'The Vampire Diaries' recap: Stefan the Ripper

Shortly before the second season of The Vampire Diaries premiered, critics, bloggers and fans alike began to wonder whether it was headed for the all-too-common sophomore slump. At the time, I was confident that the show would manage to keep its momentum. And it did. Getting better and better with each passing episode. Yet, all that being said, as we headed toward season 3, even I began to wonder whether it could to sustain itself. After all, how can a show that sets the bar so high from the outset continue to not only satisfy expectations, but raise them?

The answer, it seems, is with a set of writers who care enough about the story (and the fans) to put together an episode like tonight's, complete with a flashback to the flapper era that could not have been easy to pull off. From beautiful costumes to deep storytelling, for me, this episode worked on multiple levels. So let's breakdown what made it so fantastic. Read More...



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