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08 March 2016 @ 03:25 pm
1.01 - Pilot (The Vampire Diaries)  
I admit the title made me a tad wary (The Vampire Diaries really? *), but this has quite a bit of buzz so I thought I would check it out. And, well, it's not the greatest, but it's pretty good. Actually, I think it has potential to be more.

* Yeah, I know, it's based on a book series. Still, it's lame.

That potential lie in the relationships present aside from the obvious burgeoning teen true love. Yeah, that one. Well, Stefan and Elena are sweet and all. That first meet-cute was kinda awkwardly adorable—Elena coming out of the boy's bathroom (of course, LOL!) to come face to face with the new, mysterious hot guy before starting the side-to-side dance of who's going first.

Then there was the whole not-creepy-at-all! cemetery meet-cute x2. And it was in this scene where I found something to potentially really like in this couple. Elena assuming that Stefan was basically stalking her—no, I mean that wasn't the good. Rather, that as soon as he mentioned his own family was buried there as to why he was visiting, Elena's reaction was good.

She immediately apologized (rather adorably so), showed empathy and was just a lovely person about it. I really liked that. However, *sigh* this Stefan dude… *double sigh* No matter how adorable they are, I'm sorry, but I just can't get on board with this couple yet when clearly Stefan is into her at least in part because of some Katherine chick from 1864 (!) who looks EXACTLY like Elena. (Dead ringer, indeed!)

I mean, come on! And the cemetery was creepy? Here's Stefan pulling out a daguerreotype of this Elena look-alike and staring all moony-eyed. How can I possibly root for Elena—who I already really like—and this guy when he's so not being straight with her?

Yeah, yeah, yeah, he's keeping the whole vampire thing under wraps, but this just seems like a whole other rotten bowl of fish. I don't know. I don't know. It's just the first episode; there could be an explanation. Maybe it wasn't moony-eyed. Just because his brother implied something there doesn't make it so. Obviously, he's not the most reliable of sources. So, yeah, I don't know.

*Triple sigh* They are cute, and I did like their final scene too when he brought her diary back and she opened up to him. Like I said, I like Elena already. It's clear this girl has been through a lot in the last year, and has closed herself off to life, to just living… but Stefan has sparked something in her and that's really sweet. So, yeah, we'll see.

Ah, but what about the ex? Oh, his poor puppy-dog eyes! When Elena gave her little wave to Matt at the lockers and he just looked at her as if his heart was in a million, hundred thousand pieces it was very sad. And while Elena does seem over him, it also seems like she broke up with him because of her parents' death and the grief related to that. So maybe things aren't quite finished there? Obviously, he isn't over her so there could be a triangle in the works. Hmm.…

Or rather a quadrangle… see Caroline. I know I wasn't the only one who caught when Stefan told Caroline that “you and me, it's never gonna happen,” right? And we all know that in writer-speak that's code for eventually it's TOTES gonna happen. And there is no way the show was going to spend all of that time on Caroline sussing out that Stefan information, flirting with Stefan, etc. unless, yeah, it is going to lead somewhere… someday. Stefan and Caroline will be a thing down the road, yes/yes? Take it to the bank.

Speaking of Caroline… man, I love her. She's easily my favorite character after this one episode. That final scene between her and Bonnie was just fabulous (and beautifully acted by Candice Accola—an actress I'm not familiar with at all). The conversation between the two about it not being a competition was just sublime, especially how Caroline tried to explain it to Bonnie. Trying to explain her frustration, how Elena is always the one, while she never is even though she tries so hard, it just broke my heart. It was such a real, genuine moment, and that something that anyone (uhm, everyone?) who has ever had a moment of feeling less than can relate.

And that scene there, highlighting a relationship that was not romantic was part of the potential I was talking about above. Normally in a show like this, I'd expect that Caroline would be the “bad girl,” Elena's bitter rival. Especially since Caroline was first introduced as rather bitchy and shallow. Instead it's obvious in this moment that even though, yes, she is jealous of Elena, but she still is Elena's friend. And it's the just the way things are—and how Caroline always seems to find herself falling behind—that frustrates her the most. But the friendship, that is clearly still there… and clearly there between Caroline and Bonnie. And that was also a bit unexpected when you consider that at the top of the episode Bonnie was first seen in the reassuring best friend role to Elena. So to see her in that role as well with Caroline showed a depth of friendship between the three girls that spanned years.

And it wasn't just between the girls; we also saw the friendship between Matt and his jock-buddy Tyler, and even Bonnie and Matt. Plus, with the interaction between the whole lot of them—including Matt's sister, Vicki and Elena's brother, Jeremy—it realistically built this background of these group of teenagers who have grown up together, some closer than others, but all still a fairly tight-knit group. It was really well done.

And it wasn't just the friendships showcased, we also saw familial bonds on display as well. There was the relationship between “Uncle” Stefan and Zach, Elena and Jeremy, and also the siblings along with their aunt Jenna, Matt and Vicki, not to mention the simmering tension between Stefan and his brother, Damon. So despite the teen romantic drama, The Vampire Diaries still managed to throw in a LOT of family and friendship into the mix. I really appreciate that.

They did that all alongside the teenage romantic stuffies which is impressive. There was the Stefan/Elena stuff, and the potential romantic quadrangle of them and Matt and Caroline—with a dose of Damon worming his way in to spoil things with Caroline. Not to mention young Jeremy who is desperately in love with the older, wilder Vicki who seems oblivious to just how crappily Tyler Lockwood treats her. Dude, he nearly raped her in the woods. No means no, dude. What an asshole.

*sigh* I feel like I should feel more for Vicki than I do. When she told Jeremy that he's worse than Tyler (who almost freaking raped her!) because Jeremy wants to talk to her, get to know her, see into her soul, it was heartbreaking because she clearly thinks so little of herself to think that way. Still, yeah, I just—ugh, I'm sorry, I just don't particularly like the actress (Kayla Ewell); I found her quite unlikable. Sorry, but, yeah. I mean, truthfully, I wouldn't have minded all that much if she had died. Alas, she did not. Ah well, I figured someone had to kick the vampire plot into high gear.

So the wicked brother of Mystic Falls could get things rolling, am I right? Look at Damon Salvatore… popping up all over place. Attacking innocent couples by pretending to be dead in the road, standing all fog-laden and commandeering a crow (?) in the cemetery while spying on Elena, getting his flirty-eye on with Caroline… oh, yes, Damon Salvatore was a busy boy. And then there was his reunion with his brother, Stefan. Now that is not a good relationship, folks. Picking fights, threatening the girl his baby brother has a crush on, making insinuations left and right, stealing his jewelry, making fun of him. Yeah, basically, he was pretty awesome! Who knew Ian Somerhalder had it in him? Yeah, I remember him as Boone from Lost. I liked him as Boone from Lost; but let's get real; this guy, Damon Salvatore? Would have torn Boone to shreds in like five seconds flat because Boone was a spoiled, whiny loser. So, yeah, kudos to Somerhalder—who's still pretty hot by the way, but his hair's a lot darker.

Alrighty then—here's some random thoughts…

- I really liked how they handled the sibling relationship between Elena and Jeremy. I have a brother myself and have experienced the loss of a parent and it's a difficult thing; you can get lost in grief. So seeing how Elena cut Jeremy slack for as long as she could, but then stood firm was realistic. I also liked how she tried to be a hard-ass at school, but then finally just let her heart lead the way and that was the best way to get to him. Their scene at the bonfire after the police had arrived was quite touching.

- On that note, It's a very believable touch that even though their parents died about four months ago, it still matters so deeply to these two. It's still affecting them. (It just seems like most shows wouldn't have people, especially teens, care so much.)

- And on that that note… my goodness, that teacher Tanner is SUCH a dick! Calling out Elena and that he's been lenient due to the death of her parents. Ass!

- Hmm, so vampires can fly in this show's mythology? OK, then.

- I mentioned above that I remember Ian Somerhalder from Lost. I also know a few other actors from soap operas. I vaguely recall Zach Roerig (Matt)—and I mean vaguely--from his days on As The World Turns. But I really remember Paul Wesley (Stefan) from when he was baby Paul Wasilewski on Guiding Light! He played Max when he was in his early teens on that show so when I saw him I was all… ooh! it's Paul Wasilewski, unaware that he'd changed his name and was now Paul Wesley. Ooh!

- The one thing that I didn't like was how they were trying a bit too hard to do the whole teenage slang/talk like teenagers.

So, overall, yeah, it was pretty good. Not great, but it was pretty good. I'm definitely up for watching more.
 
 
 
Mattghidorah15 on March 8th, 2016 11:47 pm (UTC)
*tries not to cackle over this blast from the past*
Ahem...yes, this little story could be interesting. But you know, as dynamic and engaging a character as Damon is already proving to be, we haven't actually seen him interact with Elena yet - or with any of her friends sans the eye-flirt with Caroline, for that matter. We really need to see how things go there, how he fit into - no, actually, the proper word is more likely to be "upsets" - their rich relationships and interactions and what have you.

And while I usually go for the more noble, heroic characters (blame my love of superhero movies), I fear Stefan is only that on paper, not in reality. Like you said, he's not being straight with Elena. Whatever happened with this Katherine lady, it's clearly coloring his fascination with Miss Gilbert. (That said, I can't entirely blame him, either - Nina Dobrev is one gorgeous young woman. Granted, so are her fellow actresses. If there's anything we can thank the CW for, it's never casting ugly people, am I right? :P)

Oh yeah, and Tanner? I already hate you and hope you die. Painfully. If Damon's the one to kill you, I'll just like him all the more.
Arabian: Damon04arabian on March 9th, 2016 12:00 am (UTC)
Re: *tries not to cackle over this blast from the past*
OK, for real, how did I do? Does this not read like I have ZERO CLUE what is to come?! I really thought I did a good job with my notes and expanding upon them. Don't worry, though, you can comment with future knowledge. And I will respond with future knowledge. I just wanted to write the actual post as if I didn't have that knowledge, LOL!

Judging from my notes re: episode 2, I definitely jump on the D/E train pretty quickly, LOL! I do know that when watching the show for the first time, I really did LOVE Stefan and it wasn't actually until watching season 01 the second time (when I wasn't binge-watching and was actually taking my time and thinking it through) that the whole 'hey, he was stalking her! hey, he liked her kinda because of Katherine!' aspect hit me. So I kept a lot of those thoughts in play when writing these notes down *upon rewatching the season again. (Thank God for my awesome memory!)

Yes, Nina Dobrev, Katerina Graham, Candice Accola and Sara Canning are all gorgeous.

And, yeah, I pretty much hated Tanner from day one.

If Damon's the one to kill you, I'll just like him all the more.

LOL! I don't remember what I wrote about his death in my notes. I really don't. You'll see, though! (Hopefully, I'll get more than just you responding.)

Edited at 2016-03-09 12:01 am (UTC)
Mattghidorah15 on March 9th, 2016 12:05 am (UTC)
Re: *tries not to cackle over this blast from the past*
Alrighty then. And yes, you did very well, Miss Arabian. I, too, hope I'm not the only one who responds.

Remind me, wasn't "Miss Mystic Falls" where you started doing these reaction and analysis posts?
Arabian: Damon & Elena02arabian on March 9th, 2016 12:17 am (UTC)
Re: *tries not to cackle over this blast from the past*
Cool, cool!

And yes, you did very well, Miss Arabian.

Thank you very much. And feel free to call me Jennifer. :)

Yup, MMF is the first one I did. I have links to all of them on the TVD round-up page I have that is linked on the sidebar (I already added this one). But I'm going to add a lot more to that one. And there are actually a few season 02 and 03 episodes I'm probably going to re-do because I rushed through a few of them, and I had a more pissy attitude then that I didn't have until *after* season 03. That attitude served me MUCH better and has made my viewing experience SO MUCH more awesome and has proved me right about this show as well.

Edited at 2016-03-09 12:18 am (UTC)
Mattghidorah15 on March 9th, 2016 12:25 am (UTC)
Re: *tries not to cackle over this blast from the past*
If you insist, Jennifer. Remember, I'm Matt without the Donovan.

Ooooh, a redo of some Season Two and Three posts? I have no complaints. Yes, I remember how upset you got after "The Departed" and how you needed a bit of time to realize it wasn't a betrayal, just a pause. Heck, given how Stefan and Elena called it quits for good just six episodes later, I bet you can laugh about it now.
Arabian: Elena07arabian on March 9th, 2016 01:33 am (UTC)
Re: *tries not to cackle over this blast from the past*
I remember you're Matt!

Nah, I was OK with "The Departed." In my second post. I'm talking about stuff like "By The Light of the Moon." I was REALLY harsh on that one, but in retrospect, it was much better. And had I not been so whiny about Stefan/Elena and my expectations about wanting more Damon/Elena stuff, and pissing about stuff I read in interviews, I would have enjoyed it more. There are episodes like that. But stuff like TD and "Dangerous Liaisons," where I wrote a second write-up for it where I took the time to reason stuff out... those I'm good with.
tj2013tj2013 on March 9th, 2016 06:56 am (UTC)
OMG - you did it! Fabulous! And it was so refreshing to read, good job! Kind of transported me back to watching the first season, all fresh and new.

But I'm glad we can comment with the knowledge we have now, otherwise that would be a tad awkward, LOL.

Man, Mr. Tanner sure deserved to die, dick he was. And true, I never liked Vicky, but you can see wheree her attitude came from. There are a couple of characters on this show with self-esteem issues...

Do you think the writers already knw about where they were going with Stefan and Caroline? Or did they just throw in this "never gonna happen"-line in case they wanted to build up something in the futue?
I sometimes wonder how much they had already mapped out shooting the first half of the first season, and how much they adjusted on the run, so to speak.


Edited at 2016-03-09 06:58 am (UTC)
Arabian: Damon & Elena42arabian on March 9th, 2016 12:39 pm (UTC)
OMG - you did it! Fabulous! And it was so refreshing to read, good job! Kind of transported me back to watching the first season, all fresh and new.

Yup, I did it! I do have my notes jotted down from each episode. I just needed to actually write the posts for each one. Now that I did one, and saw how easy it was, hopefully I can get on doing the rest!

But I'm glad we can comment with the knowledge we have now, otherwise that would be a tad awkward, LOL.

Erm, yeah.

Man, Mr. Tanner sure deserved to die, dick he was.

Well, no, he didn't deserve to die. Not really. He did deserve to not be a teacher, though or work with children/teenagers ever again, though.

And true, I never liked Vicky, but you can see wheree her attitude came from.

It wasn't her attitude. I completely got that, and thought the writing for her was great. It really is the actress. I'm just not fond of Kayla Ewell. It's not her acting (like the awful Olga Fonda--nope, will never miss an opportunity). Ewell is a very good actress; I just don't find her a likable actress (on the other hand, Fonda is likable, just not very good.)

There are a couple of characters on this show with self-esteem issues...

A couple? Other than Stefan, Elena and Tyler, are there any characters on the show who *don't* have self-esteem issues?

Do you think the writers already knw about where they were going with Stefan and Caroline? Or did they just throw in this "never gonna happen"-line in case they wanted to build up something in the future?

I think it was an "in case" honestly. Because there was nothing else with S/C the rest of the season, LOL! It was pretty clear that Stefan/Caroline didn't really spark with them until the bathroom scenes in "Brave New World" in season 02.

I sometimes wonder how much they had already mapped out shooting the first half of the first season, and how much they adjusted on the run, so to speak.

I still believe firmly that it was around *filming* episode 07 when their scenes were just so charged and the push/pull, and the depth and journey of an intense love story was introduced that the show decided that Damon/Elena were it. I say that because episode 08 would have been written already. Lexi had that comment to Elena about 'when it's real, you know' which was clearly about Stefan/Elena, yet that was then transferred to Damon/Elena in 1.11--with Lexi's boyfriend Lee, then again in 1.14 and "real" became the key word for Damon/Elena throughout the seasons.
tj2013tj2013 on March 9th, 2016 04:49 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I guess my remark about Tanner was a bit harsh. Let's say I was glad he was gone.

I can't remember how often I've rewound that "I wanted it to be real" scene... And I still remember the first time I watched it. I was mesmerized by the way they looked at each other.
Arabian: Damon & Elena27arabian on March 10th, 2016 02:39 am (UTC)
Oh, heck, I'm sure everyone was happy when Damon chomped on Tanner, LOL!

That "I wanted it to be real" scene is one of my favorite D/E scenes period. I just love it so much. The chemistry between them... OFF THE CHARTS!!!
jairem08jairem08 on March 11th, 2016 11:23 am (UTC)
This will be fun.
I only started watching reluctantly when 2nd season was halfway through.
The moment I saw DE together on screen I could feel something brewing. What a journey.
So curious about your posts on this season
Arabian: Damon09arabian on March 11th, 2016 11:35 am (UTC)
It is a fun!

I reluctantly watched it myself--I had to start from the beginning and I binge-watched (well, to be fair, I watched the Pilot when it aired, but stopped about 35 minutes into it) the first 18 episodes and the first episode I watched live was "Miss Mystic Falls." LUCKY ME!!!

As you read this one, I will be doing the posts as if I don't know what's coming. (Thus my positive Stefan/Elena comments, LOL!)
Bogwitchbogwitch on April 10th, 2016 11:29 pm (UTC)
I was looking for something to watch and was flicking through my cable services for some supernatural type drama as my interest in Supernatural began to taper off. My choice was between this and True Blood (which I still haven't seen). I can't really remember what made me pick the show over True Blood, but I have always had a bit of a thing for High School dramas (which are so far from my own experience) so it was probably that and my love of Buffy that drew me in, although Ian's face on the poster wasn't entirely irrelevant... :) (I didn't remember him from Lost (I certainly wasn't attracted to him then)). In fact I remember actually being quite glad to get rid of Boone the first time around! But then I didn't really like anyone in Lost). I was disappointed with having to wait so long in this ep to see so little of him! Thankfully, the show was already in Season 2, so I could get going quickly. By The Light of the Moon was my first 'live' ep.

Stefan held no interest at all at this point and my interest in him since has waxed and waned (my favourite moment with him still 2x22 when he's bingeing on the blood), but I was open to that changing. The Vicki/Jeremy/Tyler/Matt storyline though left me cold (I never like the jock archetypes). I didn't like Vicki at all either. Over time I have come to like her more, but I think the show got a lot better once she'd died.

Everyone else... I wasn't particularly invested in them at this point, but I liked them enough to watch episode 2.
Arabian: Damon01arabian on April 30th, 2016 02:57 pm (UTC)
Don't bother with TB, it starts out good, gets progressively worse and then dives into god-awful.

I didn't like Vicki at all either. Over time I have come to like her more, but I think the show got a lot better once she'd died.

THIS!

BTW: The icon above--true story, first TVD-related icon I ever made. :)
Bogwitchbogwitch on May 2nd, 2016 10:52 pm (UTC)
And a fine one it is!
Arabian: Damon04arabian on May 2nd, 2016 11:01 pm (UTC)
Why thank you! :)
Bogwitchbogwitch on May 2nd, 2016 11:07 pm (UTC)
It's hard to go wrong with that particular look. :)

I really miss the black shirts. :(
Arabian: Damon08arabian on May 2nd, 2016 11:58 pm (UTC)
You mean the button-down black shirts? Yeah, they do seem to go more for the Henley's now, that's true. And even the darker colors are dark blues, reds (like in my icon), etc.
(Anonymous) on February 26th, 2017 10:04 pm (UTC)
RE: 1.01 (I know, I know, I should be catching up...
... instead, but fear not, I have my comments for RE: 7x16 ready to post too ;) I just really wanted to read your thoughts on 1x01 :) And of course I'll read the rest of your S1 comments as soon as I can. I'm so happy that you decided to do these write-ups! ♥

"I admit the title made me a tad wary" - I had no time for wary. A friend made me watch the DE ILY 2x08 scene and I don't think I was even aware of the show's title at that point lol I immediately fell in love and watched it 10 times right away. And I started watching from there while catching up from 1x01 in the meantime. And one of the coolest things about my introduction to the show may be that I got to meet Damon and Elena before I've ever seen Stefan ;)

"She immediately apologized (rather adorably so), showed empathy and was just a lovely person about it. I really liked that." - Yes, that was quite a meaningful moment. The entire first episode gets better at a re-watch too, by the way.

"I mean, come on! And the cemetery was creepy? Here's Stefan pulling out a daguerreotype of this Elena look-alike and staring all moony-eyed. How can I possibly root for Elena—who I already really like—and this guy when he's so not being straight with her?" - Or with himself for that matter.

"When Elena gave her little wave to Matt at the lockers and he just looked at her as if his heart was in a million, hundred thousand pieces it was very sad." - Actually, I feel like it was more angry than sad and it's kind of brilliant bearing in mind his S7/S8 arc.

"Stefan and Caroline will be a thing down the road, yes/yes? Take it to the bank." - Ha, of course! That June wedding was obviously meant to happen and I think that even if for some reason it won't happen, we did get as close to it as possible.

"That final scene between her and Bonnie was just fabulous" - Yes, that scene was wonderful. It really stood out.

"Instead it's obvious in this moment that even though, yes, she is jealous of Elena, but she still is Elena's friend." - Very good point.

"But the friendship, that is clearly still there… and clearly there between Caroline and Bonnie." - YES! And it clearly survived all the way until S8.

"it realistically built this background of these group of teenagers who have grown up together, some closer than others, but all still a fairly tight-knit group. It was really well done." - That's true. You're so right.

"Yeah, I remember him as Boone from Lost." - Ha, as you may or may not know, I've never watched lost. But I had a friend who did and for YEARS I kept hearing about that show. If I only knew! Life's funny that way.
Arabian: Stefan02arabian on March 1st, 2017 01:17 am (UTC)
RE: 1.01 (I know, I know, I should be catching up...
Oh, I don't mind you responding to these as well! (The rest of season 1 don't come until after 8.07 just so you know.)

... instead, but fear not, I have my comments for RE: 7x16 ready to post too ;)

I will get to those tonight. :)

I just really wanted to read your thoughts on 1x01 :) And of course I'll read the rest of your S1 comments as soon as I can. I'm so happy that you decided to do these write-ups! ♥

I'm REALLY glad that I did as well. Boy, did I come up with a way different outlook on Stefan/Elena. I now don't think that S/E were EVER planned to be THE couple.

"I admit the title made me a tad wary" - I had no time for wary. A friend made me watch the DE ILY 2x08 scene and I don't think I was even aware of the show's title at that point lol I immediately fell in love and watched it 10 times right away. And I started watching from there while catching up from 1x01 in the meantime. And one of the coolest things about my introduction to the show may be that I got to meet Damon and Elena before I've ever seen Stefan ;)

I know you think it's cool, but UGH! I can't imagine seeing stuff like that before watching in order. And I would NEVER watch a show as it's airing while catching up on back episodes, but now that pretty much any show you want to watch can easily be watched from the beginning, I am such a purist, LOL!

"She immediately apologized (rather adorably so), showed empathy and was just a lovely person about it. I really liked that." - Yes, that was quite a meaningful moment. The entire first episode gets better at a re-watch too, by the way.

I feel that way about all of the first 3 episodes. I think those are the weakest by far of the series (although there's a s8 episode that I actually think is weaker now), but they are so much better in retrospect when you know what is to come. It adds so much dimension and layers to stuff that happens.

"I mean, come on! And the cemetery was creepy? Here's Stefan pulling out a daguerreotype of this Elena look-alike and staring all moony-eyed. How can I possibly root for Elena—who I already really like—and this guy when he's so not being straight with her?" - Or with himself for that matter.

Yeah, we learned that eventually for sure!

"When Elena gave her little wave to Matt at the lockers and he just looked at her as if his heart was in a million, hundred thousand pieces it was very sad." - Actually, I feel like it was more angry than sad and it's kind of brilliant bearing in mind his S7/S8 arc.

He was angry, yes, but for me, it was the heartbreak that really shone for me.

"That final scene between her and Bonnie was just fabulous" - Yes, that scene was wonderful. It really stood out.

I honestly think that is the best scene in the Pilot.

"Yeah, I remember him as Boone from Lost." - Ha, as you may or may not know, I've never watched lost. But I had a friend who did and for YEARS I kept hearing about that show. If I only knew! Life's funny that way.

Hah, no I didn't. I stopped watching Lost in the 3rd season, but Ian's Boone was actually one of my faves in the big cast (top 5) and I was NOT happy when he was killed off.
(Anonymous) on March 5th, 2017 11:31 am (UTC)
RE: 1.01 (I know, I know, I should be catching up...
"I am such a purist, LOL!" - haha Yes, but this is good! I wish I had that kind of stamina and patience.

"I honestly think that is the best scene in the Pilot." - I agree. And I love that we got to get some lovely Caroline/Bonnie scenes in S8. "Your happiness is a part of my happiness." ♥
Arabian: Caroline05arabian on May 14th, 2017 01:53 pm (UTC)
Re: 1.01 (I know, I know, I should be catching up...
That final scene there with Caroline and Bonnie was not only the best scene in the Pilot, but was one of the best scenes in the first half of the seasons. It showed the depth and realism of character that this show was capable of.