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The Vampire Diaries 1.04 - You're Undead to Me
You guys already know a week late has become my thing, right? *sigh*

Screen cap courtesy of Home of the Nutty.

This week's episode took my breath away. So much happened! Every minute was full of unexpected plot developments, stunning reveals, and heart-stopping action. I couldn't believe what I was seeing, and I loved it! The pace of this show is so fast, and yet it still manages to leave me desperate for more. Is it Thursday yet? Oh, yeah, it IS! \o/

Damon spent most of this episode languishing at home, locked in a basement cell. Deprived of blood, he weakened, and yet I've never been more impressed with his power. He lay in wait, harnessed his remaining strength, found his moment, and then struck. By sheer force of will, he called Caroline to him, and she let him out. There was never any doubt that he would escape; the only question was when, and whose life he would take in the process. Poor Zach. And now Damon is out, flush with new blood, and presumably mad as hell. Is that dread I feel? Why no, it feels more like... delight! *bounces* Let the games begin!

Stefan is trying so hard to control the world around him, but it seems an insurmountable task. Everywhere he turned this week he hit an obstacle. Damon refused to just fade away. Elena's questions multiplied, and his lack of answers drove a wedge between them. It was fascinating to see the contrast between the sweet, romantic boy who adores Elena, and the cold, hard man who dispassionately condemned his brother. Stefan has depths that just might surprise us. He went through the motions of a normal life, going to class, washing cars at the school fundraiser, even cooking dinner for his girlfriend, but he's dreaming if he thinks he can deny who, or what, he is. As was brought so painfully home to him in the last seconds of the episode, when he found Elena on his doorstep, demanding to know, "What are you?!"

Elena is my hero. She is miles away from being the weepy ingenue or the damsel in distress. She is smart, straightforward, and a force to be reckoned with. I loved how relentless she was in this episode, refusing to let Stefan brush off her questions, searching out the answers on her own, and then, when confronted with a conclusion that would make most of us want to crawl under the covers and cry, going instead to have it out with Stefan, to hear him confirm the impossible to her face. The scene where Elena put it all together, where all the pieces of the puzzle fell into place, was perfect. We saw it all through her eyes: flashbacks to the little things that suddenly took on a whole new meaning, and the clues that finally made sense, and then Elena looking back at herself, staring into the mirror in disbelief as the unavoidable truth shattered her world. I never expected her to uncover the secret so soon, and I can't wait to see where we go from here!

Jeremy actually redeemed himself a little with me this week. I liked the concern he showed for Elena, and the way he wanted to back away from the druggie world. I guess he does have a decent side. Vicki, on the other hand, portrayed all the character flaws that get you killed in horror movies, so I was neither surprised nor sorry when she ended up being the feast after Damon's famine. My lack of sympathy didn't stop me from yelling, "Run away!" at my TV screen, though. ;) Seriously, even if she was both stoned and drunk, what was she thinking? The feeding itself was horrible, violent and noisy, and yet I couldn't look away. The way Damon stopped, and savored, and then fed anew? *shivers* His pleasure seemed almost sexual, and very disturbing. Is Vicki dead now? I can't imagine she could survive such a prolonged feeding, but I did have the unsettling thought that she could end up worse than dead, if you know what I mean.

Bonnie's powers manifested in a big way, and proved to be more than she knew how to handle. Did you notice she was holding a broom at the time? hee! And Stefan witnessed it, which gives them an interesting bond. As her gifts became more scary than fun, Bonnie sought out her Grams, who was played by the awesome Jasmine Guy. Although there is no way she is old enough to be the grandmother of a teenager in RL (she's only 47), we'll just assume witches look very young for their age and be thankful she's on the show. :) And Caroline broke my heart. She may have jumped into Damon's bed, but she is the innocent victim of the havoc he has wreaked, her life a jumble of confusion, wistfulness, longing and terror. She's my girl now, and I am so glad she found the strength and spirit to save herself when Damon escaped.

Random thoughts: Jenna is a terrible pseudo-parent! Elena imitating Stefan was kind of hilarious. :) Seeing Damon appear in front of Caroline freaked me the hell out. I was a little shocked that they actually showed kids toking up onscreen. Damon making a desperate meal of his crow was creepy, but a cool twist. I'm dying to know what that crystal can do. Was that a pentacle it projected? I love this show's gift for ZOMG endings! And even if you're not watching the show, you should be downloading the music. The songs add so much to the episodes, but they're also just great listening. Best playlist ever.

It's really too bad that it took the popularity of Twilight to get this show made, and that people will write it off as a Twilight wannabe without ever seeing it. The Vampire Diaries tells a compelling story that goes far beyond the high school romance at its center, with complex, fascinating characters, played by gifted actors with a true passion for this project. Not to mention the pretty. :) Now that the secret is out, I have no idea what to expect next, but I already trust my show enough to know it will be captivating, surprising, and fun. Bring it on!


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tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: October 21st, 2009 08:40 am (UTC) (Link)
This show has really taken me by surprise. I was prepared to hate it for taking Smallville's Thursday night slot, and I was even holding a grudge against Ian Somerhalder for a snide remark I heard he made about Tom when he was on the show in S3. But I tuned into the premiere out of curiosity and liked it a lot! It keeps getting better, and Ian is absolutely the best thing about it. I love him!

I follow the show's music supervisor, Chris Mollere, on Twitter (he's @cmollere), and he tweets a list of all the songs they used for each episode when it airs. I go straight to iTunes every week after I watch. :) You can also visit THIS web site to find the lists for each episode. Some of my favorite songs so far:

Save the Lies, by Gabriella Cilmi
Boom, by Anjulie
Closer to Love, by Mat Kearney
Here We Go, by Mat Kearney
Never Say Never, by The Fray
Running Up That Hill, by Placebo
I Get Around, by Dragonette
Gravity, by Sara Barielles
Heavy Cross, by Gossip
Don't Trust Me, by 3OH!3
Starstrukk, by 3OH!3
All We Are, by Matt Nathanson
Temptation, by Moby
Down, by Jason Walker
Wait It Out, by Imogene Heap
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tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: October 31st, 2009 01:26 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm actually loving Smallville on Friday nights. For me, it's the perfect way to celebrate the end of my arduous work week, and to kick off my weekend of fun. :) But it still offends me that the CW treated a show that has been so good to them that way. And I do miss having all my boys together. There was something about knowing that both Smallville and Supernatural film in Vancouver, and that Tom is friends with Jensen and Jared, that made watching the shows together feel so right. And since I started watching both shows at the same time, that's how it has ALWAYS been for me.

I have no idea if Ian really said what was attributed to him, but I'm more than willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. I've read lots of interviews with him about TVD, and he seems humble about his own contribution to the show, thankful to have the role, and passionate about doing it justice. He constantly praises the writers, the directors, and his co-stars. And then brings these absolutely amazing performances to every episode! He was SO GOOD last night! AGAIN!

I love discovering new music from the shows I watch. Sometimes the music can really make an otherwise ordinary moment between characters an exceptionally memorable one.

I couldn't agree more! Other times a song will become a favorite because of the emotional resonance a special moment brings to it, and the way it can make that moment replay in my head whenever I hear it.

TVD music continues to be awesome!
christina_kat From: christina_kat Date: October 15th, 2009 11:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
This show is moving extremely fast. I mean, Elena and Stefan are together from the second episode and now Elena put the pieces together and find out that Stefan is a Vampire. I was totally surprised.

Damon was also awesome. I knew he would escape but I loved the way he succeeded it. He controlled Caroline AGAIN to open his door and then he would eat her. I love this son of a bitch!
And it was the first time we saw Damon without his ring in the sun light. That burning effect and his cries were amazing.

//His pleasure seemed almost sexual, and very disturbing.//
Oh, Yeah! I couldn't agree more.

//I'm dying to know what that crystal can do. //
Me, too! I hope we will find out soon!

I'm wondering what Stefan will say to Elena. He will admit he is a vampire? He will show her he is a vampire??
I don't know what to expect any more!
tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: October 21st, 2009 08:48 am (UTC) (Link)
This show is moving extremely fast. I mean, Elena and Stefan are together from the second episode and now Elena put the pieces together and find out that Stefan is a Vampire. I was totally surprised.

It's a lot different from Smallville, isn't it? I'm so used to endless stalling, people conveniently getting knocked unconscious so they don't see anything, and anyone who does discover Clark's secret getting their memory erased somehow. LOL!

I love this son of a bitch!

My feelings exactly. He's so good. And so BAD! ;)

I don't know what to expect any more!

I know! This show keeps me guessing!
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tariel22 From: tariel22 Date: October 31st, 2009 01:42 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you! I don't necessarily think that TVD and Supernatural share the same audience in general, but for me they go together really well. They both have this great mix of scary, funny, and heartbreaking. And I love the contrast between the two sets of brothers.

People mistakenly assume every vampire show or movie is a Twilight rip-off. While I think it's true that Twilight paved the way for TVD's success by making vampires popular, the stories being told are original and unique. And better, IMO! :)

And I still think this show is getting better all the time. Last night's episode was so good, and once again I thought Ian's performance as Damon was the best part.
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