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The Vampire Diaries Review: Burning Bridges

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The Vampire Diaries asked its viewers to accept a lot in "Break on Through," not all of which flowed very naturally.

Let's start with the return of Sage. It wasn't exactly organic. First: how did she know Finn was freed from his casket?

Granted, she's 900 years old and clearly possesses certain powers that far exceeds those of the young (not even 160-year old!) Salvatores. But it becomes a dangerous line, a pretty severe writing crutch, when she can simply do and see anything she wants.

Rebekah and Sage

Second: Why did she and Damon suspect Rebekah was up to something? We've barely seen this Original since she and Klaus discovered the White Oak Tree secret in "All My Children." Was she really acting different? Was there any indication Damon should be suspicious?

Third: Finn? Really, Sage?!? This is the Original we know the least amount, making it difficult to really get invested in anything surrounding him or the fiery red-headed mentor of Damon's. It simply seemed random all around that Sage showed up... schemed to deceive Damon... and based all her machinations on love for another character we scarcely know.

Nothing involving Sage worked for me this week, which is saying a lot considering her presence resulted in a near threesome.

The storyline didn't serve Rebekah well, either. The Vampire Diaries has done a tremendous job creating depth to this (gorgeous!) character, but she came across as more pathetic than vulnerable here. I know, I know: it's Damon Salvatore. What woman would not jump at the chance to jump back into his bed? But she was really so willing despite the rivalry that clearly existed between her and Sage? With Sage right there? Looking on mischievously?!?

Can we give Rebekah some credit please? (SPOILER ALERT: At least she'll get her revenge next week.)

Elsewhere: There wasn't really a lot of movement on the Alaric front. Yes, we now know for sure he's one "accidental serial killer," as Damon so tactfully put it. And, yes, that counsel member hit list is sort of scary. But we're still left pretty much where we were a week ago: with Alaric as a murderer; wondering how the ring will affect Jeremy; and appreciative that Matt Davis is getting a shot in the spotlight.

The final line of the episode was even indicative of how the show has been treading water a bit recently: Let's go kill some Originals. We're on board with that battle, Damon. Trust me, I'm excited to see where this all goes. But wasn't that also the mission many weeks ago? Where have we really gone since then? And, honestly, why do they even want to kill the Originals anymore? They aren't even in Mystic Falls, for the most part, and haven't really done much in awhile.

Let's hope the concluding set of season three episodes stop spinning and start moving forward with the momentum that made us all embrace TVD from the outset.

What were the highlights of an overall mediocre installment? A number of nice character moments and exchanges. We had Bonnie embracing Elena; Caroline doing her best to convince Abby to stay, by invoking the memory of her father; Elena shedding quiet tears on the phone with Jeremy (great work in this scene by Nina Dobrev); and, best of all, Stefan realizing that he could overcome his blood lust, thanks to Elena.

You're gonna be okay, she told Meredith. But I somehow doubt the fallen doctor was the only person for whom this message was intended.

What did you think of the episode? Were you intrigued or bored by the appearance of Sage? Do you blame Rebekah for bedding Damon again? Do you care that Bonnie's mom left again? And where can we find Own it. Live it. Love it. bumper stickers?

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Editor Rating: 3.4 / 5.0
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@MattRichenthal Damon knew Rebekah was up to something because of how she was asking so many questions in the previous episode. Why else would Rebecka care about the town and its trees?

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So sorry to hear that there are people as terrorists in the united kingdom, heard there is a serious threat. Would this include dogs? Well we shall see. its amazing how everything i say or do is repeated in town, so keep posted. Ok good luck to the united kingdom, how many days do we have left? axelle-rose

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This episode was all on revenge madness and deep mysteries. Some of the bad guys can drive the show nuts but it gets the mystery of this season more deeper in. I can't wait to find out what will happen for the rest of the season. =O

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The show getting more and more ridiculous like they don`t have any fresh ideas anymore. Some things don`t have any sense at all. I`ve never thought the writers were brilliant but now I don`t even feel like I wanna see the new episode... It`s more like a habit.

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@Taylor, no worries! I mean, I would never get "pissed" at show writers...it's just TV after all...but I DO hate when the shows I like to "lose" myself in start losing that spark that made me want to watch. I don't think TVD is there, but it could get there if the writers don't try to tell a logical (as logical as a supernatural show can be) story, you know?
Another of my favorite shows, Supernatural, went in this direction a few seasons ago and it's so disappointing.. You still watch but it's just not the same fun it was when you loved the show so much!

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Allison, I just seem to have gotten the wrong idea from your post. I thought you were actually getting pissed at the show/writers for something you did not understand. So I am sorry, it's just that when the cw had the forums still open, people were constantly hating each episode for something they didn't understand, but it was clearly in an earlier episode. People even made statements about never watching the show again because of a plot hole that could clearly be explained if they had just paid more attention. But I do agree with you that the writers do not fully explain things. Thanks for clearing that one up lol.

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(continued) the witches, so that was my mistake. I did know WHY he did it, however, that didn't need explaining. Though, it does make my point with the plot devices...those witches sure can do anything when needed, huh? My general concern is that the show will lose it's (forgive the pun) magic if writers start creating these abilities or qualities then never fully explaining them or developing them further. And the witches need more substance than just being there to fix every problem. It "lowers the stakes" in a way to know that Bonnie might be able to swoop in and fix every problem.

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Taylor, no need to become offensive or rude because of a television show. I do use my brain (though, let's be fair, VD is not meant to be an intellectually stimulating show, is it?) and I am not "too stupid" to understand it. And to apologize for being rude after being very rude kind of makes your apology moot.
Vampire Diaries is my favorite show and I actually quite enjoy the writing most the time. My point was that the show writers have the habit of putting plot points in to use a device for the story but later don't fully explain it. They NEVER explain that the first spell gives supernatural abilities (which, really, not every vamp does seem to have or they would all be in each others heads...I mean, Damon wouldn't have to dig around to figure out what Rebekah was up to if he could do that, right?). They also never fully explain just why the spell includes blood drinking as a condition for survival. It's just assumed. As for Klaus, I actually DID forget about the help from the witches, so that was my mistake. I did know WHY he did it, however, that didn't need explaining. Though, it does make my point with the plot devices...those witches sure can do anything when needed, huh? My general concern is that the show will lose it's (forgive the pun) magic if writers start creating these abilities or qualities then never fully explaining them or developing them further. And the witches need more substance than just being there to fix every problem. It "lowers the stakes" in a way to know that Bonnie might be able to swoop in and fix every problem.

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*continuation of last post And as far as sages abilities. Vampires have always had the ability to get inside others heads in this show. Sage was not projecting images, she was simply getting inside damons head and making him see these things. It's the same thing that damon did to rose, he made her see the images he wanted before he died. I'm sorry to be rude, but I'm really sick of all these people trashing the talented writing because they are not smart enough to understand the show, or they just don't pay attention.

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Seriously Allison???? I can't count how many times I have been on forums and read something somebody does not like because they don't understand it. The problem is, you and everyone else obviously can't put 2 and 2 together. Why don't you use your brain sometimes??? Klaus could only possess a body because he had two witches with him that could cast a spell. If you remember, both witches were killed in the end of the second season. Witches arn't exactly easy to come by, especially ones that support evil vampires. In addition, the only reason Klaus was hiding in someone else's body is to learn the groups plan by being one of them. He also was said to be a "recluse", so he likes to stay out of the open. Now that everyone knows his face, he doesn't need to be hidden. And what are you talking about the blood and supernatural abilities just occured? Do you mean all the supernatural abilities vampires have? The spell created those, because all vampires have them. And as far as sages abilities. Vampires have always had the ability to get inside others heads in this show. Sage was not projecting images, she was simply getting inside damons head and making him see these things. It's the same thing that damon did to rose, he made her see the images he wanted before he died. I'm sorry to be rude, but I'm really sick of all these people trashing the talented writing because they are not smart enough to understand the show, or they just don't pay attention.