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The Vampire Diaries is usually an epically exciting show, so I’ve been a little disappointed that the first few episodes of this season have been more of a whimper than a roar. As I expected, the whole “Elena is having a hard time with her transition” story is getting old. Yes, I like Elena as a character and I think Nina Dobrev does a great job making us care about her, but I think we all understand that vampires have bloodlust and that if you have a moral issue with ripping someone apart, then you’re probably going to have a limited menu if you’re a vamp – we don’t need to keep seeing scenarios of Elena around blood over and over again (although I suspect we’ll be getting a lot more this season). Also, I just hate the thought of her being a vampire. Yes, I understand why it had to happen, but the reality is that our lovable high school girl is actually dead, and that’s just sad.
In this week’s episode, “The Rager,” Elena is still struggling to keep her emotions – and bloodlust – from boiling out of control. She’s also realizing how much she needs (and wants) Damon…and what girl wouldn’t? Things are still tense between Stefan and Damon, probably because Stefan also knows Damon is the better choice to help Elena. Stefan is sounding a lot like the Vampire Dr. Phil this episode, all while seriously questioning his own ability to assist in Elena’s transition while he’s always one step away from becoming the Ripper again. Thank goodness Caroline is there to give everyone perspective.
Damon is planning to leave town again, but not before he kills the hunter, Connor Jordan – a task easier said than done. I can’t help but be a little impressed with Jordan’s hunting skills, while simultaneously hating his smugness.
Klaus is back in the mix and protecting Tyler since, despite their differences, he’s one of the hybrid clan. Also, I loved seeing Secret Circle’s Phoebe Tonkin back on The CW. She plays a hot werewolf chick that helped Tyler learn to master his transformations when he went MIA last season – and they more than likely hooked up behind Caroline’s back, which Klaus quickly figures out.
Rebekahis being a total mean girl to Elena – even more than usual – first mocking Alaric’s death and then stabbing her with a pencil right in front of the whole class. Fortunately, no one in Mystic Falls is too observant. She also tries to make Elena vamp out in front of the hunter. Elena’s heightened rage almost pushes her to kill Rebekah with the white oak stake (supplied by Damon) – but Stefan reminds her that that would kill all the vampires Rebekah has sired over the years, and that Elena would be riddled with guilt. In the end, Elena settles for out-cooling Rebekah at her own party with a totally awesome keg stand that makes everyone cheer, and then leaves to have an “I’m the King of the World” scene a la Titanic on Stefan’s motorcycle.
It’s nice to see Elena happy for a minute, but remember all that beer she chugged? The hunter laced it with werewolf venom from Tyler – which is totally toxic to vamps, and both Elena and Rebekah are feeling the pain (although Rebekah is an Original, so it couldn’t kill her, but it did make her have weird visions of Matt).
Jordan approaches Jeremy to tell him that the fact that he can see his invisible ink means he is destined to be a hunter and that he’ll train him to kill vampires. Jeremy uses this opportunity to lure him in to a trap at the hospital where Damon and Klaus are waiting – it was fun to see these two working together for once, not to mention they’re both easy on the eyes! When Klaus hears about Jordan’s invisible tattoo, he makes a cryptic remark that he’s one of The Five. Damon thinks they’ve blown Jordan to smithereens, but Klaus actually saved him and tells him that he just became more valuable alive than dead.
In the end, Klaus uses his blood to save Elena from the werewolf poison. Hmmm, what’s he cooking up that he needs both Jordan and Elena? We know from Pastor Young’s suicide note that there’s a new evil coming to town, so I’m betting it’s not good.
Even for a fairly slow episode by TVD standards, the episode was still action-packed. I, for one, can’t wait to see what’s coming next! What did you think?