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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

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Oh come on, tyler is not at all caroline's true love. I've allways hated them together. Her solo scenes gave her so much more depth. And Klaus being my favorite character so far, might be a good idea for her to grow. I fancy him, he's just yummy she'd be lucky to end up with him.
As for Damon, I AM FED UP with this triangle. Elena is getting on my nerve, and i'm glad he hooked up with rebekah. After this episode i'm definatly rooting for stefan and elena. "maybe that's the problem" what the hell? go back to being all boring and annoying with stefan. this episode was a terrible déjà-vu when it came to the salvator's love dilema.
BTW, i love how soon klaus is going to have to kill his mother again, at least i hope he does! (I mean lets face it, no originals = happy ending and no TVD. WHICH IS CRAP!!!! and if mom's gone, juicy things can still happen)

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We have a new worse episode of the season. I'm intrigued with Klaroline but Stelena is now more then forced, they're being shoved down my throat. Poor Damon, I mean the girl is so unbelievably afraid of a deep and passionate connection. She lost a fan in me and I don't ship. Just another way to keep from giving the viewers what they want.

Omgqt

aaawwww Forwood phonecall was so cute

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after i watch the episode i must admit that i was kind of disapointed because i was rooting for more klaroline but i feel that is never going to happend, she´s still in love with Tyler and the rejection against Klaus was really strong and true. I belive Elijah didnt drank the champagne, i saw in his eyes that he knew something wasnt right with Elena. If this show really kill all the originals as Esther planned i dont see how could this go on. I dont want them dead

Fortyseven

Good but not as good as last week. A lot new interactions. Obviously, all the Originals aren't going to die. I love Klaus and Caroline's scenes but any romance is completely one sided. Forwood have romantic chemistry even by phone tag. Caroline, emotionally, beat the crap out Klaus. Matt giving Rebekah his jacket was cute. Rebekah having a heart was touching. Koll itching to kill Matt was funny. Damon losing it was cool. Damon/Rebekah was hot. I look forward to Care's interactions with the other Originals.

Horacehorsecollar

Agree with review. Rebekah and Damon sleeping together probably just served as a way to bring Damon and Elena apart. It's kind of ridiculous how Elena seems to just forget about everything that Stefan did, I get that he was compelled, at first, but then he was free and he did that stuff anyways... This episode sucked, Elena is such a bitch; i can't believe she betrayed Damon, regardless of how strong and tough she's trying to be, the guy's been helping you for months, and this is how you repay him? Ridiculous.

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Klaus and Caroline HAVE TO HAPPEN! I don't care what anyone says, they are hella more interesting than Forwood, and I'm really hoping they get together in the end. They have so much chemistry together! Tyler is more boring than Matt (JK LUV U MATTIE HONEST) and he needs to leave. Like now.

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Well this whole season to me has been a disappointment. There have only been about 4 or 5 episodes I have really wanted to watch again. Kinda hope it picks up soon.

Kimberly anne

I am a Delana fan BUT the last scene was simply amazing! I am rooting for R and D as a temporary couple. These two are so hot! I am also loving the idea of Klaus and Caroline! I thought it was a good episode, but what bothered me the most was Elena's constant back and forth struggle between Stefan and Damon. The writers needs to stop making her go back and forth with them so much in one episode.

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The episode did not feel slow but it was a filler episode with a little development. I am more invested in Forwood...it is nice to see the human side of the orginals but realistically what is so scary about them. It does feel like the triangle is going to go on and on until the last scene. The role reversal was nice to see. Paul Wesley is doing a nice job this season with scenes/ moments where he is silent.

The Vampire Diaries Season 3 Episode 14 Quotes

Anyone else feeling a little used right now?

Damon

Drive much?

Rebekah [to Elena]