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07 February 2014 @ 01:33 am
5.13 - 'Total Eclipse of the Heart' (The Vampire Diaries)  
The last Vampire Diaries for almost a full month! Ack! The pain! Sigh, what cruelty... sigh. Well, at least I got the write-up done quickly! :D

Other than Damon-shaped thoughts, I'm just gonna do a random thoughts one here because this episode really felt like it was just solidifying a lot of what I've been saying in recent posts (so, uhm, go me!?)

First... Damon. I'm sure there are some (many?) who are frustrated with the evil turn that Damon has taken, but I'm OK with it. Mainly because of how it's playing out. Let's look at what happened tonight. For possibly the first time in his life, Damon Salvatore was all talk, no action. Enzo was the one who killed the Whitmore security head, not Damon. Enzo was the one who laid his hands on Jeremy in that early scene with Bonnie, not Damon. Enzo was the one who held Jeremy captive, not Damon. Enzo was the one who was suffocating Jeremy, not Damon. Yes, Damon said the words, Damon threatened the action and Damon knew that Enzo would follow through, but Damon also knew that Bonnie and the others would follow through and get him the answer he wanted. I 100% believe that if Damon had been with Jeremy, he would not have been able to follow through on those threats. Because Damon does care about Jeremy.

It's just that right now he's just doing exactly what Stefan flat-out said: "The more pain he can cause the more reasons there are for people to hate him. He wants to confirm everyone's worst expectations of him."

The writers very specifically put those words in Stefan's mouth for a reason. They unequivocally wanted viewers to know this. They didn't beat around the bush, play games, hint about it, leave subtle clues, they just flat-out laid it out there. This is what Damon is doing. He is in pain and so he is lashing out and proving everyone's worst expectations of him. 'Elena thinks I'm not worth it. You all think I'm not worth it. Fine, I'll prove to you. You're all right, I'm not worth it.'

But you can still see how much pain he's in. He's putting on a show. It's all a façade. 'This is who I should be according to all of you, so this who I'm being.' The funny (haha) thing is that most of them don't think he's that terrible now, you can tell that by how they are acting and interacting with him. As upset as Bonnie, Caroline, etc. are with him, they aren't treating him like Damon is the enemy. Watch how they interact with him. They are pissed off at him. They're angry; they are furious with him, but they are pissed off like friends who want another friend to get the fuck over it and stop being such a jerk. They aren't treating him like the enemy, like the bad guy in the equation.

While, yes, Damon is being very bad. It's really only Stefan and Not!Elena who are treating Damon like this unforgivable monster right now. The rest are treating Damon like they did Stefan during his ripper!phase. Damon is acting horrible, he needs to get over it, we need to deal with it, moving on. They aren't hating on him, but rather his actions. When Bonnie tells Stefan and Caroline about what is going on, she says "Enzo has Jeremy." Nothing about Damon; she puts the onus on Enzo. Yes, it's obvious that Damon has something to do with it, but she's putting the heat on Enzo. Enzo's the villain, Damon's just someone she's really, really pissed off at. There is a difference. That was very specific there.

The only three involved who aren't treating Damon differently are (again) Stefan, Katherine and Jeremy. Jeremy is still acting like Damon only deals with him for Elena's sake as opposed to caring for Jeremy for Jeremy's sake which simply isn't true, but that makes sense because of Jeremy's age (one year does make a difference) and the type of relationship he has with Damon. Katherine is just a stone-cold bitch who doesn't care enough about Damon to, well, care. And Stefan still just does NOT understand his brother as well as he should after all this time. He gets that Damon is suffering and so lashes out; he gets that Damon is projecting his worst self to prove that everyone is right about him, and he gets that his approach is wrong. But he can't for the life of him figure out how to fix his approach.

And *that* is partly why Damon is in the predicament he is in right now. I talked last week about how he has only had Elena in caring for him recently:

I did a lot of analysis in season 02 and 03 about how I loved that it wasn't just Elena that Damon cared about, but that clearly Ric, Stefan and even Jeremy mattered to Damon as well because it showed that he wasn't just becoming "better" for Elena, but because that capability was within him. Elena simply allowed him to see that it was possible and because others cared as well and he cared for them, he was able to begin to fulfill that potential.

With Ric gone and because of Stefan's absence in his life, the Ripper situation, the switch off (during season 03), what happened with Damon and Elena throughout season 04, Stefan in the safe and the aftereffects (the summer hiatus and season 05 so far), Damon hasn't had that bigger core beyond Elena so much. Jeremy is there, and I love me some Matt and Damon, but they're not really his bros, they're more like little puppies he orders around now and then when he needs things done. So that potential has shrunk back to being just about Elena especially when with the two of them together now, Caroline's been so vocally against them and so vocally anti-Damon. And it's pretty much a given that no one has been vocally pro-Damon. So it makes sense that Damon has once more shrunk back into the belief that he's doing this 'better man' thing *only* for Elena. That he can't actually be better for any other reason, for anyone else because no one else expects it of him. No one else really cares.
This episode *really* highlighted that because, yes, after Elena and Damon broke up, we had the dual scenes of Elena with Bonnie and Caroline, and Damon with Matt and Jeremy, but there was a huge difference. Bonnie and Caroline went to Elena with the intention of making her feel better. Matt and Jeremy came upon Damon, talked behind his back and then they all quickly went to the boarding house. Then Not!Elena broke his heart… again.

And who was there for Damon? Who was there to support him? See how he was doing? Nobody. No one checked on him, no one said 'Hey, how you doing?' Not one person. The assumption, which Jeremy said aloud, is 'you'll just keep on doing what you're doing, protecting us, saving us, toeing the line because you love Elena and that's enough. Who cares if you're falling apart?' Because clearly no one did, no one does. The closest to anyone reaching out to Damon was Stefan's attempt after Damon was already spiraling out of control. And all that consisted of was Stefan talking down to him, reminding him how terrible he was and playing the do-gooder St. Stefan card. Where was Stefan the night before when Not!Elena broke his heart? Why did Stefan just let him walk away? Yes, it's not on Stefan to monitor Damon's actions, but shouldn't he care about his brother? Shouldn't someone besides Elena care about Damon? He has shown that he cares about all of them in small ways, and he sure as heck has done so for Stefan.

Elena, Stefan, Caroline, Bonnie, all of them are capable of doing terrible, awful things, and all of them have done terrible, awful things and they all have been pulled back from the brink or have been forgiven… because they have people who love them, who forgive them, who don't judge them, who reach out to them. Damon had Alaric. Damon had Elena. They are both gone. So Damon now has… no one.

Not to excuse his actions because I'm not. He killed Aaron. He shouldn't have. He threatened Jeremy, and enabled Enzo to do what he did to Jeremy. He so shouldn't have. But for over a century, the guy was denied a love he desperately wanted, then he found out it was false, finally discovered real, true love, held it for a blink of an eye comparatively, and then *that* was ripped away and he had no one there to cushion that blow, to help him through it. No one. Not one soul. (And, no, fucking Enzo doesn't count since he's leading Damon straight back to hell.)

You've got Stefan talking down to him, saying that he wants to help Damon, wants him to be there for him and then gives up on him within 24 hours. 24-freaking-hours! That flash of pain on Damon's face after Stefan told him to not bother coming back was just heartbreaking. That Stefan gave up on him that quickly! GAH! And the worst part is that you know it's exactly what Damon expected.

     

But, of course, Stefan's not, not completely if what's coming next is any indication. The serum! So Damon is the one injected with the vampire-killing-vampire serum and based on the preview for the next episode it does look like Stefan is once again out to help his brother. Not surprising because Stefan will never give up on Damon, but the problem is that—as of now—he just has no clue how to fight Damon when he's fighting his own worst demons as Stefan said himself. And then Stefan's frustrations get the better of him and he lashes out himself and we get Damon in pain and it's just messy and awful and so freaking painful. And I just cry, oh, Damon, oh, Stefan, oh Salvatore brothers, just get it together! They will, they will, eventually.

But what is gonna happen in the meantime? Well, I have no clue there. And I have no clue what's going to happen with the serum, but I do have an idea about something maybe! I think we may see something similar to what happened with season 02 in terms of parallels and Damon that I noted then that did play out. In "The Return," Damon killed Jeremy without compunction. Halfway through the season, he then went through an existential crisis over killing Jessica on the roadside, but of course did kill her. Finally towards the end of the season, he again was driven to kill, Andie this time, but he chose not to kill and instead sent her away.

I think we may see another parallel play out this season involving Damon and Jeremy. So in "I Know What You Did Last Summer," Damon let Katherine go to save Jeremy's life even though it was the key to rescuing Stefan. Here we are half-way through the season and Damon threatened to kill Jeremy, using Enzo as his weapon. I think that towards the end of the season, Damon will wind up having to kill someone (possibly Enzo) or majorly risk/sacrifice himself to save Jeremy. That would certainly tie into my belief that we're going to see this season come down to Damon and the others finally stop seeing him as a monster. We'll see.

So, randoms …

- OK, I realized about an hour before the episode there would be no Elena and I had a sad. And then the episode aired and there really was no Elena and I REALLY MISSED ELENA!!! THIS IS NOT GOOD! Die, Katherine, die! I WANT ELENA BACK!!!

- Speaking of Katherine, she really is so self-absorbed. I never realized that despite how smart she is, she's really dumb about people. I mean, Stefan is not in love with Elena any more, and Katherine doesn't even see that. People are not going to be fooled by her 'Elena' act for very long because she's not very good at it. She's only pulling this off right now because of the Damon break-up with people thinking she's putting on a 'brave face.'

- Speaking of people being fooled, OK, either Stefan is going to get suspicious very soon, or dude, he really does not know Elena that well, but then neither does Caroline. I mean both thought that Elena would give up on Damon because he killed Aaron -- have they even MET Elena?!?!?!? And then in the last scene with Not!Elena, the real Elena would never have said that she isn't doing this for Damon because Elena wouldn't give up on Damon, just like she never gave up on Stefan. Dude! Come on. She didn't give up on Damon when he KILLED her brother, why would she do it when Jeremy didn't even die this time? Hello!? Damon just threatened him, geez!

- Oh, Stefan, as awful as you are at showing your brother you do love him, I know you do, boo! He gave up the dream of Elena to see Damon happy. Aww!

- I am so beyond loving the Stefan/Caroline anvils. Just, dude! LOVING! You know, like Caroline literally shredding the past of Tyler and Klaus thus making room for Stefan. Talk about clearing the way for Stefan. Hehehehe.

- I liked the new witch introduction. I could like her. I think I do, in fact. Eh, not so much the Sloan/traveller intro, though. That was a bit too clunky for me.

- Yes, I'm ready for Katherine to die, but I was amused by how she played the devastated by Jeremy's kidnapping to the crowd followed by her rolling her eyes as soon as her back was turned, followed by her listing the pros/cons with Nadia that had exactly zero cons, LOL!

- I want to give Matt and Tyler kudos for figuring out what Nadia was doing, but you know, they are both well aware that vampires have super-hearing what with being around vampires all the time, dating vampires, Tyler BEING half-vampire and having super-hearing himself that instead I just have to face-palm their stupidity. Boys, boys, boys. It's official. Damon makes Matt smarter. Tyler makes Matt dumber. Yup. And now Matt is stuck being not only Katherine's little puppet, but Nadia's too. Ugh.

- Speaking of... show, stop trying to make Nadia happen. You can't redeem her. You can't make her work for me. You know why? Because Olga Fonda is a sucky actress And she has zero chemistry with anyone on the show. And I swear if you try and pair her with my Matty-boo!!! UGH! NO! I can't believe I thought for a nanosecond they might maybe have chemistry in the premiere. UGH! UGH! UGH! NO! NO! NO! NO! And besides, she looks 20 years older than him.

- Shocker! Other than his above-mentioned stupidity, Tyler did not annoy me in tonight's episode. Alert the media! I did not want Tyler to die. Repeat, I did not want Tyler to die.

- Caroline's reaction to Aaron's death? 'Oh, no! Bummer! Moving on.' Just shows the complete lack of moral fortitude this group now has.

- Aww, Damon probably told Matt about Enzo during drunken post-break-up discussion.

- Erm, Damon just because you die, vampires made from you won't die. You ain't an Original, bb. Overinflating yourself there a bit, huh? (Or rather the writers got their lore a wee bit mixed up, I think. Mmmhmm.)

I take it back, I misheard Damon's line. He was joking about starting a baseball team with all of Elena's doppelgangers on the Other Side (him, Amara and Katherine), hahaha. Oh, Damon.

- Oh, I'm OK with the lack of Damon/Elena-ness in the start of the season now because I think I know why they did it so. With the pretty much dunzo-state of Stefan/Elena, they probably figured that throwing tons of Damon/Elena left and right on-screen would be bad business when it came on the heels of Stefan hearing Elena declaration of love, before the only thing keeping them apart really is Katherine taking over Elena and the only Stefan/Elena they'll get is a few scenes walking down memory lane and Stefan and Not!Elena while they set up Stefan and Caroline. So I can be patient now. I get it.

So, very good episode. It was co-penned by Rebecca Sonnenshine (and Holly Brix). I generally really like Sonnenshine episodes on first viewing and then love them on second and then love them more and more on subsequent viewings, so I rather expect that to happen with this one too. Right now, I don't think it was awesome-sauce like last week, but I LOVED last week, and damnit, it gets demerit points because NO ELENA! GIMME BACK MY ELENA! But, that may change as time passes. I don't think so with this one, see NO ELENA! {POUTY FACE} Still, very good ep and I shall miss my show until it comes back, sigh. February 27th. Double sigh. Still really enjoying this season even if it's not boom-boom-boom, it's still really good-good-good!
 
 
 
Bogwitch: TVD - Elenabogwitch on February 7th, 2014 08:52 am (UTC)
Ding! Ding! Ding! We have a winner! Damon got the Phase 2 syringe! I’m still not sure where that would take us, unless it’s to get people to rally around Damon finally. Maybe it is to get people to rally around Damon finally

I thought this ep was meh to be honest, but I am having no problems with the direction of the story except for the extended absence of Elena - bring her back pronto! I have no problems with Damon’s dark turn and I noticed how little of it Damon was actually doing too – it’s all in his attitude rather than his actions. Beyond killing Aaron and some threats, Enzo did the rest. And Enzo makes a convenient get out clause, doesn’t he?

I get what you’re saying about Stefan’s understanding of his brother, doesn’t have a clue how to fix him, but he is at least becoming more perceptive – even if this perceptiveness is a little out of the blue (at least for him lately). And he he confessed to actually LIKING who Damon has become. That’s huge progress. I like this Stefan, I wish he was like this all the time, but I don’t trust him anymore.

Arabian: Elena08arabian on February 7th, 2014 09:06 am (UTC)
Hah, yeah, I thought of our discussion about the serum and how we were leaning (or was it just me?) towards Damon. I do hope it works towards getting the others to show they feel for Damon.

I do think it was VERY telling that the show went out of their way to NOT have Damon actually really DO anything. Which was VERY un-Damon like. He really was all talk, no action. Enzo did the bad. And it really struck me when Bonnie was telling Caroline and Stefan what was going on that she said "Enzo has Jeremy." She very clearly put it on ENZO. That was very specific there. While, yes, Damon is being very bad. It's really only Stefan and Not!Elena who are treating Damon like this unforgivable monster right now. The rest are treating Damon like they did Stefan during his ripper!phase. Damon is acting horrible, he needs to get over it, we need to deal with it, moving on. They aren't hating on him, but rather his actions. (I'm adding this to my post! Hah!)

I don't think you've ever been really a big fan of Rebecca Sonnenshine-penned eps like I am. I generally really like her episodes on first viewing and then love them on second and then love them more and more on subsequent viewings, but they don't tend to change much for you, I don't think. I could be wrong though. As for Elena, I just can't believe Katherine will pull this off much longer. She was SO NOT Elena-like in that final scene with Stefan. And in the preview (which I don't know if you saw), she didn't sound like Elena at all, she was totally Katherine-esque. I just can't see the others not realizing that something is up pretty durn soon. I give it one, maybe two more episode tops. (Please be one, please let Elena be back before the end of the next one! I miss her!)

As for Stefan, I don't know, I don't think it's out of the blue. We've been seeing bits and pieces from this from Stefan all along, he just hasn't wanted to deal with it *because* he's been in love with Elena and that's been between him and Damon. But now that he's no longer in love with Elena, he's able to finally put his love for his brother first so he's able to more fully realize and articulate these perceptions now. I get that.

Edited at 2014-02-11 01:44 am (UTC)
Bogwitch: Meg and Mog - oopsbogwitch on March 11th, 2014 08:04 pm (UTC)
I took too long to answer most of this, but I had a couple of points I still wanted to make.

>>I don't think you've ever been really a big fan of Rebecca Sonnenshine-penned eps like I am.

Not really, but then I don’t think I have a preference for any of the writers, my liking or not of an episode is more dependent on what Damon is doing in it! I did make a very rough list of my favourite eps a while ago and there was a fair spread of writers, with perhaps a lean towards Julie Plec (I think that was more because she wrote most of the ‘big’ episodes though).

>>As for Stefan, I don't know, I don't think it's out of the blue.

I have changed my mind on this after rewatching The Cell without skipping the less interesting bits. :) I think Stefan’s attitude started to change with his epiphany in the box, which was wider than just dealing with his trauma, and he seems to have been building on that.
Arabian: Damon04arabian on March 19th, 2014 05:42 am (UTC)
Yeah, that's why I think they've done a good job building on all of the main three and their relationships with each other throughout the whole season with their different traumas.
tj2013tj2013 on February 7th, 2014 09:36 am (UTC)
Thanks for putting up your thoughts so quickly. I totally agree with everything you said.

You can see that Damon is in a lot of pain. He hurts. He hurts so damn much. But he doesn't flip the switch, oh no. He needs to feel the pain to shut it all out. The loneliness. The feeling he has been betrayed by Elena. The disappointment over Stefan. The knowledge no one wants him here, in Mystic Falls, although he saved their asses on a constant basis. Just everything.
And yes, the look in Damon's eyes when Stefan told him not to come back - it just killed me. I wanted to take him in my arms and tell him that everything's gonna be ok. *sob*
I just love Ian Somerhalder. He plays Damon with so many nuances, sometimes it's just in his eyes, but it is so there.

You are so right that Damon didn't do all the bad. It was Enzo. Granted, Damon killed Aaron and now the poor newbie vamp, but the rest was on Enzo. I kinda hope Stefan kills him sooner or later.

I was smiling like an idiot when Stefan said he chose Happy!Damon over his love for Elena. Those brothers! Damon said in 3x02 "I'll help you bring him back", And now Stefan will do the same for Damon. And he will eventually figure out what Damon needs to come back. At least I hope so.

I think it is very telling that the writers let "Elena" use the words "fix him". Because Elena in the beginning of S4 did not want to be fixed, she told Stefan and I think he will remember that "fixing" Damon is not what Elena would have been doing. Katherine will be found out very soon, I am sure. She really sucks at being Elena. Although I was grinning when she tried to keep up the appearance. Hammering on Jeremy's chest? Hah.

Nadia? Please get rid of her already. I don't like her.

The look Caroline gave Stefan/"Elenea" when she walked in the room? Priceless. She is soooo jealous. Steroline all the way, yay!

I admit, I liked Tyler, too. When he said "shots" in response to Nadia's "I want to grieve blah blah" I nearly fell off the couch, I was laughing so hard.
Florencia: DE (Why Don't You Tell Me)florencia7 on February 7th, 2014 10:23 am (UTC)
”I think it is very telling that the writers let "Elena" use the words "fix him". Because Elena in the beginning of S4 did not want to be fixed, she told Stefan and I think he will remember that "fixing" Damon is not what Elena would have been doing.” - THIS!!!!! I was even under the impression that a muscle in Stefan's face twitched when she said that, that he did take notice of that.
Arabian: Damon & Elena18arabian on February 9th, 2014 02:02 am (UTC)
He certainly did turn and look at her right away when she said that, that's for sure!
Arabian: Damon14arabian on February 9th, 2014 02:01 am (UTC)
Thanks for putting up your thoughts so quickly. I totally agree with everything you said.

I'm trying to get these bad boys up ASAP again!

You can see that Damon is in a lot of pain. He hurts. He hurts so damn much. But he doesn't flip the switch, oh no. He needs to feel the pain to shut it all out.

I agree except for the last part there, he's not shutting the pain out at all, he's drowning in it.

I just love Ian Somerhalder. He plays Damon with so many nuances, sometimes it's just in his eyes, but it is so there.

Agreed. I am SO glad that Damon is finally getting a juicy arc again. It's about time. He always makes the most of every scene anyway, but when he gets those pumped-up arcs (that Paul gets all the time), Ian just makes the most of them and I love it.

You are so right that Damon didn't do all the bad. It was Enzo. Granted, Damon killed Aaron and now the poor newbie vamp, but the rest was on Enzo.

I wouldn't even blame the poor newbie vamp on him, but on Westfield. He clearly kidnapped that kid, turned him and then bled him, injected Damon and left him there to find Joey and kill him because of what he did to Damon.

I kinda hope Stefan kills him sooner or later.

Yeah. Seeing Stefan stepping those steps to actually be there for Damon, this is the story I've been waiting for and I knew it would begin to start building around season 05, so I'm thrilled! YAY!


I think it is very telling that the writers let "Elena" use the words "fix him".

AAAHHHH!!! That niggled at me when she said this, but I wasn't able to put my finger on it (probably because it was a Stefan/Elena scene, LOL!), but that was it. You totally nailed it. She just is horrible at being Elena. And I can't see her pulling this off long at all. In fact, I realized Stefan and "Elena" are heading to Damon in the next episode and the travellers are there right? The travellers can get Katherine out of Elena, I wonder if it will be over by the end of the next episode. I sure hope so! I miss Elena!

Nadia? Please get rid of her already. I don't like her.

If Katherine goes, please, please, please take Nadia with her!

The look Caroline gave Stefan/"Elenea" when she walked in the room? Priceless. She is soooo jealous. Steroline all the way, yay!

Oh yeah!
tj2013tj2013 on February 10th, 2014 06:55 am (UTC)
I agree except for the last part there, he's not shutting the pain out at all, he's drowning in it.
Uh huh! Agreed. That is a much better way of putting it. Drowning... anyone reminded of something??? LOL.

Ian just makes the most of them and I love it.
And I can't wait to see Damon's face when he learns that it has been Katherine all along. Messing with him, nearly destroying him AGAIN.

I can't believe I feel so conflicted about a character. Katherine is highly entertaining, but she needs to die nonetheless. I want Elena back, too.

And I think you are right with your assumptions about Jeremy. Damon will save him by killing himself. Or nearly killing himself.

Did you hear that Paul Wesley is going to direct one of the Season 5 episodes? I hope this doesn't count as a spoiler, but I know you care a lot about the writers/directors.
Arabian: Damon & Elena16arabian on February 10th, 2014 07:16 am (UTC)
Damon is going to feel so guilty when he finds out that it was Katherine and not Elena because he doubted Elena's love. Hopefully, while Elena will be upset, she'll also take from that just how deep his lack of self-esteem and self-loathing runs though that he believed she would abandon him and their love so easily.

Katherine is highly entertaining, but she needs to die nonetheless.

Yup, yup, yup.

I did hear that about Paul Wesley. Hopefully he gives more into directing than he has his acting lately. Don't worry, I don't consider writers/directors spoilers and I do care about that information. :)
(Anonymous) on February 7th, 2014 10:06 am (UTC)
Awesome post! You always have such insightful things to say, I really look forward to these every time! BTW I thought Nina Dobrev did an excellent job at Katherine pretending to be Elena. Even when she was sort of pulling off the act, you could still tell it was Katherine as Elena. That's some acting. :)
Matt: Ghidorahghidorah15 on February 7th, 2014 05:15 pm (UTC)
Yes, she deserves all the awards, and fie on any who claim she's terrible.
Arabian: NinaDobrev03arabian on February 9th, 2014 01:21 am (UTC)
Ugh, I get so frustrated with people downplay her acting. :(
Matt: Ghidorahghidorah15 on February 9th, 2014 01:28 am (UTC)
I get frustrated with people who trash Elena, calling her whiny or selfish or whatever, and (often in the same breath) praise Katherine, as if she is the epitome of cool. Talk about a complete inversion of the actual situation.
Arabian: Elena09arabian on February 9th, 2014 04:53 am (UTC)
I know! Katherine, for all her entertaining ways (and she *is* entertaining) is an AWFUL, TERRIBLE person. She's just horrible. Whereas Elena is strong, awesome and all-around kick-ass and just good. And smart and fantastic!
Arabian: Elena07arabian on February 9th, 2014 01:20 am (UTC)
Thank you. Nina always does great when she does Katherine playing Elena. There are always little tells that differentiate her from actually being Elena.
Florencia: DE (How Did You Find Me)florencia7 on February 7th, 2014 10:21 am (UTC)
For the first time ever I couldn't watch the entire episode right away. I watched half of it at night and the rest this morning, because I just couldn't deal with what was going on in one go LOL

Having said that, I totally agree with everything that you're saying and I believe that everything is going to work out... for the best or at least better... eventually. It's just so painful to watch :/

“They aren't treating him like the enemy, like the bad guy in the equation.” - Yes, I noticed that too. It was especially noticeable in case of Caroline, which made me very, very happy.

“"They didn't beat around the bush, play games, hint about it, leave subtle clues, they just flat-out laid it out there."” - Yes, I liked that and I like the parallel of Damon fighting to save Stefan in S3 and now Stefan fighting (not in the most flawless way so far, but still, I have a feeling he's getting there) to save Damon.

“I mean both thought that Elena would give up on Damon because he killed Aaron -- have they even MET Elena?!?!?!? ” - Yeah, that was kind of frustrating, but I guess that's only their opinion not the ~truth according to the show, right? *sigh* The show is so hard to watch without Elena! Miss her SO MUCH.

”Alert the media! I did not want Tyler to die. Repeat, I did not want Tyler to die.” - haha Yes, I was really fine with Tyler this time too. Maybe because everything else is so painful that Tyler's presence or absence doesn't rank either way.

”Erm, Damon just because you die, vampires made from you won't die.” - Since he said “Elena's doppelgangers” I think he just meant Katherine, Tatia and Amara, maybe?

So... Katherine didn't pass through Bonnie, right? Did Bonnie give it a thought?

Even if Stefan wasn't over Elena, and he clearly is, he really should've noticed that her behavior was a tad weird. And if he didn't, it just goes to show that he really doesn't know Elena. There was that undeniable hint (at the very least) of indifference in her stance, her words, her tone.

One thing that worries or perhaps just intrigues me in a slightly worrisome way... what's going to happen next season? Villains-wise, so to speak. Because: Katherine (hopefully) is going to die or at least leave MF. Wes seems too weak a villain to survive until the next season. Enzo will either die or redeem himself to some extent. I don't see the Augustine storyline going into the next season and Nadia becoming the next super-villain is not a very plausible possibility. Hm...

I won't lie, when before watching the episode I saw that they used “Say Something” in this it, I was hoping, against all hope, for a Damon/ghost!Elena scene :[ Silly me *sigh* lol

Thank you for this post! :] Now onto the hiatus :[
Arabian: Damon & Elena04arabian on February 9th, 2014 01:39 am (UTC)
For the first time ever I couldn't watch the entire episode right away. I watched half of it at night and the rest this morning, because I just couldn't deal with what was going on in one go LOL

Really? I admit I was upset after the first Damon/Jeremy/Bonnie scene, but by the second one I realized that Damon wasn't doing anything, that Enzo was doing all the action and that Damon was in pain. Also the way the others were acting with Damon, and more laying the blame on Enzo. It was such a different dynamic than we've seen in the past, I was quite heartened.

It was especially noticeable in case of Caroline, which made me very, very happy.

Yup, yup, yup.

I like the parallel of Damon fighting to save Stefan in S3 and now Stefan fighting (not in the most flawless way so far, but still, I have a feeling he's getting there) to save Damon.

Agreed. It was really nice seeing Stefan trying to what was best for his brother, even if, yeah, he's not doing very good at it. He's trying and that's more than we've seen from him, so I like.

Since he said “Elena's doppelgangers” I think he just meant Katherine, Tatia and Amara, maybe?

Still wrong, LOL!

So... Katherine didn't pass through Bonnie, right? Did Bonnie give it a thought?

She did, we saw her considering it, they even briefly talked about it beforehand, but they weren't sure because of the whole cure thing if that meant it took out her supernatural-factor, but wasn't sure if the doppelganger thing still meant she would pass through. Seeing the ghost made them think she died though, I imagine. That may come back up.

One thing that worries or perhaps just intrigues me in a slightly worrisome way... what's going to happen next season? Villains-wise, so to speak.

We still have almost a half season of this one, I'm fine waiting to see where they are going. I'm sure they have a plan.

I won't lie, when before watching the episode I saw that they used “Say Something” in this it, I was hoping, against all hope, for a Damon/ghost!Elena scene :[ Silly me *sigh* lol

I have no clue what that is or what it has to do with D/E, if it is a song, it's not a song that has ever been used for them before, LOL! So I don't know.
jairem08: pic#122702267jairem08 on February 7th, 2014 07:26 pm (UTC)
Firstly thank you for your speedy and always encouraging review.
My heart hurts and breaks for Damon. Not only he went off the wagon after Elena but he is now injected with this crazy serum. Just that opens a door to extra story line other then getting Elena back.
So did he switch or not his humanity off? I'm a bit confused there. Katherine is terrible as Elena and I cannot see that this will last. You could have noticed few lingering and wondering looks from few, like Caroline and Stefan. I'm sure they might be thinking about Elena having surprisingly different reactions, attitude (as you mentioned in your review). Her talk with Stefan about saving Damon for Stefan? - so not Elena. She would do it for Damon and Stefan. And the way she reacts to all - so not Elena. I just cannot fathom that this would last for her without anyone questioning her in a long run.
Now Caroline is definitely into Stefan and now will be jealous of Elena. It was that obvious. Katherine is way too forward trying to get Stefan back. Kudos to Stefan for not falling for it - (yet?)
I really do hope that you are right and all this leads to all the good or better later on. I think once Elena is back there won't be happy reunion immediately or that it will be easy. The aftermath of all that has happened so far and is still happening might make it a bit difficult. Specially if we don't know what will happen with Damon now under the influence of the serum. But I would love it and like to believe that it will come to Damon sacrificing himself for someone (like Jeremy perhaps) at the end of the season and making all realise he is not the "bad" guy they all branded him.
And Matt figured it out about Katherine/Elena? I think at this stage it could be anyone who will get it eventually and will come out with the bomb about Elena. Matt, Caroline even Stefan. Wouldn't be surprised if even Nadia turned on her mother. I was also thinking about the travellers as a punishment for Mia's death.
Did I mention that Katherine is acting silly? So not Elena. It must come out soon. And she is a vicious person. There cannot be redemption for her. Deleting precious DE photos from cell phone - punishable by death : )
Loved Bonnie's hair this episode.
Arabian: Damon05arabian on February 9th, 2014 03:23 am (UTC)
I'm trying to get these up quickly, and I'm feeling good about the show overall. :) But, yes, totally aching for Damon. Poor bb is in so much pain. :( And no, his humanity switch is not off. Damon is making sure he's feeling all the pain because that's how he rolls, he's drowning in the pain.

Katherine is terrible as Elena and I cannot see that this will last.

She really is. I realized Stefan and "Elena" are heading to Damon in the next episode and the travellers are there right? The travellers can get Katherine out of Elena, I wonder if it will be over by the end of the next episode. I sure hope so! I miss Elena!

Her talk with Stefan about saving Damon for Stefan? - so not Elena. She would do it for Damon and Stefan.

That was by far the most glaring to me. So, so, sooooooo not Elena.

I just cannot fathom that this would last for her without anyone questioning her in a long run.

I really do see it over by the next episode, she's just SO bad at being Elena.

Now Caroline is definitely into Stefan and now will be jealous of Elena.

And Stefan is definitely feeling something too because he looked almost guilty when he turned and saw Caroline standing there. It's definitely a two-way street with Stefan and Caroline. There is defintely something brewing between Stefan and Caroline. It's subtle, but beautiful and so there.

Katherine is way too forward trying to get Stefan back. Kudos to Stefan for not falling for it - (yet?)

I don't think he really will, I think the preview for next episode is a fake-out for anything more because Stefan *knows* that not only is Damon in love with Elena, but that Elena is in love with Damon so for the first reason he'd be guilty as hell if something happened, and for the second he'd know that SOMETHING funky is going on.

I think once Elena is back there won't be happy reunion immediately or that it will be easy.

Oh, I'm not expecting that, but I think we're getting there... eventually, LOL!

But I would love it and like to believe that it will come to Damon sacrificing himself for someone (like Jeremy perhaps)

Because it was Jeremy in the premiere, and Jeremy in this episode again, I think it will be Jeremy in the final parallel.

I was also thinking about the travellers as a punishment for Mia's death.

Yeah, Katherine has messed with TOO many people in Mystic Falls this time with too many people who WON'T protect her. She's screwed.

Deleting precious DE photos from cell phone - punishable by death :)

LOL! Yuppers.

Loved Bonnie's hair this episode.

Agreed, I'm loving Bonnie's sassy do!
tj2013tj2013 on February 10th, 2014 01:30 pm (UTC)
Deleting precious DE photos from cell phone - punishable by death :)

THIS!! And did you notice the second pic was a Nina-Ian-pic? Because I don't think Damon would ever wear one of Ian's hats... Makes me go hmmmm.... (I didn't see that at first but it was mentioned on another blog)
(Anonymous) on February 10th, 2014 02:13 pm (UTC)
nope didn't! Must check again. Exciting!
Arabian: Ian & Nina04arabian on February 10th, 2014 02:14 pm (UTC)
Actually all three pics were Nian pics, LOL! The first was a behind-the-scenes shot of the two from season 01, the other two were ones that I haven't seen before of two (and, trust me, I've seen every pic out there of those two, LOL!) so those were definitely non-circulated pics of the two. Hah, I could just see the show going 'Hey, Nina, Ian? Got some SFW pics we can use that you don't mind Katherine deleting for a scene?'

This show is actually really good about trying to not use obvious promo-shots for casual pics the way other show do all the time. (Which drives me crazy). It's way better than when we're supposed to believe that artfully arranged promo shots are casual couple shots. They use older kid shots of Nina and Steven all the time too. I love it.

tj2013tj2013 on February 11th, 2014 08:26 am (UTC)
Actually all three pics were Nian pics, LOL!
Really? That is hi-larious, LOL. I knew it was a good idea to ask you :-)
Hey, Nina, Ian? Got some SFW pics we can use that you don't mind Katherine deleting for a scene?'
Nian SFW pics? *dies laughing*
Arabian: Ian & Nina18arabian on February 11th, 2014 09:40 am (UTC)
Well, we definitely have to make sure they are SFW pics, LOL!

*sigh* Alas.....
jairem08: pic#122702267jairem08 on February 10th, 2014 02:15 pm (UTC)
Forgot to log in with the first reply - yep must recheck the photos!
Frust-sheep: sheep: frust-sheep main-snow-anifrust_sheep on February 8th, 2014 12:08 am (UTC)
Oh Damon... *sigh*
+ I'm sad, that Kat is so self-absorbed. I really thought, that she learned something during all the time. *shakes head* :(
But yay C&S are maybe on the way. ;D

Anyway thank you again for your entry to this episode. It is always really insightful. :)
Arabian: Damon&Stefan05arabian on February 9th, 2014 01:17 am (UTC)
It's been a while since I've felt so very much for Damon. I mean even as awful as he was, and he was so very wrong in what he did, you could feel his pain. He was in such pain.

Yup, Katherine has learned nothing. She's still just all about Katherine and truly clueless about everyone else.
jairem08: pic#122702267jairem08 on February 9th, 2014 02:25 am (UTC)
Also wanted to add that if I was a SE shipper I would be very worried now. It is so clear they are so not the couple. They cannot even be chuffed now with DE broken up. "Elena" is not Elena and nothing is real. And if anything the storyline is heading again towards DE. Unless the writers pull some sorcery on us. Just a thought.
My brain keeps spinning. Just thought that Damon might "prove" himself by resisting the urge to feed of vampires in some big situation. Even of Elena or someone very close to him. He might even want to kill himself to not feed or something.....
Arabian: Stefan & Caroline07arabian on February 9th, 2014 04:52 am (UTC)
Yup, S/Ers should be worried. In fact, like I said, that's why I'm OK about the lack of D/E in the first half of the season now considering the dearth of S/E and how they pretty much are done for. I think that's why we didn't have them so over the top shoved down our face because while D/E fans may not like it, S/E and Stefan does have fans and the show can't ignore that while they set up Stefan with a new and stronger romance (CAROLINE!).
jairem08: pic#122702267jairem08 on February 9th, 2014 10:31 am (UTC)
I don't follow any spoilers nor do I check previews. Nothing at all. Just go to your reviews after episode airs and read fanfiction. But there I can see so much negativity about season 5 and the story line. I don't look for it. It just pops out in reviews. I'm so glad your view at the story is different and positive. I want to believe and in a way see that this is a longer story line with bumps that is leading somewhere and hopefully happy end for DE. And since I don't read any blogs and don't follow any people complaining about the show and the storyline my life is so much easier. I'm more positive and see what you see. Just wanted to mention this. But still it is a downer that people want to quit or not watch live or that they do not have faith.
Arabian: Alaric02arabian on February 10th, 2014 04:39 am (UTC)
Ah, I watch the previews. That's it, the previews are the only thing I do watch, no spoilers, synopses, ep stills, specs, fanfic, nothing else, I do watch the previews those. I've found that people put spoilers in fanfic NON-STOP (and most of it negative). Ever since I stopped reading spoilers and other blogs, reviews, going to tumblr and such, I've enjoyed TVD even more than I did before. Fandom is so much about negativity nowadays and I just don't get it. If you don't like it, stop watching. I love it, so I watch it and enjoy the heck out of it! :D

I know the previews can be a wee bit frustrating because they tend to rile one up, but I also know it's the CW-promo monkeys, well, riling people up, LOL! so I don't worry about it at all. I just need something to keep me whetted for the next episode.
vanimy: Damon/Stefanvanimy on February 9th, 2014 09:41 pm (UTC)
PART ONE

Wow I'm surprisingly back to following TVD every week. Which is a good sign heh.

I liked this episode even if it wasn't all OMG!, I thought it was solid and we had really strong moments between the brothers. I'm having all the Damon feels so yeah, I enjoy this storyline very much even if it's really frustrating.

Where to begin?

I think I'm back to agreeing on everything you write! ;)

-I'm frustrated with Damon because you don't hurt bb!Jeremy, ok? And I missed the Damon/Jeremy bromance. :( But OTOH it's really well-done so you can see Damon's pain and not hate him. Also I noticed Enzo basically did all the beating and killing.

It's just that right now he's just doing exactly what Stefan flat-out said: "The more pain he can cause the more reasons there are for people to hate him. He wants to confirm everyone's worst expectations of him."


I really loved that moment. One, because it showed Stefan could see right through his brother, which is always good, two, because it was obviously a way to explain Damon's actions very clearly, three because it reminded me of Elena's speech in 'The Return' when she said Damon wanted to be hated etc.

This is what Damon is doing. He is in pain and so he is lashing out and proving everyone's worst expectations of him. 'Elena thinks I'm not worth it. You all think I'm not worth it. Fine, I'll prove to you. You're all right, I'm not worth it.'

THIS, THIS and THIS.

But you can still see how much pain he's in. He's putting on a show. It's all a façade. 'This is who I should be according to all of you, so this who I'm being.'

Ian Somerhalder played this so well. You could totally tell Damon was putting on a show. Even his smiles felt forced, they felt very season one like but different because since Damon doesn't have his switch off he can't really fake it. And there's that wonderful painful moment when he turns his back on Stefan and Elena and says he wasn't planning on staying in Mystic Falls anyway and you could see the pain on his face and argh that was painful. It was also heartbreaking because we saw how he didn't want to promise Enzo anything at the start of the episode, because we know he doesn't really want to leave (he never did no matter how bad things were with Elena).

But [Stefan]can't for the life of him figure out how to fix his approach.

Which is totally in character because Stefan never managed to help him in a century and a half. Elena is the one who brought back Damon's humanity in the first place.

Arabian: Damon&Stefan05arabian on February 10th, 2014 05:14 am (UTC)
Wow I'm surprisingly back to following TVD every week. Which is a good sign heh.

Definitely.

I liked this episode even if it wasn't all OMG!, I thought it was solid and we had really strong moments between the brothers. I'm having all the Damon feels so yeah, I enjoy this storyline very much even if it's really frustrating.

I love Rebecca Sonnenshine episodes, she's very good with the feels.

-I'm frustrated with Damon because you don't hurt bb!Jeremy, ok? And I missed the Damon/Jeremy bromance. :( But OTOH it's really well-done so you can see Damon's pain and not hate him. Also I noticed Enzo basically did all the beating and killing.

I'm frusted with Damon due to the Damon/Jeremy thing, but there is no way this is not intentional because they REALLY laid the Damon/Jeremy stuff thick in the beginning of the season. That was intentional. As was the Enzo doing all the actual action-stuff.

Ian Somerhalder played this so well. You could totally tell Damon was putting on a show. Even his smiles felt forced, they felt very season one like but different because since Damon doesn't have his switch off he can't really fake it. And there's that wonderful painful moment when he turns his back on Stefan and Elena and says he wasn't planning on staying in Mystic Falls anyway and you could see the pain on his face and argh that was painful.

Yup, I wasn't gif-heavy this write-up, but I had to gif that one moment because that was it, that was the one moment where Damon's mask dropped.

Which is totally in character because Stefan never managed to help him in a century and a half. Elena is the one who brought back Damon's humanity in the first place.

Yup, yup, yup.
vanimy: Damon/Elenavanimy on February 9th, 2014 09:42 pm (UTC)
PART TWO

And who was there for Damon? Who was there to support him? See how he was doing? Nobody. No one checked on him, no one said 'Hey, how you doing?' Not one person.

THIS. You were totally right about what you wrote in your previous review. The problem is, right now, Damon feels like he has no one. Which also has something to do with Elena's behavior too. Because before they started dating, Elena was always there, as a friend, yes, but she was THERE. Even when things were bad between them, even after he killed her brother, she still cared and showed him she cared. But this Elena broke his heart by confirming his worst fears and... she didn't reach out to him after that.

Even before she turned into Katherine actually. He broke up with her and she didn't fight. Not blaming Elena here because I get why she didn't but it plays into everything. That's why Damon kept saying he had to win her back which didn't make any sense because we all knew Elena never stopped loving him or wanting to be with him but it's telling that Damon felt like Elena had kind of accepted his decision and moved on.

And it's even worse now Katherine has taken over Elena. Because all her interactions with Damon are cold. She doesn't even scream at him. Katherine put on a minimal show when she heard Jeremy had been taken, she acted horrified and vaguely hating and then left. Which is something Elena would've never done. She would've tried to TALK to Damon even just to yell at him or tell him she was disappointed or whatever but there would've been some reaction, she would've wanted to draw out some reaction from him, she always did. Now she acts like she really couldn't care less about Damon apart from being vaguely disgusted at him. Which is SO NOT Elena because there's one thing for sure, Damon never inspired indifference in Elena.

And that's really frustrating because if Damon wasn't in so much pain, I'm sure he would've figured out something was wrong with her. But since he's hurting, he probably thinks he finally pushed Elena too far and she stopped caring for him completely because he's such a monster.

You've got Stefan talking down to him, saying that he wants to help Damon, wants him to be there for him and then gives up on him within 24 hours. 24-freaking-hours! That flash of pain on Damon's face after Stefan told him to not bother coming back was just heartbreaking. That Stefan gave up on him that quickly! GAH! And the worst part is that you know it's exactly what Damon expected.

You know, I don't think Stefan really gave up on him there. I think it was about Stefan being disappointed and frustrated and doing what he always does when he can't get through to his brother. Rejecting him. Yet hoping he'll get him back.

Which he says out loud to Elena in that last scene. Frustrating scene too because I kept expecting Stefan to really notice there was something wrong with Elena, because hello, Elena would've never said she wanted to help Damon just for Stefan. Again, Stefan should've remembered that Elena never stopped trying to help Damon even before she was in love with him and after he killed her brother.

That scene gave me all the feels though when Stefan admitted to liking the new version of Damon better and everything. That got me to say 'aww' out loud. :P



Edited at 2014-02-09 09:48 pm (UTC)
Arabian: Damon-Jeremy & Matt01arabian on February 10th, 2014 05:15 am (UTC)
You were totally right about what you wrote in your previous review.

Honestly, this is partly why I'm feeling so calm about this season so far because I do seem to be calling out the overarching theme pretty well. :)

The problem is, right now, Damon feels like he has no one.

You know what I realized though? You've had Damon/Jeremy/Elena as a little core group, but Elena is gone, so she couldn't reach through to Damon and remind him of his love for Jeremy. But remember, there is one other core group, Damon/Jeremy/Matt and Matt was not involved in any of this either. I wonder if Matt could have reached Damon about Jeremy. I think it was deliberate that Matt wasn't involved.

But this Elena broke his heart by confirming his worst fears and... she didn't reach out to him after that.

Yup. God, I hate Katherine so much. Even though I love her, I hate her. She really does need to die now.

it's telling that Damon felt like Elena had kind of accepted his decision and moved on.

Yup, because he's never seen that side of Elena, that Elena that felt defeated.

I don't think Stefan really gave up on him there.

No, he hasn't which is why I went on in my next group of paragraphs about him still talking about Damon to "Elena." Of course he hasn't given up. But in that moment, he DID tell Damon to not come back and that was Stefan giving up on him in the moment. He'd come back from it quickly enough, but in that moment, he did give up.

That scene gave me all the feels though when Stefan admitted to liking the new version of Damon better and everything. That got me to say 'aww' out loud. :P

*sigh* I know!!!
vanimy: Rebekahvanimy on February 9th, 2014 09:43 pm (UTC)
PART THREE (looks like this episode inspired me!)

-Elena/Katherine. I miss Elena too. I really hope we're going to be done with this storyline soon. I want Elena back and Katherine to die a painful death. But Nina Dobrev really did a great job with playing Katherine playing Elena.

-I also miss Damon/Elena. And I think it also shows the acting is top notch because with the way Nina Dobrev plays Fake Elena, there's no chemistry in the very few moments where Damon and Elena are in the same room.

-The Stefan/Caroline anvils are glorious indeed. Just the fact Katherine was sensing something going on between them was a big neon sign. Yay!

-Ah, Tyler... when he found out about Nadia compelling Matt I really thought he was going to finally be useful. Alas it didn't last long. But I agree on the fact he wasn't annoying for once!

- Erm, Damon just because you die, vampires made from you won't die. You ain't an Original, bb. Overinflating yourself there a bit, huh? (Or rather the writers got their lore a wee bit mixed up, I think. Mmmhmm.)

IDK, I took it as Damon saying he would die and have fun with the doppelgangers on the other side? It was also heartbreaking because I think Damon actually wanted to die in that split second. Also the way he reacted with total indifference when he realized he had been injected with the serum gave me all the feels. :(

-Stefan/Elena. like you, I think this ship has died its peaceful death.

Everything right now is completely one sided because Elena's not Elena AT ALL. Not even Elena with her switch off but NOT ELENA at all.

Which reminds me that I forgot to comment on an earlier episode. When Elena was kidnapped by Dr Frankenstein and saved by Stefan I had this short moment of fear that Stefan would lift her up in his arms. Because that would've been a bad sign, not only because Stefan saved her instead of Damon but because that's the classic hero trope that is a Delena thing. But the writers didn't do that! Even if they had plenty of material to do that scene that way, Elena lying on the table all weakened, Stefan going in there all hero like and everything, they wrote Stefan as just helping her to get up and that's it. No big heroic moment, nothing. And I guess that's when I knew the writers were done with Stefan/Elena. Damon's Elena's hero and vice versa; endgame, I'm telling you!

Edited at 2014-02-09 09:52 pm (UTC)
Arabian: Damon & Elena06arabian on February 10th, 2014 05:15 am (UTC)
-Elena/Katherine. I miss Elena too. I really hope we're going to be done with this storyline soon. I want Elena back and Katherine to die a painful death. But Nina Dobrev really did a great job with playing Katherine playing Elena.

Agreed all around, and I do think there's a very good chance it will be over by the end of the next episode. The extended preview for the next episode shows not only Stefan/"Elena" going to find Damon, but Westfield with the Travellers there, and we know from Gregor in Matt, that you need a Traveller to get the posessor out of the host body. Voila! And Katherine is just way too obviously not Elena. No way she'll fool Stefan on a road trip, just the two of them, LOL!

-I also miss Damon/Elena. And I think it also shows the acting is top notch because with the way Nina Dobrev plays Fake Elena, there's no chemistry in the very few moments where Damon and Elena are in the same room.

I realized that not only didn't I care about Stefan and "Elena," but that I wanted NOTHING to happen with Damon and "Elena" because it wasn't "Elena."

-The Stefan/Caroline anvils are glorious indeed. Just the fact Katherine was sensing something going on between them was a big neon sign. Yay!

Not only that, but it's SUCH a two-way street of FEELINGS between the two! Caroline totally seemed to have just a smidgen of *something* there when watching Stefan and "Elena" dancing and when she walked in on them at the end, and Stefan is definitely feeling that something too because he looked almost guilty when he turned and saw Caroline standing there. Definitely a two-way street there.

It was also heartbreaking because I think Damon actually wanted to die in that split second.

I totally got that feeling too. :(

-Stefan/Elena. like you, I think this ship has died its peaceful death.

Totally dead. :D

Which reminds me that I forgot to comment on an earlier episode. When Elena was kidnapped by Dr Frankenstein and saved by Stefan I had this short moment of fear that Stefan would lift her up in his arms. Because that would've been a bad sign, not only because Stefan saved her instead of Damon but because that's the classic hero trope that is a Delena thing. But the writers didn't do that! Even if they had plenty of material to do that scene that way, Elena lying on the table all weakened, Stefan going in there all hero like and everything, they wrote Stefan as just helping her to get up and that's it. No big heroic moment, nothing. And I guess that's when I knew the writers were done with Stefan/Elena. Damon's Elena's hero and vice versa; endgame, I'm telling you!

I commented on that too in write-up. I was SOOOOOOOO happy when that did NOT happy. Yuppers, that's ENDGAME couple territory. That's Damon/Elena (and well, Stefan/Caroline too!) stuff!
Matt: Ghidorahghidorah15 on February 10th, 2014 03:42 pm (UTC)
Ahem - not to be rude, but perhaps Not-Elena would be the best term for Katherine possessing Elena? It's less confusing than the "Elena" thing you're using.
Arabian: Alaric02arabian on February 11th, 2014 01:41 am (UTC)
Yeah, I could change it to Not!Elena. That would work.
MaelJ0714: necklacemaelj0714 on February 11th, 2014 11:04 pm (UTC)
Know this is a late comment, but just wanted to say how much I've been enjoying your posts over the last few weeks. So much of what we are seeing on the show you have talked about or foreseen. So, GO YOU!! :-D

I’ve read several negative posts about Damon’s bad behavior over ‘just a breakup’ and wish everyone could come to your LJ to read what is really going on with this character. Your thoughts regarding him (and Stefan) are just spot-on.

Two of my favorite shots of Damon in this episode were at the end of the scenes with Stefan at the Salvatore manor and when Caroline is telling him to call Enzo back. In both, he is so closed off, emotionally detached from the situation, and I think your description of him drowning in the pain fits perfectly. He has completely submerged that tiny part of him that cries out for love, understanding and goodness; and right now, it is so far beneath the surface no one is able to reach him. And it is sad because it’s Damon himself that is keeping that part of him under. It’s all part of his self-preservation. Don’t bother kicking me out because I was never coming back anyway.

I didn’t get the sense, either, that everyone saw him as the villain. Yes, they are angry with him, but they also seemed a bit sad and confused. And Jeremy’s smile when he thought, hoped, that Damon was serious about tutoring kids and giving back? He loves Damon and wants him to be the good guy. They all do. But he is such a complicated personality, they don’t know how to help him. And, you’re right -- as of yet, they haven’t really tried. Only Elena has seemed to figure him out and she is gone. Maybe this is their time to FINALLY be there for Damon. (yay?)

With that said, I’m sorry but was Ian’s line deliveries as bad-guy Damon not AWESOME in this episode?!!? We talked about how bad-guy Silas was just flat. Bad-guy Damon is freaking hilarious! I can’t help but giggle every time I watch his surprised “Oooh” to Jeremy’s “Hey” when defending Bonnie. ;-D Just sayin.’

Personally, I loved Stefan in this episode. :-D I really did, particularly the scene with Enzo in the woods. I just love that protective, almost territorial attitude Stefan has about his brother. Enzo spent five years as Damon’s cellmate, says Damon was his soul mate, the only person he connected with, and helped him escape at his own cost. Damon knows all his secrets. And Enzo meant so much to Damon that he had to turn off his humanity to leave him. They forged an ‘unbreakable bond.’ But beyond, “Who the hell is he and why don’t I know about him?” Stefan has no interest in getting to know Enzo or be remotely grateful for what he did for Damon. From the very beginning, Stefan flat-out just didn’t like him. And… I LUVS IT. :) I love what it says about Stefan’s love for Damon. He is his brother, dammit, and no one is supposed to have that special bond with Damon except him. And now that Enzo is leading Damon down the wrong path? Even more reason for him to dislike Enzo. It will be interesting to see if/how the two will work together to help Damon now that he is a Vampire Ripper.

After so many negative things Stefan has said about Damon in the past, it was good to see him realize in his scenes with Caroline and Katherine that he loves who Damon is and that he understands him *better* (I loved what you had to say about this). I didn’t love that he told Damon not to come back, but you are right. Stefan gets frustrated and makes mistakes, but I really think he will figure this out.

As for Katherine, I thought the 100th episode was the perfect ending for her. Hopefully, her deception won’t last much longer. I miss Elena, too!! I think Stefan and Caroline are already suspicious and expect Stefan to discover she is not Elena in the next episode.

This show is getting so good! Can’t wait to see where they are going with Damon. I’m so glad they are giving Damon a richer, darker story. Ian Somerhalder really doesn’t get any better than when he is having an existential crisis on the roadside with Jessica or begging a half-naked, crying Andi to leave before he kills her. :-D

Thank you, again, for your write-ups. They really are a highlight of my week!
Arabian: Damon10arabian on February 13th, 2014 11:08 am (UTC)
Thanks for commenting, better late than never, LOL!

So much of what we are seeing on the show you have talked about or foreseen. So, GO YOU!! :-D

Hah! It's why I continue to feel fairly confident about the show.

He has completely submerged that tiny part of him that cries out for love, understanding and goodness; and right now, it is so far beneath the surface no one is able to reach him. And it is sad because it’s Damon himself that is keeping that part of him under. It’s all part of his self-preservation. Don’t bother kicking me out because I was never coming back anyway.

Exactly.

I didn’t get the sense, either, that everyone saw him as the villain. Yes, they are angry with him, but they also seemed a bit sad and confused.

Exactly, and that was really, really heartening to me. I'm fine with them being furious with him. They absolutely should be, but I loved that they didn't treat him as the villian.

Maybe this is their time to FINALLY be there for Damon. (yay?)

It would be nice, because part of the problem is that while we know and Elena knows that the others (minus Caroline) do care for Damon, Damon doesn't realize this. Not really. And Jeremy automatically using Elena as the reason why Damon wouldn't hurt him just solidified that belief. Not Damon's relationship with Jeremy, but rather his feelings for Elena.

With that said, I’m sorry but was Ian’s line deliveries as bad-guy Damon not AWESOME in this episode?!!? We talked about how bad-guy Silas was just flat. Bad-guy Damon is freaking hilarious!

YES! YES! YES! And this is why I'm done with the show trying to give Paul chances to shine. He doesn't. Give it to Ian... he DOES!

On the other hand, I too did love Stefan in this episode. This is when Paul as Stefan shines. This is when he works best.

I just love that protective, almost territorial attitude Stefan has about his brother.

Me too.

As for Katherine, I thought the 100th episode was the perfect ending for her. Hopefully, her deception won’t last much longer. I miss Elena, too!! I think Stefan and Caroline are already suspicious and expect Stefan to discover she is not Elena in the next episode.

Agreed, she can't stick around much longer, way too obvious and, yeah, Caroline and Stefan were definitely side-eying her.

This show is getting so good!

Getting?!?!? It's always been good! Nay, awesome!

Thank you, again, for your write-ups. They really are a highlight of my week!

Thank you. :)
Alisha: Janellekalishaka on November 15th, 2014 05:04 pm (UTC)
I'M BACK! I know, I know. It took forever. I'm still not happy about the creative choices made. I believe there were different ways to achieve the same goals. But I will concede that the choices made fit the characters and work for the story. So, I'm not so much upset with how the story is going, just that I feel it's a bit lazy. I know I know. Personal preference what not.

I don't have a lot to say about this episode. One, because It's mostly a set up episode, moving all the players into position to do future plot things. And no matter what you do writing wise those are always going to be a bit dull. Two, I think Elena is kind of the heart of this show. Without her, I feel a bit of a disconnect. Like I love and adore these characters but it is Elena's feelings for these characters that has always somewhat driven me as a viewer, and it was hard to feel invested in the fate's of everyone without Elena being invested in the fate's of everyone. As much as I love and adore Katherine, and laughed at her eye roll and annoyed argument over saving Jeremy, I'm ready to let her go if it brings me my Elena back.

Caroline! Caroline! Caroline! And Stefan! Why yes, Caroline does have feelings for Stefan. Thank you show. I have only been longing for this since season two, and I cannot even hate how long it has taken because they are giving it such a solid base. Such a real transition from friends to something that it makes me ache. And I adore it. Because I love Caroline. And I love Stefan. And they can be beautifully wonderfully ridiculously adorable together.

I think the major perk to this episode for me was really how they showcased Stefan. With Elena absent, and Damon off the rails, Stefan had to be the main character to hold the emotional weight of this episode. I don't know if Paul completely did that, hence how it felt a bit dull, but it was definitely there in the writing. His need to protect Damon was incredibly prevalent. Protecting Damon from Enzo, Protecting Damon from Damon, Protecting Damon from losing Elena. And there is something beautiful about Stefan describing how he was waiting for Damon to fuck it up, and then realized....Damon was trying to hard not to. That Elena wasn't a prize he was trying to steal from Stefan but rather the very person that finally made Damon want to be the person Stefan was trying to keep with him when he turned Damon in the first place. I feel like in the midst of the love triangle and the drama that sometimes the show forgets the brothers, and I think one of the best things about this show is how much Stefan needs Damon.

Tyler.....oh Tyler. I knew it was all going to go wrong the moment you were the one starting to figure things out. I mean I appreciated it, because I feel like Tyler is such a waste of a character. And they actually were utilizing him in a great way, but it was for naught. And Matt, oh Matt, I adore how much he just seemingly forgets he is a human in the midst of all this supernatural madness. He just flings himself into things and puts his own life at risk. And blurts out the master plans of the villains and challenges them. Seriously Matt is perfect. I love him forever.

Actual plot things...meh. Nothing surprising. I'm just going to roll with it and just reserve judgment until I see where it goes.