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Posted by | February 6, 2013, 18:29 (EST) | 23 Comments
Category: In Review, The Vampire Diaries TV

Vampire Diaries In Review: A View To A Kill (EP412) - Safe As HousesYou won’t get any dancing in Mystic Falls. It’s illegal! Okay, fine, no more dances in Mystic Falls, at least under the new reign of Mayor Rudy. A great ’80s-themed episode, A View to a Kill played to all the strengths of this series: it was fun and funny, scary and violent (I was legitimately concerned about Jer’s arms), full of excellent reusable turns of phrases (e.g., revenge sex handbook, villain bonding time, dysfunctional bickering lunatics…), and yet able to pull a punch emotionally.

SPOILERS! CONTINUE READING “SAFE AS HOUSES.”

Posted by | January 30, 2013, 10:26 (EST) | 36 Comments
Category: In Review, The Vampire Diaries TV

Vampire Diaries In Review: Catch Me If You Can (EP411) - Fun Is, In Fact, PossibleNow that was some diabolical fun. And kind of violent? I wonder sometimes if Vampire Diaries episodes and our reactions to them could be used as some sort of psychological test — because I do not know what it says about me, but it was a delight to watch things get a little more out of control than usual in Mystic Falls.

SPOILERS! CONTINUE READING “FUN IS, IN FACT, POSSIBLE.”

Posted by | January 23, 2013, 18:59 (EST) | 10 Comments
Category: In Review, The Vampire Diaries TV

Vampire Diaries In Review: After School Special (EP410) - The Painful TruthAh, high school. A place of power dynamics between cruel teachers and unruly students, where tensions over alliances and over lost loves run high. And, of course, at Mystic Falls High, it’s an even more heightened reality than a regular high school — one where the stand-in teacher Rebekah can compel her would-be pupils into revealing whatever she wants them to. After School Special lived up to its name, but instead of dealing with teen pregnancy or the dangers of drugs (you’ll jump off the school roof!), it was a lesson in truth, lies, and the power of both to hurt. 

SPOILERS! CONTINUE READING “THE PAINFUL TRUTH.”

Posted by | December 23, 2012, 17:58 (EST) | 182 Comments
Category: In Review, The Vampire Diaries TV

Vampire Diaries In Review: O Come, All Ye Faithful (EP409) - Beautiful SymmetryIt was a fair guess that The Vampire Diaries’ first foray into a holiday episode would be bloodier than your average Christmassy fare, but what a beautiful, poignant, and bloody episode that was. A highlight of the season so far for me (along with Memorial), O Come All Ye Faithful hit such a resonant tone of melancholic but hopeful, as it explored the existential loneliness that plagues immortals (and mortals alike) while emphasizing how key trust and family are in finding purpose and peace. From the soundtrack to that fake snow falling on the town square to that stunning slaughter scene: this is an exceptionally well put together hour of television, and what better gift for the TVD family than that?

SPOILERS! CONTINUE READING “BEAUTIFUL SYMMETRY.”

Posted by | December 15, 2012, 14:49 (EST) | 28 Comments
Category: In Review, The Vampire Diaries TV

Vampire Diaries In Review: We'll Always Have Bourbon Street (EP408) - To Bond or To BreakHow fleeting happiness is in Mystic Falls. In an episode that frustrated me on first watch but resonated on the second (more on that in a bit), the ties that bind brothers, friends, lovers, and allies. With the question of the sire bond at the forefront, We’ll Always Have Bourbon Street pushed characters into taking a position, making judgments, and deciding what was, for them, the right course of action.

SPOILERS! CONTINUE READING “TO BOND OR TO BREAK.”

Posted by | December 5, 2012, 7:59 (EST) | 176 Comments
Category: In Review, The Vampire Diaries TV

Vampire Diaries In Review: My Brother's Keeper (EP407) - To Sire, with LoveThe writers of TVD often go for gold, hoping to stick the landing with a bold choice, mythology twist, or shippers-gird-thyself hookup — and My Brother’s Keeper followed in that proud tradition. Before I’m tempted to stretch my terrible gymnastics puns any further, let me just say: how fun was it to see Gabby Douglas in Mystic Falls being harassed by Caroline? Love that the show invited her to be a part of the shenanigans as the crown was passed to a new Miss Mystic Falls. And with this marker of a year gone by since Caroline won, Stefan dipped into ripperdom, Damon and Elena danced, and Jeremy searched for answers about the world of monsters, we can see how circumstances and characters have changed — and what will always remain constant.

SPOILERS! CONTINUE READING “TO SIRE, WITH LOVE.”

Posted by | November 25, 2012, 12:00 (EST) | 71 Comments
Category: In Review, The Vampire Diaries TV

Vampire Diaries In Review: We All Go A Little Mad Sometimes (EP406) - Losing ElenaIt’s that wonderful time of year: the moment in the season of The Vampire Diaries when the disparate plot threads start coming together into one super story-line, and with We All Go a Little Mad Sometimes it feels like we’re just on the cusp of something big in the final episodes before the winter hiatus.

SPOILERS! CONTINE READING “LOSING ELENA.”

Posted by | November 13, 2012, 20:49 (EST) | 99 Comments
Category: In Review, The Vampire Diaries TV

Vampire Diaries In Review: The Killer (EP405) - MarkedFive episodes in, Season 4 of The Vampire Diaries is proving to be a rare hybrid: a return to some of the themes of early Season 1 — highlighted by the dear-diary duet and candle-lighting moment in The Killer — while simultaneously exploring darker, more violent territory where a “by any means necessary” philosophy is put to work — and its dangers revealed.

SPOILERS! CONTINUE READING “MARKED.”

Posted by | November 8, 2012, 9:49 (EST) | 18 Comments
Category: In Review, The Vampire Diaries TV

Vampire Diaries In Review: The Five (EP404) - The Importance of FeelingsHappy TVD Thursday! What better way to prepare for tonight’s new episode than to revisit last week’s. (Sorry for being so tardy with this post, my friends.) Let’s flashback to a time of horrible Franken-storms and an election on the horizon, college road trips and glorious 12th-century Klaus hair…

SPOILERS! CONTINUE READING “THE IMPORTANCE OF FEELINGS.”

Posted by | October 30, 2012, 8:15 (EST) | 28 Comments
Category: In Review, The Vampire Diaries TV

Vampire Diaries In Review: The Rager (EP403) - Way To BeIt’s so easy to forget that (most of) the Mystic Falls gang is still in high school, but The Rager reminded us of that with its mean girl battle, keg party, and…a super-strong vampire hunter on the loose.

SPOILERS! CONTINUE READING “WAY TO BE.”

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