Sorry for the late review, once again. Busy times! I have just finished watching the episode, so let’s get to it. This will be kind of short because there isn’t much to say, but I want to give everyone a space to discuss the episode.
I hate to say it this way but… that was kind of boring. Maybe it’s that I’m coming down from the amazing Scandal sort-of-season-finale high or that I keep watching amazing episodes of House of Cards or maybe it’s just that last week’s episode was so good, but to say it bluntly, everything that happened during this episode was kind of not entertaining. It should work — some of it at least. I mean, an episode where Rebekah basically just throws insults at Elena’s way (AND telling all of them they’re basically as evil as she and her family is)? Um, sign me up for that. An episode where people keep remembering all that malignant things Klaus has done to them? Yes, please!
An episode centered around Professor Shane? Now you’re just trying to put me to sleep.
Professor Shane was brought into the season as someone who is creepy, that’s why we dubbed him Creepy Professor. Then, the series continuously made him creepier and creepier. And then we’re left with this hour, where they try to explain so much backstory to rationalize his… well, creepiness… but it was too little too late. By the end of the episode, I don’t think anyone expected Shane to not be out for personal gain.
What’s been rubbing me the wrong way about this season is that no one has control of their own actions any more. It’s not enough that Jeremy has to be given extra strength to take out vampires, but he also has to have his consciousness overtaken with bloodlust. Elena has been revoked of some of her decisions thanks to the sire bond. Bonnie has been manipulated time and time again by Professor Shane, and now has been dragged deeper because of Expression. It’s as if we can’t even be all that angry at the characters for their actions, as they’re just the culmination of third parties that are playing them like puppets. And on that note, we also can’t relate all that much to them either.
Over in the B-plot, after having Caroline gone for a couple of episodes, she’s used as the damsel in distress again only to be saved by Klaus again. I was loving every bit of it as she was yelling at Klaus about what a monster he was, but then he stabbed the woman he loves and bit her to a hopeful death. Ahhh amoré. And instead of at least having a bit of action with Tyler going full-force with it, the show decides to capitalize on Klaus’ emotional side. (And then tease Klaroline shippers, even though we know he may be shipped off to his own show. Though, I guess they need to redeem him a bit to be the lead of a series.) Good acting during Caroline’s almost-death scene, but I’m so over this show treating murders like misunderstood children. No.
Anyway, maybe I’m the only one who was a bit let down.