The Vampire Diaries 5×05 – Monster’s Ball

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Much like Grey’s Anatomy, I believe I’m starting to lose interest in TVD.

It’s difficult to remain invested in shows that feel like they’re past their prime, when other productions such as Scandal, The Good Wife and American Horror Story consistently blow my mind on a regular basis. The thing that irks me most about The Vampire Diaries is the fact that I really don’t care for half the cast. Caroline, Tyler, Bonnie, Stefan, and even Elena, bore me to tears most of the time. I’m really only interested in Katherine and Damon at the moment, which is really affecting my liking (and patience) where the show is concerned.

Simply put, Katherine was this episode’s highlight. In fact, the character has undoubtedly been the season’s MVP with her newly-acquired humanity. Whenever I start thinking Nina Dobrev is a weak performer, I get astounded again when I witness her marvelous performance as Katherine. I honestly wouldn’t mind it if our villainess became the show’s lead instead; God know she gained oh so many layers this week with the jawdropper that was the Nadia reveal. Yes, while many ardent fans apparently saw this twist coming, I was completely gobsmacked by this glorious turn. It’s exactly the kind of development that makes you root for a 500-year old murderous psychopath with a penchant for destruction.

Interestingly enough, I don’t think I’ve ever hated Damon and Elena more than in the episode’s closing moments. It was particularly tough to watch Damon force-feed Katherine to Silas, and I found myself loathing Elena for standing by and watching. It’s fascinating really that the show managed to make me feel for Katherine this strongly, but that’s a testament to how well her arc has been handled. And now the good stuff: Katherine’s thankfully still alive, but as what? Is she a vampires again? Some sort of immortal being? Or is she still a petty human? Suffice to say, it’s just the right dose of intrigue to keep me hooked on the show.

Bits & Bites

– Elena’s begun writing in her diary again. God help us.

– Oh Bonnie, please go away. You are eternally useless.

– Loved Katherine stabbing Nadia and escaping. Seriously this girl’s an asskicker even without her vampy powers.

– I really am sick of Tyler and Caroline. Can this be the last time we ever hear of them?

– Mr. Professor dude continues to be highly uninteresting.

Vampy Zingers

Damon: Ah Guilt. Don’t know it, but I’ve heard it can be a royal bitch.

Katherine: What’s so urgent? I’m on the run. I don’t have time for a pit-stop.

Must-Download Tunes
You Don’t Know by Brooke Annibale
The Waves That Rolled You Under by Young Summer
Au Revoir by OneRepublic

Conclusion
Amidst a flurry of boring subplots, Monster’s Ball is saved by one spectacular storyline and a standout character.

Nad Rating
B

4 comments

  1. Seriously – nothing about the Silas storyline? I'm quite taken by it… This season reminds me of season 3 which is why it's still interesting to me.

  2. Great review as always!!! I totally agree. I have to say though Elena is pissing me off this season. It seems like her acting took a cliff dive. Anyway totally did not see all the surprises at the ending. Loving Jeremy as well this season, so great that he is becoming quite kick butt this season. Matt is becoming more and more the voice of reason which is awesome. I love how Stefan is a lot more open about his desires to kill people but that he still is trying to be the best person he can be! As always great review and can't wait to read your take on this weeks episode!

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