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Recap and Review of Vampire Diaries Episode "Children of the Damned" 2010-02-05 05:30:00

The Vampire Diaries "Children of the Damned": The Good, The Bad and The Bloody

We might have been prepared for The Vampire Diaries flashback episode "Children of the Damned" with this sneak peek a while back, but watching this week's episode filled in a lot of blanks. I love the jump from the modern-day mystery to the 1800s ancestral stories, but even more, I love how layered the story is.

I'm ready to talk about everything that went down, so let's tackle the good, the bad, and the bloody when you


    The Good

  • Katherine is so bad, she's great. Nina Dobrev said she has a lot of fun getting to play Katherine and it's obvious why — she gets to step out of Elena's goody two shoes and be pure, sexy evil. I enjoy seeing her as Katherine too, especially when she's all up on Damon — it's like an antidote to all that sexual tension between Elena and Damon. Speaking of, isn't it great to see Damon as a meek human, so unsure of himself and a little frightened?
  • Way to interweave a new character into the show, and have her seamlessly be part of the action from the beginning. One of the big surprises is that vampire Anna is Pearl's daughter from the 1800s. Damon recognizes her immediately, tracking her to her hotel room and discovering that she has the journal with the whereabouts of the Grim-whatever (we'll just call it Emily's spellbook). She tells him she's been watching everything go down from afar since the comet appeared. Another reveal this episode? She's the one who turned Logan.
  • Loved the guest stars this episode! Kelly Hu's Pearl gives us another vampire of the many trapped in the tomb, and James Remar is perfect as Giuseppe Salvatore, Stefan and Damon's father. I hope we see him again — and we know we'll see Pearl soon enough.
  • Lots of Damon/Elena interactions this week, but it was more than just combative flirting. She showed him compassion, telling Stefan she thinks everything he's done, he's done for love. In one of my favorite scenes, he gets close to ask if he could trust Stefan and assures her he's not compelling her. When he finds Elena and Stefan at Giuseppe's exhumed grave and sees that she was lying, he seems truly disappointed.
  • Damon is at family night now? Can I get an invite? He gives Jeremy quality advice: "Hot trumps weird."
  • That confrontation between Stefan and Alaric is pretty intense. Alaric reveals he knows that Stefan and Damon are vampires, and that Damon killed Isobel. Rad tidbit: Isobel was a parapsychologist studying paranormal activity. And finally, Alaric reveals that Isobel was killed but her body . . . dun dun dun . . . was never found. Is she a vampire somewhere?
    The Bad

  • There's a timeline question that bothered me a lot: Stefan and Damon both seemed to still be human at the time Katherine is carted off to the church to be sealed in. We know that she is the one who turned both brothers, so when did she do it? Stefan had ingested vervain, exposing Katherine, and Jonathan Gilbert's compass didn't point to Stefan or Damon. Is this a goof or did I miss something?
    The Bloody

  • Katherine demanding a bloody make out from Damon was a little much for me. Wipe your face, honey.
  • How creepy are those Hannibal Lecter masks the old townspeople slap on Katherine and Pearl?
  • Bonnie sees Ben's veiny vampire face when their date goes sour. Surprise — their kiss reveals that he's not human. He senses she knows and attacks her, taking her somewhere. She's not the only abductee; where has Anna taken Elena?

I can't wait to hear what you thought of this episode, as well as your various theories. Do you think Isobel is a vampire, waiting to surface? Could she be some other kind of being, descended from vampires? Chat with me below and, if you're a big fan of the show, join the Hooked on Vampire Diaries group in the Buzz Community to chat more!

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funkygeorge funkygeorge 7 years
The lack of jealousy between the brothers is weird, maybe Katherine has them all compelled-up so they wouldn't get mad about it? The way that Damon got Carolyn to be OK with the fact that he was biting her and threatened to kill her at some point. Also, I need a life. lol.
partysugar partysugar 7 years
I loved how Richard from Sex and the City was the Salvatore brother's dad!
pinkflake2 pinkflake2 7 years
Oh my goodness...I totally missed Bonnie and Ben's date going bad! I wonder if I just fast forwarded it too far!
Muriah15 Muriah15 7 years
I enjoyed this episode. I love the sexual tension finally was released. The bloody kissing was pretty disgusting and I'm confused about when Damon and Stefan were turned same as you. I love that Damon is sort of compassionate now.
differentthread differentthread 7 years
in a previous episode Damon tells Elena at the Lockwood ball, that the brothers were shot to death when they tried saving the wowman they loved. This is how they die after Katherine is caught.
popculture-whore popculture-whore 7 years
can't believe how much i like this show but i'm not gonna fight it anymore... i'll just enjoy it and stop being surprised haha the time line also threw me off! i kept telling my sister that the salvatore brothers weren't vampires when katherine got caught so something must've happened in between the vampire round-up and their imprisonment flashbacks were fun too!
Mariana48 Mariana48 7 years
funky george i didnt remember about what damon said at the founders party, guess u were paying more attention than me! That makes perfect sense though! I was having problems with the timeline until u explained it!
Acid-Pops Acid-Pops 7 years
I am so brain dead! I didn't realize in previous episodes that Emily was played by Bianca Lawson! First official Buffy connection:))))
JLMac JLMac 7 years
As always, Vampire Diaries never disappoints and my school girl crush on Damon and Stefan intensifies with every new episode. Khameel - agreed! P.S. Best line of the night, Damon to Elena and Stefan in bed "If I see something I haven’t seen before, I’ll throw a dollar at it." I actually made a mental note of that last night to bring that up for this week's post.
funkygeorge funkygeorge 7 years
oh also, the fact that Katherine kept telling Damon that he was going to die soon makes me think that she was already feeding them her blood...
funkygeorge funkygeorge 7 years
For the time-line question, to turn in to a vampire the guys have to die with vampire blood in their system (and then feed on a human after). So even if they never saw Katherine again, if they both died with her blood in their system they would turn into vampires. I remember Damon saying in the episode with the Founder's party that the "original" Salvatore brothers died from being shot while trying to rescue "a woman"(Katherine) from the church. If this happened shortly after Katherine and Pearl were captured the time-line makes sense.
khameel khameel 7 years
This show gets better each week! I was actually surprised that Pearl was Anna's mother. I didn't see that coming. The timeline did bother me a bit, too. I'm sure the writers will answer that question, soon. I agree with Buzz about how refreshing it is to see Damon as a human. He seems so much sweeter that way. My only complaint is that Elena needs to tell Jenna and Jeremy about the vampires in order to protect themselves (and so Jeremy will stop letting them into the house!). P.S. Best line of the night, Damon to Elena and Stefan in bed "If I see something I haven’t seen before, I’ll throw a dollar at it."
flowergirl flowergirl 7 years
Seriously this show does not disappoint. My hunch was right about Anna being related to Pearl..I mean, two Asian/Eurasians on one show..yeah pretty easy to guess. So excited for next week but really sad because I think we don't have many episodes left before the finale.
ktc71 ktc71 7 years
I too was wondering if Anna was already a vampire. I have a feeling that somehow this isn't the last of Katherine. She's the one who turns Stefan and Damon and clearly that hadn't happened yet when they captured her. This show has me on the edge of my seat every week!
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