The Vampire Diaries Review: Anchor... Away!

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I'm not sure if that was the best installment of The Vampire Diaries. (It wasn't.)

I'm not sure if it was the most coherent. (It definitely wasn't.)

But one thing is certain about The Vampire Diaries Season 5 Episode 6: It was the funniest!

The Bad (?) Doctor

From references to a supernatural Madonna… to Snooki's backyard… to knock-knock jokes about dead mayors… to Paul Wesley's awesome hair... to Jeremy acting like Pocahontas, the writers clearly turned up the humor this week.

Which made for a nice distraction from an hour that was crazier than the doppleganger who showed up toward the tail end of it.

Hey, Katherine is growing old! Look, new travelers are going after Damon's daylight ring! Look over there, Stefan can cook! Wait, there's a secret society?!? And it has its own vampire?!? And he killed Megan?

And Amara is back! Because she was never really dead! But now she wants to be dead and our heroes have to protect her because she holds the key to destroying The Other Side and resurrecting Bonnie!

And people actually put pineapples on pizza?!?

I've gotta imagine Julie Plec and company were aware that this was an especially whirlwind episode with a number of new, head-scratching developments. Hence why they ironically kicked it off with Elena saying how much she enjoys the quiet, peaceful stillness.

That never lasts for more than an hour in Mystic Falls. But it disappeared faster here than any buffet item placed in front of Katherine.

It's all too much at the moment. The Vampire Diaries Season 5 is too all over the place. There are three Elena dopplegangers... we're now going on our second version of Stefan, not counting Silas... travelers are just popping up at random times (and one remains inside Matt, remember)... the biggest shocker in an episode is that Amara - a character in which we have zero emotional attachment or investment - is actually alive.

Yes, we all love The Vampire Diaries because it's totally insane and crazy. But it's possible to be too insane and overly crazy.

The series isn't really about relationships at the moment - except for that of Jeremy and Bonnie and, I'm sorry, but does anyone care about those two? Anyone at all? - which is what truly made it great all along.

Above and beyond the nuttiness, there was that brotherly bond. There was Elena battling her feelings for Stefan and Damon. There was Alaric growing to become a father figure. And Caroline finding her confidence as a vampire, while her friendships with Elena and Bonnie ebbed and flowed.

And Matt even got pretty close to a few patrons at the Grill, didn't he?

But now? It's just one out there twist after another, with many of them having little to do with our core characters. I stole the following point from Daniel Gillies, but think about it:

The Vampire Diaries is reactive, with characters actually wanting to live a life of peace (right, Elena?) but being drawn into situations by outside forces.

The Originals is proactive, with Klaus and company devising their own schemes each week and playing this constant game of very violent chess. And that goes a long way toward explaining why the latter is far more fascinating at the moment. It's a fun game in which all the players are trying to win.

TVD feels like a game in which the rules are being made up as we go and the players are being dragged to various sides against their will.

All that said... I am very much into The Augustine and its affiliated vampire. There seem to be rich possibilities to that storyline. I'd like to be done with Silas and Amara and that confounding mess, however, and I'd really like the fate of Bonnie to be decided prior to 2014.

What did everyone else think? Was this episode too all over the place or are you enjoying the ever-changing dynamics? And let's do a Season 5 check-in: How does it rank at the moment compare to The Vampire Diaries Season 4?


Editor Rating: 2.3 / 5.0
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This show has lost its magic for me, its all over the place too many plot Lines going on at once, plus Elena and Damon soooo boring! I miss the old Damon! This puppy dog Damon is annoying and Im sorry but Elena is annoying as it is now theres three of her!


Ugh!!!! Terrible episode of a very weird season. Too many dopplegangers, Amara and Silas need to die asap and who even cares about bringing Bonnie back. And the crazy professor guy? Lame! WRITERS, PLEASE DON'T RUIN THIS SHOW!!!


Why not save money on casting, TVD? Let's just have a tv show with a billion doppelgängers of Nina Dobrev roaming around.


I believe all the good writers went to work with The Originals.- Now im feeling that wwhen Klaus and family were in TVD the stories were better. Now all the stories are convulted, many characters at the same time hard to follow the story ach of each one each week. I dont like there are 3 doppelgangers, enough is enough. I bet Damon has his own doppelganger that we havent seen yet but I bet there is one out there. Bring back the old TVD


I'm loving this season! Damon and Elena are so hot. It was well worth the wait to see them together. My only complaint is that I miss the originals being on the show. I watch The Originals, but I preferred them on TVD. I really hope the show is able to bring Bonnie back soon. The show needs her powers as a witch.


This show is all over the place and nothing makes sense. Plus so many Nina dobrevs are giving me a headache. I think it's safe to assume that all the good Tvd writers went to work in The Originals.


I loved the episode. I don't know why rating it so low. If you don't like TVD, don't watch it. TVD is all about crazy twists. I really LOL at some parts. The only thing I didn't like was they trying to create something between Elena and Stefan, didn't feel.


I agree too many doppelgängers and this was a bit chaotic - even for them! It's still one of the shows I most look forward to every week and I wasn't disappointed! I like Bonnie and Jeremy I have to admit but what I like more is how the writers have resisted the obvious which would be to quickly drive a wedge between Damon and Elena, which not only have they not done but they've showed us that they are confident and for now strong together.


Cheese-us! It was funny and freaking ridiculous at the same time... You know, when you're seeing something so outrageously silly that you can't turn away, you just need to stay to witness the downfall?! That's what's happening to me...and I love(d) TVD! Alright, there were good things: Katherine is awesome and pretty much the most interesting part of the show (don't you dare killing her off writers!). It's great that in this show the best character is actually human (-ish), suck on that vamps! It's amazing that she teamed up with Caroline. Snarky Silas is good too, could be better if he dumped Amara already. I appreciate Damon but he's kind of lost amidst the craziness, sometimes it looks like Ian Somerhalder is making a face of "WTF am I doing here?!" (maybe I'm imagining things...). The jokes and references were cool and I agree with Stefan, I too need to get drunk to assimilate the damn plot! Btw, I'm curious about how Stefan will be from now on (please don't fall for Elena again, please...!) The rest is so bad, I can't even point out everything...What I really want is to watch Elena, Katherine and Amara in the same room, completely mad and b*tch-slapping each other! That would make my day! The Doppelgänger plot device is so tiring... Katherine doesn't have a place to stay...Wait, what? Doesn't she have a daughter that has searched for her for 500 years? Nadia can't look after her mortal mother? Bs! Bonnie: no, just no- TVD has its own personal peeping tom! Elena: another huge NO!- when she's with Stefan she wants Damon, now that she has him, Elena goes after Stefan... I can't stand the silly storyline, plotholes, incoherence and stupid "love" stories & triangles/squares. My intelligence is feeling raped by all the craziness in this show!


I agree Im tired of many dopplegangers. I bet soon we will see that Damon also has a doppelgagner

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The Vampire Diaries Season 5 Episode 6 Quotes

Elena: You're kind of evil. No offense.
Silas: None taken.

Quiet, still, peaceful. I like our life like this.