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The Vampire Diaries Review: Yes, Sire

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Hmm... I wonder which scene from "My Brother's Keeper" will have Vampire Diaries fans talking tonight. And tomorrow. And well into 2013...

Yes, TV Fanatics, Damon and Elena finally went there. Their Waltz turned into a Horizontal Mambo and and the squeals from Delena fans could be heard for miles and miles. But it wasn't the pinnacle of an romance that many have been waiting for since The Vampire Diaries Season 1.

No, there was a twist far different that any contortion of Elena's while writhing in bed: Caroline and Stefan determined that Elena is sired to Damon.

Elena Gilbert in Pain

The Vampire Diaries just can't let this triangle die, can it?

Two weeks ago, I praised Elena and Stefan's split. It felt natural, it made sense in the context of Elena's transition and her heightened feelings for Damon. It was the perfect time to have her commit to the other Salvatore brother and for the show to move on from the back-and-forth of the past few seasons.

Alas. Now we're back there again. Damon is the evil one who cheated to get the girl. Elena didn't really choose him, Stefan will be determined to win her back and break the sire bond... and blah, blah, blah. It may seem like a new tune, but it's really the same old song.

And it feels rather contrived. The Vampire Diaries is a fun, wild ride. It's best not to over-think the cliffhangers and crazy turns and storylines because, come on, this is a show about supernatural beings and, at the end of every hour, I challenge anyone to not claim they were not entertained. That's almost all you can ever ask for from a series.

But there's always a line. And here it comes across like Julie Plec and company simply invented the concept of a vampire being sired to another vampire. Has that ever been touched on before? Is there any reason to think it would make sense in this case, aside from giving the writers a convenient way to drag out the brotherly fight over Elena?

This was lame. It was a cop out. I don't look forward to the ramifications. I'm far more interested in why Hayley is working with Professor Shane and what that duplicitous teacher has in mind. I care a great deal more about Jeremy (never thought I'd write that!) and his nightmares and urges and how the awoken hunter inside of him will affect his relationship with all the vampires in his life.

Heck, I was actually invested in Klaroline this week, as Klaus was at his charming best and I believed for the first time that these two could really be a couple.

In other, disappointing words: at the moment, the show's three main characters are at the center of my least interesting storyline. That's never a good thing.

We'll see where this all goes, of course (next week? To World War II!). Up until this episode, The Vampire Diaries Season 4 had been off to the best start of any season to date. The hunter stuff has been fascinating, Elena's transformation has affected everyone around her, Phoebe Tonkin is downright gorgeous.

But I worry. I'm now afraid the love triangle will overshadow everything else. And who should be the most angry over this siring nonsense? Delena shippers! They have been waiting for years for these two to get together, yet they can't fully enjoy it  - they can't enjoy it at all, really - because apparently it isn't real.

This episode may have represented the best day of Damon's life. But it was my worst experience as a Vampire Diaries fan this season.

What did everyone else think?

Review

Editor Rating: 3.1 / 5.0
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thank you! i completely agree. I'm so annoyed right now! I cant enjoy Delena if this is what they are going to pull. it is mean and stupid and just terrible writing. Even if I wouldnt ship Delena I'd be annoyed because this isnt what they deserve. I guess by now everyone's annoyed be this triangle and the writers seriously need to let it go. If they don't make up their mind Im gonna stop watching bc this storyline is just bullsh*t.

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It's really a cool thing to read a review from a reputable publication that says EXACTLY how I'm feeling... because I couldn't have said it any better myself. Yes, I've been beside myself waiting for this day, this dance, hoping for a kiss at least... for 3 years, I've waited. From the first moment that they LOOKED at each other, I knew that they would be together.... thought it might have changed after the most amazing kiss that's ever been on the show in 3.18, but nope - right back to Stefan. I cried in the finally for Damon. I know it's a show, but I was so bummed and so sad for him. Now, I almost couldn't even be excited... not only did they keep flashing away from the hot action, but the awesome, HOT song playing turned to scary, ominous background music as the show ended, upsetting music during the hottest potential scene in 4 years really, really upset me. My reference for ALL THINGS triangle wise on a show like this is Dawson's Creek, my favorite show up until TVD. Still have debates over Pacey vs. Dawson. Still - lol. From the moment Season 3 started and Pacey started hanging with Joey, I KNEW. He was the one for her. From that point on, I knew - even though Dawson and Joey were the "soul mates", I knew he'd NEVER make her feel like Pacey did. So, she was with Dawson - it ended. Enter Pacey, and they dated for 2 FULL SEASONS!!! We had our Pacey and Joey phase!!!!!!!!! Dawson was in the picture. Still drama. But she made her choice and we got to see them together. They ended. Dawson tried. Yuck. Didn't last. Other loves. Then in the end... who got the girl.. Yep. My boy, Pacey. You said it perfectly. Very grateful for your Words and for your Voice. Hopefully others will see this and maybe begin to process how their most loyal fans are feeling.

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Officially mad what a cop out! A sire bond!! What a horrible twist! Way to go Julie Plec another major storyline screw up where your fans are furious! Take note that this was a terrible idea!!!!!!!

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OH WHAT THE LIVING FACK ARE YOU KIDDING ME???? THIS IS THE MOST AWFUL THING THE WRITERS HAVE EVER DONE TO US.

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Wow. You got it just right, i really feel diapointed. I was more interested in the pic where Klaus was so close to Caroline and THAT NEVER EVEN HAPPEND.WTF!!!!! that was lame!!!!!! Where is that scene, oh wait maybe got cut out to fit in more blah blah Elena blah. My whole 2 week hiatus revolve around that picture, i really wanted to cry at the end. I think that whole sire is just bs. And Im hoping it isnt true.

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I agree with Matt. I am more interested into the Professor Shane story and what he is really up to especially now that Hayley is somehow connected to him and his plans. He needs Bonnie because she is a Bennett witch and the hybrids, too.

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Lol @nicole we started the same way

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I completley agree. It's a load of BS! The delena fan base are right to feel cheated. At least let everyone enjoy a week thinking its real and spring this upon us next week! Why much I hear Caroline's theory while watching? I should have watched the ending on mute. Stefan is a sore loser. Caroline is a stuck up B*****! Why can't everyone just leave elena alone. Is anyone bothering Caroline for Flirting with the devil all night long??! Klaus never did a good thing yet, he's just so gorgeous to look at. Damon has made a complete turn around. Why can't elena make her mind up without people claiming she's gone crazy. Why do people care so much!!! I'm so upset from this ending (as you can tell).
But who knows. Maybe she isn't sired. I just hope damon doesn't loose it when Stefan tells him. Jerk.
She didn't listen to damon when he told her to call Stefan last week. Damon told her to drink the blood bag a d she still couldn't keep it down. Damon never told her not to take the blood. Doesn't really fit so well.

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I completley agree. It's a load of BS! The delena fan base are right to feel cheated. At least let everyone enjoy a week thinking its real and spring this upon us next week! Why much I hear Caroline's theory while watching? I should have watched the ending on mute. Stefan is a sore loser. Caroline is a stuck up B*****! Why can't everyone just leave elena alone. Is anyone bothering Caroline for Flirting with the devil all night long??! Klaus never did a good thing yet, he's just so gorgeous to lo

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I completely agree. Not only that, but we didn't get to fully enjoy Damon and Elena being together because we kept flashing back to Stefan and Caroline's theories! Seriously?! WHY CAN'T THEY LET THE DAMN TRIANGLE DIE?!?!? This is one very disappointed VD fan.

The Vampire Diaries Season 4 Episode 7 Quotes

Let's not pretend like this isn't the best day of your life.

Stefan

I'm not depressed. I just wanna rip into someone's artery and feed until I can't feed anymore.

Stefan
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