The Vampire Diaries Review: A Dirty Rotten Shane

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Sorry, Damon Salvatore. You may have a handsome behind, but you are one giant liar.

To conclude last week's strong Vampire Diaries episode, you uttered these inspiring words: Here we go. But the show didn't go very far at all on "Into the Wild," burying itself in far too much drivel from Atticus - yes, Atticus! - Shane and dragging the hour down with an over-reliance on exposition.

Yes, we learned a great deal.

About why Shane manipulated the Pastor to commit group suicide. About what his end game is for The Cure. About Bonnie's relationship to a witch with a really complicated name. But if Shane's history classes are anything like the way this information was doled out - talking, talking and then even more talking - I can't imagine why anyone would sign up.

Shane on the Island

This was really one of the more boring episodes of The Vampire Diaries in recent memory, which is slightly understandable because it clearly served as a transition to next week's official introduction of a new hunter and what hopefully will be a final showdown between Shane and, well... everyone else.

But, for all the answers given, the installment really didn't accomplish much at all.

Is anyone surprised that Shane has an ulterior, evil motive? Anyone taken aback that he was training Bonnie for his own nefarious purposes? We were clearly headed here all along. I doubt many viewers thought Shane was simply a well-meaning father figure who would bring out the best in our resident witch.

The Elena-Damon divide over taking The Cure has grown old, as well. My feelings on the sire bond nonsense have been made clear over the course of The Vampire Diaries Season 4 (spoiler alert: I don't like it!) and it's tiresome to watch these two continually debate whether her feelings are real.

Moreover, what do they/we even know about The Cure? Is it an injection? Are there gallons' worth? Can one vampire take it? Two? Three dozen? The group would have been better served if they stopped discussing the pros and cons of taking it - and instead focused on the shady dude who promised it could be found.

Know how else the group would have been better served? If it stopped splitting up! Sheesh! Do these people not watch any horror movies?

Back in Mystic Falls, meanwhile, we had a Tyler and Caroline sighting for the first time in three weeks. But the return wasn't welcome for this couple, as Caroline quickly suffered a bite at the mouth of her occasional, quasi paramour.

Now, I adore these characters. And I love the actors portraying them. But it's unclear what point this mini storyline served. We should all understand Klaus by now: he's cruel, but he also possesses a softer, vulnerable side and it stems from how he's been hurt in the past and... yadda, yadda, yadda. Caroline calling on his humanity in order to be saved was really just pointing out the obvious.

Maybe his love for C -Money has now been solidified? Perhaps he'll really try to fight for her heart now? But it's hard to see how much mileage that angle would get, considering Caroline also called him out for killing Jenna and Tyler's mother, among many other victims. She ain't falling for his serial-killer-with-a-wounded-heart-of-gold act.

So we're left with a wasted trip into the wild. There was far too much telling and not nearly enough showing this week. I watch The Vampire Diaries for the occasional heart-to-heart, sure, but not to watch one guy just spout his history for minutes on end. The pressure is now on, new hunter dude.

You better bring it next Thursday night. What did everyone else think?


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The Inuit have 32 words for boring and all of them describe this episode.


Seems like someone is obsessed with Stefan by watching every expression on his handsome face. Wonder if that someone watched anything or anybody else's facial expressions. Oh! did you see Damon's facial expression when Elena said that she wanted him to take the cure too so that they can live a long human life together and he told her that he was not Stefan. Poor Elena; she's so confused!


Stupid Stefan longing look #1--on the beach when Elena wouldn't let him help her up and then she walks away
SSLL #2--when bex saves Elena from being staked by the booby trap
SSLL #3--in the tent when Elena said she wasn't sure Damon was coming back and the three of them were in this together
And that's just the top three obvious ones IMO


Oh, one more thing; Stefan is not stupid!


I have two things to say about a previous comment. 1st...Stefan didn't have longing looks. 2nd....Damon is not the most gorgeous man on the planet.


matt richental is the idiotic reviewer who can't review. WHO HIRE THIS GUY EXACTLY!!!


Oh dear, can we please stop with the stupid Stefan longing looks and the most gorgeous man on the planet (Damon) doubting that Elena loves him, when clearly she would be a freaking idiot not to love him. Since when does he pretend with Elena anyway? We all know he has no reason for wanting to take the cure and I can't believe Elena suddenly wants the cure more than she wants him. Love must not mean the same to her as other people.


I don't really think the episode was boring, it was just necessary to lead to the coming events. It was nice to see rebekah and Elena make a little head way in their relationship. I didn't care for the look Elena gave Stefan though after hearing he would take the cure, considering Damon told her he doesn't want it. I don't wanna see Stefan and Elena back together. I actually really enjoy his chemistry with rebekah. I thought the klaus and Caroline moments were sweet actually. And it says a lot about Joseph Morgan that he can make you so mad one second and then have you rooting for his character the next. Even though he caused that to happen to Caroline, that final moment with them was really touching. Plus I can't stand Tyler. So I'm still rooting for Caroline and klaus!


I want Kol back - and have great hopes for it - but if Silas /chooses/ who he brings back, I don't know if I should be sure he'll do it? He may want to bring back all of the vampires to wreak havoc on Earth to torture Qetsiah (not even going to pretend I spelled that correctly) and other witches? Bottom line: I want Kol back, and Klaus is great. Also, holy crap, boring episode that needed more redeeming qualities.


I think the third massacre involves killing Jeremy because if Shane already knew where the place is then why do he need Jeremy. I am glad that they is bringing back Silas because Kol will be brought back. I also thought this episode boring and glad that Caroline was back on my screen.

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