The Vampire Diaries Review: The Off Switch

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When "Elena" and "Caroline" are trending worldwide on Twitter after only the East Coast airing of The Vampire Diaries, you know it's been a wild episode! What could have happened in "Bring It On" for these two characters' names to be plastered all over social media?

For starters, Elena has completely shut off her humanity.

And FYI: she's loving every minute of it.

Elena v. Stefan

Elena with no humanity is almost identical to Katherine, so right off the bat you know she's not going to get along with Caroline. Despite Damon's attempt at using his sire bond puppet strings to control her, Elena was still running wild. She rejoined cheerleading only to end up feeding off the competition, fighting with Caroline, and letting Caroline fall from the air during a stunt. 

Next it was Stefan's turn to try and control Elena; nothing a little injection of vervain couldn't take care of! Then again isn't Stefan always taking care of Elena? Elena said it herself, it seems like Stefan spends his entire life trying to protect, control, and monitor her actions. Do you agree? Or do you side with Stefan that it's his responsibility because he brought the whole vampire lifestyle into Elena's life to begin with?

Since Sergeant Stefan had Elena grounded she threw a party at Casa Salvatore. A drunk party swarming with people made the perfect diversion for Elena to escape Stefan's ever-watchful eyes. It would've worked for a few more minutes if she didn't piss off Caroline again and throw Sheriff Forbes into a wall. Before Elena body checked Caroline's mom and called Caroline out on her nosiness and feelings for Klaus, Caroline made an excellent point. It was great to see Elena actually having fun again. 

OK so obviously Elena isn't being an upstanding pillar of society, but I'm really enjoying off-switch Elena. She's fun! She isn't whiny! Isn't that what everyone's biggest gripe about Miss Gilbert has been for the past 3 seasons? She always needed protection and everything was always centered around her. Personally I say everyone should stop trying to shove this cure down her throat and let the girl enjoy being a vampire. 

Speaking of, are we done with this cure storyline yet? Since Damon, Rebekah, Klaus, and Hayley spent the whole episode trying to track Katherine's minions for a lead to the cure, I'd say that storyline is not over. Then Stefan figured out that the lack of local blood supplies must mean that Silas is in town. If everyone else would follow Damon's attitude about the cure, the only person who might still have to worry about it is Klaus. You know Katherine is just dying to shove the cure down his throat! But hey, at least Klaus got laid right?

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Damon accepts being a vampire, wants to have fun and intends to continue the party with Elena in New York. What was up with his friend Will that he ran into? Guess we'll find out more of that backstory when they hit the Big Apple. 

What did you think of the latest episode of The Vampire Diaries? Do you prefer off switch Elena? Are you into the Klaus and Hayley hook up? If Matt just inherited the biggest house in town does that mean he can quit working at The Grill? Hit the comments! 


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If Stelena moments are not going to end up pretty,then they shouldn't be showing this anymore when it probably mocks the recent Stelena fans and makes the Delena fans act all boo hoo on them. Who knows if this show will ever get better again. ;P ;P


Elena with her emotions off was okay okay . Why The Hell did they send Tyler away indefinitely ? Seemed okay with the storyline in episode 15 , but after seeing the 'disaster' that ep. 16 turned out to be , gotta say , Stupid Move . I personally think Phoebe Tonkin is beautiful , but there was NO CHEMISTRY between her and jomo in the sex scene ! . . .All of their interactions and scenes together were Awkward right from the beginning when Klaus comes to save Hayley . I felt something was off in that scene . Please give Caroline a break from all the sadness . Candice Accola is such a wonderful actress . She makes you want to smile and cry at the same time . She deserves a solid storyline and More screen space . So does Tyler . All TVD actors have been perfect choices so far , but Phoebe Tonkin doesn't feel like the best choice . Not feeling her as Hayley . And i'm not gonna be rooting for ' The Originals ' anymore if Hayley's gonna be in it . ** NO CHEMISTRY ** ... CAN'T U SEE THAT JULIE PLEC !


3rd, whether he see himself the reason for Elena having this life as a result of him coming back to MF in the first place or that he saved Matt instead of her he made it clear that his concern about controlling Elena’s actions isn’t for her so she won’t do things that she’ll regret later but it’s about him, it’s out of his guilt and so he won’t feel more of guilt with every bad action she’ll make which is something he have to stop doing. 3/ I don’t really have much to say about Damon Salvatore other than that I loved his encounter with Rebekah and Klaus and I believe he was really convincing about the cure thing, I loved his scenes with Elena and I’m really curious to know his reasons behind killing Will and can’t wait to see his road trip with Elena (sure thing). 4/ I really really enjoyed all the Damon/Elena parallels, it was great.


the scared little girl who couldn’t admit what she wants) specially that her emotions are off and the sire bond is broken. 2/ I liked watching Stefan and Caroline having fun (in a party that they didn’t approve about)knowing that it’s rare to see him having fun but I would really appreciate it if he just stop making everything about himself :1st Elena won't be a ripper like him 'cause she's not like him and not every switched-off humanity vampire is a ripper other wise he wouldn't be the only ripper that we heard about knowing that all vampires went through the non humanity phase at least once in their entire existence. 2nd comparing Elena to Katherine is a really bad choice (I really don’t see them as two alike persons), even if Elena’s emotions are off comparing her to the women that was responsible for her brother’s death remains a bad thing.


I really loved this episode. I didn't expect it to be so much fun specially after Jeremy's death the last episode but I was wrong. 1/ It may sound bad of my side but I really loved Elena’s attitude toward Stefan and Caroline, yes it may be a little bit harsh and some of it was a little off like almost killing Caroline but they’ve earned it with their non stop noisiness : loved the fight and how Elena called Caroline out on her interference in people's (her) business and her feelings toward Klaus and Damon’s comment was hilarious. It’s great to see Elena having fun and saying what she really feels without feeling guilty about it. And I’m so happy that while she didn’t really care about Carline and Stefan’s opinion about her it wasn’t the same with Damon ‘cause she cared enough that she told him that she feels amazing and that she’s enjoying herself and I loved how she brought up their relationship and her reasons behind her decision in 3x22 (the scared little girl who couldn’t admit what she wants) specially that her emotions are off and the sire bond is broken.


Elena's words to Stefan about his life revolving around her is true, but so was his answer. He did bring the supernatural stuff into her life, so he feels responsible. However, Stefan deserve to either get a new love interest or hook up with Katherine. Stefan and Katherine have awesome chemistry. Elena will get jealous because we all know that girl can't breathe if she doesn't have a Salvatore at each arm.


I don't see what the problem is with Hayley and Klaus hooking up... She's clearly trying to manipulate him to try and make him abandon his vengence on Tyler because she likes Tyler and she feels guilty for betraying him (episode 9). Klaus isn't stupid, he needs the info about Katherine so he's being manipulative as well. Plus, Caroline is nowhere near forgiving him so he's perfectly entitled to 'get some'.
Elena without humanity is being really mean. People need to stop comparing her to Katherine, because Katherine is wicked and Elena is just a mean brat.
Caroline should've kicked her ass. Delena shippers saying that she had it coming are rather immature, I think. Get over yourselves. Damon and Elena are boring together and I hope that next episode will show another side of their relationship. The sire bond is crap. I think it's at least prtially broken since Elena's humanity is "off", but it's still there somehow because we've learnt tht a vampire's switch is just bullshit. Elena has yet to realize it.
Stefan and Caroline should be BFF and nothing more. Let's not try and turn this show into GossipGirl or The Young and the Restless, where everybody sleeps with everybody. (though with Damon around, it's difficult...)
Elena's comment about Stefan's life revolving around her is true, indeed, but his response was just as true. He brought all this supernatural stuff into her life and he feels responsible.
Stefan and Elena should not get back together this season. Stefan should hook up with Katherine, or a new girl, to make Elena jealous. That girl can't breathe if she doesn't have a Salvtore to each arm.

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The Vampire Diaries Season 4 Episode 16 Quotes

Caroline: Feeding on the competition, hello did you not hear what Damon told you?
Elena: I did but who cares? I'll do whatever I want.

She's a vampire, off switch is one of the biggest perks.