The Vampire Diaries Season 5 Review “I Know What You Did Last Summer”

Ah, the college life. It seems like only yesterday I was setting out on my own for the first time to attend college myself. I’m now a graduate student, but I remember the early days fondly. “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” was my jam then, and it went through growing pains of its own as it transitioned into the college years, but eventually righted itself in time. As it stands, “The Vampire Diaries,” now in a transitional period of its own, is handling the change relatively nicely thus far- dare I say having learned the lessons from its most obvious predecessor and applied it accordingly.

In the cheekily-titled “I Know What You Did Last Summer”– another Sarah Michelle Gellar-starring vehicle from back in the day- we caught up with Elena and the gang after all the nutty events that went down in the finale last season, and for the most part, in pretty good places, with a few notable exceptions. Elena and Damon are hot and heavy, Jeremy is back in fighting shape- a little too much so, as it turned out- and Caroline was in full dorm-prep mode. Even the broody Rebekah and Matt were engaging in a little three-way action with a comely lass in Amsterdam.

Of course, this being “Vampire Diaries,” we know none of it’s going to last- and for some, the nightmare never ended. Katherine, now human, is back to being on the run, only much more vulnerable than ever before, resorting to seeking out Damon for protection- not that she much deserves it. Bonnie is still very much dead, albeit able to communicate with Jeremy at least, and watch over her loved ones.

In the worst shape by far is poor Stefan, locked up underwater in a safe, where he is forced to die and revive in constant perpetuity, as he struggles with whether he should hold onto his humanity or not, even if it makes the difference between his escaping or not. Thus far, he’s hanging in there.

Meanwhile, Silas is out making mischief wherever he goes, terrorizing Caroline’s mother, Liz, and later, the entire town, starting with taking out Bonnie’s dad in a most brutal fashion, before compelling a whole crowd of folks gathered for an end-of-summer festival to aid in the search for Katherine. In short, there’s a lot going on in Mystic Falls, as per usual.

By and large, this was a pretty solid episode that really hit the ground running in terms of action. In addition to Bonnie’s dad, Elena and Caroline’s new roomie, Megan, bit the dust in record time. She clearly knew a few things about vampires, what with her stocking the fridge with vervain, as well as sporting a pic of her and Elena’s dad on her phone. Not sure what all that was about, but her death was clearly no suicide, so it’ll be interesting to see how all that pans out over the season.

Also worth a mention was whatever that business was with Matt and Nadia, the girl he and Rebekah hooked up with in the steamy ménage a trois featured in the opening sequence- although she seemed decidedly more interested in Rebekah than Matt, I’d say. Whatever the case, it didn’t stop her from robbing them, then later showing up in Mystic Falls and putting some sort of magical mojo on Matt that turned his eyes black. Was it a voodoo curse? Something witchy? Not too sure, but she did return the magical ring she stole, or so it would seem.

It might have just been a distraction, though. With Rebekah likely to relocate soon to New Orleans for “The Originals” spin-off, I’m guessing she won’t figure into whatever’s going on there for too much longer, unless the plan is to have her go back and forth between the two shows all season, which seems unlikely. If I had to take a stab in the dark, I’d say Nadia was down with the witches’ crew in New Orleans, and “curing” Matt of whatever was done to him will involve her going to NO to do so. We shall see.

All in all, a pretty exciting episode. As far as shows transitioning from high school to college go, they’re not off to a bad start. Certainly, there was a lot going on, and a lot of plotlines set into motion that should carry us through to at least the midway mark of the season. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing where they’re going with all of this, to be sure.

What did you think of “The Vampire Diaries” premiere? Did you like all the plot developments? Are you happy to see Elena and Damon finally together? Sad that Bonnie’s still stuck in limbo-land? (That was pretty hardcore, having to watch her father die that way- and fairly graphic for this show, I might add, as well.) Do you think Tyler will be back, or is he more likely to crop up on “The Originals”? (I’m guessing the latter, in the immediate future- Caroline’s more fun single, anyway.) Did you feel sorry for Katherine? Or does she deserve all that she gets? What was up with Megan? What’s her connection to Elena’s dad? What’s Silas’ master plan, beyond capturing Katherine?

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