Catching up on The Vampire Diaries

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES: 5.14  “Down the Rabbit Hole”

Yes, I have been watching The Vampire Diaries. With all the developments lately, how could I not? But I do have my loyalties. And since Community is back and hanging by a thread, and TVD has already been picked up for next season, I have no hesitation watching it late. Just saying.

But when I do miss it, it drive me crazy until I can reach an hour space where I can catch up. And last week was hard. Like, really hard. I didn’t get to catch up until Tuesday because of travel. Now, on the bright side, this means I had only two days to wait to see what happens next after such a big cliffhanger.

Jeremy, it seems, may be dead. Killed by Silas (and Katherine, by association), Jeremy now lies lifeless on the floor of the cavern he went into. But here’s the catch: He was wearing his ring. Which means, he could end up popping back into life. But as we learned through both Jeremy and Alaric, the more you use the ring, the less effective it is (or the more it changes you) and with Jeremy now a Hunter, who knows if the ring even works anymore. Either way, there’s a good chance that little Jeremy Gilbert is gone.

What I most appreciated in this scene was Bonnie. Not only was she hurt in the process, stabbed by another Hunter, but she had to watch as Jeremy’s lifeless body fell to the ground. I do wonder why Bonnie didn’t really react (if anything, I’d scream), but the look on her face gave us impact enough.

The cure is now in Katherine’s possession. And if Jeremy is dead, Silas is now awake and most likely will be haunted by Jeremy’s ghost, given the Hunter’s curse (so I guess the young Gilbert may be out of our lives but potentially not off our TV screens). Who knows what terror Silas will bring; I’m just glad that this means we might have a different big bad than Klaus.

As for the cure, what did you think about the big “twist” that there was only one dose? Personally, this isn’t all that surprising. Given how everyone first started saying it was for Elena when they heard about it a long time ago, I just figured there was only one. Only recently did I start wondering why everyone seemed to want to take it. Why Katherine wants it, I have no idea (somehow, I don’t see Katherine wanting to be human), but I am disappointed Rebekah didn’t get it. While she’s bad and all that, she really seems to be the one that needs it the most or wants it the most (perhaps I’m just falling for her puppy dog eyes).

Either way, it looks like we’ve got some pretty heavy things coming up. I really don’t want Jeremy to be dead, but given all that he’s gone through in the last five seasons, what else is there for him to do? His back-and-forth with Bonnie felt a little too much like an ongoing good-bye speech to me, so I think this just might be his time.

It’s dark and it’s morbid, but it might be exciting for the series.

Catching Up on The Vampire Diaries

VAMPIRE DIARIES: 4.12 “A View to a Kill”

It’s vampire day. Why? Because I’m woefully behind in writing about both Vampire Diaries and Being Human, and I want to catch up today. Let’s see how this goes.

It’s been a wild ride on TVD, what with Damon trying to kill Jeremy, Stefan aligning with Rebekah, and frankly, Kol just being around. This week, Kol’s reign of terror finally came to an end — but a whole new terror is starting.

I’ll give Klaus some credit. I’ve never been a fan of his. I’ve never found him all too threatening, even after killing eleven hybrids, and I once called him one of the lamest villains ever. But after seeing his brother killed, suddenly I could see how Klaus was threatening. Why haven’t see ever seen him mad before? Suddenly, he’s a force to be reckoned with. Bring it on!

Now, as for Kol, I loved Elena’s plan to kill him. However, did anyone thing it was a bit too easy? I am laughing at myself, thinking this, just because Elena did get stabbed through the stomach and pinned to a wall, and Jeremy almost got both arms lopped off. But still, Kol was killed pretty quickly. And Hunter Jeremy wasn’t even at full strength yet.

I actually liked Kol’s presence in the show, and I wouldn’t have minded his hanging around for another episode or two, in the pursuit of his death. But hey, at least we’re getting closer to the cure.

Ugh, the cure. The cure! I’ll give it to TVD: they can do some great episodes. But their story arcs are lacking. And the cure storyline just doesn’t grab me. At this point, I’m sure they’ll release Silas, and then he’ll be the big bad from here on out — this has finale written all over it. But I don’t think Elena’s suddenly going to be human again, and if she is, I’m already rolling my eyes. Because we’ll be back to her wondering who she wants to be with, torn because Stefan slept with Rebekah, and still wondering how much she really cares for Damon, who she’ll realize might be a bad guy all over again.

Ok, I’ll confess: I just want her and Damon together already.

But you get what I’m saying. In other news, Bonnie’s becoming an uber-powerful super witch, which is pretty cool. But then again, I’ve been spoiled with such a storyline in Buffy, so I have high standards. I’m more just disappointed that she’s stuck surrounding herself with the evil professor, her dad (who I never really wondered about), and a vampire mom (was I the only one who didn’t know she had a vamp mom?). I just want her to have better material.

Anyway, things are moving forward, and I am enjoying the ride. I just am not quite sure I’m going to love the destination.

Vampire Diaries: O Come, All Ye Faithful

VAMPIRE DIARIES: 4.09 “O Come, All Ye Faithful”

Whoa. As always, TVD delivers in another finale. True, this was only the mid-season finale, but it didn’t make the ending any less shocking.

Let’s see, what happened. In the very nice, sweet category: Jeremy still has feelings for Bonnie and was able to use that to detour his hunter lust. In the heartbreaking category: Damon let Elena go, in the hopes that she won’t be sired to him anymore. And in the haha, well, you deserve it because you suck category: Stefan got all pissy because he found out Elena slept with Damon. And by the way, Caroline, are you unable to keep a secret? Geez.

I’m not going to be too mad at Caroline, though, because she’s got some rough times coming, now that Tyler’s on the run from Klaus. It looks lik ethe big plan to put down the Big Bad went wrong — or more accurately, was sabotaged — and now, not only are the many hybrids dead, but Klaus is looking for Tyler next. And he’ll do what he has to do to get his revenge, even if that means taking out the only human in Tyler’s life: his mother.

Now, while his mother’s death was shocking, I can’t say I felt too much. She hasn’t been in the series all that much (now, if it were Caroline’s mother, that’d be different), but I can only imagine the repercussions. This isn’t going to be pretty, folks.

Meanwhile, April seems to have stumbled into the supernatural, not only by seeing Caroline undead; then seeing if not Klaus actually rip out a heart, seeing what remained; and now seeing her friend corpsified with a big stake in her heart. While April’s a nice girl, I somehow doubt she’s going to take the side of the good guys when her friend’s in a coffin. She just may be a fan of the Originals.

But last and, well, least, let’s discuss the cure. We’ve discovered the real story behind the cure, that it was developed by an immortal who was left immortal and alone when his love was killed. He finally came up with a cure, but was buried alive with it.

Now, that’s all well and good. But somehow, I still think this “cure” is too good to be true. I doubt you just become human again. If you were immortal, hoping for death, wouldn’t the “cure” be death? And if you’re a hunter, protecting the cure, why would it turn vampires human? Wouldn’t it just kill them?

I still think the cure is just a dumb ploy, and I’m not falling for it. But maybe I’m just cynical. But what keeps me watching? Well, there’s always the love between a certain vampire and his sired gal.

Vampire Diaries: My Brother’s Keeper

VAMPIRE DIARIES: 4.07 “My Brother’s Keeper”

Developments, developments! What an episode, right?

Let’s start with what everyone’s talking about. Elena could be sired? To Damon? Now, personally, I’m a huge Elena/Damon shipper, so I’m thrilled that she and Stefan are over, and I’ve been loving the lingering glances Elena has had toward Damon over the course of this episode. And hey, getting together in the end? Hell yes!

But I’m not so thrilled to hear why. That Elena could be sired to Damon, which is why she’s been feeling strongly toward him and why she’s been listening to everything he’s said. I fear they’re going to make this into an argument to hate Damon — like he knew it all along. And was using it to his advantage.

Now, somehow I don’t think Damon would have known about this. I just don’t think he’s that evil. And Elena…she did have some feelings for Damon before, so it wouldn’t surprise me that those feelings were magnified. But I suppose that Stefan and Caroline have a point about her suddenly agreeing with him on April’s dress or because she can’t drink anything that’s not from the vein. But then again, didn’t it take some good convincing a couple episodes ago for Elena not to kill herself? If she were really sired, a quick, “Stop that” would do the trick.

Personally, I don’t think Elena’s changed all that much to really warrant Caroline and Stefan’s huge freakout. A lot of this could be because of her morphing into a vampire. It’s not all that easy, you know. Personally, I’d like to have faith in Damon and just think that it’s the natural progression of Elena.

As for Stefan, I’m pretty ticked at him. His forcing Jeremy to kill…he deserved that stake in the gut. I mean, did he not think there may be repercussions when you’re dealing with a force so powerful that it creates hunters generation after generation. But I’m soooo interested in seeing where Jeremy goes from here. Somehow, I see dark things.

Namely: I don’t think one of our fan favorites will make it through this season. This is just a hunch, but one of our favorite vamps may not make it through. And while I’d love for it to be Stefan, I think Caroline or Tyler might be the ones on the chopping block.

Like I said, just a hunch. Jeremy’s a powerful beast, and though Matt’s involvement will keep him at bay (and by the way, I love that partnership). But still, no human can stop a hunter. That’s even harder than stopping a vampire.

Vampire Diaries: We All Go a Little Mad Sometimes

VAMPIRE DIARIES: 4.06 “We All Go a Little Mad Sometimes”

I had to take a little time before writing about Vampire Diaries thins week, which has both helped and hurt me. For one, I now don’t remember much about the episode. But on the other hand, a lot of my aggression has gone down.

Aggression? Where did that come from? One word. And it’s an iconic vampire word: Buffy.

I know I should leave all the comparisons at the door, but this episode just screamed Buffy‘s episode “Amends” to me (which is funny, since I’ve compared an episode of this series to “Amends” before).

But in “Amends,” Angel is haunted by ghosts of the people he’s killed, all in the hopes that he’ll kill himself. Being too weak to kill himself, he resigns himself to standing on a hill, waiting for the sun to come up. I won’t tell you the rest, but if you can’t watch it yourself, you can read my review of the episode from last Christmas.

Anyway, as much as I enjoyed the twist that having killed a Hunter, Elena is now cursed to be haunted by her first kill, I didn’t so much like the point of the end result. It all just felt too familiar and unoriginal, all because I’d seen it before. Sure, she didn’t end up on a hill — she ended up on a bridge. But there she was with no daylight ring waiting for the sun to come up.

I was also disappointed to see Katherine’s role in all of it. When the previews hyped Katherine’s return, I really thought we’d see the real Katherine, not the fake ghost Katherine. Somehow, seeing the real Katherine react to Elena’s vamp self would have been so much more interesting.

The only redeeming part of the episode was seeing Damon and Elena. Damon is working for the betterness of Elena, even to the point of being so honest with her about his brother’s intentions. But on the bright side, I did enjoy that Stefan and Elena finally called it quits. I’ve been waiting for that one for forever (of course, I’m a well-known Damon/Elena shipper), but she and Stefan are just so boring! Thank goodness!

So those were my reactions. I guess there’s more to be said about Jeremy (I really wonder what his first kill will mean for him), and I still don’t trust the professor, but that’s all I’ve got right now. What did you think?

Vampire Diaries: Kill or Be Killed

VAMPIRE DIARIES: 4.05 “The Killer”

Oh, Elena, don’t you know that when you kill someone, you don’t bury the body? You set it up so it looks like an accident so no one knows they were ever killed. Sheesh.

I’m kidding, of course. It actually was a great episode, seeing Elena make her first kill. Now, I’ve never killed anyone, and I can’t imagine what it would feel like, and yes, Elena was in a state of rage. But wasn’t part of this an attitude of “kill or be killed”? She was protecting Jeremy, not including Stefan, Damon, Caroline, herself.

But she did take a life, and we all knew that with her compassion, that would change her. I wonder what we’ll see of her next because I can’t imagine that this is the end of the aftermath.

Meanwhile, Jeremy is the newest one of the Five. Now, this was an incredibly predictable turn of events, but I’m finding it really interesting, too. Would he really turn against vampires? But at the same time, now there’s an opportunity to yet again find the cure.

Oh, the cure. The cure the cure the cure. Remember that episode of Angel, when Spike and Angel were on pursuit of the one thing that would bring their redemption (one could argue it was a cure of sorts), and it ended up being a cup of Mellow Yellow? Yeah, somehow I see this “cure” as a cup of Mellow Yellow. A) It seems too easy. And B) it makes no logical sense.

If the Five are vampire hunters, whose sole purpose is to kill vampires, why would their map lead them to a cure for vampirism? And why would they consider it the greatest weapon? My guess? It’s actually a weapon, something that will KILL all the vampires. I mean, that would “cure” the world of vampires, wouldn’t it? More people can’t become vampires if there are no vampires to turn them.

It just feels incredibly gullible for Stefan, Klaus, and Damon to really think there is a cure.

Those are just my reactions. What about you? Are you as skeptical as I am?

Vampire Diaries: Memorial

VAMPIRE DIARIES: 4.02 “Memorial”

I wanted to write about tonight’s episode of Vampire Diaries while I’m still reacting. And by “still reacting,” I mean that I very well could burst into tears just thinking about the end of the episode again. It was hard enough for me to stop in the first place.

What a fantastic episode. I mean, really fantastic. And it wasn’t one I was looking forward to. Perhaps it’s because I’ve seen so many people transition, whether on this show or other vampire series (including things like, ugggggh, Twilight), but I just thought that seeing Elena’s struggle would be boring. It doesn’t help matters that she’d be going through this with Mr. Boring himself, Stefan Salvatore.

But it was actually the opposite. While I’d never really recommend adding vomit to spice up a series, Elena’s struggle to keep down blood that wasn’t from the vein was a great move on the writers’ part to keep our attention. Clearly, it’s not going to be so easy for Elena (I doubt she’s 100% ready for vampire-dom after this episode, no matter what strides she took), and I was really enjoying watching it. Of course, seeing her rely on Damon — myself being a Damon/Elena shipper — certainly didn’t hurt.

Meanwhile, we had a new vampire hunter in town. Though many people were wondering (much like a certain commenter on this site) whether Damon had a hand in the reverend’s death, we did ultimately find out that it was part of a master plan. The vampire hunter, Connor, though… What’s his story? Other than violently (and openly) wanting all vampires dead, no matter what he needs to do to assure it (including murder in a crowded room), we don’t really know where he came from or how he found out about Mystic Falls. All we know is that he’s rather ruthless and lethal. We’re just lucky that Tyler can’t be killed in traditional ways.

Plus, it’s clear that there’s more to him that meets the eye — literally. Jeremy was able to see hidden ink on Connor, something no one else can. What is he a part of?

But all that action and mystery isn’t what we were left with at the end of the episode. It was the grief. The grief that we’ve held onto for years at this point that, as Elena pointed out, we never got to release. As they named name after name after name, it was shocking to really think of all those characters that TVD lost (or killed off) in recent years.

And while those lanterns were lovely, it wasn’t what made the tears start flowing. Damon’s speech at Alaric’s grave really hit home. His one close friend and confidante — the one that he was unable to kill when he needed to last year — is gone, and Damon’s left to pick up the pieces. To make matters worse, we had Alaric sitting there, listening to every word, knowing that Damon wasn’t really angry. He was just hurt. And he missed his friend.

It was a touching moment and a wonderful one for Vampire Diaries. I’ll tell you what: I’ve complained about some things about TVD in the past, but the big, poignant moments, they know how to do right.