I love The Vampire Diaries. It’s like a friend who is occasionally annoying but generally pretty awesome. Alas, this week’s ‘The New Deal’ was one of the annoying episodes for me. That’s not to say it wasn’t good, it just wasn’t particularly interesting.
TVD barrels ahead with plot, fitting more into one season than some series get into two or three seasons. But it can’t always be action and adventure — sometimes a little exposition and talking is needed. This week was full of exposition, explanations and ‘oh look, something new’. A few things did happen, however, which leaves us with dead Becky, a potentially non-non-dead Alaric, and Jeremy set to leave town.
I’m not entirely sure why Jeremy is leaving town. We can assume he’ll be back at some point – Damon and Elena even pointed out that his last major mindwhammying didn’t stick – but the reasoning kind of sucks. I mean I could be wrong, but surely Klaus could just send one of his hybrids to pick an unsuspecting Jeremy up in Denver if he ever felt the need to threaten Elena, and Elena and co would be powerless to help. Also, they send him away after he’s just beheaded a hybrid. If I had to choose one person in Mystic Falls to have on my team it’d probably be the vampire-killing, mojo ring-wearing medium. Just sayin’.
A better character to give the boot would be Bonnie. I like Witchy B, I do, and I’m sure she could have some really good storylines if the writers bothered to acknowledge her more often. But Bonnie has become a plot device — she either pulls a deus ex machina to save the day or she pops up to say ‘I had a vision’ or ‘I can do a locator spell’. It would probably be better for everyone all around if they shunted her off to sister show The Secret Circle.
So what about everyone else? Well Alaric found out that while his ring can bring him back to life, it’s no longer patching him up. I wonder what would have happened if Damon hadn’t given Alaric his blood to heal him? Would Alaric end up stuck in a perpetual cycle of dying and coming back to life until someone took the ring off and put him out of his misery? Better question — why isn’t the ring working anymore? I’m not sure I want to know the answer to this because it will surely involve shoving even more plot into season 3, which, ten episodes in, is bursting like an overstuffed sausage.
Maybe Alaric’s newfound dilemma somehow relates to the coffin that no one can open. Bonnie thinks that it’s sealed with a spell. Should she open it? What would be inside if she did? Will I even remember this plot point next week? Chances are low, to be honest, I’m having enough trouble keeping up with which characters are still in the show and which have left.
But I can’t finish this review without mentioning that kiss. I still don’t particularly like Elena, but everytime Damon goes all soft-eyed over her I wish she would just forget about Stefan. To be fair, I wish she’d forget about both brothers and disappear into the night, leaving the people of Mystic Falls to a quieter, if no less supernatural life. But in lieu of that, surely she should at least try dating Damon now? The guy has been there for her when he really didn’t need to be, and I can buy his love for her more than Stefan’s. Stelena shippers, feel free to try to change my mind.
Overall, a decent episode. Not one of the best, and you could probably skip a massive chunk in the middle and not miss much, but entertaining nonetheless.
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