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The Vampire Diaries Review: Kill Klaus

Holy balls. This week’s episode of The Vampire Diaries can only be described as INTENSE. In fact, it may have been the best episode the series has produced thus far in my humble opinion. In this single hour two characters died, two couples fell in love, one couple broke up, one character almost died, one learned the truth about his vampire girlfriend, a villain from the past resurfaced, a witch got her powers back, and a flamethrower was used not once – but twice! What more do you need?

With the temporary death of Elijah in last week’s episode a whole lot of wheels were put in motion not least of which Katherine being set free from her prison with a desire to help the Salvatore brothers and Elena kill the ultimate vampire, Klaus. But that of course is no easy task. The one weapon that could be used to kill Klaus was used to kill Elijah and if that knife is removed from Elijah, he’ll come back to life and pissed off to boot. Damon tries a couple things to destroy Elijah’s body such as torching him with a flamethrower, but Katherine instructs him that Elijah is in fact indestructible.  Again, I ask why burying him somewhere is not an option?

Plan B of the Kill Klaus mission involves talking to the warlocks, Jonas and Luka Martin, who were working with Elijah to kill Klaus with the power from a witch burial ground to save their daughter/sister from Klaus’s service. Stefan and Bonnie meet up with them to announce that Elijah is dead but that they would be happy to join forces to help them kill Klaus and get the girl back. The bitter warlocks are not interested though and rebuke the offer out of mistrust and doubt in the Salvatores and their motley crew of heroes.

Instead, Luka and Jonas decide the best way to proceed is to use their powers to bring Elijah back from the dead.The way they go about this though is interesting. Rather than break into the Salvatore mansion to remove the knife from Elijah’s body, they attempt doing it psychically by combining their powers and sending an invisible version of Luka into the mansion where Damon and Katherine are lounging around unaware of his presence. He successfully finds the body and begins pulling the knife out just as Katherine walks by to get a bag of blood out of the cooler. She spots the knife rising slowly from Elijah’s chest on its own and pounces on it to push it back in. Noticing the struggle, Jonas advises his son to find a stake and stick her with it so he can get back to the task at hand, which he does. With Katherine out of commission invisible Luka returns to reviving Elijah just as wonderfully impulsive Damon shows up brandishing his flamethrower and starts dousing the body in a shower of fire!

If you thought that no harm could come to someone who wasn’t actually in the room though, you’d be wrong because back in the supposed safety of the Martin home, Luka bursts into flames and is dead in seconds. Extra crispy.

Jonas doesn’t like this. He is a father after all and even warlocks have feelings so you can best believe that revenge is coming. Stefan shows up at the house and tries to calm Jonas down but instead gets a spell cast on him that turns him into a pussy writhing on the floor. Jonas could have easily killed him right there but instead, his target is Elena.

Elena, meanwhile, is in the midst of a girl’s night out as she, Bonnie, Caroline, and Jenna attend a concert at the Grill – the only place in town that anyone EVER goes to. Jenna is still in the dumps about her breakup with Alaric who she feels is not telling the truth about his supposedly dead wife, Isobel, who also happens to be Elena’s mother. Earlier in the episode, Alaric and Elena discuss telling Jenna the whole truth about everything but the consensus is to still keep her in the dark. That decision alone keeps Alaric and Jenna from patching things back up. At least in this episode.

Another couple struggling with the truth is Caroline and Matt. Matt has essentially given up on Caroline since she secretly became a vampire but on this particular night she throws caution to the wind and decides to get him back once and for all. So she storms up on stage where the band is performing, gives an awkwardly nervous speech, and then compels the band to play for her so she can sing “Eternal Flame” for Matt. The scene was actually very well done and Caroline can sing quite well. Don’t believe me? Check it out for yourself here.

Nice, right? Scenes like that typically end romantic comedies in an eye-rolling manner but it works here and I’ll be watching it a few more times as long as you all promise not to tell anyone. And as if that wasn’t enough good news, Bonnie finally asks Elena’s permission to date Jeremy and she agrees! All is well at the Grill!

And then Jonas shows up.

With his evil witch ways Jonas starts making lights explode and sets tables on fire. People panic and chaos reigns. In the havoc, Stefan arrives with a ploy to get Elena to safety which involves Caroline attacking Jonas. This goes about as well as you think it would so Caroline goes down and her heroic new boyfriend jumps in to fight Jonas only to end up with a broken bottle stabbed into his throat. Ouch.

This distraction was enough to get Elena out of the bar but now Matt is near death. Not having any other choice, Caroline rips into one of her veins and gives Matt some of her sweet healing blood thus saving his life and revealing her secret all at once. Most people would be thankful and naturally a little weirded out, but when he finally comes to, Matt wigs out at the truth and immediately thinks Caroline was involved with his sister, Vicky’s, death back in the early days of the series. So much for love rekindled.

After the mayhem Bonnie, Jeremy, Elena and Stefan regroup at Elena’s house where they think they are safe until sure enough, Jonas shows up again attempting to kill Elena. But wait! It’s not Elena! It’s Katherine and when Jonas pounces she happily takes a big old chunk out his neck causing him to join his son in the afterlife. Jonas gets in one last scare though when he jolts back to life and grabs Bonnie tightly. We think he might be trying to kill her but it turns out he was just giving her powers back along with the knowledge of how to kill Klaus. Awwww. He wasn’t so bad after all…once you get past the whole he tried to kill everyone thing.

And as if all that wasn’t enough, the episode ends with Jenna and Elena getting a knock at the door. It’s Isobel who promptly introduces herself to a shocked Jenna as Elena’s mother. Oops. Alaric be screwed.

Sadly, that’s all she wrote for the series until April 7 when The Vampire Diaries returns for its final six episodes of the season. The show has certainly been o
n a roll as of late so I look forward to seeing how this all plays out. I think you can now officially call me a fan.

The Vampire Diaries: Season 2, Episode 16: “The House Guest” (originally aired February 24, 2011.)

The Vampire Diaries airs Thursdays at 8/7c on The CW.

Images courtesy of Bob Mahoney and The CW.

4 Comments

  1. i KNOE THIS WASSS A SICK EPISODE; I LOVED IT 2 BITESS; AND YERRH PROBZ THE BEST EP EVAAAAA! IN MY OPINION! NO OBJECTIONS PLZ! XTYLERX

  2. i KNOE THIS WASSS A SICK EPISODE; I LOVED IT 2 BITESS; AND YERRH PROBZ THE BEST EP EVAAAAA! IN MY OPINION! NO OBJECTIONS PLZ! XTYLERX

  3. Sorry, I was not a fan of this episode at all. Mind you, I love the series as a whole, but this installment was lacking.

    It started off pretty awesome, what with the totally-had-you Katherine and Elena morning mix-up. Unfortunately, the ploy massively backfired later in the episode when Katherine pretends to be Elena yet again and the writers actually epected us to be fooled yet again. I wasn’t.

    Then, when Jenna demands to know what happened to Isobel, Alaric responds with “TRUST me, she IS dead” and we can all immediately assume that Isobel’s now going to show up and make Alaric look like a liar and with a lot of explaining to do…and then SURPRISE (only without the actual surprise), Isobel showing up is the grand cliffhanger finale. So now we’ve got to wait more than a month for an episode centered around the most uninteresting chracter in the VD universe, played by an actress who couldn’t be less charismatic or more expressionless if she tried.

    Other issues? Jonas’s, er, “rampage” was pretty lame. When he set The Grill on fire and wouldn’t let anyone leave, I was like “omg, this is gonna get good”…and then he just taps Bonnie on the head to make her sleep and gives Caroline a headache while everyone leaves. Wha-?

    And the big bad warlock’s death scene? Yeah, he simply gets bit by a vampire (when he’s demonstrated twice that he can drop vampires in a tenth of a second just by thinking it). Then he does the cheesy B-horror movie trick and all of a sudden pops up out of apparent death, only to be taken out for real. If he had the energy to not only give Bonnie her powers back but also instill in her a bunch of mysterious knowledge and a mission, he had the time and energy to take down Kat & Stef, and THEN he could have done whatever he wanted with Bonnie. So that was stupid.

    The only bright side to this episode was Matt’s dramatic and unexpected reaction to Caroline’s vampirism and the torch scene. Poor Luka, but that was pretty cool.

  4. Sorry, I was not a fan of this episode at all. Mind you, I love the series as a whole, but this installment was lacking.

    It started off pretty awesome, what with the totally-had-you Katherine and Elena morning mix-up. Unfortunately, the ploy massively backfired later in the episode when Katherine pretends to be Elena yet again and the writers actually epected us to be fooled yet again. I wasn’t.

    Then, when Jenna demands to know what happened to Isobel, Alaric responds with “TRUST me, she IS dead” and we can all immediately assume that Isobel’s now going to show up and make Alaric look like a liar and with a lot of explaining to do…and then SURPRISE (only without the actual surprise), Isobel showing up is the grand cliffhanger finale. So now we’ve got to wait more than a month for an episode centered around the most uninteresting chracter in the VD universe, played by an actress who couldn’t be less charismatic or more expressionless if she tried.

    Other issues? Jonas’s, er, “rampage” was pretty lame. When he set The Grill on fire and wouldn’t let anyone leave, I was like “omg, this is gonna get good”…and then he just taps Bonnie on the head to make her sleep and gives Caroline a headache while everyone leaves. Wha-?

    And the big bad warlock’s death scene? Yeah, he simply gets bit by a vampire (when he’s demonstrated twice that he can drop vampires in a tenth of a second just by thinking it). Then he does the cheesy B-horror movie trick and all of a sudden pops up out of apparent death, only to be taken out for real. If he had the energy to not only give Bonnie her powers back but also instill in her a bunch of mysterious knowledge and a mission, he had the time and energy to take down Kat & Stef, and THEN he could have done whatever he wanted with Bonnie. So that was stupid.

    The only bright side to this episode was Matt’s dramatic and unexpected reaction to Caroline’s vampirism and the torch scene. Poor Luka, but that was pretty cool.

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