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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I think the author of this blog is being like most of the Delena shippers. Believe that the sire bond is just a trick and she really does love Damon. But Julie Plec has not said that this is the case. Elena is acting weird. I'm sorry but be a little more unbiased please.
I'm not a Stelena fan anymore. I honestly can't stand Elena. I think she is just a whiny selfish girl and Stefan should give her the finger and move on. But I also think that she's not totally herself. I'm sorry but even Damon sees it.
Just freaking chill out Delena fans and stop being so stubborn about anything you don't want to be.


It felt more like a therapy session... Team Klaus/Damon: They have the sword and they have Jeremy... and Elena by proxy... What can go wrong? Team Shady-pants with sidekick Bonnie: He has the location... why can't he just ask Bonnie do some magic and just free this Silas guy. Why go through all the weird sacrifice? Team Rebekah/Stefan: Even if they team up, they still have nothing but anger and bitterness... But they might have Caroline and Tyler since he hates Klaus... This is just messy... Nothing connects anymore. Question: Did vampires exist before the originals? If no, and if the vampire hunters were created after the originals, then why did they need to free this Silas guy? If Silas is immortal, then that means there might be other immortals out there? The stories just have too many plot holes...


As in case of the most of the episodes of this season I found myself rather annoyed than intrigued by this episode and everything that was happening. It was simply another exceptionally good example of lazy and bad writing... I also caught myself not really caring about any storylines at all, I was just bored, plain and simple. Maybe the producers also figured out that TVD has become lame and that's why they'are trying to launch The Originals.


this episode was painful to watch


@TPHxItachi Please stahp smoking crack, thank you very much.


Great episode. I'm glad Stefan knows the truth and I understand the way he's acting but he should just deal with it because Damon went though it seeing the girl he loved with his brother or years and he still helped her or helped Stefan save her and now Stefan hates Damon and wants to find the cure so bad he teamed up with rebekah. Can't wait till the next episode looks awesome. I'm really loving the Jeremy story line.


I want Katherine back so that she could be with Stephan...She is a bitch but so does Elena, at least Katherine loves him! and she has prove that,so many times...


LOL! "Sorry Katherine, you're no longer the show's most obvious plot device." and I LOVE your teams! (P.S. Dear TVD, please bring back Katherine so we can have Rebekah/Stefan versus Klaus/Damon versus Bonnie/Shane versus Kol/Katherine as they try to screw everyone's plans. Thanks, bye!)


Yeah...It was pretty stupid plotwise to have Damon call Elena back to his side just after one episode...But that doesn't mean that i didn't love, loooove this scene. Damon's look was phenomenally sweet! And hell yeah i'm rooting for Klaus and Damon!
I still don't get what April is still doing around. That was a nice opportunity to have her gone.
I like Stephan's and Rebekah's alliance...And their chemistry is undeniable. But i really doubt the writers will go down that road. A pitty. They were good together in the 20s...and Stephan was much more interesting back then.



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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.