The Vampire Diaries: “Christmas Through Your Eyes” Review
Bonnie is off alone for the tree ceremony, mainly because she is still stuck in 1994, but she isn’t going to let that stop her. She is ready to get their Christmas off to a good start. That sentiment was accompanied by the flashbacks of Christmastime their freshman year of high school. It’s frustrating that we have just hit the mid-season finale and we got no real major conclusion. Instead we had some reveals, but Bonnie is still stuck on the other side.
On the Kai front, he did in fact go to Luke and Liv to get them to work on his sit. His motivational tactic was that if he and Jo did the merge, Liv and Luke could live. It was promising and while Luke wasn’t fully on board, he went with what his sister wanted. Luke has been shown to be a bit of a lackluster character before. he initially came off as sinister and willing to do anything, but the more that we’ve learned of Luke, the more sentimental he has become. Despite this, it’s Liv who became a more prominent character. he brooding has become annoying and Tyler’s fawning over her is ridiculous. Luke wants Kai dead as a normal person should.
Instead, there is a massive weight put on Jo’s head. The idea that she is strong enough to push through and beat Kai is outlandish. Both Kai and Jo have been estranged from magic for a long time. The difference is that while Kai couldn’t practice without his own magic, but he could study magic. Jo, simply cast all magic from her life. Unless personal growth factors into magic, then they are still on equal playing fields potentially in the favor of Kai. Not to mention he is insanely crafty. The fact that he had an idea to sap magic from the travelers spell on the land was brilliant. Not only that, but it also removed the rather annoying complication of no one being able to enter mystic falls.
Among this, Caroline was spending some time with her mother and Stefan. It wasn’t until her mother collapsed and she was rushed to the hospital that we learned she was going to die. A tumor on her brain stem, which means she will die. Her death will decrease the ever dwindling human numbers further. More importantly, i’ts important to see how transitive and irrelevant to the story Stefan has become this season. Stefan literally jumps to and from whatever plot he can benefit most. He doesn’t feel important any longer. Yes, I’m going there, Stefan now feels more like a plot device than an effective character.
The entire conflict with Enzo against Matt and Jeremy felt unnecessary. Even Jeremy eventually saw through Matt’s motivations and bowed out of the plan leaving it to Matt. Yes, it was a plot that needed to finish playing out, but it also felt like it was not the right time to deal with it. I mean they are currently dealing with bringing Bonnie back from 1994 and the entire mess with Kai and the Gemini Coven. It just felt inconsequential in comparison. Thankfully, it was at least impacted by the main events as Matt tried to drive Enzo over the border.