The Vampire Diaries

Season 4 Episode 12

A View to a Kill

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Jan 31, 2013 on The CW
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    The Vampire Diaries "A View to a Kill" Review: Kol Dances into the Fire

    This week's scheme, courtesy of Elena, involved her baiting Kol with a false truce while Stefan kept Rebekah wrapped up in another web of heartfelt emotional manipulation.

  • Episode Summary

    After Rebekah declines Klaus' demand to stop Kol and protect Jeremy, Klaus looks to Stefan for help. An angry Bonnie confronts her father Mayor Hopkins, about his unconventional methods to protect Mystic Falls from violence. After their disagreement, Bonnie has a frightening encounter with Kol, followed by a visit from an unexpected guest. Klaus adds to the tension between Stefan and Damon by revealing some information about Stefan's personal life, then surprises Damon by asking for some advice. Elena puts Stefan in a difficult spot after revealing her dangerous plan to save Jeremy. After Mayor Hopkins cancels the high school's 1980s Decade Dance, Stefan finds a charming way make the evening special for Rebekah.


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    • "Ridiculously convenient writing", not "A view to a kill"...


      Unfortunately, the 4th season of this show has mostly defects to show us until now. Unbelievably slow story pace and ridiculously convenient writing (from the Cure being introduced just after Elena was turned accidentally to killing an Original without knowing for sure that Klaus is the Original from who they descend).

      Who was the recent victim of the fact that the writers see us as stupid amoebas? One of the Originals, Kol (oh, and Stefan who turns the engine of his motorcycle on to prevent Klaus from hearing that Elena is planning to kill his brother!)! Let's see what happened with Mr. Kol, shall we?

      First, Kol appears to Bonnie to kill her but he starts chatting with her and Bonnie now has enough time to fight back. What we got? Bonnie-Kol 1-0.

      Then, Kol arrives at Elena's place. He gets an invitation and starts chatting with Elena. At the same time, Elena's friends are looking for a dagger or the White Oak Stake to neutralize Kol. In the meantime, Bonnie is leaving Jeremy and Elena at Kol's mercy to spend some "quality time" (fighting) with her parents! Then, Kol leaves Elena's house but comes back to tell her that he doesn't believe that our beloved team is going to stop looking for the cure and is getting ready to kill Jeremy. After some ridiculous looking and fighting (like he couldn't scan the house in one sec with super speed), Kol finally wounds Jeremy and stakes Elena at his stomach (although 2 minutes ago he informed Klaus that the stake will be in Elena's heart, something that would 100% prevent the team to look for the cure, since our little girl would now be dead for real and there would be nothing left to cure!). Now, he is on Jeremy and prepares to chop his arms. And look what he does! Instead of simply ripping them off in front of the staked Elena, like Elijah is doing with hearts, he gets Jeremy to the kitchen, ties him up and chooses a good cleaver!!!!!!! Then, he starts chatting with Jeremy once again, giving Elena more than enough time to unstake her stomach and come for the rescue! But how a 2 week old vampire can overpower a millennium old original vampire? It can't! It's impossible! But dear, beloved Elena is something much more powerful than an Original! She is the protagonist of the show and that means she can break all the show's rules if she feels like it! So, she rushes in the kitchen and pokes Kol. Kol was about to cut Jeremy's arm with the cleaver but thanks to Elena (big surprise!) the cleaver cuts one of the ropes that hold Jeremy! Then, god Elena (stronger than an Original) keeps Kol immobilized at the sink for more than 10 seconds, giving Jeremy enough time to untie himself who starts spraying Kol with vervain, as Elena finally free the poor Original! And now? Now, Kol could just use his super speed and flee. But no. He sits there, screaming because some vervain is burning his skin (a burn that heals in seconds if we remember Elijah's first appearance). Then, god Elena grabs him (although he is sprayed with vervain), gets the White Oak Stake out of his pocket (Kol does once again nothing to stop her). God Elena gives the stake to Jeremy and he is staking Kol at his heart!

      I have nothing else to say about this episode! This mess will need serious time and SERIOUS writers to be fixed!moreless
    • Getting Inconsistent

      While I loved how the show continuously keep up the suspense, there are way too much convenient plot devices put in by the writers. The powers of the originals just shift convenient from powerful to weak depending the mood of the writers. If Elena was any other character, she would had been easily killed by Kol rather than putting up such a ridiculously strong resistance. Seriously, I am getting very tired of Elena's whining. Kill her off and make the show about the originals already. Rebecca's way hotter anyway.moreless
    • Question

      How do you watch this
    • The Cure


      The Vampire Disease!
    • Killing an original like that?

      IN this episode it was shown how Vampire Diaries is a poorly designed series... First, one can not beat an original like that, they are way stronger and faster, and cannot be killed with any wood. Then they suddenly have that wood, but still, they are too slow. And now, Elena (one month old vampire :D ) and his brother kill one of the originals! And they made it to do so using verbain - earlier they showed how original vampires were more resistant to verbain... (Damon was able to dring that water, while this same water crippled Kol - LOL)

      By the time, Vampire Diaries became a bad series - pretty disappointing!

      EDIT: also, I would love to see someone putting Elena down - she's become an annoying character...moreless
    Rick Worthy

    Rick Worthy

    Rudy Hopkins

    Guest Star

    Nathaniel Buzolic

    Nathaniel Buzolic

    Kol Mikaelson

    Recurring Role

    Claire Holt

    Claire Holt

    Rebekah Mikaelson

    Recurring Role

    Persia White

    Persia White

    Abby Bennett Wilson

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (2)

      • Rebekah: What's going on with you? You' tonight.
        Stefan: I can't listen to this music without thinking of my best friend, Lexi. We spent most of the '80's together. I remember this one time she snuck us backstage and compelled half the band to do tequila shots with us before the show. She was fearless. Kinda like you.
        Rebekah: So, you slept with her, too?
        Stefan: No, it wasn't like that. I was just a better person when I was with her. I didn't think I'd ever feel that way again.
        Rebekah: Until Elena.
        Stefan: Until Elena. And now that's over.

      • Rebekah: So is everything about the '80's so...excessive?
        Stefan: It had it's charm. Say Anything, Lloyd Dobler standing outside of a bedroom window with a boombox over his head, desperately trying to get back the girl of his dreams. Princess Bride, Wesley slays giant rats for love. Breakfast Club, one detention turns a bunch of outcasts into allies.
        Rebekah: So it was a decade of sentimental drivel, as well?
        Stefan: Well, I was gonna say love, friendship, possibility of anything happening. You would've loved it.
        Rebekah: And why is that?
        Stefan: Because as much as we both hate to admit it, we care about those things.

    • NOTES (3)

      • Although credited, Candace Accola (Caroline) and Michael Trevino (Tyler) do not appear in this episode.

      • Featured Music:
        "Just Another Girl" by Wild Belle
        "99 Red Balloons" by 7 Seconds
        "12 Gauge" by Bundle of Hiss
        "Maneater" by The Bird & The Bee
        "Half Asleep" by Trever Keith
        "Lovesong" by The Cure
        "Wanted Dead Or Alive" by Bon Jovi
        "If You Were Here" by Cary Brothers

      • Original International Air Dates:
        Canada: Thursday, January 31, 2013 on CTV 2
        Australia: Friday, February 1, 2013 on FOX8
        Norway: Thursday, March 21, 2013 on FEM
        Sweden: Saturday, April 20, 2013 on TV6

    • ALLUSIONS (0)