October 25, 2013
That said, the main attraction in The Dark World is still Thor and Loki. It perhaps goes without saying, but we're going for it anyway, that the double act of Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston - comfortably the best thing about the original Thor - gives this sequel lots of strong material too. And whilst moments of gravitas in the first half of the movie don't feel like they necessarily have the impact they should, as Thor 2 crosses the hour mark, that is addressed, and both Hiddleston and Hemsworth are on excellent form. Admirers of Hemsworth's bulging biceps, incidentally, will not feel short-changed here. Meanwhile, Hiddleston firmly cements his standing as the crown prince of Marvel movies.
Before I could get on and enjoy this flashback-heavy info-dump hour of Vampire Diaries, I had to get over that brazen betrayal from whoever put together that promo. Stefan is indeed out of his watery grave, but Ripper Stefan is still buried deep within. He's damp and hungry, but his humanity switch remains turned on. Not only is this disappointing, it's annoying, and what they've decided to do with the character instead is downright horrifying. Amnesia, really? And in the same fortnight as Beauty and the Beast did it, too.
So Stefan has gone pretty nuts during his summer holiday in the quarry, but he still remembers enough of himself to stop completely chowing down on the unsuspecting barmaid. Meanwhile, Elena and Katherine are now sharing dreams about their long lost beau and Damon's trying desperately to not be bothered by his girlfriend's perpetual preoccupation with his brother. So far I've actually been pleasantly surprised by how long they've maintained the new relationship, but that goodwill is going to evaporate pretty quick if Stefan's return ruins it straight away. Let's fight for this a little.
The fact that Elena and Katherine are sharing Stefan dreams is actually explained in this episode - along with the series long doppelgänger mystery! This is huge news simply because we've been dealing with Elena and Katherine's connection since day one, and now we also have an explanation as to why Stefan was so creepy in early episodes. The two doppelgängers, created when Silas and Katsia's (more on her in a minute) handmaiden used Katsia's magic to become immortal, are drawn to each other by fate and design.