just finished watching the ep - it was better than I expected. TBH, after last season, I was expecting one of the same. my first point is Damon's attitude towards Matt. I was never a Matt fan but didn't hate the guy either - he's one of the characters I don't really care about. But Damon was a dick (and Stefan was dick-ish, ranting about how he's alive only because of Saint Elena). Matt was unconscious in that car; Elena wanted to sacrifice her life once again and Stefan acted on behalf of all of us and let her die. If anything, Meredith's super skills are to blame. As Stavroula pointed out, Trevino pulled off Klaus pretty well. I didn't like him in the s3 finale but he really worked on that bit.
Anyway, I'm not impressed by the premiere and I'm certainly not willing to see yet another seen of Elena crying like a pussy because she stained her chin with blood (as seen in next ep's promo). Still, Plec could do much worse and I trust that by mid-season she won't fail to disappoint us.