The Vampire Diaries Review: Spring Breakers

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So everyone knew immediately that Elena was dreaming in the opening scene of The Vampire Diaries Season 5 Episode 16, right?

I mean, c'mon, they were having way too much fun. Also, Elena tossed her stripped off shirt to her brother and that's just...ew. Hello, hallucinations!

After three weeks of having her mind hijacked by Katherine Pierce, Elena wakes back up in her own body. Only not everything is quite as normal as she'd hoped.

As a parting gift in The Vampire Diaries Season 5 Episode 15, Katherine plunged a Ripper virus/Werewolf venom cocktail into Elena's chest. Kat gives the best gifts!

Well you know Katherine. She's not about to go out without some grand finale.

Stefan

So while Damon suffers in the Salvatore basement from the desire to feed off of his friends, Elena has that need plus the added bonus of hallucinations and body deterioration.

Stefan and Bonnie got Liv to do a boundary spell so Elena would be quarantined to the dorms while everyone was away on Spring Break.

It was interesting to see werewolf venom break Elena apart differently than it has everyone else. We've only seen it in the form of a bite, so normally the audience is treated with the picture of a nasty skin rash and then the rest follows.

Elena skipped all that and went straight to crazy-town. However, never fear, the Salvatore brothers will always be here.

Once again, the famous duo was tasked with saving Elena's life... even though Damon was still struggling on his own. Damon's been suffering with the Ripper virus for how many episodes now and was still not cured? Elena has it for less than one and everyone flies into action to save her ASAP.

Another day spent rescuing Elena Gilbert. Sigh.

Well, at least Enzo cared enough about Damon and has been working towards a cure. After getting trapped with the travelers, they found a way to work together, coming up with an antidote. In exchange, they needed Stefan's brain to track his remaining doppelganger. Wait -- Stefan still has ANOTHER doppelganger?

I know, I thought we were done with that storyline too...

To be honest, I really have no clue why the travelers are still around. If you have an interest in this storyline and are really truly digging it... bravo, you have a better attention span than myself.

I thought Tessa was pretty kick ass and am a fan of Janina Gavankar, but the rest of the posse really should've split when she did. At the very least ,it looks like Enzo and Caroline are off on a little road trip together and, dare I say, I agreed with Damon when he told Enzo that Caroline can't resist an accent.

Perhaps the best part of this episode was meeting Luke, who had a sob story about his boyfriend dumping him on spring break and claimed that he and Elena were friends.

Then we found out that Liv and Luke are siblings and Liv is not some newbie witch. Better than that, they know Bonnie is the anchor to the other side and apparently the group is in danger. NOW you have my attention!

Before we wrap it up, of course, Elena and Damon were cured. After all, they are the principles of this show. Damon ran to rescue her, then revealed he killed Aaron Whitmore, they fought, they broke up - and then they promptly had some sure-to-be-hot makeup sex. 

Damon: The second we're cured of this and don't wanna rip each other's heads off, I am gonna hunt you down and give you the most mind blowing night of your life.
Elena: I think I can schedule you in.

Aside from much of the lagging and repetitive storylines I will say two things for The Vampire Diaries: 

  1. It knows how to do a sex scene.
  2. Nina Dobrev killed it in this episode.

Going forward, what storyline are you the most interested in watching on TVD?

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The Vampire Diaries Season 5 Episode 16 Quotes

I wanted to fight for you. I still do.

Elena [to Damon]

Well you know Katherine. She's not about to go out without some grand finale.

Stefan

The Vampire Diaries Season 5 Episode 16 Music

  Song Artist
Empire of the sun alive Alive Empire of the Sun iTunes
Courtney barnett avant gardener Avant Gardener Courtney Barnett iTunes
Laurel fire breather Fire Breather Laurel iTunes