TV REVIEW: The Vampire Diaries Episode 5.09 – “The Cell”

The Vampire Diaries promoThis week on The Vampire Diaries, we learn more about Damon’s time with Augustine, and Katherine helps Stefan come to terms with his suffering.

 

 

 

Anxious to find Damon, Elena goes to Aaron for help. While they look for Wes, she discovers that Aaron is a Whitmore (the prestigious family that founded the university and the Augustine society) and that her father was an Augustine doctor. They find Wes, and he vervains Elena and throws her into a cell next to Damon. He then proceeds to tell Aaron all about his legacy – i.e. vampire torture.

Damon tells Elena about his previous stay with Augustine – he was tortured for five years. During that time, he made a friend named Enzo, who helped him stay sane. The pair hatched a plan to escape, but when the time came, Damon was unable to free Enzo, so he left him to Augustine’s devices.

Back at the Salvatore house, Katherine enlists Caroline’s assistance in helping Stefan deal with what happened to him. Caroline locks the two of them in the safe, and Stefan starts to panic. Katherine manages to convince him that it’s not the physical pain of dying over and over that’s traumatizing him – rather, it’s the heartbreak of Elena choosing Damon over him. When all is said and done, he admits that she was right. And then they get…reacquainted.

Aaron finds Damon and Elena in the basement and demands answers from them. To protect Elena, Damon confesses that he has been killing Whitmores as revenge ever since he escaped Augustine, the most recent being only a few months earlier. Elena is horrified to realize this, and, distressed, Aaron shoots Damon. When he awakes, Elena is gone. We find her strapped to a gurney next to another prisoner – Enzo.

I really enjoyed this episode, for multiple reasons. I love learning more about the history of these characters – I always have. Some of my favorite episodes have revolved around back story. As easy as it has been to forget it recently, these characters do have a lot of depth, and it’s always fun to learn more about where that comes from. So Greaser Damon from the ’50s? Yeah, sign me up for some more.

Last episode, Caroline made it a point to tell Elena that she didn’t really know what kind of man she was letting into her bed. Now Elena knows what that means. Damon has done some truly horrific things, and he continues to do them. He’s basically murdering innocent people just for sharing a last name with his tormentors. When he first escaped, when his emotions were off, that might have been acceptable. But how can it be acceptable now? He’s supposedly been at his happiest these past few months, yet he’s still carrying out his plan of revenge. When they inevitably get out of this, Elena is going to have a lot to think about.

Stefan and Katherine hooking up isn’t much of a surprise, considering the doppelgängers just can’t seem to keep their hands off each other. I think it’s good for Stefan to move on – I just wish he’d do it with someone who didn’t look exactly like Elena. But then, I guess Elena looks exactly like Katherine, his first love. It’s incredibly confusing, but hey – at least they’re pretty.

Next week is the mid-season finale, and it looks like there’s going to be some action as Stefan tries to hunt down Elena. And what will happen when Damon and Enzo finally meet again after Damon’s betrayal all those years ago?

I can’t wait to find out!

 

Rating: 4.5/5
Reviewer: Mirjana

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