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Posted by | May 15, 2014, 6:44 (MST) | 8 Comments
Category: The Vampire Diaries TV

XXPreviously on The Vampire Diaries, much of the episode was drowned out by the sound of the audience screaming. In fact, some of us are still screaming. We’re not at all ready for the season finale and at the same time are desperate to watch it. This show, man. It’s going to be a loooong day. Here are your recaps and twitter reactions from Promised Land (EP521). Enjoy!


Everyone okay out there? TVD did what TVD does best on Thursday night, and that’s to leave us tweeting in all-caps or stunned into silence. Did that really happen?
Vampire Diaries In Review: Promised Land (EP521) – One Move Left
By Crissy Calhoun, Vampire-Diaries.Net

So, that happened. Maybe.

The Vampire Diaries has always played fast and loose with death. After all, death is practically baked into the premise; when we first met the characters back in season one, Stefan and Damon were undead brothers wooing a girl whose parents were killed in a devastating accident. Death surrounded everyone and everything from the very beginning—and since then, everyone on the show has died at least once, some permanently. Death is such a constant in the TVD universe that being alive and human is actually the rarity at this point (with only Jeremy and Matt claiming that honor amongst the regular characters right now, despite both dying many times in the past). Mystic Falls is a mixed up, morbid world.
The Vampire Diaries: “Promised Land”: That didn’t really happen. Or did it?
By Carrie Raisler, A.V. Club

Is Stefan Salvatore really dead?!? That’s all fans want to know following The Vampire Diaries Season 5 Episode 21.
The Vampire Diaries Round Table: Rest in Peace, Stefan?!?
By Miranda Wicker, Leigh Raines, TV Fanatic, and Crissy Calhoun & Heather Vees from

Like a baby raccoon holding a handgun, television can force us to feel multiple conflicting emotions all at the same time. You know? First there’s disbelief, then there’s actual belief, then there’s joy, then there’s fear, then it’s back to disbelief again, then it’s time to lay down on a pile of pine cones and go to sleep. Same with a baby raccoon holding a handgun.
The Vampire Diaries “Promised Land” Review: Heart of the Matter (PHOTO RECAP)
By Price Peterson,


Posted by | May 13, 2014, 14:53 (MST) | 5 Comments
Category: The Originals TV

Just a few more hours to go! To help you get through them, here’s a new webclip from tonight’s season 1 finale of The Originals. This clip features Cami, Davina, Marcel and a whole lot of potentially deadly objects. Enjoy!

Posted by | May 13, 2014, 14:48 (MST) | 231 Comments
Category: The Vampire Diaries TV

TV Guide has the first look at Thursday night’s TVD Season 5 finale. Damon and Bonnie are having a nice, friendly, calm discussion…okay, who am I kidding?! Calm is in really short supply with Damon Salvatore right now.

Posted by | May 13, 2014, 7:17 (MST) | 3 Comments
Category: The Originals TV

XXPreviously on The Originals, everything went bananas. Assuming that the bananas are really violent, that is. The Battle of New Orleans pulled no punches for anyone, especially the audience, sending us all staggering desperately towards tonight’s season finale. Give yourself a breather and double check the details while you can!


A wise man once sang, “War! It ain’t nothing but a heartbreaker,” and Tuesday night’s The Originals did nothing to alleviate the emotional and physical strain on our characters as we head into next week’s Season 1 finale. The Battle of New Orleans lived up to its name, presenting a battle royale with one huge twist and one hell of a gut-wrenching ending. Once again, late in the fourth quarter, this show has dramatically altered the supernatural landscape of New Orleans as we know it, and the only thing certain is that the final outcome may very well be apocalyptic.
The Originals In Review: The Battle of New Orleans (EP121) – The Way It Had To Be
By Heather Vee, Vampire-Diaries.Net

Elijah punched all the vampires, Marcel blew up a building, the werewolves bit everybody, and one or more characters is now in mortal danger! This was a very good episode, you guys.
The Originals “The Battle of New Orleans” Review: Takin’ It to the Streets
By Price Peterson,

So much for Klaus’ redemption. Over the past few episodes, our protagonist has actually demonstrated growth. He’s respected others’ decisions, resisted the urge to violently destroy the truce he knew would collapse anyway, and shown mercy to Marcel. For The Originals to answer the question I posed a few weeks ago about whether it’s smart or not, it would have needed to acknowledge this, to indicate that this was a trend in the show’s history where Rebekah’s departure led to a new push by Klaus to be a good person, even if it was a failure.
The Originals: “The Battle Of New Orleans”: Plot accelerates, characterization fades
By Rowan Kaiser

With a new line of werewolves loose in New Orleans, a weakened Klaus, an angry Elijah and Hayley in labor, to say that everything is getting insane on The Originals is a bit of an understatement. Because yeah, insane. That’s what’s happening. We’re one episode away from The Originals Season 1 finale! But first, here’s another edition of the TV Fanatic Round Table!
The Originals Round Table: “The Battle of New Orleans”
By Leigh Raines & Miranda Wicker of TV Fanatic and Heather Vee of


Posted by | May 8, 2014, 12:21 (MST) | 5 Comments
Category: The Vampire Diaries TV

XXPreviously on The Vampire Diaries, Damon was having a really bad day…and honestly? So was everyone else. Gotta agree with Price Peterson on this one (see below), this town is rough on people. Easy on sales of liquor, though! Only two more episodes left in this season; here are your recaps and reactions for What Lies Beneath (EP520).


When you’re on the run from an evil magic nomadic people and you could hide anywhere in the world, where do you go? Isolated cabin in the woods. It’s picturesque, it’s perfect for boozing it up, and it’s chock-full of opportunity for a vengeful ghost to get all revenge-y. Let’s talk about What Lies Beneath!
Vampire Diaries In Review: What Lies Beneath (EP520) – Cabin in the Woods
By Crissy Calhoun, Vampire-Diaries.Net

A handsome sassy ghost burned down a barn, vampires played charades, gypsies had a slumber party in a cave, a handsome witch wore a very nice sweater, and a vampire-werewolf had his abs licked by a stranger. This episode was entertaining, is what I’m trying to say. Let’s talk about it!
The Vampire Diaries “What Lies Beneath” Review: Pressurized Cabin (PHOTO RECAP)
By Price Peterson,

Perhaps the worst thing about these past couple of Vampire Diaries seasons is that they’ve almost turned the show into what most of us feared it would be in the first place, the show we swore to our friends, acquaintances, and even strangers it was nothing like. Constant relationship drama, love triangles, and even love rhombuses have come to the forefront of the show, instead of just being fodder for promotional materials. The rich, complex stories of the first two or three seasons (depending on whom you ask) are now oftentimes exchanged for meandering, forgettable plots.
Still, there are a couple of things TVD can do that will make me forget all of my worries about the show. When the show goes back to its horror roots, it’s easy to momentarily forget all the bad that has been going on. Also, put any of these characters in cabin, and I’m predisposed to not hate the episode. Luckily, “What Lies Beneath” does both these things and is a better episode for it.
The Vampire Diaries: “What Lies Beneath”: Secrets, lies, and the monologuing ghost guy
By LaToya Ferguson, A.V. Club

The Vampire Diaries Season 5 Episode 20 told a ghost story. But was it a scary one? Did it do an enviable job of building momentum toward The Vampire Diaries Season 5 finale? And should Caroline and Stefan happen or what?!?
The Vampire Diaries Round Table: “What Lies Beneath”
By Leigh Raines of TV Fanatic and Crissy Calhoun & Heather Vees of


Posted by | May 6, 2014, 7:45 (MST) | 2 Comments
Category: The Originals TV

XX Previously on The Originals, Mikael still wins for “worst father” while Klaus gets a prize for “best presents.” That little stuffed wolf, can you stand it?! The witches don’t get any awards because we’re mad at them right now. It was another busy, scary, crazy week down in New Orleans, A Closer Walk with Thee gave us some really great moments to discuss. Enjoy!


As we near the end of the season (only two episodes left!), The Originals seems to be settling into a groove. A Closer Walk With Thee carried over last week’s confident balancing of plot hijinks and thematic depth, not only delivering a damned solid hour of television full of super-snappy dialogue, but touching on every hot-button issue currently rippling through the Quarter in a way that felt breathlessly natural. Also, this episode had an extra layer of excitement as events from The Vampire Diaries – the disintegration of supernatural purgatory, aka the Other Side – leaked into the OGs’ sphere, as it absolutely should. But instead of integrating those events for a one-off, The Originals is playing that card hard, much to my delight.
The Originals In Review: A Closer Walk With Thee (EP120) – The Great Unloved
By Heather Vee, Vampire-Diaries.Net

While the episode wasn’t exactly heavy with revelation or twists, it crystallized everything we love about these characters’ relationships and gave us more standout confrontations than the human heart can possibly endure. The nursery scene. The alley scene. The KISS. The flashbacks. The return of a major villain. SO MUCH blood vomit.
The Originals “A Closer Walk With Thee” Review: Wake Eerie
By Price Peterson,

The Originals sprang from a show about supernatural teenagers, and it’s on a network increasingly dedicated to supernatural teenagers. That’s not a bad thing—hell, I love many supernatural teen stories. The implicit metaphors surrounding the combinations of the supernatural, sudden adult faculties, and sudden adult impulses are inherently powerful, whether directly acknowledged or not. Yet this doesn’t mean that having superpowered teens around is always a good idea. In a situation where they’re not the dominant set of characters in a story, adding teenaged—or more accurately, youngsters’—impulses can serve as a distraction.
The Originals: “A Closer Walk With Thee”
By Rowan Kaiser


Posted by | May 1, 2014, 10:45 (MST) | No Comments
Category: The Vampire Diaries TV

XX Previously on The Vampire Diaries, the TVD fandom spent the entire hour wailing Enzo’s name on Twitter. It was a veritable Enzopalooza, there’s no doubt that this character has won the hearts of quite a lot of fans. Only a couple more episodes before the end of season 5 (!), so savor every moment of Man On Fire (EP519) before the new episode rolls in tonight.


As we find ourselves upon the final episodes of season 5, Man on Fire relegated the supernatural-wacky-doodle stuff to the subplot, to instead focus on Damon’s only friend hell-bent on revenge. It’s been a season of characters being forgotten, left behind, abandoned, and Enzo locked in a cage for 70 years might get top prize for most hard done by.
Vampire Diaries In Review: Man On Fire (EP519) – Not a Care in the World
By Crissy Calhoun, Vampire-Diaries.Net

For a while now The Vampire Diaries has been slowly dismantling all its earlier simplistic notions of teen romance and trading it in for something more enduring and nuanced. That means hookups have become romances and romances have become breakups and at the end everything averages out to a tightly bound group of friends. That’s why Damon can call up Caroline for help (flashback to their troubling relationship in Season 1) and Stefan can hang out helping Elena study for tests even though there was a time he could barely look at her. Because friendship! It endures! Unfortunately, the downside is that a friend breakup can seem even more brutal than a romantic one.
The Vampire Diaries “Man on Fire” Review: Heart of Sass (PHOTO RECAP)
By Price Peterson,

It’s amazing how much better The Vampire Diaries works when it steps back from the love stories a bit. This has always been a show that innately knows how to use its relationship threads to enhance an episode’s plot, getting in trouble when it lets those threads define an episode instead. “Man On Fire” is an abrupt return to this structure; a fantastic episode that not only rights the sinking ship that was this season’s focus on the love triangle, but also manages to use those tired relationships in a way that actually strengthened the episode instead of detracting from it. Well done, TVD.
The Vampire Diaries: “Man On Fire”: Enzo wants revenge, and it’s so, so sweet
By Carrie Raisler, A.V. Club

Enzo has been sizzling throughout the back half of The Vampire Diaries Season 5. But he was truly a “Man on Fire” this Thursday night after learning that Damon killed Maggie back in the 1960s.
The Vampire Diaries Round Table: “Man on Fire”
By Miranda Wicker & Leigh Raines of TV Fanatic & are joined by Crissy Calhoun and Heather Vee of


Posted by | April 29, 2014, 7:32 (MST) | No Comments
Category: The Originals TV

XXPreviously on The Originals: You guys, William Shatner was live-tweeting last week, and it was straight up delightful. Much less delightful was everything happening to Father K, the situation in the bayou, and Hayley’s mood. (Protip: do not mess with Hayley right now, because damn.) An Unblinking Death was a wild ride that left our emotions in pieces; it’s definitely worth another look.


“This city is full of monsters.” When a hexed-out Father Kieran mutters these words in the cold open, Josh’s response – “Trust me, I know” – is meant to be an amusing moment for the audience, an acknowledgment that this is The Originals and the crazy is pretty thick with vampires, werewolves, and witches. But as the episode’s horrifying events unfold, we’re reminded of Cami’s previously expressed belief that being a monster is a choice, regardless of power, and that evil does not exist for evil’s sake. When your city is full of monsters, what do you do? Do you make a deal with the monsters outside your door to protect your family, your home? And what if you feel your only recourse is to become a monster yourself? By turns brutal and tender, An Unblinking Death presented these quandaries with an unflinching eye and goes down as one the show’s most mature episodes to date.
The Originals In Review: An Unblinking Death (EP119) – Not To Give Up, To Let Go
By Heather Vee, Vampire-Diaries.Net

Can The Originals be a smart show? Across its first season, it’s tried. It toys with issues of redemption and of unconditional familial love and power and revenge and so on and so on. Tonight’s episode has some strong themes on the subject of mob mentality and lashing out, even if it’s at the wrong people. It’s even dealt with some of those things well, if only for an episode or two. And that’s the core issue.
The Originals: “An Unblinking Death”: Temporarily smart?
By Rowan Kaiser, A.V. Club

The Originals got REAL horrifying this week. When a TV show has 22 episodes to throw concepts and storylines at us, it’s natural for certain installments to skew differently. Some are more comedic, some are sadder, some feel like TED Talks. “An Unblinking Death” was one of the scariest hours of this show to date. A lot of that had to do with our increased familiarity and empathy for these characters we’ve gotten to know over the past 18 episodes, but let’s not undersell just how scary the concepts and the execution here were. Demonic possession of a loved one! Terrorism! Straight-up slasher moments. Gore! The Originals tends to straddle many different genres at once, but as a horror fan I’m never more captivated by this show than when all the banter falls away and the darkness seeps in. Yeah, I really liked “An Unblinking Death.” Just a terrifying heartbreaker of an episode.
The Originals “An Unblinking Death” Review: Unforced Terror
By Price Peterson,

A staged attack, the death of a beloved character, and the softer side of Klaus Mikaelson. That’s what you missed on The Originals Season 1 Episode 19.
The Originals Round Table: “An Unblinking Death”
By Matt Richenthal, Leigh Raines, and Miranda Wicker of & Heather Vee of

The Originals: Secrets from the French Quarter (VIDEO)


Posted by | April 24, 2014, 8:34 (MST) | 2 Comments
Category: The Vampire Diaries TV

XX Previously on The Vampire Diaries, Paul Wesley got to direct! Huge congratulations and props from all of us to Paul on his directorial debut. Lots of cool stuff (visual and otherwise!) in this episode, definitely worth a closer look before the next episode, Man On Fire (EP519) airs tonight at 8/7c.


If there’s one thing we’ve learned from this show over the past five seasons, it’s to never trust a prophecy. Resident Evil marks the directorial debut of Paul Wesley, and the guy got stuck with not only presenting us the usual complicated TVD reality, but the Other Side in flux and a fantasy-life world that never was. And luckily for us, he knows exactly what he’s doing.
Vampire Diaries In Review: Resident Evil (EP518) – Trouble in Paradise
By Crissy Calhoun, Vampire-Diaries.Net

True love is a lie, man. A lie!

All right, maybe not, but the prophecy of true doppelganger love turns out to be as fake as the Sun and Moon curse, a construct created by the Travelers to fool unsuspecting doppelgangers with romantic notions into coming together so the Travelers could then harvest their blood. Considering the Travelers have been attempting to do this for thousands of years and are just now having success, let me just suggest: Perhaps this was a terrible, no good plan?
The Vampire Diaries: “Resident Evil”: Sorry, no zombies here
By Carrie Raisler

So… that’s what Markos wants, huh? [spoiler]To take over Mystic Falls[/spoiler]?
And that’s what Damon wants, to [spoiler]no longer be close to Elena[/spoiler]?
But did The Vampire Diaries Season 5 Episode 18 give fans everything they wanted?
The Vampire Diaries Round Table: “Resident Evil”
By Miranda Wicker, TV Fanatic and Crissy Calhoun & Heather Vee, Vampire-Diaries.Net

Did you know that Paul “Wesley” Wasilewski directed this episode? I’m not playing games, guys, there was some very noticeable visual poetry going on here, from the angles to the editing, and Stefan’s hair looked especially well-lit. He should direct more episodes? But the script was really good too, he got a good’un, and it all started with a fake-out!
The Vampire Diaries “Resident Evil” Review: Afterlife Apocalypse Extinction Retribution (PHOTO RECAP)
By Price Peterson,


Posted by | April 22, 2014, 9:58 (MST) | No Comments
Category: The Originals TV

XXPreviously on The Originals, New Orleans proudly continued the Mystic Falls tradition of The Place For Violence Is Parties. Everyone looked stunning, but it all went to hell in the end, because of course it did. We’ve got another new episode rolling in tonight, so here’s your chance to catch up on The Big Uneasy (EP118).


Happy Fête des Bénédictions! Here’s the good news: The hiatus is finally over and The Originals is back. The bad news: We now have only four episodes left in our inaugural season. In a clear move towards weaving to the May 13th finale, Tuesday night’s The Big Uneasy pulled several dangling plot threads together, and its final twist brought it all back to what started this crazy trip in the first place: Hayley and Klaus’s child.
The Originals In Review: The Big Uneasy (EP118) – There Will Be No Peace
By Heather Vee, Vampire-Diaries.Net

The reason The Originals has an undue burden when it comes to set-up is that it attempts to mask information and state-of-the-character scenes as rip-roarin’ adventure. Sometimes that works, and sometimes it doesn’t. The main way to know whether you’re watching a successful set-up episode is if you’re not bored. Sorry if you were expecting a more scientific explanation. Were you bored during “The Big Uneasy”? I wasn’t! It was a very good example of a set-up episode. By the end, we knew more about what people wanted and why and how they intended to get it—all of which was exciting to our brains, even if not much happened.
The Originals “The Big Uneasy” Review: Party Foul
By Price Peterson,

New York might be called the city that never sleeps, but with all the wars being waged on so many different fronts in New Orleans, that title might as well be given to the Big Easy as well. The supernaturals there never get a break.
The Originals Round Table: “The Big Uneasy”
By Matt Richenthal and Miranda Wicker from TV Fanatic and Heather Vee from

Building a serialized story without history doesn’t work. The whole point is history. There needs to be change, growth, and progress, yes, but those need to build on what happened before. Otherwise, they’re just a bunch of things that happen. This is a common problem for a fast-paced show like The Originals, especially since it happened regularly over on The Vampire Diaries. Very little is more infuriating than a show seeming to deliberately forget its own story in order to make its current one run more smoothly.
The Originals: “The Big Uneasy”: Without history, everything is just stuff that happens
By Rowan Kaiser, A.V Club

The Originals: Secrets From The French Quarter (VIDEO)


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