Vampire Academy‘s “Molnjia” continues with the more episodic feel the past few weeks have had, but in doing so it really shows one of the pitfalls of this type of drama. This episode ran four parallel stories with minimal story and character development (but two kisses!), so we’ll just go through the chronology of each story for this recap.
The first storyline and the most emotionally central of the episode is that of Rose. Episode 6 begins with Rose (Sisi Stringer) Beginning of the ceremony to get a tattoo for her first Strigoi kill (Mikhail from the previous episode). As the needle approaches her, she thinks of her friendship with Mikhail (Max Parker) and doesn’t think it’s right to get a tattoo because she killed him, so she runs away. While working for security at a party, Rose learns that due to the recent request to remove guardians from non-royal Moroi to increase protection of the royal family, non-royal ones in the country are being forcibly relocated in order to have some protection for them to ensure you. One of the locations where this resettlement takes place is the village where Mikhail grew up, so Rose demands to be put into service there.
Rose and Dimitri (Kieron Moore) Meeting with Mikhail’s family – his sister Sasha (Jazzy de Lisser) and his father (William Chub). Sasha, also a Guardian, betrays her duties to stay with her father and refuses to relocate him. We find out she’s doing this because he’s going to die soon anyway and they’d rather keep him at his family home. We also learn that Sasha and Mikhail were actually raised by their Moroi father after their dhampir mother passed away; This is extremely unusual, but apparently a very noble choice for her father.
Sasha seems frustrated with the council and accuses her of fabricating the situation in which Mikhail died and trying to force her father to move. Mikhail’s father, on the other hand, carries himself much more calmly, but ultimately wishes to die in his house. He also speaks to Rose alone to reassure her that she did the right thing by killing Mikhail when he became Strigoi and encourages her that the ceremonial tattoo commemorating her killing him is a possibility to honor what he would have wanted without disregarding his death. After finding out that Mikhail’s father will die before the end of the night, Rose and Dimitri decide to forgo their mission to defend the house for the night so he can sleep peacefully. Later, Dimitri is the one who gives Rose her Strigoi tattoo, resulting in the two having their first kiss.
The next major story arc follows Lissa (Daniela Nieve), as she tries to find a way to Adrian Ivashkov (Leo Woodall), a royal Moroi who possesses extremely rare and ancient artifacts that Lissa believes could teach her more about her spirit element. This begins with her dating her new fiancé, Jesse Zeklos (Joseph Olmann). Realizing that Jesse can’t get her a meeting with Adrian, she instead goes to Jesse’s father to ensure what she needs.
Ultimately, she gets her hands on an invitation to Adrian’s private party, where she tries to use her power to force him to show her his art collection. The compulsion doesn’t really seem to be working, but it’s unclear if Adrian is complying with her request for reasons of his own. We don’t really learn anything new or interesting until they’ve looked at the collection and Lissa falls asleep at the party. At this point, Adrian enters her dream to tell her that he knows what she was looking for, and that although maybe she didn’t find it in his art, maybe he can still help her. Adrian reveals that he is also a Spirit user. This allowed him to “dream” and offers to Lissa get some answers if she is willing to go on an adventure with him.
A slightly smaller subplot follows both Viktor (J August Richards) and Sonya (Jonetta Kaiser) as they begin their network rounds for the upcoming elections. In doing so, they get caught up in a public political slander game with Tatiana (Anita Joy Uwajeh), who has expertly played a double-sided political game whose endgame we do not yet fully understand. Tatiana begins to denigrate Viktor as someone who has given up his royal duties and Mikhail (Sonya’s now-deceased friend) as an incompetent guardian. Sonya loses control of herself and violently attempts to attack Tatiana before being pulled away from her, humiliating and hurting Viktor’s campaign.
The second smaller B plot follows Mia (Mia McKenna-Bruce) when she is first punished by having her hands branded for using magic both as a weapon (which is said to be blasphemous) and against a king. This happened in the previous episode when she used her magic on Jesse while he was Meredith molested (Rhian Blundell), a guard who is also starting to become her love interest. After the punishment is meted out, Mia decides to seek out Christian (Andre Dae Kim) so he can help her control her magic as she feels she can’t do it properly. At one point in the episode, Mia also visits Meredith, who is recovering from her injuries, and the two of them Also share their first kiss.
Ultimately, the episode was not boring, but rather empty. As I mentioned earlier, this episode is a perfect example of one of the most common problems with teen drama — the fill-in episodes that play themselves out as if they’re part of the larger plot of the series, but ultimately doesn’t make any progress. fans of the Vampire Diaries may be very familiar with this issue as the show suffered from it on occasion; Often the middle 10+ episode of a season would have maybe five minutes of actual development per episode and then 40 minutes of confused ramblings. Something like this can be a nice change of pace for a show when it happens every now and then, but when it becomes so characteristic of the average episode, it can feel like wading through quicksand every time you watch it of being constantly prevented from actually enjoying the series. So far, these have been the first signs that this is a problem Vampire Academyso I hope it doesn’t become chronic.
Vampire Academy brings out new episodes every Thursday on Peacock.
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