In the immortal words of INXS, Every single one of us, the devil inside. And nowhere is that more true than in Mystic Falls. The Devil Inside was another top-notch episode, in my opinion, with the Katherine-bodyjacking-Elena plotline taking its next logical, and for some disastrous, steps.
It’s a very nostalgic time to be a hardcore Vampire Diaries fan as the show hit 100 episodes with 500 Years of Solitude on Thursday, and Twitter flipped the frak out over an episode that gave us so much to talk about. Thanks to the power duo of Julie Plec and Caroline Dries, who wrote it, we were treated to memories and manipulations, scandalous sex, and a chance to see so many of the dearly departed — all while pushing the season forward to its next logical doppelganger hijink.
Happy 100th episode! We love you to the point of incoherence, so please accept our stream-of-consciousness ramble of one hundred reasons why. And here’s to the next hundred episodes!
Vee, Red, Abby, Kate, Crissy, and Holly
- “Dear diary…”
MORE NOSTALGIA THAN FOUNDER’S DAY.
The long winter hiatus is just about finished, and before we move on to TVD’s one hundredth episode (!!!), let’s revisit the fall finale, Fifty Shades of Grayson. An episode that saw Katherine hoping for redemption, while Damon rejected the very idea of it. And somewhere, out there, is a vial of goop that can turn any one of our favorite vampires into a crazed vampire-eating ripper…
Cast your mind back a week or so, to before the midseason finale, to the night we met Enzo . . . My post on Fifty Shades of Grayson is forthcoming, but first let’s flash back to The Cell and talk how well fifties fashion works for Mr. Somerhalder, how well shared confinement works to build bonds of friendship or, in the case of Stefan and Katherine, to set the screen ablaze with their sizzle.
Was that awesome? Or was that awesome? Besides the fact that registering for classes never looked so fun, Dead Man on Campus shifted up the season’s focus by highlighting the friendships that get this gang through the worst traumas they suffer and the most morally shaky decisions they make. I know everyone would rather be getting drunk on bourbon — or at least the Salvatore brothers would — but let’s revisit that most excellent episode instead.
For an episode with some heavy storylines and a high death count, Death and the Maiden was a heck of a lot of fun, thanks to bonus Ninas and Pauls, more Katherine and Caroline moments, and the triumphant last moments of two bitter-to-the-end badasses.
Tis the season for doppelgängers! As Damon and Jeremy try to bring Bonnie back from the Other Side by teaming up with Silas, while Tessa tries to subvert the plan and bug Elena for good measure, Handle with Care finds its life in the other doppelgänger’s storyline. Long-in-the-tooth Katherine and mystery-solving Caroline are the dynamic duo needed to save the day from doldrums.
It’s strange to think about how far we’ve come from the end of season one when Katherine Pierce was the Big Bad in Mystic Falls, the most ruthless, the most hated, the baddie that our gang plotted to kill — and seemed justified in doing so. In Monster’s Ball, she’s a compelling contender for most human — and most vulnerable. On The Vampire Diaries, the diabolical ones are never limited to hero or villain classifications, and the final moments of this episode prove that the moral ground the “good guys” stand on is very very shaky.
Instead of blazing forward, this episode of TVD looked back; with the morbidly only-in-Mystic Falls Remembrance Day celebration as the backdrop, For Whom the Bells Tolls was all about remembering — the past, your lost loved ones, and what the point of being good is in the face of all this crazy-awful.