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The Vampire Diaries- Rescue Me (5×17)

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“We’ll just end up back here where we started. That’s why I need you to let me go.”

This might have been my favorite episode this season! Not because of the new drama unraveling between the witches and the less powerful travelers, but cause of the relationships that are blossoming and those withering away. I’ve never been a Stefan and Elena worshipper, so I’m hoping that the doppleganger storyline doesn’t reconnect those too, especially since I’m completely on team #Steroline! Who’s with me on that!?

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We kicked off the episode on the morning after Elena and Damon broke up, than decided to have rough, kinky sex.  For a couple that’s been together for awhile now the morning after a night full of sexcapades, should not be this awkward! Nevertheless, Elena’s feeling “guilty” for sleeping with Damon after they broke up (again) and Damon’s totally wanting to do it, over and over again. She uses Jeremy’s parent-teacher conference as an excuse to get out of the Salvatore house ASAP–yeah he still goes to high school!  Meanwhile, Damon kills his sorrows at the bottom of a whiskey bottle at the Grill before showng up coyly at Mystic Falls High. After all, he is Jeremy’s official guardian. The two embark on a day of sexual tensions that leaves Elena day dreaming of getting naughty in the chemistry lab. “I need some air,” she says as she bolts out of the classroom, clearly still tingling from the night before. (Damon’s words, not mine.)

Thankfully Damon follows his ex-love only to find her pinned to the wall and seconds from turning into vampire dust. Damon clearly doesn’t take this kind of stuff lightly, so he retorts to his usual methods– torturing the truth out of Liv. Turns out that Elena’s in danger as the travelers are coming after her and the only way to stop them from completing the spell of the dopplegangers is to kill her, which is what Liv was trying to do. Jeremy comes in just in time, asking Elena to trust him and let him deal with Liv. Jeremy than proposes to join forces with Liv and her brother Luke under certain conditions. The two of them will protect his sister from danger, while he helps them take care of the travelers. The other condition? Tyler and Matt are on team Jeremy. Take it or leave it! Hey, this is one army I’d like to have on my side. The problem with it? Well, the travelers have Stefan, which I don’t think anyone’s aware of. Actually, no one besides Caroline knows that Stefan sacrificed himself in order to save Damon and Elena and is now property of said travelers were all plotting against. Also, who invited the travelers to the party? Life was so peaceful without them!

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Like Luke said, the world really does revolve around Elena, but I feel like the show is trying to drag out this idea that Elena is still weak and need’s everyones help. She’s a vampire isn’t she? How can other vampire’s protect her, but she can’t save herself? Get it together girl! On the other hand, if she really does need this protection, why’s she going back to Augustine to live by herself on campus. Granted she’ll have Luke’s witchy protection, but it seems like she’s setting herself up for more danger. Many times I feel like Elena’s been given so many second chances to live, usually by Stefan sacrificing himself for her and Damon’s happiness and these two still can’t get it right as a couple. It’s this vicious circle of on again off again and every time, Elena recites some beautifully poetic words about how she loves Damon but their just not good for each other. What does that even mean? You are good for each other. No one loves you more than Damon! The tension, the chemistry, the love! It’s all there. Sure, Damon gets a little possessive and threatens to kill anyone who harms you but that’s just how he shows his love! Although I’m upset that once again, these two have called it quits, I can see how Elena doesn’t want to go down a disastrous path. Maybe this is a good thing. Something for the greater good. She asks that Damon finally let her go and as he seals their fate with a kiss on the forehead. Be careful what you ask for Elena…. you might actually need him soon. You know, now that the travelers want her and her blood.

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After getting lectured by the school counselor, Elena comes to the realization that Jeremy’s doing really bad in school. Go-figure!!! She makes a promise to the counselor that she and Damon will be better parent figures to Jeremy, but lets be real, I doubt his sister’s complicated relationship and lack of parenting is the reason he’s skipping school, cheating, and failing. I’d take a wild guess and say its because his sister is a vampire, whose body was recently taken over by her evil doppleganger, than injected by a venomous curse that had her and her boyfriend quarantined, while his girlfriend is a powerless witch, whose the anchor to the other side and he’s a hunter!!!  How can Jeremy possibly lead a normal life and actually care about school?! This whole storyline seemed rather childish and thrown in just to set up Jeremy for his big adult move— moving out of the Salvatore house and in with his pals Tyler and Matt. Unfortunately, the move still was because of his need to protect his sister, so it doesn’t count!

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Caroline and Enzo were on a  mission to find Tom, Stefan’s doppleganger, who was literally a dead-ringer for Stefan. Not just look wise, but personality wise. Enzo had one thing on his mind; to kill Tom. Caroline on the other hand, wanted to spare the average joe. They found him hiding in a house of PeachTree Avenue after finding out from his co-workers that he disappeared four months ago. Clearly foul play.  When they kicked down the door of said house, they find Hazel, the girl from Stefan’s vision that apaprently asked Tom out on a date the night he went missing. She’s in a trance and keeping the house under some spell, so the two vampire’s can’t get in. It’s no problem for Enzo who just whips a stone at the witch and kills her.  They find Tom unconscious in the basement. Instead of snapping Tom’s neck like promised, Caroline snaps Enzo’s, compels Tom to stay calm and takes him out for a nice breakfast in town. Not like the clock’s ticking or anyone in this town is looking for him. Take your time!  Caroline learns that Tom is in fact a good guy, like Stefan said and doesn’t have the heart to kill him so she compels him to runaway and live a good life. Except by that time Enzo’s risen from his temporary death and completes the mission by snapping Enzo’s neck. Turns out Caroline wasn’t the only one who had something/someone on the line. Enzo was promised to be given the location of his love Maggie if he successfully did what the travelers wanted.

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Caroline is seemingly upset. She failed in her mission of saving Stefan, which I mean I don’t get how she wanted to succeed. She would have let the guy go and either way failed Stefan. And she should know by now there’s got to be more than one way to get something done. Especially when it involves magic. I’m also a little disappointed that Tom’s role only lasted half an episode. My theory of him being Elena’s soulmate was completely off, but I felt like we were cheated out of fully meeting this doppleganger. On the other hand, is anyone not sick of dopplegangers yet? I’m glad there’s only two left and their the main characters cause I don’t think my brain can handle more Stefan-Elena lookalikes.

And how do you think Elena will feel after she just broke up with Damon, only to find that Stefan is now cuddling it up with her best friend… Cause that’s about to happen in the near future! After coming back from her failed mission, Caroline lays down next to her best friend Stefan to find some comfort, only to realize that he only let her go on the mission because she knew she would fail. Not in a bad way but he knew Caroline didn’t have it in her to kill an innocent human. That’s what makes her a true badass vampire! Even with his life hanging on by a string, Stefan calmly goes to sleep to reenergize for the next day and Caroline snuggles up to him. Canoodles!!! Lots and lots of canoodles. This moment between Stefan and Caroline couldn’t be more real. Stefan finally found someone worthy of his love and affection! I hope! Their sleep session is quickly interrupted by the chants of burning travelers, who are drinking the doppleganger blood and sacrificing themselves. Caroline and Stefan take this as their cue to escape. We see Bonnie back at Augustine get totally bombarded by dead travelers trying to cross over. I’m assuming the idea behind this was to get so many people with doppleganger blood in them to die at the same time, weakening the veil so that Markos could cross over. And it worked. Bonnie lost consciousness and fell to the ground, while Markos’s shadow crawled out of Bonnie… in true Peter Pan fashion!

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This obviously raises so many questions. We know Markos is the leader of the travelers but why did he want to come back? What does doppleganger blood have anything to do with it? Why do the travelers want to take control of Elena? And why are they holding Stefan hostage? The episode was a great setup for a new storyline. We transitioned from the plot of Elena and Damon being infected with the werewolf cure, to Elena being the center of everyones universe. She’s Mystic Falls’ most wanted!! On a different note, how do you think Caroline and Stefan will play out? Will they become an item? How will Tyler react? Would the writers really break the heart’s of Tyler and Caroline fans? How will Jeremy and Liv’s plan backfire once they find out that Stefan and Caroline are also involved and at risk?

Other Thoughts 

– I wonder when we’ll get to meet maggie. is she good? evil? really does love Enzo?

-The chemistry between Car and Enzo was fun. I especially liked all the digs at her liking bad boys, with great British accents. But truthfully, who doesn’t?

– Are Jeremy and Liv going to be a thing now??

-Someone should really clue in Bonnie on all things Elena.

-As much as I like watching TVD, I’m sort of hesitant on how quickly plot lines change. I’m not really phased anymore that Elena and Damon broke up because I know this isn’t really the end. And I know that nothing’s going to happen to Elena despite her being the target of every witch/traveler/vampire curse/plan gone wrong. I just feel like things happen and than suddenly, new things are happening and story lines lose a little of their meaning. Is that just me?

 


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Why Caroline Forbes Never Needed a Man on ‘The Vampire Diaries’

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Why Caroline Forbes Never Needed a Man on The Vampire Diaries

This is a story about a girl named Caroline Forbes. 

Caroline is not the same woman she was when The Vampire Diaries first premiered in 2009. 

In terms of character growth, the vapid perfectionist — brought to life by the impeccable Candice King — underwent the biggest evolution in the show’s eight-season run. 

Though she was introduced as a shallow, oftentimes insufferable teen, with time, she blossomed into a strong-willed and impressive young woman who knew what she stood for and always stuck up for her friends.

Most of all, she grew into a fiercely independent. 

She was no longer the girl that needed a man to feel a sense of worth — a stark contrast from the Caroline we met on The Vampire Diaries Season 1, who looked for love in all the wrong places. 

In those early episodes, Caroline was a control freak who took on as many extracurriculars she could squeeze into her schedule (head cheerleader, in charge of dance committees, town activities, and more) to be the best.

Deep down, however, she was insecure and sought validation from the opposite sex, and then blamed herself when she didn’t get it. Not being “the best” made her feel worthless.

We saw that on full display on The Vampire Diaries Season 1 Episode 1, we saw that a smitten Caroline tried to date brooding newbie Stefan Salvatore. When he told her it would never happen and chose Elena instead, Caroline was heartbroken and drowned her sorrows. 

“How come the guys I want never want me?” she asked Bonnie before wallowing in self-pity and emphasizing that she was never good enough.

Teenage Caroline was a bit neurotic and even downright mean, as she lashed out at everyone around her, including her closest friends. Her toxic behavior was mostly fueled by insecurity and jealousy. 

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While these characteristics undoubtedly gave the character substance, they also gave her something much more important — room to grow. And that growth was wonderful to watch over the years. 

Elena was always put on a pedestal, but Caroline was a constant work in progress, which leaned in her favor as it allowed her to flourish and surpass her story arc.

On the road to becoming your best-self, hardships are unavoidable, and Caroline went through her fair share. 

Her eventual complexity, good nature, and thoughtfulness made her a far better lead than Elena. Upon Nina Dobrev’s departure, she (along with Bonnie, who also deserved better) carried the series. 

Since Caroline’s self-esteem was effectively shot, she became the perfect target for any man who would give her even a smidge of attention. 

Damon Salvatore was the first to prey on and manipulate Caroline for selfish reasons. 

And it didn’t stop at Damon. In those early seasons, Caroline dated nearly every single man in Mystic Falls — Tyler, Matt, Klaus, Stefan, and Alaric, along with supporting characters like Liam and Jesse.

While the relationships usually progressed naturally, it was obvious that Caroline was trying to find herself and fill a void. 

Through these relationships and the subsequent heartbreak, she was able to grow into a strong woman. 

That strength was always within her; she needed help finding it. 

Caroline was “revamped” — pun intended — when she turned into a vampire. Again, she was the victim of someone else’s selfish games, but it was a turning point for her and, quite honestly, the best thing that could have happened to her character. 

Her transition wasn’t wasted or used simply for plot development as she found both physical and mental strength while gaining a new outlook on life. 


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Joseph Morgan Reveals If He’d Ever Reprise His Character Klaus Mikealson for ‘Legacies’

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If you’ve been waiting for the day where Klaus Mikealson strolls back into Mystic Falls to pay his daughter, Hope Mikealson, and the Salvatore School — which he helped fund — a visit, well, don’t get your hopes up. 

The first two seasons of Legacies have given us some grade-A guest stars from The Vampire Diaries and The Originals including Aunt Freya (Riley Voekel), Kai Parker (Chris Wood), and Matt Donovan (Zach Roerig).  We even briefly saw Lizzie and Josie Saltzman’s birth mother Josette (Jodi Lyn O’Keefe). 

But as for baddie Klaus Mikealson, the man who brought him to life, Joseph Morgan, doesn’t think he’ll ever reprise his role again.

And turns out, he has a really good reason!

TV Guide caught up with the actor to talk about his Peacock show, Brave New World, and when asked about guest starring on The CW teen drama, he bluntly and rapidly shut down the possibility.

“No never, never. You’re never going to see it.” Morgan said. “You can hold your breath as long as you want. You know why? I have The Originals box set on my shelf, and it’s a beautiful thing because it’s five DVD sets that are a complete story from beginning to end of this guy, Klaus Mikaelson — well, starting back in The Vampire Diaries Season 2. So I just feel like to come back as a ghost or a flashback or something, for me, that journey, that story has ended. That’s the complete story, and it just doesn’t feel right to me to do that.”

As much as we’d like to see Klaus in the flesh again, you have to admit that’s a satisfactory answer. It shows that Morgan cares enough about the character not to reprise him without a purpose or taint his legacy. 

Klaus Mikealson’s story came to a fitting end in the series finale of The Originals when he redeemed himself for the greater good and sacrificed himself alongside his brother Elijah to save his daughter. Since then, Hope has carried on his legacy; his memory lives on as she mentions him pretty often and channels what he taught her to protect her friends and fight off a plethora of demons and monsters. 

Morgan added that he felt like series creator Julie Plec understood where he was coming from. 

“I think Julie [Plec] feels the same. It just feels like it would be strange, like a little forced,” Morgan continued. “Like I’m coming back just so we can see something else of him, but when we see it we go, ‘Ugh, that was it?’ And I don’t want his legacy to be, ‘Ugh.’ I don’t know what the scene could be that it would be exciting enough and epic enough after the journey that he’s had.” 

Morgan may get a pass, but Candace Accola surely doesn’t.  We’d love to see her reprise her role of Caroline Forbes considering she’s raising two daughters with Alaric but has yet to pay them a visit or help out with the school! Don’t let us down, Caroline! 

The fact that she is still alive in the supernatural world and has such close ties to Mystic Falls but yet never comes to visit doesn’t paint her in a great light! 


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Is Netflix’s ‘Sweet Magnolias’ Filmed in Mystic Falls?

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Is the town of Serenity in Sweet Magnolias Filmed in Mystic Falls?

The small town of Serenity, filled with Southern charm and people who know everything about everyone, is one of the main character’s in Netflix’s new Hallmark-esque series Sweet Magnolias. 

Based on Sherryl Woods’ novel, the series, starring JoAnna Garcia, focuses on family, friendship, careers, and picking up the pieces for three lifelong 30-something friends who decide to convert an old home into a spa. 

Small towns are a huge draw for TV shows, and Serenity has already drawn comparisons to other iconic and quaint towns like Stars Hollow in Gilmore Girls.

However, it should be compared to one supernatural town instead! 

While there’s nothing supernatural about Serenity, if you found yourself waiting for a vampire to walk through the town square as Garcia’s Maddie is cooling off after a meeting with her lawyers about a divorce, you’re not alone. 

If the town looks eerily familiar (almost like you’ve been there before and lived there your whole life), it’s because you have… well, at least if you’re a CW fan! 

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Fans of  The Vampire Diaries and Legacies will recognize that Serenity is Mystic Falls! 

In that same spot when Maddie comes to terms with the dissolution of her marriage and is consoled by her best friend Helen Decatur (Heather Headley from Chicago Med) on Sweet Magnolias Season 1 Episode 1, we’ve seen Damon and Stefan Salvatore come to blows and the Malivore pit open up. 

The episode even gives us a glimpse of Mystic Falls’ Founders Bell.

Serenity and Mystic Falls overlap even further as the restaurant previously known as Mystic Grill (a popular hangout in town for Elena Gilbert and friends) was turned into Sullivan’s, Dana Sue’s (Brooke Elliot from Drop Dead Diva) restaurant! 

Mystic Grill is also home to a museum of TV memorabilia and show costumes (and there’s plenty of Mystic Falls TVD fan tours) called The Alley, so it’s likely it will soon feature pieces from Sweet Magnolias. 

While Sweet Magnolias was a cute series, it was hard for me to get fully invested because I kept getting thrown off with Mystic Falls being referred to as Serenity! As much as I want to like Serenity, it will always be Mystic Falls in my eyes. 

Of course, Mystic Falls is a fictional town (though, it’s very real if you ask any TVD fan), set in Convington, GA located about 30 miles from Atlanta. 

We’re not surprised Sweet Magnolias used the town as their backdrop — without the vampires, werewolves, witches, and doppelgangers, it truly is charming in that Hallmark kind of way.

Sweet Magnolias is currently streaming on Netflix. It also stars Chris Pine (American Pie), and Jamie Lynn Spears (Zoey 101).

If you’re looking for some sweet “comfort food” to pull you away from reality, Sweet Magnolias is definitely your cup of iced tea. 


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