Friday, February 3, 2012

TVD Recap: Season 1 Episode 7 "Haunted"

I'll admit that I nearly quit watching after episode six. The whole thing was long and, again, mostly filler. However, the end of the episode had kinda erupted into HOLY SHIT WHAT so I wanted to see where they were going. Vicki as a vampire had to be kind of a hot mess, because Vicki is... well, kind of a hot mess. Of course, the end of episode five featured Stefan storming out to FUCK DAMON UP and then we had an episode full of flashbacks and Damon being Damon. So I was a bit... hesitant the first time. Fortunately, this episode is much improved.

One problem I have with TVD is that the passage of time is hard to follow. Sometimes, it's clear that some time has passed between the episodes. Sometimes that amount of time is stated, sometimes it's unclear. Sometimes one episode ends where the next begins, such as episodes 5 and 6. Sometimes an undefined amount of time happens during an episode. I plan on doing a timeline of the events of the seasons at the end of each season. It may cost me my sanity.

This episode takes place during Halloween. If the first day of school was in mid-to late August, which I think is relatively standard for grade school, then a little over two months has passed since Episode 1.




Season 1 Episode 7: Haunted

Tyler, who we haven't seen much of, is in the school parking lot after dark. I'm not a hundred percent sure if this is a continuation of episode six, but I think so. Anyway, Vicki is hungry and Tyler is definitely on the menu.

This episode is kinda dark, so most of the pictures are too. Sorry.
Stefan and Damon arrive and save the day. Tyler (who clearly doesn't understand what the hell is going on) punches Damon. Damon grabs him by the throat... and compells him to forget this ever happened. Huh, not how I pictured that going. Oh, then he flings Tyler across the parking lot.

Matt's at school, and he gets a call from Vicki. She's checking in with him, letting him know she's okay (I almost said alive but... yeah). Vicki's hanging with both the Salvatores. Stefan is definitely Keeping an Eye on Vicki. Damon is reading the news, acting disinterested. He notices that the death of Logan Fell has been covered up for some reason.

I don't know why, but Damon just chilling with the paper cracks me up.
Stefan gives Vicki some of his animal blood. She is unimpressed, and wants people blood. Even Damon points out that they don't have to kill to eat, you can just grab a bite and erase their memories. Damon kinda has a point. Stefan's concern is that Vicki wouldn't be able to control herself, which turns out to be true. Nobody said Stefan didn't also have a point, but he's more annoying about making it. He doesn't lay out all the facts for her in a rational way, he tells her what he thinks he ought to.

Elena arrives at the Salvatore boarding house and is kinda snarky to Damon, which is ballsy. Damon points this out, because he likes keeping a hanging death threat over her. She responds that if he wanted her dead she'd be dead. Then Damon makes a My Fair Lady reference, which actually made me clap my hands with glee. "Where's Stefan?" "He's upstairs, singing the Rain in Spain."

Have I mentioned how much I like Elena?
Apparently the plan with Vicki is that Stefan will Obi Wan her until she's no longer dangerous. This, in case you were wondering, does not work in any way. I understand what Stefan is getting across here, but we later find out he is bffs with a vampire he likes who drinks blood stolen from blood-banks. He knows there are other options, and this DRINK ONLY ANIMALS thing seems to be limited to Stefan Salvatore. So I don't like how hard he pushes Vicki on this, because he comes off as... well, patronizing. It's totally in character for him, he's closing in on 200 years old, but it's aggravating.

He's kinda like those after school specials where they tell you "drugs are bad, m'kay?" but don't actually give you the facts, and exaggerate the negative effects. Wait a minute. Was that the point they were making? Holy shit. I'm just gonna pretend it is.


Oh, Bonnie! We haven't heard from her for a while! I guess she's been hanging with her Grams, learning about her witchy roots. Grams teaches an occult course at a nearby university. What university would that be? Mystic Falls Community College? I'm not making fun, I just want to know. It doesn't seem like a big enough town to have it's own CC, and I'm not at all clear as to exactly where in Virginia Mystic Falls actually is.

Now that I think about it, there could be a Something County Community College.
The Mayor and his wife are talking at the Grill. Mrs. Lockwood is freaking out about everything, worried that the vampire will know that they know the vampire is in town. Horse, barn door. Plus, Damon is sitting at the bar, listening to every word they say. Vampire hearing makes him a cheating bastard.

Matt tells Tyler that Vicki called, and she's okay. This normally would irritate me, I don't like scenes of characters telling other characters things that the audience already knows without serving a purpose. However, Tyler offers to help (I'm not sure with what), and he seems pretty genuinely concerned. Not just for Vicki, but for Matt as well.

Tyler Lockwood is Not a Dick this Episode.
Caroline got Bonnie a Halloween costume, because. Caroline just wants to forget about Damon and everything and have a good time. Caroline got Bonnie a witch costume, and gave her Damon's mystical crystal to go with it. Bonnie is a little "Really? Really?" but we later see that Caroline also dressed as a witch, so it's just a cutesy matchy thing.

Stefan is talking to Vicki about being a vampire, apparently coffee helps keep vampires warm. Vicki is really having none of it, his talk is a little too AA for her. I wonder if it's some kind of requirement to have an overt anti-drug message in shows, and that's why they're subverting it with Stefan's "Just say No" bullshit. I'm totally sticking with that interpretation, btw.


Vicki and Elena end up alone. Elena wants her to stop seeing Jeremy, and Vicki's response is basically "I'm a vampire, you can't make me."

There's a lot of baggage here, too, involving Matt and Vicki feeling inferior.
Elena is freaked out and Stefan admits that he doesn't know how long it'll take Vicki to adjust to everything, which is not really reassuring at all. He thinks it'll help that she has someone to guide her but he's never been in this situation before, and Vicki has issues. So do he and Damon, but apparently it's a lot worse for a fresh vampire, and sorting shit out is very confusing.

Vicki asks Damon why he turned her. According to him: he was bored. She doesn't really like that answer, and he admits it's one of the problems of living for so damned long. She's clearly frustrated with everything, and Damon says she's just been cooped up. He takes her outside to show her the fun side of being a vampire. He shows her the fast running trick, which she's done before now without realizing I'm pretty sure. So she disappears. Damon totally planned on this, judging by the look on his face.

He actually says "My bad."
Vicki tries to go home, but she can't get inside until Matt invites her. They get into a fight because she's very vague about where she's been, and he's been worried sick about her. Stefan shows up, hoping to talk some sense into Vicki. Of course, he can't come in unless he's invited, and Vicki has Matt send him away.

Elena tries to talk Jeremy into letting Vicki go. I understand that she promised to keep Stefan's secret, but considering that Jeremy might get eaten or turned into a vampire by a very stressed out Vicki, it might be worthwhile to let Jeremy in on the secret. Of course, she doesn't. Also, apparently Jeremy's hair is only really happy around her. Vicki texts him on the sly, asking him to meet her at the Halloween thing at school.

I guess without Vicki there's no reason to comb anymore.
Tyler is offering spiked cider to Caroline in Bonnie. Bonnie is against, Caroline is for. Hooray underage drinking! The Mayor and Mrs. Lockwood are at the bar, and apparently Mrs. Lockwood is getting all kind of drunk. The Mayor goes ahead to the Halloween party, leaving Mrs. Lockwood to finish her martini. Damon swoops in and starts flirting with her, since that's his modus operandi.  He tries to compel Mrs. Lockwood, but she's wearing vervain. So he mentions the vervain, and so reveals that He Knows. Damon is playing an interesting game.

At the Halloween party: Jeremy is dressed in a black (like his soul) hoodie. Elena is wearing a nurse outfit, Matt is wearing a doctor's uniform- apparently they had gone matching the year before. They both wound up there at the last minute, and wore what they had. That's kinda adorable. Vicki is dressed up as a vampire, either because she's being funny or through sheer coincidence. Vicki is wandering around, distracted by all of the necks, and Stefan grabs her and takes her into a class room. He's doing his best to convince her that now is not the time to be around all the tasty people.


They were probably sickly sweet as a couple.
Damon tells Mrs. Lockwood he can get them the vervain they need, and decides to walk her to the school shindig. I'm having a hard time figuring out how big Mystic Falls is, too. I'm just going with it. Oh, apparently one of the things they did to eliminate vampire suspects was keep track of who showed up to the founder's ball during the daylight hours. You can see Damon registering that it means he and Stefan aren't suspects.

Stefan, with Vicki in tow, finds Elena and Matt. Vicki freaks out at Stefan, making him look like a creeper, so he lets her go. She vanishes. Matt tries to keep Stefan from following, but Stefan brushes him off. Vicki's already found Jeremy, and they sneak outside for hot makeouts.


I really just capped this because it looks kinda cool.
Damon approaches Bonnie and asks about Caroline, which was really the wrong question to ask. Bonnie is Displeased with him and his behavior. Then he sees the crystal Bonnie is wearing (which is probably why he was after Caroline). He tries to convince her to give it over, which goes over like a lead balloon. Being Damon, he then tries to snatch it off her. The crystal raises an objection by burning Damon's hand, which he Did Not Expect. Neither did Bonnie, who flees.

Jeremy and Vicki sneak into the parking lot where the buses are and start making with the smooches, while Elena and Stefan are looking for her. (Sidenote: I like the music during this scene.) Vicki says she has to leave town, and asks Jeremy to go with her. She wants to turn him into a vampire, either that or use him as a snack that carries itself. Then Vicki bites his lip and starts licking up the blood, and then sucking on it. Which, to his credit, freaks him out. Then she vamps out on Jeremy.

I still really like the vampire effect in this show.
Elena arrives in a timely fashion, swinging a piece of board. She misses, but sufficienatly distracts Vicki from her meal. Then Vicki throws Elena her across the parking lot, into a pile of wooden pallettes. Ouch. Stefan shows up and Vicki disappears. Then Vicki reappears and takes a bite out of Elena. Stefan stakes her, which makes her go all grey and die. I will say that the 'dead and staked vampire' effect is also really kinda fucked up. In a good way.

It's also hard to see in this episode. Again, sorry.
Jeremy is hearbroken, poor baby. Elena is fairly wounded and Vicki is dead. It's definitely been a bad night. Elena insists that Stefan get Jeremy gone. In a move that surprised me, Stefan calls Damon, asking for help. Elena stays behind with Vicki's body, waiting for Damon to arrive.

Bonnie shows up to see Grams in her costume. Grams sees the crystal, and recognizes it. She shows Bonnie that Emily Bennet from 1864 had the crystal before her. It's a family piece, and presumably magical. That's probably why Damon couldn't yank it off.


I feel like Grams deserves more love.
Damon shows up to take care of what's left of Vicki. Elena blames him for the whole thing, and he's like "So I give a fuck why?" Elena, both grieving and now angry, hits him, and then slaps him in the face. Again, Elena knows that he is a super-strong, super-fast vampire and she SLAPPED HIM FULL ON IN THE FACE. If you don't understand by now why I like her, I don't even know what to tell you. Damon then points out that she's bleeding and it'd be safer for her if she, uh, left. Again, hanging death threat.

Matt catches Elena on her way out and notices she's covered in blood. In a move that could only possibly work on Halloween, she claims some idiot splashed her with fake blood.  When he asks about Vicki, she says she doesn't know where Vicki is. Which, is technically true. No telling what Damon's done with her by now.


Doesn't change the fact that she's moving like she's in pain, but whatever.
Elena gets home and Stefan is waiting on the porch for her. She heads in to check on Jeremy, but he's just miserable. She tries to figure out if he understands what's going on, but he doesn't seem to get any of it. Hell, even if he did he wouldn't be able to get it into words just now, I bet. Elena lets him cry on her, poor kid is really heartbroken.

Elena steps back outside, and asks Stefan how he's doing. He's very upset that he had to kill Vicki, even though he came of patronizing he really did want to help her out. Elena asks Stefan to compel Jeremy to forget what happened, which I totally get. Stefan admits that he probably won't be able to do it well. When he compelled Vicki she started remembering some things almost immediately, so we know this is a fact.

There was a pouty-faced shot but it just looked funny the longer I stared at it.
Damon appears, and volunteers to compel Jeremy. Elena doesn't seem happy, but she agrees. I'm not entirely sure why, except that he seems sincere enough and he did help... uh, hide Vicki's body. You know, that doesn't sound nearly as charitable written down as it seemed in the show. Even so, you'd expect Damon to brush Stefan off, in a 'clean up your own mess' sense. I do think Damon feels a little responsible, whether he'll admit it or not. Elena gives Damon the story to give her brother and trusts him far enough to let him in the house alone with her brother. I suppose if Damon actually meant Jeremy harm, there isn't much anybody can do about it.

Elena admits that she sorta wants to forget, because everything is awful. She doesn't want to lose the way she feels about Stefan, though. I'll admit, that kinda made me groan. I mean, yeah, she's a teenager and is in love, but she's also known this guy for TWO MONTHS. His brother is an admitted murderer, and constantly reminds her that he could kill her with his left elbow. He also turns people into vampires because there's only reruns on or something. So, yeah, I rolled my eyes so hard they got stuck.

Damon, looking surprisingly somber, says "It's done."



I do wonder how much of Stefan and Elena's conversation he heard. Oh well.

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