Previously on The Vampire Diaries: The Hybrid knocked our collective socks off. We have become the barefoot fandom. We had Klaus throwing tantrums, murder, ghosts, soul-searching and serious parental problems. Ripper Stefan isn’t just winning hearts, he’s snatching them right through our backs and making us yell “IS IT THURSDAY YET?” even before the final credits roll. Good news for us, Thursday is only a day away, so here’s the recap roundup for The Hybrid, to help you get your breath before tomorrow night and The End of the Affair (EP303).
Featured in this roundup: TV.com, CrazyBeautiful, Poptimal, The Televixen, Thomas Galvin, The A.V. Club, Off-Color TV, CliqueClack TV, The Voice of TV, Nice Girls TV, BuzzFocus, Entertainment Weekly, Television Without Pity, iphignia939, TVGasm, FemPop, Small Screen Scoop, Buddy TV, The Celebrity Cafe, Daemon’s TV, BuzzSugar, AOL TV, and our own Crissy Calhoun.
- Price Peterson, TV.com: “I don’t know if it’s the cake I ate for dinner or the Honda I slept beneath or the racoon that granted me all those wishes, but I am feeling woozy and joyful: Last night’s episode of The Vampire Diaries was terrific! One of the best I’ve ever seen probably? It’s hard to say because I don’t remember anything that happened before, like, August. But man alive, “The Hybrid” was so entertaining!”
- Carrie Raisler, The A.V. Club: “Much of the reason I was so enthralled with last week’s premiere of The Vampire Diaries was how assured and calm it seemed. Even while heads rolled off of bodies and werewolves were tortured for fun, there was an undeniable sense of “yeah, we got this” attitude bursting from every scene, and it felt like a more mature show in all of the best ways. “The Hybrid” took this new maturity and used it to tell stories in a very familiar Vampire Diaries fashion, with excellent results. Season three is off to quite the start.”
- Keshaunta Moton, Poptimal: “There’s a whole lot of Vamp and Werewolf dissension going on in this week’s episode of The Vampire Diaries. Between Klaus taking over an unwilling and anxious werewolf pack, and Damon and Ray’s wolf bane-filled showdown, it’s starting to look like the one big happy family dream that Klaus was hoping for will stay just that: a delusion. But just as you’re watching all hopes of Vamp-wolf unity flow down the drain, Tyler steps up to say maybe this thing just might have a shot.”
- Thomas Galvin, Thomas Galvin Blog: “Ray Sutton: I don’t feel so good. Part of it is the fact that you murdered all of my friends, but mostly it’s the fact that my insides are trying to become my outsides.”
- Crissy Calhoun, vampire-diaries.net: “Even when you’re the oldest, meanest vampire in the history of time, sometimes the best-laid plans go awry. Like, bleeding-from-the-eyes awry.”
- Cindy McLennan, Television Without Pity “This is the third season of this show, so I shouldn’t be surprised when they knock my socks so far off my feet this early on, but again, I am breathless.”
- Lee MacOdrum, The Televixen: “So Stefan forced Andie to die horribly and he did it right in front of you too? Gee, that sucks, Damon … so anyways, back to me now! Wow, Elena Not cool.”
- Dianne Sylvan, CrazyBeautiful: “Let us pray: Lord, we thank Thee for Darth Stefan, for he is far more fun than Jedi Stefan and also seriously hawt. May he always wear short sleeves and sass Klaus and look at everything with chin tilted downward. Amen.”
- Gale, iphignia939: “”You don’t build up your army once the war’s started. You make it so big no one dares try to move against you.” Goddammit Klaus, stop making sense. I don’t want to like you, sir. “
- BethAnne, Nice Girls TV: “Stefan and Klaus and the wolves – I almost started to feel for Klaus as he was trying to strike up a casual conversation with Stefan. He’s convinced that Stefan is his new best friend and he tries to act like he was concerned for Stefan, as he was carrying Ray Sutton on his shoulders for miles. I wondered if Klaus was missing his brother, Elijah.”
- Off-Color TV: “And you guys, I think here is the point where I am fully, one hundred percent on board and convinced that Joseph Morgan was the right guy for the job. Last season, I didn’t even think much about him (although I liked him from Hex and thought he was a talented enough actor) because I was focused more on whether or not the character of Klaus was working. By the end of the season, and especially in the finale, when he was really enjoying forcing human blood on Stefan, I was sold on Klaus being an unexpectedly scary (yet charming) sociopath. Now that I buy that, I can think about how Joseph Morgan has really been subtle with Klaus, which I think is important, and distinctive.”
- Debbie McDuffee, CliqueClack TV: “I’m really glad to see that the moms aren’t one-note characters, the evil ones who never believe their kids or stick up for them. Finally, at the end of last season, Caroline was able to make her mom see that she was still Caroline. Tonight, it was really telling that Mrs. Lockwood underwent a transformation as she watched Tyler go through his (like what I did there?). I wouldn’t have guessed that she didn’t know about the Lockwood family curse, nor would I have guessed that she was savvy enough to test Tyler with the vervain coffee. Her character is fleshing out in a good way.”
- Erin Frazee, The Voice of TV: “Wow. Tyler is being oddly awesome. Did he just need some vamp sex this whole time? Or did he need Caroline specifically? Feeling allegiance to our favorite vampire brothers is pretty magical.”
- Nuzhat Naoreen, Entertainment Weekly: “Nearby, at the Mystic Grill, Matt reminds us that some people do have to work in this town. Though Jeremy doesn’t seem to care much about that as he corners Matt in the Grill’s storage room to talk about communicating with Vicki. Turns out the youngest Gilbert has done some research online (he is seriously like the most technologically savvy Mystic Falls resident) and figured out just how to talk to the dead (because it’s THAT easy).”
- Bag H., BuzzFocus: “Our third story arc brings in a new dynamic on TVD. Ghosts. Vicki has been making contact with Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen). But Jeremy’s other dead girlfriend has given him the warning, “Jeremy, don’t trust Vicki.” What does this new ghostly story arc mean? Who knows?!”
- Coquills, TVGasm: “Listen, Tyler, I love you, you know I do, but stop treating Matty like an idiot. He’s just really, really pale, not blind.”
- Rebecca Jane, FemPop: “Elena, how are you not tapping this?”
- May Chan, The Celebrity Cafe: “I’m always amazed at the unwavering bromance between Alaric and Damon, and Elena shouldn’t underestimate it either when Damon makes a surprise appearance (tipped off by Alaric) by pushing Elena into a lake. Leave it to Damon to supply a gratuitous scene of a soaked Elena.”
- John Kubicek, Buddy TV: “At the end of the night, Elena, Alaric and Damon leave without Stefan, but Elena is more determined than ever because she’s the patron saint of lost causes, as exhibited by her encouraging Alaric to move back into the Gilbert house. He also decides to keep John Gilbert’s immortality ring, so I’m predicting that Alaric will die at least three times this season.”
- Jessica Rae, Small Screen Scoop: “These two friends have a wedge in-between them because of Caroline. But it was epically sweet when Matt casually asked if the Full Moon thing would mean Tyler needed someone else to help him. Even though Matt has a world of anger, he’ll still be there for Tyler. And that, that is real friendship. Real friendship matters, even on a show about vampires.”
- Candice, Daemon’s TV: “Ray the werewolf: I’m assuming he was the wolf that went face to face with Elena, which means that he went and got dressed before attacking Damon. I don’t know much about rabid, dying almost-hybrid werwolves, but I’m guessing propriety isn’t their top priority.”
- Shannon Vestal, BuzzSugar: “I’ve said it before about this show: what’s with all the heart-pulling-out? There are so many ways to kill someone when you’re a super strong vampire! Why the heart-out-of-the-chest technique? It’s gross!”
- Jean Bentley, AOL TV: “We didn’t get much resolution during this episode regarding that “vampire situation” — in fact, we basically got another cliffhanger when it was revealed that Evil Bill, a.k.a. the dude from ‘Heroes,’ is also known as Caroline’s DAD. Which was more adorable: last season’s “Hi mom” or last night’s “Daddy”?”
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