Recap/Review for The Vampire Diaries – “The Birthday” – 9/15/11

Hi, my name is Justine, and I’m joining the site to do reviews on two of my favorite shows: The Vampire Diaries and Supernatural. I also happen to be the older sister of Megan, who already reviews and talks your ear off on this site daily.

Truth be told, I’m not nearly as big of a TV addict as the other writers on this site, except for a few shows that I cannot miss. My time is spent watching Vampire Diaries, Supernatural, and Being Human. I also enjoy The Big Bang Theory and The Borgias.

I do enjoy reading more than watching TV, but that’s not to say that I don’t enjoy having a fantasy or two about marrying Dean (Jensen Ackles) from Supernatural.

Enough about me. Let’s get to the real reason I’m here, and that’s to review last night’s season premiere of The Vampire Diaries. Jump ahead and check out what happened.

After waiting—not so patiently—all summer for the season premiere, all I can say is WOW!

It opens in Tennessee, where Klaus and Stefan have gone to track down Ray Sutton (guest star David Gallagher, 7th Heaven), a werewolf that Klaus needs information from. We are then shown the brutal killer that our sweet Stefan truly is as he savagely kills two women after Klaus is done getting Ray’s whereabouts from them.

Elena (Nina Dobrev), gets a lead on Stefan’s location, which Damon pursues without her. Damon takes Alaric to Tennessee in the hopes of finding his brother, but instead, is treated to a scene that holds the obvious trademarks of when Stefan was known as “The Ripper.”

We are then given a break from the violence, as sexual tension sparks between Caroline and Tyler as they talk about horniness and heightened sex drives. As Tyler is leaving to get ready for Elena’s 18th birthday, Caroline says with a cute smile, “Well, I hope you get lucky tonight!” This is a couple that I can get behind, and I enjoyed their interactions thoroughly during this episode.

Klaus and Stefan have realized that Damon is still tracking them down, so Stefan goes to give him a warning, thus proving a loyalty to Klaus. Unfortunately for Damon his girlfriend—more like distraction—Andy is the warning is she is compelled by Stefan to jump to her death. Damon sees this, and he is sadly forced to realize that Stefan is lost to him.

Party time! Jeremy is getting high, because he has been seeing dead people ever since he was brought back to life, Elena is missing Stefan, and Caroline is drinking from the bottle as she jealously watches Tyler with his date. It’s not looking like a very happy birthday party.

We are then swept into a whirlwind of emotions—Damon angrily letting Elena know that Stefan is killing, Caroline and Tyler passionately kissing and leaving for a steamy scene in Tyler’s bedroom, and then as if that is not enough! Stefan calls Elena, who knows it’s him, even though he doesn’t speak. She tells him to hold on to her love and never let go, as we see the Stefan we all love crying and trying to hold on to who he is.

Guess what? Not done yet! The show ends when Tyler’s mother shoots Caroline down to the floor with darts in the morning as she was leaving Tyler.

That was a fantastic, bloody, sexy episode that you must watch for yourself!

I will leave you with the line of the show:

“You should learn to knock. What if I was indecent?” Said to Elena by Damon, while he was deliciously naked, wearing only his sexy smirk!

Salvatore Brothers? More like Salivate Brothers!

Tune in next week to The CW at 8/7c to see where this always stimulating show takes us next.

– Justine

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