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09 September 2010 @ 10:50 pm
2.01 - 'The Return' (The Vampire Diaries)  
So, this little show that I watch on the CW premiered its second season tonight. I watched it. My thoughts behind the cut.

OH. MY. FREAKING. GOD! SERIOUSLY! I did not think it was even remotely possible for this show to exceed my expectations, but it did. It so, so, so did.

- DAMON KILLED JEREMY!!!!!!! HE SNAPPED HIS NECK. DAMON SNAPPED JEREMY'S NECK!

- DAMON KISSED ELENA!!!!!!!! In the first freaking episode of the season. DAMON FREAKING KISSED ELENA!!!!

- KATHERINE KILLED CAROLINE!!!! Katherine killed Caroline!!! Who has Damon's blood in her body. Caroline will now be a FREAKING VAMPIRE!!!!

OH. MY. GOD!

Did I mention that Damon killed Jeremy?!?!?!? Okay, he had his dad's magical ring -- nice telegraphing there, by the way, show (I thought John was going to give him the ring in their scene, when he didn't, I thought: Oh, typical John. He's a dick. -- so he's not dead, but DAMON SNAPPED JEREMY'S NECK! And yet I still felt horribly sorry for Damon. The writers did a PHENOMENAL job in building up to that point. So many key moments happened that led Damon there ....

1. Elena told Damon that she was surprised he thought she would kiss him. (More on that later.)
2. Stefan obviously told Damon and Elena that Katherine told him she was back for him.
3. Stefan wouldn't fight him, thus letting Damon get some of that pent-up emotion/anguish out.
4. Katherine told Damon she never loved him ... right after he basically poured all of his hopes and dreams for the two of them spending eternity together.
5. Katherine flat-out not only told him she never loved him; she told him it was only Stefan.
6. Elena didn't return his kiss at all.
7. Elena continued to deny anything between them. (More on that later.)
8. Elena then essentially said the exact same thing that Katherine did. It was Stefan, always Stefan.

Stefan was the trigger. If Katherine hadn't said it was only Stefan and the Elena conversation had happened as we saw it, I don't think Damon would have gone that far. Had Elena just kept it about her lack of feeling that way about Damon, instead of bringing her feelings for Stefan into it, I don't think Damon would have gone that far. But the earlier rejection from Elena at the mansion, coupled with Katherine's preference for Stefan and then Elena stating the same preference was just too much. It pushed him over the edge. Oh, how masterfully this was all written, and so layered. Just brilliant. And Ian Somerhalder? My goodness. He gave a tour-de-force performance from beginning to end. Just WOW! Every aspect of Damon, the confused, the snarky, the bitter, the anguished, the in love, the desperate, the devastated, the Damon with his humanity switch off and on ... we got it all and he delivered it beyond top-notch. And I do think that the Jeremy kill was due to the humanity switch being off.

The second that Elena said it was always Stefan, the look on Damon's face? I think that was when the switch flipped off enough for him to rush to Jeremy and kill him.* I then think that the second he turned after snapping Jeremy's neck and saw Elena's horror and grief, the switch flipped back on, thus the devastation on his face, followed by his uber-devastation back at the house. Cuz that look on his face, and that reaction at the boarding house were not those of someone who wasn't feeling, wasn't caring. If I'm right, it looks to me like Damon will be unable to not care anymore as long as he's around Elena. She's his Achilles heel.

*Well, not kill *kill* him. At least I'll give Damon that. He didn't intend to deprive Elena of her brother in her life, just make him undead as opposed to alive.

Phew.

As for that later ... I do agree with Damon. Elena is lying to herself, and Stefan and Damon about how she feels about him. I don't think that she doesn't love Stefan. I do absolutely believe that she does. I also absolutely believe that Elena doesn't believe she has feelings for Damon consciously, but she does. She's definitely attracted to him. We had way too many scenes between the two throughout the second half of the season (notably in "A Few Good Men" button-up, the dance in "Miss Mystic Falls" and the eye-thing conversation in "Founder's Day") where her eyes would drop to his lips, where she'd catch her breath, where she'd stare a little too long. There's no way that a show this smart, layered and deliberate did not have those moments on purpose. However, there's also no way that an Elena who *does* love Stefan and *is* in denial would ever kiss Damon back. Not at this stage, no way, no how. Certainly not in the freshness of all of these crazy happenings. That's just not Elena.

Still, earlier, she was deliberately cruel to Damon at the Lockwood mansion. She could have left it without pushing the "I can't believe you'd think that I'd kiss you," but she didn't. Now when I say deliberately cruel, I don't mean that she was trying to hurt him to destroy/devastate, etc. him (as Katherine would), but rather playing the cruel to be kind card, get him to back off once and for all. Which I think she did because she does have non-platonic feelings for him that she simply has not/will not acknowledge and if he backs off, then they don't have to deal with it ... she doesn't have to deal with it. But again, she's lying to herself and is convinced that such feelings don't exist, but somewhere inside, she does know, thus the cruelty there. Also, why I believe that Elena is lying is because of Damon's line: "There is something going on between the two of us." That's almost verbatim what Elena said to Damon about the two of them in "Children of the Damned" ("There is something between us"). That had to have been deliberate.

And with that scene, I became convinced that as of now, Damon and Elena are endgame. They have the tortured love story now; they have the will they/won't they, they have the journey to make, they have the story that is designed to have people keep coming back for more. She and Stefan are sweet, but just can't compare to the depth of passion and possibility that Damon and Elena have. Two specific moments in that final scene is what convinced me. The first was when Elena said, "it will always be Stefan." In film, books, television, unless that's the last scene of said film, book, tv show it always means just the opposite. That's just writing 101. As is her hating someone that she does care about. Also, think of the way she said that she hated him. It wasn't said with coldness or bitterness, but with heat and passionate anger. That's key right there. Plus, that whole moment with her talking about him was paired with Damon's anguish at the boarding house. It will be a bumpy road, but they are so clearly IT.

Still, in this moment, I'm so on her side. As much as I love Damon, if she hadn't hated him, I'd be crying foul. I just can't imagine what can possibly happen that will get them back to some level of co-existence, cuz how can she not want to stake his ass from here on out now, LOL!? But I have complete faith that this show will pull it off.

ETA: My sister pointed something that I missed because I just so associate that line with Katherine and Stefan, but can we say ... FORESHADOWING?! "You hate me, huh? That sounds like the beginning of a love story ... not the end." HELLO!!!! Ooh, baby!

Phew! Onto the other stuff ...

- CAROLINE IS GOING TO BE A FREAKING VAMPIRE!!! OH. MY. GOD. I didn't remember until Katherine was suffocating her (!!) that she had Damon's blood in her, but once I did, I about flipped out. And I was still recovering from the flip-out of Damon kissing Elena, of Damon snapping Jeremy's neck and then that happened. I LOVE THIS SHOW SO MUCH! When Jeremy wasn't turned, I did have a moment of, Well, yeah, they're not actually going to make another main character a vampire, and then they completely twisted around and instead made a DIFFERENT main character a soon-to-be vampire. I mean, seriously, show, how can you be so damn awesome?!?!? And I can NOT wait to see vamp-Caroline. I just can NOT wait.

- My only complaint about the entire episode was that the music was so loud in two of the main Tyler scenes. But a small quibble. Speaking of Tyler, yes, Taylor Kinney as Mason Lockwood is hot. Thank you, show, for more pretty!

- SQUEE! I got a Damon/Liz hug. And Damon didn't even roll his eyes over her shoulder! LOVED THAT. I love Damon/Liz. LOVE THEM. On that note I was laughing my ass off during the "Carol" (ignored) "Liz" (ignored) scene and thinking that Damon probably just wanted to rip both of their heads off, LOL! Hysterical. As were many of Damon's earlier lines. Again, with the Ian Somerhalder praise, but he REALLY brought it. In this one episode, he covered just about every emotion we saw Damon go through during the entire season one. DAYUM!

- Speaking of Damon, the Damon/Stefan scenes nearly did me in. That scene outside with them when Stefan said that Damon cared about Elena and he didn't want Katherine to destroy that part of Damon that can still care, then got all close and was all being an awesome brother, I nearly cried. It was -- and I am so not being sarcastic -- beautiful. I just, man, I loved it so much. And, and, and in the final scene when he was trying to excuse Damon ("he saw the ring"), I was, Oh, Stefan, you love him so much, despite everything, you do. And then trying to blame it on Katherine, which was partly true, but Elena, proving how well she does know Damon, nailed it. He decided it was easier to not care, easier to be hated and so he wants to be hated. Just gah!

- And now speaking of Stefan, while I continued to be a tad bored by Stefan/Elena, the couple (so very boring, they are), Stefan was freaking awesome! Going after Katherine, threatening John in a more Damonesque style, (sorta) telling Elena the truth about the threatening (I don't think she would have been that blase had she seen exactly how he threatened him), playing along with Katherine, being all sibling-awesome with Damon ... Stefan was fantastic.

- Another interesting thing about Stefan ... he already seems to be disassociating a bit. In that final scene, he wasn't about Elena's grief, Jeremy's situation at all. he was all about Damon, and Katherine. He said that Katherine is getting to Damon, but she's also already getting to Stefan if his thoughts and concerns are on Damon and Katherine, as opposed to Elena's very current situation. Pair that with how he treated Jeremy in that early scene. The way he was with Jeremy actually elicited a somewhat pissed response from Elena. Interesting, interesting indeed.

- Another awesome character being awesome? Bonnie. I loved when Damon asked if this would create a truce, and she said no, but he'd do it for Elena with a smirk. (And Elena looked momentarily disconcerted and I had to laugh, because, seriously, Elena, everyone knows that Damon has a thing for you, LOL!) And when she did the head-whammy on Damon and then "you were saying ..." Hah! Also, I loved seeing happy and smiley (if teary-eyed) Bonnie over Caroline's recovery. I love their friendship. Finally, her door-opening trick on Katherine was quick-thinking.

- Oh, Katherine. Elena. Nina Dobrev. She really did a fabulous job differentiating between the two characters; it honestly felt like two different actresses playing the roles. Excellent job. And my favorite Katherine moment was the reaction to the afore-mentioned door-opening trick. Closing her mouth over her fangs and acknowledging Bonnie's good play, heh.

- Lastly, finally, the uber-hot Damon/Katherine make-out. WOWZA!!! I don't think any of the previous sex scenes/make-outs/whatever on the show compared to this one. Just WHOAH! That was so fricking hot. So, so, so hot. When she had him against the wall, ripped his shirt open, running her hands hungrily over his chest (by the way, I really was kinda hating on Nina Dobrev in that moment, ahem) and then lunged at him with her kiss was just ... jaw-droppingly, scorchingly hot. Then came the devastation. Of course. My poor Damon. Damn, was he flayed alive. Briefly by Elena at the Lockwood mansion, horribly by Katherine here and then just ripped open and stomped upon by Elena at the end there (not that she had any clue as to just how devastating her words were). Not to justify what he did, because nothing can, but again -- as I detailed above -- I totally got why he did what he did.

A note about the hot Damon/Katherine make-out, it was interesting because as insanely hot as that was, I actually found the (unreciprocated) Damon/Elena kiss hotter. Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder clearly have chemistry no matter what, but when it's the characters of Damon and *Elena* getting close because of their story, that slow build, the everything that makes their story so compelling, it's just that much hotter. And, yeah, it's kinda insane that I'm actually even more optimistic about Damon/Elena after this episode, but I totally, totally am. :D

So, yeah, the season premiere of The Vampire Diaries -- everything and nothing I could have dreamed of ... and more. Outstanding, amazing, fantastic. I LOVE THIS SHOW!
 
 
 
Vickie: Ian - Brothers Salvatore Hugsarcasticcheese on September 10th, 2010 03:01 am (UTC)
I am impressed that you could actually put words together to form coherent sentences this soon after the episode aired.

I'm still at a loss.

But I will say I agree with pretty much everything you said here.

Ian Somerhalder KILLED it tonight. KILLED. IT. Easily his best performance, probably ever. Anyone, ANYONE who says this boy can't act needs to STFU, STFD and watch this episode. And THEN come back and tell me he can't act. He was BRILLIANT.

I can't wait to watch it again. I will hopefully have more coherent thoughts tomorrow, after another viewing.

Also, Badass!Stefan is freakin' HAWT.

ETA: Carina MacKenzie's (@cadlymack) recap said this:

I don't know what to say about this Broodinghouse scene between Damon and Katherine. I think it's the best acting we've seen out of Ian, ever, in the span of his career.

Agreed, Carina. Agreed.



Edited at 2010-09-10 03:13 am (UTC)
Arabian: Damon01arabian on September 11th, 2010 11:15 pm (UTC)
I am impressed that you could actually put words together to form coherent sentences this soon after the episode aired.

It's scary how much I have to spew out after episodes of tv shows I love. Hee!


Ian Somerhalder KILLED it tonight. KILLED. IT. Easily his best performance, probably ever. Anyone, ANYONE who says this boy can't act needs to STFU, STFD and watch this episode. And THEN come back and tell me he can't act. He was BRILLIANT.


Yes, this so very, very much. And I loved (and obviously agree) with what Carina MacKenzie said. I hope the kudos continue to come in .:)

Kim: (Vampire Diaries) Stefan/Elenacifan70 on September 10th, 2010 03:10 am (UTC)
I am still processing it all *jaw on floor* but I'll go along with what you said and stay with it. :D
Arabian: Elena04arabian on September 11th, 2010 11:16 pm (UTC)
Oh my jaw was firmly planted on the floor the last ten seconds. I still can't quite believe he actually freaking snapped Jeremy's neck. Oh, Damon!

I'll go along with what you said and stay with it. :D

LOL!
Brandybrandyleigh on September 10th, 2010 03:54 am (UTC)
Yeah, tonight's episode KILLED it. So, so good. I agree with pretty much everything you said here - Damon/Katherine were incredibly hot, but Damon/Elena's aborted kiss was even hotter, Stefan is SUCH a wonderful brother, laughed hysterically at the "Carol" "Liz" scene, gasped at Caroline becoming a vampire and gasped even MORE when I thought Damon had "killed" Jeremy. Seriously, this show is amazing.

I don't really mind Stefan/Elena, though. They may not be exciting, but with all the crazy stuff happening around them, I don't mind when things slow down a minute to give them a moment with each other. I kind of like them being each other's rock (for now) and I'm willing to wait for Damon/Elena.
Arabian: Damon & Elena03arabian on September 11th, 2010 11:19 pm (UTC)
Yeah, tonight's episode KILLED it.

Yes, yes, yes. It seriously exceeded my frankly super-high expectations.

Damon/Katherine were incredibly hot, but Damon/Elena's aborted kiss was even hotter,

YES! It just goes to show that no matter how amazing the chemistry is between actors, fantastic writing of the relationship of that couple truly does make it even better.

Stefan is SUCH a wonderful brother

I seriously teared up. SO MUCH LOVE.

I don't really mind Stefan/Elena, though. They may not be exciting, but with all the crazy stuff happening around them, I don't mind when things slow down a minute to give them a moment with each other. I kind of like them being each other's rock (for now) and I'm willing to wait for Damon/Elena.

I do agree completely. I'm okay with Stefan/Elena because they needed each other at the stages in their life (well, for him, "life") that they met, and we're still seeing fall-out from that. It works while everything is set in motion for Elena and Damon.
sweetiegrrl2346sweetiegrrl2346 on September 10th, 2010 04:20 am (UTC)
ITA with everything you just said. This episode was one of the most beautiful, heart-wrenching, tear-inducing hours of television I've ever seen. And the pacing is amazing because, seriously, is there any other show out there that can fit *all* of what you mentioned up there in a single 45-minute episode? I think not.

It's funny, but you're not the only crazy one because I've never been more sure of Delena being endgame after this ep. This show loves foreshadowing, and there is no way that it wasn't intentional when the music cut out and Elena declared her hatred for Damon, complete with the *bum bum* sound effects. It was so clear in my mind that *this*, with Elena holding her brother's body and despising Damon more than she ever thought possible, is the moment that Delena's journey truly begins. Damon already knows how he feels about her, so now it's Elena's journey to realizing it. And I *so* can't wait to watch it happen.
Vickie: Ian-Delena Cosmic Lovesarcasticcheese on September 10th, 2010 11:56 am (UTC)
It was so clear in my mind that *this*, with Elena holding her brother's body and despising Damon more than she ever thought possible, is the moment that Delena's journey truly begins. Damon already knows how he feels about her, so now it's Elena's journey to realizing it. And I *so* can't wait to watch it happen.

THIS. I agree with this 100%.
Arabian: Damon & Elena06arabian on September 11th, 2010 11:31 pm (UTC)
ITA with everything you just said.

I was so glad to read a fellow DE's positive thoughts at the DE comm because it's really nice seeing someone else who adores Damon/Elena and seeing how awesome the episode was for us. :D

And, yeah, the pacing for this show is just insanely insane. Just WOW! I mean, it could have ended on Katherine telling him she didn't love him, on Damon snapping Jeremy's neck, on Elena saying "I hate him," but no, they went and had something even more..... Just WHOAH!

It's funny, but you're not the only crazy one because I've never been more sure of Delena being endgame after this ep. This show loves foreshadowing, and there is no way that it wasn't intentional when the music cut out and Elena declared her hatred for Damon, complete with the *bum bum* sound effects. It was so clear in my mind that *this*, with Elena holding her brother's body and despising Damon more than she ever thought possible, is the moment that Delena's journey truly begins. Damon already knows how he feels about her, so now it's Elena's journey to realizing it. And I *so* can't wait to watch it happen.

YES! THIS!! SO MUCH THIS!!! :D :D :D
obstinate, headstrong girl!: TV » TVD » Damonzombie_boogie on September 10th, 2010 04:27 am (UTC)
I don't know if I can put it any better than you did (but I will try, tomorrow though when my brain is re-inserted into my cranium). I totally agree that the writers built up to Damon's breakdown magnificently throughout the episode so that we, the audience, would feel some kind of sympathy for him despite his heinous actions. I'm also glad that Damon's regression happened, because his transition to anti-hero should not be easy. We and the characters need to be reminded exactly what he's capable of - the difference is this time he's clearly acting out of hurt instead of gleeful malice (just compare his reactions following snapping Vicki's neck vs. snapping Jeremy's neck). Ian was so friggen fantastic this episode I can't stand it. His face. HIS FAAAAAACE.

Vamp!Caroline will be delicious. That is all.
Arabian: Damon02arabian on September 11th, 2010 11:34 pm (UTC)
Having read your putting it together, I think you did a faboo job. :)

I totally agree that the writers built up to Damon's breakdown magnificently throughout the episode so that we, the audience, would feel some kind of sympathy for him despite his heinous actions. I'm also glad that Damon's regression happened, because his transition to anti-hero should not be easy. We and the characters need to be reminded exactly what he's capable of - the difference is this time he's clearly acting out of hurt instead of gleeful malice (just compare his reactions following snapping Vicki's neck vs. snapping Jeremy's neck). Ian was so friggen fantastic this episode I can't stand it. His face. HIS FAAAAAACE.

I have nothing other to add to all of this then YES!!!! a million times. So very, very, very much yes. I was really surprised to read someone frustrated that all that was done to Damon last season has been regressed and was a waste of time. I was just WHA-HUH!?!??! I mean, all of what happened is what led us to this episode, partly your comparison between Vicki and Jeremy. And it just can not happen quickly, not in one season, come on ..... So, yes, very much yes.

Vamp!Caroline will be delicious. That is all.

Even as someone who adored Caroline pre-vamp, I'm still so fricking excited for this. YES!


Edited at 2010-09-12 01:48 am (UTC)
Marinajavabreeze on September 10th, 2010 05:05 am (UTC)
Holy shit! The last 10 minutes blew my mind!
Arabian: Damon&Katherine03arabian on September 11th, 2010 11:34 pm (UTC)
I KNOW!!!!!!!!!!

Edited at 2014-12-19 05:19 am (UTC)
Teeforeign_origin on September 10th, 2010 05:31 am (UTC)
DAMON SNAPPED JEREMY'S NECK! And yet I still felt horribly sorry for Damon.
Yup, that's my major thought after this ep.

But apart from that I'm really angry about Caroline becoming a vamp. Putting together how they were straighteing up Caroline from the books for me and Vicki becoming a vamp in the previous season - and in this show the two of them were the most alike, kinda - I think they've chosen wrong. I'm trying to be open though, and wait to see what they're gonna do with her.
Arabian: Damon & Elena02arabian on September 11th, 2010 11:36 pm (UTC)
I never read the books, so I have no opinion or thought about the books versus the show. As someone who did love Caroline pre-vamp, I'm actually really excited about this. Partly because of what I came to realize -- and hopefully, I'm right -- when I did my last rewatch, in that vamps with the humanity switch on are very much like who they were as human. So seeing the dichotomy of the good and bad parts of Caroline's personality melded with being a vampire should be very fascinating. And frankly, I just trust this show so much, I can't imagine being disappointed.
ThroughAnAmberFocus: Vampire Diaries--Damon/Elenaamberfocus on September 10th, 2010 05:50 am (UTC)
I kind of ship Katherine/Stefan now. I thought there was more chemistry there than Elena/Stefan. Of course, I love Damon/Elena and always have (all the way back to the books) and don't think that will change.

I don't actually believe that Katherine doesn't love Damon, though. Maybe this again goes all the way back to the books, but it was clear she always loved both brothers. I think she does in the show, too. I think Katherine is an intrinsically cruel person who delights in hurting people that love her. She is a cat playing with a mouse and she doesn't want what she can easily have. She wants the chase, the pursuit, and if she ever got Stefan, she wouldn't be happy with it for long. In fact she'd only be happy insomuch as it hurt Elena to see her with Stefan. As soon as Elena, say turned to Damon for comfort, she'd be back "in love" with Damon in a heartbeat and would abandon Stefan.

I was so expecting Stefan to show up and stake Damon through the heart when he forced that kiss on Elena. Or almost stake him and have Damon sense it and spin at the last moment and catch it. I was sort of hoping Stefan would because I like seeing him lose control and fall apart. It's almost as much fun as when Damon does it.
Arabian: Stefan & Katherine01arabian on September 11th, 2010 11:42 pm (UTC)
I've been kinda shipping Katherine/Stefan since "Blood Brothers" -- that opening scene just really intrigued me -- so this is awesome. I got what I consider AWESOME Damon/Elena, uber-hot Nina/Ian (as Damon and Katherine ... a pair I don't ship at all, but can still appreciate the Nina/Ian hotness) and some pretty durn fabulous Stefan/Katherine banter. Woohoo!!

I don't think that Katherine didn't not love him either, but I think it's how a child loves a toy and then gets bored with it. Stefan managed to intrigue her beyond that. Damon just didn't.

However, I can't agree re; Stefan there with ya. I ADORED that Stefan clearly has put Damon first in his heart. Even if he won't admit it, it's clear that his brother is his first priority, and I can't help but love that because I do adore me my Salvatore Brothers.

Ah, caught between using a Stefan/Katherine or Stefan/Damon icon! Eh, going with S/D. :) Had to make an edit, so decided to go with Stefan/Katherine since I used S/D in the next comment, LOL!

Edited at 2010-09-12 01:52 am (UTC)
lacrimadraconis: TVD Damon Stefan silhouetteslacrimadraconis on September 10th, 2010 06:34 am (UTC)
They nailed it. They nailed this episode SO MUCH!
I can't even start about Ian's or Nina's performance and also Paul was amazing as badass!Stefan.
To make this quick, I agree with everything you said here. Concerning the Damon/Elena part, I've never been more sure they'll be endgame. This was the ideal way to start the other side of the journey, namely Elena, and such a defining moment.
PERFECT SHOW IS PERFECT!
Arabian: Damon&Stefan02arabian on September 12th, 2010 01:33 am (UTC)
Did I lie!??!!? I know right!!! It just completely exceeded expectations, like WHOAH!

To make this quick, I agree with everything you said here. Concerning the Damon/Elena part, I've never been more sure they'll be endgame. This was the ideal way to start the other side of the journey, namely Elena, and such a defining moment.

OMG! So much THIS!!

PERFECT SHOW IS PERFECT!

Indeed. Is it Thursday yet?
Beccy: VD ~ Damon1epic_love on September 10th, 2010 09:05 am (UTC)
I totally and completely agree with everyone you said, but I have no idea how you managed to say it all so eloquently, my thoughts can't seem to move beyond 'HOLY FREAKING CRAP!'

I especially loved what you said about DE, all I could think afterwards was 'omg how can they fix this?', but you've given me hope.

And Ian, after last season you'd think I'd be used to his 'tour-de-force performances', but he just blew me away in this episode. He killed it!
Arabian: Damon01arabian on September 12th, 2010 01:36 am (UTC)
I totally and completely agree with everyone you said, but I have no idea how you managed to say it all so eloquently, my thoughts can't seem to move beyond 'HOLY FREAKING CRAP!'

Hee! I have a skill for spewing articulated OMG!thoughts about my favorite television shows. :)

I especially loved what you said about DE, all I could think afterwards was 'omg how can they fix this?', but you've given me hope.

I'm so glad that I gave you that hope. :) Yay!

And Ian, after last season you'd think I'd be used to his 'tour-de-force performances', but he just blew me away in this episode. He killed it!

I honestly think that the first CW Golden Globe or Emmy nomination will be due to Mr. Somerhalder. And if it isn't? It will be a travesty.
Jude: ian/ninadanceonstardust on September 10th, 2010 09:15 am (UTC)
The last ten minutes had me shocked, extremely SHOCKED. lol. I think you would see my reaction via twitter. I was like "This is a great episode, getting little fast for me..." until those last. ten. freaking. minutes.

My reaction: Astounded, surprised, SHOCKED. WAIT. OMFG. OH HALE NO. SHEESH. O.O

I couldn't believe he went and kissed her so fast in this action packed premiere, but yeah, it wouldn't be Damon if he didn't make that move already.

And I agree on Mason being so pretty. 8D FINALLY!!!! For me, there is at least one pretty werewolf!! YAY! \O/

I'm sorry Alcide from TB, you are too much of a pussy and have no charisma whatsoever to tempt me. XD
Arabian: Damon & Elena(PR)01arabian on September 12th, 2010 01:38 am (UTC)
The last ten minutes had me shocked, extremely SHOCKED.

After he snapped his neck, I literally had to push pause and I just sat there mouth agape, beating my hands against my chair repeating: "OH MY GOD! HE KILLED JEREMY! DAMON KILLED JEREMY! OH. MY. GOD!"

Basically, just, yes, yes, yes! OH MY GOD! (And, yes, Mason is very pretty, I hope he has charisma and can act too.)
eolivet on September 10th, 2010 12:19 pm (UTC)
ARGH, that was last night?! Sigh, when halfway2home said she got her screener two days ago, I was like "Oh, so the premiere isn't until next week." Ugh.

Any chance they're going to rerun it? (please, CW? :p )
Arabian: TVD-Cast01arabian on September 10th, 2010 03:16 pm (UTC)
Possibly, but I'm not sure. I know you have a slow connection, but could you download this one? (Yay, glad to know that you are planning on watching it.) :)
eolivet on September 10th, 2010 04:56 pm (UTC)
My DVR says not till next Thurs. I just looked at Megavideo and couldn't find it. I'm wary of Surfthechannel, because it gave my last computer a virus. But the CW site just put up last year's season finale, so...maybe they'll be nice and upload the premiere next Wednesday or something? :fingers crossed:

Ugh, season should not be starting this early! Big Brother isn't even over yet. ;p
Arabian: Damon & Elena(PR)02arabian on September 11th, 2010 12:08 am (UTC)
Here you go: linkie!
eolivet on September 16th, 2010 03:18 pm (UTC)
I watched it (finally!) And it was good. Really, really good. What you said about the pacing was totally spot-on. I just had to come back here and read your reactions! And I was sort of able to piece together who everybody was. :p

One thought that struck me as I watched, and saw Katherine's rejection of Damon is that the show probably isn't going to play out the exact same variation of a love story in two separate eras, with the exact same outcome. I mean...Stefan can't "get" both Katherine and Elena, and Damon "gets" nobody. ;p

(But I really agreed with your assessment of the characters -- Stefan was great in the non-Elena scenes. As a couple, they bore me. And goshdarnit, I am buying a small share in Damon/Elena. Darn risky, will they/won't they couple, but they won me over. A small share. But what's a 'ship portfolio without a couple risky assets? ;)

Thank you for your recommendation, and persistence -- what an entertaining, well-done, engaging series! 2x02 is ready to go on the DVR tonight! :D A carnival...hee, should be fun! :p
Arabian: Damon06arabian on September 16th, 2010 10:41 pm (UTC)
So, you did watch s1, right? Because S1 is awesome!!! If not, YOU MUST WATCH IT!

Still, YAY!! YAY!! YAY!! YAY!!! Another one bites the dust ..... you know you gotta trust me when I'm THIS enthused, right? LOL!

SQUEE!!
Mock on, mock on, Voltaire, Rousseau.: A rose out of chaos bloomsimp3ratrix on September 10th, 2010 02:34 pm (UTC)
Wow, that was well thought out. In total agreement that the episode was utterly amazing! Loved all the Damon/Katherine/Stefan/Elena moments; I honestly can't wait to see where they take it and how it all plays out with Katherine back.

Though I'm not quite sure how I feel about Caroline turning into a vampire. I was rather fond of her character as she was in the books, and was hoping they'd draw from that this season. Alas, I hope it's handled well.
Arabian: Nina Dobrev & Candice Accolaarabian on September 12th, 2010 01:39 am (UTC)
Aww, thank you. Like I said above, I have an odd skill of being able to coherently articulate my OHMYGOD! love for my fave television shows ... at great length, LOL!

RE: Caroline -- I love Candice Accola and think she's amazing, so I have faith in her (as well as the writers), that they'll do an amazing job.
vamplover85vamplover85 on September 10th, 2010 04:08 pm (UTC)
wow! I Love YOUR REVIEW you put everything in!!! I really love it!! :) <3 All the things you mentioned I totally agree with you. But I still think that Stefan isn't over Kathrine just by how he was and he didn't really blame Damon either like you said. He loves Damon he knew he was hurt. Well sort of. But Those points...the kiss, the snapping of the neck...Stefan and John giving Jeremy the ring. Glad about that!!! I love Steven R. McQueen he was amazingly hot in this episode....all leather jacket. :D Your right about Nina she did awesome job playing both characters! It felt like they were two different people and that what i loved about it! Amazing review! Care to be friends? :D
Arabian: Demi Lovato01arabian on September 12th, 2010 01:41 am (UTC)
But I still think that Stefan isn't over Kathrine just by how he was

Oh, I ABSOLUTELY agree. He's totally lying to himself about Katherine (just as Elena is about Damon).

Overall, I completely agree with you.

Care to be friends? :D

Sure! I see that you in addition to TVD, you like Merlin and Demi Lovato as well. Yay. :)

vamplover85vamplover85 on September 12th, 2010 02:06 am (UTC)
Sweet! Yes I do. :D I just got addicted to the Merlin fandom hmm after seeing Season 2 of Merlin this summer. So Yeah. lol And your default icon in your entry where did you get that picture of Damon/Elena? (I've seen that around but can't find it! I hope they put it out soon!)
Arabian: Damon & Elena(PR)02arabian on September 12th, 2010 02:36 am (UTC)
I cropped Stefan out (sorry, Stefan). Here's the full photo.
vamplover85vamplover85 on September 12th, 2010 03:03 am (UTC)
LOL. Take that Stefan! teehee. I saw it and thought it was so pretty! Thanks darlin!
OCnative: VD: Damon and Elena kissingocnative on September 10th, 2010 10:39 pm (UTC)
Fantastic recap!! So much better than I can even say about it and I can't wait to rewatch it over and over and over and...
Arabian: Damon&Katherine01arabian on September 12th, 2010 01:42 am (UTC)
Hee! I do have an odd skill of being able to coherently articulate my OHMYGOD! love for my fave television shows ... at great length, LOL!

I've rewatched the Damon/Katherine make-out scene and the Damon/Elena final scenes more times than I can count, and I've rewatched the entire episode already. I'll clip the DE, DK scenes for myself tomorrow and thus watch em' bunches again!

LOVE THIS SHOW SO DANG MUCH!
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Arabian: Katherine01arabian on September 12th, 2010 01:45 am (UTC)
I loved the Damon/Liz hug. I'm curious how their friendship will be affected since Caroline is a vampire now. I don't see her taking too lightly to her daughter being one. I don't see how they could hide it from her either since Caroline is not like the brothers and able to go out in the daylight.

I know! I absolutely think that the time spent on that Damon/Liz bonding moment was put in to play into the upcoming vamp!Caroline story. This premiere was so action-packed, every second meant something. I don't know if it would happen, but I would love to see the Sheriff actually find out not only about Caroline, but Damon ... and have it be a way for her to realize that just because you're a vampire it doesn't mean you're evil. Could begin to help and give a new face to the council eventually. I dunno.

RE; Damon and the kiss. Oh, give me a fucking break. An unreciprocated kiss DOES NOT, WILL NOT ever equate to rape. Dumbasses. :rolls eyes: I'm so glad I mostly stay in my little corner of fandom where I know it's fairly safe from the crazies, LOL!

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Mistvalkyrie_75 on September 15th, 2010 12:16 am (UTC)
Poor Damon! I know I shouldn't feel sorry for him after he snapped Jeremy' neck... but I totally did! Such a magnificent show when I can feel more pity for the murderer than the intended victim. Not that I didn't eventually feel bad for Jeremy - I did,.... later. I agree that Elena echoing Katherine's "It's only Stefan." sentiment certainly was what sent him over the edge. But he looked so tortured about it.

I think that part of it was that he knew Jeremy had the ring.... he knew Jeremy wouldn't die. (He knew he had the ring, right? Surely he saw it before he decided to play chiropractor on Jeremy. Just lie to me if you have to and say he knew it, I don't care if I'm being desperate!)... so based on that assumption - maybe he was trying to do 2 things with that statement: 1. Make Elena hurt since he was hurting - and if he believed her that she has no feelings for him, maybe this was the only way he thought he could make her feel his pain. and 2. Maybe he's been thinking: "I've been so good and still no one loves me like they love Stefan...maybe I'm not worthy." -- so he did this to prove to himself and to Elena and anyone else that he's "the bad guy" since that's all he sees himself of being capable of and safe with feeling. Maybe he though that this would make Elena want to "punish" him as he must think he deserves for not being "Stefan-esque"... you know, like a child who thinks negative attention is better than no attention at all.

So lashing out, being cavalier or snarky about serious circumstances, destructive behavior, disrespecting other people's relationships, attempting harm on self or others, etc... these are all clearly signs of someone screaming silently for help, begging to be loved. The question is - HOW FREAKING LONG DO I HAVE TO WAIT BEFORE SOMEONE RESCUES DAMON FROM HIMSELF? Until S3? :)

Anyway - AHHHHMAZING Premiere, and AHHHHMAZING recap! Good work, and I totally agree w/everything you have here (except the bits about Bonnie - I don't know why but after her Grandma died, she's been getting on my nerves. I loved her before - now I just wanna shake her and say "Snap Out of IT!".)

And PS- OMG, Caroline's gonnna be a VAMP!! I don't now why this makes me so giddy, but I'm pleased as punch.
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Arabian: Damon&Katherine05arabian on August 18th, 2011 10:20 pm (UTC)
Okay, remember you said you didn't mind longer ;)

Whee! I saw the length and grinned.

I did like, as you pointed out, how the episode built to that moment. As horrible as Jeremy's neck-breaking was, it didn't come out of nowhere.

Exactly. It was just built up so brilliantly.

However, I am not sure Damon ever manages to turn his humanity off. I think he trying to shut it off when he breaks Jeremy's neck (that's why he does it), but he's unsuccessful (he seemed crazed when he did it and wholly shit what have I done look after he does it and she's Elena screaming/sobbing). He's pushing the switch over, but before it snaps in place, he lets it go and it sort of flips back on, because of Elena.

Yeah, after more episodes aired, I agree. Just based on this one, I thought he did though.

I love your explanation. I do think she is pushing Damon's buttons for everything you said here. At the season one finale, she tells Damon to back off. I think in part because of her subconcious feelings (like you said), but also because of Stefan's insecurities (and wanting everyone working together on the same team vs. Katherine). Obviously since Elena knows Damon tried to kiss her (even thoug she doesn't know the circumstances surrounding it), she knows telling him to back off didn't work and steps it up.

Exactly. Like the Jeremy thing, how Elena pushed Damon away so hard was built up from the previous couple of episodes in season 1.

I didn't catch the line, and it is so perfect. I love Damon remembers what she says.

Hmm, I didn't mean it that way. But you're right, Damon would remember that definitely. I was more thinking that it was a trigger from the writers to keep that continuity/connection of those feelings.

Also, I saw what Stefan did as mature and giving Elena what she wanted, I never considered it may be an outlet Damon needed.

Damon totally needed that outlet. He was egging on Stefan so hard in that scene. The whole put your dukes up attitude, telling him he'd fight himself. He really needed that, but Stefan was being awesome about it, having no clue that Damon needed that so much.

One of the things I think is most interesting about Stefan is he tends to blow up the small things Damon does/or gives the Damon is dangerous speech, but the moment Damon does something horrible, Stefan tries to suger coat it. He loves his brother, despite the anger and feelings of insecurities. I wanted to hug Stefan in that scene- and you are right it seemed like Damon was the most important person to Stefan during it and the season closes with Stefan once again all about Damon. You are right Stefan was kickass throughout the episode.

Because he knows that Damon only does those horrible things because he's suffering terribly. The little things is Damon being an ass, deliberately trying to annoy, hurt, get under people's skins. It's when he goes so off the grid that Stefan realizes that Damon is falling apart. And that kills Stefan because he loves Damon so much.

"I don't think any of the previous sex scenes/make-outs/whatever on the show compared to this one."

Or any one since.


Nope. Ian/Nina hotness >>>>>> Everyone else's attempt.

I love the season premiere, but I didn't think it was a great episode for D/E as a couple...love that your analysis changed that for me. Hope you can help with all the other episodes!

Aww, I'm so glad that I could make you feel better about any aspect that bothered you. Yay! Now, I had issues with 2.11 on initial rewatch, but I did add more positive thoughts (brief, very brief though with no specifics) after my rewatch. So, if you're hoping my review of that will help, probably won't, but I loved just about everything about almost every other episode. :)

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Sajen FreybergSajen Freyberg on May 12th, 2017 12:43 pm (UTC)
What strikes me is that Elena's words about it always being Stefan and about hating Damon were so clearly false.

Personally I don't think Damon snapping Jeremy's neck was something Damon did so much as something Katherine and Elena did. I think that when Damon's hurt his brain just shuts off and his body takes over causing him to do and say things to drive people away so they can't hurt him anymore. It was not a conscious decision and that's why I like Elena forgive him far too easily and soon. I think there's enough evidence throughout the show to support my theory.

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Arabian: Elena15arabian on May 14th, 2017 04:17 pm (UTC)
I just can't agree with this. Regardless of what prompted the action (Katherine and Elena both upsetting Damon and Elena is not to blame at all, she was being as honest with Damon as she believed she herself to be), Damon DID it. Damon did the action. He snapped Jeremy's neck. That is not something anyone told him to do, compelled him to do, suggested he do, in any way, shape or form. That is all on Damon. Elena forgave him because Jeremy came back in about 5 minutes.