The S1 finale of The Vampire Diaries is this week and I am equal parts excited/horrified – because I can’t contemplate a summer sans shirtless/tank topped brooding/pining Salvatore Brothers, but I can’t wait to see how they wrap up this satisfying season.
As I’ve been fangirling ever since the very first promo clip, I knew I would love this show, I just had no idea how much. For one thing while it falls under my Cheesy Teen Drama category (ingredients: twenty-somethings playing high school students, teen angst, Kevin Williamson), it is actually better than a CTD. It is amazingly well-written and complex and dark and fun. It is the step between the sugary-sweet-abstinence-and-marriage-Twilight series and the lets-get-naked-and-get-down-and-dirty of True Blood. There’s sweet and sex in TVD and it is, to borrow their own term – compelling as hell.
And yes, the Salvatore Brothers are pretty and hot and wear tank tops and no shirts very well – but you know what? They’re good actors. Paul Wesley really cranked out a performance the past few weeks as “Off the Wagon Blood-a-holic” Good Brother Stefan that was quite impressive. I went as far as to say he’s a future Johnny Depp: a pretty boy on a teen show that will actually make a successful leap one day to a bigger career.
The total revelation has been Ian Somerhalder who has taken what could be a one dimensional character of bad-boy-vampire-sexy-mischief-maker and really made him complex, funny, scary, intense, entertaining – and now he’s entering my all time Favorite Phase Ever: Pining Boy (Pacey Witter anyone? Jim Halpert? Doug Ross? Those are my Hall of Famer Pining Boys and Damon Salvatore is primed to get right up there with them.)
All season Damon had showed us how little he cares about human life, emotions, connections to people. But that’s not true. He has tremendous love for his brother. He got his heart broken – 100+ years later – by a not-dead-vampire-girlfriend who he has longed for only to find out she doesn’t give a damn about him. He’s made a friend – or two actually with Wannabe Vampire Slayer Alaric and most importantly – with Elena. She of the looks-like-not-dead-vampire-girlfriend and oh right – dating-his-brother-he-pretends-to-hate-on-but-doesn’t really.
Still with me?
So the cat is out of the bag that Damon lurrrves Elena and she’s taking it pretty well, her boyfriend is taking it pretty well (as in a very emphatic speech to his brother that “history is not going to repeat itself” – did I mention during the Civil War the Salvatores were both dating the same not-dead-vampire-girlfriend who looks JUST like Elena?) And Damon seems, from the clips for the finale – to be trying to work his sexy, flirty charm to not much avail. Something I’m not sure he’s quite encountered ever before (because, well, LOOK at him! And of course he can compel people to do whatever he wants!)
I don’t know what else happens in this episode with these two – but this is the moment – this is where his expressions lay everything bare about his feelings for her – and I cannot stop squeeing over it like the 14 YO girl I am. My friend Trish put it best: “you know what stood out to me the most? Vulnerability. She got to him and she can wound him and he knows it.”
Thanks to the fab Julie of TV Recappers Anonymous for bringing this exciting clip to my attention. Stay tuned as she and I work out some sort of joint/live/something blog for the finale on Thursday. Details TBD but we gotta send the Salvatore Brothers out in STYLE!