A Sashurai’s Review: The Originals – Season 4×07 (Klaus knows good vinyl when he sees it)

TO 4x07

 

SUMMARY

As a resurrected Dominic prepares to find Marcel, Elijah forces Vincent to perform another harvest spell by sacrificing 4 coven witches. Freya attempts to trap Dominic by using Joshua however after doing so, Dominic escapes and seemingly kills Freya. After surviving an attack, Keelin resuscitates Freya but Dominic infiltrates the compound. Hope, having conversed with Marcel in the dungeon frees him as the two escape while Klaus battles and kills Dominic and his men. Vincent finishes the harvest spell and reconnects with the ancestors by using Davina as a link. Later at night, Klaus discusses an alliance with Marcel after Hope is returned home and Freya shows Elijah evidence of the next bone fragment location, which Elijah surmises is in Mystic Falls. Sofya becomes the unwilling host for the Hollow as we find it is a woman possibly connected to Hayley’s bloodline.

 

INITIAL THOUGHTS

Our stage is set for Alaric’s cameo next week as the Originals gain the upperhand against the villainous hollow who is forced into hiding. Klaus and Marcel are once again mirrored spirits in the same fight and at the moment at ease with their struggle. This episode showcased how you make the best out of the scenes you can with a lot of multiple characters. Everyone fit collectively well and pushed a little further their emotional agenda with possibly Hayley as the odd person out this time. Poignant moments include Vincent confronting Elijah after the spell and Marcel speaking with Hope who is showing a deeper maturity then her parents have realized. And to top it off, we have our connection tease to Mystic Falls, but who and how will show up to aid the Originals? Will we see the town at all, or just a road leading to it? We’ll see.

 

THE GOOD

The show is finally getting its balance of character interactions right. Klaus does his best when confronting and interacting with Marcel. Freya has given in to her feelings with Keelin, and Vincent continues to showcase frustration and anxiety over helping Elijah. Each of those dynamics played an important role in pushing each of them into uncertain and often questionable places such as Elijah forcing Vincent’s hand in performing the harvest ritual by essentially killing 4 girls with the hope that Vincent can bring them back. We also get a return look at Marcel’s thoughts about Klaus, the innocent and less judgmental kind where he admits that he can’t truly hate his father-figure no matter how hard he tries. He’s spoke of these feelings in the past, but it’s good to remember that he was raised a certain way and he never forgot the care Klaus took in for him even if it was a bit barbaric at times.

 

We now have a form and a mark to add some intrigue into the manifestation of the hollow. If she is in fact tied to Hayley’s bloodline or some werewolf pack in-particular then it makes sense that somehow the packs have been responsible for hiding or keeping her bones separated. It could be the longest play the werewolves have been waiting for for centuries, or maybe they were trying to hide their biggest problem considering a werewolf-witch hybrid would also be something of a chaotic blend, much like Klaus and Hayley being Werewolf-vampire hybrids and she was too self-destructive to remain alive. It’s raising a lot of questions and that makes for good speculation on videos and reviews.

 

THE BAD

Not much to gripe about for this episode with the exception of Hayley being a bit underutilized and set to the task of rummaging through her parents garage boxes. When you feature a cast of 6 or more main characters, it can be bothersome to have everyone play a feature role and sometimes they get pushed in the back. Her personal discoveries are what’s keeping her invested in the ensuing plot as her romantic ties to Elijah have been rather sparse as of late. There’s been very few relationship plot-points aside from Freya and Keelin which is very low for a drama like this. Even Vincent hasn’t had any time to be with the lady he had met earlier in the season.

 

FAVORITE MOMENT

When Hope spoke with Marcel in the dungeon. I feel like this moment was the real highlight of the episode, a very casual way of reminding us where this show came from with Klaus and Marcel and in a way how he’s talking to a “sister” in Hope. I also felt this was Hope’s first real breakout moment. Kids written on shows can be quite inquisitive but it’s the statement they make that stand out rather than their wonder and her statement is that her parents have been underestimating her. Plus, Marcel treated her very respectfully instead of trying to be conniving or manipulative which speaks volumes to his personality and state of mind. He’s still a good character at heart even when dealing with a father-figure like Klaus.

 

CHARACTER MVP

Klaus and Marcel returned to their old-fashioned alliance for the sake of Hope and the good of the city, but I think Vincent held a little more value in how he handled Elijah’s forceful hand and the ingenuity with using Davina to link to the ancestors. He’s quick on his feet and very robust but there’s always intensity in his speech and his gestures in how he works. Plus, confronting Elijah about his humanity in the end was bold on his part because Elijah doesn’t really like being talked to in that way. You can always spot the offensive boredom in his eyes as he’s quietly deciding whether to rip someone’s heart out or not, but I think for once, Vincent got to him in a more effective way.

 

ENDING THOUGHTS

I think they could have had a little more fun with the scene when Josh was turned into Marcel. There was a couple of jokes, but outside of that, they have a golden opportunity to have “Marcel” try to be more like Josh. It was funny and unexpected and it won’t ever happen…like ever again.

 

Freya is a witch, but she’s also human. Her heart stopped for a lot longer than I think it could have while still being resuscitated by normal means. Something was off there medically speaking, but for show with so much supernatural elements going on, I’m surprised all it took was a simple heart-thumping to get her back again.

 

I almost suspected the hollow for being Davina herself, they sounded so similar in voice and age.  Peeking at the preview next week I’m actually stoked her character is also making a comeback of sorts. I think next week is going to be our most impressive episode to date, just throwing that out there. Klaus will no doubt have some sort of vibe with Caroline should she cameo or he mention her. We all know we want to see it and the Originals may be privy to the events that caused Stefan to sacrifice himself, assuming we’re in the present tense of the storyline here and all that has already happened.

 

The thorns really fizzled out in this storyline. I suppose once you introduce things like white-oak stakes and white-oak bullets, nothing really fazes the Originals anymore. It’s so far back in the confines of the plot when Dominic showed up with essentially a thorn-covered branch, there wasn’t any real fear there. I doubt it will play much of a role moving forward except as a clutch moment when we forget about it and it shows up to take out someone we dearly care about, but that’s the only way I can see it mattering at this point.

 

OVERALL SCORE

8 out of 10. Marcel is free, the ancestors are once more connected to the living and the hollow is now possessing Sofya who will be after the other two bone fragments, one of which is in Mystic Falls. Freya and Keelin have now admitted their real feelings toward each other and Hope is proving to be more understanding of the world surrounding her. This was a total win for team Klaus this time, but as always, a win will come with a steep loss soon enough. Elijah may or may not be in need of some soul searching if he continues pushing Vincent into these dire circumstances that will question his humanity. The hollow is on the run and we know for sure Alaric will be in next week episode. Very exciting times if you’re a TVD/TO fan. Thanks for reading.

 

 

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A Sashurai’s Review: Vikings – Season 4×07 (If this is the road to Ragnar’s downfall, they’re doing it right)

Vikings 4x07

 

SUMMARY

Ragnar directs his men to follow their intended path downriver to Paris while Lagertha and her group attempt to subdue one of the two towers guarding the river. Rollo and Odo’s forces are prepared and make short work of Lagertha’s attack while Rollo’s chain across the river disrupts Ragnar’s fleet. After a show of fiery destruction, Ragnar retreats as does Lagertha. In Kattegat, Harbard seduces the women in town including Aslaug. Ragnar and his group return to find their camp decimated and Helga deeply injured, bringing Flocki to depression. Somehow while alone, he becomes psychically linked to Harbard and he lives the same sexual experience with Aslaug as Harbard does with her back home. Ecbert and his forces leave Wessex and stop by an old fort where Prince Wigstan awaits. They broker a deal where together their men will take Mercia and Wigstan will relinquish control to Ecbern and leave on a pilgrimage, tired of the tragedy endured in his life. Back outside of Paris, Ragnar, deeply troubled by Rollo and his defeat, ingests more of Yidu’s drug and later tells Bjorn that they will attack again on the next morning. Alone, he vocalizes different plans while conversing with a severed head in his tent.

 

INITIAL THOUGHTS

Rollo scores one over Ragnar, an act we should have figured would go down considering Rollo’s loyalty to Paris and ingenuity as of late. The entire river slaughter had the right feel and closed-sense of dread as everyone huddled in their rounded shields for protection. Rollo knows their methods and won’t hesitate to exploit them, giving Paris a long respite and confidence toward facing the Vikings again. While the Paris invasion remains the focal point, the other two arcs are still significantly falling behind with Harbard’s angle still the greater of the two, Ecbern’s quest to take Mercia isn’t leading him closer to Ragnar in anyway, unless somehow they cross paths in later episodes and perhaps join forces in an unexpected move. Ragnar might have to suffer another defeat before that can be arranged. Tonight’s episode picked back up and though Ragnar was hit hard, I expect him to bite back harder, even if he is growing more senile by the day.

 

THE GOOD

Rollo’s victory was hardly a costly one, but it was important that he get the early win for himself and his new people. He still has a lot to prove and whether Odo claims credit on the successful defense, both Gisla and Rollo are riding higher than ever before. His calm manner almost betrays a sliver of sorrow, but then I imagine he remembers what he’s gained since betraying his brother and how he finally has the kind of love he’s been yearning for since the beginning. To him, he’s in a good place and no amount of raiding will replace that. This is how good villains are made especially when they feel very justified over their selfish decisions.

 

Flocki’s transcendent moment was another surreal spike given to us in a “historical” drama. I like how they implant these segments because it continues to add to the mystique of these people and the allure of Harbard, who is still as much an enigma as ever. Never would I have thought that he and Aslaug would share such a scene together, but given the Seer’s groveling toward Flocki gave us some indication that he was connected to the gods, or was one himself. A connection seems to be the safe bet. I liked the placement of it too considering the sorrow he’s enduring over Helga’s injury. That can get very sophisticated with the “how’s” and the “why’s”, but for now I think it’s easier to just absorb the scenes as they happen and move forward knowing there’s a greater story being told here.

 

THE BAD

I’m expecting Ecbern’s quest to Mercia to pay off eventually this season, and I did think he had a rather important scene with Wigstan. I’m just too much at a loss for caring and it doesn’t matter to me whether Ecbern succeeds or not in taking that area. What I expect is his forces will be in range of Paris and he’ll need to ally with Ragnar otherwise they’re really telling two distinct stories and never shall they meet. With the stretch of 10 more episodes this season I figure more arcs will have to be inserted, but again, I’m trusting that there will be something here to look forward to, just right now I’m not seeing it in the moment.

 

FAVORITE MOMENT

Everything after the chains went up from the river. There wasn’t as much blood and carnage as the events in Paris last season, but we got our first taste of it here and while only the extras and minor characters took the brunt of the arrow and fire onslaught, the remaining core group was spared the frothy death of the icy blade. I also want think it was a good moment to have Ragnar dive in and save Flocki. There needs to be a reconnection for these two after what they’ve gone through. I don’t expect it will be enough to turn Flocki completely around, but it’s a start. Maybe if Ragnar saves him one or two more times. However if Helga dies, I expect he’ll lose what’s left of his mind and there won’t be any hope for him at all.

 

CHARACTER MVP

Though he didn’t have a lot of screen time, Rollo’s plan worked almost too perfectly. His success drove the Vikings back and for him, this was the boost he needed to elevate his status and gain more favor from Gisla who is also elevated by proxy. I actually want her and Lagertha to meet up now that she suggested it as a possibility. Rollo will have to face Ragnar eventually, but for now he’s savoring the victory as best he can. He needs to be built up as much as possible so that when the final battle does come, whoever takes the day will surely have earned it.

 

ENDING THOUGHTS

Yidu was very much in the background tonight, and I’m surprised she lied to him about the drugs so much that she actually gave in when he began ransacking the tent. She’s beginning to see the affects of using the drugs to keep him bound to her and it’s disrupting his ability to lead which will cost them even more lives if he continues to slip down that spiral. I wonder if Bjorn will catch onto this relationship.

 

Speaking of Bjorn, his confrontation with Erlendur was too subtle and weak. He should have known Erlendur would deny the ring belonging to him, and if he’s supposed to being growing into this mythic historical character, I’d hope he’ll burst more into that role and face this conniving brat before too long. I just hope it’s not tin the middle of the Paris raid and more one on one somewhere in the wilderness alone.

 

Harbard has such a lock on the ladies of Kattegat I wonder what his true agenda is if not to sow his seed and reveal the flaws of Ragnar’s leadership, namely his connection to Aslaug or lack thereof. I’d hope Ragnar and Harbard would someday meet, but I’m not getting that vibe here. The seer on the other hand…

 

I only caught a glimpse of the head in Ragnar’s tent, but if someone can let me know if that head belonged to someone in-particular that’d be great. And did he actually intend to retreat rather than move forward? There’s a lot of basic madness he’s sifting through and I wouldn’t be surprised either way if Ragnar came up with something so crazy that it makes his fake death in the coffin seem like a cheap prank. He’s creative like that.

 

OVERALL SCORE

7 out of 10. Relatively entertained by the initial boat craziness and Rollo’s plan coming to fruition. I’m disappointed that Lagertha suffered the same kind of defeat, but at least she’s still there to try again. The attack on Ragnar’s people after the fact was definitely a low blow that probably came from Odo than Rollo, but it really doesn’t matter. Flocki’s strange connection to Harbard continues to add the flavor of impossible craziness to the series and I’d like to see where it goes if it in fact has a point. Ecbern’s story still has no draw, but I’m hopeful it will lead him to Ragnar as fate inevitably does considering both had dreams of Athelstan not too long ago. Three episodes remain before the first break, and I imagine Paris will be the bulk of it while Harbard gets busy fathering the entire town of Kattegat. Thanks for reading.

 

 

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