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18 September 2011 @ 06:25 pm
It's my journal, I'll make icons if I want to. [TVD Premiere Squee Post!]  

Okay, first things first— I LOVED THE PREMIERE

Weird thing is that I actually felt it was rather incomplete while watching; like half an episode instead of a full one. So fine, I know it probably doesn’t compare to The Return and I actually loved it more on reflection than I did during the actual watching, but still. 

I think they managed the jump pretty well, or at least rather conveniently, since all the pesky questions of what happened immediately after As I Lay Dying could easily be put on the backburner. And I loved the…I dunno, feel of the episode— for some reason it seemed closer to season one dynamics than season two doom, gloom and death. Also, this episode felt much more like an ensemble than any previous episode has, with almost each storyline getting equal time.

I think what I genuinely found very interesting about this episode was the idea of moving on. That eventually you possibly have to, regardless of what has passed— or just adjust, if nothing else. All the characters are such a different place emotionally than they were just a few months back, that it’s either a plot device or a rather profound comment on the human condition. Elena hasn’t run off in search of Stefan, which is what I would have imagined her as doing, Caroline can bear to have a semi-civil conversation with Matt (who’s still a jackass to my bb D:), Alaric can mention Jenna without having an emotional breakdown, Damon can stand next to Elena without making his love overt, and Stefan can actually becomes ripper!Stefan without turning the button off.

Except none of them have actually moved on, not really. Elena can barely make it through each day without slipping into that expression that just signifies an emptiness that didn’t exist before, Alaric’s barely functioning at all, so different from the motivated guy he was when he first arrived in Mystic Falls, and everyone else is just sort of holding on, but not really. And as the end of the episode demonstrated, they're all alone in handling their demons.

(Also, on a sidenote, I loved the little details, like Elena having told Caroline about the death-bed kiss. THAT IS SUCH A TEENAGE THING TO DO. And my girls so rarely get a chance to just be teenagers! I can imagine them having this sleepover and Elena being “omg, you know what happened?!” and then both of them analyzing every word to death. It made me grin.)

Stefan. OH MY GOD, PAUL, WHAT EVEN? It’s rather extraordinary how good Paul was as the ‘bad guy’ for once. It’s obvious he’s wanted to play this role since ages because his expressions were fantastic. There was that slight menacing air about him that rather over-shadowed Klaus’s because it was just so evil. The matter-of-fact way in which he carried out his the carnage, was genuinely creepy. As was the discovery of why Stefan is called The Ripper (which was pretty funny on its own earlier. Now? Not so much.) And then the ending breakdown, along with his obvious ploy to keep Damon safe throughout just revealed that he hasn’t ‘switched it off’. Unless he switches his emotions off during the killing and then turns them on again? God, I’m so confused. But I’d love to see how the show treats this Stefan, and at what point does the character become irredeemable for the audience or the other characters. Or whether that point exists at all.

Elena. ELENA GILBERT ROCKED THE EPISODE. She went through a whole spectrum of emotions; she laughed and cried and bitched and smirked and broke down and loved and SO, BASICALLY, CONSULT THE DICTIONARY NOW.  Seeing Nina Dobrev crying sort of seems to initiate a visceral reaction wherein it becomes impossible to remain unaffected. She cried in this genuine, painful way and IT IS BOTH AWESOME AND HORRIFIC. And I loved how many relationships of hers the show could explore through five second sequences; Alaric, Jeremy, Caroline, Damon, Stefan. The whole scene of getting up in the morning was such a call-back to the idea of doing it over and over every single day till it isn’t so hard anymore. The return of the bitch!face during Damon’s typical “is his stash any good”, shall be celebrated by many. Also, her reaction to Damon’s birthday present was just fantastic acting, her whispered “I’m happy” followed/preceded by the slightly tremulous smile was one of the best lines of the episode.

Caroline. MY BB IS JUST AS MUCH A HBIC AS EVER. She organizes epic birthday parties! She’s gossip queen extraordinaire! She drinks straight out of the bottle! She doesn’t react to Matt’s obvious jealousy-inducing tactics! She tells Tyler things he’s not supposed to know! She’s snarky to Damon through a lust-and-alcohol filled haze! She pushes boys onto beds (how hot was that?)! She gives Elena good advice! She gets jealous and bitchy! She picks up random guys with one hand! She has hot supernatural sex! She does it all while being adorable! And then she gets hit by vervain darts. WTF, SHOW, WHY CAROLINE? WHY CAROLINE AGAIN? Honestly, I’m beginning to subscribe to whoever it was that said that it’s always Caroline because she’s adorable and seeing her get hurt just gets the strongest audience reaction. All I’m thinking right now is that there’s no Stefan to help her and be there for her this time round. Oh, god, Stefan.

Damon. This guy broke my heart in the episode. The oddest thing is that I didn’t realize just how amazing he really was till I sat down to make icons and saw some of his expressions in slow motion sequences. What I absolutely loved was that after a long time Damon actually fit my initial conception of the character. He carried out his epic bromance with Alaric. He searched covertly for his brother and made Elena feel stupid for helping. He was snarky instead of love-struck. He hid his emotions behind words. And sometimes, he just failed to hide them at all (that was lovely). He didn’t feel the need to tell he was still madly in love with Elena, he showed. He came off worse in an encounter with his baby brother. He broke down and smashed Stefan’s room. (I know lots of people might have found it overly melodramatic, but I loved the hell out of that scene because it was all about Stefan. The brother he thinks he’s lost. And honestly, I think there’s an element of his own growth here, because earlier he would’ve taken it as a law of nature, that vampires are meant to feed and Stefan needs to learn that). And the best thing was he did this all alone, no theatrics, no dramatic confessions (no eye-thing!) He kept his cool with everyone and then broke down in private, and that is so rare that I adored it even more. I could understand the motivation behind every gesture, every snarky comment, every glance and oh, Damon.

Andie. In my opinion, this was a weak point in the entire narrative. And an extremely shoddy storyline in its entirety with no overarching purpose that I could discern. So obviously she’s dead for good and is probably never going to be mentioned again. I think this was a rather irresponsible move on the part of the show, raking issues that they’re not going to conclude or deal with; especially since they involve physical abuse, and women being used as props to further the storyline of the men. Andie had no agency at all; after being thoroughly violated by Damon, she ultimately becomes a pawn in Stefan’s attempt to prove a point, etc, etc. What was also rather frightening was that it’s impossible to judge whether her emotions or reactions were genuine or just a result of Damon’s compulsion. Maybe it makes sense for the universe of the show and it’s spate of supernatural creatures and consistent amorality, however, considering that the show is actually aimed at teenage girls, it becomes even more important to address these issues if they’re being brought up. Also, TVD totally lived up to its reputation of making guest stars interesting just before conking them off. This was the first episode that I felt like Andie has potential and she can play a major role in the events-to-come…and then of course she jumped off the plank. :s

ALSO, NO ELIJAH AND NO KATHERINE. I NEED MY BAMF QUOTIENT, SHOW.

Tyler/Caroline. Hot, damn. That was an insane upping up of the CW sex quotient. I love how they absolutely didn’t need to make promises of forever before jumping into bed and that Caroline tried to sneak off afterwards (before being tazered /cries). They had marvelous chemistry throughout— mostly of the fluffy kind really, which was a good foil to the usual intense, angsty chemistry that various characters in this show generate. Also, Supernatural Sex is apparently alliterative a thing in TVD premieres.

Stefan/Elena. Okay, I’m probably one of the only Damon/Elena shippers to have adored their scene. It’s fascinating how Elena’s changed through the beginning of the first season when she hated Damon because “people [died] around [him]” and is now still in love with Stefan even after knowing what he’s done/is capable of doing. That ending scene was romantic in an extremely typical way, but so insanely glorious because Stefan is almost gone and he needs to remember why he should hold on, why he shouldn’t let go of that part of him that still cares, that still wants to hear Elena's voice, that still tries to protect Damon by any means necessary. In fact, this is exactly what Damon’s redemption arc has been grounded on, except of course he’s had himself to fight against, while Stefan’s situation is tied to Klaus’s subjectivity (coupled with his own extreme blood-lust). Elena quiet acknowledgment and Stefan’s silent agony was all just really well executed. And I love that she still loves him, I’d have hated it if suddenly three months later, he’d become some guy whom she was trying to keep faithful to while getting attracted to his brother or something.

Stefan/Damon. Oh my god, my dysfunctional brothership. The framing of “hello, brother” and the obvious callback to the first episode of the series was epic. As was their interactions where Stefan has to try and convince the guy who knows him better than anyone else that he isn’t the same anymore, that he’s actually let go completely. And how so many things were just about these two; Damon picking up the photograph, Stefan almost blowing his act in front of Klaus at the mention of Damon’s name.  And Damon’s guilt in the last scene where he smashes everything, so much love for these two.

Damon/Elena. I can’t. I just…I can’t even begin to explain how perfect I thought they were. I know it was probably disappointing for many because of the buildup of expectations and the promo suggestion of a romantic/sexual vibe. But their scenes in this worked for me like nothing else would have. It reminded me why I’d started shipping them in the first place. I think in the middle somewhere they found what their relationship had initially been based on, that they’d almost lost— an understanding. I got such a deep friendship vibe from these two; they trust each other, they rely on each other, they can barely function without each other. Initially I was all “oh man” about the naked!Damon scene in the promo, but it was rather funny than otherwise; initially an accident and then Damon deciding to be a jackass, which is just so Damon.

But the necklace-giving scene; oh god. I’d expected it to be rather clichéd and contrived (although filled with UST because Nina and Ian can’t just turn it off), but then THAT happened, and I was just GUH. It’s not Damon being obvious and Elena being awkward like it has been in recent times. It’s a little awkward, a little tense, a little angst-ridden. And he doesn’t trap her, doesn’t try to make the moment more than it is, as he usually does. When Elena looks at him after he’s finished with the clasp, he moves away, doesn’t try to prolong the glance. It’s quiet in a way that most Damon and Elena scenes haven’t been recently. Honestly, I don’t think Elena asking him to help her with the necklace is ‘leading him on’ or whatever, it’s Elena trying to compensate in any way possible for Damon being in love with her. She can’t And Damon’s expressions are stunning. I actually only caught half of them properly while attempting to make icons. The tenderness that he’s half-reluctant to show and seems to find it impossible to hide, his half-smile when he picks up the photograph, the way he looks when Elena pushes her hair away to let him hook the necklace, his reaction at Elena’s “I am happy.” That’s all he wants, you guys, for her to be happy.

Be still, my beating heart.

Also, his voice. If you listen to it closely, his voice is in complete dissonance to the scene and his expressions. It’s not soft, it’s not earnest, it is, in fact, an absolute contrast to Elena’s, who’s almost whispering throughout the scene. And that is such a fine piece of acting. Because he can’t help being in love through every expression, every movement, every glance, every smile, but he’s going to goddamn try and he does it through the only thing he can control, his voice. So he makes it as casual, as matter-of-fact as he can, and it is glorious. His expressions at “it’s your party, you can cry if you want to” and “I found it”; I can’t even watch that scene without fangirling the entire time. This is actually all that I’d ever wanted from this ship.

I don’t usually do episode reviews or anything, but it’s the premiere and I’ll rant if I want to. Heh.

Now, have sixty-freaking-five animated icons because I have no will-power obviously.

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x5valex5vale on September 18th, 2011 01:40 pm (UTC)
I love your icons but I loved your insight more. It's perfect, especially when you talk about Damon, Damon/Stefan, Stefan/Elena (I loved their phone scene) and Damon/Elena. actually I totally agree with you about the whole "movin on /not moving on". You really made a great review.

Do you mind if I friend you?
youcallitwinter: of the things I've learnt about a boy.youcallitwinter on September 19th, 2011 12:46 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! <33 It's always really nice to find anyone who can appreciate Stefan/Damon, Damon/Elena AND Stefan/Elena. This show just needs its OT3 :D (Also, Caroline somewhere, because I hate to think of the TVD universe without Caroline!)

Not at all, adding you :D
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TearsofPearls32tearsofpearls32 on September 18th, 2011 02:03 pm (UTC)
I think you just became my new favorite person! Snagging a whole bunch and will credit if used :)

I also love your review of the episode. I totally agree!
youcallitwinter: broadway's got you in its hold right nowyoucallitwinter on September 19th, 2011 12:48 pm (UTC)
Haha, yay, that's very day-making stuff right there :D Thanks so much, I'm really glad you found something to use! [And that you read through 2000 words of flail]
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youcallitwinter: of the things I've learnt about a boy.youcallitwinter on September 19th, 2011 12:49 pm (UTC)
THANK YOU SO MUCH <3333 Ooh, I'm glad someone else loved the episode instead of thinking it was okay :D
Amynystateofmind on September 18th, 2011 02:39 pm (UTC)
Saving a few, thanks.
youcallitwinter: broadway's got you in its hold right nowyoucallitwinter on September 19th, 2011 12:50 pm (UTC)
You're most welcome! :)
ever_neutral: tvd ~ my manic and iever_neutral on September 18th, 2011 02:50 pm (UTC)
LOLOLOLOL THE LENGTH OF THIS COMMENT
I can imagine them having this sleepover and Elena being “omg, you know what happened?!” and then both of them analyzing every word to death. -- LOLWUT. Where is the fic. I… kinda can't imagine Elena being like that. I mean, of course she'd tell Caroline, but she'd be super abashed about it?

As was the discovery of why Stefan is called The Ripper (which was pretty funny on its own earlier. Now? Not so much. -- Haha, it is actually MORBIDLY HILARIOUS. A+. Really looking forward to the disintegration. I want them to push it, PUSH IT REAL GOOD.

The return of the bitch!face during Damon’s typical “is his stash any good”, shall be celebrated by many. -- YOU KNOW ME WELL.

What I absolutely loved was that after a long time Damon actually fit my initial conception of the character. --I can see what you mean. And you're right, Damon is "more like himself" now--because he's out of his depressed funk. I mean, that's what depression does to you, it numbs your ~essence. So, the near-death experience at the end of S2 was good for him, because he had to ~rise from the ashes before he could ~renew himself (lol). And even though life still sucks, he's in a far better mental space? Like, he didn't do a single self-destructive thing this episode. Even destroying Stefan's room was driven from this -focused- sort of anger, rather than plain lashing out. Being focused on a productive goal, i.e. saving his little brother, does wonders for him. (Which is different from Mission Save Elena in S2, because he felt powerless the entire time throughout.)

What was also rather frightening was that it’s impossible to judge whether her emotions or reactions were genuine or just a result of Damon’s compulsion. -- THIS IS THE THING THAT BUGS ME THE MOST. The show has left juuuuust enough room for plausible deniability. *rolls eyes*

I ADORED THE STEFAN/ELENA SCENE, TOO. It was glorious angst. And yeah, lmao @ everyone thinking she'd be all over Damon in Stefan's absence. All of Elena's hopes and dreams of Not Being Alone are tied up in Stefan. It's gonna take forever to let go of him.

100% WITH YOU ON DAMON/ELENA. WHO THE FUCK IS DISAPPOINTED? Their banter was awesome, their emotional intimacy was awesome--and you are totally right, they are so much about deep friendship right now, which is everything I could have asked for. (And good to see they got that back after the strained state of their friendship last season.) And an interesting contrast to the overt romance of S/E? IDK.

OMFG THE NECKLACE SCENE. NINA AND IAN: JUST CANNOT TURN IT OFF. THE FUCKERS. THEIR EXPRESSIONS ACTUALLY DID SOMETHING FUNNY TO MY CHEST. Just, this:

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MY CREYS. AND IAN'S VOICE. BEING DISSONANT TO HIS BODY LANGUAGE. I NOTICED IT TOO. THE HIVE-MIND IS ALIVE AND WELL. And his delivery of "you're welcome"? FUCK. (And I adore how their catchphrase is "thank you"/"you're welcome", lol.) Basically, your whole analysis is perfect. The nuance in that scene--Damon being the one to keep the distance instead of the other way round, Elena trying to compensate for him being in love with her. There's so much in that scene between the lines, and the two FUCKERS COMMUNICATED IT PERFECTLY. And, and: That’s all he wants, you guys, for her to be happy. -- I SEE YOU HAVE BEEN READING IAN INTERVIEWS, LOL. And yes, word.

…. Fuck. You know, I always manage to convince myself that I don't care that much about this ship. And then there's episodes like this, and I WANT TO CUT OUT THE PART OF ME THAT HAS FEELINGS. FUCKERS. I TRY SO HARD NOT TO SHIP YOU. BUT I GUESS IT'S JUST POINTLESS.

p.s. YOUR ANIMATED ICONS SET MY SOUL AFLAME.
youcallitwinter: of the things I've learnt about a boy.youcallitwinter on September 19th, 2011 06:33 pm (UTC)
Re: LOLOLOLOL THE LENGTH OF THIS COMMENT
I… kinda can't imagine Elena being like that. I mean, of course she'd tell Caroline, but she'd be super abashed about it?

Hahahaha, I was kidding about that actually, I can’t imagine it at all. I just…like to imagine that I can imagine it? MY BB’S NEED TO BE TEENAGE GIRLS SOMETIMES. But I genuinely wouldn’t have thought she’d tell Caroline for some reason, we’ve actually never seen any of these three being super-friendshippy, especially on boy!talk. Or rather it’s Caroline trying to get all matchmaker on Bonnie/Jeremy, “sex face”, which, adorable. I think she’d be all “omg, so you like, kissed him???” I do wonder how it even CAME into a Tyler/Caroline conversation. Their bffness and uncomplicatedness makes me :DD

I want them to push it, PUSH IT REAL GOOD.

WORD ON THAT. BRING OUT THE HANNIBAL IN HIM, I’M SO FUCKING READY FOR IT.

I can see what you mean. And you're right, Damon is "more like himself" now

I suppose that was my own judgy-ness, I didn’t like seeing him much in that state, not that it wasn’t fun anyway, but I’d rather he just rip heads off instead of ~foreveralone *kills Jeremy*. Of course that Damon was canon for canon, so he was the canonical Damon (and it translated into some truly terrible fic because “I love you Elena, forever and ever and ever and there is absolutely no transference here” IS ACTUALLY SOMETHING HE WOULD SAY).

Although he’s apparently going to flip out a couple of episodes later /sigh.

THANK GOD FOR THE STEFAN/ELENA SCENE. Although I could’ve understood her not accepting him in that state but she didn’t go “come baaaack, I neeeed you” and I was all FUCK, YES. That scene was truly glorious and I’m SO glad they ended with it. D/E has to be a slooooooow burn, or else, I’m off the ship, brother.

WHO THE FUCK IS DISAPPOINTED?

THERE ARE PEOPLE, IDEK. D:

ALSO THE GIF, OH MY GOD. EVERY SINGLE MOMENT IN THAT SCENE. STUFF THAT I DIDN’T EVEN NOTICE TILL I SAW GIFS. BECAUSE EACH OF THOSE EPIC MOMENTS LASTED ABOUT TWO SECONDS AND DIDN’T REGISTER IN THE WHOLE, but oh my god, their expressions.

AND IAN'S VOICE. BEING DISSONANT TO HIS BODY LANGUAGE. I NOTICED IT TOO.

/soulmate. Seriously, how many people would go off on a tangent like that, NOT MANY.

I HAVEN’T READ IAN’S INTERVIEWS, BUT I’M GLAD WE THINK THE SAME WAY. I’M IN SUCH A DYSFUNCTIONAL, EMO RELATIONSHIP WITH THE SHOW BECAUSE OF HIM, WE NEED TO HAVE A MEETING GROUND, BASICALLY. Apart from his face, which is actually enough for everything.

/flail

PS. thank youuuu <333
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youcallitwinter: broadway's got you in its hold right nowyoucallitwinter on September 19th, 2011 12:50 pm (UTC)
Haha, of course it's okay, thanks so much! :)
Frances: TVD - Stefan - time for a drinkgoldy_dollar on September 18th, 2011 03:36 pm (UTC)
I LOVE THIS REVIEW. I LOVED THIS EPISODE. I LOVE MY FANDOM. ETC. x FOREVER.

As was the discovery of why Stefan is called The Ripper (which was pretty funny on its own earlier. Now? Not so much.) And then the ending breakdown, along with his obvious ploy to keep Damon safe throughout just revealed that he hasn’t ‘switched it off’.

RIGHT? RIGHT?

1). This just confirms that the whole vampire switch thing is such a myth. I like to think it's a lie that bb vampires tell each other after they are turned rather than inconsistent writing because IT IS SO MUCH MORE INTERESTING to live in a world where there is no magical switch. And even if there is one, CLEARLY STEFAN CAN'T TURN IT OFF.

2). BECAUSE HE RIPS PEOPLE APART AND THEN FEELS BAD AND PUTS THEM BACK TOGETHER. Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat. Stefan Salvatore, how does your mind work.

Andie had no agency at all; after being thoroughly violated by Damon, she ultimately becomes a pawn in Stefan’s attempt to prove a point, etc, etc.

Ugh, this storyline was such a travesty. Word to everything you said. Also? You are one of the few people on my flist as angry about it as I was so thank you.

Humph. I seriously need some ripper Stefan icons.
youcallitwinter: of the things I've learnt about a boy.youcallitwinter on September 19th, 2011 06:43 pm (UTC)
I LOVE YOU. /ALL THE THINGS THAT NEED TO BE SAID BEFORE DYING.

1. I agree on the vampire switch, IT'S A LIE, YOU GUYS. Also, because explaining that you can 'switch it off' is too much of a headache, IS EVERYTHING YOU DO AFTERWARDS A CONSCIOUS MORAL DECISION, OR ISN'T IT. I'd rather believe the switch is fake. Rose said something about it disappearing after a couple hundred years or soemthing, IDEK, I JUST WATCH FOR THE PLOT, NOT THE HOLES.

2. IKR? WHAT EVEN IS THAT? AND THEN THAT GIRL'S HEAD FELL OFF AND WE KNOW KLAUS LEFT THE HOUSE BEFORE THE CARNAGE, SO IT WAS ONLY STEFAN. OMG.

Andie is just, idek, she's not even a character really because what characteristic does anyone remember that was particular to her? If she hadn't existed the show wouldn't have been any different. Besides it's possibly never going to be mentioned again, which, annoying. D:

I NEED TO STOP MAKING RANDOM ICONS.
comeundone_82: season 3 promocomeundone_82 on September 18th, 2011 05:08 pm (UTC)
Oh you made icons *happy dance* I´ve been looking for good stuff from 3x01 all morning long and couldn´t find any at the usual suspects sites :D

I snagged #58 - you know how nervous I was about that scene and well, it played out nicely. I agree with your analysis. I love the 1st paragraphs and what you said about the feel of the ep - I will always love 2x01. IMO one of the best eps of the show to date but I agree, it made s2 complicated and a bit soul-less. It´s more about the characters again, like things used to be in s1, and I like that. It was also well cut, lit and acted. I´m not squeeing like crazy about DE yet but well. I LOVED Damon for all the reasons you mentioned.

I lost it when Damon destroyed Stefan´s room (my fav scene of the night btw ;) ) and I choked on the SE scene. It was a nice scene but for me the openeing scene, and what we learnt about RipperStefan here, ripping the victims apart, I´m sorry but that is sick and for me a point that makes his character irredeemable. Of course Elena doesn´t know all that yet and I agree with you it´s good to see her still sticking to him even after she read all the news article but I bet those article are toning it down, not mentioning details. It´s the right thing to want, saving Stefan but IMO it´s different from everything Damon has done and I don´t know it´s just sick, so the show failed a lot with emotionally manipulating the viewers to cry over the SE scene/ Stefan. It´s clearly the wrong message.

And I felt sorry for Andie, re-watching s2, Damon not killing her and sending her away was kind of Damon´s existential crisis he overcame so having Stefan, who disapproved of the whole Andie/ Damon thing kill her...I think that was a tough one for Damon.

Ah well, thanks for your recap and insight and the icons :)
youcallitwinter: broadway's got you in its hold right nowyoucallitwinter on September 19th, 2011 07:01 pm (UTC)
I ALWAYS MAKE ICONS. I obviously need to look into some Icon Makers Anonymous rehab thing now obviously. It's not even like I have photoshop D:

Ooh, haha, I do remember how nervous you were about that scene and I was too. I genuinely thought it was going to be all about constructed angst and tension (seriously, necklace-hooking is such a romance fiction trope!) but I had no idea it was going to be so quiet. I think why I'm so excited about D/E is because I haven't had much chance to be excited about it in S2; I wasn't particularly fond of any of the moments that all of fandom was squeeing over so I just...kept to the side, lol. But honestly, if they continue on like this with D/E, I SHALL BE THE HAPPIEST PERSON EVER, TRUFAX.

You know it's so odd that I actually have NO moral compunctions about ripper!Stefan, I've in fact, been severely angry with Damon on lots of counts in S2 but now I'm all "YEAH STEFAN, RIP THAT HEAD OFF", idek D: I think I'm letting go of my legit complains entirely, THEY CAUSE TOO MANY HEADACHES. Damon's honestly caused me so much angst by now and I refuse to let Stefan do the same! I'd love to see Elena react, or see how she reacts. And whether it makes her turn to Damon, or reject them both. That'd be highly interesting to watch!

I KNOW, RIGHT? But what also highly annoyed me in the Andie storyline was that, as you mentioned, she was Damon's existential crisis. That's actually ALL she was, the only reason she existed was to further Damon's redemption arc. That horribly abusive storyline with no resolution whatsoever, starting with one Salvatore and ending with the other, IDEK, WHAT THE ACTUAL HELL, SHOW?

Thank you for the lovely comment! <333
mrss. finn hudson: Stefan/Elena | caught up in this momentstateofmind on September 18th, 2011 05:31 pm (UTC)
I love your review. I love Stefan/Elena but i also like Damon/Elena except SE a little bit more. Might be the only one in the fandom but that episode, Overload. Plus I love Tyler/Caroline. So I'm snagging your icon.

Oh and Stefan didn't send her anonymous card. It was Jeremy. He signed it at the bottom.
youcallitwinter: of the things I've learnt about a boy.youcallitwinter on September 19th, 2011 12:53 pm (UTC)
Liking both D/E and S/E is really getting the full enjoyment of the show because then you won't constantly be worried about your ship! Thanks a lot :)

I didn't realize that, actually, because of the structural placement of the scene, but then I went back and re-watched it and you're right, it IS Jeremy, which is fairly odd and also rather sweet!
Florencia: DE (Rain)florencia7 on September 18th, 2011 06:32 pm (UTC)
The icons are AMAZING!!! & I completely agree with everything that you said ♥ I loved the episode & the phonecall scene is all the way up there in my top 10 fav scenes EVER. It was so beautifully done, beautifully acted.
youcallitwinter: broadway's got you in its hold right nowyoucallitwinter on September 19th, 2011 12:55 pm (UTC)
Thank youuuu <3333 Ooh, a D/E fan who liked the S/E scene, that's so amazing :D I think my favorite scene is possibly in Daddy Issues when Stefan brings the girls around for a sleepover. Watching Caroline break down is just so, so beautiful and heartbreaking D:
Naomi: VD Caroline/Tyler by leavingmymarkfrelling_tralk on September 18th, 2011 06:39 pm (UTC)
Lovely icons!

Would it be okay to friend you? I really enjoyed reading your review of the episode, and I've been looking for more fans of TVD to add recently :)
youcallitwinter: of the things I've learnt about a boy.youcallitwinter on September 19th, 2011 12:56 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much! And yeah, of course! TVD is my biggest fandom at the moment, so I love meeting new people. Adding you! :)
(no subject) - frelling_tralk on September 19th, 2011 12:59 pm (UTC) (Expand)
feministyoginifeministyogini on September 18th, 2011 07:13 pm (UTC)
fantastic review. I didn't love the episode. It felt uneven. I found myself bored with the Stefan/Klaus new!werewolf scenes. However, I agree with your character assessment. I hope you keep posting reviews.
youcallitwinter: broadway's got you in its hold right nowyoucallitwinter on September 19th, 2011 12:58 pm (UTC)
I can understand that! I genuinely didn't think it was that good while watching it, and then later I just went all *squee* which makes NO SENSE AT ALL. I'd love to see Stefan become a REAL ripper, without the constant "omg, what am I doing" expression (which is good too, but that other thing would be awesome!)
Frust-sheep: Vampire Diaries: Caroline&Stefan-2-anifrust_sheep on September 18th, 2011 08:46 pm (UTC)
A so wonderful post as always. :)
And I so agree, it is so sad, that no Stefan is there for Caroline. :(
youcallitwinter: broadway's got you in its hold right nowyoucallitwinter on September 19th, 2011 01:01 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much :DD

YES, I so want another Daddy Issues-esque scene between these two because GUH.
Ceciliecila81 on September 18th, 2011 10:35 pm (UTC)
Love these! Snagging #2 and 55, will of course credit. :)
youcallitwinter: of the things I've learnt about a boy.youcallitwinter on September 19th, 2011 01:07 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much! Although I'd suggest snagging #55 again, I think the file size of the previous one might've been a little too big for LJ; I've replaced it now :)
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Devin: [TVD] Forwood Kissjadediamondfire on September 18th, 2011 10:57 pm (UTC)
You are made of win. Clearly. I love your icons. And I love just about everything you said in your reaction. Totally agree about Andie -- that was the weak point of the episode for me.
youcallitwinter: broadway's got you in its hold right nowyoucallitwinter on September 19th, 2011 01:09 pm (UTC)
I LOVE this show but they honestly have a habit of raking up issues they have no intention of addressing *human!Caroline/Damon*. Or maybe I have way too many expectations from a teen vampire show, heh. Thank you so much! <3
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