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- That was quite a lot of plot in a very short time and it all felt a little rushed, but still, quite entertaining. The most astonishing element was the lack of a true Big Bad, an evil mastermind who had to be defeated: John was a comparatively small fish who mostly succeeded through luck, ruthlessness and a cleverly used gadget, Mayor Lockwood was too stupid to feel endangered himself, the rest of the tombpires made Frederick look like an evil genius, and Katherine didn't bother showing up until the very end. It's an unconventional way of handling this kind of plot, but also rather refreshing.

- Oh, Anna. You were fabulous, but you should have run while you still had the chance. Gilbert men truly were the curse of your family. Here's hoping for flashbacks.

- Elena: seemed a little too inconsequential in this one. She keeps getting told off by Jeremy, Stefan is saved first by Alaric and then by Bonnie instead of her, and when "she" is finally doing something actively - kissing Damon, attacking John - it's Katherine in her stead. Her brief moment with John was nicely played though, and her consistently trying to get through to Jeremy and telling Damon to not make her regret their friendship were strong emotional points. I'd still like her to take on a more active role, though.

- Bonnie! Assertive, determined, but willing to compromise for her best friend's sake. I loved how she warned Stefan off about Damon. She's becoming a worthy successor to Sheila and Emily.

- Damon: except for teasing Stefan and Elena and trying to, er, "educate" Jeremy in the beginning, he was decidedly too "good" this episode. At this point, I just don't buy it. That said, I liked his reaction to Anna's death and his subtle refusal to turn Jeremy in their subsequent conversation. Points for noticing something was off about Elena in the end, too.

- Jeremy: do I have to care? Because I kind of don't... on paper, this is a tragic storyline which should make you feel bad for the kid, but in practice, he always ends up being the guy whose far cooler girlfriends get killed instead of him. I suspect he won't turn because he didn't get bitten; instead the blood will counteract the pills' effects, leaving him even more desolate and prone to moping.

- "I have so many emotions - but I have no way to express them... being a teenager is so hard!" - I'm a mean old woman, for I laughed so hard at that.

- John: I hope it hurt. Other than that, I do find the character understandable and even pitiable, if not sympathetic: here is someone who probably always felt unloved (and is likely right about that), who never even got the chance to take on responsibilities for his family, and who probably thought all that was necessary to shoulder his manly Gilbert vampire hunter legacy. And the one time he honestly tries to connect with his "daughter," he gets stabbed and likely killed. Poor guy... but I really hope it hurt. Will his ring go to Jeremy or Elena, I wonder?

- Jenna: you managed to survive. That's good! You also mistook a bloodsucking fiend for one of your charges and let her into your home, did not hear it when she maimed and gutted your ex-boyfriend and uncle/father to your charges, and didn't notice that the other of your charges is just committing suicide/trying to transition into a creature of the night. In addition to all of that, you didn't use the Founders' Day celebrations to go out with a certain unattached history teacher/vampire hunter and maybe finally tap that. Seriously, woman, have you been hitting your bong too much lately?

- Alaric: of course he would bring stakes to a small town festivity. After all, one could run into hostile vampires anywhere!

- Caroline: I liked her and Matt supporting Tyler when his father tried to manhandle him into leaving. I'm rather convinced she won't die, but poor girl, what a way to end her fantastic day. And again, she's not conscious to witness her mother worried sick on her behalf.

Sheriff Forbes: loved her integrity and her determination not to endanger her citizens; also loved her teaming up with Mrs. Mayor, who got some welcome layers herself during this episode. Now that she and Damon are the only Secret Council members left, will it become more effective?

- Tyler: let's hope his Mom knows about the werewolf thing, or he'll have a really great time during the next full moon.

- Mayor Lockwood: really a fully grown alpha male douchebag. Well played show, well played. Like a lot of the other villains, he's consistent in wanting to protect his family, but seems rather desinterested in anyone else, including his own constituency; and like John, he gets caught up in his own dastardly plan. I'm not entirely sure I buy the sheriff department just taking the Mayor into custody, but I guess there wasn't enough budget for realistically acting non-speaking parts? I am also a little surprised that Damon doesn't know werewolves, but maybe he's only familiar with the furry variety. Since Lockwood's dead now, maybe [livejournal.com profile] yahtzee63's dream comes true and Damon runs for Mayor.

- Katherine: I was unfortunately spoiled for this, like, two days ago (that will teach me to watch promos), but I still really enjoyed her patiently putting one knife after the other into the knife block while John bared his fatherly soul. That scene, like the one with Damon in front of the house, was really well played; there were subtle undercurrents that simply weren't Elena, but it wasn't until she looked down at John's hand that it became obvious. I like to think that she killed him not just for endangering Damon and Stefan, but also because he murdered Pearl and Anna. Sociopathic murderer or not, Pearl was her best friend for centuries. Can't wait to see her confronting her doppelgänger descendant. That should be awesome!

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Date: 2010-05-14 11:05 pm (UTC)
ext_1771: Joe Flanigan looking A-Dorable. (bonnie - vd)
From: [identity profile] monanotlisa.livejournal.com

- That was quite a lot of plot in a very short time and it all felt a little rushed, but still, quite entertaining.

That pretty much sums up all of Season One for me: after having watched shows with very little true change even over the course of several seasons (Stargate Atlantis, but also Bones or even House up to about halftime of this season), The Vampire Diaries have always felt like a glorious roller-coaster: shit happens - and it has repercussions that resonate and aren't easily resolved. Nothing will ever be the same for them, not for Elena, not for Damon, not for Bonnie, not for Jeremy, and so on and so forth.

- Oh, Anna. You were fabulous, but you should have run while you still had the chance. Gilbert men truly were the curse of your family. Here's hoping for flashbacks.

You have to understand that as a female and mixed Asian, she just couldn't possibly make it. (No, I'm not bitter over Pearl and Harper, not to mention Bree and Lexi, or anything. Not at all.)

- Elena: seemed a little too inconsequential in this one. ... I'd still like her to take on a more active role, though.

This is a good point. I really liked the moments we had with her, but a more central position only makes sense.

- Jeremy: do I have to care?

I don't. Which is the yardstick of everything. ;)

- "I have so many emotions - but I have no way to express them... being a teenager is so hard!" - I'm a mean old woman, for I laughed so hard at that.

ME TOO, WW. ME TOO. *g*

- John: I hope it hurt. Other than that, I do find the character understandable and even pitiable, if not sympathetic: here is someone who probably always felt unloved

Perhaps that is because he was ACTING MOST UNLOVABLE 100% OF THE TIME? Just a guess on my part, though.

- Jenna: you managed to survive. That's good! You also mistook a bloodsucking fiend for one of your charges and let her into your home, did not hear it when she maimed and gutted your ex-boyfriend and uncle/father to your charges, and didn't notice that the other of your charges is just committing suicide/trying to transition into a creature of the night. In addition to all of that, you didn't use the Founders' Day celebrations to go out with a certain unattached history teacher/vampire hunter and maybe finally tap that. Seriously, woman, have you been hitting your bong too much lately?

*giggle*

- Alaric: of course he would bring stakes to a small town festivity. After all, one could run into hostile vampires anywhere!

Hey, it's not as if he's WRONG with that, or anything...

- Caroline: I liked her and Matt supporting Tyler when his father tried to manhandle him into leaving. I'm rather convinced she won't die, but poor girl, what a way to end her fantastic day. And again, she's not conscious to witness her mother worried sick on her behalf.

I told [livejournal.com profile] havocthecat a long time...okay, fine: fifteen eps ago that their relationship, mother and daughter, is fascinating, and I wish we'd see more of it. They are both people so good at what they do and usually good with the people around them, but together, it's always mercury in retrograde. I too loved the Sheriff's integrity, her strength. Doesn't help against cowards, of course.

- Katherine: I was unfortunately spoiled for this, like, two days ago (that will teach me to watch promos), but I still really enjoyed her patiently putting one knife after the other into the knife block while John bared his fatherly soul. That scene, like the one with Damon in front of the house, was really well played; there were subtle undercurrents that simply weren't Elena, but it wasn't until she looked down at John's hand that it became obvious. I like to think that she killed him not just for endangering Damon and Stefan, but also because he murdered Pearl and Anna. Sociopathic murderer or not, Pearl was her best friend for centuries. Can't wait to see her confronting her doppelgänger descendant. That should be awesome!

I think you are totally right about that!

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Date: 2010-05-15 10:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wee-warrior.livejournal.com
The Vampire Diaries have always felt like a glorious roller-coaster: shit happens - and it has repercussions that resonate and aren't easily resolved.

Oh, I love this. It's the perfect antidote for something like Lost or even True Blood, where it usually takes them five episodes to get through two days. Somewhat relatedly, I also love that nothing is really random, everything connects back to the core storyline in some way, from the huge amount of vampires to the magical rings to Alaric's flashbacks. Also the way the past does influence the present in a very literal way and relationships even outside the main group usually have meaning (Bree, Lexi and Lexi's boyfriend would be an example, Katherine, Anna and Pearl, Alaric and Isobel). It makes for a very coherent and vibrant world.

You have to understand that as a female and mixed Asian, she just couldn't possibly make it. (No, I'm not bitter over Pearl and Harper, not to mention Bree and Lexi, or anything. Not at all.)

Yeah, they aren't doing that great in that aspect. I mean, I do appreciate that there is an impressive number of varying female characters who are awesome (and sometimes, not so awesome) on the show, and if memory serves right, they are clearly surpassing the number of interesting male characters. This is really the only show I watch where that is the case at the moment. I believe that the tight storytelling is a bit of a disadvantage here, since they seem determined to wrap up as neatly and quickly as possible, and in some cases (Harper? Bree?) there seems little to no longterm planning involved. Concerning Pearl and Anna, I understand killing either individually - don't hurt me! - but both seems a bit much. Especially since I'm not convinced Jeremy's storyline couldn't have been advanced just as easily with Anna going away.

- Jeremy: do I have to care?

I don't. Which is the yardstick of everything. ;)


*g* Good to know!

ME TOO, WW. ME TOO. *g*

WE DO NOT UNDERSTAND THE HEARTS OF EMO TEENS! WOE!

Perhaps that is because he was ACTING MOST UNLOVABLE 100% OF THE TIME? Just a guess on my part, though.

Now that I think about it, that may have been part of it! It might have worked better if Anders hadn't played him quite as straight-laced; he seemed remotely amusing in his first appearance. Of course, since on this show biological parents are usually either ineffectual, horrible or dead, and biological fathers are always dicks or absent, he probably didn't stand a chance.

*giggle*

Seriously, nearly everything about Jenna totally makes sense if you think of her as a giant pothead. Did I mention that I like Jenna?

Hey, it's not as if he's WRONG with that, or anything...

Well, no. I just can't help imagining this: "Okay, do we have everything for the party tonight? Jacket, money, car keys, stake gun, vervain darts, blood packages, shovel to bury innocent bystanders..." If they ever let Jenna find out what's going on, she should do so by stumbling over the vampire hunting kit in Alaric's car. She'll probably think he's a serial killer.

their relationship, mother and daughter, is fascinating, and I wish we'd see more of it. They are both people so good at what they do and usually good with the people around them, but together, it's always mercury in retrograde. I too loved the Sheriff's integrity, her strength. Doesn't help against cowards, of course.

Yes. I'm glad Liz stayed with us for her own sake, but even more so I'm happy she's still around so we can hopefully see that relationship illuminated and developed. I'd like them to realize that they actually do have things in common (like a knack for dealing with people as you say). And yes, one more strike in John Gilbert Jnr Jnr's disfavour. Maybe Katherine should have cut off a few more fingers?

I think you are totally right about that!

Wouldn't flashbacks of Katherine, Pearl, Anna and Emily be like the best thing ever?

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Date: 2010-05-15 12:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] spadada.livejournal.com
Great review! I have nothing to add, just wanted to say that :)

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Date: 2010-05-15 10:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wee-warrior.livejournal.com
Hey! How are you? I didn't know you watched this show!

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Date: 2010-05-15 06:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] spadada.livejournal.com
I love this show! Probably The appt. show for me this season. I also love "Life Unexpected" and "Cougartown" and "Modern Family" and "Community" but "The Vampire Diaries" is the stand-out for me this season. So enjoyable.

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Date: 2010-05-15 07:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wee-warrior.livejournal.com
Never seen any of the others - though I've heard quite a lot about Community because of Alison Brie - but TVD has been such a great surprise after a somewhat lacklustre start. I quite adore it.

(Your icon cracks me up, mostly because I always think of that young actress as "Little Girl God" from Joan of Arcadia.)

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Date: 2010-05-28 01:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thomasyan.livejournal.com
(Here via [livejournal.com profile] coffeeandink/[livejournal.com profile] yhlee.)

Jeremy: do I have to care?

My hope was that Anna gave him fake blood.

I like to think that [Katherine] killed [John] not just for endangering Damon and Stefan, but also because he murdered Pearl and Anna.

Ooh, I like that. I hadn't thought of the latter. How much do you think she cares about the brothers? According to Anna (who lied? was mistaken?), Katherine knew where the brothers were, but didn't care.

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Date: 2010-05-28 09:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wee-warrior.livejournal.com
Hi! Nice to meet you.

My hope was that Anna gave him fake blood.

*g* We could only be so lucky.

How much do you think she cares about the brothers? According to Anna (who lied? was mistaken?), Katherine knew where the brothers were, but didn't care.

I'm not sure, to be honest. I do think she cares more about Stefan than about Damon from what little we saw, but I don't think she doesn't care at all about Damon. As for not seeing them for 145 years, I got the impression that Katherine is supposed to be roughly as old as Pearl, so I suspect that doesn't mean as much to her in pure length as it does to the brothers.

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