Recap: ‘The Vampire Diaries’: Mama Esther’s Cruel Intentions
It’s not a Mystic Falls event until an evil plan is hatched, botched, or Damon does something remarkably stupid.
If you follow me on Twitter, you probably already know my thoughts on tonight’s episode; I live-tweeted the entire thing. Which meant I had to rewind the episode several times to see the Serious Looks Stefan was throwing around making me miss his Ripper Smirk of the first half of the season.
Which I suppose is as good a place to start as any.
We’ve nearly come full circle on the ‘Vampire Diaries’ game of “Who’s Going to be Evil and Stupid This Week?” Stefan’s evil facade is cracking and Damon’s back on the self-destructive train to Bad-Ideas-He’s-Going-to-Regret-Later. And I can’t honestly say that I’m upset about it.
Brooding Stefan’s Evil Emotions Obviously Loving Brooding Stefan hasn’t fully returned, but it’s clear to viewers, and Elena for that matter, that the only thing holding Stefan back now is Stefan. He’s the only thing standing in the way of his own happiness with Elena. His, “If I let myself care, all I feel is pain,” line is basically the show’s version of Samantha’s memorable line in 1995’s ‘Now and Then’: “If you don’t fall in love, you can’t get hurt.” If you open yourself up to your emotions, if you let yourself feel something or get close to someone, there’s the possibility probability you will get hurt, so sometimes it’s easiest (or so you think) to just choose to turn off those emotions, to be alone. But as Roberta kindly reminded us in that film, “It sure is lonely all by yourself.” I predict a Stefan/Elena kiss sometime before the end of the season.
The Return of the BAMF Damon is probably the character who’s had the most development over the course of the show. He came in, fangs bared, smirk firmly in place, emotionless and an asshole. And women everywhere swooned. But as he fell in love with Elena he became more like a cute little sedated pit bull. OK, that simile is probably not accurate; he didn’t go completely soft. He’s still an asshole. He still had those bad ass moments – like when he ripped the hearts out of werewolves. But when it came to Elena he was a little overprotective. And look, that girl needs all the protection she can get. She tends to do a lot of stupid stuff and has a ridiculous amount of supernatural creatures coming after her. But sometimes it seemed that Damon was letting his fear of losing her get in the way (which, OK, his fear is not really all that irrational most of the time). I’m not saying he wasn’t right to try to stop her stupid plans or to protect her, but this side of Damon, the heroic side, made me miss the good old days when he wouldn’t think twice about starting shit at a town event.
So when he told Elena he loved her and she said, “Maybe that’s the problem,” I can’t blame him for getting angry. Emotions seem to be this shows Ultimate Evil. Nothing good comes from having them. So Elena hurt Damon and in return Damon decides to wallow in his pain – as he is wont to do – and forget all about it with Rebekah, who’s also wallowing in some pain after being shut down by Matty (who she decided she rather liked thus abandoning her plan to kill him earlier in the evening).
I don’t care what characters you ultimately ship on this show, you cannot deny that Damon and Rebekah’s hookup at the end of the episode was hot. I honestly can’t believe the CW let it air on a show that’s at 8 PM. I think I rewatched it, like, four times. I like this Damon. I like the Damon who attacks the Mikaelson family version of himself, jumps off a building, stands up, dusts his jacket off, and walks away like a badass. In fact, I don’t just like that Damon; I love that Damon. I know he’s capable of love and human emotion, and I know that he hasn’t completely turned off his emotions. He’s still going to love Elena at the end of the day. He’s still going to protect her. He just won’t be such a lovesick puppy about it. I’m not saying I want the writers to completely disregard all of the progress his character has made over the course of two and a half seasons, but I also think it’s nice to see this side of Damon again. I just hope he is able to stop himself (or rather, Elena can stop him) before he fully self-destructs.
Mama Original’s Master Plan I will sign every Internet petition, I’ll write 100 angry letters, I’ll figure out how best to convey outrage in 140 characters or less if it means the end of Mama Original’s plan to destroy her children. I love The Originals. I am still wondering why the CW hasn’t ordered a spinoff. I imagine it would be like The OC, but with a lot more death. Fancy parties, charity events, gorgeous clothing and a lot of awkwardly interrupted family dinners. I’d watch the hell out of that show. Or any show that these vampires are on. I’ll be really, really pissed if they kill them off (especially Elijah, he’s my homeboy). These characters are the best thing the writers have done for the show, right after making Caroline a vampire and deciding to keep Alaric around.
Lonely Boy Klaus Of course our Master of All Evil is an artist. OF COURSE HE IS. He’s a tortured soul. He killed his family and drug their corpses around the world for centuries. He’s lonely. It only makes sense that he is An Artist. And come on, who doesn’t love receiving sketches of our likeness next to a drawing of a horse ? I mean, let’s be honest here; all women love horses and/or ponies.
I just hope Caroline isn’t really falling for it. I mean, I believe, at least to a point, that Klaus has some weird thing for Caroline. Like I said, homeboy is lonely and Caroline Forbes is flawless. I can understand why he would want her. But I still like her relationship with Tyler, and Klaus has done nothing (except save her life – but to be fair, it was his fault she was in that situation in the first place, something you know Caroline hasn’t forgotten) to deserve her affections. Here’s hoping Tyler quickly returns from his trip to Tibet where he learned to meditate and overcome his sire bond once and for all. I mean, it’s only a matter of time before Caroline decides it might be fun to date a a shy, quiet sorceress by the name of Kara.
- Bonnie was absent. Thank God.
- Jeremy was absent. Cue crying jag.
- Alaric was in the hospital recovering from dying. Again. (Yes, I understand how stupid that sentence sounds.)
- Matt has attracted the She Original. And I kind of hope that story continues.
- Kol is the Damon of his family. And I love it.
- Esther bound The Originals’ circle, y’all.
- Finn has some insane backstory and I cannot wait to find out what it is. He was in on Esther’s plan, so I’m assuming Klaus had a really good reason to dagger him first.
Note: Photo courtesy of the CW.