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Duana Posted by Duana at February 10, 2012 15:52:17 February 10, 2012 15:52:17

Vampire Diaries Season 3 Episode 14 recap

Whoo.  Whew.  Is everyone OK?

LetΓÇÖs calm and ease in by talking about these Entertainment Weekly covers.  I mean, damn.  I obviously prefer the Elena/Damon one (and discussion on the symbolism of the white sheet can go on for hours), because obviously, but there was a comment on the EW site that the relative nudity of that one really made her sure that Ian and Nina are really a thing.  Also, Dobrev herself was a little twitchy yesterday on Twitter about the fact that her parents had yet to see themΓǪheh.

I do wonder, in these kinds of situations, where people who are together in real life are together onscreen: is your mad face the same when youΓÇÖre acting as when youΓÇÖre not?  Can you tell whatΓÇÖs coming, emotionally, by the way her face crumples when sheΓÇÖs about to cry, and so you also start to cry?  We know it can add to the chemistry, but what else does it do?  Is it tense and difficult, after a long day of telling each other you donΓÇÖt love each other?  What if the sight of your boyfriend in the International Clothiers style blue shirt repulses you?  Could you have petitioned wardrobe for a T shirt so that you could do the scene the way you needed to?

Thankfully, both Stefan and Damon get into formalwear right away and we head to the ball, and thank God this show never shies away from the showiness.  Because when 18-year-olds and thousand-year-olds are consorting, it really doesnΓÇÖt matter which dance theyΓÇÖre doing ΓÇô it all comes down to the same thing: figuring out whoΓÇÖs with who, and being disappointed when the person youΓÇÖre straining your neck to see over your shoulder isnΓÇÖt straining back at you.

Re: strain ΓÇô IΓÇÖm sorry, IΓÇÖm just not feeling it for Matt, at all.  ItΓÇÖs hard for me to understand whatΓÇÖs keeping him in Mystic Falls as opposed to pulling a Jeremy and going anywhere else where he could have a prayer.  Having him spend 3 minutes a week with Elena doesnΓÇÖt convince me theyΓÇÖre friends and having him WHINE ABOUT HEALTH INSURANCE doesnΓÇÖt make me believe heΓÇÖs battling the same game of life and death the others are.  I feel like heΓÇÖs the Xander in this scenario with about 1/12th the charisma (no pun intended, Buffy nerds).  ItΓÇÖs not doing anything for me unless he soon becomes the lord of them all ΓÇô which I donΓÇÖt anticipate.

Having said that, I believe his friendsΓÇÖ concern for him is real.  I believe CarolineΓÇÖs concern for everyone is real.  She will never let you forget sheΓÇÖs Miss Mystic Falls, which I love, but sheΓÇÖs open and up front about everything, and always has been.   This is what saves these Mystic Falls people - they canΓÇÖt tell a lie.  TheyΓÇÖre honest when theyΓÇÖre jealous, when theyΓÇÖre mean, when theyΓÇÖre lonely.  The only part that felt a little false to me was all the talk of CarolineΓÇÖs dad.  If theyΓÇÖre going to mention it so much,  she should have been a little more broken up.  Or donΓÇÖt mention it?  It felt a little strange.  But it felt perfectly 18-year-old girl to wear the dress and the bracelet he gave her and still let him know he wasnΓÇÖt getting anything out of her ΓÇô that she wasnΓÇÖt obligated to simper and suck up at all.

Elena on the other hand… but we’ll get there in a minute.

The first family (Mikaelsons ΓÇô heh) is more interesting than I thought theyΓÇÖd be, but in a way I wish theyΓÇÖd been here earlier.  Klaus is so muted in the face of all the brothers that I resent them for not having shown up earlier, although I canΓÇÖt totally pin down what MamaΓÇÖs game is ΓÇô she trusts Finn and his Ken Doll haircut more than the others?  When they all die, who does she become?  I have to say I got shivers when she talked about how her children were an ΓÇÿabominationΓÇÖ.  ThatΓÇÖs the thing about this show.  It waits, it bides its time, there are weeks of frivolity, and then suddenly youΓÇÖre not sure if some of the parents are on The Vampire Diaries or Fox News.  They pick their moments really, really nicely.    

As it is, Finn looks like the second or even third brother I suspect of having some weird mommy issues, and it looks like when he takes himself out the whole family tree will go with him. Juicy.  Why do I think CarolineΓÇÖs devotion to Tyler ΓÇô and respect for Klaus ΓÇô might be what gums up these whole works?

So Elena is an accomplice and knocks Damon out to get her mission done.  SheΓÇÖs getting craftier, and IΓÇÖm happy about that.  Lying to Elijah?  Yes please thank you for finally having some self preservation.  Oh, and you guys, haircut or not, I donΓÇÖt get it re: Elijah.  The only one of the family whoΓÇÖs attractive, other than Klaus, is Kol (and also, I thought they were mispronouncing ΓÇÿKarlΓÇÖ) in my humble opinion.

But what I like about the caught-between-two-Salvatores situation we now find ourselves in is that Elena isnΓÇÖt just being fought over.  Whether I like her better with Damon (yes) and found her love with Stefan to be boring and filled with mournful eye-sex (yes) or whether I think she and Stefan have better chemistry as adversaries than they ever had as lovers (also yes),  she is a different woman than she was before.

And even though sheΓÇÖs still presented as the most beautiful girl ever and Damon gets to grumble ΓÇ£You look beautiful, as if it wasnΓÇÖt obviousΓÇ¥ (How would it be obvious? Do vampires get erections when they donΓÇÖt need them?) ,  what I love about whatΓÇÖs going on is that even as Damon loves her, Elena is chasing Stefan.  This is somewhat unique.  She follows him, she begs him to love her again, to feel again.  SheΓÇÖs not quite wearing sexy clothes so heΓÇÖll notice her, but being all daring and dramatic and knocking out Damon to impress her ΓÇô thatΓÇÖs what this is.  ItΓÇÖs totally teenage behavior, and I love it.  If she can just convince him that he loves her, then maybe she can work everything out, and as for the other, well, heΓÇÖs gonna love her forever so thereΓÇÖs time enough to deal with that when sheΓÇÖs not busy.   

Except I imagine thatΓÇÖs going to change.

Because Damon slammed Rebekah up against a wall ΓÇô and they both liked it.  Filled with rage, sure, but it doesnΓÇÖt mean it lacked passion.

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