The Vampire Diaries Review: Best. Prank. Night. Ever.

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Paging, Bonnie! Stat! After sitting slack-jawed and bug-eyed through the "The Reckoning," one thing is for certain: Matt was not the only one in need of CPR tonight.

What an incredible episode of The Vampire Diaries. Consider, Klaus apprehended Elena, compelled Stefan and snapped Tyler's neck; while Matt drowned himself, Katherine kidnapped Jeremy and the rising seniors took some serious TP to the school hallways.

And all that happened in the first 30 minutes.

Got Her Finally!

Were there a few plot holes? Yes. Let's get them out of the way now: Klaus created the hybrid he's been dreaming about for decades... and then just left him? Klaus discovered the key to building his own army of these creatures was Elena's blood... and then just left her? (Under newly non-human Stefan's creepy protection, I know. But still. Seems hard to believe Klaus would let the doppleganger out of his sight again.)

Moreover, despite all the action packed into the hour, the key points were all expository. They were just laid out to us. We were simply told that Klaus figured out the Original Witch lied to him; and it seemed awfully convenient that Pearl told Katherine that she knew about the vampire/vampire hunter... who told Anna... who told Jeremy via the great ghost beyond.

That's a lot of seemingly random telling and not a lot of showing or coherence.

But, man, when an episode takes you on that kind of ride, it's silly to pick at too many nits. Did any character's life not change tonight?!?

I'm still smiling over Damon and Stefan's role reversal, right down to the latter's drink-pouring and snarky one-liners. Oh, please, continue, Delena. Don't mind me and my utter lack of humanity hovering around the mansion. Creepy. Cool. Funny. Awesome.

I've also complained in the past about how VD was dragging out the longing looks between Damon and Elena, teasing a relationship that would never take place just because it knows how to get fans clamoring - but Damon's actions here spoke a lot louder than even his most heartfelt words ("I promise you. I will never leave you again."). The guy came back for her. He took on the oldest Original of them all for her. Bryan Adams really said it best: everything Damon does, he does it for Elena.

I actually believe there's a chance for these two now, and I'm actually rooting for one. Sorry, Stefan. I know you couldn't control it, but it's hard to maintain a relationship after killing two innocent students in front of your girlfriend in the high school gym, only to later drink the blood from her neck. It's almost never happened.

Forwood Photo

Elsewhere, it's great that Tyler is all happy and powerful and all, but, ummmm... Klaus just turned you into a hybrid, dude. Yes, you have a gorgeous, fun girl on your arm and, absolutely, senior year of high school is a blast, but you might wanna contemplate your next move against Klaus more than your next move with Caroline in bed.

As for Matt, I had completely forgotten he ever dated Elena. That feels like decades ago. Was I happy he got to see Vicki again? Sure. But when you compare his storyline to attacks from Klaus and stolen necklaces by Katherine and the resuscitation of Michael from his chained-up slumber... it's hard to be overly interested. Gotta admire the dedication to communicating with his sibling, though. I love my sister, but it's unclear if I'd risk suicide just to chat with her apparition.

Questions from the episode:

  • So Michael is a vampire and a vampire hunter (Vunter? Hampire? Hampire it is.). But what makes him so scary to Klaus? Wouldn't an Original still be stronger than any other vampire?
  • Unless Michael is also an Original?
  • Which was a more tense 20 minutes on the hardwood: the clock ticking down to Elena's death, or the second half of the Duke/Butler National Championship Game?
  • Super glue on Alaric's desk, Elena? Really? The best prank for this teacher would be to replace his name plate with one that reads "Ric."
  • Take away her thirst for blood and her lack of care over the human condition and Rebekah is pretty awesome, isn't she? Tyler is dead... ish. Loved it.
  • Is anyone else's heart still racing?
  • Can you handle a look at next week's episode? HERE IT IS.


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Episode left me breathless. Good job, writers. Great to see some of the story lines unfold, seems like a few questions were finally answered.
Yes, Klaus is now able to create hybrids.
Michael is a Hampire. And he's dangerous.
And dear Katherine was a little more useful than we gave her credit for. So was Jeremy!
But honestly, was THAT ALL that was behind Anna's occasional visits to our world?? (Not that I complain...) If yes, I'm majorly disappointed. Jeremy's death/resurrection/seeing-ghosts-crack-phase would be nothing but a plot-device. Great to actually see some GOOD Delena happening.
Looks like little brother Stefan is really gone this time. But with him present (and not at the same time), things will probably move on a little with Damon and Elena. I get that she felt guilty for being attracted to the older Salvatore, while Stefan was out there risking his life for them. But since that is no longer the case...
I somehow enjoy the reversal of roles.
Non-human Stefan and human Damon make a great combination.
Guess Elena simply has to go for the good-hearted one then... A little puzzled over Tyler's reaction to his own transformation.
"Everything's just better."??? He had just turned into a werewolf-vampire-hybrid. And he was happy! He was euphoric even. It was downright creepy. I like the before-mentioned theory, that Michael might be the Original father. It would make sense, too, that he would therefore hunt Klaus, as he is not his own child but resulted out of an affair. It would be slightly odd though, that he would also hunt his beloved daughter Rebekah then.
We'll just see.


You really don't pay too much attention do you? Magic has EVERYTHING to do with Jeremy being brought back. Yes he died from the gunshot wound which is why the ring wouldn't bring him back but Bonnie took him to the WITCHES and they helped bring him back. How isn't that magic?? Bonnie has even said multiple times that the witches told her there would be consequences to bringing him back I.E. his new found ability to see ghosts of girlfriends past. IMHO, do your research before you go trying to correct others.


who the hell is michael!?, and what is his relation to klaus, and the originals...........stefan was so sweet how can everyone be delena! stelena forever, he did everything he could!


I always loved Damon's snarky one liners, though they were less frequent with him going sappy. But now Stefan has picked up the pace. Awesome. I'm REALLY loving Rebekah! She's such a spoiled (blood-thirsty) brat it's just really fun to watch her. Her lines are fantastic :D Joseph Morgan as Klaus just steals the show.


Damon and Elena are together now. Lets face it there able to tell the writers what to do now that they are HUGE and dating in real life. Stefan fans bye bye. Damon and Elena are in control now. Scenes with Nina and Damon you can tell Nina is trying harder then when she is with Paul. DELENA FTW


OMFG. Bring back Elijah soon omg!!!


This episode was crazy good Stefan new attitude needs to stop right now and elana should just get with Damon their whole ill never leave u again thing was cute.DEF ONE OF THE BEST EPISODES OF THE SEASON


Oh. My. God. That was the best episode ever I swear every scene I was like holy crap!! So sad for Elena imagine going through that then seeing Stefan at the end :( Damon's gotta step it up now!! Ahhh crazy I'm too excited for words gonna go check out the trailer now


Last night was freaking awesome. The best of all the best. Considering it isn't finale yet. I love it! I love everything getting involve with the whole story and I CANNOT WAIT TILL NEXT WEEK. Could you please fast-day-forward? tehee!


Oh, and I would like to add: I hope the writers do not just change the Salvator brother constellation. (First Damon bad, Stefan good. Now Damon good, Stefan bad.) That would be kinda boring...
I like evil Stefan, but I think I prefer him being with Klaus ;-)

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The Vampire Diaries Season 3 Episode 5 Quotes

Damon: Stop being cute.
Katherine: I can't help it.

Bonnie: Where are you going?
Elena: To super glue Alaric's desk shut. I'm making memories.