The Vampire Diaries “1912” Review

The Vampire Diaries is back this week with the aptly titled ‘1912’. We get to see the Salvatores’ return to Mystic Falls one hundred years ago after the murder of a family descendant. While they learn that other founder’s council members have been killed, they don’t learn who killed them. It must be said that their attempts to find out were negligible — Damon was distracted by a female boxing vampire called Sage and Stefan was about to become his ripper-self.

Back in the present day, Alaric wakes up in a cell and learns that Dr Fell has accused him of murder. Sheriff Forbes seems to believe her, but Dr Fell eventually forges a letter changing the time of death of her boyfriend and thereby gives Alaric an alibi. Why? Because she wanted to divert attention away from Alaric so that they could deal with the real issue at hand — Alaric is being mindwhammied by his resurrection ring. Elena, who (along with Matt) found a journal belonging to an ancestor after breaking into Dr Fell’s apartment, agrees with her theory. It seems like the 1912 murders may have been committed by a Gilbert who was also mindwhammied by the ring.

Meanwhile, Rebecca searches for anything that can tell her what became of the regrown white ash tree, and Damon attempts to teach Stefan moderation when it comes to feeding.

This obviously isn’t the best way to start a review, but I don’t think I’ll be able to say whether I liked this episode until I see where the storylines are going. Why? Because it was all very pointless this week.

Alaric’s arrest was vaguely dramatic and might have worked, if not for Dr Fell’s reasoning. She claims it was to divert attention away from Alaric once and for all, but while he now has an alibi for killing Fell’s ex-boyfriend, he still doesn’t have an alibi for the other murder, it is still his stakes being used as the murder weapons, and just…why?

Wouldn’t it have made more sense for Fell to tell someone about her suspicions, especially since she has possibly proof in the form of Samantha Gilbert’s journal? Hell, why not tell the founder’s council, which she is apparently such a well-respected part of? I have a feeling this is going to be explained away as her wanting to protect Alaric from any fallout that would have caused because she loves him so much. Call me cold, but there is enough romantic entanglement in Mystic Falls without adding those two into the mix.

All said, I really like the twist that he is the murderer. Surely the way to stop him can’t be as simple as not wearing the ring? Or maybe this is a fake out — and we’ll learn that its Jeremy’s ring that mindwhammies its wearer. Could he be lurking around in Mystic Falls, or is that just wishful thinking on my part? (Does he even still have his ring? Commenter!Vance, I’m looking at you…)

While that storyline may have an explanation, has anyone else wrapped their heads around Damon’s plan to teach Stefan moderation? It seemed a lovely, brotherly thing to do — until we learn that Stefan only went ripper after Damon’s last attempt at teaching him moderation.

Now, forgive me if I’m wrong, but if Stefan wasn’t indiscriminately killing during either of his purges, why did Damon assume he would go wacko — and then make him drink blood? Wouldn’t it have made more sense to wait until he did go wacko — if he actually ever did?

Instead Damon saw his last pro-moderation plan fail and thought ‘I’ll try again’, potentially creating another ripper scenario. I’m sure it’ll all work out this time, and there was poetry in it being Stefan who made Damon a vampire, but Damon who made Stefan into the ripper, but this plan just doesn’t make a lick of sense to me.

The only one who actually seems able to execute a half decent plan is Rebecca. And even she didn’t do so well. Points added for trying to find out what became of the ash tree (everybody likes a forward thinker) but points deducted for being so obvious about it. You ask suspicious vampires about their family’s logging records and sooner or later they must start to put two and two together, surely?

Still, I may not be able to say I liked this episode yet, but it was pretty decent. I enjoyed the flashback to 1912, the twist at the end was good, and there was lots of Damon, which is never a bad thing. The fact this show has more supernaturals than humans, and both a cast and plot so large that only a fraction of each are addressed any given week, well, that’s a complaint for another day.

What did you think of ‘1912’? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!