Vampire Diaries: We’re Going to Have So Much Fun
|Written by April Yorke|
|Friday, 24 September 2010 16:48|
Last night’s The Vampire Diaries, “Bad Moon Rising,” gave us our first glimpse of the Lockwood curse in full form (ooo, guess what they are?), but it also showcased the Brothers Salvatore throwing themselves in harm’s way for the sake of beautiful ladies, a tragic break up, and a ROAD TRIP! Also, naked Mason. You know, if you’re into that kind of thing.
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Our opener features some nice juxtaposition: Stefan, Elena, and Damon fill Alaric (yay!) in on the latest in supernatural weirdness (Lockwoods), hoping to gain access to Isobel’s mystical Mystic Falls research while we watch Tyler stalk a running Mason through the woods. Mason checks something out at the old Lockwood plantation (which burned down, hmm), and Tyler finds a cellar of sorts with heavy duty chains and deep scratches on the walls. Alaric reveals that he never picked any of Isobel’s stuff up from Duke, so it’s time for a ROAP TRIP! And while I love a good road trip, we only saw Isobel working on a laptop at home. Surely Alaric has access to plenty of her files already.
On the wolf front: Tyler questions his mom about the plantation but covers by saying that he wants to throw a party down at the swimming hole. Lady Mayor signs off but reminds Tyler that the family still owns the property (why, if it has been barren for so long? It’s just like the old Salvatore rez. When did this town get razed?), so they will be liable if anyone gets hurt. At the party, which doesn’t look at all safe, Mason shows up but not to scam on high school girls (“I love high school girls. I get older, but they stay the same age” seems like it would be on his wavelength). He advises/warns Tyler to move the party by nightfall, so night-swimming doesn’t become night-drowning. Tyler agrees and does, it appears, break up the party at the appointed hour.
ROAD TRIP: Stefan can’t go; he’s on Caroline babysitting duties. Elena tells Stefan that if he doesn’t want her to go with Damon, she won’t. She’s genuine, not cowed, just aware and open and honest. I love Elena. Stefan admits that he hates it, but go she must. Love, love, kissy faces. Downstairs, Alaric tries some half-assed apology to Jenna for their half-assed courtship, but Jenna’s not interested in hearing it. She's also still pissed about the Damon/Elena clinch she thinks she witnessed, which amuses me. She's just staring daggers their way. When they go out the door, Stefan sorts of brushes Jenna arm in good bye in his really familial way that also suggests she's an equal, not his elder like she thinks. I find this touching. At the car, Elena gives Stefan a big sexy kiss in front of Damon. En route, Damon chides Elena to stop pretending that she hates him, and Alaric points out that cousin-brother murder is a pretty good motivator for hate. Damon claims that he did know Jeremy was wearing the ring, but no one’s buying it.
At Duke, they hook up with Vanessa, Isobel’s research assistant. Blah blah, she was my inspiration, blah blah, any news on her disappearance/murder. Vanessa lets them into Isobel’s insanely huge, there’s-no-way-this-room-was-sitting-empty office to pack up/examine Isobel’s stuff. Damon’s back to grade school level taunting of his crush, practically singsonging about how it’s too bad that he and Elena are no longer friends, as that means he won’t share anything he finds with her. We all sigh impatiently with Elena. Naturally, all this is interrupted when Vanessa shoots her crossbow at Elena. Damon zips in front of the arrow, catching it between the shoulders but not in the heart, then zips over and pins Vanessa against the wall. Poor humans. They're never fast enough to stake the vamps on this show without somehow weakening them first.
After the break, Elena's pulling the arrow out of Damon's back (sadly, this does not necessitate shirtlessness) while Alaric listens to Vanessa freak about Katherine Pierce and Damon Salvatore being up in Duke, meaning vampires are real. Did Isobel have a photo of them? Because otherwise how would Vanessa know what they looked like? Anyway, pretty soon Elena's explaining that she's not a vamp, but Damon is a vamp, and a pissed one at that, so Vanessa better watch her step.
Babysitting: Stefan and Bonnie have a little confab at the Grill. He wants Bonnie to spell some daywalking jewelry for Caroline. Bonnie's not to sure that a) she can and b) she should. Caroline killed a man last week, Bonnie reminds us. Stefan counters that reducing Caroline to a creature of the night will make it that much more difficult for her to hang onto her humanity. Still, Bonnie can't trust Caroline. Stefan asks Bonnie to trust him instead.
Good thing she does 'cause Caroline's hiding in her house, not answering the door when Matt stops by to spend the day with her. Bonnie and Stefan stop by for a spell casting party. This scene is completely awesome. Bonnie's a total bitch about Caroline being a vampire, Stefan takes this hilarious "and what do we say?" attitude with Caroline, and Caroline . . . can we take a moment to give mad props to Candice Accola for the job she is doing with vampire Caroline? There is such a clear change in her acting, but it's still rooted in what she was doing before. It's powerful and sexy but still vulnerable. Anyway, Bonnie spells, Caroline puts on the ring (small index finger ring, not some gaudy thing like the Brothers Salvatore have to wear), Bonnie whips open the curtains, it's all good. And that's it for Bonnie this week. Bye, Bonnie!
Stefan takes Caroline hunting, but pretty soon she's neurotically ranting about blowing Matt off and how he finally told her he loves her and there's this party and and and. Stefan's kind of cracking up, and it's exactly right: genuine warmth to the ribbing. Family. He explains that becoming a vampire amplifies personality traits and further explains that as a human, he was highly empathetic. If he caused someone else's pain, he felt tremendously guilty. Now that he is a vampire, this impulse to carry the weight of the world on his shoulders is magnified. This explains a lot re: Stefan's feelings about Damon. Caroline worries that this means she's eternally going to be a neurotic mess and if her new powers will put Matt in danger. She thinks Stefan thinks she should break up with Matt. Stefan doesn't want to be a hypocrite. He knows he should have walked away from Elena long ago and didn't. Now he can't. So for Caroline, Stefan decides that they should go to the party and see Matt. He's her strongest tie to her humanity, so being around him will help Caroline hold on to that. First, though, a little bunny hunting.
At the party, Caroline's pissed Matt off by acting jealous of Aimee then compelling her to go stalk someone single (Tyler, as it turns out). Matt's pissed, and Caroline promises no more drama. When he wanders off, Stefan gives Caroline a mild talking to for using her compulsion. It's not okay to mess with people's minds. Caroline's like, okay, good point, now let's have some fun instead of making serious vampire faces all the time. Stefan has to laugh at that, too, though I don't want you to think that this means you are going to get to see Drunk Stefan or anything that fun. He doesn't even take his shirt off and go swimming (damn).
Road Trip: Vanessa pulls out an old Aztec origin story about vampires and werewolves. Both terrorized the people until a shaman cursed them, making vampires slaves to the sun and werewolves slaves to the moon. They also become enemies. Damon, for some dumb reason, still doubts their existence. Surely he would have met one in the last 160 years if they were around. Vanessa doubts it, given that vampires have hunted werewolves to near extinction. Word on the street is that a werewolf bite can kill a vampire. I worry that this is foreshadowing. Also, what's with Damon saying 160? All last season they kept saying 145 (the difference between 2009 and 1864), and Damon wasn't 15 when he was turned. When is he counting from? Is he rounding off? Also, he keeps saying "Lon Chaney" to remind us that he is old.
Lockwood Plantation: A slightly tipsy Tyler is leading Aimee to the very cellar he found earlier. I briefly worry that this means the return of date rape Tyler, but apparently that was a pilot only thing (like Chuck!). Meanwhile, Mason's setting up his new chains (old ones are too rusty) and mixing up something in his water bottle when he hears Tyler and Aimee approaching. No one's in the cellar when they get there, though. Mason's run back to his truck and chains himself to a tree. The restraints don't hold, Mason takes to his truck for the painful (and cheaper) transformation. Aimee's not into Tyler, so they make tracks.
Babysitting: Caroline and Matt are making it out, which is great, until Matt cuts his hand on a twig. Do your breathing, Caroline! Run away! Nope, she starts sucking the wound, and Matt does not at all have the same reaction that Jer did when Anna did the same. Meanwhile, Elena gives Stefan the heads up about the werewolves and their fatal bites, and he runs off to find Caroline. He finds Mason's truck, first, which is when wolf Mason (an actual wolf like in True Blood) bursts out of the truck. The wolf runs off, and Stefan looks completely wigged.
When he gets there, Caroline's progressed to taking a big bite out of Matt's neck. Shit. Stefan pulls her off and tells her that they have to start running. She wants to help Matt, who's woozy on the ground, so Stefan explains the bigger help would be to lead the werewolf away from Matt since vampires are werewolves' preferred prey. They zip along until they run into Tyler exiting the cellar. Before he can get too far into his "what are you guys doing" line of inquiry, Wolf Mason jumps Caroline. Stefan wastes not an instant in fighting the wolf off, but he's soon pinned under the growling animal. Tyler yells "NO!", and someone in the wolf recognizes his nephew. Wolf Mason takes off.
Caroline compels Matt to remember an animal attack, while Stefan compels Tyler to . . . something. Happens off screen. Matt will be okay, but Caroline's scared herself but good. She knows what she has to do.
Road Trip: Elena asks Vanessa what Isobel knew about their family history. Everything's in the box Vanessa already turned over. Then she asks about doppelgängers, and Vanessa's not much help there either. She says the word means different things to different cultures (like ze Germans?), but generally a doppelgänger torments and tortures the double, seeking to destroy the double's life. Elena's like, "No, seriously, tell us something we don't know," and I would be happy to, Elena. You are the doppelgänger. Katherine came first. She sees you, your relationship with Stefan, Damon's obsession with you, as a threat to her. And that gives you power over her. So long as the Salvatores choose you over her, she will become increasingly desperate. In her desperation there will be a misstep. That's when you go in for the kill.
In the meantime, Alaric Sookies Vanessa, telling her not to get all obsessed now that she knows what goes bump in the night. It will put the rest of her life on hold. Also, Isobel's a vampire, and he doubts he'll be rolling through here again.
Out at the car, Damon's pretty much like, "I bet I can flirt you into being my friend again," and Elena's like, "Is no one serious on the entire Duke campus?"
When they get home, Alaric busts in and gives Jenna a big, sexy kiss. Finally! Out on the porch, Damon gives Elena a book that says Petrova on the binding. He explains that back when he was human, he snooped and found out that before she was Katherine Pierce, she was Katarina Petrova (I think. I may have heard this wrong). Since he's in an honest mood, Elena's got another question for him: did he really see that Jeremy was wearing that ring? No, Damon admits. He launches into some rationalization about how messed up he was over Katherine then Elena's rejections, but that doesn't excuse cousin-brother murder. Elena dumps Damon all over again: she will never be his friend after what he did. He snaps that she and Katherine have more in common than just their looks, which is weak sauce.
At the Grill (sweet fancy Moses, this night is long), Caroline sees Matt with Aimee (who's concern -- and feelings -- for Matt appear to be the real deal) and faux-pitches a jealous fit. Matt stalks off, unimpressed, but Caroline knows it needs to be a clean break. "Are you breaking up with me?" she calls out to his retreating form. "I guess I am," Matt replies before walking away. Caroline looks small.
Wolf woods: At dawn, Tyler finds Mason's broken and beaten truck. Naked Mason walks up and asks for his shorts. Tyler takes in the scene, then faces his uncle. "It was you," he breaths. Mason merely nods in ascent.
Babysitting: Caroline wakes up to find Katherine standing over her bed for a second time. "We're going to have so much fun," Katherine teases/promises/lies.
In other news:
Next time: I'll never know! The CW has decided that I am not in the area worthy of watching previews on their site. The stills indicate that it involves Katherine, a variety of emotional faces from the Brothers Salvatore, and possibly a return of those blasted diaries.