Vampire Diaires: Oh, Boys
|Written by April Yorke|
|Friday, 05 February 2010 10:33|
Last night's The Vampire Diaries episode, "Children of the Damned," featured the show, once again, at its best: equal parts doom and gloom, romance, and madness. If the ladies were featured heavily in last week's episode, it was the boys turn to shine this time around.
Damon, as you would suspect, is thrilled to be working with Elena and Stefan toward a common goal (not unlike Veronica Mars' Logan, he's at his most honest when he's at his most sarcastic). He even gets Jenna drunk and makes the family dinner (why? Don't ask. We'll never know). He also, thanks to a series of flashbacks, figures out that Jeremy's new friend Anna is Annabel, the daughter of a vampire he knew back in his human days. He grabs Jonathan Gilbert's diary (endless, endless journalling on this show), declines her offer to work together, and heads off to dig up his dad, who took Emily's grimoire to his grave. Of course, that's where he finds Stefan and Elena, who already accomplished that task (not using vampire speed for reasons unknown) and are just about to open the grimoire (why? To check for an "if found, please return to Emily the Witch. P.S. That last part is a secret" inscription?). Damon, not doubt thankful since he didn't bring a shovel anyway but definitely feeling betrayed, (unbelievably) forced his blood down Elena's throat, so Stefan handed over the grimoire. Guess it's time to crack that puppy open!
Stefan wakes up shirtless (always good) with Elena, puts on a shirt (damn), and spends the rest of the episode hunting down the grimoire (effing grimoire). Thanks to Jeremy (who is, sadly, incidental to this episode), Stefan tries to snatch it from Alaric (too late) and nearly gets staked in the process by Alaric's actually-kind-of-cool air pressure stake gun. Being Stefan, he half-menaces, half-convinces Alaric into sitting down and talking about
Giuseppe Salvatore & Jonathan Gilbert
Turns out these two spearheaded the Great Mystic Falls Vampire Round-Up and Burning of 1864. Jonathan's more nerdy and science-minded, apparently the brains behind the vampire compass ("It's science!"). He's also got a soft spot for Pearl, Mystic Falls apothecary and Anna's mom. Too bad she's a vampire. Though he hesitates for a moment, he turns Pearl in. Poor girl gets shot with wooden bullet and vampire-muzzled. At least we have an explanation for why Anna wants in the tomb.
Gisueppe, in the grand tradition of TV dads, explicitly favours one son over the other (Stefan over Damon, if you are keeping score at home), even going so far as to talk to Stefan about Damon like he's not even there. Naturally, he's also in favour of the "burn first and ask questions later" approach to vampires. He's oddly aware that Katherine is a vampire playing mind games with his sons (also odd: the moments when Stefan and Damon talk openly about their affairs with Katherine and how she plans to turn them), so he slips vervain into Stefan's drink. Stefan poisons Katherine unsuspectingly, and Gisueppe runs in to muzzle her and cart (literally, for this is the PAST!) her off to the burning.
More importantly, Stefan flashbacks to and later admits to Elena that he is the source of the never-ending well of betrayal between the Brothers Salvatore. Stefan was convinced that their dad would help them protect Katherine if he knew how much his sons loved her, and his dad, like all crappy TV dads, was just waiting for an opportunity to prove Stefan wrong. Of course, these flashbacks are really cutting it close with the timeline. If Damon's earlier statement that that he and Stefan were shot dead trying to rescue Katherine from the church, that must mean that they already had Katerine's blood in their system, making the shooting step two in the three-step grow your own vampire series.
No Caroline, next to no Jeremy, and Bonnie? Kidnapped by Ben after she figures out he's a vampire. I get why they might need her, but why did Anna kidnap Elena? One for the road?