Critical Myth reviewed The Vampire Diaries episode 5.03 Original Sin.
Contributor: Nadim S.
Written by Melinda Hsu Taylor and Rebecca Sonnenshine
Directed by Jesse Warn
The strengths and weaknesses of The Vampire Diaries were never more apparent than in Qetsiyah’s introduction. First off, the flashbacks were atrocious; I’ve seriously never cringed this much while watching The Vampire Diaries hop through time. Each and every one of Silas and Qetsiya’s scenes felt remarkably cheap, as if they existed purely for exposition purposes.
I get what the writers were trying to do, but the scenes were nowhere near as nuanced as the flashbacks we used to get with Kathrine back in the show’s opening seasons. It also doesn’t help that I absolutely detest Janina Gavankar. This woman has ruined a ton of my favorite shows (Arrow most recently), and she was just as terrible here (the painful dialogue didn’t help). I shudder at the thought of Qetsiyah making further appearances for the rest of the season.
On the bright side, “Original Sin” supplied the show’s overarching mythology with some fascinating tidbits, and did a wonderful job of integrating the love triangle into the proceedings. As Qetsiyah so eloquently stated, Elena and Stefan (and their various doppelgangers) have been “finding each other” for centuries, and the universe is working “against” Damon’s dreams of being with the one he loves. Honestly this development just makes me root for Damon and Elena even more, so I’m definitely intrigued to see where the love triangle ends up (and that’s a statement I could have never made last season).