The Vampire Diaries-S8Ep16- Finale

Tears and then more tears. I think we (all the fans) all turned into running faucets and spilling over bath tubs – oceans of salt water was slopping around.  I loved the finale. I knew that the internet was not a safe place for me until I watched it . Spoilers would lurk everywhere, especially on social media. I now know All. And I think that I can die pretty peacefully. Bury me with my set of TVD please.

TVD marathons will forever be a bitter-sweet experience now, keeping in mind the last and final TVD death. It was a big one, and how can I survive this? Courage, if Bonnie can “figure out the witch thing” after so many set backs I too can be mighty and um, learn to live life after and without TVD. Bonnie really emerges as the hero of the series for me now. I votes for a new series following the young Bennet witch on her search for adventure and fulfillment.

There were so many amazing nods and call backs to previous episodes and also bit but significant characters, remember that random but awesome Bennet witch from S2 who helped Bonnie trap Katherine in the tomb?  And the cheerleader’s grandfather from S1 who recognised Stefan from the 1950s and told Elena about who he was?It was delicious seeing them again. Bonnie’s Grams came back to help her too, it was amazing, my favourite scene with Grams was when Bonnie was getting over Jeremy and trying to destroy the Original witch’s locket and Grams shows up from dead, holds her hand and tells her “You are stronger than all of this.” She was a totally brilliant character!

I was so glad that Stefan saw Lexi again! Although exactly how did he manage to pick her up and swing her around? She looks about 6’2″ (maybe it’s the heels) and is a 500 year old vampire (albeit dead), and he looks about 5’10” and he’s human! The magic of TV 😀

Everything was brilliant. I’m very happy. And also very sad. But my favourite characters all seem to have closure and ….. KLAUS WROTE CAROLINE A LETTTTTERRRRR !!!! AHHHHHHHH!  My heart exploded. And then eviscerated. It’s kind of beginning to function again.

At least I can still follow the actors (and writers). Who will forever keep these guys alive for me. That’s not creepy at all.  😀 Hmm, may be they will actually stay alive if… there is a TVD universe!! Julie Plec said there might be. Somehow these guys really do have a life of their own. They don’t seem to disappear at all, even when the series is over.

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Hedda Gabler

Reviewing a play would be a bit of a departure from tradition at the eagerreviewer but here we go…

Ivo van Hove’s take on Henik Ibsen’s 19th century play Hedda Gabler.

The play opens in a large, practically empty room. Newly weds Tesman and Hedda Gabler are back from a six month honeymoon.As friends traipse in and out of the new house, “so much space and light!” , greeting and congratulating the couple, we realise that Hedda hates her life and is bored of her husband whom she married out of desperation. She has a pretty complicated life. It turns out that she’s sleeping with a family friend, and when an old school friend shows up (because this is a work of fiction) it turns out  she (Gabler) used to be romantically involved with her (the school mate’s) lover as well. The same lover is also her husband’s colleague and could be applying for the same job as Tesman which Tesman desperately needs to pay off honeymoon and new house debt. Financial issues bring everything to a head. Until Tesman gets his job the couple have to live very simply and cannot be a part of the social scene of…Norway. 😀

The play’s tone was ridiculously off in some moments. I couldn’t understand the odd emphasis placed on some words and phrases by the Judge Brack character. Ruth Wilson does deserve all her plaudits though, at some point Brack was spitting on her.Literally. Like he would take a drink of tomato juice and then dribble it onto her head or spit it out on to her face. And at the the end of this he says -completely dead pan- “I have you in my power.”.  !!!!!! Er, too right you do, Captain Obvious.

van Hove explained the austere set, saying that it represented Gabler’s mind. He also said that all the characters entered and left the stage from the auditorium , all except Gabler who stays put on stage all the time. This device was meant to show that freedom and escape was always within her grasp and that she created her own cage. I didn’t make the connection myself, but the explanation made it interesting.

I guess experiments in directing, production and acting are important. But they need to make sense as well. I guess my problem with this play was that if was supposed to be a 21st century take on Hedda Gabler maybe it could have been located in time better- by changing dialogue to remarks that make more sense in the 21st century e.g. Lovberg’s speech about his lost manuscript. Honestly it’s like everyone’s on their own trip and no one really shares a common plane of reality, or maybe they do as long as no one’s talking to Hedda.  And even if it isn’t supposed to be about realism then all of the emotions should make sense, they don’t always, and the end result is just odd. In spots. There is a lot of humour which is pleasant, but not all of it is intentional.  Also I couldn’t stand most of the music. Final verdict? Bit of a washout.5/10.

TVD Season 8 Episode 15

Thank you so very much for how miserable all the characters were here. It was such a downer I kind of wanted to use Kelly Donovon’s handy little weapon on myself and end it all :(. This is extreme drama I know, but frankly I am not a Steroline fan. Steroline getting married is …fourth best for Caroline Forbes.Coz Klaus is waaaay better and Tyler Lockwood was better and Alaric’s sweet emo sadness over her wedding makes him so unexpectedly GOOD 😀  .It reminded me of TVD in its days of yore when everything was perfect: drama was aplenty,sadness was only sweet, and the ships were amazing (Stelena,Klaroline Delena,Beremy) 😀  😀  😀

Although btw Klaus is still way better because only an original vampire with portraits hanging in national art galleries and borrowed (or stolen) dresses and bracelets from princesses will ever be deserving of Caroline Forbes.

Alaric’s muted but sweet and supportive reaction to Caroline’s wedding news made the episode for me! Hmmm, why have I read that he’s moving to New Orleans? Do we see him in The Originals now?? I am so tired of seeing Bonnie sad. She sat at Caroline’s wedding a figure of tragedy and mute misery which went straight to my heart and makes me hope that the next episode is a little less …misrubble. Everyone’s depressed and it shows. I don’t think that it can turn around in one episode.

No Katherine in sight but mayhem all around. This is in keeping with the character because when has Katherine ever done her own dirty work? Caroline,Uncle John,Isabel,Uncle Mason,Aunt Jenna,random Bennet related witch,Matt,have all been compelled,coerced,tricked into doing Queen K’s work until she was good and ready to show herself. Although it is a little hard to call her worse than the Devil. Come on! Kat had her own share of Klaus misery (entire family slaughtered,500 years on the run). I know I’ll never forget how she cried over a picture of her family she found in a book about the Petrovas that Elena gave her, do you remember? It still defines the character for me.

You know now that Damon will never get over his Katherine issues. A bachelor party over Katherine’s bones. Hmm. There’s food for psychological analysis over there. It was hilarious and horrible when he sloshed some booze into her skull!  Although the show didn’t seem to comment on it … perhaps it was considered de rigueur in vampire plot writing world and no one noticed. Damon still has trouble with his poker face and now there’s nothing anyone can do about it, second last episode and all.

I want something happy . Come on dream spinners, spin out the fantasy just a bit longer please. Only one episode left.

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