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The Vampire Diaries Review: Mystic Falls Apart

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Almost every plot was thickened on The Vampire Diaries this week.

More than any episode in memory, "Disturbing Behavior" gave each vital character a chance to shine. Or connive. Or ponder her feelings for her blood-thirsty boyfriend's brother. Or temporarily murder his best friend in town because everyone was getting on his nerves.

Oh yes, Stefan is about to re-enter a Mystic Falls with a whole lot going on. Let's run it all down, shall we?

Delena Argument

In Katherine, we... trust? Is that even the proper question to be asking these days, whether or not we trust Katherine? As we debated at length in last week's Vampire Diaries Round Table, it's impossible to keep track of this Nina Dobrev-portrayed character these days. What has she been up to? Why was in Chicago? What plot is she hatching this time around? Will it come together in a more sensible manner than her season two storyline?

There's still a fear that Katherine is being used more as a plot device than anything - appearing when convenient to shake things up and move characters around - but now that she's an integral part of ongoing arcs again? I'll believe, Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec. You must have a coherent plan in mind. Don't let me down.

I'm just a girl, looking for a partner in crime. Katherine, dear, you are so much more than that.

Crossing a Caro-line. First off, how freaking awesome has Caroline become?!? Painted as little more than a bubbly blonde when human, her confidence and swagger has grown every week as a blood sucker. She's still super sweet (see scenes with Tyler, and then worry about what might happen if these two have a baby...), but she can also get angry and, forget The Hulk, you do not want to see Caroline when she's angry.

Damon discovered that fact this week via a scene that still has me cheering. What fun it was to see Caroline go after this Salvatore, partly due to her reasoning: yes, Bill Forbes tortured his daughter - but she's still his daughter. There's still love there. She still bought him that expensive shirt. Bravo to The Vampire Diaries for creating a complicated, layered relationship between parent and sibling here, although I must disagree with Bill's final assessment: Caroline and her new attitude will be just fine.

Bil Forbes

Poor Anna. That's almost all I have to say about this storyline. It was heartbreaking to watch her cry and utter about how she's "all alone" when Jeremy told Bonnie about his little ghosts-of-ex-girlfriends-past problem. Still, I doubt forcing me to admit that I teared up over a dead vampire is the sole purpose for this development.

Anna feels a "darkness" when Vicki is around? And when Bonnie tried to summon a necklace-related spell? What the...?!? I typically enjoy trying to make predictions, but I'm at a loss on this one. I can't imagine what ghost Vicki is up to. Guess I'll be forced to keep tuning in every week to find out. Oh well. That's a tad bit less painful than what Gloria did to Stefan. Speaking of which...

Silly Stefan. He may wanna leave all future scheming up to the other Salvatore sibling. Stefan was a bit too trusting of Gloria and Rebekah here, not taking enough time to feel them out and see if he really could hint that he isn't on board with Klaus' master plan. Granted, Elena was in trouble and it's hard to think rationally when trying to save your one true love, which was another development from the episode:

Yes, that would be Elena, not Rebekah. Stefan's memory is intact and he is still putting Elena above all else. Romantic? Absolutely. Dangerous to both? Clearly. Impressive, considering how Claire Holt looked in this dress? Yes, very.

Councilman Alaric. I love it as much as I still hate how everyone has shortened his name to "Ric." The guy has a ready-made tagline already if he ever needs to campaign (A Man for the People. Literally!) and a perfectly understandable reason for joining the Council: his girlfriend was killed by a vampire, his wife was obsessed by vampires, his BFF of a vampire has a tendency to briefly murder him... can you blame Alaric for realizing that someone in Mystic Falls has to look out for its actual citizens?

Those citizens will be in even more danger next week, although the official preview for "The Reckoning" makes it clear that only one of them will truly be threatened by Klaus and Stefan.

All around, a fantastic episode of The Vampire Diaries that included almost every character and left me with just four questions:

  1. Where the heck was Matt while everything was happening? Must have been a busy day at The Grill.
  2. Why doesn't Klaus just compel Stefan in order to learn his true intentions?
  3. What kind of boring name is Michael for a vampire hunter than even leaves Klaus quaking?
  4. Bill must be the first person to ever refer to Damon's technique as "lazy," right? I don't recall any women complaining.

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Fortyseven

So many characters have development and decent screentime. Finally characters call Elena and Damon on Delena. Rebekah disses modern women and music haha! I had to pay more attention in all the scenes she's in :D. Caroline believes that vampire/human relationships aren't a good idea. Caroline was being a good friend to Elena. That and Caroline fighting Damon and saving her father pushed her awesomeness off the charts. Loved Forwood scenes. Bill's immune to compulsion! Liked Damon's line that "if there's anyone that doesn't need help/fixing it's your control freak of a daughter! :) Damon was fun with his quips to the Sheriff and the chilli. Alaric steps it up! Too bad about Gloria dying. Damon/Katherine road trip should be fun. I hope her storyline doesn't fizzle out like last season. The ghost storyline was overshadowed but looks like it should be good. Surprised by the fire. Bonnie/Jeremy have no chemistry. I'm looking forward to Rebekah's interactions with MF people especially Caroline.

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Agree w strawberrie fields. Same thing i said in my post. Why do people forget stephan i truly da evil bro. He was nick named the ripper, people. Hello!

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i agree, people just need to back off damon, and let him and elena just figure things out. there is a reason that e is the guy that u go to when things r bad and he is always there when u need him. i hope alaric doesn't cause any problems, no matter how over proctective he is feeling.
love forwoos and delena. wonder whats going to happen with jeremy and bonnie.

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Error correction on my lat post: i wrote stephna took too years 2 become good wht i meant 2 write was that he took decades!

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Loved it! Ya, where was matt? Who cares. Loved bonnies back. Loved when caroline stood up 2 bad boy damon 2 save her daddy from his wrath. When is the scooby gang gonna finaly realize that damon the hotty doesnt like 2 be pushed around and told wht 2 do. I agree w imani that its not fair that stephan gets a free pass 2 be a bad boy but damon for all the good hes been doing latly gets critazized for doing whats in his nature. I believe that damon is a better person than stephan. Stephan too years 2 become good after he was so evil he was nick named the ripper. Damon became good 4 the love he feels 4 elena after 2 seasons, lol and was only a bad boy 2 get bk at his older brother 4 stealing his girl and turning him into a vamp. Love damon and admire the fact that hes not fake, he is who he is bad, good. He wears his heart on his sleeve. He loves elena but doesnt force her 2 love him an is willing 2 wait 4 her 2 finaly see the light and be with the vamp she should be with. Stephan wasnt as nice he hooked up w katherine when he knew how his kid bro felt about her, damon in th other hand puts his feelings 4 elena on the back burner and places his big bro's feelings first and elenas. Thats true love and i truly a good person/vamp thats why i think, i know damon has and will always be a better brother, friend and most importantly better lover than stephan! Stephan is an evil guy pretending2 be a good guy. Damon is a good guy pretending 2 b a bad guy.

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Bill is so wrong. Caroline used to be this whiny, tad selfish, Damon's food and sort-of girlfriend who's jealous of Elena. Since she turned into a vampire, she became this really cool chick and she's now one of my top favorite characters in TVD. Being a Forwood fan helps too.

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Three things I want to say: One: Stefan is a really bad liar. I expect more from the Ripper… He thought he could just ask questions and none of the two thousand-year-old vampires would figure out something was wrong? Ok, he was playing on the fact, that one of them was supposed to be madly in love with him. But she wasn't born yesterday! You need to give her more than a pair of sweet eyes if you expect her to buy your bullshit. Two: Caroline is my absolute favourite girl right now! Three: I never justified every screwed up thing Damon did. I know Alaric had every right to be pissed off when Damon "killed" him, but what the hell was his deal before that? When Damon is needed everything is cool, but when he's not he should get lost? What was so wrong in making chilli with Elena? I'm so sick of everyone saying that Damon is the bad brother. News flash: Stefan was pretty bad for the most part of his life. And somehow everyone is acting like he's some kind of saint. Everything always leads to Damon being left with nothing. How is that possible? I'm so glad at least Elena admitted he was right.

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sono un pò delusa,damon non fa che soffrire per elena,quando succederà qualcosa di veramente bello tra loro,basta far soffrire damon,cari produttori noi lo amiamo troppo,e inutile che lo fate diventare cattivo,perchè per noi è l'unico protagonista che può stare vicino a elena.Quando lo capirete che THE VAMPIRE DIARIES é : DAMON AND ELENA?????????

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okay, so I don't get why everyone's judging Damon so harshly and giving Stefan the free pass? Stefan's the one who's been killing people left right and centre not to mention he killed Andie. Damon's always had a feisty temper and he has never tried to hide it or himself unlike Stefan!!

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Loved all the twists and turns on this episode. As far as the name of the Vampire hunter, "Michael is described as the prince of light, against the darkness of evil," a fitting name.

The Vampire Diaries Season 3 Episode 4 Quotes

So women in the 21st century dress like prostitutes, huh?

Rebekah

I'd forgotten what it was like to have a brother.

Klaus
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