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?


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I know that Elena didn`t mean it when she told Damon "Maybe that`s the problem", and i know that she just want to get a bit of her freedom back to make own descisions. But it did hurt to watch the facial expression of Damons face. And sorry, why did she blame him for the things she also did. Let`s take Jeremy. Instead of asking him if he want to be compelled, she made the descision for him. Elena is the controllfreak here.


What I find less excusable is that Elena's not seeking Damon out and trying to undo some of the damage she knows she caused by rejecting his affections. At the very least, Damon is currently her best friend in the world, and he deserves that much. Forget the triangle. But Elena is now official the worst friend ever and she deserves that she lost Damon forever. I wouldn`t give a crap about her any longer, and not because she maybe don`t love me back (i think we all know she do) but because she treated somenbody like this..Bad, bad move..
I`m glad Damon found some disctraction with my least favorite barbie-Klaus-vamp..


@Erica Caroline can't possibly look like Klaus's first love because we know that the name of said girl is Tatia. She is the original Petrova. Since Katherine and Elena are the doppelgangers of Tatia- all three of them must look identical. Therefore Klaus's first love looks exactly like Katherina and Elena- not Caroline at all.


I agree with the author. I found the Elena/Stephan/Damon scenes boring and painful to watch. I have said this before and I will continue to say it, Elena will be with Matt in the end. She doesn't even want to be a vampire. As for the Caroline/Tyler/Klaus triangle, the author is right; it's just to get fans hot and bothered. Klaus is a psychopathic mass murderer. Yes, he was robbed of love and MAYBE, love will change him, but he has hurt all of the people closest to Caroline. Even if FORWOOD is over, pairing Klaus and Caroline, will ruin her character. She is such a strong female character who stands her ground (teenage girls’ need such role models on TV). Yes, she is forgiving and kind, but out of everyone, Klaus has caused the most murder and mayhem; he shouldn't be allowed the convenience of being forgiven, finding true love and living happily ever after. He should be given the electric chair, lethal injection and gas chamber all at once. As for the killer, my money is on Jeremy!


i actually like elena in this episode, i feel stelena fans hate her at times and now delena fans hate her, its inevitable..


Elena hurting Damon and choosing Stefan...hmmm seems to be a theme here. Delena forever and only cause Damon loves her, otherwise I wish he could have someone that is mature and doesn't treat him like her (ahem) second high school love. Elena is beyond selfish and mean and the writers are making us dislike her so much that I honestly think they are killing the show.


It would be intriguing to see Caroline and Klaus, I'd like that...Tyler bores me so much!!!


@Melissa:yeah i like the stelena scene coz i ship them but honestly as much as i love stelena i will be very happy if the brothers chose eachother at the end coz i see no reason why they will be repeating the same mistake all over again fighting over a girl,i like DEFAN too.And despite the fact that i like stelena i feel bad for damon in this episode coz its preety obvious that elena doesn't want to feel something for him talk more of to be with him,she wants stefan back,and damon making out with rebekah isn't going to help the situation coz she's one of stefan's ex.


@stefelena.It`s normal that you love the Stefan/Elena scene because you`re a shipper, but for me as a just Stefan/Damnon-shipper fan I´m honestly pissed of Elena. Her craving for Stefan feels ugly and desperate, and it`s obvious that she treats Damon like crap because she don`t want to feel something for him. Sometimes it gives me the feeling that se just want Stefan back because his love was save and loving Damon is something that is uncomftable for her. For me i`s time that a descision will make before nobody gives a crap about who`s together with Elena. Damon, Stefan or the neighbours dog. In my opinion she turns more and more to Katherine, but it doesn`t works with her because she isn`t so much fun like Damons and Stefan maker. Dn`t like this character in the moment


I love the fact that Caroline and Klaus were kind of feeling one another. Klaus needs someone to love him and I think Caroline should be the one. I believe that if Klaus found love he would not be so mean. He fancies Caroline, she should give him a shot. She's given everyone else one......

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The Vampire Diaries Season 3 Episode 14 Quotes

Anyone else feeling a little used right now?


Drive much?

Rebekah [to Elena]