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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Yeah, this episode was really boring. The only thing good about it was how Damon is showing his true colors finally and Elena hopefully realizing she has no future with him whatsoever because he's an ass and hopefully she decides to go back to Stefan.


It is so funny that most comments appraise Klaus and Rebekah as the best characters and Joseph Morgan and Claire holt's acting... the villain and the guest star! When that happens something is seriously wrong with a show!
Can't wait for the Originals. really!I am practically done with TVD. Out of 13 eps the 5 are lame and the remaining are awesome thanks to the Originals!
Even Delenas got what they wanted but they are not satisfied,and they should be DElena got butchered with the sire bond the cure and the cheezy stuff. RIP tvd- your towards your end.!


Ugh this episode was so boring its not even worth the calories I spent watching it! Hahaha, Kudos!


I don't think it was the worst episode that I have seen but I do wonder why after what all these characters have gone through, why is Damon the only one suspicious of the "story" of the cure...I mean hello...what if there isn't a cure...sort of like the curse of the sun and the moon. I get tired of them believing everything they hear. I don't particularly like Bonnie because she is so judgmental and then she goes off in la-la land with new powers and trusts a stranger. Can we say stupid?
Why does Silas need blood to show people their loved ones? I have always enjoyed TVD, but lately, I just don't know. Everyone talks about Klaus...I want to know where Elijah is. I think he is the epitome of an Original. I adore Rebekah. Kudos to Claire Holt's acting abilities. It means they will probably kill her. I believe that the show doesn't have to follow the books completely (and they haven't) and I hope that will allow the characters on TV to grow where they need to in this medium. Personally, I believe that Damon challenges Elena more and right now Rebekah has actually made Stefan's character more interesting to me. Julie Plec stated that the characters would be growing up and graduating but I am not really seeing it in all the characters. Just one more comment, I love the story line of Caroline and Tyler. It was well thought our and written...hope they don't die as well.


Ugh this episode was so boring its not even worth the calories I spent watching it!


......besides I agree with Kol: the Cure is Killing everybody. The show was much more interesting without it¡¡¡¡¡¡¡


At least between Stefan and Rebeca you can see something¡¡¡¡¡¡ There was no chemistry between Elena and Stefan, no matter what they say. I also think Caroline and Klaus could workout. And of course Damon is not going to take the Cure¡ Are you crazy? He´s great as a vampire, why would he want it? Besides Elena loves him like this¡¡¡¡¡ And she´s also great as a vampire¡¡¡¡


I feel like vd hasn't progressed since the last episodes of season 2, we get that klaus is bloody awesome but he has to go, the bad guy just can't stick around for that long, Julie plec has to find what made vd so good back in the day, you watch season 1 and 2 and its epic , season 4 has just been a massive drag, and why on earth did Caroline get bitten again!! There was no point in that story line what so ever, Julie plec really enjoys writing about love triangles, carn jules pick your writing up and make vd what it was


I think Jeremy is the one who is going to die...that is why there is a new hunter on the scene...


Totally agree with above commenters, only one person is going to be able to use the cure, and Damon is going to end up getting it, probably by accident. I also agree that the episode was beyond boring. Over the past two years, this show has gotten worse and worse about their surprises. Use to be that we never saw things coming, but now it's rare that anything isn't figured out like three episodes before it happens. And even the stuff that is still mildly unexpected is so 'common' anymore (like characters getting killed off, people coming back from being staked, etc.) that it still isn't exciting.

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