Thursday, January 24, 2013

Catch Me If You Can--The Vampire Diaries, January 24, 2013

by the Marc Kane and Lue Lyron At the bar, where Jeremy’s opened to an ambush as part of Klaus’ plan, he refuses to kill the newly-turned, recently-innocent people. The danger to Matt, however, at the compulsion of Klaus, leaves him no choice! In the middle of their flight to safety, Elena arrives outside the cabin, and saves Matt. Inside, Damon tells Elena to trust him with Jeremy, and take Matt, “our Least Valuable Player, home!”
Shane assures Bonnie of her degree of control. Her meditation efforts are shaky; she fears her tremendous power’s too unstable. Shane’s then arrested---accused of mass murder. Damon and Jeremy arm themselves ; Damon goes over his training, at which Jeremy bristles. “I’m trying to save your life, dumbass,” Damon snarkily says. Back at the bar, Damon senses something’s not right. All dozen or so of the newly-turned vampires are found killed by Kol, who confidently takes a drink of his Scotch and tells them he’s ready to talk. Kol explains that, hundreds of years ago, he met a group of Cylas’ worshippers, who believed in his resurrection. Damon scoffs.
Kol reminds Jeremy “we were mates in Colorado” and tries to persuade him to join his side. At his refusal, he threatens to kill Jeremy, and take on the vampire hunter’s curse. Rebekah reminds Stefan of their good times partying back in the 1920’s, and breaks out some of the professor’s herbs. Bonnie’s father tries to persuade her with Rebekah Mikelson’s word of Shane’s confession. Shane confides, when they are alone---the confession’s not a lie. Matt’s disgusted that Elena’s left Jeremy in Damon’s charge; he apologizes, just as a call comes in that Damon’s been taken captive.
Elena confronts Klaus, who tells her she can’t demand his brother to back off. She begs his help with their common goal, the cure; liking this, Klaus relents and threatens Kol for sabotaging his plans; “stay away from the Gilbert boy.” Kol delights in compelling Damon to stake himself slowly, and tells him that Jeremy is the source of her last bit of “annoying humanity” ---he believes this is what Damon really wants! He compels him to hunt Jeremy down. Jeremy talks to Elena and she tells him that he doesn’t need his tools anymore because Kol has killed all of the vampires that Klaus sent. His killing urge “is on overdrive.” Rebekah brandishes a Polynesian sacrificial knife, as she works her wiles on Stefan. The libertine values of feeding, sex, and freedom from care is the salvation Rebekah offers for Stefan’s sorrows. “Stop caring,” she says, smiling, pulling him closer. They’re interrupted by a compelled spy, caught by Rebekah. “The question is,” she asks, “Who are you?” Damon offers to apologize to Jeremy—a means of wheedling from Elena, Jeremy’s location. So Shane begins justifying the resurrection of Cylas, begun with the ritual death of the eleven people at the Town Council. He assures her “your friends can be brought back from the dead by Cylas.” Matt reveals Jeremy’s in the back of the bar, to Damon, who stalks towards him relentlessly---until Elena asks if he’s all right. As she can tell by his dazed look, he’s not---but Damon realizes and reveals he’s been compelled to kill her brother!

AT this point, we wonder: if Jeremy happens to kill Damon instead…! Will Elena even want to be cured, then? Ominous. How whole would anyone resurrected by Cylas be? We may find out. Jeremy hears Damon’s voice down in the caverns beneath Mystic Falls, warning him to run. He retreats, keeping his weapon at ready.

“Run, Jer,” Damon shouts, “Kol’s compelled me. I find you, I’m going to kill you, and there’s nothing I can do about it!”

The compelled spy for some unknown party takes a cyanide tablet. They wonder who this third party is; I wonder if it’s part of Kol’s plans to prevent the resurrection of Cylas? Shane begins telling Bonnie about her grandmother’s suffering on “the other side” until Bonnie, wounded by guilt, loses it and begins hurting Shane’s hand, then starts a fire with her powers. Between her father and Shane, she regains control. Shane offers her father to help Bonnie; “she’s a prodigy…I could help her become one of the most powerful witches in the world…but without me…” Elena calls Stefan for help. “I know you don’t care about me anymore,” she says, but she tells of the compulsion predicament. Jeremy cuts himself, to bring Damon to him. Damon bites him, then Jeremy shoots him…but doesn’t finish him off. “In the heart, Jeremy,” he warns him, agitated. A shot is fired…before commercial break!

 With all this wall-to-wall action, we don’t have as much character development-based speculation, this week. A lot of weeks have set up the psychological quandaries that give the show its spirit, but this is one of those pulse-pounding episodes where the pieces move in constant play. Speaking of moving, Damon sits up, and pulls a bullet out of his forehead. It’s apparent Jeremy probably really likes Damon somewhat. “Stupid idiot!” he swears. “Borderline brain dead moron! You should have killed me when you had the chance!” Rebekah uses a dagger in Kol’s back to try to end the compulsion. “A dagger in your sibling’s back?” he asks. “What has become of this family? Elijah won’t even show his face.” Kol then nearly kills her in return, until Klaus arrives, mocking her. “Then you need lessons,” he says cooly, in how to properly dagger a sibling.”
Elena believes her love will convince Damon to break his compulsion. Jeremy fires again. It’s Stefan’s speedy arrival that saves Damon—as though it is for her. “You’re welcome” he says coldly. I can’t help but think, he’s hurting her for hurting him, but he has reasons to save Damon for himself: he’s his brother, and he loves him…whether he wants to, or not. Who wants to become like the Mikelsons? (Ah, a bit of character development after all!) Damon awakes to Stefan’s coaxing. “You bled me out?” he asks. “This was the only way I could weaken you,” Stefan explains, as he has no vervaine. He prepares to lock Damon away “until we find the cure…then you’ll be free, the sire bond can be broken…and you two can do whatever the hell you want.” He stops Elena from seeing Damon; he explains she won’t be able to resist freeing him. “What are you doing with Rebekah?” she asks. “She tried to kill me!” “And Damon tried to kill Jeremy twice, so I guess no one’s perfect,” retorts Stefan. “You don’t know what I look like,” he says, “when I’m not in love with you. I’ll tell Damon you stopped by.” She walks away, forlorn. Bonnie’s dad describes how disturbed he is to have seen her use dangerous magic, and that she does in fact need help, whatever she believes.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

The Vampire Diaries, January 17, 2013: “After School Special” and What We Learned

By the Marc Kane At the end of the last episode, Klaus kills the Mayor, Tyler’s mom as payback for Tyler trying to free the hybrids under Klaus’s control. This led Klaus to destroy them, which is a part of Professor Shane’s plan. He wanted to take away something that Tyler held dear. So, at the beginning of this episode, the town holds a vigil to remember her. Tyler leaves; Elena, watching him go, sees Rebekah in the room. At the end of the last episode before the Holiday break, April sets Rebekah free, by removing the tainted dagger that Klaus and Stefan left in her, which puts her in position to be unleashed at the school. Elena exits to try and find Rebekah and runs into April, who informs her that she knows that Elena is a Vampire. She confronts Elena for having mesmerized her, and wonders how many times she took advantage of her that way! No wonder she set Rebekah free, though I am not sure she really knew what she did. Meanwhile, Damon trains Jeremy to be the Vampire Hunter they need him to be, in order to carry out Klaus’s plan to cure Elena, so that he might once again use her blood to create hybrids. He shows frustration at Jeremy and Matt, who keep ordering pizza. With a generous tip, he tells the female pizza driver not to bring anymore, no matter how much they beg. He listens to a voicemail from Elena on the phone. Karoline mourns Tyler’s mom’s death, while Stefan drowns his sorrows over Elena and Damon having sex.
Rebekah wants revenge, of course, so she attacks Elena, which is how she comes to trap Elena in the library of the school. She finds Stefan and informs him that Elena is in danger; along with Karoline, he becomes trapped with Elena. They were trying to free her but Rebekah got the drop on them. Bonnie meets with her dad who lets be known his desire to protect his witchy daughter. He isn’t wrong about the need to keep her safe, because Professor Shane uses Bonnie and her powers for his own agenda that have nothing to do with her. She doesn’t want him to rule the town precisely because she has so much power. Bonnie fears he will try and hinder what she might need to do for the town with her power. He has run from her power once before. Rebekah begins talking about the tattoo and how it would lead to the cure. Rebekah reveals to Elena that Stefan wants to take the cure so that he can live a normal life and grow old with her, and finds out that they are no longer together-- and that she slept with Damon! Klaus finds Jeremy, at his parent’s vacation home. Damon feels that the Hunter is not ready to hunt, but Klaus is not buying that, nor should he. He’s quite frustrated to find out that Jeremy hasn’t killed anyone else. ..but he has a plan. Bonnie receives a bone necklace, formerly worn by a 2000 year old witch, as a gift. She senses that Professor Shane is in trouble and rushes to save him, not knowing that he is not what he appears to be. He has been using her from the beginning, and it will really sting when she finds that out. Rebekah calls Tyler and tells him that maybe he can save Karoline, who she has trapped, playing on his guilt for not being able to save his mom. (I’m not sure that he knows who killed her.) Rebekah’s brother, Kol brings Shane to her. We discover that Shane can’t be mesmerized, so Rebekah has Kol seek the information in the old fashion way, torture it out of him. She wants the information about the cure from him. Then Rebekah gives them a game to play…truth or dare. Elena takes dare. She forces Elena to reveal that, though she loves him, she is no longer in love with Stefan--- and that the reason she slept with Damon is because she IS in love with him. She also confesses that, with Damon, “things feel unpredictable…I feel free”--- but when she is with Stefan, “it feels like I’m a project or something that Stefan needs to fix,” which is why she fell out of love with him in the first place. That pains Stefan, who still fancies that he loves Elena. Apparently, Klaus’ plan to get Jeremy to hunt starts with the pizza girl, who has trouble coming into the house, until Jeremy invites her, because Klaus has turned her into a vampire. When he discovers that she is a vampire, Jeremy takes her life, which, in turn, causes his tattoo to grow. Tyler arrives at the school looking for Karoline. Rebekah uses her mesmer power to make Tyler change so that he might hunt and kill the others. He fights the change because he loves his friends and doesn’t want them to die at his hands. They lock him in the library. Bonnie gets to the school and runs into April, who lets her in on Rebekah’s plan to get info from Shane, at which point Bonnie starts performing a protection spell. It has the unintended consequence of linking April with Shane. Bonnie intends to link with Shane not to link April to him. I think that it might have been a bit of Karma, since April was the reason that all of this occurred: she freed Rebekah , who is having Shane tortured. When Kol holds Shane’s head underwater, April feels the effects, and begins spitting up water from her lungs. Shane reveals that he looks for Cylas, the original immortal, who has the spell to cure immortality. They don’t know if the door they have blocked against Tyler will hold, and he, as a werewolf, aggressively seeks a way out to kill, as is his wolf nature. At some point things go quiet in the library, as Tyler in his werewolf form tires, fighting his way back to his human form. Kol stakes Shane through the heart, which infuriates Rebekah because she needs him to get the cure. We see April begin to bleed and loose her life, Bonnie screams for help, trying to keep April from bleeding out. Then we see Shane pull out the stake, figuring out that Bonnie must’ve done a protection spell, which did indeed keep him alive. Tyler comes to his senses, Karoline holds him as he expresses guilt over all that has occurred with his mother and with his friends. Karoline thinks he just needs to relax and heal. Rebekah tells Stefan that she can mesmerize him into forgetting all about his love for Elena, all of his hurt over her choosing Damon, their whole relationship erased, like Klaus did to him to make him forget his love for her. He says that he wants her to do it, she had hoped he would say that so she could refuse him, and at the same time torture Elena with the knowledge that he did not want any memory, even the good ones of her. She wants him to suffer for eternity, the ways she feels she has since Klaus took Stefan away from her. This shows me that Stefan must not really love Elena, because he wants the good memories gone as well as the bad. That doesn’t sound like any kind of love I know; he should still want the good memories with Elena even though it didn’t work out—especially if he hopes the cure can bring them back together. It tells me that he stopped really loving her when she died and he had to have her resurrected as a vampire. He could accept her as a human and love her as such, but not as a vampire, which makes me wonder why he didn’t let her die as a human and keep her humanity pure. Even if she is able to become human again, even if they mesmerized her into forgetting that she was ever a vampire, she will never be the same Elena again. Stefan wants someone who doesn’t exist anymore and never will, so, no, he doesn’t love Elena. Stefan gets there in time to save April from bleeding out by feeding her just a bit of his own blood, which causes her come around to consciousness. He has her taken elsewhere as he talks to Bonnie and finds out that she protected Shane from death. Furious, Bonnie confronts Shane for almost getting April killed. She learned about some of his plan because of April’s link. He assures her that she is the key in this plan so she will stay safe. How he is so sure of that, I don’t know, but it does reveal that he has planned to use her all along, so she should be wary about associating with him. He did, as April discovered, cause the fire that killed eleven people; she doesn’t even know about the hybrids that he sacrificed. Dark magic afoot there for sure. Damon calls Elena and she tells him what she discovered during her ordeal with Rebekah. Even though it might be the sire bond, what she feels for him is the most real thing she has ever felt, and she has never felt this way about anyone. She says “I love you Damon!” He lets her know that he will do some horrible things that she doesn’t like to get the cure for her, but he wants her to get into her car and come to him immediately. His love for Elena is so much more pure than Stefan’s. Damon is willing to get the cure for Elena, if she no longer wants to be a vampire, but he loves her both in her human form and her vampire form. He would never choose for her what she should be. If she wants to be human, well he loves her as a human. If she decides she wants to stay a vampire, well, he glories in her vampirism, as well. Her choice completely and neither decision will disappoint him. Rebekah goes to see Stefan, and he lets her know that Shane is still alive. She doesn’t understand why he told her that because he could have just kept that to himself especially since she had played with his emotions earlier in the episode. He says that Damon has Klaus, Elena and Jeremy, that Shane has Bonnie, the super witch, but they are on their own. He wants her to join with him to find the cure. I’m not sure why he still wants the cure since he doesn’t love Elena, but Rebekah reveals that she wants the cure to give to Klaus so that she can permanently put an end to him. She laughs at him for asking her to join forces with him, but didn’t say no. I believe that Stefan will find his way back to loving Rebekah, which is great since I don’t believe she ever stopped loving Stefan either. Finally we get to Jeremy, who Damon takes to a bar to meet up with Klaus. He wonders why, until he sees what appears to be dead bodies, and he inquires of Damon why, he thought they agreed on another way. Damon says he thought about it and this was the best plan. He tells Jeremy to commence to hunting like the hunter he is. Then we get scene with April at a table with the heads of the town, including Bonnie’s dad, about what she has learned of Shane and how he set into motion the fire that killed eleven people and how his intentions are not so pure, since he is using dark magic to accomplish his goals.