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The Sun, the Moon, the Girl, the Boy, the Boy

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Dear Natalie,

Well, I suppose after all this build up to Klaus there is no way not to be a little disappointed by the real thing. Or is that just me? Somehow another young, handsome, broody man was less than I wanted from the oldest, baddest vampire alive. And I was pretty disappointed to learn that the curse of the sun and moon was just some two thousand year old trick Elijah and Klaus concocted as drunk “teenage” undead to hide the utterly private nefarious scheme to ignite Klaus’ werewolf nature. Isn’t this just a little too ironic, to PoMo, in a sad way? I mean, I did giggle at Klaus’ comment “who can resist an Aztec shaman” and the way they were clearly making fun of the way we can all buy into the mystery of ancient, non-Western traditions and invest them with all kinds of spiritual authority (after we feel they are safely “obliterated” by the destruction of colonialism and capitalism). Forget the fact that this kind of spiritual cross-cultural investigation would not have been possible when they first started playing their little historical forgery game, what was most disappointing was switching the drama from a great inter-species war to a private power play between brothers.I can’t say I’ve been hugely intrigued by the curse of the sun and the moon but there was some sense of urgency to the idea that werewolves and vampires were invested in this huge ancient race to break the curse first. I feel like it is really meaningful that instead of this, the real curse is not on two warring species, but on one individual vampire/werewolf hybrid. Like it represents our general inability to think about collectives or institutions and needing to turn even the most epic, world-historical stories into individual stories about particular heroes or villains. Am I reading too much into this? Were you excited by the Klaus revelation or by Klaus himself?

There is also clearly another parallel with the brothers caught in a triangle with Katarina. It is not exactly a love triangle since Klaus didn’t seem to care one way or another whether Katherine lived or died and we don’t really know for sure what Elijah and Katherine’s relationship was. Nor do we know when, exactly, Elijah turned on Klaus. Why was he so willing to help him unleash his werewolf nature and start a master race to begin with? And what tipped the scale against him? I found the back story intriguing but not nearly extensive enough. When Elijah dismissed the whole story of how his family became vampires as “too long to tell” I thought “geez that is the most interesting part.” Especially when we learned that Klaus’ biological father was werewolf. Doesn’t that mean werewolves are older than vampires? Elijah told Elena that his whole family was originally human, which means Klaus mother was human when she conceived and bore Klaus  and that he was human too when he was born. So that seems to imply that her werewolf lover predated the creation of the vampires. And that Klaus was a werewolf before he was a vampire. Is that how the mom’s unfaithfulness was discovered? When the whole family became vampires somehow it was clear that Klaus was different, part werewolf, and the witches had to intercede to keep that part of his nature at bay? Am I making too much of this? Do you think we’ll get answers to these questions?

And let’s talk about witches for a moment. They came across as seriously bad-ass in this mythology – servants of nature with power over all the other supernaturals. But once again, the only representations we have of them are black and brown people. Seriously, what is up with that?! Is this another shout out to a kind of latent, knowing post-colonialism akin to “everyone loves an Aztec shaman” – somehow winking at the audience and saying, hey, you know how black and brown people have been considered primitive, natural, closer to nature/animals/beasts, well we’re going to flip that on its head and say “sure, but they are super awesome servants of nature/witches”. Or is this just blindly playing into all those colonial mythologies without a hint of irony? And where, might I ask, was our super bad-ass witch Bonnie? Just hiding amid romantic candlelight for days?

Final thought: Jenna. I felt like the “adult as child, child as adult” reversal reached its peak with that final scene between Elena and Jenna. Jenna admitted to feeling like their roles were reversed and then Elena took Jenna into her arms and comforted her like a child. She puts Jenna to bed and comes out to greet a worried, anguished Stephan and then share a moment, much like two parents discussing a distraught, traumatized child. Isn’t this part of the teenage fantasy – playing out the adult roles of lovers, spouses, even parents with surrogate objects? It would not be fantasy but just plan sad and hard if Elena and Stephan actually had a baby (Teen Mom comes to Mystic Falls), but if Jenna can give them the emotional bond of having to make tough decisions about a dependent, well isn’t that sexy.

OK, clearly I had a down week with Vampire Diaries. I know you are busy with family this weekend, but jump in if you have any words to raise my estimation. I hope Bonnie and Jer, and the Matt-Caro-Sherrif triangle will come back full force next week and really pick things up!

xoxo,

K

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