A Sashurai’s Review: The Originals – Season 4×05 (This will literally become a thorn in their side)

TO 4x05

 

SUMMARY

Klaus and Marcel both encounter the hollow posing as characters they loathe and are compelled to kill the other. Meanwhile, Freya gives Klaus the dagger that was forged to kill Marcel. Elijah and Hayley take hope to Mary who, after finding out about the snake-symbol reveals that her husband was responsible for the deaths of Hayley’s parents under the influence of the hollow. Sofya enlists the help of a witch who helps Marcel manage the hallucinations but ultimately, Klaus and Marcel meet within an empty home and battle. Elijah and Freya break through the ward on the house but Marcel subdues Elijah. Klaus, realizing what the hollow wants breaks Marcel’s neck rendering him unconscious. Marcel is placed under the same warded cell Klaus had previously occupied with a warning from Elijah that if Marcel interferes in Klaus’s road to redemption, bad things will happen. At the empty house, Sofya and the witch witness a thorny vine grow from a puddle of Marcel’s blood signifying it’s power to kill an original is cut by it. Sofya plans an unknown revenge of her own against the Mikaelsons.

 

INITIAL THOUGHTS

This wasn’t the time to end either Klaus or Marcel which gave the anxiety of their fight little merit. Nevertheless, The Originals regains ground by solidifying the potential of their ghostly adversary, an entity trapped between worlds and darker than anything they’ve faced before. Klaus’s redemption is all but certain given Elijah’s haunting message to Marcel, who firmly believes in his brother’s safety and ability to change for the good. Some moments came unexpectedly, mostly dealing with Freya’s feelings toward Keelin and Hayley’s past connected to the hollow, but otherwise a solid episode built on fear and loss of control.

 

THE GOOD

While Marcel’s journey into committing murder against Klaus wasn’t as affective, Klaus dealing with his estranged “father” was much more gratifying. The history of hate shared by Klaus and Michael dated back to the old days when Klaus was still a child. Watching Klaus try and fool the hollow only to commit accidental deaths of nearby humans was just an inkling of the hollow’s true power, yet it’s true motives appear to be shrouded. Klaus is in every way a turning into a tragic hero who has more to lose than ever before. Strategy still plays a heavy role in his heart, but it’s easy to see how heavy that heart can get when under the harsh condition of love and loyalty.

 

THE BAD

Creating new relationships can be difficult depending on external circumstances and while Freya and Keelin are exploring their feelings it’s odd that they both suddenly showed those feelings at the same time in the same way. Keelin really shouldn’t be falling for Freya so suddenly after being kidnapped and held against her will. I can see Freya wanting to build something but there was no indication that she was attracted to her until just now and it just poured out so nonchalantly. If anything, this will give Freya someone to hold onto but then have to deal with loss because, if you’re not a main or supporting character on this show and you’re in love in with a main or supporting character, that character is going to likely die. Even Camille wasn’t safe and Elijah has lost everyone he ever cared about which makes Hayley the safest bet he ever had.

 

FAVORITE MOMENT

When Klaus confronted the hollow only to lose and realize he killed three humans. That was a strong “oh crap” moment for the original Mikaelson who tried to fool the hollow into thinking he was willing to kill Marcel too easily. Plus it’s Michael, or at least the actor and having alumni characters appear is always a plus. They still have good chemistry after all this time.

 

CHARACTER MVP

Klaus was the defining character who knew sparing Marcel was the key to postponing the return of the hollow in their dimension. Marcel of course wasn’t really driven the way Klaus was to begin with, but the fact remains that Klaus has become more receptive and susceptible to the elements that make him feel and care for his family. In short, he’s beginning to trust those he keeps close to heart and that hasn’t been easy for him ever. Elijah spelled out the redemption Klaus is headed toward even if Marcel doesn’t believe in it. It’s safe to say one way or another Klaus will learn mercy and not just in a strategic way.

 

ENDING THOUGHTS

Is it really any surprise that Sofya is harboring a grudge against Klaus and the family? Using the hollow as a means to exact that vengeance is a very risky move considering what’s at stake, but we’ll know about what drives her hopefully in the next episode. The witch was obviously another acolyte of some sort, and it’s rather disconcerting that every new character we come into contact serves that hollow in one way or another.

 

Tying the hollow to Hayley’s past may be important to the plot, but I feel that they’re reaching too hard to put Hayley on the important list of characters destined to have legitimacy in the Mikaelson world. What does spark interest is whether the hollow has natural enemies within the werewolves or if they just happen to be Hayley’s parents regardless of their supernatural background. Right now, it’s too easily connected and quite forceful as it stands.

 

If the weed can kill an original and it still needs a powerful character to usurp for its arrival, I’d say it stands to reason one of the Mikaelsons may be killed to see this happen. Considering Elijah and Hayley are talking about their future together, jeans and all, I’d say he’s the highest bet. When two people in love don’t suffer any conflict on TV one of them is bound for an eternal sleep and Elijah has been the strongest supporting character on this show. Imagine Klaus’s grief if his brother were to die to being the hollow into the world. That’d be good television.

 

Bit of an off-note, but what exactly was young Klaus planning on painting with that huge brush and little canvas? It was a good moment to showcase how innocent and wondrous he was even under the thrall of Michael, but it’s not like he actually pulled the sword out of that man’s gut. Michael was vicious from day one, but he also knew where Klaus came from.

 

OVERALL SCORE

7 out of 10. Klaus and Marcel fought for their survival only realizing at the end the hollow’s plan to raise itself through their deaths. Klaus’s journey continues to thrive and show how willing he is to trust and be humble while Marcel doesn’t believe it for a second. Now the tables have turned on both kings as Hayley starts to connect events in her lineage to the hollow. Sofya’s motivation is now known which will begin our second piece of this arc as the hollow gains more support. Michael’s cameos were the highlights of tonight’s episode as we dealt with Klaus’s fears directly. Inserting an age-old enemy never before seen into the history of our characters never goes truly smoothly, but with any luck we’ll get some more missing pieces and allow for the journey of the Mikaelsons and crew to come full circle, that looks like a snake eating itself. The sooner this hollow gets to human form, the sooner they can kill it. Thanks for reading.

 

 

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A Sashurai’s Review: Supernatural – Season 12×18 (That one time you don’t answer yes when asked if you’re a god)

SN 12x18

 

SUMMARY

Ketch posing as Mick online sends Sam and Dean to Wisconsin to investigate the disappearance of a local. While they’re out, he and a team comb through the bunker for information on the brothers and leave bugs for recording. Meanwhile, Sam and Dean discover the god of sacrifice had until recently been used to make and keep a family rich for over a hundred years while being captured and fed humans once a year. The Winchesters find the Sheriff who is the most recent member has been against this but his half-brother continued the tradition and allowed the god to escape. Together, they foil the half-brother and use the colt to destroy the god. Afterward, Sam and Dean wonder what legacy they will leave on the world as Ketch listens from his base of operations holding a picture of Mary, whom he’s grown attached to.

 

INITIAL THOUGHTS

Creepy and charming in its own right, Supernatural tells of human collaboration with evil creatures in exchange for money and power, a tale as old as Faust. The satyr might have been an interesting choice, but didn’t serve much more than a quiet heavy breather that remained faceless for the entire plot. A true boogeyman in every sense, Sam and Dean utilized their most valuable weapon and did away with the monster proving yet again that the colt is designed to wipe away powerful entities with a single bullet. The road to a final strike again the Men of Letters is drawing closer but with Ketch’s subterfuge it’s likely Mary who will find out before her sons do. Other than some highlights in conversation and a rather uplifting ending for the brothers, there wasn’t much to save this episode from its own forgetful fate.

 

THE GOOD

The sheriff was an interesting choice to keep in the realm of good considering where his family history had put him. He certainly didn’t abuse the relationship with the satyr but didn’t do anything to provoke it either. Any person willing to turn away from greed with a powerful god would probably be left with a hefty job of maintaining a low profile and staying introverted. This lent to the growing theme that not everything is black and white in the eyes of the Winchesters anymore and someone like Ketch likely would have put an end to the sheriff much as he has in previous episodes.

 

THE BAD

Logistically, the god of sacrifice was too easily captured and too easily kept under lock and key. Without any prior knowledge with how the satyr was put in a cage, it seemed poorly written that such a creature would have a tough time staying put or at the very least without help from other gods of its kin. If they left the “god of” concept out of the research, it would have been much easier to believe a creature was tricked or lured into the trap considering its need for human blood. It seemed like more of an excuse to put the colt back in action so we don’t forget about it.

 

Dean’s one-off with the waitress felt very thrown in as a cliché to keep us remembering that food and women are always at the top of Dean’s mind. I thought it was going to reveal some evil plan the satyr was playing on him, but the two never connected that way. It wasn’t even put there as a red-herring, just a standard one-night stand that Sam rolled his eyes about the next day. We know Dean gets around, no need to remind us if it doesn’t enhance the plot.

 

FAVORITE MOMENT

Nothing really popped out as a favorite moment. I think if anything, Ketch’s obsession with Mary is staying on the front to keep us looped in on how dark things may get so his staring at the picture at the end was very ominous. This may be what we need to verify that his intentions are and always have been of a darker place. He won’t be redeemable and Mary may be forced to kill him, an act I can see her having no trouble with. But if Dr. Hess tells Ketch to kill her, well then we’ll see what he’s all about. I’ll also say that Sam and Dean chiseling their initials into the desk was a fond moment meant to be cherished.

 

CHARACTER MVP

I’d give it to the sheriff for the same reasons stated above. As a minor character he didn’t succumb to a tradition of evil his bloodline set on him and that takes a lot to go against to remain objectively good. It’s just ironic that a satyr which is naturally influential by historical standards wasn’t able to influence him to keep killing. I guess he was missing his flute.

 

ENDING THOUGHTS

Was it necessary to show us an additional scene with the second kid who was taken and placed in the freezer? It was essentially meant to introduce us to the god itself, but they could have done that at any point. In fact, considering they never really put the god in any actual light would have made his presence that much more creepier if they waited until Dean saw him to show us for the first time.

 

The bug under the table was a horrible place and one that should be easily found. There are many different hidden locations they could have put it and considering the thorough atmosphere they showcased, that seemed very poorly handled by Ketch, who may have been distracted by the picture of Mary, but still. It better be found by the next episode.

 

I almost want to see an entire episode of Castiel going through his events as he’s still drifting away from the Winchesters. His place in the world is murky but it would be cool if somehow he encountered Azmodeus and had to do something to get his bearings straight before returning to his friends.

 

It would also be a clever ruse if Mary was busy gathering other hunters under the radar of Ketch and the men of letters. If somehow, she’s already aware with how shady the group is and is taking steps in helping take them out by going and finding all the American hunters. She’s always been resourceful, but this would take it to a whole new level if done right.

 

OVERALL SCORE

6 out of 10. Basic campy atmosphere with a god-like character that should have been more powerful than they let on. Ketch is studying his enemy rather than destroying them outright, which they could have done given how easy it was to break into the bunker. Much of this plot felt like a filler within a filler, creating scenes that never really go anywhere or enhance the basic formula of man’s obsession with money and power and the lengths they’ll go to to seize it. Whether Ketch is truly chaotic in an evil way isn’t explicitly shown, but steps are being taken to show he’s enamored with Mary which should prove to be his downfall if he doesn’t switch sides by this season’s end. Thanks for reading.

 

 

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A Sashurai’s Review: The Originals – Season 4×04 (Taking Blue Light Special to a whole new level)

TO 4x04

SUMMARY

Hayley, Klaus, Freya, and Elijah return to New Orleans and meet Vincent, but he’s unable to cleanse Hope of her illness. When Detective Kinney is found to be allied with the group worshiping what becomes known as “The Hollow” Vincent and Elijah confront him and attempt to locate the missing kids. Meanwhile, Hayley and Marcel visit the bayou and find a member of the group who is a werewolf of the crescent moon pack. Once allied with the group, she takes her life having regretted the path she took in service to The Hollow. After meeting up in the woods, Hayley, Marcel, Klaus, Elijah, and Vincent search for the group and the missing kids while Freya and Keelin break into Marcel’s home in search for his venom. At night, the group is found and killed including Kinney however Marcel and Klaus are lured within a burning circle as their bodies unknowingly become anchors to The Hollow. Vincent transfers the spell holding the kids into Elijah and temporarily kills him to free everyone including Hope. However, after everyone is seemingly relieved at stopping The Hollow Marcel comes to realize he is affected as Hope sees her father is also affected by The Hollow.

INITIAL THOUGHTS

This show certainly knows how to build up it’s cliffhangers with the current music these days. The Originals embarks on manifesting the new big-bad and now it has a name, but does it have a human form that can be killed? Like all powerful forces, this may be a simple case of creating a mortal coil and destroying it to eliminate the threat, but for now we have to contend with Marcel and Klaus, the two more powerful characters on the show and suffer an unseen wrath barely glimpsed by Hope herself. Freya’s subplot was the only sore thumb on this episode keeping to seems like a blood oath toward killing Marcel, an act that coincidentally everyone may need to stop him as he grows more evil in the future. The Mikaelsons are back in town, and I suspect they won’t be going anywhere for the remainder of the season. Another build-up episode to mark the coming of a spiritual evil that is worshipped by some, and feared by the rest. Outside of a few tender moments it was a very run-of-the-mill episode containing a bit more of that soft Klaus. The bad Klaus will probably be making an appearance sooner than we think.

THE GOOD

The introduction to the Hollow is a slow burn, but so far we understand that innocence isn’t what it needs to anchor into the real world but real powerful entities such as Klaus and Marcel. What that entails for the future we can’t be certain as they may still have free reign over their normal personalities and decisions, but deep down, something will compel them to commit horrific acts or at the very least serve as conduits to The Hollow itself which we still don’t know is a single force or a team of evil things. This has a very similar vibe to the last season of TVD where Damon and Enzo were essentially “controlled” by the siren to do their bidding and feed her so they could become more powerful and walk the earth plane. If The Hollow wants to exist in a vessel, it will be interesting to see if it claims Marcel, Klaus or someone new we haven’t seen yet. Vincent is a candidate too since he’s been taken over by spirits before. All in all, situations like this will cause characters to question their loyalties and undermine the situation, which is what compels dramas like these.

THE BAD

Introducing groups and killing them all off in a single episode doesn’t lend much credibility in the force they’re serving, or the people themselves. No names or backstories or anything to tie us into caring much about the conflict put in the episode. At least Hayley had a moment with the werewolf lady, Laura, but even then we’re given so little go on and then she just dies by her own hand. For much of this episode, everyone had a one-track mind and the only real emotional elements were once gain Klaus’s uplifting words to Hope and Hayley asking Elijah that they need to change their ways about putting family first no matter who gets hurt. This show needs more of that personal conflict, and not just a group of vampires and witches on a single mission to lay waste to all that stands in their way. Without that emotional conflict, they’re just shells with dull lines spoken repeatedly. Vincent is the only character so far that will be animated no matter what he does and at least that keeps him more entertaining than the rest of the cast.

FAVORITE MOMENT

Probably the final moment of the episode. Marcel’s vision of the glass cracking mixed with Hope aimlessly wandering the Mikaelson home and seeing her father’s blue eyes was a haunting glimpse into what’s to come. Two kings of the city suffering the same ill affects of a powerful entity and so far there’s little they can do about it but absorb its will and manifest it however it wants. Hope seems to understand what’s happening enough to probably tell her mother and the others what’s happening, assuming she’s not lured into some state where she can’t help at all. It was a nice closing segment to end the episode.

CHARACTER MVP

Vincent had some quick thinking and the most emotional outbreak after losing his friend, Kinney. He’s lost a lot and continues to try and fight the good fight in hopes the city is protected by the right people. At the heart of his cause lies a dangerous truth that he’s still responsible for this Hollow’s presence and may be tied to it closer than we think. He’s putting in the best effort he can and for that, he’s the MVP tonight.

ENDING THOUGHTS

Is Laura’s suicide a sign of more werewolves returning to rectify Hayley’s absence? It makes me think the wolves will make some sort of play since they’ve been given so little to do over the seasons but it would be nice if they had more to offer as they seem to be the one element that’s the least affected by New Orleans and its inner turmoil.

We’re into episode 4 and we’re still given only the smallest of abilities that lie within Hope. Even as a newborn, she had more abilities than what she’s been capable of so far in this season. I’m not expecting the phoenix force to rise out of her or anything, but at some point she has to be the circulating factor that puts an end to all the evil surrounding this city. Everything should point to that unless there’s other cards at play we don’t know about yet.

It would also be interesting to see how far back this Hollow dates itself. Klaus never heard of it and he’s arguably the oldest character this show has ever had notwithstanding other spirits and characters like Silas and other villains of TVD. I think we should be treated with another flashback that deals with the origin of this force once we fully understand what its there to do and how its going to manifest once it takes human form, because all shapeless characters need human form, and a snarky sarcastic attitude.

Hayley asking Elijah what he was prepared to do is an interesting tease to their first real struggle as a couple. If he’s unwavering in his loyalty and stalwart sense of protection, than they may reach an impasse when he’s forced to once again make a hard decision, one that she may not be comfortable with. Just don’t force it and make it feel manufactured. They’re fine a couple right now and do care for each other, that much and get and support. Breaking them up is a normal process for shows like this, but do it so it make sense. So far, I get it and it’s fine. He’s less likely to change unless his character has some more growth to go through.

OVERALL SCORE

6 out of 10.  The Originals doesn’t score too high tonight as the breadcrumbs they followed led to a rather lack-luster climax and a new promise to convert the two more powerful characters into puppets of a stronger evil. Freya’s subplot will either be a significant problem pitting sister against other family members, or the very thing they need to battle an overtaken Marcel who as of now can only visualize what’s happening to him. Klaus himself may already have a better clue since he at least “tried” to ignore the blue light, only failing to do so because Marcel is an idiot. The next arc in this season is taking shape quickly which is a good thing since we don’t have a lot of time to handle this show’s likely final storyline. More weight needs to be added mixed with hard decisions and emotional dilemmas. The more anger and neck-snaps there are, the better this season will get once The Hollow becomes fully realized. Until next week. Thanks for reading.

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A Sashurai’s Review: Supernatural – Season 12×17 (That’s what we call a…Ketch 22)

SN 12x17

 

SUMMARY

In a flashback, a young Mick Davies murders his classmate under a test given by his headmistress, Dr. Hess. In the present, Sam and Dean continue to track Kelly Kline along with the help of fellow hunter, Eileen Leahy. Mick becomes aware and is once more fighting his code to eliminate her on sight. Meanwhile, Lucifer pretends to give in to his subjugation to Crowley and convinces a demon to try and disarm the spell within his vessel. Elsewhere, after Ketch and Mary finish a mission, they sleep together with Mary declaring no strings attached. When Kelly is fooled into returning to the doctor who performed her check-up, she is taken by Dean to a remote location. Mick arrives with a men of letters cohort, Renny Rollins. Together, they argue over what to do with Kelly as Dagon arrives to take her away. As Dagon escapes with Kelly in custody, Eileen accidentally shoots and kills Rollins using the colt. Distraught over the incident, Eileen returns to Ireland as Sam and Dean contemplate their next move. Afterward, Mick returns to his base of operations and is confronted by Dr. Hess who plans to judge and eliminate Sam and Dean herself. Mick refuses to cooperate with the code and is shot dead by Mr. Ketch. Dr. Hess then declares that all hunters are to be eliminated.

 

INITIAL THOUGHTS

Dark moments and certain death looms over the American hunters with a mixed bag of fraternization and a heavy emphasis on a future war between the hunters and the men of letters. Mick’s death marks the only real ally Sam and Dean had. While Ketch remains unquestionably loyal to his group, one wonders if his intimacy with Mary will fluctuate his own code when the time comes. Tonight’s Supernatural brought in a full maze of character arcs including some insight into Mick that showed how human he’s become over the years and what it ultimately cost him. Excellent episode with details for everyone minus Castiel who was the only missing member of this grand cast.

 

THE GOOD

Mick’s past was meant to bring out the most of his development and as a supporting character I think he was given an exit fitting of his stature. Granted an ally killed him, but in a way it was a circular story that started and ended with the code being the root of difference between the MOL and the hunters. Change is forbidden and Mick suffered first hand what that means regardless of one’s spotless record. He won’t be sorely missed, but he came through for the most part by not giving in to the order he was brought up by. Now that he’s gone, there will truly be a wall between both sides with the exception of Mary who may or may not become Ketch’s target. What’s important here is not knowing what Ketch himself is capable of. Right now it’s easy to see, but the future could get murky for the assassin.

 

Good job bringing back Eileen and giving another solo hunter some screentime in a world where most hunters are being taken out little by little. I can’t imagine them utilizing her much more this season, but if the hunters do join forces I’ve no doubt she’ll be among them fighting the good fight. It’s no secret, she and Sam share some kinship that Dean can recognize and borderline flirtatious. For now I’d say it’s a show of respect, even if Sam gets teased about it. He cares about what happens to her and that shouldn’t be any secret.

 

THE BAD

If Crowley is being fooled by Lucifer, this won’t be a good sign for what’s to come. I’d like to believe that Crowley is in fact always two or ten steps ahead of Lucifer’s hidden agenda including knowing when the devil is faking submission. We won’t know the answer to that until Lucifer is freed from his prison. None of Lucifer and Crowley’s scenes seemed relatively important to showcase tonight, but it was good to see an episode that showcased near everyone.

 

Kelly and Dagon’s scenes didn’t lend toward much in the way of caring about either. Kelly must face a realization that giving birth means certain death and Dagon nearly throws that fact in her face. It puts Kelly in a very scared place, but it’s a farcry from understanding what her options are. She simply has none because her love for the nephilim will bring ruin as the men of letters professed. Dagon is certainly under Lucifer’s thrall regardless of the role she played long ago and as such doesn’t hold a candle to old yellow eyes himself. She’s not interesting and probably won’t become interesting in the future. It’s time to get rid of the third prince of hell already.

 

FAVORITE MOMENT

When Mr. Ketch killed Mick. I think we all knew it was coming but it still stung a little to see Ketch follow the code to methodically. I’m not certain such ways about control through plain and simple murder makes sense in a world fashioned by the men of letters, but rules are rules. Ketch is still as cold-blooded as ever, but hopefully we’ll see more of his character standout. He did fumble with his words when Mary made it clear their session meant nothing substantial.

 

CHARACTER MVP

Mick made the most change and effort and lost his life because of it. It sucks but it counts and he deserves the MVP tonight. As much as Eileen handled herself in the episode, she was still more of a background character. Mick was given a flashback and a struggle that he overcame by defying the order that made him who he was. When I first saw his character, this was the last thing I expected to see and that was conflict within the men of letters. He’s the only one to showcase that conflict and unless Ketch has issues, he may be the only one that we see in this position from this point on.

 

ENDING THOUGHTS

With only a handful of episodes left I wonder if the last prince of hell will make an appearance at all. He could be held off as a season 13 villain, and I wouldn’t mind it so much, but these days the princes aren’t little more than a rambunctious threat with monster telekinetic abilities. The colt can put an end to them easily. Let’s put in some more thought and menace into the last prince of hell please.

 

The nephilim birth and the invasion of the men of letters are slowly converging which means one or the other will have to be settled first and not likely at the same time. I’m hopeful that the nephilim will either annihilate Dr. Hess and her group or everyone will have to become super-awesome allies and fight together, but that doesn’t sound like this show will incorporate that kind of teamwork. Sam and Dean will quickly discover what happened to Mick and all hell, figuratively will break loose.

 

Mary sleeping with Ketch was…an interesting plot point. Certainly wasn’t truly expecting it, Mary has found a lot of focus with hunting, but we have no real idea what she was like in her younger days. Is she really looking for some kind of companionship outside of her struggle to be a mom and a hunter? Her sons will certainly disapprove of this and lately it’s been one disapproving decision after another. At least from Sam and Dean’s point of view, this will be a hassle to understand and Ketch will be the first to shoot first and shoot second and shoot third then ask questions, with a drink, minus the questions.

 

Notwithstanding the complexity of the men of letters and their historical backdrop, I’d like to see what other countries have fashioned over the decades to deal with their local monsters. Some monsters from other countries make their way into America, but there has to be similar groups like the hunters and MOL that battle them. The only odd thing to cover here is that ghosts are impossible to predict and eliminate from any country as a whole and England has to have them in abundance. How do they deal with ghosts in general? That’s a series in itself waiting to happen.

 

OVERALL SCORE

8 out of 10. Escalating doom is naturally what Supernatural strives for given there’s only 5 or 6 episodes remaining. Tonight, we focused on how the men of letters have brainwashed and corrupted people like Ketch and Mick to follow a strict code and only some of it has been undone by Sam and Dean’s intervention. The rest now falls on the brothers to make everything right and expel Dr. Hess and her group before Lucifer’s child lays waste to everyone. Will Kelly find a way to survive the birth or is her fate sealed. Eileen made a casual but welcome comeback and Ketch could be seen as playing both sides for his own benefit. If only he was a double-agent for something more sinister. If there’s an all out war planned I hope it happens sooner than later because all signs point to a bloody finale mixed with some reign of fire and Lucifer’s eventual escape. Wouldn’t it be funny if it turns out he was having a daughter instead of a son? I mean, how does he really know? Those angels. Thanks for reading.

 

 

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A Sashurai’s Review: The Originals – Season 4×03 (The sun can be orange, everyone loves orange)

TO 4x03

 

SUMMARY

Klaus and the others take up residence at Hayley’s home while Marcel and Vincent continue to search for the missing children. Klaus connects with Hope as Kol and Rebekah leave to find their own purpose. Hayley and Elijah allow Keelin to escape but Freya recaptures her and offers her a deal of freedom in exchange for scientific help on killing Marcel. Vincent and Marcel find the children but are attacked by a witch loyal to the dark force within New Orleans. After killing him, Vincent reverses the spell placed on the children only to find Hope is affected as well. Marcel allows the Mikaelsons to return to the city to cure her even though Klaus fears it may be a trap. As the children are taken to the hospital they are commandeered by Detective Will Kinney who appears to be under the influence of the dark force as well.

 

INITIAL THOUGHTS

It didn’t take long for some wretched element to force the oldest vampires back to their city, only this time they’ll be short a few siblings. The Originals widens the net and captures everyone into the same sinister plot involving a force directly tied to the city itself. The origin of the evil will prove fascinating as it’s always been about the city from day one. Klaus’s casual moments spent with his daughter are among the most sacred while Vincent’s past is shed one more layer revealing aspects of Eva we weren’t privy to before. Elijah and Hayley rekindle their romance which means one of them will probably be in danger soon because a show like this won’t keep too many relationships alive if not for the cyclical act of suffering to be had.

 

THE GOOD

Tender Klaus is a happy Klaus. What we have here is the beginning of his path to a peaceful and proper existence raising a daughter who wants to understand where she comes from. Much of the framework had been given to him by Hayley, and so far he’s staying true to Camilla’s words about being selfless and good. He’ll need help even from his enemies if he’s truly going to protect her and that will be one of the more interesting tests he goes through for the sake of saving Hope.

 

Vincent’s rough past with Eva now gives us some more explanation into the origin of the dark force, whatever it technically is. We now know he was going to be a father and whatever had control of him made him do things against his will and memory. Outside of that he’s very set on doing the right thing including saving Hope which will put him in Klaus’s good graces, assuming Klaus doesn’t believe it was a set up. Vincent has been a key player with good intentions toward the witch community and the citizens in general, and seeing what happened to Eva only makes his path that much more crowded in chaos than we knew. It’s starting to look more and more like he himself will become a sacrifice in some play later in the season.

 

THE BAD

Rebekah and Kol leaving the show once again isn’t so much as a surprise as it is a redundant foot note. There may simply not be enough plot to keep them around so excuses are made and they leave town to find themselves especially Rebekah who wants a family of some sort. How that will work is anyone’s guess, but if Hayley and Klaus can make it happen, I’m sure Rebekah will find a way too. Kol has issues and with Davina gone doesn’t have much of a place given he’s not at terrifyingly evil as he was once made out to be. Given his carefree attitude as of late I can’t imagine he’ll be taking on too many heroic quests in the near future, but hopefully Rebekah will keep him on track for the most part. It’s just a shame they may not be coming back much if at all and there’s no telling if this is in fact the final season or not.

 

FAVORITE MOMENT

I think it’s easily safe to say Klaus sharing those moments with Hope were particularly encouraging most specifically when they shared some acts of drawing. Having something to be good for is the first step in fighting for one’s self and Klaus rarely does anything good unless it’s in the favor of someone he cares for. It’s a beginning that will shift into something more central for him, but for now, his daughter is giving him all the “hope” he needs to be a good father. And as for the art, it was a generous way to bring them together so quickly and they needed to within the one day they had.

 

CHARACTER MVP

Vincent pulled a lot of weight this time around especially given the heartfelt anguish he felt when trying to save Eva only to mystically lose their child to the dark force that’s plaguing the city. If he tries to do too much he’ll probably lose more than he handle including having to once again explain that Adam is missing and may not survive what’s happening the second time around. If there’s a peaceful end, Vincent should be the one to find it, but more and more he’s suffering the fate of the martyr who just wants peace in his city.

 

ENDING THOUGHTS

So far, Hope is still being tied to a witch bloodline of some sort regardless of Hayley and Klaus’s hybrid lives. She’s shown to have mystical healing and an awareness of events surrounding her, but she too is just as afflicted as the other children. I wouldn’t expect her to go phoenix any time soon, but I do wonder if she’ll have a moment where her abilities burst out when Klaus or Hayley are put in danger and she witnesses it.

 

Freya is trying to secretly uncover a way to kill Marcel. The scientific approach is a little left field because it’s not a consistent aspect of the show. Magic and the supernatural should rarely be mixed in with scientific explanations and biological themes. If we dull down the microbiology of how being a vampire or a werewolf works, we lose some of the mysticism that shows like this provide. Freya may find this answer she needs, but it’ll seem a little cheap given her immense power already.

 

I expect Marcel, Klaus and Elijah to have one or two more fisticuffs before all is said and done. Maybe a few neck-snaps here and there for good measure. Once Klaus realizes Marcel isn’t behind Hope’s illness maybe they’ll bury the hatchet and move on to more pressing concerns. Marcel still may take a grand fall before this is all over, but for now, he’s settling on doing the right thing because he doesn’t want to see innocents hurt. Let’s just hope Klaus believes him from the get go.

 

I think it’s safe to say Kinney isn’t acting on his own accord. That could mean other humans may be easily swayed into working under the dark force, or if he is aware then the evil’s allies could be entirely numerous and unseen giving anyone free reign to be untrustworthy. Whatever the case may be, we’re likely to see more examples of this as time goes on and I’m guessing it will result in a major character death at some point before too long.

 

OVERALL SCORE

7 out of 10. It wasn’t going to take long for the Mikaelsons to return to New Orleans and with Hope in despair, the clock is ticking. There were some fascinating looks into Klaus’s passive performance and Vincent’s tragic past including some outward thinking from Freya, but there wasn’t anything truly captivating aside from what we found out about Eva. Kol and Rebekah leaving won’t do the show any favors but it will give Klaus and Elijah breathing room from their siblings and that’s two less Mikaelsons they have to worry about. Into the city we return as this final evil tied to the city begins waking up. But it is truly malevolent, and does it just want the city cleansed of all supernatural forces. We’ll find out soon. Thanks for reading.

 

 

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A Sashurai’s Review: Supernatural – Season 12×16 (The non-obvious obvious bartender)

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SUMMARY

Mick travels with Sam and Dean to Wisconsin where a pair of siblings were attacked by a pureblood werewolf. The surviving sister, having been bit begins to turn during the same night that Claire rolls into town working on the same case. Mick returns to the sister and kills her feeling it’s his duty but is injured. After helping Sam and Dean work the case unbeknownst to Jodi, Claire is attacked and bitten by the werewolf as Dean discovers Mick’s secret. Unwilling to allow herself to be turned, Claire agrees to undergo a dangerous blood therapy session that Mick advises has a low chance of success in curing her. The werewolf however finds and kidnaps Claire wanting to rebuild a new pack after losing his old one, presumably to the men of letters. Sam, Dean, and Mick find him and rescue Claire and attempt the blood therapy which succeeds and returns Claire to normal. Claire leaves town having decided to inform Jodi of her hunting activities while Sam and Dean give Mick a second chance at teaming with them.

 

INITIAL THOUGHTS

Great character development for the newbie, Mick, who, up until now had served a rather shallow purpose as the figurehead of the London chapter. Claire’s return added some extra depth to an already dense plot mainly dealing with monsters and how grey the world is with them. Sam and Dean continue their surrogate brotherhood toward the young hunter who wants more than just to be treated like a child. Together they interwove some great familial elements amidst an old trope of werewolf-ism and the hunger within. Very solid turn out all around.

 

THE GOOD

Claire is making a strong case to be added as a future hunter who can one day perhaps take the mantle from the Winchesters or at the very least, hunt along side them. It might take another few seasons to grow fully into that role, but as it stands, she’s learning at the speed and pace of Dean, which he can only recognize too well. Adding her into this mix was a good balance against Mick’s own personal battle with duty versus conscience and neither flooded the other’s screen time which I enjoyed.

 

THE BAD

Introducing a werewolf cure 12 years after the monsters have been introduced was in some ways convenient for Claire, but in others a rather rigid aspect of understanding what is and isn’t permanent in this universe. Death can be overturned, monsters can change, but instead of creating a new Garth, we’re given a write off for Claire who had all but given up on dealing with the pain and anguish already swelling inside now multiplied by the cursed bite. The show can do a little more with change and a hunter-turned monster dealing isn’t the greatest new thing on this show, but there is consequences to hunting and tonight, those consequences didn’t stick. I think Claire could have learned to handle the curse, but for now she doesn’t have to.

 

FAVORITE MOMENT

It’s a bit of the little things, but when Dean when hyper giddy over staying at a 3-star hotel. It was funnier than it should have been and that kind of levity was good for this kind of episode. There will always be moments that bring the inner kid of Dean out and every now and then it makes sense to let him dance and be merry.

 

CHARACTER MVP

Though Claire had more focus toward the end I think Mick did a superb job at wrestling with his role and seeing more how the Winchesters deal with monsters first hand. It fit the theme of the season on how each side deals with evil and makes it very personal. Mick realized the choice he made and offered to be more considerate and not jump to conclusions the next. He may do alright until the time comes when his country wants him to make a choice the Winchesters really don’t agree with. We’ll see then what happens.

 

ENDING THOUGHTS

Now that Claire has had a run in with werewolves and Alex has had her share of vampires, we have an interesting pairing that could be thematic for the two moving forward. I’d like to see them share another episode together complete with Jodi and reunite them with the same haunts and curses that has been making them into better characters. Maybe have them share a ghost story and get the trifecta of supernatural monsters going.

 

We were keenly reminded with what Ketch did earlier this season and it makes me wonder if moments like that will actually come back to light and give Dean more ammunition for not trusting the men of letters. Clearly things are going to continue happening behind their backs, its just a matter of time before everything explodes, and we’ll need the grenade launcher in that trunk when it does.

 

Will we get the quintessential “alpha” episode where we rid the world of the first werewolf, or did we already do that? So many episodes, but as it stands, many of Eve’s firsts are still wandering the world. With the colt back in play, how many more will be extinguished this season? How many can or have reformed?

 

The masked werewolf approach was probably the lowest element of the episode given the swerve with the goofy bartenders. I don’t think it was necessary to try and fool us for those fifteen seconds and moving forward it’s probably better if they just give us the story sans the “who is it” unless they really have a tricky way of tricking us.

 

OVERALL SCORE

8 out of 10. Very upbeat with a pair of growth segments for some minor characters, both handling their situations very amicably. Dean recognized how judgmental he used to be and saw through Mick’s subterfuge which was probably one of the more passive highlights. Claire’s inclusion was a welcome one as she continues to build her character and be more independent on the way toward the hunter life. Everything looked and felt very solid given the nature of the werewolf looking for a new pack murder plot and an uncomfortable feeling that the men of letters are being too thorough in America. Things will heat up and maybe Mick and Ketch will see Sam and Dean’s side before the end. Or perhaps only one will and the other will be forced to become a momentary villain. We shall see. Thanks for reading.

 

 

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A Sashurai’s Review: The Originals – Season 4×02 (Attack of the killer lens flare!)

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SUMMARY

Hayley, Elijah and the Mikaelson family construct a plan to free Klaus from imprisonment while Klaus deals with his fears as a father as his conscious conjures Camille to help identify and deal with the problem. Vincent tries to find the young boy, Adam which leads him to encounter a dark magical force tied to the serpent symbol which he recognizes as a strong threat. Rebekah meets with Marcel as Freya, Elijah, and Hayley find Klaus captured in a spell under the city. Unfazed by Rebekah’s threats, Marcel returns to the Mikaelson home and battles Elijah as Freya works on breaking the spell holding Klaus. Hayley intervenes on the fight but it is Klaus himself who helps them escape after forcibly pulling the dagger from his chest. Outside the city, Marcel confronts the family and lets them leave citing his mercy and vowing consequences should they return. Later that night, Hayley brings Klaus to the home where they watch Hope sleep. Klaus watches with a proud smile seeing his daughter for the first time in five years.

 

INITIAL THOUGHTS

Things are moving along rather quickly as Klaus is now once more reunited with his family and daughter. The Originals have secretly stormed the gates of New Orleans and came out unscathed against a foe who believes he still owns their lives. Marcel is probably correct, but will Vincent’s fear become the new focus for both sides to join in against? I’d say it’s hard to keep the Mikaelson’s out of New Orleans, but until Klaus settles back in his fatherhood shoes, I think we haven’t seen the last of his bloodthirsty and vengeful side. Very ramped episode with enough decent screen-time on all our favorite characters complete with a few noteworthy fights and enough character development for Klaus to stock up for at least a couple episodes before he likely reverts to king Klaus and the kingdom he is drawn to. Let’s hope Hope can turn that around.

 

THE GOOD

Klaus’s fit with understanding his fears and using Camille as a guiding force toward that realization was really well done. Projecting such personas is tricky when the core focus is understanding that all words and actions are provided by both the perception and belief of the person doing the projecting. Klaus always knew Camille to be reliably analytical and would cut to the core of most issues simplistically. This Camille really did help Klaus and didn’t act as a vengeful spirit blaming him for her death. In his mind, there were no wrong decisions, only regretful ones. Still, he gave himself the courage and fortitude to take the dagger from his chest, an act never before done until now. There’s strength to gain in such a moment and if the season is smart, Klaus will continue to build on that momentum moving toward an assured climactic battle with Marcel or something worse.

 

Settling on getting Klaus out of New Orleans now was a bold move considering the season doesn’t have time to dawdle on elongated plot threads. Was it too rushed? I don’t think so. What’s important to note here is family triumphs over the land and the Mikaelsons don’t need New Orleans to be at least somewhat satiated and at peace with the world. That could very well change, but for now, Elijah and the others are past those kinds of boundaries, something Marcel won’t be able to contribute because his loyalty to the city is brick-deep. There are often only a few occasions on this show when all siblings fight for the same cause, and it’s good to see that early now instead of at the end of a season.

 

THE BAD

We’re two episodes deep and still no glimmer of understanding the new threat caught by Vincent as he dusted off an old journal containing the same symbol seen in the city and by Hope herself. We have no name, just an awareness that it’s dark magic and whatever is controlling is has encountered Vincent before. It’s obviously witch-related, but like all witch plots, the division of magic means several possibilities here. What it wants and why we don’t know, but it stole Adam and if Hope can sense it, it might try to capture her as well. In any case, If the season is moving in a fast pace, then don’t sit on mysteries like identifying the big bad for too long. It gets tedious.

 

FAVORITE MOMENT

When Camille is able to convince Klaus to finally pull the dagger from his chest. Give Klaus enough incentive and he’ll move anything and everything to protect what he values and for a very long time, that dagger was one of the few things that could bring him down. Does this mean it won’t work on him anymore? I doubt it. That dagger is detrimental to keep any large power in check. Klaus believing that he should be in his daughter’s life is one more reason the light in his soul will continue to flicker until he becomes at peace with all the damage he’s caused over the centuries. Marcel wasn’t joking when he called him out as the worst monster ever made in the world considering the stacks of bodies he’s piled up since the beginning.

 

CHARACTER MVP

This should be given to Klaus for his mental fatigue and conversation with Camille as well as his power to escape with Freya’s help. Given the core of his issues, he’s willing to at least extend an olive branch of peace and that’s a far step than how he tends to treat his enemies. Marcel won’t make it easy, but all Klaus has to do is prove to himself he’s capable of being a good father and the rest should light his path the rest of the way.

 

ENDING THOUGHTS

Speculation on the villain, its abilities, and purpose can go for miles in any direction. Right now, after watching next week’s promo I’d say we’re in for a force that is usurping children either because they’re gifted in some way like Hope or because it needs their energy to harness something. It’s also hard to say if this is a single entity or a group of people. The Originals tends to deal with groups or packs of enemies and rarely will we see a single person with enough power to battle them all. Dalia was one such entity, but she was also a family member. This could be vastly different.

 

I briefly spoke of giving Josh a “thing to do” this season, and while he’s not entirely included on the big event he does have a relationship with a human he cares deeply for. This may get repetitive because Josh loses friends and boyfriends quite frequently on this show. Because there’s a human involved I suspect he’ll turn him into a vampire or be put in a position that he’ll need to to save his life against a life-threatening injury. Otherwise, we’re not focusing on the right elements for Josh to increase his value on the show. Josh needs to show he can make strong decisions and stand up against those who would threaten him. Physically, he’s the weakest vampire on this show, but his survivability should mean something since he’s lasted this long.

 

I’m hoping they don’t write Kol and Rebekah into these fits where they both “travel” to do something for find something and end up missing in action for half the season. Claire Holt does have other show commitments but that doesn’t mean she didn’t have the time to film all her sub-plots for season 4. Elijah, Freya, and Klaus are the core, but without everyone, it feels empty and they’re still a sibling short in Finn.

 

The next episode will probably keep the Mikaelsons away from New Orleans until the enemy that threatens them both brings everyone back together. Uneasy alliances are a course for the show and Marcel will never trust his old family again. It’ll be more poetic if Marcel has to seek Klaus out for an arrangement and not the other way around. Those are the moments that Klaus’s real devious smile comes into play.

 

OVERALL SCORE

8 out of 10. Tonight’s episode brought each Mikaelson a moment to capitalize on including Klaus’s mental anguish over being a parental figure in Hope’s life. Now that he’s free to pursue that path all signs point to the unexplained force that Vincent is fearful has returned from his past. Family is and always will be the core of the show notwithstanding the need to protect New Orleans from all villains close and far. The dynamic from here on out is whether protecting one’s own is enough or if that must extend to the kingdom to preserve all life within. Klaus will hold Hope’s care and protection above all, let’s just hope such decisions on that don’t include choosing between her and his siblings. Enjoyable episode and I always love it when Rebekah shines. Thanks for reading.

 

 

 

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