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The Vampire Diaries S05E18: "Resident Evil"

Teamwork: What is it? Teamwork is when you band together with your closest allies to achieve your goals and dreams. Sometimes the team is your dance posse and you're trying to keep the neighborhood from being torn down in Step Up 3D or even Step Up Revolution which should have been called Step Up 4Ever to be honest. Or sometimes the team is your family and you're trying to fire shotguns and cannons or whatever at the McCoys for being a bunch of d*cks. Other times your team is raccoons and at that point it doesn't matter what your goal is, you're gonna come away scratched but smiling. What I'm saying is, teamwork makes the world go round, and by "makes the world go round" I mean "make The Vampire Diaries so fun." Sorry shippers, you can go french-kiss a tuna for all I care, because when it comes to The Vampire Diaries I only want to see teens do what teens do best: team up to solve mysteries, murder big bads, and avert the apocalypse. And when it comes to those things "Resident Evil" was 'BOUT IT. Oh sure, there was some agonizingly heartbreaking romantic stuff going on as well. Credit where credit's due. But mostly I just loved the teamwork. 

Did you know that Paul "Wesley" Wasilewski directed this episode? I'm not playing games, guys, there was some very noticeable visual poetry going on here, from the angles to the editing, and Stefan's hair looked especially well-lit. He should direct more episodes? But the script was really good too, he got a good'un, and it all started with a fake-out!

First Elena was just chillin' at a cafe table that was located one thousand yards away from any cafe. I bet the waiters really love running back and forth across that sidewalk to deliver fried calamari. Unless that entire sidewalk was owned by the cafe, which would explain why those weirdos over there were pushing their baby carriage in the street? I don't have answers for you.

Then Elena tore out her diary pages for some reason and they blew away and then a hunk stepped on them.

As it quickly became clear, Elena and Stefan were "meeting" for the first time! This didn't make any sense, because we'd seen them meet at a Canadian high school all those years ago, yet here we were. If we're being honest, this whole scene was so Hallmark Channel corny that it made my skin crawl. Before it was revealed to be a dream sequence I was frowning so hard, like, "When did this show get so laaaame?" But then a car drove up onto the sidewalk and almost ran over Stefan!

And then Elena woke up from her daymare!

Because yup, it was only a dream. To recap: At first I was annoyed that TVD had gone straight-corny on us, but then I was momentarily relieved that it was all fake, and then I got mad all over again when I realized we'd been saddled with a cold open DREAM SEQUENCE (which everybody knows is the worst, worst, very worst way to begin a story). However, it would end up being a double fake-out, as this wasn't actually an ordinary dream sequence, it was a brain-washing spell (spoiler)! So basically this episode toyed with my emotions like a kitten with a dead cricket. And it WORKED and I love you for it, TVD.

Next thing we knew, Enzo and Damon were shooting pool and locker-room talkin' about how Damon was still getting so laid by his ex-girlfriend.

And Enzo casually mentioned for the first of about a dozen times that the love of his life is missing or whatever. You know, he talks an awful lot about this lady considering he's in no hurry to find her. He just sort of hangs around in Mystic Falls sassin' people and getting in everybody's business. Which is fine, especially when he's wearing that Emmy-worthy T-shirt, but still. Get it together, Enzo. Priorities.

Oh then another dream sequence!

This was also disconcerting, because it turned out that Elena was dreaming of a parallel universe where her parents were still alive and she and Stefan were also not vampires. Poignant as h*ck. It made me feel things, not gonna lie. (Question: If these visions were best-case-scenario-type junk, then what was the deal with Stefan almost getting hit by a car earlier? Is that really one of Elena's most romantic fantasies?)

At this point Elena's dreams were no longer dreams, she was straight-up BLACKING OUT in public. I do that when I'm thinking about Popeye's chicken tenders, so trust me when I say that some visions are all-encompassing.

But guess what? Elena wasn't the only one dreaming of com-free rom-coms.

Stefan was having those dreams too! And of course he called Caroline to talk about it. She's his buddd.

Meanwhile Bonnie was at college getting frustrated because her hunkfriend wasn't returning her pages or faxes. And then things started to get all windy and supernatural.

And then Jasmine Guy showed up! And even though Bonnie hadn't done anything wrong, really, Jasmine Guy still seemed so mad at her?

Basically Jasmine Guy just came to tell Bonnie that a shadow man had popped out of her business and this, I guess, upset the order of things and now the Other Side was falling apart. Not sure what Bonnie was supposed to do about that, but there it was. Fix it, girl. (For real though, I think I like Bonnie better without her magic. In general people seem to treat her more like a human being deserving of respect rather than a walking deus ex machina device and it just plum makes her more likable and less frustrating, you know? She's still getting hassled by everybody, but at least they don't expect her to save the world every 10 minutes, which she was never very good at in the first place. Anyway, yeah: Bonnie has had it.)

Meanwhile, my favorite new blonde-Gina-Gershon witch character, female edition, was getting her team of hunks together. First order of business: Stabbing everybody!

The reason for this was to make sure none of them had Travelers chillin' in their insides. 

It bugged me that Tyler stabbed himself through his sweater. Why ruin a nice sweater like that? Club Monacos don't grow on trees! But also how sexy was it when Matt helped Liv stab himself? The looks on their faces were doing A LOT.

So much metaphorical sex happening in that room. Jeremy did not get stabbed because that is one of the perks of being a supernatural hunter, so he just hung out in the background chopping wood and doing push-ups in my mind. So after Liv decided they were gypsy-free, she explained what exactly the Travelers were up to. And that's when we got our first glimpse of Markos!

Yep, handsome. As if there was any doubt. In a montage, we watched as the Travelers' plan unfolded. Under Markos's supervision, they infiltrated Mystic Falls and started taking over everybody's bodies. Which, were you surprised to learn that there were so many people still alive in Mystic Falls? As far as I'm concerned Mystic Falls is like the town in House of Wax where there's maaaaybe an automated mannequin peeking out the window but other than that it's a ghost town. Anyway, Sheriff Forbes got hella invaded:

For a second I was very happy for the town because it might've just scored a competent law enforcement officer finally! I don't know this particular Traveler's resume, but come on. 

So then Bonnie drove for two hours (because never forget that college is two hours away) and showed up at Jeremy's new digs and he immediately tried to push her back out the door?

And she was NOT happy that Liv was there too. Remember, Liv had tricked Bonnie into being her friend and then tried to murder Elena, and also there was the time that she openly eye-hugged Jeremy a ton. I don't mean to blow your minds but in this scenario I did NOT approve of how Jeremy behaved toward Bonnie when he refused to tell her the truth about what was going on. I just feel like, five seasons in, these characters should know that keeping secrets to protect each other never EVER works. First of all, they all have life experiences that would help each other out if they only put their heads together, but also being ignorant of a huge scheme puts you at a major disadvantage. He should have just let Bonnie in on what was going on, and it's to her credit that she was basically chill about it. Well, not chill about Liv being there, but that's just girl stuff. I hate the term "cat fight" but I guess it was along those lines. I hope they can become friends again, though. Seems like they both need it.

Then Matt started snoopin' around the Sheriff's office and he got busted!

And then he died and went to the Other Side and ran into THIS guy:

Kol?! Kol. It was Kol, everybody. Right off the bat the Other Side was different, not only because it looked way bluer than I remembered, but also all the ghosts could see each other. I'd forgotten that was a feature of the Other Side, that the ghosts can't see each other, mostly because didn't Esther have the ability to brainwash Dead Alaric all those seasons ago? Was she some kind of exception? And how has Jasmine Guy been gossiping with the witches this whole time? Look, I don't know. The main thing was that Kol was super stressed over how weird purgatory was getting and he wanted Matt's help.

Meanwhile these two were walking on eggshells around each other. Elena had come clean to Damon that she'd been having romantic fantasies about his brother, so that created some awkward tension between them. Meanwhile Caroline and Enzo were in the other room blushing about it.

Here's where Enzo talked about that lady he used to like and Caroline pointed out that she'd be like super old by now, which LOL, on THIS show? Don't worry, she won't be super old. But this still constituted a 'moment' between Enzo and Caroline, so whoops. A new ship is born.

Then dreamy Luke showed up to school everybody on the current situation.

Oh and Tyler went to go check up on Matt and he confronted Sheriff Forbes with a flawless mind puzzle:

And he stabbed her with the gypsy knife! It was a good call, but next thing he knew he got snuck up on by a shadowy figure.

Wuh-oh. Careful Tyler, folks is getting penetrated right and left.

The main thing Luke explained was that Markos was an ancient big bad and the Travelers were seeking to invade the town and his coven had been clashing with the Travelers since forever. Or maybe that's what Liv explained earlier? Can't remember. But he was just there to tell everybody to get ready for the impending showdown and all the characters looked so over it immediately. Everybody is very tired of ancient immortals and it showed.

Meanwhile Elena and Damon had a heart-to-heart in which she tried to convince him that her visions of marital bliss with Stefan MIGHT be a doppelgänger curse, but she wasn't going to let them tell her what to do.

Damon didn't seem too convinced, especially when Elena's eyes immediately glazed over and she imagined this:

Yup, just a super corny cookin'-and-engagement scene! But it was so powerful to Elena that she broke a glass!

Meanwhile on the Other Side Matt realized he could talk to ghosts so he went searching for Vicki, who I guess lives in the woods now? 

Anyway, he found her (hey, Vicki!) and she said basically the same stuff as Kol and Jasmine Guy: Sh*t was f*cked. And then they tried to run away from the wind.


And Vicki got sucked up into the sky just like Katherine had! That was obviously a rough situation for Vicki, but it made me happy that Katherine was probably not swept to hell like we originally thought? I don't know. Is the ghost world really falling apart? Are these PERMA-deaths we're witnessing? Was that really Vicki's last scene EVER? We'll see, I guess. Meanwhile Matt was very sad in his heart about it.

So, the gang had ascertained that Elena and Stefan's visions were actually a magical means for the Travelers to lure them together and to the same house to steal their blood again, probably. But the second Elena realized what her address was in the visions, Damon and Enzo took the bull by the horns and showed up to confront Markos themselves.

At that point he was super friendly and clearly wanted to be on Damon and Enzo's good sides. He promised Enzo that he would help find his lady friend (which might end up being a fool-me-twice situation in that the Travelers had failed to keep their end of the bargain once already), and then he took Damon on a stroll down Main Street.

Um, did you notice that there is a store in Mystic Falls called Your Sister's Closet? My skin is crawling, that is horrifying. Anyway, Markos explained that the Travelers want to move to this place and inhabit the town's bodies because the witches had placed an ancient curse on their people that made it so that whenever they settle down, a natural disaster decimates them. So that is a very compelling "want" on the Travelers' part! Again, I'm really liking them as a faction. I get them. 

But then things got very creepy when all of the citizens dropped their briefcases and started chanting in Damon's general direction.

And all of it was a gesture of goodwill on Markos's part to prove to Damon that he could shut down Elena's fantasies if he wanted. So he did:

Yep, Stefan and Elena's weird alt-universe Crate & Barrel marriage suddenly disappeared! But to devastating effect: Both of them seemed very crestfallen about it IRL.

This scene:

...was devastating. Stefan reasoned to her that even though the dream had been nice, what they'd had IRL had been nicer. And now more than ever they seemed like they'll be friends forever. Which some people might take as heartbreaking turn of events, but for grown-ups like me, it was actually a really wonderful and moving moment. They really love each other, they do, but now it's transcended the boring trappings of romantic drama and deepened into something more profound. Just a very good scene. A classic, even.

Then Kol cried and hassled Matt about fixing the Other Side somehow.

So yeah, Team Fix-the-Other-Side formed up. They didn't seem stoked about it (because seriously what a bummer it would be to find out that even after you die, you're STILL afraid of dying).

And then devastating scene #2 happened:

First of all, scoring it to "Outro" by M83 was NOT FAIR. Not fair at all, TVD. That is dirty. What, are we supposed to not feel WRECKED now? So the scene was set to "Outro" by M83, one of my known triggers, and the whole thing was just very stressful on the heart. 

To be fair, both of them acted mature about this official break-up. And to be fair again, when Stefan and Elena broke up, he also pretty much declared that he didn't want to be her friend or be around her, so there's reason to believe that Damon's rejection of her friendship won't be permanent. (Also it's probably not possible, considering the premise of this show.) But this was a scene where it was very easy to root for both people and very easy to feel terrible for both of them. As it stands, they are now officially broken up and taking time apart. Which, fair enough. (Oh man, Dobrev's chin tremble in this scene. I was ruined. She is solid gold, always.)

And then TWIST ALERT:

Tyler has been penetrated by a Traveler! Now he's an undercover agent working for them and he even brought Markos the special Traveler-killin' dagger.

I am not convinced that a dagger would melt in a fireplace with store-bought firewood, but then again I don't know magic. I do know that the dagger isn't usable anymore, so the Travelers' plan is really coming together.

Things are happening, you guys. "Resident Evil" was dense with set-up but it felt busy with action also. The dialogue was snappy and breezy (Brian Young is our generation's Kevin Williamson tbh) and again, the direction was noticeably great (all those new angles!). It's very refreshing, after having been slightly let down by a few sections of this season to see TVD totally regain my faith in its endgame. I say this a lot lately, but the twin witches are fantastic, and now that I know more about the Travelers, I'm very into them as both a threat and a sympathetic race of monsters. Markos > Silas. And this episode went straight-up Lost Season 6 with its alternate timelines and parallel universes, and I am one of the four people who LOVED Lost Season 6. Plus, you know, the teamwork. So many people are teaming up! Loving it. I'm feeling really good about what's going on right now and that is the truth.

OK GOTTA GO 

*rollerblades into a vortex*


QUESTIONS:

... Did Markos make a good first impression?

... Will Jasmine Guy get sucked up into the sky?

... After Liv and Luke lead Team Beach Volleyball to victory, should they all celebrate by playing beach volleyball?

... Elena's visions: Hot or not?


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always funny. i'm also one of the 4 who liked LOST season 6.
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i get tv couples usually can never stay together for long. and no i'm not a crazy shipper but damon and elena were interesting and the show made you wait a long time for something to happen. and then right from the get-go messed with the damon-elena pairing - the first time they were together was intercut with Caroline's "alarming" conclusion that Elena was sired (so her feelings couldn't be real according to Caroline)... and so on, esp. a lot of non-stop complaining from Caroline of how bad damon was (ignoring practically every heroic/redemptive action Damon had done over several seasons). i think i made this point before but as i just now got to around watching this episode, i thought i point it out again. sigh, they broke damon and elena up but it's not like they ever really let the relationship go anywhere either.
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Great review, but you forgot to mention all the times the show make fun of itself: like when Damon said to Luke: "Isn't it possible to have ONE of someone around here?" or Elena goes: "Perfect! A dead old guy with a mysterious evil plan... I'll take that drink now". It happens pretty often, and it means the writers or whoever comes with those lines knows they're repeating themselves. I'm fine with it, TBH I didn't have so much fun watching a "teen" show since Gossip Girl.
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... Did Markos make a good first impression? Yeah. He's cool.
... Will Jasmine Guy get sucked up into the sky? Please no.

... After Liv and Luke lead Team Beach Volleyball to victory, should they all celebrate by playing beach volleyball? Yes please.
... Elena's visions: Hot or not? Sorry. Not really. I really don't feel Stephan/Elena. Or for that matter, Damon/Elena.

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"When it comes to The Vampire Diaries I only want to see teens do what teens do best: team up to solve mysteries, murder big bads, and avert the apocalypse."

The Vampire Diaries: Scooby Do Edition?

"To recap: At first I was annoyed that TVD had gone straight-corny on us, but then I was momentarily relieved that it was all fake, and then I got mad all over again when I realized we'd been saddled with a cold open DREAM SEQUENCE"

Ugh...dream sequences! Boo!

"So basically this episode toyed with my emotions like a kitten with a dead cricket. And it WORKED and I love you for it, TVD."

I wonder if it would have been possible to have the scenes that resulted from the dream sequences without actually having to have the dream sequences? Maybe? I dunno, but they were AWFULLY good
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Normally, when it comes to shipping couples in shows its sooooo easy to pick who you're rooting for. But I have never been so torn between characters as I am with Damon and Stefan. It is heart breakingly tragic how convincing they both are. I flip back a forth but at the end of the day I just love them both, but I guess that is what the writers want. I will be the first to admit they are not super star actors, but I mean it is the CW so I don't exactly have high expectations. However, they both speak to different parts of people and have so much room for growth and character development. So just when you think you can't love them anymore (or can't ever love them at all) they prove you wrong. And this episode just hit me where it hurts. They reminded us of Stefan's strong I-will-take-care-of-you mentality and of Damon's vulnerability and need for pure love. Broke my heart into a zillion pieces.
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Haha… I don't know why but you know the part where she brakes that glass she looks all shocked and asks "did I just..?" and enzo goes.. "that good ey?" I thought to myself.. why do they know she just had a sexdream? did she start groaning? that would have been awkward!! maybe she even had her sexface on XD
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FYI: That's not a fake sign for "Your Sister's Closet"... LMAO It's a real store in the square of Covington, GA, where the show is filmed. My friends and I (unintentionally) took a photo in front of it the last time I was there.

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Amazing review, as always!

Also, I think we learned in season 4 from Bonnie that witches have full control over the Other Side, so they can visit each other and also any other spirit over there. But the rest of the supernaturals over there (vampires, werewolves, doppelgängers, members of The Five) are typically in solitude unless a witch happens to want to visit them. Until now, anyway, since Markos seemed to have ripped a giant hole in the ceiling, I guess?

Either way, I am SUPER intrigued about the Travelers, their enemy witch coven, and all their plans though! This seems to happen every season since season 3--it starts off strong, then the second act bores me to tears, and JUST when I'm about to quit, they TOTALLY manage to get me hooked back in. I don't know how Julie Plec and Caroline Dries manage to do it. I'm 100% sure that some evil hex is involved, though.
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As long as.. I can't believe I"m saying this.. the Supernatural spinoff does not get picked up..and Kol comes back through from the other side..and then goes off to The Originals. I am willing to put up with this stupid storyline... for Kol to show up in New Orleans and mess up EVERYBODY'S plans :)

Oh..and Markos.. consider my interest piqued....just cause he's interesting looking lol? But this whole doppelganger mess is SOOOO annoying... He better be an awesome big bad.
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I'm still reeling from "somebody sucked off my sister" and have completely forgotten what I going to say. LMAO!!!!
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TVD, where art thou? What is even happening on this show anymore? There is like four episodes left and there is nothing enticing left on this show. There is no danger. "Oh, someone's jumped in Tyler's body. Again" Well, as far as I know, no one cares. Soooo many characters being sidelined for the love triangle... Well, it was nice to see Grams. And Kol, I guess.

1. No. No no no no no. No. No... No.
2. Man, I hope not. She's brilliant.
3. No, they should die.
4. Not.
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I'm still waiting for a storyline for Tyler. A real one.
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I also really liked this episode! Great job Paul Wesely first time director! I enjoyed the team-ups as well. I do enjoy Enzo now too. He's got the funny zingers that Damon used to have - his comments about Elena and Stefan's "sex dreams" and "vanilla sex" about Stefan were hilarious! Damon's better when he has a BFF bromance rather than a painful, pining romance with Elena, but they did have great chemistry and crazy good sex! The Traveller's story is getting very interesting...hope TVD continues on this path, they were starting to lose me when the writers had Damon regress after the break up from Katherine traveling in Elena.
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I loved season 6 of Lost too! And I liked the ending. There, I said it.

Also, I really really like Enzo. He is becoming one of my faves (Klaus used to be my favourite character before he left, so that says something).

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I stopped watching the show but I still read your reviews, so funny.
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I can't believe the reviewer said "the script was really good too" this episode was really awful and painful to watch...
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Totally agree!!!!!
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Yeah.
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I am shocked anybody thought this episode was good because for me it was just as lame as the other season 5 TVD eps so far. the main problem can be summed in one word "REGURGITATION". seriosusy!! isTVD so out of ideas that they have to repeat all the themes they’ve already exhausted in previous seasons already?

The doppelganger dreams seemed like a cheap plotline to create lame awkwardness in delena, but whats worse is how they string poor Stefan along for more rejection and heartbreak. Does anybody still remember when Stefan was a really cool and interesting character?, with blood addiction but a wonderful heart, and thoughts and dreamsof his own.the Stefan who wanted to be a doctor and cared about people?. NOW Stefan has just been reduced to a delena puppydoll, always ready to be used a plot device to create jealous tension in the delena saga. Why can’t the writers let him move on?? Stelena broke up last season in episode 6. Dude c’mon MOVE ON, get together with with Caroline, she Freakin awesome.

Anyway onto other storylines. The ghost world storyline would be interesting if the ghost world itself was an interesting place. But its not,who seriously cares about dieing AGAIN, if you are already DEAD????

The Travellers storline is meh. I wish there had been more build up to this Markos character, besides us knowing that TVD wud cast a hot actor. Previous villains like Isobel, Katherine, Klaus and even boring Silas were so built up that by the time they arrived we knew shit was going down.

TVD needs to get its act together. Give poor Stefan a decent storyline.more Caroline time please,Make a decision about this Enzo character, can he act like a human being instead of such a pompous ass all the time ( who rubs a break-up in their best-friend’s face). Do something fresh with these travelllers please,raise the stakes , give use action and a decent villain and FINALLY stopping Rehashing storylines like
“Jeremy being a dick to bonnie for no reason AGAIN”
“Dead people dieing AGAIN”
“Damon being an insentive douche AGAIN”(he’s grown a lot okay!!!),
“Elena stringing the brothers along AGAIN”
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I agree totally except for Stefan/Caroline. I think they need to be friends.
I think it would be better if Stefan remains single or get together with someone new sometime later!!
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I agree with everything you say!
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I agree this episode was really bad.
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How many cheesy/ deadly boring / awkward talk can a person bear?!!!!! My god, I don't even care about the travelers big bad plan!. Please spare us!. The only good thing left is Enzo's amazing humor. Sadness.
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When I saw Kol I immediately thought: ooh can they find a way to bring him back over so he can be on the Originals? I would love that. Buuuuutt there are too many dudes on that show. Needs more ladies. It would be nice to see another actual 'Original' though.
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OMG! you should continue to be the Director of TVD @Paul wesley (Stephen). This episode is like more than Awesome! looking forward to your next Directing.
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This show is absolutely horrible, it pissess me off ...yet I still follow it..
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Anyone else notice all the red in the dream sequences? Every shot had some bright red object. I thought it might have some significance, until all the dream sequences turned out to be irrelevant.
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I enjoyed this episode, the only thing I asked is that the whole traveler/witche situation should be affecting the originals too, since the ancients are a big part of that show's storyline as well.

But ya Matt proves Stefan and Damn wrong as far as being friends with your ex, but then again not everyone can do it.
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Agree with the whole review. Love it!
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A broken up Elena and Damon broke up again over nothing. The Other Side is like earth excepted is viewed in "cool" color and diffuse tones. And Kol is afraid of something on the other side, Klaus would be so disappointed. Since the witches are so upset and want Bonnie's help, how about giving her the power to actually do that....TVD witches do nothing but talk, and that includes the double -mint twins.
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They can't give Bonnie any powers because she is not a witch anymore. That would like asking why don't they give Matt any powers.

Liv on the other hand...
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Come back, Klaus, and teach these guys how to be a complete arsehole yet have everyone still root for you and how to make villainy superbly entertaining. Damon went from a badass, witty & totally likable brat to a whining, immature and frankly pathetic one. I can't believe I find Stefan more tolerable than him right now. His dialogues were awful this episode, barring a few one liners and I just cringed every time he opened his mouth. What exactly are the writers trying to achieve? Are they deliberately ruining their lead characters? This Delena stuff needs to be done and not considered again until late season 6. Maybe bring in an ex for Damon and let Elena be single for once and not need a guy. Just spare us from this awful drama that could've been made into something awesome but is instead sheer torture.

Kol's cameo was such a waste. You bring back Kol Mikaelson, you can do anything with him and you make him teary eyed & beg. Genius stuff.

Hallelujah for Enzo. He makes the worst scenes bearable and is possibly the most entertaining/intriguing/lovable character there is right now.
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I agree with you about Enzo, I'm starting to love him.
But I understand that Damon is a bit broken right now , love will do that to you.
And... please, can you explain to me how whiny Klaus isn't pathetic as whiny Damon to you?
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I agree with everything you wrote, except there's no way, I'll ever find Stefan more tolerable than Damon - although, credit where it's due, Stefan's now on a hot streak of 5 consecutive episodes, when I didn't find him annoying. It really sucks that they keep ruining Damon's character, because with Katherine, Elijah and Klaus gone, he's now literally the only character I care about and it's real pain to watch lately. Hell, Liv was more entertaining than him in this ep...

Anyway, like I said, agree 100% with everything you wrote, especially the part about Enzo. I really hope he sticks around, but judging by the promo for the next ep, it's not very likely...
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This is the only show I actually follow and watch the second it comes on tv on Thursdays and when I have to wait three weeks for an episode mid season, it BETTER be good!! I was pretty disappointed to be honest.

That Damon and Elena awkwardness! UGH! I actually rooted for Delena the second they became a possibility (because I LOVE a classic hot and witty bad boy/good girl pairing) but now I could care less. I think the only reason I still want their characters together now is because I just want Nina and Ian to get back together in real life haha &3 THEY'RE ADORABLE OKAY?! And I can still see their adorableness on tv this way!! But let's be real here, it isn't working on the show anymore, its dry and dumb and slowly ruining the show. Damon's line "We're just standing....clothed..." was sooo stupid. We all know Damon is not that huge a horn dog anymore. Elena changed him like two seasons ago!!You can't just throw a character's development into a 180 degree turn every two episodes when shiz gets boring!!!


And yea I love Liz!! It's pretty sad that a brand spankin new character is the most interesting now... everything going on with everyone else has BEEN going on for like two seasons now... I'm a dedicated fan but I can't even get hyped up for new Thursday episodes like I used to last year!! COME ON TVD!!
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OMG the moment i saw vicki got sucked into the sky i was so happy because maybe this means Kathrien is not dead ?
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The writers said their plan was that Kathereine was gone for good.
However, my spidey sense tells me that if rattings would go down (and they would) that they would change their mind...
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I loved it, mostly because of reasons you stated and I'm too lazy to do again, so yeah, tvd's been sucking quite a lot this season, so it's refreshing to watch such a good episode.

VERY MUCH A FAN of Paul Wesley's direction. The change was noticiable and awesome tbh.

PS: I also love Lost season 6 but it's kind of my secret. I fear for my safety if I say it out loud.
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Well, we are informed that it is Markos' fault the dopplegangers are being drawn together, we see some creepy stuff happening to the Other Side, we see Kol afraid (character development for someone dead, yup!) and yes, we see that whatever happened to Kathrine happened to Vicki too. I don't buy the Hell nonsense not even for a second, there is something else going on and Bonnie seems to be part of it, since she was so calm when Kathrine was sucked up on the skies. Now, if it turns out she is not, the writers/directors fell so low as to trick us with false mystery/supernatural conspiracy. I constantly forgive them and still watch this mess 2 seasons now but I won't bare such decadent tricks...
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I appreciate the Resident Evil reference(s) in the title :)

Damon and Elena together doesn't make any sense anymore. That whole "I don't wanna be your friend" last scene was just awful and ridiculous. Please, writers, just... let it go.

Oh, and more Enzo please.
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Wow, I'm one of the few people who've been defending season 5 (mostly because of the awesome Katherine-arc), but this episode was just terrible! Why should I be interested in watching something where the characters themselves just seem bored? Every time they have to team up for something they're just like "Ughhh, can this be finished please?" And I'm not interested in watching the same Delena scenes over and over and oooveeer again. Hope they'll stay broken up for good.

The only interesting part of this was the Witch-twins. There's so much to explore there. Tyler being a villain/possessed? Seen it before, still don't care. I really really really hope that the next episodes will be good again, I still have some faith left in the show. This episode had really good direction (I love how the dream sequences were executed), but some of the worst writing ever.
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Being also one of the 4 people who loved Lost's season 6, I liked the dream sequence. Specially because it made Stefan and Elena to realize that that reality was good and all, but they had their time of happiness in this reality, and now they're in a good place. They love each other but not in a romantic way. Also, it was very good to see the mature conversation between Elena and Damon. It's too hard to be friends with your ex, so what's the point on pretending? I think we've FINALLY reach a point that Elena is ready to move on. We need this, she need this and the show need this. But please, please, no more break up scenes for Elena and Damon, ok? 3 times is enough.
Also, Price, I've always loved your recaps, I almost cried when you were gone, and I'm really happy that you came back. But, I'm from Brazil and I don't always get the abbreviations. LOL and BTW is fine, but TBH and IRL... I'm lost.
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TBH = To Be Honest
IRL = In Real Life
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I am from Portugal and sometimes i have the same problem, if you need use this to know what the abreviations mean
http://pt.urbandictionary.com/
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Thanks!!!
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Another retcon of the doppelganger mythology and another Damon and Elena break up.
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Yes, the first retcon was so painful for me, I don't think it can get any worse... maybe they're trying to clean the mess when they still can
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Without having watched the episode, I just had to congratulate you on that title on this post :)
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I like Markos. Wayyyyyy better than Silas.

Also, Wesley's directing was great, a different perspective than usual, but very aligned with the episode. Especially the one-to-one scenes. I got the feeling that Wesley has really paid attention all these years to his co-stars, their acting and their characters. Very well done.
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Mostly I loved this episode-and am IN love with Liv-but seeing Damon act "awkward after the break up" was kind of painful. Elena, fine that makes sense but Damon is much better when he is being a straight dick, a funny dick, who hides his pain with cruel wisecracks. He's not an awkward dorky character. Luckily he made up for it like two seconds later when Luke knocked on the door and he said the "We're all good on bibles, thanks." line. Then he proceeded to be a complete ass to Luke and everyone in the room, and we were back on track again.

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BTW I think Elena was not dreaming about the car hitting Stefan. If you watch the scene again, you see the car in the dream speeds past them-the car in real life is right in front of Stefan. My theory is that their dreams are linked, so when Stefan is startled by the car and snaps out of it, so does Elena. It's possible you already knew that though and were just making a joke.
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Wesley's touch to this episode was interesting! Would love to see more from him!

I actually like dream sequences, where there is some meaning behind them.

Isn't it weird that the other side is falling apart because Markos came back to life, but it didn't the two times the veil fell down, or in Esther's case, or in Ketsia's case?

And how dumb is it that Kol is on the other side while Katherine was rejected?

Thanks for the m83 song, it was good!

I actually didn't root for Elena. I know she had to tell them she needs him still, but that just couldn't happen!

... Did Markos make a good first impression?
I'm still on Meh. We'll see.

... Will Jasmine Guy get sucked up into the sky?
That was very weird... didn't look like finding peace

... After Liv and Luke lead Team Beach Volleyball to victory, should they all celebrate by playing beach volleyball?

I don't understand your passion about them, Price, I'm on meh here too.

... Elena's visions: Hot or not?
They were heart breaking!
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I really liked this episode. Too much unneeded romance for my liking but it also had what I love most about this show: the action and the mythology. Paul Wesley killed it. He said that he'll definitely direct a s6 episode which is awesome. TV Fanatic gave this episode a 1.1/5 rating and I don't understand why. The script could've been slightly better to be honest. I love Markos. Bye
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surprised price liked this episode.. A few moments and some good direction from Paul Wesley..rest was shit.
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Why is Bonnie literally the only person who isn't allowed to be filled in on the plan? I'll tell you why, because it creates drama between her, Jeremy and Liv. Lets see here, the reason Jeremy can't tell Bonnie what's going on is because Liv won't let him because too many people know already. So why does her twin brother then go over to Damon's place and tell everyone there the exact same information that Live wouldn't let Jeremy tell Bonnie?
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Jeremy keeping secrets from Bonnie just b/c Liv “says so”, is nothing but hard core evidence that he is still very much a child with zero judgment skills. Why wouldn’t possessed townsfolk be pertinent information for their whole social circle?
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I agree with you-although, he is supposed to be like 17, so he is supposed to be a child.
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Exactly, that was my point.
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Yep. That's the only reason to it. It's incredibly dumb as Bonnie is clearly (for once) one of the most characters in the gang. Heck, Luke found her useful enough when she told him that Witch died.

There is absolutely no reason why they wouldn't tell this to Bonnie. It's not like they can't just stab her and no she is no possessed.
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I totally agree.
I also think the reason why Jeremy and Liv were total jerks to Bonnie and also unbelievably stupid not to tell an ex super witch who can now talk to the dead about their plan, is because the writers decided to make her even more irrelevant than she is now.
It's just a theory but I don't think she'll survive this season. So they're making her utterly "useless" the same way they made Katherine almost unbearable to watch before killing her, just to avoid being harassed/insulted by angry fans on twitter.
We're being manipulated here :( !
Anyway, that's a shame because the Other Side's SL proved to be the most interesting one this season, in my opinion.

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This episode felt empty, a lot of people running around, but still not talking to each other. You would think cell phones had not been invented yet the way these characters keep important information to themselves until the last minute. They all need to get together in one damn room and lay everything out on the table.

I really liked Stefan and Elena's conversation after the fantasies stopped. Coming to the realization that they are completely over but will always love each other was really honest and sweet. And you believed that they are truly at a point where they can be really great friends who can talk to each other about anything. Now Damon and Elena...they make me want to gag with all of their back and forth. "I love you, I want you, I can't live without you, You're bad for me, You're not a nice person". Make up your damn minds. Everything about their relationship has been crap since they got together. The showrunners have no idea what to do with them now. I will say that I do understand and appreciate the way Damon ended things with Elena (although she appeared to want to give things another chance). Stefan was right when he said you can't be in love with someone and be just their friend - it has to be one or the other. Damon walking away from Elena proves that he can't just be her friend, at least not yet (I've been there, it is extremely hard). Staying away is his best option, although I doubt it will actually last. I did like Damon and Elena's awkward conversation (and Enzo and Caroline's reaction to it).

The Travelers and Markos still aren't all that interesting but I will see where this story is going. The Other Side...good to see Grams and Kol, I wonder what happens to the dead when they get sucked up into the darkness. Matt "died" again. I wonder how long before his ring stops working. Tyler is possessed - I guess it gives him something to do. Caroline still has nothing to do - for such a popular character she really has been pretty useless this season. Bonnie has been spending a great deal of time alone on this show - no one ever thinks about her until they need her to do something. Bonnie needs to dump Jeremy's ass (along with the rest of her friends) because he could give a damn about her or her feelings (I mean helping out the witch who not only tricked and lied to your girlfriend, but also tried to kill your sister - WTF, but I guess idiocy runs in the family, look at Elena and her dumbass choices). This season as a whole has been all over the place, and if it doesn't end strong maybe the showrunners should think about ending this for good.
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this whole season was a mess...too many villains and plots that ended badly!! now this plot seems promising!!!!that marco's story line seems good,stelena's breake up seems final and delena...there is still something there! i want those 2 together..and have you seen caroline's forehead??damn is big!
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Are those Christmas lights all over the trees in Mystic Falls?? What month is it supposed to be there??
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Am I the only one who thought that the last scene between Stefan & Elena was a real good-bye, a real and definitive break-up between them? Stefan is moving on now, and it's starting to show. I think it was the writers' way to tell us that Stefan/Elena as a romantic pairing is done and won't ever happen again.

They still have the best, purest form of chemistry. But Stefan deserves better. Elena clearly can't let go of Damon and she has obviously moved on from Stefan a while ago.

I hope Stefan finds a wonderful woman, since he can't be with Katherine now.

I really don't care about Damon/Elena. Their relationship is toxic and they should stop now that they're broken up and quit hooking up every five minutes.
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The triangle is not over, I think they are going to put it to rest for the rest of the season given the bad ratings and commets the are receiving, the showrunners for some reason consider the triangle an important part of the show, I would love to see an entire season without the triangle but that won't happen. To end the triangle Elena has to choose one of the brothers and that didn't happened, next season it will be back and they are going to try to makes us care about it, sadly that won't happen ever again.
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I think far from it. The triangle still lives, and I think that was more of a "not now" for them. With all the Stefan and Caroline hints, I can see Elena getting jealous, like she was when Stefan was with Rebekah. Imagine how she would react if it was Caroline. I also can't stand Damon and Elena anymore, damn, it doesn't work, they don't have chemistry, it makes me feel uncomfortable, it's unexplicably wrong and all the recycled breakups every episodes have sealed their fate, please writers, get it over with!

I honestly think is is a new beginning for Stefan and Elena, they will eventually find their way back to each other. This was the first step, they're finally over all the pain and anger of their breakup.
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Well I really hope that if Stefan ends up with Elena, she'll have to work hard for it.
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I really hope she ends up with neither. The girl is toxic for both, IMO :( !
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I don't even watch this show, but its a bleak and desolate time of year without Price reviewing Teen Wolf or American Horror Story or whatever nonsensical award show is on that month, so I come here to read hilarious captions with absolutely no context to put the images in otherwise. Amazing as always Price, I just have no idea what the hell is going on!
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this is the most accurate review of the show I've ever read.

http://www.tvfanatic.com/2014/04/the-vampire-diaries-review-their-town/

"There's no way to sugar coat the truth: This was a horrid hour of television.

It's just filler. It's just Stelena trolling. It's a sign that you have no story to tell in this reality, so you create an alternate one.

It was somehow meant to draw the final Doppleganers to 4620 Walnut Lane because... Elena would clearly think that's where Markos is residing simply because she saw the address in some fantasy?

Numerous leaps of logic were needed to make this work. It's as if we could see the writers typing out the script and moving characters from one place to the next. There's no coherence to the storytelling at this point, there's no natural flow from one week to the next and no building of excitement toward The Vampire Diaries Season 5 finale."

Respect to whoever wrote that article.
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Yes I really didn't get why the visions were a road map to lead the doppelgangers to Markos :(
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Now if Stelena magically gets back together I bet you'll start praising the show as the best on TV. This is not a place for shippers honey I think Price made it very clear in his recap.
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Lol....yeah sure "this is not a place for shippers". Please. The entire show is based on shipping. And as pathetic as it is, the show would not have viewers if it wasn't for the shippers. Plus, Price is the biggest shipper of them all. He just knows how to sugar-coat his shipping with comedic commentary.
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Yep, definitely an intelligent and accurate review.
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"Sucked up my sister" lmfao
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The Vampire Drearies, now sponsored 'between breaks' by the makers of Viagra and Cialis in case it's leaving you feeling a tad flaccid of late.
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