This episode focuses on the many faces of Nina Dobrev. Dobrev has portrayed two of television’s most wildly different twinsies (or more realistically doppelgängsies). Elena Gilbert and everyone on the show has been dealing with the onslaught of Katherine Pierce’s schemes, tricks, and violence since Season 1. 100 episodes later it looks like Katherine Pierce is no more. As part of the anniversary episode festivities there are a ton of reappearances by characters that have come and gone.
Elena is still struggling with her break-up with Damon Salvatore (Ian Somerhalder). While Caroline (Candice Accola) and Bonnie (Kat Graham) try to console her, Matt (Zach Roering) and Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) find Damon drinking the pain away. The gang gathers for one of the most mean-spirited drinking games as they compare, and recap for the audience, all of Katherine’s dirtiest deeds. It’s pretty shocking to realize that as one of the most major antagonists on the series, she is responsible for most of the major deaths on the show.
Elena gets a double whammy. She finds out that Stefan (Paul Wesley) slept with Katherine and that Nadia Petrova (Olga Fonda) has kidnapped Matt. Nadia needs a traveler to save Katherine’s life, and in true fashion, she betrays them to a whole mess of witches that want their blood. Elena and Stefan bond and flirt as they’re bled by the group of random Czech witches. Vampires make strange bedfellows. After the witches get a bucketful they let them go which is pretty anticlimactic. However, they probably will use their blood for something major later in the season.
Stefan plays the bigger man by convincing his brother to go back to Elena because she really is good for him. Bonnie’s anchor powers become a topic of discussion and Vicki Donovan (Kayla Ewell) and Alaric Saltzman (Matthew Davis) stop by to make their 100th episode appearance. Sadly, Lexi (Arielle Kebbel) didn’t stop by but she is one of Damon’s most vicious and gratuitously douchey murders.
Katherine is not only dying but plagued by visions that have haunted her for her entire life. Her daughter gets ripped from her arms and Klaus (Joseph Morgan) murders her entire family that’s probably enough to turn someone into a violent sociopath. Damon returns to his more evil ways by trying to kill her and settling for taunting her psychically. Damon has really been redeemed these past few episodes. He turned off his humanity after leaving his friend Enzo to endure the horrible experiments of the Augustine organization. That combined with being manipulated by Katherine for so long and those blue eyes really do make him more redeemable.
Katherine is haunted by her past mistakes and it only gets worse as Damon manipulates her mind. She revisits the first time she ever saw Stefan and realizes that the doppelganger connection might be truer than she thought. Damon uses Elena’s aunt Jenna (Sara Canning) and her biological dad/uncle John Gilbert (David Anders) to taunt Katherine until Nadia breaks his neck. She shows up with a traveler to teach Katherine how to swap bodies and offers up her own body but Katherine refuses.
Stefan uses his vampire dreamwalking to help Katherine deal with some of her more torturous memories and gives them a shiny makeover. He wants to give her some peace in her last days. She dies for a second but refuses to go and literally makes her own heart beat again. Elena is standing over her newly conscious body and gives Katherine her heartfelt and sweet forgiveness. Katherine convinces her, and the audience that she’s ready to die. Then grabs Elena and does the traveler spell to steal her body. The episode ends with a great callback to the season 1 finale with Katherine impersonating Elena.
The Originals Cameo
Klaus returns to Mystic Falls to remind everyone of the misguided Originals series. He teases Caroline and somehow convinces him to sleep with her. Rebekah (Claire Holt) rescues Matt gives him a wink and a smile. She also lets Tyler Lockwood (Michael Trevino) return. Elijah pops up in on of Katherine’s visions.
Tyler is going to lose it when he finds out Caroline slept with Klaus.
Katherine isn’t going anywhere and will find a way to stay on the show. She may also use Elena’s body to get it on with Stefan.
The Travelers are going to be the big enemy this season and someone from the past will probably have been a traveler all along.
The genesis of Universal's 47 Ronin is almost as tragic as the actual history that the movie is culling from. As the story goes, Universal saw the sprigs of talent sprouting from fresh faced director Carl Rinsch, whose previous experience was limited to just a couple of commercials and a nifty short film. The studio decided to ease the new director into feature filmmaking by cutting him what amounts to virtually a blank check, and giving him charge over a multi-national samurai fantasy epic. Almost impossibly, the film isn't a complete disaster. It's just a minor one.
47 Ronin follows the classic story of the titular team of warriors, a group of disgraced samurai who band together to seek revenge against a merciless warlord that betrayed and killed their master. But this isn't your grandfather's version of the story. 47 Ronin is an international affair, and it's covered with a veneer of Japanese mysticism and a thick coating of Hollywood lacquer, but east meets west rather uncomfortably, and it's mostly due to Keanu Reeves. Reeves' character is clearly crowbarred into the story that has no room for him, and it's plainly obvious where the seams of the story were stretched in order to patch him into the narrative. Reeves plays Kai, a half Japanese, half English orphan who is adopted by the samurai clan. His character serves no real purpose beyond being white, slicing things until they die, and playing the male lead of the most superfluous love story of the year. Rinsch simply can't make the inclusion of the character feel organic in any way, and "Kai" ends up feeling like a calculated studio move. It's a shame that the film spends so much time on Reeves when the real star is clearly Hiroyuki Sanada, who plays off the stoic samurai most believably among the rest of the cast.
It's also shame that with all the mysticism pumped into the story, there's no magic in the actual center of the film, the ronin themselves. The only personality trait a samurai is allowed to possess seems to be unerring stoicism, and between all 47 ronin, there are probably only three distinct samurai with any discernible character traits beyond an intense need to brood, and you'll probably only remember those three by the time the credits roll, only to promptly forget about them only a few hours later. Thankfully, Rinko Kikuchi's slinky and treacherous witch adds some much needed camp and personality to the mostly forgettable human characters.
And that's the issue with 47 Ronin. It's largely forgettable. When your film takes on a historical legend like the tale of the 47 ronin, a story that has been told and told again ad nauseum over the years, you really need to justify your own version. There are reels and reels of film dedicated to this story, and 47 Ronin doesn't manage to add anything significant to the canon. It promises to weld myth and history together, but does so clumsily, and while some of the action scenes are exciting, especially a particularly inspired set piece that involves the ronin noiselessly breaking into a heavily guarded fortress, the film is a bore when it's not clanking swords together.
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47 Ronin is a film with many stories. As much as it is a tale about the revenge of four dozen masterless samurai, it's also the tale of an inexperienced filmmaker swallowed up by the enormity of blockbuster filmmaking. Most of all though, It's proof that you shouldn't cram Keanu Reeves into a movie that doesn't really need Keanu Reeves. What you're left with is a dull and bloated samurai epic that has its moments, but feels largely unnecessary.
Before we start looking ahead to what's sure to be a dynamic season four, let's take a teensy step back: Because Thursday night's game-changing finale of The Vampire Diaries will be a flashback episode. Now, don't start freaking out just yet -- there will be resolution to that little Alaric conflict, and according to the episode's synopsis, Jeremy will make a very difficult decision that will drastically change our characters' current realities. And since executive producer Julie Plec promised some resolution to Elena's longstanding Damon vs. Stefan conflict, I'd bet on some very major action in Mystic Falls' present.
But Plec made it clear that tomorrow night's flashback will shed some serious light on the present, and star Kat Graham (Bonnie) promised Hollywood.com last Friday that fans will start to see certain characters in a completely different light.
"If you remember the pilot episode -- it's around that time," Graham explained. "They were much more young and innocent. So much has happened to take away everyone's innocence. It's when their life was in a simpler time, and I think that's exciting to see. It's not just murder, murder, murder, rampage, rampage."
The episode will include some very important guest stars, including the recently deceased Aunt Jenna (Sara Canning), and Jason MacDonald and Erin Beute as Elena's dearly departed parents. According to Graham, seeing what Elena and co. were up to in those days will help paint a clearer picture about the characters' pasts. "You'll get to see something that I feel like the audience really deserves to get to see," she said. "The characters grew up so fast, and so much has happened within these past three seasons, that it's going to be great to see things we didn't have time to show in the beginning. Plec agrees: "The flashback in the finale is a nice, small little runner that goes through the entire episode, as Elena is looking back at a part of her life when things were more simple, at least from a supernatural level. We will get a flash of something else that happened during that time that we never even really considered. It's more of an emotional thing than it is a suspense thing."
Both ladies were mum about Jeremy's 'difficult decision', but they did dish on Elena's. "The [final] two episodes of the season are really going to be about her asking herself that question, and trying to understand how she could possibly let one of them go when she's already lost so much." And while Caroline has already made it clear that she is on team Stelena, Graham thinks that Bonnie would choose door number two. "I would say that Bonnie wouldn't want either one of them in the beginning," she said. "But if you watch the last episode, I think Damon and Bonnie are starting to finally realize that they have to work together. Bonnie is realizing that he might be someone that she can rely on if something serious happens."
When Hollywood.com asked Graham if last week's Klaus-killing spell would make her lose her powers, as her mother Abby did when she performed the same spell years before, she claimed that that is "still to be discovered." So if Bonnie survives tomorrow night's finale, which Plec has promised will include an unfortunate death, we can potentially expect to see that explored next season. The only thing we know for sure, according to Graham, is that Plec pulled out all the stops to plant the seeds for an even bigger adventure next year. "[Plec] is definitely great at planting seeds," she said. "How fast they grow we never know, but there's definitely been a lot of seeds planted in this episode. You guys are really in for it. You're definitely going to see some things where it's like, 'Oh my God, why are we going on hiatus?'"
In summary, fans can expect to see death, decisions past and present, and a potential new villain for season four. But could that villain be someone we already know? "You will not see hide nor hair of Katherine until Klaus is gone for good," Plec teased at last month's screening. "His survival ties into her appearance, or lack thereof." Well, Klaus is dead -- it''s your move, Katherine!
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It's not often that The Vampire Diaries brings a character back to life — oh wait, they do that all the time. But this time, the resurrection is a bit different.
Every Vampire Diaries fan knows the weight of the tragedy that befell Elena (Nina Dobrev) when Klaus turned her Aunt Jenna into a vampire and then killed the convert for his hybrid ritual. And fans are in luck, because Aunt Jenna (Sara Canning) is coming back.
Unfortunately, she's not coming back to the series in present day via some witchy spell or a new vampire rule we failed to learn over the past two and a half seasons. She's coming back in a flashback.
At Paleyfest, the cast and series creator Julie Plec teased that Elena's parents would make an appearance in a flashback scene. The Season Three finale will find Elena's parents and Aunt Jenna, back when she was "wild Aunt Jenna," in the events prior to the pilot. But don't expect too much family fun. The focus of the episode is the moment Stefan and Elena actually first met: the time he rescued her from the car crash that killed her parents.
It's about time we took a trip down memory lane with Elena after all the Salvatore brothers' and Originals' copious flashbacks. Even if it's a brief moment, are you excited to see Aunt Jenna once more?
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The newly Regisless Live! with Kelly is racking up guest hosts like nobody's business. Mid-December will welcome a foursome of male guest hosts to join Kelly Ripa on the stage. Real Sports host Bryant Gumbel will head off the pack, resuming his position as Live! guest host (he has done so several times over the past few years) on Dec. 12. The following day, Dec. 13, viewers will welcome Kevin Jonas, who is likely to bring in a much younger demographic than the show is used to. After Jonas, Live! will welcome star of film and stage Taye Diggs, who will appear on Dec. 14. And finishing off the pack with a two-day stint on Dec. 15 and 16 will be singer Michael Buble. It's a diverse group, but one (at least from Jonas on) that will likely be gracing daytime television with a bit of musical charm. -THR
The two rules of television: you can never have enough guest stars, and you can never have enough vampires. True Blood is killing two birds with one stone by roping in a man who broke all our hearts recently by dropping out of Law & Order: SVU: Christopher Meloni. The HBO series is pursuing Meloni as a mighty member of the vampire species for its fifth season. It's not exactly the New York City detective we miss so much, but we'd be glad to have him back on the air. -TVLine
Speaking of vampires, a Vampire Diaries star is heading over to Supernatural. Sara Canning, who plays Jenna Sommers on the CW series, will be stopping by another CW series, Supernatural, to provide a not-quite-romantic interest for Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles). Canning's character, a carefree girl named Lydia, will make her debut on a January episode, after the winter hiatus. Supernatural's seventh season airs Fridays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on the CW. -TVLine
Finally, Spike TV's 2011 Video Game Awards are nearing, and the network has just chosen a host for the event: Zachary Levi, known best as the star of NBC's Chuck. The incurably likeable Levi will lead a show that includes appearances by The Black Keys. The Video Game Awards will air live on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT, on Spike TV, MTV2, and via Spike.com -Spike Publicity
Police halted the shoot and booked Krystal Vayda, Sara Canning, Candice Accola, Kayla Ewell and Nina Dobreva for disorderly conduct after motorists reported the actresses' saucy antics in Smarr.
Photographer Tyler Shields was also taken into custody.
The sextet were briefly detained at the Monroe County Jail and then released on bail.
The Vampire Diaries debuted on Thursday (10Sep09).