Vampire Diaries Season 4 Episode 2 The Hybrid is another strong instalment for The Vampire Diaries, but there’s an overwhelming sense of everyone taking a step backwards this week. As much fun as Stefan the ripper was last week, for example, here we get the brooding wet-wipe of last year. Elena’s being stubborn to the point of annoying, and there’s still no Bonnie to be seen.
The action of the episode concerns another search for the absent Salvatore brother, with Elena using emotional blackmail on her would-be father figure, Rick, to help. He agrees to accompany her to the woods, Vampire Diaries Season 4 Episode 2 but is sure to enlist Damon as backup just in case.
Seriously, is there a more inappropriate parent for the mess that is the Gilbert family? Well, yes, I suppose there was Jenna. Answering the door to your step daughter half-naked and hungover is probably better than turning a blind eye to everything your charges get up to.
And that’s exactly what dear Mrs Lockwood has been doing for the past two seasons. With her husband and son’s deaths barely registering on her stony-faced radar, this week Tylerbrings her to earth with a cataclysmic bump. With a missing Caroline and little words of comfort from mommy-dearest, Tylerdecides that instead of just telling her Vampire Diaries Season 4 Episode 2 about his little condition, he’s going to show her.
His transformation was one of the more effective parts of the episode, and the involvement of the older generation, as with Caroline’s mother before her, has always been a welcome addition to the show. Speaking of, Heroes’ Jack Coleman makes his much buzzed about guest appearance in this episode, and the twist of his identity is a good one. I can’t wait to see what they do with him in the coming weeks.
Matt’s still trying his hardest to stay out of the way, but Jeremy soon dangles the carrot of his dead sister in order to get some help contacting her. I’ve always had a soft spot for Matt, as he’s been the most clueless of the Vampire Diaries Season 4 Episode 2 group for a long time. His quick acceptance of the supernatural has been a refreshing change for the character, and the Vicky plot-lines have proved an ingenious way to get him involved, however reluctantly.
I also enjoy Matt’s scenes with Jeremy, as Steven R McQueen has consistently had more chemistry with the other male cast members than the girls the writers try to force him with. There’s a reason that the Jeremy/Tyler pairing got a massive fan reaction last year, and I hope they keep this friendship going for a few more weeks at least. I can’t imagine many people are missing Bonnie the energy-sucker.
Vampire Diaries Season 4 Episode 2 What wasn’t so good about the episode was anything involving Stefan and Klaus, an admission I didn’t think I’d be making based on last week. Although the violence and graphic nature of the scenes they share is still present, it should be more fun than this in its early stages. The Vampire Diaries has always possessed that mix of horror and comedy that any guilty pleasure relies on, and I’d like to see Stefan be a little more evil. His pining for Elena isn’t entirely necessary, and feels a little Twilight at this point.
Read our review of episode one, The Birthday, here. So, as the final curtain is drawn on season two, Vampire Diaries does what it does best. It kills off most of its cast in new and inventive ways. Last week, we were Vampire Diaries Season 4 Episode 2 left with the very real possibility of fan favourite Damon’s death from a werewolf bite and, with the main villain dealt with for the time being, the focus here is well and truly on him.
Vampire Diaries Season 4 Episode 2 The quiet and detached series finale has worked well for shows in the past, as the action is tied up in the penultimate instalment, leaving the final hour to intimate character moments and relationships. It works well again here, but the episode definitely isn’t devoid of excitement.
We begin with a visit from Damon to a very sombre Gilbert house, as Elena and Jeremy cope with life without Jenna. Elena tells Damon she needs some time, and he leaves without rebuttal. This is such a strange teaser for such an action-packed show like this, and it catches us off guard in just the right way.
Vampire Diaries Season 4 Episode 2 I’ll be honest, I was expecting an episode that centred entirely around Damon and his werewolf bite, a kind of day in the death, which would have been a brave move. Unfortunately, there was simply too much the writers wanted to pack in before season three, so it’s a pretty standard, although well done, finale.
The Gone With The Wind backdrop to many of the scenes is a beautiful framing of events and adds some old-style romance to the blood and tears in the present day. While it brings certain moments a more ‘epic’ feel, many of the most successful scenes throughout the episode are intimately enclosed inside the mansion. A particularly poignant scene between Elena and Damon is comprised entirely of close-ups, as they shut Vampire Diaries Season 4 Episode 2 out the world around them. This sort of episode thrives on two-hander scenes like this, and it’s a far cry from the fast-paced drama of last week.
My only criticism is the sheer amount of bloodshed that goes on. Although there are hints that it will go beyond ‘mere’ death and resurrection, one casualty in particular pushed the body count over the edge this week. Last time, we lost a few people, so I think some breathing space was needed.
Much loved characters are regularly thrown away without a care, and it’s only a matter of time before viewers start to get angry. Once they run out of useless characters like Jenna, Vampire Diaries Season 4 Episode 2 favourites will have to start looking over their shoulders.
The most exciting plot point for next year looks to be Stefan’s coercion into the dark side. His story this week had more than a taste of Mitchell’s story from Being Human, but only time will tell where the writers will take this. If Vampire Diaries is anything, it isn’t predictable. The relationship between Damon and Elena looks to be given more time next year also, much to fans’ delight, I assume. “It’s ok to love them both,” Katherine says near the end of the episode. And we do. We really do.
Vampire Diaries Season 4 Episode 2 Last week, on the season of “The Vampire Diaries”: Stefan slaughtered. Klaus smirked. Jeremy saw dead people. Damon smoldered. Elena sulked. And Caroline got shot with a half-dozen tranquilizers. What shenanigans will these crazy kids get up to tonight?