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The Vampire Diaries -- Groundhog Day Julie Plec Style
Pete and Repeat were sitting on a fence. Pete fell off and who was left? Repeat. Wash, rinse and repeat. Repeat every two hours or as needed. Knock! Knock! Who's There? Banana. Banana who? Knock! Knock! Who's There? Banana. Banana who? Knock! Knock! Who's There? Banana. Banana who? Knock! Knock! Who's There? Banana. Banana who? And that's pretty much what watching The Vampire Diaries this season has been like this season as Julie Plec has treated us to repetitive scenes over and over and over again this season.
How many times has Elena been in jeopardy? I lost count, but I can tell you it's been so many times I yawn when it happens and just wait for it to be over, because by now, we all know nothing is going to happen to her. The Mikaelson siblings were about to kill Klaus when Mama Esther showed up and saved Klaus. Then Esther and Finn had a plot to kill Klaus that got thwarted by Elena, and this is just in three consecutive episodes. There's more failed plots to kill Klaus and I'm sure more that awaits us as season three winds down. Damon snapped Alaric's neck, he got hit by a car, he stabbed and he got shot, but because of his resurrecto ring he's just fine. Damon has gotten beaten up or stabbed or tortured in practically every episode this season to the point Damon's portrayer, actor Ian Somerhalder, has even complained about it.
I used to think this history repeating itself over and over again was a theme of the show, but all these repetitive scenes don't fit into that scenario. They fit into bad lazy writing. Yes, there are only so many stories that can be told, but having the same thing happen to the same character over and over again is pretty inexcusable.
Now the flashbacks are going to become repetitive. Instead of learning something new, we're going to get flashbacks, hopefully not in the finale, of things we already know that happened. This is supposed to be a spoiler but since we already know about this it really isn't. Back in season 1 Stefan told Elena he saved her from the car crash and now we get to see a flashback of it three years later. My question is why? Why not show a flashback of something new? Something we weren't told about in detail three years ago. There's so much we don't know about what happened with Damon and Katherine. We don't know what happened to Stefan and Damon's mother.
This is not a history repeating theme or showing parallels between Damon and Katherine, this is sad bad lazy writing at its worse.