I’ll be honest the latest two episodes of TVD weren’t exactly the best. They were kind of slow and slightly boring. They weren’t worth writing an entire post for each episode, so I decided to combine the two together.
Episode 16: The Downward Spiral
In this episode, which was directed by TVD’s very own Ian Somerhalder, Caroline experienced the vampire life without humanity. Surprisingly, she handled it a little better than expected, minus the whole compelling Liam to perform surgery on Sarah. Caroline’s actions worried Elena and Stefan and teamed up to figure out what her emotional trigger was. It’s Stefan. Meanwhile, Damon approached Kai to get any information on why his mother is stuck in a prison world by the Gemini coven. Turns out, she’s in there because she’s a ripper and killed thousands of people in such a short amount. I guess being a ripper is genetic.
We saw a completely different side of Caroline. She’s no longer that caring, sweet, and thoughtful Caroline we used to know and come to love over the seasons. Now, she’s a cold-hearted bitch. Caroline just doesn’t care about anything or anyone, and is only looking out for herself. She’s having fun without feeling guilty about anything as well. It’s hard to say I like this new Caroline, but I kind of do and don’t. I like the evil genius she becomes and the plans she comes up with to get what she wants. However, I don’t like her because she’s just so mean! This just shows what a great actress Candice Accola is. I’ve never doubted Accola’s acting. She’s a fantastic actress and she did a phenomenal job playing a completely different and new side to Caroline.
I think if they had somehow came up with an idea to kill Stefan in front of Caroline it might have gotten her to switch her humanity. It worked when they it did with Elena and Matt. Elena and Matt have a great relationship. Even though she had no humanity, after seeing one of her dearest friends killed in front of her, it immediately switched back. Deep down, when you see something like that with someone you really care about, it will make you feel something. I think it would have worked if Elena had “killed” Stefan in front of Caroline because we saw she has an emotional tether with him during the rave by the bar. He’s the only one that can get her to switch her humanity and he was so close to doing it too. However, that idea can’t work anymore.
Episode 17: A Bird in a Glided Cage
Damon explained to Elena that Stefan has always been a momma’s boy, which Elena comes up with a theory that maybe their mother is Stefan’s emotional trigger, and would flip his humanity back. In the end, Damon, Elena, Bonnie, and Kai travel back in time and not only brought Lily Salvatore home, but also left Kai behind. Meanwhile, Stefan not only tested but pushed Caroline’s limits with her emotionless humanity by showing her and explaining the rights of not giving a damn. In other words, showing her how to properly be a ripper. Ripper 101. Lastly, Enzo and Alaric worked together to get Stefan to flip his switch back. In the end, Alaric promised Jo he’s done hunting vampires at least for the next 18 years, and Alaric confronts Enzo about his reasons of his evilness, because he’s alone and lonely.
Thoughts (This paragraph contains spoilers that were NOT mentioned in the previous paragraph above.)
I kind of enjoyed seeing Ripper Stefan annoying Caroline. I thought it was kind of karma coming after her, in which she totally deserved for forcing Stefan to do something he didn’t want to do, but did to save Sarah’s life. For a second, I thought just maybe it would get her to flip the switch back because there were moments where she cared too much for not having humanity. However, I did NOT like Steroline’s sex scene! They have their humanities off, which means the sex meant nothing. That’s not exactly how I wanted the two to get it on. When and if they switch their humanities back on, they’re going to regret it, and it could possibly ruin what could have been a great thing.
At the very end of the episode, Bonnie surprised Damon (and me!) with the cure. She brought it back as a thank you gift for Damon. Take a look at the scene in the video below.
Honestly, I hate that the writers brought the cure back. After all what the gang went through to get it, and after all they writers put us through emotionally, they brought it back. It kind of feels like they’re recycling storylines and material they’ve already had, and only put us on another and possibly different emotional roller-coaster ride. The writers wouldn’t bring something back without a good reason and explanation, which I understand. Sure the results will be different considering the last time the cure was forced into Katherine’s mouth and she’s gone, but I don’t like the idea of the cure coming back.
The Vampire Diaries returns on April 16th on the CW.