'The Vampire Diaries' Season 2, Episode 20 Recap
by Jean Bentley, posted Apr 29th 2011 12:30AM
['The Vampire Diaries' - 'The Last Day']
Woah. Woah, woah, woah.
I was all set to talk about what a perfectly nice filler episode of 'The Vampire Diaries' was, then AH MAH GAH. The end? The end! Only on 'TVD' are the filler episodes just as exciting as ever.
Last night's episode, which chronicled the final day in Mystic Falls before the sacrifice as Klaus and his right-hand witch gathered the necessary components (including luring Tyler back to town), introduced the possibility of the game changer of all game changers: Could Elena become a vampire?
Yeah yeah, I know it happens in the books eventually. Let it be known -- I fully expected that if 'TVD' were to run many, many more seasons (we're talking a 'Buffy' or 'Creek'-ian number of seasons) that the writers would go down that path. But so soon? One of the main conflicts of the show (and, like, the entire original premise) is that Elena is a human in this supernatural world. There's so much left there to explore. If she were to leave that behind so soon, I fear 'TVD' would lose its cheeky sense of humanity. I was glad to hear Elena say she didn't want to become one, even if she is so infuriatingly blase about the fact that she could die.
Speaking of humans becoming vampires, AH MAH GAH, JENNA. Much like Caroline and Vicki, one second the girl was oblivious of the fact that vampires even exist, a hot second later she was an all-powerful eternal being herself. Unfortunately, though, I fear Jenna's fate will go down the Vicki path (in that she'll die, not that she'll hook up with Jeremy. She's his aunt, SICKOS.) There are definitely going to be some casualties here, and I can absolutely see Aunt Jenna as one (even though the Gilbert family has already experienced a tremendous amount of loss in a very short span of time).
Damon rescuing Caroline and Tyler from the tomb proves (to me, at least) that he truly does care about things (people, humanity) again. A far cry from the selfish, detached Damon of season 1. I think Damon does care about Caroline (maybe not so much Tyler), but even if he was saving them because he needed to protect Elena, at least he believes in something bigger than himself again.
And he'll need to, once the WEREWOLF BITE KILLS HIM. The fact that Damon would stay with Tyler when he knew he was in grave danger further proves the guy's matured over the past two seasons. Plus, despite some jokes (JOKES, PEOPLE) from co-creator Julie Plec, I'm pretty positive Ian Somerhalder will be sticking around next season. So my first thought upon seeing the bite wasn't fear for Damon's life, it was "Oh, I guess we'll find out what cures werewolf bites then."
Elena deciding to trust Elijah even though he was going to give her a crusty 500-year-old fake death potion (as Damon astutely put it, "That's your plan? A magical witch potion with no expiration date?") was probably the right move. How could you not trust such an impeccably coiffed man? I hope Elijah becomes a full-fledged member of the gang, if only because he's super badass and awesome. Plus, he could teach them all about the Originals next season.
Matt and Sheriff Forbes continued to be in cahoots. Don't like. Nope. Not one bit. But I did let out a little "awwwww" when he told her he wasn't convinced that anything was wrong. (And thank goodness he was suspicious, because he followed and killed witch guy ... which could actually be terrible news if Klaus finds out.)
Another "awwwww" moment? When Caroline was all like "WTF Tyler, why'd you leave?" And he was all like "My B." Who knew that would be a relationship you'd want to root for?
Anyway, the you-know-what is about to go down next week, and I can't wait to see how everything plays out.
-- Damon quip of the week, on Bonnie possibly dying while stopping the sacrifice: "I'll write her a great eulogy!"
-- Chemistry between Elena and Elijah. It's there, right? RIGHT?
-- Let's all appreciate the WB-ness of the singer-songwriter music playing while Tyler visited mom in the hospital.
-- All hail the veiny eyes! I miss them.
-- Klaus suspected Katherine of resisting his compulsion, but Katherine's a bad enough bitch to withstand the burn of sunlight on her own. Damn.
What did you think of the episode? Were you expecting the craziness at the end of the episode? And ... should Elena become a vampire? Sound off in the comments.
As we approach the finale, don't forget to check out our Q&As with creator Julie Plec and some of the stars of the show.
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