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28 February 2016 @ 03:21 pm
7.14 - 'Moonlight On The Bayou' (The Vampire Diaries)  
I know it's a miracle! It's only two days after the episode aired! WOW!

I can't believe I'm saying this, but I miss Klaus. I want him back on The Vampire Diaries. WAH! I'm watching The Originals again because one of my absolute favorite actors is guesting occasionally on it now so I feel forced to watch it (damnit) and it really is just so subpar compared to my beloved Vampire Diaries. *sigh* Seeing Klaus interact with Stefan again, (I always loved, loved, loved their relationship) and especially the Klaus/Caroline stuff just really hit home how much he belongs on The Vampire Diaries. Damnit! The Originals just all feels like filler, like it's still trying to build a show around a bunch of supporting characters. Ugh! Klaus felt more real and alive and HIMSELF on The Vampire Diaries than he's felt in forever to me. :shrugs:

As for Klaus and Caroline... I don't like them as a pairing. I never will. Ever. However... Candice King and Joseph Morgan have chemistry. Klaus and Caroline have history and a back story and there is a story to be told there, and an unrequited, enduring push for Klaus' character that can provide countless angst and hope and eons of future story. And with Stefan and Caroline's love now, this... THIS is the triangle that should and actually COULD be propelling The Vampire Diaries the way that Damon/Elena/Stefan did in the early seasons. The history with Stefan and Klaus, the true love story with Stefan and Caroline, the history and passion with Klaus and Caroline... I mean, come on! But, nope, stupid Originals. Grrr!

I mean, again, yeah, I am not a Klaus/Caroline fan—Stefan/Caroline all the way!—but the phone call between the two... hell, even I kinda melted. Joseph Morgan does the teary eyes and soft voice, and the way he says her name, and his help with the baby, and Caroline was able to open up to him. And, yeah, it was like the last three years hadn't happened. (At least for Klaus and all the nonsense on The Originals.) Joseph Morgan played that scene as if he was still in love with her, talked of Caroline to Stefan as if he was holding it in check in deference to Stefan's feelings, but yeah, totes still in love with Caroline. And if you watch The Originals, and you think of how they are playing this story with these human girls that Klaus loved that he doesn't love as much once turned, it just doesn't apply to Caroline.

So stupid. Klaus belongs on The Vampire Diaries. Stupid, stupid, stupid.

Moving on. To Caroline. Yeah, so she's gonna stick around in Texas because Stefan is on the run and she will feel that she has nothing left in Mystic Falls. Valerie will be sticking with Stefan, Caroline is going to be resentful of that, grow closer and closer to Alaric, and I'm changing my idea that we're going to get to "Three Years" jump in the next five episodes or so. I think it's going to happen in the next couple. Damon said that he's taking himself out of the equation. That has got to tie into going into the coffin next to Elena's coffin which we saw in one of the previous flashforwards. If he's planning on doing that now, then yeah, the jump the three years is going to happen sooner rather than later with the rest of the season playing out in present time as in three years from now being our present. I like.

It makes sense how Stefan and Valerie, Caroline and Alaric, Damon and the coffin, and even Matt and Penny (if she is 'dead girlfriend') wind up where they are 'Three Years From Now'). My only hmmm... is Bonnie and Enzo. I mean, hello?! She chopped his hand off (BAD-ASS!) and he found out his heir to a supernatural-hunting armory. So, yeah, that just must all come to play in the next couple of episodes if my speculations are anywhere close to right. We shall see. Speaking of Bonnie...

Oh My God! I love her so much. She is so awesome, and she is seriously the best thing for Damon EVAR after Elena. Who woulda thunk it?! Damon now knows what having an actual best friend is like. You all know how much I loved, adored, etc. Damon and Ric so very much but in retrospect that was down to the chemistry between Ian Somerhalder and Matt Davis and the friendship that was building between the two. Ric's death at the end of season three really was the end. For whatever reason, upon Alaric and Davis' return, the show decided that Damon and Ric's friendship was not something that was going to survive Ric's death, not truly. I think the reason was because it was part of Damon's final journey. As much as I loved their friendship, Damon needed someone who had complete faith in him, who wouldn't tear him down, who had a pure enough heart like an Elena... and that's not who Ric is. Matt is like that, but there are two major points against him being there for Damon, one his anti-supernatural bias growth, and second, his romantic past with Elena I do think would be a factor. So... Bonnie. Bonnie.

I think what happened last episode in that scene that I loved so in which Bonnie believed that Damon saved her unconditionally without waiting three or even one second and was so happy about that kinda tipped the scales for him. As much as he loves Elena, having other people care so deeply for him, love him enough to believe in him even after he fucks up so monumentally (in his mind to the point that it is unforgivable) has made him realize—no, has made me accept that he can love unconditionally more people than just Elena. Stefan sacrificed so much for him. Bonnie risked her life for him even after he begged her not to. These two people love him unconditionally even though he truly feels he doesn't deserve it. The least he can do is accept their love. And that's FUCKING HUGE for Damon... and it's his way of showing he loves them back.

What Damon said to Bonnie, that he is going to get out of the way so that Stefan and Bonnie aren't put in danger any more, it was so beautiful because Damon believes that he is the reason hell rains down on them so frequently. That was as about unselfish as we've ever seen Damon be. And, dear Lord, going back earlier in the episode. When Damon realized that what Tyler said was true and that if he got out of the cage, Bonnie would most likely be toast, Damon made the choice to save Bonnie's life. Oh, Damon! He is choosing to put others, not just Elena, above himself. Oh, garsh, I'm so proud of him. Elena would be too... she knew that about him all along!

Alrighty then, time for randoms --

- Not so much random, but for those who don't watch The Originals just know that various factions have been working on a way to sever the link between the Originals and the rest of their sirelines so that if an Original dies every vampire made from their line won't die as well. In this episode, they did manage to unlink Klaus so that means that all of our vampires are officially A-OK if Klaus dies!

Also, it was revealed last season that way, way back when Esther was human, she and Michael had difficulty getting pregnant so she made a deal with her sister who was a much more dedicated witch than was Esther. That deal was that she would help her sister get knocked up if she gave her first child to witchy sister. Esther did so but she told her husband and other children that said child (Freya) had died. Through some witchy-woo spell, Freya and witchy aunt/foster mom lived only one year every century so Freya is still alive, blah, blah, blah long story short, Freya is reunited with her siblings and she is the powerful witch that Klaus took Stefan to see. All Freya did was put some nasty-ass grey paste over the mark that Rayna made on Stefan's chest, but it blocked the locator beacon that the mark sends out to her.

The only other beat of note is that The Originals writers were nice enough to throw Paul Wesley in the trunk of a car with Phoebe Tonkin (Hayley) for an extended scene, which I'm sure was lovely for those two. (If you don't know, the two are dating in a real life and have been before ever since his marriage ended to Torrey Devitto.)

- Must be said again... Bonnie is awesome-sauce. She cut Enzo's freaking hand off to save Damon's life. Booyah!

- Based on what Damon told Enzo in front of Bonnie right before Enzo vervain-needled him, Damon clearly told Bonnie everything including about believing he'd killed Elena and that he'd kept that from Bonnie and that Enzo had blackmailed him with it. Good for you, Damon!

- I loved this line from Damon: "We only go to New Orleans for crappy booze and Klaus blood." Hahahaha! I just love how Damon has no problem calmly talking about how they use Klaus—the oldest and most powerful vampire in the world—as medicine basically. Oh, Damon.

- Klaus has not been in New Orleans for three years? Hmm..... Yes, that was an Easter egg indeed for The Originals, and proves that, yes, they are going to do a time-jump to three years for this show and keep it there AND TO—but probably not until next season for that show.

- Yeah, just one scene of Nora with Mary Louise was one scene enough to remember why I way prefer Nora with Bonnie.

- Oh, Matt you recalled that you started this all by nabbing Enzo, but don't realize that you set this shit in motion? And Valerie you heard Matt say all of that and yet are still a snide little bitca to Damon and blame him for all of this? UGH! Damon is NOT the only one responsible for this mess.

- OK, so sadly I was wrong, Jeremy had nothing to do with Enzo getting taking. Darn. *sigh* No bb!Jeremy.

- Really not enjoying the shit that Valerie AND Tyler were throwing at Damon. Yeah, yeah, Damon put Tyler in a coma (CALLED IT!), but Tyler was still being a total ass to Damon. Damon was suffering from some major post-traumatic stress. HELLO!!!

- Klaus telling Stefan to "let her go" about Caroline when Stefan's hell was to "let go" of Damon was so deliberate. Yup, in order to be truly happy he has to "let go of Damon" as in let him go unselfishly. Let Damon live his life, so Stefan can live his life too. Yup, yup, yup.

Note: Yes, the promo for next week revealed something as true that I speculated about in this write-up, but I jotted all of my notes down before I saw the promo so there! LOL!

Still loving the show, still loving this season, still so happy with The vampire Diaries! YAY!
 
 
 
Bogwitchbogwitch on February 28th, 2016 05:42 pm (UTC)
Yay! This write up is up at a time were I can engage with it straight away and not let it sit on an open tab on another computer for too long... I will get back and comment on those other two, promise! (Spoiler: I didn't like the last one very much).

>>The Originals just all feels like filler, like it's still trying to build a show around a bunch of supporting characters.

Yes! Exactly. And there are a lot of characters too (many of whom I have trouble telling apart). I am at about 2x20 of The Originals (after a hasty attempt to watch 2 seasons in a week before Friday night which failed) and although there is no one on that show I dislike, I just don't really care about any of them (Kol's sudden switch to a Manchester accent was a bit freaky too).

I have no interest in the babies (or babies in general) whatsoever, which is a shame because I was interested in Caroline.

Poor Bonnie. Head injuries seem to be her thing these days.
Arabian: Bonnie04arabian on February 29th, 2016 12:16 pm (UTC)
Yay! This write up is up at a time were I can engage with it straight away and not let it sit on an open tab on another computer for too long... I will get back and comment on those other two, promise!

Cool. I do plan on trying to get them done by Sunday from now on. Promise!

(Spoiler: I didn't like the last one very much).

Aww, sorry. I guess, I'm just so happy that the threads are coming together that I love it.

>>The Originals just all feels like filler, like it's still trying to build a show around a bunch of supporting characters.

Yes! Exactly.


RIGHT? I didn't even realize it until I wrote that.

And there are a lot of characters too.

Very true.

I am at about 2x20 of The Originals (after a hasty attempt to watch 2 seasons in a week before Friday night which failed)

Erm, more to come.

and although there is no one on that show I dislike, I just don't really care about any of them (Kol's sudden switch to a Manchester accent was a bit freaky too).

But that Kol was SUCH a better actor and so much more likable. Alas, Nathaniel Buzolic is back. UGH! Why?!?!? He sucks SO hard!

I have no interest in the babies (or babies in general) whatsoever, which is a shame because I was interested in Caroline.

I LOVE babies, but not on this show. Fear not, I don't think we'll see much of them, and I really think they'll be gone after this season.

Poor Bonnie. Head injuries seem to be her thing these days.

Good thing her bestie will heal her all up pretty soon. :D
Mattghidorah15 on February 28th, 2016 08:54 pm (UTC)
To think it's taken this long for The Vampire Diaries and The Originals to have a proper crossover. What was that you said about it being forced or difficult or some such nonsense, Julie Plec? I believe the MCU and the Arrowverse would like a word with you.

Anyway, Klaus isn't the only Original who ought to be back on the parent show. Both Elijah and Rebekah (*tries not to weep over her mistreatment*) would be better off away from New Orleans. At the risk of being a broken record, Rebekah in particular could probably talk some sense into Matt Donovan. And yes, Klaus and Caroline and Stefan would make for a great love triangle.

As for Caroline herself, my speculation does seem to be falling into place. Stefan breaks up with her so she won't have to spend her life pining for a man on the run from Rayna the Huntress, she lets her paranoia over Valerie get the better of her and turn her bitter (though she did express concern for Stefan in last week's flash-forward, which is a good sign), she tries to throw herself into being Mommy to Alaric's girls (not difficult, since she clearly loves them), and there we have our Three Years Later scenario. It shouldn't be too hard to clear up, though I doubt it'll be quick. :P

Meanwhile, Damon is seeking to take himself out of the equation so Bonnie and Stefan don't get themselves killed trying to save him. Yeah, that's pretty selfless, and a big middle finger to all those who condemn him as evil and selfish. Looking at you, Lockwolf - although Tyler's a jackass by default, so meh. Valerie, though - what the hell, lady? Don't jump on that train.

And yes, can Mary Louise stop dragging Nora down? Now it looks like the Armory, aka Enzo's apparent birthright (at least now we know what they're doing with his character), is going to give them a hard time. Figures.

Finally, how about that? The time jump will affect The Originals as well, just not until the end of Season Three. Interesting. Also, that was a pretty succinct and amusing sum-up of the mess with Dahlia (talk about an EVIL BITCH - I well and truly despised her) and Freya. In any case, we're almost out of the past - whee. :)
Arabian: Stefan & Caroline06arabian on February 29th, 2016 12:26 pm (UTC)
To think it's taken this long for The Vampire Diaries and The Originals to have a proper crossover.

What, you mean the Tyler one didn't count? Pfft!

What was that you said about it being forced or difficult or some such nonsense, Julie Plec? I believe the MCU and the Arrowverse would like a word with you.

She said that? Double-pfft! Julie talks such crap. Reason #1 I stopped reading her interviews after season 03.

Anyway, Klaus isn't the only Original who ought to be back on the parent show.

True, but Klaus was the only one we saw here. That's the only reason I mentioned only him.

Both Elijah...

They'd bring Hayley alongside him and I fear TO has ruined him to a degree, and she's a big part of that. Blech!

and Rebekah (*tries not to weep over her mistreatment*)

Unconscionable!

At the risk of being a broken record, Rebekah in particular could probably talk some sense into Matt Donovan.

DOES WEEP!! My pretty blond beauties! I miss them so and what could have been!

And yes, Klaus and Caroline and Stefan would make for a great love triangle.

Really, really, REALLY true!

As for Caroline herself, my speculation does seem to be falling into place. Stefan breaks up with her so she won't have to spend her life pining for a man on the run from Rayna the Huntress, she lets her paranoia over Valerie get the better of her and turn her bitter (though she did express concern for Stefan in last week's flash-forward, which is a good sign), she tries to throw herself into being Mommy to Alaric's girls (not difficult, since she clearly loves them), and there we have our Three Years Later scenario. It shouldn't be too hard to clear up, though I doubt it'll be quick. :P

This sounds so completely what will TOTES, TOTES happen.

Yeah, that's pretty selfless, and a big middle finger to all those who condemn him as evil and selfish. Looking at you, Lockwolf - although Tyler's a jackass by default, so meh.

YUPPERS! ♥ DAMON! ♥

Valerie, though - what the hell, lady? Don't jump on that train.

Pissed me off, but she blames him for why Stefan is hurt.

And yes, can Mary Louise stop dragging Nora down? Now it looks like the Armory, aka Enzo's apparent birthright (at least now we know what they're doing with his character), is going to give them a hard time. Figures.

Maybe they'll kill Mary Louise? Hope springs eternal.

Finally, how about that? The time jump will affect The Originals as well, just not until the end of Season Three. Interesting.

I think they may be hedging their bets in case TVD or TO is canceled to move various cast members over. Makes sense.

Also, that was a pretty succinct and amusing sum-up of the mess with Dahlia (talk about an EVIL BITCH - I well and truly despised her) and Freya.

Thank you. I LOVE Claudia Black. I'm still bitter that she wasn't cast as Lily. (She has the same blue eyes, if that was the reason they cast Annie Wersching.) She is a million times the actress that Wersching is and would have sold the role SO MUCH better. *sigh*
jairem08jairem08 on March 2nd, 2016 07:37 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the post - as always
So good to have it this fast. I was moving house (still not finished and unpacked) so a bit late with my comment.
Since I don't watch Originals I do not have a clue what is happening but am quite surprised that Klaus would still be in equation of Caroline. I thought this has been resolved. Even thought he had some serious love interest. I'm seriously behind : )
Arabian: Caroline07arabian on March 3rd, 2016 01:39 pm (UTC)
So good to have it this fast. I was moving house (still not finished and unpacked) so a bit late with my comment.

No problem, still interested to see what you say after you watch episodes! :)

Since I don't watch Originals I do not have a clue what is happening but am quite surprised that Klaus would still be in equation of Caroline.

He really isn't. Hasn't mentioned her in years.

I thought this has been resolved.

It has.

Even thought he had some serious love interest. I'm seriously behind : )

He does. It's just that Joseph Morgan does that soft voice thing when Klaus talks to Caroline and there's that history there that the writers know they can't not exploit. They did even talk about it a bit on The Originals this time. You just can't ignore it, even though TO (which is just not NEARLY as good as TVD--does their best to ignore consistency and things like that) tries.
tj2013tj2013 on March 2nd, 2016 08:27 pm (UTC)
Thanks for putting up your post so quickly this time.

I totally loved this episode. And also how they expanded the crossover to the Originals (which, I agree, are quite entertaining to watch, but not nearly so enthralling as TVD)

Bonnie and Damon - fantastic. The operate on the same wavelength although neither of them would admit it. And him saving her was so awesome, and his speech at her bedside, wow... just great. And no romantic vibe whatsoever. None. Just perfect.

So, Enzo is the heir of the armory and the woman is his cousin or something. Huh - didn't see that one coming.

I am so fed up with Nora and Mary Louise, I keep rolling my eyes as soon as both of them hit my scren. Nora alone is cool, but this couple is just unbearable. Ugh.

Interesting theory of yours about the love triangles we might expect. Normally at that time of the year we would already have the renewal for next season, I wonder what takes them so long this time.

I have never been a Klaus-Caroline-shipper, but the phone call was really wonderful. And of course he is giving her parental advice. Hilarious.

So yes, I suppose next week we'll see Damon being locked in the coffin. Is he simply trying to dessiccate himself or will Bonnie perform a spell on him? I sincerely hope the time jump occurs then ASAP, I actually don't want any episodes without Damon. It's hard enough without Elena, sniff...

ETA: hey, new pictures on your main page! Very cute!



Edited at 2016-03-03 09:55 am (UTC)
Arabian: Damon & Elena51arabian on March 3rd, 2016 01:36 pm (UTC)
Thanks for putting up your post so quickly this time.

I'm going to try and do that from now on. I really am!

I totally loved this episode. And also how they expanded the crossover to the Originals (which, I agree, are quite entertaining to watch, but not nearly so enthralling as TVD)

Well, I wouldn't go with "quite entertaining," LOL! I generally find them a slog to get through. The things I do for my Jason (Dohring--he plays Will Kinney).

Bonnie and Damon - fantastic. The operate on the same wavelength although neither of them would admit it. And him saving her was so awesome, and his speech at her bedside, wow... just great.

I LOVE their friendship so much. It's SO fantastic seeing Damon truly have a friend.

And no romantic vibe whatsoever. None. Just perfect.

Yup! (Although, I'm sure their fans didn't see it that way, LOL!)

So, Enzo is the heir of the armory and the woman is his cousin or something. Huh - didn't see that one coming.

Hopefully this actually goes somewhere (unlike all of his other stories so far).

I am so fed up with Nora and Mary Louise, I keep rolling my eyes as soon as both of them hit my scren. Nora alone is cool, but this couple is just unbearable. Ugh.

ZERO CHEMISTRY. AT ALL!

Interesting theory of yours about the love triangles we might expect.

We will see.

Normally at that time of the year we would already have the renewal for next season, I wonder what takes them so long this time.

Well, they haven't renewed ANY of their shows yet (including The Flash) so that doesn't mean anything bad for TVD.

I have never been a Klaus-Caroline-shipper, but the phone call was really wonderful. And of course he is giving her parental advice. Hilarious.

Ditto, ditto, ditto. I legit laughed outloud when he started giving her advice, but he does have Hope.

So yes, I suppose next week we'll see Damon being locked in the coffin. Is he simply trying to dessiccate himself or will Bonnie perform a spell on him? I sincerely hope the time jump occurs then ASAP, I actually don't want any episodes without Damon. It's hard enough without Elena, sniff...

Nah, we won't have any Damon-less episodes! Bah! Won't happen.

ETA: hey, new pictures on your main page! Very cute!

WHEE!!! Someone noticed!! I've been meaning to do it for awhile, but finally got around to it! Updated to DE seasons 1-6. :)
(Anonymous) on March 4th, 2016 02:18 pm (UTC)
Jairem08
Love the new header. Sorry lazy to log in.
Arabian: Damon04arabian on March 6th, 2016 04:27 pm (UTC)
Re: Jairem08
Thank you. :) Me too, I keep looking at it. LOL!
(Anonymous) on February 21st, 2017 04:12 pm (UTC)
RE: 7x14
”I can't believe I'm saying this, but I miss Klaus.” - I miss Klaus all the time! Lol Well, OK, maybe I'm exaggerating a little ;) And there was a moment in TVD when I think everyone had too much of Klaus, and rightfully so. But now I do miss him and despite TO having its great moments every now and then, I liked Klaus better in TVD than I ever did in TO. Although that's probably mostly due to the fact that the TO's plot has become rather tedious very quickly and if it wasn't for the actors and the line delivery I might've quit watching it a while ago.

”The Originals just all feels like filler, like it's still trying to build a show around a bunch of supporting characters. Ugh! Klaus felt more real and alive and HIMSELF on The Vampire Diaries than he's felt in forever to me.” - Ha, I wrote my comment above before I read this line. It seems that we're of the exact same opinion on the subject :)

Oh, and who is one of your absolute favorite actors guesting occasionally on TO??? I must know!

”He is choosing to put others, not just Elena, above himself. Oh, garsh, I'm so proud of him. Elena would be too... she knew that about him all along!” - Yes, to all that. And I do hope this theme will (well, is) being more prominent in S8 too... Especially since we kind of took a step back (in terms of what we see/hear characters think/say on screen) with Valerie channeling Lexi in 7x17. (Seriously. It must have been the only line that got repeated on TVD word by word ever.)

”Freya is reunited with her siblings and she is the powerful witch that Klaus took Stefan to see.” - On a side note, I think Freya and Enzo would make a great couple and then you could have your Matt/Bonnie ship ;)

PS. I figured out a way to read your write-ups on my phone, so maybe I'll get some reading done while commuting during the week. Train rides during rush hours has just become more appealing lol
Arabian: Rebekah02arabian on February 24th, 2017 05:43 pm (UTC)
RE: 7x14
Hmm... RE: Klaus. Funnily enough, I actually prefer the character on TO, alas, he is the ONLY one of the Originals I prefer on TO. Rebekah was MASSACRED on that show, and Elijah's romantic history was MASSACRED. Grrr!

Oh, and who is one of your absolute favorite actors guesting occasionally on TO??? I must know!

Jason Dorhing. He played Detective Will Kinney. I don't think we'll see him back now, alas. :(

I don't want to say much more about Damon/others in season 08 because I don't want to spoil you.

”Freya is reunited with her siblings and she is the powerful witch that Klaus took Stefan to see.” - On a side note, I think Freya and Enzo would make a great couple and then you could have your Matt/Bonnie ship ;)

I could see that.

PS. I figured out a way to read your write-ups on my phone, so maybe I'll get some reading done while commuting during the week. Train rides during rush hours has just become more appealing lol

Yay!! I admit, I'm REALLY curious to hear your thoughts on my 7.16 post.
(Anonymous) on February 26th, 2017 10:14 pm (UTC)
RE: 7x14
OH Yes! This goes without saying. Elijah's romantic history got massacred 100%. Not to mention that I still feel nothing for Elijah/Hayley. Oh well. At least I can watch this show for leisure instead of stressing over each episode to the point of going mad lol

Jason Dorhing! Of course. I think you did mention him before at some point. And yes, very sadly, I don't think he will be back.

Ha, I just left my comments for 7.16 so brace yourself ;)
Arabian: What's not to Love? (Logan)arabian on March 1st, 2017 08:33 pm (UTC)
RE: 7x14
Elijah's romantic history got massacred 100%. Not to mention that I still feel nothing for Elijah/Hayley.

This, this, THIS so hard!

Yeah, I think I've mentioned Dohring before. :)