TV REVIEW: The Vampire Diaries, Season 4 Episode 23 – “Graduation”

TVD_promoAnother season of The Vampire Diaries is in the books. Traditionally, the season finales on this show have been pretty epic – while this one didn’t quite measure up to finales past, it definitely had its moments.

 

 

 

Because we can’t ever have a boring event in Mystic Falls, and because Bonnie needs the full moon to put the supernatural veil back up, we’ve got ghosts running around creating havoc on graduation day. Kol wants at Elena, the crazy hunters are back wanting the cure, and they’re all willing to do anything to get what they want. It’s not all bad, though, because we do get some good ghosts as well – Alaric, Jeremy and Lexi are all back and lovable as ever.

The episode is very fast-paced and a lot of stuff happens, so I’ll split it up into my likes and dislikes. Let’s get the dislikes out of the way first.

The Bad

The Cure. We have spent most of this season listening to everyone go on about the cure – Stefan and Damon have gone through a heck of a lot to get it for Elena, Rebekah wants it for herself, Klaus wants it so no one can use it to kill him, Silas wants it so he can actually die and the hunters want it so they can use it on Silas. Phew. In other words, a lot of strong, deadly personalities vying for that little tube full of liquid.

Finally, though, we have a winner – the Salvatore brothers emerge victorious and give the cure to Elena. What does she do? She uses it on Katherine during a fight. I do have to give kudos to the writers, because I did not see this one coming at all. That being said, I can’t help but feel like it’s a complete waste of everything everyone did to get it. And it solves absolutely none of their problems. It would’ve been better used for Rebekah, who actually wants to be human. Katherine is not going to be any different as a human, and I’m not at all interested in what her journey is going to be like.

Alaric’s Gone. Again. I didn’t realize how much I missed Alaric until he came back last episode. He’s one of those characters that just makes everyone around him better – especially Damon. I really wanted them to figure out a way to bring him back for good, because it was so much fun to see him fall back in with the old gang and help them get things done. We do get Jeremy’s permanent return as a consolation prize, which is great, but somehow not the same.

The Bad…but maybe kind of good?

Silas has a doppelgänger. It turns out that Katherine and Elena aren’t the only carbon copies out there. Silas (who came back to “life” after Bonnie’s death broke the desiccation spell) also has a doppelgänger. This “oh sh*t” moment came at the very end of the episode, when Silas revealed his true face to Stefan. Imagine Stefan’s surprise when he saw his own face looking back at him. We barely had time to recover before Silas locked Stefan in the box meant for him and dumped him into the lake.

I hated this at first, because man, Stefan cannot catch a break. First Elena chooses his brother, and now he’s got to spend who knows how long at the bottom of the lake thinking about it. And slowly starving to death. I am glad for Paul Wesley, though, because this will give him something interesting to sink his teeth into (no pun intended). Since Silas came back and started masquerading as different people, it’s been a lot of fun watching the cast play evil incarnations of their characters. I can’t wait to see what Paul does with this. Hopefully Stefan won’t be at the bottom of the lake for too long, though; we’ll see how long it takes for his brother to figure out the truth.

The Good

Klaus comes back. After Damon finds himself at the wrong end of a bullet laced with werewolf venom, Caroline’s frantic calls to Klaus pay off and he returns in time to save everyone from a bunch of angry, resurrected witches and hybrids. He reveals the depth of his feelings for her by telling her that Tyler is free to return to Mystic Falls and that while Tyler is her first love, he intends to be her last. This is the Klaus that I love – one minute he’s decapitating an angry witch, the next he’s professing his love to Caroline. Good stuff, that.

Jeremy’s here to stay. Elena really has lost so much since this show started – her parents, Aunt Jenna, Alaric and finally Jeremy, whose death drove her crazy with grief. I am glad that she gets him back, and I am glad to see Steven McQueen as well. I hope it’s an avenue to bring Matt Davis back into the fold as well, since Jeremy can see ghosts. Let’s hope he feels the need to talk to Alaric a lot.

So next season, we’ll have Silas running around pretending to be Stefan, Damon and Elena trying to figure out their relationship and Katherine as a human. If nothing else, it should definitely be interesting.

 

Rating: 3/5
Reviewer: Mirjana

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