The Vampire Diaries season 2 episode 7 review: Masquerade

The latest episode of The Vampire Diaries gets Tiffany's hopes up...

This review contains spoilers.

2.7 Masquerade

Masquerade, is all about Katherine, or more like Damon and Stefan’s determination to kill her at the masquerade. So let’s first go through what happened.

The gang is all assembled, minus Elena, arming themselves with stakes. Stefan is determined to get rid of Katherine so that he can have Elena back in his life. There is one kink in this plan: Katherine.

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Speaking of Katherine, she has a witchy friend in town. Katherine has brought her along so that, when she gets the moonstone back, her friend can break a curse. I wonder what curse that is?

Let the masquerade begin.

Katherine is there impersonating Elena. Bonnie gets vibes off of Katherine’s witch friend, though she doesn’t realize that they are in cahoots. Katherine doesn’t take kindly to Stefan withholding the moonstone, and in order to show him how serious she is about wreaking havoc on the town, she paralyzes and then kills a girl in the middle of the party.

Caroline tricks Katherine into a room that Bonnie has spelled, in order to trap her so that Damon and Stefan can stake her. Which they do, only Katherine isn’t the only one injured by the stake, Elena is too. Jeremy races to the room to try and stop the brothers from killing Katherine.

The stake misses Katherine’s heart and a vampire fight ensues. Jeremy is able to stop the brothers just in time. Katherine informs them that she had her witch spell Elena and herself so that any damage she received, Elena would receive as well.

Bonnie finds Lucy (Katherine’s witch) and gives her the moonstone. Lucy goes to Katherine and hands over the moonstone, only she is angry with Katherine for lying to her and spells it so that it renders Katherine helpless

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Tyler accidently kills a girl when she attempts to kill him, after Matt’s attempt to do so fails. Tyler is now a werewolf.

Stefan goes to see Elena and tells her that Katherine is gone, only she still wants to take time and feel safe before getting back together.

Damon locks Katherine in the spellbound tomb, but not before telling him that Elena is in danger. He says he will protect her and then closes the tomb. The episode ends with Elena being kidnapped by a man in mask. Got to love a masquerade.

My, oh my, then. Where to begin this week? Normally, when I write my reviews, I write as I watch. This week there was no writing and watching, there was only watching. I was completely engrossed from start to finish. The story this week was great. They knew we weren’t expecting Katherine to be gone so easily and her saying Elena was in danger was, for once, something truthful.

I must say, that Nina Dobrev stole the spotlight with this episode. I adore her as Katherine and her mini-breakdown upon being locked in the tomb, screaming, “You need me!” was fantastic. It’s nice to see her really flex her acting chops and show a real range of emotion. I enjoy Elena, but Katherine’s emotions have more range and, for me, that’s exciting to watch.

It was also great to see more of Bonnie. I feel like her character has been put on the back burner in the last few episodes, so it was nice to see her stand front and center in a few scenes. Katerina Graham is a great actress and it was great watching her interact with the newcomer Lucy (Natashia Williams). Though Williams was only okay, in my opinion.

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On a side note, I think I see a bit of a Jeremy/Bonnie romance coming up in the future. Not really sure how I feel about that, though I must admit that Jeremy has been growing on me these last few weeks. Perhaps if writers Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec do it right, it will be tolerable.

I felt bad for Tyler tonight. He’s not my favorite character of the bunch, but killing someone in defense and therefore becoming a werewolf has got to be rough. I’m interested to see how he handles it all.

Lastly, I wanted to scream at Elena when she told Stefan she needed a bit more time to feel safe before getting back together. I realize it’s a melodrama, but how much safer can you be when your boyfriend is a vampire who would kill anyone who touched you? Part of me was glad when she got snatched by the mystery party guest, though the other part felt bad because I’m sure it was tough having a doppleganger making your life hell.

I guess my next question is who was the kidnapper, and how long will it take before we have Katherine helping get Elena back?

All I can say is that next week better be one fantastic episode. They have my hopes up. This show is really picking up steam and I don’t want it to have a midseason slump that kills the momentum they have going for them. There are some wonderful storylines going this season. I, for one, can not get enough of The Vampire Diaries.

Until next week…

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Read our review of episode 6, Plan B, here.