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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the show sort of pins katherine as the evil one, but I think Elena is really the evil one. I mean Elena's using him far worse than Katherine ever did and at least Kat was straight up with him (eventually) and told him she loved Stefan, not leading Damon on like Elena seems to do every single episode. I like Katherine better, they should make Elena and Katherine switch places, that would be way more interesting than whatever it is Elena does.


I really liked the scene where Klaus showed Caroline the paintings and sharing with her his good side.


I think, Klaus' feelings for Caroline is pure. I mean, maybe he admire Caroline for still being there and love Tyler despite the fact that he's sire to Klaus and almost killed her. Tyler is a hybrid like Klaus and for Klaus being a hybrid, he thinks he's different, alone, and no one will love him. Or maybe, he likes Caroline because he looks like Klaus' first love. Does he?


I think that was a beautiful episode even though it had turned into a painful one, it was an episode full of intense and cute moments but then every thing have changed and even that I knew that Damon will be hurt by Elena I did not expect hearing her telling him that maybe his love for her is the probleme, it caused me a heart ache and i just couldn't not to cry. And to be honest all I want for now is seeing her hurt as much as she made him feel.


(Cont'd)I can't believe the original witch wants to kill her children,finn has been in the coffin for over 900years he didn't even enjoy his life as a vampire but he's ready to die,but may be she will change her mind coz of elijah,i love the scene where she told him that she wish his sibling were more like him,he's just so moral.Still pissed at elena for not stopping elijah.And damon making out with rebekah is not a smart move why would he be always taking stefan's leftovers it's so downgrading.


I really really feel bad for damon after elena told him that may be his love is the problem,the look on his face he was terribly hurt,i just feel bad for him and please if the writers can't let him have elena for even a while then let them find another girl for him,i bet damon will be happier with someone else,he deserves to be happy after all,let him have a girl that is 100% his coz he can never have elena completely,and please DE fans stop complaining stefan and elena are not back together,they just had a moment.This is a love triangle both couples will be explored,remember the last few episodes where elena was mean to stefan and nice to damon.


I don't even know where to start but i was a little bit disappointed after watching this episode,may be coz i have high hopes but nevertheless the episode wasn't that bad.I love the scene where rebekah try to bite elena and elijah stopped her,i can't believe elena didn't stop elijah from drinking that champagne the guy saved her life,he trust her and she just betray that trust.I love the stelena scene,how she hold his face and ask him to feel something anything and that she don't believe he don't care at all,i totally understand him when he said if he let him self care,all he feel is pain.The look on his face when elena said she will call damon and let him know that she's home safe was heartbreaking it was like he feel he lost her to damon.


I think Klaus and Caroline is a nice couple.


Hottest New Love Team Klaus and Caroline
Damon and Rebekah any other suggestions?


Damon saved Matt's life. Isn't that sweet?

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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]