“I thought this was supposed to be fun.”
After the previous episode’s cry-a-thon, the TVD writers likely figured we could use a bit of an upper: cheerleaders, a raucous soundtrack, some quality hybrid/werewolf lovin’. Although we’ve had a few weeks off from TVD, the up-tempo (although not upbeat) feel to this episode was rather odd.
From nudity to stealing cheerleaders from the cookie jar to petty revenge against Caroline, Elena’s behavior reminded me of a three year-old child whose parents don’t believe in discipline. Elena may have turned off her loftier emotions, but petty anger, temper tantrums, and boredom apparently stick around regardless of the humanity setting. The analytical part of my brain is struggling with what “humanity” means in this context.
Elena is in a difficult situation. Her life is managed—badly—by those around her. There’s a line between Stefan feeling responsible, and “grounding” her for bad behavior. The best moment of the episode, for me, was Elena deciding to leave Mystic Falls. That seems like a reasonable thing to do, given her circumstances. (Reasonable in the sense of character development. Not reasonable like, “hey, kids, when in grief go to NYC to suck the blood out of random tourists.”)
Elena aside, I loved many parts of this episode: Caroline finally realizing that Tyler really is gone. (Is he really, though?) Damon double-crossing Klaus and Rebekah to keep the cure out of their hands. Even Phoebe Tonkin’s new hair—All pleasurable. And while I don’t like where Elena’s character is going, I continue to be impressed by Nina Dobrev’s acting.
Best part? Caroline and Stefan bonding at the party. I’m not sure if I ship those two, but I do like their friendly relationship, and I wish TVD would find more ways to explore it. Perhaps there will be time for that since Tyler is gone.
Although there are other things to worry about: Silas and crazy Bonnie come to mind. Silas’s hunger has wiped out most of the blood supply in the Mystic Falls area, which must make him super-powerful on or his way there. I wonder if Silas will continue to wear Shane’s body, or if we’ll get to see him in his real face, or if he’ll take over other bodies of people who have died. Lots of potential for fun there.
• Damon: “I came up with a list. It’s called ‘Things You Suck At.’”
• Klaus: “Painting is a metaphor for control.” I shouted “show, don’t tell!” at the screen.
• Haley: “So this is your thing? Show a girl a few mediocre paintings, whine about your childhood, and I spill all my dirty secrets?” But this was hilarious.
• Elena: “So you’re grounding me because I dropped Caroline on her thick head.”
Stefan: “No, because you fed on someone. In public.”
• It was so odd being reminded that many of our heroes are in high school.
• Do you think Damon switched of his humanity to go with Elena? Damon-without-humanity is the vampire who abused Caroline; I hope he’s still humanified Damon.
• And I’d like to know the backstory on Will.
Once again, I have no idea what to rate this episode. How many keggers out of four?