like the audience may be playing too strong a role here. I'm willing to sacrifice pretty much any character at this point just to get that unpredictability and element of surprise back.
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Dang.. You got a point there that is unquestionable. Eff! That puts us in quite a pickle now doesn't it? Ugh all this waiting is driving me nuts! I need to know the fate of the Originals NOW! haha
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I know we've all gotten too attached to Caroline, which is probably why they should kill her off (calm down, it will never happen). No matter how good an episode is, someone will still yell "wheres/more Caroline/Katherine/Elijah!". Give the other characters a chance to be awesome, writers. We know you have it in you.
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I dunno. I'm not sure if I'd forgive them for killing Caroline at this point. Anyone else, yes. But that's a perfect example. I'm now too attached. There was a period where Caroline was awesome but I'd have accepted her death.
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You call it "Damon will say as much, because he is kind of an ass", I call it "Damon will say as much because he is the only one who will voice what everyone is thinking but are too polite to say or have too strong a filter".
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I wasn't criticizing. I'm kind of an ass in exactly the same way.
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oh well, that's ok then.
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only one? I beg to differ. Carolines never had a thought she didn't share (I mean this in the best possible way), Klaus is delightfully insightful, Rebekah has been the voice of the audience's Elena hate, Katherine may lying half the time but when she speaks the truth it's uncomfortably accurate, and Elijah is super pretty. Sorry I just like to add that when I can.
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I feel like the Alaric killing is too obvious now, particularly because of his pilot reveal. If TVD wants to be unpredictable, they kill should be Matt. And even as I'm typing this my brain is screaming "nooooo Matty, noooooo"!

Does your scenario end in Bonnie's death? Because if so, I'm pretty much on board. It's oddly fitting, since they don't seem keen to deal with witches, they should just kill them all off and pretend it never happened.
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I agree that killing Alaric is too obvious, but you have to admit, the number of people that jump from starring one show to starring another when their character isn't killed off or in some way leaves the show for good or the show hasn't ended is not a large list. And Alaric wouldn't just abandon Jeremy and Elena at this point, so whatever they do... it would have to be convincing.
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Your first sentence really hurt my head. I agree with your conclusion though, so that counts, right?
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If the ghost is a bad ghost Bonnie could die, but if it is a good ghost, it would give them a second chance to use Kat Graham right and they wouldn't need to kill Bonnie off. Though I'm pretty much good either way.
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haha look at all the helpful solutions we have on offer! We're like a buffet of ideas. I hope some of them are right so we can revel in all our amazing predicting powers.
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Thumbs up if you won't sit idly by and just let the TSC recap comment count surpass the TVD one!
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Too late :D
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LMAO I was just heading over to TSC to tell those guys to get their asses back here. I mean the tangents have gotten so bad no ones even discussing the show, which could easily be done here!
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I think it's because our TSC comments have taken so far off from TSC that we've just become distracted by them.
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You're right, it hurt my head just trying to keep up with them. There aren't enough hours in the day for that, really.
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Wow, just noticed the count - both 500+ comments! That's amazing!
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Yeah it's crazy because you never see any other ["major"] shows come close to that!
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I think we TVD watchers just have a need to get a life more that the fans of other shows...
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I don't think TVD is gonna catch up to TSC again on this episode, which is a bit weird coz, ya know, Rebekah and Caroline and Matt actually doing something and an original death, and spontaneous vampire deaths and Bonnie not sucking and just overall a good episode.



Actually, I just realized, Matt was responsible for the spontaneous vampire deaths, making him a) a mass murder and b) the person on the show with the highest kill count.
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I think the episode was solid because of all that but the big reveal didn't feel like a reveal so that's one of the issues some people could have had a problem with. I mean Matt was finally useful, Bonnie was finally a legitimate character, an original finally died...It should have been an epic episode...and yet in some ways it fell a little flat. I still enjoyed it though.
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I suppose mmm. I was spoiled in not being able to predict what happens next. When I pretty much sussed out what happen and this episode pretty much took us right back to the beginning in one big supernatural circle...even though it was kind of genius I felt like I missed being surprised.
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Being surprised is always a fun part of TV shows, and there is something that you miss if you aren't surprised. But sometimes you just know how things are going to go. No matter how well written something is, sometimes it'll be predictable. Because if you make things too unpredictable, eventually it becomes pointless.
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I haven't seen TSC so I can't really compare the two.. But I didn't feel like this episode of TVD was flat. I think we've all been spoiled by their high-intensity-at-all-times antics that whenever we get only 90% it feels slow. But, in reality, it's not!
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WATCH THE SECRET CIRCLE!!! IT"S AMAZING. The first 9 eps are a little on the slow side but the rest is AWESOME!!!! :D
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I can agree with this, too.
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hahaha only when you agree with me!
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@MeftihePhoen I'm always right, just say it. LOL jk
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i think that matt has serious competition in the kill count....as stefan just in one night killed an entire village + the ripper thing....and klaus....well he had 1000 years for that and he wasn't shy about it :-D
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Yeah, sadly you're most likely right. That's ok though that doesn't TVD isn't better ;)
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Both shows at this point are just fantastic! April 19th couldn't come soon enough. And the CW couldn't announce a renewal for TVD and TSC fast enough. :|
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I think the CW would be stupid not to pick up the show because TSC is the most perfect sister show that TVD could ever come up with.
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They truly are. I mean it too TSC a while (imo) to pick up the pace enough for it to really be good. It was always right on the cusp of being great but never quite reaching it. It finally reached that point. TVD has just been a whirlwind of fantastic writing that is so wildly addictive it isn't even funny.
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my favorite part was whe Matt said that Alaric was the most normal in town. it made me laugh how an alcoholic history teacher/vampire hunter who is best friends with the vampire who turned his wife and now lives with the biological daughter of said wife who was the nice of his dead girlfriend, i mean, if that's the most normal teacher in town, what do the other teachers do? do they sacrifice chickens in math class, or something like that?
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Don't agree regarding Bonnie, think she might be the most annoying character of the show. All she ever does is mope, maybe with reason but still.



Wierd though that all the originaldecendants didn't "die until further notice" when Klause stabbed them and kept them in coffins..
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I'd mope to if my only purpose in life is to save Elena by having nosebleeds on the floor and blowing leaves around. She's probably depressed that three seasons in she still doesn't have an actual storyline.
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part of why her charcater isn't very likeable
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well....for that "most annoying character of the show" position Bonnie is loosing to Elena....and there are other candidates as well....
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thought about adding except for elena ;)
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Always Elena. It's such a given that you forget about her. Some episodes I really hate Tyler because he's a complete douche and I want him to die, but given a choice between Elena and any character at any time, I'd always rather Elena die.
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And with this, a new ship was born. And I shall call them.. calijah? Elijaline? I suck at this so hard, I forgot I should never make ship names. Screw it, the merging of names is irrelevant, for Caroline and Elijah are both so awesome in their own right, they should just be Caroline and Elijah. So glad I settled that argument with myself.



I agree with jowossy- Maybe Bonnie will kill (or attempt to kill) Klaus anyway, thereby killing Tyler, and having Caroline turn on her.
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you might be in luck though, they might get rid of tyler if you've seen the latest trailer; they're searching for the maker of rose which means they haven't ruled out killing Klause, who sired tyler. Or maybe they just wanna know who sired them so they know who not to kill, dunno..
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Damn that's cold! That's like what Damon said in reverse!
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I wouldn't say that no one is good enough for Caroline, but no one on the show that we've seen in a long time definitely. And SOOOOO NOT Tyler. Ugh. I do like your suggestion of Elijah and Caroline, and that would piss off Klaus, but I just don't see the writers doing it.
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YAY TYLER HATE! Why does no one understand that no one is good enough for Caroline? Not Tyler, not Matt, not Klaus. They've all been assholes, either to her or her loved ones, at one point or another.

... Maybe Elijah would be good enough for her. Plus it would piss Klaus off no end.
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he was a douche but caroline did make him improve (until Klause made him douchy again) so i don't hate him as much this season
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but that's because they weren't really dead, they were sleeping without the option of waking up by themselves... or something like that. only two originals have atcually died, Finn and Michael (or however that guy's name is spelled)
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yeah suppose u're right :)
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I know that this show's main demographic are teenagers.... well teenage girls to be specific. But has anyone thought about how truely bizarre it is. As we all know it revolves around the love triangle between Elena and the two Salvatore brothers, who are centuries old vampires and who should, in my opinion know better. If you have been around that long you should be able to resist becoming befuddled by the charms of a naive 19 year old irregardless of how much she resembles your psycho vampire ex-girlfriend/maker. The humans in the show fall in and out of love so many times it makes my head spin. And as for the immortals, again i will stress, THEY HAVE BEEN AROUND TO LONG not to see lies and deception coming at them as a speck at the beginning of a mile long highway.
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Klaus is usually streets ahead [ehhh for you Community fans] when it comes to suspecting betrayal or anything of the likes. It's hard to dupe HIM. But nobody is completely impervious to being deceived regardless of age.
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I couldn't agree with you more. I mean, it's obvious they still show weaknesses and that's what makes them slightly more likeable. That's the thing about being a vampire, you simply cannot shut every feeling out, so it's only natural it takes control once in a while. And you know what, I like it when they show their vulnerable moments! They would have absolutely no personality otherwise, just robots. We wouldn't want that, right?
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Yeah well, MY buddy's mom earned like $2000 a month ago working at like a REAL job. lol
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LOL i love this comment
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vampire diaris not bad as movie, but vampires not exist i think
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Since I only found one question interesting, I'll stick to that one for now.

I know it seems as if Caroline is being a little too forgiving about the fact that Alaric has killed her father, but this is season 3 and these people have seen a lot of things and slain a lot of baddies. I don't mean to give Alaric a free pass, but he was insane at the time, plus, as Caroline said: who hasn't killed anyone in MF? I mean, even Matt has killed an original now. I know from our perspective it seems weird that they forgive each other for murdering each other's relatives, but let's be honest, the show would be kinda lame if no one talked to one another because they had killed each other's loved ones. Does that even make sense?

Besides, they have always needed to put things aside quickly because of the new threats surfacing like... every day. If I'm comparing this show to TSC, I think a lot has happened here, and the brains of normal teens would have been fried, but this show isn't really about psychological problems, right?

Secondly, I loved the vampire-bloodline-plot, I mean, everyone was wondering already. It would have been kinda lame to kill an original if their offspring didn't die with them. Love, love, love it. Especially Caroline's face after the revelation when Sage dropped dead, spitting out blood. And Tyler... Maybe he's secretly working out with Jeremy!

Thirdly: Rebekah. She's still my favourite. Though her desperation and loneliness does make her weaker, Damon pointed that out. So she stabbed him again. She should see a psychiatrist, maybe it would help.

And last: Damon/Alaric: they are awesome ('didn't you learn anything from the soap dish?'). Their friendship is just really weird and funny. I mean, with Stefan being boring and brooding and boring and brooding and regretful (you catch my drift) and Klaus just being apathetic (except I liked how he said to Damon 'don't hurt yourself' when he compelled him to walk away), we need some charisma, not dullness.

And I hate this hiatus thing. Seriously, seriously?!
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A fellow Rebekah fan. Nice! Rebekah is the best, right!? I agree with pretty much everything you stated.
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Yeah, and I seriously wonder if she would cry if she ever talked to a shrink. I mean, she obviously needs some TLC and all. She's really the best, and I love how she was so rational and at the same time not so rational by setting Damon free to get the stakes, because of brotherly love and all.



Do you mean that are there actually people who don't like Rebekah :o?
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Afraid so.. I refer you to angeland8's response to Phoenix something or other about a page or so down from here.. Seems impossible but it's true.



@k3l3vra Yeah but I think the antidote would be to just bring KATHERINE back! I love Rebekah but I like her as a needy yet strong original. Katherine is more cunning and deceptive it seems.
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The problem with that would be with whoever's line Katerina is from. If it was Rebekah, I can totally see them teaming up. She is a full character, and her survivor instincts do not trump everything, remember at the end of season two where in spite of everything she still chooses Stefan. But if she is of another line (not Rebekah) she wouldn't team up because in that instance her survivor instinct would take over. Or so I imagine.
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Rebekah is a spoiled brat in a way...Katherine a surviver....



@Mey -> i don't think that such alliance would work...maybe Kol and Katherine....
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i agree, this show needs a bad ass girl and considering that katherine is not so much around....
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Another great recap. I hope the pay you the big bucks, Price, because you slay <3
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Vote for Damon and Elena! They made it to the final round in zimbio's march madness couples contest!!!! Help them beat the girls from GLEE



http://www.zimbio.com/2012+TV+Couples+March+Madness+Challenge/articles/QD_Sb7uO_6_/2012+TV+Couples+March+Madness+Challenge+Final
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Matt did what he needed too and was awesome!



Only as many as Sage had created and that they all in turn and so on.....

Caroline was a little easy going but not necessarily too much

We shall see
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My favorite part of the episode: You didn't learn from the moonstone in the soap dish? ha!

Put your brain in the trashcan, it is garbage. You are genius
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Love that picture ^^^^^

I so called that whole depletion of the blood lines thing since the very first time the mother witch mentioned killing the originals, because she came to undo her wrongs. Her plan would have been moot if she left a bunch of vampires still able to create more vampires roaming the earth.

Bonnie was awesome in this episode, not because she was protecting Jeremy, but she left Damon hanging, it was very refreshing to see some continuance/continuity? there. (She has a habit of letting Damon die).

One nagging detail really annoys me though, is how all these vampires manage to walk into the Salvatore house, they signed the deed off to Elena, yet Rebekah, Sage, Sage's puppet all managed to walk in as they please, whilst Elijah choked. Very annoying.
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It's because Elena died. That's how Katherine got in during the season two finale. So that whole process of signing the house over to Elena was only effective for about three episodes.
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that makes sense but i would have thought the deed would be inherited by her next of kin like with her actual house and her parents dying. i don't know; it's all so confusing. i probably should let it go.
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Well she doesn't have any children so...
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I had a feeling that killing an Original would also kill all the vampires they had sired. So, we are pretty much stuck with them. They're kinda getting on my nerves, though. I think it's their smugness. Not sure how the writers will get themselves out of this corner...
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Majorly disappointed this week... I was getting my hopes up last week with all the white oak stakes available for killing originals. Finally, I thought, they're moving on. However, it appeared it was conveniently easy to break the1000 year old Original-Witch spell and from there on pretty predictable : writers are getting too attached to the originals.

I need to see more than them for about two seasons. To me that feels like TWD season 2 Barn of Hershel where the writers kept the characters way too long as well.

Move on, please.
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Boo! We don't want that. Team Klaus prevails!
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To be fair, we were fairly warned with all the pre Season 3 "year of the Originals" teasing. You're right though, it is seriously old. I want to know what Season 4 will be about. Maybe witches? A new big bad?
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If it's about witches I will be very upset.. But I don't think it will be. The CW doesn't wanna step on its own foot (ahem...TSC).
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they could make a season about werewolves witches :-))...they like to have the things mixed up....
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Or what about alternate universes, time loops, life after death situations, more involuntary changing into vampire (ie Elena), souls reincarnating dragging along lost love, demon dimensions (get all Dante !), fallen angels, angelic guardians, forest spirits or from the books the Japanese Kitsune things...
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OH I forgot about that! Honestly I think at least some of it should be about witches because the mythology is so different it wouldn't be stepping on too many toes. Plus then the CW can do more of those synchronized TSC/TVD ads they love so much.

But mainly because it would really help me stop hating the writers if they devoted so much as ten minutes to the development of the witch mythology they CREATED and fill in some of it's gaping racial implications. That would be super.
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Totally agree Safibwana. MeftihePhoen, I really enjoyed the article. They made excellent points, particularly about the antiseptic view of "service" (aka slavery). Thanks.
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@meftihePhoen That was a good article. They brought up someone in the writer's room not being willing to take a non-white perspective into account. Is it time to just admit the writers don't have it in them? I have mixed feelings about hiring specifically for race, but maybe they should admit they are out of their depth and hire a black writer?
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See Mey...it's been a while since I've watched True Blood but I linked their vampirism to the homosexuality rights instead. I mean because it's the south it was laced in the racial stuff but the vampires vs the church of the sun and all that stuff...it always seemed more reflective of our current societal battle with homophobia. The vampires fighting for rights was the equivalent (to me) of the fight for gay rights. I guess it's all connected either way though. Civil and Human rights in general.
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You should all really read this article:

http://www.racialicious.com/2012/01/20/table-for-two-kendra-and-jordan-break-down-the-vampire-diaries/



I almost wept with relief. At last, common sense!
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Lafayette is one of the best characters on True Blood. Though, admittedly, that's not saying much.
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I really appreciate this open discussion of race and TVD. I have been thinking about it in other shows as well, such as True Blood (but I imagine you can put in any show where people of colour are secondary characters ... most). I find myself wondering if it is a quota thing, because these characters appear only to exist to fill some PC void (from what I understand in the TVD books Bonnie was not even Black right?). So they have no idea how to develop them, their very existence on the story is to keep the main characters alive and viewer hatred of these underdeveloped characters can be "cut with a knife" (Think Tara on True Blood). Perhaps writers/producers will read reviews such as these and work on creating rich, 3 dimensional people who happen to be Native, Asian, Black, gay, disabled, etc. I mean dammit even Klaus has more development than Bonnie!! I look forward to that day (with some pessimism).
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Agreed. I feel like adding anymore would just repeating what they've already said.
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PREACH. haha so nice that you ladies have my back when I'm otherwise occupied/overwhelmed by the 700 comments.

What they said. :)
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I so agree Mey...I think why it's really ruffled feathers more recently is because it's steadfastly being unacknowledged. I mean initially I could wave my hand and say they'll sort of explain things later...but it never gets explained and it's just hanging out there. It's an area of flawed writing for them imo. Because things are obviously this way for some sort of reason but you wonder when they'll ever begin to explain the reason. what makes it an issue is the not actually knowing why it is the way it is. In not even making subtle attempts to explain it can be a bit unsettling...not just because of the racial implications but because it's unsatisfying that there is this loose thread in an otherwise fantastically woven tale.
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He mentioned it in the comments when responding to some of the stuff mmmshuddup. : ) He's mentioned it quite a few times in the comments actually and yeah...the whole "all witches are black" thing has become such a glaring issue that people have been wondering about since the end of season one I believe. Mef gets really into that particular rant...and understandably so. As she said...no one is expecting them to dedicate entire episodes to slavery, but because they chose the civil war era period during slavery and because they have this blatant pattern it seems like in avoiding it it causes a stir. No one would discuss it much if they actually used the words. As she said...the only time they used the word slavery was when Tyler briefly mentioned the slave quarters he chained himself in when turning. But they make comments like Damon deserted the Confederate army because he didn't believe in what they stood for in an aroundabout way. They've had a pattern of black witches but never explained why they are predominantely black...they've only mentioned the Salem witch trials briefly but that's it. Grams mentioned something about protesting in her youth to Stefan when he visted her.. instead of mentioning that it was the Civil Rights movement or whatever. It's become so blatant that it's really hard to ignore and I personally don't see how anyone doesn't see it. I remember initially I didn't think twice about it..but as the seasons progressed I couldn't argue with those who brought it up often and had the evidence to back it up.
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400+ comments. I think that's a first.
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and now 500+
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Just think the potential this has with a few weeks hiatus...
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lol touche! Price, you're gonna freak when you see all that you have to respond to. Better get crackin!
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@mmmshuddup TSC did get really good!! So good, it is literally blowing people up in the best way possible. No joke. It's currently on a running streak since it got back with great episodes after the other, and it's moving along its plot quite well.
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Yup, I'm pretty sure a good number of those who comment here are also commenting on the TSC recap as well. A lot of posters avatars I see here, I see in the TSC recap now as well. You should definitely check the show out again!
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:O wow so is it safe to assume that most of the frequent commenters here ALSO frequent the TSC recap threads? You guys got me half convinced! Like I told MeftihePhoen, I'll most likely check it out this summer once all my shows have finished their seasons (*cry* I hate summers lol)
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LOL maybe if he just comments on the original posts and not the approx 300+ @replies? Still would take all day though. Lucky we have hiatus! I want to see how high the comment count gets. I'm thinking we could hit 600 easy.
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Yes, "Awkward." was definitely the best new comedy of the year. Bizarre that it came from MTV.
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Speaking of MTV, "Awkward". I've been saying that MTV is a stupid channel for years and it just BLEW MY MIND. Cannot wait for that show to start up again. Get it a following, because it deserves it.
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Teen Wolf is awesome too. I totally second the recommendation.
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haha well then mate perhaps I'll have TWO new series to watch this summer!
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took me til episode 3 to get into it, but once I did I loved it. Plus Stiles is the greatest character! He's also the most realistic I've seen in a long while. He'd fit right in with us commenters.
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Yeah I swear I read an article on this site specifically singling out that show among its peers and saying it was underrated. However, I watched the first episode and while I didn't hate it or outright dislike it, I wasn't exactly drawn in either..
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Also give Teen Wolf a try if you havent. That's one hell of a guilty pleasure. Ignore the loser network it's on.



Oh and I'm with you, I hate most of the ladies on this show most of the time. And it irks me no end that when all the girls are gathered they continually fail the Bechdel test. (since that one is a little rarer I'll explain in case you think I'm nuts- basically you pass the test when you have only female characters onscreen and they're NOT talking about men/relationships. This is scarily rare to come by, even in TVD when the supernatural is so much of the plot).
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Yeah you hit the nail on the head with that mention of TVD's lacking in the female dept.. I mean, we got Caroline and I'm a huge fan of Rebekah...but that's it! Elena is the WORST and I'm not a fan of Bonnie (although I don't dislike her either). Perhaps I'll give it a chance this summer when I'm out of shows (except True Blood haha)
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Ha! but the cheese is so fun! A few episodes ago I would've said (and did say repeatedly) don't bother, but now is a great time to jump on board. It is getting so FUN! There are people exploding, and gratuitous magic use and shirtlessness. And STRONG female characters which TVD is sorely lacking in. It's definitely a good way to spend a Thursday night.

Catch up before the finale and join us!
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Looks like the TSC recap is trying to play catch-up! :O What's up with that anyway? Did that show suddenly get awesome without my knowing about it? I watched the pilot last year and was like meh. Then i struggled through the second and part of the third episode but couldn't take much more. Ironically, it's a bit too cheesy for me.
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i am HOPING that within these remaining four episodes, katherine returns even just for a little. she's the best and she needs a kickass comeback.

as for matt, bravo to him! he's not just a bowl of mashed potatoes after all! i always feel bad for his character and how he's sort of just a nobody human in a town of interesting vampires, so he really needed this.

caroline makes no mistakes. in my opinion, she is perfect in every way. team caroline for life! i think she already dealt with her father's death and just realizes that you have to expect any unexpected thing to happen in mystic falls, even your history teacher murdering your father. (alaric does still teach them, right? do they even go to school anymore? wait, what?)

jeremy and kol would be a very interesting friendship. i wouldn't mind seeing how that would play out.

side note: stefan's the worst.
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Hilarious recap! ROFL when I read the "Weeeeee" caption.



Am I the only one who hates Rebecca?? She's such a bitch! The dilemma with Klaus is that he must die, he's messed with way too many peoples' lives. But I get it, he makes a great bad guy. Maybe they brought him into the series way too early. All I want of the Originals is Elijah!!

Was wondering the same thing about Finn's line. Did some vampire drop dead in some really awkward place?

Yay for Matt.
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I never actually liked Rebekah! I'm praying they will not make her a regular. She is just so annoying.
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My soul just shed a blood tear. :( lol
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Haha, found the comment! I share your (emotional) pain :)
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I don't see why Damon should bother with searching for the missing stake. Actually, I also don't see why Stephan would give Klaus the real stakes. To test them, the originals would have to try to kill one of themselves, wouldn't they? So the stakes could easily be made of any wood.
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Point.
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Woods look and feel different and Rebekah just disassembled a bridge made out of 700 year old white oak. They don't carry that at Lowe's.
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You have to have the hook up. There's a guy who lingers in the backroom where they hide the good stuff. There's a secret knock and an intricate handshake, a few code words...
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1. Yeih, you rule, Matt! Which reminds me: Elena was handy with that crossbow. I seriously think she should stay single and become a vampire hunter instead. Matt and Jeremy can be her side kicks.

2. Since Finn only turned Sage, and she was in love with him and probably only turned a few... I'd say about 30 vampires. TBH Finn was more interesting as a character than Kol, who is just a jerk. (Hope that Matt will get his revenge Van Helsing-style.)

3. I get Carolines reaction. Alaric is in the same position as she was once.

4. I bet that Kol is one of Jeremys school buddies. I mean, Jeremy doesn't know who Kol is, right? Also, is Tyler there? I thought I caught a glimpse of him in the promo for the next ep.

Some thoughts: Damon needs more creativity for hiding places. Rebekah gets on my nerves (Yeah, I said it!). I only liked her when she got lonely and started acting human, aka going back to high school and dating humans (Matt). Pleasedon'tkillelijahpleasedon'tkillelijahpleasedon't (TeamElijah).
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Yay! Elena the Vampire Slayer! Fantastic idea!
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I know, right? She does have a natural talent to stabbing vampires in the back (Rebekah litterally). And she can fool anyone with those bambi eyes.
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but on the other hand elena has a sympathy for maniac killers...i am quite surprised she hasn't showed feelings for klaus yet... plus you know...the immortality thing she mentioned to matt ...
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What I meant was not to kill every vampire, just the rotten ones (like Klaus). But yeah, that's why she needs Matt, tired of vampires crawling around in MF, and Jeremy who is chopping off hybrid heads with kitchen tools like a badass.
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I luv that I exist in a world where TVD exists! This show is so awesome!

Of course Bonnie would break the spell just before they manage to kill Finn. Argh! This show! Poor Bonnie, she's had it pretty rough going this season - totally agree that she could turn Dark Bonnie. About the bloodline, when dad Michael was sproinked (see, you're creating words!) by Klaus, why didn't the children die?! Or as originals, they were all made vampires by the spell? I forget!

Anyway, looking forward to a big bang last few episodes... I'm scared that they won't be able to keep up the awesome storylines in season 4!

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good episode n good recap.

1) matt killed an original. wow! hes finally on his way 2 becoming interesting!

2) quite a few i think since finn was locked in a coffin 4 900yrs n the only person he possible turned was sage n sage must hve converted a few n those few may hve converted sme more but thts still less than the rest of the originals who were roaming the earth 4 a 1000yrs n may hve turned alot of ppl in2 vamps.

3) yes she was but wht could she hve done? its not like its totally alarics fault. he didnt even know he had psycho alaric episodes involving murders! n she was right tht all of dem hve blood on their hands.

4) ha! wish they would. tht would be fun! :D

btw whtever damon said 2 rebecca during the torture was 100% true.

n if klaus didnt care much 4 finn,why was he carting him around coffins n all concerned tht stefan might drown him in a ocean or smething? he shud hve just just chucked him in an ocean himself.

poor rebecca. she finally realised tht the salvatores brotherly bond is much stronger than their family's.

n seriously elena is it really thtat hard 2 be in love wid damon? i think its 1 of the easiest things in the world 2 fall 4 him n admit it already!
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Absolutely love your comments about Sage hitting Caroline. That's completely the way I feel when anyone lays a hand on her. Far and away the best character on the show for me. Then Katherine of course.
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It really says something about the show when I can't stand the three main characters but still watch it anyway. Stefan's whole getting payback on Klaus is beyond irritating; wasn't it Stefan's decision to go with Klaus in the first place anyway? He was the one who decided Damon's life was more important than the dozens that he murdered along the way...and somehow he's blaming Klaus for 'making' him kill all those people? I don't know, it just doesn't make any sense to me.

I'm just hoping for more crazy Alaric scenes and Jeremy's return.
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Agree with you there on Stefan. He's carrying a lot of guilt me thinks. And Klaus was right, he did give Stefan a target for his hate, etc.
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Klaus, although bad to the bone, has actually been TOTALLY cool to Stefan in spite of all his revenge efforts and what not. I mean so far, according to OLD (evil) Klaus, 99% of everyone that Stefan cares about should be dead based on all of his shenanigans. I mean think about it! Stefan is out of control and Klaus has thrown him a bone time and time again.
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is nobody else wondering where's katherine? I guess they'll have to find her and ask her who sired her............everything's better with katherine :)
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Katherine was sired by Rose. It's finding out who sired Rose that is needing to be found out.
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I'm always wondering "Where's Katherine?", except when I'm wondering "Where's Caroline?".
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Wouldn't it be hilarious if TVD did like a news bit of all these vampires dropping dead around the world? I mean, an event like that should merit coverage. Mystic falls would probably find a way to blame it on animal attacks (as per usual), but the rest of the world might wonder how this happened.



I just want a quick news snippet with a reporter. Something like this:



"The world is in a state shock after the calamitous events of last Thursday. Thousands upon thousands of people suddenly died of unknown causes, and medical experts are baffled. The death toll is unknown and unthinkable. Highway pile-ups, plane crashes, and other similar disasters have claimed the lives of countless others. This seemingly worldwide phenomenon is still rippling throughout the globe. The President is scheduled to give a news conference tomorrow to address and calm the public to what is now being referred to as "The Affliction". It was initially thought it could have been a terrorist attack, but the DOD quickly quashed these thoughts by pointing out the sheer scope of the attack. Many religious groups believe it is God's punishment for mankind's wickedness, and other more fanatical groups claim it is the beginning of the apocalypse. New cults are being created everyday. The Stock Market has taken a nosedive and the global economy is in tatters. Yesterday the FAA suspended all incoming international flights. Frankly, people are scared. The outcry from the public for more information has been fierce. No details of the medical reasons for the Affliction have been given. Conspiracy theories run rampant throughout America. People have taken to social media to express their frustrations and fears. Websites have been dedicated to sharing where you were when it happened. Memorials for lost loved ones are held everyday. As for now, we're still waiting for answers, and praying the affliction doesn't strike again. I'm (inset fake name) reporting from (insert real city)." . . . . .



Wow! That got a little dark.
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Maybe it's like when all the birds mysteriously fell from the sky and I believe we blamed it on global warming. There ya go. Global warming is responsible for random people bleeding out every orfice of their non-human bodies. That or the apocalypse.
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love the idea of a news report. And maybe there are some vampires who are public figures. I am thinking cher (never aging), a supermodel (with one hell of a diet *g*) and at least 1-2 presidents or other political figures.
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Where were you when it happened?
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I LOVE this. Too bad Andie is dead or she could be reporting as "your very own Mystic Falls reporter Andie....oh what was her last name again?" ---> it's never a good sign in MF if we never learn your last name (much like sleeping with those w/out last names. Not a recipe for success but a step towards it at least)

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Starr. It's Andie Starr.
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I actually loved the b!tch slap Caroline received from Sage....that was a long time coming...I really really love Caroline, but sometimes she is so annoying!!! I know how much she matured and yata-yata-yata...but please...forgive the guy who killed your father so quickly??? And all that morality....we already have Elena's boring a$$ for that!!!
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I can understand her not hating Alaric, because it was his alter ego who was doing the killings, but seriously, she loved her father until the end even after he tortured her. How can she make jokes etc about that? As if dad's murder was something like "Alaric broke my vase, but it's cool."
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I never understood why she cared about her father at all. Her father was a douche. Maybe now that it's over she's kind of glad he's gone (and feeling guilty for being glad he's gone because she's a good person).
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Who's the girl on the left in the Thelma and Louise photo at the end? The right is Sage. Who's the other?
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Abby. Bonnie's estranged vampire mama who ditched her not only once, but TWICE. Haha. Mother of the year award!
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Bonnie's mother, Abbie!!!
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Okay I think their could be a loop hole in the Vampire Line idea, here is my theory, you break the link we had Finn, Sage and the guy, but if you break the link,In Buffy you had the Master-Darla-Angel Dru-Spike now if you stake Darla the link is broken now go back and eliminate the Master, so in the TVD Killing Rose would break the particular link, but in Tyler case he was sired by Claus so he SOL just food for thought
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Good thought! Bad luck for Tyler - oh, but maybe since he's a hybrid, he's got a chance of surviving?
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oops deleted my own comment. So you're saying if Sage had been killed before Finn, Traytrevortroywhatever plus whoever else she turned would be fine?
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yes I am
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Okay thanks. I like it! Because Rose is dead, everyone we love is safe and Stefan can get his revenge on. Although how would you even test this?
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only one way trial and error, unfortunately the writer's may not be on the same thought wave
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One question: What curse words I'm not allowed to write here? I don't want to get carried away hahaha
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I think you can write anything but gay slurs. I know this, because as an Australian I curse frequently and without noticing, and the only time I've ever been censored was during the Bill debacle.
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lol that's gay! JK
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They changed it. They used to censor swear words and now they censor hate speech. So you can say fuck, but you can't say retard.
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so I can't use the B-word? or say use that S word that means raff?
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Well, the good news is, since it censors automatically, you can use whatever you want, and if the site gets offended, it will replace your word with a *** and then you'll know. Let's see about George Carlin's "seven dirty words". That would be: shit, piss, fuck, cunt, cocksucker, motherfucker and tits.
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I curse a lot, but I write pretty straight. Anyway, it is good to know, your post was a lesson on can and can'ts over here. Thanks.
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Oh, uh, I don't know how this is where you live, but if I used that word around women in this country they'd never forgive me, so I'm gonna just let you look up Carlin's seven dirty words on wikipedia and we can pretend I never typed that word. After all, for all you know I typed ***.
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you guys, pointing out the security lapse will surely make them censor us! Delete delete!!!



Also, dying to know what that middle word is. I think I can guess though.
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Oh thank God, the EFF always fucks up my jokes, it needs to be written as a whole lol
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Remember the mention by Esther turning her children into humans first and then killig them? What if this season leads up to her doing that and instead of them dying (no doubt because Bonnie did some sort of speel right beforehand), all the vampires turn back to human?!? So if an original dies, their vampire line dies. But also if an original turns back to being human, so does his/her entire line. That would be cool. They can figure out next season how to get them back to being vampires so the name of the show isn't worthless. :) Hilarious recap as usual. Favorite and major LOL from "K bye, let me know how it goes". That was the funniest. And I had to google FML, so thanks for the addition to my lingo dictionary. :)
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F me. I completely forgot about the "I can turn vampires into human" thing! Definitely has potential...
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What''t wit all this....I don't want another loop hole....just don't try to kill the Originals anymore and move on to other stories. This way, everyone lives and I get Klaus around for ever&ever&ever&ever!!!
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Great review as always! And I know how you feel...while everyone is complaing about the episodes I'm pretty much happy they exist LOL

Bonnie wa so awesome! Wow, that crying scene was so flawless. After everything she went through, this scene was needed.

I liked Caroline/Alaric scene! I really did. I feel like Caroline did not only explain some things to Alaric but to the viewers too. Most of them were affected by the supernatural...by death, by something dark. And they all have to deal with that. They aren't normal human beings, they aren't good, they can't be. She herself enjoyed killing someone, not because it was her choice but because she can't change who she've become.

I love that. Because on this show we can't really judge the characters as if they were normal human beings, we just can't.



And, finally, I got pretty, pretty angry. As you said...the Stefan/Elena scene was just so awful! After everything that happened, Stefan didn't want her to have feelings for Damon? Are you insane? The guy stood by her for who knows how long.

Also, Elena is always portrayed as this strong minded lady. She knew the right thing to do, she knew they had to rescue Damon but she didn't do anything just because Stefan said so. Yes, really strong. (She'd probably be the only one who wouldn't die if she went after Damon by herself. Klaus would never let Rebekah kill her but she didn't do anything.

Terrible if you ask me. And kinda OOC too. On 2x22 she broke the poilce station window just to talk to the guy and now that he's almost dying she does nothing? Worse than nothing, she feels pity for his brother who didn't get almost killed?

URGH

Sorry I'm mad today...)

(1) I LOVE IT! Matt is getting more plot lines, more importance, more everything and I love it.

(2) Not many. The guy was on a coffin for 900 years!

PS: ELIJAH better be the one who turned Rose! This way he and KLaus will live and everyone will be happy

(3) Even though I loved her converstation with Alaric I felt like caroline should at least have spent some time away from him. Oh,well...

(4) YES, also, Kol helped him to walk the dog after that vid. And Kat should be somewhere nearby, eating a frozen yogurt before joining them.
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Ahhh great recap! Poor 'tatoes eating the cheese from the mousetrap in his trailer. And "Thinking Caps everybody" had me in stitches...probably because Elena was there and she probably has an actual special hat and all. Kudos, sir. : )



-I've been loving that a character that used to bore me to tears and whom I used to deem utterly dispensible has come back as an MVP of "I just don't give a shizz". It's like his whole demeanor to everything, like he's pissed about it and he's taking some matters into his own hands for his friends (only family). He and Jeremy have had that in common this season and I like it. I love how this kid has the most human approach to supernatural craziness...they call him, he looks baffled, but sharpens his wickery stake and handles business all before heading home to prepare for his graveyard shift at the Grille. He should be a vampire slayer in training with Jeremy. They could be like the Michaelangelo and Donatello to Alaric's Splinter. (well, if Alaric gets his head on straight which I'm quite enjoying the schizoid behavior).

- Seeing as Sage was a siring queen? Millions. I wonder how they felt knowing their ultimate vampire parent was a suicidal bore consumed with self loathing. I was both interested and unsurprised by that development. It seemed almost like a given and yet not...I don't know. I loved Caroline's "Awww hell no" face when she figured it out what the linkage would mean. I never put too much thought into the bloodline intricacies but that's some fascinating stuff right there. If I were to be bold (not that I'd want this to happen), I'd take the chance of killing Klaus. I'm willing to bet Elijah was the one who sired Rose and therefore connects the rest of them...the only one who'd die on their side would be Tyler. (Sorry wolf boy I like you but you'd be collateral damage).

-Yes and no. I think she loaded up on B-Positive before she went to visit.She spent most of her time all angst ridden and irritated with her father when he was dying and afterwards...so maybe she just got it all out of her system. If it were Damon she'd be pissed because he's sort of that character that everyone likes to take out their frustrations on whether it's justified or not...but it's Alaric. Hey maybe she knew that the only way she'd ever graduate highschool is if he keeps pulling strings by fudging their attendance records and giving them decent grades.

- *snort* as if Kol works out. He's like the male version of Rebekah, which means he's vain but not enough to actually do physical work. He's probably shopping and getting his fill of teeny-bopper blood. Big shocker...sending Jeremy away put him in mortal danger...more so than keeping him close where you could access the kid in minutes rather than hours. Ugh these people. Now they have to go fetch him to do some Alaric ring exorcism thing and he's none the wiser of what is actually going on in this place.



I enjoyed this episode, although in some ways it was sort of unfulfilling in how it came back full circle and in ways we're right back to where we started...but I still kind of dig stuff like that and I can't complain. We can't kill the Originals (secret yay!), The originals are not linked, Klaus wants to leave town and take Elena with him, Stefan still loves Elena who still loves Stefan and is confused about Damon and so on and so forth. In that sense I felt a bit unfulfilled. But it was a rock solid episode that was just entertaining to watch with some really good moments. I had conflicting feelings on so many things which is when I know the show is good. For example Bonnie...



I'll be damned but I actually really felt for Bonnie in this one. I was annoyed but laughed at how they texted her for a stake but she wasn't there and no one really seemed to care. But then seeing her hemmed up with Klaus again, being forced to do another spell while being threatened with the death of loved ones and having the fact that her mother abandoned her and the others probably wouldn't be looking for her anyways thrown in her face stirred up my usual Bonnie woes. Being tied to Elena destroys that girl. When she looked reasonably concerned with Damon being strapped up there, I was pleased. When she basically left him there and was like the hell with it, I was slightly annoyed. I can't even give her the ole survival instincts girl just wanted to ge the hell out of dodge because she sat outside curled up in the fetal position at her car and sobbed her pretty little eyes out...so she could have attempted to save Damon but she chose not to. However, that was one of the best Bonnie scenes to date. Tragic and beautiful and I just loved how real that moment was for her character and for the characters in general because everything on this show is so fast paced and no one slows down enough to mourn, to remind you that most of them are just a bunch of teenagers dealing with life and death stuff every single day, and her more specifically just wants out of something that she'll never be out of, and she holds the life of so many on her shoulders when she's blowing around leaves and having nose bleeds. Hell of a lot of pressure for one teenage girl...a lot of pressure and a lot of responsibility and a lot of getting used and abused and no one else really seems to give a s**t, especially since she's up their with Elena as far as the things she keeps losing.So Kudos Kat Graham for giving me one of my favorite scenes of the night from a character that I always have mixed feeling about. They really should let that girl do more. I won't go into my Bonnie rant.



Also,it's funny because I avoid getting into the whole war between the Salvatore brothers fans because I honestly love both of them for very different reasons and I could never choose one over the other, but boy is Damon getting shafted. Was it fun seeing him shirtless and watching Rebekah get her stab on like some really kinky domanatrix? Sure. Was it also kind of ridiculous and annoying? Uh huh.We've come a long way in the series and so many things have happened where I can't always fathom why he's treated with such disdain and/or indifference by the majority of the characters. I think in theory Stefan was right in leaving him there to execute his failed plan, but there is something to be said and kudos to be given to Damon who despite his smarmy exterior will drop everything to save his brother...because it's his brother. He's been doing that all season. Or maybe I'm just disappointed that Edward Cullen lurker/broody Stefan seems to be appearing in larger dosages than I deem fit.But alas I got a couple of my awesome Damon and Alaric bromance moments to hold me over.



I smiled when I seen Sage gurgling blood on the Salvatore floor (might I add that the wood in that house has seen it''s fair share of bleeding out, it's a wonder it hasn't rotted through). I laughed when Finn exploded into flames...especially at the fact that suicidal Finn got bumrushed by two teenagers and a vampire with butter fingers. Like Romeo and Juliet they died a tragic death...not. it was funny. I feel like a horrible human being for laughing but it was funny. Good riddance to the two insignificant characters and their not so epic love for one another.



Overall I liked it though. We got to see Klaus again. Damon was shirtless. Rebekah was pissed. Bonnie had a really authentic moment. There were deaths. Elena got her crossbow on thanks to sensei Alaric, and Alaric's chick alter hid the last stake. (which for some reason makes me laugh to that Alaric could be possessed by this female that reminds me of that SNL spoof of a giggling Bjork). Good times TVD.
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"but sharpens his wickery stake" - for some reason, I really got akick out of this. So much more catchy than White Oak. And fascinatingly, no one has mentioned yet in the ACP that Klaus only asked about how many STAKES were left. Not how much WOOD was left. Seriously. No one really believes that the Salvatores and Alcoholaric made ALL of that bridge sign into stakes, do they? Surely there's some remnant left hanging around to cause future damage?



If not, those idiots deserve to all be killed. Really now.
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The ACP is a thing now?! LOL! Alcholaric...I pity that man's liver. Yeah there were a hell of a lot of shavings left over and all. I did notice that and it felt like the Plan X in case Plan A-W failed...which of course they would with this posse. I'd like to think that was part of the plan...specifying stakes rather than wood, especially when they figured out Damon was strung up in the Mikaelson torture room. It just seemed like maybe it wouldn't be important after that revelation and them seemingly deciding not to kill the Originals for their own self preservation.
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Mostly, I agree with what you've said. The one place I do disagree is on Damon. He still does deserve a little bit of pushback from the characters in my opinion. Just a little. Let's not forget that he spent years and years as a diabolical killer of many many humans (and LEXI!!!!!! Miss you mucho). He's come a long way toward being good indeed. But Stefan was always trying to be good and fought his urges when he wasn't on a blood binge. Damon had no such compunction.
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It would hold more weight of they treated Stefan the same way. Damon is a dick...no question. But Stefan is a mass murderer has been for a while. He's only inherently "good" when he's relapsing. Him being a psychopathic serial killer is him. Stefan gets very little pushback from anyone...Damon gets it regardless of how he's behaving. When he's good he catches flack, when he's bad he catches flack, either way they rely on him more than ever and he still pretty much gets treated like crap by most of the people involved. It'd be even more problematic if he didn't give out as much as he gets. Because he's such a jackass no one thinks twice of it, but in their world of moral grey where all of them have been sucked into the portal that lies between good and evil...at this point in time Damon judgment just makes the lot of them appear hypocritical, judmental, and unfavorable. How long do you punish someone whom you need and lean on so much for something before it gets redundant and ridiculous? Especially since no one else is really held to the same standards? I miss Lexi too...Lexi is awesome! But Stefan was a diabolic killer for years and years and years as well...in some ways more despicable than Damon could have been. I mean 1912 gave me the impression that between the time he was turned and then he mostly killed for sustainance and found vampirism in general rather repulsive because he wanted to die and was mourning Katherine. Stefan probably had two or three relapses into psycho jack the ripper Stefan by then. And Damon didn't always kill just for sport...whereas Stefan kind of did. I'm actually trying to point out that one isn't better than the other in those regards but at this in the series for any of them to still be holding grudges, drudging up past deeds, and treating him like the pariah until they need him just seems a bit ridiculouse. I'm not even saying it was an overabundance of that in this episode. I'm just saying in general. I mean I love both brothers as they are and I wouldn't change much about either of them, and I in no way want to fuel one of those Stefan v. Damon wars that I detest.
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Well argued. I still feel like there is something worse to Damon than Stefan, though you are correct in that this show does love to present Stefan as much better than Damon even though neither of them are anywhere near a clean slate. I guess it's more the difference between the guy who kills someone while drinking and driving and the guy who murders for money. Before anyone objects, absolutely, both bad. Very bad. Very very bad, especially in this, the real world. But with the drinking and driving guy, it's more of a killing of enjoyment while completely disregarding others versus the murderer for money is a direct jealously/hatred desire against others. Often complete disregard is more dangerous than outright hatred, but I feel like disregard is more easily fixable and easier to prove a change of heart in. Obviously they've both had their problems. Just a thought.
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Apparently we've reached too many replies and I can't reply directly to your post, so I'm replying here. More good points and valid thoughts. I shall try to see Damon in a different light, but there is something about him that I still like less than Stefan for some reason. I do like Damon more when it's him and Alaric playing off of each other, and he has been being the better vampire this season. Yay for more.
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Murder for money is strictly business and nothing personal. You can stop being a hired assasin if you so choose....or maybe do it for good. Like Leverage's Eliot Spencer who can never fully be redeemed but is on a path of redemption that you respect him for and don't hassle him about. I'd kind of hate the other Leverage members if everytime he beat a guy up and ran the risk of killing them to protect his team they threw in his face that he's had a murderous past.If you're a drunk who relapses every now and then and drives frequently sometimes you may kill a person, sometimes you may not. But there is no control over the bodies piling up in front of you unless you can control your drinking. There is something incrementally more terrifying about someone who isn't in control of killing people versus someone who is. I sort of hate myself for even making that argument.



We've always been fed that Damon's heart is filled with darkness and blah, blah, blah...so it always felt to me like we were brainwashed into thinking that he's the worst and should be treated as such, when he kind of wasn't? I mean my perspective of Damon. Admittedly wasn't fan through most of season one...but flashbacks gave me perspective. I seen Damon as rebellious youth who didn't want to confine himself to his father's beliefs. The boy who wanted out of the Civil War because it went against his stance on that little slavery issue that the show never discusses. He was in love with Katherine and told by Emily that his heart was full of blackness when I didn't see during that period where she would have gotten that impression. He actually seemed like the kind of pathetic good one. His father viewed him as a disappointment and his mother died and that understandably weighed on his psyche which further explains why he threw himself at Katherine despite her ways. Coming second to Stefan again further destroyed him. Losing Katherine sent him off the deep end...and his brother forcing him to embrace something he no longer wanted made him bitter. He didn't even enjoy who and what he was for a while...and no matter what he did then (and now apparently) he was berated for it. Now Stefan was told he had a pure heart but was the one who followed what his father said even though he didn't always agree. He later killed his father and forced his brother to enter vampirism with him so that he wouldn't have to be alone. He went on feeding rampages and what not. Stefan as a human presented in flashbacks wasn't to me the inherently good Stefan that they like to convince us that he is...and Damon in the flashbacks as a human wasn't nearly as inherently bad...which is why again I just never fully understand how they play up the two. I think Damon did what some people do...they go down that if you're going to believe so little of me than I may as well put on a show and give you what you expect of me. He's sort of petulant and child like that way. Stefan's identity crisis and fighting off who he is is what makes him so broody.. Sorry...I'm more so just thinking out loud and typing it out here. : )
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If you keep your floor waxed you can kill all the people on it. What they don't show you on screen is the activities of the help at the Salvatore mansion. Tuesday is waxing day.
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Yeah....I don't want to know how you know that.
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Okay so: this recap is full of your complaints about the episode (yay, because at least someone else watched the same episode that I did) yet your conclusion is that it was a good episode? That makes about as much sense as much of the episode. Seriously.
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Uh....welcome to Price's photo recaps?? Bad episodes are mocked. Good episodes are mocked. Great episodes are searched long and hard for ways to mock. It's 3rd grade 'round here....mocking and torture are how we show our love. Or did you miss that Rebekah-has-Damon-in-bear-traps scene?

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Oh I love the recaps. I just don't understand why, in light of all the problems that were pointed out, the conclusion is that this is a good episode (I personally hate it with a fiery passion though if they'd not had that horrid Stefan//Elena scene and ended *not* with Ric's stake missing it would have worked better for me.) It's kinda like saying "this steak is overcooked, too salty and tough. But it's a good steak". Um, no.
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Because even at it's worst TVD is a great show. Because even though things were predictable at times are not as action packed as they could have been there were still good points to it that didn't make the episode flat out suck. I personally get it. I analyze everything to pieces and the episode, despite it not being as exciting as I personally hoped it would be was still kind of a good watch for a few reasons so I couldn't flat out say that it was a horrible episode or that it sucked. Stuff actually happened and there was some movement and you can't really criticize the forward movement.
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@LillianWolf I wasn't being rude when responding to your post...I get your point and if you had read the one I made I too mentioned how the episode in a way was unfulfilling because we were right back to where we started at the beginning of the season. So please don't be disrespectful to me when I wasn't being disrespectful to you. I was merely trying to explain to you...as you expressed some confusion in how someone can point out so many flaws and still think it was a solid episode...why someone would actually do that. I agree with your statements about Damon...again if you seen a post I made further up I was actually explaining why I resent the everyone turning on Damon bit. I actually agree with the gist of what you are saying. Despite all of that though, the episode had some very good scenes...the reveal though agitating was no different to me than when they told us that the blood and the moon curse was hogwash. It's an episode that seems to be setting us up for the finale and is the stepping stone to forward movement again...herego, no, you can't really be critical of them finally getting somewhere instead of being stagnant for weeks on end. It's what we all have pretty much asked for.
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I can criticize "forward movement" if I want to. There is forward movement that is good story telling and then there is this episode. Everyone turning their back on Damon. Elena going backwards as far as Stefan goes. Stefan and Elena's scene where he says "I've lost anything. But I know you love me. I know you love Damon too. Do you love Damon?" All in the space of about a minute. Even Nina and Paul looked uncomfortable. I don't blame them. Because the whole scene was a massive reset. Resets are not good "forward movement" because they almost always make no sense. If they wanted to tell the story about Stefan letting go of his anger, they should have told that story instead of crunching it into a complete180 that did a disservice to both the actors and the characters. What really bugs me is that the whole "bloodline" reveal was reason enough for Stefan halting his revenge plan. They didn't actually need that Stefan Elena scene.
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Did i say TVD is a bad show? Where did I say that? Oh wait. I didn't. However it is fast approaching shark jumping territory *for me*. I hope the final four bring it together. I really do.
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I agree.
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Finally a really good TVD episode again after some rather disappointing ones. Totally looking forward to see Rose next week.

The only problem I have with the show at the moment is that it feels like they're running out of superlatives. I remember in S1 when Damon was supposed to be the "ultimate bad guy" but now in S3 I just don't think anyone can outdo Klaus and there's only so much original-killing storylines you can do before it gets super repetitive. But now that it looks like that's out of the picture for now I have high hopes for the rest of the season.
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I see your point...although back in season one it didn't seem like anyone could be as awesomely bad as Damon and then Katherine came along. Then just when you didn't know whether to be in awe of the girl or horrified there was Klaus...who initially came through Rose (who wasn't scary) and Elijah who was all badass and awesome, and then Alaric...who was a pretty frightening and awesome Klaus until...Klaus himself...who was just EPIC. I don't doubt that they'll introduce another "big bad" who will be just as good as Klaus. Who knows...maybe it'll keep happening until the series itself ends or until they come face to face with Satan himself.
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Aww remember when we were scared of Elijah? So sweet.

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My favorite part was when Elijah showed up to rescue Damon from the werewolves. SO bad ass!
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I know. Good times.
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If you watch Supernatural, you know it's all downhill after Satan.
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ok if killing an original kills all their bloodline then shouldnt even vampire have dropped dead with Micheal.. you know all the originals FATHER.. was killed?





Im sure damon stefan etc etc arent tied to Klaus but we know Tyler is... so theyll probably fin a way to imprison Klaus or something but hopefully they just kill him (he dies in the books after all) and maybe since Tyler's a werewolf he wont be affected or something.
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Klaus didn't die in the books. In the books, Klaus was carried off by the Civil War ghosts.
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I don't think so. Michael didn't turn them.
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but wait, TECHNICALLY he did. Probably doesnt count though, since they didn't use his blood... I wonder if Tatia, their actual blood source, is still around...
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Wasn't it Esther who "turned" them?
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In America, we have short memories, and we don't remember that fan used to stand for fanatic. The word has lost all of its negative connotation. For that, we reserve "fan girls" and "fan boys", and sometimes "rabid fan girls/boys". I'd consider myself a Buffy fan, though I've never been to a convention to get a signature and I wouldn't know where to find the fan community proper, just as with TVD. I assume maybe there's forums on the CW website? Or would those be too policed? But yes, I do know that people love Becoming. The Body is a weird one -- it's rude to say your favorite is the one where the main character's mom dies -- it's not one of my favorites because I'm not a big fan of emotions and stuff. But okay, I'll make an effort to never call you a fan again.
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It's hard to fault. It's a fan favorite. But not impossible! Too predictable. I wrote down five episode titles before you answered: Becoming, Graduation Day, Hush, The Body, and The Gift. I knew I should have bet pcsjunior002 a million imaginary dollars it would be on that list.

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Apart from Beer Bad is there an unsatisfactory answer?
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@Mey: All right then, you have to name one of your own favourite episodes then and if your answer isn't satisfactory, then we'll judge you. Because that's what we do. Except that we'll probably still be okay with you. But I would like to know now that it's been brought up (all right, I brought it up for this purpose).
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I think of it as one of those things to watch when you're down, or when you find out the guy u like has a girlfriend, or just had a shitty day. Then, you get home, get under your comforter, watch it and you are happy again for at least a week.
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Hey, that episode can even get me sometimes. I think it may be the greatest episode of television ever.
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I call it, "The episode of AWESOME when it's awesome, and I cry almost every time I watch it" (Yes, I'm a sap).
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You mean you don't call "Once more with feeling" "The one where the whole cast sings and dances"?
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Ha, you're cute. So organized, with your reference episodes....
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Tatia isn't around. She was sacrificed for the original spell.
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Wait, Tatia's mum was a witch!? Where did you get this? And honestly I don't think we'll get an answer any time soon to the Tatia/sacrifice question.
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then how was her blood used to bind Klaus' hybrid side after he turned for the first time? Did Esther just keep a vial around!?
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"Bye forever, Finn. You were easily the most important character ever featured on The Vampire Diaries."



True dat.



also, great episode!
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YAY! My manip! :D



I really liked this episode, it was non stop fun, it felt like an episode from season 2 and I'll always remember it as 'the one with the Samsung.'



I am a huge fan of Caroline but I have to say, I LOATHED how she was all like; "LOL no prob, I killed a man too and I bet he was also a dad lol. BAD THINGS HAPPEN! :D", as if that makes daddy Forbes' killing OK. #TeamBill I'm surprised they didn't hug. Caroline, you are better than this. I loved Elena in this episode. She was not annoying at all. Okay...maybe a little bit. But how awesome was she with the crossbow? And they also used Bonnie! That was unexpected! LOL @ "I will cry in a driveway". I'm hoping for a darker Bonnie too. I never cared about Sage, but her death was cool and it made me feel feelings. I felt like...I cared. LOL Klaus, he still wants to create a hybrid army? But this is so yesterday's stuff. Why can't he come up with more fun and demonic plans? Also, shirtless!bondage!Damon was A+. I ignored the blood and all.



- Now he doesn't need to do anything until the second half of the next season.

- I get chills when I think about that.

- YES YES OOOOHHHH YES. I am not amused. *shakes fist*

- I need that fanfic in my life. NOW.
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Was the samsung the etchasketch thingy Klaus used? I know we all joke about product placement, but seriously is it not getting ridiculous? I remember the first time I noticed it was Season 2, Elena and Caroline were arguing in the car and Elena made a brief comment about liking the song and Caroline sort of hollered at her car NAMETHESONG. And it did, and I woke up and realized I'd just been tricked into watching a car ad.

Do all shows do this now or is it a CW thing? Is this normal and I just missed it?!
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no way Mey! That's it, I'm moving to France. No wait your migration and culture laws scare the shit out of me.. but this is a great policy!



i mean it's totally fun to laugh at but at a certain point it takes away from the story? It's one thing to have Caroline drive a tricked out Ford Focus and quite another to have Klaus, the big bad, draw a cartoon on his phone right before threatening Jeremy. I was like, what are you going to words with friends Jer to death? Hysterical laughing is probably not what they were going for at that point.
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It's not all shows, but it is shows across networks. Subway saved Chuck, was central to the plot on last week's Community, and made an embarrassing appearance on Hawaii Five-oh. Bones has had scenes that were a car commercial. The new Knight Rider was a season long Ford commercial. Mad Men apparently did a Heineken episode. Fringe has had cars and Android phones (the next work day we figured out how to do the video chat).
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For Mad Men, I think that was the singular example of tasteful product placement. I mean it is a show about branding, having real brands gives it a greater legitmacy and adds to the history WHILE working with the plot. It can be over the top, but it still beats shipping Bonnie off and having her cameo via mifi. Or her resurrecting Jeremy and then saying goodnight to him via windows live chat?! You think buffy would have pulled this shit!?

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neither, but I'm forgiven so yay!
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There's a couple that work really great as standalones. If you've ever played an RPG or had friends who did, watch "Advanced Dungeons and Dragons", and if you're a science or science fiction geek watch "Remedial Chaos Theory". Either is an excellent way to spend 22 minutes. If neither applies to you, you're forgiven anyways.
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Don't be mad, but I've never seen an episode of Community. I never really got around to it.
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Community's was distinctly distasteful, but in a hilarious way and not at all the way you'd think.
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I think it's true for many shows, not just the CW ones! I personally know same thing happened in Heroes. They shamelessly promoted Nissan because that company was a sponsor. But they took it to a new level in this episode LOL.
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I remember that! I was super confused then too.
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Clairebear was like "Nissan Rogue???!!!" instead of "A car?!!!"



Ahhh Clairebear, you are lucky. Not because of the car of course...
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"The one with the Samsung" reminded me of Friends!

We ALL need that fanfic in our lives. Go look it up and post the link here for everyone as a sign of good faith for all the ACP.
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I think I have no choice but to do that now. XD I wish TVD fandom was this much fun... :/
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*sighs* Me too.
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DARK BONNIE! WE NEED BONNIE TO GET ANGRY! SHE DOESN'T DESERVE ALL THIS SHIT!
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"Dark Bonnie" had me LOLing. Sorry, inappropriate.
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Yay Finn is dead! He was the most uninteresting Original. I'm glad they dropped their plan to kill the originals, I really like Elijah, Klaus and Rebekah (haven't gotten to know Kol yet), we need more scenes with them, and less with Elena's sob story about how she's so awesome and everything's about her.

Also I love Caroline and really wish Tyler would come back.
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Ugghh, gosh if they so wanted to kill Klaus, why just not hire a sniper and give him those white oak bullets...problem solved. That is however, how my solution before the whole OMG bloodline was revealed, which was ok, but not a real good quality OMG. Didn't really like this episode, because I tired of having these deja vus with stuff that has already been in the previous episodes. The gand wants to kill somone - check, Elena pouting - check, Elena being caught between two dudes - check, Caroline being awesome - check, shirtless Damon - check. Only took away three things from this episode - 1. Caroline is finally being the voice of reason for all those who are thrown under the bus to save St. Elena, loved her quote about being Klaus's bait. 2. The Originals can't be killed and honestly at this point I don't really care because they are the stuff that makes that town at least a lil bit fun. 3. Stefan saying something that a lot of viewers have been complaining about - we are back where we started, the story has not progressed, and s3 is beginning to feel like a huge let down because the final destination is not clear and taking into account how the season began - it is a real shame.
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First, this episode was awesome. Second, I'd like to say that I (in addition to a number of other people, I'm sure, I think you even mentioned the idea once, Price) totally called the fact that killing Originals kills all vampires. Though to be fair, I thought that would hinge upon the linking together, but oh well. Do not care, because that makes this awesome. Third, great idea (or at least, my idea, if it isn't a great one) for season 4: All out Vamp war. Two more Originals/all their sired vamps drop by the end of this season (say Rebekah and Kol) and somehow then all the remaining white oak stakes but one are destroyed. We have Team Elijah versus Team Klaus around the world with Team Elena desperately trying to discover ancestry (for the record, I'm on Team Elijah for that).



-What up Matt? Good on 'im, mate. I'm trying to think of whether or not he's actually killed a regular vampire to this point, and I can't think of an instance. I guess that makes him a legendary vampire killer in their world. "Guess what dudes, I entered the business by killing an ORIGINAL. Back the step off."

-Given that Sage was 900, Finn probably only have just over 100 years to hate himself (say 110), and it did sound as though Sage was one of the first he'd sired. But I'm assuming that Sage had sired a few in her day, and of course that's the gift that keeps on giving, so I'm going to say roughly 1/25th of the world's vampire population. Would obviously be more from the others, but even 1/25th of an entire species is a lot. And just because I need to make up a number, I'm calling the total worldwide vampire population at (nearing 7 billion humans, so, assuming that vampires have been counted there, too by dimwitted, unknowing humans) 4.5 million vampires, which would come out to about 2.3 million people per vampire, which would mean that a good 92,000 died 'cause ol' Finn got the stake. I like these numbers, they work for me.

-I'd say Caroline was too easygoing about it, except that I understand the logic of it very nicely. Would it still hurt? Yes. Is she completely over it? Probably not. But that doesn't mean she can't, not necessarily forgive Alaric, but not be mad at him. If I were her, I'd start getting mad the Gilbert rings and go rip the other one off of Jeremy's finger, or something like that if I had to lose my emotions about something.

-Did anyone else laugh at Jeremy playing with a dog like that? Hilarious. I think Jeremy's up to something (or at least I hope so, that would be pretty cool). Kol can be the next one to die in my book.



Love this stuff, more please.
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I'm on Team Elijah as far as ancestry too.



I think Caroline took pity so she actually helped Alaric out by giving him the ole "Mistakes were made" thing and that she can identify with him too. I think she was cutting him slack because he's already suffering. Part of it was sweet and so awesomely Caroline...another part of it was a bit annoying and so reminscent of Elena.



I like badass Matt though. His first slaying was wonderfully executed. (pun intended) but I doubt we'll see his reaction to it. I mean it was his first time killing someone like that.
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I doubt we'll see his reaction to it, too. Though I'd really love to see it. He's come quite a ways from season 1. Remember at the end of season two where he was working with the sheriff to stab Caroline and Tyler in the back? Now he's stepping out and killing Originals. Blamo. Spinoff show where Matt travels around the world killing vamps. #MattJustice (or a better name)
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Oh yeah...that's right. I almost forgot about Matt teaming up with Momma Forbes!
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See I'm curious as to when the Originals will figure out about the bloodline thing. Then all they have to do is call a few vampires and let them know the Salvatores have a weapon. Then, as you said, WAR. But I think their biggest concern right now should be Katherine. Even if Stefan pulls a Finn and decides the world is better off sans vampires, Katherine is a SURVIVOR. She would kill the entire human population to get him to reconsider. I really miss Katherine.
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I sooooo agree that Katherine is a survivor. I believe her instincts to be so strong as to side with the Originals if necessary. That would be a fantastic way for her to return.
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But wait, wouldn't the survival instinct keep her far far away from Klaus? I really want her to strike up an allegiance with Elijah.
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LMAO probably. Think you're giving them a little too much credit for forward thinking there. It's very nice of you though!
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oooh that's interesting! I hadn't considered that Katherine's different daylight jewellery was on purpose. I thought that was just a consistency glitch that no one was calling attention to... If that was their intent then I like it.
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It could happen... Specially if she, unlike us, know who sired Rose.
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You'd think this all would open the door for her to return.
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How did this happen?



How did The Vampire Diaries become an addictive compulsion I can't live without? It wasn't always this way. I remember the good old days of September 2009. God, it seems so long ago. I didn't even have an iPhone back then. Hard to believe, I know. I remember seeing previews for this ridiculous Twilight-tinged daytime soap of a vampire show. I thought to myself at the time, "I will never watch that show". How wrong I was.



I went about my life after the premier of TVD. Didn't give it a second thought. November turned to December. Christmas was just around the corner and I had more important things to worry about. But in the New Year I began to hear whispers and rumors of this great new vampire show. The legend was growing. But I still didn't believe. I was stubborn. Set in my ways. A mistake I would come to regret.



Flash forward to the fall of 2010. The new TV season was just kicking into high gear. Good new shows were hard to come by, so I decided to give Hawaii Five-0 and The Event a chance. I eventually stopped watching Five-0, and The Event was good for a laugh, but something was missing. I didn't know exactly what, but I sensed it. It was like I was searching for something. It was just beyond my grasp, I could almost feel it. Then it was gone.



Months passed by in a blur. Television no longer imbued the familiar feeling of hope. A strange sensation of missing something of vital importance became incessantly pervading. There were still several shows I loved to watch, but the feeling of off-ness never abated. I wish now that I had watched TVD sooner. So much could have been avoided.



As fate would have it, the first time I watched an episode of The Vampire Diaries was one of the worst days of my life. But that's a story for another day . . . . Possibly next Friday.
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SOMEBODY GIVE THIS GUY A BOOK DEAL!
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LOL! I literally LOL'ed! For the record, I'll be around next friday to gather around and hear the continuation of this tale. I see we share a similar process...the initial stubborness followed by eventually being worn down enough to see what the hype was and finally ending up addicted to a show that you never had plans or room to get addicted to. As an insomniac tv addict with two DVR's and a knack for multitasking, I sympathize with your plight, dear friend.
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We should light a fire and gather around with smores. I'll be here too.
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I just read myself to sleep.

FAIRYTALE. And I don't even like the show, but FAIRYTALE.
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LMAO. I feel a bit like I'm on a fan board now? Like with a topic "How did you discover the Vampire Diaries?" And yet I couldn't stop reading. Are you having a breakdown? There there? It's okay to be obsessed, you're clearly amongst good company. As for not discovering it earlier, honestly I think maintaining this level of dedication for three years would be super tiring. Also the first season was sort of meh and didn't inspire this manic devotion, as far as I know. Don't know what else to say... I'm torn between worrying and laughing here...
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*whispers* the first step is admitting that you have a problem. Fringe is in a process right now!
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LOL okay I'll tread lightly
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WHERE IS ELIJAH?! He needs to come back ASAP! Am I right?
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In complete concurrence with this statement.



As an aside...not that I actually care, makes me wonder where Mama Original is. when Esther and Finn left it was in a state of confusion and we didn't actually know what happen to them. Finn popped up somewhere so where's Esther I wonder?
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Yes, you are right.
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my classmate's sister-in-law makes $83 an hour on the laptop. She has been out of a job for 7 months but last month her income was $7146 just working on the laptop for a few hours. Read more on this site... NuttyRich.com
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You should make Photot recap about THE PROMO of 3x19
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