Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Guilty Pleasures: xXx

xXx was released in theaters in August of 2002, which was the beginning of my senior year in high school. I watched in the local dollar theater with my family and some friends, if memory serves, and I sorta fell in love right away. It's not particularly good, and it's PG-13 which means it's not really violent or dirty enough to be as violent and dirty as it pretends to be.

The movie has a pretty thin premise, and so it hands out action scenes like candy at Halloween. It's actually my favorite thing about the film- it knows it's not good so it makes sure there are plenty of explosions. The action scenes are deliberately gratuitous, as are most of the scenes featuring any woman who isn't Asia Argento.

She shows surprisingly little flesh, actually.

It's a film that features style over substance, and if you don't dig the style then it's just not going to be a film for you. It was a perfect storm for me, I'd discovered Rammstein before the film, and thought it an awesome coincidence that they showed up at the beginning. I later learned that I probably wouldn't have heard of Rammstein if Feuer Frei! hadn't been released as a single due to being on the xXx soundtrack, but it seemed coincidental at the time. It's just kinda dumb and fun for me, something I enjoy because all it's trying to do is be dumb and have fun.

I really like almost all of the music in the movie.

According to IMDB as well as other things I've read around the net, there will be a xXx sequel that once again stars Vin Diesel, which I am looking forward to. I liked Vin Diesel in this one and I've liked him in a couple of other things. I avoided (wisely, I'm told) the Pacifier, but I like watching him blow shit up and kill people.

Among other things.

It's not something I'll argue has a whole lot of merit, and I admit it's not for everyone. I know plenty of people who don't like it, but it's a film I sit down and watch every few months, just because. There's an unrated director's cut that I don't believe I've seen, but it is my intention to own it at some point.


If you have any guilty pleasure movies, tell me about them in the comments. It's the sort of thing I love discussing, and I'm always out to find new ones.

Friday, January 27, 2012

TVD Recap: Season 1 Episode 6 "Lost Girls"

I've been struggling with recapping this episode because of the way it's framed. There are a lot of flashbacks, and a lot of "And then Stefan told Elena X". The episode is also framed weirdly, in that it highlights the romantic drama instead of the vampire drama. I think if they hadn't wanted to end the episode in a break-up between Elena and Stefan, this episode would have been stronger.

But this episode is one of the weaker ones in the season. It has all the plodding boredom of the earlier teenager-drama plots, and very little actual action. We only really have Stefan, Elena, Vicki, and Damon as major players. While we do get some great scenes with Damon being Damon, there are also a lot of slower flashback scenes that somehow actually don't tell us that much about the Salvatore brothers pre-vampire. We do find out more about Katherine, although not nearly enough. While it makes sense that they are saving a lot of Katherine's story for later this episode contains a lot of filler that actually doesn't explain a lot. You could fast forward through all of the Stefan Elena bits and not be far out of the loop at all.

Season 1 Episode 6: Lost Girls

Elena voice over- the same one from the end of the last episode, actually, although I think this time it's a bit abbreviated. We see her grab her keys, drive, and then pace outside the door of the Salvatore boardinghouse. She's summoning the courage to barge in and demand to know what the fuck this is all about. Again, I like her spunk. Stefan strides out of the house and into a flashback to Mystic Falls, Virginia, 1864. (This is the one transition to flashback that I kinda love.)

He's wearing civil war era clothes and waiting for Katherine Pierce, who (if I haven't mentioned) is also played by Nina Dobrev.

All the era garb is pretty, though I can't swear to authenticity
Back to the present: Elena asks Stefan what he is, and he tells her that she wouldn't be there if she didn't already know, which is fair. She asks him again and he tells her the truth. You can see the realization of what exactly that could mean crawl across her face, and then she tries to make a hasty exit. He ninjas in front of her, trying to keep her at the boarding house so he can just explain. She's too scared to listen to him, and so he lets her go home.

Jeremy's in his room, listening to music. Elena is in hers, pacing and generally freaking out. Cue vampire appearance by Stefan. Once again she attempts to book it, and he keeps her from opening the door. Stefan is really not doing well at the whole "not being creepy" thing.

Don't leave, I have to creep you out a little more first!
She accuses him of being responsible for the animal attacks, which of course that's what she thinks. He explains that he doesn't drink human blood and would never hurt her, Damon's been the one snacking on the populace. He begs her to keep the secret, and tell no one. She asks him to prove he's not going to hurt her by leaving, so he does.  She locks the window when he leaves, as if that would stop him from getting in.

Meanwhile, Damon ate ALL the druggies, as if anybody is surprised. He looks much, uh, healthier. Then he starts burning the bodies. While pouring alcohol on the bodies, he calls Stefan and demands his ring back. The brotherly bond is a contentious one. Poor Vicki, she isn't quite dead yet.  Damon seems impressed. Either that or annoyed.

The next morning, Elena decides against journaling. I don't blame her, and I'm glad they're cutting down on the voice overs. She meets Stefan at the grill (is there any other restaurant in Mystic Falls?)

Oh well, at least they're outside.
They go through all of the usual vampire tropes, some seem a bit redundant. We know Stefan likes garlic, and she saw his reflection once, so garlic and mirrors don't effect him. Additionally, neither crosses nor holy water work on vampires. He explains about the ring, and then the important difference between himself and Damon. By that I mean that Damon is much stronger than Stefan because Stefan avoids human blood.

She then accuses Stefan of allowing Damon to abuse and feed on Caroline. Her point of view is very understandable, especially her horror at the fact that her best friend was Damon's walking buffet/fuck buddy. Still, Stefan did everything he could and it didn't work. Elena refuses to promise to keep the secret, so Stefan asks her to give him a day to explain himself.

Sheriff Forbes and Logan Fell are scene in the cemetery, where Forbes is insisting that it's another vampire attack. Logan is informing her they have the Gilbert watch, and then they find Vicki Donovan's purse there. Sheriff Forbes went to high school with Vicki's mother, she really doesn't want Vicki to be one of the bodies present.

It's nice, it'd be really easy to demonize them for hunting Stefan, but clearly the Sheriff cares about the town.
Damon is at the house, on the phone with Stefan insisting that he be given back his ring. "I don't do bored and impatient." This is later proven. Damon has brought Vicki with him, and she's still bleeding a bit, onto his nice couch! (He really asks her not to bleed on the couch, which I find kinda hysterical. Good heavens no!)  He then opens a vein in his wrist and feeds her his blood. He looks bored with the proceedings.

I guess there's nothing on tv.
Elena and Stefan are in the middle of nowhere, and Elena is understandably wigged that this is where he wants to talk. Apparently they're at the ruins of what used to be Salvatore manor. Elena finds out that Stefan was turned into 1864, and... well, Elena spends most of this episode in a state of 'understandably wigged'. Just assume that's her default expression. Elena and Stefan wander into another flashback.

Damon and Stefan, looking delightfully period are playing football in the yard. Katherine comes out to join in the fun. Stefan: My brother likes to play rough. Damon has this look on his face like YEAH I DO. Then she swipes the football and runs off. Damon and Stefan, of course, chase her.

Also, the hat/suspenders combo is kinda adorable.

Elena seems surprised that the Katherine Situation occurred so long ago. She is still wrapping her head around the fact that her boyfriend has been a vampire for 145 years, so she's having to readjust her internal timeline.

1864: Damon in his Confederate gear, and Stefan in his Southern Gentleman attire. Damon reveals that he's not returning to the army, although not why. Katherine made a show of not knowing which Salvatore to take to the original founder's ball, although she winds up going with Stefan.

Katherine's default expression seems to be "pleased with myself".
Damon's in the boarding house with Vicki, who is apparently way high on Damon's blood. I think he's compelled her to get high off his blood, and that it's not actually an intoxicant. The blood also healed her neck wound, which is an effect of drinking vampire blood. Damon says they're gonna party until the sun goes down, and then they drink each other's blood. 

Stefan reveals that Katherine was also seeing Damon behind his back. When Elena asked if Damon stole Katherine, he says that she wasn't the kind to be stolen. To prove this, we flashback on a sex scene.

1864: Now Stefan and Katherine are having sex, and then... surprise, Katherine's a vampire! She noms Stefan.

Vampire Katherine
When he wakes up, Katherine compels him to not tell anyone and that they will continue as they have been. Since we've seen her in the daylight, we know she knows the secret of the ring, and it's reasonable to assume that this is where Stefan and Damon picked up that particular trick.

Stefan was apparently keeping Damon's ring at the ruins of their former home. This is not particularly subtle, but I guess if he was confident in his previous plan then it's not a terrible hiding place, apparently people leave the ruins alone. Elena asks him not to give Damon the ring back, and Stefan points out that it could mean her life.

While I understand Stefan's point, they have good reason to want Damon hindered, and at the beginning of the episode Stefan was ready to stake the fuck out of Damon. He was leaving the house to do just that when Elena interupted him. While, yes, all of the vervain has probably passed out of Damon's system by now, it doesn't mean Stefan can't suprise-stake him. I think, after all this time, Damon actually wouldn't be expecting it. Of course, Damon is like half the point of the show, so that can't happen. I'm just pointing out that Stefan's motivation is a little hard to follow here. Later we learn some more information that puts this in a much better context, and why all this reminiscing might simmer Stefan's anger, but for now it really destroys the powerful image that Stefan had when he grabbed the stake and went charging out the front door at the end of last episode.

Sheriff Forbes is talking to the Mayor, and (as we know) Vicki wasn't among the deceased. Logan hands over the watch and the mayor pries the watch face out and puts a different face in. We later find out that this is a vampire compass, instead of pointing due north it points to the nearest vampire.

Vicki is dancing and telling Damon her life story. Damon starts dancing with her. He has his shirt unbuttoned, which is a gift for all of us who like guys. Also, the song this scene is set to is a cover of Enjoy the Silence that I enjoyed a lot. I thought it was the Lacuna Coil cover on first listen, but now I'm not so sure. 

There are a million gifs of this dance, like this one here.
They trash Stefans room for lols until Damon starts staring at Katherine's picture in an emo way. Then they're slow dancing, Vicki is still telling her life story and bawling. Damon is comforting her, kinda, and it veers into him being sorta sweet... and then he breaks her neck. Alas, poor Vicki.

Damon's hard to read, but I think he was actually trying to be nice. In his way.
Damon tests the sun- yep, still burns. Then... Vicki wakes up. Damon informs her that she's dead. She's got to feed on human blood and then she'll be a vampire. He explains it to her but she doesn't quite get it. He actually seems to be trying to help her, but he lets her go. He tells her to stop by and see Jeremy, so I guess he's hoping that she'll take a bite out of him. He looks entirely too pleased with himself.

Logan, the Sheriff, and some cops are in the woods. (If I'd said "walk into a bar" that'd be a great joke setup.) They have wood bullets, apparently wooden bullets will slow vamps down. Interesting. I wonder how wooden bullets would fire. They're clearly handcarved. I assume that the accuracy would go down over a distance, but I don't think it ever comes up.

I also don't know that much about guns.

Vicki did stop to see Jeremy, and apparently the sun is already starting to bother her. Hot makeouts for a moment, then she starts sniffing is neck. She delcares she's starving, and starts eating everything in the Gilbert fridge.

Stefan helps Elena into her car. She asks about the mind control, if he does it to her. This is a good question, although I wonder why she didn't bring it up earlier. He tells her the necklace protects her from it, because it has vervain in it. He doesn't actually prove it to her, which I find a little weird. If I were Elena, I'd definitely ask for some evidence that vervain actually repelled vampires. In fairness to Elena, he says that he wants her to be protected from Damon and also to know that Stefan hasn't influenced her decisions, and he seems very sincere.

Matt shows up at the Gilberts, and he and Jeremy are trying to figure out what she's on. She says her gums and her jaws hurt, presumably it's part of her transition. The news is on, and Jeremy sees that the people they'd been hanging with all died a horrible and suspicious death. Matt and Jeremy want to know what happened when Jeremy left, and Stefan arrives with Elena. Stefan talks to Vicki calmly, and has Matt and Jeremy put her in bed and shut the blinds.

Vicki's had a rough day.
It's clear that he knows immediately what's going on. He updates Elena. When she asks what will complete the transformation, he says that Vicki has to feed on human blood or she'll die. It's clear that he wants Vicki to forgo blood, and not transform. I... have a problem with this. I know that he abhors the loss of human life, but we know that vampires can feed without taking a life. Yes, he and Damon live very different vampiric lives. But Damon, who believes humans are there to use and abuse, is capable of living without killing people. Yes, the rules change when you become a vampire, but that doesn't mean that Vicki shouldn't be given a chance. Nobody ever says how much blood it takes to trigger the transformation, I'm sure Elena can spare a pint... you know? I mean, if the other option is Vicki DIES.

Elena points out that Jeremy and Matt are in the same room with her, and Stefan tells her she doesn't know what she'll need to do just yet. Apparently turning into a vampire undoes all the compelling that's happened to a person. Stefan says that she'll make a choice, and Elena points out that he had to make the very same choice. I'm not 100% sure if she's judging him for choosing to become a vampire or because he's trying to prevent Vicki from making the same choice. Could be both.

She also looks sufficiently frazzled. She's had a rough day too.
Jeremy is comforting Vicki upstairs, and she's uncomfortably close to his neck. She realizes what she wants and leaves, rather than hurt him. By the time Matt gets outside, she's gone. I don't know if this was a display of vampire speed, or if it was just that she vanished down a side street or something. Stefan leaves to track her down.

Logan is in the woods, at night, looking for the vampires with the pocket watch. The watch reacts, and Logan calls the Sheriff, letting him know where he is and that he got a bite on the line.

Elena and Jeremy are cleaning up the mess in the kitchen (dirty dishes everywhere) and freaking out a little bit. Damon rings the doorbell, and she tries to slam the door in his face. I like her moxie, but it's very ineffective. Damon's very amused that she knows he's a vampire, and he says he's just looking for Stefan. He swears he's not planning on killing Elena, because it doesn't serve his 'greater agenda'. When she tells him that Stefan is looking for Vicki, he claims that Vicki will thank him for turning her. Elena asks if he thanked Katherine- again, the girl has moxie, throwing Katherine in his face like that. Her comment definitetly hit the mark, too.

Expression rarely seen on Damon: Solemn

Damon leaves, after helpfully suggesting she be more careful who he invites inside- reminding her that he can enter at any point, and there's nothing she can do about it. As a side note: the invite thing seems like it should have a loophole, actually.  Maybe this is just my years of a Buffy-fan speaking, but vampires get cool rings made of blue stones that let them cheat. Surely there's a spell that lets them deinvite vamps? Or just block out vamps completely? Eh, anyway.

Stefan finds Vicki, who is crying in the cemetery. She's apparently starting to remember everything that she'd been compelled into forgetting. Stefan's trying to talk her into not feeding. Vicki is not particularly wanting to take that particular route (don't blame her). She asks Stefan to take her home, and then Logan shoots Stefan with his wooden bullets. Logan kneels down, ready to take out Stefan.

Logan comes actually pretty close to killing Stefan.
Then, Damon shows up and takes a big chunk out of Logan's neck. He pries the wood bullet out of Stefan. "If anyone's going to kill you, it's gonna be me." While Damon and Stefan were occupied, Vicki starting feeding on Logan. She looks apologetic and splits. Damon picks up the pocket watch, and takes off. Later, Sheriff Forbes find Logan's body.

Stefan shows up at Elena's, and he has to tell her that Vicki is a vampire and there's nothing they can do about it. He swears he'll find her and teach her how to live off animals, Elena says she knows that he won't hurt her and so she'll keep his secret, but she can't handle being with him. I don't really blame her, that's a lot to take in.  Then she goes inside and has herself a good cry.

Vicki's now undead, her boyfriend's a fairly old vampire, and his brother is a NASTY vampire. I'd need a good cry, too.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

The Rending of Garments and Other News

So I read this article at some point this morning. For those of you who don't feel like clicking the link, it basically talks about how there's gonna be a remake of the Princess Bride. If I haven't mentioned it before, that is my favorite movie ever. I have it memorized. I know Hollywood is gonna remake it at some point or another, but I couldn't wrap my head around the casting. Mostly... Paul Rudd? Really? So I tweeted it at Cleolinda, figuring she'd RT it and there would be much rending of garments. (I was ready to rend, I'm not judging.)

Fortunately, it was all due to a complete misunderstanding of what the fuck was going on. According to this article, it was going to be a live read. And it happened in December. So the rending can stop, for now.

I can't lie, the poster is pretty cool.

Angie and I are going to record later today, so we should have a new podcast up in the next week or so. I've got some TVD recaps backlogged, and I've got some movies I'm gonna watch to review as well, so it's not all vampires all the time around here.

I want to thank the people who are reading regularly. I have had a really sharp upswing in visitors and I am really excited about how that will bear out in the long road.  I appreciate everybody who comes by and glances at the things I write, and I would hug each and every one of you if I could.

My best friend now has a Zazzle store, although it doesn't have all the items she's designed in it for some reason (right now it's just showing her business card design, for example). However, she also put together this Santorum mug (it's also a button) and this drunk bunny button. She is one of my favorite human beings, and I know she's planning on adding more to the store, so if you like anything you see please buy it from her.

Dan Savage may have done this country the biggest favor anyone could ask.

Friday, January 20, 2012

TVD Recap: Season 1 Episode 5 "You're Undead to Me"

I am planning on also doing a movie review at some point in the near future, I haven't decided what. If you can think of anything on Netflix Instant Watch or available on Hulu you'd like a review of, leave me a comment and I'll look into it!

Also, not all of these events are perfectly in order. There's a lot of inter-cutting so I recombined things to make a little more written sense.

Season 1, Episode 5: You're Undead to Me

Damon wakes up in the basement cell without his ring, which he's apparently been in for three days. Stefan is explaining that he's counting on Damon mummifying from lack of blood, and then Stefan will lock him in the family vault for fifty years until he chills out, maybe there'll be an attitude change. Whoa that's... kinda hardcore.

Elena takes out her journal, looks at it, and decides against it. Then she walks in on Vicki Donovan in the bathroom. Elena tells Jenna, who is well aware of what's going on. Elena hasn't heard from Stefan in a few days, and she's still a bit pissed. And she is eating cereal. Grumpily.

Poor Caroline has gaps in her memory, she doesn't entirely remember everything that happened. Even if she actually does remember, she's been compelled not to say anything. It's actually really sad. Also, Bonnie is trying to light a fire with her mind.

Caroline is having a rough week.

Stefan: *shows up*
Bonnie: Hey, uh, you know, I gotta go, uh, be somewhere right now.
Smooth, Bennet. Real smooth.

Stefan tells her he's dealt with Damon, and then he also tells Caroline that Damon is never coming back. That is... very untrue. I'd say it's a spoiler but really this wouldn't be much of a show without Damon. Poor Caroline looks like she's been hit with a bat, poor girl.

Zach hears Damon wheezing and goes downstairs to... I dunno, needle him, I guess? It honestly wasn't a smart move on Zach's part. Damon tries to talk Zach into bringing him a rabbit. Ooh, Zach doesn't own the house, Damon and Stefan do. That explains why they can just show up and waltz in.

Elena is supposed to meet Stefan at the Grill, and he's a no show so and Matt play pool together.  Matt and Elena end up talking about Vicki and Jeremy, because it's awkward and funny. Matt reminds her that they were friends and she spills her worries about Stefan. Matt is really sweet, and admits that Stefan is a nice guy. Then Stefan shows up and Matt splits.

So, on a scale of 1-10, how creepy is it that our siblings fuck each other?
Stefan has to be vague about what held him up for an hour, which is part of what really has been annoying Elena. Then someone shows up and says that he recognizes Stefan, and that he hasn't aged a day. Stefan shoos him off. Stefan tries to take Elena home, but she's far too annoyed with him. He's dug himself a deep hole.

Very brief Elena voice over, she says her instincts are wigging on her.

Logan Fell and Sheriff Forbes start talking shop, that the vampire or vampires in town aren't hiding in any of the caves and so must be staying at a home in town. They don't know about the Salvatore's magic rings, that seems like a big educational gap.  Jenna shows up and tells Logan Fell he has an hour, so he'd better make it count.

This is the face of someone who is looking forward to being playfully mean.

Jeremy shows up in Elena's doorway, looking like he's walking on sunshine. He asks Elena how she's doing, and she confesses to being miserable. He says she should go get something to eat, so she goes downstairs to find Stefan, cooking. Oh god, Jeremy I want to give you hugs. I'm glad he's cheered up, he was in the running for being emo kid for a while there. Must be all that 'getting laid', although I suspect Elena giving him the locket also had something to do with it.

He really is kind of adorable in the "I want to pinch your cheekies" sense.
Stefan is cooking Italian food, explaining that his roots demand that he know how to make Chicken Parmisean. He can even make his homemade mozzarella, but this is storebought. Bless. Stefan starts giving a little bit of backstory. He's describing Catherine, that she was fun and pretty but also arrogant.

Stefan is describing all his likes and dislikes while prepping veg for dinner. Then he lets Elena take over shopping garlic. Who wants to put a buck in on 'she cuts herself and Stefan has a blood freakout'?
Elena: This is for the garlic bread, right? Because I'm not eating garlic unless you agree to, too.
Stefan: Are you kidding? I love garlic.
...nice way of saying "Garlic doesn't effect vampires" without coming out and saying it.
Aaaand Elena cuts herself. Raise your hand if you're surprised. Stefan has a little on his hand and vamps out, and she sees his Vampire face in the window.

She thinks she's actually hallucinating.

It was too weird for her to actually believe her eyes, though. Then they kiss. So I guess it's all better now.

Vicki is taking some old pills of Elena's that she found. Jeremy doesn't want to get high anymore, I guess he feels better and is over his 'troubled' phase? Vicki rolls her eyes and asks if he's gonna try to change her now that they were together.

Damon looks rough, really pale and sweaty. Paler than usual. Starving is hard on everyone, I guess. Is he trying to... bring Caroline to him? He is, apparently his mental whammy powers can reach her. Then he sends his crow after her, which she shoos off. I don't blame her for being wigged.

Then Elena and Stefan are at the Sexy Suds car wash.
Matt: *tortured pine as Stefan and Elena kiss*
Bonnie: Uh-uh, no, none of that tortured pining stuff.

See, Jeremy shed some of his Emo so Matt is trying to pick up the slack.

And there's a girl who is really rude to someone, so Bonnie soaks her by turning up the flow in the hose.  Which, fair enough, but why is this girl surprised she gets wet? It's a carwash, I thought that was a given. I mean, they're all wearing bathing suits, I thought the point of carwashes in the summer was to get half soaked.

Logan Fell is reporting on the carwash (slow news day in Mystic Falls) and Jenna is hanging with him, so apparently the dinner date they had did impress. Jenna and Logan reminisce about having sex in the parking lot, that's cute.

Elena starts commenting on Stefan's ring. She knows that Damon has the same ring, she's worried the water and soap will damage it. For a moment, I thought Elena was gonna take Stefan's ring off, or try to, and get him burned or have him freak out and then start another fight. I think he thought so too.

Caroline goes into the empty school for supplies and Damon's mojo somehow works on her this time, possibly because he looks absolutely pathetic.

Help me, Caroline-Kenobe. You're my only hope.

The old guy that recognized Stefan ends up at the carwash, and and Elena starts asking him questions. Elena realizes he's not talking about something recent, and that he knew a Stefan and Damon that both lived at the boarding house in the fifties. Which is a bit of a creepy thought. She now has all of these interesting puzzle pieces bouncing around in her head. She asks Stefan if there were any other Salvatores, and he shrugs and gives another vague answer.

Elena informs Jenna that her car's been clean for an hour and Jenna's like "so what's that got to do with anything".  So then she asks if Logan is enough in her good graces that she can ask for a favor. In response, Logan asks if doing Elena the favor will get him in Jenna's good graces. Jenna: "A very reluctant maybe to both." Elena wants some old news stories, she says it's for a report but she's clearly checking out the old guy's story.  She doesn't want anybody to know that she left.

Damon lures Caroline into the house using the powers of Vampire. I think this has to do with how much he compelled her, or maybe he compelled her to respond to something like this. She lets him out of the basement room, after he compells her to not remember opening it. Zack interferes, giving Caroline a chance to run. So Damon snaps his neck. She runs. The vervain really has made Damon weak, because she kicks him and actually knocks him down. Plus, he's not fast enough to catch her in this state, and she runs out into the day. Because Stefan took his ring, he can't follow.

That's a hell of a sunburn.

The same rude girl is mean really to Bonnie and she sets a car on fire. Huh. Don't piss her off. Stefan snaps her out of it and she asks him if she did this. He tells her yes, and agrees to keep secret that she's got something weird going on. She's genuinely wigged out and takes off.

Setting a car on fire with your mind is a little less ambiguous than lighting a candle, I'll admit.
Vicki and Jeremy are stoned with the Vicki's friends in the cemetery. Everyone's enjoying themselves until Jeremy finds out that Vicki swiped Elena's meds. A: because Elena will know they're missing, she knows Jeremy's been into drugs and has probably been keeping an eye on them. B: because that's crossing a line, to be honest. Jeremy doesn't want to hang with her friends and she points out that he's just going through a phase, and he'll probably clear up and do well, while she'll be stuck at the grill waiting tables. Which is... well, it's probably pretty likely, to be honest. Jeremy heads home, pissed off.

Elena is dropped of by Logan, who has to split so he can go cover the fire. Elena finds the story easily, and there's archived news footage. Which has had a poorly done filter to make it look old-timey. It looks better in pause than it does live. However that's not really the point, the point is that Stefan, her Stefan, is clearly brooding in the back of the shot. It's a fuzzy shot, but those eyebrows are unmistakeable.

Also, this filter looks way better in freeze frame.
Sheriff Forbes checks on Caroline, who is moping in her bedroom. And it does not go well. They do not have a good relationship, and it clearly hurts the Sheriff a lot that they don't. Especially since Caroline Forbes is an expert at the verbal smackdown. "Mom, if I want to talk boys, I'll call Dad. At least he's successfully dating one." Ouch. I felt that burn.

Stefan comes home after dark to a horrorshow. When Damon did not successfully eat Caroline, he ate his burn. Stefan calls out for Zach, and finds his body near the empty cell. Damon is, of course, long gone.

Elena starts narrating again, she claims she's not a believer and there's no magic or anything like that, and that people aren't supposed to lie. But she's putting the pieces together, all of the pieces- the old news footage with Stefan, the cut that miraculously healed, Stefan's veiny face and dark eyes, Caroline's bites and the dead bodies, plus the fact that the instant Vicki woke up from her attack way back in the beginning she said it was a vampire- and she's understandbly freaked.

Deploying the concern lines.
The crystal Damon had (that Caroline now has) casts a pentacle shape when lit from behind. Interesting.

Bonnie goes to Grams for help after accidentally setting a car on fire. She's definitely freaked out by the whole thing.

Logan sneaks into Jeremy's room and snatches the pocket watch. Dick.

Damon shows up at the stoner party and eats Vicki. Again.

Stefan is pissed about Damon killing Zack, and grabs a stake to go finish him off-

Ballsy as hell.
-but Elena is standing outside, and demands to know what he is. I like her spunk, although if he were dangerous at all this would get her killed.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012


Enough of my blog demographic is not American for me to not completely blank out my blog today in support of the internet blackout. However, for those of you who share America with me and are unaware, I will post some links about SOPA/PIPA for educational purposes.

Google: End Piracy, Not Liberty
Wikipedia: SOPA and PIPA
Reddit: A Technical Examination of SOPA and Protect IP

Read the bills for yourself here:

The next TVD recap will be up on Friday.

Friday, January 13, 2012

The Vampire Diaries Recap S1E4: Family Ties

We've actually finally reached the part of the season where things start picking up. The diary voice overs are done by Stefan, and both times they're extremely brief. Some of the one dimensional characters start picking up a bit of depth, which is actually one of the things that the show gets very good at as it goes on.

Season 1 Episode: 4 Family Ties

We start with a very creepy sequence at the Gilbert house, starting with a weird noise and including Elena watching the news report about her death. The sequence ends with Elena getting snarfled by Damon. My first thought was "Holy shit, that was fast." It is, in fact, a nightmare Damon is deliberately inflicting on Stefan. (Upon reflection, I'm glad this is not an ability my younger brother has ever possessed.)

Damon makes a snarky comment, and so Stefan throws a knife at Damon, scoring a clearly non-painful hit. Damon's response: "All right, I deserved that." Heh. Then Damon reveals that he's covered his tracks, ensuring that the investigation into the mysterious animal attacks goes away. Damon admits he's planning on sticking around for a while. Damon mentions his intentions to get into Elena's pants (brothers) and then stabs Stefan back. Because Stefan put a hole in his John Varvados t-shirt. (Aside: Google-fu says it retails for 90 bucks. I'm thinking it's Damon's fault for spending that much money on less than a yard of fabric).  While Damon shrugged off his knife wound, Stefan didn't have it quite so easy. It's true, the animal blood just isn't as effective as human blood.

There is then a brief voice over where Stefan talks about what a monster Damon is, and how helpless Stefan is to stop him. It's true, though, he's not strong enough to fight off Damon, nor a powerful enough vampire to sneak up on Damon.

Jenna, Elena's aunt, is talking about the local reporter and what a jerkwad he is. We later find out that Logan cheated on her, but they finally agree to dinner after some mild persistance and grovelling by Logan Fell.

Elena is cleaning some old jewelry, and then Stefan shows up. so she sneaks him upstairs for makeouts.  Stefan loses vamp control and has to back off. Which, again, if this is an issue when kissing a pretty girl, what happens when some dude skins his knee on the football field? And yes, I still am not over what a huge mistake that could have turned out to be. Elena and Stefan agree to go to the founder's party together, which is apparently a big in-town deal.

Damon helps Caroline pick out a dress for the founders day after compelling her to take him. Damon is flipping through Twilight the whole time and commenting on it. He misses Anne Rice, hah.

Caroline asks why he doesn't sparkle, bless. Damon: "Because I live in the real world, where vampires burn in the sun." When she asks why he doesn't, he points out his ring. Caroline asks if all the bites mean that she's gonna turn into a vampire, and he explains that she's safe and very briefly outlines what it takes to become a vampire. She would have to drink his blood, then die, then drink human blood. Then she asks if he's gonna kill her, and he tells her he will, later on. It's kinda chilling.

Directly after, she says she'll do anything for him. She's been thoroughly compelled onto Team Damon.
At the Grill, Vicki is waiting on Tyler and his family, and he's refusing to make eye contact with her. He clearly doesn't want his parents to know that they're seeing each other, although his mother  picks up on this because he's as obvious as the sun. Vicki storms off, although later she prods Tyler into asking her to the big party. Which Jeremy is a jerk about.

Bonnie and Caroline are talking about the founder's party. Bonnie is gonna be forced to go stag because Caroline and Elena both have dates. Caroline is planting the seeds Damon gave her to set doubt in Bonnie, who is still mildly suspicious of Stefan. She said the dinner with Stefan and Elena cured that, but then Elena prodded her about the feeling she had.

Zach Salvatore, great (great great great?) nephew to the vampiric brothers, runs into Damon. Damon is then... unpleasant to Zach, although I get the feeling it's almost a warm greeting, as far as Damon is concerned. Zach and Stefan have an argument where Stefan admits he's no match for Damon. Zach then tells Stefan that he's been secretly growing vervain, and that the human Salvatores have been doing it since Damon wiped out the vervain population in Mystic Falls.

Stefan: Hey, when you said plants, I thought you meant weed.*
Tyler shows up at the Gilberts for the box of jewelry stuff and Jeremy and Tyler almost throw down. Again. Then, this happens:
Tyler: "Hey, would it make a difference if I told you I actually like Vicki?"
Jeremy: "Not even if you meant it."
This is actually interesting because it does seem like Tyler actually DOES like Vicki, even though he's been a class A jerk so far. Also it seems like he's wanting to maybe not fight so much with Jeremy, maybe after Matt pointed out what a dick he was being. It's the first time I actually thought that maybe Tyler might be all right occasionally, possibly.

Elena and Bonnie set down to painting Elena's nails and Elena calls Bonnie out on having a secret she wanted to spill. Bonnie spills. Damon told Caroline to tell Bonnie so she would tell Elena that Katherine chose Damon and Stefan went nuts, manipulating Katherine to turn against Damon. Elena points out that it's Damon's story, and it's none of her business. Bonnie points out that it's her business if it means Stefan is a manipulative jerk, and that Elena really doesn't know all that much about Stefan. While Damon's story is bullshit, Bonnie kind of has a point. Although Elena also has her reasons to distrust Damon, since he has bee manipulative and tried to kiss her against her will.

Really, they both have a point.
Stefan and Damon are getting ready for the ball, and Stefan is drinking alcohol, which Damon teases him about. Damon is still team "drink human blood" and I still find this really confusing, you'd think that after doing his best to convince Stefan he's willing to kill anybody that maybe he wouldn't want Stefan to be equally strong and pissed off at him.

Elena and Bonnie primp and then the phone rings. Tyler's mom calls because the pocket watch is missing. Elena rightly deduces that Jeremy swiped it before Tyler left. Elena accuses him of ebaying it and he pulls it from his hiding spot, and he informs her that he would never sell it, because it was supposed to be his. Jeremy tells her to take it and get out. Jeremy could have just said something in the first place instead of stealing it and then turning it into an argument, but there's a lot of "Why didn't you just SAY SO" going on in this episode. It's a theme.

Damon likes being an eternal stud (and so do the rest of us), and Stefan is sarcastic. Damon is giving Stefan shit about Katherine, that when Stefan was being chaste he and Katherine were doing the naughty. He then very nearly drinks vervained scotch, but he pours it out. This only served to piss him off and as far as I can tell, doesn't actually serve a purpose in the long run. Also it means there's a big bottle of scotch that only humans can drink. When Zach apologizes for it not working (I guess the application was his idea) Stefan says he expected that, but it was his plan because it "lowered Damon's guard". Which turns out to be the opposite of true, because later Damon won't accept a drink from Stefan's hand. Zach has given Stefan more vervain, and Stefan has a definite plan. As another side note: I'm not sure if what they're using is essential oil from vervain extract. Extracts are easier to make at home, although this has clearly been filtered carefully after extraction.

Apparently, it doesn't take much vervain.
At the Mayor's, Tyler sneaks off and gets Vicki in the back way, so he can avoid his parents. Tyler's Mom totally sees it because they're, like, right there but Tyler seems to be doing his level best to keep Vicki from meeting his parents as his girlfriend. Vicki knows she's being snuck around, and she's irritated about it. I don't blame her, honestly.

Elena is ready for the party and, after thinking about it, leaves the pocket watch for Jeremy. Again, if he'd just have SAID something she'd have given it to him in the first place, but he's too busy acting like everyone is against him to consider it.

Damon and Caroline arrive at the party and Caroline goes to needle her Mom. Apparently, Caroline's Dad is gay. Damon gets emo when he sees Elena and Stefan being lovey dovey - again, proving Stefan's guess about Damon's humanity correct. Elena is being emo at her parents' collection of jewelry. There is all kinds of emo going on.

Although Elena is being forced to do things her mother promised to do, that'd bum me out too.
Elena discovers the original Salvatore brothers had the same names- another piece of the immortal puzzle. It clangs on her weird-shit-o-meter. Caroline drags Stefan off to dance so Damon can needle Stefan by way of Elena more. Damon apologizes for being a jerk to Elena, and then starts talking about Katherine and 'the original Salvatore brothers'. Damon tells Elena a litte bit about how he and Stefan died, that they were shot in cold blood. Elena claims she's not gonna get in the middle of their sibling stuff, essentially calling Damon out on trying to drag her into it in the first place.

Vicki asks Tyler to dance, and he says no. He doesn't want to take her inside, and she's pissed because he doesn't want anybody to see them together. They're sitting on a bench on the lawn doing nothing, and Tyler is being avoidy. Tyler's mom shows up and basically calls him a jerk in front of Vicki, and then calls Vicki trash when she leaves. Tyler looks legitimately bummed. This is another "you should have just said something" moment, because what I'm relatively certain he was really trying to avoid was his mom being rude to his girlfriend. He could have just said "Look, I like you, but my Mom can be a real bitch and I think she might be mean to you."

She's very snide.
Bonnie is sitting by herself and lights a candle with her brain powers. Which freaks her out, so she blows it out. She has successfully predicted a murder and talked non-stop about being a witch, so this isn't exactly shocking. However, it's the first tangible result she's gotten. Good on her!

Stefan offers Damon a drink, who of course refuses, because he suspects Stefan is gonna try to vervain him again.  Damon and Stefan have a tense moment, and Elena breaks it by asking Stefan to dance with her. Caroline can't help but comment on how cute they are, which annoys Damon of course. Damon hasn't bothered to compel Caroline not to be Elena's best friend.

Caroline: They're so cute!
Elena and Stefan are dancing. Elena asks about Katherine, and Stefan refuses to say anything. His awkwardness in dodging the question makes the 'manipulative jerk' thing Bonnie was talking about earlier seem so much more plausible. Also, since she's now heard Damon's side, it seems really weird that Stefan is dodging it. Stefan really could just come out and say that he and Damon were both with Katherine, and things were actually pretty unclear when she died. Or he could tell Elena that Damon is a viscious animal intent on, at the very least, killing one of her best friends. Oh, wait, he's using that intent to his advantage. I get where Stefan is coming from, but the lying dodgy part is where I really empathize with Elena.

Bonnie and Elena are sharing a dessert and they both feel guilty about the fight. Bonnie is afraid she planted doubt where there shouldn't be any, and Elena admits that she swore she wouldn't get involved in the brotherly spat and went and got involved anyway. Mrs. Lockwood shows up and asks about the watch, and Elena lies her skinny butt off about it.

Damon sneaks off to swipe a "very important crystal" he tells Caroline is his. He earlier informed Caroline that he'd covered his tracks so the party could go off, he then compelled Caroline into inviting him, so he could swipe a crystal. This probably adds into his long-term plans, although he of course isn't telling Caroline much about those.

Bonnie then lights a room full of candles, which gives her the wig. The candle she lit earlier had just gone out, she could convince herself it had simply stuttered or something. A roomful is much harder to handwave off, it's really starting to hit HER that she's a witch, even though we've known it since she mentioned the word witch in the first episode.

I do like the way this bit is handled.
Caroline and Elena meet in the bathroom, fixing their makeup. Elena discovers the bites and rightly deducts that it's Damon, which freaks Caroline out. She threatens Damon for being abusive and then goes straight to Stefan and apologizes. She tells him about the bruises and bitemarks. Stefan is unsurprised, which irritates Elena. He claims to be handling it, and she points out that Damon should be arrested. He tells her that there are things that he can't tell her, and then he asks for her trust. She says "Trust is earned. I can't just magically hand it over." Again, I see where Stefan is coming from, but we've definitely reached the 'not telling Elena anything means you're kind of being a jerk' point.

Also: Vicki shows up at the Gilberts and macks on Jeremy, improving his night considerably, I'm sure.

Being less of an ass than Tyler isn't exactly a challenge, though.
Damon drags Caroline off, who is freaking out about Elena finding out. Damon is clearly pissed, but he tells Caroline it's gonna be okay, comforts her. Then he tries to kill her, because she's not useful anymore. Stefan's 'he's a monster' point receives some validity. Damon doesn't succeed because she's been spiked with vervain, and then Stefan shows up to drag him off. Caroline comes to consciousness alone in the grass. She discovers the gem, her purse, and starts freaking out when Elena discovers her. Poor baby. Because she's been compelled by Damon, she doesn't remember everything that was going on, and even if she did she can't talk about it.

I just want to hug Caroline, okay? It's been a rough few days for her.
Then: Stefan locks Damon in the vervain cell in the Salvatore basement. He gives it a brief voice over. He says he did what he had to do, to protect Elena, but he still used poor Caroline to reach that goal. To be fair, the vervain probably saved her life, but she's very confused and remembers some things but can't talk about any of them.

There's a meeting of founding families, and they need the Gilbert pocket watch. They know about the vampires.

* Did not actually happen.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Vampire Diaries Recap: Friday Night Bites

I will probably not catch up with Season 3 until Season 4 begins, there are just too many episodes between here and there. If you want to talk about more recent developments, hit me up on Twitter.

Season 1 Episode 3: Friday Night Bites

Caroline Forbes LIVES. She is righteously freaked out, poor thing. She tries to sneak out of the bedroom while Damon slumbers, but he ninjas behind her. As you do. Her first reaction to that is to hit him with a lamp. I support this.

It must have been a sturdy ass lamp, it didn't break.

Then he snacks on her again. Poor girl, can't catch a break.

Bonnie is busy backpedaling to Elena about Stefan, encouraging Elena to take it slow. Elena wants to know what's up because Bonnie was busy pushing Elena into Stefan last episode and now Bonnie is all "Slow your roll." This is because her witchy powers gave her the wig when she gave Stefan Elena's phone number, and is more of the unsubtle "She's a witch!" stuff that's going on. I really dislike the whole slow reveal thing, here. I get what they're going for, but it irks me.

Jeremy and Vicki have a small bit of story this episode. It goes like this: Vicki still wants to be friends, but Jeremy's not interested in her if they're not seeing each other. He's half convinced she just slept with him because he had access to drugs, and he's an asshole to pretty much everyone. Later, Vicki reveals it wasn't just the drugs. I kind of don't care much about Vicki/Jeremy, because Jeremy has got a lot of the "nice guy" stuff going on. For the most part, Vicki doesn't put up with it and calls him out on it (good for her) but it's not exactly a healthy relationship.

Matt sees them from a distance, and is being slightly mopey, although pretty sensible about the whole thing. Tyler, who is apparently gunning for the gold in the dick olympics, throws a football at the back of Stefan's head. Stefan uses his super powers to catch the football. Then Stefan threw it back hard enough to shock Tyler, which is really quite irresponsible on the part of the supernatural being who is trying to lay low.

This is when Elena encourages Stefan to go out for the football team, that he shouldn't be such a loner.  When he points out that he once saw her journaling in a cemetery (a loner activity if ever there was one) she says she's trying to bring back her old self, pre-car accident.

During history class, Coach Tanner is a dick to Stefan, who uses his supernatural memory (maybe?) to best the coach on history. Tanner gives him the kind of smile that makes me suspect he's imagining eating Stefan's liver with fava beans and a nice chianti.

"I will eat your heart out with a spoon."
Elena shows up for cheer-leading practice, before which she manages to convince Bonnie to have a nice dinner with Stefan, so she can get over her heebie jeebies. Meanwhile, at football practice, Stefan tries to convince Coach Tanner to give him a chance. Even though Tanner still looks like he wants to wear a Stefan skin suit, he gives in and lets Stefan practice with the team. This irritates Matt. Matt because he feels like his life has been stolen by this weird pale kid who didn't even grow up here. But Tyler sees an upside, too, in that now he gets to hit Stefan. With his body. Over and over. (Those people who say football is a tad homoerotic might be onto something, to be honest.)

Then Caroline shows up with Damon in a convertible Chevy of some kind. She actually says "I got the other brother, hope you don't mind," to Elena, which is some passive-aggressive shit right there. Then, Damon gives Elena a smug look.

Really, it's Damon's standard look.

Elena is kind of sucking it up at practice, and she doesn't seem to be really feeling it. Instead, she drifts off to watch Stefan own the whole team at football. Matt deliberately throws him a high pass so that Tyler can tackle him (because Tyler hasn't been able to get his hands on Stefan ALL PRACTICE) and Stefan overhears this, and rolls with it. Also, dislocates a finger, which he just slides back into place. I actually accidentally paused the instant his damaged finger was shown and had to hit play and let it pass because oog. This whole scene makes me want to take him aside and explain how this is not helping his 'lay low and hope nobody notices I'm a creature of the night' plan. Especially since if anyone starts bleeding on field his face will either go all weird and veiny or he'll have to vamoose off the field, both of which are kind of obvious.

Damon knows all about the football thing, and ribs Stefan about it when Stefan gets home from practice. Which... actually is quite brotherly, come to think it. Then he talks about how hot Elena is (...again, I'm going with 'brotherly') and how he's going to use Caroline as a fuckable snack. Which is where the 'creepy vampire' part comes in.

Bonnie comes over to dinner, first telling Elena all about the numbers she's been apparently obsessed with all day. Elena makes the same crack I made when I first heard the words come out of Bonnie's mouth, that they should play the lottery. I knew I liked her. One of Elena's quirks is that she is incapable of cooking, dinner consists of her dumping take away Italian food in serving bowls. Bonnie gives her shit, informing her that she ain't fooling anybody, and then Stefan shows up and they have awkward silences for dinner until Bonnie reveals her families origin story (something about Salem witches) and Stefan tells her how cool it is. Which apparently rinses all the awkward away.

Awkward and take out food. Yum.

Damon somehow knows they are all out of awkward and shows up with Caroline, dessert, and all the family awkward he can carry. This presents once of the huge dangers of the vampire menace being a big secret- Elena invites Damon in, not knowing how dangerous it is to her and her loved ones. Stefan looks like he might be sick at the very thought, but he can't exactly out Damon without outing himself.

Damon slips into the kitchen for an alone moment to talk to Elena about Katherine. He's basically using Elena to use Katherine to troll Stefan, because they're brothers. Elena asks Damon about Katherine, and he starts describing her. This prompts her to ask Damon "So, which one of you dated her first?" Damon seems a little irritated at her perception. He changes the subject to cheer-leading, and suggests she drops it. Which is possibly the first honest thing he's said to her- he points out that she's clearly not enjoying it and it's not really important to her anymore. Life advice from Damon Salvatore, everybody. Then Elena says "I'm sorry about Katherine. You lost her too." Which blindsides him completely. You can actually see the moment where he falls for her.

I'm sorry but half this show is me going DAMON YOUR FACE.

Bonnie comes in to help with the dishes, ending the moment. Stefan is in the other room, trying to get Caroline to take off her scarf for reasons I don't entirely understand- Damon has as good as told Stefan that he's snacking on her, I can't imagine Stefan needs evidence for that. Maybe he's trying to figure out if Caroline is in on the secret or being compelled, which is bizarrely hopeful (and also very in character for Stefan). Damon interupts Caroline and Stefan, and compels Caroline to go wash dishes. So, if that's what Stefan was curious about, question answered. When Stefan insists it's time for Damon to leave, Damon points out that it doesn't matter if he leaves because he can come back and creep on Elena whenever he likes.

Later that night, Elena tries to convince Stefan that the night had been a success. This leads to sexy makeouts, which turns into Let's Get Naked. Then Stefan turns into Damon when he rips off his shirt. Elena has much more interesting (read: hot) dreams than I do, mine normally involve incongruous rhinos or something. When she wakes up, there is a crow at the window. Damon is abusing his invite, guys. Lets all pretend to be shocked for a second.

Elena decides to drop cheer-leading, and we get a Stefan voice over about how he knows there is good in Damon. See? I told you that shit got toned down. Stefan digs out a silver locket of some kind and gifts it to Elena at school. He's wearing his football jersey and looking mighty hot.

I didn't like jocks in high school but there's something about the guy wearing a jersey.
Then there's a pep rally, wherein Coach Tanner talks about how one member of the team is gonna make everything better, which is just shitty coaching on his part. This leads to Tyler storming off to talk to Vicki, which turns into a fight between Jeremy and Tyler. Stefan breaks it up, but gets a huge ass cut on his hand. Elena sees this, and freaks out about it. Stefan lies and says it never happened,  because it's already healed by the time she gets to look at it.

Elena, suspecting that something is Wrong (she's right) asks Bonnie about the weird feeling she had. Bonnie demurs about it, and then admits it was a bit like getting close and personal with the grim reaper. Which isn't subtle, but then, none of the plot points are.

Elena is loading something into her car for some reason and Damon ninjas behind her. He starts being an ass about Caroline, trying to play Caroline off Elena. Elena calls him out on being an asshole, pointing out that Caroline is one of her besties. She also calls him out on how he's always saying stuff with double meanings. Naturally, he tries to compel her into letting him kiss her. The compelling doesn't work, and Elena slaps him, tells him off for being a world class jerk and trying to use her against Stefan, and exits.

That's the second time someone has hit Damon in the face this episode. You go, girls.

Matt later makes kinda-buddies with Stefan because Stefan was looking out for Jeremy. It's a budding bro-mance. Damon pops up on Stefan and mentions the vervain in her necklace as the reason why he couldn't compel Elena- and I understand that this is all Stefan can do to keep her safe without revealing his big secret, but Damon is breaking into her house at night and screwing with her dreams. This is not a recipe for success, Stefan. Time to maybe quit it with the secret crap.

Stefan suggests that Damon likes Elena too much to actually hurt her, and that the reason Stefan is still alive is that Damon cares about him. He goes further to suggest that Damon has FEELINGS. Damon, stung by accusations of humanity, tears out Coach Tanner's throat.

I'll admit it- I cheered. Tanner sucked.

Matt first calls Tyler out on being an extra SPECIAL dick lately (Dick Olympics, I'm saying). Matt later discovers Tanner's body, and when Bonnie stumbles on the scene we discover that the numbers she's been seeing were related to the scene of the attack. Shock of shocks, she might actually be a witch.

Elena is still wigged about Stefan's hand. Stefan is writing about how he thought Damon might still be human, but isn't. Meanwhile, Damon is creeping on Elena and stroking her face while she sleeps. Which is A: creepy and B: actually proves Stefan's "You still have humanity" point. Although if Stefan truly believes that Elena is in danger, if he's willing to do anything to protect her, maybe a fucking warning is in order. Especially since Damon can sneak into her house and vanish without ever being seen.

Just saying.