Well thank goodness for cliffhanger moments and sexy time with a certain hunter, since that’s what saved an otherwise mediocre episode of The Vampire Diaries.
Let’s bitch it out…
Oh how the tides have turned. After spending three months drowning, locked in a safe that was thrown in the quarry while no one was looking for him, Stefan (Paul Wesley) is having trouble dealing with his PTSD. Now his brother, who spent those three months shaking up with the love of Stefan’s life, finds himself in a very similar situation. No one is going to know that Damon (Ian Somerhalder) is in trouble, or have any clue where to go looking for him. Which is fine with me (for awhile) because he kind of deserves it. And I’m hoping this will spawn some kind of interesting story arc to bring us through the season. So far, we have no big bad guy this year, and no real common enemy anymore. The Silas (Paul Wesley) storyline is already forgotten, showing just how weak it turned out to be after all that buildup. Matt (Zach Roerig) being possessed by travellers is barely a blip on the radar and ends almost as quickly as it began. We’ve had this Dr. Maxfield (Rick Cosnett) story sort of simmering in the background, but its our only hope for a long standing story that will carry us through in to a season six.
I get it. Katherine (Nina Dobrev) is afraid of ageing and afraid of dying. But after living through everything she has; giving birth and having the child ripped from her, finding her family slaughtered, being on the run for five hundred years, then being turned in to a human only to be drained of her blood and living through that.. well I am not buying that a little ageing is going to cause Katherine Pierce to turn to suicide. It just does not ring true at all for me. She has not exercised all her options yet. Katherine has fought to the bitter end, no matter what the odds, in every other situation but we are supposed to buy that she spends about a week as an ageing human and she’s jumping from the clock tower? Not a chance. The only way I’m buying whatever that was tonight is if it was a planned scheme to have Stefan save her. If Katherine leaves this show, I know I will not be alone in questioning the future of the franchise.
Having terrible Bonnie (Kat Graham) back isn’t as terrible as I anticipated, and that is for one reason only – her sexy time scene with Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen). I’m sure women and men across this great nation were agreeing with Bonnie when she declares that all the pain she goes through now as the anchor is worth it to spend this time with him. In a scene like that, its easy to forget that the younger Gilbert is still in high school.
- Could it be? Could Stefan and Katherine be the two dopplegangers that are fated to be together and Elena (Nina Dobrev) be the odd one out? After some tender moments between them, I’m beginning to wonder if Stefan could move back towards the original love of his life.
- Umm… how the heck are we supposed to tell Elena and Katherine apart if they’re now wearing their hair the same way? That was always the indicator to tell the character change – Katherine’s gorgeous, enviable wavy hair and Elena’s straight and boring hair. Now that Elena is a vampire and loving it, her hair is a mass of lovely waves as well, leaving us to actually pay attention to her boring character to be able to tell which doppleganger this is.
- If ever they need to create a propaganda video on the benefits of being a vampire, this episode could certainly be used in the final cut. Caroline and Elena spend the episode explaining to Jesse (Kendirck Sampson) all the great extras that come with being a vampire, making sure to include the healing benefits of their blood when Jesse keeps attacking people. Its an attempt at lightheartedness after what the writers must’ve deemed a dark few weeks, and just serves to highlight the chances in Elena’s character throughout the seasons – she used to be a virtuous human who never wanted to become a vampire, and now she’s a fun loving vampire trying to go to college.
What did you think of ‘Dead Man on Campus’? Where do you think Damon is? How do you think he will get out of it? Do you think Katherine was really trying to kill herself? Sound off below!
The Vampire Diaries airs at 8pm EST, Tuesdays on the CW.