THE VAMPIRE DIARIES: 6.06 “The More You Ignore Me, the Closer I Get”
What an…interesting episode. I wasn’t sure what was going to happen once Damon returned. We got to see him reunite with Stefan last week, and I’m a little disappointed that we didn’t get to see more reactions from folks about his reappearance. I mean, we got to see Caroline tell Elena, but we didn’t really see Caroline react — which would have probably involved some rather wide eyes and big exclamations, knowing Caroline. We saw Damon and Enzo see each other in the truck, but Enzo had been watching Damon passed out for a while before he woke up. Geez, we didn’t even get to see a reaction from Alaric. And Jeremy… Well, we might not have seen Jeremy’s initial reaction, but at least we got to see them have a short frustrated conversation about it.
To be honest, I wish we could have seen more Jeremy in this episode. I thought it was so sweet of Damon to lie to Jeremy, to tell him that Bonnie found peace instead of telling him that she sacrificed herself (not that I really think Bonnie’s dead — if Kai can’t die, who’s to say Bonnie can). But Jeremy’s reaction at the end of the episode — the brutal reaction to really discovering that she was gone — was just heartbreaking. That real emotion was missing in this episode. He’s the only one who got a real reaction.
And part of that is because most of the episode was devoted to Elena and her trying to avoid Damon. While the moments they were close to each other were tangible, like when they were on either side of her door (man, Damon plays unrequited love so well), because they were apart instead of even just dealing with the fact that she doesn’t remember, it felt empty, and possibly not in a good way. Honestly, I got rather annoyed at Elena’s inner turmoil (which came across more as confused).
That being said, I give the writers of TVD props for coming up with a creative way to prevent her from getting her memories back. It’s much too easy to just un-compel her. We needed something. Sure, I doubt that Jo could really fix and save Alaric from, what, a ripped aortic valve or aorta? in the middle of the road. But it made for a good story device.
So now we’re left with Damon having to make Elena fall in love with him again. Which should be rather frustrating but fun to watch. Damon can be very convincing — at least for this viewer. I just hope Elena stops looking confused — and stops wearing that awful golf shirt.
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