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The Vampire Diaries 4×02: Counting the death

The Vampire Diaries 4×02: Memorial

Elena is right: TVD is one big funeral (and I’ve lost count).

1. What just happened?!
After the big explosion at Pastor Young’s place, it is time to honor the dead council members at the memorial. Elena goes straight to the bunny diet, but has trouble keeping the blood down. Which means a lot of “charming” blood puking (tiny tip: don’t try to eat something during this episode). Because Mystic Falls is getting low on humans (at least the ones with some meaningful screen time) we are introduced to April Young, daughter of the Pastor and the girl that Elena used to babysit. Still missing one thing right? Yes, a new evil villain in town because Klaus doesn’t cut it anymore. Well meet vampire hunter Connor Jordan. He is something else: weird etchings on his wooden bullets and a gigantic tattoo on his arm that only Jeremy is able to see (and which we spotted earlier on Jeremy’s Holy Card). Freaky!

2. What was the most memorable quote or dialog this episode?
Seriously do I have to choose?! Elena’s “My life is…It’s like a never ending funeral.” was actually a great summary of the events in Mystic Falls the past seasons. And what do you think of Damon’s comic relief: “Am I wearing my “I blew up the council” t-shirt?” and his funeral parlor “We love visitors, and the scenery is to die for.” Or Alaric’s heartwarming: “I miss you, too, buddy.” But if I really have to choose I’m going with Damon’s speech in the final scene when he talks to Alaric’s tombestone. It was just completely Damon: funny, sweet, ironic, sarcastic but also heartwarming. Here it is (yes I’m posting it in full).

“They’re floating lanterns in the sky. Can you believe that? Japanese lantern is a symbol of letting go of the past. Well, here’s a newsflash: we’re not Japanese. You know what they are? Children. Like lighting a candle is going to make everything ok. Or even saying a prayer, or pretending Elena is not going to end up just like the rest of us murderous vampires. Stupid, delusional, exasperating little children. I know what you’re going to say. It makes them feel better, Damon. So what? For how long? A minute? A day? What difference does it make? Because in the end, when you lose somebody, every candle, every prayer is not going to make up for the fact that the only thing that you have left is a hole in your life where that somebody that you cared about used to be. And a rock. With a birthday carved into it that I’m pretty sure is wrong. Ahhh. So, thanks, friend. Thanks for leaving me here to babysit. Because I should be long gone by now. I didn’t get the girl. Remember? I’m just stuck here fighting with my brother and taking care of the kids. You owe me big.”

3. Cuteness vs. Useless
+ Momma Caroline knows best! She was great when she stopped Elena from feeding on their friend April. Caroline has become such a powerful woman after season one. Props for Candice.
+ Damon, Damon, Damon: fantastic job this episode, Ian. If you’re not getting goosebumps from that final quote (see question two) you need to get yourself checked out by a doctor.
+ Tyler being a better man. Caroline really brings the best out in him.
+ And what did we think of Matt?! Almost the only teenager left without some supernatural or founder’s family connection, but the guy keeps stepping up… and lucky for us: surviving!
+ I kind of felt sorry for Elena, she looked just like a normal teenage girl who has been dealing with a great loss when she was talking to April about their parents.
+ The scene with the lanterns was really nice. So many people have passed already during the first three seasons. It was nice to memorize every single one of them.
+ Alaric was back for a few seconds! We’ve missed (the human version of) you too!
– Jealousy doesn’t look good on Stefan Salvatore, it even seemed a little childish because he puts the bar up way to high for Elena. And please stop saying that her emotions are heightened – we get it, she isn’t the first one to change on screen! But to be fair Stefan made up for his jealousy with the lanterns (and how good-looking was Paul Wesley in that tux by the way).
– Why did Stefan say that Tyler could have died from Connor’s bullets if he was a vampire and Damon seemed quite okay after being shot and didn’t get any help removing his bullets? I don’t believe that Connor just simple was out of carved bullets so he had to use normal wooden ones on Damon.
– Bonnie’s explanation of Jamie’s disappearance from the show was so ridiculously bad: please get Bonnie a real love interest or don’t bother to introduce them at all.

4. Rate it! (on a scale from 0 to 10)
Still a lot of questions after this episode, but what a thrilling roller coaster ride it was. I’m gonna go with a 9, based on Damon’s outstanding performance and Caroline, Matt and Tyler for stepping up for the greater good. TVD has a great cast.

What are your thoughts on this week’s episode?

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