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TV Review: The Vampire Diaries 8.2 “Today Will Be Different”
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The Vampire Diaries
Season 8 Episode 2: “Today Will Be Different”
Directed by Pascal Verschooris
Written by Melinda Hsu Taylor
Created by Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec
Starring Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder, Kat Graham, Candice King, Zach Roerig, Matthew Davis, Michael Malarkey
The CW
Air Date: Friday, October 28th, 2016, 8pm

Last week on The Vampire Diaries, Enzo and Damon (Michael Malarkey and Ian Somerhalder) acted as bloody errand boys for a watery monster aka The Siren (Nathalie Kelley), who demands the flesh of evil. Damon coped by shutting off his humanity switch, while Enzo used all of his will to keep his innermost thoughts to himself, while leaving clues from Homer’s Odyssey for Bonnie (Kat Graham). Alaric’s nanny almost died, but Caroline vamp-runned home in time to knock out the culprit (who bit out her own tongue instead of talking), saved the nanny via vampire blood, and check on the savvy children.

Spoilers below.

The Vampire Diaries 8.2 “Today Will Be Different” review: Damon brings a meal to the Siren, who is very pleased with Damon. She’s not that pleased with the rebellious Enzo, but does manage to eke out Sarah Nelson, who is both a clue and the last living Salvatore.

About Enzo, the Siren is puzzled: “Why does he keep trying to get rescued?”

They get to the real Sarah Nelson, who immediately vervain’s Damon. Enzo tries to get her out of town, and they go back to her room where the welcome party is waiting.

It gets hairy for everyone – Enzo pleads with Bonnie to not touch him and to get away, but help him. She is predictably stubborn. She vervain’s and kidnaps him. Damon destroys Caroline’s ring to trap her, then leaps in to kill Sarah, while Stefan tries to do some fast talking. It works! I love Damon. But bitchy siren (her name is Sybil) shows up, havoc in hand.

Alaric is back in the cave. The intern has the same tattoo as the siren book. “I saw it when I was dead.” The story is that she did see hell, and is destined to go there. Alaric is wise and helpful, though she has a “PHD in hell.”

Sarah is dying, Stefan is frozen, and Damon loses the last vestiges of his Elena memories. He is truly gone. And then Sarah passes away.

Although Bonnie does try to drive him away to escape, he gets a nosebleed, indicating he has to return. Bonnie relents. Upon his return, Sybil gets into Enzo head and sees too much – his poetic love for Bonnie. She is in some serious danger. I’m not certain she will care, given her loneliness makes her “want to die.”

Caroline moves in with Stefan. Stefan is distraught about everything. There are some bright spots – he is knocking out walls to make a room so the twins can stay over, and if that is not enough, he proposes. The episode of hopelessness ends with hope.

TVD is going back to the beginning with some serious diary writing, and as EP Julie Plec points out, the title of this episode is the very first line of the series. Sybil is a scary (and beautiful) character, and I cannot wait until Damon and Enzo turn the tables.

The episode was really good. I rooted for Enzo the entire time and yelled when she finally saw Bonnie. When the Elena memory turned into a Sybil memory, I was crushed. I feel like Alaric’s intern is either going to die… or is in cahoots with Sybil. I guess, we’ll see.

The Vampire Diaries airs Friday nights at 8:00pm ET on The CW.

The CW’s synopsis:

The Vampire Diaries
Today Will Be Different (Ep# 802)
WILLPOWER — After learning that someone from Stefan’s (Paul Wesley) past may be Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Enzo’s (Michael Malarkey) next target, Stefan, Bonnie (Kat Graham) and Caroline (Candice King) head to North Carolina. There, Bonnie takes drastic measures in an attempt to break Enzo free of whatever has a hold over him. At the Armory, Alaric (Matt Davis) and Georgie (guest star Allison Scagliotti) stumble upon a mysterious symbol that may be related to the supernatural force controlling Damon and Enzo. Finally, Caroline gets an unexpected surprise from Stefan. Pascal Verschooris directed the episode written by Melinda Hsu Taylor (#802). Original airdate 10/28/2016.

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