Don’t get me wrong. I really did love the Vampire Diaries. Quite a bit actually. Until I completely lost the plot, couldn’t keep track of who was dead and who was alive, and essentially forgot what the show was really about.
Sorry CW, you’ve made some quality television but around about the fourth episode of TVD’s third season, you lost me.
After the first season, the plot spiraled into something like this for every subsequent season:
1) Character A dies
2) Character A comes back to life.
3) Character A is now possessed by some other mystical being.
4) Character A disappears for 9 episodes
5) The return of Character A
6) Where’d they go again?
…and so it goes on. The show was mindlessly traveling in circles over and over again, to the point of where I couldn’t tell you what the show’s premise was to begin with.
Now that’s not to say that I’m not going to give Season 5 a chance. I’ve come too far and invested way too much time into keeping up with the show and their notoriously attractive characters (seriously…google “Ian Somerhalder”).
We left off Season 4 with the discovery that Stefan actually has a doppelganger…in Silus (of course), Elena and Damon are happily together and Caroline is still left pining over Tyler (where is that guy anyway?)
The season 5 premiere promises to bring somewhat of a fresh start and a new show to the table. And I have to say that I wasn’t totally disappointed. The Originals (with the exception of Rebecca who incessantly pops in and out of frames and episodes) were nowhere to be found, and I didn’t once have to rewind the show to understand the convoluted and twisted mythology.
Elena and Caroline are off to college, and that’s pretty reassuring for me because I’m honestly positive they were stuck in high school for two decades. Damon is the designated caretaker for newly alive Jeremy, whose supernatural powers allow him to talk to newly dead Bonnie.
Real Stefan is stuck in a coffin at the bottom of the lake while the fake Stefan (aka Silus) is on the hunt for the now human Katherine Pierce.
While most of the old relationships of past seasons are still in existence, the new season appears to have started on solid footing with none of that convoluted who’s dead?/who’s a witch?/who’s alive?/who’s a doppelganger? business. I think we might actually have gotten back that old Season One-esque show of The Vampire Diaries that everyone fell in love with to begin with.
Watch The Vampire Diaries on the CW Network Thursdays at 8PM.