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TV Review: THE VAMPIRE DIARIES: Season 6, Episode 8: Fade Into You [The CW]

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The CW’s The Vampire Diaries Fade into You TV Show Review. The Vampire Diaries: Season 6, Episode 8: Fade into You takes us deeper into Jo’s (Jodi Lyn O’Keefe) world and explains why some of the witches are always so indifferent when it comes to relationships.

From the moment Jo made it clear she had feelings for Alaric (Matthew Davis), I knew there was something special about her. The writers have done a superb job of slowly unwinding this tasty back-story. Who would have known the whole Gemini Coven deal would have been so interesting. Reliving Jo’s terror and finding out Liv (Penelope Mitchell) and Luke (Chris Brochu) were her siblings was clever writing indeed. All of them share a similarity when it comes to attitude and mood. At the base of their offset…is the fact that Luke and Liv must merge…if they are to observe the rules of the Gemini Coven. What’s at stake? One of them must die. Brilliant. Now we also know why Liv is so hesitant to be with Tyler. These are some somber characters in need of some serious sunshine. Great open.

Damon (Ian Somerhalder), Alaric and Stefan’s (Paul Wesly) road trip had the makings of something delicious before they actually spoke a single word. When I noticed Damon had Bonnie’s (Kat Graham) teddy bear along for the ride I knew that furry fellow had a purpose. Having the three men miss the dinner seemed kind of odd at first. Well, as it turned out every hand played makes total sense now. This man trip will be one they won’t soon forget. When Damon runs into Joshua Parker (Christopher Cousins) and finds out he is Kai’s (Chris Wood) father, things take a turn for the worse. I guess we are to assume an elder witch is much smarter and can cast spells faster than a young one. Joshua put some pretty smooth moves on not only Damon but Stefan too. There are questions. When Joshua found out Damon had somehow made it back from Kai’s prison he chose to go on the attack first instead of have a meeting of the minds. He reminds us of Tripp (Colin Ferguson) in a way. Lets hope the similarity ends there. Tripp left the show in a very violent way.

Poor Bonnie. First she takes an arrow to the gut and helps Damon escape. Now she finds herself Kai’s prisoner. This guy has gone ten steps beyond annoying. I still think Bonnie should have tied him up when she had the chance and buried him alive. Having the dual Flashbacks to fill in how Kai got banished was well done. I’m sure there were a few other ways we could have found out how everything played out but this choice was the most dramatic. You could feel the tension between the scenes. When Kai easily finds his sisters hiding place for the knife (with her magic inside) I think that was the only weak area in the episode. The worst…watching him stab Bonnie in the gut with that big knife. She is slowly becoming his punching bag. Does Kai take her blood and escape his banishment?

The big dinner party truly was a hit. Elena and Caroline were successful at getting some of their friends together as well as reuniting Liv and Luke with their big sister Jo. When Liam (Marco James) arrives we see Elena gets to take another small emotional break. The dinner party solved a few relationship issues and opened a few new avenues. Jo decided to help Elena with Liam…who was hot on her case. Then Jo’s father makes an attempt to kill her and Elena comes to the rescue with vampire blood. Every move Elena makes opens two more possible moves or issues. Elena helping Jo gained her a closer relationship with her…one they will need should Kai and his father come to make a house call. This is something to consider. Joshua is a seasoned witch and when he finds out Liv and Luke are there with Jo…someone will have to go. One thing is for sure, having Liam see of all this proves Elena was right. Her life is too complicated and she would find herself using compulsion on him daily. This could be another factor to drive her all he way back to Damon

Just another day in Mystic Falls? I think not. Kai and Joshua could end up in town and make things very uncomfortable for everyone. We now know how serious the Gemini Coven takes the conversion ceremony. Liv, Luke and Jo are not safe, which means no one is.

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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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