Things are finally back on track. After several weeks of flopping about, The Vampire Diaries gives us an utterly perfect episode that epitomizes everything that is just so great about this show and reminds me how brilliant it can be when all its elements are on point.
Honestly there’s nothing I would change about this episode. The various allegiances, body-switches, love triangles finally came to a head and carved an intricate web of excitement in the all-out war that is soon to arrive. The reveal of Esther taking over Rebekah’s body was simply awesome. It’s exactly the kind of plot development this final stretch needed to kick everything into high gear. The mind boggles at the possibilities of a team-up between Esther/Rebekah & Faux-Alaric which infused a renewed sense of urgency into the show.
Speaking of Faux-Alaric, he was magnificently handled during this hour. It was actually the first time I found myself completely enthralled by the sinister character. Matthew David really knocked it out of the park and I was fascinated by all of his scenes with Stefan. Menacing and brutal.
And finally, could there have been a more perfect sequence on television this year than Elena & Damon’s makeout session and everything that lead up to it? It began beautifully with Elena pretending to be asleep while slowly watching Damon, through their nuanced talk and finally that epic liplock. Nina & Ian’s chemistry coupled with my favorite song of the year (Never Let Me Go) was just the icing of the cake. It was a stunning sequence (probably my favorite ever on the show) and one I will undoubtedly remember and replay for a long time to come.
Bits & Bites
– Return appearances by both Jeremy and Tyler? That’s pretty good.
– I seriously love Rebekah. She’s very lovable and damaged.
– Nina Dobrev sure looked beautiful as she watched Damon from her bed.
– I liked Rose’s insight over the love triangle although it was a bit too heavy-handed for my liking.
– Tyler is still a drama queen I see (finding Klaus’s drawing).
Damon: Next time we compel him, remind me to make him better at baseball.
Jeremy: Where are we?
Damon: Corner of somewhere and nowhere.
Damon: Well didn’t you find it weird how you made a friend so fast? Have you met you?
Must Download Tunes
The Strange Familiar – Redemption
Florence & The Machine – Never Let Me Go
A marvelous hour of The Vampire Diaries and a true return to form.