The Vampire Diaries Review: “A View To A Kill” (Season 4, Episode 12)

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“You can file that request under “no chance in hell.”’

Yes. Finally. An episode of The Vampire Diaries that didn’t play it safe this season. Momentum was to be had, alliances thwarted, and the return of an unexpected run away mom was made. The writers took chances, the characters made decisions, and things worked out – for the most part.

Bonnie (Kat Graham) is in the middle of a new chapter of her life with the introduction of Expression. A form of magic that takes its power from somewhere besides the spirits and doesn’t answer to nature. Basically calling dark magic by another name. Eventually it may become her undoing – because if we’ve learned anything, it’s that all magic has consequences - but her resurrection of power is continuing to come in handy for her friends in Mystic Falls. Her new powers may not help her to blow up balloons for the decade dance – we’re now up to the 80′s – but when it comes to keeping an Original from ripping out your heart, it’s having mostly positive results.

As if all of that isn’t enough for a 17 year-old to handle, her absentee father, Rudy Hopkins (Rick Worthy) has chosen a more active career path. He recently took over as mayor after the “accidental” death of Carol Lockwood (Susan Walters). Somehow even though we’ve never laid eyes on him before, he seems to be completely up-to-date on the supernatural happenings around town. After the painful interrogation with Professor Shane (David Alpay) last week (or yesterday, it’s hard to tell how much time has actually passed from episode to episode), he has taken a more aggressive stance with his daughter which started with cancelling the dance and ended – and not well – with the arrival of his ex-wife, ex-witch, Abby (Persia White). On the plus side, Abby looks like she’s adjusted to life as a vampire.

Luckily, Bonnie isn’t the only one dealing with some family issues. In fact, everyone – except for Matt (Zach Roerig) by default – is dealing with their own intertwined set of issues. Elena (Nina Dobrev) is trying desperately to keep her brother safe. Ever since Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) took on the hunter mark, he’s been a huge asset and a huge liability – depending which side of the hunt for the cure you land on, thus his Elena-imposed house arrest.

Kol (Nathaniel Buzolic) lands firmly on the leave-the-cure-where-it-is side. I was hoping that somehow Kol would find a way out of the mix and on his way to New Orleans for the spin-off, but my hopes were clearly dashed in this episode. Taking Kol out of the mix made sense, but eliminating him completely was just unfriendly. Thousands of “innocent” vampires are now eating dust and Jeremy’s hunter mark is complete, but was it worth the wrath of Klaus (Joseph Morgan) - again? It was clearly the quickest way out of the predicament that they were all in and moved us forward. Lately, it had seemed like The Vampire Diaries had found itself in a doldrum and was having difficult moving ahead. That doesn’t seem to be the problem anymore. One more Original defeated, and Two reportedly heading to New Orleans. That only leaves Rebekah (Claire Holt) as the wild card. If all goes well, she might get her wish and be human again before the end of the season, taking her out of the Original equation alltogether.

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Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Damon (Ian Somerhalder) have never had the ideal brother relationship, and that probably won’t be changing anytime soon. What they do have in common is their mutual love of Elena. Even when Stefan is busy brooding, he will never completely discard her. Although he did deliver an epic line on the last episode trying to convince her otherwise – “You don’t know what I look like when I’m not in love with you.” But, it was nice to see him make room for someone else in his protective-zone. He was able to get the dagger from Rebekah without returning it by stabbing her with it. How sweet. I understand why Elena might find it hard to trust Rebekah with all their tragedy-major history and such, but she doesn’t seem like that horrible of a person – comparatively speaking. It would be nice to see her with actual friends instead of unconscious in a box most of the time. She clearly has some trust issues, but a few decades of therapy and that is sure to clear up.

Not unlike the effect that true love might have on Klaus - if he ever gets out of the Gilbert’s living room. Klaus is the most self-destructive character on the show by far. He sabotages any chance he has at not being alone with his rash decisions. Damon gave us a pretty accurate analysis in this episode of The Vampire Diaries about why Klaus is disliked. He does bad things just to do them, there’s no purpose – his actions are unforgivable. Living in the moment may be an attractive quality when it involves normal spontaneous actions like showing up with flowers, this however does not carry over to spontaneously killing the mother of your crush’s boyfriend. If Klaus ever let Caroline (Candice Accola) see his good side for more than five seconds, she might actually stop letting herself be used as bait in all plans to thwart Klaus.

Speaking of, where is Caroline? We saw in the previews for next week’s episode of The Vampire Diaries that Tyler (Michael Trevino) will be back, but wouldn’t Caroline be useful at some point. At the very least, she tends to be good at calming Klaus down – and, let’s face it, after being trapped in a living room by invisible walls and forced to go all mime, he’s going to need some TLC to smooth things over. The only mention of Caroline is a single line from Bonnie saying that she was taking her place at dance prep. I hate when they do that. She might be off with Tyler helping him mourn and lick his wounds, but her character is great and deserves more air time.

Is there any other TVD cast member that you don’t think is getting the airtime they deserve? How about Kol – were you happy to see him go?

Until next episode.

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