Monday, December 3, 2012

The Vampire Diaries

The Vampire Diaries
Episode 7: My Brother's Keeper
By: Carlos Uribe

The Vampire Diaries is a show about Elena's love triangle with two vampires.

Spoilers Ahoy!

The season up to this point has seen Elena slowly nudging towards Damon as a romantic partner. She and Stefan have broken up over this very reason. She has stopped trusting Stefan and has started to believe in Damon. It should come as no surprise that this is the episode where the two finally have sex. It's saved until the very end of the episode when Caroline also happens to have a huge revelation. It's entirely possible that instead of developing feelings for Damon because he accepts her as a vampire, Elena is merely just sired to him. She's having these problems because it was his blood that turned her. That explains why she couldn't drink blood unless it was from the vein and why she seems to agree with him so easily compared to the past. This is an interesting development that could allow the writers to shift the love triangle back towards Stefan but surely the fans of Damon and Elena are going to see this negatively? They've been waiting whole seasons only to find out that Elena is only into him for supernatural reasons other than the heart must be frustrating. It also hurts the argument that she's been going towards Damon because it's where the character is at her life. This is yet another twist this season (along with the cure) that might end up doing more damage than good. It all depends on how it plays out.

Everything else in the episode was superb. Jeremy's arc is getting really interesting as he can't help but want to kill vampires. This includes his sister. His desire gets so strong that he actually tries to do that before Stefan stops him. What makes matters more complicated is that the more vampires Jeremy kills, the stronger the desire gets but they need Jeremy to kill more because they need to complete the map. It's s a similar conundrum to Bonnie. She needs her magic back in order to decpiher the map but the only way to do it is by giving control up to Shane. Shane's plan is so extensive that he set in motion the entire plot of desiring hybrids. Just like how the entire episode was built around the beauty peagant, this episode is bringing together a whole bunch of plots around Shane. The episode does have some great character moments and it develops the relationships pretty well. My Brother's Keeper is an excellent episode that introduces a worrisome twist at the end.

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