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The Vampire Diaries Review: A Mother's Nature

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Well, The Vampire Diaries proved me wrong tonight: there is something sexier than this week's cover of Entertainment Weekly.

My. Goodness. Gracious. I know it upset both Delena fans and Stelena fans, but let's just give hot props where hot props are due: "Dangerous Liaisons" concluded with the most erotic scene in show history.

Having a Ball Together

But was it a worthwhile scene? Does it really move the story along or does it merely exist to act as an obstacle between Elena and Damon?

It certainly made sense for both characters. Two recently-scorned, vulnerable individuals fall into bed together? Following a slew of shots? Not exactly ground-breaking material there. Many of us have likely made similar decisions and regretted them in the morning.

And, yes, it also fits both characters. Damon is as self-destructive as they come, and - whether she knew the extent of what she was saying or not - Elena did just throw his love back in his face. As for Rebekah? Well, what single gal wouldn't sleep with Damon Salvatore? Moreover, what single gal with a vendetta against Elena would not sleep with Damon Salvatore? Again, perfectly sensible on her part in that regard.

But I can't help but think it feels contrived, coming across as a way for the writers to drag out the love triangle for as long as possible... which actually aligns with the rest of what - dare I say it?!? - was a bad episode of The Vampire Diaries.

It's one thing for very little to happen throughout an hour; I'm all for the occasional slow cooker, the focus on characters here and there over non-stop action. But the romantic teases thrown our way here didn't feel natural. Come on, Caroline would NEVER come close to considering anything with Klaus. Sure, it's interesting that he paints and likes horses and isn't always a violent maniac.

But all the daddy issues in the world can't change what he did to Tyler, who is clearly Caroline's true love. I don't buy any hints otherwise. I just see them as a way to get the Twitterverse buzzing about Klaroline versus Forwood and to get the shippers freaking out when, in reality, we all know Caroline will be with Tyler when he returns.

Then again... what is he doing if he's not following her dad's advice? Where is he? Whatever happens moving Forwood (get it?!?), it likely will NOT be as simple as Tyler simply coming back a cured hybrid and falling into Caroline's bed. Still, relax everyone. No way is she getting with Klaus.

So the romance, or hints at romance, didn't do it for me this week. The waltz? The set-up of both Salvatore brothers serving as Elena's date? Too forced, too dragged out.

Mother Original, however? She was easily the best part of the hour. Do we buy that she really wants to kill her children in order to make up for betraying the natural order of things? I think so. It's hard to believe she'd be lying to Finn, her right-hand son, about offing him and his siblings. That would be downright cruel. But will she actually go through with it? That's another matter.

It's probably easy to concoct a plan when you're chilling on The Other Side for 1,000 years (think she hung out with Anna and Vicki there?). But then to see your flesh and blood in person? Even if those persons are vampires? Esther seemed to be having second thoughts after her chat with the moral Elijah. Either way, we now have another direction in the Original storyline, one that forces multiple characters and agenda to intersect and one whose outcome I can't come close to predicting.

And that's when The Vampire Diaries is at its best.

Quick bites:

  • Kol is totally the male version of Rebekah. I'm itching to kill something. What are we waiting for? Give him time and his humanity may come out, but for now, he's just loving life as a vampire. Or trying to at least.
  • Might Alaric, somehow, be the Mystic Falls Butcher? It doesn't seem to make sense, considering he was actually stabbed, but the show likely wants us to consider that possibility based on the point of view - from a patient's room - it took early on inside the hospital.
  • Then again, a doctor could easily be inside a patient's room, as well. The kind of doctor who, in one Fell swoop, could stake an ex-boyfriend in the woods.
  • Poor Matt. As quarterback of the football team, isn't there some hot cheerleader he can get with? Someone who doesn't come with any supernatural baggage?

What did everyone else think? Have you stopped panting from the Damon and Rebekah sex scene yet? Did this slower episode do it for you? Or, like me, did developments feel both boring and a bit contrived?

Review

Editor Rating: 3.1 / 5.0
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OMG ! Best episode ever ! i like Elijah

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Don`t know where to start. First this was a really unsatisfying episode in many ways and i`m not going with you MATT. This wasn`t the hottest scene in TVD history. If i have to choose one than definetly Season2/Episode 1, Damon and Katherine..That was hot. This was just sad..Both don`t know where to go and i`m absolutly upset about Elena..Okay, i get it, Stefan is the one, but you don`t have to work behind Damons neck and kill him, and than ripping his heart out when he admits with a heartbreaking truth in his voice that he loves you..bad move..You could be gentle with him when you remind yourself what he did for you..I don`t want to get Elena any Salvatore brother..She is the weak link and Katherine version 2.0..So dissaponted about this girl..By the way get over Klaroline..No chemistry there..Boohhh writers

Beru

Basically, this episode sucked. Watching last night's episode was so tedious it was almost painful. The plot progressed absolutely nowhere and all of the characters seemed completely off key. I was disappointed in Caroline, annoyed by Elena, bored by the DES stuff and left completely unimpressed by Mama Original and her brood. The only good things about the episode were Kol and Matt. Klaus has become such a horrid villain, it's actually laughable. What happened to the big bad villain we were promised last season? The writers pushed his humananity way too much in this episode, I was killing myself laughing at the sheer absurdity of it all. Plus, the writers seem intent on shoving Klaroline down our throats. It came out of absolutely nowhere and suddenly Klaus is smitten with Caroline after meeting her just once. Or is that not the case? Does he spend his nights watching her sleep, a la Edward Cullen, or something? Seriously, what am I missing here?

Kitanishi-h-mcdonald

LOL it is so funny how no one likes Elena anymore. finally. it took u 3 seasons to realize how afwul, self centric and boring she is. congratulation
I find it funny on how much it contrasts with S1 threads about this show lol. Writers really messed up what was a promising show, especially messing up the leads :)

Omgqt

LOL it is so funny how no one likes Elena anymore. finally. it took u 3 seasons to realize how afwul, self centric and boring she is. congratulation

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I'm losing interest hardcore now. I'm so stupid bored of Stelena and all theire Bellaa/Edward crap. They through them together like nothing happened and Stefans almost her puppy again. Boring. Stefan is only interesting pretending to have a spine. After everything she and Damon have been through she's just gonna assume he's gonna go off the rails again.. so he did with Becca. So let her burn about it...and watch her go hide behind Stefan like she always does.

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I can't stand Elena. Everybody is like she's so moral. Give me a break! She is NOT; her choices are emotional.  News flash Elena, both Damon and Stephen are vampires. They're both dead! They're both killers, and they're both subject to flipping a switch and killing people. Same with the originals. All this 'I don't want to betray Elijah because he is nice to me nonsense' , like woman please, Elijah is a killer and though he won't hurt your friends he'll kill others but I guess that doesn't matter.  So Elena, get over your stupid 'I'm such a nice person and I love you once you behave in a manner that keeps me from accepting that you should not be walking the earth' act, cause I'm weary of you trying to manipulate the vampires into being what is beyond their nature. If you want a human being, go date one like the rest of us.

Interuppted

after this episode, i've lost all the respect I ever had for elena, shes just toying with both brothers? i know it might be hard, but she needs to decide before one of them gets hurt. She deserves all the jealousy she gets for what she said to damon:'(

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And I kind off see the resemblance between Elena and Katherine.. They all love Stefan! And she's just using them one way or another, but Elena should be more badass. You know, step it up honey! Show them boys that you don't need them by your side everytime.

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I picked up my copy of Entertainment weekly. My store did not have the cover with Paul and Nina so I got the one with all 3 of them BUT I think I will look for the other 2 and buy them

The Vampire Diaries Season 3 Episode 14 Quotes

Anyone else feeling a little used right now?

Damon

Drive much?

Rebekah [to Elena]
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