The Vampire Diaries “The New Deal” Review

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.

What did you think of ‘The New Deal’? Let us know in the comments below!

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  • Vance

    @Candice: “Damon and Elena even pointed out that his last major mindwhammying didn’t stick”
     
    The compulsion did work. What happened was that Jeremy found out the details by reading Elena’s diary. He still doesn’t truly remember what happened with Vicki, and only what he has seen from the diary or what he has been told.
     
    I am guessing that their reasoning for sending him away is that Jeremy is a liability. Yes, he might be able to defend himself as demonstrated by this episode, but he still likes to act on his own accord (Without the vampire abilities of Damon). He is unaccountable and likes to wander off on his own to do drugs and whatnot, making him a rather vulnerable target. Mentally, he is the weakest link, and it might be better for him emotionally to not have to deal with the Mystic Falls situation.
     

    • Anonymous

      I thought Jeremy started remembering things despite the mindwhammying — was that only Vicki? Seasons 1 and 2 seem like such a long time ago.

      But couldn’t it be argued that Jeremy is only so off the rails because he’s upset at always being left out? Whenever anything is happening in Mystic Falls, directly involving Elena or otherwise, the Scrappy gang leap into action — and rarely tell Jeremy anything at all. He might be two years younger than them but he has a lot to offer (especially now that he has seen/can see dead people). They never really gave him a chance.

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

    you guys should KNOW I don’t get stuff right away- but was I the only one who looked at the sealed coffin and immediately went “oh, that’s mama witch”? (Klaus’s mom, not Bonnie’s)

    And of course they followed the traditional “finally make a character awesome and then kill him/send him to Denver” trope. Jeremy the Vampire Slayer? I would’ve watched that show!

    Agree about Bonnie. I imagine some day they will (send her to secret circle…crossover ep!!)

    On the kiss- I am full on Delena, BUT, I was kind of hoping for some reciprocation on E’s part this time. Technically, this is the 3rd time these folks have kissed (yeah, I know it was katherine) The thing is, at some point- there needs to be progression in the relationship. Damon has professed HIS love (remembered or not) several times and in response, Elena has given him (and us!) nothing. If the writers aren’t going to give this ‘ship their all, I would rather they drop it completely. Otherwise, they’re just playing with my heart. There wasn’t even a hand to Damon’s cheek or anything. I know that was all WAY too indepth, but I only have so many interactions to hold onto :-p

    Come back, Elijah. Tu me manques!