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01 November 2015 @ 07:19 am
7.04 - 'I Carry Your Heart With Me' (The Vampire Diaries)  
OK, let's get this out of the way. *sigh* Thursday morning I was in a car accident. Yeah, my glorious luck continues. I'm physically OK, just a few bruises, a bit sore. I'm more emotionally distraught. I'm dealing with it and it's going to be a financial annoyance… when you really look at it and how awful (and honestly, fatal, given a few more seconds literally) it could have been, that says a lot about how not bad it was in the big picture. So I'm trying to move on. In other words, hah, I have a good reason for yet another late write-up. There is no need for ‘how are you?'s and what-not. I appreciate the kind thoughts, but I'd rather not dwell. I'm OK and I'll be better. So… onto The Vampire Diaries.

This was a really good episode that was probably better than the praise I'm giving it, but yeah, see above paragraph. My frame of mind wasn't the best to fully take in what the show was offering, but I did really like what I was able to grasp. So off we go.

First I want to talk about Alaric and we'll segue into Damon from there because I think Alaric's theme which I now believe was set-up last season is one that Damon shares. Before I go into the specificity of Alaric, I want to return to a refrain I've been repeating since season 04. I try very hard not to judge any issues I have with the show or an episode, or an arc or even a season, but tell myself to wait it out. Even possibly waiting until the series is over. And if I'm right about where this is going, then this episode is proof of why this practice has held me in good stead. I've lamented about Pod!Alaric since this season began and as we neared the end of the last as I finally gave up on the idea of any explanation for Alaric being tied to Jo so completely.

I will not lie. When Jo's eyes popped open and she came back to life, I groaned. I was not a happy camper. Yes, yes, we saw the twins in the "Three years from now" teaser, but it sure seemed that mommy wasn't around and I held onto hope that such was the case. And then the end happened and UGH! Jo! Noooooo! However, after thinking on it, I haz thoughts. So she's brought back with the Phoenix stone, right? Right. Well, what if it messes her completely all up to the point where she's trying to kill herself, kill others, going out of her mind, etc.

And something (whatever) happens and they have to remove the eggs before she dies again (for good this time again) and, no doubt, have a nice safe plan… which goes cock-eyed. But it's OK because it's been canonically established that as long as a vampire has a steady supply of blood, their body functions normally… so Caroline can carry the babies to term. Which works out since Candice King is pregnant in real life. Booyah!

OK, so that all works out, but what does that have to do with making the whole Pod!Alaric nonsense make sense with the passage of time? And what happened in this specific episode that made it all make sense? And what does any of this have to do with Damon? I believe that the theme of the season is about finding yourself. It will apply to many of our main characters, we're seeing it with Matt, and we'll likely see it with Bonnie as well. As for Damon and Alaric, these two men have in many ways always been defined by the women in their life—not just romantically, but just in the importance of their presence. For Damon it was obviously his mother, and then Katherine and then Elena. For Alaric it was Isobel, and then Jenna, and then Elena (obviously, non-romantically), and Meredith and then once he came back from the Other Side, Jo.

It's always been the women that have driven their decisions, and how they've defined themselves. And with Damon actively making the call to find out who he is without Elena, I think we may be seeing the set-up for Alaric to do the same once Jo is gone for good. This season, actually since the penultimate episode of last season, the show has been setting up Damon and Alaric on the same trajectory. Both of them were set up in love, ready to truly settle down into a "normal" family life and it was tragically taken away from them by Kai. So I think it makes sense that the pattern will continue and the two will be on the same journey, albeit not at the same time. These two men will find out who they are—and in doing so they will realize why the women they loved fell in love with them. And they will become better men, better friends, brothers, fathers.

Now, of course, this doesn't take away the issue with the Alaric/Jo story all along which is the casting of Jo and the lack of chemistry between the actors, but at least now I can see where it's all coming from. And that *does* significantly help my understanding and acceptance of their storyline and how Jo seemed to be all that Alaric was about. I'm not saying that the casting wasn't the only issue. We still should have seen better integration of Jo into the canvas, and Alaric interacting with the other characters as he had before. However, again, at least I get the overall point now. If I'm right and I think I am.

And as I said, I believe this applies to Damon as well. Obviously, that's easier to call what with his letter to Elena, duh. It's important that this happens though. Yes, Stefan was a bit of a jerky-boy again to Damon when he was telling him that he was making all of his choices based on Elena. Blah, blah, blah. But the bottom-line is that we go back to what I was saying at the beginning of last season: Damon Salvatore still has those self-esteem issues.

He still questions how Elena can love him. He accepts that she does, but he doesn't quite get it. Half-way through the season, as he's writing Liz's eulogy he tells Elena "I'm not a nice person." He still thinks that he is a terrible person at the end of the day. Damon still thinks the worst of himself. In the finale, he believed that he would make the wrong choice *until* he made the right one. Elena knew he would make the right choice, but Damon didn't have faith in himself.

Even in this episode, we got continued proof that Damon still sees himself as worth less than Stefan, than others. When Lily arrived to the scene of Oscar's post-ripping through the tour bus, Damon told her that her favorite sons were the rippers and I felt so bad for him because, you know, Stefan was only ten when she died. Damon saying that wasn't a dig at Stefan or even Lily, it was more about Damon's own insecurities and just how it's been his whole life. Damon immediately goes for his own jugular. He's such a self-pitying loser. That's just how he sees himself. Even though he should not. Damon needs to stop seeing himself as worth less.

So Damon deciding to find himself, find who he is without Elena, I really liked because I feel like it confirmed what I had speculated this season would be about for Damon which was fully repairing his relationship with Stefan. Although this is that, but so much more, which is so much better! Repairing not just his relationship with Stefan, but repairing his relationship with *himself* and with others. And *that* is awesome. Especially if one of those others is Matt!

I am really, really hopeful that the inclusion of that Damon and Matt scene was because we are going to see a Damon and Matt relationship explored. I mean, why else have Damon specifically worrying about Matt's life, Matt expressly asking if Damon even cared unless these were things that would be touched upon? I will dream the dream until the dream is ground to dust. And, of course, I want to continue to see the Damon/Alaric and Damon/Bonnie friendships strengthened as well.

Speaking of this theme of men being defined beyond the women they love, I wonder if we're also going to see this with Stefan. Because he's definitely someone we've seen in such a way as well. Elena, Katherine, Rebekah, Caroline, etc. And we know that Caroline and Stefan have some sort of bad end between now and the "Three years from now," so it's possible that we are going to see some definition for Stefan as well. Or maybe… I don't know, perhaps the show is already negotiating with Paul Wesley and he may be sticking around past this season so his character growth will take more time (that is certainly believable!). We'll see.

As for Stefan and Caroline, well, it was interesting. I wrote about last episode wherein I didn't buy that the two were desperate to touch one another, that I just didn't feel it at all between them. And I didn't then, and I didn't feel it in most of their scenes in this one either. In their early scene, or even when they were talking about it. However, when they ran to one another to kiss once they could touch again and as they were gettin' to getting' it on, there we saw the desperation. But, but, but… it was just weird how until *that* moment, I didn't feel it. It should have been there in other moments, not just right before they kissed. So was it bad direction in both episodes, bad acting choices? Or does it go back to what I said in my last write-up?

Is it that Wesley and King don't have that passionate, molten chemistry that leaps off the screen that sells this type of story? I dunno. Don't get me wrong! When they did kiss, the chemistry was there, because they certainly do have chemistry and the kisses were hot and gorgeous and great. I loved it. Even if, of course, the "love scene" was pretty much non-existent. But what can you do? I mean, damn, that Damon and Elena WHOAH! Let's Get It On in "We'll Always Have Bourbon Street" just killed any true love scene ever happening on this show again, didn't it? Ah well, I guess I'll just take joy in the fact that Damon and Elena at least got the closest thing to love scenes after that episode. (A whole whopping thirty seconds or so, but still, they got something!)

Outside the shallow and chemistry, I liked what we got with Stefan and Caroline. I really liked that the contrived obstacle was done away with quickly. And I really, really liked that Stefan and Caroline talked. This is what has come out of the fact that Stefan and Caroline were such good friends who talked so openly and honestly with one another without any kind of romantic undertones prior to romance entering the equation before the became more. They know each other very well and they know how each other's minds and hearts work *in* romantic situations. So Stefan knew exactly where Caroline's mind was going, and Caroline knew exactly where Stefan's mind *could* be going… and they were able to discuss that openly and honestly. Erm, let's see if that continues. Pretty please! Because I do like super lots.

And, yay, sexy times! Even if we didn't get to see the sexy times, they still happened! Whee! Because they are pretty and lovely and they do have chemistry and I ♥ them.

Alas, you know who do not have chemistry? Scarlett Bryne (Nora) and Teressa Liane (Mary Louise). I appreciate that the show is telling their story with as much care as if it were a straight story (i.e., not sidelining it), while still acknowledging that it is a gay story (the bigotry that they face). However, yeah, Bryne and Liane just do not have chemistry. Bryne and Pamela Ricardo who played the bartender had more chemistry in their brief interaction than she's had with Liane in all of their scenes. And I find it a shame because I like Mary Louise a lot, and I think that Nora has possibility, and I want to like their love story. I mean, I really like how Nora loves Mary Louise, and I love their dynamic. I just wish the actresses had chemistry. Oh well.

Perhaps the writing of the overall story, the love story itself and Nora will continue to draw me in to such a degree that it will overcome the lack of chemistry. That can work for me. I do think that there is possibility here, especially with how much I like Mary Louise and how good I think that Teressa Liane is.

Also good? Tim Kang! And his Oscar! Whee!! Now, I knew because of the Phoenix Stone and the preview that there was a possibility (a good one because you don't hire Tim Kang or write a character that awesome and just have them in one episode!) that Oscar would come back to life. And he did! Double whee!!! Yay, yay, yay! I don't know what's going to happen, but I really hope that we get more Damon and Oscar scenes. Pretty, pretty please. Because Oscar is awesome.

Not so awesome? Damnit, I do think that Enzo is totes into Lily and is not working with Alaric secretly. I'd love to think that was the case, but I'm just not seeing it. {Insert sad face here.} However, Lily is clearly not into him since she's obviously all dreamy-eyed about her precious, "saintly" Julian. Oh, and I'm going to take a moment to point out that I believe it's safe to say that Lillian Salvatore is *not* a good judge of character. Ahem. Just looking at her track record. Moving on.

So now Valerie and Enzo are going to be "working together" and we all know how that generally winds up working out. At first when Matt had his gun on her, I was thinking… oh, are they gonna do something romantic with Matt and Valerie? But Matt is so anti-vampire now, I just can't see it. Then Enzo came in and they had their little tête-à-tête and it's the second one these two have had and I switched my matchmaking to Enzo and Valerie. Good, because I'm still banking on Matt and Bonnie! Of course, I'm not expecting right away since, yeah, Enzo's all Lily-centric right now. To which I still say, uhm, OK.

Alrighty then, here we go with randoms –

- I thought that Stefan was being annoyingly too "good" with Mary Louise when they were talking about their romantic problems, but then he went and vervained her and I was like, "Aw, Stefan, good on you! You play her, boo!"

- Even though the Phoenix Stone bringing back Jo would mess her all up, hopefully with Oscar's siphoning power, he would be able to, well, just siphon that effect out of himself and not have the same issue.

- Hah, the clapping on the tour bus after the driver was pulled out by Oscar after they had just complained about it not being scary was hilarious. Hee!

- Yeah, I totally admit, I choked up during Damon's letter to Elena. *sigh* My Damon and Elena! And I loved how once again the show made it blindingly clear that Damon is absolutely all about Elena. Even as he was sending her away and saying that he had to find out who he was without her, he made it clear—the *show* made it clear—that his heart was with her. *Double sigh* My heart!

- Speaking of… *Triple sigh* It slayed me dead that the title of the episode was from Elena's point of view… "I Carry Your Heart With Me." Oh my. Just…. Aaaahhhhh!

- Pop-up HCH again! I can deal with Tyler's appearances like this. OK, then. (And, heh, he's at Damon's beck and call. Of course, he is.)

- And Caroline Dries continues her Damon and Elena check list. This time it's the whole Damon only does good things for Elena. Looks like this will be a season long endeavor! Hah!

So, yeah, really good episode and I continue to really enjoy the season. Oscar lives! (Yay!) So does Jo. (Boo.) Hopefully she'll die again soon for good. We will see… We will see.
 
 
 
jairem08: pic#122702267jairem08 on November 1st, 2015 05:50 pm (UTC)
ReAlly sorry to hear about your accident. I can imagine the shock of of it.
I hope to watch and catch up soon to know what is happening. Still reading your reviews is fun.
I'm curious about the letter to Elena. Hope it is not a way of the show to sort of give him freedom to live his life to full romance included while he lets Elena go for now or justify the possibility of him moving on. But again i haven't seen it so dont know the story around it.
Arabian: Damon & Elena23arabian on November 2nd, 2015 12:18 am (UTC)
No, as I said the whole point of Damon saying that Elena carries his heart with her made it very clear that even though he's finding who he is with her, romantically speaking, that ain't happening because, well, yeah, his heart is with Elena. The show made that VERY clear.

ETA: Here is the letter. I put it under spoiler tags in case you don't want to read it and would prefer to wait until you can watch/hear Damon.

[Spoiler (click to open)]"Dear Elena,

Yes, you heard that correctly, Hell has frozen over, I’m writing it all down. Granted, I’m a half bottle in thanks to my 1950 Chateau Cheval Blanc, a bottle I waited 65 years to open. I used to spend nights sitting in my wine cellar, convincing myself I could actually hear it age, tannins growing, fermenting, but appreciating its beauty didn’t make the time go by any faster. The bottle just laid there on its shelf, torturing me, while I waited for Katherine, and time stood still. Eventually, I convinced myself that no sip of that wine could ever taste as good as I dreamt it would, so I hid the bottle and walked away, and that’s the story of why I drink bourbon. I don’t know who I am without you, but I do know that as long as I’m with you time will stand still. So who is Damon Salvatore without Elena Gilbert? A selfish friend, a jealous brother, a horrible son? Or maybe with a little luck, I’ll do right by you because you may be 1,000 miles away or 100 years away, but you’re still with me, and my heart is right there in that coffin with you, until you come back to me."


Edited at 2015-11-02 01:05 am (UTC)
jairem08jairem08 on November 6th, 2015 04:08 pm (UTC)
of course I peeked and it is a beautiful letter. My heart
Arabian: Damon & Elena50arabian on November 10th, 2015 04:11 pm (UTC)
This season is SO FULL OF LOVE for Damon and Elena, I tell ya!
Mattghidorah15 on November 1st, 2015 06:25 pm (UTC)
Ouch...I'm truly sorry about your accident and relieved that it wasn't fatal. That's more than sufficient reason for being late with this one.

*reads your theory about Alaric's daughters and how Candice King's pregnancy will fit into the show* Okay, where's a GIF of Jim Carrey's Grinch yelling "BRILLIANT!", people? Because this deserves one.

I also hope you're right about Damon finally getting over - or should I say overcoming - his self-loathing this season, not to mention Alaric getting over Jo, Matt getting over his prejudice against Damon, and Stefan getting over himself. I'm not looking forward to the latter's falling out with Caroline, but I have to trust that they'll be together in the end. The show has come too far for anything else.

Mary Louise and Nora...eh, I'm sorry, I'm just not feeling it at all. It's not merely the lack of chemistry that you noticed - I can't muster any sympathy for them. Nothing to do with them being gay, either - they're just too mean for my liking. Maybe it's that I haven't seen them before they became vampires, haven't had a chance to know them better.

In any case, I hope Valerie and Enzo can help our merry band to deal with Julian, because you know he's only going to be trouble. And yeah, Lily SUCKS as a judge of character. Take your smug superiority and shove it where the sun never shines, lady.

At least Oscar isn't gone that soon. We'll have to see what the Phoenix Stone really did to him, because no doubt that'll reflect on Jo. And yes, that moment with the tourists clapping was darkly hilarious.

As for our much-missed Elena...yeah, you're right. The title is from her point of view. Talk about keeping her spirit felt. :)
Arabian: Elena07arabian on November 2nd, 2015 08:25 am (UTC)
Ouch...I'm truly sorry about your accident and relieved that it wasn't fatal. That's more than sufficient reason for being late with this one.

Thank you and thank you. :)

*reads your theory about Alaric's daughters and how Candice King's pregnancy will fit into the show* Okay, where's a GIF of Jim Carrey's Grinch yelling "BRILLIANT!", people? Because this deserves one.

Bows triumphantly. (Erm, if I'm right, LOL!)

I also hope you're right about Damon finally getting over - or should I say overcoming - his self-loathing this season, not to mention Alaric getting over Jo, Matt getting over his prejudice against Damon, and Stefan getting over himself.

It just all makes sense when you look at the last four episodes and what aspects of each character they've been pushing, you know? And it's pretty brilliant.

I'm not looking forward to the latter's falling out with Caroline, but I have to trust that they'll be together in the end. The show has come too far for anything else.

Yup.

Mary Louise and Nora...eh, I'm sorry, I'm just not feeling it at all. It's not merely the lack of chemistry that you noticed - I can't muster any sympathy for them.

I just feel it for Mary Louise. I like the actress. Her scenes, not only with Nora, but with Stefan and Caroline have worked for me.

Nothing to do with them being gay, either - they're just too mean for my liking. Maybe it's that I haven't seen them before they became vampires, haven't had a chance to know them better.

If you have a chance, rewatch her scenes with Caroline and Stefan (especially this episode). Teressa Liane is good.

In any case, I hope Valerie and Enzo can help our merry band to deal with Julian, because you know he's only going to be trouble. And yeah, Lily SUCKS as a judge of character. Take your smug superiority and shove it where the sun never shines, lady.

This and THIS!

At least Oscar isn't gone that soon. We'll have to see what the Phoenix Stone really did to him, because no doubt that'll reflect on Jo.

I forgot to add this to my original post, but I wonder if Oscar's siphoning ability will allow him to get rid of the Phoenix Stone's effect on him.

As for our much-missed Elena...yeah, you're right. The title is from her point of view. Talk about keeping her spirit felt. :)

*sigh*
ThroughAnAmberFocus: Vampire Diaries--Miss Grumpy Pants Elenaamberfocus on November 2nd, 2015 07:52 pm (UTC)
I'm just really not feeling this season. I'm trying to give it time to find its feet, but there is so much of an Elena-shaped hole even though they keep bringing her up. I wish they'd filmed some things last year that they could insert this year. Flash backs or something. Of course, I made the mistake of starting the series over last week and the new season is just not comparing favorably to season one for me.

I like Nora somewhat. I don't like Mary Louise at all. She's too boring. They need to loosen her up a bit. And yeah, I'd like to see their backstories. It might help me care. I'm starting to care less and less about Lily, too.

I don't know, the balance just seems off. Too much with the new characters and not enough with the old.

Sorry to hear of your accident.
Arabian: Elena08arabian on November 10th, 2015 04:15 pm (UTC)
I'm just really not feeling this season. I'm trying to give it time to find its feet, but there is so much of an Elena-shaped hole even though they keep bringing her up. I wish they'd filmed some things last year that they could insert this year. Flash backs or something. Of course, I made the mistake of starting the series over last week and the new season is just not comparing favorably to season one for me.

I wish too they had filmed some Elena flashbacks for Damon to think back on last season, *sigh*, that would have been grand. I can understand your missing her. I do too. I'm sorry it's not working for you. Maybe at the end of the season when Elena comes back (as I'm sure she will), it will work as a whole better?

I like Nora somewhat. I don't like Mary Louise at all. She's too boring. They need to loosen her up a bit. And yeah, I'd like to see their backstories. It might help me care. I'm starting to care less and less about Lily, too.

Hmm, interesting that you prefer Nora to Mary Louise, and I'm the opposite. Different strokes and all that. Backstories would be good, yes! Hah, I don't think we were ever supposed to care about Lily once they went with the backstory for her they did!

I don't know, the balance just seems off. Too much with the new characters and not enough with the old.

That I agree with a bit, yeah.

Sorry to hear of your accident.

Thank you.
(Anonymous) on November 3rd, 2015 03:00 pm (UTC)
so sorry about the accident..
did you noticed in episode 6x04 elena said to herself in her dairy "I want you to rediscover yourself, in the absence of the one that defined you" and in 7x04 damon said "I don’t know who I am without you, So who is Damon Salvatore without Elena Gilbert?" i kinda loved that.... but elena also said "Alaric can restore your lost memories. All you have to do is ask. But, I hope that you don't. I tried it the other way, and... I didn't see an end to the pain" so does that mean damon will also not see the end to the pain and will desiccate himself.. as elena use compulsion to escape damon will use desiccation??
Arabian: Elena11arabian on November 10th, 2015 04:17 pm (UTC)
so sorry about the accident..

Thank you.

did you noticed in episode 6x04 elena said to herself in her dairy "I want you to rediscover yourself, in the absence of the one that defined you" and in 7x04 damon said "I don’t know who I am without you, So who is Damon Salvatore without Elena Gilbert?" i kinda loved that....

Huh, I totally missed that. GREAT CATCH! Ahhh, my heart!

but elena also said "Alaric can restore your lost memories. All you have to do is ask. But, I hope that you don't. I tried it the other way, and... I didn't see an end to the pain" so does that mean damon will also not see the end to the pain and will desiccate himself..

Could be why we see him in the coffin in the three years flashforward. Another good catch!
tj2013tj2013 on November 4th, 2015 07:56 pm (UTC)
I am very sorry to hear about your accident.

Hey, my wish came true - I wanted them to revive Oscar with the stone (and no, I hadn't seen the promo).

Loved how Damon and Stefan hid Oscar's body in plain sight. Halloween indeed. The face of the guy on the street was priceless...

Agree with everything you said.

Sorry - very short comment this time due to RL stuff, but I loved reading your thoughts.

Take care!
Arabian: Damon04arabian on November 10th, 2015 04:18 pm (UTC)
I am very sorry to hear about your accident.

Thank you.

Hey, my wish came true - I wanted them to revive Oscar with the stone (and no, I hadn't seen the promo).

Me too!

Loved how Damon and Stefan hid Oscar's body in plain sight. Halloween indeed. The face of the guy on the street was priceless...

Hah!!

Agree with everything you said.

Great minds... :)

Sorry - very short comment this time due to RL stuff, but I loved reading your thoughts.

Oh, I get that one. Thank you. :)

Take care!

You too!
Bogwitchbogwitch on November 25th, 2015 06:02 pm (UTC)
With my very busy Halloween, I foolishly let myself get too far behind with commenting and not I have nothing I want to comment on that hasn’t been already resolved!

Aside from Nora and whasthername that is, who have failed to make me care as well; it is almost as if the audience’s sympathies with them have been assumed rather than earned and the actresses have failed to live up to selling that with their absence of chemistry, even after this ep which is the most sympathetic they have been. I have no problem with the show telling a gay story, but these two… I cared a lot more about Oscar in 30 seconds than these two after seven episodes. Though I vastly prefer Nora to the other one I can never remember the name of kill ‘em both off.
Arabian: Damon04arabian on March 3rd, 2016 01:43 pm (UTC)
Going back and saw some comments I missed! EEK!

With my very busy Halloween, I foolishly let myself get too far behind with commenting and not I have nothing I want to comment on that hasn’t been already resolved!

Erm, yeah! I know how that gets.

Aside from Nora and whasthername that is, who have failed to make me care as well; it is almost as if the audience’s sympathies with them have been assumed rather than earned and the actresses have failed to live up to selling that with their absence of chemistry, even after this ep which is the most sympathetic they have been.

And 10 episodes later... this remains the case!

I have no problem with the show telling a gay story, but these two… I cared a lot more about Oscar in 30 seconds than these two after seven episodes.

I STILL miss Oscar. What a waste.

Though I vastly prefer Nora to the other one I can never remember the name of kill ‘em both off.

I can't believe I preferred Mary Louise in the beginning. I don't want Nora to die, but Mary Louise--off with her head!
Bogwitchbogwitch on March 3rd, 2016 11:44 pm (UTC)
The Originals handled a gay couple a 1000% better, I give it that. Even if they did kill one of them off.
Arabian: Elijah01arabian on April 29th, 2016 03:29 pm (UTC)
I do not disagree with this (even if I still think that The Originals is pretty sub-par show overall.) And, yes, this means that I'm finally going back and answering older comments!
(Anonymous) on February 5th, 2017 12:13 pm (UTC)
I carry your write-ups in my heart with me
I'm so sorry about the accident *hugs you tightly* I hope you've kind of forgotten all about it by now *more hugs*

”I try very hard not to judge any issues I have with the show or an episode, or an arc or even a season, but tell myself to wait it out. Even possibly waiting until the series is over.” - Yes, it's not an easy thing to do, but you're completely right. Only at the very end we'll be able to really tell.

”I believe that the theme of the season is about finding yourself.” - Yes, I think that was it, although I also think we're still waiting for the conclusions, so to speak.

”And with Damon actively making the call to find out who he is without Elena, I think we may be seeing the set-up for Alaric to do the same once Jo is gone for good.” - That's a great interpretation and I think you were proved right, with the bonus of the discovery that in case of Alaric it wasn't actually the women in his life that have been defining him. Even if he might have been thinking that. Instead, it was the idea of what his perfect life should be like.

”He still questions how Elena can love him. He accepts that she does, but he doesn't quite get it.” - I really hope that's the journey we embark on. That this is precisely what at the end of the road Damon will get ♥

”So was it bad direction in both episodes, bad acting choices? Or does it go back to what I said in my last write-up?” - Yes, I think their story, they ~chemistry, if you will, is just of a different type. And that's OK. But the question remains, will it work, eventually? Or is this “lack” of chemistry a sign that it won't?

”Oh, and I'm going to take a moment to point out that I believe it's safe to say that Lillian Salvatore is *not* a good judge of character.” - lol True.

”hopefully with Oscar's siphoning power, he would be able to, well, just siphon that effect out of himself and not have the same issue.” - Just a random question that crossed my mind on the subject of siphoning: why can't we siphon the sleeping beauty spell out of Elena and Bonnie? They should at least include a throwaway line somewhere in there to explain why that wouldn't work or why they won't try doing it.

”Yeah, I totally admit, I choked up during Damon's letter to Elena.” - Me too ♥ It was a beautiful scene and the 1000 miles / 100 years line was gorgeous.

PS. I know it looks like at my current pace I won't make it even by Christmas, but here is the news: I took a day off work for the sole purpose of reading your write-ups! Lol! Really. And it's going to happen on February 20th. So expect quite a few comments then :)
Arabian: Damon02arabian on February 8th, 2017 01:46 am (UTC)
RE: I carry your write-ups in my heart with me
I'm so sorry about the accident *hugs you tightly* I hope you've kind of forgotten all about it by now *more hugs*

For the most part, yeah.

”I believe that the theme of the season is about finding yourself.” - Yes, I think that was it, although I also think we're still waiting for the conclusions, so to speak.

I 100% believe that until the last quarter of the season, they thought this was their last season and so they played this stronger than they normally would have had they known at the start that they had another season yet to go.

That's a great interpretation and I think you were proved right, with the bonus of the discovery that in case of Alaric it wasn't actually the women in his life that have been defining him. Even if he might have been thinking that. Instead, it was the idea of what his perfect life should be like.

Very much could be true.

”He still questions how Elena can love him. He accepts that she does, but he doesn't quite get it.” - I really hope that's the journey we embark on. That this is precisely what at the end of the road Damon will get ♥

I do think/hope that's where the journey will end. :)

”So was it bad direction in both episodes, bad acting choices? Or does it go back to what I said in my last write-up?” - Yes, I think their story, they ~chemistry, if you will, is just of a different type. And that's OK. But the question remains, will it work, eventually? Or is this “lack” of chemistry a sign that it won't?

I went back and forth, but at the end of the season, I'm going to have to go with a combination of all three, really.

crossed my mind on the subject of siphoning: why can't we siphon the sleeping beauty spell out of Elena and Bonnie? They should at least include a throwaway line somewhere in there to explain why that wouldn't work or why they won't try doing it.

Well, at the end of s6, all of those who could siphon wouldn't do so (as far as Kai knew), and if siphoning was the case, Kai would want to have that failsafe. I actually thought/think that it's a possibility, but one they didn't think of because it just didn't occur to them. But who knows?

”Yeah, I totally admit, I choked up during Damon's letter to Elena.” - Me too ♥ It was a beautiful scene and the 1000 miles / 100 years line was gorgeous.

*sigh*

PS. I know it looks like at my current pace I won't make it even by Christmas, but here is the news: I took a day off work for the sole purpose of reading your write-ups! Lol! Really. And it's going to happen on February 20th. So expect quite a few comments then :)

Yay! I'll do my best to respond as quickly as I can.