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10 November 2015 @ 02:23 pm
7.05 - 'Live Through This' (The Vampire Diaries)  
I know, I know, but once again, I have a reason! So, as some of you may have noted when I mentioned it a time or two… for the last three and a half years, I’ve worked the morning shift at my job. I no longer do. So I spent the last half of last week getting myself accustomed to getting up early in the morning for working 7am to 3pm instead of 11pm to 7am. (And I’m still working at it.) So I’ve been tired. And a tad brain-dead. And working on the day shift now so getting the hang of that while trying to get my post written has not quite happened… obviously.

This does not mean that I did not like the episode. I did. A lot. Of course I did. My beloved Rebecca Sonnenshine wrote the episode. Once again I was unaware of who wrote or directed it, but about halfway through watching it, I had an inkling that it was a Sonnenshine outing just because of those beautiful, little touches that she brings to each script. And as with all of her episodes I expect that this one will get stronger with each rewatch.

Anyhoo, onto the show. Oh, Damon, my beautiful, wonderful, awesome Damon. The continued refrain of him turning over a new leaf--when honestly we saw very little sign of it. He was an annoying gnat to Stefan, much as he always has been, but yet was still there for him, again, much as he has been for the last few years. He was unable to man up and tell the hard truth to Alaric, but instead left that to Bonnie... something that Damon totally would have done before turning over his new leaf. And once he learned about Lily's part in Elena's sleeping beauty coma, he went straight into old-school Damon mode. Oh, and all of those one-liners that annoyed the hell out of everyone around him, but amused the heck out of all of us? Totes non-leaf-turning Damon. So, uhm, yeah, I'm thinking the leaf-turning is gonna take a bit more time. And I'm cool with that because (a) it should, and (b) Damon was so much made of awesome in this episode. I mean, we had:

- Undeniable proof that it doesn't matter who he's paired with, Damon Salvatore is pretty much a fantastic road-tripper.

- More undeniable proof thanks to that last scene (Oh, Bonnie!), you love Damon Salvatore, your morals become skewed: Evidence: Alaric Saltzman, Elena Gilbert (thanks to her speech in "While You Were Sleeping"), Bonnie Bennett.

- Again, the whole 'Damon is turning over a new leaf' refrain from everyone throughout the episode was hi-larious!

- Also, why 'Damon walking in on Stefan in bed with his girlfriend' scenes are so amusing, I don't even know, but they so are.

Erm, speaking of Stefan and his girlfriend. Oh, Stefan... you were doing *so* good! Those early scenes with Stefan and Caroline were so cute. Stefan was honest. Caroline was dealing with her paranoid issues. It was all so good. And then, ugh, I don't get why Stefan didn't tell Caroline the truth about what happened with Valerie. I don't mean as in I don't get why Sonnenshine didn't write it so, it was totally in character for Stefan to backtrack. I just mean, Stefan why did you have to backtrack!? It's like Damon and Elena last season where when they were friends they communicated awesomely, but once they got romantic, they stopped that before they realized, 'Oh wait, we kinda need to keep that up. It's important.' Looks like Stefan needs to learn that lesson too.

I'm wondering if this has anything to do with "Three years from now" and no Stefan and Caroline and their issues? *sigh* Speaking of those flashforwards. Man, they are starting to piss me off! I'm getting so frustrated. But in a good way because it's getting me so keyed up in wanting to KNOW what is going on! And that is obviously what you want. Which brings us to Bonnie... and Enzo?!?!? I mean WHAT?!? Firstly there likely goes my dream of Bonnie and Matt* and I guess I'm OK with that because really I just want a good love story for Bonnie and I hope this means we will see that. There was chemistry in the scenes between Bonnie and Enzo and I'm intrigued. Especially by that opener.

Bonnie has obviously checked herself into a mental ward voluntarily, and is feeling guilty and responsible over the death of someone she loved. And, erm, the only person we haven't seen in the flashforwards so far is... Matt. Thus my * next to his name in the above paragraph. So I don't know. Gah! I'm so freaking intrigued about what the hell is going on three years from now! TELL ME NOW! Clearly, they are dragging this one out a bit longer. Unlike the reveal of the Phoenix Stone. And wasn't that surprising and tragic?

It doesn't bring people back from the dead, but rather unites vampire souls with their bodies. We just don't know how their souls find their bodies. Ah, but finding out the truth about Oscar, and then of course, leaving it to viewers to make the leap and realize the truth about Jo, man. Speaking of... alright, prepare to be surprised. I am also intrigued by Alaric and Not!Jo. I know! A miracle has been wrought upon the universe. Plus, I actually felt a moment or two of sad for Alaric and Not!Jo, believe it or not. Shocked me, that's for sure.

Anyhoo, so now I'm wondering if they are planning on re-doing the Alaric/"Jo" love story with this character, but the same actress... but, no, I really don't think they are based on the "Three Years..." from the last episode. It really did seem to me like there was no mother in the picture for some reason and I really think that Caroline carrying the twins to term is how they are going to deal with Candice King's pregnancy. So, I don't think so. Still, that final scene honestly had more feels as a beginning of a romance for me than anything in the beginning of the actual Alaric/Jo relationship last season. Partly this is because I didn't like the character of Jo, I know. But also because of the set-up. There is this beautiful tragedy here, this fantasy aspect at play. Alaric looks at her and sees the love of his life, but he knows--because he is so aware of the fantastical in this world--that she is NOT her. He can easily accept that reality. And as for Not!Jo, she is clearly from another time, and she is looking at Alaric and he is her savior, this man who has brought her back to life, her knight in shining armor. So when they reached for each other, when they held hands, there was a beauty in that moment that I never experienced with the forced "romance" of Jo and Alaric.

And, of course, there are still the questions--why did *this* vampire soul jump into Jo? There must have been some kind of connection because we saw that the vampire had some sort of medical training just as Jo is a doctor. So yes, I am intrigued. And another point, Alaric has clearly forgotten about the twins, he offered Not!Jo alcohol. I'm thinking that there will likely be a medical check-up soon and the babies' heartbeats will be present. We'll see. Regardless, I'm not to see the end of the character of Jo Laughlin. Jodi Lyn O'Keefe is a good actress and if they can write a better character for her, I'm open to seeing where they go with these two now.

On the other hand, I am *not* happy with losing the character of Oscar. Damnit, show. You introduced all of the Heretics and the best of the lot was so awesome in his very first scene and you literally killed him off in his first episode and then got rid of the actor in his second. Seriously?! I am disappoint. *sigh* Tim Kang is so great and Oscar was such an immediate, wonderful character *right away* and he was killed off *right away* and then as cool as the Phoenix Stone twist is it means that Oscar and Kang are both gone now. What a waste. *sigh*

At least we still have Valerie, the second-best of the Heretics. I appreciate how much character and depth they are giving her and Elizabeth Blackmore is a very good actress. The thing is that I can't say that I love Valerie, but they are layering the character and we are seeing different facets of her. I just wish that they'd do the same for the other Heretics because she is the only one who is really standing out at this point (despite the fact that I still do think that there is potential for Mary Louise because I like Teressa Liane).

OK, onto randoms --

- MISS CUDDLES!!!!!!! I was just thinking of her the other day and missing her and then we got a namecheck and got to see her again. Aww, Miss Cuddles you've been missed!

- So, uhm, yeah, this episode proved that the flashbacks in "Age Of Innocence" were COMPLETELY unnecessary since Valerie (and Damon in his wonderfully eloquent way) shared all of the pertinent information in this one.

- UGH, Lily continues to prove that she is JUST the worst!! Of course it was *her* idea to take away the love of Damon's life from him. Of course. Flames, people, FLAMES!

- I have to admit that I kinda thought that after the last episode we would have less 'Damon loves Elena more than anything ever, blah, blah, blah' as well as tons of Elena mentions overall, but nope, it's still going strong. And I LOVES IT SO MUCH! WHEE!! Damon & Elena 4EVA!

- So with Lily choosing Julian over Enzo, does this mean that Enzo is *finally* going to realize that he picked the wrong side and join the right team now?

- I continue to love the Bonnie/Damon friendship, but I, erm, kinda disagree with Bonnie at the end there, no, Elena would not be OK-ing Damon's move there. See Damon skewing the morals of those who get close to him above. Uh huh! Oh, Damon.

So there ya have it, waaaaaaaaaaaaaay late, but I haz excuse! Hopefully next week I'll be on track! I'm happy to say that this season is moving along as I expected it to. Yes, I am missing Elena's actual presence and Damon and Elena's actual presence together, but I still love the show and how they're honoring Damon and Elena's love. This is still MY show and I'm happy with it. :D
 
 
 
ThroughAnAmberFocus: Vampire Diaries Caroline Quizzicalamberfocus on November 11th, 2015 03:13 am (UTC)
I liked this episode. I liked it better than any episode so far this season. I was kind of hoping that maybe the spirit that jumped into Jo's body was Katherine, because then we could have her again without Nina Dobrev (the same way we had Rebekah on The Originals last season without Claire Holt) but when she didn't appear to recognize the time period, that skewed that. I like the vulnerability that the character has, though. And while I didn't rabidly dislike Jo like you did, I liked her okay but she was never like Jenna, I kind of like this new turn and its bitter sweetness.

I wish that Nora and Mary Louise would not follow Lily so blindly. I want those characters fleshed out and questioning things. I am glad they continue to do so with Valerie, but I'd like it with the rest of the characters, especially the mute heretic. I want to know why he can't speak. And Julian had the mark on him. I hope they explain that soon. If it ends up like the giant crack on Doctor Who I'm going to be annoyed.

I kind of figured they'd do Bonnie and Enzo since there're not a lot of single guys available. I don't see a ton of chemistry there yet, just a little, but they've not spent that much time together. She has more chemistry with both Stefan and Damon (and no, I still don't see that as a sibling vibe like you, but don't want it as a romance, either, best friendship is good for me there).

I don't know, there was so much chemistry between Bonnie and Jeremy and even between Bonnie and Luka. I want more for her than just being shoved with an available guy. And I don't want her with Matt because for me that is a sibling vibe. But since they do seem to be going down the Enzo path, I hope they build it well like they did with Bonnie and Jeremy.

If they are going to break up Stefan and Caroline for this Valerie storyline (which the flash forward implies), then I wouldn't mind seeing her back with Matt. They never really had much of a chance, but I do think they loved each other.

This week was good. But still...I'm in season 2 of my rewatch and this season doesn't even compare.

Edited at 2015-11-11 03:16 am (UTC)
Arabian: Bonnie01arabian on November 11th, 2015 01:22 pm (UTC)
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I liked this episode. I liked it better than any episode so far this season.

Well, Rebecca Sonnenshine. Yeah, she's awesome. I ♥ her.

I was kind of hoping that maybe the spirit that jumped into Jo's body was Katherine, because then we could have her again without Nina Dobrev

Nooooooooooooooooooooooooo! It would take an actress of enormous talent and charisma to pull off Katherine, and while Jodi Lyn O'Keefe is good, she's nowhere near that level. God, no! Ugh, I've seen her play "Katherine-like" characters before and no, no, no, nooooo! Ugh, no. Now excuse me while I go bleach my brain out! Besides, Katherine's soul is gone, gone, gone. I think that any vampire who was on the Other Side is gone. I'm thinking that Vampire souls who are involved in this are a part of the Phoenix Stone, probably knowingly.

I like the vulnerability that the character has, though.

I agree.

And while I didn't rabidly dislike Jo like you did, I liked her okay but she was never like Jenna, I kind of like this new turn and its bitter sweetness.

I like the new turn and the bittersweetness too. Hehehe, rabid dislike, yeah, that's a good description.

I wish that Nora and Mary Louise would not follow Lily so blindly. I want those characters fleshed out and questioning things.

YES!

I am glad they continue to do so with Valerie, but I'd like it with the rest of the characters, especially the mute heretic. I want to know why he can't speak.

YES! YES!

And Julian had the mark on him. I hope they explain that soon.

I missed that. Probably just not paying attention as well as I normally do because of the whole adjusting to my new schedule.

If it ends up like the giant crack on Doctor Who I'm going to be annoyed.

I was watching at that point, but I've blocked it since Moffat continues to suck (but I did watch the two Maisie Williams episodes because I LOVE HER SO MUCH and those were excellent--especially the second one--and I can't wait to see the third one with her). I'll take your word for it that it was annoying, because, you know, Moffat. *sigh* I miss when I loved DW.

I kind of figured they'd do Bonnie and Enzo since there're not a lot of single guys available.

But, but, but... Matt and such symmetry and history... sigh.

I don't see a ton of chemistry there yet, just a little, but they've not spent that much time together.

Ditto. Hopefully, they'll get a really good story written for them, especially Bonnie. My girl deserves it!

TBC
Arabian: Matt02arabian on November 11th, 2015 01:23 pm (UTC)
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She has more chemistry with both Stefan and Damon

Agreed.

(and no, I still don't see that as a sibling vibe like you, but don't want it as a romance, either, best friendship is good for me there).

I don't think they have a sibling chemistry at all, I think it's being WRITTEN as a sibling chemistry. (I'm not sure that Ian Somerhalder is capable of having a sibling chemistry with anyone, LOL! Hell, I could have been down for him and Liz banging had I not been so die-hard for Damon and Elena. And Damon and Jenna, etc.)

I don't know, there was so much chemistry between Bonnie and Jeremy

They were so sweet.

and even between Bonnie and Luka.

Erm... I'm gonna have to not agree with this one. But then I thought that Luka was an anti-chemistry magnet. He was possibly the only person I saw that Ian did NOT have chemistry with... he was THAT anti-chemical.

I want more for her than just being shoved with an available guy.

I want a great, layered, beautiful romantic story for her.

And I don't want her with Matt because for me that is a sibling vibe.

I can see why people would see that, I just want that great, layered, beautiful romantic story for both of them. And I do think that there is such an awesome symmetry and history with them, AND there was that stuff in season 03 with them that seemed to be leading somewhere (the drowning stuff in "The Reckoning," etc. when she and Jeremy started to have problems because of his Anna-stuff, but that didn't go anywhere.

But since they do seem to be going down the Enzo path, I hope they build it well like they did with Bonnie and Jeremy.

Me too. And like I said, I don't know for sure that Matt and Bonnie are still a no-go, we'll see.

If they are going to break up Stefan and Caroline for this Valerie storyline (which the flash forward implies), then I wouldn't mind seeing her back with Matt. They never really had much of a chance, but I do think they loved each other.

Agreed, but I don't want that because Stefan and Caroline are obviously endgame now and I don't want Matt to be someone's second choice anymore than I want Caroline or any of the others I love to be in that position. Plyus, I just can't see Matt with a vampire again.

This week was good. But still...I'm in season 2 of my rewatch and this season doesn't even compare.

Season 2 is actually my least favorite of the series so far, LOL! But Elena... sigh. I don't know, watching a season mid-play--especially minus the leading lady we all loved so--while watching past seasons is probably not the best way to appreciate the current season.
jairem08jairem08 on November 11th, 2015 03:52 pm (UTC)
I just cannot wait to watch.
I wonder about Caroline and Stefan from what I read. Are they not together and is Stefan with this Valerie or someone else now?
Interesting info about Bonnie and Enzo. Never saw that coming if that is happening.
I will probably miss Elena big time once I watch.
I truly hope she will be back and we will get closure. Hope the season is building up to it.
Thank you for the post. I'm always anxiously waiting for it. Hope you are ok now after the accident.
Arabian: Damon13arabian on November 18th, 2015 02:12 pm (UTC)
I just cannot wait to watch.

I wonder what it will be like watching it all together. Hmmm....

I wonder about Caroline and Stefan from what I read. Are they not together and is Stefan with this Valerie or someone else now?

Stefan and Caroline are very much together in the present, but their personal quirks (her paranoia and self-doubt which she's handling quite well, and his secretive, presenting himself in the best light, not handling as well) are starting to cause problems. And then there's Valerie--no closure there at all with Stefan and Valerie and clearly still feelings.

Interesting info about Bonnie and Enzo. Never saw that coming if that is happening.

Yeah!

I will probably miss Elena big time once I watch.

Yeah, and we are not being given the opportunity to forget her which is good because, yes, DON'T FORGET HER!, but bad, because, yeah, we so can not forget her.

I truly hope she will be back and we will get closure.

I honestly can't see it not happening.

Hope the season is building up to it.

I think so. :)

Thank you for the post. I'm always anxiously waiting for it. Hope you are ok now after the accident.

I'm glad it helps, and I am, thanks.
Mattghidorah15 on November 11th, 2015 05:33 pm (UTC)
I don't have much to add, because you said it all so well. If Damon does indeed turn over a new leaf, it'll take time - and right now, he needs to punish Lily the Bitch for what she did. I'm not even kidding - I'm completely on his side with this, no matter how dark it may be. She has it coming.

And Bonnie remains in his corner - lovely to see. Not so lovely to see was her in a mental hospital - still, at least she's not alone. I did blink when Enzo showed up and they kissed, but their interaction in the present-day scenes was enough to make me think, "Okay, yeah, I'm open to this." I just hope Matt isn't dead. :(

I'm glad you're okay with Not-Jo - she's more interesting and easier to like than Jo so far, and it's good to know that the actress can pull off a different character. Still, we'll have to see where they're going with the twins, as I can only presume they're the same ones Jo was carrying when Kai murdered her. Your theory about Caroline carrying them to term is still brilliant. ;)

Speaking of Caroline, or perhaps Stefan...yeah, it's in-character for him to backtrack. Doesn't mean we have to like it. Fingers crossed that when the show has finished with this time period and moved into its future and our present, the two of them can reconcile. (Not that I'm hugely worried they won't, but y'know what I mean.) Valerie is still the only Heretic I like and have sympathy for, especially after this episode - damn, was Lily's treatment of her brutal. (Another reason the Bitch needs to go down hard, no?)

Sooo yeah...other than RIP to Oscar and Not-Oscar, nothing else to say. Take care.
Arabian: Stefan02arabian on November 18th, 2015 02:19 pm (UTC)
I don't have much to add, because you said it all so well. If Damon does indeed turn over a new leaf, it'll take time - and right now, he needs to punish Lily the Bitch for what she did. I'm not even kidding - I'm completely on his side with this, no matter how dark it may be. She has it coming.

So, so, so much very this. I really did have such a different vision for Lily in my fantasies, but I can't say that I don't enjoy this story and think it's more dramatic and "fun" to watch. And I'm with you, Damon needs to take her out so bad.

And Bonnie remains in his corner - lovely to see. Not so lovely to see was her in a mental hospital - still, at least she's not alone. I did blink when Enzo showed up and they kissed, but their interaction in the present-day scenes was enough to make me think, "Okay, yeah, I'm open to this." I just hope Matt isn't dead. :(

I wasn't as sold on their present day scenes, they felt very forced. I'll have to see how future scenes (as in upcoming episodes not flashforward scenes, LOL) play out. Matty, don't die!!!

I'm glad you're okay with Not-Jo - she's more interesting and easier to like than Jo so far, and it's good to know that the actress can pull off a different character.

Exactly!

Still, we'll have to see where they're going with the twins, as I can only presume they're the same ones Jo was carrying when Kai murdered her. Your theory about Caroline carrying them to term is still brilliant. ;)

I just can't see them not using Candice's pregnancy to carry the twins. :shrugs: (And thank you.)

Speaking of Caroline, or perhaps Stefan...yeah, it's in-character for him to backtrack. Doesn't mean we have to like it. Fingers crossed that when the show has finished with this time period and moved into its future and our present, the two of them can reconcile.

Yeah.

(Not that I'm hugely worried they won't, but y'know what I mean.) Valerie is still the only Heretic I like and have sympathy for, especially after this episode - damn, was Lily's treatment of her brutal. (Another reason the Bitch needs to go down hard, no?)

Yup. This episode did a GREAT job in making Valerie so much more REAL.
tj2013tj2013 on November 12th, 2015 02:37 pm (UTC)
Thank you for your great post. I really like this season so far. Still missing Elena, but they keep me hooked.

I thought the idea of the stone containing old vampire was quite fantastic. And although I will miss Oscar and Not!Oscar, I am looking forward to the story of Alaric and Not!Jo. Hm… is her body still pregnant?

Right now I am not sure whether the flash forwards are showing us the actual future (or the present, whatever) – all these flashes might just be possibilities of different futures, depending on how the characters act.

Nice theory about the twins and Candice :-)

Lily is just … ugh. Of course it was her idea to put Elena in a coma. She has a sadistical trait none of her sons have. Not even Damon.

Ha – Damon walking in on Stefan and Caroline in bed. Who wasn’t reminded of Season 1 ???
And the brothers with Valerie in the car – that’s entertainment, LOL.

I didn’t like Valerie at the beginning, but she keeps growing on me. The actress is very good.

Bonnie and Enzo? Didn’t see that one coming. And now everyone will be wathching their scenes together like a hawk. When will the sparks start to fly?

Don't worry about posting late. You seem to have quite a lot on your plate lately, so take your time. We'll wait.

Arabian: Damon07arabian on November 18th, 2015 02:15 pm (UTC)
Thank you for your great post. I really like this season so far. Still missing Elena, but they keep me hooked.

Yuppers!

I thought the idea of the stone containing old vampire was quite fantastic. And although I will miss Oscar and Not!Oscar, I am looking forward to the story of Alaric and Not!Jo. Hm… is her body still pregnant?

Ditto all-around.

Right now I am not sure whether the flash forwards are showing us the actual future (or the present, whatever) – all these flashes might just be possibilities of different futures, depending on how the characters act.

Hmm.... I never thought of that. I like that possibility, but I do think it's just going to be THE future.

Nice theory about the twins and Candice :-)

I just can't see them NOT doing that; I mean using her pregnancy to "house" the twins, LOL!

Ha – Damon walking in on Stefan and Caroline in bed. Who wasn’t reminded of Season 1 ???

TOTES!

I didn’t like Valerie at the beginning, but she keeps growing on me. The actress is very good.

I can't say I "liked" her, but I found her intriguing. Now, yeah, I'm starting to like her. Great actress, yeah.

Bonnie and Enzo? Didn’t see that one coming. And now everyone will be wathching their scenes together like a hawk. When will the sparks start to fly?

Hmmhmmm.
Bogwitchbogwitch on November 25th, 2015 07:01 pm (UTC)
Bonnie and Enzo were a bit of a surprise. I knew they were pairing her with someone we already knew, but I never thought it would be him... but I will go with it. I never thought she would ever be with a vampire, but it is good to see her caring about her love life for a change.

>>I, erm, kinda disagree with Bonnie at the end there, no, Elena would not be OK-ing Damon's move there.

Agreed. I’m not even sure why Bonnie is going with it.

>>Bonnie has obviously checked herself into a mental ward voluntarily, and is feeling guilty and responsible over the death of someone she loved. And, erm, the only person we haven't seen in the flashforwards so far is... Matt.

Is there an emoticon for ‘giddy with anticipation’????

I don’t trust Valerie. She seems too nice to be true given who the Heretics are meant to be and what the others are saying.

Lastly, why was this title not used last year when it belonged to the 90s set?
Arabian: Bonnie02arabian on March 3rd, 2016 01:49 pm (UTC)
Bonnie and Enzo were a bit of a surprise. I knew they were pairing her with someone we already knew, but I never thought it would be him... but I will go with it. I never thought she would ever be with a vampire, but it is good to see her caring about her love life for a change.

Still not seeing how this happens 9 episodes later. :shrugs: Still think that Bonnie and Matt is in the cards down the line.

>>I, erm, kinda disagree with Bonnie at the end there, no, Elena would not be OK-ing Damon's move there.

Agreed. I’m not even sure why Bonnie is going with it.


The Kai-effect. The deadx2 happening-effect. She's tired of these evil assholes coming in and wreaking havoc on their lives. On HER life.

>>Bonnie has obviously checked herself into a mental ward voluntarily, and is feeling guilty and responsible over the death of someone she loved. And, erm, the only person we haven't seen in the flashforwards so far is... Matt.

Is there an emoticon for ‘giddy with anticipation’????


Hah! Is there an emoticon for 'deal with it! My Matty lives!'????

I don’t trust Valerie. She seems too nice to be true given who the Heretics are meant to be and what the others are saying.

Well, she seems for real still.

Lastly, why was this title not used last year when it belonged to the 90s set?

My thoughts exactly. I'm still renaming episodes I deem fit and I renamed 6.13 - "Live Through This." Uh huh. (Way better than "The Day I Tried To Live.")
Bogwitchbogwitch on March 3rd, 2016 11:42 pm (UTC)
Bonnie/Nora makes about the most sense at the moment.

'Live Through This' could almost apply to any episode! I think would have swapped it for 621, but mainly because I hate the title.

Arabian: Damon & Elena52arabian on April 29th, 2016 03:32 pm (UTC)
True, "Live Through This" really could apply to most episode--but I really did like it for 6.13. Yeah, 6.21-meh. I went with "Till Death Do Us Part," because, come on, that so should have been the episode title!
(Anonymous) on February 12th, 2017 03:03 pm (UTC)
Sunday is new Thursday
”So I spent the last half of last week getting myself accustomed to getting up early in the morning for working 7am to 3pm instead of 11pm to 7am.” - I really sympathize *hugs* Getting used to a new schedule is always tiresome. I hope that at least you like the change in terms of, um, the new life cycle, so to speak. I was working 6am – 2pm shift at my previous workplace and I loved that shift. Now I'm working the dreaded 9am – 5pm and it's been awful in terms of getting anything else done on workdays. Not to mention overtime but I digress. I was supposed to rant about Stefan here not my job. Ahem. Lol

”He was unable to man up and tell the hard truth to Alaric, but instead left that to Bonnie... something that Damon totally would have done before turning over his new leaf.” - This is such an interesting thought. You're right.

”Which brings us to Bonnie... and Enzo?!?!? I mean WHAT?!?” - haha Yes, it was the second ship (after Caroline/Alaric) that I really wondered (before I started watching S7) how the writers were going to make it work in such a relatively short period of time without making it seem totally ridiculous. But they actually managed to pull it off in both cases.

”So when they reached for each other, when they held hands, there was a beauty in that moment that I never experienced with the forced "romance" of Jo and Alaric.” - I love your take on this plotline and I just wish it was taken into this direction. Alas, not!Jo wasn't given much screentime.

”Tim Kang is so great and Oscar was such an immediate, wonderful character *right away* and he was killed off *right away*” - It really happened too fast. I was also not happy that we lost Oscar so soon. There was SO much character potential there. He could easily stick around until the end of the season.

”Yes, I am missing Elena's actual presence and Damon and Elena's actual presence together, but I still love the show and how they're honoring Damon and Elena's love.” - That's true ♥
Arabian: Damon12arabian on February 13th, 2017 09:56 pm (UTC)
RE: Sunday is new Thursday
*sigh* Stefan really was not an issue for me in s7, I must say.

haha Yes, it was the second ship (after Caroline/Alaric) that I really wondered (before I started watching S7) how the writers were going to make it work in such a relatively short period of time without making it seem totally ridiculous. But they actually managed to pull it off in both cases.

Well, I still had issues with Bonnie/Enzo to a slight degree in how they did it (which you'll read about), and I have more issues in s8 (which you'll read about). As for Caroline/Alaric, like you, they made it work for me.

I love your take on this plotline and I just wish it was taken into this direction. Alas, not!Jo wasn't given much screentime.

That's actually one of my big s7 regrets. I really think that could have been gorgoues, but, yeah, alas...

It really happened too fast. I was also not happy that we lost Oscar so soon. There was SO much character potential there. He could easily stick around until the end of the season.”Yes, I am missing Elena's actual presence and Damon and Elena's actual presence together, but I still love the show and how they're honoring Damon and Elena's love.” - That's true ♥

I'm gonna say it... TOTES called it. I totally, totally, like TOTALLY called it! WOOHOO! That's what I said in my s6 finale write-up.

(RE: Your subject line -- actually Sunday is the new Thursday!) In mid-season 7, the show moved to Friday!)
(Anonymous) on February 20th, 2017 09:42 am (UTC)
RE: Sunday is new Thursday
"(RE: Your subject line -- actually Sunday is the new Thursday!) In mid-season 7, the show moved to Friday!)" - AH Yes! I totally forgot about that. And the funny thing is, I used to always watch TVD on Fridays anyway due to the time zone thing haha