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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They didn't even let Delena have anything and Stelena is already back?!! The way they just pushed them back together again is sad. Obviously wont last and wasn't merely 'forced'. I'm gagging on bullsh*t right now. The only bright spot was Klaroline, never thought Id say that.


The Klaus/Caroline scenes weren't that bad at all.In fact, they were my favorite of the episode, along with anything Elijah. I mean,it does sound far-fetched that Caroline would consider him for the time being but I don't think it is unbelievable to see him show another side of himself. For once, his family is reunited, he believes his mother has forgiven him. In a sense, he has less worries and less concerns which means he can afford to let his guard down and indulge. I honestly didn't find it weird. And Klaus is totally the guy who would try to impress the girl he likes by showing her how great he is.
That being said, Matt and Rebekah was super cute. I think Kol is about to become an addition to the villain's list (works fine by me).
I'm Glad Stelena is happening again. They were beautiful.


I'm not used to this show making me so upset. *$*$*$%@*5$-$-#(%-@@@%@&%/--#($7


Horrible episode that was literally everywhere. I can no longer ship Stefan and Elena. Its like they are 'safe' and easy like a peanut butter n jelly sandwhich. No buildup? No problem! Lets just hook em up again cuz its easy. I would not be excited Stefan/Elena fans. Not only are you going to lose even more shippers but tonight guaranteed they aren't worthy of endgame. To simple and status quo.


when did Esther try to kill Elena?? She just got here.
second, when did Stefan bite Elena??!
I'm so lost.


DUDE your crazy thinking this was a bad episode!!! KLAUSOLINE IS AMAZING!!! I love seeing a different side of him. The drawing at the end. There scenes while dancing, the dress. COME ON! Give it to the guy who is at least trying. STEFAN AND ELENA= NEED TO GET BACK TOGETHER
I get that people love Delena. But, I feel for her when she is talking to Stefan. Yes, she has fallen for Damon but I think it was 100% in lieu of the absence of Stefan. People if you loved someone, how can you go turn them down and profess for love for another man. YOU JUST DON'T!! Writers give me some hot Stelena action. I was wanting to see a full on Stelena moment. I think it's Mrs. Lockwood as the crazy lady.
The inside of the hospital room clip I think was supposed to be Rebekah.


Seriously??? WTF. SE is now together, why? Bullshit. Once again, no build up...No wonder they aren't supported. I'm feeling like this is a pathetic attempt to distance DE because they are endgame. The idea was good but complete lunacy in how to go about it. I hate being fed this crap, it will now be painful to watch a SE scene. WTF


If I over-analyze this episode, I know i'm going to hate it. So I won't. Over all, if you look past the bad spots, it was a pretty good episode. I know Momma-Original is never going to kill her kiddo's, that wouldn't make any sense. I think Kol is becoming my favorite original, I don't know why. He is pretty darn cute. This episode had many twists and turns- I was booing when Elena doubled crossed Damon (I mean, whoa, what was up with that??) yelling out WOOO!!! When Damon slipped out that he loved Elena, and then, less than 5 minutes later, Booing Damon for...Ugh. Rebekah and Damon would be worse than Matt and Elena. Blech-Blech-Blech.


I was on the fence with the triangle but no more. I am full blown Delena, Stelena always has been to shallow with no substance or soul, to easy. I love Stefan most but Elena is a damn fool. I'm interested in Klaus and Caroline buy the whole Stelena b*tch slap makes me wanna puke. Ugh


I'm all for Forwood but I cannot help but grin on Klauroline scenes. Damn, TVD. You really know how to make crazy fangirls crazier!

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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]