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TV Review: THE VAMPIRE DIARIES: Season 6, Episode 10: Christmas Through Your Eyes [The CW]

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The CW’s The Vampire Diaries Christmas Through Your Eyes TV Show Review. The Vampire Diaries: Season 6, Episode 10: Christmas Through Your Eyes opens with true Christmas spirit. Kai (Chris Wood) snatches his sister and Elena (Nina Dobrev) so he can push his plan forward, while Caroline (Candice Accola) and Stefan (Paul Wesly), continue to make moves and try and help Sheriff Forbes (Marguerite Macintyre).

The scenes with Bonnie (Kat Graham) looking back at happier times, truly outlines her level of loss. Having her still be in Kai’s personal prison keeps the story moving. The question now, is can she stay there by her lonesome and not go crazy? She is a cool customer for now but how many pancakes can one make before cracking? Whatever happens from here, Bonnie is getting mentally tougher and I wonder how she will react with her friends after this. I also wonder how and if the relationship with Jeremy can be rebuilt if she returns. Much to ponder and even though she is all-alone, she sells this 100 percent.

Group discussions are always a good thing, especially when lives are at stake. Luke (Chris Brochu) and Liv (Penelope Mitchell) deliver some solid acting as Luke tries to sell why they should merge. I have to admit I am surprised at Luke’s stance. You would think he and Liv would both want to kill Kai for what he did to their family. Their logic is on another page at this point. There is much discussion about merging when what worked before could work again. For the sake of story I know they will not make the obvious choice and work toward sending Kai into another prison. That would make too much sense. I get the feeling they are going to meander till he takes a life on a close friend. Even if they don’t try and kill him, Liv had a good idea. They could run and use their magic to cover their tracks. She comes across very believable about not wanting to lose her brother. However this ends, they have a few hard choices to make and they sell it on screen.

Stefan has managed to play the role of the estranged friend and brother for a number of episodes and has gotten away with it. When it comes to Caroline I’m not sure why he cannot just tell her she is not type. The friendship that has been established has legs and makes for good content. There is no way this man can look her in the eye and pretend he cannot see her wanting to be with him. If he is trying to preserve their friendship I’m not sure why it’s so hard to put on the table. In the meantime, when Stefan informs Caroline about her mothers condition and she collapses in his arms, you quickly get the feeling another opportunity for them to hook up with present itself.

After the first appearance of Kai, he appeared to be the type of character that would be a thorn in your side and will eventually go away. This thorn has no plans on going anywhere. Kai’s role started off fairly corny and he has quickly grown into a major player. The kidnapping of Jo made it very clear he has zero boundaries when out to get what he wants. The dynamic that keeps this dance between siblings interesting is if Kai is killed without merging with Jo (Jodi Lyn O’Keefe), Luke and Liv will have to merge. One way or another a sibling will die in this merge. This is such a great dynamic to play with. First he kidnaps Jo then Elena. I have to wonder what the angel is with snatching Elena. This young man is pregnant with good conflict possibilities. The brilliance of this character is he is a chess player…always staying one step ahead of everyone else. When Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Alaric (Matthew Davis) think Kai is their prisoner, he turns the tables on them with great ease. Absorbing all the magic from the border was a solid writing choice. Now, not only is Kai a dangerous killer…he is a powerful dangerous killer and if he reaches his goal many fatalities could be the end result. No one is safe, not even vampires. Now isn’t that a thought?

Much was introduced in this episode and we have much to look forward to. The conflicts are well woven and progressing smoothly. Six seasons and this show is alive and well…very impressive. The reality of rolling with a couple of conflicts at the same time is pretty bold. You have to really cook or get out of the kitchen. This show is cooking.

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