THE VAMPIRE DIARIES “Disturbing Behavior” Review

The Vampire Diaries

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES “Disturbing Behavior” Season 3 Episode 4 – The end of this episode was an ‘oh crap’ moment for Stefan if ever there was one. With Gloria the jazzy witch dispatched by Katherine, there’s nothing between Klaus and the truth – Elena’s alive and she has the necklace.

Except she actually doesn’t. Katherine turned up at the end of the episode too, and with her flawless impersonation talents (aka her face), she got the necklace – and then propositioned Damon to drive off into the sunset with her. What are they up to? I’m sure we’ll find out next week. But since Katherine is involved, I’ll hazard a guess that it won’t be anything good.

Which isn’t as awful as it could be, since there’s the burgeoning return of Damonus, the sexy badass who strutted into Mystic Falls three years ago. It’s doubtful he’ll get that far, but you can’t blame him for trying. As he points out this week, everyone is trying to keep him in check – Alaric and Caroline expect him to be a good guy, and Elena expects him to be like Stefan.

Which is all an odd turn of events, isn’t it? Stefan has been gone all summer and Damon hasn’t just been a good guy, he’s been pretty great. He tracked Stefan, kept Elena safe and he’s obviously still liaising with the town council. He even let Caroline’s jackass father live, albeit after having a tiny taster of his blood. I can’t see where exactly Damon did anything wrong enough to warrant everyone suddenly being worried about his behavior.

But then this whole episode was a little bit odd. I love The Vampire Diaries dearly and I know subtlety isn’t its strong point, but this episode felt like every single point was being hammered into us with a mallet. Yes, the way Bill treated Caroline alluded strongly to anti-gay themes; yes, we all know Elena and Damon have affection for each other – but did it all have to be so explicitly stated? It was almost painful to watch at points.

But my biggest problem was how Stefan’s lies became clear. ‘I can always tell when you’re lying, Stefan’ – oh really, Becky? Your instincts are ‘borderline supernatural’? How about the fact Stefan has been about as subtle as a smack in the face? Couldn’t Klaus have finally picked up on that and taken action under his own steam? Klaus seems weaker with each passing episode, a shame since he started out as a pretty awesome antagonist.

I don’t want to hate on this episode because it did have some really good parts. I enjoyed Jeremy and the ghosts, the Damon/Caroline fight was awesome (I love when Caroline goes kickass), and Alaric’s ‘temporary death’ was morbidly funny, but the rest really felt lacking to me.

Of course, this is just my opinion, and if we learned anything from last week’s comments, my fellow TVD watchers are nothing if not opinionated! Let me know what you thought of the episode in the comments below (who knows, maybe you’ll change my mind).