The Vampire Diaries "While You Were Sleeping" Review: Rolling With the New (PHOTO RECAP)

By Price Peterson

Mar 21, 2014

The Vampire Diaries S05E16: "While You Were Sleeping"


Much like a box of delicious Nerds, my TV watching impulses come in two flavors: Wanting things that I'm already comfortable with OR wanting to see something new. That statement is probably every showrunner's nightmare. Like, if you're in the fifth season of a show with a passionate fanbase, chances are those fans want everything to remain static. Same romances, same quips, same formulas, same locations, and especially the same characters. On the other hand, subconsciously people want to see new things, they want to see expansion and growth, they want to see the ever-shifting landscape of a vital world. So how does one strike that balance? I suspect The Vampire Diaries recognized that it was losing some key personnel this year (both on camera and behind) and was also shuttling some of the characters off to college, so it decided to double-down on tons of elements from earlier seasons so that fans would feel comfortable with the larger changes. But sorry to say this, I don't think this has worked out very well. Right now this is maybe the fifth best season yet? That might change depending on how the finale goes, but still. 

I can only speak for myself, but I think the main thing I don't like about this season is how exhausted I am with the main trio. At this point we've seen every permutation of their romances and their mental states and I frankly do NOT care anymore. I'm just so tired of Damon, Stefan, and Elena. All three can go take an Uber directly into a volcano for all I care. It would be a different story if this season had them moving forward or growing somehow, but in doubling down on the past it's made them all regress into immature states that I just don't care to witness after four seasons of forward movement. Fortunately "While You Were Sleeping" suggested that all three of them are starting to feel the same way. Damon and Elena even broke up! (Sort of.) Stefan is definitely headed more in the direction of a certain blonde judgey type. So, fingers crossed, things might be moving forward again?

But this brings me back to my very perfect Nerds analogy. After a season of forced familiarity, I am STARVED for newness. In this episode all I cared about were the new elements. The Travelers' schemes, Sloan, Liv, Luke, Enzo. I loved all these people across the board and I didn't know if it's simply because they're fresh and full of potential still, or if they're just particularly well-written and well-cast. Doesn't matter. Every time one of them came onscreen I was excited again! Unfortunately "While You Were Sleeping" still had its fair share of issues, including my two least favorite things on TV: Dream sequences and long phone conversations. Ugh. Do you know why dream sequences are bad storytelling? Because literally anything can happen in them and they do not matter and they have no stakes. As for phone conversations, they're just so boring to watch and this episode had a million of them. Those are my main two gripes. But there were some fantastic things going on here too. Let's talk about 'em!

It all started in some kind of college town version of Mystic Grill, just lots of dark wood and underage teens drinking beer. Meanwhile some lady was standing on the bar having some kind of neurological event? Whoops, upon closer inspection it was just Elena dancing!

But then she stopped and realized that this was very out of character for her! Not only that, but she was feeling WAY more like Katherine than she was like Elena!

So yeah, table top bar dancing time was over. It was guilt trip time. I mean, her friends DID have some 'splaining to do.

Except nope! Just kidding, it was only a dream sequence. Because even though we had already seen Elena wake up in the last episode, this show decided to pretend like that didn't count, and she'd been waking up over and over without remembering it and nobody told her anything but I guess somebody brought her to college at some point? Man, I was already very confused about everything. But then again, so was Elena.

Especially when she realized her whole dorm was empty and she was trapped in a force-field in the lounge area!

The reason was because it was spraaaang breaaak and Stefan thought it would be easier to hold Elena hostage here while her vampire rabies took its toll. Why college though? Why did he drive her two hours away from home for this? There are honestly millions of answers to this question spread across millions of parallel universes, don't worry. I can only only think of one though, and that is that the Salvatore dungeon was already occupied:

Damon still had vampire rabies also and Jeremy was his hunky dungeonmaster, just sort of feeding him cups of Stefan's blood and also providing witty repartee. In my opinion it had been a major line-crossing moment when Damon casually allowed Enzo to murder Jeremy a few episodes back. Like, that was a truly villainous move and Damon still felt no remorse over it? Yet he was still in love with Jeremy's SISTER and wanted her back? Like, maybe A LITTLE remorse might be due here? Complaint alert: This show is straight-up schizophrenic about what makes Damon tick. It reaaaally wants him to be a sardonic dick most of the time (as a throwback?), but that is just not supported by the character development. Now he's just this weird hybrid personality of being smart and intuitive and then just needlessly vicious to people. Is that what the fans want? I guess they must want that. Okay nevermind, forget I said anything.

Then Elena called from a payphone in the common area and she and Damon set a new world's record for the fastest ever sweeping of serious issues under the rug.

It was honestly insane to hear these two maniacs flirting over the phone like everything was normal and chill. Like, at one point Elena even apologized TO DAMON for what Katherine did and they agreed that Katherine had basically forced Damon to become a maniac and it was not really his fault and also he wanted to sex Elena up so much now. Are these people I'm supposed to be rooting for? No thanks.

Meanwhile Caroline was out pawing through Dr. Wes' things looking for the vampire rabies antidote and she was interrupted by Enzo who showed up to, uh, sexually harass her about sleeping with Klaus? No seriously, why was he there again? I mean, it turned out Enzo already knew where the antidote was and he only needed Stefan to get it, not Caroline. Quick question am I watching this show wrong, because I frankly cannot make heads or tails of why anyone was doing anything anymore. I'm sure it all makes sense on the page but I am feeling dummmmmb. Oh well, what else is new.

Luckily Stefan brought little bottles of his own blood (how much blood can a vampire possibly bleed from himself and still look like a healthy hunk? We may never know). But this was still not enough blood for Elena because she was THIRSTY as h*ck.

There was even this part where she pretended to be super chill about it but then Stefan opened a wrist and she got all crinkly-faced and went NUTS on him.

Also this was the part where Elena realized that Katherine had macked out with Stefan using her own body. I don't think that Elena was so much disturbed that Stefan had messed around with Katherine, I think she was disturbed that Stefan believed it had been Elena at the time, which I'm sure reminded her that Stefan still kinda digs her. But when he told her that he'd turned down "Elena" for sexy times, real Elena looked slightly bummed right? Like how dare he? Anyway, yeah, this was a weird convo. You or I will probably not ever find ourselves in a situation like this one, is my guess.

Meanwhile Bonnie was hanging out with Liv, the new blond witch with the Gina Gershon lips and the boner for Jeremy. Have I mentioned I really like Liv? I really liked her already, but then the episode's final twist made me REALLY like her. Again, it is a breath of fresh air to have another dynamic lady character added into the mix. Into it.

At this point I started openly wishing that TVD would start taking notes from The Originals on how to make witches and witchcraft interesting again. The witches on The Originals have gotten VERY powerful and very cool whereas the TVD ones remain a joke. But then of course later we find out that Liv is secretly super powerful, so I take that complaint back. Once again, I really like Liv and I hope she becomes a full-on character. I think she brings some spice to the stew, you know what I'm sayin'? (I only kind of know what I'm saying.)

F the diary, I don't care. (What kind of grown woman, let alone a 500-year-old woman, still writes "Dear Diary" in a journal?) Anyway, as predicted, Katherine keeping a written record of her treachery was a very weird decision on her part. Of course Elena found it and she did NOT appreciate all that bragging.

For one thing it caused her to slip into a hallucination which, as you probably know by now, is not great storytelling and is boring for us to watch. At least flashbacks are things that happened. Anyway, she imagined that Katherine had hooked up with Stefan and Stefan was very into it:

And then Damon showed up and they fought over her. Typical Elena dream!

WHO. CARES.

Meanwhile Caroline called up Stefan and asked him to go with her to an old train yard so they could get the cure from Enzo or whatever. 

Honestly it was just a good excuse for them to put on very cool coats and hang out for a bit. But then suddenly tons of attractive ragamuffins jumped out of the boxcars and surrounded them!

They were obviously Travelers and their sexy leader showed up to do all the talking:

I like Sloan. She's my kind of lady. Kind but confident. It's easy to see why she's the leader. Anyway, her thing was, she had the cure for vampire rabies ready to go, but in exchange she needed Stefan to donate more doppelganger blood so that she could track down another Stefan doppelganger and kill him so that the buckets of Stefan and Elena's blood taken earlier would become the blood of the FINAL doppelgangers, which was somehow more powerful. Did I do a good job of explaining that because I feel like that makes even less sense now that I typed it out. My eyeballs are burning with confusion. But look, doesn't matter, just know that Sloan and the Travelers want Stefan and Elena to be the final doppelgangers and I DID TOO. I would love nothing more for them to be the last ever doppelgangers and we can never even think about the doppelganger plotline ever again. Anyway, yeah, Team Travelers at this point.

Another hallucination, this time of Aaron. This one made Elena somehow think that SHE had murdered Aaron but honestly it's not even worth talking about, none of the hallucinations are worth talking about. Not when we could be talking about HIM:

First of all, just look at him. I mean. Yeah. This is Luke. It's enough that there's a new character who looks like this and also has interesting secrets. Count me in just on those grounds alone. But also he's openly gay! 

FINALLY. It turns out that gay people exist in this world! I have complained about this show's lack of gay characters since before I was born it feels like, so credit where credit's due: TVD DID IT. And did it well. Ladies and gentlemen, a gay character. Do not troll me and tell me that Caroline's dad counted because he did NOT count. His gayness was a backstory footnote and you better believe the show would've retconned that if it could've. And sure, Dr. Wes had a read-between-the-lines thing going on, but Luke is different. He mentioned that he was gay TWICE just so there was no confusion. And no it wasn't overkill. Believe me, straight people are constantly mentioning their straightness even when they don't realize it, it's just not that noticeable because of how used to it we are. So Luke mentioning a boyfriend or that his gayness precludes him from being sexually attracted to women is totally fine. Also I just really like Luke. For one thing he entered calling Elena a drunken mess. Even in this first impression--before we learned there was more going on than we thought--I really liked his attitude and personality. And I am NOT convinced that he will be a villain in the long-run. I really hated that Caroline's dad ended up a villain, and I suspect Dr. Wes' villainy was why we didn't get an answer about his sexuality either way, because hopefully the show realized that it's so sucky and retrograde to present gay villains BEFORE there are any gay heroes. Look, I know you didn't come here for an essay about how gay representation in 2014 STILL lags far behind real life census statistics (yes there is one little-seen HBO series in which the main characters are gay, but there is also the entire lineup of every other network so don't tell me there's parity). Anyway, long story short: I like Luke a lot and I'm so excited about where his plotline might lead. Thank you, TVD. Sincerely.

So then Elena tried to murder him.

She wanted to turn him into a vampire! Which, honestly, I was okay with mostly because it would immediately make Luke more powerful (and thus safer from future murders). But it didn't happen...

Elena realized that Katherine had been feeding on him and I guess felt guilty and didn't go through with it. Now that I think about it, in light of what we learn about Luke later, it didn't really make sense that he was going to allow her to murder him? And also he had allowed Katherine to feed on him? I mean I get that he's more scheming that his first impression suggested, but he must be DEEP undercover if he'd willingly get straight-up sucked and murdered by these vampires. I shouldn't jump to conclusions though, maybe his plan is more complex than I realized. 

Anyway, speaking of non-complex plans:

Damon decided he needed to bust out of the dungeon in order to save Elena from her rabies so he grabbed Matt and threatened to really murder him in front of Jeremy. Sorry, this was also reprehensible. DO NOT.

Meanwhile back at the railroad, all the boxcar children were ready to zap Stefan's brain.

I'm not going to lie, this was a very unusual scenario. But again, tons of great winter wear out there, so.

At this point Elena was really going crazy, like bag-lady crazy, and she started a fire in the common room and started throwing all her things into it. I was not mad about the diary getting destroyed because on this show all of the diaries should be burned. But Elena was really wildin' out brain-wise, and the ruckus attracted some local witches to the scene.

It was Bonnie and Liv! At this point Elena started threatening them to release her from the force-field and in my opinion she did not ask very nicely.

Yup, Elena let the vampire rabies get the best of her, so she stabbed Liv and blackmailed her into releasing her in exchange for vampire blood to heal her puncture wound. And I guess it worked! 

Meanwhile the sun had gone down and Sloan was STILL zapping Stefan's brain. She was really digging deep in there trying to find the other doppelganger. And then she did! The unlucky fella was an EMT in Atlanta.

But it's like, wait, Stefan didn't have any kids before he turned into a vampire, right? So that means this doppelganger must also be a vampire? I don't know. I don't know. I just don't know. All I know is Sloan kept trying to dig deeper. Did she want the guy's ATM pin code or something? But Caroline was sick and tired of all the brain zapping already.

Meanwhile guess who was roaming around campus like a lady hobo.

And then she started hallucinating again!

It ended up being the real Damon, so both of them had busted out of their chains so they could enjoy vampire rabies TOGETHER. Unfortunately Elena's version had werewolf venom in it so she was coughing up blood and dying and whatnot. Which, why did Dr. Wes want to make THAT version of the virus? Didn't he WANT the vampires to feed on each other? And it's not exactly contagious, right? Look, I don't understand the pathology of this thing at all. But it didn't matter anyway, because lookit:

And that was that! Just before Elena could properly lose her mind and, I don't know, force her head through a sewer grate, Enzo arrived! He'd been given the antidote because Stefan had fulfilled his end of the bargain.

It was cute when he pulled a trick on Caroline by calling her Rebekah. You know, brain damage is no laughing matter considering Stefan had literally had his brain erased earlier in the season. Hasn't he ever heard the proverb of the boy who called brain damage?

Ugh, this part. So the Travelers want the other doppelganger dead and Enzo and Caroline VOLUNTEERED to go murder him. Yep, just gonna go out and murder an innocent PARAMEDIC. I'm sure there will be complications, but still. Not a great look on Caroline. The murder plot. Not the coat, the coat WAS a good look on Caroline.

Meanwhile Liv had healed from her staking and she and Bonnie got to bonding. 

It was pretty charming how excited Bonnie seemed to have a new mentee. You know, because those who can't do, teach. But aside from Jeremy, Bonnie's usual friends probably don't even remember her name when she's not in the room, so this seemed like a nice change of pace for her! 

Unfortunately it was all a ruse!

First of all, Liv not only knew tons of magic, she seemed pretty powerful! No yammering or anything. Second of all, look who her brother is!

Luke! Wearing shorts! 

So they said a few cryptic things which I think were supposed to sound nefarious but were so vague that I think they were a misdirection. Just stuff like how Luke had only pretended to be compelled by Elena and how 'Bonnie will be bummed when all her friends are in danger.' Stuff like that. I don't know. But look, this is the best way to introduce new characters. We are way past the point of being able to tolerate know-nothing dummies, which is why Aaron didn't work and why April was a total disaster. If you're going to bring in new people, give them a secret scheme. Liv and Luke definitely have a secret scheme and I'm very into it whatever it is, I don't even care, I'm interested. I think I already love these kids. Do you think Luke has powers also? And do you think they are twins? I really hope they are twins. CALLING IT FIRST: SPIN-OFF #2! 

Then came the centerpiece of the episode. Elena and Damon, cured, and finally hashing out their relationship. They both seemed to acknowledge that things are very effed up right now, especially now that Elena knew the full extent of his mayhem (including murdering Aaron for no reason). I particularly liked the part where Elena admitted she's kind of ashamed of all the bad things Damon had done. FINALLY. Finally. Next step is becoming ashamed of the things SHE'D done, but she was still mostly just steamed at Katherine. Baby steps. Anyway, it all went down basically like this:

THEY BROKE UP! THEN THEY SHIRTLESS HUGGED! And then we all got emotional whiplash because what is even going on anymore? I am clearly an idiot contrarian who doesn't like things that other people like but I straight-up don't careeeee about these two people. Go have your tons of sex and let me just hang out with the new characters.

That's all. This episode was medium-okay, I don't know what to tell you. A lot of things were tiresome or confusing but a lot of things were great! I like the new characters, I like the Travelers, I liked Caroline's coat, I liked Stefan's coat, heck, I even like Enzo way more now. He is charming when he's being useful! Just honestly keep Damon and Elena off my TV for a while, I think I'm done with them. I would take a Bonnie stand-alone episode at this point.

SORRY BYE


QUESTIONS

... What are the Travelers up to?

... Do you still care about Damon and Elena's relationship?

... Are Liv and Luke good or bad?

... Have you ever stayed alone in an empty dorm during spring break? I have! It was actually really fun, but this isn't about me, it's about you, so have you?


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  • Not-telling Mar 29, 2014

    The hypocrisy in this episode caused me actual anger. I feel as though this show has just become a show about bad people criticising other bad people for bad things that they have done. The writers can't have it both ways, if they want their characters to take the moral high ground in arguments then their characters need to be people with somewhat decent morals, if they want their characters to be unrepentant murderers then they can;t have them criticise others for their bad actions.
    First Matt and Jeremy were annoyed at Damon for killing Aaron and allowing Enzo to try and kill Jeremy. I get why Jeremy was mad but was he really that surprised? It's not like Damon hasn't tried to kill him before. Also Jeremy and Matt have both murdered thousands of vampire via killing an original and neither have ever shown anything like remorse for it so them being morally superior just doesn't work.
    While obviously it makes sense that Elena would be upset that none of her friends noticed that she'd been replaced, there was that time that Klaus took over Alaric's body and nobody noticed, that time Bonnie died and nobody noticed and that time Stefan disappeared and nobody noticed and when they met Silas pretending to be Stefan only Jeremy noticed and that was only because he's a hunter, so it was hard to sympathise with her complaints. Then she complained that damon made her "bend her morals"- morals like being really upset about almost killing one witch and completely unrepentant about genocide?
    Then there was Caroline criticising Enzo for "murdering innocent people" at the start of the episode and then setting off to murder an innocent person at the end of the episode.
    I'm really struggling to work out whether the writers don't notice these things or just don't care.
    On the up side, I do quite like Liv and I'm interested in what she and Luke are up to. I have enjoyed seeing some new characters with potential. I'm really hoping that the show will pull itself out of this slump.

  • SamuelMartel Mar 29, 2014

    More doppelgangers...? Jeez, the writers really outdid themselves on that one. At least the Damon fall down into darkness part is over. Now we can move forward and maybe even get a good story line started.

  • JuanivanderMe Mar 27, 2014

    The love stories on this show has always been my least favorite part of this show.It's the action and friendships that keep me interested.The only ship'ing I'm interested in,is friend-shipping ;) Either way,this episode was bit boring to me,since Elena is my least favorite character and this episode was very heavy on her.Hope the rest of the season gets better!

  • EmilyScarlett Mar 26, 2014

    I have to say that while I went through a period of not caring, Elena and Damon have made their way back to being a couple I care about recently.
    I'm hopeful about this new plot twist with Liv and Luke, they both seem like really interesting characters. Maybe even witches who are actually interesting?

  • LucyBarker Mar 26, 2014

    Damon and Elena still being together is ridiculous and pretty much disgusting at this point. Damon said the keyword: toxic. That should be a cue, but apparently the writers don't seem to understand that just because they claim to love each other, they don't HAVE to stay together when they both realize it's not good for them. It's a shame really because this couple had so much potential in the first couple of seasons, but it says a lot that the only way they could properly get together was with the sire bond. Now that that storyline is done, it's just pointless keeping them together. It's not believable, it's not likable, and more importantly, it's not healthy.

  • amdechiaro Mar 26, 2014

    I do not care at all about the Travelers. I don't care what they're up to and I'm sure once we find out (if we ever do) it'll be something stupid.

    I used to care about Damon & Elena but now it's just getting annoying because it's so on and off still, so hot and cold all the time. And lately I'm so sick of Damon and he used to be my favorite character and more than anything I wanted him and Elena but I don't really care at this point. I don't want Stefan and Elena either.

    I'm not sure how I feel about Liv and Luke. I think they were just thrown into the show to add something "interesting" to the mix. But I can't see myself liking either of them. I never liked Liv and I probably won't like Luke either but we shall see(bigger possibility I'll like him over her). I think they'll be both good and bad at times. Maybe she's the bad one and he's the secretly good one?

    I can't put into words how I feel about this show anymore. I think they're running out of ideas and I'm now only watching because I've invested too much time into it so I might as well see how it ends even if I'm not enjoying it. Nothing will ever top Seasons 1 & 2 at this point, and I think maybe the writers know it.

  • SesseKitty Mar 25, 2014

    Those are not Gina Gershon lips, I don't like Gina very much but I'm liking this blondie. I like the brother too but I didn't find him super handsome (just regularly handsome) though I guess they're not catering to me here anyway. And I don't think they're real villains either. They were interested in the anchor so probably some personal/family stuff with dead people or something. And I lol'ed at the "friend who thinks about me", sad but true.

    I was kinda hoping something about Katherine. I know they said she's in hell or something but I'm sorry, the "dragged out of a church" was not closure.

    They did kinda mess up the love triangle a while ago, it's not as compelling anymore (it's hardly compelling at all) but I still kinda felt the ending. But they can't milk it much anymore, it really shouldn't be the center of the series, those days are gone.

    Travelers kinda like to murder a lot of people, but I don't have a clue what's going on. The whole season has been full of weird plotlines that have suddenly ended (and it's good some of them did) and another thing has emerged. Like the whole damn Augustine and vampire curse seems to be just gone now and it's all about Travelers and the new witch now.

    (We don't really have dorms here, I just lived with my parents until I moved out properly.)

  • tdm260 Mar 25, 2014

    Agreed. Whatever happened to Augustine being a SOCIETY? Just because they caught Wes, doesn't meant the rest of the school that attended that party isn't up to something. Why do these people still attend this psycho school? Honestly if you're not going to seriously investigate and put a stop to the situation, I think you should move out and transfer schools ASAP. Ugh but logic has no place in Mystic Falls or it's Whitmore affiliate, hence the reason we're still dealing with this obsession filled triangle and Caroline is suddenly running off to kill someone who has done nothing to her or her friends. Nope.

  • TABMA Mar 26, 2014

    There was that African American woman connected with covering up that girl...uh...what's her name that was Elena's and Caroline's roommate for one episode. ...But then Damon and Enzo killed her. So there were at least two people recently!

  • Chocolatier Mar 25, 2014

    I miss Katherine.

  • JessicaDoty1 Mar 25, 2014

    I don't even know what to say anymore. While I feel like Elena and Damon exploring their toxic relationship and this draw they have is very realistic (I think most girls have been there at least once) it is also very exhausting after all the shit we have been through with them. I hope they do something interesting with it, and don't just make them dysfunctional and leave it at that. I am very on board for the Caroline/Stefan thing that is starting, they seem like a good match and have hella chemistry. I also swore I got a lesbian vibe for a second from Liv/Bonnie, perhaps it was just me. I just wish I didn't feel disappointed by this show on the regular, I tune in all excited to watch TVD expecting it to be as good as it once was, and the episode finishes and I find myself sitting there feeling dissatisfied to the max. Rinse and repeat.

  • tdm260 Mar 25, 2014

    I haven't watched the few episodes because that's how I felt. Same thing with TO (so much eye rolling), but I'm having seperation anxiety and keep reading the recaps. They're still funny lol

  • Lupin111 Mar 25, 2014

    I cannot fathom all this hate for Elena. She may be too morally upright for some, but isn't Caroline the same, just whinier?

    Elena maybe a bit boring, but isn't Bonnie worse?

    Elena is the main character of the show - she has to have some amount of levity, unlike the other characters.

    Plus, Katherine was interesting only in the first few seasons, probably because she was 100% bad and we got her in small-to-medium doses. This season, where she was on-screen endlessly, she was godawful and whiny and above all, BORING.

    Oh yeah, people complain that Elena is boring, but when she uses her head and actually does useful shit (like killing Jesse) or interesting shit (like stabbing Liv), it is ignored/criticized.

    So weird.

  • tdm260 Mar 25, 2014

    True, but Caroline has other good qualities, they just haven't been showing them this much this season. Bonnie HAD decent qualities until they reduced her to a plot device that's only sometimes useful. Elena is like they took the worst of their personalities, combined them and then added self absorbed, martyrdom to the mix. Notice that she turns a lot of convos back to herself even when it shouldn't be possible. If she took two seconds to listen and think about what Katherine said, "There's something I need to do" instead of yapping about herself, she would have put up a fight. Sorry Elena, but accepting your forgiveness when you know damn well Katherine doesn't give a crap, is NOT worth coming back from the dead for. Clearly, she was going to body snatch you. Get your head out of your ass and pay attention!

  • Lupin111 Mar 26, 2014

    If Caroline and Bonnie had good qualities, obviously Elena did as well. In fact, Caroline and Elena has almost the SAME qualities, good and bad. Caroline is simply more whinier, but also has more spunk.

    And they are ALL self absorbed, not just Elena. I mean, if Caroline or Stefan had been a tad less self absorbed, they would have realised that Katherine was in Elena's body weeks ago.

    Elena is by no means my favourite character, by for viewers/fans to rag on her while giving everyone else a free pass defies logic, IMO.

  • tdm260 Apr 01, 2014

    I've never really liked Elena because I thought she was boring and most of her attempts at being proactive were too much of a fail for me to get behind. It's gotten worse as the show continued to highlight those qualities that I mentioned earlier. At the same time, I recognize that the other characters are not perfect. Personally I think the entire gang is the worst group of close knit friends I've ever seen because they don't actively protect/watch each other's backs. They're always leaving someone out of the loop which results in said person getting hurt. And they're always sitting around doing their own thing, even after they know people are in trouble, unless it's Elena of course...You know your friend is being raped and facing near death on a daily basis, but you don't make a move to save her right away? Fail. Your friends go missing for months with no contact (or only through emails if your Bonnie) and you don't investigate for months? Weird. Bonnie's learning magic from this random ass guy who just showed up in town and knows her family. It's totally suspicious, none of you trust it, but you let her do it anyway with no interference? Oookay...Matt had his freakin body hijacked and didn't tell anyone right away. What the hell? Say something fool! Oh wait, they probably won't help you until next week anyway...worst group of friends ever.

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  • Phoenixheart67 Mar 25, 2014

    That's because when Elena does useful shit she's crazy as shit. Elena on a regular basis seems to be there just for the relationships of the show. She's such a reactionary character when her humanity's not switched off or she's infected with a killer virus. I don't like the direction they went with Katherine though- even if she had managed to seduce Stefan, would she have lived all of eternity pretending to be elena? A 500 year old vampire, the survivor, I think would know better.

  • Lupin111 Mar 26, 2014

    I agree that they totally ruined Katherine's character.

    Yes, Elena is reactionary, but that is the nature of the story. Men follow her, villains follow her, so she has to react. She didn't start the show with any specific goals, except to deal with the death of her parents. Then things keep happening to her. Naturally, she'd be reactionary.

    Damon entered the show with a purpose - to release Katherine. Stefan entered with a purpose - to romance Elena. Even Bonnie had her own purpose, which was dealing with being a witch. Elena, Caroline, Tyler, Matt, Jeremy - these are all reactionary characters. Things happen to them, they react.

    (Unless one counts the fact that Caroline started the show chasing men as a 'purpose').

    At this stage, all the characters are reactionary - Damon, Stefan, Bonnie, Caroline. Even Klaus became reactionary after a while. Only new characters like Nadia (now deceased lol), Enzo or Sloane have independence of thought and movement.

    It's not a soap opera with corporate takeovers and questionable parentage pregnancies and the like; they're supernatural creatures, who just want to survive, and shit keeps happening to them.

    People bitching out at Elena seems quite strange, especially at this juncture.

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