We had to laugh, this week, at Elena’s assertion that she would never hurt Jeremy, a scant fortnight after she stabbed him in the neck and he died. We don’t really have much else to say about this week’s episode – it was typical Vampire Diaries fare, and included the traditional ‘let’s have a twist for the sake of it’ – but I suppose submitting a three-line review wouldn’t do so we better forge ahead.
It’s that Miss Mystic Falls time of year again. Woo. Everyone’s lecturing Elena again because apparently she’s not capable of making her own decisions. Caroline’s a raging control freak and (unrelated to that and because she couldn’t not) she brought Klaus to Miss Mystic Falls as her date. They get on like a house on fire, prompting many jealous glares from Tyler (who brought Hayley). Hayley wore the trampiest dress she could find. Jeremy’s Hunter instincts are kicking in and he’s tooling up to take on Elena (who he’s been dreaming of killing – but then, haven’t we all?). Damon finds out from Prof Shane that when Jeremy’s tattoo is complete they need a Bennett witch to access the cure. Of course. Because no other witches did anything ever. Hayley is working with Prof Shane and is breaking Klaus’ hybrids as part of his plan. We’re so confused. Elena can’t stay at home with Jeremy the Vampire Slayer so she moves out and Matt moves in. Elena goes to the Salvatore place. Caroline remains Stefan’s sober sponsor and is the person he goes to when he can’t stay at home. Why do we feel like they’re going to hook up? Damon and Elena do hook up. Then Caroline has a lightbulb moment – Elena’s newly-discovered obsession with all things Damon? It’s because she’s been sired to him. Oh, whatever.
Caroline’s logic doesn’t really hold through, though. Accepting that Elena is indeed sired to Damon, and using that as our metric – i.e. Elena only does stuff Damon says she should because of a sire bond – we posit that her feelings for him, her attraction to him, is still real. As far as we can recall (do let us know if we’re wrong on this score), Damon never told Elena she should love him. So this one? This is all free will. You may argue that the sire bond necessitates closeness and instills feelings of love and lust but to that we counter with ‘Do you remember that time Tyler and Klaus got hot and heavy? No? Oh yeah, because it never happened.’ Maybe she can’t help agreeing with his choice in dresses or stop herself from calming down when he tells her not to worry, but we’re fairly certain she could still resist his strange smirk and overacting eyes.
We feel like the writers are trying to have their cake and eat it. Give Delena fans something to slaver over while reassuring Stefan fans that it’s all a silly misunderstanding and we’ll be back to regularly scheduled broadcasts soon. It’s a cop out, and they should have the balls to just say ‘Y’know what? Elena’s better with Damon than she is with Stefan. Deal with it.’ Because she is. Better, we mean. She enjoys life, she enjoys undeath, she is less uptight and less concerned about whether or not she’s doing the right thing all the time (which any dime-store psychologist could tell you is a healthier viewpoint). And she still doesn’t lose her intrinsic Elena-ness. She still cares about her family, her friends. She tries to make Damon better. She’s his moral compass. So if nothing’s changed but her happiness, what’s the big deal? Just let her, and Delena fans, be happy!
And while we’re on the subject, we don’t understand why everyone thinks Elena and Stefan are soulmates! He pulled her out of a car and she thought he was cute. And then the relationship never developed past that point. Not in any meaningful way, anyway. That’s the entire basis of their love. He saved her life and she thinks he’s wonderful. On the other hand, her relationship with Damon has been growing constantly and consistently since the very first episode. We think we know who the writers want her to end up with. Or, at least, which relationship they find more interesting… The only reason to keep pushing her back with Stefan despite all the signs pushing her toward Damon is to keep Stelena fans happy.
Okay, maybe we did have a little bit to say about this episode. We got a little ranty there, sorry. We promise, back to normal reviews next week. – B+K
Quoteworthy: “Jeremy can’t live with me, Stefan wants to fix me, and Caroline flat-out admitted that she doesn’t like me this way. I think it’s safe to say that I’m not so great at this vampire thing.” – ya don’t say, Elena!