Recap: The Vampire Diaries, Episode 3.20, “Do Not Go Gentle”

The literary among you will notice that this episode is named after a villanelle by Dylan Thomas: a poem which was written about his dying father, and ends thus:

And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

THIS MAY BE A HINT.

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Recap: The Vampire Diaries, Episode 3.19, “Heart of Darkness”

Welcome back to Mystic Falls after an annoyingly long hiatus, yet in their alternate universe full of ridiculously good-looking living and undead people, very little time has passed. And the stakes are high.

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Recap: The Vampiaries, Episode 3.18, “The Murder of One”

Woah, you guys. This episode was an excellent lesson in how you do soapy supernatural drama, and there weren’t even any sexy times!  But how can we be sure? Let’s make a list: torture (chains!) by the scorned lover? Check. Angsty love triangle? Check. Super weapon for killing the big bad? Check. Scooby gang? Check. Plans gone awry? Check! What else? Let’s find out!  Read More Recap: The Vampiaries, Episode 3.18, “The Murder of One”

Recap: The Vampiaries, Episode 3.17 “Break On Through”

We begin with Alaric lying in an MRI scanner – Dr. Fell wants to check that his recent murderous tendencies don’t have a natural cause, because as she says to Elena, “If it’s medical, I can treat it.” (A little optimistic there, dontcha think?) Alaric is still skeptical about her theory that he’s the killer and the Gilbert ring is responsible, but while he’s in the scanner the face in the mirror starts looking evil.

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Recap: The Vampiaries Ep. 3.16, “1912”

If for some reason you missed watching this episode, or don’t feel like watching it, that’s really no big deal. Though it wasn’t bad by any stretch, it didn’t have any shining moments of true TVD glory (most everyone wore all their clothes! No Caroline or Klaus!). Basically, it was pretty utilitarian and is setting us up for what’s to come.  Read More Recap: The Vampiaries Ep. 3.16, “1912”

Recap: The Vampiaries, Episode 3.14, “Dangerous Liaisons”

In this week’s episode, the “previously, on The Vampire Diaries“ spiel was all about relationships–oh, and something about a ball? But before we get to the dresses and the dancing and the violence, ZOMG, we have to do a little plot exposition.

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Recap: The Vampiaries, Episode 3.13, “Bringing Out the Dead”

There must be a serious letter-writing campaign going on, because this week we have shirtless Stefan. Shirtless, grumpy Stefan. Ahem. Alaric gets good use out of his magical ring; and as Caroline says goodbye to one parent, Bonnie attempts to bond with hers, and the Originals… Well, let’s see, shall we? Read More Recap: The Vampiaries, Episode 3.13, “Bringing Out the Dead”

Recap: The Vampiaries, Episode 3.11, “Our Town”

This week’s episode starts off well, with Damon in the shower (they got my letters!) and Elena punching the crap out of, well, a punching bag. Kissing Damon and getting him to take away her brother(/cousin)’s free will isn’t sitting well with her, it seems… but that’s the least of her problems in this episode.

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