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Sunday, November 24, 2013

My Review of Vampire Diaries 5.08- Dead Man on Campus

Elena and Caroline relax post-Silas, Bonnie settles into her life as the anchor, Stefan continues to recover from getting his memories back, Damon goes hunting for information, and Katherine searches for information....

So, your best friend comes back from the dead.  So, what is the first thing you do?  Throw a massive party, of course!  Well, that's what you do if you are Elena or Caroline.  And of course, it's not a party without a few complications.  The main one comes courtesy of a vampirized Jesse.  First, he attacks Dr. Maxfield and then his roommate (Aaron).  Fortunately for Aaron, Caroline arrived in time to save his life and teach Jesse how to be a vampire.  Those scenes were fun.  Elena and Caroline are committed to having fun and show Jesse how to do so.  Unfortunately for Jesse, he was injected with blood that made him desire vampiric blood rather than human blood.  More on the consequences of that in a bit.

Cannot say I am terribly fond of how Caroline is treating Damon at this point.  I get that she is a huge Stelena fan and all, but Damon has showed that he has changed since he first arrived in Mystic Falls.  While he is not the best guy in the world, he is a better man than he was.  From the way Caroline was talking about him, you'd think he was still out randomly killing people the way he used to.  I am sure that some part of Caroline's hostility comes from how Damon treated her in the first season.  But since then, he has proven himself to be remarkably loyal to Elena and her friends.

I do understand Caroline reaction to Elena killing Jesse, but given the fact that he desired vampire blood, he was a danger to Elena, Stefan, Damon, and Caroline.  Could he have been taught to not drink blood?  Possibly, but given his reaction to Caroline and Damon's blood, it is hard to say.  I know that Caroline was upset to have lost another guy she likes, but it was necessary and ultimately for the best.

I would so not want to be Bonnie right now.  Feeling the death of every supernatural being as they cross over has to suck.  Between that and her ability to cross between the worlds (which was pretty cool), her life is about to be a lot more interesting.  I do wonder why Jeremy was unable to see the people as they were crossing over.  Can he only see people he knew on the Other Side or can he see anyone?  And I was right, Bonnie cannot be both a witch and the anchor.  Since she is now the anchor, she is no longer a witch.  Although now that I think about it, another interesting question arises.  Will Bonnie live a normal length life or is being the anchor going to lengthen her life?  If she lives a normal length life, does that mean that the Other Side will disappear when she dies or will someone else become the anchor?

Stefan is not having an easy time adjusting to life with all of his memories.  Katherine is being very helpful in this regard.  Giving Stefan the idea to focus on the names of his victims gives him something to ground him and acts as an almost meditative device to help him through the rough patches.  It was nice to see Katherine work with him, Nadia, and Matt.  Speaking of Matt, he is now free of Gregor who was possessing him.  Unfortunately for Nadia, that means that Gregor is now dead at Katherine's hands.  Not exactly good for mother-daughter bonding.

So Damon was a vampire caught by the Augustinians.  Huh, that was an interesting piece of information.  I wonder what they did to him.  It was during the 1940s or 1950s, so Stefan (presumably) wasn't talking to him, which is why we have never heard about it before (ok, yes there are other reasons, but in-story, this is why).  Given the way Damon reacted to Dr. Westfield, he did not have any fun while the "guest" of the Augustinians.

We'll be back on December 5th!  Have fun until then!