Despite past success, season four disappoints
Published: Sunday, October 6, 2013
Updated: Sunday, October 6, 2013 22:10
Having ended season four with a bang, the premier of this season of “The Vampire Diaries” was a bit of a letdown in comparison.
Last season left us with Elena finally, after four years, making her way out of the love triangle consisting of the Salvatore brothers, Damon and Stephan, by ultimately choosing to be with Damon.
Heartbroken Stephan, in an attempt to rid Elena from his life, decides to take a road trip. Before leaving, Stephan runs into some complications while disposing the defeated Silas (the evil witch/hybrid) and ends up getting trapped in a metal safe underwater all summer.
Now, we return to Mystic Falls just in time for Elena and best friend Caroline Forbes to head off to the world of cheap beer and late night study sessions, a world we all know too well: College.
Upon settling into their new dorm room, complications are thrown into the mix when an unexpected third roommate Megan shows up. While trying to figure out how to get rid of her, Caroline and Elena discover evidence that Megan knows who and what they are. Their suspicions are cut short when an unknown vampire ends up murdering their new roommate during a house party later that night.
Meanwhile, Damon and Jeremy discover that Silas is in fact on the loose, manipulating people and tricking them into thinking he’s Stephan (whom he is conveniently the doppelganger of). Silas confronts Damon, threatening him with Stephan’s life if he does not hand over the newly human Katherine Peirce (who just happens to be Elena’s doppelganger)
Then, Katherine and Jeremy try to make a run for it, a struggle ensues, and there is a car accident.
On another note, the beloved quarterback Matt Donavan has returned to Mystic Falls after a summer abroad with his original vampire fling Rebekah Michelson. Upon returning to his duties as a bus boy, an old flame from his trip returns and performs some weird magic on him. This bit was quite ominous so it will be interesting to see how the plot unfolds.
The episode ends with Silas brainwashing the entire population of Mystic Falls into locating the elusive Katherine Pierce. We’re still not sure why, but if Silas wants her, it can’t be for a good reason.
After his creepy little mind controlling speech, Silas then proceeded to murder the mayor, the now deceased but still present as a ghost, Bonnie Bennett’s Father. Racing to his side, sobbing and screaming, the screen fades to black with Silas calmly walking away from the scene.
Overall, the premier didn’t live up to the show’s usual standards. It left me feeling more confused than excited for what’s to come.
The finale of season four (or who are we kidding, the entirety of season four) was just so perfect, it’s going to be difficult for the writers to top.
This show has never let me down before, therefore I have high hopes for what’s to come.