Welcome to Mystic Falls, home to vampires, witches, and werewolves…
…and each has a “diary” laying around here somewhere. Time to bust out the Pictionary!
With the countless dramas on the CW, it’s no surprise that the network is fond of finding new takes on an age-old issue: disputes between family members. This week’s episode of The Vampire Diaries sheds a new light on the original vampires and puts ‘daddy issues’ into a completely new perspective.
Before Alaric continues his exploration of the old Lockwood caves, he brings Elena down so she can see the ancient inscriptions for herself. Knowing the Klaus is fond of setting traps and leaving fake trails, Elena speculates, rightfully so, that this is another in a series of unfortunate ruses. The writings tell the story of the centuries old vampires Klaus, Rebecca and Elijah, going into detail about their creation, the hybrid and the curse. Why would Klaus set a trap explaining his own treachery? He’s been lying to his only ally, and if she finds out…
Now on the hunt for Michael, Elena seeks Rebecca out. As an original, surely she knows something, right? Caught up in the petty drama typical of an immortal mean girl, Rebecca relents only because Elena refuses to play her game. Recounting her mortal childhood, Rebecca reveals Michael to be her father. The only trace of supernatural in her past is the werewolves, and even they were insignificant. The town accepted the wolves as a way of living, only seeking shelter on the full moon when their neighbors turned from man to wolf.
An unprecedented tragedy erupts, creating the eternal tension between the wolves and the originals, a situation so desperate that these human beings went from grievous mortals to a new being: a vampire. From here, we know the story. The family goes their separate ways, either by choice or by death. Once the tale has been told, the shock of new information causes Rebecca to reach her breaking point, with only Elena around to cushion the impact.
Last week’s episode ended with Stefan tied to a chair and Elena kicking back to watch the show. Now it’s Damon’s turn—no worries, nothing more than brotherly love here. Taking Stefan out for a drink—A Positive, anyone?—hoping to entice him with a taste of the freedom he has lost.
Speaking of lost, Katherine is nowhere to be found. While the viewer may know what’s happened to her, no one else has given her a second thought. Not even when vampire-hunter Michael makes an appearance.
As season three nears it’s halfway point, the plot line seems to be balanced in producing just as many answers as it does new questions. Next week’s episode, featuring the band My Morning Jacket, entertains this new ripple in the original family.
- Tess Catlett