“I love my sister, but she lacks fortune when it comes to men.”
I’m going to try. I watched the last several episodes in a big block and I was able to see things much more clearly now. I could discard all the crap and follow the thread of the thing. :)
I hope we’re going to be having more DE scenes, regardless of what happens between them. The writers felt they needed to separate them to keep them ‘fresh’ and so first they sent Elena away to college and then created massive conflict to keep them apart. Normally, this formula would probably work, but DE really are a huge part of the engine that drives the show and people want to see them together.
That doesn’t even mean they have to be a ‘couple’ or on the best of terms right away. Long before they were a romantic pairing, DE still shared plenty of screentime and it worked because they have such a complicated dynamic and an intense, deeply-layered relationship.
In my last two metas I talked about the projection on Katherine’s, Elena’s and Damon’s parts when it came to identity issues as well as on other character’s parts like Enzo and Wes on Damon and the rest of the characters when it came to Katherine in 5x11. I was talking to a friend about how from 5x11-5x15 Stefan played the role of providing subtext for Damon’s actions but I also found that unlike a plot device, Stefan’s own perception and experiences distorted some crucial parts of his understanding of Damon, which the audience fell and falls for because they take everything at face value, not gauging the character’s perspectives and how they influence their understanding of the situation, thinking that if they say something right, they must get the other parts right too. But there lies the mistake. Because often Stefan draws either from his past with Damon or his own point of view of Damon’s behaviour since he met Elena or equating Damon to himself. There is a bias here because Stefan is very clouded by his own judgment, even if not negative in his point of view. The audience generally adopts either a “go by what is told” or “show, not tell” when possibly the optimum way of understanding the situation is going by “show AND tell”. This is not me saying that Stefan actually tries to deceive the audience as the title goes but rather I’m saying he does without trying because he himself is deceived by his way of thinking in certain ways because he’s not a passive narrator but an active one which makes the reliability of his words more murky.
Who knows? Maybe it’s time for another smack in the face. Or sex. It’s DE. Literally, anything could be happening.
I could write volumes of praise for this show.
The plot twists.
The character dynamics.
The love triangle.
THE SEXUAL CHEMISTRY.
It ranks high on my list of favorites for several reasons (all of which I will cover at some point). Rather than saving…
Michael Trevino is a terrific actor. He’s very skilled. He’s very talented. He’s very well trained. And he’s capable of almost anything. - Kevin Williamson