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22 October 2010 @ 07:34 am
2.06 - 'Plan B' (The Vampire Diaries)  
Yay, a new episode. I have thoughts. Not, long and wordy. (For me.) I know!

Excellent episode of The Vampire Diaries tonight, not the best (by any stretch), in my opinion, but another solid, solid outing. Things I loved ...

- Candice Accola continues to shine. So far, she is definitely this season's MVP.

- The Caroline/Liz scenes were easily, easily, my favorite of the episode.

- THIS is the Bonnie I love. A Bonnie who genuinely wants to do good, is good, as opposed to being a holier-than-thou judgemental bitca. She still made it clear that she doesn't like vampires, and that she hates Damon, yet, she also was the great friend to both Elena and Caroline that I missed.

- Damn, Nina Dobrev is awesome. The contrast (in action, body language, vocal intonation, everything) between Elena and Katherine in the opening scene was wonderfully done by Nina. It genuinely plays like two different actresses.

- Damon's casual knee to Mason's face after Bonnie brain aneurysmed him. Hah!

- Damon's "less dashing, less intelligent" line about Mason as compared to him ... double hah!

- Damon being his cruelest (shoving the wolfsbane in Mason's mouth) after Mason said he was jealous; and Damon clearly feeling empathy when Mason said that Katherine loved him, because he knew it was a lie.

- I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED that after Damon's little spiel to Jeremy about sucking it up or leaving, Jeremy walked away without judgement. It's like, he realized what was happening, why it had to happen, wasn't judging Damon for doing what he had to do, but knew that he couldn't witness it and so he walked away. I don't think it was cowardly, I think it was realistic, and it's one of those notes that the show plays often and so well. Embuing realism in a supernatural world.

- "Wrong boy-toy." Hee.

- I was glad that we didn't get a shot of Damon eavesdropping with or without a smirk during the break-up. It would have been so cliched and just bad.

- I loved that we did get a Damon who genuinely looked stricken on Elena's behalf over the break-up, as opposed to even remotely gloating. He does truly love her, her pain is more important than any potential possibility for him in that break-up.

- And still on that scene, the continued awesome in that neither Stefan NOR Elena blamed Damon for what happened to Katherine. I absolutely expected that because Damon is, after all, the whipping boy of the season. Of course, he blamed himself, but baby steps ... baby steps.

- Another note on that scene, as a Damon/Elena shipper, I did very much like the fact that the scene didn't end on Stefan and Elena, but rather on Damon and Elena.

- Okay, one last one -- I'm really glad that it was acknowledged quickly in the show and by the characters that the whole 'break-up' act was an incredibly stupid and selfish thing to do. SO. VERY. GLAD. Again, as I said when they started it, it wasn't out of character stupid, but it was stupid.

What I didn't like so much ...

- On the other hand, I think we were supposed to think they did it and were made stupid by love, but that is *not* how it played to me. It played to me as if they were stupid because they're dumb-ass teenagers. One of the main reasons I'm not a Stefan/Elena fan is that around Stefan, Elena loses her brain cells, and around Elena, Stefan actually becomes the 17-year old he pretends to be. Ugh.

- Full-on shippper tendencies, the show has now put Stefan and Elena back in the star-crossed lovers category. Well-done from a storytelling point of view, but very frustrating as a shipper. However, I will say that if they don't get back together immediately after Katherine is gone (either through death or departure), there goes that, and that pleases me because it does show that they aren't as rock-solid and eternally meant-to-be as they act like (which I don't buy -- to me, they have the teenage, this is forever and ever twu wuv type of love right now). And, frankly, they BETTER not get right back together because if they do, what about Damon and Elena??! I get that Stefan and Elena are the couple right now, but they've been selling this as a triangle from day one, and we've yet to really see much of anything from the Damon/Elena end.

- Alaric is awesome. Matt Davis is awesome. Damon and Alaric are awesome. FOR GOODNESS' SAKE, SHOW, USE HIM/THEM! Please. Period.

- Damon continues to be betrayed, rejected, beaten up (either emotionally or physically) or does something REALLY stupid in every. single. episode. this season. Generally, it's a mixture of all of the above. Come on, show. Ian Somerhalder, Damon, and Damon/Elena *are* the biggest draws for this show, it appears from commentary, and yet, it's as they're trying so hard to amp Paul Wesley, Stefan and Stefan/Elena back up, that they're going too far in downplaying Ian, Damon, Damon/Elena. Balance, show, it's called balance. Fine, give us this stuff with Damon, but balance it out with the cool, awesome of Damon from last season.

- Totally shallow here, but come on! Ian's hair looks fake, the inky black color has GOT to be softened. Thank goodness, he finally cut it at least (not that we've seen it on air yet, sigh), but the color needs to look more natural. It does not now. At all. And Paul Wesley, oy vey. The blonding hair makes his eyebrows and their dark, bushyness suddenly very, very noticable -- and not in a good way -- and that on top of the fact that his face is so gaunt? Is not working. *sigh*

Finally, things that did surprise me --

- Damon killing Mason.

- Jenna stabbing herself so calmly *was* truly shocking.

Things that did not surprise me --

- Mason dying. Totally expected it. But I thought it would be Katherine who did the killing.

- Matt in the final scene with Katherine; totally expected that.

But, overall, strong episode, and I continue to think that when we get to our first long hiatus, watching the episodes all together, they'll play out much more seamlessly and much stronger.
 
 
 
Mock on, mock on, Voltaire, Rousseau.: A bright consummate flowerimp3ratrix on October 22nd, 2010 11:57 am (UTC)
Great summary, as always! Agree with you entirely on Candice and the Caroline/Liz scenes. That last one where they were having a heart-to-heart before Caroline compelled Liz was quietly brilliant.

I'm kind of disappointed to see Mason go, seeing as I had only just begun warming up to him. It was made even worse to see how naive and vulnerable he was because of his feelings for Katherine, and his belief that she loved him back. Poor guy.

Still, loving every minute of Katherine. Totally didn't see the Jenna incident coming either. Can't wait for next week!
Arabian: Katherine03arabian on October 23rd, 2010 10:08 pm (UTC)
Candice/Caroline is SO kicking ass; I'm loving it.

That last one where they were having a heart-to-heart before Caroline compelled Liz was quietly brilliant.

It was; it so very much was. I loved it. Not only Candice, but Marguerite McIntyre is wonderful. I'm really contemplating giving Kyle XY a chance because of her and Julie.

Re: Mason. Last week kinda killed him for me. I was really liking him up until he grabbed Elena, an innocent human girl, and threatened her all for his diabolical plan. Of course, this episode made it more clear that he was being used and manipulated by Katherine big-time, but the damage was already done.

Katherine is just so ... freaking bad-ass.
Mist: ian eyelinervalkyrie_75 on October 22nd, 2010 02:14 pm (UTC)
Amen, Say it again... get on my knees and praise Jeeeezus! You are so right about Bonnie. YAY! I want to love Bonnie again like I did in season 1, she was my FAVE! I was THRILLED about Bonnie's return to at least a semi-recognizable form of who she really is without all this bitterness, hatred and disdain.

I was truly SHOCKED that they killed off Mason. I don't know why I didn't see that coming. Not shocked that Damon did it - but shocked the writers had it go down that way. But Damon did seem to "feel" something after he did it. Like regret maybe, it was too fast to tell. But there was something there. I think Jeremy got to his conscience which is why he wanted him to leave.

Hubby cried (I'm so serious) when Elena and Stefan broke up. I'm like, "Honey are you crying?" He says, "He totally loves her." I was , "Awww... it's okay. You know they'll get back together." He says, "I don't give a crap about some stupid fake people dating or not and I want Elena and Damon together anyway... it's just the dude that plays Stefan looked so real and convincing like he really loves her. It was almost like it was real, I could see his pain and it just made me cry, I felt bad for Stefan. Paul's a really good actor." Then he rewound it two more times and kept commanding me to "look at his eyes. look at what his eyes are saying." and asking me, "Can you see it? You see it? That' some damn good acting. The best acting on this whole show so far. Paul's really sad about something. How can you NOT cry? If that doesn't make you cry, you're heartless." But by this time, I couldn't muster a tear because I was so entranced that my husband was having this total man-crush on Paul Wesley's acting skills that I didn't know what to say.

Katherine was phenomenal as usual. And I agree that Alaric/Damon are dynamite on screen. Power couple. :)

I tell you what shocked me the most this episode was Stefan's cavalier attitude in coming home and finding that Damon had offed Mason. He was all like oh, look - you killed Mason, I'm gonna go take out the trash.
Britt: TV Vampire Diaries Damon/Elenabritt_1975 on October 22nd, 2010 03:28 pm (UTC)
I don't give a crap about some stupid fake people dating or not and I want Elena and Damon together anyway

The whole passage about your husband was one of the funniest things I've ever heard! Mainly because my husband and I had a very similar conversation in reverse... he was all "Why are you crying? I thought you wanted them to break up?" and I said "I do, but this is killing Stefan... he's so sad." BTW... your husband is awesome!

LOL!
Mistvalkyrie_75 on October 25th, 2010 03:00 pm (UTC)
LOL. Yeah, he has his moments. Thanks. :)
Arabian: Stefan01arabian on October 23rd, 2010 10:14 pm (UTC)
Bonnie was never my fave, but she used to be among my favorites and the last episodes of season one and pretty much every episode this season up until tonight have made me not like her. So it was awesome seeing an awesome Bonnie again. Yay!

I don't know that Damon felt regret for killing him, because he truly does seem to feel that the rule is kill or be killed -- that's his experience. However, I do think that he regretted, in the end, that he did have to kill him. He knew exactly where Mason was coming from because Katherine had certainly put him there before.

Re: Stefan/Elena. Eh. This season and the comparative lack of pretty much any Damon/Elena beyond a few episodes has come close to killing any affection I've had for them in the past.

I tell you what shocked me the most this episode was Stefan's cavalier attitude in coming home and finding that Damon had offed Mason. He was all like oh, look - you killed Mason, I'm gonna go take out the trash.

That didn't surprise me because we've seen enough instances of Stefan having that reaction as well. He seems to only find his conscience and 'this is wrong, Damon!' when it's someone that he, Stefan, cares about or when it would upset Elena in the process. Stefan's a bit of a hypocrite, LOL!
Mistvalkyrie_75 on October 25th, 2010 03:07 pm (UTC)
Re: Damon. Ya, maybe empathy is what I was seeing there. Love your posts!
eolivet on October 22nd, 2010 04:26 pm (UTC)
I get that Stefan and Elena are the couple, but they've been selling this as a triangle from day one, and we've yet to really see much of anything from the Damon/Elena end.

Thank you! I got into this show based on 2x01, and after that, Damon and Elena are barely in the same room. The more they try to shove Stefan/Elena down my throat, the more I resent them and their boring relationship of boring. ;p

But it says something about the show when my favorite pairing barely interacts, and the show is still so engaging and entertaining. :D Next week's looks great, though. :)
Arabian: Damon & Elena07arabian on October 23rd, 2010 10:15 pm (UTC)
I still can't believe you're such a Damon, Damon/Elena fan based on this season alone, when comparatively, it's got NOTHING on S1 (although, yeah, the premiere was pretty awesome!).
eolivet on October 25th, 2010 12:23 pm (UTC)
What can I say? I know great chemistry when I see it. ;) One of these days, I need to find time to watch S1...not enough hours in the day, unfortunately. :/ But I'm still really enjoying the show (and Thursday's ep looks epic ["spanning years and continents, lives ruined, bloodshed epic"] ;p )
Arabian: TVD-Cast02arabian on October 25th, 2010 04:05 pm (UTC)
It's just killing me that there is all this awesome stuff from s1 (not just Damon, and Damon/Elena -- and I mean A LOT of awesome Damon and Damon/Elena, but the whole show in general) that you haven't seen yet. And one of the coolest surprises was revealed to you already. :pouts: (No one knew it was Katherine in the finale at all.)

I can't wait until you can watch it (but as I already warned you, the first three episodes are not the show's best, LOL!). I'd love it if you found my older posts (the first one covers the first 18 episodes, and then I wrote up 19 and then a few more random write-ups on the whole show, characters, etc. after the season was over) and responded to/added your own thoughts. :)

Edited at 2010-10-25 06:18 pm (UTC)
leosgreensleosgreens on October 25th, 2010 12:38 am (UTC)
"...their boring relationship of boring." LOL Awesome.
vamplover85vamplover85 on October 22nd, 2010 07:42 pm (UTC)
The Jenna thing was totally unexcepted! I was shocked! Jeremy. <3 He's just wow! I love him to pieces. Matt though I didn't know she would do that, But this episode was wowzers! I couldn't believe it. The ending of Stefan/Elena. I shouldn't be so happy but I am. lol. Though it was heartbreaking. And the beginning of Damon/Elena. Hopefully....We haven't seen much of them this year after the whole thing happened....hopefully they pin point on that in the middle of the season. But awesome review hon. I can't wait for next week!
Arabian: Kris Allen_01arabian on October 23rd, 2010 10:17 pm (UTC)
Yeah, how she so calmly stabbed herself, MAN!!! I do love Jeremy, and I'm glad that others are beginning to appreciate him -- the digs against emo!Jeremy last season were sad to read.

nd the beginning of Damon/Elena. Hopefully....We haven't seen much of them this year after the whole thing happened....hopefully they pin point on that in the middle of the season.

Yes, THIS!

Beccy: VD ~ Damon/Elena 21epic_love on October 22nd, 2010 10:43 pm (UTC)
as a Damon/Elena shipper, I did very much like the fact that the scene didn't end on Stefan and Elena, but rather on Damon and Elena.

Me too :)

Alaric is awesome. Matt Davis is awesome. Damon and Alaric are awesome. FOR GOODNESS' SAKE, SHOW, USE HIM/THEM!

HELL YEAH!
Arabian: Damon & Elena(PR)01arabian on October 23rd, 2010 10:17 pm (UTC)
Ditto! :D
lacrimadraconislacrimadraconis on October 24th, 2010 12:30 pm (UTC)
I loved a lot of things in this episode. Especially this
I loved that we did get a Damon who genuinely looked stricken on Elena's behalf over the break-up, as opposed to even remotely gloating. He does truly love her, her pain is more important than any potential possibility for him in that break-up.
- Another note on that scene, as a Damon/Elena shipper, I did very much like the fact that the scene didn't end on Stefan and Elena, but rather on Damon and Elena.


and these things too

The Caroline/Liz scenes were easily, easily, my favorite of the episode.

- THIS is the Bonnie I love. A Bonnie who genuinely wants to do good, is good, as opposed to being a holier-than-thou judgemental bitca. She still made it clear that she doesn't like vampires, and that she hates Damon, yet, she also was the great friend to both Elena and Caroline that I missed.

- Damn, Nina Dobrev is awesome. The contrast (in action, body language, vocal intonation, everything) between Elena and Katherine in the opening scene was wonderfully done by Nina. It genuinely plays like two different actresses.


It just makes me so happy that this show never really disappoints me. Sure, there are sometimes things that I wish would go a little different, but it's incredible how it is.

Arabian: Damon07arabian on October 24th, 2010 06:18 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I don't know why, but since Friday morning I've been feeling this resurgence of love for the show. I think I let my shipping tendencies and Ian-fangirling, plus I've just been really tired lately, get in the way of my uber-love for the show. I mean, it's not that I still haven't loved it, but I haven't been fangirl-ing over the show like I was, but since Friday, I'm back in that mode, and that's a mode I love to be in. :)

Edited at 2010-10-24 06:19 pm (UTC)
leosgreens: delenaleosgreens on October 25th, 2010 12:55 am (UTC)
I too thought it a really good episode. I was glad they got rid of Mason, after he grabbed Elena he was dead to me, ha ha.

I was glad Bonnie was actually NOT being a complete a-hole but it's going to take a lot more of same to stop my hatred of her.

Agree about their hair.

I really didn't get all the Caroline love until the episode before this one, and now this one. I really, really like her now.

I would have been okay with the aunt dying too. Useless character. She seems to be keeping Alaric away from Damon this season, and I realize she's not actually her parent, but her total reaction to her teenage niece and her bf getting it on is... nothing?
Arabian: Damon & Elena02arabian on October 25th, 2010 04:10 pm (UTC)
I too thought it a really good episode. I was glad they got rid of Mason, after he grabbed Elena he was dead to me, ha ha.

Exactly, as I said above to someone else, last week kinda killed him for me. I was really liking him up until he grabbed Elena, an innocent human girl, and threatened her all for his diabolical plan. Of course, this episode made it more clear that he was being used and manipulated by Katherine big-time, but the damage was already done.

I was glad Bonnie was actually NOT being a complete a-hole but it's going to take a lot more of same to stop my hatred of her.

I think it's easier for people who've ever loved her and I adored Bonnie the first half of the season, so despite my dislike for Katerina Graham, I *want* to adore Bonnie again.

I really didn't get all the Caroline love until the episode before this one, and now this one. I really, really like her now.

Oh, I've adored Caroline from the Pilot. She's always been in my top five favorite characters, but even I admit that she's better this season. Considering the mehness of my beloved Alaric this season, Caroline's moved up to the #3 spot jumping over him and Stefan.

I would have been okay with the aunt dying too. Useless character.

I love Jenna. Of course, it took four rewatches of season one before I got there, but still ...

She seems to be keeping Alaric away from Damon this season

That I blame on the writers, grr! Because frankly we're seeing so little of Alaric period.

and I realize she's not actually her parent, but her total reaction to her teenage niece and her bf getting it on is... nothing?

Ah, but that was being compelled by Katherine, I think, because Jenna has reacted in the past and not wanted that stuff happening in the house.

But, overall, yeah, great episode. :)