'The Vampire Diaries' - 'Under Control' Recap
by Jane Boursaw, posted Apr 16th 2010 4:28AM
(S01E18) "Have I entered an alternate universe where Stefan is fun?" - Damon
Somewhere in the last few episodes, things have shifted on 'The Vampire Diaries.' Now Damon seems like the good vamp (well, sort of; how fun was it to see his face when Uncle John came back from the dead?), while Stefan is going dark. I don't mind seeing Stefan go dark, because, frankly, he's a little boring being so virtuous all the time.
But he's not going willingly, that's for sure. He's trying hard to detox, but that drink of human blood last week -- Elena's blood -- gave him a wicked hunger that is not easily satisfied. Is there a 12-step program for vampires?
Plus, it sort of made me think, ok, would it be so bad for Stefan to drink human blood? As Damon said, "There's nothing wrong with partaking in a healthy diet of human blood from a blood bank. You're not actually killing anyone." Again with the thoughtful Damon -- it's creeping me out.
But it seems that there's more to it than just drinking the blood. It causes a personality change, one that isn't going to sit well with Stefan's relationship with Elena (or Matt, once Stefan beats him up for hanging out with Elena). He scared her several times in this episode, including getting rough during a makeout session, roughing up the rude guy at the Founder's Day party, and then suddenly appearing in her bedroom. We'll have to start calling him Spike soon enough -- all he needs is some bleached-blond hair, a leather jacket, and an ancient girlfriend named Drusilla.
I know some of you said WTF when I mentioned werewolves a while back, but that's where the Tyler story is headed, don't you think? We know werewolves can get testy when provoked, and that's just what happened when Matt got in Tyler's face after seeing him and his mom making out (and I totally don't blame Matt for kicking her out -- she's had plenty of chances, now get lost. Besides that, she looks more like his sister than his mom, and it confuses me).
But yeah, Tyler's a werewolf. I'll stand by that statement til the bitter end. Note the righteous scratches he left on Matt's face. My question is, does Tyler's father know? Does Tyler come by his werewolf heritage honestly? Or was his dad just being a royal daddy dearest when he slapped the kid and told him not to embarrass the family again?
David Anders is perfect as Uncle John. He looks just seedy enough to have traveled in the underbelly of the mystical world. And, oh, he's got some secrets, starting with the fact that he inherited one of the rings, while his brother, Grayson Gilbert, inherited the other. The ring John has is Grayson's, because John gave his to Isobel, who gave it to Alaric. We also learned that John sent Isobel to Damon when she wanted to become a vampire, and that he knows plenty about Katherine. There's six kinds of bad blood brewing there.
And there's also a time bomb ticking in Jeremy, now that he's read Elena's diary. He won't stop til he has all the answers he's looking for -- about Vicki, as well as other things. And how about that little verbal jab he gave Elena, after she told him she was adopted, and he kidded her about not being a Gilbert? If I was Jeremy, I'd be ticked, too, and even more ticked about all the other secrets she's keeping from him.
What did you guys think about this episode? What are your thoughts on my werewolf theory?