The Vampire Diaries is only a few episodes into Season 5, and we’re mostly digging what we’ve seen so far, but we have a few concerns. Here’s a rundown of what we like, what we don’t and what needs to be addressed ASAP.

The Good

Delena: We were worried that Delena would mean a boring, un-Damon-like Damon, but so far, we think the relationship dynamic between Damon and Elena really works for both characters. Elena is still eager to do her own thing as a freshman at Whitmore College, and Damon is still capable of sarcastic quips and questionable moral decisions.

Human Katherine: We have also really enjoyed seeing a human Katherine. Watching Katherine deal with a sinus infection, blisters, and having to brush her hair is pretty therapeutic after all of the shenanigans she’s pulled over the past four seasons. Plus, with the way she decided to save Jeremy last week, we think her character might actually be capable of some honest emotional growth.

Possessed Matt: There hasn’t been much explanation yet of Matt’s role in Nadia’s evil plan, but we’re excited to see Matt serve a purpose other than Fang Gang’s token human. We’re eager to see where this storyline goes. 

Silas as Stefan: Between the awkward hug with Stefan, the friendly convo with Sheriff Forbes in the town square as he tapped her vein for an afternoon drink, and coaxing complaints about Damon out of Elena, watching Silas easily manipulate our TVDers has been pretty fun.

The Bad

Split Focus: A common pitfall of high school shows that make the jump to college is a split focus between characters, locales, and plotlines that can make the show feel like two separate shows. We mostly trust the TVD Powers That Be to avoid this common trap, but we’re still nervous. The Whitmore College storyline hasn’t really taken off yet. We’re eager to find out more about Dr. Wes Maxfield and the murder of Elena and Caroline’s roomie, and how it fits in with the mythology of the show. Right now, though, it feels a bit forced.

Unexplained Forwood Drama: We get that it’s hard for high school relationship to make the jump to college, but we’re not on board with this Tyler as the worst boyfriend ever plot line. After this show has asked us to invest so much in their relationship, it’s weird to see it seemingly give up so easily.

    High School Jeremy: We’re kind of over the whole “Jeremy in high school” storyline already, and we’ve only seen one scene with him actually there. Can we get this kid an early graduation or something? With a bulk of the main characters moved onto college, Jeremy’s high school trevails are kind of boring.

    The Ugly

    Boring Ghost Bonnie: We really want to like Bonnie’s ghost storyline — and we think it has potential — but it’s been boring watching Bonnie feel sorry for herself, even if she has a totally legitimate reason for doing so. It’s not that we’re not on board the Bonnie Pity Party Bandwagon, we just want her to do something else, too. This is a show full of action and investigation. Can’t she start eavesdropping on Silas’ conversations or something? She’s like ultimate spy right now.

    What do you think is good, bad, and ugly about Season 5 so far? Sound off in the comments below!

    Catch the next episode of The Vampire Diaries on Thursday, October 17, 2013, at 8 p.m. ET on The CW, followed by a new episode of Reign.

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