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26 January 2011 @ 02:53 pm
Some positive 'Vampire Diaries' thoughts ...  
At last, new episodes of The Vampire Diaries are coming! And I've found myself (mostly) with a more positive frame of mind. This is thanks in large part to those who responded to my (mostly) negative post and got me working out (most) of my issues. So, with that said, behind the cut are some positive thoughts leading up to Thursday's brand spankin' new episode!

- It must be said. Yes, "By the Light of the Moon" was overall disappointing, in my opinion. Zero follow-through on expectations set-up in the previous episode, lame Rose is lame potentially dying created a lame cliffhanger (and the only one at that), and the pacing was just off overall. (We won't even get into the lack of Damon/Elena, added to the Damon/Rose and Stefan/Elena stuffies.) Still, that was one episode out of thirty-three. There are only seven I consider not awesome and three of those were the first three of the series, and the other four all contained moments, B or C plots of awesome (with yes, BtLotM being the least awesome-containing of them all). But still, yeah, look at the show's track record. I think it's a safe bet to say that we got plenty more awesome on the way. It just sucked that the lamest episode since the third was smack-dab before a five-week hiatus. Ah well.

- Elijah is a bad-ass motherfucker! We know from Julie Plec herself that we can expect a "substantial run" (excuse me while I squee once more in joy!) with the character. We also know from Plec that they (along with the viewing audience) love him. Seriously does anyone not love him? Is it even possible? So yeah, continued Elijah BAMFuckery is definitely something to be positive about. And I just can't help but pre-emptively ship the idea of Jenna and Elijah simply because Jenna and Alaric are soooooo boring (sorry, Ernesto!), and the idea of it is just so very cool! Plus, Daniel Gillies (Elijah) is pretty freaking bad-ass himself, and appears to be fitting in with the crazy cast quite well. See?

@ErnestoRiley spanks me as I lay prostrate in front of Somerhalder. Fascinating; my nightmare is directly congruent to a million fantasies.

Hee! LOVE HIM!

- Squee! A flashback episode is coming up. I LOVE the flashback episodes, even if this one isn't Damon-centric. I mean, I do eagerly await some more Damon-centered backstory. (Honestly, I really want to get some Civil War stuff. Not only am I a Civil War buff (go Abe!), but Alaric is a history teacher. I sooooo wanna see Alaric fanboy Damon's Civil War stories.) Still, I'm okay with it being yet *another* Stefan-centric one, because I do love me the Flashback episodes!

- The werewolf/vampire contention comes to a head in the next few episodes and it's supposed to be big and bloody and awesome. I. Can. Not. Wait!

- It's a small thing, but we do know that Damon's bedroom premieres in the next episode, and we also know that Elena will be in said bedroom. I'm sure it will be Rose-related, but I'm *really* hoping that we'll at least see Elena in there first with Damon before anyone else. It's Damon's inner sanctum, and as a viewer (and a shipper), I want to experience that inner sanctum of his first through Elena's eyes.

- Damon has a bedroom. And a bathroom. With a shower. And a big bathtub. And we've been flat-out told we'll be seeing Damon plenty o' naked plenty o' times in the coming episodes. This is not a bad thing. At all.

- Even if it comes with Damon's new girlfriend. I mean, come on, NAKED DAMON! And you know what? That's not the only positive I'm seeing out of the whole girlfriend thing based on all we've heard thus far. Damon is not only not with Elena right now, Damon has not only walked away from pursuing Elena in any way (out of love for her), but also -- and most importantly -- Elena does not want to be with Damon right now (crazy girl, LOL! so says the crazy Damon-stan). While the couple-girl in me would prefer to see Damon and Elena doing sexy times only with each other, bottom-line, it ain't gonna happen anytime soon. So, I'm fine with Damon being involved with others ... as long as I enjoy the arc, the writing, the acting and the interplay, rhythm and chemistry between Ian Somerhalder and the actress cast -- in this case, it's Dawn Olivieri.

My main problem with Rose was that she was lame and wimpy. While I found that amusing, I just couldn't see an in-character Damon wanting her, even with the no-strings sex aspect. However, responding to comments in my negative post actually worked that one out in my brain. Looking back at what we've had so far, their relationship wasn't rushed, and it did make sense as well as being in character. Until Rose stepped in front of him to take the werewolf bite, Damon was pretty dismissive, and nonchalant about her. Sure he slept with her, but he wasn't in a rush to take her phone call in "The Sacrifice," and basically ignored her once he got there, nor was he surprised when she took off. And when they did talk prior to the werewolf bite, he wasn't very nice. It was only *after* the bite, that he completely softened to her. Now, I think the issue was casting. I'd like to think that Lauren Cohan is a lovely individual, but as an actress, she is severely lacking in charisma and so I just did not care about Rose, and thus, couldn't quite get why Damon cared/cares about her.

I hope that "Andie Starr, Action News!" (as played by Olivieri) will be great. A quick, smart, fun gal -- as Ian Somerhalder described -- who is a pretty good "right now" girlfriend for Damon, and an awesome character in her own right. The fact that he's compelling her to accept his vampy ways (ala Caroline early season one) doesn't concern me. Damon is trying to figure out what type of vampire he wants to be his. Katherine's version -- which he was for 145 years -- is not working anymore because A) as Rose said, as a vampire gets older, it becomes harder and then impossible to keep that humanity switched to the off position, and B) He has people he cares about now (Elena, Alaric, Liz, and to a lesser degree, Caroline and Jeremy). The remorseless killer version isn't going to work with them (not that Liz knows about that part of Damon, but you get my drift). So he's navigating what can and will work for him. Having someone he can spill his guts to (as he does to Andie -- according to Somerhalder) before compelling the memory away is a way to deal with his ever-emerging humanity.

Having a girlfriend also helps him keep his distance (one would think) from Elena. If he's otherwise occupied -- even if it's just lust/like/convenience -- will help him. I don't think it was just coincidence that Damon decided to get horizontal with someone the episode after he let Elena go. Damon's a lover, the guys needs some form of that connection in his life, whether it be emotional and physical (Katherine), or just one or the other (physical = Caroline/Rose, emotional = Elena). This is very in character for Damon; he's not ever going to be just a monk, yearning chastely from afar with no hope of connecting. And confessing/compelling away his declaration of love to Elena was his way of acknowledging that he has no chance with her (or so he believes ... it will happen, damnit!).

Lastly, it might bring out some sign of jealousy on Elena's end. Regardless of how she feels about Stefan (and I don't deny that she loves him), she does have feelings -- albeit submerged/ignored/denied/take your pick -- for Damon beyond just friendship. She knows that something was going on with Rose, but it was just a quick blip in the midst of her great sacrifice. But this will be different if Andie is going about Mystic Falls as Damon's girlfriend, and Elena will get a front-row viewing party to that relationship. And maybe I'm totally setting myself up for disappointment (certainly likely), but I can't help but hope just a teeny bit that a part of the reason (of course, under the guise of disgust/irritation/take your pick) that Elena and Stefan decide to go for their romantic getaway in episode fourteen because Damon gets himself a new something-something in episode thirteen and Elena doesn't want to deal with it. (Of course, Elena may not even know about Andie at that point, but like I said, it's just a teeny, likely delusional leading to disappointment, hope.)

- Speaking of that romantic getaway, while I'm sure that there will be some great Stefan/Elena stuff for their fans (because, you know, they've suffered such a drought this season, harhar), clearly trouble is going to follow them. And also, for the first time, they're going to discuss some harsh truths about a human/vampire relationship and based on spoilers, it looks like the result of that conversation will not be a happy one. This may tie in to Nina Dobrev commenting that Stefan and Elena have some upcoming kinks. So, I'm hopeful that this trip will wind up cementing a bit more about them not working long-term because we've got to get to Elena realizing that Stefan is not the be-all, end-all before she'll even look in Damon's direction and acknowledge what she's feeling.

Basically what I'm hoping is that this is going to be a more obvious step on the road to a Stefan/Elena implosion of sorts, because without that implosion, I can't see Damon and Elena happening anytime soon, and I simply can NOT believe that we're going to close the season without something significant happening on the Damon/Elena front. And, yes, that means that I do still believe that we're heading towards Damon and Elena eventually. They are just taking their time, getting Damon where he needs to be -- which is obviously definitely going to take time -- in order to get Damon and Elena where they need to be to really begin something. While I'm less inclined to trust Kevin Williamson's post-Damon/Elena rip-your-shipper-soul-out episodes damage control sound bites (this season will be about exploring Damon and Elena's relationship? Really, Kevin?), the specificity in which he mentioned knowing that viewers want to see Damon and Elena's journey, the steps getting there, the first kiss, etc. was significant, I think. After all, this is a journey that we are most definitely seeing with Damon and Elena, and it is simply one we did not see with Stefan and Elena. He got to know her pre-series, their "epic" talk was off-screen, and most of the early stuff was based on lies.

- I know that some don't care, but I do. I think that Jeremy and Bonnie are adorable, they have chemistry and a kiss is coming up. So yay!!!

- Lastly, more Damon/Alaric BFF-ness coming up. BOOYAH!

So, yes, I'm feeling much more positive and I look very forward to my weekly squee and OMG!ILOVETHISSHOWSOMUCH!-fest. And, hopefully, the next hiatus will begin with our last memory being one of their usual kick-ass awesome episodes. :)
 
 
 
sassy, classy, and a bit smart-assy: TVD: Bonnie Jeremybadboy_fangirl on January 26th, 2011 08:08 pm (UTC)
If ever I feel badly about my over-obsessiveness with regard to my television shows, I can always count on my f-listers to help me feel NOT ALONE.

I appreciate all you've said here. I didn't join in on your Epic Post of Doom from a while back because having just come off the complete disappointment of Glee S2, I couldn't find much impetus to complain about TVD, just yet. I mean, I have issues with the StefanKatTombofFail storyline, as we've discussed, but overall, I feel like TVD S2 is going strong.

Truth be told, I don't know that I'll survive another show ripping my heart out the way Glee did, and I'm much more likely to abandon ship with a closing rant than I am anything else. So, like you and all you've said in this post, I am positive and optimistic going in the latter half of S2. I have faith in these writers, and I really hope they don't make me regret feeling that way.

And, for the record, I adore Jeremy and Bonnie, and find that I ship them the most after Damon/Elena. :D

ETA: because my grammar is really not that bad.

Edited at 2011-01-26 08:09 pm (UTC)
Arabian: Jeremy & Bonnie01arabian on January 27th, 2011 12:38 am (UTC)
I've had my heart ripped out by so many shows that I know I've projected that onto TVD. :(

Jeremy and Bonnie are my third favorite, D/E and then Stefan/Caroline, then Jeremy/Bonnie.

Edited at 2011-01-27 12:48 am (UTC)
sassy, classy, and a bit smart-assy: TVD: DE OTPbadboy_fangirl on January 27th, 2011 04:11 am (UTC)
I've only had two that were so near and dear to my heart that it actually broke my heart, and I do find that I have this deeply stowed fear now with every new show I embark upon, but I fight against it because I don't want to be looking for negative things. I just want to enjoy the ride.

What shows are you talking about, may I ask?

I also notice that you don't use name squishes--I notice because I don't use them because I abhor them. Do you not like them either?
Arabian: Ian & Nina02arabian on January 27th, 2011 02:43 pm (UTC)
Oh lord, to list of them ... Buffy the Vampire Slayer (I loved Buffy/Xander, and the whole show itself, but when they put Buffy/Spike together -- I don't care how great their chemistry was -- it killed it for me. I just could not see an in character Buffy EVER going there. Just EVER. The show never recovered for me, and I was done.) Felicity, countless soaps numerous times (obviously, those were couple-massacre based), House, Alias, I still watch and love it so, but The Big Bang Theory's refusal to let go of the god-awful Leonard/Penny. Veronica Mars -- that one was a HUGE soul-crusher. There are more, many more, but I'm blessedly blanking.

I also notice that you don't use name squishes

Ah, portmanteaus. I actually love them WHEN they work. Like LoVe for Logan/Veronica was awesome because the name made a cool word, but also the irony is you know their relationship. Mostly, I ignore them when the names together sound awful (Delena? Really? Or even worse, Staroline? Just no.) Like I go with DE or Damon/Elena, but I have no problem with Nian for Nina/Ian because it works. It's subjective for me. I've actually never got why people hate them so, of course, I look at them differently than most. I don't think of it as shorthand typing, but rather -- when sounding good -- another connection between a couple. Meaning that if I didn't think that Delena and/or the S/E version sounded stupid as shit, I'd totally use Delena, but I would NEVER use it for Stefan and Elena because that to me shows a connection between the characters that I have no desire to acknowledge.

I'm weird. LOL!

Edited: Because I'm sorry, I couldn't keep the portmanteau for Stefan/Elena even when dissing it. It just hurt my couple-girl soul even looking at it and knowing that I typed that connection there. See? Weird.

Edited at 2011-01-27 02:45 pm (UTC)
Vickie: 16 Candles Supsarcasticcheese on January 27th, 2011 04:10 pm (UTC)
Felicity?

Please tell me you were a Noel Crane girl....
Arabian: Betty01 - Yesarabian on January 27th, 2011 06:13 pm (UTC)
Of course. Scott Foley, I still &hearts him so. The second website I ever set up was (so lamely) called "The Resident Advisor and the Girl with the Curls."
sassy, classy, and a bit smart-assy: TVD: Damon prettybadboy_fangirl on January 27th, 2011 05:17 pm (UTC)
Hmmm, your psychology for the name squish is interesting indeed. The only one I ever liked was the one for Jordan/Danny on Studio 60 and that was because it was Jordanny, which I thought was hysterical. I was a little fond of Quinn/Puck on Glee being Quick (and Rachel/Puck being Puckleberry because that was just plain clever), but really that was just shorthand for my plethora of icons that I once had of them.

All the rest of the time it annoys me, but most especially when they are stupid sounding like Delena. (Which I always think shouldn't it be DAlena anyway?) And even when they don't annoy me, I still can't bring myself to use them. Just...can't.

I do love your anti-Stefan/Elena stance translating even into the words your willing to type about them. You're such a shipper, and that's why I love you!
Arabian: Damon01arabian on January 27th, 2011 06:17 pm (UTC)
I'm such a shipper. And I swear I DID NOT loathe S/E in season one, I didn't. Even starting my rewatch (I got up to episode six), I was amused by stuff with them, found it cute. It's just something with the contrast of the soul-crushing D/E stuff, the OTT-TWU WUV 4-eva nonsense that comes across as SO teen and adolescent when nothing else on the show is now, added to the fact that they are NOT a great couple. They lie to each other, they keep secrets, and they can't even deal with the fact that it's a human/vampire relationship because 99.9% of the time, they pretend that Stefan isn't one, and they try for "normal." But it's all pretense.

Ugh. Did not expect that to come flying out. Sorry. :)

Yeah, if it's a good squish, it's awesome. (This couple on Passions had LuSh for Luis/Sheridan. How great is that?!?!?) But most of the time they sound stupid, or they don't make sense, or they don't even properly do the names. Another good one that I adore is BRotp for Barney/Robin on How I Met Your Mother. It totally makes sense if you watch the show, hah!
sassy, classy, and a bit smart-assy: TVD: Elena Damon kitchenbadboy_fangirl on January 28th, 2011 05:58 pm (UTC)
I don't think Stefan and Elena were as annoying in S1, but I pretty much groan and roll my eyes when they're all lovey-dovey this season. It's just so irritating to me. And yes, can they have the "you're going to be older than me here shortly" conversation? I mean, when is Elena going to start Bella-yearning to be a vamp? And if she's not--if she's not interested at all in turning, then they need to talk about that too.

I ficced it this way, and I suspect it will play out on the show as well, that it won't be Stefan and Elena who have that conversation--it will be Damon and Elena, for obvious reasons. :D
Diana: Vampire Diaries - Dancebutterfly on January 26th, 2011 08:27 pm (UTC)
It must be said. Yes, "In the Light of the Moon" was overall disappointing, in my opinion. Zero follow-through on expectations set-up in the previous episode, lame Rose is lame potentially dying created a lame cliffhanger (and the only one at that), and the pacing was just off overall. (We won't even get into the lack of Damon/Elena, added to the Damon/Rose and Stefan/Elena stuffies.) Still, that was one episode out of thirty-three. There are only seven I consider not awesome and three of those were the first three of the series, and the other four all contained moments, B or C plots of awesome (with yes, ItLotM being the least awesome-containing of them all). But still, yeah, look at the show's track record. I think it's a safe bet to say that we got plenty more awesome on the way. It just sucked that the lamest episode since the third was smack-dab before a five-week hiatus. Ah well.

And you mentioned that the writers of the episode weren't regulars, I think. So, that would make it less likely to fit into the normal arc, too.

I'm looking forward to finally seeing the show live!
Arabian: Damon & Elena02arabian on January 27th, 2011 12:40 am (UTC)
Yeah, the only other episode he (Mike Daniels) wrote was "Kill or Be Killed." That's it. And that's another one that didn't quite click with regards to Damon and Elena. Ah well.

Edited at 2011-01-27 12:48 am (UTC)
lacrimadraconis: stock Thislacrimadraconis on January 26th, 2011 08:33 pm (UTC)
You know, instead of quoting every single line you wrote I will just point at my icon and say this

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Wonderful write-up and I there is nothing that I disagree with! Can't wait for Thursday. Or well, Friday for me.
Arabian: Damon & Elena06arabian on January 27th, 2011 12:40 am (UTC)
Hee!
eolivet on January 26th, 2011 09:16 pm (UTC)
Damon is not only not with Elena right now, Damon has not only walked away from pursuing Elena in any way (out of love for her), but also -- and most importantly -- Elena does not want to be with Damon right now

Ha -- I just realized my TVD 'ship and my "Glee" 'ship are mirrors of each other this spring (right down to Andie Starr/Holly Holliday).

Honestly, the only thing I'm hoping comes out of the next round of eps (and it's sort of a vague thing, but it's all I can come up with) is Stefan needs to start losing. I don't mean romantically (though I wouldn't object) -- I mean in anything. And conversely, Damon needs to start winning (again, not necessarily in relationships).

(I think I'm the only person who doesn't like Jeremy/Bonnie -- though I prefer it to Luka/Bonnie, so...there's that. :)
Arabian: Quinn01arabian on January 27th, 2011 12:41 am (UTC)
I agree; the shining halo of perfection that shines upon Stefan and always gives him everything he wants (unless he denies himself) needs to take a night off. And, yes, Damon needs some wins, damnit!

You're not the only one who doesn't like J/B, there are definitely others. The surprise is the number of people that do because I think it was pretty much universally reviled once the spoilers came out, but it's played out sweetly for a good number of people.
Maevemarble_rose on January 26th, 2011 10:03 pm (UTC)
Hi new friend! I don't have time to respond as thoroughly as I would like, but I do want to say that I'm also hopeful about the upcoming episodes. As much as I would really love for Damon and Elena to get together ASAP, that's really just the impatient fangirl in me talking. In all honesty, I really love the slow burn.

What I want most from the back end of this season is for Damon to stop being the whipping boy. While I love seeing Damon's soft side and tenderness, it breaks my heart that it's all unreciprocated. I want the show to remember that Elena and Katherine are actually the exceptions to the rule; most women, in reality, would actually favor Damon. I just...hate the idea of Damon being Elena's kicked puppy. I'd like for him to regain a little dignity and confidence and such. At least until we finally get something from Elena's side.
Diana: Vampire Diaries - Dancebutterfly on January 26th, 2011 10:25 pm (UTC)
I want the show to remember that Elena and Katherine are actually the exceptions to the rule; most women, in reality, would actually favor Damon.

Yeah, the show does needs to remember that the general audience obviously finds Damon more attractive than Stefan (judging by... every available example of evidence) - both looks-wise and personality-wise.

At least until we finally get something from Elena's side.

I'm busy being happy that Elena has already added him back onto her list of 'people she cares about' (as per "Sacrifice"), but I haven't had to wait as long as y'all to get my tiny bits of pay-off. I will probably be more impatient now that I'm on real-time.
Arabian: Damon & Elena03arabian on January 27th, 2011 12:46 am (UTC)
Yeah, the show does needs to remember that the general audience obviously finds Damon more attractive than Stefan (judging by... every available example of evidence) - both looks-wise and personality-wise.

Yes, this. It's just ridiculous that we're not seeing the hotness that is Damon (Ian Somerhalder) realistically appreciated. We got that in season one with Caroline in the beginning, even Bonnie commenting on it, Carol Lockwood, Isobel, Jenna, sorority girls, etc.

I'm busy being happy that Elena has already added him back onto her list of 'people she cares about' (as per "Sacrifice")

Even with sitting week after week waiting, I still appreciate the heck out of that! :D To be honest, I actually think it's come too soon, but I'm not gonna complain about it.

Edited at 2011-01-27 12:49 am (UTC)
Arabian: Damon & Elena(PR)01arabian on January 27th, 2011 12:44 am (UTC)
It's not so much the slow burn that I love, but rather the time they are taking in crafting their story. I just want to make sure that we get to enjoy them together before the show ends though.

What I want most from the back end of this season is for Damon to stop being the whipping boy.

Yes, I bitched about that aspect quite a bit in some of the early episodes of this season.

I want the show to remember that Elena and Katherine are actually the exceptions to the rule; most women, in reality, would actually favor Damon.

GOD, YES!!! No offense to Paul Wesley -- he's handsome and all -- but Ian Fucking Somerhalder!?!?!? There's a reason he's topping (or near the top of) the sexiest lists everywhere.

I just...hate the idea of Damon being Elena's kicked puppy. I'd like for him to regain a little dignity and confidence and such. At least until we finally get something from Elena's side.

Yes, we NEED, show. We need balance between the S/E relationship and the D/E building relationship because it's been waaaaaay too lop-sided this season. WAY TOO LOP-SIDED!

Edited at 2011-01-27 12:49 am (UTC)
tams71tams71 on January 26th, 2011 10:36 pm (UTC)
While I was disappointed with the last episode, over the last week or two, with the influx of spoilers and tidbits that have come our way, I'm actually feeling quite positive about tomorrow's episode and the ones to follow.

It's obvious that Kevin and Julie ("Damon's not worthy of Elena...yet") are trying to get Damon to a place where he is worthy of Elena's love and I think having him go through the process of figuring out what kind of vampire/man he wants to be is going to make a huge impact on not only Damon, but Elena as well. Honestly, I'm anxious to see Damon the bad to the bone, smart ass vampire spill his guts to someone about the way he truly feels and then compel the person to forget. Watching him wage a battle with the good/bad sides of himself and giving a voice to his feelings will make the moment when he says those three words to Elena again, without compelling her to forget them, an EPIC moment. Not to mention we get to see Ian Somerhalder NAKED in a shower, in a bath tub, and hopefully a whole lot of other places. It’s also encouraging to know that “Andie Star, Action News” (so damn cute!) will only be a plaything for Damon and someone who he can have some fun with, squire around town to deflect any curiosity, and be his confidant (so to speak), without any emotional connection. I also like to think that Damon’s relationship with Andie, plus his relationship with Rose will both be catalysts to Elena realizing that there is something between her and Damon and will spark some jealousy and on her part.

Since we know that Elena will be in Damon's bedroom in tomorrow's episode, I'm wondering if it's Damon's bedroom that Elena runs into and rips open the curtains when Rose is chasing after her. I'm hoping it's either that or maybe after Damon has his Ah Ha moment with the girl on the road in those stills, Elena goes to see him in his room and that is where they share that emotional scene. Right now I would take anything other than Rose convalescing in Damon's bed.

YAY! Elijah is back with his BAMFuckery (I love that word. I'm totally stealing it, but I'll give you credit). I love him and his portrayer Daniel Gilles. His tweets are fantastical, oh so funny, and he genuinely appreciates how the TVD fans have embraced him. Not too mention he’s an awesome actor and loves his craft.

Lots to look forward to: More Damon and Alaric bromance, more BAMFuckery, Caroline getting kissed on like a girl in a kissing booth at the State Fair, and more flashbacks. Like you I can't wait until we get some Damon-centric flashbacks to his Civil War days, pre-Katherine, and hopefully some flashbacks to answer the question, what did Damon do over the last 100 plus years?

Thank God I still have some Sauvignon Blanc left to drink while I watch the show. I think I might need it :)
Arabian: Damon07arabian on January 27th, 2011 12:47 am (UTC)
I also like to think that Damon’s relationship with Andie, plus his relationship with Rose will both be catalysts to Elena realizing that there is something between her and Damon and will spark some jealousy and on her part.

Yes, this. Me too.

Actually, yes, this to all of your post! :D

ETA: I knew there was something I wanted to comment on. I don't know if you were referring to the Damon/Elena stills we saw (her hugging him, etc.) here:

Elena goes to see him in his room and that is where they share that emotional scene

But unless Damon has those swords/crosses thingies hanging on the wall in his room too (like the living room), well, it's the living room. I thought that too and looked at the stills to see if maybe it would be a room we weren't familiar with, but it's totally the living room/main area of the boarding house. So, yeah, almost assuredly not. (Just didn't want you to get your hopes up before tonight.)


Edited at 2011-01-27 06:57 pm (UTC)
tams71tams71 on January 27th, 2011 08:19 pm (UTC)
Yeah, after I posted my comment I went back and took another look at the stills and deduced that the "moment" takes place in the living room or parlor area. No disappointment looming here, but thanks for thinking of me my friend :)

BTW, have you seen the "Klaus" news that is all over Twitter? I guess a Britsh actor named Joseph Morgan is this close to inking a deal. Here is a link if you want to check him out: http://www.tvline.com/2011/01/vampire-diaries-exclusive-meet-klaus/

YouTube video clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4lVdIln0o2o&feature=youtu.be
Arabian: Little Boy Bluearabian on January 27th, 2011 11:46 pm (UTC)
Aww, darn't. I can't help it, a part of me has been hoping that it would be Jason Dohring. Ah well. Hope he's good. Thanks for the info. :)
Heather-Annlinsell_farm on January 27th, 2011 03:28 am (UTC)
Firstly, your post of gloom helped me get the negative feelings out of my system, so thank you. I'm glad the responses had the same effect on you. I am back to my usual, optimistic hoping-for-the-best state of mind regarding "my" show. ;)

Elijah and his "bamfuckery" are definitely squee-worthy. Daniel Gillies fits in with the cast like he's been there since day 1. His tweets with Ernesto are simply hilarious.

I LOVE the flashback episodes, even if this one isn't Damon-centric.

ITA. I'm enough in love with 1864 enough to put aside that it isn't from Damon's POV. Learning backstory is always a good thing.

and we also know that Elena will be in said bedroom.

How is it possible in my present obsessive state, that I could have missed this tidbit??? Oh well, I'm thrilled to learn it now, and share your sentiments that I'd like to see his inner sanctum through Elena's eyes FIRST.

plenty o' naked Damon

Can't get enough of him!!!!

So he's navigating what can and will work for him.

Seeing Damon sort this out will be very interesting, especially given that we know Elena will be seeing it as well, since she has such insight into him. Not to mention, a certain IS will no doubt bring this to life as no one else possible could. Certainly something to look forward to.

Elena will get a front-row viewing party to that relationship

Agreed, that this new girlfriend will have more impact on Elena than the her predecessor Rose. This could be just the thing to bring her "more-than-friendly" feelings towards Damon to the fore (and hopefully she'll acknowledge them).

in order to get Damon and Elena where they need to be to really begin something

This makes complete sense to me, as well as giving my DE shipper heart hope. I'm certainly in this for the long haul, as long as I believe that sometime they will have a genuine opportunity to be together. I want it to be real and earned. Based on the teasers, that looks to be the direction they are heading and will hopefully treat the DE journey with the respect it deserves.

it is simply one we did not see with Stefan and Elena

Great point. They are investing alot more screentime into DE's build up = a very good sign. Stefan & Elena's implosion is definately the next step in getting to the place D & E need to be. It is high time that SE talked about the harsh truth of their situation so that they can both process it. Plus, Stefan needs to stop being the "sent from above, can do no wrong" character.

I'm with you in the "Jeremy-and-Bonnie-are-adorable" camp. <3

I LOVE TEAM BAD-ASS!!!

So looking forward to seeing all these great characters back on my screen!!! Thanks for another awesome, thought-provoking, and enjoyable post!!
Arabian: NinaDobrev05arabian on January 27th, 2011 02:52 pm (UTC)
Firstly, your post of gloom helped me get the negative feelings out of my system, so thank you. I'm glad the responses had the same effect on you. I am back to my usual, optimistic hoping-for-the-best state of mind regarding "my" show. ;)

Good to know. I knew I'd get to this point, but I think I really needed to get that out of my system, you know?

Elijah and his "bamfuckery" are definitely squee-worthy. Daniel Gillies fits in with the cast like he's been there since day 1. His tweets with Ernesto are simply hilarious.

So much love for both Elijah and Gillies. PLEASE STAY FOREVER!!!

and we also know that Elena will be in said bedroom.

How is it possible in my present obsessive state, that I could have missed this tidbit??? Oh well, I'm thrilled to learn it now, and share your sentiments that I'd like to see his inner sanctum through Elena's eyes FIRST.


Carina Mackenzie tweeted it as a little spill for D/E fans from Nina. So, go Nina!

So he's navigating what can and will work for him.

Seeing Damon sort this out will be very interesting, especially given that we know Elena will be seeing it as well, since she has such insight into him. Not to mention, a certain IS will no doubt bring this to life as no one else possible could. Certainly something to look forward to.


Yeah, I'm still a bit wary about how far they might go with Damon and Andie Starr, Action News!, but I have hope that they'll go just far enough and it will be all good. Especially with the naked awesome Ian acting it out.

Elena will get a front-row viewing party to that relationship

Agreed, that this new girlfriend will have more impact on Elena than the her predecessor Rose. This could be just the thing to bring her "more-than-friendly" feelings towards Damon to the fore (and hopefully she'll acknowledge them).
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I'm really hopeful for that. There had to be a reason that Elena saw and found out about the Rose/Damon relationship. It had to be just a little set-up for what's to come. I don't see any other reason for that bit there. (Unless something in tonight's episode pertains to it, hmmm....)

I believe that sometime they will have a genuine opportunity to be together. I want it to be real and earned. Based on the teasers, that looks to be the direction they are heading and will hopefully treat the DE journey with the respect it deserves.

YES. THIS!

Edited at 2011-01-27 02:53 pm (UTC)
sassy, classy, and a bit smart-assy: TVD: Damon caprisunbadboy_fangirl on January 27th, 2011 05:27 pm (UTC)
One more question--I was just browsing through your icons and admiring a few of them, and I wondered since you don't credit anyone if you make them all yourself, and if they're snaggable? There's a couple I'd like to have for myself, but only with your permission.
Arabian: Damon04arabian on January 27th, 2011 06:19 pm (UTC)
Yes, I make all my own icons. I'm fine with you snagging any of them (and I swear I'm almost done with episodes five from seasons 1 and 2 -- should be up this weekend. I WILL get caught up before summer. I will!), as long as you credit. :)