5.08 Dead Man On Campus Press Release
THE PARTY’S OVER — At Whitmore College, Elena (Nina Dobrev) and Caroline (Candice Accola) decide it’s time to throw a big party, but their plans are interrupted when Jesse (guest star Kendrick Sampson) suddenly needs Caroline’s help. At Elena’s request, Damon (Ian Somerhalder) comes up with an effective method to get Wes (guest star Rick Cosnett) to answer his questions. At the party, Elena finds that she and Aaron (guest star Sean Sipos) have a lot in common, and Caroline grows more concerned about Jesse. Meanwhile, Katherine (Nina Dobrev) does a favor for Matt (Zach Roerig) and manages to get through to Stefan (Paul Wesley), who is still struggling to overcome the events of the summer. Finally, Bonnie (Kat Graham) does her best to cope with her new reality, and Damon makes a terrifying discovery about a secret society. Steven R. McQueen also stars. Rob Hardy directed the episode written by Brian Young & Neil Reynolds (#508).
Critical Myth reviewed The Vampire Diaries episode 5.04 For Whom The Bell Tolls.
Contributors: Nadim S. and John Keegan
Written by Brett Matthews and Elisabeth R. Finch
Directed by Michael Allowitz
The Vampire Diaries feels particularly rejuvenated this year, because for the first time in a long time, I actually find myself looking forward to catching up with the gang with each new episode. While Stefan’s memory loss didn’t seem like the most promising development, I must say that Amnesia Stefan is a total hoot to watch. Not only does it give Paul Wesley the opportunity to play yet another version of Stefan, the character feels a lot less weighed down and dull. Although I prefer our heroine with Damon, this episode reminded me how charming Stefan and Elena could be together. I especially loved watching them reconnect – that is until she dropped the brother bombshell.
Vampire Diaries is usually at its best when it focuses on the core characters and their ever-shifting relationships — particularly the central love triangle. And when it finds new things to say about its core themes of power and mind-control. So probably no surprise that last night’s amnesia episode was the best in ages.