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23 January 2015 @ 08:56 am
6.11 - 'Woke Up With A Monster' (The Vampire Diaries)  
Yay! The Vampire Diaries is back and here I'm back with my write-up (on time, gasp!). Just a reminder, please don't spoil me on anything, including casting, directing, writer-spoilers. Thanks. :)

As I do of late, when I have any issues with an episode I like to get them out of the way first. In this one, I had four specifically and I realized that there are four specific story arcs that are going on right now, so I decided to break down discussion into four separate areas tonight to keep that foursome going cuz I roll like that. So let's start with the not-so dandy, shall we? We shall.

First, overall, I liked the script, but, Melinda Hsu Taylor, when she writes alone she can write some really out-of-character moments that just rip me out of the scenes. Like REALLY rip me out of the scenes. The first time she did it was her first solo effort, "The Cell" and she did it twice in this episode, once with Stefan and once with Elena. Considering the things that Enzo has done *especially* in Stefan's presence and what Stefan has done *to* Enzo I just do not buy at all that Stefan would calmly, casually leave Enzo unprotected with Sarah, even in a crowded art gallery. Yes, Enzo walked away, but he was *just* there. For Stefan to leave right then felt very un-Stefan-like.

Yes, I get that Caroline had called him, but Stefan would have used the lure of 'Caroline is here and needs help' to get Enzo to come with him. He knows that Enzo cares about Caroline and Caroline cares for Enzo, so he would have used that to continue to keep Sarah safe. He would not have just walked away leaving Enzo so close to his great niece. Just...no. It pulled me so out of the scene completely, I had to stop and pause the show and go: ‘Wait? What? Stefan just left?' I couldn't believe that he just walked away. So, so, so out of character.

And then we come to my second issue which is more like a 1b, I suppose, as it is another out-of-character moment, but since it goes with the four/four moment, we'll go with number two. And this one involved Elena, my beloved Elena, whose parents died when she was 15. Whose aunt died a year later. Whose Uncle Daddy John died about six months after that. Whose psychotic biological vampire!mommy burst into sunlight ash in front of her too. Then there was Alaric, her guardian, who turned into a psycho evil vampire and tried to kill her and her loved ones before he also died (and eventually came back) but still he died long time and she mourned him. Jeremy, her baby brother, who died and she turned her switch off because of his death and she mourned the hell out of him before he thankfully came back. Her best friend since childhood died, came back, and then died again. The love of her eternal life died (and yeah, came back), but she'd been so devastated that she compelled her memories of love away. And then of course there all the times that many of the above people and others not mentioned almost died on several occasions.

My point is that Elena has dealt with and suffered from the deep, deep loss of a lot of death and near-death of loved ones in her young life. She knows how absolutely, unbelievably devastating it is. Of all of the things in the whole, wide world that Elena Gilbert would joke about...dying is one thing that isn't on that list. So I don't care how sweet and heartfelt that moment was between Damon and Elena when she painfully told him there was one more sliver stuck in her heart and if he had anything he needed to tell, I just get so annoyed with every rewatch. Especially when I see the devastation in Damon's voice and on his face as he tells her that he'll get it out, he'll save her, before she starts to LAUGH!

It's not funny. It's not romantic. And in my book, it's damn straight, not a good Damon/Elena moment. Why? Because it's absolutely, completely, utterly, totally out of character. Elena Gilbert would never, ever, ever, ever put anyone she cares about ever in the position to even think for a moment that she is dead, could be dead or is near-death as a freaking joke because she has experienced all three of those so many times about people that she loves. So completely out of character, it peeves me. A lot. I can barely enjoy the beautiful hand-hold, heavenly, heart-melting looks of love between them and squee-worthy smiles that fall into a moment that just about stretches into a near-kiss right after, it peeves me that much.

 

Barely. But the hand-holding is really beautiful. And the looks of love are really heart-melting and so full of love and the smiles are so squee-worthy that I let my annoyance fade so I can still enjoy. *sigh* The power of the Damon/Elena-ness is strong, yo!

Moving along to number three, I continue to have an issue with this whole Damon and Alaric situation. Why is Damon having to offer up the use of his "mansion" (as Damon called it—and is it the first time he's referred to the Boarding House as his mansion?) as an apology to Ric? An apology to Ric!? Excuse me? Damon is not the one who chose his 40-year-old girlfriend of one month who has vampires and witches and information and tons and tons of people at her disposal to help protect her as opposed to an 18-year old magic-less witch who is stuck in an alternate prison world all alone.

And Damon is not the one who accused Ric of caring only about his own selfish desires of making himself feel better. And Damon is not the one who ignored the fact that his supposed best friend just came back from the dead to find that the love of his life had had her memories of their love erased by said best friend. Oh, and Damon is not the one whose supposed best friend has been acting like a total and utter douchebag. So, again, excuse me, why is Damon the one who has to offer up an apology? I am confuzzled. I'm trying to keep an open mind and believe that there is an explanation as there was in season 03, but I'm really thinking that we're supposed to believe that Damon was in the wrong here for compelling Ric to get the ascendant, but I'm sorry, I still don't. Bonnie over Jo, forever and ever. Yeah!

Harrumph! Shakes that off and heads on to number four and I am sad to write this one, but I must be honest. I did think that Paul Wesley did a good job in his direction of "Resident Evil." I wrote in my write-up of that episode: "Paul Wesley did a good job directing. I wouldn't say it was great, I mean there was nothing particularly outstanding, but all the performances were good, Buzolic wasn't as awful as usual and there was nothing that stood out glaringly bad, so for a first-time director... good job, Paul. Thumbs up."

And then in my rewatch of the series, including that episode and talking about the episode later, I was much more effusive when recounting the episode as a highlight. "I think Paul did a great. There was the in and out of the dream sequence to Elena turning around to a suddenly deserted house. Damon walking into his bedroom and Elena standing there with the wide shot of the distance between them at the top of the scene, and then towards the end with Elena standing there, hugging herself. Elena coming out of the dream sequence sitting on the steps at the boarding house with the glass breaking, Damon and Markos walking the street and noticing the different Travelers, Stefan walking into the boarding house and Elena turning to him and then Stefan's "it's over." Oh, there were a lot of gorgeous directorial flourishes. I thought he did a lovely, lovely job."

So obviously I was expecting that direction-wise this one would be a keeper as I had fairly high expectations there (and I didn't know who had written the episode going into it). Although, I complained about a few out-of-character moments above, I did think the script was strong overall except for those two moments so with strong exceptions this should have been a pretty knock-em-out-of-the-park episode. Alas…well, this is in the issues section, isn't it?

I think the reason that Paul Wesley's direction worked well in "Resident Evil" is because that episode was about understated moments and closure. All of the things I described in my second paragraph as being such great directorial flourishes were the smaller moments, and the best moments in this episode were the smaller, understated moments. Those were all so beautifully done. However this was not an understated, smaller moment episode. Like every Vampire Diaries episode, it had those moments (and it's why I love the show so much), but it was one of the more suspense-type episodes. Part of the problem was in the editing of essentially four separate arcs together, but the seamlessness of those arcs could have been eased with better direction, that's part of a director's job. They have to give the editors stuff to work with, and based on what we saw, I don't know that Paul Wesley did.

There should have been tension, a sense of urgency throughout most of the episode. There was not. When Damon and Liv were standing outside the school, there was zero sense of danger, zero sense of MUST. GET. INTO. THAT. BUILDING! Think of "The Reckoning" when Matt was walking from the gym down the empty hallways towards the classroom and then he opened door and surprise! It was Caroline, Elena, Bonnie and Tyler setting up the mousetraps. It was suspenseful, until, haha, it was just his friends fooling around and then two minutes later, Elena walked out and boom! there's Klaus. And that was a jump out of your seat moment.

That director, John Behring, also did (among other fabulous outings) "The Last Dance" which had the Bonnie/AlariKlaus fight which was suspenseful and beautiful and exciting. That thrill was missing throughout this entire episode. The Elena/Kai scenes, The Damon/Liv and then Damon/Jo scenes, the Caroline/Stefan and then Stefan/Enzo scenes, they all just sat there. They were static. There was movement in the script, and the actors were excellent, but they were stuck in quicksand.

Alas.

However, the script overall was really strong. It really was. And one of the things that I really liked, as I mentioned above, was how in this one we saw that there are four main arcs humming along right now and they were highlighted in this episode. It was interesting, and all four have one thing (and one thing only) in common as of now. Mr. Damon Salvatore. Read on…

First let's start with Story Arc Number One: Love On The Backburner, i.e., let's talk about Stefan and Caroline. And yes, I know I'm talking about them, but right now since Stefan is so firmly at Caroline's side (yay!), Liz's story is a part of their story. I am really intrigued by this idea that vampire blood briefly heals cancer and then speeds up the disease leading up the patient to blood spewage. I gave Wesley a lot of grief above for the direction, but sprinkled throughout the rest of the review, I will give him kudos where I did like his work because there were some lovely touches. One of those things was the whole ending sequence where Caroline is giving her mom this whole positive spiel on how her blood healed this guy up at Duke and that everything is going to be alright.

And, of course, Liz trusts Caroline and so she drinks her blood. And we have these wonderful cuts to Colin, the cancer patient, waking up, Liz drinking the vampire blood, Colin coughing blood and then spewing it all over the glass. And then there is Liz is just daintily sipping what is essentially toxic to her system now from a tea cup while Colin is crawling across the floor crying out for help. Beautifully done.

Also beautifully done is how the show is continuing to build Stefan and Caroline's friendship even while those underlying feelings are there and known between the both of them, but because Caroline believes that Stefan doesn't feel them and Stefan doesn't realize he feels them they've just set it aside. And even more so because of this situation with Liz, they are completely backburnering any awkwardness because really in the scheme of things, it doesn't matter. What matters is that Caroline loves Stefan and she needs him and maybe he wasn't there last summer when she needed him, but he figured that out and he learned from that. So he's here *now* when she needs him.

And Stefan is really stepping up. I did think it out-of-character and wish they had done something differently to make it more Stefan-like, but I liked the idea behind it. You know, that Stefan would drop what he was doing to go run to Caroline because even though he did want to check on Sarah, he still was there *for* Caroline. And even though he knew that it probably wasn't the best idea to go along with her so gung-ho, he still did it… because it was Caroline and what she wanted.

Guy's so far gone.

Speaking of crazy ideas. I so, so, sooooooooooo loved that segue from the Damon and Ric scene at the end there. Damon raising his glass in a toast to Ric says: "Here's to women who make crazy, screwed-up decisions and loving them more for it." He was speaking of course about Elena and Jo and he and Ric, but then the scene cut to Stefan and Caroline and Caroline had just made a crazy, screwed-up decision and Stefan had gone along with it, and part of the reason that Stefan loves her and he continues to love her more and more is because of her optimism, her brightness. I just loved that so much.

Oh, and they were on the porch.
Stefan told Caroline everything about Sarah. Soooo different from his relationship with Elena. Damn. He doesn't do the white lies, half-truths with Caroline. He tells her everything. I love it. So hard. And he trusts her. And she loves that he trusts her. And they are best friends and it's beautiful. And it happened on the porch. Like a lot of their sweet moments have.

 
 

So, I think it's almost becoming official that Stefan and Caroline are stealing the porch moments from Damon and Elena, aren't they? It's just a different porch. It's her momma's!

But that's OK! I mean, the way that Liz is looking to Stefan, you just know that she is basically seeing in him the guy who will take care of her daughter when she is gone and for eternity. On one hand it makes me all verklempt in a good way, but on the other hand it makes me all verklempt in the absolute worst way possible because, damnit, I love Elizabeth Forbes and I don't want to lose her. EVER!

This brings us to Damon and how he fits in. While I am VERY peeved that we did not get to see Damon told about Liz's condition (I mean, really, really, really peeved), I did absolutely love that scene between the two in the hospital. I love their friendship; I love the little moments we get with them and how real they feel (unlike, oh, that totally unearned Damon/Ric scene at episode's end, but more on that later). His little teasing of her, the open and honest way he deals with the situation with her alone and in front of Caroline. I like a lot. And when push comes to shove, if they do go vampire!Sheriff route, I won't be surprised at all if Damon is part of that conversation.

Another conversation that Damon will no doubt be a part of even if he's not yet is the Story Arc Number Two that I am dubbing The Enzo and Stefan Saga. I talked a bit about this in my review for the last episode where I wrote: "I am loving where this story is (I think) going. The idea of bringing "hero" Stefan who does have failings that have never been dealt with out into the light—which WILL bring Damon into the story because Damon will protect his brother, and the Damon/Enzo relationship will come into play as well, is just going to be fucking awesome when this arc reaches its climax. All of Stefan's wrongdoings (which so many aren't aware of), the "good brother," St. Stefan will be brought down to earth, but the thing is that he IS good, he's just not a saint. And, aaah, the potential of all of this and how it all comes together (especially the brothers and their bond) will be amazing."

I was thinking more along those lines after this episode because it really struck me what a bold move they're making here. Stefan is a lead (anti-)hero on the show. Enzo is a supporting (anti-)hero on the show. He's not even like Klaus was before. Klaus, while a main cast member, was never anything but a villain. Sure he had his teary redeeming moments, but they were always undermined by some torture or a Christmas slaughter. Enzo is not a villain. Everything he said to the gallery curator was true.

Stefan (our hero!) set Enzo (another one of our heroes!) up to be killed. Instead Enzo was tortured which brought to mind memories of his 60-year torture that Stefan's brother also endured for a brief period beside Enzo. Now I know that the dark depth of this really didn't hit as strongly as it should have and for that I blame Paul Wesley as director a little bit, but mostly I blame Michael Malarkey (Enzo). When you think about it, what Stefan did to Enzo was truly horrible and bringing back those memories of being tortured for sixty years is terrible and so it's not petty at all. Yet it just about came across that way. And for this I blame Malarkey. He's just not that strong of an actor alas. I mean, think of Ian Somerhalder in the last scene of "Dead Man on Campus" when we found out that Damon had been an Augustine vampire and got the brief glimpse of him being tortured. In just a few seconds here and there we got a glimpse in just his eyes and his face that he was clearly devastated by the memory of it.

However, in the scenes over the course of a few episodes where Enzo was held captive and tortured by Tripp, by Matt and when talking about it to the curator in this episode... you didn't get that sense of devastation AT FREAKING ALL! Yes, that is somewhat on Paul Wesley as the director here as I said above, but what about all the other episodes? Uh huh. Exactly. So, no, it's so not all on Paul Wesley. Or the other directors. It's on Malarkey. It is definitely mostly on Michael Malarkey. He's just not selling it. Still, when you really think about it, think about what Stefan did and what Enzo went through because of what Stefan did and what Enzo was reminded of... again, it's pretty damn awful. So how do you reconcile that without dealing with the darker side of your supposed "good brother?" It's so fascinating. And, as I said, Damon has to come into this.

Because you've got the fact that Stefan has lied to Damon for 18 years about Sarah. It made sense before that Stefan kept it from him, but once Monique came in as Sarah, and Stefan went to check on her again, why didn't Stefan let Damon know? Damon has changed. Why not help alleviate Damon of some of that guilt? Why let Damon continue to think that he murdered his great-niece? Why? So you've got that secret that Damon will find out, which will hurt. You've also got Damon finding out what Stefan did to Enzo and that will piss him off.

And on top of that, Enzo has Matt in his pocket. And on top of that, Matt is still, to some degree, Damon's little minion. And then on top of *that* we come to the final, inescapable conclusion of all conclusions, that no matter how pissed off Damon is at Stefan over the lie, over what he did to Enzo, when it comes down to it, Damon will choose Stefan. Period. So where does that leave Enzo? And what will he do? And what will Damon do because he's really smart and unlike the whole lot of them he can see several steps ahead and he knows Stefan and he knows Enzo and knows how they think. He just doesn't know what's going on right now because he's dealing with Liz, and with Kai and the Gemini Coven.

Yeah, them. That's another one that Damon's got his sticky little fingers all involved in, but unlike the previous two, he's all in the thick of this right now, Story Arc Number Three: The Gemini Coven's Bad Seed. So Kai continues to remain awesomely awful. I think my favorite thing about his scenes was when Elena was all ‘dude, you care more about your ruined shirt than the people you killed?' and he's all :shrug: Yuppers, that's Kai. Dude, be crazy. He's just this insane mix of totally normal human and totally souped-up crazy-ass psycho that it's scary to watch. So unpredictable, he just doesn't care about anyone. (I was going to say "or anything," but obviously that's not true. He cares about his shirts.)

I could wax on and on about how awesome Kai is but at this point you either see it or you don't. So I'll just be preaching to the choir or making people go whu? Therefore I'll just leave it at: Kai? Is awesome and move on. What's going to happen here? I'm still not sure. Obviously Kai and Luke are stronger, and I liked the callback to "Home" where we did see that Luke pulled her out and it helped to explain why Liv has been so much more concerned about this than Luke all this time.

As for Kai, though, he's not stronger. It is the Traveler's magic running through him, so keeping him knocked out with the drugs (I think they said Phenobarbital) might work, but knowing how things play out, I'm sure Kai will get away while he's still got the magic, baby. Of course. And if Kai still has the magic in him, I don't see how Jo beats him.

However, the show seems to really be selling this whole Alaric/Jo love story, so maybe they're really sold on it themselves and they want to keep her around. I don't know. I just wish that I liked Jo and the two of them better. Alas, I don't and it's really a shame. As is my issue with how Ric has been treating Damon because that little reunion scene between Jo and Ric was actually really beautiful. It was a full-blown romantic moment and I would, should have loved it if I (a) actually liked Jo, and (b) actually cared two hoots about them. However, (a) I don't, and (b) I don't, so (b) I didn't, and (b) I didn't.

It was really, really lovely though, wasn't it? Jo on her knees, so weak from using her unused magic for years to save Elena (her fault, by the way that Elena was kidnapped because it's her hubris that decided she could randomly after twenty years beat Kai so she told Ric not to kill him, but never mind all that*) and Damon. Ric comes rushing to her, pulls her to his feet, brushing her hair back, pulling her into his arms, the swelling music and all that. It was really beautiful and I wanted to care, I did…but I just didn't. Because Ric has been a dick to Damon since he came back from the dead. He chose this woman who he's known for about two months over Damon and Bonnie (!!), he's been awful to Damon. And this woman (who wondered why Damon didn't like her!) was mean to Damon when she first met him, throwing Elena's new guy into his broken-hearted face. So, I just, no, I don't care. Sorry, not sorry.

* OK, fine, it's Kai's fault, but I just, grr, do not like Jo. To be fair, though, I almost liked her in this episode. Damnit, Ian Somerhalder makes almost everything better. Damon was just so dang sweet with her!

Aww, but Damon was such a doll to her, wasn't he? He was so sweet, taking care of Jo and treating her way better than she and Ric both deserved, pfft! I'm assuming that's why Ric decided to be all buddy-buddy and nice to Damon again at the end of the episode there in a scene that would normally have me smiling, but it just felt so unearned. So Damon has to throw himself prostrate apologizing to Ric because Ric is an asshole to him, but Ric gets a free pass? Not cool, just not cool. But that final scene with them was pure classic Damon/Ric bromance, sigh, I just wish it had been earned.

But you know what has been earned? SQUEE! Story Arc Number Four: My beautiful Damon and Elena! Yes, yes, I really did not like Elena pretending to be near-death for a joke (puhlease! as if!), but other than that, of course, I adored every other single, solitary little moment with them. Of course. So many looks between them, so much love. I mean, Elena is just so in love with him. He's her rock; he's who she turns to. She's in danger, and Damon is who she calls. Oh, and then there was them teasing about their attempts to date, the making of a date, her accusing him of sulking, the inability to keep their eyes off of each other.

And there was also the delicious fact that any moment that they aren't in immediate danger they are eye-sexing each other like nobody's business. See examples above (post annoying, totally out-of-character joke gifs) and below as Elena attempts to uselessly clean blood out of a blouse she's going to have throw away anyway because it has a hole in it (duh!).

 
 
 

It was all just so marvelous and beautiful and wonderful. And aha! I keep saying that behind this mental barrier, it's all there, Elena's love for him and that's why this is all happening and so Elena telling Ric (while she gave Damon the whole ‘DO ME! DO ME RIGHT NOW!' look) that "I've never felt more alive" was so proof of that. She used his words and it was AAAAHHHHHHH! Oh. My. Goodness!

And finally the best moment in the whole episode for me:

 

Do you realize what this means? DO YOU REALIZE WHAT THIS MEANS!?!?! Elena will get a new ring that DAMON will give her! YES! WOOHOO! HAPPY DANCE!

HALLELUJA!!!!

Phew! Randoms—

- Hmm, so, I guess that Damon really did just let the random knock go then? OK. Sorry, florencia7.

- Damon winking at Liz? Adorable and Sexy.

     

- Elena is so awesome. When she deliberately set her hand on fire and then set it aflame to burn Kai, I was all ‘Damn, you go, girl!' And she's the one who remembered the tunnels under the school. Elena is so awesome.

- Speaking of awesome, you so know it was Damon who came up with the back-up plan of Alaric and Jeremy showing up, even though originally Damon didn't want Jeremy as part of the plan because he didn't want Jeremy getting hurt. Aww.

- As much as I'm enjoying the potential of The Enzo and Stefan Saga, it would be a lot more enjoyable at this point if Paul Wesley and Michael Malarkey had, oh, you know, any chemistry. *sigh* Paul. Other than Ian Somerhalder, Candice Accola, Claire Holt, Kinda Nina Dobrev as Katherine, Zach Roerig and Kat Graham, Paul really doesn't have chemistry with many actors on this show, does he?

- Again giving directorial kudos where due, when it was revealed that Damon had actually staked Elena and not Kai. That was a great moment, both as scripted and directed.

- Speaking of... Chris Wood is so good. When "Kai" was staked he did such a good job when you rewatch it knowing that it's actually Elena getting staked, and look at his face, his body language, he's playing "Elena" not "Kai." So good.

     

- I'm amused at the almost-running gag at how everyone rifles through Damon's bedroom. So far we've had Bonnie, Caroline, Elena (in 4.03), Katherine, (I believe we've been told that Jeremy and Matt have done so as well) and now Liv.

- I'm getting bummed at how Liv and Tyler as a love story has been sidelined because it's been done enough for me that I've rather lost that loving feeling for them. I did like that one scene with them, but it wasn't enough to really make me squee, just a little sigh.

- Luke is awesome. I continue to love the character and how the actor plays him.

- Darn. That bit from the preview where Damon said "I should have gouged his little eyes out when I had the chance," was not in the episode. So sad, that was hilarious

- So, real Sarah is really, really pretty.

- I loved that Damon knew even though he was not there that Jeremy was standing there with crossbow in his hand. Bwahahaha.

- No Bonnie. :(

- Matt was in the episode, but not really by much.

- Damn, Ian Somerhalder looked REALLY good in this episode. As did Nina Dobrev. Especially her hair.

So, not the bestest episode to come back to thanks to rather lackluster direction (sorry, Paul), but still a really good episode and I can't wait until next week. Still loving this show and this season.

PLEASE don't spoil me on casting spoilers, writers/directors, general spoilers at all. THANK YOU! :)
 
 
 
k_stjamesk_stjames on January 23rd, 2015 02:51 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the write - it always makes the best companion piece to the show. I haven't had a chance to watch this week's episode but from your write-up and picture plus the rest of the season the biggest thing to me is how very comfortable damon is in his skin. Not that Ian ever played him as twitchy but there is this wonderful sense of belonging and peace to Damon despite all the crap happening around him and its such a joy to watch. Plus I totally agree about the enormous imbalance in the Damon Ric "friendship" and the sudden importance of Jo over everyone. I really hope there is a small drunk honest scene coming up otherwise this relationship is beyond broken in my eyes. I just don't see why you'd work so hard to get stefan to appreciate his brother only to turn around and trash Damon's other "brother". Frustrating!!
Arabian: Damon&Alaric03arabian on January 25th, 2015 07:13 am (UTC)
Aww, a companion piece to the show, that's so sweet. Thank you.

I hope you enjoy the episode when you do watch it. And I do totally agree about Ian/Damon. He really does so much with the role. I remember Julie Plec was once asked who she would cast as Damon other than Ian (I think this was either during the 3rd or the 4th season, probably the 4th) and she refused to even entertain the thought. She was all 'nope, no. Just Ian. Only Ian. No one else could play Damon.' And it's so, so true.

Like I keep saying, while I am frustrated with what's going on with Damon and Ric, I am still allowing that something else is going on or that we will get something before season's end that will deal with this. I got all huffy and puffy and upset in the past and there was an explanation. Thus far there's only been two things I can think of off the top of my head that the show has done that had no explanation in all of five and half years, so I'm willing to give them some leeway.
Alisha: Star Quality Pattikalishaka on January 23rd, 2015 03:35 pm (UTC)
This is weird moment for me. I actually have nothing to say....because you literally said everything I was thinking. Every thing. I am looking at my mock write up while I watched the episode for thoughts that struck me and you hit every single thing, my problems, my loves, my feelings about it all.

Oh god, this means I am the lesser mind!twin, I have been absorbed.

Arabian: Damon04arabian on January 25th, 2015 07:33 am (UTC)
This is weird moment for me. I actually have nothing to say....because you literally said everything I was thinking. Every thing. I am looking at my mock write up while I watched the episode for thoughts that struck me and you hit every single thing, my problems, my loves, my feelings about it all.

I so want to talk to you and hear your list. I really, really, really do! I mean like I totes do. Keep your list. I want to hear it!

Oh god, this means I am the lesser mind!twin, I have been absorbed.

Nah! It means we are equals my dear. ♥
tj2013tj2013 on January 23rd, 2015 04:11 pm (UTC)
Great review, thanks so much. Agree overall.

Re the OOC moment of Elena: you're right and it was strange.
But ... just one thought: Elena is still compelled, she is still kind of living under a blanket and I tend to think that much more has been compelled away and many more of her suppressed memories have been tied to Damon. And all of this is gone. Sure, her feelings are coming back, but her memories, the knowledge how she handled such big losses (or didn't handle) - this is gone. So maybe it was not so unsurprising after all. But - it was still cruel, I give you that.

No way we would choose Jo over Bonnie. Bonnie needs to come back and help sort out this witch mess. Hm... would you like to speculate (like you successfully did on Damon's return), in which episode Bonnie might come back?

Thanks for talking about Enzo/Stefan/Damon/Sarah plot. Because on first watch Enzo did nothing for me. He annoyed me, he was revengeful and petty and not in the least entertaining. But when you described it and hinted on how Jer and Matt will be involved in this special plot, it kinda made more sense.

I don't understand either how Stefan walked away from Enzo leaving him with Sarah.

Loved the bits with Liz-Damon, Liz-Caroline, Stefan-Caroline, and all scenes Kai. He is such a great villain. Wow. Chris Wood is amazing. I wasn't very impressed the first time he showed up, but now... wow. I nearly spilled my coffee when the body showed up on the table. Eek. And yes, how he played being staked - just great acting.

I have read a couple of comments (not here on your site, though) complaining about the awkwardness between Ian and Nina and I don't find any. Never have.
Arabian: Bonnie02arabian on January 25th, 2015 09:12 am (UTC)
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Great review, thanks so much. Agree overall.

Thanks. :)

Re the OOC moment of Elena: you're right and it was strange.

And the more I think about it, the more it bugs me.

But ... just one thought: Elena is still compelled, she is still kind of living under a blanket and I tend to think that much more has been compelled away and many more of her suppressed memories have been tied to Damon. And all of this is gone. Sure, her feelings are coming back, but her memories, the knowledge how she handled such big losses (or didn't handle) - this is gone. So maybe it was not so unsurprising after all.

Sorry, I don't think this flies. Because her compelled memories were ONLY about Damon. Her loss and pain over the death of her parents, Jenna, John and Isobel (to a degree), Jeremy, Bonnie, Alaric had NOTHING to do with Damon. She felt the devastation of those losses regardless of her love for Damon and her memories of the good things that Damon did.

But - it was still cruel, I give you that.

Exactly. It went against EVERYTHING that Elena Gilbert is. Damon was DEVASTATED in that moment being told that the woman that he desperately loves (which she knows) and she does care about him and we know she loves him even if she isn't ready to admit it yet, she has pretty much admitted that she cares for him, that Elena (ELENA!) would joke that she's about to die (because HE KILLED HER!) and put him through that even for a few seconds is so completely and utterly out of character. It's just so wrong. Yeah, the more and more I think of it... so wrong. It's appalling.

No way we would choose Jo over Bonnie.

Exactly and I don't get how the writers don't get this and why it seems like they are portraying this Damon/Ric thing as if Ric is in the right and Damon is in the wrong when he sooooooo is not and Ric sooooooooo is. Which is, as I told k_stjames above: while I am frustrated with what's going on with Damon and Ric, I am still allowing that something else is going on or that we will get something before season's end that will deal with this. I got all huffy and puffy and upset in the past and there was an explanation. Thus far there's only been two things I can think of off the top of my head that the show has done that had no explanation in all of five and half years, so I'm willing to give them some leeway.

Bonnie needs to come back and help sort out this witch mess.

Yuppers! And I continue to be dying in anticipation of seeing how Damon and Bonnie interact in the reality of present time and how everyone else reacts to their new relationship. SQUEE!!

Hm... would you like to speculate (like you successfully did on Damon's return), in which episode Bonnie might come back?

Alas, some dickwad decided to casually spoil which episode Bonnie is coming back on the TVD wikia page. :( I read the episode page after each episode airs for fun and under the continuity where it mentioned that Bonnie wasn't in this episode and when she was last seen someone had added when she would next be seen in the present time in Mystic Falls AS IF IT WASN'T A FREAKING HUGE-ASS SPOILER!!!!! So, no, I can't speculate because I know now. {grumble, grumble}

Actually that spoiler was wrong. They said that Bonnie would be back in MF when the merge happened. Obviously not so. So, erm, when do I think Bonnie will be back... probably in February sweeps, so sometime next month?

TBC

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jairem08jairem08 on January 24th, 2015 04:37 pm (UTC)
I think you put 6.10 in the review heading accidentally? Should be 6.11?

I have to say you pretty much summed up all points I had on my list. I made notes after the episode and as I read your review I basically nodded and crossed. Except I didn't focus on the scene with Elena joking about dying. I'm not that peeved about that. I took it as something that was there probably put on purpose to make the crazy situation lighter. I honestly didn't think about it till you mentioned it. Perhaps if I delve into it more. I do have a question why she would do it. Perhaps your reasoning is right. Why would she after so many heart wrenching experiences and so much loss.
Other than that all DE scenes were amazing. Damon totally smoking hot and handsome like I can't even...
Damon's comments and basically anything he says are my daily dose of happy pills. Just the way he retorts, comments and even answers his phone are priceless.
His time with Liz and the wink? Don't you think he ogled Caroline's butt when she entered the hospital room? Or where were his eyes focused? Or is it just me?
I think he forgave Ric too fast. And it seems that we should sort of think that Damon was wrong and was supposed to be forgiven which I honestly don't buy because Ric has been a dick.
Matt- really don't know what to think. Is he going to turn against his friends and should we expect an enemy from him? I'm not sure

I'm confused with Enzo's agenda. Really am. Not seeing the purpose. At least not yet.

I'm afraid we might be losing Liz. I have a bad feeling. I hope I'm wrong.

Stefan and Caroline are really sweet and I think this episode I really felt it from Stefan' s side as well.

Still cannot care less about Liv and Tyler but I realized that it has to do with Tyler for me. He is just awkward I think the actor overacts at times and it just sticks out next to other cast members.


Kai is an awesome villain. He is so creepy and with no redeemable qualities. And so well acted by the actor. Really good. I'm enjoying the badness.

I was thinking that if Damon learns about Sarah it might take some of his guilt away but not sure how he will react and how he will react to the fact that Stefan didn't tell him.

No Bonnie! I presume the bunch are still looking for some ascendant and waiting for some big celestial event or something. With Kai around they had to deal with other craziness first.
I suspect he will make it out of there and the crap will hit the fan.

I do hope we will have the DE dinner/date at last and New spelled jewellery given to lovely Elena but the sexy Damon? Yes? I mean she needs to walk in the Sun pronto.

I will hope that it will come from Damon.

Did I say Damon is hot? Because he so was exceptionally handsome this episode.

Cannot wait for the next one.

Thank you for your post


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Arabian: Damon11arabian on January 25th, 2015 09:50 am (UTC)
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I think you put 6.10 in the review heading accidentally? Should be 6.11?

Yup, I did. Thanks, I fixed it. (And added more about Enzo/Michael Malarkey to the post.)

I have to say you pretty much summed up all points I had on my list. I made notes after the episode and as I read your review I basically nodded and crossed.

Ooh, I didn't realize so many of you made lists and notes too after the episodes. I don't know why that excites me so much, but it does. Maybe because it makes me feel less alone in my crazy obsession about the show, LOL!

Except I didn't focus on the scene with Elena joking about dying. I'm not that peeved about that.

It appalls me the more and more I think about it. Damon was DEVASTATED at the thought that he had killed Elena and she was joking about it. Elena who had lost so many people that she loved and had felt that pain was sitting there CAUSING that devastation herself for a JOKE! It was horrible.

I took it as something that was there probably put on purpose to make the crazy situation lighter.

I get why they did it, but it was so ridiculously out of character. It's something that someone who's never lost someone especially as Elena has would do to someone who's never lost someone like Damon has. SO OUT OF CHARACTER.

I honestly didn't think about it till you mentioned it. Perhaps if I delve into it more. I do have a question why she would do it. Perhaps your reasoning is right. Why would she after so many heart wrenching experiences and so much loss.

EXACTLY!

Other than that all DE scenes were amazing. Damon totally smoking hot and handsome like I can't even...

So much this. So hot. So, so, sooooooo hot.

Damon's comments and basically anything he says are my daily dose of happy pills. Just the way he retorts, comments and even answers his phone are priceless.

*sigh* I know.

His time with Liz and the wink? Don't you think he ogled Caroline's butt when she entered the hospital room? Or where were his eyes focused? Or is it just me?

He might have. Damon never doesn't not look. LOL! I'll have to check. ETA: I rewatched that scene, nah, I don't think so. But I could see why you thought he did. He seemed to be checking out the smoothie rather than Caroline. Hah!

I think he forgave Ric too fast.

If we have more with Damon and Ric next week, I'm gonna write more on that because I've been thinking that it totally IS in character for Damon to do that. It totally is in character for Damon to think that he IS at fault even if he isn't. And like I've been saying all throughout these comments and in my posts, I'm waiting to see if there's something more coming with this relationship. While I am frustrated with what's going on with Damon and Ric, I am still allowing that something else is going on or that we will get something before season's end that will deal with this. I got all huffy and puffy and upset in the past and there was an explanation. Thus far there's only been two things I can think of off the top of my head that the show has done that had no explanation in all of five and half years, so I'm willing to give them some leeway.

TBC

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Mattghidorah15 on January 24th, 2015 05:08 pm (UTC)
I didn't mind Elena making a joke of her near-death when I first saw the episode, but having read this, I do see your point. However, I'm just going to echo what the others have said about her still being compelled and use that as an excuse for it. *shrug* Hey, at least we got some more Damon/Elena bonding out of it. Could've been worse.

Yeah, Ric is still being an idiot, isn't he? I have a feeling that's going to bite him in the butt pretty soon. I don't see Jo being much longer for this world - but who knows? The show may yet surprise us.

Stefan and Caroline - other than the oddity of him departing while Enzo was still in the same building as Sarah (who, yes, is really pretty - even prettier than her impostor, if I may say so), I really enjoyed the role he played in this episode. And yes, his relationship with Caroline is already so very different from the one he had with Elena. I'm glad Liz approves, regardless of whether or not she makes it - and Lord knows I want her to, but at this rate, turning her may be the only way out. :(

I'm glad Luke came to his senses and realized that his "destiny" is not worth it. I've never liked it when characters are made to give in to some unhappy future just because some supposed authority says so - it really ticks me off. And I still don't dislike his sister or her new boyfriend anymore, so I think they're working well enough as a couple. (And on a purely superficial note, her cleavage looked very good in that black top at the start - I seriously did a double-take when I first saw it.)

Damon remains a delight, and Matt still needs to get his head clear of Tripp's brainwashing, and Bonnie really needs to get home and start putting things right. Oh, and Kai remains a legitimately frightening (if amusing) and dangerous villain with no sliver of a chance at redemption. So yes to all of that. :)

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Arabian: Damon&Matt02arabian on January 25th, 2015 08:21 am (UTC)
I didn't mind Elena making a joke of her near-death when I first saw the episode, but having read this, I do see your point. However, I'm just going to echo what the others have said about her still being compelled and use that as an excuse for it. *shrug*

Yeah, that just doesn't work for me, because only her memories of good Damon and why she fell for him were compelled, not all her experiences of the other people she loved who died or nearly died were compelled away so that emphatically was horrifically so completely out of character. SO BAD. It really bugged.

Hey, at least we got some more Damon/Elena bonding out of it. Could've been worse.

Yeah, the bonding was nice, but so awful was that "joke." Elena would never cause someone she cared about pain like that. Never. Ever. In a million years. So wrong. Every time I think of it, I'm just re-appalled. Sorry.

Yeah, Ric is still being an idiot, isn't he? I have a feeling that's going to bite him in the butt pretty soon. I don't see Jo being much longer for this world - but who knows? The show may yet surprise us.

Very true. As for Ric being an idiot, as I said above to k_stjames, while I am frustrated with what's going on, I am still allowing that something else is going on or that we will get something before season's end that will deal with this. I got all huffy and puffy and upset in the past and there was an explanation. Thus far there's only been two things I can think of off the top of my head that the show has done that had no explanation in all of five and half years, so I'm willing to give them some leeway.

I really enjoyed the role [Stefan] played in this episode. And yes, his relationship with Caroline is already so very different from the one he had with Elena.

Me too. He's really showing (in a way he never did with Elena) how much he loves her. He's making it all about HER, whereas when he was with Elena, it was all about what made Stefan's life easiest and most convenient and happiest, and he avoided things that ruined his little bubble of delusional happiness as long as possible. Not so the case with Caroline. In her case, it's all about *her* happiness, *her* joy. It's all about her, but unlike with Elena, he is trying his best to be honest and up-front with her. It's so refreshing and awesome.

I'm glad Liz approves, regardless of whether or not she makes it - and Lord knows I want her to, but at this rate, turning her may be the only way out. :(

*sigh* I agree. **uber sad face**

Damon remains a delight, and Matt still needs to get his head clear of Tripp's brainwashing

The two points enough just need to connect. Clearly Matt is just not spending enough time with Damon. Hell, has he spent *any* time with Damon since his return from the great beyond? I don't think so. That there is likely the problem. Uh huh.

Bonnie really needs to get home and start putting things right.

Yup, and I continue to be dying in anticipation of seeing how Damon and Bonnie interact in the reality of present time and how everyone else reacts to their new relationship. SQUEE!!

Oh, and Kai remains a legitimately frightening (if amusing) and dangerous villain with no sliver of a chance at redemption. So yes to all of that. :)

YES! YES! YES!

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Florenciaflorencia7 on January 24th, 2015 10:56 pm (UTC)
Will be back!
Sorry - I had a work week from hell & Saturday is, um, was insanely busy, so I'll be back here to read this tomorrow! ♥ Can't wait!!! :]
Arabian: Damon & Elena45arabian on January 25th, 2015 07:19 am (UTC)
Re: Will be back!
I look forward to your response (well, I always look forward to your response ♥)! I hope that my take on the Enzo/Stefan Saga helps rev up some interest for you. :)

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Florencia: TVD (All Is Well in Mystic Falls)florencia7 on January 25th, 2015 11:13 pm (UTC)
part I
I was SO looking forward to reading this post! ♥

”Yes, Enzo walked away, but he was *just* there. For Stefan to leave right then felt very un-Stefan-like.” - I agree! Now that you mention it, because I kind of missed that while watching... because I was too busy worrying about Enzo's storyline lol

”Of all of the things in the whole, wide world that Elena Gilbert would joke about...dying is one thing that isn't on that list.” - As much as I often take issue with such things, I wasn't bothered by that moment in the slightest. First of all, I immediately brushed it off as the writers simply reiterating the fact that Elena IS as “crazy” as Damon, but then I realized there was more to that, it was also about how at ease, free, safe Elena feels with Damon. And THEN I realized one more thing, aren't we supposed to read this as progress of sorts? You know, from Elena who felt like her life was a “neverending funeral”, who “couldn't stop crying” - to Elena who “never felt felt more alive”, who could LAUGH about DEATH of all things, because of how *happy* she is, how happy being with Damon makes her?

”Why? Because it's absolutely, completely, utterly, totally out of character.” - Everything I just said aside, it could also just be post-traumatic stress taking its toll on her! ;)

”I continue to have an issue with this whole Damon and Alaric situation.” - I really wonder how they're going to solve this. Is Jo going to die and then Damon will be there for grieving Alaric and they will re-bond or something? Will Damon (help to) save Jo and Alaric will oh, so, graciously forgive him for all his sins? Will Alaric die and they will share a heartfelt goodbye- wait. This one's been done before lol

” When Damon and Liv were standing outside the school, there was zero sense of danger, zero sense of MUST. GET. INTO. THAT. BUILDING!” - I'm not very perceptive when it comes to these things, but I did notice that too! ^^

”One of those things was the whole ending sequence where Caroline is giving her mom this whole positive spiel on how her blood healed this guy up at Duke and that everything is going to be alright.” - Yes, that worked great! And this editing technique was here put too much better use than in 4x07 lol

”but I liked the idea behind it. You know, that Stefan would drop what he was doing to go run to Caroline because even though he did want to check on Sarah, he still was there *for* Caroline.” - Maybe that WAS the idea? Maybe they did that little OOC-ness on purpose? Either way, I also think that maybe deep down Stefan believes Enzo is bluffing out of boredom or something and that's why he's not *that* worried about Sarah?

”but then the scene cut to Stefan and Caroline and Caroline had just made a crazy, screwed-up decision and Stefan had gone along with it, and part of the reason that Stefan loves her and he continues to love her more and more is because of her optimism, her brightness. I just loved that so much.” - Ohhhhhh Good catch!!! ♥

”And they are best friends and it's beautiful.” - Yes, it is, and I'm really enjoying how their story progresses.

”I did absolutely love that scene between the two in the hospital.” - If the circumstances weren't so dire I would've grinned and giggled way more, but I still LOVED that scene.
Arabian: Damon&Liz01arabian on January 26th, 2015 06:35 am (UTC)
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”Of all of the things in the whole, wide world that Elena Gilbert would joke about...dying is one thing that isn't on that list.” - As much as I often take issue with such things, I wasn't bothered by that moment in the slightest.

It bothers me more and more every time I think about it honestly.

First of all, I immediately brushed it off as the writers simply reiterating the fact that Elena IS as “crazy” as Damon

But she's not.

but then I realized there was more to that, it was also about how at ease, free, safe Elena feels with Damon.

There's feeling at ease, safe, whatever and there's joking about the death of someone you care about when EVERY SINGLE PERSON THAT YOU LOVE (literally!) has died, almost died, died and then (thankfully) come back and you have suffered utter and complete devastation over almost each and every loss and you know what that feels like and therefore you would NEVER, EVER purposefully make someone that YOU care about feel that same feeling even for a second as a freaking JOKE!

And THEN I realized one more thing, aren't we supposed to read this as progress of sorts?

Nope.

You know, from Elena who felt like her life was a “neverending funeral”, who “couldn't stop crying” - to Elena who “never felt felt more alive”, who could LAUGH about DEATH of all things, because of how *happy* she is, how happy being with Damon makes her?

Yeah, but she wasn't just laughing at death, she made DAMON (the guy who she's totally in love with) feel the devastation of believing that he had just freaking KILLED HER and was about to watch her DIE. THAT is what she was laughing at and Elena Gilbert would never, ever, EVER do that. So. NOPE!

”Why? Because it's absolutely, completely, utterly, totally out of character.” - Everything I just said aside, it could also just be post-traumatic stress taking its toll on her! ;)

Right, because what she's going through right now is even remotely worse than anything she's gone through in the past two years? It was OOC, end of story. So badly OOC.

Re: Damon/Alaric -- I don't know, but like I've been saying throughout the thread in comments, while I am frustrated, I'm not going to truly vent and give up hope until the season's over because there may be something else going on or something that will address this. We'll see.

”When Damon and Liv were standing outside the school, there was zero sense of danger, zero sense of MUST. GET. INTO. THAT. BUILDING!” - I'm not very perceptive when it comes to these things, but I did notice that too! ^^

RIGHT!??!?!

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Florencia: Elena (There Was Fog)florencia7 on January 25th, 2015 11:16 pm (UTC)
part II
”you didn't get that sense of devastation AT FREAKING ALL” - Yeah, I was trying to attribute this to Enzo putting on a brave face, so to speak, but you're right. He could've done something more with those scenes.

”again, it's pretty damn awful.” - At the risk of coming across as trying to defend Stefan... He also saved Enzo's life once ;D

”Damon has to come into this.” - This! They didn't have a single scene together in forever, it seems. It's a bit odd, all things considered.

”why didn't Stefan let Damon know? Damon has changed.” - My sentiments exactly. Stefan STILL not telling Damon about Sarah is just... not right. And not wise since he can't be really deluding himself that Enzo's going to keep his secret. Which reminds me...

”Stefan told Caroline everything about Sarah. Soooo different from his relationship with Elena. Damn. He doesn't do the white lies, half-truths with Caroline. He tells her everything.” - lol Funnily enough, but Stefan telling Caroline about Sarah actually reminded me about Stefan telling Elena about being a vampire ^^ Despite what Stefan told Elena very recently (that he had told her he was a vampire because he trusted her that much), we all know he'd told her because he'd basically had NO CHOICE. Same here. Stefan did tell Caroline about Sarah, and that's nice, BUT one *could* argue that he just wanted her to hear it from him instead of hearing about it from Enzo. That way he could present his justification for keeping the secret first AND he could even get Caroline's positive feedback on it, because of course she was going to agree with him that he did (is still doing!?) the right thing not telling Damon about Sarah.

”It was a full-blown romantic moment and I would, should have loved it if I (a) actually liked Jo, and (b) actually cared two hoots about them. However, (a) I don't, and (b) I don't, so (b) I didn't, and (b) I didn't.” - haha That's EXACTLY what I was thinking & feeling.

”But that final scene with them was pure classic Damon/Ric bromance, sigh, I just wish it had been earned.” - What I didn't like about this scene was how Ric very subtly and maybe even unconsciously but still, pushed ALL the blame for what happened on Elena. You know, on a going mad from grief 19-year-old. Like she made some kind of random crazy decision that he had NOTHING to do with and could (my goodness! Those crazy women!) barely understand.

”It was all just so marvelous and beautiful and wonderful.” - ♥ ♥ ♥ All their scenes in this ep were SO wonderful, yes.

”Do you realize what this means? DO YOU REALIZE WHAT THIS MEANS!?!?! Elena will get a new ring that DAMON will give her! YES! WOOHOO! HAPPY DANCE! ” - OMG YES!!!!!!!! I actually didn't even think about this (!!!??? lol) until jairem08 pointed it out to me and I was like... O.M.G. YOU ARE RIGHT *_________________* lol I really really really hope that this what's going to happen!!! ♥ We basically had a wedding in the rain scene, so now it's high time for a proposal ;D

”Hmm, so, I guess that Damon really did just let the random knock go then?” lol See? Told ya!

”Elena is so awesome. When she deliberately set her hand on fire and then set it aflame to burn Kai, I was all ‘Damn, you go, girl!'” - Yes, that was great! And it reminded me of when Elena got her ring back after Rebekah had tossed it into the, um, grinder? I'm not sure if that's the correct name, but I'm sure you know what I mean ^^

”Chris Wood is so good. When "Kai" was staked he did such a good job when you rewatch it knowing that it's actually Elena getting staked, and look at his face, his body language, he's playing "Elena" not "Kai." So good.” - Yes! It was awesome!

I love love love reading your thoughts!!! ♥ And I loved all of your wonderful gifs :]

IS IT THURSDAY YET?!?!?
Arabian: Stefan & Caroline07arabian on January 26th, 2015 08:35 am (UTC)
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Yeah, I was trying to attribute this to Enzo putting on a brave face, so to speak, but you're right. He could've done something more with those scenes.

Malarkey is just not the strongest actor. :(

”again, it's pretty damn awful.” - At the risk of coming across as trying to defend Stefan... He also saved Enzo's life once ;D

For Damon and because Damon made it pretty clear that he wasn't going until Stefan saved Enzo first. AND because Stefan was in front of others thus wearing his 'I am the good brother' mantle. Puhleeze. And this is coming from one of the non-stop Damon, D/E loving Stefan-lovers out there from day one. I love my Stefan-boo, but I know my Stefan-boo! What Stefan did and has shown ABSOLUTELY zero remorse was AWFUL, no excuses!

”Damon has to come into this.” - This! They didn't have a single scene together in forever, it seems. It's a bit odd, all things considered.

Not really. Damon's pretty much been single-minded about one or two things (that wound up coinciding) since he came back and that's been getting things right with Elena and getting Bonnie back and Enzo isn't about either of those things. So it does make sense. Plus, things weren't exactly good between them when Enzo died, he tried to kill Stefan, Elena and Damon and basically blackmailed them to get back by making their lives miserable. So, uhm, yeah.

Funnily enough, but Stefan telling Caroline about Sarah actually reminded me about Stefan telling Elena about being a vampire ^^

I disagree completely. That was ALL about Elena. That effected Elena. Stefan didn't have to tell Caroline about this at all because it had nothing to do with her. Sure Enzo has a thing for Caroline and Caroline kinda cares about him, but she's all STEFAN >>>>> over Enzo. Had Enzo told her about Sarah and Stefan's "big secret" she would have been upset with Enzo for digging into Stefan's life and causing him problems. She would have completely defended Stefan and told Enzo that he had his reasons. Then she would have gone to Stefan and asked him about it kindly and told him she figured how hard it must have been for him because of what Damon had done, having to keep his other family a secret and not being able to be with her because of how awful Damon can be. He wouldn't need to justify himself to Caroline, she would understand.

Again, this Sarah secret has absolutely zero to do with her. And in fact choosing to tell Caroline about it now is a bit selfish on Stefan's part because Caroline doesn't need his worries and concerns now, BUT because he knows that Caroline loves him and would want to be there for him, he chose to share with her anyway. He *knew* that she wouldn't judge him, he wasn't worried about her judging him. And he knew that it would make her feel better knowing that he chose to tell her and confide in her. That's the difference, Stefan never chose to confide in Elena unless he was forced to and to pre-whitewash his sins. It's not necessary with Caroline.
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Alisha: SoM Dancekalishaka on January 26th, 2015 04:06 pm (UTC)
So I did a write up of my live-commentary and some very brief random thoughts. So, it's not very deep, it's really just first thoughts. (This is cross posted a bit because I put it up on the forum too, but I thought I'd post here since you asked and because I like talking here more)

First thought - Kai is seriously the greatest villain this show has ever had. He is what Klaus wishes he was. He is a full blown psychopath. His blend of pure human with raw power is deeply unnerving. He creeps me out on the regular but also cannot look away from him.

"Oh sorry. I'm nervous. You're like really pretty"

"He's like you can't come in here. We're closed and you have an unconscious girl over your shoulder. And I was like...don't judge me"


The absolute hilarity that is the takeover of House Salvatore.....everyone is living there and Stefan is losing his mind. (Yet handling it so much better than I would.)

"And this has to happen in my living room why?" "Damon feels guilty" "Well...that's new"


DAMON AND LIZ!
"I paid extra for this room to be a single" "You under estimate the number of women who would die to sleep with me"
"Well, I'm not dead yet"


Tyler and Liv.....and the way everyone must just go through Damon's bedroom.

"Should I be wondering why you're in Damon Salvatore's bedroom"

FRIENDS BOX SET! No seriously, Stefan/Caroline and Liz...precious!

"Stefan you know how to laugh right"

"STEFAN I KNOW ALL YOUR FRIENDS" "ELENA...ME...AND THEN THAT'S IT"

Because this is the point I mentioned it in my commentary I will also mention it here....I love Paul. I enjoyed Paul's last directed episode. This episode....was less good in that department. And that's where I will end that.

And now for another awesome part of this episode to make up for the mentioned negative:

Elena.....is never the damsel. Thanks show! AND SHE CALLS DAMON!
Because even memory compelled Elena is like "Only one phone call I can make to save my life...BETTER MAKE IT TO DAMON"


Oh Kai!
"You are crazzzzzy pants"
"You don't have to worry about trying to change me. Liking yourself is the most important thing, and I like me."



"WELL I NEED ANOTHER SOLUTION" "*over the phone* There is one" "Did Jeremy just show up with a crossbow?"

Damon just knows. I love that Damon just knows!


Caroline is being crazy. No, seriously, like every interaction she had with the cancer patient made me feel so uncomfortable. I knew it would just lead to heart break and I just...no.


Also, again, I have to mention my love of Kai. Chris Wood is amazing. The scene where he is playing Elena, so so so good.


And despite some of my issues with other Delena scenes (Yes, I am talking about you, awkwardly faked dying moment)I loved this scene:

"I don't know...every time we try to go on a date....you get kidnapped...I get locked away in a prison world...you have your memories compelled away"


I also loved the Matt/Liz interaction and how he stayed with her and watched movies with her. Liz is like...the last parent all of these ridiculous supernatural orphans have...please don't take her away.

I refuse to acknowledge the ending. Except...why are hospitals on TVD always so dark....why are there never doctors/nurses/anyone around when horrible things start happening.... this is what I focus on rather than my pain because Liz's death is going to be sped up. Ugh! I am not ready!

Also, apparently I forgot to touch on it in my live commentary, but I honestly think my favorite moment from this episode was Stefan taking Caroline's hand on the porch. I can't even form words for how I feel about Stefan and Caroline this season. (When you have been wanting something since Season Two of this show...and you finally get it.....there are no words...there are only flails!)



Arabian: Damon & Elena47arabian on February 2nd, 2015 08:11 am (UTC)
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So I did a write up of my live-commentary and some very brief random thoughts. So, it's not very deep, it's really just first thoughts. (This is cross posted a bit because I put it up on the forum too, but I thought I'd post here since you asked and because I like talking here more)

Aww, thank you! You're sweet.

Kai is seriously the greatest villain this show has ever had. He is what Klaus wishes he was.

Yes, yes, he totally totes is.

His blend of pure human with raw power is deeply unnerving.

You said this on the phone even better. With Klaus, Michael, Esther, etc. with Kai, it's even more unnerving because while, yeah, whatever, he's technically a witch and when he can siphon magic, he has the power, that's not what makes him a villain. It's the fact that he's so very human and yet still so very evil. With the other "villains" we've had, that villiany came from their lack of being human. They were evil because they literally were monsters. Kai is a monster despite being human. And that is so chilling.

The absolute hilarity that is the takeover of House Salvatore.....everyone is living there and Stefan is losing his mind. (Yet handling it so much better than I would.)

LOL!

"And this has to happen in my living room why?" "Damon feels guilty" "Well...that's new"

So, so, sooooooooo not new. A-holes, don't know by boo at all!

Tyler and Liv.....and the way everyone must just go through Damon's bedroom.

A TVD-BFF of mine is not a Liv/Penelope Miller fan so she was annoyed by that, but it cracked me up and I was trying to explain to her why it cracked me up so hard... and it was exactly this reason. It had *nothing* to do with Liv. It was because EVERYONE goes through Damon's bedroom... not Stefan's or Elena's or Caroline's or... etc. Just Damon's. It cracks my shit up. And that he hasn't killed anyone yet for doing so is even funnier. Or even complained about it!

"STEFAN I KNOW ALL YOUR FRIENDS" "ELENA...ME...AND THEN THAT'S IT"

THANK YOU, SHOW, SO HARD! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, SHOW, A MILLION, GAZILLION TIMES! How I forgot to mention this I have no clue. I'm always talking about how Stefan talks about wanting to settle down and have a normal life, have friends, blah, blah, but he doesn't do that (psst, Damon does). That really aside from Damon (who's *always* gonna be there wherever Stefan is), it's only Elena and Caroline who he cares about. And then the show *actually* had someone say it aloud. I so very much.

Because this is the point I mentioned it in my commentary I will also mention it here....I love Paul. I enjoyed Paul's last directed episode. This episode....was less good in that department. And that's where I will end that.

Amen. When I say that Joshua Butler does a much better job directing on the regular you pretty much know what my thoughts are on Paul's direction this time time around. Yeah.

"WELL I NEED ANOTHER SOLUTION" "*over the phone* There is one" "Did Jeremy just show up with a crossbow?"

Damon just knows. I love that Damon just knows!


That slayed me so hard. That Damon JUST knew that Jeremy was there with his trusty crossbow. Oh my Damon/Jeremy feels!!

TBC

Edited at 2015-02-02 08:14 am (UTC)
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Frust-sheep: Vampire Diaries: Steroline&Delenafrust_sheep on January 28th, 2015 08:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you for your insightful view again. :) I especially loved D/E & S/C. And yay tomorrow is Thursday! :D
Arabian: TVD-Cast02arabian on January 30th, 2015 03:18 pm (UTC)
Damon and Elena, and Stefan and Caroline remain SO FREAKING AWESOME!!!!!