POC of the Vampire Diaries: Abby Bennett
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As Neo-Prodigy aptly pointed out in an email to me, the only reason we watch TVD now is for the train wreck factor. And Lord Almighty is the wreckage level high.
I'm actually a huge fan of Persia White; always have been. In addition to portraying the infamous Lynn on Girlfriends, she was also in the first episode of Buffy and in the second season of Angel. She's the frontwoman for industrial rock band XEO3, and her debut solo album Mecca was released on Halloween of 2009.
On The Vampire Diaries (a career choice which made me cringe, by the way), Persia portrays Abby Bennett, mother of Bonnie Bennett, daughter of Sheila Bennett, and descendant of Emily Bennett. I was actually going to wait to do a few other POC characters before her, but in light of recent epic fail, she got bumped to the head of the line.
Abby is a powerful witch, as Bennetts tend to be. But she left her husband and daughter when Bonnie was about three, and resurfaces when Bonnie seeks out her help about fourteen years later. Don't ask too much, because Abby's backstory is bullshit. I estimate it took some CW hack about three minutes to scribble it down and turn it in, where it was approved in 10 seconds or less.
But anyway, she comes back to help her daughter help the vampire brothers Damon and Stefan take out the vampire Klaus. Because the Bennett mother-daughter connection is necessary for the spell to kill all the Original Vampires - and because Elena's been conveniently captured by Klaus's siblings - the only way to save Elena is to sever the mother-daughter connection.
Which brings us to the dead Negro portion of the evening...hence the bumping of Abby Bennett to the front of the line.
In this 'verse, you can't be both a witch and a vampire, so Damon forces his blood down Abby's throat and then snaps her neck. He does so completely without warning, without prior consent, and actually has the gall to say, "It'll only hurt for a second."
So now Bonnie's mourning her mother...after just getting her back.
I am still a fan of the vampire Caroline, now more than ever. In addition to being the brave, compassionate, heroic woman she has become, she's also increasingly turning into a voice of reason.
When Elena comes to give Bonnie her condolences, Bonnie doesn't want to see her. Elena, however, insists she wants to come in, so Caroline physically bars her from entering. She bluntly points out that whenever Bonnie stands by Elena, Bonnie's the one who keeps getting hurt (amongst others), not Elena.
Keep in mind, no one has ever stood up for Bonnie like this (not outside her family, anyway). Caroline was already a favorite of mine; I don't know how much more I can possibly love this character because she is an official bad-ass woman, a rare sight on the CW. She's always the one taking the risks, going on recon, and standing by/defending the innocent. Up until now, only the witches (and Elena's brother Jeremy) seemed to give two shits about the innocent, much less even remember they were there.
I was just telling Neo that it's like the Buffy alumni working behind the scenes finally stepped up to the plate and served a friggin' purpose! What took so long????
the vampire Rebekah.
Rebekah is one of the Original Vampires. She's over 1000 years old, and upon arriving in Mystic Falls she's not impressed with Elena and quite frankly, doesn't understand what the big deal is about her. Right there, she caught my attention.
But in this episode where Abby dies because Elena's being held hostage, Rebekah points out that everyone has the "annoying" tendency to "bend over backwards" just protect Elena. I didn't originally care one way or the other for Rebekah initially, but when she went off about that, all I could think was the Bitchin' Blondes of the show were finally going off, saying everything which should've been said back in Season 1. So now Rebekah has a soft place in my heart as well...but she is no Caroline.
These two have earned a moment as Honorary Sistahs, because they're the only ones keeping it real right now.