Welcome to the fourth and final installment of OCTV’s mid-year wrap up, where Nicole and SB go over what they’ve been watching all year and take a step back to look at the seasons (or the seasons so far) as a whole. If you missed part one, you can find it here, part two is here, and part three is here. Gifs are generously rounded up by hockeybychoice, and as always, Nicole’s thoughts are in purple and SB’s are in blue. Enjoy and be sure to comment!
The Vampire Diaries
I am still loving this show (even if I’m less enthralled with Damon than I used to be). It continues to be excellent at managing a million things at once, even if sometimes that means that we don’t get to see certain people for weeks at a time (miss ya, Jeremy!). I love love love Ripper Stefan and the entire Klaus and Rebekah story arc, and I’m intrigued by Katherine’s place in everything. As per usual, the love story of poor, wounded Elena is the least interesting thing to me – the second a guy gets with her he turns into someone I don’t give a shit about. She is excellent at making people boring by association. That’s not a knock on The Dobrev because she is the opposite with Katherine, but Elena is room temperature vanilla pudding compared to Katherine’s…something exciting that they would make on Top Chef, like flaming spicy chocolate ganache, I don’t know. Anyway, the show continues to be a thumbs way up for me, but I’ll let SB get into it since she’s OCTV’s TVD master and I know y’all want to hear from her.
Ooooh, TVD MASTER? Well, I don’t know about that, but I have been spending a lot of time with TVD lately, as I recently wrote a Top Three Moments of Season Three (So Far) post for vampire-diaries.net, which is seriously the best fansite I’ve ever seen for anything (no exaggeration), which can be found here.
I am LOVING this season. I had some serious issues with season two (namely, Rose and trying to cram too much in), but I think this season has been pretty great. They slowed the pace down a bit, gave us a better idea of the general time frame of the show (two seasons equals a year), sent the kids back to high school (!!!), and turned the show’s sweetest remorseful bunny-killing vampire into a shockingly scary sidekick to a sociopath (holy god, the alliteration!). The show is really functioning at its best this season, because there are several stories going on at once, but they’re all overlapping each other just enough.
And you know what else is pretty incredible? That with an already large cast with a lot going on, that the show has managed to add in the Originals without it feeling like anyone is being cheated out of story time. That takes a deft hand. And oh GOD, you guys, the talent levels on this show–I can’t even handle it. I mean for REAL–just think about the crying or almost crying scenes ALONE, JUST this season! Stefan calling Elena. Rebekah in front of the mirror. Caroline when Tyler left angry. Matt letting go of Vicki. Bonnie holding Grams’ hand as she disappeared. Anna and Pearl’s reunion. Klaus’ Single Perfect Man Tear™?!?!? Geez, you guys, and that is all in like nine episodes and without Sara Canning, who was a fucking all-star crier!
Anyway, I kind of took a detour there, but all of this to say that I’ve been really happy with this season and how it’s all been working together. I’ve enjoyed the Damon and Elena slow burn, even as I feel the Stefan pain, and Caroline and Tyler are pretty much ripping my heart out. The ghost episode was so fun, Simon Camden bled from his eyeballs (delightfully gross, and also wonderful inspiration for my Halloween zombie makeup), and I love the new Buffyication of Elena. It feels weird to say that a season that’s already been so fab has promise, but I feel like it really does, like everything up to this, while it’s there have been payoffs all along, is really leading up to some like massive event of awesomeness. Of course, said massive event is probably going to ultimately end up being me having a heart attack, but that’s just how I assume every season of TVD will end, from now until eternity.