The Vampire Diaries Review: Compulsive Behavior

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On your marks... get set... CURE!

The Vampire Diaries finally returned after a lengthy hiatus this week, airing an "After School Special" that featured the return of Rebekah, harsh truth from Elena, a transformation for Tyler, sides being chosen in a race for the elusive elixir and, unfortunately, a rather lame writing crutch to get everyone there.

Who knew compulsion could make everything so easy?

Questions for Stefan

It was a pleasure to see Claire Holt back in my living room (or as close as she'll ever get to my living room... damn), as Rebekah can always be relied on to bring the perfect combination of pain and pity, revenge and bitterness.

She lashes out because she's lonely, she turns her sorrow into rage. Can you blame her? Considering all she's been through with Klaus as a brother?

Rebekah is a terrific character, but simply locking everyone in the library and forcing the truth out of them was far from a terrific move for the show. Didn't we learn in Writing 101 to show and not tell? It doesn't make for mesmerizing television to have characters sitting around a table, reciting dialogue to move the story forward.

Not to mention how this just adds another chink in the paper thin armor of that whole sire bond thing. Why didn't Damon just have Klaus compel Elena before? If there's a way for her to be forced to come clean about her feelings... why didn't that come up before?

When we left The Vampire Diaries Season 4 in December, Damon ordered Elena away. Fast forward fewer than one episode and now she's certain that she loves him and that's enough for him to invite her back to the cabin for some naked bedroom action (if you know what I mean!). Please, pretty, pretty please with sugar and Bonnie's magic salt on top - can we be done now?

Can Elena and Damon just be together without all this contrived back-and-forth?

Of course, the main takeaway here is that Stefan now knows the truth. But he won't accept the truth. That's why he wants to team up with Rebekah and find that cure in order to turn Elena human again and find out - no, really, truly, seriously find out! - if she's in love with Damon. No wonder Elena feels like a "broken toy," a sad/apt description for how Stefan has been looking at her.

I feel the guy's pain, but it's rather clear at this point: she loves Damon. Move on, Stef. May I recommend the gorgeous blonde blood-sucker standing right in front of you?

Out in the woods, meanwhile... it's AWESOME! Jeremy is jacked, Klaus is turning humans into vampire prey, Matt is wearing a varsity letter jacket. We need to dedicate a lot more time to this storyline (enter The Vampire Diaries promo for next week's episode. Yes!). I'm all in on Jeremy and his mark and Klaus' being a total bad ass and double pepperoni pizza and the idea that some immortal dude named Silas can raise the dead.

This is fun Vampire Diaries lore and mythology, a lot more fun than Elena's oscillating, supposedly sired feelings.

Finally, in the Totally and Completely Random News Department:

  • Bonnie's father has been elected temporary Mayor, even though he's never actually around and has been referenced about three times in four seasons.
  • Kol is back!
  • April is ping-ponging back and forth from Rebekah's secretary to Bonnie's partner in witch crime to town tattle tale. Sorry, Katherine, you're no longer the show's most obvious plot device.

So, yes, The Vampire Diaries is back, but so are some of the problems that have plagued its past few episodes. Still, I maintain hope!

Team Stelena vs. Team Delena has been replaced with Team Rebekah/Stefan vs. Team Klaus/Damon vs. Team Shane/Bonnie. Who will get to the cure first? What will that squad do with it at that time? And who are YOU rooting for, TVD Fanatics?


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5)It's funny that you could list of so many "good" deeds that Damon did but what about Stefan? And on top of that Stefan didn't even do many bad things, if any, to the residents of MF while Damon did MULTIPLE times.Seriously you Delena fans are disgusting, irrational people who don't think. 6)Everytime STEFAN walked away or refuses to turn back to his humanity? PLEASE, Damon has told Elena that he didn't want to hear her out and 'walked away' on multiple occasions. Stefan 'walked out' and had his humanity gone due to a DEAL to SAVE HIS BROTHER which as he was dying kissed Elena. Oh but I'm sure you conviently forgot to mention that too. I also wouldn't call Elena "falling" out of love. Both HER AND DAMON are selfish pieces of ****. Like I said I'm no Delena/Stelena fans but Delena fans are ALWAYS the worst. They can't think from anything besides their own view.


1)This show WAS amazing until it became all Delena. 2)You basically implied that Stefan was supposed to leave so honestly why didn't you say anything about Damon leaving when Elena made her choice? According to you he was supposed to leave S3E1 but I didn't see you complain. 3)YOU were the one that brought up the deal and basically said Stefan should follow through. Now you say Damon stayed cause Elena's in transition, well Stefan is staying b/c Elena is vamp. Same difference. 4) Why would it matter if Damon left or not, he left to kill Klaus and FAILED, is Klaus dead? No. And if you're going to say that its b/c of the bloodline thing, it doesn't matter he left for no good reason. Or did you forget that when Stefan left he left to save his brother? The SAME brother who slept with his ex-girlfriend. Disgusting. 5)It's funny that you could list of so many "good" deeds that Damon did but what about Stefan? And on top of that Stefan didn't even due many bad things, if any, to the residents of MF while Damon did MULTIPLE times.Seriously you Delena fans are disgusting, irrational people who don't think.


wondering about the porch call and why Damon chose to use the phrase "I'm gona get this cure for you" rather than "I'm gona get this cure for US"? The first more oriented towards fixing - the second more oriented towards a relationship.


I love Stephan buy why is his face looking so fat and why does Jermeny have the best biddies lately! Damond you are still so hot with your bad boy image!


so elena finally told damon she loved why hey...its what delena fans have being waiting for. the only thing i took from delena's phone call was, what a selfish pair of ****'s. 1st damon with his "oh" when elena telling him about stefan. well done damon u finally got something of your brothers. and elena only just thinking to ask after jeremy, when daon mentions him. both of them being selfish to put jeremy through this and for what??? so they can see if elena being unsired really does mean she loves him? well the old elena would never have put jeremy through this. also saying stefan makes her feel like a broken toy, well yeah all you do is whin, stefan i dont want to be a vampire, stefan i cant do this. stefan i dont want to be like damon. the writers have seriously messed up this season.the only way for delena to happen was to change her into a vampire, give them a sire bond, changing elena' character. delena would have being more beleivable in s3, when they had had their time together and we could actually see the way they have come together, not for her to then chose stefan, love him 1 epsidoe then 2 episodes later, have slept with his brother. has for rebecca compelling elena and stefan, why was caroline there, the fun thing to do then would have being to compell caroline, asking weather or not she had feelings for klaus!!

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All I know is that the show probably won't get better anytime soon but I just hope that it'll get better by the end of the season. =( ;P


I hate it, when a soap have "thousand" of seasons. We can see it in Grey´s Anatomy, One Tree Hill, How I Met Your Mother e.t.c
I think this forth season is enough - Delena are finally together (i hope forever^^).
Stefan shout find an another love and everything is all right.
TVD is enough now - so, let it be.


Finally watched the episode and al I can say is Damon and Elena better be endgame and stick it out together till the end. I don't know what grudge the writers have with Stefan. Isn't he beautiful enough to make tweeny bopper get their knickers in a knot while mooning over his eyes? Oh, that is Damon who gets the best lines and whose quotes flood the VD quotes section...anyway I digress. On behalf of Paul Wesley I apologise for whatever he has done to the writers and ask that he be given better material and not made out to be a pussy by still longing after Elena cos last I checked she isn't crack or heroin thus anyone can get over her within a short while, I mean she got over her 'epic love' quite easily and moved on to his brother so please take him to the Originals and get him a girl who hasn't slept with his brother. Yours sincerely, V.


Bore, bore, bore. zzzzzzzzzzzzzz


I need Elijah. Where is he. No one can rip a heart like Elijah

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The Vampire Diaries Season 4 Episode 10 Quotes

Damon [to Jeremy]: I'm updated our relationship status to: It's Complicated.

April: You asked me to take notes:
Rebekah: I wasn't being literal, darling.