The Vampire Diaries: The Dinner Party

Posted by: Kyle Tetarenko  //  February 17, 2011 @ 9:33pm

Filed under: TV Recaps/Reviews 

When Elena made her deal with Elijah, she knew full well that she was protecting the ones she loved but sacrificing herself. What she didn't count on was Stefan and Damon coming up with a plan of their own but unfortunately for them, killing an Original is not as easy as it sounds.

While still at the lake house, Elena begins to read Jonathan Gilbert's diaries only discover that Stefan wasn't always the man he is today. Shortly after he became a vampire, Stefan became a terror. He massacred people wherever he found them, almost lining them up to die; it was only when a friend showed him that vampires don't have to be the cold blooded killers that he began to change his ways. Meanwhile in Mystic Falls, Elijah is back in town for a few days exploring the town and its history with Jenna. When they run into Damon and Rick at the restaurant, Damon's girlfriend Andie suggests they have a dinner party which gives Damon the opportunity he was waiting for. Unbeknownst to Damon is that there is a catch to using the dagger and time is running out for Stefan and Elena to warn him before it's too late.

After the watching the preview for "The Dinner Party", I can't say that I was looking forward to another flashback episode after everything that happened with the werewolves but that was not the case. Instead, we are treated to seeing how Damon went from "Ripper" to tortured lovesick guy for Elena. Did I also mention that Elijah was in town? Whenever he is in an episode, you know something big is about to go down and this week was no exception. What was especially great about this episode was that I was legitimately surprised twice. I won't ruin it for anyone that has not watched it yet but the lengths that some characters are willing to take get further every week. Even Damon was shocked after the first surprise and promptly did what he was told. The pacing of the episode was fantastic as well as I was kept on edge at all times, wondering what would happen between Damon and Elijah just as another break would come with Stefan and Elena. Towards the end of the episode this formula is turned on its head as Stefan and Elena's story is seamlessly woven into Damon's in what could only be called "superb television".

While the show was incredibly strong, it did have its drawbacks in the usual form of Bonnie and Jeremy. Even when they combine their story together in the romance plot, it still isn't interesting. What doesn't help is how their story always seems completely isolated from the rest of the characters altogether and even though I'm sure it will not always be that way, it kinda sucks in the mean time. Each week it is just a back and forth plot between Luka and whether or not Jeremy and Bonnie can be together because he is younger than her and her best friend's brother which are insignificant reasons considering what happens around them on a daily basis. Now that Luka's father took Bonnie's powers away, maybe they can just temporarily write them out by saying they had midterms or a paper due (Do they ever go to school anymore?). Also, was it just me or did anyone else find it strange that Caroline was not involved whatsoever week?

After another great episode, The Vampire Diaries has clearly begun to pick up momentum. With Elijah out of the way it's possible we will see more Originals or even Claus in the near future but this is assuming we have seen the last of Elijah. Now that Katherine is free from her cave, I'm willing to wait for next week's "The House Guest".

Tags: The Vampire Diaries, tefan Salvatore, Damon Salvatore, Elena Gilbert, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder, Nina Dobrev

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Original Comments Posted (2)

kristy says...

15th episode of Vampire Diaries season 2 : the dinner part was just awesome. But i pissed with the death of Elijah. As i don't wanna die her. But now i am waiting for enjoy forthcoming episode. Lets see what happen next

Feb 21, 2011 3:33am

Kyle Tetarenko says...

Hey Kristy,

Thanks for the comment! The dinner part scene was incredible and I was shocked that they killed Elijah too but they also mentioned that the dagger had to stay in him to stay dead. With that in mind, I'm not sure if we've seen the last of him as I doubt he is the only original and they just might need the dagger back for someone (or something) worse.

Hope you enjoy the rest of my reviews,

Kyle

Feb 24, 2011 2:37pm

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