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Recap and Review of Vampire Diaries Episode "History Repeating"

Vampire Diaries "History Repeating": The Good, The Bad and The Bloody

Dear The Vampire Diaries, I see your master plan now: it's to bring it every week now. Please continue to do so. Moving on, this week we learned more about Bonnie and her family ties, revealed Damon's master plan, and met the new mysterious, history teacher.

But that's not even half of the amazing things that went down, so to see the good, the bad, and the bloody from this week's episode, just


    The Good

  • Bonnie's talisman/necklace is bringing her nightmares and visions of her ancestor Emily, who we learn was definitely Katherine's handmaiden back in the day. Her appearances are so creepy, but I was kind of digging that the scares were coming from a non-vampire source.
  • Damon and Stefan's interactions this week are brilliant. The role reversal, where Stefan takes on Damon's persona and Damon mocks Stefan in kind, are priceless. There even seems to be some genuinely affectionate times between the brothers, but was it just Damon's vulnerability/lack of strength due to avoiding human blood?
  • New characters for this show have tended to be pretty intriguing, and new teacher Alaric Saltzman is no exception. The dreamy Alaric, played by Legally Blonde's Matt Davis, has a shady past (dead wife who was almost certainly murdered) and every sign points to him being a vampire: the sun-protecting ring, the lingering exchange of Jenna not inviting him in. It's almost too obvious. If he is a vamp and not some other supernatural being, then what role does he play? I'm sure he must know the Salvatores.
  • Gratification! In one episode, we get two mysteries solved: why Damon came back to Mystic Falls and what's up with Emily and her necklace. The master plan — and Damon's reason for return — is Katherine. Specifically, to rouse her from the spell that left her trapped but unharmed (well, relatively unharmed, considering she was already dead) underneath the church 100 plus years ago. It's news to Stefan that Katherine didn't perish in the fire, but that's not the only revelation about her; the boys trade barbs about their last encounters with their shared first love, and they both end up wounded. I think Stefan is lying when he insists that Katherine compelled the brothers into loving her and that it wasn't real; why else would he have come out of hiding to pursue Elena?
  • One seed-planting I appreciated: The Gilbert family history. You know Jeremy's on the verge of discovering something big. I have my theories.
    The Bad

  • Right about now I feel the need to introduce something I'd like to call Twilight Corner. It'll be where I bring up any glaring similarities The Vampire Diaries has to that other vampire story. This week, it's Stefan leaving Elena, telling her it's for the best. I smirked early on, when Stefan tells Elena that he's backing off from school, that it's the right thing to do; but I pretty much spit my water out at the end of the episode when Stefan tells Elena he's leaving to protect her while they're in the woods. Shades of New Moon! Generally, the show has distinguished itself from Twilight but that's waaay too close for comfort.
    The Bloody

  • Damon swears off drinking human blood in a demonstration of goodwill to Stefan after killing Lexie last week. My my. Damon, showing repentance? What is this crazy fake world coming to? However, he doesn't maintain his new diet for long: he takes a big bite out of a possessed Bonnie after she, as Emily, destroys the amulet and Katherine over the Fells Church ruins.
  • OK, let's talk past bloody: We got more of the story of the history of Mystic Falls, including what sounds like an epic, ongoing battle between vampires and humans. It was no accident that Katherine was in that church, having been rounded up by the townspeople to be killed. And she wasn't alone; Emily sealed up the whole church, full of other vampires, who potentially could have been freed upon the town this week. Stefan accuses Damon of not wanting to free Katherine out of love, but revenge, rather; he nearly introduces an army of angry, ancient vampires on the ancestors of the people who exterminated them. Personally I think it was a little bit of both for Damon — love and revenge. He almost has his soul mate and a group of allies back in his life.
  • I'm counting Damon's broken heart as a casualty this week, as cheesy as that sounds. I just can't ignore how wrecked his face looks at the end of the episode. We went from seeing how inhumane Damon is just last week, to being confronted by an emotional man who faces a final loss of love. Ian Somerhalder, you're rocking it.

What did you think of "History Repeating"? Are you disappointed at all that Katherine didn't rise from the grave tonight, along with a crew of her nearest and bloodthirstiest? Do you even believe she's totally gone? And what about Jenna's situation — are both Logan and Alaric out to suck her blood? For more chatting beyond this week, join the Hooked on Vampire Diaries group in the Buzz Community!

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fakeplanettelex fakeplanettelex 7 years
ahhh thanks demarco11... i forgot about that. i was screaming at the TV, LOOPHOLE! but clearly, i was wrong. ;)
demarco11 demarco11 7 years
To turn you need to have vamp blood in you when you die. Vicky had TONS of Damon's in her system and he snapped her neck. Finally got to catch up on the ep. Like everyone's been saying this show is surprisingly good. I also had my doubts, but I decided to try it out anyways and I'm glad I did. There are a lot differences from the book , but they're good differences and makes the show less predictable for the people who read them (especially adding new characters and leaving some out i.e. Meredith for those who know). They made it way too obvious for Alaric to be a vamp., the ring, the invitation. No way.
fakeplanettelex fakeplanettelex 7 years
i was extremely frustrated w/elena's reaction to stefan leaving (hello, new moon?!) so yeah, there are similarities/parallels to the twilight saga. one prob i have in how vampires are turned. bonnie doesn't get turned b/c she needed to die first and drink vampire blood right? so if that's the case, how did vicky get turned? argh, confused. yes, more shirtless stefan! kthxbai.
darcicomplex darcicomplex 7 years
I thought this episode had great dialogue and small interactions, like when Bonnie tries to explain to Caroline that she doesn’t let her in on everything because she never listens, and all the back and forth between Damon and Stefan. Also I thought this episode had great music – loved hearing Pablo Sebastian’s “Lies” during the scene when Bonnie and Elena are in the car and then Bonnie throws away the crystal, as well as Great Northern’s “Houses” which played when Jenna and Alaric talk at the Mystic Grill. Both these scenes are on YouTube at and
Lavinie Lavinie 7 years
so the story and names kept sounding really familiar to me but i didn't know from where... i feel like i knew this love story before.. i finally figured out the mystery - i had read all the books like 15 years ago! sadly i'm at that age i can say that... anyways - i grabbed them from my parents' house and i think i'im going to re read them and see if they're keeping true to the story.
bangs bangs 7 years
Every episode is so FULL, I love it!
La-Tua-Cantante La-Tua-Cantante 7 years
I seriously love this show! I am planning on reading the books soon.
Pampire Pampire 7 years
This weeks show was definitely the best so far! I read the books and there are a lot of things that are the same but there are a lot of things different too, but I really really love this show and can't wait until Thursday arrives every week, it draws you in that way! Oh and Stefans body was rock hard and oh so delicious! I really felt bad for Damon too this week, it showed that he does have emotions afterall and dare I say a heart. :heart:
nessa17 nessa17 7 years
I love this show, the episode was great and I have to agree that Emily give me the creeps. I loved the brotherly bonding moments as well and cant wait to find out what will happen on next week's episode.
CiaoBella01 CiaoBella01 7 years
LOVING THIS SHOW! heartbreaking when stefan cries at the end! AH! so much better than twilight!
Glamgal Glamgal 7 years
I agree with everyone...this show is one word. AMAZING! I'm soo hooked. Aside from modern family this is my fav new show of the season!! p.s.-ktc i'm with you...I'm tempted to start reading the books too...but I don't want to spoil all the fun!
ktc71 ktc71 7 years
I haven't read the book either, but I do wonder how the show and books differ. I'm tempted to pick the first book up...
JLew1982 JLew1982 7 years
Bonnie's dream sequence in class was straight out of Nightmare on Elm Street! Anyway...I thought the episode was kind of disorganized. It had a lot of storylines going at one time. I still love the show; I just wonder how they will keep it going for multiple seasons. Although I haven't read the books, so you all would know better than I.
care0531 care0531 7 years
Dude this show has me on the edge of my seat these days! CRAZY!!!! I sit there every week and thinking of the similarites between this show and Twilight and True Blood etc. I did think of a lot of New Moon similarites this week but I also think of True Blood everytime they have them drink their blood to heal. I think it just keeps all the vampire myths and stories the same so I don't really mind it. The one thing I am sick of is Elena every week its I can't be with you no I can be with you they are off and on every week its annoying. I can tell you one thing I enjoyed this week A NICE VIEW OF A HOT SHIRTLESS VAMPIRE!!!! :)
ktc71 ktc71 7 years
This is currently my favorite show! I love how its not too predictable. It seems that every week there is some momment that mkaes my jaw drop. I love it!
qtpie qtpie 7 years
I have a feeling that it won't be the last of Katherine. Ooh the Bonnie-Emily stuff was pretty creepy! Am also curious about what happened to Logan after he died.
bsprague01 bsprague01 7 years
This episode was fantastic! They are really stepping it up and Thursday night is one of the best nights on television. I knew Damon was up to something, but I had no idea it was raising Katherine. That through me for a loop. I was actually thinking it was going to happen until the whole Emily thing. I kind of think that if it was only Katherine then possibly Emily would have let her come back. It was quite sad seeing how traumatized Damon was. At that point I really did feel that he truly loved her. Obviously, Stefan can't leave Elena for long. It's gonna be interesting to see how their story develops and yes, he has a slamming body. The Logan twist was pretty surprising and I still can't figure out how that happened. I have some theories, but I'll just have to wait and see. I think Alaric is a vampire, but how he fits into the story I don't know. I really need to read the books. I can't wait until the next episode. I'm hooked!
jhilly123 jhilly123 7 years
I was waiting for your post! It was fantastic this week. Typically the gore freaks me out and I've been skipping some parts-yes I know I'm terrible-but this episode had me drawn from the start. Emily's presence was terrifyingly amazingly. I knew right when I saw the new teacher that he was a vampire-on top of the ring. I definitely don't think Katherine's gone-though I would have liked to have seen her. I'm just surprised that it was that easy to get rid of all the vampires-too easy lol. I agree there were definitely some cheesy scenes that paralleled Twilight, but since I can't stand Twilight, I'll let this pass lol. And Damon at the end-after bitting Bonnie-I love him even more now because he shows he can be vulnerable and that he loved Katherine (or maybe he's just sad that he can't unleash the other vamps on the townspeople lol). Buzz, you basically covered everything that I wanted to say-lol. Great episode!
Entertainment Entertainment 7 years
I don't mean to say that anyone stole from anyone (re: the Twilight comparison), just that they're weirdly similar.
sonya-ina sonya-ina 7 years
I know who/what Alaric is... there are plenty interviews online divulging that much, and from what I gather he's the same person he is in the books. The episode was GREAT! In fact, I'm probably going to re-watch it now. I can't wait for next week!
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