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'The Vampire Diaries' - 'Fool Me Once' Recap

by Jane Boursaw, posted Feb 12th 2010 2:15PM
The Vampire Diaries: Fool Me Once
(S01E14) "Spirits talk, Mr. Salvatore, and so does my granddaughter. You are no friend to us. Now get off my porch." - Sheila to Damon

Well, finally! Finally we get to that darn tomb and see what's in there (lots of scary souls). At the beginning of this episode, I was going to complain about how 'The Vampire Diaries' has been a lot of talk and not much action lately. But at least we got the tomb scene, and Sheila's awesome witch powers. Still ... is it just me, or has the show leveled off a bit on the excitement factor?

One thing I liked is that when all was said and done, and Damon still didn't have Katherine out of the tomb (did we even see her down there? I need to run the DVR back), that Elena hugged Damon and told her she was sorry. There really is something between those two, and whether it's just because she looks like Katherine or something else, they do have a connection. But Elena seems no-nonsense enough to not fall for Damon's charms. Maybe.

Then again, when she asked why he didn't read her thoughts in Atlanta, he said, "I didn't compel you in Atlanta because we were having fun. I wanted it to be real." Hmmm...

I believe there's just one more episode of this season, which airs March 25, so it'll be interesting to see how things end up. It looks like we're not done with that tomb quite yet. Didn't you expect to see a bunch of souls let loose out of there? That didn't happen, but maybe that's how the season finale will end, leaving a big cliff-hanger for season two.

I would love it if that happened and all hell broke loose in town. At this point, 'The Vampire Diaries' doesn't have a huge "I've gotta see this!" factor for me, and I hope they ratchet up the writing and action to be more in line with something like 'Supernatural' or 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer.'

And there's still the whole werewolf contingent. I'd like to see more of that, but maybe that's coming down the line. Still plenty of stuff to explore in the show -- werewolves, the witches, and Elena's heritage, to name a few. Those of you who've read the books, I'd love it if you'd post in the comments about some of the things they could include in the TV series.

What about you? Do you like where the story is headed? Need more action, less talk?

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I loved this episode. Was I the only one who cried at the end when Bonnie's grandma died? It was really saddd.:{
I can't believe that Katherine wasn't in the tomb though! It was definitely a shocker. You also saw a lot of Damon's emotions in this episode when he found out Katherine wasn't there, and how Elena was even able to convince him to leave the tomb. I think he has something for Elena...I could see it though from the beginning when he carressed her face while she was sleeping. And also when she hugged him (I forget what happened to cause her to hug him but I thought that was bonding too) and I think that they would make a cute couple, but I'd like to see how this works out. I think it's going to be a competition between the Salvatore brothers again, like with Katherine. Or who knows. I really loved this episode though, more than the last one, and I can't wait till the next one in March!!

February 16 2010 at 3:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jane Boursaw

Ok, who are you people and what have you done with our regular TV Squad/AOL commenters? Seriously, it's so refreshing to have a pleasant back-and-forth here in the comments without it turning to nasty name-calling and ripping the writer to shreds. Thank you!

Ok, I'll make a deal with you guys. Before the next episode airs, I'll go back and re-watch some of the previous episodes, and try to get a better handle on the show. If I'm still filing crummy reviews, then I'll turn it over to someone else who can do a better job.

Brent - I actually love The Deep End, and wish more people were watching. If it was on any night but Thursday, I'd probably cover it.

February 13 2010 at 11:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Ill admit its very easy to post judgmental comments but I stick by them. Jane has obviously gone back, read what people said and owned up to the problem. What more can anyone expect. That is what its all about, a free sharing of ideas and imagination. I think as long as a person is not overtly mean or nasty everyone's opinion has stock.
As for you losing interest in the show Jane, everyone has fallen in love or been drawn in by a shiny new show only to be bored by about episode 10.
I might have been slightly too quick to condemn though, If you asked me to do a review or recap of say '24' it would not be the best due to my lack of interest in the show. I can see your currently writing for a lot of shows and your other reviews are great.
Finally in this never-ending comment I always put my money where my mouth is and am more than willing to submit a review anytime for the blogging world to agree, disagree and argue about.
Plus I'm Australian, and hey that's always great for a laugh. (Loving Josh Lawson's brother Ben on American television, Check out 'The Deep End' people! The show needs the viewers!

February 13 2010 at 5:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jane Boursaw

Thanks, TJ. I appreciate it. :)

February 13 2010 at 2:02 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What the heck was I smoking when I wrote this review?! You guys are right - I think I just imagined that I watched it and made up some stuff.

You guys go ahead and ... oh never mind, I'll light my own torch and storm my own house.

I think one of you should volunteer to write the next one - Brent?

Actually, someone else probably will write the reviews henceforth, because Thursday nights are killer for me on TV Squad editing (I have like a dozen show reviews to edit), so I don't even get to writing the Vamp Diaries review until morning.

Plus, I'm just not liking the show as much as I did at the beginning (and you guys hate that). They're going to have to really ramp things up to keep me interested.

Yeah, there was talk of werewolves (from commenters) in previous reviews. I'm not familiar with the books, so no intel from me on that.

February 12 2010 at 9:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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I think for some people its easier to judge something they have no knowledge of.

It is quite easy to get distracted while watching tv and usually its just before something is explained and it's just a small hint as they don't hang on to that fact.

I look forward to reading your review and I hope you stick with writing the review because those who have read your reviews from the beginning already compare your opinion with their own and aren't good with change (speaking for myself).

February 13 2010 at 1:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm really liking this show. I was lukewarm about it when it first started, but now it is a must see. I love Damon's eyes.

February 12 2010 at 9:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kevin Ehl

Hey Jane, what did you think when Damon saw a Volturi in the tomb? I think you are getting your vampire stories mixed up. I'm enjoying this show and I was hoping for a decent review but unfortunately.... I wish Sepinwell watched the show I love his reviews and the comments are awesome as well.

I agree with Brent - maybe there's someone else on TV Squad who can watch the show and review it with a little more commitment!

February 12 2010 at 7:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

For some reason I seem to have lost my old account info... but anywho....

As for Katherine not being in the tomb another reader has already posted that she bribed the guard.

As for the Vampire just walking out- it was after the grandmother seems to have passed away. It could possibly be a connection that the spell to keep the seal open took too much out of the stronger witch but also may not have properly closed the seal.

Werewolves were a part of the books. Without saying who directly... it was a family out of the original settlers.

The only thing I am really missing from the books so far is her friend Meredith. But as i've said before this series is beginning to stand on it own with not much of book still holding it as a crutch.

But now since we know Katherine isn't in the tomb can we now begin to speculate about Elena being adopted into the Gilbert family, from a young girl named Isobel who appears to be Alaric's deadwife? And how Isobel could be a direct decendent of Katherine somehow pre-vampire adding to why Damon was seen supposedly killing Isobel?

February 12 2010 at 7:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

There are 8 episodes left this season. The finale is May 13th

February 12 2010 at 3:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Thank you Brent, I agree with you 100%.

February 12 2010 at 3:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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