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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: Damon02arabian on April 2nd, 2012 11:19 pm (UTC)
The most recent episode really disappointed me on the Damon/Elena/Stefan front.

It did me too, but I think for different reasons.

After everything that's happened we have that moment at the end where Stefan confesses his love for her

I wa sokay with that because he hasn't done so to her SINCE last season.

she's now even more stubborn about how he can be saved.

Which she should be. An unsaved Stefan is a VERY bad thing, and she knows that it's something that both she and Damon want. And Stefan IS showing signs that he can be saved, which is good. Means less people dying horrifically.

The things he did this season (ripper, the horrific bridge moment and so many others) means he needs to be in the dog house.

I agree for other people, but I can let it slide with Elena. Because she's a forgiver and it's completely in character.

If Damon did even an ounce of what Stefan did Elena would be side eying him and giving him quite a telling off.

Well, she did forgive him for killing her brother without talking it out. She did forgive him for a lot of others things he did, and has let his stuff recently slide. He killed Abby -- the best option, but still -- and she didn't tell him off or side eye him for that. And there HAVE been extenuating circumstances with Stefan and all the stuff he did. Does it excuse it? Nope, but none of Damon's extenuating circumstances -- which were MUCH less extenuating -- excused his actions. Should he be getting a cold treatment from the others (outside of Damon and Elena)? Yes. Definitely yes. That's where my biggest frustration lies.

Are the ratings tanking? I haven't kept track of ratings. I always figured they would do ok but this ratings dip is very telling. Even critics and reviewers are pretty obviously Damon/Elena shippers. For one thing, they love Ian and his portrayal of Damon. And the Damon/Elena pairing sizzles, unlike Stefan/Elena which has me rolling my eyes...even more so now.

Yeah, they're going down which they started to do the last half of last season before rising again the first half of this season, and now they're dipping again. *sigh*

Whining is allowed, bb. ;) :D I think quite a few of us are seriously annoyed that they keep baiting us with supposed Damon/Elena scenes or moments and then screw it up by making it all about Stefan/Elena.

Well, obviously, I'm venting, but I actually haven't seen ANY D/E scenes or moments that were about S/E at all. In fact, the opposite. A lot of moments that seemed to be about S/E wound up being more about Damon/Elena, like the last scene in 3.18. It wasn't about Stefan and Elena's love/relationship, but rather about Elena's love for Damon.

And the writers should realize just how good the character of Damon Salvatore has been for this show. For me episode 1 really began only when Damon appeared in the last few minutes. He really is the soul of the show; flaws and all.

I think they do; I just think that maybe they listen to haters in the fandom and assume that they can't let others let him off the hook to appease the haters without realizing that outside of the fringe fanatical fandom, Damon Salvatore is a RIDICULOUSLY popular character.