^ Part of what I've always liked about this show is how quickly it moves - a plotline that would take half a season on any other show takes one ep or two on TVD.
That said, I've rarely been able to emotionally invest in the storyline (or have any inclination to rewatch epsiodes) due to this swift pace. So it's a dual-edged sword.
But one of the other things I also like about the show is it's ability to surprise me and make me literally gasp aloud "oh no they didn't?!!!". Last night's ep fortunately had one of those moments (Elena and the hunter), which reminded me why I stick with the show even when other parts (the love "drama") can be less interesting.