The Vampire Diaries: The gang’s all here!

Yup, Elena’s (Nina Dobrev) a vampire for sure now.

How good was last night’s episode of The Vampire Diaries?  I know some people aren’t fans of the fact that Elena is now a vampire, but let’s be honest, it was bound to happen sometime.  I really appreciate the fact that the writers took the chance and made her a vampire this early in the series.  (Especially if it means we’ll eventually see a Katherine/Elena show down – I know, Katherine is older therefore technically stronger, but Elena has love on her side. . . oh who am I kidding, Katherine would kick her ass.  I still want to see the fight though.)  Last night’s episode proved that this was a really great decision.  Making Elena a vampire has made it necessary to put the love triangle on hold for the moment, has given Damon and Stefan a new way to have the same philosophical disagreement about what it means to be a vampire (Stefan wants to get Elena started on an all-animal diet immediately, Damon thinks she needs vampire food AKA human blood from the vein in order to survive), Caroline is no longer the baby vampire on the block so it gives her a chance to take the lead instead of always being in Elena’s shadow, and it has given Bonnie and Jeremy a chance to make googly eyes at each other again which makes me very happy. Continue reading

The Vampire Diaries Season Finale: Awesome AGAIN!

This post is going to be completely incoherent and I apologize in advance.  I’m still super pumped after last night’s finale of The Vampire Diaries and can’t organize my thoughts so I’m just going to spew them out.

Our first glimpse of vampire Elena (Nina Dobrev)

1. I think it is so so awesome that Elena is a vampire.  We all knew that eventually Elena would have to become one, but I always assumed that it would be a conscious choice that she makes to have either Damon or Stefan turn her.  I didn’t think she’d become one by accident.  Of course, is it by accident?  There is still the possibility that she knew that Meredith was using the vampire blood to heal her brain bleed.  And maybe she made Stefan save Matt because she knew that she had vampire blood in her system, so therefore wouldn’t actually die.  I think it’s really brave of the show to turn Elena now, when the audience isn’t really clamoring for it to happen.  The writers have gotten out in front of the will they/won’t they problem and just done it.  And I think it’s going to make for a really interesting season. Continue reading

The Vampire Diaries: Returning to 1912

Old timey boxing with Sage the Vampire (Cassidy Freeman)

It’s BAAAACK!!!  I can’t believe it’s been a month since the last episode of The Vampire Diaries.  Like Stefan for human blood, I was definitely jonesing.  However, something felt just a little bit off about the episode last night.  Maybe the long break (and the fact that my DVR died during the hiatus and took all my saved episodes with it) got me out of the show’s rhythm but it felt like the writers were trying to cram in more story than necessary and the whole episode felt a little forced because of it. Continue reading

The Vampire Diaries: Mother, May I?

Mama Original's spell in action.

This week’s episode of The Vampire Diaries was all about Mama Original’s spell to kill her children – in other words, this show has turned into a comedy (just kidding!).  I’m not sure how clear I am on how the spell works, so I’m going to try to break it down.  Last week, at the ball, Mama Original infused her children’s champagne with Elena’s doppelganger blood, linking their lives together – if one of them was killed, they would all die.

Mama Original with Finn (AKA "creepy lurky guy") in the background.

With her favorite vampire son Finn at her side, Esther got Bonnie and Abby to join her at the house of 100 dead witches and drew a circle with a pentagram inside of it, surrounded by candles.  Her intention was to tap into Bonnie and Abby’s ancestral line of Bennett witches and use their power to augment her own along with the power of the full moon to complete her spell.  However, she was thwarted by Elijah who had confronted Elena about lying to him about his mother’s intentions and kidnapped her in order to get Stefan and Damon to help him stop Esther’s spell.  Elijah seemed particularly pissed when Elena told him she wishes there was something that she could do – I mean, he did stomp a hole in the ground and drag her down into it with him.  Continue reading

The Vampire Diaries – Ball Gowns and Dance Partners

Ah yes. The ever present "Family Tree made with blood"

You know what The Vampire Diaries does so well?  Relationships.  Every single relationship on this show feels well thought out and developed and true.  And every time a new relationship is formed, it feels earned.  Take last night’s episode for example.  We got to see some new relationships move forward and see the bonds of some old relationships tighten.

Awkward! (Ian Somerhalder, Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley)

Stefan – Elena – Damon:The writers have done an excellent job of setting up this love triangle.  I don’t know who to root for!  On the one hand, Stefan is Elena’s first love; that means something and she seems so determined to get him back.  On the other hand, Elena has helped Damon change into a better man and clearly cares about her role in his life and doesn’t want to let him go either.  Continue reading

The Vampire Diaries – Mama Original returns and so many tears

Welcome Back, Elijah! (Daniel Gillies)

Remember a few weeks ago when I was complaining about how fast The Vampire Diaries was moving through plot and wished the show would take a deep breath and pause for a moment?  Well, last night, I got what I wished for.  All of our favorite characters seemed to hunker down for the night, but for some reason, it didn’t feel like the action actually paused at all.  It felt like each story was given a little breathing room to hit the audience with a little more impact, but that calmer pace did nothing to compromise the action.  On top of that lovely pace, the actors were really bringing the most to their characters – I am particularly impressed with the way Paul Wesley has been communicating all of Stefan’s conflicting feelings and how Candice Accola has made Caroline so fantastically human despite her vampire powers.  In other words, The Vampire Diaries crew hit it out of the park, again.

Hey, if the CW is going to give us gratuitous shots of Paul Wesley shirtless, why shouldn't I embrace them?

This episode basically breaks down into two parts – Klaus and Elijah vs. Stefan and Damon which includes Bonnie and her mother, Abby, attempting to open the 5th coffin and the mystery of who killed the medical examiner which involves Caroline, Elena, Matt and Alaric.  As much as I love this show, I do find fault in the lack of integration of its story lines.  Somehow it always feels like it is split into different stories that don’t include all of the characters.  I really want to see these plots start to dove-tail into each other so that all of our Mystic Falls heroes are working together toward the same goal like they were at the end of the first season. Continue reading

The Vampire Diaries: Giant Info Dump

Oh, Joseph Morgan. Never stop being you.

Is anyone else feeling like this winter season of The Vampire Diaries is getting off to a slow start?  I have written recaps on the past three episodes, but feel like they have been more information dump than entertaining story.  It’s like the writers are trying to get us caught up on all of the new Mystic Falls rules and regulations and introduce us to a whole new slate of characters all at once.  This show has never been one to lay things out slowly or methodically, but lately, I’m feeling as if it has become more clunky exposition than flowing narrative.  I hate to criticize because I think The Vampire Diaries is so great, but I’m just not clicking with it right now.  Despite that, there have been a few interesting developments since the show returned that I would like to discuss if you don’t mind.

Bonnie (Kat Graham, who was awesome this week) dreams about her mother.

1. Here’s a little recap of the basic goings on around town: Stefan has all of Klaus’ family coffins and is using them as leverage to get Klaus out of town (he successfully got rid of the hybrids last week).  There is one extra coffin that no one can figure out how to open.  The coffins were being hidden in the house of 100 dead witches (which is my favorite place in Mystic Falls) until last night when Klaus got all of them, except the mystery box, back (I’m guessing that the locked coffin holds his mother).  Bonnie went to find her mother to help her unlock the coffin and Klaus used their reunion as a way to get his family back.  Meanwhile, Tyler is trying to break his sire-bond to Klaus with the help of Caroline’s father, in order to be able to be with Caroline and Alaric has befriended Dr. Meredith Fell who has been using vampire blood to help her patients cheat death.  Oh, and Elena got Damon to compel Jeremy so he would go to Denver in order to be safe and she and Damon kissed. Continue reading

The Vampire Diaries: “ba boom”

Joseph Morgan kind of rocked this episode.

Last night’s episode of The Vampire Diaries was like a heist caper.  Stefan, Damon, Elena and Mikael plotted to kill Klaus and executed that plot to perfection, except that they didn’t account for Katherine and her impulsive ways.  Here is a step by step account of what they did.

1. Elena stabbed Mikael with the dagger (Elena has to do it because if a vampire stabs an original vampire they die) so they would have proof that he was dead to show Klaus and so they could get around Klaus’ compulsion of Stefan.  They also got Rebekah to plead with Klaus to come back as an even greater incentive. Continue reading

The Vampire Diaries takes a deep breath

Elena (Nina Dobrev) discovers a secret on the cave walls (with Matthew Davis)

Finally!  An episode that allows me to breathe!  After weeks of piling on the action, last night’s episode of The Vampire Diaries took a step back and told us the origin story of the original vampires (as written on the Lockwood cave walls).  Alaric, Damon and Elena were determined to discover the meaning of the cave drawings (“It’s like the Lockwood diaries, Pictionary style.” – Damon) as a means of figuring out how to kill Klaus.  To that end, Alaric took hundreds of photographs of the drawings and figured out what all the symbols meant, Elena went directly to the source, Rebekah, for some answers, and Damon let Stefan out of the dungeon to get Mikael to show himself. Continue reading

The Vampire Diaries: I ain’t afraid of no ghost.

Mason tortures Damon a bit before Bonnie's manifestation spell kicks in.

After Bonnie sent Vicki back to the other side, a few other ghosts were let back into the real world – including Mason (who has set up quite the torture device for Damon), Grams (who is heartbreaking to see return), Lexie (whom Elena has been hoping can help her get Stefan back) and some of the tomb vampires (who are out for vengeance on the founding families).  Anna is also still hanging around, romancing Jeremy.  Bonnie’s grimoire opens (literally on its own.  I’m thinking the original vampire witch had something to do with it) to a manifestation spell which allows all of the ghosts to be seen and interact with people in the real world. Continue reading