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The Vampire Diaries Gave Me Feelings.

pretty devil child
This is the longest episode reaction I've had since my halcyon days in Supernatural's fandom. My thoughts are all over the place, so this is in list form. As you do.

Things that I liked:

1) Super-creepy-in-the-coffin!Klaus with his eyes open. Well played, show.

2) Elena turned. I know people have problems with this, but I knew it happened in the book and I figured it was only a matter of time. Also, I want to see vamp!Elena lose her shit. And I want Jeremy to be the one to bring her back to herself. Or Katherine. I would be okay with Katherine. (BUT - so Matt is the only regular who is not supernatural, now? That's sort of annoying. Poor Matty. Come over to my house and I will make you cookies.)

3) Cheerleader!Elena! I love that we get an episode where Elena is all light and bright and human before she turns.

4) Jeremy. I’m so glad they finally showed how important Jeremy and Elena are to one another. Elena got a lot of shade thrown at her for compelling Jeremy to leave because his life was in danger. I'm not condoning that, but I think this proves that Jeremy would understand.

5) Matt. I love Matt. Everything about him.

6) Ditto for my bb Elijah.

7) That Elena would rather save Matt than herself. And that Stefan respected that. (Though, um, Stefan? Can you not unbuckle a seat belt? I'm going to fanwave that away for the sake of the vamp!Elena story, though)

7) Bad ass Bonnie, finally taking action on her own. My bb's growing up!

8) Caroline and Tyler and their mothers who love them.

9) STEFAN/ELENA. Whatever. Haters gonna hate. It’s really unfortunate that we didn’t get to witness any real fallout or consequences of Stefan’s “ripper” actions, and it further proves many fans’ point that his arc was merely to serve the love triangle, which is a huge suck. On the other hand, Elena was always going to choose Stefan over Damon. Also, I will always be an Elena/Stefan shipper. So, even though I know it’s not going to last into season 4, I’m going to relish it just a little bit.

What I didn’t like.

1) That Elena somehow had to choose. HATE. DNFW. The whole triangle thing these last few episodes has turned into a grumpy curmudgeon. This whole notion that Elena “owes” the Salvatore brothers anything is just. so. frustrating. And so counter to what the show used to portray.

2) The whole “I met him first” b.s. What is that? The sentiment behind Elena saying she met Stefan first was not just a “we met one time for three minutes so I’m going to choose him,” but really “I fell in love with him first.” The retcon of her meeting Damon first is such crap. It was wildly out of character for him and wildly ridiculous, and just. UGH. Also, that was not season 1 Damon; that was season 3 Damon. NO WAY would Season 1 DAMON talk to Elena about love and passion. Become obsessed with her b/c she looks like Katherine? YES. Have a heart-to-heart with her? Hahahaha. NO.

3) Speaking of that conversation. No no no to the idea of a “consuming” love. Why is that romantic? Why is losing yourself to love romantic? The one thing I adored about Elena up until, like, 3 episodes ago, was how unwilling she was to lose herself in her love of Stefan. She would make sacrifices, yes, but they had to be on her terms. This just poops all over her character.

I hate that this makes me annoyed with Damon, because I used to LOVE his character and secretly rooted for him back in season 2, and now I'm all... BACK THE EFF OFF. Grrrrr.


I can’t tell if the good outweighs the bad right now. (In quantity, yes, but maybe not in quality.) The stuff that was good…was good, but the stuff that was bad, was really, really bad. Esp. the characters and plot now existing only to serve the love triangle. You’re better than this, Show. Or you used to be. Go back to when you had awesome plots and great characters and the romance was compelling and didn't require that I suspend my disbelief to see where you were coming from. GO BACK TO THAT. I’m kind of glad this was your season finale, because I think we need a break.

Of course, I say that, but I now have the whole of season 3 saved on my DVR, and my husband is just itching to delete them, but I want to have a marathon before I let him do that. I tend to like shows more when I marathon them.

Comments

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wildmagelet
May. 12th, 2012 12:37 am (UTC)
Ooh, yay. TVD discussion. No one I know watches it! I haven't seen the finale yet because we're a few episodes behind in NZ, but I read the recaps on Buzzsugar each week. I was really psyched to see that Elena is going to be a vampire, actually. The constant refrain of Elena's life being threatened by super strong supernatural beings and subsequently having to be saved by besotted super strong supernatural beings was starting to get a bit old. Fun to see an Elena who will actually be able to protect herself a bit more. And obviously in terms of the romance, human!Elena was never going to have a lasting relationship with a vampire.

I'm still rooting for Elena/Damon, have to say, but I'm interested to see where next season goes. I do hope they back off the slight echoes of Twilight in terms of romantic love being the be all and end all of everything. I saw Candice Accola (sp?) on TV the other day talking about a potential relationship between Caroline and Stefan? I think these people need some new friends! It reminds me of a group of girls at my high school who constantly seemed to pass around the same group of boyfriends.
pocketfullof
May. 12th, 2012 12:42 am (UTC)
YES, to Elena hopefully no longer needing to be saved. For a human, she manages to be completely kick ass, but it will be nice to see her kick some major booty.

Caroline/Stefan? MAN, I ship them in, like, an alternate universe where Elena remains human and dies and 200 years later Caroline and Stefan are lovely and together, but I love their friendship so much more. Also, poor Caroline always with Elena's exes.
girlspell
May. 12th, 2012 02:30 am (UTC)
Well if you read the books, Elena pairs off with Damon. But TV is different and this is an out and out soap. Each season a cliff hanger, within another cliff hanger, within another cliff hanger.

I assumed they would pair Elena with Damon eventually. After all, they're screwing in real life. Makes great TV. What I find funny is that the doctor character is the real life wife of Stefan/Matt. Perhaps they'll figure out ways for Stefan to get a yearly check up.
cherrymmm
May. 12th, 2012 04:48 am (UTC)
So, Trevor isn't really dead, right? I mean, can the real Trevor be put back when Klaus is ejected? I never did get the possession rules on this show. I love Trevor with Caroline though and that's just a damn shame.

I'm really just not sure what to do with the Elena is a vampire info. I didn't read the books so I didn't know.

Also, it was sweet that Ric came to say goodbye to Jeremy. I will totally miss him. I liked his friendship with Damon.
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