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08 January 2011 @ 05:41 pm
30 Day Vampire Diaries-Meme, Day 17  
Day 17 - An episode that pissed you off?

Memory Lane (Season 02, Episode 04)

I thought of putting "In the Light of the Moon" in this slot, but that episode didn't piss me off, it just mostly disappointed me. There's a big difference between the two. The only episode that pissed me off -- albeit for entirely Damon fan-girl reasons -- was "Memory Lane." It was a solid, very good episode (if built up entirely too much by writers and cast, especially one Mr. Ian Somerhalder), but the Damon aspect just chapped me good! Let me just quote from my post about the episode after it aired.

As a Damon fan, to put it simply ... I was pissed. This is the fourth episode (out of four episodes this season) in a row that has presented Damon as a loser-boy. And this one was the worst of the lot because ...

a) He only had the one really good one-liner ("Really? That's surprising. I'm a dick."), and that really sucks because a good chunk of Damon's dialogue generally belongs in the quotable quotes section.

b) We had Damon look like a fool in 1864 and present-day Mystic Falls. We had Damon metaphorically fall on his face in front of Mason. We had Damon being insulted and looked down upon behind his back (Katherine -- "Damon was typical Damon"). We had Damon being kept out of the dark (Stefan and Elena's "break"). We had Damon rejected and insulted again by Elena (still deserved though, dude did snap her brother's neck). When the least 'you suck, Damon!' moments came from a guy he just officially met (Mason) and Jenna, you know it's not a good episode for Damon.

c) The loserville Damon edit was paired with 'and angels descended down from on high and annointed Stefan as one of their own.' Look, I love Stefan; I loved him last season when many found him boring and either too Angel-esque or Edward-ish. But the saintly halo placed upon Stefan from every frickin' person on the planet while Damon is kicked over and over again shoved down our throats side by side was just too much. *sigh*

So yeah, "Memory Lane" big-time pissed off the Damon fan-girl in me.

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?
Day 06 - Your least favorite episode?
Day 07 - Your favorite Damon scene?
Day 08 - Your favorite Stefan scene?
Day 09 - Your favorite Elena scene?
Day 10 - Your favorite Caroline Scene?
Day 11 - Your favorite Damon one-liner?
Day 12 - Your favorite quote?
Day 13 - Your favorite funny scene?
Day 14 - A scene that makes you sad/cry?
Day 15 - A scene that makes you happy?
Day 16 - A scene that makes you angry?
Heather-Annlinsell_farm on January 9th, 2011 12:05 am (UTC)
And to think that I skipped this prompt because I couldn't think of an entire episode that pissed me off ... I'm not on that page anymore. In the Light of the Moon did come to mind but it was a disappointment (like you said).

All of what you said is totally valid in my eyes. I especially concur with:

"The loserville Damon edit was paired with 'and angels descended down from on high and annointed Stefan as one of their own.'"

I have found myself disliking Stefan more and more this season for that very reason. Also, Elena's treatment of Damon (while deserved) has had a slightly petty feel to me.

In view of all of this, the Katherine-manipulated dream sequence at the beginning feels like a "Here's a phony, little tidbit before we destroy Damon some more" gesture to the Damon fans.

Thanks for posting and giving me food for thought.
Arabian: Damon07arabian on January 9th, 2011 12:17 am (UTC)
Aww, see I still love Stefan so, and I have absolutely no problem with Elena being mean/snarky/petty to Damon. In fact, I do actually think she's softened a bit much to him considering he SNAPPED HER BROTHER'S NECK!, but the Damon/Elena fangirl in me doesn't care, LOL!

But yeah, the Damon fangirl in me was pissed at the Down-on Damon in this episode after three previous episodes that were ... down on Damon!
Heather-Annlinsell_farm on January 9th, 2011 12:29 am (UTC)
I don't mean to say that I hate Stefan or anything. He is a good guy. I would like to know more about his character just after Katherine turned him.
As for Elena, I guess I forget sometimes that she is an 18 yr old girl sometimes. My not liking her being petty was a reflection of the unrealistic standard I'd set for her in my mind. Damon did KILL her brother. Her softening towards him seems maybe a tad quick, but she is the most compassionate and understanding one of the bunch (especially as concerns Damon).
Hopefully the second half of the season will have some seriously UP on Damon episodes.
Arabian: Damon & Elena01arabian on January 9th, 2011 12:31 am (UTC)
Is she 18? Or is she still 17? Who knows with this show and its wonky timeline, LOL!

I think the second half will have an uptick in Damon and Damon/Elena stuff. :D
Heather-Annlinsell_farm on January 9th, 2011 12:34 am (UTC)
Good question. I was thinking that she was 17 when the series started, so sometime between then and now, she'd have turned 18. Also, Jeremy was 15 initially and is now 16 (based on getting his drivers licence).
Arabian: Damon & Elena06arabian on January 9th, 2011 01:54 am (UTC)
Yeah, but the timeline is so wonky, and it hasn't played out like they've started a new school year, plus no mention of a birthday on her part, so, yeah, who knows.
Myramidnightblack07 on January 9th, 2011 03:58 am (UTC)
agreed with all of the above, this was definately not one of Damon's better episodes =/

This may be a bit off topic, but the one part of this episode that made me feel especially horrible was at the end when Katherine walked over to the two fallen brothers and she went over to Stefan and did not so much as glance Damon's way. Granted, it's true to her character, but I think that was one of those points where I could easily have said I despised her (and I often enjoy Katherine, even in her cruelty)...
Arabian: Dr Who (9) - WTFarabian on January 9th, 2011 04:15 am (UTC)
Yeah, that was not unexpected, but yet another little jibe to how lame-ass Damon is. And this episode was just chock-ful of them. Grrrr!
crowandfogcrowandfog on January 12th, 2011 04:57 am (UTC)
and angels descended down from on high and annointed Stefan as one of their own.


I'm not sure I can properly convey how much I am laughing right now.

Anyway, I totally agree with everything you said here. I mean, the Damon v. Stefan contrast is pretty common, but it's super annoying when there is an entire episode devoted to it. I got really upset that Katherine did not even look at Damon's dead body, and yet she kisses Stefan? What?!? And Damon's "Is my love not enough?" really made me cringe.
Arabian: Damon07arabian on January 14th, 2011 01:03 am (UTC)
I'm not sure I can properly convey how much I am laughing right now.

I'm glad someone else found that funny, LOL!

I mean, the Damon v. Stefan contrast is pretty common, but it's super annoying when there is an entire episode devoted to it.

Exactly. It was just TOO, TOO much.