On this week’s Vampire Diaries, woe is Elena Gilbert. But hasn’t it been that way since the first episode? In the beginning, we related to Elena’s teen angst, but now it’s gone to an extreme. If I wanted to watch storylines that drag on way past their expiration date, I’d watch something more along the lines of The Young and the Restless instead. Though I could just write an essay on why Elena Gilbert is quickly becoming the most overrated female protagonist on television, I’d like to summarize the big moments of last night through the trios who were at the center of it all.
Caroline, Matt, Rebekah: Easily three of my favorite characters, but together it’s like the most Aryan non-love love triangle there is. Very cliché in that two overachieving blondes vie for the attention of the slacker with a heart of gold. While it was nice to see a glimpse of what Matt and Caroline used to be when they dated back in Seasons 1 and 2, we all can’t help but agonize with Rebekah as she repeatedly puts herself out there for Matt and never gets out of the friend zone. Or in her case, the “Sometimes I hate you, sometimes I tolerate you” zone. While it wasn’t that eventful, their brief interactions produce enough chemistry that they could maybe do a better spinoff than The Originals one that is happening with Klaus and Elijah!
Bonnie, Katherine, and Silas: Though talking about Bonnie tends to be boring, I think she’s gonna be key in the final two episodes the season so we have to lay the groundwork so you’re not confused. Silas, the immortal being that was released a few weeks ago, has been following Bonnie around to convince her to “lift the veil” that separates the worlds of the living and the dead. Because she’s lost so many people to all the supernatural disasters she’s helped create, Bonnie’s down to do this but needs a new ally considering her former BFF tried to kill her. In comes Katherine. What a juicy new duo! The TVD writers may help Bonnie win me over once more with this partnership, especially with the problems it’ll build between the two and Elena.
Elena, Stefan, and Damon: Obviously the triangle you MOST want to hear about! At the end of TVD’s fantastic prom episode, Damon and Stefan drugged Elena and locked her up in their dungeon to torture her into feeling emotion again. Twisted threesome right? Kidding! Anyways, all Elena does is do the “I’m gonna insult you in all the places that hurt” cliché. She tells Caroline that all the boys she likes leave her, Damon that their love isn’t real, etc. The only good that comes from it is that everyone sees through her for the pathetic attempt at a badass she is. My favorite reaction was Caroline snapping Elena’s neck so she couldn’t talk anymore. Don’t we all want to do that? After trying to use positive emotions, resorting to exposing her to sunlight and lighting her on fire, they bring in the big guns: hate. So they bring in Katherine, who finds this as boring as the audience does, and sets Elena free. Then Matt runs into Elena, who feeds on him and doesn’t give an eff until Damon snaps his neck. But don’t worry! He has one of those life-saving rings that permanently screwed up Alaric and Jeremy (guess it’s the go to move for every mortal guy on this show). And Elena is in disbelief she almost killed the first boy she loved. Suddenly, the emotional floodgates (as Rebekah calls them) are released and Elena goes back to being the whiner we all know and abhor. Woof. Wah wah waaaaah.
Lucky for us, next week will get much better as Bonnie realizes, with the help of Katherine, she can lift the veil whenever she wants. The episode is entitled “The Walking Dead”, so I suspect that she decides to do just that. Here’s to hoping for appearances of many departed fan favorites!