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04 October 2013 @ 04:42 am
5.01 - 'I Know What You Did Last Summer' (The Vampire Diaries)  
Whee!! The Vampire Diaries is back in my life and the world is a happier place! YES! Thoughts and plenty o' words behind the cut.

Let's start with the obvious… Damon and Elena. Elena and Damon. WHEE! It really was just lovely seeing the two of them together because they are so gosh-darn happy! They are just happy. And while I expected to see Damon happy, and was thrilled to absolute bits to finally (finally!) see Damon Salvatore HAPPY!--a mantle of contentment practically cloaking him--I was surprised to see the difference in Elena.

For four years we have seen an Elena weighted down with guilt, with heaviness that comes from the belief that all of the chaos, all of the death and destruction's blame is at her feet. We have seen her hampered and anchored by Stefan's guilt and conviction that one must carry that guilt to be a "good" person. Right or wrong, that is how Stefan has chosen to be a vampire. That is a penance that he feels he owes to all those he has killed, and it is something that he has intentionally or not shown Elena is the way.

When he was off on his Ripper sojourn with Klaus, and then during her sire bonded ways with Damon last season, we saw Elena begin to move away from that mindset. First on her own, and then, well, on her own but everyone (except for Elena) believed it was thanks to Damon's bonded influence to a less guilt-ridden way of living. With the sire bond a thing of the past and with Stefan no longer her guide as either a significant other or vampire (thank goodness), Elena is allowed to be herself.

And I very deliberately chose that phrase: "allowed to be" because with Stefan it was always what he would let her do, what choice he would let her have, it was always about Stefan, never Elena, never her choices, despite his so-called awesomeness in letting her make her choices. He ever only did so when he had a damn good idea what her choice would be and when that choice was one that would either (a) suit him, or (b) make him look good. And again it was all about what he, Stefan, would *let* her do.

Damon doesn't let Elena do anything. Elena does or does not do. Sure he runs roughshod over her choices at times. And it's shitty and he shouldn't do it. But he only does it when her life is absolutely in danger and it's live or die. Just as Elena does for him. Just as Stefan does for him. Just as Elena does for Jeremy. Do or die. That is when both Elena and Damon make the choice for those they desperately love. But other than that, no, Damon doesn't tell her what to do, and he doesn't let her do anything. Elena does what Elena does and Damon sits back and either falls into a million pieces because she breaks him apart all over again or he marvels at everything that is absolutely amazing and brilliant about Elena Gilbert… sometimes at the same time.

And now, it's all about Elena doing what Elena does and doing so happily because damn, this girl is happy and seeing it is strange and glorious and awesome. And freaking adorable.

 

She's just so cute. And it's weird, because she's almost like a different character, but not. I kept being reminded of off-switch Elena, but the part of her that I loved, the one we saw mostly in "Because the Night" when she was in New York and was mostly having fun before she realized that Damon was playing her. Because that was an Elena who wasn't feeling the guilt and the grief, that was an Elena who was having fun.

And that's what we have here, and Elena who is having fun, who is happy. And it's awesome. And it's pretty damn telling that in two years (in the show's timeline) when she was mostly with Stefan, she was never really happy. Like Bonnie said to Jeremy, now with Damon, Elena is "genuinely happy" and this is clearly a genuinely happy Elena for the first time since her parents died. Stefan could never do this for her. Being with Damon has.

And they are clearly so, so, so happy! It's awesome! Like I said above, Damon is practically humming with this peaceful contentment. He's joking about not being in love with Elena, he's that confident in their love. They are kissing goodbye and exchanging "I love you's" in front of Jeremy without a qualm. Elena isn't even slightly bothered by Caroline's bitching about Damon versus Stefan (more on that later), I mean, it doesn't faze her in the least. She just keeps on grinning. And, hey, nice to know that after four months of shacking up, they're obviously still hot and heavy for each other.

- Exhibit A - Rolling around and grinning in ecstasy in bed.

 

- Exhibit B - Post-bubble bath bliss (please to be seeing the actual bubble bath sometime this season, pls, kthanxbai!) with Eskimo kisses and Elena calling Damon her boyfriend, all-night sexing talk and kissing.

 

- Exhibit C - Deep kissing and damn-near dry humping on the couch followed by awkward family time, including one of my two favorite exchanges of the episode.

Elena: {Pulling herself off of Damon's lips} Hey, Sor-I thought you left?
Jeremy: I did… five hours ago.
 

- Exhibit D - Long, deep kisses goodbye, heartfelt "I love you's" (OK, that has nothing to do with hot and heavy, but it adds poignancy to the hot and heavy!) and then Elena coming back for just one more.

 
 

In addition to the hot and heavy, of course, it wasn't just all sex, there was the happy. And there was the fact that Elena clearly absolutely trusts Damon with her brother, to keep him safe and to take care of him and that is huge. And we had the sweet phone calls between them, even if the sweet phone calls consisted of not such sweet nothings.

Yes, I'm not happy about Damon keeping stuff from her, and well, Elena keeping from Damon her misgivings about Stefan's whereabouts and that she's been worried about him, but… I understand where both are coming from. Stefan is obviously going to be a sore subject and Elena isn't going to push that subject with Damon. And Damon sees how happy Elena is right now so he's, of course, going to try and take care of all of these pesky little problems without Elena having to worry about them.

He's not trying to keep them from her to protect her or because he thinks she can't handle it but because he doesn't want to bother her with it. Should he be doing this? Nope. Should be telling her? Yup! Will he tell her pretty damn soon? Considering the fact that every single time Damon has kept something from her, he's told her by halfway through the next episode, I'm about 100% sure he'll tell by the end of the next episode or at least the following. They are in a new relationship, so there will be growing pains. Live and learn. :shrug:

Who still needs to live and learn? Damon. When it comes to Elena and Stefan and the fact that he did NOT steal her. She is not an object that can be stolen. Grr! She broke up with Stefan and chose to be with Damon. He really needs to get over that whole mindset that Silas (dick!) clearly stole out of his head. Silas is just going to keep getting into Damon's head and messing with his very fragile self-esteem, isn't he? *sigh* Not good. Not good at all. And I do fear that when Stefan returns, as of course he will, his issues will add to the mix because Stefan, yeah, Stefan is having some transference issues of his own right now.

Oh, Stefan. I want to feel sorry for you because I love you, boo, you know I do, but damn, son! Why you gotta make Damon the bad guy? He's having these imaginary conversations with Damon and instead of imagining the ACTUAL bad guy, you know, Silas! telling him to turn the switch off, he's imagining Damon as the devil on his shoulder being the bad guy. See, transference issues! Stefan, Stefan, Stefan! *sigh* And then he turns around and brings Elena as this angel on a pedestal -- the girl she is NOT -- to keep him on the straight and narrow. Stefan, Stefan, Stefan. Boo, you are so screwed up. And you are going to be even more screwed up when they get you out of that safe, aren't you? Oh yeah. And you're gonna try and bring your brother down with ya, aren't you? Oh, Stefan.

Not good. Especially when Damon is at such a good place. Not just with Elena (obligatory whee!!!), but with Jeremy also!

OMG! ALL THE DAMON/JEREMY FEELS IN THE UNIVERSE!!! Heck, all the Damon/Elena/Jeremy feels in the universe! I loved all the little family unit moments with them. Elena smiling as Damon promises to look after Jeremy, oh my, the look on Jere's face as Damon stands over him. Squee! The lack of disgust even though he looks away on Jeremy's face when Elena kisses Damon goodbye!

 

And, of course, we go back to the Damon/Jeremy stuff on its own. I was laughing so hard at the conversation in the Grill. Damon all upset because Jeremy got expelled after one day, grateful that Jeremy didn't at least put any of the kids in ICU. And when Jeremy mentioned that Damon had killed him, his response was that at least he'd done it in the privacy of Jeremy's home. Dude, I just lost it. I mean, really! Sure, Damon had killed Jeremy, but he hadn't done it in public so that made it perfectly acceptable. Oh, sweet Lord. I love this show so hard! (FYI, that was my other favorite exchange of the episode.)

And then, and then, and then… I was all OMG! THE FEELS… THE FEELS OF THE DAMON/JEREMY KIND!!!!!!

 

He vamp-zoomed to him! He was all worried! He threatened to kill him if he didn't survive just like he did to Elena back in "The Sun Also Rises" when she almost died! And then when Jeremy told him that Katherine was gone, Damon didn't care!! OH MY GOD! The key to rescuing Stefan and Damon didn't care! I know, I know, it wasn't about Jeremy completely. I get that, and it hammered the nail in the coffin of proof to me that while it's Damon over everything ever for Stefan, it's Elena (and what matters to her, aka Jeremy) over everything ever for Damon (including Stefan), that look of panic when he saw Jeremy and that relief on his face when Jerrmy opened his eyes and the way he pulled Jeremy's head to his chest and patted him… that was love from Damon for Jeremy. Oh yeah! So once more for the road: OMG! ALL THE DAMON/JEREMY FEELS IN THE UNIVERSE!!!

*sigh* I really hope this means we are going to see a strong exploration of that relationship because they just can't kill Jeremy off ever after what happened last season, so can we pretty please stop even hinting at it? I swear when we went to commercial break and Jeremy was lying on the road bleeding I literally cried out "noooo" because really?!? Thank goodness Damon was there to save him! And I really took that as a cue that they are indeed continuing that set-up from last season of Damon and Jeremy having this uber-strong bond. I hope so because that would just be well, uber-awesome. And Jeremy is awesome. And I think it's awesome that we're seeing remnants still of his Hunter-ness, including his mad Hunter fighting-skillz! That was unexpected, although it really shouldn't have been, but it was for me so seeing him kick ass like that was, well, key-word for the day and Jeremy? Awesome!

Not so awesome? What's going on with Bonnie and Jeremy. Don't get me wrong, I still love them so. But she is dead and there is obviously angst-lapalooza coming. I mean they went from these adorable smiles at the start of the show to Jeremy bleeding on the highway and a ghostly Bonnie helpless to do anything at the end.

 

Still they are my rainbow and sunshine, puppies and cupcakes couple and I hope somehow the show gives them a happy ending. Somehow. Because I love them, and damnit, Bonnie Bennett deserves a happy ending because that poor girl… Geez! Oh, Bonnie. Bonnie, Bonnie, Bonnie! I mean… BONNIE! I just feel so much for her. Everything she's lost and now her dad… and to see him go like that. And man, that was so chillingly done. Everyone around her unmoving and then Silas cuts her father's throat and there's Bonnie watching, screaming, crying, nearly falling apart, running among the unmoving bodies and no one can hear her or see her. God, Bonnie! That poor girl. Bonnie, Bonnie, Bonnie. :(

Caroline's plight just doesn't measure up, but I did feel bad for her. Even if she was annoying at the start with her anti-Damon/pro-Stefan rant, but I think that was intentional. I mean, here she is going on about this mistake Elena made shacking up with Damon and breaking Stefan's heart while Elena is beaming, looking happier than we've ever seen her and as I said above, nothing that Caroline is saying is fazing her at all. Because Caroline is wrong. And then Elena even gets her digs in later about Tyler. She points out in a non-catty way (unlike Caroline) that Tyler hasn't called back, maybe Tyler isn't interested, maybe Caroline should move on.

And at the end of the episode what has happened? Tyler blew Caroline off, while Elena is on the phone with her boyfriend, smiling, happiness radiating from her, even in the midst of some shocking new drama in her life. She's telling him she loves him, and meanwhile sure he's keeping stuff from her but it's so she can be happy and enjoy life. And she is, enjoying life. She's out in the world, going with the flow, just letting life happen. Meanwhile, Caroline is crying, her boyfriend has deserted her, she's alone, and she is freaking out. She's paranoid, jumping at shadows, completely unsure of herself.

And it makes perfect sense. In Mystic Falls, Caroline is in complete control. She knows everyone, has everything in order, it's a small town and she has her finger in every pie. Here it's a whole new arena with a whole new stage of players and she's not the queen bee. Of course she's off-kilter. It's a completely different dynamic and she's out of control and an out-of-control Caroline is not where she is comfortable. Seeing these two in this environment is fascinating because they are so different, but it's so wholly and completely in character. I love it!

Also beautifully in character even though she is in a completely different place is Miss Katherine. Even human, she is still a survivor. I loved seeing Katherine actually use her weakness, her vulnerability to get what she needed. She admitted that she needed help, she used her human frailty and all of her enemies coming after her to get Damon to take her in. That's Katherine Pierce, using every weapon at her disposal to survive. Even the obvious one against a two-thousand year old immortal.

I also thought it was a brilliant how the show is keeping Katherine human. Because no one has taken the cure, of course, Katherine, the ultimate survivor, would be wary of risking not coming back as a vampire if she attempted to turn. Nice one. And interesting to see what will happen now that Silas has the entire town searching for Katherine (who looks just like Elena). Is she still in Mystic Falls? Will she go back to Damon? Where will she hide out? Will she go to Matt maybe? (And why I am randomly wondering if I will begin shipping Matt and human!Katherine now?!)

Speaking of… as a Matt/Rebekah shipper, I was *not* happy with the how their story played out because there was no love aspect there at all. It was all sex and fun. Not that there's anything wrong with that. If I didn't OTP ship them, I'd be all YAY! And as someone who just likes looking at the two pretty blonde people, I did love that aspect of it, and as someone who appreciates that one of the two actors is moving to another show, I get that you very well can't set up a true love connection between these two characters. So logically, I get it. And they never really went down that road with them so I wasn't as emotionally connected with them as I could have been and I began disconnecting myself once I knew that Claire Holt was indeed joining The Originals, so I'm OK with not getting the love in the Matt/Rebekah ship. So I'm OK, I guess. *sigh*

And in the sexy, fun department, I give them a resounding A+. I quite, quite enjoyed it. Matt's smile during the threesome (OK then, CW at the top of the 8 o'clock hour!), and the absolutely adorable kissing, 'don't miss me' teasing, breathtaking smiles, uber-blonde prettiness in the park made me squee!

 

And then there was Nadia. Of course I'm glad the Gilbert ring is back on Matt's finger where it belongs! But what the what?!?! Who was that freaky dude?! And what was he doing to Matt's eyes? And why were they all black?! And, OK, yeah, chick who plays Nadia (Olga Fonda) has chemistry with Zach Roerig, always a good thing -- the finger fondling thing was kinda hot. So, we'll see where this goes. But then there's my sudden, perhaps random Matt, human!Katherine shipping!

Speaking of hot, yeah, Jesse/Flyer Guy was kinda hot too. But is he the vampire? Cuz obviously there's a vampire at Whitmore College? And that vampire is killing people, and compelling cops. And then there's Megan, the roomie with vervain protein water! Who is dead! And who had a daddy/daughter-like picture with Elena's dad! Hello!?!? Yeah, plenty o' mysteries this season to start with and color me intrigued!

What am I not intrigued with? Or rather not impressed? Sorry, Paul. Yeah, Paul Wesley's Silas. He's so cold. And when an actor is playing a cold character, said actor needs enormous amounts of charisma to make that cold character compelling. Paul Wesley works when he's selling the warmth of his character. Without that warmth, he's just kinda there. There is no warmth in Silas, so he's just... there. So I'm not feeling Silas at all. At least with Ripper!Stefan there were flashes of heat, but Silas is just a block of cold non-emotion and Paul is not pulling it off for me. Hopefully it gets better. As of now, I am not impressed. I barely remember any of his scenes.

Phew! Okay, time for random thoughts!

- Damn, Ian Somerhalder looks good. Great haircut, great color. Great body. Great face. Yummy. My goodness, that man is delicious.

- So, non-vampire Silas does not have vampire speed. Interesting.

- I loved the little moment with Liz at the beginning when she was talking to Caroline and Elena and her voice suddenly choked up, really nicely done by Marguerite McIntrye. I also loved when she brought up Elena's dad. At first I just loved it because it was yet another reminder of family and how beautifully this show never forgets that family is key. Of course, towards the end, it became a reminder of an upcoming mystery about roomie Megan and Elena's dad.

- Do they not know what to do with Tyler? Are they afraid to kill Tyler off because he's the only werewolf left? I mean, really, they ship him off-screen for batches of episodes at a time and it looks like here comes another batch. I'm not complaining about the lack of Tyler since I'm the captain of the H.M.S. KillTyler, but really, do they not know what to do with him?

So another season, another premiere. I really, really liked this one. It had some really jaw-dropping moments. Some laugh-out loud moments, great character stuff, wonderful friendship moments, family stuff, ship moments, HAWT stuff, my D/E heart was soaring with joy, I just really can't complain at all! I still think that "The Return" is the strongest premiere, but this is easily the second best premiere the show has delivered. And what was really awesome is that it really did feel like a new beginning without taking away from *my* show. It still felt very much like The Vampire Diaries. In the Pilot we entered into this world, and crazy, chaotic stuff just kept piling on and on. This episode, it felt like a rebirth, it really was almost like a second pilot in that so much of that crazy chaos has been dealt with. It's still the same show, but it's lighter. It feels like a fresh start without all this baggage. And I am very, very excited to go on this brand new leg of the journey! WHEE!!!!

P.S. Bonus Damon-gif-fage for anyone wanting to make the haters go away.

     
 
 
 
Emily: connie_gabe @ ljemofordino on October 4th, 2013 02:51 pm (UTC)
Ahhhh, yes! I have been so pumped to read this recap, it was one of the ones I was most looking forward to when I really started to get excited for TVD to start again. (I got super obsessed with Teen Wolf over the summer, so I kind of forgot all about TVD momentarily, but now I can definitely say that I am 150% invested in this season. Eeeee!)

I pretty much concur with everything you said regarding Damon/Elena, Katherine, Jeremy, Bonnie, etc, and most importantly, JEREMY/DAMON FEELS OMGGGGGG I HAVE WAITED MY WHOLE LIFE FOR THIS. So, I won't go into that much, because you already said it perfectly!

I also completely agree about Silas. I was pretty intrigued by the differences between Silas and the Originals/regular vampires. First off, he seems to hate vampires, though he is more or less one himself if you go by the whole "drinking human blood to live" definition. I thought last season, Silas seemed to have super strength/healing/speed exceeding the levels of the Originals, but it seems now they've either retconned it to make Silas' abilities more of a mental thing, or he's just lazy or otherwise trying to hide his other abilities. (Although, if he REALLY wanted to catch Katherine, wouldn't he have used super speed if he has it?)

So, I'm leaning towards Silas' powers being more psychic in the way that he can both read minds and control people's thoughts and actions. I think it's really kind of cool how his powers seemed to be limited when he was first turned, but now that he's ~2,000 years old AND has been chugging blood all summer, his powers are super strong. The only thing I hate about this is that it's kind of like the situation we had with Klaus--he's unkillable, and is so good at strategy that he's always thinking ahead. What fun is a villain if he's truly invulnerable? Especially considering our main witch is currently dead? It just makes me nervous, is all.
Arabian: Bonnie01arabian on October 6th, 2013 05:20 am (UTC)
I've loved pretty much every Jeremy/Damon scene ever and unlike D/E stuff, I was not spoiled at all for the D/J stuff so I was able to fully enjoy it without any expectations getting in the way. Whee!! It was even better than I could have expected. Just perfect!

RE: Silas. I too was intrigued by the differences between Silas and Original vampires. I find it interesting how adamant he is in insisting that he is not a vampire just because he needs blood. Well, it's not really a retcon. Because the only power we got from last season was his psychic ability to get into/control minds. There was no other power that we knew of, we just assumed, that's not a retcon on the show's part.

The only thing I hate about this is that it's kind of like the situation we had with Klaus--he's unkillable, and is so good at strategy that he's always thinking ahead. What fun is a villain if he's truly invulnerable? Especially considering our main witch is currently dead? It just makes me nervous, is all.

Well, we know he's immortal, but we also know that a powerful witch of the Bennett line CAN control him and immoblize him as Bonnie did. So that is clearly some kind of key. So we'll see.....
(Anonymous) on October 4th, 2013 06:24 pm (UTC)
Wonderful Recap as usual! I have to agree that I was pretty unimpressed by Silas as well. A bit too reminiscent of Klaus for me...without all the charm. Still, if I'm honest, I wasn't all that taken with Katherine either and she definitely grew on me as a villain.

Also, just like you, I was absolutely thrilled with the Damon/Jeremy scenes. So much so that I rewatched the scene on the road even before rewatching the Damon and Elena lovefest...and that's saying something.

So glad to have you back in the recapper's chair. You always give something new to think about with every episode :)
Arabian: Damon & Jeremy02arabian on October 6th, 2013 05:23 am (UTC)
Thanks for the kind words!

Yeah, I was just not impressed with Paul as Silas at all. Which did surprise me because I liked his Ripper!Stefan and STefan!onthe!Rocks, so I dunno. Like I said, I think it's because he just doesn't have enough charisma to compensate for a cold character. I see what you mean when you say he's like Klaus a tad, definitely not charming enough. I do agree there. ON the other hand, I definitely loved Katherine from the get-go, but I think Nina Dobrev is very charismatic and ridiculously charming and adorable, so....

Damon and Jeremy scenes were EVERYTHING! So, so, so awesome. I rewound that Damon/Jeremy head-pat moment about 20 times. Just loved it so much.
Bogwitch: TVD - Caroline Elenabogwitch on October 4th, 2013 10:38 pm (UTC)
How was Stefan able to hallucinate Damon's new haircut so accurately? Is this finally Damon's own hero haircut??????

I agree, this premiere was very strong, but it's still can't top The Return.
Arabian: Elena&Caroline02arabian on October 6th, 2013 05:50 am (UTC)
LMAO! Didn't even think of that. Maybe Stefan's got some of his doppelganger's Silas psychic power, LOL!

Yeah, it's gonna take a lot to top "The Return," but this one was VERY strong.

Edited at 2016-06-28 11:52 pm (UTC)
prettygirl5130: pic#119743568prettygirl5130 on October 4th, 2013 10:46 pm (UTC)
I feel like it's been 84 years! LOL!

Seriously though....watching TVD DVDs all summer long was really wearing thin on me so when I looked at the calender and realized that finally a new episode would be airing I was ecstatic!

I immediately hopped onto your blog today to get your take on it, and I agree with everything. This episode was just so much fun and it really did feel like a brand new show but not totally brand new. Even the characters were just a tad bit different to me this premiere. Elena was genuinely happy and dancing around. Damon was calm and collected. Bonnie was still Bonnie even if she was dead. Stefan was still Stefan...suffering as he kinda has been since the show first started. Caroline was her chirpy self, but even if they were the same they were somehow different. Damon and Elena were the two characters that were the most changed but everyone had sort of changed in this episode.

Damon and Elena were perfect and sweet. And it was really cute when Elena was awake in bed and then in the next scene with her she's whispering on the phone to Damon, probably because she missed him. It was the first night in awhile where she was sleeping alone.

Jeremy and Damon were AMAZING! OMG! I didn't know they would be that awesome!

Stefan was still Stefan.

Silas was kind of eh.

And then there's Caroline. I found it really interesting how Elena was kind of annoyed and frustrated with Caroline throughout the episode. I would guess that annoyance came from Caroline's opinion on Elena's boyfriend. They were kind of the friends that both had a mutual friend but that mutual friend left the dinner table for a bit and now they're stuck talking to each other. Elena and Caroline ended up spending a lot of time together just the two of them and I don't think they really wanted it that way. Even when Caroline was crying in bed, Elena took a mintue before actually asking if she was okay and unlike the Elena of yore she didn't get up and go to comfort her. All she did was think about it for a minute, ask if Caroline was okay, and then kind of just talk to her for a brief second. It wasn't as loving/close as they used to be...a noticeable change after everything that's gone on.

Definitely fresh and fun and I can't even go about predicting what's going to happen next because everything is brand new! New mythology, new characters, new setting, new relationships...talk about a "reVAMP" LOL! Pun attended.
Arabian: Damon & Jeremy03arabian on October 6th, 2013 06:18 am (UTC)
I'm so weird about TVD hiatuses. I'm totally fine with them because it frees up my Thursdays, until the week or so before and then I start to wig out, LOL! I did pretty good, getting my write-up done before 4:30 or so! I was so proud of myself. :)

Anyhoo, onto the show and your comments. It really was such a great balancing act they did. Bringing a fresh lightness to the show without making it feel like a different show. And Elena, gosh, seeing her so happy was just wonderful. I've lamented so long about wanting to see Damon happy that it never really struck me that we've never seen Elena happy, truly happy like we did here (and well in 4.08 now that I think about it). Look at what being with Damon does for her? Being truly accepted and in love without the guilt holding her back. She just feels so free, free to be herself, not a better version of herself. It's pretty awesome. And so is happy Elena! And happy Damon!

Jeremy and Damon were AMAZING! OMG! I didn't know they would be that awesome!

I did! I did!!! Seriously, go back and watch EVERY SINGLE JEREMY/DAMON SCENE EVER! Every single one is perfect. There is not one single moment of any single Damon/Jeremy scene that is not just absolutely right (which is why I am SO happy that they cut that D/J scene from the finale because it was SO wrong and of course they realized that). Damon and Jeremy just work so completely. I don't know how the writers, every single one of them, have always known exactly what note to hit with them, but they always do. Garsh, I love them so much.

Stefan was still Stefan.

Pretty much.

Silas was kind of eh.

Like I said in my write-up, I do blame Paul. I do. I just don't think he's either willing or capable of stepping up to the challenge of playing Silas. :shrugs:

And then there's Caroline. I found it really interesting how Elena was kind of annoyed and frustrated with Caroline throughout the episode.K</i>

I think you're forgetting what Elena and Caroline's relationship was like at the beginning of the series and in pockets of time when Bonnie is not there, we've seen that pop up again. Of the three of them, Bonnie is Elena's best friend. And Bonnie is Caroline's best friend. Elena and Caroline are not best friends. They are both best friends with Bonnie. They are friends. They love each other. But those two are not BFFs. They do annoy each other; they don't see eye to eye and they do get on each other's nerves. And knowing that they've spent the summer together without Bonnie (unlike two summers ago) or any drama (like the last two summers) has probably been a reminder more of the natural state of their relationship... which has been compounded by the Damon vs. Stefan side of things in Caroline's mind.

Definitely fresh and fun and I can't even go about predicting what's going to happen next because everything is brand new! New mythology, new characters, new setting, new relationships...talk about a "reVAMP" LOL! Pun attended.

ReVAMP, indeed! And it's SO exciting!!! :D

Edited at 2016-06-28 11:53 pm (UTC)
Florencia: DE (It's a Fairy Tale)florencia7 on October 5th, 2013 03:05 am (UTC)
I was sooooooooooooooo excited to read this post!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE reading your thoughts!!!!!!!!!!!! ♥ ♥ ♥ I truly feel like I wouldn't be able to enjoy the show as much as I do if it wasn't for your amazing, brilliant posts ♥


”And I very deliberately chose that phrase: "allowed to be" because with Stefan it was always what he would let her do” - That is SO true & exactly what I was thinking in one of Damon/Stefan hallucinatory conversations when “Damon” told Stefan: “you did the right thing, *LET* us be happy.”

“Damon doesn't tell her what to do, and he doesn't let her do anything. Elena does what Elena does” - I think that's actually one of the points of the whole college thing that I totally missed when we first heard about this long-distance-relationship arrangement. After different people (*cough* 3x14 *cough*) were constantly blaming/accusing Damon of fighting with Elena over her choices, interfering, etc. what's happening now only confirms what you're saying later: that Damon's only making or trying to make choices for Elena when she's in danger. He clearly isn't thrilled about her going away, but that's what she wants to do therefore he isn't even *trying* (despite teasing to do so haha) to convince her otherwise.

“And it's weird, because she's almost like a different character, but not.” - I had that feeling too, and at first I wasn't sure if that was a good thing, but then I realized it's what you said: it's happy!Elena, having-fun!Elena that we've NEVER actually seen before. (And quite sadly and a little ironically, Stefan is probably not going to ever see this (real!) Elena, because she won't be that giddy & carefree once bad things start to unravel...)

I also *really* wanted to feel sorry for Stefan and I'm really amazed that, despite the circumstances, he somehow still managed to make it quite impossible! Lol I wasn't happy with Stefan's imaginary conversations, although they WERE consistent with Stefan's character, so perhaps it's all just brilliant and consciously done... which it must be, considering that we even got, which I thought was hilarious, that short fairy-tale music sequence (like when a fairy appears in a cartoon, etc.) when imaginary!Elena appeared to Stefan.

All the Damon/Jeremy and Damon/Elena/Jeremy scenes were just THE BEST, yes ♥ I LOVED the exchange at the grill that you quoted and I also absolutely LOVED the lovely premieres parallel of Damon killing Jeremy in 2x01 – and saving him in 5x01.

“And man, that was so chillingly done.” - Yes, it was so very well done. A really great, clever idea. I really liked it.

I'm really intrigued by what's happening with Matt and the black eyes made me think of a movie... can't remember the title... but it was something about taking away people's souls... I can't wait to see how the writers start connecting all the storylines, all the new characters, etc. Also, Silas' dislike of vampires (“never call me a vampire”): is there an important backstory there? Everything looks really promising so far.

“Do they not know what to do with Tyler?” - LOL I was wondering about that too. I guess it's either that or they know *exactly* and they want to catch us off guard.

OK, so because I'm paranoid like that... did you feel like there was something ominous about the fact that during DE phone call Damon's response to Elena's ILY was “Goodnight”? I know I kept predicting Damon's “death” last season and it didn't happen but I can't help getting the same vibes now LOL Plus, it's always been Stefan who needed to be saved/found/brought back/etc. over & over again, so it seems like a logical move to put Damon in that position for a change.

Oh, one little thing. I loved how in the opening sequence when Stefan says “... and love drove me away” the accompanied clip is a DE 3x19 kiss! Human!Elena/Damon kiss!!! I think that was a VERY lovely choice.

I'm so happy that TVD and your posts are back!!! ♥

& I love all the gifs!!!!!! :D

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Arabian: Damon & Elena23arabian on October 6th, 2013 06:30 am (UTC)
I was sooooooooooooooo excited to read this post!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE reading your thoughts!!!!!!!!!!!! ♥ ♥ ♥ I truly feel like I wouldn't be able to enjoy the show as much as I do if it wasn't for your amazing, brilliant posts ♥

Thank you! ♥ I appreciate that you appreciate my long, rambling TVD words o' love! :D


exactly what I was thinking in one of Damon/Stefan hallucinatory conversations when “Damon” told Stefan: “you did the right thing, *LET* us be happy.”

You know, I hadn't even caught that, but you're so right. That's just how Stefan thinks. It's all about Stefan's world and he how everyone else fits in it, or rather how he lets them fit in it. Oh, Stefan.

I think that's actually one of the points of the whole college thing that I totally missed when we first heard about this long-distance-relationship arrangement.

Exactly. This is what it's about for Damon. He's pretty much ALWAYS going to let Elena make her own choices, even when he doesn't agree, or it's not what he wants, unless her life is in danger. That is the only time he'll interfere. And she is EXACTLY the same way.

it's happy!Elena, having-fun!Elena that we've NEVER actually seen before.

And I freaking LOVE happy!Elena! Happy!Elena is awesome and adorable and Damon is probably about a gazillion times more in love with her than he was before because how could he not be? She's freaking awesome and adorable!! :D

(And quite sadly and a little ironically, Stefan is probably not going to ever see this (real!) Elena, because she won't be that giddy & carefree once bad things start to unravel...)

Another thing I didn't think of, but you are totally right. Stefan won't have seen *this* Elena. The genuinely happy Elena. *sigh*

he somehow still managed to make it quite impossible!

He really, really did!

I also absolutely LOVED the lovely premieres parallel of Damon killing Jeremy in 2x01 – and saving him in 5x01.

THIS! THIS! THIS!

I can't wait to see how the writers start connecting all the storylines, all the new characters, etc. Also, Silas' dislike of vampires (“never call me a vampire”): is there an important backstory there? Everything looks really promising so far.

I know! Because you know they will.

“Do they not know what to do with Tyler?” - LOL I was wondering about that too. I guess it's either that or they know *exactly* and they want to catch us off guard.

I dunno, I don't think they know what to do because we're going on four years now. Just kill him. Please!

OK, so because I'm paranoid like that... did you feel like there was something ominous about the fact that during DE phone call Damon's response to Elena's ILY was “Goodnight”?

I think he was just saying goodnight? Probably felt a wee guilty that he was withholding stuff from her, that's all.

& I love all the gifs!!!!!! :D

Hah! THe post would have been up probably an hour earlier without the gifs, but I had to include them! WHEE! :D
faith5by5_1013: The Vampire Diaries: Damon/Elena: Smilefaith5by5_1013 on October 5th, 2013 04:00 pm (UTC)
It'd be impossible for me to pull out specific parts of your review that I agreed with because, frankly, I agree about all of the stuff you said about Damon/Elena, the differences between Damon/Elena and Stefan/Elena, Damon/Jeremy...

I actually really liked Paul as Silas. I tend to prefer him when he's playing evil though. Either Silas or Ripper-Stefan. I find him least compelling when he's the Stefan we usually see.

Do they not know what to do with Tyler? Are they afraid to kill Tyler off because he's the only werewolf left? I mean, really, they ship him off-screen for batches of episodes at a time and it looks like here comes another batch. I'm not complaining about the lack of Tyler since I'm the captain of the H.M.S. KillTyler, but really, do they not know what to do with him?

I think it's a combination of things. They don't know what to do with him, but they want to keep him around. And it seems to me that the actor who plays him has no real interest in being on the show and is just kind of keeping the role because it's a job. I'm guessing his lack of availability (I don't know if he's doing anything else, but I kind of get the feeling that he's not exactly making himself available) is part of why he never appears on the show. I just want them to get rid of him permanently and allow Caroline to move on.
Arabian: Damon & Elena24arabian on October 6th, 2013 06:46 am (UTC)
Yay, we agree on Damon/Elena and Damon/Jeremy because that's the important stuffies!

I actually really liked Paul as Silas. I tend to prefer him when he's playing evil though. Either Silas or Ripper-Stefan. I find him least compelling when he's the Stefan we usually see.

I just found him so very flat as Silas. There was just nothing there. I do like him as Ripper!Stefan, and I like him as Stefan, even when he's being a douche or a hypocrite because there's warmth and feeling behind it, but because of the coldness, lack of feeling to Silas there's just nothing there. And like I said, Paul's lack of charisma just leaves me feeling flat and, well, nothing.

I just want them to get rid of him permanently and allow Caroline to move on.

Yes, this, please! PRETTY, PRETTY please! I just want Tyler gone. It doesn't help that to me he's the show's weakest actor and, frankly, weakest character too. Ugh.
MaelJ0714maelj0714 on October 5th, 2013 04:21 pm (UTC)
Hello, to you!! I cannot tell you how much I love your recaps of TVD episodes. Your insight into the characters and writing is absolutely amazing. During the long summer break I've rewatched the entire series and enjoyed coming back to your posts to read your thoughts on each episode. (I'm sorry, yes, I am a shameful lurker). Your love for the show is infectious and always makes my viewing experience better.

With that said I hope you don't mind me sharing a few thoughts. I just loved, loved, loved this season premiere! Like you, I really think it is one of their best.

Damon and Elena. Elena and Damon. WHEE!

So often when THE couple finally comes together, after all the buildup and angst, they become dull and boring, with an occasional dry peck to the lips. Not so here! Holy smokers!!! Caroline Dries is staying true to Delena's passionate, all-consuming love and I couldn't be happier. I love Damon and Elena in sweet, cute scenes, but I was a little worried they would become only that, which is more the high school romance I associate with Stefan and Elena. (Stefan and Caroline would have a wonderful sweet relationship because you are right, they are so sparkly with each other.) But Damon and Elena have such an intense push/pull dynamic; and oh my, how nice to see that has finally resulted in some requited sexual tension. And plenty!! I loved that this episode showed that visceral, soul-to-soul need these two have for each other that goes beyond boyfriend/girlfriend.

She's just so cute. And it's weird, because she's almost like a different character, but not.....Elena is "genuinely happy"

THIS. Have we ever seen Elena like this before? Confident, assertive, calm, completely comfortable in her skin, with just a happy joy and glow about her in every scene. Some of this was due to having Jeremy back in her life but I dare say most of it was her acceptance of her love for Damon. And definitely more sexual than we've seen her! You've noted that Stefan never allowed Elena control during their sexytiems, never seemed comfortable with her 'being on top.' Damon has no problem with this! He wholeheartedly approves, encourages and enjoys the ride. (pun intended?) And Elena revels in it.

And it's so wonderful seeing him on the receiving end of that love. We've known since late season 1 he's loved Elena, but this episode really made it a point to show us that this is love she feels for him, not just lust. Laughing at his jokes in the tub and at the door (because he makes her happy), covering him in passionate kisses while sitting on his lap (or dry humping if you prefer :-D ) while losing hella track of time, pulling him in for long, lingering kisses, coming back for one more, calling when she gets to college and later that night to tell him about her day -- yeah, girl's got it bad. The two declarations of love were initiated by her.

And speaking of that goodbye kiss, oh my god, how much feeling went into that kiss? Breathing each other in, savoring the other's feel and taste, making it last through that long period of separation they knew they'd have to endure before seeing each other again. SO GOOD. And all the while, Jeremy is watching this, seeing how much his sister is loved, how much she loves and how happy that makes her. And that makes him happy.

Cont.
Arabian: Damon & Jeremy02arabian on October 6th, 2013 07:32 am (UTC)
WHEE!! Someone who goes on like me! I LOVES IT!!! Welcome! :D

During the long summer break I've rewatched the entire series and enjoyed coming back to your posts to read your thoughts on each episode.

Hey, if you ever feel like coming back to those earlier posts and responding, I love going back and rereading and wouldn't mind going back and responding to any thoughts you want to add to those! :)

Your love for the show is infectious and always makes my viewing experience better.

You have no idea how much I love reading that. Really, that means so much to me. THANK YOU!

With that said I hope you don't mind me sharing a few thoughts.

Not at all. I love hearing from other people who love the show.

So often when THE couple finally comes together, after all the buildup and angst, they become dull and boring, with an occasional dry peck to the lips. Not so here! Holy smokers!!!

That is one of my biggest frustration with how couples are written. The so-called curse that couples lose their heat when they get together. Nope, it's that writers stop writing for that heat and chemistry. It was fantastic seeing our show not do that, and hopefully they continue to NOT stop doing that. We're still owed a full-on non-interrupted love scene, thank you very much, LOL!

(Stefan and Caroline would have a wonderful sweet relationship because you are right, they are so sparkly with each other.)

Hell to the yeah!

But Damon and Elena have such an intense push/pull dynamic; and oh my, how nice to see that has finally resulted in some requited sexual tension. And plenty!! I loved that this episode showed that visceral, soul-to-soul need these two have for each other that goes beyond boyfriend/girlfriend.

They have a fully-functioning ADULT relationship.

THIS. Have we ever seen Elena like this before? Confident, assertive, calm, completely comfortable in her skin, with just a happy joy and glow about her in every scene.

I've rewatched bits and pieces of the episode since writing this and I continue to marvel at how utterly adorable and just wonderful Elena is. She's SO happy and it's just amazing to watch. And I am in awe watching how Nina is playing her. Seeing Elena without this heavy weight on her shoulders is just a joy to watch. I love it so, so, so much.

Damon has no problem with this! He wholeheartedly approves, encourages and enjoys the ride. (pun intended?) And Elena revels in it.

Yes, yes, yes!!!

And it's so wonderful seeing him on the receiving end of that love.

Damon's happiness is of a different sort, with Elena's it's that lightness. With Damon there is this peace, this settled contentment, almost a quiet joy. I just--gosh, I love it so.

And speaking of that goodbye kiss, oh my god, how much feeling went into that kiss? Breathing each other in, savoring the other's feel and taste, making it last through that long period of separation they knew they'd have to endure before seeing each other again. SO GOOD. And all the while, Jeremy is watching this, seeing how much his sister is loved, how much she loves and how happy that makes her. And that makes him happy.

I KNOW!!! And that moment where their foreheads were touching and they were silent, almost like they were holding the entire world at a standstill in that moment. So beautiful. *sigh*
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MaelJ0714maelj0714 on October 5th, 2013 04:31 pm (UTC)
Part 2

Elena smiling as Damon promises to look after Jeremy, oh my, the look on Jere's face as Damon stands over him. Squee!

The SQUEE for Damon/Jeremy almost rivals the SQUEE for Damon/Elena. I love how Jeremy looks here. Not only did we have his own burgeoning respect for Damon in season 4 ("See, I told you I could be badass!") but Jeremy likes Damon for how he makes Elena feel... and for all the other things Damon has selflessly done for her to protect her. But have we ever seen him look at Stefan this way? I've always seen Jeremy as not particularly liking Stefan and being wary and distrustful around him.

There were so many things I loved about them in this episode --

- The look between Damon and Jeremy after Elena gave Damon that last, quick kiss before leaving. That goofy grin and shared moment they had over their mutual love for Elena (this was my favorite exchange) and the instant Damon (the ultimate BAMF) realized it. No, he wasn't going there, but TOO LATE, HE ALREADY DID.

- Jeremy and Bonnie's insisting Damon believe him about Stefan!Silas because they know that when Damon knows, shit gets done, problems get solved and all is right with the world again.

- Jeremy immediately turning around and bringing Katherine back without question just cause Damon says.

- And my favorite, the call back to (2x01) when Damon killed Jeremy ("But that was in the privacy of your home" - hilarious) and how (5x01) fixed it.

Oh my Lord, did Ian Somerhalder not tear your heart out in that scene when he said "I'm supposed to be taking care of you, you little punk." You could feel his desperation, panic, fear when he said it. Yes, a lot of it had to do with failing Elena but I felt in equal parts that it was for Jeremy, his surrogate brother, as well. So many people were up in arms about the cut Deremy scene from 4x23. Damon was too cruel. And here we see why they cut it. Because it wasn't an accurate representation of how Damon truly feels about Jeremy.

He's not trying to keep them from her to protect her or because he thinks she can't handle it but because he doesn't want to bother her with it.

Yes. This to me was actually a nod to the viewers that, yes, Damon and Elena don't lie to each other but this is why Damon felt it was important not to worry her after she had just told him about her father being linked to the college murder. And Jeremy's approving look validated that. He asked her if she wanted to come home, and I believe had she said yes, he would have told her everything then.

Silas is just going to keep getting into Damon's head and messing with his very fragile self-esteem, isn't he?

Guilt, guilt, guilt -- whether it is through Silas's revelation of his thoughts or his voice-over to next week's episode (more yummy Delena HOTNESS = WOOT to the HOOT!!), our Damon shouldn't have love and happiness (because he doesn't deserve it) when his more-than-deserving brother is suffering. Let's hope Elena will spend all of this season and next convincing him otherwise.

He's having these imaginary conversations with Damon and instead of imagining the ACTUAL bad guy, you know, Silas! telling him to turn the switch off, he's imagining Damon as the devil on his shoulder being the bad guy.

You are so good. I caught this only upon rewatch. Unfortunately, I hope the viewers realize these are actually Stefan's thoughts and not Damon's and Elena's. Immediately after that beautiful image of Stefan's version of Elena, "Do it for me," we see the real Elena declaring her love for Damon, so I hope that was the writer's way of telling us what is really going on with Elena.

Cont.
Arabian: Damon & Elena22arabian on October 6th, 2013 07:32 am (UTC)
The SQUEE for Damon/Jeremy almost rivals the SQUEE for Damon/Elena.

I knew that my love for Damon/Jeremy was going to nearly rival my love for Damon/Jeremy this season because I wouldn't have to have it hampered by any equivalency of Stefan/Elena getting in the way of my squee! And boy this first episode sure set me up for high expectation of squee!

But have we ever seen him look at Stefan this way? I've always seen Jeremy as not particularly liking Stefan and being wary and distrustful around him.

Nope. I've definitely paid attention. Jeremy is not, nor has he ever really been a Stefan fan. The closest was him letting Stefan in to fix dinner for Elena way back in episode 05 of season 01 before they knew anything about them.

I'm not copying/pasting your list of D/J things you loved because I'd just be repeating and saying ditto to every word because DITTO to every word! DITTO!!!

So many people were up in arms about the cut Deremy scene from 4x23. Damon was too cruel. And here we see why they cut it. Because it wasn't an accurate representation of how Damon truly feels about Jeremy.

I'm sorry, but anyone who was up in arms about that was an idiot. Garsh, that was mean, but true. That scene SO had to be cut. When I found out there was a cut D/J scene I was heartbroken, then I watched it and I breathed a sigh of relief because it would have been such an asshole attitude from Damon had that been kept in. It was so very wrong. As much as I liked the cheek-pat, it was so not the right tone after what had just happened with Elena and Damon, the 'I love you' and passionate kiss, Damon finally getting the girl, and of course what had happened with Jeremy and Bonnie. Horribly, tonally off. It was in character for Damon and Jeremy in normal circumstances, but not in THOSE circumstances. I can understand why they wrote it, and even filmed it, but looking at the finished product, they made the ABSOLUTE right choice in cutting it.

our Damon shouldn't have love and happiness (because he doesn't deserve it) when his more-than-deserving brother is suffering. Let's hope Elena will spend all of this season and next convincing him otherwise.

Alas, I think that Elena will be feeling guilt herself. :(

You are so good.

This comes from being a Stefan-fan. I pay almost as much attention to him as I do Damon and Elena, LOL!

I caught this only upon rewatch. Unfortunately, I hope the viewers realize these are actually Stefan's thoughts and not Damon's and Elena's.

Not enough. So many are saying that Damon is an asshole, and that Elena obviously is still in love with Stefan because she is begging him to hold on for her. Because those viewers are stupid. And clearly do not understand what a hallucination is.

Immediately after that beautiful image of Stefan's version of Elena, "Do it for me," we see the real Elena declaring her love for Damon, so I hope that was the writer's way of telling us what is really going on with Elena.

It obviously was. Elena is in love with Damon. But, yes, she does still care about Stefan. There's a reason she's been worried about him and having those dreams. I know that the triangle isn't over, and that they are going to drag it out somehow, but it won't be in the traditional sense because I just don't see how they have Elena fall out of love with Damon and fall back in love with Stefan after the last two seasons. So we just have to grit our teeth and see what bones they throw the Stefan/Elena fanbase... because they will.

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MaelJ0714maelj0714 on October 5th, 2013 04:32 pm (UTC)
Last Part

Just a few more thoughts - - (I'm sorry -- my mindless ramblings! lol)

- Matt/Rebekah threesome. I guess they were trying to show Rebekah showing goody, hometown boy a wild, fun time but it didn't work for me. It seemed a little OOC (but I could totally see pre-Elena Damon in this scene - lol). I remember thinking, maybe if both girls were kissing Matt instead of each other -- and then your post nailed it. For me that would have shown more love/affection for Matt instead of Rebekah just having casual sex with him the observer.

- When Tyler said in his voice mail this is important to me, did anyone finish that sentence with, "More important than you"?

- POOR BONNIE (sob).

- I liked Paul Wesley as Silas pretty well and particularly his line comparing Damon's thoughts to pink taffy. On his own, I thought he was fine, but when described as an S1 Damon (which is what I've read), there is no comparison. Damon had such flair and pizzazz (the conversation in Friday Night Bites where Damon describes Elena in her perky cheerleading outfit comes to mind) and Silas's delivery is just kinda flat.

- Caroline and her continued hate on Damon --bleh. Thank you for your take on her here. That helps my feels with her at the moment. :-) Her suspicion and willingness to use compulsion on the roommate reminded me of Damon and Elena actually commented on the phone she had the same idea as he. :-)

- When Damon said, "You can't have her" to Silas, okay, so he was talking about Katherine but -- DAYUM, was that sexy!! And he immediately gave her up for Stefan. Bros before Hoes!

- I do believe one Miss Caroline Dries is on Team Damon! I don't think she could have written him any more perfect in this episode.

- GOOD GOD did Damon look HAWT!! GEEZ! There are just no words to describe Ian Somerhalder's perfection. I've never really had issue with the hair but more with the pasty makeup. Early S3, particularly during one of my favorite scenes ("What changed your mind, E-LEN-A?") -- they had completely taken all color out of Ian's cheeks, lips and beard. Combined with the inky black hair, he truly looked like the undead. And he has some of the most beautiful cheeks and lips on a man in existence (You actually have an icon of just his lower face from S1. Whenever you use it, I find myself unconsciously leaning into the screen. lol) And thank the good folks at Azzaro Perfume for the haircut just days before filming this. Damon has the looks from S1 but the emotional maturity from S4 and I LOVES IT!!

- Nina Dobrev does an amazing job differentiating two characters now at totally different places in their lives. I just can't get over how good she is.

Well, with that I think I am FINALLY FINISHED!! So excited for the rest of this season and all of your incredible thoughts on each episode. Thank you SO MUCH for taking your time and effort to do this for us TVD fans. And, letting us ramble, too.... :-D
Arabian: Elena11arabian on October 6th, 2013 07:52 am (UTC)
Just a few more thoughts - - (I'm sorry -- my mindless ramblings! lol)

Don't apologize! You've read how much I have to say about the show, LOL!

- Matt/Rebekah threesome. [...] remember thinking, maybe if both girls were kissing Matt instead of each other -- and then your post nailed it. For me that would have shown more love/affection for Matt instead of Rebekah just having casual sex with him the observer.

Yup, it was about fun times and sex. Since Rebekah is moving on, but it did set up that feelings are there with Matt and Rebekah in case The Originals doesn't work, Rebekah can come back and they do have that set up for Matt and Rebekah at least.

- When Tyler said in his voice mail this is important to me, did anyone finish that sentence with, "More important than you"?

Honestly, I've already forgotten what Tyler said. I just don't care about him. Like at all. Can he please die already? Pretty please.

- POOR BONNIE (sob).

I KNOW!

- I liked Paul Wesley as Silas pretty well and particularly his line comparing Damon's thoughts to pink taffy. On his own, I thought he was fine, but when described as an S1 Damon (which is what I've read), there is no comparison.

Yup. He's all blah. Just flat.

- Caroline and her continued hate on Damon --bleh. Thank you for your take on her here. That helps my feels with her at the moment. :-)

This is how I look at it. Caroline doesn't like Damon. Damon doesn't like Caroline. BUT... when push comes to shove, they are both there for each other. Damon saves Caroline's life. Caroline saves Damon's. If it wasn't for Caroline, Damon would be dead right now. Klaus would have come back to Mystic Falls for Caroline ONLY. Klaus would have saved Damon with his blood for Caroline ONLY. And Caroline spent her Graduation day on the phone non-stop badgering Klaus to save Damon's life. A lot of Damon fans tend to forget that Damon is pretty much an asshole nonstop to Caroline, so it goes both ways. She's mean to him, he's mean to her, but when push comes to shove, they have each other's back.

- I do believe one Miss Caroline Dries is on Team Damon! I don't think she could have written him any more perfect in this episode.

Caroline Dries is my favorite TVD writer and has been since season 02. Well, she co-wrote "Miss Mystic Falls" (her first episode actually) and that is still my favorite TVD episode.

- Nina Dobrev does an amazing job differentiating two characters now at totally different places in their lives. I just can't get over how good she is.

It's seriously like Elena and Katherine are played by two different actresses.

BTW: If you're interested in snagging some TVD-related icons, feel free to peruse my icons here or my icon batches, links here.
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Diana: Vampire Diaries - Bonnie is satisfiedbutterfly on October 6th, 2013 02:36 am (UTC)
This episode was a well-needed burst of fun. S4 was so heavy for me, especially since I disliked the sire bond stuff so much. It was really nice how much lightness there was in this ep. Not that it was at all lacking in angst, but we had a good balance.

I actually found Bonnie's dad being killed off reassuring as well as heartbreaking for me, because I feel like they wouldn't bother giving her a huge new source of pain -- and a very personal reason to want to take down Silas -- if they were going to have her feature less now that she's a ghost.
Arabian: Bonnie03arabian on October 6th, 2013 07:59 am (UTC)
Aside from the story lightness, like we talked about, there was an overall feeling of lightness in the baggage department.

I was happy that we saw so much of Bonnie, and it showed that ghost or not we'll continue to see her as a strong presence. I have faith that these writers will be able to do that. I will be VERY interested to see how they do things once the others know. Especially with Matt being potentially able to possibly speak to her as well.
hotarujazz: hands and dance 4x07hotarujazz on October 6th, 2013 01:23 pm (UTC)
YAAAY!!! Your recaps are back!!!*squeee*

I agree with everything you said. Except that I don't really buy Katherine's "I'm a survivor" shtick because last season proved that essentially she is not. She enjoys torturing people(especially Elena) far too much to be considered survivor. She ended up human because she wanted to see Elena in pain more than she wanted to survive. Also the whole 1864 situation is also evidence that her priority is fun by means of manipulating and hurting people more than it's survival. Sure she doesn't want to die but more than that she wants to revel in other people's misery and pain. More proof for this is that she is constantly making enemies when she doesn't have to and that is so anti-survivalist that it's laughable. So yeah, Ms. Pierce(Petrova), I don't buy your:"Sorry but you were in the way of my surviving!" excuse, you are simply sadistic person and that's okay with me.

Second thing I want to expand on is Paul Wesley as Silas. I really expected more and agree that he is like a flat version of Ripper!Stefan. In the show where you have Nina Dobrev award-worthy and absolutely genius portrayal of two totally different characters, it really shows that Paul Wesley just doesn't have that kind of acting chops. I like Paul Wesley but this just proved to me that he is an average actor and that could have been passable if this show doesn't(didn't have) have some of the brilliant and charismatic actors like Nina Dobrev, Ian Somerhalder, Joseph Morgan(I think Klaus's character problem is in writing and not acting because I think JoMo did fantastic job with shitty material in later seasons), Claire Holt, Kat Graham,... Silas is like absolutely forgettable light and flat combination of Klaus and season 1 Damon. I think basically that Paul is one-type-of-character actor. I remember watching this mini-series Fallen few years ago where he also played main character and it was Stefan with different haircut(LOL). The thing is that I didn't notice it so much before and I think he does great job as Stefan but when you already have an actress kicking ass at playing 2 characters on the show then it's glaringly obvious when others suck at it.

Wow, this sounded like hate Paul or something! I really don't but he disappointed me so much and I'm kicking myself for not noticing sooner that he can't pull this off and lowering my expectations! :)
Arabian: Damon & Elena23arabian on October 7th, 2013 06:18 am (UTC)
YAAAY!!! Your recaps are back!!!*squeee*

Glad to see you back too! I'm always excited to see who's still with me! :D

I agree with everything you said. Except that I don't really buy Katherine's "I'm a survivor" shtick because last season proved that essentially she is not.

Well, I don't quite agree with this. One can enjoy torturing people and still be a survivor. She simply didn't consider Elena a threat. She's 500 years older than Elena. It simply never crossed her mind that Elena could really gain the upper hand on her. And yes she makes enemies, but she makes enemies in the manner of gaining greater methods of ensuring her survival and becoming more powerful by gaining more powerful friends and people who will look out for her. Which has always worked out to her advantage until now as we've seen time and time again.

Obviously I agree completely with you when it comes to Paul as Silas.

Wow, this sounded like hate Paul or something! I really don't but he disappointed me so much and I'm kicking myself for not noticing sooner that he can't pull this off and lowering my expectations! :)

No, I don't think you're hating on him, you're giving an honest critique. His acting didn't live up to expectations. It's as simple as that really. We expected better of him and he let us down. Something that Nina, nor Ian nor Candice, Kat, etc. have done. (I don't think Joseph Morgan is as good as you do though, but I do think he's better than Paul Wesley and that's not something I would have said before this episode.)
Alisha: Queen Elissa BB15kalishaka on October 6th, 2013 07:00 pm (UTC)
I am in such debate with myself right now. Season 4 was the first season I actually watched episode to episode, rather than in 4-8 episode chunks, and it weakened the show for me, a lot. I don't know if it was because of that, or because of my own hatred for the 'sire bond' plot line. I just don't know. But my interest waned and it hurt because I mean obviously I love this show or else I wouldn't have invested as much time as I have. So with the new season starting I've been debating with myself on if I want to watch week to week or watch it in episode chunks....and then I go and read this recap and I just want to cave and watch them, but I also want to adore this show again and now have the disinterest from last season continue. I am so torn.
Arabian: Damon09arabian on October 7th, 2013 06:03 am (UTC)
Well, I have a suggestion. If you're going to hold off on watching the show in batches, don't read recaps. The pervasive attitude towards television overall seems to be hate-watching now. Especially shows that are no longer fresh. Negativity seems to abound so any recaps are going to have a negative spin and I'm so detailed. You should go into the episodes with a fresh perspective so I would suggest that if you aren't going to watch them then just go cold-turkey.

You know me, I still unabashedly adore the show so very hard. But that's me. And I can't imagine not sitting down and watching the show at 8:00 on the dot every Thursday.
tams71: pic#97498213tams71 on October 6th, 2013 10:43 pm (UTC)
First I must join in your glee that TVD is back! Finally, my Thursday nights will once again consist of watching my favorite show and ogling my favorite vampire/actor/monsieur hottie, Ian Somerhalder ;)
Let the comments commence...

Like you, I was glad to see a happy, carefree, jovial, and downright giddy Elena. It was such a breath of fresh air to see her unchained from the guilt she has carried for so long. Finally we get to see the girl that Elena once was before sadness, tragedy, utter chaos, and martyrdom became the anthem for her life. You hit the nail on your head when you commented that finally Elena is allowed to be herself without the influence of anyone else or their agendas. I also have to admit that even though Elena is her own person, I’m glad that Damon’s playfulness has rubbed off on her. Watching them roll around on the bed kissing and just being in the moment was such a joy to see  All the sexy, playful, heartfelt moments were executed perfectly…the sweet, yet oh so sexy Eskimo kiss, the I love you’s at the door, the phone calls…perfection.

Like I said to you on the phone, even though I was super excited for the Damon/Elena scenes, my excitement went into overdrive with the Damon/Jeremy scenes. Those scenes are the ones I’ve been waiting for between the two most important men in Elena’s life. The scene where Damon is yelling at Jeremy not to die, cradles him in his arms, and pats his head was by far the best scene of the episode for me. The average person who is not as invested in these characters would think that Damon simply tolerates Jeremy because he is Elena’s brother, but anyone who watches the show and has seen their relationship develop, knows that Damon truly cares for Jeremy and vice versa. They’ve come a long way since Damon snapped Jeremy’s neck. Oh yeah.

Just a few comments about other things in the episode:

I never would have thought that Matt was a threesome kind of guy, but I have to say, that smile/smirk on his face when he’s watching Rebekah and Nadia kiss, I was like “You go Matt!” He may have been sweet and innocent once, but just as everyone else has changed, so has Matt and the change looks good on him ;)

I was slightly annoyed by Caroline once again glorifying Stefan and basically trivializing Elena’s relationship with Damon, but then I chocked it up to the fact that once again, Tyler ditched her and she had to spend the summer watching her best friend have the time of her life with someone who she truly and deeply loves and who truly and deeply loves her back. That had to suck. That said, get over it Caroline and go for Jesse who is definitely interested, or better yet, go to NOLA and mack on Klaus, we know he's interested ;)

I have to agree, I’m not really feeing Paul’s portrayal of Silas. Yes, Silas is a dick and he’s evil, but when Ian was playing Damon as an evil dick, he exuded charisma, which is what drew me to the character and has kept him my favorite TVD character since he first appeared. You could see it with Joseph Morgan too. Paul’s performance is coming off detached, flat, and has no real depth. So far I don’t like what I’m seeing. It was only the first episode, hopefully that will change.

The whole Nadia/Matt/weird dude thing was definitely freaky! When Matt’s eyes did that thing I actually got chills down my spine. Creeped me out for reals.

Human Katherine. What can I say? Messy hair, chipped nails, vulnerable, and basically begging for help. I never thought I’d see the day. Kudos to Nina Dobrev because she’s nailing her portrayals of Elena and Katherine and the dichotomy between the two characters, brilliantly.

TVD is back and boy did the cast, writers, and crew bring it. It’s so good to have my Thursday night routine back again 
BTW, you’re killing me with all the fabulous GIF’s. I could stare at the Damon/Elena ones for days ;)
Arabian: Caroline05arabian on October 7th, 2013 07:08 am (UTC)
I can not get over how much I freaking adore happy!Elena. I just... man, everything about her is just adorable, delightful, marvelous. Love, love, love her!

And, yes, Damon/Jeremy are just fantastically wonderful. I've said it before and I'll keep on saying it, there has never not been one scene with these two that hasn't been PERFECTION! Ian Somerhalder and Steven R. McQueen are GREAT together and Damon and Jeremy are just fantasic, meshing beautifully onscreen. I love the Damon/Jeremy dynamic onscreen so much and I can't wait to see it continue to grow this season

I just don't have an issue with Caroline and her love for Stefan because that is Caroline, when someone treats her well, she's all fangirly about them forever. When someone treats her badly, she hates them forever. That's just Caroline. And it's a two-way street with Damon. He's a jerk to her, she's nasty to him... but when push comes to shove, they both have each other's back. Damon is alive right now because Caroline spent all that time on her Graduation day calling and begging Klaus to get his ass back to Mystic Falls so that he could save Damon's life. She did that FOR Damon.

We've already discussed Paul as Silas, and you know I agree. He's just not bringing Silas to life. He's very flat and rather boring. :Shrugs:

It was only the first episode, hopefully that will change.

Hopefully.

Nina Dobrev continues to amaze as Katherine and Elena. It really does feel like two different actresses. And ever since I read that she uses a deeper voice with Katherine, I've been listening and she TOTALLY does!

TVD is back and boy did the cast, writers, and crew bring it. It’s so good to have my Thursday night routine back again!

YES!! YES!! YES!!

BTW, you’re killing me with all the fabulous GIF’s. I could stare at the Damon/Elena ones for days ;)

Glad you liked, and you're not alone. :D

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k_stjames: pic#117006481k_stjames on October 7th, 2013 01:13 am (UTC)
Lovely commentary. It took me rewatching to really see all the little extras in Nina's acting that convey just how happy and content Elena is. I really hope that Stefan gets to witness this even though I know he'll dismiss it as Damon corrupting Elena by telling her to ignore her 'guilt'. Given that Bonnie despite being dead can see how happy Elena is it kinda bothered me that Caroline couldn't acknowledge the same.

I'm with you, Stefan's scenes not garnering any sympathy from me and I'm not seeing a difference between Silas and ripper Stefan. I just don't think PW is capable of creating three distinct characters.
Arabian: Elena02arabian on October 7th, 2013 07:12 am (UTC)
And in that rewatching to see all of the awesome of happy!Elena didn't you just smile and smile!? I know I did. Man I love me some happy!Elena! SQUEE! Hah! Once Stefan is back in the picture, I'm sure he'll drag Elena down with his guilting and what not, ugh! I think that Caroline is too blinded by her own pain right now. She's breaking up inside over Tyler, but she's putting a happy face over it and it's killing her, but she can't admit it. It's not about Elena and Stefan or Elena and Damon, but rather Caroline and Tyler.

I'm seeing a different between Silas and Ripper!Stefan and it's not good because I enjoyed Ripper!Stefan. There was feeling and interest there. Silas is just flat and emotionless. There's nothing there at all with Stefan. He's just, you know, there.

I just don't think PW is capable of creating three distinct characters.

Agreed. He's not nearly as good as I thought he was. :(

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Matt: Ghidorahghidorah15 on October 7th, 2013 04:46 pm (UTC)
...wow. To think that Silas had more energy and menace when he was a guy in Freddy Kruger makeup with his voice dubbed over. I have to agree to some extent - he's obviously evil and a jerk, but there's no real life to him. Maybe Paul will improve in later episodes, maybe not, but he isn't impressing so far.
Arabian: Damon13arabian on October 7th, 2013 09:16 pm (UTC)
That really is it. He's just so bland and blah. He's just kinda there. I remember scenes with him from last scenes more easily than I do from scenes last week. I am just not impressed with Paul's take. Nuh uh.
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bangel_4e: delena2bangel_4e on October 10th, 2013 08:46 pm (UTC)
FINALLY!!

Just got back from London today and I finally got to watch the episode.
I have so many thoughts but I generally liked what I saw.

Let's talk about the obvous: DELENA. AWWWWWWWWWW, how happy are they???? SO, SO happy. I love their little moments, the little things that make them an official, serious, wonderful couple.
I absolutely get why Damon didn't tell Elena about all the mess at home. He wanted to give her a real chance at enjoying college without freaking out at supernatural things. Of course she found them at college and he doesn't wanna add a burden on her shoulder. He wants to give her something real. But, as you said, it's not like I'm a fan of this but I know he'll tell her soon enough, like he's always done.
And I've always told Damon lets Elena be Elena. That also means pointing out mistakes and refraining the person you love from doing the worst choice ever. Loving a person doesn't mean letting him/her do whatever she/he wants to do, just to prove a point. If you love a person, you can't just stand by. The way Damon confronts her isn't always right, we all know that...he needs to work on it...but the foundation behind his actions is valid and strong.

I also get why Elena wouldn't tell Damon about the Stefan thing. She feels guilty and she knows Damon's insecurities so well that she's afraid of shaking up something now that they've found this great thing and everything between them is going perfectly fine. And the moment she could have mentioned him..it wouldn't be right. They were having a sweet private moment and bringing his brother in it would have been scary for Elena cause OF COURSE Damon would've thought Elena thought about Stefan all summer...while we saw she was..ehm..rather busy.

I'm not bothered by the so called Stelena scenes. Elena is worried and that's ok...Damon's worried too. But the Damon/Elena comparison in the end with the hallucinations was just stupid. Really? Damon's the devil and Elena's the angel? lol...that's just idiotic. They will have to show Stefan having issues with Damon seeing him as the bad guy, otherwise it's just a bone thrown at Stelena fans who cry at happiness at Stefan's REALLY WEIRD hallucinations. I don't know what to think of this scenes, didn't like them one bit.

Katherine. I LOVE human Katherine. And she's no threat to Delena, as far as I can see. I just think Damon couldn't really kill Katherine personally or let her die cause of all that went on between them and all that she represented in his human eyes...but I don't think he still feels attracted to her or something like that. Even if they might wanna make us think he does.

Rebekah/Matt; Uh. Uhm. I didn't expect THAT from their summer. And I'm disappointed, A LOT. But I get why they're doing this storyline and keeping things light and all fun. It's still disappointing...but MATT'S SO HOOOOOT...AND DAMON'S HOOOOOTTTT....we watch for the plot, right?? Right???'




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Arabian: Damon & Elena24arabian on October 20th, 2013 05:27 am (UTC)
FINALLY!!

And I repeat back FINALLY!! I'm so sorry, it took me forever to get back to this. Geez.

it's not like I'm a fan of this but I know he'll tell her soon enough, like he's always done.

Exactly. That's why it doesn't bother me. Because these two NEVER keep secrets. I mean, with them, they either tell each other or (as it did in this case) it comes out really, really quickly.

Loving a person doesn't mean letting him/her do whatever she/he wants to do, just to prove a point.

THIs!! This so very, very, very hard. This whole conceit that Stefan respects her choices is such bs. There's respecting choices and there's agreeing when she is being a complete and utter idiot because you think it means she'll continue to think sunshine sparkles from your ass.

The way Damon confronts her isn't always right, we all know that...he needs to work on it...but the foundation behind his actions is valid and strong.

Absolutely.

But the Damon/Elena comparison in the end with the hallucinations was just stupid. Really? Damon's the devil and Elena's the angel? lol...that's just idiotic.

I didn't think so simply because it came from Stefan's subconscious and that is how Stefan thinks. He has a VERY simplistic point of view and had he seen them as any other way, it would have been out of character and I would have cried foul as a viewer. Stefan was in agony, drowning over and over and over. Turning the switch off would have helped, but he couldn't deal with that desire so he did what he's done his entire life, he blamed Damon. That was PERFECTLY in character. And, of course, the positioned Elena as the angel because that's how Elena ALWAYS acted when they were together. Again, if they'd acted any other way it would have been out of character.

I don't think he still feels attracted to her or something like that. Even if they might wanna make us think he does.

Oh, he doesn't at all, and I saw nothing that in any way indicated that we're supposed to think that he does.

Rebekah/Matt; Uh. Uhm. I didn't expect THAT from their summer. And I'm disappointed, A LOT.

I did expect it and I'm not disappointed because frankly I didn't see how else they could do it with Rebekah leaving TVD and Matt staying. And as I said, this way they didn't DESTROY them. They actually left the door open for them to actually work in the future either on TVD or TO. So as far as setting them up for future couple-dom, I was pleased.
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bangel_4e: elena2bangel_4e on October 10th, 2013 08:46 pm (UTC)
Anyway, Caroline...please...the first few scenes and I wanted to tell her to shut up so badly. Again with the Stefan campaign???? Seriously, girl..back off and stfu. Once or twice might be fine but come on...and I'M SO HAPPY Tyler isn't coming back. As you know, I hate him and I hate them together. So I hope they're gonna come him out for good and let her have something with Stefan/Klaus...I'm happy either way..even with Matt. That's also fine. lol

Silas: Ok, I'm gonna go with the unpopular opinion. I like how Paul portrays Silas. I don't find him so cold...very calculating and sure of himself..but not that cold. Paul acts a little carefree, does a very WHO CARES Silas but I enjoy it. I do.

Bonnie and Jeremy: Honestly, I feel a little sorry about Boonie but not even that much. As you know, I don't really care about her. I'm just curious how this is all gonna develop. And JEREMY! I love having him back.

Jeremy/Damon: AWWWWWWWWWW....seriously, if this episode doesn't show that Damon cares about Jeremy and not only cause he's Elena's brother, I don't know what will. I surely hope to see more of them. And one thing. Was it just me or Jeremy was surprised Damon didn't tell Elena about everything and then when Damon explained why he looked content with his choice? Like he understood and approved why he was doing it?

Plot: Ok, roommate is dead, knew Elena's father...a vamp killer her. What do they want, why, etc etc! (intrigued, but not so much)
what does Silas want from Katherine?? (VERY intrigued)


Arabian: Katherine04arabian on October 20th, 2013 05:35 am (UTC)
I will never agree about Caroline. I get why she is fine with Stefan and down on Damon. Stefan is her friend. He helped her. Damon is awful to her. And Caroline only ever saw Stefan as great to Elena and saw first-hand what a horrible boyfriend Damon was. Caroline has full justification to hate on Damon for as long as she wants until he does something to fully earn better treatment from her and he hasn't done that yet. Sure he's saved her life, but she's saved his. He's still nasty and insulting to her all the time, so she has every right to be nasty and insulting back to him. It's a two-way street with them, they have a friendly antagonism going at this point, I think. Honestly, Caroline is just looking out for her friend. She sees Stefan who other than when a Ripper as a sweet, great guy opposed to Damon who is an insulting ass to everyone and was a horrible boyfriend. I get why Caroline acts as she does. And I'm gonna keep on defending her as much as I love Damon. Sorry.

You know I agree with you about Tyler, though. Ugh.

Was it just me or Jeremy was surprised Damon didn't tell Elena about everything and then when Damon explained why he looked content with his choice? Like he understood and approved why he was doing it?

I totally saw that too. Uh huh.

what does Silas want from Katherine?? (VERY intrigued)

Well, we know now!!
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Alisha: Star Quality Pattikalishaka on October 13th, 2014 02:37 pm (UTC)
Ugh. I pretty much just want to copy and paste everything you said, because everything I said while watching this you pretty much said in this recap/review.

Seeing Elena happy was so wonderful. She is finally getting to act her age. Enjoy the feeling of not having the complete weight of the world on your shoulders. When every horrible thing that can happen to you already feels like it has happened...there are two options....never get out of bed again or celebrate because you're still there. And I love that they have finally let Elena free enough to be the latter.

Damon and Jeremy were literally my everything. The dialogue was perfect. "You pick now to listen to me." I could gush for ages but you already have for me so let us just go with ditto.

Bonnie! Ugh my heart absolutely broke for Bonnie. And choosing to have her there, the only one moving through the stillness, even when she herself is meant to be that which is still. Beautifully done and reminiscent of something this show would have done ala season one or two. It was just wonderful to see.

Bonnie and Jeremy is something that I both love and can't really get invested in at the same time. But I enjoy the actors together immensely, and the juxtaposition between him talking about her not being able to touch him in the classroom, to her hovering over his dying body unable to do anything....

Seriously everything with Bonnie in this episode was wonderful.

I really don't know what this show is doing with Caroline. It worries me. She went from being one of my absolute favorites to just kind of there. I think they drag her down with the boys they attach her too..... (Please just kill Tyler already....why is Michael Trevino still on this show? Oh wait....he wasn't even here....)

Ugh! Katherine! I love Katherine. I adore everything about Katherine. I love that she is human. I love that she wants to survive more than anything. I love that even though she hates being human, she hates the idea of death even more. I feel horrible about the way I might just have creepy weird Jeremy/Katherine shipping feelings. I blame Nina's ability to have chemistry with a wall. Honestly, I hope Nina goes on to do absolutely amazing things when this show was over. I would have never believed when I started watching that the girl from Degrassi could play two characters who are so amazingly different and so wonderfully similar, and have me be able to know the difference without hair and make-up needing to even be involved.

And in speaking on that...we come to Paul. What even was that Silas mess? Like this might be the worst acting I've seen from Paul in ages. It was really the weakest point of the episode. And I think in a lot of ways that is reflecting onto my view of Stefan at the moment because honestly...why is his brother always the bad guy. I mean I could attempt to argue that when he feels like doing the selfish thing, the thing that would hurt him least, he assumes his brother would want him to take that route...which might not be wrong, but mostly it was just a cheap moment that vilified Damon and deified Elena and I am just over that part of Stefan's journey. Move on dude.

Matt! Rebekah! I wish I could have saved them from the mess that was a spin off show. Honestly, my one constant hope for Matt is that they find a place for him in the story. I think he's wonderful. I love him. He always adds the bit of needed humanity. And even when underplayed and underused, his character always still resonates for me. I like that they gave him a bit of fun. I like that they allowed the Rebekah/Matt story to have some sort of follow through because they could have just dropped it entirely. I am intrigued by the ring and all the things it can do. And well obviously on my journey to figure out the black eye thing.

Random note, but having seen a bit of the first episodes of season six....there is something really interesting in the line that Liz says to Elena in this episode about how "This is where your dad fell in love with medicine" and knowing that that comes back is a really nice piece of this career choice puzzle.
Arabian: Matt & Rebekah02arabian on October 16th, 2014 09:04 am (UTC)
Seeing Elena happy was so wonderful.

Right, and I was so not expecting to get that. I mean, I never realized (a) it was something I wanted to see, and (b) just how UNhappy she was before.

And I love that they have finally let Elena free enough to be the latter.

Yup.

Bonnie! Ugh my heart absolutely broke for Bonnie. And choosing to have her there, the only one moving through the stillness, even when she herself is meant to be that which is still. Beautifully done and reminiscent of something this show would have done ala season one or two. It was just wonderful to see.

I love Caroline Dries. Nuff said.

I think they drag [Caroline] down with the boys they attach her too

I really think it is just this. I am SO tired with Caroline being ALL ABOUT THE BOY! UGH so hard!

(Please just kill Tyler already....why is Michael Trevino still on this show? Oh wait....he wasn't even here....)

sigh.

Ugh! Katherine! I love Katherine. I adore everything about Katherine.

Just this.

And in speaking on that...we come to Paul.

Erm, yeah.

Matt! Rebekah! I wish I could have saved them from the mess that was a spin off show.

Erm, yeah.

Honestly, my one constant hope for Matt is that they find a place for him in the story.

Without being spoilery, I really do believe they have.

I think he's wonderful. I love him. He always adds the bit of needed humanity. And even when underplayed and underused, his character always still resonates for me.

It took until season 03, episode 11, but it he's there with me. I ADORE MATT SO HARD NOW!

I like that they allowed the Rebekah/Matt story to have some sort of follow through because they could have just dropped it entirely.

Me too of course. My pretty, pretty blonde Matt/Rebekah!

Random note, but having seen a bit of the first episodes of season six....there is something really interesting in the line that Liz says to Elena in this episode about how "This is where your dad fell in love with medicine" and knowing that that comes back is a really nice piece of this career choice puzzle.

You know I thought about that when I reread this to respond to you. Good point.

SO GLAD you're watching this!!