The Vampire Diaries Review: A Recipe for Ruin

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The Vampire Diaries introduced viewers to the Long Island Iced Tea of curse-breaking spells last night.

But instead of a mixture of ingredients that simply lead to a hangover, the recipe Katherine described to Elena could result in the sacrifice of us of almost every Mystic Falls resident we know and love. Welcome to the latest twist in the most shocking show on television.

A Pleasure to Meet You

Before I get into the heart of my "Katerina" review, let's recognize the work of Nina Dobrev.

Within the course of one hour, this actress portrayed Katherine as a human being in Bulgaria; Katherine as a pretend English woman in Great Britian; Katherine as a weakened vampire in present day; and a couple versions of Elena, one confident, the later one a tear-filled mess. That's gotta be some kind of record for a star of a show.

Overall, "Katerina" was a necessary installment, an essential information dump that left me furiously scrawling notes and trying to keep up.

It certainly wasn't the most action-packed episode in series history, as my one complaint would be that the mythology was mostly revealed in an expository manner. Really, we all just watched as Katherine sat there and spilled everything to Elena. But there was a whole lot to spill, and it left me with a number of points/questions. To wit:

Now we know why Elijah thought the Petrova bloodline stopped with Katherine: because her parents gave her daughter away. There could be any number of flashback episodes that take us through Elena's more immediate family history, as I'm left wondering: did her relatives also resemble Katherine? How many other dopplegangers are out there or have been out there?

The dopplegangers were created as a means to undo the sun and moon spell. But who created them? Because Slater - who I adored... a nerdy vampire, how funny/awesome was that?!? - said the goal is for vampires to break the curse before werewolves do, I'm hoping we receive more background on the feud between these creatures.

In case anyone missed it, the ingredients Katherine returned to Mystic Falls to collect are: a vampire, a werewolf, a witch, a doppleganger and the moonstone. No word yet on whether or not a partridge in a pear tree is also required.

Before the episode concluded, I turned to my wife and said there's always a last-minute twist. I thought I was proven correct when Elijah was revealed to be compelling Slater... but there was a twist on the twist. Dr. Jonas Martin is working with this Original. Do we also think Luka is in on it? Or being used as a pawn by his apparently evil father?

Bonnie and Luka

One problem with how Katherine simply listed her history, along with the basis for her return, is that we're left to ponder a major question: is she telling the truth? When she was first locked in the tomb, she wailed about needing to protect Elena - but we have to assume that was a lie now, right?

It will start to feel annoying and manipulative if Katherine's story changes from week-to-week. I have to believe we're getting accurate information this time, especially because it doesn't paint Katherine in a flattering light. Why make up that she wants to help Klaus sacrifice all these people?

As Katherine suggested, this all seems to be leading toward a major decision for Elena. There is one way in which she can save those around her: by taking the same action Katherine took over 500 years ago. By becoming a vampire.

Finally, speaking of Klaus, one final question before I turn this review over to reader responses: considering how greatly they've built him up - Elijah is the "Easter Bunny" compared to this Original, Damon's latest lucky lover said - who will they possibly get to portray this ultimate villain? If they show is searching for an intimidating, angry, scary actor, only one name comes to mind:

Mel Gibson. What do you think?


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I have to say that The Vampire Diaries is the best teen drama out there right now. The writers are amazing! The actors can actually act. Kudos to Nina Dobrev, hope to see many more acting gigs from her in the future. There is always a twist that keeps you watching every week. Great work cast and crew! Other shows take notice this is what you call entertainment.


I, too, would like to go on record to say that Nina Dobrev was BRILLIANT BRILLIANT BRILLIANT in this episode! Especially the scene in Bulgaria, 1492. And YES it was Bulgarian that she was speaking, with proper intonations and such. That has become my favorite scene in the entire series. Elena, Katherine and now 'Katerina' seem like totally different people (as they should), but what's great is how subtle the differences between them are, in terms of the way Dobrev portrays them - not over-the-top at all. Yet they each have a unique onscreen presence. So, in short - GO NINA!! I am SOOO impressed by her talent, I would love to see her give us a lifetime of acting brilliance!! Wow wow wow. I love her! She is no longer a teen-drama actor in my eyes; she's a brilliant actor IN a teen drama. I want to hug her. Okay, rant over. OK maybe not LOL. Let's throw in more bonus props for the tomb scenes with Elena/Katherine. Loved it! Elena pushing the cup of blood with the stick... how emaciated and menacing Ketherine appears at first... the way she says: "You have the Petrova fire." Petrrrova. Oh BIG BIG love!! I'm gonna watch it again! Bye!


this was a great episode, i finally really liked katherine and even elena a little bit


Mel Gibson? Seriously hope not! He stopped being good looking a while back...


Nina Dubrev was a Winner this time...I think she deserves all the teen, people choice awards... bx she was Outstanding. cant wait to see more of her.


Nina was amazing in this episode.

Chair me up

i just want to say i totally agree i the fact nina's performance was brilliant. she made me care for catherine, explained all of these things that made her who she is, she made her human and portrayed all her emotions really well. she's got a badass spark when she's catherne but right back she can be back to playing stable elena. love that!

Anna maria

@Tasha I thought the same thing! I posted it under the EW review! pretty weird huh? Why did he end the bloodline if he needed a new doppleganger..maybe she lied or it's a plot hole..idk


"the part with elena and stephan was so sadd!! and seriously why did damon have to sleep with that girl? i thought he loved elena? that defiently a good way to show how damon loves elena (sarcastic)wow" didn't you listen? him and rose turned their "switches" on their feelings off, because if they care they will only end up hurting themselves. its not that he still doesnt love elena


haha yes gaspard ulliel should def. play klaus. totally random...considering he's french + all. but that would be awesome.

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The Vampire Diaries Season 2 Episode 9 Quotes

Damon: She's in denial.
Stefan: Shut up, Damon.

Elena: The oldest vampire in the history of time is coming after me?
Damon: We're looking at a solid... maybe.

The Vampire Diaries Season 2 Episode 9 Music

  Song Artist
You always get what you want You Always Get What You Want Atomic Tom iTunes
Precious stone Precious Stone Pete Yorn iTunes
Amen omen Amen Omen Ben Harper iTunes