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The Vampire Diaries Review: Plan B... Ware of Katherine!

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Before delving into this week's review of The Vampire Diaries, we have a message for readers: send condolences to Nina Dobrev ASAP.

In a dueling montage to open "Plan B," the actress was stuck making out with half-naked versions of both Paul Wesley and Taylor Kinney. The poor girl. It's a living, we guess.

Those sexy scenes were a couple of the only light moments in an especially dark, shocking, exciting episode of the show. We witnessed Damon go all Jack Bauer on Mason, Jenna plunge a knife into her gut and Katherine provide us with a likely answer to this question. Just great stuff all around.

Going Jack Bauer

Let's start with my one complaint: the reveal of Mason and Katherine's relationship was a bit lame. Bonnie simply bumped into the werewolf and saw a vision of him kissing the evil doppleganger. Had we even seen her use this power before? It always seemed like she simply sensed whether or not someone was human, but that was the extent of the ability.

A show about supernatural beings always has to be careful about making up rules/powers as it goes along.

Still, that's a small issue because the discovery of this partnership set in motion a string of exhilarating events that changed the fortunes of almost everyone we know in Mystic Falls. To wit:

Welcome to the war, Jeremy. This character has sat on the sidelines for over a season, often just whining about his difficult life and serving as someone Elena needs to protect. But he wants to be a major player now, even if it means joining forces with the guy who snapped his neck a couple weeks ago. Hey, if you can't beat 'em, join 'em.

Caroline proved her mom right. She really is a stronger, more confident teenager now. Unfortunately for the relationship between this pair, that meant she had to go through with the mind compulsion, even against her mother's wishes. Major props to Candice Accola for her acting in this scene. She killed it (pun... intended!).

Heartache turns into heartbreak... literally! Wow. Did anyone actually expect Damon to kill Mason?!? Shades of this vampire's humanity appeared to be coming out after he realized Mason was just like him (only less dashing and intelligent), seduced by Katherine's charms and being manipulated. But that's what makes Damon such an intriguing character.

He can sympathize, he can feel pain, but he can also do what needs to be done. In this case, for the sake of everyone he cares about, that meant ending Mason's life in a manner that would make Jack Bauer nauseous. Damon can also be a smart ass, of course, and that contributed to Katherine putting her back-up plan into motion. As always, Ian Somerhalder was amazing in the scene where Damon apologized to Elena for his actions.

Other thoughts/questions:

  • So the moonstone enables a werewolf to turn any time he wants. But why does someone as powerful as Katherine want to take advantage of this? What is her agenda?
  • What was the sound you made when Jenna stabbed herself? I'm not too ashamed to admit mine came out as jipes!
  • Note to writers: can everyone stop referring to Alaric as "Ric" please? I used to love when Damon did this just to be snarky, but now the show clearly wants to change the guy's actual name.
  • I'm not going to stop... until he kills me. Will Matt actually be the one to die? Or will the show throw us yet another curveball and have someone intervene in an upcoming fight between him and Tyler and take the fall?
  • Katherine didn't win, Elena! This battle isn't over just yet.
  • The tension between Damon and Bonnie dissipated a bit this week. Might we have seen the seeds for Bamon Donnie planted?

We say it every Friday morning, but another fantastic episode. Did we miss anything? What was your favorite/least favorite/most shocking moment? Did Elena and Stefan really need to break up? Sound off now!

Review

Editor Rating: 4.8 / 5.0
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Kick the tires and light the fires, problem ofcifially solved!

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this is to Anna/ WTF! you said that you didnt like Damon, but you want to be katherine in the bed scene, WHERES SHE IS HAVING SEX TO DAMON!

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OMG Bamon FTW! I loved this episode more so because of Bonnie. I'm soo glad she came back

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I really don't think that Matt will be killed off. It is totally obvious, and this is TVD, after all. There is gonna be some sort of twist thrown in, I bet Jeremy will break up the fight between Matt and Tyler, so he ends up dead. You heard it from me.

Anna maria

I HATED what Damon did Mason, he was so sweet and my new crush, he only meant well Damon was way too evil, I don't like him anymore. oh, and I'm so jealous of Nina!! I wanted to be Katherine on that bed scene! I don't care that much for stefan..but the rest of the ep was amaazing! It was really jam packed.. I hope Katherine is already controlling Jeremy as well and she gets him to actually kill himself already! Why did Mason die?! Jeremy is the one that should have died a long time ago!!

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they said the moonstone was something about the moon and sun...maybe she has a sun one and when they fit together vamps can go out in the sun and werewolves can turn anytime? but OMG! that break up scene was SOOOO sad :/// I love Paul Wesley (probably more than Ian) and his pain during that scene was sooo real...I think people pay too much attention to Ian because he's supposed to be the dark and mysterious character...but Paul plays Stefan amazingly well...Stefan is so similar to his brother, but so different aswell...I think he needs to be acknowledged more...hes awesome! :) I'm really loving VD atm...it's seem to be really working...I don't want it to start going down if a new less eventful storyline comes in...as that is what normally happens :/ can't wait for next week though! Stefan/Elena forever :D

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I do think that the break up scene was powerful and that Paul did a great, even taking-me-aback job because even though he's a good actor THAT was in-depth. Yet I was totally loving Damon's expression when he saw Elena crying. Elena's happiness is priorirty, getting to Katherine is WAY secondary. Ian was REMARKABLE through out- be it just LOOKING at Elena's tear streaked face in a certain way, being protective of Jeremy and scaring him away with those big gray eyes (my GOD that was scary. And those eyes!) or ripping Mason's heart out, or looking stunned and understanding when he found how Mason thinks Kat loves him (Aww, You're just stupid) or dancing out of Stefan's reach and taunting Kat about "WRong boy toy!" hahahaha. Also, "Mason's right here but his heart is across the room!" So cute. Damon is so many layers of scary, dashing (lol, at that), intelligent, caring, strong, VERY stable, COMPLETELY unstable, hurt, touching, sweet, sensitive, and furious. I don't think I've ever loved a character more with the exception of Chuck Bass and Rhett Butler. Ian's Damon is THAT FREAKISHLY GOOD.

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if bamon happens i'll seriously will like the show less i mean is that couple pairing really necessary??
and huge props to nina dobrev whose acting abilities are amazing and beyond she can have intense scenes with anyone in the show and make them believable go nina!!!
damon surprised me..again. i think that even though damon was protecting himself i'm sure he thought about what mason did to stefan and as much as damon won't admit it he'll do anything to protect stefan and the one's he cares about.

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@guest and fan of delena' i totally agree with you. You can't mention this episode and have a review without mentioning the most heartfelt, tear jerking scene. Paul deserves a whole lotta praise for that amazing scene.

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OMG I love Stefan in the breakup, hes so amazing and then Damon with that tear eyes... I just start crying *_*

The Vampire Diaries Season 2 Episode 6 Quotes

Stefan: Elena and I are taking a pause.
Jenna: That's not what it sounded like this morning.

Your search for life's purpose is as obvious as it is tragic.

Damon
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