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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Oh yeah, the Klaus storyline is awesome. Leave it to the Vampire Diaries to make me care about a villain I once loathed. He obviously has issues - and to see the more caring side of him come out is really fascinating to watch. I don't know that I want Caroline and Klaus together, but I really love watching them interact. Honestly, the other originals don't interest me, and if they die - fine. But Elijah, Klaus, and Rebekah actually have interesting personalities and stories, and I'll be sorry to see them go if/when they do.


Cont'd. Stefan and Elena? that annoyed me too. I understand how she can still love him, but he's not even trying.."the pain" ofcourse there will be pain.. but be a man about it and accept what you did... he's being a child. I will say the Caroline Klaus storyline is very intriguing. Klaus is obviously a deeply wounded individual with HUGE trust issues. His love for a woman was rivaled by his brother, his father hated him, his mother "betrayed" him. Is there love in there? i believe somewhere there is.


oh yea.. i agree. I was basically yelling for Elena to just put her hands on Elijah's so he wouldn't drink. I hope he will be ok!


I was disappointed. Not because I felt it was a bad episode, but because of Elena not being honest with Elijah. He saved her from Rebekah, firstly, then he puts all his trust in her to tell her whats really going on with his mother. To lie to him, to not tip him off about the toast, really bothered me. I don't want Elijah caught up in it, he really is one of my favorite characters and I do believe he has a good heart. Obviously his mother knows this too, or she wouldn't have questioned her plan. I felt bad for Damon, he didn't deserve to get his love thrown back in his face. He couldve let Kol kill matt, especially after Elena said what she said; but he didn't


I agree with Annie. The episode was pretty - I love Elena's dress. But everything else was just ridiculous. Easily the most frustrating episode in the whole series. Seriously? Elena is still going to go back to Stefan that quickly? And the way she treated Damon was so harsh. My heart shattered for him. I understand why he would sleep with Rebekah, and vice versa, but I still hated it. I agree that the love-triangle is starting to feel a little drawn out. I know it's the point of the show - but eventually a decision must be made.
Also, when all the Originals were going to drink the champagne, was I the only one yelling at Elena to tell Elijah not to drink it!? He's seriously the best guy on the show, after Damon. I love him, and Elena should have stopped him from drinking it. He's a good guy - he doesn't deserve to go with the rest of his siblings.
All in all, an extremely frustrating episode - especially since I was so looking forward to it.


Great ep . I'm totally stelena , forwood , and bonman . My fav parts were Tyler and Caroline's phone calls .


I can't even lie... Caroline and Klaus? I'm intrigued. most definitely


I'm really starting to enjoy Klaroline...but I do think he has a motive. It's extremely out character for him to just go after her unless he has a reason to. It's not really OOC for Caroline though...I love her and all, but a guy, no matter how evil he is, treats her like she's a princess and she'll give in. Anyway, I'm excited to see how their "relationship" plays out


I agree with this review. I think the momma Original will have second thoughts because she do not look that cruel of a person. I am glad one critic do not ship Klaroline and sticks with Forwood. I want to see more of the dangerous Kol. I knew it will be Rebekah he sleeps with but he was upset. I honestly did not like Stefan and Elena this episode but I hardly like Elena anyway.


Definitely my least favorite ep of the season. Elena's really going to run back to Stefan that fast? And Damon did nothing wrong this episode and all he got for trying to protect the woman he loved was a broken neck and a broken heart. Personally, I didn't really care much about the Damon/Rebekah hookup. I wasn't interested at all.
Oh, and I think I could live without the rest of the Originals, but Elijah CANNOT die. Someone needs to undo the spell. I won't let Elijah go with the rest of them. He's the most redeemable Original and my second favorite male on the show. I can't just let him go.
Not a good ep. Just. No.

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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]