?

Log in

No account? Create an account
 
 
07 April 2011 @ 10:38 pm
2.17 - 'Know Thy Enemy' (The Vampire Diaries)  
Whee!! A new Vampire Diaries aired FINALLY after six weeks of reruns and all is right in my fandom world. Squee! I love my show, I love my show, I love my show. WHEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!

Oh, that was sooooooo good! Not a heart-stopping, OMG!episode, but a great episode with enough OMG! moments to make this Vampire Diaries fan very, very happy. Even with so little Damon. :pout: That was one of my only two "complaints" -- in quotes because they're really not complaints, more like less than thrilled observations. This just really was a great, solid episode. Let's break it down now!

- Oh, how I so love the female "agency" on this show. These girls get shit done! The biggest power plays, the most active roles (good or bad) in tonight's episode were done by the ladies. Starting with Jenna who reacted to the lies by not sticking around to listen to their excuses, but made the choice to walk away (for the time being). Not an easy choice, and not running way, but rather appropriately dealing with such monumental betrayal; she didn't lose it, she didn't become some wailing banshee. She stood proud and tall and told those liars she wasn't going to look at their lying faces right now. Go Jenna! Still, oh, Jenna. Oh, show! This is why I love you so. Taking away the supernatural aspect of it, you look at what Jenna is getting here -- Elena and Ric (two of the most important people to her) have hurtfully, terribly lied to her for no possible good reason. And we saw that very human reaction. There were only two scenes, but they both packed a powerful punch. I really hope we do get more with Sara Canning because she is a wonderful actress and we just don't get to see enough of her.

Okay, moving on to the other kick-ass women of Mystic Falls, we had Liz coming up with the plan to get all the information from her (dead) daughter by using Matt even though it was clearly breaking her heart. Katherine playing any and every side to keep herself safe (even if she was betrayed -- haha, how's it feel, Kat?); Isobel going after every angle, manipulating all of the weak humans around her to get done what she needed to. (Although, technically this was done under Klaus' compulsion, and he did get her to make herself go all sun-ashy, so she doesn't get all the credit.) Caroline being honest and forthright. (Although, I hope she wasn't TOO honest and forthright. *) Elena figuring out that her being let go is because she won't run, something that neither Stefan nor Damon figured out. Yeah, they might have soon enough, but she got to it first, so go smart!Elena.

* I'm wondering exactly what was the "everything" Caroline told Matt. Did she continue to follow the Stefan Salvatore school of truthtelling and spill only what was necessary (as she did with Tyler, leaving out the Damon/Stefan vampirism)? I really hope she did. At first I thought that she must have told him everything because Matt said "all my friends are liars." Then I realized that him being told that Elena, Bonnie, Tyler, and Stefan knew that Caroline was a vampire would fit under that statement without the knowledge of the Salvatore brothers. I sure hope so, because I don't think I could take Liz trying to take out Damon again.

And Bonnie, oh, awesome, awesome Bonnie -- who I so do NOT think is going to die now, unless they go the 'she's too obvious to kill, so we won't kill her, but aha!, you're thinking we won't because she's so obvious, so we *are* killing her!' route. I just fricking loved Bonnie in her final scene tonight. Having all of that power, making that very tough decision, believing in the goodness of what she can achieve with the powers at her disposal was so very awesome. I just love that on this show, the women are the heroes too. You know what else I loved? That Bonnie said it wasn't just about Elena, it was about saving everyone. Damn straight!

- For the first time ever, I actually found myself genuinely liking Uncle Daddy John. In that final scene, I just felt for him; I felt sorry for what a poor, pathetic sap he is. Played for a fool by a woman (he should join Damon and Alaric's club -- all three were betrayed by the same women to a degree after all), when all he wanted to do in the end was protect his daughter. Oh, John. Oh, pretty Sark, you and your puppy dog eyes. And I'm glad he's not dead/dead, because part of why I'm liking him too is because I love how Elena is so much more a teenager around him. She sulks, is belligerent, rolls her eyes, talks back, etc. For instance, I loved her wide-eyed, mouth-agape reaction to Alaric punching John. Such an OMG!teenager reaction. Which was made even better by Alaric's actual appropriate response to a student seeing him go violent: an apologetic look her way and an "I'm sorry, Elena." Hee!

- Another thing that amused me was how Damon wasn't even pretending to give a crap with Liz and Carol. Normally, he plays the concerned, caring council member (leader, hah!), this time he was all business, in-and-out with very little care for their reaction to the crazy. He's just got much more bigger concerns than these silly humans, and that came across perfectly in that scene. And I loved, loved, his suggestions for a cover story: "An epileptic fit, drunken binge, banana peel ..." BWAH! Banana peel. Oh, Damon, even when there isn't much of you, you're still awesome in every moment onscreen with the best lines. I also liked his "before I knew what a nasty little bitch she was," (about Katherine, and hah! to Jeremy's subsequent chuckle), as well as his "Screw you too. Emily!" when the door was slammed in his face.

Also, I love how cool and calm he is even when bad stuffs happens. Even when he realized that it was a witchy spell reacting to his presence as a vampire, he didn't freak out. Heck, even when he started to burn, he just made it clear that as his ally Bonnie needed to stop it. And she did, and he calmly headed out. So cool. I love Damon.

- So, Alaric possessed by Klaus. Whoah! When Alaric was first taken (you bitch, Isobel!), my actual first thought was: Damon is going to be so pissed! And then, as much as I love Ric, I did kinda forget about his kidnapping for the rest of the episode, but a few seconds into that final scene, I was like, dude, that's my bb Alaric sitting there. Oh noes! What are you doing to Alaric?!??! And then I saw the blood bag and I'm running through all these possibilities and then witchy-dude bowed and I was like 'aww, man! Klaus has taken over Ric's body, Damon's gonna be REALLY pissed!' Oh, but Matt Davis did such an awesome job, the way he stood, held himself and that gorgeous accent at the end. Ooh, delicious! And THANK GOD! for next week's preview because I did have the fear that Ric was dead, just an empty shell now, but Bonnie thankfully informed Elena (and us!) that Klaus had possessed him and I was all phew! Fine, possess him, Klaus, just pretty please don't kill him. You hear that show? No killing of the pretty history teacher/vampire BFF/vampire hunter.

- Speaking of the previews ... Holy!DamonandElena dancing! And Elena with a bit of flirt in that voice there! I knew they danced because of the stills that were released, but I was not expecting even that little moment there. Niiiice. And while there obviously wasn't much in this episode with them, we did get a few moments to hold onto. There was her mentioning John and Isobel going after Stefan *and Damon* and Damon wasn't even there to appreciate that bit, so I'm pretty much firmly off of the 'Elena kept Damon off of the save!list' theory. Yay! Also, she was totally cool with both Salvatore brothers being her bodyguards, and even gave them the choice of accompanying her to the Lockwood estate. (And, dude, you so know that if it had been Damon there, Elena would not have been taken. Ah, Stefan, I love you so, but you're pretty much close to the most useless one of the gang. But you're so cute, I love you!)

And there was also the cute moment when the boys were giving Elena the deed to the house ("You're giving me your house!?" Hee!), and Damon told her not to lock him out and did the flirty eye-thing when she looked at him. Squee! So, yeah, we got a little bit. And the rest of the whole episode was so good, I just can't complain.

- Oh, that reminds me of my other "complaint." Look, I've stated often that I've always loved Caroline, even season one, human, non-bad-ass Caroline, but this episode made me realize that, yeah, like pretty much everyone else, I prefer the season two-vampire, bad-ass Caroline. The Caroline we saw in tonight's episode (especially the last scene) featured a much more season-one like Caroline. Erm, show, if you're gonna kill a main cast member (and yes, I know you are!), pick Matt. If it means we get to keep kick-ass Caroline, pretty please take Matt.

But, I DID feel so much for him. And their scenes were again reason why I love this show so. When she said she'd tell him everything, and then it went to another scene, I had a little niggle of doubt (show, please forgive me) where I was disappointed because seeing her tell him, his reaction would have been such a strong, emotional moment. And, then, yay! We did get it. Yes, it was the tail-end of her tale, but he hadn't reacted yet (judging by her "please say something") and so we did get the important stuff, it was just the recap we missed. We got the emotion, got his pain, the reminder that he has no one and I was just, oh, Matty! And then he went out to the car, and I was whaaa?! And then was just thisclose to crying in that scene. Oh, Matt. Oh, Liz! I love her so. I was all verklempt once I realized what was happening in the car with Matt and Liz.

Matt: It's like she died.
Liz: {Thisclose to falling apart} She did.
WAH!

*Sigh* Love this show so much. Ahem, okay, randoms ...

- Hah! "Aunt Vanilla." Almost as good as "Vampire Barbie." Sorry, Jenna, but that was HI-larious.

- And speaking of Isobel, so half-way through the episode, I was thinking that Isobel had apparently been lying all the way back to the final scene of "Isobel," and that was just shocking in her coldness. And, then, of course we found out that she had just become another pawn that Klaus was using. I love how motives/character actions can go from horrifying to heartbreaking all in the span of one episode (I'm thinking of Tyler in "Crying Wolf" also). And, yeah, I'm using that Klaus-angle to explain how rough Isobel was looking. I'm just going to assume that Klaus was torturing her and because he's an Original with mystical powers, it did affect her and she wasn't able to bounce back as a vampire normally would. Something's gotta explain that haggard look, and that works for me.

- My goodness, Katherine's boobs were on "Hello! Look at me!" display tonight.

- Yeah, yeah, she found the moonstone, but that was pure luck. That was actually a pretty awesome hiding spot. And, my, does Damon have a lot of fancy, pretty, shiny soaps!

- Gratuitously shirtless Damon. Thank you. :)

- The fact that Damon had a wad of cash was interesting, Damon just never struck me as that kind of guy, so, yeah, interesting. Also? Hysterical, how Katherine just snatched it and tucked it in her bra. Hah! (Forgot this bit. Thanks to midnightblack07 for reminding me of it.)

- Okay, I admit it, I thought at first that Bonnie's witchy powers show would be lame. Big deal, a bunch of leaves, but then she made the sky darken and lightning flash and thunder go boom, and I was suitably impressed. Also, I liked her dry, "a lot" afterward to Jeremy. Hee!

- Finally, in honor of that final glass clink between the brothers Salvatores, I chose this icon. I do want to add, though, that I did find it interesting that both Damon and Stefan were casually talking of Bonnie who very well could die because of her "secret weapon" ability without a bit of concern. Damon? Not so surprising. Because (a) it's Damon, and (b) it's Bonnie who Damon doesn't give a shit about, partially because she tried to burn him alive and likes to give him brain aneurysms. But Stefan? Oh, Stefan, your undead, uncaring side is showing. Tsk, tsk.

Bottom-line. MY SHOW IS BACK! I LOVE MY SHOW! YAY!!!!
 
 
 
Diana: Vampire Diaries - Brothersbutterfly on April 8th, 2011 03:53 am (UTC)
Finally, in honor of that final glass clink between the brothers Salvatores, I chose this icon. I do want to add, though, that I did find it interesting that both Damon and Stefan were casually talking of Bonnie who very well could die because of her "secret weapon" ability without a bit of concern. Damon? Not so surprising. Because (a) it's Damon, and (b) it's Bonnie who Damon doesn't give a shit about, partially because she tried to burn him alive and likes to give him brain aneurysms. But Stefan? Oh, Stefan, your undead, uncaring side is showing. Tsk, tsk.

Sheila would be so disappointed in him. Tsk.

It was a really good episode.
Arabian: Damon&Stefan02arabian on April 8th, 2011 04:39 am (UTC)
Heh, forget Sheila, Elena would be disappointed. But then she'd just sweep it under the rug because they are all about their perfect, epic love. Gag.

But, yes, REALLY good episode.
Jude: tvd; ian and ninadanceonstardust on April 8th, 2011 04:21 am (UTC)
Man, it was a drought. I HATED IT. NOW THIS SHOW IS BACK! WOOT!

I agree with the female power, everyone is awesome to their own extent. They have their ways of awesomeness.

The lack of Damon made me pout. I miss him so but lol at his lines "Well, screw you too. Emily." LOL

Oh, but Matt Davis did such an awesome job, the way he stood, held himself and that gorgeous accent at the end. Ooh, delicious!

*EXPLODED* I like how over at the D_E comm they are calling him Klausaric. lol.

I CAN'T WAIT TILL NEXT WEEK. I spy Damon/Elena flirting!!! Though I feel like they are both drunk with each other I'm going to watch that Klausaric scene over and over now. Also the promo. lol.
Arabian: Ian & Nina(PS)02arabian on April 8th, 2011 04:41 am (UTC)
The female power on this show is AWESOME!

Oh, heck, I don't even go near the D/E ep threads, they're so anti-show, anti-Stefan, anti-Damon/Elena not together every five seconds so much that I can't deal because I love this show SO MUCH! It is SO much more than just Damon/Elena to me.

Re: Next week. Yeah, Damon is REALLY coming across as drunk (there's a CW preview thing with Kat Graham that has them dancing and Damon says "the vampires were all ARRRGH!" (and he waves his hands around) "And you were all AAAHHH!" (and he covers his face) and Elena kinda laughs. It was ... odd.

I CAN'T WAIT UNTIL NEXT THURSDAY!!!!
Jude: tvd; elena throws pillow at damondanceonstardust on April 8th, 2011 04:48 am (UTC)
I just go over there. I don't usually care what they say, I just read the spoilers lol. I just like that snark about Klausaric. I thought it would be cute to mention. lol.

Yeah, Damon is REALLY coming across as drunk (there's a CW preview thing with Kat Graham that has them dancing and Damon says "the vampires were all ARRRGH!" (and he waves his hands around) "And you were all AAAHHH!" (and he covers his face) and Elena kinda laughs. It was ... odd.

That solves it. They are both drunk. Also, at first, I thought it was an outtake. LOL!
Arabian: Damon & Elena01arabian on April 8th, 2011 04:58 am (UTC)
Yeah, I read for the spoilers, interviews, fanfic, but I'm actually trying to stay away from the comments because the negativity against the show overall hurts my TVD-adoring heart.

He does totally seem wasted, that's for sure, LOL!
Myramidnightblack07 on April 8th, 2011 04:41 am (UTC)
awesome episdode (and your icon <333)!!

OMG I CAN'T BELIEVE I FORGOT ABOUT THAT "AUNT VANILLA" BIT!! HAHA love Jenna to death but that was just too funny, and Mia's delivery only added to it =p

Yay I'm glad I'm not the only one who adores Jenna!! =D tbh, I often overlooked her in the past, but lately I've found myself contemplating her life, how it's changed, how she ticks, how things must seem from her perspective with all the unexplained crazy; and my goodness can Sara Canning deliver!! Hope we get to see more of her <33

ITA with you about how most of the major players on this show (Isobel, Katherine, etc) and the heroes (Elena, Bonnie, Caroline when need be) are women; I love that so much about TVD, their kick-ass females and how much they emphasize their agency--not many shows can vouche the same IMO <33

haha Damon cracked me up too many times to count this episode, I totally forgot about that "bannana peel" bit!! =O and now that you mention it, the whole wad of cash thing is interesting, and all his pretty soups hehe =p

I think you've made me feel a bit better about the hiding spot, it's as risky as it is brilliant because who would guess really?? it blends in so well with all the pretty soups; Katherine certainly didn't think of it and if anyone defines the word "crafty" it's her. And also, KATHERINE'S BOOBS I THINK I MAY HAVE DEVELOPED A VERY UNHEALTHY GIRL CRUSH LOL =|

& I was JUST thinking about that last bit with the brothers, how they talked about Bonnie as if she was merely an "object of power" as opposed to a person (and a signifigant one at that). What rubbed me the wrong way was the fact that Stefan who followed that line of thinking first because it's not--it's not like him, I guess? I mean Damon we all know is callous (except to those he deems signigicant, and even then on the surface... lol) and he doesn't pretend to be any other way, but I wouldn't have expected that from Stefan =S

Although, in their defense, maybe Bonnie gave them the impression that the power she harnessed is infallible and that it would bring her no harm?? I guess I'll reserve my judgement until I see how he reacts to Jeremy's reveal the next episode, but it was still a bit interesting *-)
Arabian: Stefan03arabian on April 9th, 2011 11:52 pm (UTC)
I actually made a version of that icon from Stefan's pov too. I think it's in my 2.05 icon post. :)

ITA with you about how most of the major players on this show (Isobel, Katherine, etc) and the heroes (Elena, Bonnie, Caroline when need be) are women; I love that so much about TVD, their kick-ass females and how much they emphasize their agency--not many shows can vouche the same IMO <33

Yes, yes, yes! Obviously, I so agree.

How could you forget the banana peel line? LOL! That was my absolute favorite, loved it so much.

I can not get over the number of 'worst hiding spot' ever comments I've read. Katherine found it totally by accident after searching like crazy through his room. He'd thrown her out, why would he possibly think that she'd actually be washing her hands in his bathroom? It was a brilliant hiding spot. Katherine, with all her crafty skills, found it purely be accident, it didn't even cross her mind when actually searching for the moonstone.

Regarding Stefan/Damon's final conversation. My thoughts exactly about Stefan. And re: your last point, yeah, but it's still risky regardless, and that Stefan wouldn't even have that concern, you know? We'll see the next episode, I guess, you're right.
sassy, classy, and a bit smart-assy: TVD: Bros. Salvatorebadboy_fangirl on April 8th, 2011 05:23 am (UTC)
I'm very curious about how much Caroline told Matt too, and I think you make a very good point about Caroline losing all the ground she gained by becoming a vampire in those scenes with Matt. It took me officially off the Matt/Care train I sometimes ride. I'm super excited for Tyler's reappearance, and a certain sparkly dance partner for her for next week! Let's have a Stef-Care-Ty triangle if we must have a triangle.

*Damon and Elena will be making out in the corner*

Bonnie is my hero now. I just love her more and more every week. Also, when she walked away and left angry!Jer alone on the sofa, I asked out loud to the TV, "All your girlfriends die, Jer, why so surprised???"

Damon was so fun tonight--I do enjoy good light-hearted Damon stuff almost as much as I enjoy deeply angst-ridden existential crisis moments. :D
Arabian: Damon&Stefan02arabian on April 9th, 2011 11:42 pm (UTC)
Well, I'm positive we'll find out in the next episode how much she actually told him. I don't know why, but I'm really leaning towards her using the Stefan Salvatore School of Truthtelling and having left out the Stefan/Damon vampirism.

I really think the show should start moving to set up Damon/Elena -- not so much as a couple soon, but on their way, and Stefan/Caroline/Tyler. I think there'd be much more interest all around, and it would be more fair to Stefan/Paul frankly.

Bonnie was just fantabulous in tonight's episode. It's stuff like this that makes it easy to ignore how much her portrayer annoys me, LOL!

It was nice getting lighter-hearted Damon. Sadly, I feel it's the last we'll mostly get for a while. He seems drunk in the previews for next week honestly, and Damon only gets drunk when he's upset. :(
Sarpaceisthetrick on April 8th, 2011 05:32 am (UTC)
"Yay! Also, she was totally cool with both Salvatore brothers being her bodyguards, and even gave them the choice of accompanying her to the Lockwood estate."

My top moment of the episode because it totally screams OT3 =D

Also, every single word you said about Damon's behavior with Carol & Liz, plus calling Kat a "nasty little bitch", totally agree. Jeremy's lil chuckle made me smile SO HARD.
Arabian: Damon&Stefan01arabian on April 9th, 2011 11:33 pm (UTC)
Hah, I'm sure the OT3ers do love stuff like that, hee! Honestly, I think of the three of them, only Damon wouldn't quite be that thrilled (he'd want Elena all to himself). Stefan is so half in love with his brother, LOL!

Sarpaceisthetrick on April 10th, 2011 12:07 am (UTC)
It's true, pretty sure Damon is done with "sharing" at this point, LMAO.

Your comment about Stefan made me laugh so hard.

I'm a total closet OT3er though, so this recent episode made me laugh way too much. In case you haven't heard, there's a community for all these shenanigans now: tvdthreesome
Arabian: Stefan & Caroline01arabian on April 10th, 2011 01:23 am (UTC)
I know about that comm, but, I'm not an OT3er. I'm Damon/Elena, Stefan/Caroline all the way.
Sarpaceisthetrick on April 10th, 2011 12:10 am (UTC)
By the way, do you read the books? Have you read Midnight yet? There's a great OT3 quote in it. :)
Arabian: Damon&Stefan01arabian on April 10th, 2011 01:23 am (UTC)
Nah, I don't read the books. :)
crowandfog: TVD: Damon Stefan the brothers Salvatorecrowandfog on April 8th, 2011 05:52 am (UTC)
So, Alaric possessed by Klaus. Whoah! When Alaric was first taken (you bitch, Isobel!), my actual first thought was: Damon is going to be so pissed! And then, as much as I love Ric, I did kinda forget about his kidnapping for the rest of the episode, but a few seconds into that final scene, I was like, dude, that's my bb Alaric sitting there. Oh noes! What are you doing to Alaric?!??! And then I saw the blood bag and I'm running through all these possibilities and then witchy-dude bowed and I was like 'aww, man! Klaus has taken over Ric's body, Damon's gonna be REALLY pissed!' Oh, but Matt Davis did such an awesome job, the way he stood, held himself and that gorgeous accent at the end. Ooh, delicious! And THANK GOD! for next week's preview because I did have the fear that Ric was dead, just an empty shell now, but Bonnie thankfully informed Elena (and us!) that Klaus had possessed him and I was all phew! Fine, possess him, Klaus, just pretty please don't kill him. You hear that show? No killing of the pretty history teacher/vampire BFF/vampire hunter.

I think you pretty much covered all of my thoughts/emotions regarding Alaric throughout this episode. I thought ALL OF THAT.

I liked Bonnie in this episode. She's really made a turn around from the beginning of the season. I like that she's looking at the bigger picture and not just Elena.

Yeah, the whole Stefan and Damon have a drink scene was really weird to me. Have we ever see Stefan drink with Damon like that before?

Matt was tearing my heart out, and I can't wait to see where that goes.
Arabian: Damon&Stefan03arabian on April 9th, 2011 11:32 pm (UTC)
Oh, Alaric, bb! I felt bad that I forgot about him, but so much other stuff was going on, and then that ending ... AAAAHHHHH!! So suave and sexy there, Matt!

I actually think they've done a great job with Bonnie in terms of how we've seen that change in her in as realistic a fashion as possible. It was a learning curve with her to accept and deal with it all. But then other than the last few eps of s1 and the first few of s2, I've always loved Bonnie.

Have we ever see Stefan drink with Damon like that before?

Now, that you mention it, I'm not sure that we have.

I so felt for Matt, and all the hate directed at him is making me sad. :(
vamplover85vamplover85 on April 8th, 2011 06:00 am (UTC)
SHOW IS BACK AND AWESOME EFFING AWESOME!! Seriously. I STILL can't get over the ending. Holy crap!!!! haha, yes that scene with them having a secret weapon I did catch that, Damon doesn't give a crap about her, but Stefan that was kind of weird....he was uncaring and totally not right. Hmm. Something again is off about him and DAMN when they were at the Lockwood manision can I just say, that Paul needs to wear that jacket more often!!! PHEW. lol Kathrine boobs is EVERYWHERE do you have a Tumblr? and yeah they liked to push them up a little bit lol. and "Screw You Too" Emily was my favorite and "Nasty little bitch she was" was aother. lol. He was just awesome tonight and the SHOW was EFFING awesome. I adored ALL OF IT so much!!!! :)
Arabian: Damon07arabian on April 9th, 2011 11:25 pm (UTC)
So awesome. I've missed it so much. I just love having a show that I adore so much, something that gives me a happy for a good few hours after it's over. TVD is that show for me.

The ending was just jaw-dropping. How this show manages to pull out all the stops so very often is just amazing.

Stefan/Paul looked really cute in this episode, I agree.

Don't have tumblr, but I'm not surprised that Kat's boobs have made an appearance, they were very THERE tonight, LOL!
vamplover85vamplover85 on April 9th, 2011 11:42 pm (UTC)
I missed it too and what a way to bring it back! :) aw man you should create one! TONS of Vampire Diaries BLOGS. I MEAN TONS! lol and I'm one of them. lol. But yes, they were and the ending was JAW-DROPPING poor Matt having to keep that a secret! lol. Yes that is why I love this show too, it's just amazing every thing they do they just take more into it! <3
Arabian: Ian Somerhalder04arabian on April 9th, 2011 11:56 pm (UTC)
Not really a tumblr fan. Even when I did have time, I wasn't interested in. Sorry. :(

Do agree with the awesome of the show, though. :)
vamplover85vamplover85 on April 10th, 2011 12:13 am (UTC)
ah yeah I get that, but for me it's a perfect art source for bigger banners/graphics and I don't have the time to make a big post anymore. I do but I just can't stand making them lol. So it's easy for me, and simple but yes I can't wait for next weeks! Delena dance! :D
Arabian: Ian Somerhalder06arabian on April 10th, 2011 01:24 am (UTC)
Ah, I make my own graphics whenever I feel like. But I know that a lot of people love tumblr, it's just not my thing. :)

SQUEE! IS IT NEXT THURSDAY YET!??!?!
vamplover85vamplover85 on April 10th, 2011 01:46 am (UTC)
haha. Totally that scene will forever own me! :) and I LOVED the part where they give her the house! "I be pissed if you locked me out!"
Mock on, mock on, Voltaire, Rousseau.: Grace that won who saw to wish her stayimp3ratrix on April 8th, 2011 12:48 pm (UTC)
So happy this show is back!

Isobel, damn. At first I couldn't believe that she was going to willingly betray her daughter. You just don't do that! So I was kind of relieved to see that she was being controlled by Klaus all along. The graveyard scene was a fitting end, and allowed the viewer a measure of sympathy for her character. I'm happy that Elena is going to try and get along with John, accepting that he's the only blood relative she has left. I really want to see those two properly reconcile at some point in the future.

Poor Matt! I also hope Caroline didn't reveal too much. The gang has too much to worry about regarding Klaus to be sidetracked by Liz and he.

And speaking of Klaus, here I was worried he wouldn't get quite the awesome debut he deserved if we were to see him in a flashback first, but the show rightfully delivered. I was not expecting that at all! And not going to lie, evil!Klaus!Alaric is kind off creepy hot.
Arabian: Caroline02arabian on April 9th, 2011 11:13 pm (UTC)
I agree completely about Isobel. I had the same thought process while watching her arc through this episode.

Re: Matt, yeah, I really, really hope that she did NOT spill about Damon and Stefan being vampires.

And speaking of Klaus, here I was worried he wouldn't get quite the awesome debut he deserved if we were to see him in a flashback first,

I remembered after the episode was over that someone slightly spoiled that we would be introduced to Klaus in an unusual and cool way in ep 17, but I'd completely forgotten. Boy, was that spoiler right!
tams71tams71 on April 8th, 2011 03:04 pm (UTC)
Splitting my comments into two parts:

Amen and PTL (praise the Lord) Vampire Diaries is back and even though it wasn’t one of those OMG-in your face-fantabulous episodes that our beloved TVD writers have been known to bang out, it was full of twists and turns and lots of flavor.

Oh, how I so love the female "agency" on this show. These girls get shit done! The biggest power plays, the most active roles (good or bad) in tonight's episode were done by the ladies.

Hell to the yeah on this. The ladies were kicking ass and taking names. We had the HBIC scheming and then getting straight up played; Elena, schooling Daddy John and watching her undead mom go up in flames (Ouch); Isobel doing not so nice things under Klaus’ compulsion (that was a shocker); Caroline reverting back to semi-season one Caroline which I did not like at all (Matt sucks!); Jenna finally taking some control and telling people off; and Bonnie doing her witchy thing and putting herself out there for her best friend. It was most certainly all about the girls this time out.

Not too much Damon, but what we did have was classic Damon Salvatore; snarky and sarcastic OMG - “Epileptic fit, drunken binge, banana peel” and “Screw you too. Emily” and the gratuitous sexy shirtless scene. Oh My! One more thing. I love a guy that can be manly and macho, but still enjoy the finer things in life like expensive and very colorful soap ;)

I am so upset about Liz and Matt teaming up to trick Caroline into giving up supernatural secrets and have a really bad feeling that while Damon, Elena and the rest of the Scooby gang are trying to fight Klaus, that Liz and Matt are going to do something to eff it up. This is not going to end well. I’m still trying to figure out if Caroline’s compulsion on Liz was a sham and that Liz has known all along about Caroline being a vamp. I know she knows vampires exist, but wouldn’t she need proof from Matt that Care is one if her compulsion really didn’t work. Color me confused.

I’m also on the “I feel sorry for Daddy John train.” I truly believe that he was genuine in that scene with Elena at the end and that from here on out, he’s going to help, rather than hinder. It sucks that he got played, but as you said in your post, Damon and Alaric were played by the women they loved as well. They should start a club - Female Petrova Vampires Suck Club.

Hah! "Aunt Vanilla." Almost as good as "Vampire Barbie." Sorry, Jenna, but that was HI-larious.

LOVED this!

My goodness, Katherine's boobs were on "Hello! Look at me!" display tonight.

I so want to know where she buys her bras.
Arabian: Katherine05arabian on April 10th, 2011 12:01 am (UTC)
even though it wasn’t one of those OMG-in your face-fantabulous episodes that our beloved TVD writers have been known to bang out, it was full of twists and turns and lots of flavor.

That's exactly how the episode felt to me too.

I so hope you're wrong about Matt/Liz causing problems for the Scooby gang, but alas, I do not think you are. :(

I so want to know where she buys her bras.

Tell me about it because Nina Dobrev is not that well-endowed & if there's a bra out there that can make her look like that, I wanna know where to buy one because our builds are similar enough that there's hope for me!

Edited at 2011-08-15 01:53 pm (UTC)
tams71tams71 on April 8th, 2011 03:13 pm (UTC)
Part Deux:

Biggest shocker for me and the best played TVD writers hand – Alaric being possessed by Klaus. Holy Mother of God! I knew that something bad was going to happen when that witchy dude worked his magic on Alaric, but never in a million years did I think that what happened, would happen. Klaus is a total badass and watching Matt Davis play this badass, gazillion years old, obsessed, vampire is going to be a hell of a ride. I tell you one thing. Damon is not going to be pleased. It’s bad enough that Klaus is messing with the woman he loves, but now he’s messing with his partner-in-crime. So not cool. Love the plot twist, but if they kill Alaric I will be SO pissed!

Two questions that have been rumbling around in my mind - are we ever going to see Klaus a la Joseph Morgan aside from flashbacks and if Klaus is so badass, why possess Alaric in the first place? Does he not want to get his hands bloody or is there something else going on. Hmmm.

And speaking of Isobel, so half-way through the episode, I was thinking that Isobel had apparently been lying all the way back to the final scene of "Isobel," and that was just shocking in her coldness. And, then, of course we found out that she had just become another pawn that Klaus was using. I love how motives/character actions can go from horrifying to heartbreaking all in the span of one episode (I'm thinking of Tyler in "Crying Wolf" also). And, yeah, I'm using that Klaus-angle to explain how rough Isobel was looking. I'm just going to assume that Klaus was torturing her and because he's an Original with mystical powers, it did affect her and she wasn't able to bounce back as a vampire normally would. Something's gotta explain that haggard look, and that works for me.

THIS! She did look tore up from the floor up. I guess compulsion and probable torture from a centuries old vampire will do that to a girl. As much as I thought that scene between her and Elena was sad, I’m glad that Isobel is gone. I never really liked her in the first place and thought that her character served no purpose really in the grand scheme of things, other than to mess with Elena and the Salvatore Brothers.

Damon admitting that Bonnie is their secret weapon. Never thought I’d ever hear him say that.

I did find it interesting that both Damon and Stefan were casually talking of Bonnie who very well could die because of her "secret weapon" ability without a bit of concern.

I think she left the part about harnessing too much power equaling certain death for her out of the conversation. She asked Jeremy not to tell Elena and I’m assuming that she does not want Damon or Stefan to know either since she didn’t tell Jer and he found out for himself.

Just have to add, can someone please sign over the deed of their old, but stylish, house to me? Damon’s bedroom and bathroom alone would satisfy me. Come on. Elena’s a lucky bitch ;)

Great episode, but it's next week that I think is going to blow my mind six ways to Sunday. The Delena dancing alone is going to rock my world :)

Arabian: Stefan02arabian on April 10th, 2011 12:12 am (UTC)
Biggest shocker for me and the best played TVD writers hand – Alaric being possessed by Klaus.

The funny thing is that I remembered after the episode someone commenting a few weeks ago that we do get an introduction to Klaus in an unsual, but totally TVD-awesome way in episode 17, but I'd completely forgotten that. Whomever it was that shared that tidbit, did NOT lie.

Love the plot twist, but if they kill Alaric I will be SO pissed!

Filming pics and episode stills have fortunately answered that question (at least through part of episode 22, LOL).

Re: Klaus, flashbacks or via Alaric? Slightly spoilery, but I THINK we see Damon talking to Klaus in present-day (we only see the back of someone's head), but it looks like it could be Joseph Morgan in episode 20.

Regarding Isobel, I think it was a case of casting. I had no big problem with Mia Kirshner, but with better casting, I think that she would have been a lot more popular.

I think she left the part about harnessing too much power equaling certain death for her out of the conversation.

I agree that neither Stefan nor Damon know about how dangerous Bonnie's power can be, but they still know that it's a big, dangerous part that she is playing, and as their secret weapon, they are putting her in the danger period.

Just have to add, can someone please sign over the deed of their old, but stylish, house to me? Damon’s bedroom and bathroom alone would satisfy me. Come on. Elena’s a lucky bitch ;)

Hah! This so very much.

Great episode, but it's next week that I think is going to blow my mind six ways to Sunday. The Delena dancing alone is going to rock my world :)

Yeah. IS IT THURSDAY YET?!??!?!?
lacrimadraconis: TVD Salvatores porchlacrimadraconis on April 9th, 2011 08:02 pm (UTC)
I just watched the ep and I'm still much too incoherent to respond properly to your awesome post.

This episode was so amazing! It had heartbreaking scenes and breathtaking scenes and it drove the plot forward and the ladies were kick-ass and SO MUCH HAPPENED and there was shirtless Ian. A fan could not wish for more ♥

I'm so happy that it's back!
Arabian: Damon&Stefan02arabian on April 9th, 2011 10:53 pm (UTC)
Seriously, I love my fellow TVD lovers on my flist because I'm reading so much hate, and 'this episode was boring' everywhere, and it hurts my heart. Yes, I miss Damon/Elena scenes, but this show is so much more than just a ship.
eolivet on April 10th, 2011 02:50 pm (UTC)
ARGH, that is the last time I go out before checking to make sure the DVR is working!!! Finally got to see this ep last night, and I'd inadvertently read so much on Twitter that a lot of the surprises weren't that...surprising (no, thank YOU, megavideo -- for stopping the ep at 28 minutes, and then because I put it on minute 29, I saw what happened to Isobel!) But it was such a solid ep. :D I actually didn't even notice the lack of Damon, and that's a compliment. :) He can show up in small doses, as long as those doses are potent and were they ever! ;)

I was really impressed with the actress who plays Isobel (and I'm generally not a huge fan), but she was great in her swan song. She had me fooled as to who she was actually doublecrossing, until the end. The last scene with her and Elena was surprisingly sad, which is how I knew she was doing a great job, because the only other time I've found Isobel the least bit affecting was her last scene with Alaric in 1x21.

I love your observation about how Elena acts around "Uncle Daddy John," though -- as I've always adored the familial relationships on the show, and how important family is to each of the characters. :D

Next week,I'm triple-checking the DVR (or just watching it live :)
Arabian: Elena02arabian on April 10th, 2011 03:05 pm (UTC)
The Vampire Diaries is the only show that I watch when it starts. Every other show, I start watching it 15-20 minutes (if not much later) into it to avoid commercials. With TVD, I can not wait.

Sorry you were spoiled by stuff. The Alaric/Klaus thing was a shock to everyone I think. And it was like WHOAH! not knowing it was coming.

I actually didn't even notice the lack of Damon, and that's a compliment. :) He can show up in small doses, as long as those doses are potent and were they ever! ;)

"Screw you too. Emily!" Hee! "Banana peel." BWAH!

Yeah, I love Elena with Uncle Daddy John. :)
er05er05 on April 11th, 2011 03:23 am (UTC)
Something that I didn't get was that Caroline compelled her mom to forget she was a vampire. So how did her mom know or suspect that she was one.
Arabian: Caroline05arabian on April 11th, 2011 03:29 am (UTC)
Because Matt told her. We only saw Matt tell Sheriff Forbes the first line and not the whole story of what Caroline told him because they wanted the surprise of him talking to her after he spoke to Liz with the vervain in him.
rose_marie_roserose_marie_rose on April 12th, 2011 10:03 pm (UTC)
Fantastic review :) Yay for female agency! So many strong ladies making so many strong choices in this episode, I love it.

I was tickled pink by Damon's scene with Carol and Liz too, him dragging John away while snarking was one of my favorite moments.

And I totally agree about how Elena acts around John, it's nice to see her act like such a teenager and it was nice to see a soft moment between them.

SO excited for next week. Elena/Damon dancing and Elena/Damon angst-ing and slapping? In sixties garb? It's gonna be fun times.
Arabian: Katherine03arabian on April 12th, 2011 10:08 pm (UTC)
Like I said I just read your review and was like SQUEE! at the number of things we both loved and commented on. So obviously, I do agree with everything here.

(Next week looks like it's got some great D/E goodness, plus Stefan and Caroline dance!!)

BTW: If you read fic, I just put up a nice, meaty, semi-long one that's gotten good reviews. :)
rose_marie_roserose_marie_rose on April 12th, 2011 11:15 pm (UTC)
So excited for Stefan and Caroline next week! Even though I love both D/E and S/E, I think Stefan and Caroline have a very special type of chemistry, and I'd love to see it explored down the road.

Plus, it's been a long time since there's been some decent D/E development on the show, and I'm READY FOR IT. So giving Stefan some Caroline fun-times is only fair :)

I actually read your fic the other day and LOVED it. So hot. Like I said, shy lurker, so I didn't comment, but I definitely will now.
Arabian: Stefan & Caroline02arabian on April 12th, 2011 11:24 pm (UTC)
Not really an S/E fan (at all, I mean, I thought they had cute moments in season one, but they've completely lost me this season while Damon/Elena just keep owning more and more of my soul, and Stefan/Caroline are just WHEE!), but I definitely agree with D/E and Stefan/Caroline. Paul and Candice's chemistry just blew me away and I love how Stefan is with her -- so sparkly and adorable, whereas I find him boring and broody with Elena for the most part.

it's been a long time since there's been some decent D/E development on the show, and I'm READY FOR IT. So giving Stefan some Caroline fun-times is only fair :)

This so very much!
Sajen FreybergSajen Freyberg on May 13th, 2017 06:51 am (UTC)
Was the show really advertising the death of a major character? Because that was a flat out lie, although to be honest I think they were tempted to off Damon.
Arabian: Jenna01arabian on May 14th, 2017 04:41 pm (UTC)
Yes, they did advertise it, and a major character did die since Jenna, while not "techincally" a major character, was played by a series regular from day one, was killed off 2.21.

Hah, they were NOT tempted to off Damon. Ian Somerhalder/Damon was probably more popular than all of the other characters combined. As if!