So. That happened. Overall, I'm pleased by the developments in the mythology-laden episode, "Klaus," but am withholding my grade until the weecap is published, because I'm feeling a little flat about it. I had to see my Boston Bruins best the Montreal Canadiens 5 to 4 in overtime, bite my nails to the quick, and talk trash with my Canadian cousins, before I watched The Vampire Diaries. I might just be feeling underwhelmed because I went into this episode emotionally exhausted. (Did you SEE that game? Sheeeeesh.)
Elijah reveals to Elena that he and Klaus are brothers. He also makes a point to emphasize the fact that they (and their family) are the world's first vampires. Yeah, Elijah, we pretty much got that the first (or at least by the 100th) time y'all were referred to as "The Originals." But wait, there's more. Apparently their mama had a little something on the side, and Klaus is not the son of Elijah's daddy. The secret wasn't revealed until after the family became vampires, but once it was, Elijah's daddy killed Klaus's daddy -- hence the war between the two species of things that go bump in the night. So, I guess this means that werewolves can be vamped, huh, because it seems to me Klaus must have been born with the werewolf gene. Elijah tells Elena the whole family was human at one point, so he must have been vamped later, not born a vamp. I'm gonna just let that lie, because while I'm not exactly confused by any of it, I do have all these pedantic questions that would probably confuse everyone else.
Elena proves herself worthy of regaining Elijah's trust, first by giving him the dagger, and then by cooperating with him and returning to his side, willingly. He then spoils her (and us) with a wealth of MYTHOLOGY MOMENTS. There is no Curse of the Sun and the Moon. Klaus forged it and planted it and other fanon in Aztec culture and anyplace else he thought he could get both vampires and werewolves looking for the Moonstone and the Petrova doppelganger. I'm not going to poke at this retcon too hard, because that Sun and Moon curse and its Aztec origins never sat right with me in the first place. The real curse rests only on Klaus. Witches are servants of Nature, which abhors not just a vacuum, but invulnerability too, so the witches did Nature's bidding by magically suppressing Klaus's werewolf side. Back in 1492, Klaus sought to sacrifice the Petrova doppelganger and do heaven knows what with the moonstone, in order to realize his full potential as a Hybrid. At first, Elijah was on Team Klaus, but then he fell for Katerina, and started looking for a way to help Klaus without the doppelganger sacrifice. And he says he found one, but Klaus, who was courting Katerina, didn't care about saving her. And our resourceful Petrova Punk went and got herself vamped before Elijah could properly plead her case to Klaus and/or release him from his curse.
And finally (AND FINALLY) the truth -- at least the first layer thereof -- is revealed to Miss Jenna, in a creepy scene in which Klaus-as-Alaric explains it all like Clarissa would. At Stefan's game-face growl, she flees Gilbert Gables for Mossy Manse where she later has a tearfully fearful confrontation with Elena, about vampires, secrets and lies.
Elsewhere, Klaus is done with Alaric's body, so the fandom rises up and gleefully accepts return of it, while the Senior Manwitch's daughter Greta restores Klaus to his original form, which they've been keeping in a handy-dandy man-sized footlocker.
There are some interesting developments and tense moments in the Stefan-Elena-Damon triangle, which parallels the Klaus-Katerina-Elijah triangle in ways I hope are as intriguing as they seem at first blush, because by episode's end, Elena brings Elijah into her safe-house to the horror of our beautiful Brothers Salvatore. When Elijah explains he has a way to save Elena, Stefan buys it, but Damon does not, because where Stefan says he will always protect Elena, Damon, as we know, will do ANYTHING to protect her, and because he's Damon, that could well involve screwing up any plans that might actually protect her, or it could mean that he is once again the one-eyed chick in the kingdom of the blind.
I wish a good Passover and Happy Easter to those celebrating. I'll be back with the weecap ASAP. In the meantime, please grade the episode at the top of the page and then join us in the forum, where Klaus is always writing Alternative Universes fan fiction.
Recapper: Okee dokee artichokees. I'm trying something different this week.
Damon: Is it that transcript style thing where we all have to tell our stories?
Recapper: No, something more different. Differenter.
Damon: Differenter? And they pay you for this?
Recapper: Hush, you. And since this isn't one of those transcript things, please shoo.
Damon: Hey baby, I've been invited in. I can come and go as I please.
Recapper: Don't make me turn on my sprinkler system. I've loaded the pipes with Vervain.
Damon: I've been taking a little every day to build up an immunity.
Recapper: Yes, but as we saw when Stefan had Katherine down in the dungeon, earlier this season. If you're doused with it, it's still going to burn and temporarily disfigure you. It will be brief, but it will be ugly, just the same.
Damon: Hmmmm. I'm too pretty to be ugly, so let's chalk this up as one of those go as I please moments. I've got some women to enthrall and feed off of, anyhow. TTFN.
Recapper: Thank goodness he's gone. I can't really write with those Evil Pixie Monster eyes blazing in my direction. Now, where were we? Oh yes, something different. Well, if you're reading this, you probably already know what happens in episode 2-19, "Klaus," because you watched it. And if you don''t know what happens, you can access the recaplet via the link at the top of this weecap. I've got Spring fever, so instead of strictly telling you what happened in "Klaus," let's talk about about what happened, and maybe what it means. You ready? Okay.
This week, we get confirmation that it was indeed Elena (not Katherine-as-Elena) who pulled the dagger out of Elijah. I'm glad about that, because it would have made no sense had it been Katherine. Anyhow, when Elijah resurrects, he can't breathe, and quickly realizes it's because he hasn't been invited into Mossy Manse, so he flies out the door (but not in a bat way, just on foot). I like this MYTHOLOGY MOMENT. Part of me can't help but wonder if the writers will make use of it down the line. I also wonder what constitutes an invite. For example, were the Fellowship of the Falls to incapacitate a vampire in the future and bring it down into the dungeon and chain it up, but Elena never officially invited it in, could the vampire be killed that way? I mean, all we know is that vampires cannot enter without being invited. What I'm wondering is whether or not an unconscious vampire can be carried in by people or monsters who can enter the home, or would its head just keep hitting that supernatural barrier? Okay, I'm getting the giggles imagining the Salvatore boys thunking an unconscious Klaus's head against the barrier, so I'll leave this thread be and get on with it. No, wait. Now I'm imagining them doing the same to Katherine. Go on. You try it. See? Funny. Okay, now we'll get on with it.