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28 November 2010 @ 10:31 am
My Ten Favorite 'Vampire Diaries' Episodes (So Far)  
I wanted to do a little write-up (really, there's very little text, I swear!) on my ten favorite episodes of The Vampire Diaries with an image that best represents that episode for me included. I finally got around to doing it during my days off.

01) "Miss Mystic Falls" (Season 01, Episode 19)


Yes, the Damon/Elena interactions (especially the dance and final scene) were key in listing this episode, but this episode is so much more with every character showcased in strong ways. We had Stefan falling apart, the return of Bonnie and the effect Gram's death had on her, Jeremy dealing with his new information, Caroline's well-deserved win, Damon stepping up for both Elena and Stefan, as well as the mystery of Uncle John beginning to be revealed. This episode has heart (of both the warming and breaking kind), heat, and a dash of humor. Perfection from beginning to end.

02) "Fool Me Once" (Season 01, Episode 14)


This episode was not only the culmination (in many ways) of what the previous episodes had been building up to, it also opened the door for a whole slew of things that came in the episodes to follow. Along with giving us more insight into Damon (delving into the emotional complexities of his relationships with not only Katherine, but Stefan, Elena and his father). There was also the heartbreaking death of Grams (the only moment as of yet to make me tear up), contrasting with the reunion of Anna and Pearl. All of this, plus it also set up threads for upcoming arcs beautifully.

03) "The Return" (Season 02, Episode 01)


Expectations were high after the explosive season finale, but the second season premiere not only met expectations, it exceeded them beyond imagination. With a strong wrap-up of the cliffhangers, quick movement of stories, a literally jaw-dropping final ten minutes, and fantastic performances (especially from Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev), this episode was outstanding by any measure.

04) "Let the Right One In" (Season 01, Episode 17)


Although this episode ends on the most depressing note(s) of any episode -- everyone is utterly miserable at the end -- it is one of the best. Unexpected finds (Vicki!), unexpected teamwork (Damon and Alaric!), brotherly love, heartache and heartbreak, what happened in this episode introduced many key factors that played a large part in the final five episodes, and did so beautifully.

05) "Masquerade" (Season 02, Episode 07)


As fantastic as the pacing is in general, it was absolutely masterful in this episode. The editing, cutting, build-up, although mostly talk, created a thrill of excitement that carried throughout. Of course, there was also some nifty action, some great character moments (from Damon, Caroline and Bonnie, especially touching), as well as a long-awaited cathartic release. Bottom-line, this episode hit on all cylinders. And Nina Dobrev was absolutely a-maz-ing!

06) "Children of the Damned" (Season 01, Episode 13)


I know that "Lost Girls" is the flashback episode that most seem to pick, but I prefer this one for several reasons. The obvious being that it's from Damon's perspective, but I also think that Nina had a better handle on differentiating Katherine and Elena by this episode, as well the modern-day story (the trio "teamwork," Alaric being slowly drawn in to the story, dinner with Damon) was stronger.

07) "Isobel" (Season 01, Episode 21)


There had been quite some build-up for Isobel, as both Elena's mother, Alaric's wife, and her vague connections with John and Katherine. As usual, the show did a wonderful job in casting, and presenting vampire-Isobel, cold and uncaring as ice, with a last-minute reveal of the soul buried deep. There was also reparation to the Elena/Bonnie friendship, some great Damon/Alaric moments and my single favorite line in the entire series (thus far) courtesy of Damon and a twist to a well-known saying.

08) "Under Control" (Season 01, Episode 18)


I do adore the Damon/Elena scenes (especially the teddy bear and him giving her the rose), but there's also Stefan's growing addiction, the Damon/Liz interaction, the overthrow of John, Damon and Alaric tag-teaming, and best of all, the Damon/Stefan stuff, from the mocking at the top of the episode to the sincere offering at the end. I love it.

09) "Haunted" (Season 01, Episode 07)


It was in this episode that the stakes truly began to rise in the series and we began to get the full measure of just how amazing The Vampire Diaries could be. We also got the full glimpse of how unpredictable it could be. As well, the bond between Damon and Elena began to truly blossom here.

10) "Founder's Day" (Season 01, Episode 22)


What started out as a vague-Twilight-esque teen drama tailor-made for the CW ended its season as it quickly showed itself to be: An intelligent, compelling, funny, sexy, superbly-acted, directed, and written fantastic hour of television week after week. The finale offered up cliffhangers galore, a long-awaited kiss, character deaths and near-deaths, and a character reveal that promised magnificent insanity in the season to come.
 
 
 
Alisha: DC Joey/Pacey Comfortkalishaka on November 28th, 2010 08:56 pm (UTC)
Oh Vampire Diaries I will return to you soon I promise.

In other random news. I have totes missed you. Life got insanely hectic. My little brothers were in a horrific car crash, and I've pretty much been living at the hospital for the past month when I haven't been at work or school. But well, I just wanted to drop in and leave you a little note because I've missed talking to you and I've been horrible about keeping up with people of late.
Arabian: TVarabian on November 28th, 2010 09:13 pm (UTC)
I MISS YOU TOO!! We haven't even talked about Dawson's Creek, which I finished ages ago.

So sorry about your brothers, that's terrible!

Hopefully, things will get better and ease up for you and we can talk some weekend. I did get a job, but I work a lot of hours and don't have nearly as much time.

When things are better and you can watch TVD, trust me, you won't be disappointed!
sassy, classy, and a bit smart-assy: TVD: Damon love first sightbadboy_fangirl on November 28th, 2010 10:14 pm (UTC)
I just snagged a few icons from you and then started snooping around your journal, and I just have to say I agree with everything in this post. It would be so hard to just pick ten, but I love your reasoning behind each choosing, and the Kill the Messenger line from "Isobel"? Best. Line. Ever. I agree. And Damon is SO HAWT in that scene. That helps it along a bit. :D
Arabian: Damon01arabian on November 28th, 2010 10:38 pm (UTC)
I was surprised at how easy it was to pick the ten, but I'm sure as the show continues that ease won't continue, LOL!

The "it sends a message" just gets me every time. I do think that the line itself is good, but it's really Ian's delivery that elevates it to OHMYGOD!AWESOME!

And, yes, he is SO HAWT!
sassy, classy, and a bit smart-assy: TVD: Ian blowing kissbadboy_fangirl on November 29th, 2010 05:31 am (UTC)
I looked at your interests, and see that we have a few things in common in addition to our TVD love and Damon/Ian fangirlism. Would it be okay if I friended you?
Arabian: Damon04arabian on November 29th, 2010 11:37 am (UTC)
Absolutely. :) I'll friend you back.
sassy, classy, and a bit smart-assy: TVD: Damon whittlingbadboy_fangirl on November 29th, 2010 05:40 pm (UTC)
Just so you know, I spent my first hour of work reading your old episode posts for S2. I don't have time to respond to your thoughts, but I'm looking very forward to future conversations. :D (I should work now, so I'm going to go.)
crowandfogcrowandfog on November 28th, 2010 11:47 pm (UTC)
Ha! I did the exact same thing as badboy_fangirl! Saw your awesome icons and then decided to wander around your journal. I love your posts on TVD. I've thought about listing my own favorite episodes so far, so it was cool to read someone else's. I really like your posts (and that you're a Damon/Elena fan), so I'm friending you, if you don't mind.
Arabian: Damon03arabian on November 28th, 2010 11:49 pm (UTC)
Aww, thank you. I was looking at your journal too and thinking of friending you too. :) Feel free to respond to any of my older TVD posts.

Edited at 2010-11-28 11:49 pm (UTC)
redbrunja: tvd | tall dark & homicidalredbrunja on November 29th, 2010 12:43 am (UTC)
You know, as soon as I finish my rewatch of season one, I am totally going to do this. I have a feeling that a lot of the episodes are going to overlap, especially "The Return," "Under Control" and "Miss Mystic Falls."
Arabian: Damon&Stefan03arabian on November 29th, 2010 12:48 am (UTC)
I just finished going through all of the screencaps to save for icon-ing, and I realized that I so need to do another rewatch (my fifth of season one!). I have the last two weeks off in December. Guess what I'm doing?!

Ooh, I look forward to reading your list. I think UC is kinda underrated, but I do absolutely love it. I think it has my favorite Damon/Stefan stuff, but for the final "I own my bad stuff!" conversation between them in "Blood Brothers." (You know, I love so much about BB, but the self-pitying, emo Stefan does annoy a tad, and Elena not giving a fuck about the fact that Stefan pretty much forced Damon to turn, but was 100% oh!noes! I must go save emo!Stefan from himself, never mind that Damon just revealed a horrible, devastating secret, kinda pisses me off and Elena rarely pisses me off.)

Yeah, don't know where that came from, LOL!
redbrunja: tvd | snack packredbrunja on November 29th, 2010 01:10 am (UTC)
I have the last two weeks off in December. Guess what I'm doing?!

I may be as well. Did I mention that my RL TVD managed to snag us both copies of the first season for about thirteen bucks? Had she been in front of me and not seventy-five miles away, I totally would have kissed her.

I totally agree with you about BB. It's not one of my favorites because I feel like they're doing boring, predictable stuff with Stefan, instead of making him the solid good vamp with a sense of humor and a definite sensibility about things he will and won't do to keep his family (I include Elena and Caroline and Damon is that phrase) safe.

Also on my list of episode is Lost Girls (mainly for the Vicki stuff, but for Katherine as well), Bloodlines (D/E roadtrip for the win!) and possibly 162 Candles.
Arabian: Damon&Liz01arabian on November 29th, 2010 01:14 am (UTC)
Good for your friend. AWESOME!!!

Yeah, BB just had so much going for it, but some of the Stefan stuff, eh.

I'm so in the minority, but while I think "Lost Girls" is good, I think it's kinda overrated, and while I love the DE roadtrip, the fact that Stefan stalked, lied to Elena, kept the Katherine stuff from her is just completely swept under the rug by her and at the end of said conversation that revealed all that, Elena was crying in his arms, seeking his comfort just bugs. And I'm REALLY in the minority as being one of the only people on the planet who's meh about Lexi. Funny thing, though, cuz I found the actress so much better when she appeared on True Blood last season. Major, major minority opinion there, though. Lexi rules big-time for pretty much everyone else I know in fandom, LOL!

But that ep does have some great Damon and Liz stuff! SQUEE!
redbrunja: lost girl | dangerous liaisonredbrunja on November 29th, 2010 08:21 am (UTC)
I admit, "Lost Girls" is probably a bit ovverrated, in part because (imho) that is where the show starts getting good. Whenever I try to rec the show to people, I always tell them to at least watch either up to "Lost Girls" or the pilot and "Lost Girls" before deciding if the show is/isn't for them.

Funny thing, though, cuz I found the actress so much better when she appeared on True Blood last season.

I admit I was delighted to see that actress on TB, but would have enjoyed it more if a.) we'd gotten more of her and b.) she wasn't part of a story arc that was OUT OF LEFT FIELD and lead to bizarre, bizarre, bizarre places with Sam, imho.
Arabian: Caroline02arabian on November 29th, 2010 11:41 am (UTC)
I know most say it's LG where it started to good, but for me it was "Family Ties." The introduction of the town stuff, the council intro, Elena being non-standard-lame-girl lead (when Stefan said she had to trust him, I rolled my eyes and expected her to comply, but then she said that trust had to be earned, I sat up and was like whoah!), Damon planning on killing Caroline, etc. I tell people to get through the first three eps and stick around through ep 7 ("Haunted" is, I think, the first truly great episode).

ETA: But you do what most people do which is go for "Lost Girls" as the kick-off starting point of awesome. :)

I admit I was delighted to see that actress on TB, but would have enjoyed it more if a.) we'd gotten more of her and b.) she wasn't part of a story arc that was OUT OF LEFT FIELD and lead to bizarre, bizarre, bizarre places with Sam, imho.

This I do completely agree with. But, of course, there was a lot of WTF?!-ery happening on TB last season, hah!

Edited at 2010-11-29 05:21 pm (UTC)
redbrunja: tvd | elena & her vampire boyfriendsredbrunja on November 29th, 2010 09:30 pm (UTC)
(when Stefan said she had to trust him, I rolled my eyes and expected her to comply, but then she said that trust had to be earned, I sat up and was like whoah!)

Same here. I loved Elena's reaction and that she put limits on her trust (that he had one day) when she did give it. I also have mad love for the scene with Elena find the bit marks on Caroline and then goes RIGHT to Damon to tell him to back off. That's my girl!

But you do what most people do which is go for "Lost Girls" as the kick-off starting point of awesome. :)

I think that, for a lot of people (me included) finding out that Katherine was the vampire who turned both Damon and Stefan and that she was nailing both Salvatore brothers is a HUGE and positive indication of the shows sensibilities. Although I think you're right that Debrov didn't quite have Katherine nailed the way she is in later episodes.

This I do completely agree with. But, of course, there was a lot of WTF?!-ery happening on TB last season, hah!

So much. ANd I think Sam is, in particular, a character that the writers don't really know what to do with.
eolivet on November 29th, 2010 01:38 pm (UTC)
I have seen...all of S2 plus "Haunted" (which was truly outstanding), so...yay? ;p Looking forward to returning to this post once I finish S1!!! :)

(But I told my sister about TVD, and Damon specifically, yesterday -- and we watched clips from "Haunted" on YouTube. I pitched him as "Logan Echolls meets early season Spike," and she was like "I'm going to forget I watched this! I don't need another TV show!!" She's drawn in, I tell ya -- you may have hooked another one!!! :D )
Arabian: Elena02arabian on November 29th, 2010 05:22 pm (UTC)
Hee!!! Ah, I can't wait until you're done with S1. If you're not at 11 yet, though, you haven't seen how Elena does treat Damon very, very well. (Something you've had issue with in season two, but again, he DID snap her brother's neck.)
eolivet on December 14th, 2010 07:30 pm (UTC)
my single favorite line in the entire series (thus far) courtesy of Damon and a twist to a well-known saying.

I'm done with whole season. Trying to remember cool Damon lines in that ep (loved when he threatened Isobel -- something to the effect of "You threatened Elena. BAD move.")

And of course, Isobel's line is great. But Damon's line? The "better, hotter, superior choice" is in the next ep!!

Spill!!! :D
Arabian: TVD-Cast01arabian on December 15th, 2010 02:44 am (UTC)
"I do believe in killing the messenger. You know why? Because it sends a message."

The delivery is INCREDIBLE!



Okay, here are all my TVD links --

- Based on the first 18 episodes
- Damon/Elena MMF dance desktop
- Damon/Elena video (just a bunch of scenes done to instrumental music, no story)
- My 5 Favorite Characters (based on s1, and it's different now. I'm doing a 'My 7 Favorite Characters' in the next few weeks probably. And, yes, I had Caroline pre-vampire Caroline!)
- Spacebound music video - I know you watched it, but you'll actually recognize scenes and stuff now, LOL!
- Gifs! Lots of gifs! I dunno if you care or not, LOL!
- Two more D/E (promo) desktops
- Fourth rewatch of season 1 thoughts.

And then we get into the s2 posts. :)

Edited at 2010-12-15 02:50 am (UTC)
lacrimadraconis: TVD Damon Stefan silhouetteslacrimadraconis on November 30th, 2010 10:46 am (UTC)
Oh, I couldn't agree more with your last paragraph!

You picked great episodes here and I love all of them.
Actually I'm not sure if I could ever decide for only 10 episodes, because there are so many I love for different reasons. Sometimes there is a single scene that makes the whole episode one of my favorites.

Either way, wonderful scenes and pictures that you chose ♥
Arabian: Damon&Stefan01arabian on December 4th, 2010 01:56 am (UTC)
I'm sure that as the show goes on my list will change. I tell ya though if even five episodes manage to knock MMF out of the top five, I'll be beyond thrilled. BEYOND THRILLED!

Either way, wonderful scenes and pictures that you chose

Thank you, I probably spent more time than I should have, but it was fun. You should try it. :)