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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This scene is more powerful than any words can describe it: Elena's happy face telling him that she loves him and when he told her to come to him, his face hearing « I love you » after a long long time from the only person that he wanted to hear it from, him literally running out of air while telling her to come to him and then looking up with a smile on his face and Snow Patrol's New York as's too much for my heart to handle. And about Damon telling Elena to come to him, it's not like they will get over the sire bond issue 'cause it was clear that Damon didn't forget about it by telling Elena that he will find the cure for her, it's just that after all these days away from Elena he needed to let himself be with her and believe her even if it's for a short time that would be enough for him.


3/ Damon/Jeremy/Matt scenes were so cute and I really love seeing them together, it felt like his their parent telling them what to do and what not to do and telling them that he'll buy them icecream if they listen to him. Plus it was great to see Jeremy being impressed and looks up to Damon and it was fun to see him teasing Damon about running out of Elena's voicemails to listen to.And I can't wait to see what's left to tell about his storyline.
4/ Who would ever thought that we will witness another emotional breathtaking phone call between these two (Damon and Elena) after their phone call on 3x22 which was the opposite of today's episode, Elena calling Damon and with all what happened all along her day all she cared about was that she loves Damon and that she needed to tell him that (twice).


and he believed that she loves Stefan and it will always be Stefan.) 2nd He hates Damon and is teeming up with Rebekah to find the cure not caring about its consequences (greater danger will be revived) in order to know Elena’s true feelings toward him? Seriously? Wasn’t Elena clear enough about her feelings plus wasn't him the one who came up with a deal to leave MF and let Damon and Elena have a happy life together without being bothered by his presence and made Damon agree to it or was it just him making sure that he would get rid of his brother's presence (his insecurity source about his relationship with Elena)? I’m not saying that he have to leave but can’t he just accept it, move on and let them be ?


2/ I understand Stefan's pain but I can't understand him saying that his problem with Elena is about her sleeping with Damon when we all know that they've broke up before that 'cause he can't be with her the way she is(a vampire=a broken toy that needs to be fixed) and that she has feelings for Damon and watching him with his childish attitude was painful. 1st we saw him asking Rebekah to compel him to forget every memory, every moment he had with Elena and then walking away from Elena (the exact contrast of Damon who never walked away and kept helping Elena putting her needs before his own no matter how painful and how hard it was for him and who told Elena when he was about to die in 2x22 that he deserve to die for all the choices he made but he doesn't regret it 'cause if it wasn't for these choices he wouldn't have met her which means that he would've gladly made the same choices and go through the same pain if it means he will meet her, back when she was he's brother's girl and he believed that she loves Stefan and it will always be Stefan.)


Great comeback to TVD with an episode like 4x10. I really loved it.
1/ Rebekah made a powerful return and made her revenge by forcing Elena to say the truth that Stefan'd have never wanted to hear (all I wanted to hear but thought I'll never hear it), it was painful but it was needed for both of them so the hidden truth would came to the surface once and for all and they can go on with their lives. Without forgetting how much I loved Caroline being incapable to make an eye contact with Elena knowing that she failed her friend by telling Stefan about her & Damon when she asked her not to untill she tell him on the right time.


I don't acknowledge that very ooc flashback scene as it actually goes against anything Elena said about the night her parents died, she stated she was drunk and she sure hell didn't seem drunk in that scene and Damon's head was so far up Katherine's butt why hell would he care about Elena or not freak out more at the sight of the love his life being there, that entire scene was pointless and a prop. What I was talking about had nothing to do with who met first, it about who dated her first and it was Stefan. Again Damon was the effing interloper and that's the truth.
Damon doesn't love her unconditionally if so he wouldn't be disrespecting her family and friends like he does nor throwing a damn tantrum like a two year old when shit don't go his way.


Jeremy is the reason I am sill watching so I am rooting for him. I hope he somehow gets out the other side of all this. Notice we spent an episode dealing w/ Elena's guilt over killing Connor, and we have not had a line or moment or scene about how Jeremy feels about killing people. He's killed four now. That's kind of a lot. I'm so tired of Delena Vs Stelena though. It's boring, and the framing of it all is so gross and misogynistic, focusing on the pain of over a hundred year old vampires who are brothers that just want to stick it to each other while Elena is treated as some object to be won. Eyeroll.


@Relbelle. I'm not disputing that people can change but when Damon just came to town, he was not the "understanding" and easy to talk to guy that will send you home to your parents when you are clearly drunk and snackable WHEN YOU JUST HAPPEN TO BE THE SPLITTING IMAGE OF THE WOMAN HE'S IN LOVE WITH. That was not him at that time. RECTON FAIL!!!!


but @ RedOktober people can change.. Damon was originally sweet and sensitive when he met Katherine...then he got screwed over by her and Stefan and turned Evil. It makes sense that Love can revert him back to his original self


Elena is disgusting she's just VILE at this point. Shes a MEGAbitch with ZERO integrity. With katherine at least shes upfront about being WILY, elena is all poor me, just STFU elena please. Stebekah is now what makes this show interesting. Either the writers are really blind or they are just out of ideas. Damon has a complex always RUSHing to hook up with his brother's past/current girlfriends. Seriously the writers need to open their eyes to some LIGHT and get the ball ROLLing again cause at this point this show is just a SHADOW of what it used to be.

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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.