A Sashurai’s Review: The Originals – Season 5×11 (Good thing Elijah is always dressed for a wedding)

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SUMMARY

With the city settled down, Freya and Keelin plan their wedding but Elijah and Hope are reluctant to go due to their current remorse. Worried about Hope’s deteriorating condition, Klaus goes to Davina and asks her help in finding a solution. Unfortunately something prevents Davina from finding a cure. Freya has second thoughts about the wedding after she reveals to Rebekah and Keelin her reluctance in having children which causes distress between them. Meanwhile, Declan reveals to Marcel he knows about vampires after reading Kieran’s journal. He wants to lead the human faction against Marcel but is detained as Elijah recalls meeting Hayley years ago in France under the name Andrea. After opening her options for the future, Freya mends with Keelin and the wedding commences with all family members present including Hope and Elijah. After the wedding, Marcel agrees to help Declan lead the human faction under conditions to improve relations between them. Klaus and Elijah continue to worry for Hope who according to Rebekah may not have long to live.

 

INITIAL THOUGHTS

The wedding seemed a bit rushed but the tone and message was portrayed in a positive sentiment which is often not the case in supernatural weddings. Elijah discovers more pain in remembering Hayley beyond what we were led to believe and Klaus is once more distraught and helpless to save Hope from the power consuming her. More and more this is a setup of personal family tragedy moreso than setting up a villainous counterpart that wants to destroy the city and in a lot of ways that does make this more fitting than I thought this final plot should be. Though Hope’s dilemma is on the horizon, tonight’s episode rang of happiness and togetherness in family, the last likely positive moments we’ll be seeing from here on out.

 

THE GOOD

Surprisingly, I wasn’t certain if showing Hayley in this kind of flashback would be appropriate given Elijah’s relationship with Antoinette at the time, but realistically, this was as close to a 100th style episode as we’re going to get and having Haley cameo in it was the right thing to do. There is probably a lot of speculation that Elijah will end up dying by this show’s end simply because twice Hayley (Andrea) mentions a last dance they could share if they ever meet again. If I were betting, I’d say this almost clinches them having that dance in some form which likely means Elijah will meet an end of sacrifice or something akin to it. There is apparently some needed closure for these two that a letter won’t simply solve, hence the concept for this entire flashback sequence. Nothing wrong with it, but we’ll know in two weeks if it was too telling.

 

THE BAD

With Freya and Keelin married, this means that we won’t see Marcel and Rebekah getting married and I think that wedding was just as needed but it was a nice touch for Rebekah to tell Freya that she deserved it most of all when that’s all Rebekah really ever wanted in a lot of ways. I do like that the wedding was more personal with only the family really attending even though most of the sermon was blocked by Elijah’s memory of reading Hayley’s letter. I guess they couldn’t fit that anywhere else.

 

FAVORITE MOMENT

When Elijah shows up and both he and Klaus walk Freya down the aisle. That was appropriately fitting and was just all around what brothers like that should do for their sister. All that was missing was some ghostly cameo from Esther and Michael, but then again, they probably weren’t on that guest list.

 

CHARACTER MVP

Klaus certainly held back a lot of his frustration but Elijah was there to absorb that anguish building up. I think both brothers should get the MVP for their constant heartache and ability to hold up under that kind of pressure. You’ll never see them cry around anyone else probably.

 

ENDING THOUGHTS

There’s a good chance the solution for Hope is having some kind of spell-power-transfer which again, I nominate Elijah for undertaking given the signs pointing to he and Hayley seeing each other again in the afterlife. He’s remarkably good at finding ways to atone for everyone’s past transgressions these days and this should be realistically no different.

 

I can’t imagine Vincent will be out for the finale, but possibly for the next episode since he’s suffering Ivy’s loss so dramatically. I almost forgot he wasn’t at the wedding, but who could blame him? I still think something’s at play with how he severed the ancestral well to the witches there. Almost like they’ll need that power but won’t have access to it at a crucial moment in time.

 

If Marcel is going to help Declan lead the human faction, what exactly is going to change that will help the city and honor Josh? Maybe this is all cryptic but it seems like business as usual for how Marcel is going to handle Declan’s acclimation.  I can’t imagine all supernatural forces leaving the city for the good of it, unless that’s exactly what happens, like some expulsion of all supernatural power based on getting rid of the hollow’s essence for good.

 

OVERALL SCORE

8 out of 10. It was peaceful with a margin of worry mainly on Klaus’s behalf over Hope’s incoming transition. Again, this is likely the last blend of happiness we’re going to see before something truly tragic strikes. Of course, we all know Hope will be fine since she’ll be running in “Legacies” this fall, but that doesn’t mean others in the family are safe for the future. We’re down to two episodes and a bit of ground to cover before the end. Elijah is in a prime state for being the one to fall next or possibly last though I wouldn’t rule out Klaus himself if it meant saving Hope overall. Good officiating by Kol and it was good to have most of the cast back one more time. The rest is left to see how they handle Hope’s next stage in becoming a werewolf. Until then.

 

 

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A Sashurai’s Review: The Vampire Diaries – Season 5×11 (And then there was one Nina)

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The Vampire Diaries ushered in its 100th episode with cameo’s galore and a witty turning point that no one saw coming. I’m referring to Klaus and Caroline, not the doppelganger cliffhanger that was a dead giveaway halfway through the episode. Katherine’s good/evil rubber band syndrome finally snapped as she undoubtedly landed somewhere between chaotic neutral and unbridled misfit. It was a crafty mosaic that brought many past and present characters back for a few seconds of deserved nostalgia. Had Lexi been a part of it I’d have been completely satisfied with the result.

“500 Years of Solitude” was essentially a character piece that drew in its focus on the unfortunate tale of Katarina Petrova. While many scenes were set up to offer forgiveness and jaded reflection, it felt more critical to shift such moments onto Damon who prattled on about Katherine’s evil ways. It was a bit of a distraction barely saved by Stefan’s movement to see past her centuries of dark deeds and focus solely on the innocent side that was stripped away. The tender moments proved heartfelt only to once again show us that when it comes to surviving, Katherine finds a way. Let’s recap.

(QUICK SUMMARY)

A flashback retells the event when Katherine delivered her child and she was quickly taken away. In the present, she’s in the hospital being resuscitated and doesn’t have much longer to live.

Stefan calls and explains Katherine’s situation to both Damon and Elena, who are both suffering over their recent breakup. Elena, Bonnie, and Caroline arrive at the Gilbert mansion as Damon drinks with Jeremy and Matt, recounting all of Katherine’s evil deeds done to them.

Stefan is with Katherine upstairs as she complains about wanting to die before she looks hideous.

Nadia arrives, finds Matt in the wine cellar, and knocks him out. She confronts the group, telling them that she hid Matt away in the forest within the safe and forces their help with saving Katherine. Stefan and Elena go with her to an abandoned house near the woods where they meet Mia, a Traveler who agreed to a deal made by Nadia. The deal included the doppelgangers in exchange for the spell needed to transfer Katherine into Nadia’s body. The two leave as Stefan and Elena are trapped in the house with their daylight rings seemingly taken from them. Several Travelers surround the house and chant as pieces of the house break away trapping the two between strips of light.

After Damon invades one of Katherine’s fever dreams to taunt her, Liz brings Katherine several syringes containing sedatives for her but Katherine doesn’t want them. She goads Damon, who injects her with a sedative sending her into another dream, this time as she first glimpsed Stefan back in 1864 when she and Emily first entered Mystic Falls.

While Bonnie and Jeremy are looking for Matt, Caroline runs into Klaus who mentions that Damon told him of Katherine’s imminent demise. Caroline, still fed up with Klaus, avoids him until he reveals that Matt has been saved. Matt finds himself free from the safe and sees Rebekah is who helped him as they both smile.

Meanwhile, at the abandoned house, the chanting continues as a male Traveler cuts both Elena and Stefan and retrieves their blood. Afterward, their rings are returned and they are released not knowing why the Travelers wanted their blood.

Katherine begins hallucinating as sees Jenna try and stab her along with John Gilbert who attempts to cut off her fingers, followed by Elijah who seems glad to be there. Elijah turns out to be another hallucination as Damon mocks her. Nadia then appears and cracks Damon’s neck. She instructs Katherine with the phrase needed to perform the body transference but Katherine refuses to take over her daughter’s body and wants her to live. Frustrated and unwilling to watch her mother die, Nadia leaves. Damon wakes up having her Katherine’s confession as she injects herself with another sedative.

Klaus convinces Caroline to give tell him her honest feelings in exchange for leaving and never returning to Mystic Falls ever again. Caroline relents and kisses him which turns into a moment of passion.

Stefan finds Damon on the floor in Katherine’s room as he leaves. Stefan remains to say his goodbyes to her.

Katherine dreams herself at the sight of her parent’s murders when Stefan appears in the dream and tells her their death’s weren’t her fault even though she says she doesn’t deserve to be loved. She hears baby Nadia crying and goes to her bathed in white light.

Stefan kisses Katherine’s head and whispers goodbye as Elena shows up believing that Katherine won’t wake up again.

Damon and Stefan then drink on the roof as Damon admits Elena is the best thing that ever happened to him but that Elena will be happier without him.

Inside the mansion, Caroline returns and avoids telling Jeremy, Matt, and Bonnie about Klaus. They group reminisce as Bonnie sees Vickie, who says to tell Matt that she loves him and not to hang around Rebekah. Tyler then shows up saying he’s a parting gift from Rebekah. Stefan joins the group as Jeremy and Bonnie see Alaric watching the group and teases not wanting to leave Damon in charge and not look back. Bonnie then sees Katherine, who refuses to pass on and forces her body to wake up.

Elena is surprised by Katherine waking up but tells her she forgives Katherine for what she’s done saying that she wasn’t born evil but life made her that way. Katherine scolds her regardless and tells her to inject the last sedative, which Elena complies to. As the moment of injection, Katherine grabs Elena and performs the chant allowing her body to transfer into Elena’s. Elena passes out and then wakes to her phone ringing. She answers and it’s Mia and Nadia who asks if the swap worked. Elena says of course it worked and reveals herself to be Katherine. After she hangs up she looks in the mirror and pretends to act like Elena to keep her swap a secret.

(END SUMMARY)

There you have it. Katherine is around for a little while longer and now she’s in control of Elena’s body which will be an interesting ride. I’ve enjoyed Nina’s evil roles and it’ll be nice to continue that trend for at least another episode. Until the plot became obvious that Katherine was going to usurp Elena I was completely prepared to say goodbye to Katherine just as Stefan did. What I find disappointing is agreeing with Damon now that after all the forgiveness and apologies have been scattered forth that Katherine goes and does something devious to maintain her survival. To me it made more sense to put Katherine in an entirely new body, but I guess she can’t be in anyone but herself, looks and all. Can’t say I blame her, only that means her days are truly numbered now. Will she go out evil or redeemed? Stefan may not care once he finds out what she’s done.

Something that seemed off in this episode was the way it tried to present Katherine’s passing as a “major” character death with sad music and reflective moments only to continue to berate the situation with scornful remarks by half the cast wanting Katherine to die already and even Katherine herself pushing away from Nadia and Elena, which with Nadia at least turned out to be a ruse. I don’t expect those characters to mourn Katherine had she actually died but the multiple drinking sessions and parading with her imminent passing just seems awkward. Maybe I was too big a fan of Katherine to get on board with the roasting.

The big surprise came with Klaus returning and actually getting what he wanted which was one honest moment with Caroline, which turned into several honest moments. This was a complete bittersweet scene only because Klaus declared that he will no longer be on The Vampire Diaries. It was his way of saying goodbye on the show and he’ll be off to gain his own following on his series. Does this mean Rebekah and Elijah will never appear in Mystic Falls again? Who knows. What I liked in this coupling, was a piece of Klaus’s cheerfulness that is always lacking in The Originals. This was a long time coming and now Tyler must deal with the aftermath knowing his sire now has the upper hand in all things. I don’t expect Tyler to hunt down Klaus again, but he’ll still rage when he finds out what Caroline did. Still, Klaus’s infatuation with Caroline deserved closure and I’m glad the 100th episode was able to provide that. It would have been interesting if any of The Original’s plot made it into the realm of TVD, but I guess that’s not going to happen. Shame. That also means it’s unlikely any TVD characters will be showing up again in TO anytime soon. Spin-offs must always end up standing alone.

The cameo’s were a nice throwback, but they were so unbelievably short. I always liked Vickie, more than Caroline until she became a vampire. This episode reminded us that Bonnie can still see these well known characters leaving the door open for any cameo’s in the future. No one ever really dies on this show, ever. If this wasn’t such a Katherine-centric plot, I’d have liked to have seen Lexi and Isobel again. Maybe episode 200.

Stefan and Elena’s run in with the Traveler’s was a basic maneuver to keep the group relevant in the continuing arc. What does gathering their blood truly mean? Is it a way to end the doppelganger curse allowing the two to freely love who they want? Nah, that’s entirely too nice for the Travelers to do. They don’t seem like evil characters and no one Traveler has stood out as the “leader” which as far as rogues go, I can understand that. But there ceraintly shouldn’t be an endless supply of them. Was that all of them at the house? How aligned are they with the witches and are they the pinnacle of all supernatural forces in this universe? Mia seems potent, maybe she’ll shed some light on the situation soon.

Overall, the plot may not have been epic but it offered a glimpse into how evil characters can be perceived as victims of circumstance and upbringing. That no one is born evil is a time-tested philosophy and surviving can cause people to perform desperate acts that mirror what evil characters do. This kind of show will never offer a clean break between characters unless the point is to write one of them off. Damon and Elena seem primed to reunite in a short span with Stefan practically giving his blessing. Caroline’s opinion makes her argument against Damon rather one-sided. We’ll see how the others take it when they find out she was with Klaus. Here’s to another 100 TVD. Congrats on the milestone.

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