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The Vampire Diaries "Kill or Be Killed" Recap 2010-10-08 06:30:51

The Vampire Diaries "Kill or Be Killed": The Good, the Bad, and the Bloody

The Vampire Diaries is heating up its vampires vs. werewolves story arc, while Katherine still has her sharp, scheming claws in the fabric of Mystic Falls. Caroline and Mason both have the spotlight on them this week, too, and they each do a lot with their time.

I don't want to give anything away, though, but I have lots to talk about it. Let's go over the good, the bad, and the bloody from "Kill or Be Killed" when you


    The Good

  • Uncle Werewolf Mason reveals the cause of his curse to Tyler: He accidentally killed a friend a year before and triggered his werewolf transformation. He warns Tyler about any sort of death at his hands, and later, when a female classmate falls down the stairs I thought Tyler was done for, but luckily she's OK. I'm happy his curse is going to be drawn out a little bit longer; Tyler's characterization is getting pleasingly complex, and I'd hate to see him villainized right away.
  • Caroline's mom pledges to spend the day with her daughter and sniffs out that something's wrong. It's not the only disturbing thing Liz hears that day: Mason breaks the news to Sheriff Forbes that Damon is a vampire, and when she's incredulous, he offers to prove it with an electric lemonade vervain test, which Damon promptly fails, exposing himself.
  • It's a hot man showdown! Stefan gets all tough-guy on Mason and threatens that he and Damon could take him down, but it's the Salvatore brothers who need to be on their guard. When they approach Mason in the woods after the vervain-ade setup, Stefan and Damon each take a few wooden bullets and injections of vervain, courtesy of Liz and her deputies. It's disconcerting to see the two men vulnerable and shot on the ground. Sad face.
  • Caroline: my new favorite character! I love that she shows Mason no mercy when he grabs Elena and then comes to the rescue of Damon and Stefan at the expense of her mother finding out she's a vampire. She really doesn't ease her mom into it either, showing off her speed and biting right into the neck of one of the deputies in front of her. I'm glad Caroline's having her story fully developed and wondering if her mother will ever accept her, or if Liz will need to stay compelled and in the dark.
  • Tyler invites Jeremy over for some mixed drinks and mixed company, but their bro-athon turns unfriendly when Tyler sees some of Jeremy's sketches of wolf-like creatures and takes it as a threat. Once Tyler calms down and removes his hand from Jeremy's throat, they talk it out, and Tyler reveals that he has the moonstone Mason is desperately trying to get his hands on. Bromance back on!
  • Stefan starts reconsidering his no-human blood policy, reasoning that he could build up a tolerance to it and be able to control himself. It's the only way he can protect Elena from Katherine, he explains, but she refuses to consider it — until Damon convinces her that it's the best thing. And in good old True Blood fashion, the leading lady offers her own blood to her leading man in the ultimate act of intimacy. I guess what doesn't gross them out makes them stronger.
  • Twist! This is the episode where Mason's true colors come out — he's a jerk — but it's actually worse than that: He's with Katherine, romantically and professionally. She'd been a part of his life before, we see, and it's implied that she set up the dominoes that made Mason kill his friend and begin his curse. Now he's her little puppy, and having gotten the moonstone from Tyler, he makes Ms. Katherine very happy. Next week can we please find out what the moonstone does?
    The Bad

  • The threat of Katherine is keeping Stefan and Elena apart, and their faux drama, as Damon puts it, is grating on me. Sample cheesy dialogue: "If I say 'I can't do this anymore' it really means I love you."
  • Can we get some better special effects up in here? Watching Caroline running around in flashes defeats the creepy tone and makes things just look silly.
    The Bloody

  • I'm squeamish and all, but the scene where Caroline has a messy, bloody mouth and says "Hi, mom"? Well played. Disturbing, but well played.

So were you surprised that Mason is in cahoots with Katherine? Are you as into Caroline as I am? Let's chat in the comments, ans then head over to the Hooked on Vampire Diaries group in the community for more goodies!

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kimmieb124 kimmieb124 6 years
Carlonie kicks ass as a vampire. I did not like Mason to begin with and now that I see he's hooked up with Katherine, he's even worse. I love the Tyler-Jeremy dynamic. I hope they keep that friendship going.
dani8891 dani8891 6 years
ktc71 you are not alone...I also love stefan and elena together! I love damon and I know there will be a damon/elena hook up somewhere in the near future which i dont mind either but stefan and elena are super cute!
BlackKitty BlackKitty 6 years
I like Vampire Caroline and hated bimbo Caroline. I think Katherine scenes are more fun to watch than cheesy Elena scenes.
care0531 care0531 6 years
How lucky is that biatch Nina?! She gets her first big acting role in a hot new show, she gets to play the role of angel and devil and for the icing on the cake she gets to make out with 3 hot men! DAMN! :) I never liked Caroline until this episode! AWESOME! KTC71 you aren't alone...I like Elena and Stefan too! I like Damon when he's bad ass not soft and mushy :)
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 6 years
I also love Caroline! Her character is so much more awesome this season :D She's become one of my favorite characters. Love. I was not expecting that bad turn in Mason at the end... AT ALL. I'm sure this werewolf/vampire coupling of evil between Mason and Katherine is going to get pretty nasty. I want Damon and Elena to become friends again, too. I miss their just-about-to-boil-over tension, haha.
elramos elramos 6 years
Elena and Stefan are definitely cheesy together. I agree with aerie087, she needs to get over her grudge with Damon. It's getting old. Also, excited to see Bonnie will be back next episode.
aerie087 aerie087 6 years
ok im kinda getting sick of elena's hatred towards damon.. u know how she says something like "u know the damon today (who didnt kill caroline's mom), hes the dmaon i used to be friends with" !! get ovr the grudge girl!!! y cant she just forgive him!?
popculture-whore popculture-whore 6 years
caroline was pretty badass. loved that she kneed mason in the balls i hated seeing damon and stefan so weak and vulnerable. i actually said "my babies!" haha it broke my heart when liz said that caroline wasn't her daughter anymore but loved that damon said she had no idea how wrong she was. yay for damon's good side again i just have to say, tyler and jeremy totally have a bromance. kinda wish they went in THAT direction with them, if you know what i'm saying lol. but they would never. sigh
ktc71 ktc71 6 years
I'm loving Caroline!! Her scene with Mason was great! Am I the only one who likes Elena and Stefan together? Another great episode!
cfmartin1216 cfmartin1216 6 years
ugh shannon, please get on board the Damon/Elena train Stefan/Elena make me cringe with their lack of chemistry and cheese ball lines. LOVE CAROLINE!
bethany0403 bethany0403 6 years
The sharing of the blood scene made my eyes bleed. So, cheesy and annoying. Caroline is slowly turning into my new favorite character, well aside from Damon. I am hoping a Caroline/Stefan hookup happens seeing as she is probably going to be living with the Salvatores from now on. A girl can dream...
jultritz jultritz 6 years
I also love the new Caroline! She is badass. What a great episode.
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