The Vampire Diaries didn't exactly return to The CW with an uplifting episode.
There was one significant death, numerous corpses and a return to the dark side by a certain Salvatore brother. Come along with the TV Fanatic staff as we analyze "The Descent" in this edition of the Round Table. Reader feedback is encouraged on the following topics...
What was your favorite quote/scene from the episode?
Matt R: On an episode all about Damon, I've gotta go with the admission that I didn't anticipate: "I'm not human. And I miss it. I miss it more than anything in the world. That is my secret."
Steve M: Caroline cracked me up this week. Everyone has to stop kissing me! It's hard when you now combine your looks with newfound confidence, girl.
Eric H: How could it not be Rose's death scene? I was captivated enough by the dream scenario Damon concocted, but then the show cut to real life, Damon's hand on a stake, tears in his eyes and... yeah, it got me.
Rose's death: Slow and boring, or profound and emotional?
Matt R: At first, I thought it dragged on. But then I remembered how the rest of this season will be a feud between werewolves and vampires and I realized: the show needed to establish the stakes of just how painful a wolf bite can be in order to set up this conflict.
Steve M: I'm sorry, but I was bored. Consider how much more time we spent on Rose than Stefan, Bonnie, Jeremy. She seemed nice and all, but we just met Rose. I'd have been fine with Damon staking her early in the episode.
Eric H: The dream sequence poured on the cheese factor a bit much. But it was nice to get Rose's dying perspective on life as a vampire versus life as a human. Elena may be pondering those options in a couple weeks.Are you happy to see John Gilbert again?
Matt R: Is that a trick question? Of course!
Steve M: Yes, as long as the show doesn't give him too much screen time. As you can tell from my second answer, I'm partial to the regular cast. I don't like when the focus is off Stefan and company for a long period of time.
Eric H: Certainly happier than Jenna likely will be! Gotta imagine his re-appearance will create a bit of tension between her and Alaric.
Steve M: In light of his recent shenanigans, Charlie Sheen would clearly be a better choice. Ask any porn star how scary he can be! Can't go higher than C+ here.
Eric H: Gonna have to channel Billy Bob from Varsity Blues and give it a "10, a f-ckin 10!"