TV REVIEW: The Vampire Diaries Season 5, Episode 6 – “Handle with Care”

TVD_promoBit of a snooze-fest this week as the gang race against the clock to save Bonnie, and Caroline forms a surprising alliance to take out the (possibly) nefarious Professor Maxfield.

 

 

I shouldn’t be so harsh, I suppose – there were a few interesting moments, but definitely not enough to carry an otherwise forgettable episode.

Newly mortal Silas returns with a task for Damon and Jeremy: help him find and destroy the object to which Qetsiyah anchored her supernatural purgatory spell. In exchange, he’ll bring Bonnie back before he kills himself and is reunited with his one true love, Amara. Qetsiyah, who is shacked up with Stefan (but not like that), discovers that Silas has spelled her cabin so that she cannot leave before sunset. Clever witch that she is, she uses Elena’s jealousy to lure her to the cabin and then uses her as leverage by calling Damon to tell him that if he doesn’t kill Silas before sundown, she’ll kill Elena.

Damon and Jeremy are understandably upset by this: if they kill Silas, they can’t bring Bonnie back. While he and Jeremy “talk” it out, Silas finds the anchor. Qetsiyah anchored the spell to the one thing that Silas couldn’t (and wouldn’t be able to) destroy: his immortal love, Amara. He revives her, and when she discovers that his blood is now the Cure, she attacks him and drinks his blood.

While all of this is going on, Caroline teams up with Katherine to throw Professor Maxfield and his anti-vamp groupies (the “Society”) off their vampy trail. Caroline compels Maxfield to forget that he suspects they’re vampires, and Katherine poses as Elena at a Society mixer to throw them off. While she’s there, she makes a disturbing discovery and goes to Maxfield for answers.

Back at the ranch, Qetsiyah exacts her revenge against Stefan for saving Elena from her scheme by returning his memories, and along with them the crushing misery he was living with prior to losing them. Downstairs, Damon and Jeremy return with Amara in the trunk. Because we all needed another Petrova doppelgänger running around in Mystic Falls.

Just when I thought we were really hitting a stride for the season, this episode pretty much stopped it in its tracks. I mean, really? Another doppelgänger? It’s starting to feel a little Orphan Black up in here. Except, you know, not as good.

While she wasn’t on screen the entire time, I really felt like Qetsiyah was the star of this episode. Her actions, past and present, drove pretty much the entire thing, and we got to see exactly how duplicitous she really is. As scary as Silas is – and really, he hasn’t been that scary, I thought he was way more creepy last season – she has been one step ahead of him the entire time. Making Amara the anchor was pretty brilliant, and it completely derailed everyone’s plans. And she is clearly the queen of making people suffer. Returning Stefan’s memories is quite possibly the worst punishment she could have inflicted.

I did really enjoy the Katherine and Caroline bits. It’s a lot of fun to watch Katherine struggle to get her human legs under her, and her completely clueless social interactions are hilarious. Nina Dobrev does a really great job making her the exact opposite of Elena, and I am looking forward to seeing what they do with her going forward.

A weak episode overall, but now that we have the original Petrova doppelgänger in the house, I am hoping things heat up quickly.

 

Rating: 2.5/5
Reviewer: Mirjana

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