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09 October 2010 @ 12:06 pm
Consider it opposite day  
Maybe it's the migraine but I wasn't that thrilled by Community this week. Shirley was the most sympathetic to me with her 'skinny bitches' snark.

On the other hand, one show never fails to deliver...

Vampire Diaries 2.5
This episode started slow but boy did it deliver! So much happens in every episode! And it used my bulletproof kink! THANK YOU, SHOW!

OMG, Mason is a Katherine minion!! \o/ Woot! I found Mason's curse story pretty suspicious (how often do you get into a fight where you might kill your best friend from the start but even so I didn't see that coming. *slaps head* I had ran with it as it had been established that the Lockwoods have massive aggression issues even before the curse is triggered. But this is so, so much better. :)

Really enjoying the little renaissance between Jeremy and Tyler. Although Jeremy is so dim sometimes. How did he NOT know that Tyler was going to attack him when he got him alone? Still, it was worth it for their odd bonding. And I'm glad that Jeremy was not interested in that Sarah chick. She was not nearly alpha enough for him.

I was having a very Stefan-fond week. I loved his emotional journey in this episode and found him more sympathetic than usual. I also really liked him threatening Mason to protect Damon. I liked it even better when Damon rocked up so close behind him, all pissy, and then felt the need to hold his brother's shoulders while having that conversation. And then Stefan returned the favour later! And they were very hot double-teaming Mason. Seriously, I have NO IDEA why slash fandom isn't all over this show.

Even more to my taste: we got GIRL SAVES BOY. Or more accurately GIRLS save BOYS. \o/ OMG, soooooo much love for Caroline! Her first scene of kicking Mason's ass alone was brilliant, and I had honestly bought that she wouldn't reveal herself to her mother. It was horrible but I can understand it. But then she showed up as a whirlwind of blonde fury. My heart broke for her with her mother.

It also made for an incredibly tense scene in the slave quarters. I love that everyone thought Damon really would kill Liz. And of course the wonderful 'you're my friend' moment. I'm so glad that the show provided a way for Elena to see Damon's human side where it was completely not an act put on for her benefit.

At first I couldn't see why Liz wouldn't have killed Stefan and Damon immediately, but it makes sense that she'd want information first, and I loved her hardass 'I will draw this out' torture: and especially that Damon was shocked by it. Her toughness in this scene totally made up for the pink shirt (I do like her better in uniform though). And it's so fucked up how tangled up in her life and Caroline's Damon is.

SO SO glad that Damon was not fooled by the Stefan/Elena angst. And even happier that Stefan is considering drinking human blood. Yay, REAL trouble in paradise! I had just been thinking how cute and funny everyone was about Stefan's bunny-blood habit. ('Get some bunny in ya?' :D) It makes total sense that Stefan would be pushed to this by the pressure of Katherine and nearly dying. And having Damon around must be a constant reminder of how much stronger he could be.

The scene between Stefan and Elena at the end was totally heart-thud material. But just as I was getting shippy of them, that scene between Damon and Elena came along, and it was super-hot.Though I never will understand why people feel the need to slice their palms, of all places, open! I mean, pick somewhere that isn't going to be constantly re-opening when you move, for god's sake! Oh well. They managed the scene beautifully. I loved their restraint (especially refreshing to a True Blood viewer!): it was so sexy.

In other news, [personal profile] kuwdora is the most amazingest friend ever and talked me down off a ledge when she correctly detected that I had clipped my entire new vid project the wrong f-ing way. Having a Mac-vidder friend at last is AWESOME!

And I am all hyped for Festivids! [personal profile] fan_eunice has a really good post explaining why the brilliance of Festivids in detail, but I shall precis and say that I had a blast last year. I got to vid a character I wouldn't have otherwise vidded, which also meant I kept vidding at a time when I was in a creative slump. I also discovered how amazingly pretty Vampire Diaries is to vid (really people! you need to get on it!) and by the time it came to posting I'd almost forgotten, in all the fun, that I was getting a vid in return. The reciprocal joy out of this event is such a wonderful thing. And then you can watch everyone else's vids too. Everyone wins! :) Go forth and sign up!

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Nora Norwichnorwich36 on October 9th, 2010 03:34 am (UTC)
I don't know why slash fandom isn't all over Damon/Stefan, but I know why I'm not: because Elena is kickass, and I like her with Stefan OR Damon. (Or both, ideally). Also, I'm not really into fanfic for this show, because I think the show is actually giving me everything I need. (I'm often this way about well-written fandoms).

I also really loved (a) kickass Caroline in this and (b)the fact that Stefan's friendship with Liz turns out to be real.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Katherinebop_radar on October 9th, 2010 04:14 am (UTC)
Of course! *slaps head* It's too well written and it has too many cool female characters!! :p :p :p

It really is awesome. I feel like I could ship anyone with anyone on this show, just about! ;)

Kickass Caroline is the best kind of Caroline. I like the way she tossed her hair back into place after kicking Mason to the ground. :D :D :D
darluludarlulu on October 9th, 2010 04:47 am (UTC)
I liked it even better when Damon rocked up so close behind him, all pissy, and then felt the need to hold his brother's shoulders while having that conversation. And then Stefan returned the favour later! And they were very hot double-teaming Mason. Seriously, I have NO IDEA why slash fandom isn't all over this show.

I LOVED the brotherly scenes in this ep! And yeah, I'm all over Damon/Elena/Stefan like whoa...just can't bring myself to leave Elena out altogether. I wish there was more awesome fic/viddage out there for this OT3 though.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Damen bearbop_radar on October 9th, 2010 09:34 pm (UTC)
I know, Elena is awesome too, and the brother dynamic really does need someone else there, I think. And... you know, you and I have the power to fix that! :p It's very pretty to vid. I'm just saying. ;)
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K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Damen BRB murderbop_radar on October 9th, 2010 09:37 pm (UTC)
It really really is. One thing I love about TVD is that every character's lines, the ones they will or won't cross, are drawn in different places, unique to them. And they're so well drawn that we know when characters do cross their own lines, as opposed to other people's. Damon's moral code is completely different to anyone else's that's for sure.

Caroline was both awesome and moving in this episode. I did like Damon trying to protect her from her mother's rejection. And aww, she's crashing at the Salvatores. It's a vampire sleepover! :)
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amnisiasamnisias on October 10th, 2010 11:10 am (UTC)
It was adorable.

Right? I'll just be melting quietly over here.....
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Damen bearbop_radar on October 11th, 2010 09:15 pm (UTC)
Awww, nicely spotted on the voice lowering. I heart him so much! I haven't been so smitten with a fictional character for a looooong time.
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K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Damon/Stefanbop_radar on October 12th, 2010 03:35 am (UTC)
Yeah, you're right, he's terribly protective. He just wants someone to want him to protect them.

I am very smitten too.
You don't say! ;)
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K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Stefan is smugbop_radar on October 12th, 2010 03:43 am (UTC)
Subtlety is overrated. *chinks glasses with Damon*
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Ms Cranky Pants of the Depresso Blogbofoddity on October 9th, 2010 07:23 am (UTC)
I love how this show keeps amazing me more and more every week. The women were fantastic as usual, but I really enjoyed the guys in this episode too; believable angst for Stefan, believable humanity for Damon, the Tyler/Jeremy-bonding (now there's another couple slash fandom should be going crazy over) and I loved how they got Mason involved with Katherine. She's just so fabulously evil and I can't get enough of hers. Oops, started squeeing over girls after all! ;)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Katherinebop_radar on October 9th, 2010 09:39 pm (UTC)
Yeah, me too! And yes so much Tyler/Jeremy potential too! But yeah, Katherine did rather pop up at the end to pwn all the boys. ;)
amnisias: TV-VDamnisias on October 9th, 2010 09:26 am (UTC)
I just can't believe how much PLOT they manage to pack into 45 minutes each week, right?! The whole Mason sub-plot (inclusive last minute reveal), vampire torture, a teenage home-alone-party, and emoting on all fronts while looking pretty. I'm in awe....

That brotherly shoulder-clutching totally jumped out at me, and my mind was going slash immediately, too. It looked like Damon wasn't ever letting go of Stefan again.

Caroline is shaping up to be a really cool Vampire, isn't she?! I thought her story line was very poignant and well handled. Being a teenager with a super strict, unavailable police mum isn't easy (nor is being a single parent police chief tasked with protecting a town from a threat most people don't even know about), but then being rejected because you've changed (I kind of thought this could be viewed a bit like a metaphor for growing up/coming out/joining the circus) is just heartbreaking. Caroline standing there all blood smeared saying "Mum" totally broke me. As did Caroline overhearing her Mum's conversation with Damon. Btw 1, did Caroline and Damon have a bit of a moment there? Btw 2, aren't these the most considered vamps you've ever met, getting an over-night bag for you while they chain you up in a cellar until you're off your drugs so that they can mind-sweep you?
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Damon/Stefanbop_radar on October 9th, 2010 09:46 pm (UTC)
I know, seriously, SO MUCH in each ep!

It looked like Damon wasn't ever letting go of Stefan again.
Haha, I know! And then the neck grab? Did you see the neck grab?! LOL, I don't even understand, but I'm not complaining. :) If they feel the need of bodily contact while conversing, who am I to complain?

Yeah, I'm really getting behind Caroline! :) And yes one of the things I love most is that both her AND her mother are sympathetic characters. I really like Liz and I know her rejection of Caroline was incredibly harsh, but it surely came out of shock and grief. Her whole life has been built on protecting the town from vampires--from her point of view the vampires have stolen her daughter. But it is Caroline who has my main sympathy--she was heartbreaking when she stepped forward and tried to talk to her mum.

did Caroline and Damon have a bit of a moment there?
Yes, I believe they did. *g*

aren't these the most considered vamps you've ever met, getting an over-night bag for you while they chain you up in a cellar until you're off your drugs so that they can mind-sweep you?
They really are! The Salvatore brothers are totally the vampires I'd most want to be mindwiped by! ;) They are too adorable.
quiet dear I'm blooming within: Vampire Diaries:  Elenaturnonmyheels on October 9th, 2010 11:42 am (UTC)
Other than Sons of Anarchy and Friday Night Lights I think The Vampire Diaries is the best show on tv. Even considering my other two favorites, this weeks episode proves that it wins 'pacing the story within the episode' hands down. All the characters we got to see this week [will they *please* bring Alaric back a bit more? and where was Bonnie?] had moments of brilliance and real character development. Every. Single. One. That Never happens on tv.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Stefan is smugbop_radar on October 9th, 2010 09:48 pm (UTC)
Oh god, yes, the PACING. It's just unbelievable! I am thrilled they are managing to keep it up. The plotting on this show is phenomenal. But yeah, seconding the need for more Alaric! And I did think that Bonnie fans lost out this week. However I have faith that they will both be awesome when they do come back into play.
Reese (aka. Jaidanwolf): merlindreamrequiem on October 9th, 2010 10:18 pm (UTC)
I've just signed up for this year. Missed out last time and decided to give it a try this season!
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!bop_radar on October 10th, 2010 08:25 am (UTC)
Yay, yay, yay! It's such a great event!
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