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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: Damon & Elena18arabian on April 2nd, 2012 08:41 pm (UTC)
Part 4 of 4 (phew!) --

Ever since 3x11, she's been tearing a strip off Damon in every episode at least once, bitch face firmly in place.

Not true, not true AT ALL. The fact that Damon has been pushing her away and deliberately being a jerky-boy for reasons that she can't fathom, yet she tried to reach him still in 3.15, talked about her feelings for him in 3.16, and was worried about him in 3.18, shows how much she does care. Damon has been the jerk to her first, she's just responding to his attitude. Why does she always have to be the bigger person who has to call Damon out (and forgive him) when he's being an ass? Why is Elena wrong because she's not correcting his behavior for the gazillionth time, for not repeating the same thing that's clearly fallen on deaf ears? How does this make her the bad guy? Damon is being a jerk to her. In her mind, she said one mean thing to him and despite ALL that she has forgiven him for (and what he's done has been much, much worse), he's done with her for that one comment. He ignored her phone calls, is sleeping around with women who tried to kill her, isn't there offering support of any kind, is back to being a snarky ass who doesn't appear to give a crap about anyone, all of his walls resurrected. Yet she's the bad guy because she's not calling him on HIS bad behavior ... again. Yet, despite that, she's STILL shown that she does care, and it's obvious feelings ARE there going past 3.11.

3.12 - She was trying to block out what happened, and shutting down the conversation with Bonnie instead of denying anything there, plus when she told Stefan that she kissed Damon, she phrased it that way, taking ownership of what happened.
3.13 - She did try and call Damon after what happened with Ric, but HE didn't answer her call.
3.14 - She did make a point of taking Damon's arm, when Stefan took hers, she did flirt lightly with him when he asked her to dance, and look at my icon - that's Elena looking AT Damon when they dance. She did look back at his body in regret after Stefan snapped his neck, she did feel immediate regret after she said what she did that hurt him.
3.15 - We saw her restless over him, know that she tried to call him over and over after the ball, when she spoke to him and things were clearly still bad, she rushed over, completely ignored Stefan's presence as she tried to justify why Damon slept with Rebekah, and basically fretted and bitched about it to EVERYONE throughout the episode (because she was jealous and hurt -- whether it was fair or not be hurt and jealous, she was, very much so because she loves him!).
3.16 - When Damon was an ass to her upon first seeing him, she told him to stop pushing away people who care about him, implying that he was pushing her away, she also told Matt that she couldn't shake Damon, he was under her skin.

I don't even want to talk about the ball.

Read this, if you haven't. It might help with that one. I was VERY upset about that initially, but a rewatch and further thought made Elena's actions TOTALLY understandable.

Why couldn't we see the moment it clicked for Stefan that Elena has feelings for Damon?

That is honestly a big part of where this ranting post came from, based on the stuff missing from 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. Still, other than that aspect of the episode, narratively-speaking, and even from the Damon/Elena point of view, I haven't had issue with the direction of them this season at all, even the recent episodes because I think it's stuff that needed to happen and be dealt with.

I could go on and on, sorry for the wall of text.

LOL! That wasn't a wall of text. THIS was a wall of text. :)

Edited at 2012-04-02 08:56 pm (UTC)