The Vampire Diaries

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The Vampire Diaries Review: This Means War...

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I want the boy more than I want vengeance.
Let's get both.

It. Is. So. On.

For weeks during the hiatus that concluded last week, fans had heard about the impending vampire vs. werewolf war. On "Daddy Issues," it escalated. Big time. And poor Caroline suffered at the hand of the shot 'heard round the world. Or the shots heard 'round the world, really, wooden bullet style. Ouch.

Jules and Tyler

You know it's an exciting, action-packed episode when it starts and ends with Damon wet and naked... and those scenes are merely an afterthought.

While Damon did utter some classic lines this week (Vervain is an "acquired taste," he isn't that tall, etc.), there's not much to pick apart about him at this point. We get it: he loves Elena, he can't have Elena, he constantly struggles between good and evil. I love the character, but there's little new to say about that cycle right now.

Fortunately, this installment was a great platform for Caroline, Stefan and Tyler, while it did an tremendous job introducing Brady. It's easy to understand everyone's viewpoint in this burgeoning bloodbath, which is a sign of great writing.

Caroline is still new at this vampire thing and was trying to protect her friends, but when it backfired, she cut ties with Tyler. In response, he went back to the only real family he has right now - and can you blame him? His dad is dead, his uncle is dead and Jules is talking about a code of honor and loyalty. He could use a lot of that right now.

Stefan, meanwhile, is always trying to play peacemaker, but had no choice but to fight back when confronted in the woods. Can't imagine that brawl (one of the best filmed, most tense sequences in show history) will go a long way toward helping him earn Tyler's trust.

Then there's Brady. He's a villain, sure. But he's just living the life he knows. He's likely grown up around those who instilled in him a mortal hatred for vampires. I'm certainly not rooting for him in this feud (the guy doesn't even have a superhero haircut), but I appreciate that he comes across as a multi-dimensional character.

Overall, a tight, solid, focused hour of television that continued to raise the stakes. I'll leave you with a few questions:

  • Do you trust John?
  • How touching was that group hug between Elena, Bonnie and Caroline?
  • And the "I love you" mouthing. Sorry, Delena lovers.
  • Here's your first look at next week.

Review

Editor Rating: 4.8 / 5.0
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Damon and Elena belong together!! and she has to admit she's got feelings for him too even if she is in love with S!!
I would't trust John jut cuz he is being nice.. but I think he is really trying to protect her, after all he is her father... but I wouldn't trust him completely..

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*without weapons

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The vampire can be outnumber but they are kick-ass! I mean Stefan & Damon took severals werewolf down bare-handed^^ With weapons, the weres should be all dead! And, don't forget about Caroline, Katerine, she will be out of the tomb at some point + Elijah and Klaus, two originals...come on, without a full-moon, the weres can't mesure up to the vampires!

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Damon tried to kill Mason with Silver Knife... remember.
Mason retaliated by trying to expose them to Liz and the council
and get them killed.
The Salvatore Brothers went through alive and took Mason down, and Damon Killed him.
Now the werewolves are coming for vengeance
It seems that there are more werewolves than Vampires.
Stakes, flames and wooden bullets against them.
Vampires are screwed, no matter how hard they can do... Damon and Stefan are outnumbered... Unless they come with something too.
I Really cant wait to see what is it next

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I see Damon bashing is in full force here by Stefan/Stelena fan and Damon haters. Damon cries in 1 episode, is sad in another (no tears), yet he's branded as a crier?

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Great episode. Please please be a man damon. Remember come on u have to remember u used to act like one. BE A MAN. stop with the crying crap, you are actually worse then a clingy chick. As for the damon fans saying stefan and caroline and chemistry. Please gimma a break you guys are obvious. remember when stefan was nice to bonnie, u guys said the same thing. i'd like tyler and damon to get together. damon could show tyler some things he has learned over the years.

Angelabadgley

i reeeeeeeeaaaaally loved the bonnie-elena-caroline moment! i think their friendship was getting a little bit behind because all the troubles with mithycal creatures, but that was a nice touch!
the i love you whispers? put a smile upon my face, i loved stefan & elena together, even that i love damon, but there's something about paul wesley that just.. (drool.....)

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I loved this episode. The werewolves kicked ass until the witch came along. I hope they break the curse. Vampires don't need it since they can just use a little magic and put on a ring and walk in the sun (hey maybe a witch could make a werewolf collar so they can transform at any time). I hope jules and brady aren't randomly killed off. They're good characters and you can see their point of view. Some vampires randomly killed one of their own (pack mantality) so they're pissed and probably intent on wiping the vamps off the map in mystic falls. And as for delena I just don't see it happening, the vast majority of fans want stelena. I don't care either way I just see elena using damon.

Bobbie whited

this ep started and ended strong and by that i mean Damon naked and wet :) Has it ever occurred to anyone on that show to lie to the werewolf’s? for instance when asked why they killed mason say he was working with a vampire that was trying to kill them. its not even a lie really. Cant wait till Jewels dies, that will be a satisfying death.

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I really enjoyed this week. I cant wait for more. John cannot be trusted!