Actually, the second eisodes of both The Originals and TVD season five showed a lot of promise, in the "uncanny reversals" department. When you're dealing with unstoppable, unkillable monsters like Klaus and Silas, the danger is that it'll get harder and harder to surprise the audience. But luckily, TVD showed us that Silas can be fought — see above — and also showed us Elena resisting Silas' compulsion to kill Damon, in a scene that was alternately powerful and hilarious. And meanwhile, thank goodness — we didn't have to wait too long to see one of the Originals go toe to toe with Marcel, whose witchfriend Davina turns out to be too powerful for poor Rebekah. These might be even contests after all — and there might be a logical reason why Klaus is sneaking around instead of just slaughtering Marcel's entire vampire gang in one night, like his Christmas Hybrid Massacre.
I should have known — TVD has a long history of slow season openers, after which the action picks up in the second or third episodes. Let's just hope both of these shows manage to keep serving up the startling reversals.