Season 3, Episode 7 (“Ghost World”)
This first half of season 3 consists of some of my favorite episodes of the series, and I do think some of the best storylines the show ever has. However, they are not perfect and there are some elements that I do not care as much about. I am mostly referring to the ghost storyline which has been in the background of every episode this season, but finally comes to the forefront in this episode. It is also, thankfully, the end of this particular storyline. So needless to say, I wasn’t super jazzed about having to watch this episode again and talk about it, but when forced to I found that it did provide some good things to discuss.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t hate this storyline. There are certainly plots that I hate much more down the road, I just don’t find it all that interesting. My issue with it is that it seems largely unnecessary. This episode in particular, save a couple scenes, almost feels like it could have been deleted and you wouldn’t have missed anything. It mostly serves to introduce some ideas that will be more important later on, but at this point it feels like it didn’t really need to happen.
The major theme of these ghosts is unfinished business. What exactly happens to a supernatural being in the afterlife? Some find peace and move on while those with unfinished business on Earth stick around and watch the people that were important to them. Mason feels obligated to help Tyler, something he didn’t do a great job of when he was alive. He doesn’t want revenge on Damon for killing him, even though he could have, he just wants to do what he should’ve done when he was alive. Anna was in love with Jeremy when she died and doesn’t want to give him up, but she also ultimately wants to find her mom so that they can find peace together.
I like that these themes are covered, and the Other Side is a very interesting concept, but I think the issue is that I just don’t care about any of these characters that are brought back. I didn’t feel like I needed closure on Anna and Pearl, or to see Mason Lockwood again. But the themes and important world building bits that come out of this episode/storyline are good. I also could go the rest of my life without seeing any of the tomb vampires again (especially Frederick). One vampire that I am always happy to see though is Lexi, who comes back to deal with Evil Stefan.
Elena enlists Lexi’s help to get Stefan his humanity back. Though Lexi is not able to do it, we do see some of what is necessary to make it happen. Stefan has to want to feel again, which Elena realizes is not something that she can make happen. She still has hope for him, but she is not going to expend all of her energy on him. This was a good moment for Elena who stands up for herself, and her life, saying that she won’t let this consume her. When Stefan is ready she will be there, but in the mean time she is going to live her life. And if he is never ready, she will move on.
Mason and Damon team up to find the secret to killing Klaus which is apparently buried in some old tunnels underneath the Lockwood property. Damon is very skeptical of Mason’s motivations, not trusting that he doesn’t want revenge. Damon cannot imagine that someone wouldn’t seek revenge on the person who killed them because if the roles were reversed, he definitely would. Unfortunately, Bonnie closes the door to the Other Side before Mason can tell Damon what he discovered, so Damon has to call on Alaric to help him. Alaric has been mad at Damon since he temporarily killed him a few episodes ago, claiming that they are not friends anymore. Thankfully though their friendship is restored at the end when Damon gives him the most Damon apology ever.
This episode is not bad, it’s just not of particular interest to me. Luckily, this is the end of the whole ghost storyline, at least as it has been presented this season. As I said, the Other Side will be very important later on but we won’t have any more visits from unimportant dead vampires/werewolves. This episode would have aired in the week leading up to Halloween, so maybe having an episode focused on ghosts was meant to be a special episode for the holiday. That would help explain why it felt so out of place since it didn’t much logically follow from the previous episode or the next one.
Episode Grade: B
- Event of the Episode: The Night of Illumination, a thinly veiled historical event for the town celebrating the killing of the vampires when it was safe to go out at night again. I think Carol says it has something to do with the war ending.
- Jeremy cheats on Bonnie with his dead ex-girlfriend… I find this hard to forgive.
- Bonnie has to destroy Elena’s necklace because the witch on the Other Side (the Original Witch) is using it as a talisman to connect to the living side.
- Damon: “I am never going to hear the end of this damn necklace” sorry, Damon this is very true. The necklace even resurrects itself out of the fire.
- I love that Mason doesn’t care that Damon gave him the shittiest apology ever.
- Frederik and the other tomb vampires killed a Fell, I feel like the Fells are the expendable founding family. They are the only one that we don’t have any significant characters from so whenever they need to kill someone important but not important, it is generally a Fell.
- Caroline is a true friend, yelling at Jeremy for hurting Bonnie.
- Damon: “Yeah well, I didn’t mean it with him” happy to see this friendship restored.
- Body Count: 1, Frederik kills Tobias Fell.