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But at the same time, you can see where Bon's coming from. If I were her, I'd probably be seriously confused too. And Bonnie does raise some valid points. Even if they're not what Elena wants to hear there and then.
Ohmygod, all the foreshadowing the girls make about Caroline, it makes me so uncomfortable! ): First, "We have to make Caroline proud, or she will KILL us'I don't know how she does this all the time." "Well, that's because she's not human, obviously." *both girls laugh*
And these just keep coming! It's enough to make you super uncomfortable, especially since you know that Caroline is dead and not human and she could very easily kill them.
Jeremy seems to think that since he's got the ring now, he's invincible. He's not, Katherine proved that when she almost killed John, and Damon proves that when he manages to get rid of the ring from Jeremy's hand. While Jeremy's hatred for Damon is justified [hello, the man/vampire/psycho killed him!], baiting Damon - is idiotic. Jeremy needs to learn that.
Though I've got to say, I was way disappointed about Jeremy forgiving Damon so fast. The end, while sweet in a very odd way, was disappointing. What is it with the Gilbert siblings and forgiving homicidal maniacs who have tried to kill them/the people around them so easily? I love Damon, but seriously? Some sort of redemption - actual guilt and working towards forgiveness - would be nice.
"Jeremy, if I thought you wanted to kill me we'd be having a much different conversation."
I love this new, supremely confident Stefan. Okay, not so new, this Stefan was under the brooding one, but he's at the forefront now, and I'm loving it because this man/vampire has some great lines, a great rapport with the other characters - and he laughs! Laughs and smiles and his cracks jokes!
"Well today we have a distraction in the form of the slavedriver Elena. Hello, Elena."
Seriously, can he get more perfect? And I love that he's completely okay with Elena wanting 'normal' because he knows she means it in the sense that nothing going wrong during the day rather than in a 'you're not human, not normal I want nothing to do with you today' sort of way. It's like, she accepts who he is and what he can do as normal, but if anyone else pulled anything, then it's wrong. Case in point, the end of the episode where he remembers what she said about the ferris wheel and jumps them to the top. I want a Stefan now. [B, my birthday is coming up, get me a Stefan Salvatore? *smiles*]
Big Brother Stefan
The Stefan-Jer scenes are probably gonna make me pretty happy this season. (Though clearly not as happy as Jer/Ty scenes. Ahem.) And not just because Steven is very, very pretty, and I cannot get over how gorgeous he is. But because Stefan seems like a big brother to Jer, and that's pretty sweet to see. *I will not mention the'position'in which Stefan is standing in relation to Jeremy. I must not mention that. With that arm against the locker, leaning against it, so protectively, over Jeremy, and looking at him in that way with that smouldering gaze'Oh my.*
With a cameo from hot uncle Mason.
Who was not shirtless ):
Okay, now that that's done with. It's going to be interesting seeing how Mason takes Tyler under his wing. Which he clearly seems to be doing. He seems like a really shady guy, a more negative character than I'd want Tyler to be mentored by (like what was mentioned in the BSB AT, I think, I do NOT want Tyler to turn out like Tyler Smallwood in the books!), and I honestly wonder what kind of'father figure? Brother figure?..he'll make to Tyler. *is nervous for Ty* On the other hand, I'm glad for the bigger role Tyler now has. :D
Mason has mad skills. It's interesting how the alpha male dynamics change, even within the episode. Yes, I am referring to the ending, where Tyler has the moonstone. Even before that, when Mason's looking for the moonstone and Tyler comes in, notice how Mason keeps repeating the fact that the moonstone he's looking for has "minimal monetary value" and is purely sentimental. He's clearly hiding something from Tyler, and Tyler knows it, which is probably why Tyler seeks out the moonstone for himself. And it probably doesn't help that Mason lies to Tyler. I wonder, though, what are his motivations for doing so? He seems too self-centred a character to be hiding the werewolf thing 'for Tyler's own good'. Any ideas?
Really, once again, the amount of faith the Founders' Council has in Damon just amuses me. If only they knew the truth right? Though I think he's gotten fond of Liz Forbes and even Carol to some extent, now he's using this as a way to find out the Lockwood secret.
Damon spearheading the Founder's Council. 'Nuff said. *shakes head* Wow. Irony of ironies.
I've always known that Caroline was gorgeous. I mean, Candice is really, really pretty. I've known this since I saw her in the episode After School Special on Supernatural where she got to make out with teen!Dean and I had no clue who she was - but the subtle makeup differences they've done now just make her even more stunning. They've made the make-up around her eyes darker, and it makes them pop. Just so stunning.
I think it's a huge deal that Caroline is freaked out about her transformation. She's scared of what is happening to her, and what she can do - and what she may do to other people. It says a lot about her character. She cares about what other people think about her, how they feel about her - and it's translated into her being a vampire. She doesn't like hurting the people she cares about, and even as a vampire this is true. So very different from vamp!Vicki where she was a lot about the rush and the high.
vamp!Caroline also seems to know a lot more about her abilities - everything that Damon made her forget because he was so secure in his compulsion of her comes back to her in bits and pieces and she knows a lot more than she did before. The innocence that her friends tried to preserve, the freedom from this horrible truth got her killed - and she woke up with that naivety gone, and remembering what she went through has given her an edge, a strength that Damon had taken away from her. She's a lot tougher than she was.
The way she keeps apologizing when she's feeding off the nurse makes it very obvious that she's still human, and still hurting and hates doing what she's doing only she can't help it. Even when she attacks Carter at the end, she's crying while she does it, and she apologizes. Her own actions horrify her - and ultimately, that is what keeps her from losing herself. She does not want to lose herself, because losing herself means losing everyone around her and possibly hurting them, and she cannot do that. I've said in earlier Musings that Caroline just wants someone to love her. If she lost herself to this monster that keeps rearing its head, she believes no one would love her - and she cannot live with losing the people she loves.
Caroline, in a sense, is the best representation of humanity on this show. It's sort of ironic that they've turned that into the living dead - but if they kept this essence of her humanity despite her lapses, it'd be tremendously poetic. This slip of a girl, this insecure, neurotic girl that is constantly overlooked, is the best of all of them because she cares, so much, about everything.
She is also, a teenage girl. And it is evident in so many of her lines. In the end, she's still Caroline. Matt and spending time with other teenager means everything.
The excuse she feeds the nurse "My husband likes to get kinky" or something of that sort is so something a teenager would say, especially one like Caroline. And her joy in the compulsion - "I don't know how that works but it's brilliant" - is the joy of someone who would break rules and go wild with that power. Not kill-people!wild, but throw-a-party-with-alcohol-involved-and-charm-the-parents-into-not-grounding-them-for-life!wild.
Her confrontation with Damon was probably one of my favorite Caroline scenes in this show so far. Here we have a girl who's been physically and emotionally scarred by this man/vampire standing in front of her, who has been so terrified of everything he represents because he played on her insecurities and feelings and used her, fight back. She stands up for herself, doesn't back down, throws him across the floor - and then childishly says "You suck." Admittedly, that threw me a bit. I expected something fiercer. Then I realized that it was such a Caroline thing to say. That entire scene was perfect.
Vampire!Caroline ' or Caroline, as she shall now be known, since, well, Caro's a vamp ' is gorgeous. Especially her eyes. IDK if they're lined darker or if the mascara is more obvious or what, but her eyes look a lot darker, which is an interesting way to show that she's not human anymore. And I suppose her time with Damon is why she's a lot more knowledgable about her powers and the limitations of being a vampire. Which doesn't help make her any less miserable over her situation. I'm sorry, I think my rush from earlier is slowly dying out now, which is not good 'cause I'm only ten minutes into the episode.
Poor Caro, though. She's so freaked out by her transformation, even though she's got a better grasp of what's happening than Vicki did. (Then again, Vicki was a train wreck. Caroline, thankfully, is not.) And yet the monster inside of her keeps rearing its head, and we see another side of Vamp!Caro too. Again, lemme emphasise how animalistic Caro is when she's feeding. It's enough to give you goosebumps.
I think there's a little debate on the SSLP thread on what kind of blood Caro will go for, and here's my take. I think Caro will do a Lexi (LEXI! :D Remember her? I miss her') and go for blood banks, because she clearly enjoys the strength that human blood gives her, and I don't think she'd be too happy with animal blood. Plus, she feels tremendously guilty over attacking people, so she would NOT be able to pull a Damon and sustain it the way Damon does. Vicki, she probably could have, but Caroline is so much different, so much BETTER than Vicki was. Caro has so many things to live for, for one thing, which I doubt Vicki had, which is why Caro would be so much more cautious about things'.
Oh, so many things to say about this couple. Most prominent among them just how much Matt has changed about Caroline. He wasn't as affectionate in season one as he is now. It seems like coming so close to losing her made him face his feelings and realize some things - and it's nice to see Caroline being appreciated and taking care of, even when her mood goes crazy because of what has happened to her. They complement each other.
Caroline not wanting to hurt Matt is probably one of the saddest things yet to be seen on the show. How she runs away from him because she's scared that she'll hurt him. The end, when she controls herself - after he admits that he is falling in love with her and she responds with a kiss to tell him she feels the same - just shows the depth of her feelings for him. She'll try not to hurt him, because she loves him and cannot live with hurting him.
[note: the song playing, OneRepublic's All This Time, is such a gorgeous song and so apt for the two couples.]
Stefan and Damon semi-get along now. *throws a party* I have got to say, I love that Damon no longer hates his brother (I'm still not sure he ever truly did, but he definitely acted like he did, now he just acts like an annoying older brother) and Stefan doesn't act like he doesn't trust Damon (again, not sure he ever lost that much faith in his brother, just that it hurt too much to be proven wrong again and again). Baby steps towards the relationship we've been shown snippets of in the flashbacks to 1864? I sure hope so!
And now, not just Damon has the awesome lines. Stefan does too! It makes for fun scenes.
"Aren't you worried that one day, all the forest animals are gonna band together and fight back? I mean, surely they talk."
"I'm just really glad that that's a uh, blood bag and not a sorority girl supplying your dinner."
The fact that they egg each other on notwithstanding [Damon bringing up Elena, Stefan bringing up Katherine], Damon still trusts Stefan with helping him find out about the Lockwoods. Something that we would not have seen happening in season one unless it was a flashback. Yayness.
Stefan willingly goes looking for Damon. I think a part of him (a huge part) likes hanging out with his brother and not trying to kill each other. Don't they look awesome together?
The banter is so refreshingly - not murderous. It's awesome.
And Stefan humors his brother, goes against Uncle Mason, and concedes defeat against both Mason and Damon's suspicions. I love that they're working together. And then of course, Stefan gets some hilarious lines.
"Ooh, maybe they're uh - ninja turtles."
"You're not funny."
"Or no, zombies, werewolves."
"No comedic timing. At all."
Brilliant. And I love how Damon is convinced that there is no such thing as werewolves. Both of them are convinced about that. And Damon, hun, it's ninja turtles, not combat turtles.
[oohh, one of the people I subscribe to on YT favorited this and I had to post it here:
I'm sorry, there were just WAY too many awesome scenes in this episode. The Stefan-Jer scene, the Bonnie-discovering-Caro's-a-vampire scene, the Damon-Caro confrontation scene, the Damon-Jer scene, the Caro/Matt scene at the end, the Stefan/Elena scene at the end - I can't pick.
ahh. I couldn't choose one. I loved both Candice's delivery of "I'm a murderer. I'm a monster." and the way Kat delivered her tearful "I can't believe this is happening."
It just makes me wonder what's in store for the rest of the season.
"No, it's not your fault, Stefan. It's no one's fault. It is what it is." - Elena
I chose this quote because I think it contrasts REALLY well with what Bonnie says about how EVERYTHING is Damon's fault. There's probably gonna be a lot of Bonnie-hate after this, but as Viewbie, let's try to keep that to a minimum kay? But anyway, the way that both girls react to what happens to Caroline is interesting. (God I need a bigger vocab.) Bonnie blames Damon, when in a way, she was the one who agreed that Damon should give Caro his blood. But you see, Bonnie doesn't view vampires in the same way, and that's what you NEED to remember. For Bonnie, vampires have brought her nothing but trouble, while Elena is able to see that they're not all bad. Both girls have had different experiences when it comes to vampires, which is probably why Elena is so resigned with whatever's happened and will happen, while Bonnie fights back.
Stefan. God, Stefan. I love how instead of blaming himself for everything [as another brooding vampire would do], he goes about and tries to help everyone he cares about. He's amazing. [again B, birthday, next month. Stefan, yes?]
Stefan. I like how he's so protective of everyone he ' or Elena ' loves. First with Jeremy, then with Caroline, and even with Damon, to a certain degree.
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AWWW SHOOT DP. SORRY.
Joined: 24 June 2008
Haha I agree- waking up and the nurse comments. I love how you guys analyzed her human-self transitioning to the vampire-self. She is deff is the most controlled vampire during transition *nods* I knew it from the first five minutes Candice/Caroline will be the star - kudos to everyone *claps* Oh wow, completely agree on the Elena/Bonnie situation and foreshowding - I legit has chills hearing that. Oh snap!
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