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17 January 2015 @ 03:53 am
6.10 - 'Christmas Through Your Eyes' (The Vampire Diaries)  
Before I get this rodeo going, I want to say that I'm aware that there is some change coming in our cast, however I have absolutely zero clue what or who that change is about. I really, really want it to stay that way. So pretty, pretty please do NOT reference any casting spoilers in your comments. On that note, please don't mention upcoming writers or directors or any casting news in comments. I consider those spoilers as well. Thank you very much. Now onto the much-delayed write-up for an episode that aired, erm, over a month ago. Yeah, this always happens, doesn't it? We get these mid-season hiatuses and I wind up waiting until the week before the show comes back before finally putting getting around to writing my review. *sigh* I suck.

Obviously, I loved every single moment that we got with Damon and Elena. Every single moment. From her watching him sleep, his smile as he caught her watching him sleep, the cute drooling bit, the continued inability to not stare at him, him catching her staring, the little bit of teasing, her thanking him for helping with Bonnie, seeing this side of Damon as Elena so often had in the past which, of course, is a big part of why she'd fallen for him. Ah, it was all so, so lovely. We are getting exactly what I had hoped and what I had said we would get: An Elena falling for Damon at an accelerated rate without the specter of Stefan in, her heart and because behind that mental block every part of her already is in love with him. Honestly, I am fine with waiting for her memories to come back at this rate with us getting goodies like this. Of course, I'm still expecting them to come back pretty soon because… I'm thinking that what will bring them back will be the kiss of true love. *sigh* And you just know that a kiss is coming very, very soon and once it does… oh, I just bet those memories will come flooding back! *double sigh*

Speaking of a lack of kissage. Ahem. One of the things that I am absofreakinglutely adoring about this season is how it is blowing away every single argument that insists that the Damon and Elena love is less than.

It's as if at the beginning of season 06 Caroline Dries wrote down a checklist of all of the reasons that anti-Damon/Elena fans have come up with as to why this couple isn't the real deal and one by one has been knocking them down like bowling pins.

- It's just the sire bond – check, gone.

- She didn't fall in love with him when she was with Stefan because their love was too pure – check, gone.

- They are just all about sex. Hah, they haven't even kissed yet – check, gone.

I LOVE IT!

Then of course there was their final conversation where Elena told him she just wanted to see him because she had a terrible day. And Damon told her to come to him and they could tell each other about their crappy days. And, of course, we all thought back to "What Lies Beneath," when Damon kissed Elena and "Promised Land" when Elena kissed Damon because they just needed that connection to the other because they had crappy days.

Yeah. GROUP SQUEE FULL OF AWW!!! And here are bookend gifs of Damon and Elena adorable squee!

 

Not so squee-worthy? The very unpleasant news we received about my beloved Liz. So let's just get on with it. Oh, Liz, Liz, Liz. *sigh* OK, let's get technical first. So we've never been given indication that vampire blood doesn't *not* heal anything, but to be fair we've never been given an indication that it doesn't not *not.* Maybe it's that vampire blood can't fix stuff on the cellular level for the most part and only surface stuff? Yes, yes, Grayson Gilbert was able to heal Megan, but she had a blood-related illness so perhaps that (and medical help as well) is why vampire blood was able to help her. I'm trying here, people!

Still, they better come up with some way to save Liz, damnit! I mean, come on!! It's LIZ! Hell, they can just give feed her vampire blood and then kill her (a nice smothering or gentle, painless poison perhaps?). Then, voila!, she comes back as a vampire!Sheriff, problem solved. See, all better. Uh huh!

Gah! I rewatched the episode and those opening scenes with her and Caroline (and Stefan) just gutted me knowing what I knew. Her wanting to decorate and share Christmas with Caroline, forgoing her Sheriff duties because she knew it was her last Christmas. :sobs: And then trying to reunite Caroline and Stefan because she wants Caroline to be happy and make up with her friend (future loverboy) because she loves her soooo much. :sobs incoherently: Oh, Liz…. don't leave me………………. I can't. NOOOO!!!

I'm fine. I'm fine. Here, I will distract myself from my grief by ranting about the idiocy of other people. So I was trolling my favorite tag on tumblr (the anti-stelena tag, it's mostly super-delish!) and a post showed up bitching about how another female death on this terrible, awful show was all about Stefan's manpain and how he learned to be a friend, Elena's selfishness. Yeah, I know. I was confuzzled too. So I must address this because, really?!?! (And I know said person will never see this post, but really, I just have to address this, because REALLY?!?!?!)

Honestly, if Liz's potential (and I stress the word potential damnit!) death (FEED HER YOUR BLOOD, DAMON SALVATORE and let her be one of your besties for all time!!) is about any one character, it is about her daughter, Caroline. Not Stefan, not Elena, but about Caroline, as it should be since Liz (as much as I love her) is a recurring character and Caroline is a lead on the show and has been since season 01, episode 01.

Yes, Stefan and Elena had a conversation {gasp!}, but that conversation was about Caroline. And, yes, Caroline discussed how things were with Damon with Elena, but Caroline brought it up because it reflected upon *her* situation with Stefan and how none of *her* boyfriends had ever really been there for her at all times when she needed someone. And now, she finally got it. She saw that. The purpose of this conversation was for Caroline to finally have a guy that she likes actually be there after she's noted Elena—someone she's always been jealous of—having a guy she likes always is there for her. So, again, about Caroline.

And, finally, yes, we saw Stefan feeling emo, being all emotional over his emotions. But that emoting was… wait for it: All. About. Caroline. So, yeah, he was being a better friend, but it was about Stefan being a better friend TO CAROLINE. To that tumblr poster (who, again, yeah, will likely never, ever see this post) duh, duh, DUH!

I'm sorry, but I had to get that off my chest. Phew! I feel better. Back to emoting Stefan, emoting over Caroline. Did you see, guys? He was actually all crying *because* Caroline was crying. *sigh* He loves her so much. Oh, Stefan, you're so stupid. But I still love you boo. And he was trying. Man, he was trying so hard. Showing up in the beginning to help decorate, trying to be cheerful and helpful. Leaving when she asked, there when she and her mom needed him, sticking around at the hospital, there when the bad news came in. And it was just, ah, so beautiful (if terribly depressing at the end there, damnit, Damon, Elena, Caroline, someone, give Liz your blood, make me a vampire!Sheriff!!) and it was so beautiful, again, because he was trying so damn hard.

And, folks, Stefan Salvatore is not a trier. Let's get real. He loved Elena, he totes did, but he never really tried with her. He always, always gave up with her—it was always Elena who was the one who kept pushing, who was the one who tried to keep things going.

Yuppers. But with Caroline, Stefan tries. Uh huh. *sigh*

You know who also tries, and it sure seems like he always tries? Our adorable little sociopath, Kai! "Wait, is that funny or sad? I get my emotions mixed up." Hahahaha! I'm sorry, but I love him. I mean, he's totally evil and awful and terrible, but he's awesome at it. So, so awesome. Some may consider this blasphemy, but here it is. For me, Kai is what I think that Klaus should have been. He is a blend of scary and evil, and yet charming at the same time, but under that charm, I never doubt that he would kill in a heartbeat. He's a psychotic scamp who I genuinely believe would do any horrible thing at the drop of a hat and not blink. There would be no trembling lip from him, no teary eye because he is a psychotic sociopath with the display of a cheery disposition. This is a great character creation with great execution in writing, direction and acting. Absolutely brilliant.

Also great, was Luke's reaction to how Liv and Tyler are treating Kai's return and grand plan.

Liv: Everyone, chill! Jo thinks she can beat Kai.
Luke: You and I both know that's crap. Kai's a million times stronger. She'll die, and the first thing Kai's gonna do is kill everyone in our coven as punishment for putting him away, and then he'll turn on innocent people because he's crazy and bored and homicidal.
Liv: Fine. Then I'm selfish, Luke, but I'd rather be alive and selfish than this dead martyr who served her purpose to her coven.
Luke: People are gonna die, and it's gonna be our fault. Remember that.
Does it make me wrong that I'm Team!Luke here? Seriously? Does it make me wrong? I get where Liv is coming from, I do, but Kai is seriously a homicidal psychotic sociopath. He will kill their whole coven and then bunches and bunches of people just because that's what Kai do. And Liv is all, yeah, that's cool as long as I can boink Tyler and you're still alive too, I'm fine with that. No problem. I mean, she's not even trying to formulate a plan beyond, yeah, sure, my weak-ass older sister who I barely know can take on my crazy-ass older brother who just sucked the magic out of an entire freaking town!

Speaking of which… holy crap! Was that freaking BRILLIANT or what?!?!? What a way to take away the anti-magic spell on the town. I was just blown away by that. So, so, so freaking cool. Have I mentioned that I love this show? If not, I love this show. Like plenty lots.

Oh, and as for the contention that Jo is going to take on Kai and win the day, I sure hope she's not planning on relying on her smarts because I ain't too impressed. I mean, seriously, lady. Remember, your twin is a psychopath. You know this. Of course he's going to threaten to kill someone when you flat-out tell him how ones goes about putting the magic back in the knife. Duhhhh!

So, yeah, Kai's got all the Traveler magic flowing through him and he's going against a not-too bright, rusty witch. I'm team!Luke, and I'm pretty sure that Elena and Damon and the rest of her gang (minus Dic—I mean, Ric) would agree.

Oh, yes, let's talk about Ric, shall we? Oh, Ric. Ric, Ric, Ric. Alaric Saltzman, he of the recently back from the dead, but less recently back from the dead than Damon Salvatore, Ric, Ric, Ric. Why you such an ass lately, boo? Inquiring minds want to know.

While I am team!Luke, I am so NOT team!Ric. Telling Damon that he's only doing all of this because Damon is feeling bad for himself? Ric, you are being a BAD FRIEND! I'm mad at you. You don't deserve Damon. You don't deserve the awesomeness that is Damon in your life right now. And, Damon you need to give Ric a freaking time-out. A long one. Double and… I so hope that Ric grovels when he realizes that Elena has been kidnapped and is in jeopardy because he didn't listen to Damon (who is ALWAYS right) and didn't kill Kai when he had the chance because Ric is just obsessed with this Jo chick!

Seriously, Ric really needs to shut up and get a wake-up call with regards to how he is treating Damon. I hope that when Bonnie comes back she's the one who gives it to him. Why is Damon apologizing? Why is Ric not apologizing? Ric is the one being a dick. Not Damon. Hello?! Pfft! When Ric wouldn't take Damon's hand, honestly, Damon should have just walked away, for reals. Double, pfft. I do wonder if the Parker girls have some weird spell they cast on men because both Tyler and Ric are definitely thinking with their little heads and not their big ones, thank you very much. They are completely putting aside their friends and the potential lives of lots of people on the line for their new girlfriends. I mean, come on, boys! Tsk, tsk. (I still love you, Ric, but, seriously. Damon died and you're being such a jerk to him! Bad Ric, bad!)

Also bad, Matty-blue-blue! But, my, my, would Damon have been so proud of his little minions had he seen how they took down Enzo (of course, had it not been Enzo). But still, they were quite impressive, really, they were. And I loved that I sorta got a Matt and Damon and then a tangential Matt, Damon and Jeremy scene and Matt and Jeremy were kinda/sorta minion-ish in that they didn't say that they *wouldn't* be on the look-out for a psychopath in Mystic Falls. Hey, I take what I can get, OK? Ahem. Besides, right now, Matt is too busy being a bad boy on his own to look up in hero worship at the bad boy that is Damon.

Alas, Matt is just going way too far in his whole ‘vampire=bad, vampire killer=good' in the words of good, ole Tripp. Oh, Matt, hopefully Jeremy's words of wisdom* stuck in there a bit and Enzo's ‘knock Stefan's halo askew' plan will remind Matt yet again that it's not all black and white. Cuz boy sure needs reminding.

* Well, mostly wise. Jeremy saying Stefan's name first as to "would you kill..." sticks in my craw even after a rewatch. Stefan? Really? (Clearly my favorite word in this review.) Elena SOOO should have been the first name out of his mouth. But other than that, I truly did love that speech he gave to Matt.

And I think (*think*) I called it re: Enzo and Matt as working together. And I am loving where this story is (I think) going. The idea of bringing "hero" Stefan who does have failings that have never been dealt with out into the light—which WILL bring Damon into the story because Damon will protect his brother, and the Damon/Enzo relationship will come into play as well, is just going to be fucking awesome when this arc reaches its climax. All of Stefan's wrongdoings (which so many aren't aware of), the "good brother," St. Stefan will be brought down to earth, but the thing is that he IS good, he's just not a saint. And, aaah, the potential of all of this and how it all comes together (especially the brothers and their bond) will be amazing.

Phew! Now it's time for randoms –

- Man, the back and forth cutaways to the scenes towards the beginning between Ric/Damon/Elena, and Tyler/Liv/Luke and Jeremy/Matt were so flawlessly executed that there was zero confusion and it was just so, so well-done. I was so impressed.

- Great job from wardrobe and make-up to make Nina Dobrev and Kat Graham look so much younger for the flashbacks. Alas with Candice Accola, it didn't quite work. There was too much make-up on her and her face has just aged too much, but it really did work well for Dobrev and Graham.

- I also liked how they used the banners and such to show the different Christmas years.

- Where did Bonnie get the Christmas tree (and a clean Santa hat) from if it's May 22nd where she is? Hmmm.

- Since we ended on a cliffhanger, I really want them to use that opportunity to let us see Damon find out about Liz. I want to see that scene, damnit.

- Ah, The Vampire Diaries and their cheery holiday episodes. Although at least we had the awesome scene with Stefan giving Damon the Camaro and the hug that followed that was perfect. So, so, soooooooo perfect.

- Shallow alert! Damon looked really cute in this episode.

- *Sigh* Gah! Every Bonnie fixing her lonely tree scene broke my heart, and then her burning it made me tear up. Oh, my Bonnie. *Double sigh* And then, and then, yes, it was cheesy, but I liked how they did the dual shot at the end of Bonnie and Jeremy both standing in front of the tree in different universes. *Triple sigh*

- I originally thought that the final scene wasn't very OMG!cliffhanger for a midseason finale, but then I recalled their first mid-season finale and hey, it was Elena in a car-crash and being stalked by a vampire who might kill her… So, yeah, it works.

There we go, half a season and I really, really have been loving this season bunches and bunches. I know that doesn't mean much coming from me since I pretty much LOVE THIS SHOW FOREVER AND EVER LOTS AND LOTS, but yeah, it's been so excellent. I loved the first half of last season, but there were issues that I did mention which I put down mostly to Caroline Dries' growing pains as an executive producer which I believed she'd outgrown during the second half. The first half of this season, I believe, has completely proven that. As for this episode, I thought it was a really compelling, tightly-plotted and tautly-directed episode. The only flaw is that I just don't like Jo, but that's the actress and not on the episode itself. And, yes, Ric is annoying me, but I'm holding out to see how that plays out in upcoming episodes because (a) there may be a reason or (b) it may be resolved to my satisfaction. Bottom-line, though, yeah, excellent episode, just so, so good.

Again, one more reminder: PLEASE don't spoil me on casting spoilers, writers/directors, general spoilers at all. THANK YOU! :)
 
 
 
Bogwitchbogwitch on January 17th, 2015 10:09 am (UTC)

LIZ!!!!!


I have no Internet (and haven't for weeks now grrr) so this is all i am prepared to type on my phone. Hopefully i will say more next week.

Arabian: Damon&Liz01arabian on January 18th, 2015 08:25 am (UTC)
Aww, it sucks that youare internet.less. I share your hope that you're good togo next week. And yes, LIZ!!!!!!!!!
Frust-sheep: Vampire Diaries: Damon&Elena +frust_sheep on January 17th, 2015 05:02 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for your insight again! I have on so much to agree as always. *lol* Oh I so hope Liz will be well again and I would love to have a Sheriff Forbes vampire, too.
Oh and I know I wrote that already somewhere, but what the hell I really, really love "our adorable little sociopath, Kai", very much, too. *lol* :D

And I know, that we have soon February, but none the less happy new year for you arabian! :)
Arabian: Damon04arabian on January 18th, 2015 10:45 am (UTC)
I so hope Liz will be well again and I would love to have a Sheriff Forbes vampire, too.

Yup, if Liz can't be kept alive then undead she will have to be!

I really, really love "our adorable little sociopath, Kai", very much, too. *lol* :D

He's such a great, evil guy. I mean, don't get me wrong, I want our guys to take him out at season's end, but I'm loving the hell out of him as our big bad this season. Just don't Klaus him or anything and try and make him root-able, please.

And I know, that we have soon February, but none the less happy new year for you arabian! :)

Hey, my bad for taking forever to put the post up! Happy New Year to you, too! :)

Edited at 2015-01-18 10:46 am (UTC)
Alisha: SoM Dancekalishaka on January 17th, 2015 06:23 pm (UTC)
Ugh! I have been waiting for this post for so long! I did daily checks! And now, after all my planning for things to say, I just have nothing.

I say nothing, but really, I have a lot, but I can't remember what is from this episode, what is from past episodes, and what might be spoiler related, because while I haven't gone looking apparently these things find me against my will and I don't want to punish you with them.

Liz, I can't, nope, denial! The music was amazing. The Kai!Magic gathering was FABULOUS! Every second of that was great!

I just...don't care about the Enzo anything storyline. I just don't. And Matt going a bit dark!side while I appreciate it narratively.....Matty why you hurt me?

I'm a little annoyed with Liv, and by a little I mean a lot... I don't know. I think I'm almost rooting for Kai because I've started to love him that much. That can never be good.

I appreciated Delena a lot this episode. Although this episode also marked the first time that I felt some awkward Nina/Ian beneath the surface of the characters. I don't know. It could have just been me, or a rough scene, and I can't remember which one now, but I know it pulled me out of a moment enough that I talked to one of my friends about it.

I do have some issues with Liz being used as a sort of catalyst for Stefan/Caroline. While I completely agree that Liz and her illness and the potential fall out from that is completely about Caroline, I'm a little bothered that they used it as a bridge for Stefan and Caroline. I appreciate that they tried to let him be seen making an effort before that moment, so you know he wants to be there, but I wish, we'd seen more from Caroline being willing to let him in before she basically had to let him in because emotionally she needed him. It's a minor nitpick, I'll see how it plays out before I judge it too harshly.

Bonnie.....oh god, I don't even.... Kat has been beyond phenomenal this season. She has been handling the weight of a very isolating storyline for the entirety of the season so far, and in being alone there is little reason to let her speak aloud without it seeming weird and yet she is managing it all so well. She is giving so much emotion with the slightest changes of her face. Like I always loved her and the character of Bonnie, but she has far exceeded any expectation I would have had for her. And she managed to take something that could have been so...cheesy or forced, which holiday episodes often can feel that way, and she played it so well. In an episode with a lot of really emotional points, she managed to be the part that finally broke me.

I largely agree with you on most of what you said, especially in regard to Alaric. Oh, and while I noted my discomfort with some aspects of Stefan and Caroline above, I also agree with your take on the handling of it as well. I think it's more just a personal discomfort/issue with it because it reminds me of real life things.

And now I will hush while I still think I've avoided saying anything I shouldn't.

I've missed you!
Arabian: Bonnie02arabian on January 19th, 2015 05:41 am (UTC)
Yeah, I suck, it took me forever to write this, but I always seem to take forever during the hiatus to put these up. Sorry. :(

Liz, I can't, nope, denial! The music was amazing.

Liz, yup, that's how I feel. I just can't accept that she will be leaving me Caroline, so, uhm, yeah, vampire!Sheriff for the win!

The Kai!Magic gathering was FABULOUS! Every second of that was great!

It really, really was. And I'm hoping that part of the whole windy thing was because they didn't want Damon to find out about Liz over the phone, but we are going to see him find out.

I just...don't care about the Enzo anything storyline. I just don't.

I don't think we're supposed to care right now because it's just set-up (unless you're a HUGE Enzo fan), but it's about the potential for what's coming and I see LOTS of potential personally.

And Matt going a bit dark!side while I appreciate it narratively.....Matty why you hurt me?

I KNOW!!!

I'm a little annoyed with Liv, and by a little I mean a lot... I don't know. I think I'm almost rooting for Kai because I've started to love him that much. That can never be good.

Yeah, Liv is not making me happy. And Kai is just so... awesome. But he needs to be gone by the end of the season. No matter how awesome.

I appreciated Delena a lot this episode. Although this episode also marked the first time that I felt some awkward Nina/Ian beneath the surface of the characters. I don't know.

Whatever awkwardness was not on them because you know that according to me (and I haven't been wrong about them yet) they are totes still together and this whole thing is just a cover so that they can have some privacy and as close to a normal, non-celebrity relationship as possible. It was probably just some weird direction thing. I mean the only actual scene they were in together was the opening scene where she was watching him sleep and that was the most adorable, perfectest thing EVAR!!!! Every other scene with them, even if they were talking to each other, they weren't actually really interacting because it's not like really talking on a phone like we would be in real life.

I do have some issues with Liz being used as a sort of catalyst for Stefan/Caroline. While I completely agree that Liz and her illness and the potential fall out from that is completely about Caroline, I'm a little bothered that they used it as a bridge for Stefan and Caroline.

I don't mind at all because as much as I love Liz, she isn't even a supporting character. She's a recurring character. Her role on the show is there to provide background, story and character growth for the supporting and especially lead characters. That is literally the point of why she is on the show. The fact that they've enriched the character so much more is kudos to the writers and actress, but her actual point remains. And, truthfully, in real life, big things like death DOES bring people together, it DOES serve as a catalyst in our lives which is why it is often used in fiction.

Bonnie.....oh god, I don't even.... Kat has been beyond phenomenal this season. She has been handling the weight of a very isolating storyline for the entirety of the season so far

Well, not the entirety of the season. Yeah, she's doing it alone now, but she did have Damon until a few episodes ago, just to be fair and they drew strength from each other. But, yes, the last few episodes have been major, majorly about her strength and her awesomeness.

She is giving so much emotion with the slightest changes of her face. Like I always loved her and the character of Bonnie, but she has far exceeded any expectation I would have had for her.

I agree with the first part, but I can't say so for the second because, well, I'm mostly always loved and adored Bonnie and thought the mostest about her. Bonnie is just so incredibly awesome and I love her so much.
tj2013tj2013 on January 17th, 2015 09:05 pm (UTC)
Yay!! You're back!
And with a wonderful post I really can't add anything to.

I am not sure yet that Liz is a goner. And if they really really can't heal her, then yes, please, let Damon make her a vampire. Would tie nicely back to their scene in the cave in the second season when Liz found out about Caroline being a vampire and told Damon to kill her (Liz, I mean).

Still don't care about Jo - and yes, Luke has a point.

Ok, Enzo comes across as being simply jealous of Stefan - but I keep thinking there might be more behind his Stefan-hate... I don't know, his explanation was, hmm, too simple. Just a feeling... Well, we'll see. And oh my, Stefan gets promised an eternity of misery - again. Sort of.

Damon and Elena - just wonderful. His smile when he woke up and caught her staring... swoon.... Can't wait for their "first" kiss.

Happy new year!
Arabian: Damon&Stefan03arabian on January 19th, 2015 06:13 am (UTC)
Yay!! You're back!

Centuries later! (OK, just a year, LOL!)

I am not sure yet that Liz is a goner. And if they really really can't heal her, then yes, please, let Damon make her a vampire. Would tie nicely back to their scene in the cave in the second season when Liz found out about Caroline being a vampire and told Damon to kill her (Liz, I mean).

Or the fact that Damon saved her life in season 01 when Lexi was going to kill her, but Damon saved her then!

Still don't care about Jo - and yes, Luke has a point.

Yup, yup!

Ok, Enzo comes across as being simply jealous of Stefan - but I keep thinking there might be more behind his Stefan-hate... I don't know, his explanation was, hmm, too simple. Just a feeling... Well, we'll see. And oh my, Stefan gets promised an eternity of misery - again. Sort of.

Really? Hmm, I think it's the jealousy and the Damon-thing too, you know, hearing all about their history when he and Damon were locked up.

Damon and Elena - just wonderful. His smile when he woke up and caught her staring... swoon.... Can't wait for their "first" kiss.

*sigh* I know...............

Happy new year!

Happy New Year to you.
Florencia: DE (Kiss) (6x07) (Dream)florencia7 on January 18th, 2015 12:07 am (UTC)
YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THIS POST IS HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ♥ ♥ ♥

”And you just know that a kiss is coming very, very soon and once it does… oh, I just bet those memories will come flooding back! *double sigh*” - Aww!! I really really really hope so!!! I hope the writers won't think it'd be too corny or something.

”It's as if at the beginning of season 06 Caroline Dries wrote down a checklist of all of the reasons that anti-Damon/Elena fans have come up with as to why this couple isn't the real deal and one by one has been knocking them down like bowling pins.” - haha Great observation! That's true! :D

”Maybe it's that vampire blood can't fix stuff on the cellular level for the most part and only surface stuff?” - Oh, I see what you're doing here! But don't bother defending the writers. We all know they just randomly made that up this season lol

”I'm trying here, people!” - I'm sure everyone appreciates it, but don't take it personally if most people will remain unconvinced ;)

”Then, voila!, she comes back as a vampire!Sheriff, problem solved.” - There will really be some gratuitous cruelty going on if they won't do just that & kill Liz instead :[

”All. About. Caroline. So, yeah, he was being a better friend, but it was about Stefan being a better friend TO CAROLINE.” - Definitely. My sentiments exactly. You're absolutely right.

”Some may consider this blasphemy, but here it is. For me, Kai is what I think that Klaus should have been.” - haha Blasphemy or not, THIS IS SOOOO TRUE! ^^ It *seemed* that it was like Klaus was going to be like, but I think by 3x09 I ceased to be afraid of him all that much at all lol But with Kai, I AM SCARED *_______*

”Was that freaking BRILLIANT or what?!?!? What a way to take away the anti-magic spell on the town.” - Yes, that was a wonderful way to deal with the spell!

”(minus Dic—I mean, Ric)” - lol

”Ric, you are being a BAD FRIEND!” - See!??! At last! I've been saying that since 6x02! Lol And yes, while my overall irritation has cooled over the hiatus, I'm still not back AT ALL to caring about Alaric the way I did before ;[

”And, aaah, the potential of all of this and how it all comes together (especially the brothers and their bond) will be amazing.” - Ohhhhhh Now you made me excited for this storyline!!! And I really wasn't up till now.

”I originally thought that the final scene wasn't very OMG!cliffhanger for a midseason finale, but then I recalled their first mid-season finale and hey, it was Elena in a car-crash and being stalked by a vampire who might kill her… So, yeah, it works.” - Good point! I didn't think of that. I guess I would've been more OK with this cliffhanger if it wasn't for Damon being ridiculously OOC in the last scene. But maybe you can convince me that it wasn't all that weird? ;) I just thought it really didn't make much sense that he'd hear someone at the door, open it, see nothing and then slowly, CALMLY close the door. I mean, IT'S MYSTIC FALLS. His first instinct should be to suspect that something might be amiss, especially with Kai being out there somewhere.

5 more days!!! :D
Arabian: Damon & Elena47arabian on January 19th, 2015 06:10 am (UTC)
Aww!! I really really really hope so!!! I hope the writers won't think it'd be too corny or something.

I could be totally wrong about a kiss being the key, but nothing else has worked and they've had moments coming close to kissing and it hasn't happened, so I could just see that being *it!* And I don't think it'd be corny especially since it's become the thing turning true love's kiss on its head lately where it's been true love being more of a parental/familial thing of late.

”Then, voila!, she comes back as a vampire!Sheriff, problem solved.” - There will really be some gratuitous cruelty going on if they won't do just that & kill Liz instead :[

On the other hand, I could see them using Bonnie being gone, and Liz dying as a way to push people into confronting issues they haven't been dealing with because you never know what can happen. But maybe it will be just the suggestion of it rather than it actually happening. WAH! I don't want to lose Liz!!!!

See!??! At last! I've been saying that since 6x02!

Nope, nope, nope. I still don't have a problem with Ric's actions then. I didn't have a problem with anything Ric did until the last few episodes. I think how he's putting Jo above Bonnie and Damon is just not cool, and how he's treating Damon now is not cool, BUT, I'm just wondering if there's more here going on. Ric died and came back from the dead, and now Damon died and came back from the dead. We may find at some point that Ric has never dealt with it and Damon has become some manifestation of Ric not dealing with it. I'm not going to think the worst until it's all said and done. I did that in season 03 and there was a very good reason why Ric was acting as he was.

”And, aaah, the potential of all of this and how it all comes together (especially the brothers and their bond) will be amazing.” - Ohhhhhh Now you made me excited for this storyline!!! And I really wasn't up till now.

This show thinks long-term and plays the long game, so I tend to think that way with it. :)

if it wasn't for Damon being ridiculously OOC in the last scene. But maybe you can convince me that it wasn't all that weird? ;) I just thought it really didn't make much sense that he'd hear someone at the door, open it, see nothing and then slowly, CALMLY close the door. I mean, IT'S MYSTIC FALLS. His first instinct should be to suspect that something might be amiss, especially with Kai being out there somewhere.

Well, to be fair the episode literally ended on Elena's side of the door. We don't know what Damon did when he closed the door on his side. For all we know the episode will begin, with Damon on his side, rushing to the phone, calling someone and saying: "Something is going on." If he suspects something, Damon isn't going to reveal that he suspects something weird is going on. Right?

5 more days!!! :D

I KNOW!
Mattghidorah15 on January 18th, 2015 01:54 am (UTC)
In the words of General Zod, "And now, finally."

Heh, sorry, I couldn't resist. I'm really glad you're back.

And...I don't really have much, if any, disagreement. I don't hate Jo, but I don't have much faith in her to beat Kai, either. Ric should know better than to listen to her over Damon at this point. There has to be a way to thwart both Kai and the Gemini Coven.

Speaking of which, I, too, think Kai has been a first-rate villain. He and Markos are the only two villains on this show who have proved to be pure, sociopathic evil with not a single redeeming quality to find, and both are clearly skilled at manipulation. *shiver* Actually, it just occurred to me that Kai will basically be the next Markos if he kills Jo in the merge and thus becomes the Coven's new leader - he'll just be a witch (with the ability to steal magic, admittedly) rather than a Traveler. So...yikes.

Damon/Elena and Stefan/Caroline...nothing but approval from me. But please,God, let Liz be saved. :(
Arabian: Stefan02arabian on January 18th, 2015 10:13 am (UTC)
In the words of General Zod, "And now, finally."

Hahaha!

Heh, sorry, I couldn't resist. I'm really glad you're back.

No problem, I so did not mean to take so long. But sickness, laziness and generally life got in the way and then... it was time for TVD to come back. Damn!

And...I don't really have much, if any, disagreement. I don't hate Jo

I don't hate Jo either, and I think I'd actually like the character if I didn't have an issue with the actress. Maybe I wouldn't still, but I really think it's the actress.

but I don't have much faith in her to beat Kai, either.

Yeah, this, though.

Ric should know better than to listen to her over Damon at this point.

DEFINITELY THIS!

There has to be a way to thwart both Kai and the Gemini Coven.

Well, yeah, we know it will happen, we just, erm, have no idea how. But, if it's even 2/3rds as brilliant as how they brought down the anti-magic spell from Mystic Falls, I'll be impressed!

Speaking of which, I, too, think Kai has been a first-rate villain. He and Markos are the only two villains on this show who have proved to be pure, sociopathic evil with not a single redeeming quality to find, and both are clearly skilled at manipulation. *shiver*

Yup, yup, yup, but as good as Markos was, Kai is more fun. Markos was just too serious, LOL! Well, wait on a second though, I don't quite agree because Markos was just so single-minded (and had been on the Other Side having that single minded obsession honed for centuries literally) in his quest to see his people find a home. His loyalty to seeing his people be given their due was his redeeming quality, it just became twisted by the wrong done them (and they were done wrong by the witches).

Actually, it just occurred to me that Kai will basically be the next Markos if he kills Jo in the merge and thus becomes the Coven's new leader - he'll just be a witch (with the ability to steal magic, admittedly) rather than a Traveler. So...yikes.

Yeah, exactly. Except, you know, with the one-liners. Well, no, seriously speaking because Markos really did just want a home for he and his people, I don't believe he would gone around killing people willy-nilly with glee just because. There was always a purpose and meaning behind what Markos did and had his followers do--which was to find his home.

Damon/Elena and Stefan/Caroline...nothing but approval from me. But please,God, let Liz be saved. :(

This so very, very hard!
Creature Of Hobbit: elizabeth forbestellshannon815 on January 18th, 2015 07:56 pm (UTC)
I hope they find some way to deal with the Liz storyline which doesn't end in killing her off.
Arabian: Damon&Liz02arabian on January 19th, 2015 04:52 am (UTC)
Me too, oh so fervently me too!!!
jairem08jairem08 on January 19th, 2015 06:59 pm (UTC)
I think I have been obsessive checking for your update - so eager to read your opinion and at last : ) here it is! Though I have been quite busy to respond.
Thank you for your review.

Basically agree on everything. Loved DE interactions and specially the first one. It was cute and sweet.
It is amazing how Elena is just navigating towards Damon no matter what her memory status is now. They are all connected under the surface. And she was so ok and ready to kiss him under the mistletoe. Darn you Kai!
Curious if the next episode indeed starts right where it left off.
Liz - I do hope there is a hope for her but wouldn't be surprised if they indeed let her die.
Ric - agree. He has been a bit of a pain in a butt. Exactly as you wrote.
Matt - I do think he is going to be not the best friend of his Vamp friends very soon. I do wonder where that story line is going.
As always I love all Damon scenes and Damon in general.
Just as you I think that their kiss might be the deal breaker. Let's see. I do think that the show might keep her memories gone till season finale or towards the end of the season but if we have some fabulous DE interactions and loving I will survive it. As long as she eventually knows the truth.
Hope Bonnie will be back soon. But really have no clue how and when that will happen. Doubt that Jo will be able to beat Kai and I think we are in for a lot of crazy times with Kai.
I can't believe the unpleasant hiatus is nearly over - hallelujah!
Arabian: Elena15arabian on January 20th, 2015 04:49 am (UTC)
I'm sorry it took so long. I promise that I will try super-hard to not make you guys wait forever the next time a hiatus comes around, I swear!

Basically agree on everything. Loved DE interactions and specially the first one. It was cute and sweet.

Wasn't it just the most darling thing ever? Elena is just so smitten with him. A-DOR-A-BLE!

It is amazing how Elena is just navigating towards Damon no matter what her memory status is now. They are all connected under the surface. And she was so ok and ready to kiss him under the mistletoe. Darn you Kai!

Yup, yup, yup, and that's why I kinda think that the kiss may jump-start those memories because we've had near-kiss moments and yet it hasn't happened.

Curious if the next episode indeed starts right where it left off.</i>

I sure hope so! I want to see Damon find out about Liz! And I'm hoping that part of the whole windy thing was because they didn't want Damon to find out about Liz over the phone, but we are going to see him find out.

Liz - I do hope there is a hope for her but wouldn't be surprised if they indeed let her die.

Sigh, me too. :(

Ric - agree. He has been a bit of a pain in a butt. Exactly as you wrote.

I still hope that there is a reason behind it. I mean, Ric died and came back from the dead, and now Damon died and came back from the dead. We may find at some point that Ric has never dealt with it and Damon has become some manifestation of Ric not dealing with it. I'm not going to think the worst until it's all said and done. I did that in season 03 and there was a very good reason why Ric was acting as he was.

Re: Matt [...] I do wonder where that story line is going.

I hope I'm on the right path in my guessing.

As always I love all Damon scenes and Damon in general.

Of course.

Just as you I think that their kiss might be the deal breaker. Let's see. I do think that the show might keep her memories gone till season finale or towards the end of the season but if we have some fabulous DE interactions and loving I will survive it. As long as she eventually knows the truth.

Very true, but I don't want to wait all season!

Hope Bonnie will be back soon. But really have no clue how and when that will happen. Doubt that Jo will be able to beat Kai and I think we are in for a lot of crazy times with Kai.

Agreed all around!

I can't believe the unpleasant hiatus is nearly over - hallelujah!

I KNOW!!