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The Vampire Diaries 3x03: The End of the Affair

Posted on the 01 October 2011 by Tvgeek @TVGeek_blog

The Vampire Diaries 3x03: The End of the Affair

Original Air Date: 29 September 2011

Storyline: Klaus and Stefan arrive in Chicago, where Stefan is reunited with a vampire who hasn't really moved on from her interest in him decades earlier. In a flashback to Chicago in the 1920s, Stefan comes face-to-face with a shocking chapter from his wild past. After Damon gets a tip on Stefan and Klaus' whereabouts from an unexpected source, he and Elena follow their trail. Back in Mystic Falls, Tyler is concerned about Caroline's disappearance and turns to Sheriff Forbes for help.Best Quote:

Klaus: I see they've opened the doors to the riffraff now.
Damon: Honey, I've been called worse.

Damon's Best: I’m shocked! Stefan’s not a virgin?Review: What is wrong with Elena??? Or more specifically, why do writers insist on creating such dumb characters? I thought Bella Swan was the apogee of stupidity, but I may be wrong. Kevin Williamson & co. are making it really hard for me to find her even remotely likable. Who cares if the entire world is in danger if Klaus finds her, right? The most important thing in the world is for her to be with her ripper boyfriend. Oh, give me a break already! 

Elena rant over, for now. She's so annoying that I will simply try to ignore her and focus on more important things. Like, who is chasing Klaus and why? Well, at least we know the reason he wants to create an army of hybrids. 
The most interesting part of the episode (Damon stuff aside) was the journey to the '20s. There are a lot of things this show does well, but giving us flashbacks from the characters' past lives is maybe the most interesting one. Guess what? Before Elena ever existed, Stefan was in love with an original. Rebecca, Klaus' sister, the only one of his siblings who sided with him back in the day. Also, Klaus and Stefan were best friends, but Klaus made Stefan forget he had ever met him or his sister because he was on the run from a bigger and badder bad than he himself is. 
Stefan is becoming a much more interesting character than I would have ever hoped him to be. Not only was he a ripper that would force a husband drink his own wife's blood for his own enjoyment, but he wrote down the names of each and every one of his victims because he wanted to relive the kill over and over again. Oh yes, Stefan was a true sociopath and I can bet you whatever Damon did, it was never as bad as what Stefan did. 
I like the idea of Stefan having loved someone that much before Elena. Now that he remembers Rebecca and he is determined to stay away from the oh so annoying teen, I hope those two can rekindle their romance. Rebecca is, for sure, still very much involved, seeing how for her the last 90 years didn't exist. But I wonder how much longer can Stefan stray Klaus away from his now ex, especially now, that he knows he gave Elena Rebecca's necklace, the one that could help Klaus get in touch with the original witch.
As for Klaus, we're suddenly seeing him in a whole new light. he may be bad, but there's something bigger and badder than him. Any guesses? I'm figuring, his father would make the most sense (and I'm loving the idea of having Sebastian Roche playing him). It's an interesting thing, for sure, that Klaus and Stefan used to be best friends in the past. At least the reason for Klaus wanting him around was revealed.
All this Klaus/Stefan action was amazing, but it wasn't the only thing happening during the episode. I loved all of Damon's scenes, especially the one when he wakes Elena up and the one with him taunting Klaus. The guy has a knack for getting himself into trouble, I'll give you that! As for Elena, uncovering more if Stefan's past may be an eye opener; at least, I hoped it would be, but it seems that she doesn't care how many people her boy ripped apart. There's definitely some double standard happening there.
The episode also featured the return of Katherine - sort of. She's still on Stefan's trail, as she was back in the '20s. Unfortunately, she doesn't really have a good plot, she's mainly a means to tell the main story, but I was glad to see Nina Dobrev do more than just whine and brood all the time.
As for Caroline's plot, that was a lot more entertaining than seeing Elena cry because Stefan broke up with her. Caroline's father is a messed up character. He thinks he can condition her not to drink human blood by torturing her - so that he won't be forced to kill her - which makes him a real xenophobe who doesn't deserve her love. It was good to see sheriff Forbes save her and comfort her, and Tyler's "Would now be a bad time to give you crap about sneaking out on me?" was sweet and amusing.
So now I'm waiting to see more of Stefan and Rebecca together - though love triangles are definitely overused -, but I also hope to go back to Jeremy's ghosts as well.
The Vampire Diaries 3x02: The Hybrid
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