Having Victor kidnap Claire brings him back to himself, self-centered, rich, manipulating, overbearing; all the things we loved about Victor.
And having the inkling that Stephano might be back also brings back the best of the bad. Whether or not the original star comes back is yet to be seen, but just having the big "S" back in action is good for the show.
The recent bad guys, Patrick - EJ - Jan - etc, have all been interesting for about a few episodes, but could never compare to the original baddies. Sorry world, bad is bad, and pathetic is pathetic. Go ahead, attack me... !)