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24 October 2010 @ 12:35 pm
Vampire Diaries 2.5  
Oh, Vampire Diaries! How is it possible that you are so consistently delightful?! I have so much love for this episode--it may be my favourite of the season so far.

From the opening scene where they intercut from Stefan/Elena to Katharine/Mason I knew we were in for a good ep. That 'I promise you we are going to get through this' was a clear signal that we'd see that love tested hard in this ep, which made me squee in anticipation. I didn't mind that it was signalled because I feel so secure in the hands of the Vampire Diaries... and sure enough, the way they were tested was totally gripping and wonderful.

I love love love Jeremy hanging around Damon, and Damon's consequent snark about Jeremy's 'search for his sexuality life's purpose'. Sorry--I've tried and tried to see Jeremy as straight (mainly because I like the alpha chicks he dates) but I think I'm losing the fight. Something about him just keeps pinging my gaydar. Is it the actor? I don't know. Regardless, he seems to spark off every guy he's around. Reading the ep in that light made Elena's 'no, no, there is no "Damon and you"' hilarious. And even more so the scene where Jeremy watches Damon torture Mason with a squicky 'omg, I should NOT be finding this hot!' face. :D

Great to see Bonnie back in this episode, and I particularly liked her struggle to come to terms with Caroline as a vampire. I am glad they dealt with the awkwardness of the friendship issues in dialogue with Elena, at least a bit. It is definitely hard for Bonnie to reconcile her own feelings and beliefs with the situation of her friends.

Once again, fabulous plotting in this episode, with the way the truth about Mason was found out via Bonnie, and she thereby got embroiled in the Salvatore brothers' shenanigans (yay, more brotherly teaming up! LOVE IT!!). Love the brain aneurysm thing Bonnie can do--seriously creepy.

OMG, Caroline continues to steal the show! Keeping her mother in the basement and trying to get through to her... waah! Their D&M was really moving, and it was tragic but inevitable that Caroline would have to compell her at the end. I love that Caroline is so clear sighted about this. I am glad she got to hear her mother tell her that she was a strong person.

The well was a really cool trap, I thought. More girls save boys = yay! It's also good to see how tough Elena is. That well was creepy and disgusting and snake-filled and she kept her head to not only rescue her boyfriend but also find the stone. Good going, girl!

I love that we'd seen earlier in the episode that Jenna was the weak link that Katherine could exploit, and yet even after knowing that I didn't expect the stabbing until right before it happened (just as Elena herself realises what is going to happen). It was grotesque and horrifying, and totally convincing that it would make Elena break up with Stefan in shock. And so she should. They had been too indulgent. I loved their break up scene with Stefan's face so crumply and tortured. I only really get into this ship when they are in Epic Angst mode. :) But I did rather enjoy that.

Damon's emotional journey in this episode was kind of subterranean. I liked that. Katherine sleeping with Mason really rattled him, though he tried to make a joke of it. I'm sure killing Mason was cathartic. But he was clearly still riled enough to have a go at Katherine on the phone--again, brilliant plotting. I didn't expect him to confess to Elena, and she totally (once again!) doesn't see the significance of him doing so. He was totally falling on his sword there, even though the outcome (Stefan/Elena breaking up) was one he should be thrilled about. I think he saw in Elena's face just how deeply and irrevocably the damage had been done and it shocked him out of his self-centred headspace, where everything is about his personal struggle with Katherine.

As if all that wasn't enough they've now set Matt up to go after Tylar and potentially die. Eeek! EXCITEMENT!!! \o/ The ways this will impact on Elena, Jeremy and Caroline already give me thrills.

Is there a Vampire Diaries fanvid community on Dreamwidth or Livejournal, anyone know?!

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Call Me OneTrackcallmeonetrack on October 24th, 2010 02:39 am (UTC)
Caroline continues to be awesome and amazing. ♥ I was so glad to hear her mom notice and give voice to the change in her--she's totally more confident now. I was a little worried last week when they let her do a tiny bit of the I'm not worthy/You're so wonderful bit with Elena, but thankfully that was nipped in the bud really quick (almost as if the show felt it was pretty tiresome too!)

The Matt thing is gonna wreak some havoc, though I read interesting rumors about Caro that I don't quite understand how they're going to get there.

Poor Uncle Mason! I will miss him! (Or at least his shirtlessness. I think I enjoyed the actor a bit more on Trauma.)
amnisiasamnisias on October 24th, 2010 09:24 am (UTC)
I think I enjoyed the actor a bit more on Trauma.

I knew I'd seen him before somewhere. The newbie ambulance driver and budding authort. THANK YOU for clearing that up. Every time I watched i told myself to check it out on imdb but I always forgot.
Call Me OneTrackcallmeonetrack on October 27th, 2010 02:41 pm (UTC)
Yes, he was very cute as probie Glenn. A lot more angsty here of course. Mystic Falls: The Angst is in the Water. Heh.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Katherinebop_radar on October 24th, 2010 09:27 pm (UTC)
almost as if the show felt it was pretty tiresome too!)
I feel like the show has a REALLY GOOD HANDLE on these things! Something in the writing feels very self-aware even though the show doesn't do meta on itself in the dialogue or anything, and yet... there are quite a few moments where I can feel the writers consciously pulling things in. I love it!

Eeek, spoilers, no thanks! I love the suspense waaay too much for that.

I want more Alaric!!
Call Me OneTrack: P/J: Ask Me to Staycallmeonetrack on October 24th, 2010 09:50 pm (UTC)
Yeah I know you hate spoilers. I won't say any more on that front. :)

But I do feel like a hallmark of a Kevin Williamson show is being "self-aware." He was only really involved with the first season (and maybe some of the second? when it started tanking?) of Dawson's Creek, but they kind of made their bones for that show on being self-aware. He did have the characters do a lot of meta on themselves back then though, and you're right, usually TVD avoids that.
Semi-Obsessive Me: run lola run phonessol_se on October 24th, 2010 04:06 am (UTC)
Yes to everything! :D

vdiariesvids
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Supes/Batbop_radar on October 24th, 2010 09:27 pm (UTC)
TY! LOL you know what's funny? I'm already a member. *facepalm* I fail at LJ.
Ms Cranky Pants of the Depresso Blogbofoddity on October 24th, 2010 05:48 am (UTC)
Yes yes YES to all of this! My love for this show is spinning out of control and I wouldn't want it any other way. Icons! I need icons. *runs around in squee-circles*
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Damen bearbop_radar on October 24th, 2010 09:28 pm (UTC)
You really do need icons! Let your squee FLOURISH!
darluludarlulu on October 24th, 2010 07:50 am (UTC)
Jeremy/Tyler has been pinging for me for ages. Like, I actually thought the writers were going to go there, but now I'm not so sure.

Oh, and here's the profile page of the Vampire Diaries vid community I'm currently following on my flist, but there might be more out there.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Salvatore brothersbop_radar on October 24th, 2010 09:30 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Hilariously, I'm already a member. *facepalm* I must do this stuff in my sleep sometimes...

I really don't know what the writers have in mind for Jeremy but I wish they WOULD go there with the gay thing. I doubt it somehow though. I think maybe he's going to die tragically trying to make Katherine pay? IDK! (And am happy not knowing: spoilerphobe)
amnisiasamnisias on October 24th, 2010 10:13 am (UTC)
Jeremy gay? interesting thought. To me he's more the archetypal "confused teenager" on his mission to find his identity. "Do I want to be human or vampire? Do I want to be dead or alive? Do I want to be part of the gang or mope around because I'm not part of the gang? Do I like boys or girls? Who has the more impressive body - Damon or Tyler?" It's all in a days soul-searching of an average teen....

Those Bonny scenes where great, I approve that there is somebody on the show that doesn't go "You're a vampire? Cool, let's be friends!"Because seriously, in real life people just aren't all that understanding about people being different, particularly if it involves killing people.

The whole M&D interaction was completely made out of win, and shattered my heart to pieces. I agree with you, I am glad Caroline didn't let her Mum go, because if they wrote it that way than sooner or later she would have spilled the beans, whether intentionally or accidentally, and I don't feel in the mood for contrived drama (meaning writers letting characters do stupid things in order to create drama). I'm kind of thinking that part of the reason Caroline was strong enough to do the right thing and compel her Mom was because she had had that moment with her mum, and her Mum telling her how accomplished she has become (and being proud of her, in a way, even she didn't say it). But watching her compel her Mum (in so much detail) was really heartwrenching - I think the fact that the soup was too salty finally broke me.

And Damon! Damon? Damon?! He turned up the snarky at least a 100%, and his facial expressions where of olympic proportions. Clearly, he left his soul & humanity in the coffin for today, because that's the only way he can handle unlife at the moment. I thought Mason's torture was quite uncomfortable (in a good way), it really seemed to be much more about Damon's Catherine-issues rather than finding out info. This sums it up nicely: "I look at you and I see myself.(...)Katherine will only rip your heart out. Let me do it for her." Self.loathing extra large with a side of suicidality?


K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Damen BRB murderbop_radar on October 24th, 2010 09:34 pm (UTC)
Haha, I hear you on the Jeremy soul-searchy being wider than just sexuality.

I approve that there is somebody on the show that doesn't go "You're a vampire? Cool, let's be friends!"
ME TOO. It's a refreshing reminder of how warped Elena's and Caroline's worlds are. And I think you are right that having that moment with her mother helped make Caroline strong enough to do the right thing. It was really heartwrenchy though. :((

Yes, Mason's torture was uncomfortable and I think it was mainly about Katherine. Yeah. I love these glimpses we get of Damon's internal world--where he's being perpetually tortured by Katherine. It helps explain his behaviour so well, especially that hardness. Oh, Damon!
Call Me OneTrackcallmeonetrack on October 24th, 2010 09:55 pm (UTC)
Not to hijack your thread, but this phrase really jumped out at me after I was replying to your earlier comment:

"Mason's torture was uncomfortable and I think it was mainly about Katherine."

It really occurs to me that this show has an awful lot of scenes where two men have conversations that are all about a woman (Katherine often, but sometimes Elena or Caroline, and occasionally even Bonnie). It's really refreshing that they have kind of this inverse-Bechdel Test passing going on. \o/

Edited at 2010-10-24 09:56 pm (UTC)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Katherinebop_radar on October 24th, 2010 11:03 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah! It's true. There was that line where Damon says 'doesn't it all come back to love of a woman'. I feel like there's a theme in this show that women hold a lot of emotional power over men--that could easily be exploited badly, but they handle it really well, and it makes a refreshing change to the 'men make women screaming, crying emotional wrecks' style of television.
(Anonymous) on October 27th, 2010 05:38 pm (UTC)
I really can't see how you can say this show is good and BSG's last season bad. It brings out my nerd rage. Vampire Diaries is so obviously a Twilight cash-in, the actors are awful and the writing! AUGH. The whole thing is SO. PATRONIZING.