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The Vampire Diaries Review: The Old College Die

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Forget the Freshman 15. The Vampire Diaries Season 5 premiere introduced viewers to the Freshman Fif... SCREAM!

Indeed, "I Know What You Did Last Summer" took Caroline, Elena and millions of fans to Whitmore College, a university where the only thing more dangerous than the dining hall lunch is being roommates with two secret blood suckers.

What do we make of Megan's demise? How awesome is Paul Wesley as Silas? How hilarious will Jeremy and Damon be as roommates?

With the countdown to TVD's return finally over, let's answer all these questions and pose many more in the following countup. Come along and join me, won't you? I promise it'll be safer than a Mystic Falls town square celebration...

Ready to Move In

ONE: The number of threesomes depicted in the episode's opening few minutes. Damn, Matt! You go, boy!

Of course, there may truly be no such thing as safe sex, not when it involves a mysterious European woman named Nadia who then shows back up in Mystic Falls to return your magic ring and help knock you out because... who the heck knows why?!? But isn't it refreshing to see Matt get some action? Both of the screen variety and the HAWT bedroom variety?

TWO: The number of deaths on the premiere. Yes, Mayor Bennett's was more emotional, as it's hard enough to imagine losing one's father and even harder still to imagine losing one's father when you're a ghost and no one can hear you scream or be a shoulder for you to cry on. But we barely knew the Mayor himself. His arrival was almost comical, with Bonnie's dad just showing up out of nowhere and somehow being elected to high office.

So it's Megan's death that is truly most interesting. Why was there Vervain in her water bottle? Did her killer put it there? Did she put it there? And who is her killer? And is the campus police covering up the murder? And how in the world is Elena's father tangled up in all of this? Lots of questions. Lots of place for this storyline to go.

THREE: The number of months that went by since events on The Vampire Diaries Season 4 finale in May went down. Stefan is still stuck under water (and help me on this one, TVD Fanatics: Is Damon subconsciously encouraging him to turn off his humanity so he can escape? Or just so he can stop feeling pain down there?)... we know where Matt spent his time (ooohhh, yeah!)... Bonnie was supposedly traveling the world (and pretending to still exist, via emails through Jeremy)... and Delena?

They have been going very, very, very, VERY strong. We're talking sex-all-throughout-the-house and dropping the L Word to each other strong. Is it everything you ever wanted and more, Delena fans? Let's just hope the writers keep these two together. There's been enough back and forth in the past. No more wavering over Stefan and no new college upperclassman to steal away Elena's attention, please. She has enough to worry about at Whitmore with that whole my-roommate-was-murdered thing going on.

And also Psych 101. That class can be tough. 

SEVENTEEN: The number of small appliances Caroline can apparently fit into the world's biggest dorm room. My goodness! And I thought the kids on Saved By the Bell: The College Years had it lucky.

FIVE: The number of times I marveled at Wesley's depiction of Silas. Approximately. The actor has said many times in the past - including to TV Fanatic - that he embraces a chance to play a darker role and it really is clear by the way he oozes charisma and shadiness as Silas. You can just see a satisfied glint in the star's eye that he's getting a break from playing his typically moral, upstanding character of Stefan Salvatore.

SIX: The number of questions I have coming out of a strong premiere:

  1. When will we see Tyler again? And what has he really been up to out there?
  2. What's the deal with Jesse? Anything aside from having an (understandable) attraction to Caroline?
  3. Why is Silas seeking out Katherine?
  4. How are the chores doled out in Casa Salvatore now? Does Jeremy take out the garbage and Damon do the dishes?
  5. How did Elena's father know Megan and what is Mr. Gilbert's connection to her death?
  6. Seriously, what does Nadia want?!?

Overall, a very entertaining opening episode. The Vampire Diaries Season 5 has a fresh feel to it, with plenty of new territory to mine at Whitmore, Delena as a certified couple and Silas as a fun, threatening villain.

What did everyone else think? Make like a college professor and grade the premiere now:

 

Review

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oh Nyala i read your comments and i agree with most of it . and about sails i think he planning to get the cure back from kathren body to complete his own agenda which means he is gonna need bonnie to do the spell because she is the only one can do it ,so i think he is gonna find away to bring her back to life . i dont know maybe that's why still in the show . That the beauty of TVD it's makes you wonder,expect and imagine , then it is surprise you.I JUST LOVE IT.

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5. The threesome. Boring, we're already used to that. We should have gotten a threesome with Matt, Rebeckah and another guy...
6. Tyler. He should get an award for "Hoovering character of 2013"... Seriously, he's been gone since a big part of last season, and he still sends messages, the other characters talk about him, miss him, cry rivers for his absence! As the awesome Klaus would say: "Let bygones be bygones"!
7. Klaus. I know he had to go make his own show, but I miss him in TVD already! He could be of a great help against Silas, imagine how it would be if Klaus and the Salvatores became friends! We would see their characters become more complex, more mature. Oh well, goodbye hunny...

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3. The love story. So, I've always wanted Delena to happen, and was glad when they got together last season. But this episode was a let-down! Damon always expressed such a deep love for Elena and it looked like she was getting there too. But their present relationship seems shallow, they spent the Summer having non-stop sex and, now that she's going away, they brush it off like it's nothing! She thinks about Stefan and Katherine comes back to Damon (so to speak)! Something has to change here. I wouldn't mind if Katherine got together with a Salvatore, but just give me True Love, godamnit!
4. Bonnie's father. I couldn't care less about his death.

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(continuation)
2. Elena. Oh boy, I'm so done with her! She doesn't feel real to me. First she was this sel-righteous nagging girl, for whom everybody had to die so she could be safe. Then she became this bitchy vampire, committed murder and etc, but it's o.k., because it's Elena and we shall love her. Then she flipped her switch on, and we thought that now her humanity would kick in, she would regret what she did, make amends and become an awesome vampire. But nope! She doesn't care, she just leaves a messed up brother behind. Also Damon, even if it took him years of waiting for her, after 2 or 3 months, off she goes! And she does it giggling... But still, let's protect Elena, she can't suffer because of what's happening in Mystic Falls!
3. The love story. So, I've always wanted Delena to happen, and was glad when they got together last season. But this episode was a let-down! Damon always expressed such a deep love for Elena and it looked like she was getting there too. But their present relationship seems shallow, they spent the Summer having non-stop sex and, now that she's going away, they brush it off like it's nothing! She thinks about Stefan and Katherine comes back to Damon (so to speak)! Something has to change here. I wouldn't mind if Katherine got together with a Salvatore, but just give me True Love, godamnit!
4. Bonnie's father. I couldn't care less about his death.
5. The threesome. Boring, we're already used to that. We should have gotten a threesome with Matt, Rebeckah and another guy...
6. Tyler. He should get an award for "Hoovering character of 2013"... Seriously, he's been gone since a big part of last season, and he still sends messages, the other characters talk about him, miss him, cry rivers for his absence! As the awesome Klaus would say: "Let bygones be bygones"!
7. Klaus. I know he had to go make his own show, but I miss him in TVD already! He could be of a great help against Silas, imagine how it would be if Klaus and the Salvatores became friends! We would see their characters become more complex, more mature. Oh well, goodbye hunny...

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(continuation)
4. Matt. Looks like he's going to (finally!) get a plotline of his own. He is a good person, but as a character he was just hanging around and I was wishing that he would die or just go away. But now, he might get interesting. Let's see.
5. Katherine! I always liked this character, the girl has spunk, as a vampire and human! She's much more interesting then Elena, and (contrarily to her doppelgänger) she is consistent. I'm curious as to how she's going to deal with her life now that she's human, I'm sure she still has a few tricks up her sleeve... The bad:
1. Bonnie. Oh please! Just die already! The story of ghosts that linger around people(especially around Jeremy) was already used on TVD ad nauseam! It's tiring and boring, Jeremy looks pathetic & crazy talking to the air, don't people notice it?! Unless there's a big reason to still have ghost Bonnie on the show, she must either die or resurrect!
2. Elena. Oh boy, I'm so done with her! She doesn't feel real to me. First she was this sel-righteous nagging girl, for whom everybody had to die so she could be safe. Then she became this bitchy vampire, committed murder and etc, but it's o.k., because it's Elena and we shall love her. Then she flipped her switch on, and we thought that now her humanity would kick in, she would regret what she did, make amends and become an awesome vampire. But nope! She doesn't care, she just leaves a messed up brother behind. Also Damon, even if it took him years of waiting for her, after 2 or 3 months, off she goes! And she does it giggling... But still, let's protect Elena, she can't suffer because of what's happening in Mystic Falls!
3. The love story. So, I've always wanted Delena to happen, and was glad when they got together last season. But this episode was a let-down! Damon always expressed such a deep love for Elena and it looked like she was getting there too. But their present relationship seems shallow, they spent the Summer having non-stop sex and, now that she's going away, they brush it off like it's nothing! She thinks about Stefan and Katherine comes back to Damon (so to speak)! Something has to change here. I wouldn't mind if Katherine got together with a Salvatore, but just give me True Love, godamnit!
4. Bonnie's father. I couldn't care less about his death.
5. The threesome. Boring, we're already used to that. We should have gotten a threesome with Matt, Rebeckah and another guy...
6. Tyler. He should get an award for "Hoovering character of 2013"... Seriously, he's been gone since a big part of last season, and he still sends messages, the other characters talk about him, miss him, cry rivers for his absence! As the awesome Klaus would say: "Let bygones be bygones"!
7. Klaus. I know he had to go make his own show, but I miss him in TVD already! He could be of a great help against Silas, imagine how it would be if Klaus and the Salvatores became friends! We would see their characters become more complex, more mature. Oh well, goodbye hunny...

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It's great to have TVD back, I was missing the show. But I can't say that it was perfect... The good:
1. Silas! I love watching Paul Wesley as Silas or as Stefan with his humanity turned off. Normal Stefan is o.k. but it bores me to death with his brooding sel-frighteous attitude. Now that Silas is in town I got a feeling of "game on", I'm curious to know what he's up. Great job Paul w. I want to see Stefan against Silas!
2. Damon. Always like Damon, his personality (and wet body beneath a towel...), his smirks, how he takes care of everybody following what Alaric asked him in the past: "Take care of the kids." I like how he cares about Jeremy and how he tries to "hold the fort" and protect others, but it will backfire, of course.
3. Megan's death. This has a lot of potential, so many questions around this girl. If the writers go about this plotline in the right way, we might get a great season.
4. Matt. Looks like he's going to (finally!) get a plotline of his own. He is a good person, but as a character he was just hanging around and I was wishing that he would die or just go away. But now, he might get interesting. Let's see.
5. Katherine! I always liked this character, the girl has spunk, as a vampire and human! She's much more interesting then Elena, and (contrarily to her doppelgänger) she is consistent. I'm curious as to how she's going to deal with her life now that she's human, I'm sure she still has a few tricks up her sleeve... The bad:
1. Bonnie. Oh please! Just die already! The story of ghosts that linger around people(especially around Jeremy) was already used on TVD ad nauseam! It's tiring and boring, Jeremy looks pathetic & crazy talking to the air, don't people notice it?! Unless there's a big reason to still have ghost Bonnie on the show, she must either die or resurrect!
2. Elena. Oh boy, I'm so done with her! She doesn't feel real to me. First she was this sel-righteous nagging girl, for whom everybody had to die so she could be safe. Then she became this bitchy vampire, committed murder and etc, but it's o.k., because it's Elena and we shall love her. Then she flipped her switch on, and we thought that now her humanity would kick in, she would regret what she did, make amends and become an awesome vampire. But nope! She doesn't care, she just leaves a messed up brother behind. Also Damon, even if it took him years of waiting for her, after 2 or 3 months, off she goes! And she does it giggling... But still, let's protect Elena, she can't suffer because of what's happening in Mystic Falls!
3. The love story. So, I've always wanted Delena to happen, and was glad when they got together last season. But this episode was a let-down! Damon always expressed such a deep love for Elena and it looked like she was getting there too. But their present relationship seems shallow, they spent the Summer having non-stop sex and, now that she's going away, they brush it off like it's nothing! She thinks about Stefan and Katherine comes back to Damon (so to speak)! Something has to change here. I wouldn't mind if Katherine got together with a Salvatore, but just give me True Love, godamnit!
4. Bonnie's father. I couldn't care less about his death.
5. The threesome. Boring, we're already used to that. We should have gotten a threesome with Matt, Rebeckah and another guy...
6. Tyler. He should get an award for "Hoovering character of 2013"... Seriously, he's been gone since a big part of last season, and he still sends messages, the other characters talk about him, miss him, cry rivers for his absence! As the awesome Klaus would say: "Let bygones be bygones"!
7. Klaus. I know he had to go make his own show, but I miss him in TVD already! He could be of a great help against Silas, imagine how it would be if Klaus and the Salvatores became friends! We would see their characters become more complex, more mature. Oh well, goodbye hunny...

Amygirl

This episode still wasn't nearly as bad as The Originals. Felt like I was watching a soap opera during that thing. Geez.

Amygirl

I had to watch this episode in blurred quality, begging the question why I would even bother to stick through it because I mostly watch it because of the actors. Nevertheless, I hope Stefan never leaves the box in the ocean, he can lie there 'till the end of the series for all I care. Also, Damon and Elena have become flat and clearly both of them are thinking of other people. This weird love square with two girls being technically the same person is extremely odd. I still am a DE shipper, but they need to create some conflict that separates them or God knows what so they can add back a "spark" and some anticipation of them getting back together. Or, they could leave them as a couple and still produce a good show, and just have them not think of other people. Aha, who am I kidding, this show revolves around the love square. This isn't Breaking Bad, I do not watch for quality.

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welcome back borednow !! Lol

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Ralph, I agree with you about this episode. The only interesting thing about it was realizing that deep down, Damon still holds a torch for Katherine no matter how many looks and smooches he gives Elena. Elena is just a temporary replacement. She says; I love you to Damon but I have not yet heard him say it to her; just turned up lips and smirky smiles. That relationship is going to be short lived because right now, it's quite boring with no substance. There must be something else that Bonnie can do besides just stand around watching her friends and loved ones slaughtered and being hurt. I would think that she would know exactly where to find Stefan. I'm also bored with Caroline & Tylers off & on relationship. He's not a boyfriend. Thank God that Katherine still have her wit.

The Vampire Diaries Season 5 Episode 1 Quotes

That pit is called guilt. You feel terrible because you broke Stefan's heart. And that nagging feeling is your brain waking up to tell you that you've made a horrible, yet completely reversible, mistake.

Caroline

You brought a panini press?

Elena [to Caroline]
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