Friday, November 8, 2013

The Vampire Diaries 5.06 Review: Road Trip with the Devil

For all those that have yet to watch tonight’s episode of The Vampire Diaries, entitled ‘Handle With Care’, this is your last chance to do devoid of spoilers. As always, this is not a spoiler free blog. THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS! Proceed at your own discretion.
Maybe it was how little expectation I had of this episode, but I loved it. It was one of the better episodes this season, with a reveal to match the moment where we learned Tessa was Qetsiyah. There were so many hilarious lines to this episode, as well as so many moments. I mean, Stefan’s thumbs up to Tessa’s plan to kill Silas before he can destroy the other side was great. Then there was Silas’s grin after he made the ‘knock knock’ joke, and Katherine pretending to be Elena again and asking where the food is at. This all helped to make this episode a pretty decent episode; I’m going to have to keep my standards low for this series and just be pleasantly surprised.
One thing I found great this week was its use of music. This series had some quality songs that aren’t heard every day. I loved all the music, and the way it was used in each scene. Another thing I loved was Silas this week. He was so happy and cheery, and his sense of humour was both morbid and great. For once I was actually glad to have him on this show. Silas telling Elena she couldn’t come along because he didn’t want to look at her imposter of a face was just plain fantastic. And also, Katherine and Caroline working together was simply great.
This series really has had so many changes over the years. The first ten episodes where Elena had no idea what Stefan was, was like one storyline. Then there was the build up to learning she was adopted, and Damon moving his desire for Katherine onto her. Introducing Klaus and the Originals was another movement of the story, as well as Elena’s eventual transition into being a vampire. So many changes over four and a half seasons that it would make anyone dizzy jumping from one season to the next. Not to say I haven’t liked some of the transitions, it’s just a very different series from where it started off.
A few questions I have about this episode, the most notable being what is going on with Katherine? She somehow managed to survive dying, even though she was human, and then had the gray hair and lost a tooth. I’m really curious to know what is going on with her. Is she aging rapidly and dying similar to Alicia Silverstone’s character in the movie Vamp? Also, what’s this business of Amarra (a name they obviously stole from Buffy with the whole ring that made vampires unkillable) being crazy? Is it because she was entombed similar to Silas all these years, or is she hearing the voices of all the supernaturals on the other side being that she is tied to it? Will the voices go away now that she is (is she?) human, or will they stick around until she is dead and the other side kyboshed? Also, where did Silas go? Is the same that is happening to Katherine going to start happening to him? Or is it different because she was a vampire and he was immortal? Oh, and does Stefan now have all his memories back, because I kind of liked him better without them? So many questions that need to be answered before I ever stop watching this series.
All in all, this was a very good episode. Ian Somerhaulder is still as pretty as ever, possibly more so with age. I’m really becoming more intrigued with this series again, not as much as I’m loving The Originals right now, but it’s still pretty good. Definitely better than Once Upon A Time in Wonderland. Before I sign off, I just have to mention the look on Stefan’s face as Elena explained to Tessa that Damon has never put anyone’s life above her’s, including his own. That was a great moment there. Oh, and can we please have more Aaron? Until next week.
My rating: 7.5 out of 10.

Best Lines:
“Did you want me to pinky swear?” – Silas asks Elena of his promise to resurrect Bonnie with his death.
“The supernatural otherworld is bound by an object in Snookie’s backyard?” – Damon questions, after learning the object is in New Jersey.
“AKA, put the damn crossbow down Pocahontas.” – Damon tells Jeremy, who has the bow pointed at Silas.
“Knock knock! Knock knock. Who’s there? The mayor. The mayor who?” – Silas says and then gestures to Damon. “Well who?” – Damon asks. “No one! That’s the joke. No one’s there because I killed the mayor.” – Silas finishes with a smile.
“It’s called being secure. I assume you know a little about that by the way you wear your hair.” – Damon explains to Silas, regarding Elena and the Stefan issue.
“It binds the spell to a supernatural hell dimension, it’s not going to look like a freakin’ Ikea sink.” – Silas says to Damon.
“Just round up.” – Katherine tells Caroline, regarding the professor’s weight and how to accurately take enough blood out of him so that the vervain is gone in his system and she can compel him.

All right, I’m off to watch Grey’s Anatomy now, check back soon for that review and one for The Crazy Ones. Stay tuned.

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