We get a lot of flashbacks on The Vampire Diaries, and they usually center around the time of the Founder’s Ball when Stefan and Damon got themselves turned into hot, male model vampires.
So it seems strange to single this episode out by calling it “Memory Lane”, because we’re in flashback sequences virtually every other week. Anyhow, it gives us quite a bit more information about the interactions between Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Katherine (Nina Dobrev), while expanding that storyline to include an early Lockwood werewolf.
In a rather nice double-setup, Stefan captures Katherine and locks her in the basement where he can question her while pulling that intense, broody face that Paul Wesley does best. But what really happened was Katherine engaged Caroline to keep Elena away so she could attempt to seduce Stefan.
This is gloriously confusing stuff, because for all intents and purposes, Katherine really does want Stefan back. But he believes she’s playing an elaborate game with him. And also probably because she doesn’t really show any of the vulnerability or neediness that would convince him she’s genuine. I mean, threatening to kill Elena wasn’t a smart move. And even better, Stefan and Elena concoct their own sneaky plan to pretend they’ve broken up. I know one of them’s a teenager, but the other one could’ve finished High School 70 times over. Or something. Grow up Stefan, you’re so immature.
I find myself in a strange place with relation to Elena/Katherine now. Katherine is just so much damned fun. She’s animated, has some great lines (of dialogue, you pervs) and she loves her liquor. She’s like Damon with boobies. And now she’s really got the unrequited love for Stefan. I’m almost starting to feel sympathy for her.
Damon re-ignites the werewolf feud
In other news, Damon (Ian Somerhalder) sets up a dinner part featuring Alaric (Matthew Davis), Elena’s sexy Aunt Jenna (Sara Canning) and Mason Lockwood (Taylor Kinney). I don’t quite understand why Damon’s so intrigued about the vampires, but a vamp’s gotta have a hobby, I suppose.
There’s some brilliant back and forth banter between Mason and Damon before the two finally admit their true natures. And I almost thought for a moment that they could be good friends, but Damon had to go and stab him with the silverware, didn’t he? Well, he warned us he was a dick.
I was a little nonplussed by this, to be honest. Now that Katherine is eliciting sympathy, there isn’t a clear enemy this season. Not that we need one, I suppose, but are we to believe that the Salvatores versus the Lockwoods is going to be the highlight of Season 2? I kind of need to see the werewolves do something, or alternatively, to see Tyler make some monumental screw-up in which he kills someone and ends up a werewolf.
What did you guys think of the latest instalment of Vampire Diaries?
Not many quotes today…
- Katherine: “Don’t fight it Stefan. You loved me once, you’ll love me again.”
- Katherine on werewolves: “No, there are others. Not many. They’re practically extinct, they mainly exist now in books and really bad movies.”
- Mason: “I’ve heard great things about you.” Damon: “That’s weird, coz I’m a dick.”
- Damon: “I always pegged you for a lone wolf.” Mason: “I’m sure I wasn’t half the ladykiller you were.”