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The Vampire Diaries Midseason Report Card: C

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The long, cold winter hiatus season is upon us.

So with many TV Fanatic favorites on a break, we're looking back and evaluating their runs so far... report card style!

Click the links to read our Sons of Anarchy Season 5 report card, along with our Walking Dead report card, and then scroll down to see how we feel so far about The Vampire Diaries Season 4...

Vampire Diaries Season 4 Promo Pic

Best Episode: "Memorial." One of my favorites in series history. It featured a tensely-filmed church showdown, he delved into the new Elena, every main character was given something important to do and that ending with Alaric... oh, that ending with Alaric. Tear.

Worst Episode: "O Come, All Ye Faithful." One of my least favorites in series history. A jumbled mess of two non-sensical storylines: 1. Tyler volunteering to case himself in concrete for some inexplicable reason; 2. Elena and Damon continuing to debate the absurd sire bond.

Best Character: Elena. Her transition has driven the season, with the character's changes affecting everyone around her in the especially intriguing early episodes. Nina Dobrev has been outstanding in her portrayal.

Worst Character: Bonnie. I'm sorry, but it's always Bonnie. She's putting every ounce of trust into this Professor Shane guy simply because... he took over teaching for her grandmother? NOTE: if Damon continues to be as irritating has he has been, when it comes to the sire bond and doing the "right thing" and all that nonsense, I may change my vote.

Best Storyline: Jeremy, his transformation into a hunter and the mark that can only grow when he kills vampires.

Worst Storyline: The sire bond. Need I explain why?

Biggest Waste of a Guest Star: Phoebe Tonkin. Perhaps we'll learn a lot more about her now that she's turned on Tyler, but Hayley just showed up out of nowhere; the audience was simply told of her connection to Tyler; she uttered a few snarky slams; and then proceeded to play a major role in the winter finale. In other words: she was nothing more than a plot device.

Most Impressive Wife-Beater-Wearing Physique: Jeremy Gilbert.

Hopes for 2013: Get Elena and Damon together. Period. I'm not a Delena shipper, I'm only a storyline "shipper" and this sire bond is flat out ridiculous. It's totally contrived and plays like an excuse to extend the love triangle infinitely. Let's turn the focus back to the hunt for The Cure, the mystery of The Council death and how The Five plays into all this. I want mythology, not romance.

Overall Grade: C (NOTE: It would have been an A after the first four episodes.)

Your turn, TVD lovers. What grade would you give Season 4 so far?

 

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The show is getting and getting more ridiculous. Plots that they use and I have the feeling that they don´t know what to do with it in the end. This plot is used just to prolong the triangle, that´s all and they don´t realised that doing that they damage the show, the characters and relationships in the end. I love Elena and Damon, but right now I find no reason to watch the show, they are fooling with that relationship, is all that they know fooling and teasing people big time. You tube and happy. And the saddest thing is reading the producers saying that what we see is not right, they have to explain it¡¡ bad work don´t you think???

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I love VD but season 4 hasnt been like the past. I feel like theyre either running out of ideas or is trying too hard. The sire bond between vampires I think is more interesting, considering the circumstances for them to be sired in the first place. Bonnie has to go. Jeremy Im finally staring to like (especially with him in a wife-beater. Klaus and Caroline need together like NOW. Stefan is just mad that Elena wants Damon and not him, sired or not. Im excited for the return Originals will be there and to see where the rest of this season is going.

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DAMON WILL BECOME A HUMAN. i am sure. Not elena.

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Hopes for 2013: delena finallllyyyyyyyyy togheterrrrr....... oficially i hate stefan..fix elena..fix elena...wtf she is an object??????? elena will stay a vampire, will accept what she is.

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Waste of a Guest Star - Totally April, at least Haley's been doing things, April has been a total bust as a character so far Most Impressive Wife-Beater Wearing Physique - Obviously Jeremy, and thankfully the promo suggests that we'll see more of it Hopes for 2013 - More Hunter Jeremy (in a wife-beater of course), more Klaus being awesomely evil like this last episode, more agency for Elena, Caroline going back to being awesome, and lots of Damon/Jeremy hunter training bonding (you know just put them both in wife-beaters) Overall Grade - Stuck between a B+ and an A-, but this last episode I think bumps it to an A-

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Best Episode - Tie between Memorial (thrilling episode plus an awesome ending with Alaric) and O Come, All Ye Faithful (exciting, answered some big questions, Jeremy in a wife-beater, Klaus's killing set to XMas music) Worst Episode - We'll Always Have Bourbon Street, mostly boring flashbacks and some of the best characters and arcs of the season (Jeremy and Klaus) weren't involved Best Character - Jeremy as he's at the center of the best arc of the season and those moments when he was in hunter-mode were awesome Worst Character - Bonnie as she seems to always be, I just don't think the character can be helped from being terrible. Caroline is much to my surprise close given how annoying and hypocritical she's been of late. Best Storyline - Jeremy and the whole Hunter thing, interesting and exciting and has really elevated the second half of the season so far Worst Storyline - Bonnie "losing her powers" meeting the Professor blah blah blah Waste of a Guest Star - Totally April, at least Haley's been doing things, April has been a total bust as a character so far Most Impressive Wife-Beater Wearing Physique - Obviously Jeremy, and thankfully the promo suggests that we'll see more of it Hopes for 2013 - More Hunter Jeremy (in a wife-beater of course), more Klaus being awesomely evil like this last episode, more agency for Elena, Caroline going back to being awesome, and lots of Damon/Jeremy hunter training bonding (you know just put them both in wife-beaters) Overall Grade - Stuck between a B+ and an A-, but this last episode I think bumps it to an A-

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D.. so far I dont like season 4... I want Stelena back.. I used to like Elena but now i kinda hate her.. how can she break up with stefan and then a minute later sleep with his brother??!! I cant understand her... she's crazy... The only thing that I like from season 4 is the Steroline relationship... Stefan needs Caroline by his side because she is the only one person he can trust and he needs her frendship..!!

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1.The Five. I really enjoyed the Klaus/Stefan/Rebekah scenes and the flashback ofcourse,I'm a sucker for the flashback.And yeah the Stebekah scene.
2.We will always have bouborn Street.
3.KLAAAAAAAAUUUUSSSS.Period!
4.Matty.
5.The fucking Sire bond.
6.April
7.Jeremy Gilbert
8.The Death of DES triangle.

Whathappened

Best episode - Elena loses her mind
Worst Episode - Midseason finale. There seriously needs to be explanations on why these characters do the tings they do
Best character - Elena. She just needs to accept the fact she's a vampire and embrace it.
Worst character - Stefan. Now that Elena can fend for herself and wants passion, his boring ass self doesn't know what to do with himself anymore but try and FORCE Elena to being human again, and manipulating Damon
Best storyline - Elena\s transition
Worst SL - Klaus and Stefan working together to find this cure Get rid of Stefan please

Amie

Best Episode - Memorial for sure - that scene in the church reminded me of awesome the show used to be. Worst Episode - the last one - much ado about nothing and DE is getting boring already. Best Character - Klaus because the rest are just ridiculous kids Worst - Elena, sorry but what was a promising start turned out to be Elena only concerned about her love life and barely paying any attention to her friends or Jeremy until someone tells her whats going on. Best sl - ... Worst sl - everything Guest star - all of them are under used because we are too busy watching the Delena diaries Wearing wife-beaters - did you miss Stefan doing push ups? Hopes - that the show shifts the focus from Delena's bed scenes to an actual plot. Grade - D minus.

Vampire Diaries Quotes

You want a love that consumes you. You want passion and adventure, and even a little danger... I want you to get everything you're looking for. But for right now, I want you to forget that this happened. Can't have people knowing I'm in town yet. Goodnight, Elena.

Damon

I wanna say thank you for giving me everything I always wanted. A love to consume me, and passion, and adventure. There's nothing more I could ever want than for it to last forever, but it can't. This is the last time I'm gonna see you. This is goodbye, Damon.

Elena [to Damon]