You may remember the 2000 film Bring it On starring Kirsten Dunst and Eliza Dushku, or maybe you don’t. The episode was basically about two rival cheerleading teams fighting to compete at the National Cheerleading Championships, and bringing home the trophy. Kirsten played the captain of the Rancho Verde Torros who had taken over the team as captain her senior year, not knowing all of their cheer routines were stolen. Gabrielle Union played the captain of the East Compton Clovers. The very team the previous Torro captain, Big Red, stole routines from. While the Torros were from a wealthy school district, the Clovers were from an impoverished one. This Cinderella story was about how one team beat the odds to win, and the other learned a valuable lesson in teamwork. Tonight’s episode of The Vampire Diaries was not that.
Caroline is the captain of the Mystic Falls Timberwolves cheerleading team, but her battle was with a fellow cheerleader, not a rival team. Since all the “food” in town is tainted with vervain thanks to Mayor Hopkins, Elena figured out she’s solve all of her problems (the Salvatores, boredom, and hunger) by joining the cheerleading team just in time for a major competition. This one act made everyone believe she was moving on, and allowed Elena the opportunity to feed on out of towners. Gone is the girl who cries and gets kidnapped, and in her place is a manipulative, blunt, ballsy, and badass bitch. No Emotion Elena (NEE) is the vampire I hoped for when Elena first turned. She’s enjoying life, having fun, and doesn’t put up with crap from anyone. Unfortunately, this Elena is quickly turning off her friends. Well, maybe not Damon. (More…)