Yeah, the show is spinning its wheels. That's the problem with a "big bad" who is just hanging out and being a dick. How many plots to rid them of Klaus have they come up with only to fail? Klaus conventiently doesn't kill the Salvadores, even though logically he should.
Absentee parents show up to become vampires.
I think the revelation that a witch created the first vampires just 1000 years ago in North America removed a lot of the vampire mystique.