Koala clips and sailing 'ships, emotional pain and reservoirs of vervain -- that's what little vampire shows are made of! Maybe the compulsion is still wearing off or perhaps I'm on an '80s music high, but right now, I'm pretty sure "A View to a Kill" is the best episode of season
gore cure bore 4. An awful lot happened (do I ever make it through a TVD recaplet without saying that?), so break it down for me, fellas. Oh wait… that's my job. Okay, I've got this, but I must admit I'm livin' on a prayer.
Caroline and Tyler are nowhere to be found. Per usual, Rebekah has family issues. Stefan is babysitting Damon. Elena is babysitting Jeremy and Matt, so it falls to Bonnie to blow up 99 red balloons for the Event O' the Week: the 1980s Decade Dance. Since parents just don't understand, Interim Dad cancels the dance and orders Bonnie home for a family meeting. The problem is, Elena has enlisted Bonnie in her cockamamie plan to kill Kol, which will both break his hold over Damon and insta-grow Jeremy's hunter tattoo.
After getting physical, physical with Rebekah, Stefan doesn't stick around long enough to tell her she's got Bette Davis eyes. Klaus catches him sneaking out of her room, though. Since Kol swiped Klaus's dagger collection, Klaus is at Becky's to beg access to the last dagger. Becky's not inclined to deal with this karma chameleon and tells him I can't go for that, no, no can do. Klaus gets Stefan alone and orders him to get the dagger, regardless of Rebekah's wishes.
Elena wants Stefan to get the dagger too, not to use it on Kol, but rather on Rebekah. Despite their meaningless pledge of no feelings or attachments, Stefan knows Rebekah is undergoing a total eclipse of the heart. Still, when Stefan learns his part in Elena's Cockamamie Kill Kol plan, he recognizes the poetry therein and realizes he must roll with it.
The plan is too complex to layout in a mere recaplet. Suffice it to say, since only a human can dagger an Original, Matt is assigned to be Stefan's wingman. Elena and Jeremy plan to lure Kol to Gilbert Gables for truce talks. Bonnie (who had an earlier confrontation with a murderous Kol) is supposed to show up and magically disable Kol so Jeremy can safely slay him. Later, she is to disable Klaus so that he doesn't rip off their heads one handed and drink from their brain stems.
Bonnie is waylaid by Interim Dad who thinks that by hiding her cell phone, he can control his powerful daughter. And just in case he can't, he's brought in reinforcements. Who can it be, now? Why it's Abby Abandoner! When Bonnie gets all Papa Don't Preach, Abby drugs Bonnie, but the witch quickly recovers and gives her parents what for. This is what it sounds like, when doves cry.
Since the dance was cancelled and Stefan needs to occupy Rebekah until he or Matt find the dagger (which she has hidden in her boot), Stefan takes Rebekah to the still decorated school gym and serves as her private dancer. Rebekah is a maniac on the floor, but otherwise largely sweet and sympathetic. Writer Rebecca Sonnenshine and director Brad Turner deftly mine authentic, believable emotions from this talented cast. Rebekah and Stefan connect despite themselves and Stefan is unable to let Matt dagger Rebekah. That's just the way it is.
Klaus is largely sidelined when he assumes Stefan's Damon-sitting duties. One moment, Klaus is needling Damon about the fact that for Stefan, love was enough to overcome compulsion. The next, he is begging Damon to tell him how Elena is able to forgive him his sins, against all odds. Klaus knows Elena isn't merely addicted to love because of the sire bond. Damon explains that Elena knows every rose has its thorn and that since when he is bad, he is bad with a purpose greater than just being a dick (a la Klaus), they've got a groovy kind of love. Along with Rebekah and Stefan's deeper moments, this scene is a show stealer.
By episode's end, Jeremy manages to slay Kol. Kudos to Nathaniel Buzolic, who took Kol from a swaggering, cocky chap to a crazed killer without breaking a sweat. I hope the new Originals series include plenty of flashbacks featuring your fetching face. When Klaus arrives at Gilbert Gables to kill any and everyone he can, Elena invites him in! Bonnie is there. Drawing on the power of the new moon, she is able to magically (albeit it, temporarily) imprison him right in Elena's parlor.
When Stefan fills Rebekah in on the night's events -- including Kol's death -- she is horrified, but Stefan reminds her we didn't start the fire. What is more, he treats her with compassion and -- more importantly -- with respect and manages to fold her into the Fellowship of the Falls. The newest member makes Elena uncomfortable, but since she's reunited with a now compulsion-free Damon, there's plenty of discomfort to go around. Gotta blame it on something? Blame it on the rain.
I have some continuity concerns that I have to think over between now and when I write the full recap. For one thing, how is drawing on the power of the new moon NOT using nature-based magic? Still, "A View to a Kill" exemplifies so many of The Vampire Diaries' strengths. The pacing, as ever, is breath-taking. This time, though, emotions aren't sacrificed on the altar of speed. The characters' motives, while mixed, are clear and the story feels character driven. This right here? This is my show. Welcome back.
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I've never done this before, and probably won't do it again, but this recap is dedicated to actor Robin Sachs, who will always be the best Chaos-worshipping Evil Costume Shop proprietor in any vampire infested town. May you rest in peace, sir.
Previously, on The Vampire Diaries, Elena's a new vampire. There have been... complications. Complications, really Show? Okay. Look, I don't want this recap chipping away at the '80s music buzz I built up when I was writing the recaplet, but I'm only seconds in and I can feel it waning. Elena is "sired to" Damon. See what I mean? Damon wants it to be real (you know, except for when he's ordering Elena to come to him). There's gore, the cure and the inevitable hangover of bore. Kol says, "This cure has ruined us, and it hasn't even been found yet." Is he bucking for my job? He holds Shane underwater (which is not water-boarding, even though I previously referred to it as such, but I'm in no mood for a full housekeeping) and demands answers about Silas. Klaus "helps" Jeremy. Rebekah and Stefan want sex without attachment or feelings, even though they're the two characters on this show who are least capable of honoring such a bargain. Kol compels Damon to kill Jeremy. Stefan locks Damon in the Mossy Manse dungeon. Elena tells Jeremy he's going to kill Kol.
Currently on The Vampire Diaries Stefan wakes in Rebekah's bed and looks around like he doesn't know where he is or how he got there. I guess you're putting on this show for yourself Stefan, because the rest of us remember you weren't drunk when you and Rebekah hit the sheets. Anyhow, once he pretends to remember himself, he Stealth Salvatores into his clothes and tries to sneak out the door, only to be met by Klaus, who is clearly trying to decide if he's more jealous of Stefan or Becky.
After the title card, Rebekah scolds Klaus about respecting her privacy but he reminds her that there are bigger things to worry about. After all, Kol tried to kill her just last night. Let's get one thing straight, only Klaus gets to kill or dagger his siblings. Speaking of... Kol has absconded with Klaus's daggers, and the Perma-Son of White Oak Stake. Klaus knows Becky has the last dagger and some white ash, so in his ever so charming way he orders Rebekah to hand them over. Rebekah tells him there's no chance in hell, and orders him to leave with a ridiculous, "lurkers aren't welcome here." What does that even mean in this context? How is he lurking? Rebekah, everyone had a crush on Angel during BtVS's season 2, but you can't just co-opt his, "I lurk" line to use in nonsensical ways. When Rebekah heads off to shower, Klaus tells Stefan it's up to him to get the dagger and ash from Rebekah. If Kol isn't daggered, Damon will remain compelled to kill Jeremy, which wouldn't put the twist to Klaus's knickers, except the young hunter's arms are so beautiful and Klaus is an artist, oh and also, there's that whole Map to the Bore. We cut to the...