Review: The Vampire Diaries - History Repeating
by Jane Boursaw, posted Nov 13th 2009 3:34AM
(S01E09) I was pretty much riveted to this episode of The Vampire Diaries all the way through, but especially at the end, when we learned a whole lot of stuff in the last few minutes. It was fun seeing the vamp brothers Stefan and Damon sort of buddy up, even if it wasn't really real. Given their long history, you have to think there must be some brotherly ... something there, even though Damon killed Stefan's BFF last week and then Stefan nearly killed Damon. Oh those kooky vampire brothers.
Ok, so as mentioned, a lot happened in this episode, and I'll try and summarize as best I can. Much of it focused on Bonnie and her witchness. Witchiness? Whatever. There were some pretty creepy scenes, starting with Bonnie being lured out of school by her ancestral ghost Emily, who pleaded for her to "Please help me."
Things got even creepier when Caroline decided that she, Elena and Bonnie should all have a seance to get Emily to show herself. The candles flickered, the door blew open, the necklace disappeared, and Emily decided that Bonnie would make a nice little vessel for her to accomplish what she needed to do.
And what was that? We got the story from Damon. Permit me a short little recap here to get it straight in my head (and I'm sure you'll let me know if I've got this right ... or wrong). Way back when -- 150 years ago -- the Mystic Falls townsfolk knew about the vampires and were killing them. They came for Katherine, Stefan and Damon's love, and Damon went to Emily the Witch and asked for her help in saving Katherine. In exchange, Damon would save Emily's children (which now includes Bonnie).
The comet was passing over at the time, which gave Emily even more power because as Damon noted, "Witches can use celestial events to draw power." But to save Katherine, Emily had to save all the vampires gathered in the church -- all 27 of them. Apparently, there's some sort of crypt in the church where they've all been languishing for the past 150 years. Or, as Damon puts it, Katherine and the others have been "trapped in a mystical holding cell for the past century and a half."
So now with the comet's return, it gave Emily the power boost she needed to cooperate with Damon's request to get Katherine back -- only Emily didn't want to. "I won't let you unleash them into this world," she says, creating a ring of fire and tossing the necklace into the air, along with it the option to bring Katherine and the other vamps back.
Damon's so ticked off by all of this that he rushes at Bonnie/Emily and attacks her. But Emily is gone now, so Bonnie lies bleeding on the ground near death, and Stefan saves her by having her drink his blood. Once she comes to, Bonnie realizes what happened and looks fearfully at Stefan, but Elena assures her that he won't hurt her. But all is not well, because Stefan tells Elena he has to stay away from her and will leave town to do it. And he leaves while Elena cries after him.
While all that's going on, we have an interesting new relationship brewing between Jenna and the new history teacher, Alaric Saltzman. I thought the "Jackass File" was pretty funny, and it wouldn't surprise me if some teachers actually do have a file like this.
A couple of vampire questions for those of you who've read the books or are ultra tuned into the story:
- Is Mr. Saltzman a vampire? Because he had a ring on, which he said was his father's, and I wondered if it was the same ring as Stefan's. The backstory he told Jenna was that after his wife died in North Carolina -- a cold case never solved -- he moved there for a change of pace and new scenery, also citing the town's "rich history" as a reason.
- Is Logan a vampire? At the end when he came to Jenna's door, he specifically asked her, "Are you gonna invite me in?"
I look forward to your comments, and I'll leave you with this gem from Damon, on wanting the crystal back but having to save Emily's children:
"It's the only thing keeping me from ripping that little Bonnie girl's throat out ... oh well, a deal's a deal."
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