'The Vampire Diaries' recap: Ghost Hunters

Was this my favorite episode of season 3? No. I liked the concept a lot — ghosts with unfinished business return and make the things that we've been waiting to see happen, happen: Bonnie broke up with Jeremy, Alaric forgave Damon for killing him (again), Stefan is now in (temporary?) Ripper Detox, and Mama Lockwood has a reason to like Caroline. But something felt off to me. The dialogue seemed a bit ho-hum at times (though Elena's final talk with Stefan was top-notch), and shots that should have been monumental looked almost cheesy (e.g. Bonnie's spell and Alaric's discovery of the Lockwood cave drawings, though Anna's reunion with her mother had me SOBBING). It was like watching Charmed more than The Vampire Diaries in some scenes. Maybe I'm just used to every moment of an episode being intense and this one, for all that had to be crammed into the hour, had a lot ofwhoomp, there the ghost is downtime. We were getting a lot of cuts to different scenes, but the scenes themselves were slow. Did that make any sense? Maybe I should just stick to talking about torsos. Did you notice how hairy Alaric's heavage looked this episode? And where was Tyler? Even if Carol Lockwood isn't likeRevenge's Victoria Grayson (Madeleine Stowe) who insists her children attend the events she hosts, wouldn't Caroline have forced Tyler into volunteering to hang lanterns for the Night of Illumination? That's probably a beautiful event (if there's no dead man hanging in a tree), but I'm still gonna have to vote Gilmore Girls' Festival of Living Art as the most picturesque town affair. Let's dig in. Read More...



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