TV REVIEW: The Vampire Diaries Episode 5.14 – “No Exit”

A slow one this week as the gang is slowly figuring out that something may be amiss with the Elena.

Damon and Enzo are off on the equivalent of a vampire bender – it turn out Enzo has come up with a pretty clever way to keep both of them satisfied. He gets to kill the humans they run into, turn them into vampires, and then Damon gets to feed on them and rip their heads off. Sounds like a win-win, doesn’t it?

It’s all going swimmingly until Wes shows up with his creepy traveller friends and bind Enzo and Damon inside the house. Alone. Things are definitely not looking good for Enzo. Meanwhile, Stefan has decided that it’s about time to mend fences with his brother, but he can’t find him. He decides to take a road trip with Katherine/Elena, where she proceeds to do her best to slow him down and get him into bed (or is it slow him down by getting him into bed?).

Caroline and Tyler are worried about Matt, who’s still off with Nadia. When she informs Katherine that he’s no longer compellable, she orders him dead, but Nadia is too nice for that. Instead, she lets Matt convince her to take him back to Mystic Falls, where they find a worried Caroline and Tyler. Stuff goes down, and Nadia comes out of it with a nasty vampire bite.

Stefan and Elena eventually make it to Enzo and Damon – once they get Damon back to the house, they lock him up in the basement. Stefan and Caroline have a bit of a heart to heart, and together they come to the realization that all is not as it seems with Elena.

I have to say, I really don’t understand why the writers have brought the travelers into so much of the story this year. They’re completely creepy, and don’t seem to serve any purpose other than showing up every now and then to chant some creepy spell. True, it’s traveler magic that allows Katherine to stay in Elena’s body, but Nadia seemed to manage that just fine with one of her friends. I just really hope it’s going somewhere with them, or that we learn more about them, because they’re getting a bit annoying.

I really wish that I liked Tyler more. Klaus did some horrible things to him, but I can’t really find it in me to care. And no, I don’t care that my pro-Klaus bias is showing. Tyler’s never interested me – I thought things might get better after he became a hybrid, but I was sorely disappointed. Watching him and Caroline awkwardly trying to navigate their relationship is painful, considering I never found them to have much chemistry to begin with.

Would really love to see some brotherly bonding now that Damon is back at home – well, sort of. Pretty sure we can’t count on Katherine/Elena to do any nurturing, so it’s up to Stefan to tend to Damon. It’s about time that they were friends again, don’t you think?

 

Rating: 2.5/5
Reviewer: Mirjana

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