The Vampire Diaries Ep. 3.16, “1912”: Underplotted filler ep saved by closing reveal

The Vampire Diaries Review, Season 3, Episode 16: “1912”

Written by Julie Plec and Elisabeth R. Finch

Directed by John Behring

Airs Thursdays at 8pm (Et) on the CW

This week, on The Vampire Diaries: It’s brotherly tough love for Stefan, Rebecca does some tree-related sleuthing, and Elena has a heart-to-heart with Matt.

After several weeks of reruns, and with a not-insubstantial cliffhanger to resolve, The Vampire Diaries is back this week with a flashback-laden lorefest heavy on the brotherly angst. Usually this is just the kind of story the series excels at. Flashbacks to Stefan and Damon’s human life have been reliably entertaining in the past and last season’s jaunt to ‘20s Chicago was a hoot. This time, however, the story falls flat, with little development and not nearly enough action to warrant the time dedicated to 1912 Mystic Falls.

During these flashbacks, we’re introduced to Sage,
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