For an episode simply titled “Rose,” this week’s “Vampire Diaries” sure was complicated. The curse, the doppelganger, the doppelganger’s doppelganger, the sacrifice – tons of new details surfaced to flesh out the series’ next arc, but does anyone care about the new vampire baddies yet?
The problem is, Katherine was such a delicious villain that it’s hard to leave her locked in the tomb while other old school vampires step up to give Elena, Stefan, and Damon something to worry about. Elijah and his “Originals” might spice up Mystic Falls in the weeks to come, but tonight they just gave us a serious Twilight/”True Blood” vibe – a little bit of the Volturi mythos here, a dash of Russell the vampire king of Mississippi there.
That said, these greater vampire politics promise fascinating returns as we learn that the vampire world exists outside of Mystic Falls (as if!) and wonder how the Elena-as-sacrifice storyline will play out. Besides, what Delena fan could complain about an episode that sees Damon deliver the heartfelt admission we’ve been waiting for – and in the most heartbreaking way possible – while other unexpected couples stumble their way toward romance. (Bonneremy vs. Tyroline: Who makes the better pair?)
[Full recap of Thursday's (Nov. 4) "The Vampire Diaries," titled "Rose," after the break…]
A lot has happened since “Fringe” aired its last episode. The San Francisco Giants won the World Series, the Republicans took back the House of Representatives, and the television landscape now has 50% less J.J. Abrams influence thanks to the cancellation of “Undercovers.” But Over There, much less time has passed for our Olivia. Only a few days have transpired from her perspective. But those have been sleepless days, haunted by a subconscious that looks an awful lot like Peter Bishop.
[Full recap of Thursday's (Nov. 4) "Fringe" after the break...]
We're down to the final six in this cycle of "ANTM," and you have to give it to Liz. She whines about everything, but at least that “everything” includes her own work.
“My commercial was horrible,” she mentions. “It was God-awful.”
Yes, the product for said commercial is even sillier than the commercial itself, but Tyra is Tyra, and she’s allowed to be as silly as she wants, fools.
[Full recap of Wednesday's (Nov. 3) night's "Top Model" adventure after the break...]
So, it’s elimination night on “DWTS.” And it’s election night. We can only hope as many people voted for their political representatives as “DWTS,” but that’s probably too optimistic. In any case, all that election stuff is, apparently, stretching this elimination program, which shouldn’t be more than a half hour at most, to an agonizing hour and a half, so at the very least, hope you get the senator you wanted.
[Full recap of Tuesday's (Nov. 2) "Dancing" results after the break...[
It’s the 200th show week of “DWTS,” which sounds fairly dramatic until you realize that just means the show’s been on the air for five years. And eleven seasons. Remember when seasons were roughly the same as calendar years? This is starting to hurt my head, but let’s just say, “Dancing,” big hit, yay.
The World Series is currently in full swing for Major League Baseball. A Jon Hamm-hosted episode of “Saturday Night Live” may not qualify as important as a game between the Giants/Rangers, but one could make the argument that for their respective audiences, there’s as much excitement surrounding each. Hamm’s first appearance on the show blew people’s minds. The second confirmed that his first outing wasn’t a fluke. Will the third time be as charming as Don Draper himself? (You know, when he’s not in a drunken haze stealing ideas post-Clio Awards.)
Musical guest Rihanna will also appear tonight. Sadly, that probably rules out another installment of “Hamm and Buble,” though I must confess than I prefer my pork covered in Nutella…ella…ella…ay…ay…ay. Last time out, Rihanna rocked out with “Shy Ronnie,” proving she had comic as well as musical chops. Hamm + Rihanna sounds pretty harmonious on paper. But how will it play out? Onto the breakdown!
[Full recap of Saturday's (Oct. 30) "SNL" after the break...]
Operation: Kill Katherine Dead is in full effect in this Very Special Halloween episode of “The Vampire Diaries,” which is also throws in a little Mission: Impossible and touch of “Jerry Springer” for good measure. Who will die? Who will NOT die? And who’s the dude in the creepy clown mask?
Katherine’s arc appears to come to a close – at least for now – as Damon and Stefan’s task force sets an ambush at the annual Mystic Falls Masquerade Ball. Jumping into action from the get-go, show runners Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson take the scripting reins, deftly shifting momentum around so that everyone gets some action – even dour Bonnie, whose love life might finally be looking up after tonight.
The episode’s best trick, alas, turned out to be a one-off gimmick. (How are Elena and Katherine connected, if not by a single magical spell?) Tonight also demonstrated how much we’d miss the sensual, smart, badass Katherine if she weren’t around anymore to make wanton passes at Mystic Falls’ most eligible bachelors and slyly show us that she knows that we can tell her and Elena apart.
So bid farewell to Katherine (at least, for now) and get ready for more dowdy, whiny Elena as Katherine’s arc closes and another one begins. At least those annoying Mystic Falls High floozies are gone. Bring on the next underboss!
[Full recap of Thursday's (Oct. 28) "The Vampire Diaries," titled "Masquerade," after the break…]