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The Vampire Diaries "Katerina" Recap 2010-11-12 07:30:00

The Vampire Diaries "Katerina": The Good, the Bad, and the Bloody

It's flashback time on The Vampire Diaries, and this week we learn about Katherine's backstory (thumbs up), plus more about the curse (thumbs down). We even watch as some couples I asked your opinion on make a little bit of romantic progress.

In general, this episode sets up a showdown with an old, dangerous original vampire named Klaus, and hopefully it's also signifying that all this curse business is about to end. But let's talk about what goes down this week by breaking it all down into the good, the bad, and the bloody when you


The Good

  • We head to 15th century Bulgaria and see a human Katherine giving birth to an illegitimate daughter. It's significant because it's the answer to how Katherine's bloodline continues, and we see the most vulnerability in her character so far as she's devastated to have her child taken from her before she can see or hold her. From then, Katherine (Katerina at the time) is disowned by her family and banished to England where she meets Klaus, the mysterious vampire who happens to be the oldest vampire in history. Not only does he vant to suck her blood, he wants to sacrifice her. Pretty intense.
  • It's Nina Dobrev on Nina Dobrev time! Katherine's next flashbacks are spurred on by Elena, who pays the imprisoned Katherine a visit to find out about Klaus and why he's after her. Back in Katherine's past, we see Katherine running from Klaus and taking refuge with Trevor and Rose. Klaus wants to sacrifice her and break the Sun and the Moon Curse, but Katherine finds a way out; she tricks Rose into giving her some of her vampire blood, and then hangs herself, thus turning into a vampire and being useless to Klaus as a non-human doppelganger. Following? It's convoluted, but there is a hint (foreshadowing, maybe?) of what could be in Elena's future, as Katherine offers her some blood, implying that Elena could be turned into a vampire to escape the danger of being a human doppelganger. There's a flicker in Elena's eyes that shows she considers it for a moment, and though she refuses, you know this won't be the last time she thinks about turning.
  • My favorite Damon quote of the week isn't a snarky comment, it's when Rose calls him out for being in love with Elena and he sheepishly exclaims, "I'm not in love with anyone!" The vampire doth protest too much. Our face time with Damon is limited to a field trip to meet Slater, a well-educated vampire friend of Rose who has info on Klaus. Unfortunately, Elijah — so not dead as Damon had thought — interrupts the fun coffee shop interlude when he shows up and throws a handful of silver through the protected window.
  • And so the Bonnie/Jeremy courting begins . . . or does it? Jeremy asks Bonnie on a date, and though she falters when she responds because he is her best friend's little brother, after all, she agrees to hang out with him at the Mystic Grill. Throwing a wrench in their flirtation is a new kid in town, Luka, who Bonnie has immediate sparks with. Those sparks aren't just attraction: when she runs into him and his father at the Grill later, Luka's dad asks if Bonnie has any family in Salem. A later conversation reveals what Bonnie was sensing — Luka and his dad are witches! Or warlocks, rather. I was just happy that Bonnie was getting an ally, but this development is even juicier than I expected: Luka's dad is calling the shots with Elijah!
  • Another pair whose relationship grows this week is Stefan and Caroline. She may just be distracting him from going to look for Elena at Katherine's tomb, but it's sweet when Stefan admits that he looks after her so much because she reminds him of his old best friend Lexi.
  • As much as I hate to admit it, Katherine is becoming more sympathetic. Her final flashback reveals that she had once returned home to find her family slaughtered by Klaus, and as much as she's the "manipulative, psychotic bitch" Stefan accuses her of, it's clear she still has an emotional connection to her family.

The Bad

  • Please let next week be the last we hear of this curse. It's overly complicated but not compelling, and I can't bring myself to care that Bonnie, Tyler, and Caroline are now in danger too, because Katherine needs a witch, a werewolf and a vampire to break it (what, no wardrobe?). Break it or don't break it, but I'm done hearing about the moonstone.

  • I'm not feeling the sex scene between Rose and Damon. First, she annoyed me by telling Damon to turn off his emotions toward Elena. Please, girl, you're so transparent: It's all just a ploy to get in his pants. But I have to give it to her; I might say just about anything for Damon Salvatore too.

The Bloody

  • This show is all about the expendable vampire characters. I liked Slater, the cute hipster vampire, but on this show, if you don't seem that important, you're as good as dead. I'm proven right when we see that Elijah is compelling Slater to tell Damon to get the moonstone and amass the witch/vampire/werewolf, and then compels him to stake himself. Good thing I didn't get too attached.

Are you as ready for the curse/doppelganger nonsense to be resolved? Are you more excited about any of these potential couples now that you've seen this week's episode? Chat me up below, and for you superfans, don't forget to check out my Vampire Diaries-related gifts and the Hooked on Vampire Diaries group in the community.

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CiaoBella01 CiaoBella01 6 years
@pinkflake2 we know that elena is the 2nd doppleganger (rose said it in the Rose episode) which makes katherine the first. there was an original petrova that we have never met but i guess it's safe to assume she was human and died when the curse was cast. they explained that the curse allows a doppleganger to be born in order to counter the spell that was cast. the hidden secret was probably that there is an infinite amount of doppelganger so if elena doesn't break the curse, in a few hundred years, it is safe to assume that there will be a 3rd one. it makes sense because for every spell cast, there has to be a counter spell. the counter spell produced katherine and elena.
pinkflake2 pinkflake2 6 years
Thank you, LissSlav. I had the same question. How is Katherine a doppelganger? I know they said they need the Petrova blood to break the curse, but she also said she was a doppelganger, right? It's confusing.
kimmieb124 kimmieb124 6 years
I'm so over the curse and I'm ready for it to be resolved. I also feel bad for Jeremy. I like him with Bonnie and I like seeing him happy and less brooding. I also like the Stefan-Caroline friendship, but I'm not a fan of them as a couple. I actually think Katherine seeing the picture of her family at the end is thinking about retracting her decision to hide out in the tomb. Damon is going to go in there to get the moonstone, and I can see her wanting to come out and fight Klaus, too, for revenge for what he did to her family. I don't think she'll lose her edge, but I can see her teaming up with the Salvatores and Elena against Klaus. Maybe she can switch places with Elena and Elena can be protected in the tomb instead!
popculture-whore popculture-whore 6 years
this show is still very exciting but i agree about the curse.. i'm not particularly interested in it anymore, though it does feel appropriately tragic for elena damon is so sexy... but i didn't feel the spark in his scene with rose either. then again, i'm a D&E shipper :] i was actually so proud to see how far jeremy's come, so i was pretty bummed when bonnie showed more interest in the new warlock character. definitely looking forward to the new warlock storyline and the "Original" baddies.
funkygeorge funkygeorge 6 years
This might be a silly comment, but I really liked that the show took advantage of Nina Dobrev's background and made Katherine Bulgarian (she isn't in the books). It was nice hearing an actress speak a foreign language and actually sound like she knew it!
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 6 years
I agree with others that this curse business is being dragged out. I hope it gets resolved quickly, or it'll end up being a really annoying storyline just like the Maryann storyline on True Blood. Don't drag things out unnecessarily! Anon 3, I've noticed this too. Are all witches/warlocks African American? Was there an explanation for this at the beginning of the series that I've forgotten about? I like the Jeremy/Bonnie coupling, I hope they move forward with that! mandi villa, I totally agree about Rose!! I know Damon needs some lovin', but I was pretty peeved he wasn't getting it from Elena haha
ktc71 ktc71 6 years are not the only one who doesn't want Damon with Elena. I love both characters, but not as a couple. I love Elena and Stefan together. I too felt bad for Jeremy at the end. The whole curse thing will probably be the main point of the season finale.
care0531 care0531 6 years
I think this show needs something like the curse to make things suspenseful but I am getting a little confused because it seems to be constantly changing. Is it just me or did Ian sound like he shot that episode with a cold? Also am I the only one that doesn't want him with Elena? I love his character and I don't want to see him turn soft like he would if he were with Elena. I knew that new kid was trouble from the minute he said hello at school. I felt bad for Jeremy at the end when he was AGAIN left all alone.
Mandi-Villa Mandi-Villa 6 years
I am totally with you about this curse thing. Either make something happen or get over it. It was nice to see Katherine showing some emotions. I actually believe that everything she was saying to Elena was true. I'm kinda hoping Elena hangs more with Katherine, which further divides her and Stefan, making room from the delicious Damon :) PS Rose needs to be killed off next episode. I don't appreciate her complicating things between E & D. Thanks K Williamson :)
bethany0403 bethany0403 6 years
I am so confused by this curse nonsense! Are the basics that Werewolves can break the curse and not have to turn at full moons and vamps can break it and then walk in the sun without the rings? Is that the deal? I like the Jeremy/Bonnie romance. I find both of them less annoying together. I know this Luca chap is going to complicate things, but he can't be long for this show with his pops working for Elijah, right?
fakeplanettelex fakeplanettelex 6 years
i knew the new kid in town would be up to no good - not sure how i feel about that! hopefully bonnie will realize what's up. i want to know why luka's father is calling the shots with elijah. very curious about this mysterious klaus. not happy that the next new ep isn't until DECEMBER 2nd. booo! i, too, am sick of hearing about the moonstone.
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