Episode 2.09 TVD – “Katerina” or “Werewolves and Witches and Warlocks, Oh My!” (11/16/2010)

It’s really getting crowded in Mystic Falls.  And complicated.

This curse of the Sun and the Moon stuff – all the information surrounding it – is making my head explode.  It’s a lot to keep track of, and frankly, I am now watching TVD with notebook and pen in hand!

I think I get most of it.  The original curse causes limitations on both vampires and werewolves.  Vampires can only come out at night (unless they have a certain charm that allows them to walk around in the sun).   Werewolves are limited to a single night of full power during a full moon.

And it appears that in order to break the curse – at least if you are a vampire – you need the moonstone, another vampire, a werewolf, a witch and some very specific blood – from the Petrova doppelganger.

This is not your regular, everyday, run-of-the-mill, teenage problem, people.  Let’s not forget, this is a show about kids in high school.   We never had problems like this when I was in high school!  But we did have problems – not so different from teenagers today.

And that brings me to how interesting it is to me that each of these mythical creatures represents “teenage angst” in one form or another so very well.

I beg your indulgence here – this is nostalgic for me.   I am 57 years old so it’s been a while since I was a teenager.  Certain things about the experience I remember vividly – other things, I’d honestly rather forget.

Vampires strike me as the kids who wanted power but were passive-aggressive about it.  In fact, Damon kind of reminds me of “Eddie Haskell” on “Leave It to Beaver”.  I don’t know if you remember this show, or have even seen it (do they show it on TVLand?) but Eddie Haskell was a rascal.  He was as polite at they come with an adult around (“That’s a lovely dress you’re wearing, Mrs. Cleaver.”) but once they turned their backs, he was a nasty punk.  The kind of kid who’d trip you as you walked down the hall and then stand there leaning against the wall with an innocent look on his face.   They tend to be loners, for obvious reasons.

There are female “Eddie Haskells” too.  They put on a polite, mature face when adults are around, but otherwise, they are controlling, as only girls can be.  Like Katherine, cross them, and they will make sure your life miserable.  They won’t “kill your whole family and everyone you care about” – but they can destroy friendships and leave you isolated.  They are the “Mean Girls” who never grew out of the power trip of “I won’t be your friend anymore.”

Werewolves are the jocks.  All physical.  Some of them actually have “anger-management” issues, and athletics is a good place to channel all that negative energy.  Although the stereotype is that they are often not too bright, I don’t believe they are any less intelligent than any other type of kid – they’ve just got all that physical energy and they are bursting with it.  Hard to pick up a book and sit quietly and read or study when you’ve got that much energy flowing through you.  Unfortunately, they only get a few opportunities to actually let that energy out.  Games usually only happen once a week.  (Werewolves only get one night a month!)  I’m in Texas, so I’m thinking football here, but it could be basketball or baseball – there’s always a sport in any season!  Still, the games are weekly – the rest of the time, if you’re not in practice, you have to find a way to control that energy, and that usually doesn’t happen.  The energy manifests itself in all kinds of inappropriate ways.  (Picture Tyler kicking the trash can!)

Witches (and probably Warlocks) are the oddballs.  When I was in school, these were the kids who were “sensitive” or “artistic” or often just “brilliant”.  Well, I recognize that now.  Back when I was in school, I’m sure I thought they were just weird.  It took me 6 years in the advertising industry to recognize that people who are highly creative see the world in a much different way than most people.  And most people have no idea what they are talking about.  So they label them as oddballs, or eccentric, or weird.  It’s a shame really, because these are the people who come to the table with solutions to problems by virtue of the fact that they don’t see the world the way the rest of us do.  They see the possibilities. Unfortunately, they are often mistreated – teased – bullied.  Some are strong enough to ignore that and keep on going.  Others – often those without a support network – decide they will never fit in and can’t face life on those terms.

But in Mystic Falls, I don’t think our “teenage misfits” have to worry about support networks.  What I really like is how they have all come together to face this curse crisis.

Damon and Stefan are getting along, and Damon seems to have embraced Rose (literally and figuratively).  Caroline is relating to Damon in a whole new way now that she’s not just a ditz!  And she’s even buddying up with Stefan.  Caroline is also becoming a close friend to Tyler, and lord knows this kid needs a friend!  Even Bonnie – ever wary of vampires – has been more willing to become an ally of Stefan, Damon and Caroline.  Tyler has opened up to Caroline , and Caroline has been very kind to him.  Jeremy has stepped up his game to a whole new level.  He started out as something of a drugged out lost boy, and he’s turning into a mighty warrior.

And all this is because they are rallying around Elena.  I had a friend like Elena in school.  She was pretty, smart, kind, and talented in many different areas.  And very independent.  But I am sure if she ever gave a hint that she needed help, all the vampires, werewolves, witches and warlocks that I went to school with would have ignored their differences and rallied around her in a New York minute.

Yes, it’s getting crowded and complicated in Mystic Falls, but something tells me these kids can handle it.


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