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22 November 2015 @ 02:29 pm
7.07 - 'Mommie Dearest' (The Vampire Diaries)  
This is a show that I write long, rambly posts about! Wheee!!!!

I'm just going to start with my absolute favourite thing about this episode. I rewound the scene. I sat up pointing at the screen. I pumped my fist. I pointed at the screen shouting, "Yes!" I nodded emphatically. I seriously did all of the above, I kid you not. Of course I am talking about Damon's speech to Stefan about dear Mommie dearest.

Totes that lovely, splenderifous speech was a thing of beauty. It was so fantastic hearing Damon just lay it out to Stefan. It wasn't about what she did when they were kids. It was about what she did *after* they became vampires. It was the fact that she kept her "death" a secret and left them with their very human monster of a father. A father who physically abused them, well, at least Damon and emotionally abused them, well, at least Damon. She chose *herself* over her children. She chose *her* happiness over her boys. And once they turned and were no longer bound by their ties to humanity and Giuseppe at all, she *still* did not go to them. Even then she did not choose them. Even then, she chose this man, Julian, and this new family that she'd created over them.

And two freaking hundred years later when she had the chance to make it right, to make amends... she still chose this new family over her two sons. And not only then, she has chosen to emotionally torture her sons. Damon, by taking Elena away for decades, and Stefan (to a lesser degree), by taking Caroline away and allowing her new family to torture her.

So it doesn't matter that she intended to take away Damon and Stefan when they were boys for one brief moment in time. Almost every other time when it has mattered again and again, she has turned her back on them. And having Damon tell him that was just sweet, sweet music to my ears. Partially because it was more than just about Lily... it was also about the many times that Stefan has failed to see the freaking forest for the trees. He never sees the big picture. It's why he's never quite gotten the depth of his big brother, or why he never got Elena's pain or how deep her love for Damon was or their love for each other.

And it's also why he has yet to see how broken he himself still is, but yet, that's Stefan, the king of compartmentalization and denial. (I really, really, *really* hope that Paul Wesley sticks around beyond this season because there is so much further to go with Stefan's journey.) *sigh* And I'm going to say it. *double sigh* As much as I do love Stefan and Caroline, and as great the Paul and Candice King chemistry, I don't think that Stefan and Caroline should be an endgame couple. *triple sigh*

It was different when Damon and Elena were on the show and they were the lead IT couple, and Stefan and Caroline were the adorable, secondary couple, but as a lead couple, they don't have the juice. Damon has found his peace; he really has. He does know who he is, he's really just playing a waiting game right now waiting for his love and then they'll be together, live out a human life and he will have what he's truly always wanted. Essentially, he found his peace and happiness at the end of "I'll Wed You In The Golden Summertime." It's just on hold right now until Elena wakes up. So now it's Stefan's turn, and from a showrunning point of view, Stefan needs to take the lead and as I wrote about last, as much as I adore them, Stefan and Caroline have *always* been written as a secondary pairing. Stefan needs to be part of a lead couple. I don't know that he and Valerie will succeed there, but I think that the show is trying to set that up.

I'm still not happy with how they did it. (I will never be happy with how they did it.) But I do get why they have done so. A problem so far this season has been the rushing of things to set things up for transitioning our new leads, our new oomph!factors, I think. Stefan and Valerie were part of this. They shoved their story all into one episode in that was quite out of character to the time period frame when using two to three episodes would have worked so much better. And they could have possibly done a parallel set up of Stefan and Caroline enjoying their new relationship with Stefan and Valerie doing the same in 1863. But they didn't, they rushed it to get Valerie on our team and away from Team!Heretic.

Whether Valerie is just a way to lead to a Stefan and Caroline break-up or whether she's intended as a potential long-term love interest for Stefan, I don't know. What is clear is that Stefan and Caroline are not together in a couple of years and beyond, so long-term is not in the plans for them right now. So I'm making myself understand that letting go is probably not the worst idea ever.

And then there's the other couple that they're rushing to get to the punchline: Bonnie and Enzo; it's just moving too fast. Where they are at right now, I don't think we should see them at this comfort level until at least a few more episodes, if not a lot more episodes. Bonnie should still be in the "I really can't stand everything you are" phase, not in the flirting/banter thing they've got going. It's just too much too soon. We're not getting any kind of anticipatory build here. They are forcing them instead of letting viewers *want* them to be together.

And then we have Alaric and Caroline... I'm going to allow myself to be open to this. They've barely interacted like ever. Except for the scenes where they talked about the fact that his Esther-messed-with-self killed her father, they've had like no real anything. Yes, they knew each other when she was 16, a junior, he was her teacher, etc., but she was never part of that inner circle with him. And she is an adult now, they've both experienced great loss (Jo, her mother) and they are both going to be sharing something incredibly intimate and bonding together (the pregnancy). So, I will keep an open mind. I love both characters (and if it helps bring me back *my* Alaric, yay!) so, yeah, open mind it is.

And then there is one other rushed thing, but that goes back to something I talked about before: Lily goes from being the WORST MOTHER EVER to yeah, maybe she doesn't suck that much. And I'm not talking about Stefan's interpretation. I'm talking about Lily herself. Lily's actions, Lily's words, how Lily herself is written, directed, portrayed. In one episode she comes across as if she loathes her sons and frankly couldn't care less, but then the next, nope, she does care, really, she's torn and it was just these choices in her life that led her down this path and she has so many regrets. And I'm like ‘Good Lord, which is it?!' And it does frustrate me because I've been waiting for the Mama Salvatore story since season 02 and I want to love it, but they are making it hard because they are rushing stuff to get to some... thing. So we are jumping too quickly between horrible Mommie Dearest and loving Mama Salvatore.

And this episode just highlighted that lack of a transition between the awfulness of her actions and attitude and this sudden, yes, sudden change of heart. I partially blame the writers, James Stoteraux and Chad Fiveash (ugh, these guys, despite Damon's gorgeous speech to Stefan—which Caroline Dries probably wrote, I bet!—they generally write the worst episodes these days) and the overall design of the episode. Honestly, I don't know who that goes on more. I just really think that laying the ‘Giuseppe is an ass' angle based on ONE FREAKING incident was, well, I'm gonna call a spade a spade, stupid as fuck. Lily was married to the man for 20 years. Damon and Stefan dealt with him for approximately 20 years and they used *literally* one incident to point out that Giuseppe Salvatore was a jerk? Really? I mean, come on! I just—words escape me at the idiocy of this.

And then we get to Julian, yes, it was crappy what Julian did his whole risking Lily's life by sword-fighting with Enzo, but Lily has been so obsessed with him for so long that I find it unbelievable that she wasn't swayed by his 'well, I'm so awesome, I knew there wasn't a risk at all.' Mildly suspicious enough to let it start the lingering doubt, yes, but enough to set her on the path of betrayal then and now? Nope.

Instead, think of how awesome it would have been to see Lily as a more modern woman in this modern world see that and start to see that, yeah, Julian's a dick. She's now been without a man for over a century. Before she pretty much went from Giuseppe to Julian. Now being with him for even a bit longer, with these thoughts running through her head from the boys, she would see it herself. But so quickly? Too much.

Now to be fair, I think that all of this ties into what I wrote about after the last episode in that I think the show is trying to mix things up and find that new IT couple, and all of the above involves that. I totally get that; I absolutely appreciate that. Presumably if Ian Somerhalder is leaving and Paul Wesley, Candice King, Kat Graham, Matt Davis and Michael Malarkey are sticking around, it makes sense that they are trying to get these pieces in order and see which is going to click as soon as possible. However, the rushing the story is frustrating as a viewer because the whole journey should be well-told. But, but, but... I do want to stress that other than the really bad Stefan/Valerie so not of that time period-ness of that episode (because it was bad), it's not as if the other stuff is not good, because it is, in some cases, it's really good, even great! I just think it could be better. It's good and/or really good, but it's not great (or not enough of it is great), and I think it has the potential to be great (or more of it). And I expect great (on a more general basis) from The Vampire Diaries.

OK, randoms.....

- Damon correcting Mommie Dearest on her racial slurs. Oh, Damon.

- Enzo and Julian? (Michael Malarkey and Todd Lasance) have like zero chemistry and so all of their scenes, including the swordfight scenes which should have been exciting were boring. Of course, if we cared about either couple (Enzo/Lily—no! or Julian/Lily—yeah, right) that would have helped too. But we don't, so we didn't. So... boring.

- Hmm, whereas I was intrigued a few episodes ago with "Three Years From Now..." with the Bonnie in the mental ward and the Bonnie/Enzo reveal, I have to admit that the last couple just have me going, 'OK, yeah, blah, blah... whatevs," because I know I'm not finding anything out legit anytime soon and it's only coming out in drips and drops.

- That doctor in the Alaric/Caroline scene looking for the babies was bad, like really bad. I mean, "There's no heartbeats either," she says like, "oh, your hair is blonde." So bad.

- The kid they got to play young Damon was pretty good, but his nose wasn't as perfect as Ian's and his eyes not as blue which I probably wouldn't have noticed that spectacularly had they not gone from him to a close-up of Ian's face and those ridiculously gorgeous blue eyes of his. Still, pretty decent casting.

- I want more Matt; I want Matt Donovan to get a real storyline, damnit. I feel like they are wasting Zach Roerig. He is so good and is being so wasted. Grr. My favorite Matt moment? His expression behind Caroline after Valerie said that Caroline was pregnant and Caroline kept denying it and, lordy, Matt just had the best expression.

- I REALLY want a REAL storyline for Matt Donovan.

- Tyler and Jeremy got namechecked!

- I know it will never happen at this point, but I want Caroline and Valerie to become best friends now. The actresses work really well together; they have a great chemistry and just play off of each other with a great rhythm. See next bullet-point for more details on what is so great about them!

- I love how Caroline found out about Valerie's secret; Valerie didn't tell her spitefully. She truly was trying to help Caroline and Alaric, and she wasn't trying to spill about Stefan's daddy-making part. Caroline recognized that, didn't fly off the handle and the two just sat and absorbed it together. Now how Caroline will handle it when she speaks to Stefan we'll see, but I loved that scene with Valerie and Caroline.

- So the question of the IV'd humans remains since they are not being used as blood banks. And we can guess that it's clearly Julian's plan and *not* the Heretics overall since this seems like it's something that didn't start until Julian showed up and Beau is clearly in on it.

- Ian Somerhalder's acting in that speech to Stefan about Lily was so on point. Loved it. So good, so, so, soooo good. Paul Wesley's acting in reaction to Damon's speech was so on point. Loved it. So good, so, so, soooo good. Damn, I love me my Brothers Salvatore so hard.

Again, I don't want it to seem like I'm not enjoying this season, I am. And I do get what they're doing, I get that they're putting the pieces in place. I also imagine that the back half is going to pretty stellar and when watching the whole season together in one sitting, this first half will play out much stronger. I just do see the cracks, but I also see where they are trying to fix things and I have faith; I do. Still love my show.
 
 
 
tj2013tj2013 on November 22nd, 2015 10:12 pm (UTC)
Great recap, as always, thanks for sharing your thoughts.

I believe the IV'd humans are being held in store for the vampire souls trapped in the phoenix stone. Looks like Julian - not the Heretics - are behind this. He spent decades in this stone, must have made some friends there...

And did you hear the score when the babies were revealed? The one mostly used in Seasons 1 and 2. So many feelings :-)

Damon's speech was great and very much to the point.

And I also agree that they are rushing character and couple dynamics, but after your analysis I see where the showrunners might come from.

I am not really convinced yet that Lily has switched sides.

Do you know why James Remar didn't come back as Giuseppe Salvatore? The actor playing Papa Salvatore now wasn't nearly as good as Remar IMHO.


Edited at 2015-11-22 10:13 pm (UTC)
Arabian: Damon07arabian on November 23rd, 2015 03:31 pm (UTC)
I believe the IV'd humans are being held in store for the vampire souls trapped in the phoenix stone. Looks like Julian - not the Heretics - are behind this. He spent decades in this stone, must have made some friends there...

Hmm, I never thought of the idea that they were anything other than in stasis. But I could see him wanting to bring other vampires back who used the stone, though. Definitely a good idea! Scratch that! ghidorah15 pointed out that Not!Jo/Florence Nightingale had problems as a human inhabiting the Phoenix!Vampires so I don't see how this could be it. Hmmm......

And did you hear the score when the babies were revealed? The one mostly used in Seasons 1 and 2. So many feelings :-)

I didn't notice that! I'll have to go back and listen.

And I also agree that they are rushing character and couple dynamics, but after your analysis I see where the showrunners might come from.

Yeah, I get it, but it's still frustrating. I do still have hope that once the season plays out it will be better in retrospect.

I am not really convinced yet that Lily has switched sides.

I hope you're right.

Do you know why James Remar didn't come back as Giuseppe Salvatore? The actor playing Papa Salvatore now wasn't nearly as good as Remar IMHO.

I agree with the latter point, but I think it's because Remar is too old to have played a Giuseppe that young.
tj2013tj2013 on November 23rd, 2015 06:42 pm (UTC)
ghidorah15 pointed out that Not!Jo/Florence Nightingale had problems as a human inhabiting the Phoenix!Vampires so I don't see how this could be it. Hmmm......

But that's easy, right? Julian would just have to turn all the humans into vampires before he uses the stone.
Arabian: Damon04arabian on November 23rd, 2015 08:58 pm (UTC)
Ah, good point.
Mattghidorah15 on November 22nd, 2015 11:10 pm (UTC)
I'm not convinced that Stefan/Caroline are going to stay torn apart. The time skip to three years ahead could very well serve the purpose of sparing us the prolonged separation so we can get to their reconciliation sooner. I suppose we'll have to wait and see, but I wouldn't give up that easily.

As for Damon's speech, I think the operative word is "BRAVO!" It was a long time coming and, regardless of what happens next with Lily, Stefan needs to actually let it sink in. Hopefully, when Damon has ridden off into the sunset with Elena, his little brother will be in a good enough place to start fixing himself.

I see what you mean about rushing everything, but I'm enjoying the ride enough (even with an episode written by a rather weak pair) to not complain too much. :P ;) And I like Enzo enough that I didn't mind Bonnie basically telling him that he deserves better than Lily. Hopefully, this and the moment where he warned Damon of Incoming Vengeful Julian are signs of him choosing the right side in the near future.

What I didn't like was Matt being an ass to Bonnie. Get your head on straight, dude. *glares* That said, his reaction to Valerie revealing Caroline's pregnancy was pretty funny. And speaking of Valerie, I liked that not only did she choose to reveal her own past pregnancy to Caroline, the latter took it really well and stopped belittling her. I don't know - maybe them being friends in the future isn't so crazy. I mean, we still don't know the identity of the mystery woman hunting Stefan (maybe I'm just wishfully hoping it's not Valerie).

Oh, and I like the above poster's theory about the IV'd humans. If they're not merely food for Julian (damn it, Beau, stop helping him), they could be vessels for the other prisoners of the Phoenix Stone. But how would he avoid the problems Florence suffered in Jo's body? That is the question.

One final note - no matter who's playing him, Giuseppe is a monster. Abusive parents always make me see red.
Arabian: Stefan & Caroline04arabian on November 23rd, 2015 03:31 pm (UTC)
I'm not convinced that Stefan/Caroline are going to stay torn apart. The time skip to three years ahead could very well serve the purpose of sparing us the prolonged separation so we can get to their reconciliation sooner.

But it's THREE YEARS in the future and this show moves so slowly. Unless they plan on literally jumping to three years in the future at the end of the season maybe and doing a massive time jump period where we really are at three years and then they move on from there with Caroline and Alaric together, and Stefan is in the mix and next season is a triangle with those three? Or Caroline and Alaric are just together in name only? Who knows?

I suppose we'll have to wait and see, but I wouldn't give up that easily.

They've just got me all confuzzled!!! LOL!

As for Damon's speech, I think the operative word is "BRAVO!"

Yes!

It was a long time coming and, regardless of what happens next with Lily, Stefan needs to actually let it sink in. Hopefully, when Damon has ridden off into the sunset with Elena, his little brother will be in a good enough place to start fixing himself.

I sure hope so!

I see what you mean about rushing everything, but I'm enjoying the ride enough (even with an episode written by a rather weak pair) to not complain too much. :P ;)</i>

Right, that's how I feel. And if I wasn't writing these, I wouldn't be complaining, I'd just be sitting back and enjoying these and adoring my Damon. :)

And I like Enzo enough that I didn't mind Bonnie basically telling him that he deserves better than Lily.

Which he so does!

Hopefully, this and the moment where he warned Damon of Incoming Vengeful Julian are signs of him choosing the right side in the near future.

I do expect that. Pretty please!

What I didn't like was Matt being an ass to Bonnie. Get your head on straight, dude. *glares*

This I have to disagree with... with everything going on and Matt being the ONLY one among them who is human with no supernatural skill to protect him if he calls one of them, they damn well better pick up the damn phone and/or call him back ASAP! And the fact that he IS there risking his life, his humanity to protect the town and all of them and all of them, *including* Bonnie knows that and she didn't answer her phone? Was pretty shitty. Bonnie is the one who discovered the IV'd bodies with him. Bonnie knew he was investigating that specificially. Bonnie wanted to be kept in the loop about that and yet when he called her about it... she instead didn't answer her phone, didn't return his calls, and he found out she was ignoring him to go off and play detective with a guy who had kidnapped him and mind warped him. I'm team!Matt here. His head is on COMPLETELY straight.

And speaking of Valerie, I liked that not only did she choose to reveal her own past pregnancy to Caroline, the latter took it really well and stopped belittling her.

Exactly.

I don't know - maybe them being friends in the future isn't so crazy. I mean, we still don't know the identity of the mystery woman hunting Stefan (maybe I'm just wishfully hoping it's not Valerie).

I can't see it being Valerie, but I don't see her and Caroline being besties because things are so unfinished with her and Stefan right now and that would get in the way. So I dunno.

Oh, and I like the above poster's theory about the IV'd humans. If they're not merely food for Julian (damn it, Beau, stop helping him), they could be vessels for the other prisoners of the Phoenix Stone. But how would he avoid the problems Florence suffered in Jo's body? That is the question.

Right, I forgot that. So, yeah, I don't think it could be that, then. Hmmm.....

One final note - no matter who's playing him, Giuseppe is a monster. Abusive parents always make me see red.

So true.

Edited at 2015-11-23 03:32 pm (UTC)
Mattghidorah15 on November 23rd, 2015 07:42 pm (UTC)
Okay, fair enough about Matt. I'm just sick of seeing him and Bonnie at odds, and I don't want him to do something foolish and potentially fatal because he's angry with her.

As for the Phoenix Stone prisoners, the other poster (sorry, I don't know how to properly link to the names) just pointed out that Julian could simply turn the humans into vampires before he conducted the ritual. Figures I'd miss that obvious solution, huh? :P
Arabian: Matt & Rebekah02arabian on November 23rd, 2015 09:00 pm (UTC)
I just gotta protect my Matty's point of view. I'm just frustrated with the writers giving him no one who's 100% team!Matt at this point (and haven't for quite some time... since Rebekah left).

Yeah, I saw what she wrote and it does make sense. I didn't think of it myself either.
jairem08jairem08 on November 23rd, 2015 04:16 pm (UTC)
As always thank you for your post.
I wonder if I should just wait for the first hiatus and watch all the episodes at once.
when is the first one? I still haven't watch one episode but you did mention it might pen out better watching it at once. Even if few episodes.
Arabian: Damon & Elena24arabian on November 23rd, 2015 09:02 pm (UTC)
Well, we have the Thanksgiving episode break this week and then I'm assuming two episodes and then we'll have our first hiatus if it plays out as usual, so you only have about 3 weeks or so to wait, so that might be a good idea! :)
Bogwitchbogwitch on November 25th, 2015 08:18 pm (UTC)
Sorry, I just couldn't get past the ridiculousness of Sammy the Turkey with this ep.

Just no.

No.
Arabian: Jeremy01arabian on November 25th, 2015 10:09 pm (UTC)
I thought that during the episode. Blocked it out when writing my notes. When talking about it to a friend. Noted it again when rewatching bits of the episode for the actual writing of the post, meant to mention how stupid it was during the write-up, but what do you know? I blocked it out AGAIN! It was just THAT stupid. I mean... really?!

I just... wait, no, it's gone again. I forgot what I was bitching about.
Bogwitchbogwitch on November 25th, 2015 10:24 pm (UTC)
I wish I could.
Arabian: Elena02arabian on February 28th, 2016 03:43 pm (UTC)
LOL!
(Anonymous) on February 20th, 2017 10:14 am (UTC)
19 days until the finale! *_____*
OK, first of all, I think I need a hug, because I just got spoiled about something that apparently happens in 8x13 and I'm freaking out here 0_________________0 And I only just watched 8x01, so I'm not up to date plot-wise anyway *headdesk* I just hope that Julie's most important personality trait is that she secretly is a happy ending person lol

But anyway. Back to the UTTER JOY that are your wonderful write-ups ♥

”It was the fact that she kept her "death" a secret and left them with their very human monster of a father.” - That's really the key point, yes. Damon nailed it.

”He never sees the big picture. It's why he's never quite gotten the depth of his big brother, or why he never got Elena's pain or how deep her love for Damon was or their love for each other.” - Well-said. That's a perfect way to put it.

”As much as I do love Stefan and Caroline, and as great the Paul and Candice King chemistry, I don't think that Stefan and Caroline should be an endgame couple. *triple sigh*” - Oh dear. This sounds both sad and intriguing.

”A problem so far this season has been the rushing of things to set things up for transitioning our new leads, our new oomph!factors, I think.” - I agree about the rushing of things, but I think the reasons were more pragmatic and just connected to the overall flow of the show, so to speak. There may have been that inherent sense of limited running time that no one was really all that concerned with before, which might have affected how certain characters/plotlines were written.

”We're not getting any kind of anticipatory build here. They are forcing them instead of letting viewers *want* them to be together.” - Again, I'd blame it on the 'limited time left' thing that I think was on the writers' mind. And I also think that they did what they could under the difficult circumstances to make Bonnie/Enzo feel believable. That's why they had them stuck together in a cottage for a couple of years with no other people around or much to do at all. As for the flirting that you mentioned which felt like the wrong level of comfort at that time. Yeah, you're right. I guess they could've skipped it altogether at that point since it didn't really contribute to the story feeling or not feeling more believable overall.

”So we are jumping too quickly between horrible Mommie Dearest and loving Mama Salvatore.” - As much as I've always been hoping for the loving Mama Salvatore I totally agree that the transition or the ambivalence, whatever, felt like it wasn't constructed and written well at all.

”Damon and Stefan dealt with him for approximately 20 years and they used *literally* one incident to point out that Giuseppe Salvatore was a jerk? Really? I mean, come on! I just—words escape me at the idiocy of this.” - Yes! I agree with that too. Literally made me cringe. Just so bad.

”Tyler and Jeremy got namechecked!” - That was a nice touch, yes! Also, I'm jumping ahead here, but I think Lucy Bennett getting namechecked was awesome too.

”I also imagine that the back half is going to pretty stellar and when watching the whole season together in one sitting, this first half will play out much stronger.” - As someone who watched S7 within a month I can tell you you're most likely totally right :)
Arabian: Bonnie08arabian on February 24th, 2017 04:27 pm (UTC)
RE: 19 days until the finale! *_____*
OK, first of all, I think I need a hug, because I just got spoiled about something that apparently happens in 8x13 and I'm freaking out here 0_________________0 And I only just watched 8x01, so I'm not up to date plot-wise anyway *headdesk*

Aww, I'm so sorry!! :(

I just hope that Julie's most important personality trait is that she secretly is a happy ending person lol

Well, she did say that she's a happy-ending kinda person, didn't even keep it a secret. So, I think we're good.

”As much as I do love Stefan and Caroline, and as great the Paul and Candice King chemistry, I don't think that Stefan and Caroline should be an endgame couple. *triple sigh*” - Oh dear. This sounds both sad and intriguing.

I love them, but even now with 3 episodes left, I can still see them NOT being endgame. I can also see them being endgame. It's interesting where they are right now. You'll see.

”A problem so far this season has been the rushing of things to set things up for transitioning our new leads, our new oomph!factors, I think.” - I agree about the rushing of things, but I think the reasons were more pragmatic and just connected to the overall flow of the show, so to speak. There may have been that inherent sense of limited running time that no one was really all that concerned with before, which might have affected how certain characters/plotlines were written.

You're being kinder than I. Enough of the same people still there have been involved from season 01 of this show. There is no excuse, not when the show, for the most part, hits it on all cylinders. Sorry, TVD, when you normally give me excellence, well, that's what I expect. Sucks to be awesome!

Again, I'd blame it on the 'limited time left' thing that I think was on the writers' mind. And I also think that they did what they could under the difficult circumstances to make Bonnie/Enzo feel believable. That's why they had them stuck together in a cottage for a couple of years with no other people around or much to do at all.

I'm gonna stop you here... NO, no, no, no to that bolded part! LOL! Sorry, but I have thought A LOT about Bonnie and Enzo and I'm going to actually give you a sneak preview of a comment I made in a season 08 write-up about why I think they did such a lousy job with them in season 07 and how it easily could have been done SO MUCH BETTER!

There were FIFTEEN episodes in which to create this beautiful love story. Do the push-pull, the angst, the longing, the ups and downs, the discussions over Enzo's not so good past actions (murder, bribery, betrayal, etc.) before getting into the flash-forward that would show where their relationship was then. But prior to that three-year jump, we could have had the near kisses, deep, real conversations, the first kiss, a dance, moments, near-sex, etc. Instead, we got a shocking kiss from the future that came out of nowhere very early on, a few flirting scenes that didn't make sense from Bonnie's end, and Enzo spending most of the first half of the season in love with another woman. I repeat, again, the show had 15 episodes before the 3-year time jump in episode 16 to build up this relationship. Stefan and Elena had 10 before they had sex. Damon and Elena had people shipping them like whoah before episode 15. The show had time to do this with Bonnie and Enzo and they CHOSE not to.

Also, I'm jumping ahead here, but I think Lucy Bennett getting namechecked was awesome too.

Yup, yup, yup. Loved her.

Edited at 2017-02-24 05:24 pm (UTC)