The Vampire Diaries: Is There Anyone Damon Won't Kill?
|Written by April Yorke|
|Friday, 22 January 2010 11:22|
There's this thing on True Blood about how vampires, no matter how decently they might behave and no matter how much TruBlood they might drink, are essentially predators and being in a room with one is like being in a room with a loaded gun. It's only a matter of time before it goes off. Even Bill, our erstwhile "hero" of vampiredom, feeds on humans on the regular.
So last night's The Vampire Diaries entry, "Bloodlines," featured not at all the plotline I had read (though I am informed it is in the books and only a matter of time before the show goes there), but instead something we all could have guessed: Damon rescues Elena from the car accident/potential vamp attack and then drags her off to Georgia while she is unconscious rather than taking her to a hospital (okay, maybe we didn't guess the road trip part). This marks the second episode in which Elena is griveously injured but does not seek medical attention, and I can't tell if the writers are going somewhere with this (death wish? maybe combined with survivor's grief?) or if they think we won't notice. Hey, Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec! I noticed!
Anyway, what starts out as a kidnapping morphs into a deciding to stick around with, save the life of, and start to like a dude who:
The writers are trying to build the love triangle and I know teenage hormones are a bitch, but are you kidding me? Damon would be subjected to endless bitchface from Elena, no matter how mad she might be at Stefan. Not only that, but Elena saved Damon from some lantern-jawed dude, who turns out to Lexi's (!) grieving boyfriend -- because, oh yeah, if you want to be with a vampire long term, you might have to become one --, so he could turn around and kill Bree (Gina Torres). Did you see that? Gina frickin' Torres was on the show, was awesome, and is already dead in the span of an episode. I don't care how cool Gran is (not mentioning the fact that Jasmine Guy is simply not old enough to be anyone Bonnie's age's Gran) or how much I dig the burgeoning friendship between Stefan and my girl Bonnie. No. You do not get to be blessed with the presence of Gina Torres and have Damon rip her heart out inside of an hour. That's three cool female characters killed. I cry sexism.
Of course, Damon's pile of dead bodies includes Alaric's wife (who just let him in for a bite?) . . . because Damon's the only vampire in existence? Seriously. Also, quelle disappointment. Here I was thinking that Alaric was, like, Blade or some shit, and it turns out he's just in the same boat as every other hunter in Supernatural: some beastie got his family, and now he's going to make them all pay. Ho hum. I hold out hope that he will raise up Jeremy in the vampire slaying ways, along with that new girl.
Even better than Damon's expansive killing spree was the REVELATION (this time for real) that Stefan's voiceover from the pilot meant something. Remember when he said that he "ha[d] to know her"? Turns out that was meaningful! Turns out he saved Elena from the car crash that killed her parents, freaked out because she looked like Katherine, and started looking into her. When they met in school and he took an immediate interest, it wasn't her resemblance to Katherine that drew him in. He already had a crush her on (aw/ew). Also, Elena? Adopted.* Might just be related to Katherine after all.
*I wrote it like that because it's supposed to be a bombshell, but let me tell you how stupidly the idea came across: Pearces and Gilberts, according to Damon and Stefan, could never, never at any point in history, have crossed bloodlines. What are they, Hatfields and McCoys?