I’ll admit that I (and quite a few other people, from what I can see) thought the season premiere of The Vampire Diaries was a bit underwhelming. Considering the subject matter – Elena’s transformation into a vampire – you’d think the episode would have delivered a stronger emotional and dramatic punch. Perhaps because the outcome was inevitable, the episode lacked the ‘oomph’ that dominates this show. Fortunately, this week’s episode more than makes up for last week’s premiere and delivers up action, sexiness and drama in equal shares.
Stefan’s Animal Diet. What’s a man to do when the woman he loves gets turned into a vampire? Stefan wants to bypass the nearly endless years of torment for Elena if she drinks human blood and starts her off on a purely animal blood diet. At first, the experience of hunting is a foreign to Elena, but the pair get into it when Elena appreciates how much her newfound abilities turns Stefan on. Unfortunately, their romp in the woods quickly becomes soured (in a very literal way) when Elena can’t hold down the deer blood she just drank. Stefan suggests they try again and again, but they always get the same result. What’s a girl to do?
Damon’s Human Diet. Well, the girl turns to Damon for suggestions. Of course, we know that he pushes her the people-friendly diet (watch a clip), but Elena’s determined to avoid snaking on humans. Fortunately, Damon eventually has a solution to this problem. And while Delena fans might be happy with it, Stefan most certainly is not.
Connor, The Vampire Slayer. After members of the Council blew themselves up in last week’s episode, a new vampire hunter arrives in town. And if you thought last week’s Council was serious, you haven’t seen anything yet. Connor immediately identities the vampires he wants to kill. He’s clever, he’s ruthless and he’s not afraid to make sacrifices for the greater good. During a memorial for the recently-deceased Council members, Connor sets up a plan to entrap and identify the various vampires in town. The question is whether they’re all strong enough to resist. Matt becomes a hero at the memorial, proving once again that he would do anything to help his friends.
The Price of Power. After last week’s disastrous attempt at dark magic, Bonnie is still feeling the side effects of her failed spell and the destruction of her grandmother’s spirit. But when Stefan comes by asking for a favor to help identify Connor’s origins, Bonnie is determined to help.
Memorial. Elena’s recent death and the deaths of the Council members prompt the group to take a look back at all of those who have died in this crazy supernatural world they live in, leading to a touching impromptu memorial and a nice surprise ending that will likely leave you all with a tear in your eye and a smile on your face.
Don’t miss a new episode of The Vampire Diaries on Thursday, October 18 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on The CW. Visit our Vampire Diaries page for previews, spoilers, photos and reviews for the show.