“You can cry if you want to.”
Welcome friends and my fellow TVD groupies (You know who you are). I missed you all so much. Ooh! I must give a shout out to all you new readers out there. You are out there, aren’t you? Oh, good. Welcome to the first installment of this years super-awesome Vampire Diaries reviews/recaps brought to you by yours truly. How are you all doing? Have you come down from your TVD induced high yet? Yeah, me neither. After last seasons killer season finale (We miss you Aunty J and Uncle John. Uh, not really), we all had high expectations for the season three premiere. So much hope was placed on a breakthrough for Delena, a rightfully wicked storyline and character change for Stefan, and much more screen time for our favorite teacher and hunter, Alaric (Or was that just me?). Now the morning after, our heads are filled with last nights shenanigans – dissecting and reliving each moment in detail. We must ask ourselves the ultimate question. Did last nights premiere satisfy our cravings? Well, did it? I see you’re nodding your head. It’s true that last night was tame compared to the season two premiere, but what we experienced was much more of an emotional ride that pushed these characters to new limits. The last time we saw the residents of Mystic Falls, chaos ruled. Klaus had brought down his sadistic power over Elena and her family, while Stefan made a deal to sacrifice himself to save his brother, Damon, from a nasty werewolf bite (All that unneeded angst and drama is still not forgiven TVD writers). Set two months after the events of last seasons finale, we found our favorite characters trying deal with the aftermath. Warning! This is a SPOILER ALERT.
A white house sits alone in the Tennessee woods – darkness coating everything it sees. The front porch light beckons to unknown visitors. A blonde woman retreats past the front porch steps in search of a lost canine friend. Rudy! Oh, Rudy! What she finds instead is much more frightening. Klaus (Was he always this good-looking before?). Doing his best to charm The Blonde with his faux southern innocence, he fails in successfully obtaining an invite into the home. On his second try, things look much more familiar. Dropping his friendly – and yet sill creepy – persona, then adding a few threats in-between, Klaus is ‘welcomed’ into the home. Klaus demands the location of a Ray Sutton from The Blonde’s roommate. Yeah, that doesn’t go over so well. The Roommate flees (That was stupid) right into the arms of . . . Why look who it is. It’s Stefan. Oh, how I missed your bouffant. Hey, did you get it cut? It looks a little tamer. Nevermind. Sensing the impending danger (Stefan is a bit scary. It’s all in the bouffant), The Roommate gives up the location of this Ray Sutton. That’s really not going to help, Sweetie. Stone face Stefan is ordered to kill the pair (Like you didn’t see that coming). The dark vampire eyes stop for a moment before he begins to feast on his evening snack. Tasty. As Klaus walks away from the screams, he gives one gentle smirk. Bastard.
Our heroine and newly deemed orphan, Elena, dreamily stares into her open room. Missing Stefan? Or thinking about Damon, prehaps? Gathering her strength, Elena starts the day by waking her brother/cousin Jeremy and talking to the cheery party planning, Caroline. Tonight is a celebration, after all. It’s Elena’s 18th birthday party. The human is less than enthusiastic about Caroline and her ostentatious ways, but still concedes. We discover that Elena is requesting the help of Sheriff Forbes in the search for her missing Stefan. Self-appointed caretaker, Alaric, is helping out in the search, as well – and sleeping on the Gilbert’s sofa.
Wow. Could you smile any brighter, Caroline? Werewolf Tyler struts up to his vampire bestie. The two mosey over to The Grill (And their newly acquired outdoor seating) for a little chat. Tyler tells her that his mom (Mrs. Lockwood) and everyone else believe the two are dating. “That’s crazy.” Yeah, keep denying it Forwood. *Rolls eyes.*
Making his grand entrance – in a bubble bath – Damon requests his still-living, still a distraction, blood vending machine (Andie Star) to . . . blah, blah, blah. You don’t really care, do you? What you do care about is Naked Damon. Yep. That’s right. Naked. Wet. Damon. Our prayers have been answered – sort of. The vampire and his six-pack abs take a nice (naked) walk (Hey, could you move that a bit to the right? Thanks) around the Salvatore home, unaware (Yeah, right) that Elena is right downstairs. Surprise! The human gets an eyeful of her would-be lovers unabashed naked form. You know you liked it, Elena. The cocky (Ha!) vamp finally puts on a towel (Boo!) as Elena tells him about her latest find in the search for Stefan. Damon isn’t as hopeful that this will be the lead that will take them to Stefan, but after Elena’s attempt to make the trip herself, he agrees to check out the lead. Unbeknownst to her, Damon already had been keeping tabs on his little brother. It’s not nice to keep secrets, Damon.
Look, it’s Beremy. Jeremy and his conveniently missing witch girlfriend, Bonnie, chat during Jer’s new job at The Grill (Good for him). After finishing up their brief and rather pointless call . . . Wait, what’s that? The lights begin to flicker. Not good. FLASH! Dead Vicki. FLASH! Dead Anna. Jeremy is still seeing dead people. You know, girls. You could let us know what you want. Or do we have to ask? Sheesh! Like we don’t have anything else to do. Matt, thank God you’re here. Anna was just about to touch (*cough* This might be important *cough*) Jeremy.
Meanwhile, back in Tennessee, Klaus finds his man, Ray Sutton. Only, he’s not a man. He’s a werewolf. Apparently, they’re hard to come by. Since Klaus wants to make an army of hybrid slaves, he needs to know where the rest of Ray’s pack is. For this, he might need a little help. Enter our man in black, Stefan. He wants to play a little game. Well, it’s more like torture, really. The two end up playing an unfortunate game of darts – with most of the darts ending up in Ray. Obviously, Klaus doesn’t keep Stefan around only for his sunny disposition.
While those two hit it off, a woman informs Klaus that she saw Damon poking around where he shouldn’t. Well, he can’t let that happen. Klaus is determined to find our sexy vamp himself, until Stefan volunteers to take care of the situation. In that moment, you can’t help but see a piece of Old Stefan shinning through this new exterior. It makes me wonder if Stefan has an ulterior motive. Could his Ripper facade only be a ruse? We shall see.
Hot on the trail, Damon and Alaric (The bromance is alive!) find themselves at the home of The Blonde and The Roommate, whom we met in the opening scene. Blood is splattered on the floor – on the walls – while two perfectly placed dead bodies are sitting in the living room. Damon is certain that Stefan was the one that made such a mess. After all, it was his signature mark. There’s a reason why they call him The Ripper. Our sweet boy blacks out as he feeds, pulls his victims bodies apart, then when he realizes what he’s done, the guilt returns and he puts the bodies back together (Ewww). “It’s the damnedest thing.” With a couple of gallons of gasoline and a match, Damon becomes Stefan’s personal clean-up crew. But before the sparks set the flame, the pair find Ray’s personal werewolf basement of horrors. Will this give them a clue to what big, bad Klaus has up his sleeve? I hope so.
The party preparation is in full swing at the Salvatore mansion. Elena defends Damon once again, after Tyler continually speaks of how he is unsure if Damon really wants to save Stefan. Caroline scolds her best friend. Best candidate to be her boyfriend, is more like it. When Elena leaves, Tyler tells Caroline that he is taking a date to the party. Caroline dislikes the idea immensely, even though she won’t say it. He defends his choice by speaking the truth. He’s horny. Werewolves are naturally horny (Good to know). As are vampires, Caroline adds. Cue awkward silence. Damn. You can cut the sexual tension in here with a pair of vampire teeth.
Later, it’s time for stalker Damon to give Elena her birthday present. Awww . . . it’s her necklace (The one Stefan gave to her). Such a sweet vampire. Damon’s love for Elena is apparent. Though why he is still using Andie Star for a distraction is still beyond me. Why, Damon? Why?
Oh no, Caroline. What have you done? The small, intimate gathering Elena had hoped for had turned into debauched night filled with sex, drugs, and Rock & Roll. Hey, where’s the sex? Get on that, Delena!
The newly re-formed friendship between Jeremy “I see dead people” Gilbert and Matt strengthened when Jeremy told him his secret. The young Jeremy tells Matt that he needs to get away from it all, hence returning to his old ways. Smoking is bad Jeremy. When the two try to take up and leave, Vicki and Anna make another appearance. Don’t they show up at the weirdest times? “Help me,” Vicki asks. What’s up with that? Matt dismisses Jeremy’s ‘hallucination’ of Vicki as the after effects of missing someone he lost. Yeah, I don’t think that’s it.
At the local news studio, Andie Star attempts to leave for the night, but Stefan’s theatrics get in the way. Light on. Light off. Light on. Make up your mind. We know it’s you. You don’t have to go all Rear Window on us. Jeez. What’s with the pouty face? Just tell us why you’re here, Stefan. It’s apparent that his overdramatic ways are an attempt to get to Damon through Andie. Of course, Damon isn’t far behind – though he doesn’t know of Stefan’s presence, as of yet. Well, now he does. “Hello, Brother.” Stefan warns Damon to back off. He doesn’t need saving. Um . . . you’re wrong. He just wants Damon to let him go. Does this sound familiar? *cough* Edward *cough* Could Stefan be pushing Damon away in order to save him? It’s highly likely. Though, compelling Andie not to move, positioning her on a ledge, then telling her to move – in effect, killing her (Finally) – might be a bit contradictory. Stefan is bordering between the line of good and evil. Though he used Andie for his selfish needs, Damon did care for her. Later, her death forces him to breakdown. Poor Damon.
Back at the party, Caroline drowns her sorrows in alcohol while watching Tyler dry-hump his slutty date on the dance floor. Jealous much? When the dancing pair make their way toward the vamp, Caroline compels his date to leave the party. You go girl! A while later, Tyler confronts his friend. What does she want? She doesn’t want him, but wont allow him to date? They already had that discussion before, Tyler reminds her. He wants more, but he wont wait around until Caroline know for sure what she wants out of their relationship. What are you gonna do, Caroline? Kiss him, of course. “Let’s get out of here.” Oh, okay. Such horny, supernatural creatures. Let the partially naked sexy times begin! Thank you, TVD writers.
When Damon returns from his meeting with Stefan, Elena confronts him about hiding his secret tracker closet. She is not happy with him. After his loss, Damon’s patience is wearing thin. He tells her that what she thought was Klaus’ victims, are actually Stefan’s. Elena is utterly shocked. Newsflash, Elena. Stefan is a Ripper. Still, she holds on to hope that her love can be saved. Though, Damon has seemingly lost any amount of hoped he had left. A flash of guilt crosses his face after being so harsh with Elena.
Klaus’ interrogation of Ray Sutton has gained him the location of the pack, but Klaus wants more. An army of hybrids, actually. So what does the big meanie do? He feeds Ray his blood and kills him. One future rabid hybrid coming up! When Stefan returns, Klaus outs him. He knows Stefan still cares for his brother, but every time he feeds on human blood, it’s easier to forget. Is that true, Stefan? Do you still care? Awww . . . you do. You do care. You still love Elena. Stefan calls his lady-love, and after a few (long & tortuous) rings she answers. Couldn’t you have picked it up sooner? We’re dying here! Silence is Stefan’s only language, but Elena knows. She reassures Stefan and tells him that she loves him. That’s right. All together now . . . Awww!
What the hell, Caroline? You’re taking the walk of shame, instead of waking up next to a hunky werewolf? Not cool. Oh hey, Mrs. Lockwood. What are you doing? Oh, that has to hurt. In the final scene of the night, Mrs. Lockwood pelts our favorite vampire friend with vervain darts. Vamp down! Vamp down! This can not be good.
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What did you think of the season 3 premiere of The Vampire Diaries? What was your favorite moment? Favorite line? What did you think of Caroline & Tyler? Will we ever know what is really going on with Jeremy? Is Stefan hiding something? What did you think of Stefan: The Ripper? Will Alaric come back? Does Elena still trust Damon? Will Damon help her find Stefan? What did you think of the cliffhanger? Tell me in the comments!