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TV Review: THE VAMPIRE DIARIES: Season 6, Episode 3: Welcome To Paradise [The CW]

The CW’s The Vampire Diaries Welcome to Paradise TV Show Review. The Vampire Diaries: Season 6, Episode 3: Welcome to paradise should be the title to one of the swimming parties Elena Gilbert (Nina Dobrev) plans. After watching Enzo (Michael Malarkey) kill Ivy (Emily Chang), Stefan Salvatore (Paul Wesly) decides to head back to Mystic Falls…for revenge.

Karma can be delivered in all shapes and forms. For me, I’ll settle for how Stefan sets his boss straight. Dean (Jayson Warner Smith) probably thought he would be giving Stefan a hard time today and now he will more than likely be his permanent man servant. Stefan compels Dean to bury poor Ivy and give him a raise…all in the same day. I call that a deal. You gotta love irony and karma when they meet.

After an interesting day filled with pork rinds, carousels and Damon’s (Ian Somerhalder) old car, Bonnie Bennett (Kat Graham) decides she needs to take a little break from his negativity. You have to admire her sense of timing. All this time Damon had been working hard to not see all the signs of someone else being there with them. When he finally comes face to face with Kai (Chris Wood), the person who has been stalking them, I was a pretty surprised. With all these tricky clues left behind I thought the other person was going to be a demon…or something far worse. Kai looks like the worlds most unsuccessful car salesman. This is actually better than I thought. Who would assume such an innocent looking guy would be so diabolical. Spiking the liquor with vervane was a very clever move. It rendered Damon helpless momentarily. Spiking a whole shelf of liquor took creativity and dedication. I like this character already. On top of all these other interesting developments, Bonnie arrives just in time to save Damon’s life and finds out she can do magic again. After breaking Kai down he informs them Bonnie is the key to their escape.

In an attempt to bring everyone together for some fun, Elena invites Caroline Forbes (Candice Accola) and the crew to the swimming hole for Jello shots. She invites Liam (Marco James) so Caroline can meet him. I didn’t know she was feeling that good to be making love connections so soon. She follows this up by getting into her bathing suit and doing a flip into the water. This left me wondering if what Alaric Saltzman (Matthew Davis) did has side effects. The swimming party had multiple moment’s running back to back. Liam doesn’t meet Caroline but does make a play for Elena. I guess he didn’t get the memo that she was hooking him up with Caroline. This should be interesting.

Jeremy Gilbert (Steven R. McQueen) took his hands off Sarah (Gabrielle Walsh) long enough to find out the compulsion magic doesn’t work inside Mystic Falls. Which means Sarah knows Elena bit her and is up to something. When Jeremy makes his way back to the house, Sarah is gone and the place is trashed. So now they have to find Sarah and someone to clean up her mess. This could be leading into something very interesting. The question now is, whom is Sarah related to? She didn’t just end up in Mystic Falls by accident.

In a stunning turn of events, Tripp (Colin Ferguson) attempts to take down Enzo…with an injection of vervane. As luck would have it, Enzo can resist vervane and tries to kill him. Stefan arrives just in time and makes the shot of the day. He unloads two wooden stakes into Enzo’s back with a stake shotgun and watches him drop. This is the point I was thinking would be payback for Stefan. He came all the way back to Mystic Falls to kill Enzo but instead decides to let Tripp do it…his way. There are always bigger cards to play in a complex tale. For now, Stefan introduces himself to Tripp as a member of the founding family. After seeing Tripp roast a group of vampires without flinching, you have to wonder what kind of fate Enzo has awaiting him. Solid episode.

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Brian is a screenwriter and visual fx Artist who loves science fiction, drama and follows many TV shows. He is a versatile writer who is published and has written copy for: CompUsa, The California State Lottery and Princess Cruise lines. Every year he attends The Sundance Film Festival and the San Diego Comic Con filling up on his other passions…indie films, comic books and video games.

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