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'The Vampire Diaries' Season 3, Episode 5 Recap (VIDEO)

by Jean Bentley, posted Oct 14th 2011 3:20AM
The Vampire Diaries['The Vampire Diaries' - 'The Reckoning']

Well, tonight's episode of 'The Vampire Diaries' proved why I'm not one for superlatives. Two episodes after I declared 'The End of the Affair' my favorite episode ever, those evil masterminds in the 'TVD' writers' room went and topped themselves. Again. I used to wonder how the show could sustain itself at such a ridiculous pace -- this was a random Thursday night episode, not sweeps, not a midseason finale, not a very special timeslot -- but at this point I think we can all agree that these guys know what they're doing.

Honestly, I feel like Stefon from 'Saturday Night Live' when I try to describe this show to people. It. Has. Everything. Vampires, werewolves, ghosts, witches, hybrids -- like, you know when a vampire lady has an affair with a werewolf and creates an evil offspring with characteristics of both supernatural breeds?

One of the best (and worst) things about the show is that they've proven time and time again that they're not afraid to kill off key characters -- there are actual stakes here, and I found myself thinking throughout 'The Reckoning,' "Is this the night where they finally kill off one of the main three?"

And in a way, it was. Stefan, the upstanding, caring, and frankly, boring guy as we knew him is now dead. After trying all summer to get Stefan on his side, Klaus finally realized that Stefan's love for Elena would win out every time. So he did what I kind of thought he should've done from the beginning and compelled Stefan to forget his human side. Stefan is 100 percent vampire now, and 80 percent sassier for it.

Then again, Rebekah astutely observed that it seems all Klaus wants is someone to love him unconditionally. He's only half-related to his siblings, and that has clearly had a profound effect on him. As Matt Davis pointed out in my interview with him, Klaus couldn't have become so evil if he didn't care.

The Vampire Diaries"You can't be bad for the sake of being bad," he told me on the set of next week's episode. "It has to be rooted in some sort of heartbreak. To become a villain you had to have become disillusioned, and in order to become disillusioned you had to have been passionate about something you believed in that was shaken and ripped from your grasp as a protagonist in that stage of your life leaving you disillusioned with God, if you will."

So Klaus is making these hybrids not only to have an all-powerful army at his disposal, but also because he's really freaking lonely and wants buddies to hang out with. I mean, I'd imagine those hundreds of centuries don't exactly fly by. Of course he wants company.

Stefan being gone (not physically, since he's "keeping watch" while Klaus is hiding from big bad vampire hunter Michael) is definitely going to do good things for the Delena relationship I finally believe has a chance of actually happening. Damon proved in 'The Reckoning' that he truly does care about Elena -- that "I wouldn't have done it for you" to Katherine made me shriek with delight -- and clearly she has feelings for him. Not that he should swoop in right away, but I finally feel like this is an actual possibility instead of just progression considering the "love triangle" we've been sold on this whole time that isn't quite as triangular as it's been made out to be.

Paul Wesley really shined tonight. Like I said in my 'The End of the Affair' recap, he is just magical when given A+ material. Actually, everyone is. The acting on this show is phenomenal -- who knew that a CW show would have a pool of talent this deep? I mean, everyone's way too attractive to be this good at their jobs. It's just not fair to the rest of us.

This episode also gave Matt a chance to shine, and to actually have a purpose besides looking pretty and occasionally getting high while bro-ing out with Jeremy. Poor Matty has been taking this supernatural news especially hard considering his dead sister is haunting his buddy, and I believed that he would do anything to get back in touch with her, even something as monumentally stupid as drowning himself in a pool without knowing for certain that Bonnie was within saving distance and without the courtesy of taking his shirt off first. (It's the least he could do if he's doing something that could take his dreamy blue eyes away from us for good.)

The Vampire DiariesI'm also glad that Matt and Vicki can see each other now, because every woman in his life has left him and he needs someone to lean on. Even if she is probably scheming to do something terrible. (I'm on Team Anna. You know this.) Another Matt-related note: He and Bonnie had crazy chemistry tonight. I smell a love triangle in the making!

On to Tyler -- poor, poor Tyler. Being a hybrid might feel great now, and we know he's pure at heart (at least this year -- during Season 1 he was kind of a toolbag), so how will he actually fit into Klaus' plan? I'm glad he has Caroline to help him, because she's the best person to have on his side. Also I'd like to point out that as a new vampire, their sex is gonna get even sexier. Candice Accola might have to call her dad again soon!

What I'd like to know is where Klaus went so fast after hearing Michael was looking for him. He left everyone else behind (I think -- it seemed like he just split and didn't look back), what is it about this "vampire who hunts vampires" that's so terrifying? I can't wait to find out that backstory. Plus, he's going to cause a whole lot of trouble that I'm sure will be alternately insanely exciting and incredibly heartbreaking to watch. Which is the whole reason we all tune in to 'The Vampire Diaries,' right?

Other thoughts:

--Klaus quote of the night: "I'd like you all to meet my sister, Rebekah. One warning: She can be quite mean." (Maybe this line was just 80 times better delivered with a cheeky British accent.)

--Klaus exchange of the night: Elena: "Don't, Klaus! You don't have to hurt anybody!" Klaus: "Oh come on, love, of course I do!"

--Proof we know Klaus is truly evil: Making Elena watch Stefan kill Dana right in front of her. (All together now: Not now, Dana!) Though maybe this time she'll get it through her thick skull that old Stefan is actually out of the picture for now?

--Oh, Matt: "Elena's dating a vampire, you're a witch, my sister's a ghost and I'm just the guy wondering how life got so screwed up."

--Although Damon peaced out of their road trip so he could help Elena, Katherine was excellent tonight (as always). Damon: "Stop being cute." Katherine: "It's not possible."

--Rebekah line of the night, non actually Zooey Deschanel-related: "I'm the new girl."

--Rebekah line of the night in general: "Why is that doppelganger bitch wearing my necklace?!"

Tell me: What did you think of 'The Reckoning'? Better or worse than 'The End of the Affair'? They're kind of tied right now in my mind, but I'd love to know if you have a stronger opinion.

'The Vampire Diaries' airs Thursdays, 8PM on The CW.

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This is the only show on tv where I can see the brilliant writing.
the writing, the plots, the execution are near perfect.

October 16 2011 at 1:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Loved the episode and loving this season. Great cast and crew! Sebastian Roché is a great new addition to the cast.

October 15 2011 at 2:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

While I thought The End of the Affair was one of the greatest up to that episode, this episode was definitely better. The End was more about backstories and flashbacks- set-ups for what's happening now. This episode was a gamechanger. I can't believe I thought this show would turn out to be stupid!

October 15 2011 at 1:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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