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23 December 2016 @ 12:10 pm
1.04 - 'Family Ties' (The Vampire Diaries)  
Moving right along, here is the next episode of season 01. I'm gonna keep on trying to get through these, because I want them done before the show ends. We'll see.

Wow, this episode was so, so good. No, scratch that… this episode was great. I was enjoying it overall, not really thinking on the fact that it was gelling so beautifully until one particular scene made me sit up (literally) and take notice of just how vastly improved this episode was. This one illustrated what kind of show The Vampire Diaries is… it's not just some teenage romantic drama. This is a show about community, friendships, family, and, yes, love. Oh, and with a healthy dose of whoah! That just happened!? thrown in.

Let's talk about that scene, the one that solidified that this show is a lot more than I reckoned from the first three episodes. Stefan and Elena were dancing, the sweet, star-crossed couple of our show, everything moving along predictably as Stefan told Elena to trust him, puppy-dog eyes shining so earnestly. And then Elena said this: "Trust is earned. You can't just magically hand it over." I was truly shocked at that response. Prior to that line, in the space in between his request and her response, when Stefan told Elena that, I mentally rolled my eyes, knowing that she would fall into his arms and assure him that, of course, she trusted him. Lo and behold, she did not!

Instead, Elena straight-up told him that trust had to be earned. I literally sat up, eyes wide and shouted, "You go, Elena!" And it was in that moment when Elena and this show completely transcended the CW teenage-swill it so very easily could have become. I was so pleased. The scene continued, but I was caught up in the happy realization that this show could be different. And then came the final scene and I knew that it was a fact, The Vampire Diaries is different. The adults in this town actually know what is going on and they are doing something about it! They are not the clueless idiot adults that inhabit most teenage shows. Color me shocked! And impressed! Wow. I was beside myself at this unexpected turn of events. The Vampire Diaries you have hooked me.

Now, those were just the two scenes that highlighted the surprising depth of the show, but as I mentioned above, simply everything worked so well in this episode. Let's start with Damon—who has surpassed Caroline to become my favorite character. I know, I know… really? You love Caroline, how can you love even more the guy who is treating her so terribly?

Well, I go back to what I said after the last episode, for Damon, it's just what/how vampires do. He's acting within his nature. This is someone who clearly has been desensitized to caring about anyone or thing (well, not "thing" … he certainly appears to care for his John Varvatos shirt). As he said to Stefan in "Friday Night Bites," for him, Caroline is just like any other human and humans are "whatever I want them to be. They're mine for the taking." This made their scene in her bedroom interesting to say the least. Obviously, yes, Damon does see Caroline as this disposable plaything, casually answering with a gentle "mmhmm, but not yet" when she asked if he was going to kill her. But the 'gentle' was the keyword there. Even as he's, well, not treating her well, he's still being gentle and sweet with her. She even said that to him specifically, and we saw that as the truth. So it was this crazy dichotomy of Damon being awful while being nice at the same time. It's almost like the typical abusive boyfriend type of awful/sweet.

Except Damon is a vampire. He's not a human with human sensibilities. He is compelling her to be totes fine with his vampire state so it's as if he doesn't have to pretend to be something he's not with her. Therefore he is being sweet, you know, like how a cavalier pet owner would be. When his pet is behaving, he pets them and tells them they're a good girl, but when they misbehave, he kicks them.

Don't get me wrong, Damon is being abusive to Caroline. That is not in question, but with the supernatural angle—he's a vampire—there is more to this than just the abuser/victim here. It's the same analogy I made in the last episode. Damon is like a lion playing with his food before he kills it. It's just in his nature, his vampire nature that has clearly not been touched by humanity in some time. You're not going to blame the lion for doing what he instinctively does; so wouldn't that be the same case for a vampire?

What about Stefan then? That is the next question. Well, Stefan clearly is still in touch with his humanity. Yet… as I pointed out before, Stefan makes some morally questionable choices too. He's sticking around, playing the sweet boyfriend to Elena despite knowing that it's his very presence that has brought Damon—his vampire brother who is *not* in touch with his humanity—into Elena's life… and the lives of her friends. Like Caroline. And his only response to that is to glower at his brother, ruin his expensive clothing and keep Elena from being compelled. That's not all that much.

Or, it wasn't until the end of this episode. Stefan did actually step up to the plate to protect Caroline by slipping her the vervain in order to take down Damon. And, yes, that was clever of him, throwing away any further suspicions Damon might have about a vervain-ing (?) with the drink trick. So, yeah, good on Stefan, he did do the right thing… finally. But, but, but… I still go back to the whole romancing up Elena when he's a vampire and he's brought his humanity-less vampire into Elena's life. It's still kinda selfish, but (again with the 'but'), he did lock Damon up, planning on keeping him out of circulation. (Hah, not that it will last because… well, duh, of course it won't.) So, OK, I'm going to take away my reservations about Stefan for now because he did take Damon out of the equation, and really, how do you just tell the girl, 'Hey, I'm a vampire!'

Yeah, no, I'm not done yet… he still seems cagey. The secret-keeper. That sense I got from him last week was here again. Him telling Elena to trust him without any specifics. (And the "telling," not asking her, that wasn't especially cool.) Why didn't he just tell her that he had a plan that would take Damon out of their lives? And why hasn't he told Elena about Katherine yet? Obviously Damon is dropping his little hints to cause discord. Wouldn't it make sense for Stefan to just tell her about this ex of his (theirs) and get ahead of Damon's tidbits? Yes, yes, it does make sense. That he hasn't makes me wonder if there is some truth to what Damon is telling Elena. Just maybe Stefan wasn't the totally innocent party in whatever happened with him, his brother and Katherine. I dunno. :shrugs: Of course, this could just be my Damon bias showing again.

I just—I can't help it, ya'll, I love him. Ian Somerhalder is so, so good in this role. The snark, the sass, the sexy, the sensitivity all wrapped up in this stunning package of yum. And, damn, if he doesn't have chemistry with Candice Accola so that as fucked up as what Damon is doing to Caroline is, when they were laying on the bed together, it was easy to momentarily get lost in how pretty they looked together. Of course, their chemistry doesn't compare to what we're continuing to see with Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev. Ooh, Damon and Elena, man, I really like them. So much heat there and that promises so much passion.

Yes, yes, Stefan and Elena. They're sweet (if you ignore his caginess), but that's all they are. And sweet all on its own is kinda boring. And I'm not saying that Paul Wesley and Dobrev don't have any chemistry; they do. It's just a soft, sweet, somewhat bland kind of chemistry. But then you have Damon and Elena and yowza! I mean, that first scene with Damon and Elena. I don't know, I suggested it in the last write-up that maybe, just maybe it's not supposed to be Stefan and Elena who are *the* couple. I'm going back there again, but, yeah, they shared their first kiss in only the second episode, yo! I'm just thinking here... if any couple is getting the slow burn, it is most definitely Damon and Elena. They certainly got a lot of lovely close-ups in that first scene, with all these melt-y eyes and just the barest hint of smiles. And then, of course, after she found out about Caroline's bites, there was a whole different kind of emotion (passion! even if it was of the angry variety) going on in that scene.

Aside from Elena showing her awesome—so protective, I love it!—I also liked what it said about Damon. I don't think that he has had anyone just come and get in his face and so thoroughly stand up to him the way that Elena does. Paired with her getting to him when they were talking about Katherine, I think he kinda likes it… and her. Damon may not have had much reason to get in touch with his humanity, but it sure seems like Elena is nudging him in that direction.

Oh, and speaking of protective!Mama Bear!Elena, I really liked Caroline and Elena's friendship in this episode. We've seen Elena and Bonnie, and Bonnie and Caroline there for each other, but Elena and Caroline's interaction has been more on the shallow side thus far. In this episode, it seemed much less mean-girls-ish than it has in the previous three. It was more real and because of what we saw of them in the bathroom with Elena's concern over her and Caroline's reaction, that final scene with them on the Lockwood grounds felt emotionally genuine and touching.

Caroline and Elena aren't the only ones whose connection showed more depth this time around. I was quite surprised to find myself affected by Vicki, and her relationship with Jeremy. The former revolved around another character's treatment of her. Namely Carol Lockwood, Tyler's mother, you know the one that Bonnie so sweetly called a 'bitch' under her breath. (I admit it; I laughed.) And, yeah, Carol Lockwood is kinda a bitch, ice-cold, man. The way she was sweet as pie to Vicki's face, Vicki who was trying so hard to be respectful and not just the druggie, bad-girl from the wrong side of the tracks. But then once Vicki was out of earshot, without blinking an eye Carol told her son that "that's what happens when you bring the trash inside." Ouch. And I don't even like Vicki, but for the first time, I felt for her.

And she had one of my favorite lines tonight. When finally realizing that Tyler is a dickweed, continuing his oh, so lovely douchy ways, she headed to the lovesick Jeremy Gilbert, and offered up this gem: "I was thinking maybe I could make one more wrong choice today. I still have 17 minutes." It was just such a beautifully-written way of conveying her thought process and so telling of who this girl is.

The idea that being with a good boy is the "wrong choice" is so sad. Oh, Vicki. I may not be your biggest fan, but I do feel for you. You're so broken. What made the line even more powerful is that it was a callback to Jeremy telling her earlier that "you know you're making the wrong choice, yet you make it anyway. It's sad." (Yup, you nailed it, Jeremy.) Tyler was the wrong choice, not Jeremy, but for Vicki she seems to feel that every choice she makes is the wrong one. She is indeed broken, and aside from everything else we saw with her (and have seen up to this point), these two lines illustrated that so completely. Good writing, good, good writing.

And with that, here are some random thoughts—

- Ah, so vampires can create dreams in the minds of weaker vampires. Interesting. And of course Damon would immediately go for the Elena-jugular with Stefan. Of course. Oh, Damon. (Yes, I still love him.)

- I commented on the good writing in this episode, along with the awesome Elena and Vicki lines, I also loved this one from Jeremy (to Vicki): "You realize you had to ask him to ask you, right?" There were a lot of great lines in this one.

- Hah! The Twilight discussion, just hah! "What's so special about this Bella girl? Edward's so whipped" and "How come you don't sparkle?" As a non-fan, I couldn't not love it, plus, with the extreme popularity of the franchise it really would make no sense for zero mention of it. So, well done, show.

- Oh, Jeremy and the pocket watch. Jeremy, Jeremy, Jeremy. You poor thing, you're not broken like Vicki, but you're damaged right now. *sigh*

- Also, I love Jeremy and Elena's relationship. I have a younger brother and thankfully our life story isn't as tragic, but their sibling relationship feels so real. I love it.

- Speaking of family, now we're finding out more about the other's families. Caroline's mom is the Sheriff of Mystic Falls, and they do not have a good relationship. I mean, her daughter walks in with an older guy and her mother's commentary receives only a snide response. Oh, and Caroline's dad is gay.

- OK, how cool was it when Bonnie turned around and every freaking candle in that room was lit? Cool, cool moment. Now that is some witchy magic I can get behind. (Repeating numbers, pfft!)

- Yes, it was cool how Stefan used Caroline's blood as vervain-bait to get Damon, but... Elena and Caroline are supposed to be 16 or 17 years old, and Stefan is supposed to be 17 or 18, and yet the three of them were casually drinking champagne (along with Damon) surrounded by tons of adults. Yeah, I get that teenagers drink, but so openly and in a formal setting? Yeah, no.

- Poor Jenna, she gives Logan Scumfell (hah!) another chance, and he has a hidden agenda. Oh, Jenna.

- I mentioned that both Paul Wesley (Stefan) and Zach Roerig (Matt) are soap opera alums. Well, here's another: Carol Lockwood played by Susan Walters, many a moon ago, was on Loving.

Wow, yeah, seriously this episode was just leaps and bounds so much better than the last three. I'm not saying that any of those episodes were bad, because they weren't. They were good-ish with friendships/families highlighted and Ian Somerhalder's stand-out performance, but overall it was exactly what you would expect from a teenage vampire show on the CW. However, this episode was tense, funny, unexpected and dramatic with great dialogue, great characterization, cool moments, adults unexpectedly being clued in and a doozy of an ending. Plus, it still sung with the teenage romance and friendships/family contained beautifully within. This episode was just great.
 
 
 
Bogwitch: Shrek - Pussbogwitch on December 29th, 2016 08:47 pm (UTC)
Huh. I have always been meh on this one, although there are some good moments, the aforementioned Twilight discussion for example, it feels rather expositiony to me.
Arabian: Damon04arabian on December 29th, 2016 08:58 pm (UTC)
Ah, I LOVE this one because yeah, it stopped being just a teenager-y romance with predictable character actions/plot points. The characters were all shown as being SMART! including the adults who were actually in on the supernatural goings-on. Plus, Elena was AWESOME, the Damon/Elena scenes were soooo good. And the Twilight thing HAD to come up, but I thought they did it in a completely natural way. Of course, Caroline would have the books, and not the first one just sitting out there since more had come out since (her telling him: "You have to read the first one first."). And, of course, Damon would be bored while she's trying on dresses so would pick up whatever book is laying around... which, yeah again, Caroline, would have a Twilight book. And since she knows Damon is a vampire, Caroline would--again, OF COURSE!--ask the shallow question: "Why don't you sparkle?"

It was all so natural sounding to me, that did, yes, lead to an explanation of the ring in sunlight, to remind viewers who so would have forgotten from the Pilot. That Damon/Stefan scene that mentioned it had so much going on that what would likely be more remembered is the 'grr!' fight, and Damon being a dick to Stefan, and threatening Elena, plus the Katherine reveal had just happened.

Plus, so many great scenes, the Caroline/Elena confrontation in the bathroom, and comfort at the end, Bonnie setting the candles alight (after her "bitch" to Carol Lockwood--mixing up the snotty teenager with the supernatural element). Jeremy and Elena and the watch. Ah, just so much great stuff.

Yeah, I loved this one.

Edited at 2016-12-29 09:00 pm (UTC)
Bogwitch: Shrek - Pussbogwitch on December 29th, 2016 09:01 pm (UTC)
We'll just have to disagree. :)
Arabian: Stefan & Caroline05arabian on December 29th, 2016 09:17 pm (UTC)
Yeah, but next time you watch it with some of this in mind, maybe you'll find a greater appreciation for it. (I know that back and forth with some of the comments here have definitely helped me do so!)

Ooh, I remembered something else! In retrospect we got Stefan/Caroline dancing while Damon/Elena are bonding which led to this moment:



Foreshadowing? Maybe. They DID have that line in the Pilot from Stefan to Caroline: "You and me, it's never going to happen," which is so code for 'it's totally going to happen eventually.' And in retrospect, Damon and Elena was totally planned, I think now with the SE kiss in episode 2 already, and the slow burn of Damon/Elena. (Remember, Kevin Williamson said that they had Damon kill Jeremy in 2.01 because the Damon/Elena fandom was way more WHOAH! than they had expected so they wanted to slow down the train a bit. That also is a big sign that D/E was intended, but slow burn.)

Edited at 2016-12-29 09:18 pm (UTC)
Bogwitch: Shrek - Pussbogwitch on December 29th, 2016 09:44 pm (UTC)
I think that awful lacy thing of Caroline's puts me off.

I concur with everything else. It clearly was planned, the story they are telling isn't rocket science, all the beats needed are there if you are familiar with how stories work. And Katherine's line from 2.01 is a MASSIVE clue.

I don't know why Kevin Williamson would think that wouldn't happen, Damon is a lot more interesting for a start (plus Ian...). The TV show made a huge improvement on Stefan's character in the books, where he is is so, so dull, but bad boys with soft centres will always appeal more than "good" guys with dark secrets.
Arabian: Damon & Elena02arabian on December 29th, 2016 09:55 pm (UTC)
I'm fine with lace cover, it's the hairdo (and dress) I'm not overly fond of.

Well, *you* think that Damon is a lot more interesting. I think that Stefan is, no, not as interesting, but very interesting. Plus, we may prefer Ian, but Paul does have a lot of fans. Also, remember, Ian bombed his first audition and Kevin basically had to beg them to give him another chance. Most people knew him from Lost where he was just a pretty boy/model-"actor" in most opinions. Ian's performance of Damon was considered a revelation (I remember that word being used specifically by critics).

Plus, Paul and Nina screen-tested together and they had chemistry, Nina and Ian didn't so they couldn't have known JUST how amazing their chemistry would be. And their heaviest-episode interaction was in 11, and then the last 5 episodes of the season so it was all planned out already. It's not like they could backtrack on Damon/Elena at that point. If they thought the reaction to them would be so huge that early on, they probably wouldn't have written episode 19 (especially) and 20 as they did.

I think they figured that people would eventually start siding with Damon and Elena (and that they would have a healthy fanbase, sure) because of the bad boy/soft center. However, since Damon was still quite naughty, and Elena and Stefan were supposedly the OTP at that point that the reaction to Damon/Elena wouldn't be THAT massive.
Bogwitch: Shrek - Pussbogwitch on December 29th, 2016 10:12 pm (UTC)
I fully admit to my bias.

But I am taking about a position Kevin would have taken before the show began. He was in the position of having read the books and was party to making Stefan that interesting as they planned out the overall arc of their story and developed their characters (I actually rather like Paul and his sense of humour, possibly more than Ian). There is more difference between Book!Stefan and Show!Stefan than in Damon's case. Also, the early marketing for the show takes a lead from Twilight and is all about them as a triangle - of course people are going to take sides, they wanted them to in order to generate interest in the show.
Arabian: Damon & Elena42arabian on December 29th, 2016 10:32 pm (UTC)
Yes, of course that's all true. But my point--which I think was where Kevin was coming from--was that while they expected people to take sides, they expected that Damon/Elena would have their fans, they didn't expect that Damon/Elena would basically be THE couple after season 01 for most people. Their popularity was way more than was anticipated. Yes, Stefan and Elena had/have their fans, but even in season 01, it was lopsided in favor of Damon/Elena early on enough. That was what they needed to slow down or the rest of the story planned--which clearly WAS very well planned--wouldn't work the way they wanted it to.
Florencia: DE (Morning After)florencia7 on April 2nd, 2017 11:51 am (UTC)
RE: 1.04
“Stefan and Elena were dancing, the sweet, star-crossed couple of our show, everything moving along predictably as Stefan told Elena to trust him, puppy-dog eyes shining so earnestly. And then Elena said this: "Trust is earned. You can't just magically hand it over." I was truly shocked at that response.” - You're right. That was a very well-done and unexpected response that really went to show that TVD was not just a another teenage show.

“He is compelling her to be totes fine with his vampire state so it's as if he doesn't have to pretend to be something he's not with her.” - Off topic (or rather off episode ;) note, because this just occurred to me... I guess we shall assume that post-8x16 Caroline spent a good few weeks compelling everyone Damon's ever compelled, right? Because based on what happened with Stefan earlier, Damon becoming human caused everyone he's ever compel to remember what really happened. And considering Damon's “snatch, eat, erase” technique, most of the people he fed on in the past were not conveniently dead lol

“And, yes, that was clever of him, throwing away any further suspicions Damon might have about a vervain-ing (?) with the drink trick.” - Arguably (?), Stefan had less moments of cleverness overall in the course of the entire show, but when he did, it worked and mattered. Like in case of his final “trick” in 8x16.

“Wouldn't it make sense for Stefan to just tell her about this ex of his (theirs) and get ahead of Damon's tidbits? Yes, yes, it does make sense. That he hasn't makes me wonder if there is some truth to what Damon is telling Elena.” - And there was, and since Stefan didn't want to lie (well, having applied Stefan's logic that he hasn't done any lying so far), he decided that not saying anything would work best. What really had me puzzled was that he expected Elena to just let it go and stop asking questions.

“It was just such a beautifully-written way of conveying her thought process and so telling of who this girl is.” - Yes, it was a lovely line. And I still liked Vicki more than I liked Anna. Just saying lol

I got wrapped up in your wonderful S1 write-ups, but I think I'll now go back to S8 and come back to S1 afterwards :)

I'm having a blast reading ALL of your AMAZING posts ♥
Arabian: Damon & Elena25arabian on May 4th, 2017 01:35 am (UTC)
Re: 1.04
I guess we shall assume that post-8x16 Caroline spent a good few weeks compelling everyone Damon's ever compelled, right? Because based on what happened with Stefan earlier, Damon becoming human caused everyone he's ever compel to remember what really happened. And considering Damon's “snatch, eat, erase” technique, most of the people he fed on in the past were not conveniently dead lol

Well, actually, erm, Damon didn't really start that technique until he came to Mystic Falls much remember? He just killed 'em before that. And then there was quite the period there when he was only drinking blood bags. (In s3e4 when he drank from Caroline's father, he made a point of being like 'aww, man, I miss fresh human blood!') So there actually isn't THAT huge a number. Yes, she still would have to compel people, but it would be mostly just some MF people, and some at the college, but not this enormous number. Plus, a lot of the compulsions were likely hot sorority girls (like in 1.14) who would think it was a drunken all-nighter they can't remember. So really no need to do any compulsions. Truly horrific things that Stefan had people do or led to? Well, Damon didn't actually have many of those. Damon wasn't into compelling people to do cruel things, that is Klaus or Ripper!Stefan's game. How many people are going to remember a random neck wound with no accompanying memory to how it got there? Especially if it came after a night of drinking or partying?

What really had me puzzled was that he expected Elena to just let it go and stop asking questions.

Well, go back to that scene I loved... Stefan thought all that he had to do was say "Trust me, Elena" and she would blindly follow him. He had only seen depressed, submissive, lifeless Elena, not sparked, spirited, full of life Elena. Uh huh!

“It was just such a beautifully-written way of conveying her thought process and so telling of who this girl is.” - Yes, it was a lovely line. And I still liked Vicki more than I liked Anna. Just saying lol

I didn't love Anna. I didn't really like her, but I liked her. I did not like Vicki. Sorry, not sorry.

I got wrapped up in your wonderful S1 write-ups, but I think I'll now go back to S8 and come back to S1 afterwards :)

'K! :)

I'm having a blast reading ALL of your AMAZING posts ♥

Thank you muchly. :D
Florencia: DE (The Wreck of Our Hearts)florencia7 on May 12th, 2017 10:47 am (UTC)
Re: 1.04
"Plus, a lot of the compulsions were likely hot sorority girls (like in 1.14) who would think it was a drunken all-nighter they can't remember." - That's a good point! I didn't think of that aspect of it ;)
Arabian: Damon11arabian on May 14th, 2017 01:57 pm (UTC)
Re: 1.04
Yup, it's easy to just think of the all of the bad stuff Stefan has done and bad things Damon does, and not really parse and break down that Damon's stuff overall of, erm, living humans do not compare. Damon just wasn't cruel like ripper!Stefan.
Florencia: DE (Let There Be Light)florencia7 on June 5th, 2017 04:14 pm (UTC)
Re: 1.04
"Damon just wasn't cruel like ripper!Stefan." - You're right. What do you think was the reason for this? You'd think that *logically* it should've been the other way around. Interesting.
Arabian: Stefan06arabian on June 12th, 2017 07:40 pm (UTC)
Re: 1.04
Nah, I don't think so. I think it's because Damon wasn't doing any repressing at all. While Stefan was repressing EVERYTHING he was feeling and there was a LOT of rage, not to mention all of the hunter, prey, feed, kill mentality that goes with being a vampire. That can be sublimated with lust and human blood and fulling giving into full out enjoyment of other things in life, but Stefan would NOT allow himself to give into that in ANY way. So it all came out once he gave into the blood lust.
Florencia: DE (The Wreck of Our Hearts)florencia7 on June 15th, 2017 02:56 pm (UTC)
Re: 1.04
Yes, that makes perfect sense. You're right.
Arabian: Stefan06arabian on July 1st, 2017 05:06 pm (UTC)
Re: 1.04
One of the things that I try and do is not apply the same principles to any of the characters because they really do have different circumstances and we can't apply the same punishments or forgiveness, understanding or anger to any of them. They all have gone down different roads, have all been on different journeys. :)
Florencia: DE (The Wreck of Our Hearts)florencia7 on July 2nd, 2017 11:58 am (UTC)
Re: 1.04
"One of the things that I try and do is not apply the same principles to any of the characters because they really do have different circumstances and we can't apply the same punishments or forgiveness, understanding or anger to any of them. They all have gone down different roads, have all been on different journeys." - Beautifully said. You're so very right.
Sajen FreybergSajen Freyberg on May 11th, 2017 06:13 am (UTC)
Florencia7 turned me on to these and I'm hooked.

I think in many ways season 1 is my least favorite season, it just feels disconnected from the story being told in the later 7 seasons. So many things happen that never would have been allowed to happen in later seasons and sometimes don't even make sense.

This episode along with episode 11 and 19 are probably my favorite episodes of the season.
Arabian: Damon04arabian on May 14th, 2017 01:59 pm (UTC)
Well, I'm glad you're enjoying them, but I do find we disagree quite a bit.

I don't think that s1 is disconnected, so much of what happens in this season lays the foundation for what happens in the later seasons (Damon and Stefan's relationship, Katherine's interaction with the boys, Caroline's relationship with her mother, Bonnie's introduction to her witchy ways, etc.). As for not making sense... I think very few things don't make sense. The show did an excellent job in staying true to their mythology.