These last few episodes have been falling flat for me, sadly. I really don't like the simplistic way that the writers are setting Elena and Stefan up again. Elena's unconditional, undying love for Stefan has a sour note- it makes me think of girls who just love unconditionally their abusive boyfriends or spouses, taking whatever bad behaviour and abuse they receive with uncomplaining stoicism... all I can see is Elena basically saying, 'it doesn't matter what you've done Stefan... because you're my first love, I WILL LOVE YOU FOREVER'.
How much pain is any girl meant to take? How much before trust is ruined? Could Elena really trust Stefan to stay with her, if they got back together? Could she forgive every bad thing he's done, every person he killed, just because she loves him? How can she believe he'll stay with him- is she so self-destructive that she'll let this guy keep on rejecting her, then pulling her back?
The best bit in the recent episodes was Elena admitting to Matt that a major reason she fell for Stefan so hard was because he was a vampire, and immortal, and wouldn't die. But I'm concerned that the relationship between them will just play out as a 'true love conquers all' message, which for a show generally aimed at teenage girls and twentysomethings... just seems such a bad message. So unrealistic. And dramatically, such a cop out. Until now the show had really impressed me with relationships that mean more than teenage lust, and unexpectedly drawn out characterisation. Now, I just don't get why every development with Damon-Elena has been shoved aside in favour of Stefan-Elena. It feels like Elena's reverted to the same old character she was in series one.
Also, I was disappointed with magic being used to simply 'undo' major plot devices. Linking together all the Originals created a genuine tension- the Originals were finally in danger, finally faced with their own mortality, finally forced to act like a freaking family. Then it's like the writers just thought, 'Gee, but how will we fill the remaining episodes? Better undo that pesky linking spell...' and got Bonnie to do it in another totally overused device- 'Do it or we kill someone you care for'. Yawn, Originals. Yawn. We get it. You're monsters. Your monstrousness has been relentlessly brought up in nearly every episode you've featured in.
I would be totally unsurprised if in the next episode it is suddenly revealed that actually, there *is* another super-powerful weapon that can kill Originals... Ideas are being pulled out of the air and tossed back too fast at this point. The show is becoming a hammy mess of dramatic music and dramatic revelations that no one can predict, but not because they're good, because they're just totally random.
Edited by MidnightCupcake, Apr 3, 2012 @ 3:34 PM.