RECAP: The Vampire Diaries, Bad Moon Rising

“If werewolves exist, where the hell are they?” Ah, the age old question. Well Damon, they’re chilling in the woods with body-con wife beaters and shorts. Apparently the wardrobe of the howlers of the night is consistent across the spectrum.

Damon, Stefan and Elena question Alaric about the Lockwoods and the “furry problem” that seems to affect the family males. Damon is skeptic but says, “If this wolfman thing is true, I’ve seen enough movies to know that’s not good.” Except when it’s 120 odd minutes of a shirtless Taylor Lautner. Damon does some references to Don Chaney and Bela Lugosi, he’s a horror film nerd too. This is so meant to be.

Elena heads off to Duke with Damon and Alaric to read up on Isobel’s research. Isobel’s former research assistant goes rogue and attempts to skewer Elena with an arrow. Damon takes the shot (sigh, how brave) and then tells Elena to pull the damn thing out. That’s what she said.

Damon reveals he does not have the power to read minds. This is one area where Edward Cullen reigns supreme. But if you want to see him naked, all you have to do is ask.

Meanwhile the teens of Mystic Falls are relaxing at the watering hole whilst throwing back hoards of illegal alcohol in the standard red cups of shadiness. It’s the full moon tonight. I’m sensing the fur is going to fly. VampCaroline can’t catch a break. She is forced to wear the tacky ring so she can venture into the sunlight, whose powers can be relinquished by her witchy-poo amigo, Bonnie, at anytime; Stefan instructed to hunt and feed on an innocent bunny rabbit; and now her powers of compelling have driven away her boyfriend. I guess she really is a “psychotic control-freak” on crack.

Stefan and Damon are giving the disheartening news that a werewolf bite is fatal to a vampire. Better not piss off the Lockwoods tonight. Lame. We don’t even get to see the transformation of Uncle Lockwood. I was expecting a cringe-worthy “An American Werewolf in London”esque scene.

A mysterious growl sparks Stefan’s attention. He stupidly follows the sound and finds the van of Uncle Lockwood where the alleged transformation took place. A werewolf jumps out of nowhere and runs off. Caroline and Matt are getting jiggy in the woods when he cuts himself. Of course Caroline consequently goes nuts and starts feeding off his blood. The growl continues. Stefan takes Caroline and they flee the scene. Lockwolf tackles Caroline and Stefan throws him into the darkness.

I’m impressed CW. The werewolves on the show look less CGI than the Twilight ones. Props.

Tyler finds the wreckage of his uncle’s car. And his pants. He turns up looking like one of the chimneysweepers from Mary Poppins. Tyler has an epiphany: he’s a werewolf. Congrats, we knew that since last season.

The inevitable Damon and Elena chat. And yes, he’s lost her for forever. It’s like Damon just got shot with the arrow again, his reaction was painful to watch. He tells her that she has more in common with Katherine than he thought. Ooh burn.

Speaking of Katherine, she appears in Caroline’s room. But don’t worry; they’re going to have a lot of fun together.

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