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Posted by | May 15, 2014, 6:44 (MST) | 8 Comments
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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!

EPISODE RECAPS:

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 Vampire-Diaries.net

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, TV.com

VIDEO REHASH AND TWITTER REACTIONS: I THINK I JUST HALLUCINATED A SPOILER.

Posted by | May 8, 2014, 12:21 (MST) | 5 Comments
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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).

EPISODE RECAPS:

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, TV.com

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 Vampire-Diaries.net

VIDEO REHASH AND TWITTER REACTIONS: WE HAVE THIS DORM ROOM ALL TO OURSELVES FOR A WHOLE WEEKEND AND YOU WANT TO TALK SPOILERS?

Posted by | May 1, 2014, 10:45 (MST) | No Comments
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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.

EPISODE RECAPS:

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, TV.com

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 Vampire-Diaries.net

VIDEO REHASH AND TWITTER REACTIONS: TOO MANY SPOILERS UNDER ONE ROOF MAKES ME NERVOUS.

Posted by | April 24, 2014, 8:34 (MST) | 2 Comments
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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.

EPISODE RECAPS:

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, TV.com

VIDEO REHASH AND TWITTER REACTIONS: I’VE GOT TO SAY, IT’S GOOD TO BE SPOILED.

Posted by | April 17, 2014, 10:51 (MST) | 3 Comments
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XX Congratulations, TVD fans! You made it through another hiatus. It’s almost time to strap in for an all-new episode of The Vampire Diaries, so if you need to catch up on (or, you know, just rewatch or discuss) anything from Rescue Me (EP517), now is the time.

EPISODE RECAPS:

Sometimes The Vampire Diaries is just a bunch of people doing stuff to mark time until they get to do the more interesting, important stuff. The show is a master at churning plot, but by establishing a series that basically runs on pure plot, sometimes an episode or two is all setup and very little payoff. “Rescue Me” feels like one of those episodes you could simply remove from the season completely without skipping too many beats. It’s not bad; just a bit unnecessary.
The Vampire Diaries:
“Rescue Me”: All setup and no payoff makes TVD a dull show
By Carrie Raisler, A.V. Club

…I really liked “Rescue Me”! Last week’s episode made me very grumpy and I stand by that, but that was because I got so tired of Damon and Elena, plus the whole thing with Caroline becoming a remorseless doppelganger-terminator didn’t rub me the right way at all. But this week served to undo both of those bad impressions, PLUS it injected tons of steroids into the crazy season-long mythology involving the Travelers and also my new favorite characters the BLOND WITCH TWINS. I love the blond witch twins.
The Vampire Diaries “Rescue Me” Review: Beware the Shadow Baby! (PHOTO RECAP)
By Price Peterson, TV.com

VIDEO REHASH AND TWITTER REACTIONS: TURNS OUT ELENA’S FRIENDS WERE RIGHT. THE WORLD DOES REVOLVE AROUND SPOILERS.

Posted by | March 27, 2014, 8:08 (MST) | No Comments
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XX Previously on The Vampire Diaries, Elena had a lot of catching up to do. The first few months of college are often something of a blur, but thanks to Katherine, Elena had an awful lot of shenanigans to sort through.

EPISODE RECAPS:

For an episode where Elena had a heck of a lot of catching up to do — made much trickier thanks to Katherine’s parting gift of a werewolf-venom-infused ripper virus — While You Were Sleeping seemed more about providing a bridge from the Katherine arc to the final batch of episodes of the season.
Vampire Diaries In Review: While You Were Sleeping (EP516) – Going Viral
By Crissy Calhoun, Vampire-Diaries.Net

I can only speak for myself, but I think the main thing I don’t like about this season is how exhausted I am with the main trio. At this point we’ve seen every permutation of their romances and their mental states and I frankly do NOT care anymore. I’m just so tired of Damon, Stefan, and Elena. All three can go take an Uber directly into a volcano for all I care. It would be a different story if this season had them moving forward or growing somehow, but in doubling down on the past it’s made them all regress into immature states that I just don’t care to witness after four seasons of forward movement. Fortunately “While You Were Sleeping” suggested that all three of them are starting to feel the same way. Damon and Elena even broke up! (Sort of.) Stefan is definitely headed more in the direction of a certain blonde judgey type. So, fingers crossed, things might be moving forward again?
The Vampire Diaries “While You Were Sleeping” Review: Rolling With the New (PHOTO RECAP)
By Price Peterson, TV.com

So… Elena and Damon are cured, Liv is not what she seems and there is ANOTHER Stefan doppleganger out there.
The Vampire Diaries Round Table: “While You Were Sleeping”
By Leigh Raines, Miranda Wicker of TV Fanatic and Crissy Calhoun and Heather Vee of Vampire-Diaries.Net

The departure of Katherine Pierce leaves The Vampire Diaries with some seriously huge stilettos to fill. She basically singlehandedly saved season five, ripping it out of the narrative doldrums it threatened to sink into before she arrived on the scene. But now that she’s gone—taking her infectious turn as an Elena impersonator with her—will the show be able to keep the momentum her story arc started alive?
The Vampire Diaries: “While You Were Sleeping”: Elena goes a little mad sometimes
By Carrie Raisler, A.V. Club

VIDEO REHASH AND TWITTER REACTIONS: I HAVE THE SPOILERS, THOUGH FROM THE LOOKS OF IT YOU’D BOTH RATHER BE DEAD.

Posted by | March 20, 2014, 10:46 (MST) | No Comments
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XXPreviously on The Vampire Diaries…oh, Katherine. It’s a good thing they gave us an extra week to recover from this one. For anyone who needs another few hours of reflection before tonight’s new episode, you’ll find recaps, roundtable, rehash and reactions below.

EPISODE RECAPS:

With the necessary mourning period come to an end, it’s time to talk about just what made Gone Girl such a season stand-out episode — despite the fact that that ending means a certain spark has been extinguished from the TVDverse, perhaps forever.
Vampire Diaries In Review: Gone Girl (EP515) – The Nuclear Option
By Crissy Calhoun, Vampire-Diaries.Net

They say the most dangerous dance is the lambada, a dance so dangerous it is FORBIDDEN. But not even the lambada is anywhere near as dangerous a dance as The Vampire Diaries‘ dance with audience expectations.
The Vampire Diaries “Gone Girl” Review: Mother of Tears (PHOTO RECAP)
By Price Peterson, TV.com

RIP, Katherine Pierce.
Or at least try to rest in peace from whatever dark part of the afterworld you now reside in.
Oh, yes, The Vampire Diaries Season 5 Episode 15 was literally Hell bent on killing off this long-time survivor, giving Round Table panelists Miranda Wicker, Leigh Raines, Crissy Calhoun and Heather Vee (both from Vampire-Diaries.net) PLENTY to discuss.
The Vampire Diaries Round Table: “Gone Girl”, TV Fanatic

The Vampire Diaries has a strange relationship with death. People die all of the time—largely because they are killed by one of the main characters—and often these deaths are treated with such blithe disinterest that the death becomes almost startling in its inconsequence. But once in a while, the show remembers the finality of death. And when it does, it always knocks the emotion of it out of the park.
The Vampire Diaries: Gone Girl, Season 5, Episode 15
By Carrie Raisler, A.V. Club

VIDEO REHASH AND TWITTER REACTIONS: IF I HAD KNOWN I JUST HAD TO DIE TO DRAG YOUR ATTENTION AWAY FROM SPOILERS, I’D HAVE TRIED IT A LONG TIME AGO.

Posted by | March 6, 2014, 9:26 (MST) | No Comments
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XXPreviously on The Vampire Diaries, beheadings! Canoodling! Ex drama! Very poor treatment of Stefan’s car! Just business as usual in Mystic Falls. Just a few more hours until Gone Girl (EP515), so here’s your last chance to revisit No Exit before the new episode airs.

EPISODE RECAPS:

Nothing like being forced to spend time in an enclosed space with someone to lead to canoodling! Whether orchestrated or enforced, No Exit saw the TVD gang in some delightfully tricky situations. And as with most trouble in the lives of the Salvatore brothers for the past 150 odd years, all roads led back to Katherine Pierce.
Vampire Diaries In Review: No Exit (EP514) – Be Cool
By Crissy Calhoun, Vampire-Diaries.Net

This week, both The Vampire Diaries and The Originals returned from their Olympics-imposed hiatuses with episodes that revolved around characters finding out a big secret the audience already knew. In both cases, this path to realization basically creates a filler episode, a way to move the story to the place it needs to be for the inevitable big confrontation in the future, but the difference was all in the execution.
The Vampire Diaries: “No Exit”
By Carrie Raisler, A.V. Club

This season of The Vampire Diaries has seemed, well, all over the place. I still cannot believe how much time the show wasted on such a truly terrible villain like Silas, nor how underdeveloped the Augustine stuff has been so far. But the biggest mistake this season has made was its attempt to be a throwback to Season 1 while also throwing all the old character dynamics in a blender. Those fundamental romances and friendships everyone’s always so worked up about? I think I miss them too.
The Vampire Diaries “No Exit” Review: Severed Head Games (PHOTO RECAP)
By Price Peterson, TV.com

VIDEO REHASH AND TWITTER REACTIONS: YOU’RE MY SPOILER. I’M NOT GONNA GIVE UP ON YOU. I NEVER WILL.

Posted by | February 27, 2014, 14:29 (MST) | No Comments
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Previously On The Vampire Diaries: Total Eclipse Of The Heart (EP513)Previously on The Vampire Diaries… Good god, it’s been forever, hasn’t it? A total eclipse of our hearts for three weeks. But it’s okay, lovely viewers: TVD is back, finally, and before we move on to new shenanigans, let us reflect on the weird, snarky, bloody glory of Total Eclipse of the Heart (EP513).

EPISODE RECAPS:

Both Caroline and Damon want to make a clean, no-looking-back, burn-the-bridges breaks from their past relationships. Caroline’s method — shredding photos and a fan-favorite horse drawing — is a little less dark than Damon’s, which involves murder, more murder, and attempted murder on a little brother who’s seen way more than his fair share of being murdered.
Vampire Diaries In Review: Total Eclipse of the Heart (EP513) – Never Be Wrong Together
By Crissy Calhoun, Vampire-Diaries.Net

Guys, “Total Eclipse of the Heart” was a very existential episode! In a general sense it was also very retro: Tons of Season 1 feels all over the place, from the diary intro (again with the diary intro!), but especially to the very Season 1-seeming Damon. The only thing that was missing was the white pancake makeup, but other than that, this was old-school Damon for sure. (Still patiently waiting for another Depeche Mode underwear dance party scene.)
The Vampire Diaries “Total Eclipse of the Heart” Review: Out of Spite, Out of Mind (PHOTO RECAP)
By Price Peterson, TV.com

This is why you always kill the bad guy. The last few episodes have been blissfully Dr. Maxfield-free. But it was never a question of if he would come back, but when; the last vision of Elena and Stefan leaving him knocked out on the floor, but not finishing the job, ensuring his return to cause more problems. It’s just The Vampire Diaries’ way.
The Vampire Diaries: “Total Eclipse Of The Heart”
By Carrie Raisler, A.V. Club

VIDEO REHASH AND TWITTER REACTIONS: I CAN BE A SPOILER PARTY OF ONE.

Posted by | February 6, 2014, 14:59 (MST) | 1 Comment
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XXPreviously on The Vampire Diaries, the show snatched our hearts yet again with doppelganger hijinks, a welcome home party, and the good old “body in the road” trick. Refresh your memory of everything that went down in The Devil Inside (EP512) before tonight’s new episode!

EPISODE RECAPS:

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.
Vampire Diaries In Review: The Devil Inside (EP512) – It’s Done
By Crissy Calhoun, Vampire-Diaries.Net

They say that phone numbers are seven digits because studies showed that the human brain can only remember seven things at a time. That is definitely true for me, but usually anywhere between 4 to 5 of the things I remember are candy-related. I occasionally remember items from the menu at Popeye’s. But that only leaves one to two things that I can fit in my brain at any given time, so that means I forget A LOT of things. I especially have a goldfish memory when it comes to The Vampire Diaries, which I think we can all agree has ten episodes too many in each season. 22 episodes just seems like A LOT of episodes! It is crazy that ANY shows try to tell a 22-hour story anymore, let alone one like this, a complicated serial that borders on cable-level quality.
The Vampire Diaries “The Devil Inside” Review: Body Jacked! (PHOTO RECAP)
By Price Peterson, TV.com

This. This is The Vampire Diaries firing on all cylinders.

Last week’s 100th episode was a lot of fun, but it showed obvious strain in an attempt to properly commemorate the momentous occasion while still telling a compelling TVD story. “The Devil Inside,” free from these shackles, practically explodes onto the screen with unfettered glee and doesn’t let up until the very end. It’s a good time, but more importantly it’s a good story told well, and that’s something that has been sorely missing for a lot of this season.
The Vampire Diaries: The Devil Inside S5/E12
Carrie Raisler, AV Club

VIDEO REHASH AND TWITTER REACTIONS: COLD, MANIPULATIVE, GOOD HAIR. YOU REALLY ARE MY SPOILER.

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