Okay, first things first! Everything considered, if I were to rank the five seasons in order from absolute best to absolute worst, it would go:
I am not even kidding. Season four will always be such utter dreck that watching the whole thing again is not something I'm about to volunteer to do any sometime soon (unless I am merrily snarking my way through, which is a vague possibility), but this one is so good that my interest in the show has been thoroughly reawakened. There's always going to be a lot going on that really annoys me, but I'm cautiously optimistic that maybe the writers will do justice to at least half a handful of my favorite characters. WE'LL SEE.
Interestingly, this is the first time the show has ever managed to make it (almost) all the way through an entire school year in one season.
The Travelers have more than a tiny bit in common with the Yeerks, so I pretty much would have loved them even if the whole thing with the Other Side hadn't been very interesting
When the writers had their big planning meeting, whoever was the first person to say "Hey guys, what if Stefan was a doppelganger too?" should have been fired on the spot. I mean, it is actually a pretty interesting concept, but come on, Nina Dobrev is a much
better actor than Paul Wesley. She plays Elena & Katherine so well that it's almost difficult to remember that they are both played by the same actress. Silas & Stefan? Nope, sorry, thanks for playing.
Qetsiyah disappointed me. She comes back through the Other Side (which, by the way, she created) after two thousand years
, and "ridiculously powerful witch who is bitter because Silas is the One True Love of some other bitch" sums her up completely. You might expect her to display a flicker of interest in getting to meet the witch who messed with the Other Side (which, again, she created) enough for her to be able to come back after two thousand years . . . but she barely even notices Bonnie.
Because Bonnie is, how do you say, not Silas.
The whole "Elena is Katherine" thing was, honestly, one of the most entertaining stories the show has ever done, but how did no one notice that Katherine hadn't passed through Bonnie after she "died"? Also, when Elena regained consciousness while Nadia and Random Traveler Girl were working on the ritual to give Katherine permanent control of her body, WHY didn't she either a) kill Random Traveler Girl or b) decapitate Katherine's corpse so they couldn't put her spirit into it?
Speaking of, as great as this season was, Elena really got on my goddamn nerves. Part of it was her perpetual "we're bad for each other, so this is officially over forever/oh no, we're making out again" thing with Damon, but I think it really boils down to the fact that, while it was a good decision for the future of the show and we all knew it was coming eventually, turning her into a vampire made me like her a lot less. I wasn't expecting to like her at all when I started watching, but then the pilot had that scene where she follows Jeremy into the bathroom to get all big-sisterly-protective in his face, and that was pretty much it. But anyway, that girl is gone
While past seasons were always pretty quick to kill off any new characters who were (gasp) not white, this season introduces several new characters, both white and not, and eventually kills off almost all of them
. Which, while certainly not surprising for the fifth season of a show with "vampire" in the title, does contribute to the overall feeling that this season is significantly more disturbing than the previous four (which is, you know, saying something) . . .
. . . because of Damon & Enzo and that whole thing. That entire storyline was so profoundly uncomfortable, I often found myself unable to watch it with both eyes open. Ye gods.
I'm still not sure why Jeremy ever wears a shirt.
Seriously, what freshman dorm room
has a fireplace?
I really really really really really really hated the fact that Caroline actually fucked Klaus (in an episode that was otherwise, um, excellent). She's the show's best example of what it means to be a "good" vampire, he's the Big Bad. This attraction between them has made my skin crawl since it started. Actually, the only reason I'm not completely in denial of the fact that it happened at all is, surprisingly enough: Tyler. Every time he gave her shit for fucking the guy who murdered his mother halfway through last season
, I cheered.
Speaking of Caroline! I've never liked him particularly much, but I am completely convinced that she & Stefan would be a good influence on each other. I actually kind of ~legit~ hope they hook up. That's not a thing anyone expected to ever come out of my mouth, but here we are.
Matt continues to be, you know, yummy. It makes me happy that he's still completely human, despite constantly getting swept up in his friends' supernatural drama.
Nadia. Hmm. Having now finished the season, I suspect I might feel differently about her when I go back and watch it again. Hmmm.
I can hardly believe I'm saying this, but the very final scene of the season kiiiiiind of made me want Bonnie & Damon to make out.