So I’ve been thinking...
So I saw this response Steph (Hotladypants) gave and it got me really thinking. Now just dealing with things from season 2 I want to talk about some of things we see in this web series.
So Laura is a journalist so there are a lot of things that we see in the web series that are clearly part of her telling the story of the issues on the Silas Campus, even things that may not exactly be supernatural in nature are added because they show a clear cause and effect for the story line. But there are some things that are added that are not exactly journalistic in nature and could be simply cut out or explained in a quick solo clip from Laura instead of her showing us the original footage. (Also this is assuming we are essentially acting as the member of Silas Campus, not a third party watching it as fans)
Obviously you could make an argument that these scenes are included to show how loving their relationship is and how that motivates their future actions, but aren’t we suppose to assume that we are watching Laura’s videos as they happen? Aren’t we suppose to assume that she doesn’t know what happens in the future so she doesn’t know what these scenes mean later on in the series? I like this theory better: This relationship is important to Laura and she wants to share it. She wants to revel in how caring this relationship is. She wants to show off and shout to the world how much they love each other. That’s why she added scenes of Carmilla and her being so lovey even though they didn’t always have a true journalistic nature.
These parts of 2x10 did not add fully to the plot line of this episode. Assuming she doesn’t know the future, there’s no exact reason to add this. She could have just said in her interlude that she heard what was said between Carmilla and Mattie but they decided to handle the lead first. But she didn’t, she showed the original footage. She showed Carmilla’s sad demeanor reacting to Laura walking in causing Laura to have to add a clip giving a regretful response for her actions. Laura didn’t need to add this unless she felt guilty and this was her way of dealing with the guilt. It’s an unhealthy, immature way of handling guilt, but it seems to be Laura’s way nonetheless.
Now these scenes caused major outcry in the fandom. A lot of people used these scenes, and some other scenes, to defend Carmilla and hate on Laura. Think about this. These scenes could have easily been cut. Laura could have cut straight to Perry walking in with blood on her stomach in 2x13. Laura could have also simply just told us Carmilla walked out after refusing to help with her with saving the campus. Laura had the ability time and time again to villainize Carmilla but she never did. She had multiple opportunities to make us hate Carmilla and sway the story but she never did! In fact, she villainized herself more than anything else. I think Laura has a strong level of internal self-hatred that causes her to commit suicide missions and destroy positive relationships in her life because subconsciously she feels like she doesn’t deserve it. What happened with her mom to cause this much damage?
Then these four scenes. Oooooooooooh these four scenes. Not only are they not exactly necessary to the story of saving Silas, they are personal and slightly embarrassing. Honestly, the only reason I can think of as to why Laura added these clips is to show Carmilla. Show her that she still loves her. I mean we don’t know if Carmilla is even watching the videos but who knows. It’s that or Laura just wanting to put herself through more pain. I’m hoping for the former though.
Annnnnnnnnnnnnnd this scene. Laura once again did not need to add this scene. She could have so easily just started it with the curtain closed but she didn’t. She included a clip of Carmilla trying to save the day – of Carmilla trying to save Larua – even though the end of the episode shows Laura helping the board set up to kill all the vampires on campus. She once again makes Carmilla a lovable hero and villainizes herself. Laura punishes herself by showing the world why she feels guilty. REALLY THINK ABOUT THAT!
My final conclusion, the fact that we know about Laura and Carmilla’s relationship at all truly shows how much Laura loves Carmilla.