'The Vampire Diaries' recap: And never think twice about Mystic Falls


"The Vampire Diaries" returns! It's no secret that I didn't love 2011's last episode, so I am pleased to report that the winter premiere delivers a much more powerful emotional punch. Two of them, actually. The first time I watched this episode was via a screener from the network, and while the episode was complete, no music had been added at all -- and the episode still made me cry. That's saying something, considering how big a factor music is when it comes to knowing how you're supposed to feel while you're watching TV. This episode introduced us to a pivotal new character, Dr. Meredith Fell (more about her here), and we said goodbye to one of my faves (let's face it, they're all my faves) when Jeremy made his traumatizing exit. (Seriously. I'm not okay about this.) Oh, and then there was the little matter of a kiss... cue up the episode, let's talk.Previously...



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