The Vampire Diaries Review: A Case of Jungle Fever

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Is it possible for The Vampire Diaries to feature too much action?

I never thought I'd ask that question, either, but, in many ways, "The Hybrid" left me as confused as Caroline. No, my estranged, creature-hunting, formerly horn-rimmed-glasses-wearing father did not just walk through that door.

But the fast paced, dark developments in the woods have left me scratching my head a bit. I really hope I don't have a werewolf bite...

Damon v. Elena

Okay. So Klaus' grand goal has been to create a hybrid army. That much I follow. And this was the point of his sacrificial ceremony last season, right? But it failed to work here because - as we know, and as Klaus appears to now know - the Doppleganger is NOT actually dead... right?

Also: why can hybrids only be made out of werewolves? Those are apparently very difficult to track down, whereas vampires are abundant.

Is it because Klaus already possesses vampire blood and can just drip that into the werewolf's throat to complete the process? But then why not use a nearly-dead werewolf, such as Ray, to do the same thing for any number of vampires he and Stefan could easily track down?

These are all questions of practicality. I may simply be over-analyzing. I may be forgetting a plot point. But there is one overarching question from this storyline that the show definitely wants us to be thinking about:

Who told Klaus about making the army? Who is pulling the strings of the blood sucker we were previously told was the oldest, most powerful vampire alive? Might it be the individual Julie Plec has teased will steal Klaus' thunder later this season? There is some Wizard of Ooze out there, hiding behind some curtain, we can be certain of that. Fascinating.

Elsewhere: give it up for a battle between ghosts! I've been assuming all along that Anna and Vicki were back for the same purpose, whatever the heck that is. But the former says the latter cannot be trusted, which does jibe with Kayla Ewell teasing that her character is back for revenge. But against whom? Stefan killed her. The audience might not want Vicki to go after him, but why would Anna care? Why would she issue this warning to Jeremy?

And where does Matt fit into all this? He couldn't see Vicki in that scene, but she saw him. Or at least felt his presence. Matt is such a good guy, offering to assist Tyler with his chaining, let's hope he isn't in for more heartbreak somehow here. The guy has already lost his sister once, along with his girlfriend to his best friend, please tell me the show won't put him through even more.

You know, like having him kidnapped and tied up by a father whose family has been in the vampire-killing business for 150 years. I did not see that ending coming! (Editor's note: I never see any episode ending coming.) Where has this Bill guy been? He's clearly familiar with Tyler's mother and the counsel, yet he hasn't been mentioned once by them.

Other notes from the episode:

  • We can only assume Jeremy used Bing to educate himself on ghost summoning, right?
  • Careful to avoid the True Blood threesome trap, Vampire Diaries. I'm a big fan of Elena with Stefan, period. I get we need the longing glance with Damon, I understand there's an attraction there. But there's only so many times the show can focus on teasing these two as a couple before it gets more irritating than intriguing.
  • Aren't they more akin to brother and sister than lover and lover anyway? I got a fun sibling vibe from Elena and Damon when they bickered over leaving the woods, when he pushed her into the lake and when Damon burned his hand on those chains and Elena sighed: "I said Ric."
  • Katniss Everdeen would not have needed Stefan's help with Ray. She would have scaled a tree and shot arrows right through him. Just saying.
  • One thing was for sure this week: the gang wasn't bird watching!

WHAT DID EVERYONE ELSE THINK? For an advanced look at next week's installment, watch this Vampire Diaries promo!


Editor Rating: 4.1 / 5.0
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I'm going to throw you a curve ball. I think Katherine and Stefan will get together and Damon and Elena will get together. Go ahead throw oranges at me but why else should the writers continually express Katherine's love for Stefan and this would be somewhat of a satisfying ending. Remember Stefan was fascinated with Elena because she looked like Katherine. He carried her picture for a century. He denies he loves her because she isn't good and he wants to be good so very much and Elena fits that mold, helps to keep him in denial. I think a bad girl like Katherine and a conscientious guy like Stefan makes an interesting mix; I love it. And of course Katherine will have to go through the whole redemption process (just like Damon has) before she will merit Stefan's love (and he already loves her people). In the books girls and boys Elena admits she loves them both and has done so on the show by her actions so don't be mad Stelenas, I love Stefan too and will be happy if they end up together but I'm not sure that's going to happen here.


Caroline's dad: I did not see that coming either! Jack Coleman will always be Claire's daddy but it's cool to see him. Poor Care but I know see where this "romeo & juliet" comes from now! It's gonna be mamma Lockwood against daddy Forbes, even if the latter seems pretty determined to kill his own daughter for the moment. I guess Liz will also come around at some point. But anyway, I was thinking about Caroline the all the episode! I mean I know Tyler cares for her and it was the full moon soon and he wanted to show it to his mum but all I was thinking was "quick! What about Caroline?! That guy wants to kill her! Hurry!" Even if I knew she couldn't possibly die when no one notice, it would be so sad and very unfair.
On other hand, there was Klaus! I know he's the bad guy but he appeared to me to be so lonely and I felt for him. Ok he's a killer but so is Damon and Stefan. If Elena was not the doppleganger and it was someone else Damon & co wouldn't give a damn about him and let him be (double standard here^^), but it's the story so I think we can sympathise with an hybrid killer. I know I do.
All this to say, Klaus just wanted someone to be like him, poor little thing! Klaus, I know Elijah is not an hybrid but he's family so go and get him!!! Yeah, I think I need my fix of Elijah!
To conclude, I will say that was a good episode, as usual and I can't wait to see the next one!


the second i saw him i knew he'd be caroline's father..i mean like he's blond and could totally be her father and trust a show like tvd to do this :D AHHH i love this episode.. i love the "doppleganger not being dead thus klaus not being able to make hybrids properly" angle .. also klaus is pure awesome evilness ;P ..haha..but it's so hard to see caroline's dad AKA BENETT (from heroes) without the glasses


You can only make hybrids out of werewolves because to be a werewolf you need to have werewolf blood and kill someone, vampires don't have werewolf blood ergo they can't become a werewolf. (I can't believe how many times I wrote the word werewolf)


I actually thought that Bill will be Caroline's father, when I saw Jack Coleman. I just can't forget him as the man with the horn-rimmed glasses who wants to save his daughter but ends her putting in harm's way. Still, it is surprising to know that he is actually Caroline's father, and is still willing to whatever he has to do with his vampire daughter.
Overall, for me a great episode.


@morgan-I feel like you can't put too much stock in the books. I have read them all and there just aren't enough similarties to think that the whole, Elena becoming a Vampire, then dying, then coming back as a crazy supernatural being is going to happen. And even in the books it's always Stefan. She has her slip ups with Damon, but it always is, and always will be Stefan for her.


I'm so glad someone else mentioned Joey and Pacey. I get so sick of people talking about Stelena being soulmates and how it's just automatic that they're going to always be together. That'd be a boring show - tension is always needed. The dramatic triangle isn't something that's limited to one show. Besides, this is Kevin Williamson - just because two people are soulmates doesn't mean they're going to be together. Case in point: his first TV show.


Also, did Damon forget already that Stefan is in this position being Klaus's puppet and away from his love because he was saving Damon's life? Damon owes Stefan big time and he better find him and save him and definitely not try to steal his girl in the meantime, that's so lame.


Matt Richenthal, you are so fucking awesome.

Lemonaki myrwdato

wow!!the only word to describe this episode is wtf????????her father?? really?? didnt see that coming...great episode though

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The Vampire Diaries Season 3 Episode 2 Quotes

Elena: You've been dodging my calls.
Damon: Busy day. Dead fake girlfriend and all.

Stefan is gone. And I don't mean geographically.