Sunday, March 31, 2013
Marc Kane points out Elena hasn’t turned off all emotions---just “good ones”! Violence and anger still work with her vampire nature---just no conscience. What do you think? Storywise she was less interesting, she says, for only being defined by her men and those who died. Elena the victim’s becoming the villain, and the villain always moves the story. Do you think what is left is a pissed-off drive for revenge? (It’s a bit like Satanism: still a response to another system, even while attempting to assert independence.) After all, why, do you think, is she motivated to prove anything to Damon and Stefan? She doesn’t have to take the cure, really---it would not remove what she’s been through, like losing her last family member. So what does killing the waitress---or anyone---prove? The thrill of the story continues---but what sort of life is Elena motivated to have now? Also, she is more like Damon was, when he first appeared---how do you think he has been changed by her love? Do you think he’s better now, developed and changed? No one has a chance to love her now as she is. Does it seem Damon was close to accepting her as she was, taking the chance she might love him? We think he would rather lose her to his brother than to a lack of remorse or feeling. Is that his insight? We think it remains to be seen, what light her love may have shed into his inner life. Do you think emotions are necessary to make decisions? Without emotions, she can only make calculated moves (revenge for the ways she’s been changed?). Katherine’s responding to Elijah’s love (which seems to inspire love, even in Rebecca); his lines brought me a tear, as great art does. Her move with the cure says she desires his trust; do you think his belief in her has inspired a desire for his love? Then there’s Klaus. What do you think for him? What can Karoline say, now that she’s killed thirteen people, just trying to save her best friend? Tyler’s been known to screw up as a boyfriend; isn’t it interesting to see Klaus decide to try to build something to get what he wants, instead of destroying to get what he wants? Without a doubt, nothing on the playing field seems to mean more than Karoline. It’s interesting to see someone so comfortable with his remorseless evil attempting to be …friendly. And friendly, for an uncertain outcome; not a calculation, but out of hopes for a good relationship. The only key to her heart is to give her a chance at the person she thinks she loves instead of him---and to see that he is not such a horrible person filled with evil, as she told him. What has she learned of their world and its nature---and perhaps, her understanding of Klaus, too?
Thursday, January 24, 2013
by the Marc Kane and Lue Lyron At the bar, where Jeremy’s opened to an ambush as part of Klaus’ plan, he refuses to kill the newly-turned, recently-innocent people. The danger to Matt, however, at the compulsion of Klaus, leaves him no choice! In the middle of their flight to safety, Elena arrives outside the cabin, and saves Matt. Inside, Damon tells Elena to trust him with Jeremy, and take Matt, “our Least Valuable Player, home!” Shane assures Bonnie of her degree of control. Her meditation efforts are shaky; she fears her tremendous power’s too unstable. Shane’s then arrested---accused of mass murder. Damon and Jeremy arm themselves ; Damon goes over his training, at which Jeremy bristles. “I’m trying to save your life, dumbass,” Damon snarkily says. Back at the bar, Damon senses something’s not right. All dozen or so of the newly-turned vampires are found killed by Kol, who confidently takes a drink of his Scotch and tells them he’s ready to talk. Kol explains that, hundreds of years ago, he met a group of Cylas’ worshippers, who believed in his resurrection. Damon scoffs. Kol reminds Jeremy “we were mates in Colorado” and tries to persuade him to join his side. At his refusal, he threatens to kill Jeremy, and take on the vampire hunter’s curse. Rebekah reminds Stefan of their good times partying back in the 1920’s, and breaks out some of the professor’s herbs. Bonnie’s father tries to persuade her with Rebekah Mikelson’s word of Shane’s confession. Shane confides, when they are alone---the confession’s not a lie. Matt’s disgusted that Elena’s left Jeremy in Damon’s charge; he apologizes, just as a call comes in that Damon’s been taken captive. Elena confronts Klaus, who tells her she can’t demand his brother to back off. She begs his help with their common goal, the cure; liking this, Klaus relents and threatens Kol for sabotaging his plans; “stay away from the Gilbert boy.” Kol delights in compelling Damon to stake himself slowly, and tells him that Jeremy is the source of her last bit of “annoying humanity” ---he believes this is what Damon really wants! He compels him to hunt Jeremy down. Jeremy talks to Elena and she tells him that he doesn’t need his tools anymore because Kol has killed all of the vampires that Klaus sent. His killing urge “is on overdrive.” Rebekah brandishes a Polynesian sacrificial knife, as she works her wiles on Stefan. The libertine values of feeding, sex, and freedom from care is the salvation Rebekah offers for Stefan’s sorrows. “Stop caring,” she says, smiling, pulling him closer. They’re interrupted by a compelled spy, caught by Rebekah. “The question is,” she asks, “Who are you?” Damon offers to apologize to Jeremy—a means of wheedling from Elena, Jeremy’s location. So Shane begins justifying the resurrection of Cylas, begun with the ritual death of the eleven people at the Town Council. He assures her “your friends can be brought back from the dead by Cylas.” Matt reveals Jeremy’s in the back of the bar, to Damon, who stalks towards him relentlessly---until Elena asks if he’s all right. As she can tell by his dazed look, he’s not---but Damon realizes and reveals he’s been compelled to kill her brother! AT this point, we wonder: if Jeremy happens to kill Damon instead…! Will Elena even want to be cured, then? Ominous. How whole would anyone resurrected by Cylas be? We may find out. Jeremy hears Damon’s voice down in the caverns beneath Mystic Falls, warning him to run. He retreats, keeping his weapon at ready. “Run, Jer,” Damon shouts, “Kol’s compelled me. I find you, I’m going to kill you, and there’s nothing I can do about it!” The compelled spy for some unknown party takes a cyanide tablet. They wonder who this third party is; I wonder if it’s part of Kol’s plans to prevent the resurrection of Cylas? Shane begins telling Bonnie about her grandmother’s suffering on “the other side” until Bonnie, wounded by guilt, loses it and begins hurting Shane’s hand, then starts a fire with her powers. Between her father and Shane, she regains control. Shane offers her father to help Bonnie; “she’s a prodigy…I could help her become one of the most powerful witches in the world…but without me…” Elena calls Stefan for help. “I know you don’t care about me anymore,” she says, but she tells of the compulsion predicament. Jeremy cuts himself, to bring Damon to him. Damon bites him, then Jeremy shoots him…but doesn’t finish him off. “In the heart, Jeremy,” he warns him, agitated. A shot is fired…before commercial break! With all this wall-to-wall action, we don’t have as much character development-based speculation, this week. A lot of weeks have set up the psychological quandaries that give the show its spirit, but this is one of those pulse-pounding episodes where the pieces move in constant play. Speaking of moving, Damon sits up, and pulls a bullet out of his forehead. It’s apparent Jeremy probably really likes Damon somewhat. “Stupid idiot!” he swears. “Borderline brain dead moron! You should have killed me when you had the chance!” Rebekah uses a dagger in Kol’s back to try to end the compulsion. “A dagger in your sibling’s back?” he asks. “What has become of this family? Elijah won’t even show his face.” Kol then nearly kills her in return, until Klaus arrives, mocking her. “Then you need lessons,” he says cooly, in how to properly dagger a sibling.” Elena believes her love will convince Damon to break his compulsion. Jeremy fires again. It’s Stefan’s speedy arrival that saves Damon—as though it is for her. “You’re welcome” he says coldly. I can’t help but think, he’s hurting her for hurting him, but he has reasons to save Damon for himself: he’s his brother, and he loves him…whether he wants to, or not. Who wants to become like the Mikelsons? (Ah, a bit of character development after all!) Damon awakes to Stefan’s coaxing. “You bled me out?” he asks. “This was the only way I could weaken you,” Stefan explains, as he has no vervaine. He prepares to lock Damon away “until we find the cure…then you’ll be free, the sire bond can be broken…and you two can do whatever the hell you want.” He stops Elena from seeing Damon; he explains she won’t be able to resist freeing him. “What are you doing with Rebekah?” she asks. “She tried to kill me!” “And Damon tried to kill Jeremy twice, so I guess no one’s perfect,” retorts Stefan. “You don’t know what I look like,” he says, “when I’m not in love with you. I’ll tell Damon you stopped by.” She walks away, forlorn. Bonnie’s dad describes how disturbed he is to have seen her use dangerous magic, and that she does in fact need help, whatever she believes. “Hello Gilbert Clan” says Klaus, like a snake, at their cabin door; “I’ve come to fetch my hunter.” He offers to take Jeremy under his wing---which is refused. “You think you’re safer here?” he queries. He points out the danger. “But when Kol does come---and he will come---let me know before he burns your nice little home down.” He tells Jeremy “you have no shortage of friends to endanger or compel…so sleep tight…and we’ll begin our work again in the morning!” Stefan shows up at Rebekah’s place and rags on her for not daggering Kol; she explains that he had a white oak stake at her heart. He wants to know what she did with the headstone and she says “It’s in a safe place.” “That was not our deal,“ he replies. She explains that she felt it was best because he “betrayed me twice” and she “betrayed you” never. Then they discuss their lack of feelings for each other and they begin to disrobe each other for “crazy sex.” Elena reveals to Jeremy an alternative plan: if he kills an Original, all the vampires sire bonded to that one will perish---hundreds, if not thousands---completing the map easily. “Kol compelled Damon to kill you,” she suggests, “why don’t you kill Kol instead?” NEXT WEEK: Looks like Kol’s other target…is Bonnie!
Saturday, January 19, 2013
By the Marc Kane At the end of the last episode, Klaus kills the Mayor, Tyler’s mom as payback for Tyler trying to free the hybrids under Klaus’s control. This led Klaus to destroy them, which is a part of Professor Shane’s plan. He wanted to take away something that Tyler held dear. So, at the beginning of this episode, the town holds a vigil to remember her. Tyler leaves; Elena, watching him go, sees Rebekah in the room. At the end of the last episode before the Holiday break, April sets Rebekah free, by removing the tainted dagger that Klaus and Stefan left in her, which puts her in position to be unleashed at the school. Elena exits to try and find Rebekah and runs into April, who informs her that she knows that Elena is a Vampire. She confronts Elena for having mesmerized her, and wonders how many times she took advantage of her that way! No wonder she set Rebekah free, though I am not sure she really knew what she did. Meanwhile, Damon trains Jeremy to be the Vampire Hunter they need him to be, in order to carry out Klaus’s plan to cure Elena, so that he might once again use her blood to create hybrids. He shows frustration at Jeremy and Matt, who keep ordering pizza. With a generous tip, he tells the female pizza driver not to bring anymore, no matter how much they beg. He listens to a voicemail from Elena on the phone. Karoline mourns Tyler’s mom’s death, while Stefan drowns his sorrows over Elena and Damon having sex.
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Shang Chi here, at 47 days, is the only survivor from our pine seeds. Shang Chi appears a little lighter in some photos due to camera flash. He's grown with a curve about half way up his trunk, then continuing upwards, to a present height of nearly three inches.