PODCAST! – Around the Water Cooler: “The Vampire Diaries” – Reflections on Season Five, Recapping Season Six, Ruminating on Season Seven (So Far; MAJOR SPOILERS)

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THE SPECS:

Who: “The Vampire Diaries” currently airs on network TV, specifically on the CW.  For winter 2016, the show is moving to Fridays at 8:00 PM.

What: “The Vampire Diaries,” a supernatural teen drama focused on a young woman, Elena Gilbert (Nina Dobrev), who becomes entangled with two brothers who are vampires–one a soulful, conflicted type who wants to repress his vampire urges to be more human; the other a sarcastic, ne’er-do-well who embraces the nature of his nocturnal condition, except for when his love for Elena interferes. In addition, these two vampire brothers were sired by Elena’s doppelganger, a vampire for the centuries named Katherine Pierce (for a more detailed Synopsis, read here: http://www.aceshowbiz.com/tv/vampire_diaries_the/summary.html).

When: The Season 7 premiere aired on Thursday, October 8, 2015, on the CW at 8:00 PM.

Where: The show is primarily set in the fictional town of Mystic Falls, Virginia.

Why: Two reasons: vampires and Ian Somerhalder, formerly of Lost and Smallville fame. CPU! Chief Couch Potato Kylie loves non-sparkly vampire television, and Ian Somerhalder is too beautiful a man not to find an excuse to watch.  My fellow panelists found the show due to the vampires as well, and at least fifty percent of them stayed for Ian…

How – as in How’s It Going? (THOUGHTS…at present)

It’s been a while since CPU! covered The Vampire Diaries, one of the Chief Couch Potato’s favorite shows.  Blame it on starting this whole podcast business.  Better yet – rather than assign blame, let’s just agree to make the show with the two hot vampire brothers a candidate for said podcast, especially since your main moderator is always playing catch-up, okay?! To wit, feast your ears and/or your fangs on this new CPU! podcast episode, in which this viewer invited a small but robust panel of one familiar voice and one new voice, both vampire enthusiasts and Vampire Diaries fans in their own right, to play catch up with the brothers Salvatore and all of our favorite young residents from fictional Mystic Falls.  We cover major plot points from season five until present, from Silas and doppelganger central to Heretics, a lack of Elena/Katherine altogether, and the appearance of a long thought dead vampire mother of our favorite brothers, Damon (Somerhalder) and Stefan (Paul Wesley).  While our panel’s particular devotion and/or sire bond is frequently tested in TVD’s later seasons, we still have lots to think and talk about.  Give us a listen with your vampire super-hearing, and see if you agree or disagree with our thoughts.

This podcast, PS, is hot off the presses!  It was recorded on January 24, 2016. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter (@cpupodcast), or email us at couchpotatoesunitepodcast@gmail.com – or subscribe to this blog, the YouTube channel, our iTunes channel, and/or our Stitcher Radio channel to keep track of brand new episodes. In the meantime, let us know what you think! Comment or review us in any of the above forums – we’d love your feedback! It’s true!

Old Questions from Prior Season Five Coverage

1) What does Silas want with Katherine? And why hasn’t she learned hygiene in 500 years?

Answer: Silas (Wesley) wanted Katherine’s (Dobrev) blood.  Katherine took the vampire cure and became human but still had precious doppelganger blood, perhaps more important when she became human.  Of course, Silas’ aims and Katherine’s fate became more nefarious from there.  As for Katherine’s hygiene, we found out that she was quite helpless as a human, no matter how much of a survivor she thought she was.

2) I already miss the Originals, particularly Klaus and Elijah. I guess I’ll have to check out that show…

Answer: CPU! checked out that show.  Stay tuned.

3) Is Silas, like, indestructible? What’s his endgame?

Answer: Silas was a very old vampire witch, but he was not indestructible.  He met his overdue end by the end of season five.  His endgame was to reunite with the first of the doppelgangers to spawn the Katherine/Elena line – though I can’t remember her name, she was his true love.  TVD presented to the viewer that Elena and Stefan found each out with help from the hands of fate, which certainly threatened Damon to maximum, brain-exploding capacity.  Yet, Damon and Elena also have a love for the ages, which survived into the sixth season.

4) I hope Damon doesn’t get boring now that he’s so happy.

Answer: Damon could never be boring.  Never ever ever.  He’s too gorgeous to be boring.

5) I hope Jeremy gets to show off that hunting stuff more.

Answer: He did!  Oh, he did.  But, then he got with Bonnie (Kat Graham), and Bonnie got dead, and Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) got sad.  Temporarily.

6) I’m already over Elena and Caroline, the roomie years. It feels a little shallow to me.

Answer: I never lost that feeling.  The part of the show when our favorite characters try to be normal college students is boring.

7) Seriously…why is Bonnie still around and Tyler isn’t?

Answer: Bonnie has actually become a much more interesting character in seasons six and seven – the podcast panelists theorize that, possibly for too long, Bonnie has been regarded as the character that the other characters only go to when they need magical help or reasoned advice.  She’s become a bit more sassy and courageous in recent seasons, though, and it’s a change for the better.  Meanwhile, Tyler (Michael Trevino) still pops up in Mystic Falls from time to time, but he’s apparently hanging out in New Orleans with the Mikaelsons on The Originals.

8) I hope this show stays as consistently twisty as it has been.

Answer: The amount of twisty fluctuates, but TVD’s excellent writers and story planners are never short of twists – no matter how (in)effective they might be!

New Questions

1) What’s going on with the three year time jump in season seven?  Who’s hunting Stefan and Damon in that future?  Could it be that Nina Dobrev’s departure was somehow a long con, with Elena or Katherine a possible reemergence in this time jumped future, or is she off the show for good? How did our characters get there?  Are they all running from this mysterious hunter, or is the hunter just after the brothers Salvatore?  WHAT’S GOING ON?

2) Are we still going to have put up with watching the Heretics, even though Stefan and Damon have been drawn into the Phoenix Stone vampire hell?  Except for Valerie – how did she and Stefan decide to reconnect?  Do we care at all about Mary Louise, Nora, or Bo?

3) How is vampire Caroline (Candice King) even going to manage having Alaric’s (Matt Davis) human but part-witch twins?  Stefan and Caroline clearly don’t stay together, as the time jump tells us.  How did that happen?  Why did that happen?  The panel is lukewarm to their coupling but aren’t opposed to it, either.

4) Bonnie and Enzo (Michael Malarkey)?  What’s that about? Why was Enzo even made a series regular?  The podcast panel struggles with Enzo – we sort of regard him as Diet Damon with a host of abandonment issues.

5) We love Matt (Zach Roerig), but we also think his character has become sad and hard to watch.  Fix this, writers.  He needs more purpose, or perhaps he should just join all of his supernatural friends.  It’s a wonder he’s survived this long.

6) How are Stefan and Damon going to get out of the Phoenix Stone?  Are they in there together or separately?

7) What is Julian’s endgame now that Lily (Annie Wersching) is dead?  Will he still be around when the Salvatores come out of the stone (because we know they do)?  Is he the hunter in question?

8) Why does Stefan have so many loves of his life?  Who is the real love of his life?  He needs to pick one.  That’s why it’s called “THE” love of his life.  The panel had a hard time buying the fact of Valerie at all, though she may be the least annoying of the Heretics.

9) Can Damon and/or Stefan remove their shirts more?  Kthxbai.

PARTING SHOTS

The Vampire Diaries might (still) have its best years behind it, but the program still seems to have story left to tell because the writers/producers are in tune enough with their characters, product, and platform to keep it as full of guesses and “oh shit” moments as previous seasons.  While the podcast panel felt almost universally that season five might have been a low point, the panelists, at times, agreed that seasons six and seven seem to be heading toward better territory and had true highlights (listen to the podcast for what those were), though without Elena in season seven, our panelists feel the void.  In any event, all panelists agree that the earliest seasons were the best but are hopeful for what the mysteries of the three-year time jump might yield in the back half of season seven.

LOOKING AHEAD:

The Vampire Diaries was automatically ordered for a full season, as it is one of the network’s highest rated shows and will very probably get renewed because the CW doesn’t get many hits.  When a hit appears on the CW, after all, the network tends to renew the show in question for season upon season (see also: Smallville and Supernatural). Still…stranger things have happened.  TVD, as of midseason seven, has been moved to Fridays for the season’s second half.  As always, CPU! will keep you posted regarding renewal notice and any other schedule changes.  Plus, our panel will most likely reconvene following the season finale.  Until then!

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One comment

  1. kyliekeelee · January 28, 2016

    Reblogged this on Reel Musings.

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