TV REVIEW: The Vampire Diaries Season 3, Episode 8 – Ordinary People

TVD_Logo The focus is back on Klaus this week as Elena learns the truth about the original vampire family, while Damon breaks Stefan out of his prison for a little brotherly bonding…Caution: Contains Spoilers.

My favorite episodes of this show tend to be the ones where we learn a bit of back story about the characters.  This episode is no exception.

While Alaric ponders the meaning of the drawings found under the old Lockwood mansion, Elena goes to Rebekah to find out why Klaus is so afraid of Michael.  She learns that Klaus had a contentious relationship with his father – none other than the infamous Michael.  When asked why Michael would hunt his own son, Rebekah reveals that many years ago, when their family first arrived (back in the time of the Vikings), they lived peacefully in a village full of werewolves.  When one of the wolves killed their youngest son, Michael and his wife sought the help of the village witch in securing their children’s safety – they wished for a way to make them immortal.

When the witch refused, Michael turned to his wife, who was also a witch.  She devised a ritual that went a little something like this: the children (Klaus, Rebekah and Elijah) were given wine infused with blood, killed by their father, and then forced to drink the blood of a living person in order to complete the transformation.  Thus the original vampires were born.  This raised a complication where Klaus was concerned – his mother had had an affair with one of the werewolf males, making him a hybrid vampire/werewolf.  His mother placed a spell (a curse) on him which suppressed his werewolf half, but this wasn’t enough for Michael, who claimed that she had broken his heart with her affair and then killed her by ripping out her heart.

At least, that was the version Klaus told Rebekah, that he had witnessed their father kill their mother.  However, when Alaric and Elena manage to finally decipher the Lockwood drawings, they discover that it was Klaus who killed his own mother, not Michael.  Elena reveals this to Rebekah, who refuses to believe it at first, but eventually it sinks in.

While all of this is going on back in Mystic Falls, Damon breaks Stefan out of his prison and takes him out for some brotherly bonding.  While they are enjoying themselves, who shows up but Michael himself, offering his help in killing Klaus.  When he tries to find out where Klaus is, Stefan refuses to tell him until Michael threatens Damon’s life.  Michael tells Stefan to lure Klaus back to Mystic Falls so he can finish the job, and Stefan agrees.

So Klaus is a werewolf, the very embodiment of everything Michael hates, and he killed his own mother, Michael’s wife.  I guess it’s no surprise that Michael has been hunting him all these years.  Klaus is an interesting contradiction; he appears to have no remorse – after all, he lied to Rebekah for hundreds of years about the true cause of their mother’s death – yet he appears to crave companionship and to not want to be alone.  I am not convinced that he is all about world domination.  I think family is important to him, in his own twisted way, and he is trying to figure out a way to get that back again.

This was a great episode for Rebekah, played by Claire Holt.  To this point, she’s been very much a bitchy, shallow character.  But we learn in this episode that yes, she was human once, and that she loved her family.  She remains fiercely loyal to her brother Klaus, at least up until Elena reveals the true circumstances behind her mother’s death, which affects her deeply.  I care about Rebekah as a character now, and I cannot wait until Klaus gets back to see how she will avenge her mother.

I also enjoyed seeing Stefan and Damon together – for all that they are brothers, I feel that they don’t get enough screen time together.  Stefan proves once again that he is incapable of letting any harm come to Damon, and Elena astutely observes that it will be Stefan’s love for Damon that ultimately saves him.

Next week’s episode is entitled “Homecoming,” and given the show’s history of having serious bizness go down at large events, you can pretty much bet something big is going to go down.

Rating: 4.5/5
GS Reporter: Mirjana

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One comment

  1. Really enjoyed all of the mythology – I was quite surprised. Bad Stefan is so much more interesting than bland Stefan.

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