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26 December 2010 @ 01:28 pm
30 Day Vampire Diaries-Meme, Day 06 | Day 07  
Continuing on with the 30-Day Vampire Diaries meme ...

Day 06 - Your Least Favorite Episode

PILOT (Season 01, Episode 01)

This show is so good now and has been since episode four of season one (in my opinion), and it got steadily better with each subsequent episode from the first to episode fourteen. That is when I think the show hit its completely awesome phase and with a few dips here and there, hasn't really come down. With that logic, obviously, the first episode is the weakest. In fact, I actually watched the Pilot when it first aired, but turned it off before it was even finished because it was exactly what I thought it would be (and, no doubt, many who don't watch the show, think): A television version of the Twilight movies. Upon rewatch, the Pilot is better than I gave it credit for. But it's still not great television, by any stretch of the imagination. So, yeah, the Pilot is my least favorite. (The very limited Damon, and very flat Stefan hair, certainly didn't help, LOL!)

Day 07 - Favorite Damon Scene

"Blood Brothers" (Season 01, Episode 20) -- "I own them. They belong to me."

Of all of the kick-ass Damon scenes in the season and a half run of this series, this scene is easily my favorite. When Stefan starts on his martyr act, upset about all of the people that have been hurt by Damon and it's all Stefan's fault because he's the one who made Damon turn, Damon's response is pure gold.
"Everything on this planet is not your fault. My actions, what I do, it's not your fault. I own them. They belong to me. You're not allowed to feel my guilt.
How incredibly awesome is this? It's so rare that Damon is truly open and serious with Stefan about his feelings about everything other than Elena. He just doesn't feel comfortable opening up to Stefan any more (not that I blame him, Stefan always manages to use it against him, intentionally or not), and yet, here he did.

And what he says just blows me away. It reveals so much about Damon as a character, who he is, what he is, and how aware he is of those very things. And including in that was the realization that Damon does feel guilt, but he's chosen not to because he's just not ready to deal with that guilt and the ramifications. It's fantastic writing, and the delivery by Ian Somerhalder -- the bite, the bitterness, the hint of vulnerability -- is just brilliant.

Past days:

Day 01 - Your favorite character?
Day 02 - Your least favorite character?
Day 03 - Your favorite guest star?
Day 04 - Your least favorite guest star?
Day 05 - Your favorite episode?
Myramidnightblack07 on December 27th, 2010 12:22 am (UTC)
oohh I loved that Damon scene, it did reveal quite a bit about his character didn't it?? I like the way he was so abrupt and slightly biting about it as well, and the whole "if I wanted to, it's there" <-- did not expect him to vocalize something like that, not in season 1 anyway so it was a rather pleasant surprise =)

ughhh honestly, the Pilot is the reason why so many of my friends refuse to watch TVD and it drives me crazy!! I almost sold the show to two of them a couple of weeks ago, but after watching the Pilot, they decided to abandon the rest of the episodes because "omg it's just like Twilight" and no amount of pleading on my part would change their minds =( I mean, I understand that given the plot of the books there was nothing else they could do about that episode, but it has evolved into something entirely different (and, IMHO, brilliant) and I wish people would see that =/
Arabian: NinaDobrev03arabian on December 28th, 2010 07:03 pm (UTC)
I like the way he was so abrupt and slightly biting about it as well, and the whole "if I wanted to, it's there" <-- did not expect him to vocalize something like that, not in season 1 anyway so it was a rather pleasant surprise =)


Yeah, the Pilot was just so Twilight-esque and advertised exactly that this show was totally what it sounded like: A teen vampire show on the CW. Ugh. The show is SO much better than that.
lacrimadraconislacrimadraconis on December 28th, 2010 07:17 am (UTC)
I totally agree on the pilot, it's nowhere nearly as good as the later episodes. I'm still glad that I enjoyed enough as a guilty pleasure and decided to stick around. And then BOOM, it became my favorite show with my favorite character ever.

I'm re-watching season 1 with friends these days and the first episodes are so weird, for lack of a better word. You can really tell all the actors were still trying to find their pace with the characters.

True, there's much more to the comments Damon makes than is obvious at the first glance. And I love that about him. Then add the fact that Damon is portrayed by Ian... perfect!
Arabian: Damon03arabian on December 28th, 2010 07:04 pm (UTC)
I think I've watched the first season so much now that none of it feels off or weird, LOL! It's just all so accepted by me at this point, you know.

Then add the fact that Damon is portrayed by Ian... perfect!

Yup, perfection!

Edited because original icon was not appropriate for my post, LOL!

Edited at 2010-12-28 07:05 pm (UTC)
obstinate, headstrong girl!: TV » TVD » Damonzombie_boogie on December 28th, 2010 06:55 pm (UTC)
Oh Pilot. I watched it the first time and gave up on watching the show (so glad I gave it a second chance over the summer!). My "favourite" part is the fog machine in the cemetery - I'm certainly glad they gave that up along with the crow announcing Damon's presence.

Edited at 2010-12-28 06:55 pm (UTC)
Arabian: Feelings Journalarabian on December 28th, 2010 07:07 pm (UTC)
Hee! The fog machine. I was okay with that, it was the lack of Damon, the flatness of Stefan's hair (oh, wait, did I mention that already?). No seriously, for me, it was, well, yeah, it was the lack of Damon, the OTT evil of Damon, and the damn crow. Plus, the diary entries. The teen-angst-ridden voice-over diary entries of Elena (understandably teen-angst-ridden) and Stefan (not so understandable since he's ONE HUNDRED AND SIXTY-ONE YEARS OLD!!!) were just oh God, no, stop now, please!

Thank GOD they killed the diary entries after the third episode, and actually toned down their usage considerably after the Pilot. I actually think it was yet another voice-overed diary entry that had me throw my hands up metaphorically and turn the Pilot off the first time I watched it. So glad my flist (and real-life friend) kept pushing me to give it another go.

And my edits suck. I know. I bow my head down in shame and apologize. :(

Edited at 2010-12-28 07:09 pm (UTC)
Heather-Annlinsell_farm on December 28th, 2010 11:53 pm (UTC)
You and I are on the same page about the Pilot. The show has grown so much since it started but they had to start somewhere. It was still well done, though.

I can see why you chose the scene in Blood Brothers. All of the reasons you give do make it brilliant.
Arabian: Damon & Elena07arabian on December 29th, 2010 01:25 pm (UTC)
Obviously there are so many great Damon scenes, but that one just so sticks out for me.

The Pilot, oh, the Pilot. Thank God it got better, LOL! I dunno, though, I didn't think it was well-done. I really did not. I couldn't even finish it, LOL!
Heather-Annlinsell_farm on December 29th, 2010 02:44 pm (UTC)
Maybe "well-done" wasn't the right word. I'm glad that I started watching the show around ep. 4 and then went back to watch from the beginning. So, I was already hooked when I saw the pilot.

"adequate" might be a better word, in that it didn't turn away ALL of the audience.

Now I'm off to figure out my choice for Day 9 ... even more scenes to choose from. ;)
Arabian: Elena02arabian on December 30th, 2010 06:54 pm (UTC)
Adequate works, LOL!
Diana: Mirror -- Deb Morganbutterfly on January 1st, 2011 09:59 pm (UTC)
I would pick the Pilot for the weakest episode, too, probably. Like you say, the show went on a steady uphill climb for the first long set of episodes. It just got better and better (probably as they worked out what they wanted to keep from the books and what they didn't and exactly what made these versions of the characters tick, etc).

"Everything on this planet is not your fault. My actions, what I do, it's not your fault. I own them. They belong to me. You're not allowed to feel my guilt.

I love that quote. It reminds me of a song, I think the lyrics are - "Jesus died for someone's sins, but not mine. My sins are my own. They belong to me."

Edited at 2011-01-01 10:00 pm (UTC)
Arabian: Damon03arabian on January 4th, 2011 06:52 pm (UTC)
Exactly, not that it's bad so much (because I don't think it is), but it is definitely the weakest.

Ahh, that's a great quote, and TOTALLY fits Damon. :)
eolivet on January 3rd, 2011 12:30 am (UTC)
(I'm working my way up here -- been away for a while!)

Just wanted to throw the Pilot a bone here, because I actually liked it. The OTT evil Damon is actually the worst part of the hour, but having seen approximately 1654 Pilots throughout the course of my job, I wouldn't call this Pilot "bad." There's a reason "Twilight" is popular, y'know? Stefan/Elena was charming in the beginning. Actually, when I think of the Pilot, I think of Stefan compelling the principal or school administrator to let him into the school. Not only one of the few moments where he was anything less than "perfect," but it was a nice expository scene to introduce the viewer to the show's vampire mythology (which I think is one of its strongest, most interesting points :)

My vote would be for 1x16, because I fail to understand how you can have something as amazing as "Fool Me Once," follow it up with another strong ep, and then decide "Hey, let's not only introduce Matt's mom (nobody cares), but have her eat the hour, and top it all off with a Stefan/Elena and Matt/Caroline double date! Because we've proved we're so much more than a teen drama -- let's be exactly that!" :/
Arabian: TVD-Cast03arabian on January 4th, 2011 07:03 pm (UTC)
In retrospect, I like it too. BUT this is for "least favorite episode" and out of all of the episodes, it is definitely my least favorite. Things aren't settled yet, characters aren't fully formed, and yeah, Damon is OTT and barely in it. Plus, I'm going to the extremely shallow end, Ian clearly hadn't gotten back into top physical shape yet because his face/neck are a little doughy (he's still beautiful, though, LOL!). I never called the Pilot bad, because I don't think it is.

As for 1.16, actually I really liked the Damon/Jenna/Kelly stuff. And I did like Kelly's mom and her storyline because it gave some great insight as to why Vicki is like she was (gone or not, she was important in the first seven episodes) and Matt why he is the way he is. And those last two are pretty important in terms of characterization because the next episode is when Caroline finds Vicki's body, and we get fall-out from that. So we get that jolt and reminder and it helps put Matt and his ways in sharper perspective. Plus, again, I loved the Damon/Jenna/Kelly scenes at the bar -- I actually was surprised at how much I enjoyed the Damon/Jenna interaction and would really, really like to see more. Plus, we got some awesome bad-ass Pearl stuff (when she gouges Damon's eyes out, hee! This show!).

Now the double-date was lame, but as Stefan fan, and a Caroline fan, both had some really great character moments, and I enjoyed those too a lot. My only real problems with this episode is that, yeah, okay, the majority of the double-date is lame, and (c/ping from myself here) as much as I adore Damon, when others judge him, I'm usually in agreement ... except for one time. Elena and Stefan are all judgy at catching Damon and Kelly making out. And it's so not fair. Take the vampire side out of it, which hadn't even remotely come into play yet, what happened was two single, legal adults went back to his place of abode and in the privacy of that home proceeded to have some mutually enjoyable sexy times. In this instance, Damon did absolutely NOTHING wrong. Not one solitary thing wrong. On the other hand, Elena and Stefan were completely wrong to judge him.

But other than that, yeah, I actually enjoy enough things about this episode that I wouldn't claim it as least favorite ever. Nope, episodes one, two, three claim the top three spots in that order -- as the show started really hitting the right direction solidly in episode four. This one is #4 on the "least favorite" list (and "The Light of the Moon" is #5, in case you're wondering.)