Caroline and Elena’s college experience gets off to a complicated start while Damon struggles to handle Jeremy, Katherine, and Silas.
Let’s cut right to the chase and be brutally honest: this is not the best season premiere this show has ever had. In fact, if I had to rate all the season premieres, I’d say it was by far the worst. It went back and forth between college happiness (I mean, did Caroline and Elena start taking antidepressants over the summer?!) and a brooding Jeremy (all those pent up hormones combined with being alive again) and Silas being completely batshit crazy and going after Katherine and murdering Bonnie’s dad (whoa, overkill!). The episode was all over the damn place and felt less tight and concise than past premieres.
Now that aside, the show did set up a lot of upcoming storylines, which will probably see all the characters through the rest of the season. Maybe that’s what the problem was with the premiere. It caught us up on where the characters were and put things in place on where they’d be going, but it didn’t feel as shocking or surprising as season premieres usually do. In a way, you could sort of see what was coming (give or take a few things like Bonnie’s dad) and weren’t too surprised.
So what do we think were the top OMFG moments – or in the case of this somewhat lackluster premiere the top jumping off points – for the season 5 premiere?
Everyone was just so damn happy. Elena and Damon were doing it on every possible surface in the Salvatore mansion while Caroline chose color swatches and registered for classes. Have you ever been to college move-in day? People do not carry laundry baskets with grins on their faces. If you’re a freshman, you are freaking the hell out that you’re moving away from home. And if you’re an upperclassman, you are freaking annoyed that you just had to move all of your stuff off campus three months ago only to move it back in before classes started. Also, thanks for continuing the false dorm life, writers. In what freaking world do you live in a dorm that big? Only on TV.
It was just so weird to see everyone excited about their new experiences. Even Damon smiled more than usual. And Caroline made it an entire 45 minutes in an episode before she cried. This is just batshit crazy, you guys. Please give me what they’re on.
4. Human Katherine
Being a human is tough because you get blisters on your feet, dark circles under your eyes, have a lower alcohol tolerance, and have to brush your hair. Katherine is struggling with all of these things. Not to mention that she has enemies from all over the world and someone is following her and she needs Damon to keep her alive.
I was curious how they would handle the obvious question: why wouldn’t Katherine just get turned back into a vampire? When Damon offered, she was quick to point out that no one had taken the cure before so there was no guarantee of the side effects, like dying and never being able to come back again. So Katherine would rather be alive and miserable than not alive at all.
As if that wasn’t complicated enough, Silas is obsessed with her and she nearly killed Jeremy trying to escape. So she’s still as bitchy and selfish as ever, but in her defense, Jeremy was going to hand her over to the scariest guy on earth. It also showed who Katherine is at her core: a survivalist. She does whatever is necessary to take care of herself.
3. Bonnie watching life happen around her
Katherine showed us how much being human sucks, but Bonnie showed us how much being dead sucks. She watched her best friends go off to college, was reminded that while she can talk to Jeremy, he can’t feel her, and watched her father get brutally murdered in the town square by Silas. How long can Jeremy keep up the façade that Bonnie is alive? How many emails can he send for her? Will she see her dad on the other side? Will Bonnie ever just die for real?
2. The Whitmore College Murder
Caroline and Elena suddenly had a roommate they weren’t supposed to have, who had a serious stock of vervain water, and then taunted them from inside a party. Instead of killing her, they tried to play nice, which worked in their favor… until her body was flung from a house party with a clear vampire bite on her neck. Whoa! The officers on the scene said she had committed suicide. And this is the murder mystery that was hinted at by the writers all summer long.
This reminds me of the movie Dead on Campus and all I can think about is whether or not Elena and Caroline will get straight As their first semester because their roommate died. Everything is just so easy for these, bitches.
1. Silas as Stefan
Paul Wesley is already phenomenal in this role. The differences between Stefan and Silas are pretty damn good. It’s the little things like his tone of voice or his stature that make all the difference. This is the story of the season.
So Silas is even more of a badass than we knew. He can read people’s minds and scramble their thoughts. After spending his summer stocking up on blood, he can also mind control an entire town square and tell them to hunt down Katherine Pierce. Uh oh, you better watch out, girl! His obsession with her is amazing. He was all, “Hey girl,” and she fell for it… until he tried to drown her in a bathtub. The obvious question is what in the hell does he want with Katherine?! Damon asked and Silas – flirtatiously, I might add, like he was screwing with the viewers as well – said letting it be a surprise is more fun.
And I so agree with that statement.
What did you think about the season 5 premiere? How is Damon going to feel about Elena’s Stefan-centered dreams? What do you think Silas wants with Katherine? What moment shocked you the most? Share your thoughts in the comments below and hit me up on Twitter to chat more.