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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: Damon01arabian on April 2nd, 2012 10:30 pm (UTC)
*resurfaces* Sorry for not having commented lately--I've had things to say, just no time to say them! But I particularly wanted to comment on this.

It's okay. I do miss your commentary though. :( (Know you are missed.)

So--I know exactly what you mean! I've been reading spoilers lately and fretting. Elena's still so stuck, emotionally, and there are only four episodes left, and if one of them is a big S/E episode that doesn't leave much time for D/E to gain momentum leading up to the finale.

Right. Now, I could see stuffs happening, but I don't know now I'm suddenly wondering if the point of having the big D/E episode BEFORE the S/E episode is because it's that Elena needs the Damon-feelings to get some acknowledgement before she has a "romantic" moment with Stefan so that she realizes how complicated things have truly gotten. Because, as we all know, Elena is denial-girl and if she didn't have that come to Jesus moment about Damon, she might fall back into denial-land with Stefan and that would be AWFUL!

I've started to wonder if she'll just choose neither of them, which wouldn't be too out of the blue if you take into account where her character is right now...

I would hate that personally because I feel like she's already done that since episode 11. She told Stefan he "had" her, past-tense, and told Damon that he couldn't kiss her again -- which was her choosing specifically to tell both in so many words that neither could/would be there. And that's lasted through everything leading up until now.

But. I think she's braver than that, you know? I think she'll screw up her courage and confront all her D/E-related issues, and she'll move on from Stefan.

I think that's still a real possibility, this whole fair/balanced crap that they are spewing is what worries me though now. They are so damned and determined to be fair and balanced despite the fact that this was never an issue when Damon wasn't an option. Ugh!

Starting with her birthday in the premiere, this season has been about her growing up, changing, becoming an adult, getting stronger and more confident.

I have pointed this out specfically myself, so yeah, I do see that. You're definitely right.

I think if she were to stay in her holding pattern with Stefan it would defeat all of that. I know that doesn't necessarily mean she'll get together with Damon in the finale, but I can't see her getting back with Stefan long-term. For an episode, maybe, to try it out and see if it still works, but no more.

I could live with that, but it can't be beyond that. She has to move on. She HAS to.

Besides, a BIG S/E episode doesn't automatically mean a POSITIVE S/E episode.

Very true. Julie went on and on about 3.11 being a BIG S/E episode ... and that featured Stefan force-feeding her blood and threatening to kill her where her parents died.

especially given the promo for 3x19, with Elena actually (gasp) bringing up her feelings for Damon TO Damon, and Stefan seeming resigned to the fact that she's in love with him and that he shouldn't/can't try to win her back since it won't work (at least that's what I'm getting from that quote of his /delusional D/E fangirling).

Yeah, and Julie did say specifically that what happens in 3.19 matters PLENTY, so that must tie into the next three episodes.

Honestly, at this point I'm guessing a breakup. They never really had one of those while his emotion-switch was on, so it's about time. /delusional D/E fangirling(?) Maybe one of those "I'll always love you but I need time to figure things out" things, to keep the S/E fans semi-content. And on twitter Julie Plec said that the episode made her cry, iirc... which could be relevant.

That would SOOOOOOOOOO work for me, and what I had hoped and thought it would be, but again, the whole "fair/balanced" stuff has me worried. And I'm getting to the point where I'd prefer to NOT expect that because if it doesn't happen, there's a whole new vent I have to rationalize through, LOL!

My two cents :)

Appreciated. :)