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When vampire shows suck...

That`s it, Vampire Diaries is going on my "I may watch it once the Season is over and I can see where it went" list.

This show used to be legitimately good from mid-Season 1 to all of Season 2, still enjoyable in Season 3 and admittedly I liked parts of Season 4. But this year, I`m sick of the writers aiming for the nadir of the nadir of storytelling - and succeeding every time. I just love annuling development for the lulz because that in no way makes me feel I wasted years watching it in the first place. *sarcasm* And their deluded interviews, obvious incapability to figure out what isn`t working and passive-aggressive asshole tweets. It`s like they think they are the SPN TPTB.

I knew dividing attention between running three shows would be too much but the old warhorse should be something of a self-ran, not an implosion. And The Tomorrow People ain`t good either, at least as long as they refuse to center it around John. That leaves The Originals which is legit good. But a batting average of 1 out of 3? Not that impressive.

Thank God Teen Wolf is currently rocking so hard.

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rheasilvia
Feb. 7th, 2014 06:23 pm (UTC)
Haven't watched the latest ep of TVD yet, but this made me laugh:

It`s like they think they are the SPN TPTB.

Alarming indeed.

I have been checking the latest TVD eps again because of The Originals - I wanted to see the original (hah *g*) back-door pilot and Klaus' return visit. And then I was interested in seeing the fall-out for Caroline, the latest Katherine plot caught my interest, and I was relieved to see one of the factors that had made me quit TVD in the first place was easing off...

But note I haven't said I'm actually watching TVD - just checking it out from the corner of my eye, over in the next room. ;-) I don't think I'm going to get emotionally invested in the show again; I don't trust the writers at all.
astri13
Feb. 7th, 2014 07:53 pm (UTC)
Alarming indeed.

I know, it seems to be contagious or something. Eek.

And then I was interested in seeing the fall-out for Caroline, the latest Katherine plot caught my interest, and I was relieved to see one of the factors that had made me quit TVD in the first place was easing off...

The Katherine plot annoyed me so much. It was so completely predictable. And everything that happened afterwards was also completely by the numbers. I called every little thing before it happened. That didn`t use to be the case with this show.

If Katherine had gone into anyone else, ANYONE but Elena, I could have possibly lived with the redudancy of the 100th ep being a tribute to her journey and then lamely keeping her around. But nope, just as Silas`"great love" had to be an Elena-look-alike, Kat needed to impersonate Elena and do it because she randomely became obsessed with Stefan again. Damon predictably reacted and on it goes. Urgh.

Someone amusingly commented that if Kat wanted a shot with Stefan, she should have body-snatched Damon. Ha, right on. Also, would have been cool and interesting.
Or if it HAD to be a woman, how about Caroline?

I used to ship Delena and figured they wouldn`t really know how the write them together but they have gone and derailed the entire show instead of just one measly ship.

I don't think I'm going to get emotionally invested in the show again; I don't trust the writers at all.

I feel stupid for having done so in the past. :/
rheasilvia
Feb. 7th, 2014 11:08 pm (UTC)
The Katherine plot annoyed me so much. It was so completely predictable.

Very true - I hadn't seen any of the lead-up whatsoever, and just came in at the "final" bed scene, and even so I knew just what would happen. Fortunately I don't care about any of these characters (except Caroline), so I can view the entire thing with detachment...

And hey, everything is always about Elena. That much became clear in S01E01. ;-)
astri13
Feb. 8th, 2014 01:56 pm (UTC)
Fortunately I don't care about any of these characters (except Caroline), so I can view the entire thing with detachment...

Caroline got on my nerves in Season 4 but I outright started hating her this year. Which was unfortunate because she was one of my faves after becoming a vampire.

My fave is Damon and I don`t even know what they are doing with him atm.

Ironically Stefan is a good character for me now and I often found him to be a white-washed Sue. Getting him away from Elena has done wonders for him.

And hey, everything is always about Elena. That much became clear in S01E01. ;-)

I know and it hasn`t even really been my problem. But making her "Amara" as well as now the Kalena "twist" just seems done to keep the stupid, neverending triangle bullshit alive. Because once it`s done, Elena will have reason to hate Damon (but still love him) and will have reeled poor Stefan into it who had almost escaped. And she will have fallen for him again, too. Meaning, same cycle all over again. Hooray.
rheasilvia
Feb. 8th, 2014 02:52 pm (UTC)
I stopped watching TVD when Alaric died, and have never been sorry. I think if I'd kept watching, I'd be hating every character by now.

Meaning, same cycle all over again. Hooray.

The thing about TVD is: It is a soap opera. Sure, it has vampires and witches and all that, but in the end, it will always be about characters breaking up and getting back together, cheating on each other, and drumming up silly relationship drama from thin air. There will be twins and doppelgangers, believed-dead plotlines, and all manner of other silliness along the way, but all that is just a distraction. In the end, it is about the soapy relationship drama, with Elena, Stefan and Damon at the center of an eternal love triangle.

So yeah. Same cycle all over again. It won't stop as long as this show is on air.
astri13
Feb. 8th, 2014 03:38 pm (UTC)
In the end, it is about the soapy relationship drama, with Elena, Stefan and Damon at the center of an eternal love triangle.

It just used to be so much better written. Even if the triangle was at the center, the larger stories surrounding it were interesting, full of surprising twists, quick-paced and have decent character-development with great scenes between individual characters.

All of that is gone now.
mareen
Feb. 7th, 2014 07:30 pm (UTC)
So it got worse?? I was wondering if I should maybe start to catch up, but I take it I shouldn't bother.
astri13
Feb. 7th, 2014 07:45 pm (UTC)
This Season completely blows in my opinion. None of the stories come together, the new characters suck (including the twenty million doppelgangers of predictability) and the old ones are getting butchered.

Sure, I liked Elena much better in earlier Seasons and I loved early Season 1-Damon. In early Season 1. And if I want to watch that character, I can pop in a DVD. I don`t want or need the writers to snap their fingers, erase the last 4.5 years and make a re-do of Season 1, just much lamer.

Katherine was never nice but she also was never pathetic. Now she is the most pathetic person in the entirety of Mystic Falls. And there is some steep competition to beat out.

The only thing that remotely works is Stefan`s epic love for Damon right now. Theirs is the only relationship I care about. Sigh.
mareen
Feb. 8th, 2014 05:50 am (UTC)
I honestly don't remember when I stopped watching, this season or sometime last??? Tells you something about how much I miss it. When I stopped, it had already gotten unwatchable for me because like SN they continue to repeat their storylines over and over again. I also stopped watching SN, and haven't seen anything of this season. I follow up on what is happening on it now and then but I don't feel as if I'm missing anything because I seem to have seen it all before.

I wonder about starting The Originals though, but then I hardly manage to watch the shows I actually watch atm. And I promised the BF to catch up on The Walking Dead so we can watch it together when it returns later this year.
We also plan to watch True Detective together, so I had to stop watching that, dammit! I absolutely loved the first episode. lol Honestly though, the only show right now I actually look forward to every week is Teen Wolf.

astri13
Feb. 8th, 2014 02:05 pm (UTC)
When I stopped, it had already gotten unwatchable for me because like SN they continue to repeat their storylines over and over again.

I didn`t have this problem with TVD up to starting Season 4 but by then recreating and resetting the triangle really got on my nerves. "Elena makes a choice about which brother she loves. Again."

Unfortunately this year even the stories surrounding it suck.

I also stopped watching SN, and haven't seen anything of this season. I follow up on what is happening on it now and then but I don't feel as if I'm missing anything because I seem to have seen it all before.

SPN has been cannibalizing its own canon and stories for years. I mean, the third showrunner and still it remains the same song, how uncanny is that?

I liked one episode this year which I think was the first episode ever in the entire show where the brothers had no contact whatsoever and completely split screentime. Poor Cas being stuck in awkward bonding scenes with Sam wasn`t my cuppa but the general principle of it, I loved. Never ever have them together again and this could be something.

I wonder about starting The Originals though, but then I hardly manage to watch the shows I actually watch atm.

I know the problems but the Originals has really been unexpected fun for me.

Honestly though, the only show right now I actually look forward to every week is Teen Wolf.

That`s where I am as well.
dahlia94
Feb. 7th, 2014 10:08 pm (UTC)
I'm nodding so hard at the moment you won't believe!

Teen Wolf is the only show that I'm actively seeking, watching promos and ETC...

The Tomorrow People is, erm watchable!! 'if only John is the center!!

I haven't watched The Originals, mainly because I was kinda sick of TVD, but I'll give it a try :P


Thank God Teen Wolf is currently rocking so hard. :D
astri13
Feb. 8th, 2014 02:08 pm (UTC)
The Tomorrow People is, erm watchable!! 'if only John is the center!!

He is just so much better, more interesting, charismatic and all around good than Stephen and especially Cara.

I haven't watched The Originals, mainly because I was kinda sick of TVD, but I'll give it a try :P

Like TVD back in Season 1, it doesn`t immediately start with fireworks but I was very pleasantly surprised how it developed.

Thank God Teen Wolf is currently rocking so hard. :D

Don`t know what those writers have been smoking for 3.B but I hope they pass it around to other shows. *g*
melitta4ever
Feb. 8th, 2014 01:57 am (UTC)
I haven't watched a vampire show since Angel, so can't comment on that.
But. ... on tw... Holy moon! They rock like whoa! I started it as a guilty pleasure (like dr sexy md) but it turned out such a good show.
astri13
Feb. 8th, 2014 02:10 pm (UTC)
But. ... on tw... Holy moon! They rock like whoa! I started it as a guilty pleasure (like dr sexy md) but it turned out such a good show.

I`m flabbergasted. But in a good way. :)
leelust
Feb. 8th, 2014 02:07 am (UTC)
Don't watch vamps (both shows) but ITA about TP - WTF! Use John more! It's the only interesting sl anyway, imo. Him and Jed.
astri13
Feb. 8th, 2014 02:10 pm (UTC)
If John was the main character, it could be 100 % improved. Especially with his juicy relationship with Jed. I don`t really care about the Flounder.
leelust
Feb. 8th, 2014 06:42 pm (UTC)
Nooo! IF John would be the lead and his r-ship with Jed was main priority then their conflict with Founder would be a lot interesting!
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