THE VAMPIRE DIARIES “Ghost World” Review

The Vampire Diaries

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES “Ghost World” Season 3 Episode 7 - My god, did the founders of Mystic Falls have nothing better to do than create event days? What next, Flossing Day – which began with the founders teaching good oral hygiene 150 years ago? This week was Halloween-esque-something-the-other day, a totally pointless reason to gather the townsfolk of Mystic Falls so they didn’t notice the ghost invasion going on around them. And so that we could have a bunch of people freaking out at a dead guy hanging from a tree.

There’s really not much point in summarizing this episode, suffice to say that the ghosts of dead humans and vampires alike turned up in Mystic Falls to either help or hinder the Scrappy gang. Hot Uncle Lockwood is pretty much over Damon killing him – though you wouldn’t realise that from his hello – and wants to lead Damon to a cave which, we learn later, is full of cave paintings. The awesome Lexi is back to be used to show Elena how Stefan can be saved with time – whether actual years or hallucinated bloodless years. Anna wants to be with Jeremy and stop the gang from getting rid of the ghosts before she can find her mother, yadda yadda yadda.

Basically, it was a pointless episode. There are numerous other ways they could have achieved the same goals, even if it means not seeing Hot Uncle Lockwood and his sole facial expression, or Lexi and her under-utilised awesomeness.

Most of all, this episode showed me just how much I’m starting to not care about Stefan and Elena. Some weeks I want them back together because it’s kind of sweet, and some weeks I cannot contain my glee at her staking him (see: last week), but overall they’re just tiresome. ‘You’ll lose me’ she says this week – does anyone even care anymore? You’re eighteen, Elena. Go get drunk at house parties, pull overnighters trying to finish your homework, worry about zits. Just do whatever the hell you can until Klaus swoops back into town for some more bloodletting. Why pine over an emo vampire who is quite frankly a LOT more fun to watch when he’s being an utter jackass to you?

Speaking of, I thought this was particularly hilarious: “He’s at the beginning of his life, Anna. You’re just holding him back.” Pot and kettle, Elena! Admittedly, Elena did have a point. Anna’s dead, she couldn’t have stuck around forever, but that didn’t make it any better for poor Jeremy. And now he has to deal with Bonnie…

How did ‘boyfriend dramas’ clue Bonnie into there being more to the Jeremy/Anna situation, anyway? It was a drama even before the kiss! That aside, I still think she’s being supremely unfair. Okay, so it’s more than Jeremy having Anna on his mind, he actually loves her, but what are the chances of him suddenly not loving her? He was in love with her when she died, he never had a chance to stop. Hopefully in time Bonnie will get over it, but she really needs to give the guy a break.

Now onto the fun part. “We’re not a team, you tried to kill me. We’re not friends, I don’t like you anymore.” If Damon and Alaric were into guys I would be shipping them so hard right now. In fact, I think I do anyway. Their bromance is amazing and their bickering reminiscent of an old married couple. I would watch the hell out of a series based around these guys. I have no idea what it would be about, but as long as there’s alcohol, magic rings and the occasionally pissy dead guy, it would be a winner.

Overall: It was nice to see Lexi back and I will never tire of Mason Lockwood’s one facial expression, but it was a pretty pointless episode. (If you want Halloweeny shenanigans watch The Secret Circle instead.) Also, there was a severe lack of Tybrid. If you’re going to be boring, TVD, at least give me a dose of my favourite hot vampire/werewolf hybrid, yeah? Thanks.

What did you think of ‘Ghost World’? Let us know in the comments below!

  • http://twitter.com/SarcasticLauren Lauren Hathaway

    Wow, am I the only person who really liked this episode? Yes, it was self-contained in that most of what made it great disappeared at the end, but, if you’re going to do “pointless”, Lexi/Mason cameos and a little Jeremy/Anna smooching isn’t a terrible way to do it.

    Since I’m a Season Two and on watcher and didn’t know what the tomb vamps were so antsy about, I could’ve done without them.

    Since I know my boy Vance likes pondering/theorizing- What do you think the ring popping out of the fire meant? The ghosts will be back? Symbolizing “Hope” for Stefan?

    I’m with you on one thing, Candice- Stefan is much more fun to watch without the ball & chain. I was really hoping El was going to stab him before she left for the night. As a symbol of her commitment to changing him. I’m surprised she (or Lexi) didn’t call Damon in for the detox work. He seems much better suited to ignoring falsely heartfelt pleas.

    And, I do like Tyler. But I didn’t notice his absence until reading about it in recaps this AM.

    One girly comment before I sign off- Speaking of ‘ships that even Fanfiction doesn’t support that well- I’ve always had a thing for Stefan/Lexi.

    • Vance

      [quote]Since I know my boy Vance likes pondering/theorizing- What do you think
      the ring popping out of the fire meant? The ghosts will be back?
      Symbolizing “Hope” for Stefan? [/quote]

      I’m going to assume that you meant the necklace. I think it means that the Original witch is a really big schemer. She forced a hole wide open between the worlds so that the ghosts could become tangible, knowing that Bonnie or at least some other witch would need to undo that with the necklace, and now it turns out that the necklace was not destroyed after all, and that the Original witch whispered through it, telling Bonnie to kill Klaus. Bonnie appears to be headed towards being an emissary for the Original witch.

      • http://twitter.com/SarcasticLauren Lauren Hathaway

        Caught me again, necklace. *shamefaced*

        I like it! I thought Bonnie looked more worried but it’s possible that was Kat Graham’s pensive face. It would also give Bonnie something interesting to do. The whole “witch on call” thing will get old.

        I’ll use you instead of wikipedia…didn’t Damon give Elena back her necklace a few episodes ago? He made some speech reminiscent of his Season 2 necklace return. About showing Elena what she has while she’s moping, missing Stefan? Shouldn’t she have had it rather than it being in his soap dish?

        My brain can only hold so much, sometimes I need to give up the salient details of TVD in order to remember my checking acct #…

        • Vance

          Damon did have it and planned to give it back, but Elena didn’t take it. The necklace was left on a table at the end of The Reckoning. Caroline only looked for it in the soap dish because the necklace wasn’t where Damon said it would be. I imagine that scene was made to be a humorous reference to when the moon stone was being hidden in the soap dish (LOL, what a great hiding spot that was) last season.

      • http://twitter.com/SarcasticLauren Lauren Hathaway

        Caught me again, necklace. *shamefaced*

        I like it! I thought Bonnie looked more worried but it’s possible that was Kat Graham’s pensive face. It would also give Bonnie something interesting to do. The whole “witch on call” thing will get old.

        I’ll use you instead of wikipedia…didn’t Damon give Elena back her necklace a few episodes ago? He made some speech reminiscent of his Season 2 necklace return. About showing Elena what she has while she’s moping, missing Stefan? Shouldn’t she have had it rather than it being in his soap dish?

        My brain can only hold so much, sometimes I need to give up the salient details of TVD in order to remember my checking acct #…

      • http://twitter.com/SarcasticLauren Lauren Hathaway

        Caught me again, necklace. *shamefaced*

        I like it! I thought Bonnie looked more worried but it’s possible that was Kat Graham’s pensive face. It would also give Bonnie something interesting to do. The whole “witch on call” thing will get old.

        I’ll use you instead of wikipedia…didn’t Damon give Elena back her necklace a few episodes ago? He made some speech reminiscent of his Season 2 necklace return. About showing Elena what she has while she’s moping, missing Stefan? Shouldn’t she have had it rather than it being in his soap dish?

        My brain can only hold so much, sometimes I need to give up the salient details of TVD in order to remember my checking acct #…

      • http://twitter.com/SarcasticLauren Lauren Hathaway

        Caught me again, necklace. *shamefaced*

        I like it! I thought Bonnie looked more worried but it’s possible that was Kat Graham’s pensive face. It would also give Bonnie something interesting to do. The whole “witch on call” thing will get old.

        I’ll use you instead of wikipedia…didn’t Damon give Elena back her necklace a few episodes ago? He made some speech reminiscent of his Season 2 necklace return. About showing Elena what she has while she’s moping, missing Stefan? Shouldn’t she have had it rather than it being in his soap dish?

        My brain can only hold so much, sometimes I need to give up the salient details of TVD in order to remember my checking acct #…

    • Anonymous

      I feel offended on behalf of Tyler. And I definitely noticed his absence very early on. Really, I swear I did.

      (Okay, so I noticed when I was writing up the review, but my subconscious noticed he was missing, I’m sure.)

      I really liked everyone being back but they didn’t really DO anything. Lexi basically said ‘you have to wait’ – I’m sure Damon could have told Elena that drying Stefan out is a good idea – and Mason was just awesome and blank faced and…said look at this cave. That was a let down after the awesome start of the episode.

      I’m mostly annoyed by Lexi – she’s such an awesome character, she deserved to be back on her own with proper screentime. /irrationalfan :P