Surprise! The Sequel. [TVD 1x12 Review]
Welcome to the 12th review of season 1! As per usual, here are the guidelines: Considering that I haven’t sat down to watch a full episode of the past seasons of TVD in a few years and my memory might not be the greatest I will start with my usual disclaimer: I write my thoughts in real time so if I make a mistake at the beginning of this post, it will be corrected by the end. There will be anti-Damon and anti-Delena senitments and I feel the need to say there may be some anti-Jenna sentiments too. I will probably bring up other shows and call attention to misogynoir, racism and anti-blackness. OK. Ready? Let’s go.
I love how Stefan and Elena are lying down on her bed, talking about what’s happening in the town, that level of intimacy just in the fact that they’re together on her bed and it isn’t sexual, it’s about how comfortable they are with each other.
I still think it’s bullshit that Jeremy would invite the pizza guy in. I also really hate this scene because I want more details, like at least see vampire hoodie dude get into a car with the actual pizza delivery guy bleeding in the backseat.
Paul’s jeans fit much better now.
Omg Paul is just all chiselled features. This man is beautiful.
“Oh yeah, Elena and I had a blast!” You two were barely together.
Yay, more lunch! Sorry, I just couldn’t recall when they ever ate lunch so the fact that I’m seeing them eat it makes me happy because DETAILS. If only we got a class other than history that wasn’t in a dream.
“If it’s what you and Matt want then it’s not about me.” We don’t ever get a conversation like this about Steroline, like Elena just kept her mouth shut and she never talks about SC as a couple, which I find telling.
I also never understood why Nina uses her left hand to brush the right side of her face, like her hair out of her face, I always found that weird.
Lol Elena leaves Bonnie with the bill. Of course. And doesn’t say thank you.
It really annoys me that the first guy to show interest in Bonnie in the show is just using her. Ugh.
Especially since they could’ve been really hot. And cute. I’m annoyed.
“It’s because we’re predators, Elena. We hunt, we stalk, it’s often as exciting as the kill.” See, Stefan never once distances himself from the darker aspects of vampirism, so I don’t know where the DErs get of saying he pretends to be a saint.
The way he strokes her face, omg.
Matt and Caroline are so cute, their almost paint fight and the way he says, “I MEAN I thought you always told everyone else what to do.”
OK so Elena and Jenna do have separate cars.
“I’m really sorry it won’t be any help for your Diabolical Plan. The Sequel.” I love dry Stefan so much.
It’s kind of funny watching Ian’s hyperactive eyebrows against Paul’s pretty stationary ones.
“See that’s your problem, Damon, you apply all of your shortcomings to everyone else.” Ha, could say the same thing about DE shippers.
So, funny story. When I had cable and would watch my teen dramas, my mother would always complain about them and say how much she hates them but then I would see her standing in the hall watching them over my back. Happened with OTH. Happened with Gossip Girl. And it happened with TVD. So I’m at the scene where Elena is doing her hair and the compass is on her bed. I remember being soooooooo into the scene, like OMG THE SUSPENSE THE COMPASS IS MOVING and then I just hear my mom yell, “She is STUPID. If you’re in a town overrun by vampires and your vampire boyfriend gives you a vampire compass that finds vampires would you not have that damn compass everywhere you go??? SHE’S AN IDIOT. What’s her name? I don’t like her.” Lol. And now eight years later, I tend to agree.
It’s funny, in KDramas when a loved one’s number is saved it’s always something like “My Yoon Jae” or “My Gyu-woon” so just seeing “Elena Gilbert” on Stefan’s phone is like … aww, come on, can’t it be “My Elena”??? lol. Although tbh I probably wouldn’t like that. Kdramas get away with a lot of things that American TV can’t.
Aww Stefan’s hand on Elena’s leg as they talk about the vampire. So sweet. Simple gesture but it shows his protectiveness and his need to comfort her.
And then when Elena slips her hand over his to comfort him for being worried about her. My feeeeeeeeeeeeels.
Also Paul is total James Dean here. Who was that person who said Ian was more James Dean than Paul? Like … WHAT?
“What’s Damon doing here?” At least Bonnie looks mildly indignant.
Also it takes some kind of gall to stand before Bonnie and Caroline, two people who Damon had tried to kill and not feel a type of way.
I do still find Elena’s *turn to Stefan* “May I have this dance?” to be hilarious and necessary. And Stefan’s smile is amaaaaazing.
Paul’s hands are kinda low on Nina’s hips, lmao.
Anna’s hair is a little weird.
“You’re doing that thing again, where you pretend we’re dating even though we’re not” LOL that was a little harsh. The way Anna brushes it off is cool though.
I actually just noticed that when Matt walks up to Caroline and Bonnie at the Grill he’s actually smiling until Caroline is classist af.
Also totally forgot that Stefan and Elena actually have a blast dancing before he pretends he won’t dip her, like they’re smiling SO goofily.
And Damon is looking at them jealous for absolutely no reason because he’s hardly spent any time with Elena but seriously, that’s what love looks like Damon.
The fact that Damon can call himself Stefan’s legal guardian and none of the adults side eye his relationship with Elena? When she’s supposed to be the Rory Gilmore of Mystic Falls, beloved by the town?
“Tonight was so much better on paper.” Just like how the SC relationship was so much better on paper? I get it, Caroline.
Lmao I’m watching all these other people dance and yeah Paul’s hands on Nina’s hips has me like mmmhmm.
Lol he moved them up to her waist.
Oh back to the hips.
Their dance kiss is still one of my favourites, like it just shows how much he loves her.
The way Damon dances with that blonde is utterly ridiculous.
ALSO LOL. “My Boyfriend’s Back” is a song I did a vid to for Steroline and Stelena back in the day, I didn’t realize they played it in 1x12.
It’s actually good to see Elena active in a scene. This is one of my favourite Elena’s scenes [when she fights with Noah]
One of the things I actually like about the Stefan torturing Noah scene is Damon’s facial expressions in the background because he knows how much Stefan loves Elena so he’s just like lol yeah you shouldn’t play tough because he WILL make you suffer. Also seriously, Stefan’s intensity in this scene, that type of protectiveness over Elena that isn’t shown through “I will break your arm” so much love.
I think I really like Mattoline because it reminds me of me and my best friend in high school and it’s really realistic.
I also like the Mattoline kiss, it’s very cinematic.
Also find it cute that Elena is on her couch and Stefan is making her tea in her kitchen because they’re just so at home with each other.
And the way she looks at him giving her the tea, like isn’t my boyfriend so considerate?
“It’s going to take a lot more than a road trip and a rescue for me to forget who Damon really is.” Oh, so the necklace was the dealbreaker then? Also, it wasn’t a road trip, he kidnapped you. Also y’all are acting like he hasn’t damaged this town and that he’s just a dick. For Stefan that makes sense but Elena honestly should not be this calm.
At least with Spike, Xander and Willow only stop fearing him when there’s a chip in his head that makes it impossible for him to feed on humans so he’s no longer a threat to them.
This was a weak ending.