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The Vampire Diaries Review: Father Feeding, Suicidal Stefan and More

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It's official: The Vampire Diaries has more layers than an onion. It has more twists than a bag of pretzels.

Food metaphors aside, "Blood Brothers" was an incredible, revealing episode. Viewers learned a lot more about the rich history between Stefan and Damon. These revelations were fast, furious, unexpected - and hardcore. In what way?

Stefan fed on his father. This bears repeating: Stefan fed on his father! Did anyone see that coming? Seriously, this show makes Twilight look like a Saturday morning cartoon.

The fact that Stefan essentially forced Damon to fully transition sheds so much light on this relationship. Each side holds a grudge against the other, but Stefan's is based on self-loathing as much as anything Damon himself has done. There must be thousands of human deaths over the years for which Stefan feels responsible.

Ironically, this new piece of information also makes Damon more, well, human. Of course he's bitter and angry. Katherine chose to turn his brother, and then that same brother caused Damon to live in a world in which Katherine does not exist or does not want him.

Stefan v. Damon

Faced with his guilt, Stefan wanted to die. This provided a well-written contrast with Damon's desire 146 years ago: the latter didn't wish to go on because his love was dead (or so he thought); while Stefan wished to end his life even though Elena was begging him not to.

In a heartfelt explanation of his daily struggle, Stefan said:

If I just give myself over to the blood, I can make that pain stop. Every day, I fight that. | permalink

Who would think that a show about vampires would deliver this kind of character depth?

Naturally, Elena convinced Stefan to keep fighting - but will their relationship ever be the same? Not only does Elena know some damaging information about Stefan now, but she has a new understanding of Damon. I assume everyone took note when he came home, sat on the couch and casually put Elena's feet on his lap?

This relationship is growing stronger, just as Damon is becoming a more sympathetic character. Delena lovers out there must be celebrating.

Others notes and observations from a terrific episode:

  • I spoke too soon last week when I criticized the show for abruptly ending the tomb-free vampire storyline. Looks like Uncle John is keeping an eye on these blood suckers, who are still very much around. But what is his end game?
  • Tough break for Anna. It can't be easy to watch your mother die... for the second time. Does this mean she'll leave town now in anger? Or stick around and seek out Pearl's killer?
  • I'm not sure which is funnier: Damon referring to Alaric as "Ric" to his face, or as "the teacher" when talking to Elena about him.
  • After all that talk and hype over Isobel, it was a bit anticlimactic for her to simply show up at Mystic Grill and say hello to Alaric. Still, I'm certainly excited to see her impact on everyone in town.

What did you think of "Blood Brothers?" Sound off now, as we list a series of Vampire Diaries quotes from the hour:

Damon: You brood too much... My actions, they belong to me. I own them. | permalink
Damon: What did you think you were gonna find? Isobel with a cigar and slippers? | permalink
Alaric: Can we not kill anyone tonight, please?
Damon: You just brought me along for my company? | permalink
Damon: Stefan likes puppy blood... little Golden Retriever blood with floppy ears. That's his favorite. | permalink
Stefan: I don't want to survive... after what I've done, I just want it to be over. | permalink
Damon: From the moment Stefan had his first taste of human blood, he was a different person. | permalink

Review

Editor Rating: 5.0 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.9 / 5.0 (121 Votes)

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Killing Pearl was a bad idea, she had so much more depth, just by her age. Anna's character is pretty much moot now, I wanted to see something come from her relationship. Instead we just get some crappy Jon character end two lives. Next week's show better have something good about Jon.

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I think Stefan's character is so changing! I dont like him AT ALL anymore. He is just wierd. I kinda feel he is selfish and doesn't care about what Elena thinks or feel. But there i Damon, oh god. Just saw the promo... Damon shows up *zippersound* *Me dying of a heart attack*

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@Isolbel sounds awfully familiar, doesnt it? looks like damon and alaric have a lot more in common than they thought!

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why does Alaric want Isobel. She did not want him

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The whole feeding on the father thing was a bit...erm...disturbing? But at the same time it gave a brutal insight to what Stefan is really capable of etc.
Speaking of the "couch" scene - I don't know why but I absolutely loved it. Though I think I like Delena just the way they are, especially now that they're getting comfortable with each other. If their relationship ever turns romantic...I dunno. I agree with Katherine!

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At first I thought Anna + Jeremy was kind of forced but I liked them together and it was heartbreaking when she found Pearl + Harper killed (how did they die, by the way? Vervain-injected arrow thing or was it near the heart? I'm bad with these vampire logistics). I looooooooove me some Stelena, sorry Delena fans! Their reunion at the end with Stefan calling after her, putting on his ring and running to her was really tender and sweet and wasn't cheesy or tacky as it probably would have been portrayed in in some other vampire movie -cough-. Overall, this episode was really good and I'm excited for the next!

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omg this show gets better every week...Stefan fed on his own father..I'd say payback's a bitch :D
oh and btw...does anyone know what the song's called when anna is in bed with jeremy saying goodbye??

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Why kill Pearl :(
I was starting to like her character :/

The Vampire Diaries Season 1 Episode 20 Quotes

Jeremy: Why would you wanna go to high school? It blows.
Anna: Do I really need to answer that?

From the moment Stefan had his first taste of human blood, he was a different person.

Damon