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25 January 2017 @ 06:40 pm
8.09 - 'The Simple Intimacy Of The Near Touch' (The Vampire Diaries)  
A few days later than normal, but I had to deal with my 'Miss Mystic Falls' expectations first. So...

I want to get the elephant out of the way… well, *my* elephant anyway. Heading into season 04, it was very easy for me to say that season 01's "Miss Mystic Falls" was my favorite episode. Yup, even three years later. It wasn't until the seventh episode of that season that I found one to rival that earlier, glorious outing. And that particular episode just happened to be The Vampire Diaries' second one featuring the Miss Mystic Falls pageant. Hmm, I should also point out—lest anyone forget—that both episodes were very momentous for Damon and Elena. *sigh* As soon as I saw the preview for this episode, I recognized the courtyard and the dancing and I knew that we were getting our third (and final) Miss Mystic Falls outing.

Needless to say, I couldn't help but be irrationally excited. Therefore I watched the entire episode on edge and on pins and needles with the ridiculous hope that I absolutely 100% knew would not pan out. It did not. We did not see Elena Gilbert wake up. I knew it would not happen. I told myself that several times between the airing of the two episodes… but, but, but, it was a Miss Mystic Falls episode and, well, hopes could not help but whisper in the back of my mind. Because of that I waited a few days, and rewatched the episode so that I could fully appreciate whatever it had to offer, good or not so good. Fortunately, there wasn't really any 'not so good,' just a few minor quibbles and my continued lack of love for a particular couple. I have actual reasons this time, though, beyond the fact that personally I don't think they are tops in the chemistry department—which is, after all, subjective. Since I thought that most of the episode was great, I'm going to discuss those issues to begin with and get them out of the way.

When I write minor, I very much mean minor. Both of those points have to do with the 'intimacy of the near touch' dance. Firstly, how did Bonnie… and Enzo… and Sybil know how to perform that dance? Sybil was locked away in the vault for centuries. When did she learn it? And Enzo… when did he? He showed up after season 04—the last time we saw a Miss Mystic Falls episode before this—and he wasn't born until the late 1800s so how would he have known the dance from his past? Sure, the event continued no doubt in the three years that we fast forwarded through, but there is no reason that he would have learned and/or attended the dance. Finally, when we saw Caroline (and Elena!) taught those moves in season 01, Bonnie was not there for the lessons. The next pageant episode didn't even feature her, and in those three years we missed, she was hiding away in a cabin or in a mental institution. So, when did she learn the dance?

Also, why was she even dancing with Enzo? Why were Sybil and Stefan, and Sybil and Damon dancing? I get why Caroline and Damon were… Caroline dragged him out onto the dance floor to remind him about Elena, but why were the others there? The dance is for the contestants and their escorts, not any guest who wants to join in. It's part of the pageant. See? Minor… but it still bugged me a little because, frankly, I expect perfection when it comes to the Miss Mystic Falls episodes. Alas, it makes sense that I did not get it. My beloved Caroline Dries is no longer with the show and she co-wrote both the previous outings. (In fact, "Miss Mystic Falls" was her very first episode.) Ah well.

Not so minor an issue for me is the romance of Bonnie and Enzo. Or at least the way it's being presented. I was trying to figure out why I am just not into this pairing and I think I have. It's not that they don't have chemistry. Kat Graham and Michael Malarkey do—granted, I don't think it's overwhelming or anything beyond, you know, there. They are certainly a beautiful looking couple, but underneath the shallow, and despite the chemistry they do have, they remind me of Stefan and Elena in season 01.

I know this is a controversial thing for a Damon and Elena fan to admit, but I actually do think that Paul Wesley and Nina Dobrev have chemistry. Like Graham and Malarkey, it doesn't knock your socks off or anything, but it's there. Otherwise, Stefan and Katherine wouldn't have worked at all, but they did because, again, Wesley and Dobrev do have chemistry. The difference between Stefan and Katherine and Stefan and Elena was not only their characters (good/bad versus good/good), but also how their story was told. And this is where the comparison to Bonnie and Enzo comes from.

In the first season, we were told that Stefan and Elena had an epic conversation in the second episode. Stefan told Lexi that he loved Elena, and Elena told Stefan that she loved him before the show had even hit the midway point. Their love story was so great, said everyone. However, we never really saw that. The Vampire Diaries told us, via those two and the other characters—most of them teenagers, I might add—that Stefan and Elena had this great love story, but they didn't. In clear retrospect now (especially after my write-ups of all of season 01), that was the point. Stefan and Elena were never intended to actually be an example of an epic love story. So the fact that we were so rarely shown the actuality of that great love was fine, and intentional.

On the other hand… Bonnie and Enzo are obviously supposed to be that great, epic love story akin to Damon and Elena (and even Caroline and Stefan). The problem is that the vast majority of Bonnie and Enzo's love story has been a tell, not a show. When Bonnie told Enzo that he listens to her, it pointed to a relationship that is equal and filled with respect. The thing is that while she may have said that, the viewers don't actually know if it's true or not. We haven't seen them together enough as a couple to know. What we have seen of them has been an episode that told their THREE-YEAR-LONG love story in a handful of minutes. No matter how beautiful those minutes were, still... *a handful of minutes* to tell a three-year-long love story. That was followed by three episodes full of angst over Bonnie dying or not—with only a very small number of scenes actually featuring them. For goodness' sake when Bonnie was lost in her dream-state, it was Damon and *not* Enzo who knew her well enough to get her out of it. (And if I recall, no, in that instance, Enzo never once listened to her wishes. He fought her every step of the way. Obviously, it's good that he did because, yay, we still have Bonnie around, but the point remains, we didn't see him listening to her.)

And this season, once Bonnie was able to break through to Enzo, we've only seen their coupledom in fluff-filled situations. It hasn't been enough to justify the 'epic couple' label. And certainly, with that very little bit of them that we've seen, it's damn near impossible to believe that the Bonnie Bennett who has always had a bit of an issue—sometimes edging into a lot more—with vampirism would be happy to become one for Enzo. I'm sorry, but I don't buy it.

Whether you liked or shipped or whatever Bonnie with Jeremy, that was a love story that was built and nurtured, with ups and downs and everything in between. It showed deep love and deep respect. Because of it, we actually have a Bonnie love story to compare the Enzo one to and Bonnie and Enzo just seem like a fluffy, new couple in comparison. They read like one of those annoyingly schmoopy couples who are still in their honeymoon phase. The ones who talk about how much they love each other and that they will be together forever and ever, but haven't really put in the work or dealt with the day in and day out of a relationship. Nothing about them screams "FOREVER" at this point except for how often they keep telling each other that they are.

Look, I want to love Bonnie and Enzo. I love Bonnie; I like Enzo a lot. Bonnie has been one of my favorite characters from the beginning. I want her to get a happy ending, but I don't buy that her happy ending is Enzo St. John. I feel like with the show coming to an end, the producers wanted a happy ending for Bonnie (and Enzo) too, and so they pushed this *great romance* to fake it. It's just not working for me. I would have so much preferred had things fallen apart once they actually faced reality (which would have happened after she got him away from Sybil) and if Jeremy comes back, there is a look, a re-connection between them that gives hope to where Bonnie's happy ending lie. (Or, you know, had the show gone with my Bonnie and Matt idea… but that ship has sailed so far off into the distance, that it's already docked and removed all of its cargo.)

Or if they were so determined to do Bonnie and Enzo as this great love story… actually WRITE THAT LOVE STORY! They thought that season 07 was their last and planned the pairing then, so going back to that old complaint… why didn't they use the season to build up their love story? There were FIFTEEN episodes in which to create it, do the push-pull, the angst, the longing, the ups and downs, the discussions over Enzo's not so good past actions (murder, bribery, betrayal, etc.) before getting into the flash-forward that would show where their relationship was then. But prior to that three-year jump, we could have had the near kisses, deep, real conversations, the first kiss, a dance, moments, near-sex, etc. Instead, we got a shocking kiss from the future that came out of nowhere very early on, a few flirting scenes that didn't make sense from Bonnie's end, and Enzo spending most of the first half of the season in love with another woman.

And this season, it has all been tell, tell, tell. They love each other so much. They have been waiting forever for each other, blah, blah, blah. Why not have Enzo pulled out from Sybil's control sooner to have more time for Bonnie and Enzo? Why not have Enzo tell Bonnie about his years of torture in detail, with flashbacks—from his perspective and not Damon's, really show them connect over his sharing? And in turn, have the two of them discuss Bonnie's pain over the loss of her magic? Why not show Bonnie and Enzo interacting as a couple with conversations where we saw that Enzo listened to her? Why not show Enzo give Bonnie his bloody necklace and have the two of them discuss what it meant right then and there? Why have Bonnie have her first talk of possibly becoming a vampire with Caroline and not Enzo?

Instead we had Bonnie and Enzo fooling around in bed and just lightly broaching the subject of what happened to him for sixty years. (By the way, explain how Bonnie wasn't already deeply and fully aware of his tortured past from the three years they spent together in their cabin of love?) Instead we had a line or two here and there about Bonnie's witchy powers being gone, ignoring how deeply embedded in Bonnie's history her magic is. Instead we had a squeeful discussion of Paris versus t-shirts while two of her three best friends were undergoing some of the most painful experiences of their lives. (Two people, by the way, with whom Enzo has a strong history with as well.) Instead we had Bonnie simpering and smiling about wearing a necklace filled with vampire blood. Instead we had Bonnie sadly giving him that necklace back after a few lines of dialogue during a dance (neither should know how to do, or even be dancing at all) that was cut back and forth between them and two other different conversations going on.

Just no, show. No. This Bonnie and Enzo romance is as shallow as a kiddie pool. I don't buy it. And that makes me sad because I want a happy-ever-after for my Bonnie that makes sense, one that is earned. *sigh* Ah well. It is what it is, so I suppose I'll get to what actually did happen with them in this episode. To start with… I am sorry (OK, really, I'm not) but wearing a necklace full of blood around your neck is just creepy and gross. It is not romantic; it is not sweet… it's just wrong. And so freaking not in character for Bonnie Bennett. *double sigh* No wonder the whole discussion about her becoming a vampire with Caroline at the start of the show was just a wee bit heavy-handed.

Ugh, I can't… not yet. Why, oh, why didn't she have that discussion from the get-go, in full, and characteristically of Bonnie with Enzo? Since the decision was to not go there with vampirism and instead the opposite direction, why not just have Bonnie tell Enzo that she does not want to become a vampire… ever. It wouldn't take away from their love story (as it is) if she were to give the reason being that it's because she is a witch, and that possibility is still out there and a very big part of her very soul. *argh!* I know, I know, back to what actually happened.

So, erm, what does Bonnie mean about Enzo getting the cure? (And, wow, what a way to steal from their own show—and most popular couple—in order to build up Bonnie and Enzo's "great" love story.) She can't be thinking of Enzo drinking from Elena because, thank you very much, that cure running through her blood belongs to Damon Salvatore. All I can think of is that they are going to figure out (or already know) how to get back to the 1913 alternate universe to get that version of the cure. Either way, I doubt it's going to work… or if it does, that cure will go to someone else (Stefan? Caroline?) because Bonnie is so going to be in some kind of situation where Enzo gives her his blood in order to keep her protected. She will die and wake up as a vampire most likely. And the reason he'll justify doing it is because (an out of character) Bonnie told him that were it not for "Elena-gistics," she would turn for him. However, any anger she may feel over that action because of the risk to Elena will be negated because, of course, Elena will wake up once Bonnie dies.

I could be wrong, of course; it could be my speculation about the twins and their siphoning powers that does it. Hmm, we'll see. Either way, Elena will wake up and once she does if Bonnie is not a vampire then, she'll turn for Enzo. (So, so, sooo out of character.) At least that is just where the writing appears to be going. Again, I could be totally wrong though. We will see. *sigh* Like I said, it is what it is, and hey, at least things are moving along swimmingly with my other couples… or are they? Dun dun dun.

Oh, Stefan. Wow, Stefan with his humanity flipped to the off switch with zero remorse is a real asshole! I mean, he makes Damon with his switch off seem like a swell guy in comparison. However, that is not where my concern over Stefan and Caroline comes from. Nope, after all, his switch is off and if I don't blame Damon for his actions when his is flipped, I'm not going to blame Stefan. What I didn't like was one specific line, partially because he said it to Sybil, and Sybil alone.

Stefan: Take it from me, Elena Gilbert never really goes away.
That ship has clearly sailed and I'm not worried in terms of Damon and Elena, but rather what it says about Stefan and Caroline. Had Stefan made that comment to Damon or Caroline, I would have given it no mind beyond Stefan being an asshole. However, he only said that to Sybil, and he wasn't trying to rile her up. Sure, he was having fun at the expense of her frustration, but that additional comment referencing his own past with Elena was not necessary. And not cool. Then again this is not the first time we've gotten a sign that Stefan and Caroline are not nearly as strong as Damon and Elena. See: Caroline not only not asking Stefan to go with her to save the girls, but actively telling him that she did not want him there. Also, her returning the engagement ring to him during that time period because…. well, honestly, I still don't quite get that one.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that I think that Stefan and Caroline are going down a rocky road and won't recover in time for the end of the series. I actually don't even think the above issues were meant to be seen as issues, per se. The latter two were just about creating the dramaz! And the Elena comment was just another way to bring up her awesomeness to Sybil. Still… badly done, I think and it's just shown me that despite having only sixteen episodes without someone devoted 100% to The Vampire Diaries, little things like this are going to fall through the cracks. Julie Plec has The Originals as well to focus on and Kevin Williamson, while here for some episodes, doesn't appear to be fully on board as he was the first two seasons. *sigh* I really, really wish that Caroline Dries had decided to stick around for this last season. Ah well.

Though, again, it's not a major issue, just a little niggle. And overall, the Caroline and Stefan story has been strong this season and I loved how their scenes were done in this episode. Yes, even though, Stefan was awful… it was a good thing. Unlike Elena who could never not see Stefan without rose-colored glasses because he saved her life, because he was the last person to communicate with her father, because he brought her out of her depression, Caroline sees reality when she looks at, and loves, Stefan Salvatore. So where Elena would have concocted some excuse for Stefan and tip-toed back into her bubble filled with tulips had she seen him in this state, Caroline kicked ass. Oh, and she saw Stefan for what he really is when his switch is off without any reservation.

I think she needed to see just how bad he could get. It was one thing to be told by him; it was one thing to join the no-humanity parade alongside him. However, to see him at his worst is something that she had to do for herself and for her children. She needed to know just how bad it could get, and just how important it is and always will be to keep Stefan off of human blood. So for their future it was necessary that she see just how bad it could get. Furthermore, it was necessary for her to know that if/when it does get that bad she can and will walk away.

 
 

(Oh, and while he's under this deal with Cade, stake him through the heart dead… although, she so did not send that stake through his heart. Nope, it was definitely lower and so, yeah, Stefan should not have gone all marbly-dead. Bad job, FX guys!)

Anyhoo, back on point… Caroline showed not only her strength in dealing with Stefan, but also the wisdom that she has gained. I liked what she said to him about happiness, making the distinction between it and fun. Before she may not have known or understood that, but she does now. Caroline has grown so much from that girl who did have a good heart but was self-centered, selfish and shallow. Now, she is a mother, she is able to forgive, able to see what is right in front of her; she has suffered tremendous loss but also has experienced the happiest of joys. And all of that was on display.

Caroline was amazing from beginning to end in this episode. I may not have agreed with the decision to have Bonnie's first vampire discussion with Caroline instead of Enzo, but that doesn't take away from how great a friend Caroline was in that scene. She broached the subject carefully; she offered her reservation in a respectful way and simply opened the door for Bonnie to recognize the gravity of the gift. In her final scene with Violet, she was understanding and cautious. She listened to Violet's fears and responded accordingly using her own history as an example to help the frightened girl. She also didn't push the decision on her. She allowed that Violet did not have to transition… she let the girl make her own decision. She was a warm, comforting presence; she was honest and she gave Violet room to breathe, to cry, to express herself.

And it wasn't just with Violet—a young woman with whom Caroline could very much identify—that we saw the best side of Caroline Forbes. We actually also saw it in her scenes with her greatest frenemy… Damon Salvatore. There were two specific moments that really resonated for this Damon fan in their scenes. And can I just take this opportunity to say how much I appreciated that we got to see so much screentime with Ian Somerhalder and Candice King? These two have great chemistry, and such a fabulous rhythm. Also, their characters have such a contentious, tumultuous history that has never been truly explored. And, yes, I was actually excited when I realized that Damon and Caroline were going to dance. Don't ask me why, but I was like… ooh, please let Damon and Caroline dance, and they did. And I loved it.

I also loved someone *finally* getting a clue as to just how badly Damon has been screwed with these past months.

Caroline: What did that woman do to you?
That it was Caroline gave me hope that a long-cherished wish that some sort of realization on her end that Damon is not the most evil ever would finally happen. We'll see, but I am optimistic. Look at her expression, she looks not only troubled, but also taken aback at just how messed up Damon is.

 

That awareness led to more breakthroughs from Caroline. When Damon told her about Stefan's current state, she actually picked up on the fact that him telling her about it was because he loves his brother. And if he does love his brother despite everything then Damon is not this terrible, no-good, awful person. In the midst of these realizations, and the fact that despite what Sybil did to Damon, just a symbol of Elena was enough to wake up something within him, Caroline spoke in a way she's never come even close to before. Using words like "magical, powerful, deep" and "real" to describe Damon and Elena's love was a damn-near miracle.

Even if Damon was right, that she was hoping it was so because she wants a happy ending for her and Stefan too, she still said those words about Elena *and Damon!* And you know what? I don't think that Damon was right. At that point, Caroline was still under the impression that Stefan was sticking to his year-long deal and it was before he'd attempted to turn all of the Miss Mystic Falls contestants. Yes, Caroline was trying to reach Damon so that she could get the striker from him, but I really don't think that she was thinking of that specifically in the moment. I believe that she was genuinely trying to reach Damon because she realized that his love for Elena was truly that powerful. (About time, huh?)

And their love truly is that powerful. *sigh* Because of his love for her, a symbol of Elena (the locket), memories of Elena (their dance, seeing her in the dressing room) were strong enough to overcome a Siren's mind control. Oh, yeah.

Speaking of that particular Siren… you all know that I love Sybil, but she did annoy me briefly in this episode. So many lies she threw Damon's way to try and keep him under her leash. Tsk, tsk, Sybil, bad, bad girl. Damon did not kidnap the twins; that was all on your sissy! Damon, in fact, spent most of the that little criminal spree trying to derail Seline's plans through logic, and then by offering up a better deal. So there. Yeah, and along with the non-kidnapping, Damon only killed Tyler because Sybil was in his mind and urging him on. He also never turned Enzo against Bonnie. Pfft! Furthermore, Damon did not sell his brother's soul to Cade. Stefan had to agree to the deal—which he did. Double pfft! Finally, Damon Salvatore did not steal his brother's girl. Elena Gilbert is not an object to be stolen. She fell out of love with Stefan and in love with Damon. She made her own choice, thank you very much.

And Damon knows that. So Sybil and Stefan's attempt to rouse his guilt via his relationship with Elena was their one big fail. Stefan tried it with his revisionism of history, but only proved just how little he has ever known about Damon and Elena's love story.

Stefan: You think this is where your love story began, but the truth is, Damon, Elena never would have looked at you twice if I had been there that day.
We saw his lack of understanding many a time when he was still fighting for Elena, but even after he had moved on completely, it was clear that he still didn't have the slightest clue. In the sixth season's fourth episode, "Black Hole Sun," I referenced this when Stefan told Elena that Damon got Elena to accept the darkest parts of herself. However, it was just so very false—and there was so much awesome in that episode—that I didn't feel it was even worth it to go into detail.

Just like I was unmoved by Stefan's contention that Elena only chose Damon because Stefan wasn't at the bottom of those stairs, so was Damon. He calmly told his brother that it was all in the past, and this showed that he is clearly aware that Stefan doesn't know jack-squat about Damon and Elena and their love. Oh, and The Vampire Diaries-sanctioned hashtag or not (#WhenDamonKnew… please!), Stefan was also wrong about Damon and Elena's "vomit-inducing love story" (LOL! Asshole!Stefan is so much fun) beginning at the pageant. That would most definitely be a negative. Their love story began on the Gilbert porch when Damon offered to compel Jeremy for Elena. It was strengthened when they went road-tripping together to Atlanta, and when Elena was the one who was able to get Damon out of the tomb. By the time the Miss Mystic Falls pageant rolled around and Damon stood at the bottom of those stairs… that "something" between them had already begun.

And forever shall it be. I love that Damon was able to fight Sybil's control despite the fact that she has messed with his head so thoroughly. He doesn't even remember loving Elena, but the strength of that love is so a part of him that even a symbol or a memory of her is enough to overcome Sybil's attacks. By the way, speaking of Damon, Sybil and Elena's memories… it's about time they finally explained what she did with his memories of Elena. I've been wondering. At first I thought she had just erased Elena from his mind, but then Damon (and Sybil) was still mentioning her. At last we have our explanation. Sybil didn't take Elena away; she just manipulated his brain enough so that his feelings appeared to be gone. However, of course they are not gone because Damon and Elena have the best love story EVAR!

And, no (Stefan!), it didn't begin at the Miss Mystic Falls pageant, but what happened between them there was certainly momentous. *sigh* I absolutely loved the many flashbacks to the two of them seeing one another at various points and the dancing—the beautiful, romantic, spellbinding dancing—interspersed throughout Damon's dance with Sybil.

 
 
 

Oh, Sybil, so clueless about what real love is… and the depth of the love that Damon Salvatore has for Elena Gilbert. She has no idea that Elena already helped Damon fight the battle for his heart and soul… and they won. Sybil is like a feather against the brick wall of what those two have fought for and together.

Damon: […] even though I can't feel a damn thing for Elena, the more you try and push her out, the more I understand she's never going away. And there's not enough room in my head for both of you.
You tell her, Damon. You tell her. Exactly what I said above. Sybil just can't compete with Elena Gilbert. And Damon making that crystal clear was so, so awesome. Nah, I'm thinking it was beyond awesome. Oh, yeah. Do you know what else was so awesome? Damon telling Sybil that she missed out on a very important aspect of Elena when she was mucking about Damon's subconscious: her capacity for forgiveness. And that, my friends, is key I think to how Damon will recover from Sybil's latest assault on Damon's soul. Damon's humanity flooding in at full blast as opposed to in stops and starts and when he was ready is not a good thing. However, he will be fine for two reasons.

The first is that his biggest fear regarding all that he has done since Sybil began her game of mind control has been that Elena will not forgive him. However, Sybil's constant niggling about that had the opposite effect. It reminded him that Elena does indeed have a limitless, damn-near insane capacity for forgiveness. Whatever he has done—especially because of the circumstances—Elena will forgive him. And partly why she will do so is because of the good that is a part of Damon. That brings me back to one of the things that Caroline said to Damon which made it clear that she really does not know Damon Salvatore at all.

Caroline: The fact that you're telling me this proves you care. Somewhere deep down in that part of you where Elena is still buried. Find that place, Damon. Fight for her. Or spend the rest of eternity trying to figure out what happened to the best part of you.
The implication of her plea to Damon was that Elena is the best part of Damon. That is simply not true. Elena is not the best part of Damon Salvatore. Elena merely awakened the best part of him because she believed in him. She believed in him when no one else had… ever. That belief allowed Damon to expose the heart of himself—the best part of himself—that he had hidden for a century and a half. And, oh gee, maybe he hid that part of himself so well because the person closest to him prior to Elena made him feel less than regularly. Whether in his hero or villain state, Stefan never failed to take the opportunity to play the emotional manipulation game on Damon. It's always Damon who ruins his life, ruins his plans, ruins his fun. Oh, Stefan. I guess some things will never change.

Another thing that won't change is Stefan Salvatore's gift for history revisionism. He said that Damon would never have been with Elena had Stefan been at the bottom of the stairs at that first Miss Mystic Falls pageant. Wrong! And right before that he took a hit at Damon's brotherly love by saying that Damon could have helped him in his "time of need." Uhm, maybe I'm misremembering—but I'm so not since I've watched that episode at least five times—Damon *did* help him in his time of need. Stefan, Stefan, Stefan. Ragging on Damon and then ditching him. Such. An. Asshole. (but, damn is Paul Wesley killing it… because asshole or not, Stefan is freaking hilarious right now. Look at his chipper little walk-away, LOL!)

     

Still, he is being a very bad brother. Of course he is. He is Stefan without his humanity off. The guy is selfish and thinks of his needs and wants first with his humanity in full swing and putting his best self forward. Naturally in full-monster mode that self-centeredness is going to be at peak levels. It really shouldn't surprise Damon that Stefan turned on him. It's their history. Still, he was surprised and he was hurt by Stefan dropping him like a hot potato. Oh, Damon. Yeah, we all know what he was thinking of in that final scene with Sybil. He knows what it feels like to be forgotten and abandoned, feared and hated with no one to love you. And he *definitely* knows what it's like when one of the no ones who doesn't love you is your sibling.

Damon: I know you spent your life forgotten and abandoned. Feared and hated. Hell, anyone who loved you had to be Siren-ed to do so. I mean, except your sister. But now even your sibling doesn't want anything to do with you. Take it from me. I know how that one stings.
Oh, my Damon. *sigh* And on that note… at last we reach random thoughts –

- Until I rewatched the episode, I didn't realize that after Stefan set the body of the speedster on fire, he wasn't the only one. When the camera pulled back you could see multiple bodies behind the bar. Well, that explains why the place was empty. Yikes, Stefan is so off the rails.

- I thought that Kat Graham (Bonnie) looked really, really, REALLY pretty in this episode. Her make-up was spot-on and just highlighted her lovely features.

- I also thought that Nathalie Kelley (Sybil) looked really pretty too. I love her hair like that, softly curled at the ends.

- Speaking of the lovely ladies… that green was a gorgeous color on Graham, but I didn't actually like the look of the dress. I also liked that vibrant blue of Kelley's dress, but the bottom half was not really to my taste. Alas, I didn't like anything about Candice King's dress; the color was too pale on her and it looked oddly a bit too oversized for her frame, plus the shorter train in front didn't work for me.

     

- Hah! Damon smashing Sybil's head into the mirror when she tried to take over Elena in the Miss Mystic Falls flashback was awesome.

 

- I mentioned this above but I wanted to repeat it again because of one specific word. Caroline said about Damon and Elena's love that it was "so deep and real." That's right… the word that has been associated with Damon and Elena's love story since season one: Real.

- Sybil's smile after she told Stefan that Violet's neck offering was from "Your friendly neighborhood siren" was adorable. I love her! (I know, evil, must die, she will.)

     

- Matt was freaking badass, taking down both the officer and sheriff with ease. He may have issues with the supernatural in his life, but he knows how to deal with it. Because of that he really shouldn't try and get away from it all since with his know-how and training, he can help the regular folk out there.

- "I know, I know. I get it. I killed your friend." Hah, that was some great delivery on that line by Kristen Gutoskie.

- Aww, poor Matt! Everyone thinks that he's dumb. :(

- Ooh, so Matty-Blue-Blue has to be the one to ring the bell or it won't work. Interesting. Oh, and I can I just say that I love that Matt is now a part of the 'Only he can do it' club because of his family history.

- Yes! I knew that Seline wanted to kill Sybil because she was the reason that Sybil was made a Devil's minion. She believes this could help pave that road to forgiveness so she can stay out of hell.

- And once more…

Sybil: Your soul is damned anyway, so just give up, give in, and give me what I want. Stick with me, Damon. The path of least resistance, I promise. It will hurt way less than reality.
Big mistake, Sybil. She shouldn't have used the 'r' word. Yup, that word again: Real(ity). Reality is Damon and Elena; nothing could hurt more than not having that.

- Hah, Enzo's "Elena-gistics" about why Bonnie won't become a vampire for him. Puhleeze! Still… the word was funny.

- I loved that Caroline told Violet that the judge did pick her after Violet asked if she won the pageant. Haha! Yup, Stefan 'Honorary Judge' Salvatore sure picked her alright.

- Speaking of... is Violet Fell—remember she was also Sybil's student who held the burning torch in the last episode—going to be a new recurring character for the rest of the series? I mean, I wouldn't mind. She's a good character so far, and I like the actress (Sammi Hanratty). I already knew her from her recurring stint as Dollie on Salem.

- Hmm… what else could Seline have to say about the bell that Matt would need to hear other than him being one who needs to ring it? Inquiring minds want to know.

- Ah! Torture!Damon is back. We haven't seen that in a while.

- Another good line aided by great delivery. Sybil's "I got that… upside the head." LOL!

- Oh my God! When Damon told Sybil he knew how to get to her:

Damon: But I know why, after 2,000 years, you have nothing. Because you are nothing. Nothing but a spiteful, insecure, unlovable little girl. Don't forget. I've seen you. The real you. Pool-of-blood you.
That was cruel—earned, true, but cruel. And then, ooh!, when a tear ran down her cheek, of course I felt for Sybil because I love her even if she is evil. Hah, but then Damon said, "Aww, I made a siren cry," then wiped the tear away viciously, I was, like, damn! Good bit there.

 

There we have it, our third and final Miss Mystic Falls episode. No, it did not compare to the first two, but those were both pretty much perfection. Still, this was a great episode, not as awesome as the last one, but that was the best of the season so far and just overall truly excellent. I know I spent quite a bit of space at the top of this write-up in a less than positive fashion, but most of that was not about *this* episode specifically. It was the writing of that particular couple overall. Yes, some of my issue was with how Bonnie was presented in this, but if you buy their love story, the scenes featuring them mostly did work. And everything else (except for my little what-the-what? with the dance itself) was uniformly great. Onto the next… and I am excited.
 
 
 
(Anonymous) on January 26th, 2017 11:31 am (UTC)
Thanks for the great recap.

As someone who likes the idea of bonenzo/their chemistry but isn't blind to their faults I have to agree a 100% with your issues. The lack of build-up and the overly fluff isn't becoming them. I mean they were kissing like every 5 mins in this ep! Maybe I'm too much of a DE-fan but I think real kisses should be earned. And even sweet kisses have their limits.
And though there was some heavy talk about turning it could have been done much better as it felt kinda shallow the way it was done: Bonnie being ready to turn for Enzo is such a big step from s1-Bonnie, a development we as viewers haven't seen on screen but proves how much Bonnie really must love Enzo. Yet the lack of seeing this development and Bonnie not telling Enzo what a big step the idea alone means to her taints this important moment.

Stefan: Take it from me, Elena Gilbert never really goes away.
It bugged me, too, at first, but then i thought he meant it more in a literal kinda way like: Elena never goes away/dies no matter how often you try to get rid of her? And his Take it from me was just there to signal the first hand account?

she so did not send that stake through his heart. Nope, it was definitely lower and so, yeah, Stefan should not have gone all marbly-dead. Bad job, FX guys!
Totes agree. I was very confused when he suddenly turned gray until I realised that Care was supposed to have hit his heart.

Yes, Care was awesome in this ep.
I think she is actually the last one of the Scooby-gang who still has reservations/hasn't become Damon's friend yet. So I did like her realizing his turmoil and her little speech to him very much, too.

I love that Damon was able to fight Sybil's control despite the fact that she has messed with his head so thoroughly. He doesn't even remember loving Elena, but the strength of that love is so a part of him that even a symbol or a memory of her is enough to overcome Sybil's attacks.
I loved that a lot, too. btw do you think Sybil's choice of dress (colour) was intentional? Did she try to mess with Damon's head and mind by in a way impersonating Elena/playing with his memory of her, like she's done before? If so she clearly has underestimated Damon's feelings for Elena, because it so backfired; instead of messing with his mind it clearly helped him remember who he really is, because that's what Elena does to him. She helps him remember and be the better man he truly is inside of him (and not make him better, but just make him remember who he really is aka the better man). So through her low stunt Sybil achieved exactly the opposite of what she has been going for.

The implication of her plea to Damon was that Elena is the best part of Damon. That is simply not true. Elena is not the best part of Damon Salvatore. Elena merely awakened the best part of him because she believed in him.
Ecactly!!! what I was trying to say (see above).

Yeah, I agree; Damon was talking as much about himself as about Sybil in this last scene. It was like in s3 (can't remember which ep exactly, but one of the first half maybe 08?), when Elena lay in bed with Damon and told him about what she's found out about Rebekah that day and it fit her own situation so well, too.

the word that has been associated with Damon and Elena's love story since season one: Real.
Yeees, when i heard her say that... oh my DE feels :). I love how even/especially now the show doesn't forget their history and themes.

(end of Part 1)
Arabian: Bonnie02arabian on January 26th, 2017 04:30 pm (UTC)
As someone who likes the idea of bonenzo/their chemistry but isn't blind to their faults I have to agree a 100% with your issues. The lack of build-up and the overly fluff isn't becoming them. I mean they were kissing like every 5 mins in this ep! Maybe I'm too much of a DE-fan but I think real kisses should be earned. And even sweet kisses have their limits.

I knew that one of my anon commenters was a Bonnie/Enzo fan so I was curious to see what you would think. I really did think I nailed it, and based on your response and the commenter below you, I think I have.

And though there was some heavy talk about turning it could have been done much better as it felt kinda shallow the way it was done

YES!!! Shallow, exactly.

Bonnie being ready to turn for Enzo is such a big step from s1-Bonnie, a development we as viewers haven't seen on screen but proves how much Bonnie really must love Enzo. Yet the lack of seeing this development and Bonnie not telling Enzo what a big step the idea alone means to her taints this important moment.

Yup, it came across as some simple, easily-made decision. It was so throw-away. Ugh.

he meant it more in a literal kinda way like: Elena never goes away/dies no matter how often you try to get rid of her? And his Take it from me was just there to signal the first hand account?

Yeah, I guess... but it still bugged> Harumph!

btw do you think Sybil's choice of dress (colour) was intentional?

I thought that when I saw the preview, but as far as we know she didn't know about MMF--based on the fact that we hadn't seen her mess with those memories, and all of the discussion in this episode-, so I think it was just an unlucky choice for her. She couldn't have known that the color of the dress would wind up being an impediment to her Damon-control.

It was like in s3 (can't remember which ep exactly, but one of the first half maybe 08?), when Elena lay in bed with Damon and told him about what she's found out about Rebekah that day and it fit her own situation so well, too.</i>

*sigh* That would be season 03, episode 08, "Ordinary People." LOVE THAT EPISODE SO HARD! One of my favorites.

Yeees, when i heard her say that... oh my DE feels :). I love how even/especially now the show doesn't forget their history and themes.

Me too, me too!
(Anonymous) on January 26th, 2017 05:23 pm (UTC)
I thought that when I saw the preview, but as far as we know she didn't know about MMF--based on the fact that we hadn't seen her mess with those memories
I really need to rewatch it bit I thought when she erased Damon's memories of Elena/got into his mind to see for Elena one of the flash(backs) she saw has been of DE dancing at the MMF. Could be wrong though.
Arabian: Damon & Elena02arabian on January 26th, 2017 05:44 pm (UTC)
I only recall the first meeting and Elena's "death." I haven't watched any episode since it aired though so I could be misremembering.
(Anonymous) on January 26th, 2017 09:14 pm (UTC)
I rewatched the scenes now and she did get glimpses of 3x19 (THE kiss), 6x22 (the goodbye dance), 3x22 (their first meeting) and 6x07 (the rain kiss); maybe those stood representative for all of their (important) moments together but at least it wasn't shown on TV. So the choice of dress might have been pure coincidence.
Arabian: Damon & Elena02arabian on January 26th, 2017 09:45 pm (UTC)
Ah, I figured there had to be more but those were the only two I remembered off the top of my head, I was fairly certain we had not seen "Miss Mystic Falls" because I think I would have remembered that one, LOL!

I do think it might have been coincidence... it makes sense considering how it played out in the episode.

Edited at 2017-05-07 02:54 pm (UTC)
(Anonymous) on January 26th, 2017 11:33 am (UTC)
(Part 2)
For me this actually was the best ep of this season, though I might be biased as I haven't rewatched it yet and am still so full of DE-feels.
My randoms:
- Stefan has been such a spoiled brat in this ep, which became especially clear in his last conversation with Care.
- Now we no longer need Elena back in order to bring Damon's humanity back, but there definitely has been an awful lot of conversations about an actual turning in this ep to went unnotice.
- After this ep. the reversion of the roles of the Salvatore brothers from s1 is complete: Now we will have a guilt ridden (maybe endlessly brooding, we'll see, though hopefully not) Damon and an humanity-less Stefan (though he is much worse than Damon due to being a ripper).
My guess for the next ep(s) therefore would be: Bonnie and Enzo (maybe with the help of Caroline) will bring Elena's body back to MF, so that Enzo can take the cure, but for some reason (due to miscommunication or something else) the bell will strike and Bonnie will die. And somehow - either because Bonnie takes Enzo's blood from the pendant she wears again herself (though I doubt that) or because she gets fed it by Enzo or Caroline - she'll become a vampire and Elena will wake up again and in MF, too, and will then be able to safe Damon from his guilt, so that the Scooby-gang reunited under their top-leader and mastermind genius of plan A to Z will be able to go rescue the world, save Stefan and destroy hell. The (happy) End :)
Arabian: Damon02arabian on January 26th, 2017 04:36 pm (UTC)
For me this actually was the best ep of this season, though I might be biased as I haven't rewatched it yet and am still so full of DE-feels.

There were too many issues in it (OK, Bonnie/Enzo issues... sorry) for that. And last week's episode was so PHENOMENAL that I just can't even at how awesome it was.

- Stefan has been such a spoiled brat in this ep, which became especially clear in his last conversation with Care.

Yup, and hilarious.

- Now we no longer need Elena back in order to bring Damon's humanity back, but there definitely has been an awful lot of conversations about an actual turning in this ep to went unnotice.

Oh, yeah! Stuffs is coming!

- After this ep. the reversion of the roles of the Salvatore brothers from s1 is complete: Now we will have a guilt ridden (maybe endlessly brooding, we'll see, though hopefully not) Damon and an humanity-less Stefan (though he is much worse than Damon due to being a ripper).

I think it's more than Stefan being a ripper. His inherent selfishness is highlighted when his switch is off, Damon, not so much.

My guess for the next ep(s) therefore would be: Bonnie and Enzo (maybe with the help of Caroline) will bring Elena's body back to MF, so that Enzo can take the cure

FUCK NO!!!! Sorry, but I strongly am not down for that, LOL! That cure in Elena's body belongs to DAMON SALVATORE, the love of Elena's life. If Elena woke up and found out that Bonnie gave the cure to her boyfriend leaving Elena and Damon to not have their happy, human ending, that would be SUCH a betrayal. I know they've written Bonnie somewhat out of character with regards to Enzo, but damn, that would be so beyond out of character, there are no words.

but for some reason (due to miscommunication or something else) the bell will strike and Bonnie will die. And somehow - either because Bonnie takes Enzo's blood from the pendant she wears again herself (though I doubt that) or because she gets fed it by Enzo or Caroline - she'll become a vampire and Elena will wake up again and in MF, too

I could see something like that happening, though.

and will then be able to safe Damon from his guilt

I actually think that Damon will fight his own way out. Part of what they've done with Elena-less TVD is strengthened the core of good that is Damon. So that he doesn't need Elena to be better. He just is.

so that the Scooby-gang reunited under their top-leader and mastermind genius of plan A to Z will be able to go rescue the world, save Stefan and destroy hell. The (happy) End :)

I don't know how it's all going to fall out; I'm thinking some returns and rescues and forgiveness stunts will happen, but how? I dunno.
tj2013tj2013 on January 26th, 2017 12:53 pm (UTC)
Thank you for your in-depth analysis of the Bonnie-Enzo-romance. Made it a lot clearer for me. I like them, but I don't ship them. And during this episode I was like " oh please, cut it short, we need the screentime elsewhere..." And I really don't want her to turn.

So, technically, Elena is the cure. How was that supposed to work for Damon again? Katherine aged as soon as she took it. Wouldn't Damon, too? He's 170odd years old, And Enzo - if Damon would ever allow it - would age too, right? Or am I missing something?

Yeah, since when is the MMF dance for everyone? Huh... Is there still anyone on the show who knows about the first seasons?

Switched-off Stefan is so much fun to watch. And Paul does a better job now than he did with Silas. Maybe because he (and we) knows the character so much better. But wouldn't he just let the ring fall on the floor instead of pocketing it? He so shouldn't care.

I thought Damon had his switch back on after he took the necklace in his hand the first time (when he nearly kissed Sybil). BEcause the last 2 episodes most clearly showed his humanity. Or maybe it's really more like a dimmer switch.

I didn't expect Nina Dobrev to appear, but I so hope we will see her in the last episode. I'm not holding my breath for more, if we get more than one scene, I'll be ecstatic. But I frankly don't expect it. I think for Nina TVD is very much the past.

Loved Caroline and Damon dancing, too. And yay, she finally gets him. But I still would have liked Bonnie to talk to Damon once. What happened to them being friends? So sad.
Arabian: NinaDobrev03arabian on January 26th, 2017 04:24 pm (UTC)
Thank you for your in-depth analysis of the Bonnie-Enzo-romance. Made it a lot clearer for me. I like them, but I don't ship them. And during this episode I was like " oh please, cut it short, we need the screentime elsewhere..."

Yup, I knew I was bothered, but I couldn't put my finger on it and when I began writing it out, the words just kept coming and coming... and coming. Bonnie and Enzo just aren't earned and it's really telling since the other main couples (Damon/Elena, Stefan/Caroline) are.

And I really don't want her to turn.

I wouldn't mind if it was to save Elena, but other than that... nope.

How was that supposed to work for Damon again? Katherine aged as soon as she took it. Wouldn't Damon, too? He's 170odd years old, And Enzo - if Damon would ever allow it - would age too, right? Or am I missing something?

Yup, you're missing something, LOL! Katherine was fine with the cure in her for months... until Silas drank it from her. Once the cure was out of her system she began to age. It's why Damon can drink the cure from Elena and she'll be fine, when it's gone and she "ages" because it will be only be a few years, so she'll be fine. (The same would be case for Enzo taking the cure from her... but HELL TO THE NO!)

Yeah, since when is the MMF dance for everyone? Huh... Is there still anyone on the show who knows about the first seasons?

There are a few people, but like I said, I think it's because the show doesn't have one person 100% devoted to it to oversee everything. *sigh* I'm so bummed Caroline Dries wasn't here for this season.

Switched-off Stefan is so much fun to watch. And Paul does a better job now than he did with Silas. Maybe because he (and we) knows the character so much better.

I think that's why. Or it could be because Wesley got better at it, I remember that Silas was much more enjoyable starting in episode 6, but then he died in the next one.

But wouldn't he just let the ring fall on the floor instead of pocketing it? He so shouldn't care.

Unless he wants it to use to taunt her with later... he's kinda sick and twisted that way.

I thought Damon had his switch back on after he took the necklace in his hand the first time (when he nearly kissed Sybil). BEcause the last 2 episodes most clearly showed his humanity. Or maybe it's really more like a dimmer switch.

Yup, dimmer switch. Remember what Katherine said in 3.09: "Humanity is a vampire's greatest weakness...No matter how easy it is to turn it off- it just keeps trying to fight it's way back in." Rose also mentioned that it's harder for one's humanity to stay off the older you get. But right now, it's more the dimmer switch that is happening with Damon. It happened in season 01, and it's happening again... thanks to Elena, and love for his brother.

I didn't expect Nina Dobrev to appear, but I so hope we will see her in the last episode. I'm not holding my breath for more, if we get more than one scene, I'll be ecstatic. But I frankly don't expect it. I think for Nina TVD is very much the past.

Nah, Nina has made it clear (as has Julie) that she always intended to come back to finish out the show and give Elena her happy ending. I honestly expect her back for the last 3-4 episodes. I could be wrong, but I think so.

ETA: Nina just tweeted out a copy of the last script with her name on it so she is definitely going to be in the finale. I still have hope that we'll see her before then, though.

Loved Caroline and Damon dancing, too. And yay, she finally gets him. But I still would have liked Bonnie to talk to Damon once. What happened to them being friends? So sad.

Once Bonnie got Enzo back... I just have not been happy with her character at all. But, yay, to Caroline and Damon and if the preview is right next week, she may even go into his mind and FINALLY fully see the real Damon. That would be AMAZING!

Edited at 2017-01-26 07:14 pm (UTC)
tj2013: pic#120865641tj2013 on January 26th, 2017 08:05 pm (UTC)
Yup, you're missing something, LOL! Katherine was fine with the cure in her for months... until Silas drank it from her.
right, that was it. Thanks for reminding me.

I honestly expect her back for the last 3-4 episodes. I could be wrong, but I think so.
Oh, that would be so cool.

Their love story began on the Gilbert porch when Damon offered to compel Jeremy for Elena.
This, this, this. Damon walking on the porch in his white Tee, saying "I can do it", and from then on it went. In "MMF" he had already fallen for her. And she knew "we have something". Stefan doesn't get it. Sybil doesn't get it. Ha!



Edited at 2017-01-26 08:07 pm (UTC)
Arabian: Damon & Elena12arabian on January 26th, 2017 09:47 pm (UTC)
"Homecoming" is one of my favorite episodes so I remember almost everything from that one pretty well!

This, this, this. Damon walking on the porch in his white Tee, saying "I can do it", and from then on it went. In "MMF" he had already fallen for her. And she knew "we have something". Stefan doesn't get it. Sybil doesn't get it. Ha!

Indeed, but as I wrote, Stefan has ALWAYS been clueless when it comes to Damon and Elena's love story.

I did edit in to my last response that Nina posted a copy of her script (with her name on it) for the finale, so that's a given, but I still have hope we'll see her beyond that. (I admit, I really, really want to because I want to see Damon as human for more than just one or two scenes!)
Matt: Ghidorahghidorah15 on January 26th, 2017 08:35 pm (UTC)
...yeah, I really don't have anything to add. This episode may not have been perfect, but it was still great. Sybil never stood a chance against Elena, Stefan without his humanity is a completely clueless asshole, Caroline is strong enough to shut down said clueless asshole, Bonnie and Enzo are cute but haven't been developed properly, and Damon is fighting his way out of the prison Sybil has made from his own mind. With any luck, at the end of the next episode, we'll get the more familiar Damon back.
Arabian: Caroline04arabian on January 26th, 2017 09:48 pm (UTC)
Agreed on all of the above, as for this:

With any luck, at the end of the next episode, we'll get the more familiar Damon back.

Hopefully, and I'm hopeful that if the preview is right next week, Car9line may go into his mind and FINALLY fully see the real Damon. That would be AMAZING!
Florencia: DE (The Wreck of Our Hearts)florencia7 on April 24th, 2017 05:50 pm (UTC)
RE: 8.09
"Sybil was locked away in the vault for centuries. When did she learn it?" - I'd say this one is fairly easy. She might've seen snippets of it in Damon's memories while messing with his head.

"And Enzo… when did he?" - Maybe Caroline just gave everyone a quick training session ;)

"Also, why was she even dancing with Enzo? Why were Sybil and Stefan, and Sybil and Damon dancing?" - Hm... Maybe they changed the rules and as far as dancing went it became free-for-all dance? lol

"The problem is that the vast majority of Bonnie and Enzo's love story has been a tell, not a show." - That's a good point.

"I want her to get a happy ending, but I don't buy that her happy ending is Enzo St. John." - Well, this turned out to be correct. Bonnie and Enzo didn't get a happy ending...

"Why not show Bonnie and Enzo interacting as a couple with conversations where we saw that Enzo listened to her?" - I guess it seems now that the writers didn't devote that much time and care to them for the same reason we didn't get to witness Elena and Stefan's "epic" conversation: they weren't meant to last. If Bonnie and Enzo got a a REAL love story, losing Enzo would've crippled Bonnie too much. She wouldn't have been able to smile and embark on a trip around the world so soon after his death. So I think Enzo and Bonnie were meant to be rather a passionate love affair more so than an everlasting love story. At least I think it played out that way.

"And so freaking not in character for Bonnie Bennett." - That's true. I guess it was the case of "love changes us", huh?

"So, erm, what does Bonnie mean about Enzo getting the cure?" - I was so confused by this! I kept thinking, I must be missing something, because they can't possibly mean *that* cure.

"Stefan: Take it from me, Elena Gilbert never really goes away." - Heh, this line didn't bother me that all, because the way it came across to me, at that point in the story, I thought Stefan totally meant it in the context of Damon, that Elena, despite her years-long absence, was still Damon's emotional anchor, which was currently in the way of Damon giving in to humanity-free existence.

"Caroline was amazing from beginning to end in this episode." - Yes, she really was.

"These two have great chemistry, and such a fabulous rhythm." - So true.

"Look at her expression, she looks not only troubled, but also taken aback at just how messed up Damon is." - The line delivery here was perfect.

"Using words like "magical, powerful, deep" and "real" to describe Damon and Elena's love was a damn-near miracle." - I literally held my breath when she said that! Lol I'm so glad that we lived to see the day haha

"We saw his lack of understanding many a time when he was still fighting for Elena, but even after he had moved on completely, it was clear that he still didn't have the slightest clue." - Very true and the funny thing is I kind of like that. I also find it... what would be the best word to use here... adorable? Lol that Stefan apparently thinks that Damon and Elena's love story *must* have begun under some particularly romantic/extraordinary/picturesque circumstances such as a pageant which I guess can be considered as close to a modern version of a fairy tale ball as it gets.

"Their love story began on the Gilbert porch when Damon offered to compel Jeremy for Elena." - I love that ♥

"It reminded him that Elena does indeed have a limitless, damn-near insane capacity for forgiveness. Whatever he has done—especially because of the circumstances—Elena will forgive him." - That is such an important point. You're right.

"Alas, I didn't like anything about Candice King's dress; the color was too pale on her and it looked oddly a bit too oversized for her frame, plus the shorter train in front didn't work for me." - I agree about the overall style, it could've been better, but I actually liked the color, and I thought it was a nice idea to have Caroline wear the shade I don't think she's ever worn before. (Or maybe I'm sure biased because I like this color in general haha)
Arabian: caroline13arabian on May 7th, 2017 01:05 am (UTC)
Re: 8.09
"Sybil was locked away in the vault for centuries. When did she learn it?" - I'd say this one is fairly easy. She might've seen snippets of it in Damon's memories while messing with his head.

So? Just because she saw his memories doesn't mean they came with step-by-step dance instructions.

"And Enzo… when did he?" - Maybe Caroline just gave everyone a quick training session ;)

Pfft... it was stupid and made no sense.

"Also, why was she even dancing with Enzo? Why were Sybil and Stefan, and Sybil and Damon dancing?" - Hm... Maybe they changed the rules and as far as dancing went it became free-for-all dance? lol

Pfft... it was stupid and went against the already established rules of the show's universe. Grrrrrr. In fact, it was even more glaring because all of them dancing contradicted one of my favorite lines from Elena to Damon in 4.07. "I wanted to dance with you today." Why did she say that to him? Oh, because she couldn't dance with him earlier that day because she wasn't a contestant in the Miss Mystic Falls pageant!

"The problem is that the vast majority of Bonnie and Enzo's love story has been a tell, not a show." - That's a good point.

I know. All of my Bonnie and Enzo issues are good points. Uh huh.

"I want her to get a happy ending, but I don't buy that her happy ending is Enzo St. John." - Well, this turned out to be correct. Bonnie and Enzo didn't get a happy ending...

Good.

"Why not show Bonnie and Enzo interacting as a couple with conversations where we saw that Enzo listened to her?" - I guess it seems now that the writers didn't devote that much time and care to them for the same reason we didn't get to witness Elena and Stefan's "epic" conversation: they weren't meant to last.

Except both Elena and Stefan (sorta-ish) both had other real love stories that were given time and space and beautiful stories. Bonnie should have been given that too. Not some half-assed, excuse me, quarter-assed, tell-not-show "love" story.

So I think Enzo and Bonnie were meant to be rather a passionate love affair more so than an everlasting love story.

Bonnie deserved more.

"And so freaking not in character for Bonnie Bennett." - That's true. I guess it was the case of "love changes us", huh?

Not into a completely different person.

"So, erm, what does Bonnie mean about Enzo getting the cure?" - I was so confused by this! I kept thinking, I must be missing something, because they can't possibly mean *that* cure.

Like Sybil and Damon's memories... so badly done.

"Stefan: Take it from me, Elena Gilbert never really goes away." - Heh, this line didn't bother me that all, because the way it came across to me, at that point in the story, I thought Stefan totally meant it in the context of Damon, that Elena, despite her years-long absence, was still Damon's emotional anchor, which was currently in the way of Damon giving in to humanity-free existence.

I could see that, if he hadn't said: "Take it from me." He was talking from personal experience.

I actually liked the color, and I thought it was a nice idea to have Caroline wear the shade I don't think she's ever worn before. (Or maybe I'm sure biased because I like this color in general haha)

Oh, I think the color was gorgeous, I just didn't think it looked good on Candice; it washed her out and she's too pretty to wear a color that washes her out.

Edited at 2017-05-07 02:54 pm (UTC)
Florencia: DE (The Wreck of Our Hearts)florencia7 on May 12th, 2017 12:37 pm (UTC)
Re: 8.09
"In fact, it was even more glaring because all of them dancing contradicted one of my favorite lines from Elena to Damon in 4.07. "I wanted to dance with you today." Why did she say that to him? Oh, because she couldn't dance with him earlier that day because she wasn't a contestant in the Miss Mystic Falls pageant!" - Ahhhhh! I didn't think of that. You're right!

"Not into a completely different person." - You clearly haven't been watching "The Originals" in a while, have you? lol
Arabian: Stefan & Caroline04arabian on May 14th, 2017 05:36 pm (UTC)
Re: 8.09
- Ahhhhh! I didn't think of that. You're right!

See? Now you understand why it was SO wrong!

You clearly haven't been watching "The Originals" in a while, have you? lol

I have, and I will say to this comment: The Originals is NOT The Vampire Diaries... not even close. (Stefan and Caroline are reacting to that notion that they are in my icon.)

Edited at 2017-05-14 05:37 pm (UTC)
Florencia: Elena (Stars)florencia7 on May 28th, 2017 01:54 pm (UTC)
Re: 8.09
"The Originals is NOT The Vampire Diaries... not even close. (Stefan and Caroline are reacting to that notion that they are in my icon.)" - LOL That's a perfect reaction.
Arabian: Damon04arabian on June 12th, 2017 07:25 pm (UTC)
Re: 8.09
Uh huh.