Vampire Diaires: Miss Mystic Falls recap
|Written by April Yorke|
|Friday, 23 April 2010 10:45|
I cannot get over how quickly things move on this show. It's positively breakneck. Last night's The Vampire Diaries, "Miss Mystical Falls" goes a little like this:
Bonnie's back, but her hair's flat ironed, so you know there's trouble. Sure enough, things have cooled between Bonnie and Elena over that whole that whole my-grandmother-died-for-nothing/kind-of-because-of-your-boyfriends thing, while it seems that Bonnie and Caroline have grown closer in the interim. Bonnie tells Elena that she won't make her choose between Bonnie and Stefan, but what that really means is that Bonnie's already made her choice to stay away from the pair. Ouch.
Beauty Pageants are for White People
They do at least pay lip service to fact that only the descendants of founding families can participate in Founders Court/Miss Mystic Falls means only a small handful of white people can participate and allow another (white, blonde) contestant named Amber. Seriously, Elena's the only non-blonde. Anyway, Caroline worries the entire time about coming in second to Elena yet again, but she wins because she actually is more involved and did more to win (sadly, that does not include her formal dress with pockets). Also, Damon ends up escorting Elena, and there's some business about the intimacy of not touching re: their dance. But it's all set to Evanescence, and, like I said last week, I just don't have it in me to care about an Elena/Damon romance. Maybe it's that I don't feel Elena and Stefan have even come close to running their course. Maybe it's one of those Logan/Veronica Buffy/Angel things where I'll never really care about another romance involving only one of the two now that I've gotten a taste of the good stuff. Mostly, though, I want to see Damon's character evolve a lot more, so I can get past my impulse to comment, "Hey, remember that time he ripped Bree's heart out of her chest? Or staked Lexi? Or turned Vicki? Or snapped Zach's neck?" every time Damon and Elena grow closer.
Stefan's Got A Serious Juice Problem
Stefan drives up to school in his lovely red sports car, so you know there's a problem. Yup, he's still drunk on sweet, sweet blood, keeping oodles of blood bank contraband in his trunk and even more in a large chest freezer in the Salvatore basement. Elena initially finds the change in Stefan's demeanor delightful, but Damon quickly realizes that if Stefan's head's not in the game, John's going to be an even bigger problem. Damon -- because he does actually care -- confesses to Elena that Stefan's back on the good stuff, which for him is the bad stuff, and Stefan nicely doesn't deny it but does claim to have it under control. Since we know that's not possible, Stefan takes off into the woods with a compelled Amber in tow, the better to eat her with. Amber's also witness to a truly fantastic tweaked-out stream of consciousness monologue from Stefan about how out of control his hunger is. By the time Elena, Damon, and Bonnie catch up, Stefan's just about to devour Amber and strong enough to put up a serious fight with Damon, so Bonnie pulls out Shelia's trick and causes Stefan enough pain with her mind that he backs off, mouthing dripping with blood. Elena tracks him down in his room at the Salvatore rez, where is he even more wigged than before and wants her nowhere near him. Elena, who switched to a blouse and jeans but still has her pageant curls (nice touch), initially seems all abused girlfriend, it's-okay-baby about the Amber-attacking and the yelling and the slamming into walls, but it's all a ruse. Elena's too fiesty to take that and stabs Stefan with one of Alaric's trusty vervain darts. Before he hits the floor, he manages a look that's equal parts pained, surprised, and relieved. Damon and Elena lock an unconscious Stefan up on the vervain cellar, then sit down for the detox long haul.
Before we move on, and I know I say this a lot, but Paul Wesley just rocks that shit. I don't think there's a single weak acting link on this show; everyone's really grown into and filled out their parts since the season started. Wesley seems to have the biggest challenges thrown his way, at least lately, and he never backs down or fails to find the right way to play it. Also, occasionally an actor will hit upon a certain word that he manages to say in such a way that the word is suddenly foreign and pregnant with implication and meaning that you knew not it possessed (Alan Rickman's a master at this; see also the way Bill says Sookie), and for Wesley, that word is hunger. I thought so when he first said it to Vicki, and it is so true now.
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