Saturday, October 29, 2011

The Vampire Diaries - Ghost World (Season 3 episode 7) Recap

Thursday night's episode of The Vampire Diaries was chock full of the good, the bad, and the dead. While this show is normally always a mix of all three of these components, this episode leaned more heavily on the dead side of things. It turns out that when Bonnie brought Jeremy back to life after his foray into dead-dom she left a metaphysical door cracked leading to the other side. When she put Vicki back, ironically enough, the doorway became even larger, thanks mostly in part to a long-deceased witch that has a beef with the Original Vampires.
So now not only is Mystic Falls crawling with vampires, witches and werewolves, we now have ghosts creating all sorts of chaos.
Bonnie uses a spell that makes "veiled matter" (AKA ghosts) visible, so instead of just Jeremy being able to see the ghosts, they are visible to everyone.
Grams is the one who fills Bonnie in on why the ghosts are back. The original witch that is the catalyst of all this is drawing power from a talisman that is still over on our side. Said talisman is none other than the necklace that Stefan presented to Elena way back when.
Mason Lockwood comes back to ilk an apology out of Damon, and once Damon actually offers a feeble one (his so-called apology sounds more like a reiteration that he can just be an asshole sometimes and sidesteps using the actual words, 'I'm sorry.') Once Mason is satisfied he offers to help Damon find the secret to killing Klaus. Mason's motive is saving his nephew, Tyler and the not so small issue of Redemption.
Anna and Jeremy still have their other-worldly thing going, and they take it to the next level when Jeremy plants a kiss on her in the bathroom of Mystic Grill. Elena walks in on them and is not happy about what she sees.
Lexie finds Elena and offers to help eradicate "The Ripper" and help turn Stefan's humanity back on. She starts this process by confining Stefan in the city jail vampire room that Caroline spent time in during previous episodes.
She somehow accelerates the process of drying him out from human blood so that in about a minutes time he is having withdrawal effects equivalent to 5 years of being off the sauce. Then in an effort to make him feel human emotions again she stabs him periodically, listening to him snarling and spitting all the while.
The ghosts of the evil tomb vampires are back and seeking revenge on the founders of Mystic Falls. They not only murder history teacher Tobias Fell, but also string him up in a tree in all his bloody glory for all to see in the middle of Illumination Night.
The way to return all the apparitions back to whence they came is to destroy the necklace, which of course happens to be M.I.A. when the gang needs it. It finally turns out that Anna is hanging on to it in hopes of being reunited with her mother. She finally 'fesses up and gives it to Jeremy who passes it along to Bonnie.
Bonnie and Grams get their witch on and close the door to the Other Side. Much to the chagrin of some-- (Damon, because Mason was just about to clue him in on how to destroy Klaus and Elena, because Lexie was detoxing Stefan) and relief of others (Caroline, who was in the middle of fighting the tomb vamps that were going to lay the smack-down on Mrs. Lockwood and Bonnie herself, because she was having to compete with Anna for Jeremy's affections.)
In the end, Elena still hasn't given up on Stefan, but has at least decided she's not going to wait for him forever (literally, in his case). Bonnie can't accept that Jeremy wasn't ready to let Anna go gently into that good night and tells him to go, she doesn't want his explanation. Not long after Jeremy leaves, Bonnie sees that even though the necklace should've been melted in the fireplace, it is still intact.
Damon and Alaric take a step towards becoming bros again, when Alaric comes to help Damon after Mason disappears. They discover something in the underground Lockwood tunnels, but no details are revealed yet.
The only mention of Michael during this episode was by Mason when he told Damon he knew that trying to bring back Michael to kill Klaus did not work. Nothing was said about Katherine's fate.
Overall this was a pretty good episode. I liked that Damon and Ric may be patching up their friendship a little bit. I was disappointed that Jeremy and Bonnie are on the outs now, although I don't blame Bonnie for not wanting to compete with dead ex-lovers. Elena, while giving a speech to Jeremy about having to move on and not love a ghost for the rest of his life, realizes that she is doing that very same thing by holding on to the memory of what Stefan was.
My questions about this episode, more for the curiosity factor than problematic loose ends are:
How did Damon get loose from the chair that Mason had him chained in during the beginning of the episode? That was never addressed. He went from being roasted by the sun to pulling up in his convertible outside of the school to talk to Bonnie and Caroline.
Now that all the townspeople saw Tobias Fell's mauled corpse on display will anybody follow up on what happened there? Along those lines ... Mystic Falls seems to have an abundance of disappearing and/or murdered people. Is all that being covered up by the Town Council?
Although I don't think he did, I was unsure for awhile about Mason not having an ulterior motive for bringing Damon into the underground tunnel.
What happened to Katherine and Michael?
What are your theories about this episode?
'Til next time ... goodnight, sleep tight, don't let the vampires bite.

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