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01 April 2012 @ 10:19 pm
Oh, I dunno ...  
I'm back to being pessimistic about The Vampire Diaries.

Apparently previous spoilers are wrong, and not only do S/E dance (which, yeah I did already know) in 3.20, it's apparently not a big D/E episode, but rather a BIG S/E episode. And I just -- I can't wrap my brain around Elena being with this guy after what he did on the bridge. I know, I know, what Damon did to Jeremy -- but that wasn't personal, that wasn't after she'd fallen in love with Damon, that wasn't after they'd been together. It was PERSONAL what Stefan did. And she and Stefan are going to dance, and have sweet, wonderful moments and get all close and intimate. Sure whatever happens with D/E in 3.19 is supposed to count, but when have Damon/Elena EVER gotten balance on this show? Uhm, never. So I'm not holding my breath here.

And now I'm back to thinking that Elena's going to either choose Stefan or choose neither one of them at the end of the season, kicking Damon (and the D/E shippers in the gut YET AGAIN!). I don't know how much more I can take of this ripping apart my shipper heart and I ADORE this show. There are so many D/E fans out there who don't even like the show anymore. No wonder the ratings are tanking. I'm sorry, but they were hitting the mid-to-higher two million viewers in the second half of season 02. Then the finale promised Damon/Elena. The first half of season two started to rise from those mid-to-higher two million to between three and mid-three million again. And other than 3.10 (where Damon/Elena kissed), there's been nothing but crumbs with them this second half and the ratings are falling back into the mid-to-higher two millions, with the last episode actually dipping below 2.5 (a 2.44). What is it going to take to wake them up to the fact that lack of Damon/Elena is HURTING the ratings.

There is no way you're not going to tell me there isn't some sort of connection here. Especially when Damon/Elena sweep every couple poll over Stefan/Elena, not to mention all of the buzz, talk, everywhere about them. The fandom is NOT evenly split, not by a long shot and because of that I can't honestly even understand the show being so determined to give both couples a fair shake more or less this season. And even if I could for that reason, it still wouldn't mesh because the first two seasons were NON-STOP STEFAN/ELENA! We're at the end of season 03 and Damon/Elena have YET to have even remotely as much good stuff as S/E.

And I'm whining, but I can't help it. IT'S NOT FAIR!

And damnit! One more rant. I'm fucking sick and tired of the lack of Damon-love on the show. Everyone treats him like crap. And he doesn't deserve it. Not now. Not when everyone else gets sunshine blown up their ass and forgiveness with a bouquet for any bad thing they do or it's flat-out ignored (paging Stefan!). But Damon?! He's still gets treated like crap for stuff he did in the first season and first episode of season 02, never mind EVERY SINGLE SOLITARY THING he's done good since then. What? Because he's snarky? Why shouldn't he be? Everyone treats him like crap.

Arabian: Katherine04arabian on April 2nd, 2012 07:42 pm (UTC)
Part 1 of 2 --

I did want to say that this has come partly from the spoilers, but mostly with the fact that I was disappointed in the reaction to Damon's kidnapping overall, and from Elena especially in the last episode. I was able to rationalize most of it away, but not seeing anything AT ALL from Elena beyond that one scene where she asked about rescuing him was very, very disheartening. I get the why of the kidnapping, but it felt like a HUGE wasted opportunity to show the others realizing that Damon does mean at least a LITTLE something to them, and Elena getting a kick in the pants about her feelings for him, and Stefan seeing that reaction from her which led to that scene at the end. Now, on with your reply.

Here's the things about the extended version of the promo that I'm finding hopeful.

Don't get me wrong, I find the whole thing about episode 19 hopeful. It's the backtracking to her and Stefan in the episode IMMEDIATELY following that has me bummed. :(

1. Rose's comment that she's "rooting for" them. I know you didn't really care for Rose, but. She was presented to us as a character we were supposed to admire, and as a fairly neutral person. I could be wrong, but I do not thing we have ever before had any character actually *advocate* for D/E in the show. The narrative weight such a clean statement causes is enormous.

I do like that someone is rooting for them, but I wouldn't call it enormous when coming from Rose. Now if Jeremy backs her up to any degree, then I'd say it's enormous, but if it's not one of the main characters seeing how Damon can be and is good for her, and vice versa, then it's just another step. A nice one, but I don't think it's THAT huge a deal. It will depend on how Jeremy relays that message (or if he even does).

But 2, and even more significant to me, is the way Stefan says "no matter what I go through to get her back, none of that matters if she has feelings for someone else". It's mostly in the tone, I admit, but he doesn't sound *angry* here. He sounds... resigned, and almost accepting.

I agree with that, and it's part of what makes me hopeful overall, if it weren't for the continued insistence that they have to make the triangle "fair and balanced," never mind that they NEVER have before Damon got a shot. Stefan and Elena got TWO FULL SEASONS of them together with Elena adamant that it was Stefan, only Stefan, always Stefan. To not get at least that amount for Damon and Elena, without keeping Stefan as a viable option in a "fair and balanced" way simply isn't fair or balanced. So, while logically, narratively it makes perfect sense that Stefan can never really go back there with Elena if she was able to fall in love with someone else while still with him, the fact that they keep pushing the notion of fairness and balance in the triangle (now that Damon is an actual viable prospect), and giving Stefan/Elena fans something to hold onto right after Damon/Elena fans get something is VERY frustrating.

I mean, Stefan and Elena have been essentially broken up throughout this season and yet despite that we've had multiple declarations of love, longing looks, moments both filled with love and with physical interaction and despite the fact that Damon has ridiculously been there for her to an extreme through the first half and then some of the season, there have been more episodes without good (if any) Damon/Elena interaction than there have been Stefan and Elena -- who were separated for five episodes of the season. It's just so not fair and balanced, and it's insane because Damon and Elena are so much more popular. I want to believe the logical narrative, but the lack of consequence for Stefan's actions, both overall and to Elena, make me fear that logic isn't completely at play here.