A Sashurai’s Review: The Originals – Season 5×13 (Brothers to the end)

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SUMMARY

Hope stops Klaus from staking himself as the Mikaelson family must deal with the darkness inside of Klaus. While chained up, Klaus hallucinates his father, Michael who implores him to kill Hope while a vision of Camille stresses that he not and follow his heart. Klaus escapes into a Mardi Gras parade and is continually tormented until Hope finds. Elijah subdues Klaus while Kol departs New Orleans against Rebekah’s wishes that he remain. Meanwhile, Freya asks Vincent to help father a child for her and Keelin, but he refuses over his reluctance to put any future generation through grief and pain. Elijah undergoes a spell to help dilute the darkness knowing it only buys Klaus a little time. Caroline arrives and Klaus takes her on a tour of the city while his family get together to celebrate Klaus and their memories of him. That night, Caroline helps Klaus deal with saying goodbye as he and Kol return to share in a family dinner of laughter and stories. Marcel swears to be by Hope’s side whenever he needs her and the family perform one last wish-burning to commemorate Klaus’s passing. Klaus says his goodbyes and leaves with Rebekah and Elijah. Vincent later returns and agrees to help Freya and Keelin start a family as Hope paints a picture of the Mikaelsons with Hayley’s spirit watching. In the square, Klaus tells Rebekah that Caroline is getting another cure and it’s her if she wants it. Rebekah thanks him and leaves to find Marcel who dismisses the remaining vampires from the city. Rebekah proposes to Marcel and tells him that she also intends to take the cure. Back in the square, Elijah breaks the last white oak stake and tells Klaus that he too intends to leave the world with his brother, having already said his goodbyes. Klaus laments that he doesn’t deserve his brother’s love but the two embrace and put an end to each-other’s lives as they slowly turn to ash and dissolve in the city.

 

INITIAL THOUGHTS

The Originals brought its family back one last time to say goodbye to not only Klaus, but Elijah Mikaelson as well. Both sacrificed themselves for the future and Rebekah with the others are free to make their futures as bright as they can make it. The course of Klaus’s end was never in question on this night as he fought to take the darkness with him. Cameos were all-present and the tears were very real. Their stories will hopefully live in for the next series to come and start its new course. It’s up to Hope now to carry that legacy into the next arc of the Mikaelsons and their unbridled nature to attract evil and drama. In short, this was the appropriate and fitting end that never lost sight of Klaus’s over-arcing story of redemption. Maybe he was and maybe he wasn’t, but one thing’s for sure. His story and Elijah’s are concluded…for now.

 

THE GOOD

This was a masterful work of sorry and goodbyes, a series of laments and laughter softly echoing in the background as Hope had the most trouble understanding what was going to happen and how to deal with it. Luckily, the writers were kind and gave everyone as much of a fairy-tale ending as they could given the longevity and life-style of these rich and troublesome characters. The most epic for me came in the presence of Rebekah’s happiness and choice to at some point become human. She was always my favorite character and if you want to get really technical the only Mikaelson to never truly succumb to a permanent form of death, although the body switching came drastically close. I think if anyone deserved to finally be free of the drama it was her and now, unless Legacies draws her back, she should be on her way to having a normal-ish life with a powerful vampire as her husband.

 

The choice to end both Klaus and Elijah’s lives together was interesting and while at first I thought it wasn’t necessary, I understand why it happened. With the exception of Hayley, Elijah never really wanted anything for himself that wasn’t some form of helping Klaus. If she were still alive I wonder what choice Elijah would have made here, but it’s possible the brothers might have gone out the same way regardless. It’s hard to film a vampire’s noble death, let alone two at the same time, but hats off to the crew for helping make Klaus and Elijah’s final appearance a heart-felt one…no pun intended.

 

THE BAD

No scene with Elijah and Hayley dancing in the afterlife or Klaus being accepted in an afterlife of redemption. Sometimes it’s best not to know, but in our case, maybe a little assurance that a character like Klaus won’t be stuck in limbo forever.

 

FAVORITE MOMENT

Tough to spot. I’d like to say that last moment when the brothers shared their ashen and silent goodbyes, but because Rebekah seemed so happy to hear about the cure that it was her goodbye to Klaus I am going to favorite this time. I’m just glad she made it through this series without dying and there were certainly a few times that seemed like it was plausible.

 

CHARACTER MVP

How can I not give it to the brothers, Klaus and Elijah as together they met their ends by each other’s hands and no one else’s. Klaus learned his last lesson on how to say goodbye and maybe even forgive himself for everything’s he’s done. And even if he couldn’t, Elijah was there to do it for him. Validation and redemption, the two key pieces for these two and they, in retrospect, accomplished what they set out to do, one helped his brother find peace, and the other made sure peace was what he needed. Always and forever, right?

 

ENDING THOUGHTS

I guess I don’t really buy Michael and Camille’s visual showcase of his internal struggle to deal with the darkness inside him. The plot here was a bit off on how the darkness was going to affect him in that he was supposed to get really angry and dangerous but ultimately some voice in his head wanted him to kill Hope while the other voice pleaded not to. I would have thought the darkness would, (Given a 2 hour finale if it were one) be set so that Klaus would become apocalyptic and really put the world, or the city in this case in real danger. The family themselves would be forced to make the sacrificial decision for Klaus but instead the darkness was very much in the background in place for a tidy ceremony of goodbyes. I suppose it was more therapeutic to handle Klaus’s end this way rather than make him a fashionable villain one last time, but the stress of the darkness taking Klaus just wasn’t there at all from my perspective. It felt a bit hollow…no pun intended.

 

I think it’s safe to say Marcel will somehow cameo in the Legacies series given his statement to help Hope whenever she needs it. In fact I wouldn’t be surprised if almost everyone on this show at one point or another shows up. I also fully expect Klaus to appear in some spiritual capacity in Legacies as well, if nothing else to confirm that he journeyed to the other side with barely a bump in the road.

 

I’m also not convinced that every vampire is just going to leave New Orleans be considering it’s natural pull to bring the supernatural in one place. I get that there probably won’t be any more stories to showcase there, but Legacies doesn’t always need to be tied to Mystic Falls. After all, which town/city handles daily parties better?

 

OVERALL SCORE

10 out of 10. They didn’t twist anyone’s fate and the show didn’t back down on Klaus and Elijah’s either. Two Mikaelsons died and the world will move on. Every goodbye was heartfelt as were the promises that those left behind will do good by those near and far. After reviewing all five seasons of this neck-snapping, high intensity, family driven, drama I can honestly say it was a fantastic ride and the Mikaelsons got the screen time they deserved after debuting in TVD so long ago. Now it’s up to Hope and the school to see where they can take it from here. Thanks for reading, we’ll be back this fall.

 

 

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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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A Sashurai’s Review: The Originals – Season 3×18 (Oh yeah, Marcel is still on this show, isn’t he?)

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SUMMARY

Lucien courts Aurora and convinces her to take part in a plan of vengeance against Klaus and the Mikaelsons with the hybrid blood as an offering of love. Meanwhile, Vincent deals with the backlash of the ancestors choosing a new regent (Van Nguyen) and Kol becomes the target of their wrath. Lucien confronts and easily defeats Klaus, taking him back to his penthouse for Aurora to torment as Lucien then sets his sights on Elijah for Tristan’s whereabouts. Camille and Hayley locate Klaus after she drinks the hybrid blood but are able to subdue her and save Klaus while Freya entraps Lucien. Unable to contain him though the two escape while the Strix are taken out by Lucien. As Vincent and Davina help keep the ancestors as bay, Marcel convinces Kol to leave town. As he leaves, Kol begins to decay outside of city limits. He returns at the edge realizing how affected by the ancestors he really is. With Aurora once more under Klaus’s thrall, Lucien sets his sights on Camille and bites her, infecting her with the potent werewolf toxin.

 

INITIAL THOUGHTS

For the first time in nearly the entire series, Klaus is formally beaten and dragged through the harsh conditions of the cursed knife, a more powerful foe, and a vexed lover all while having no distinct advantage save for one or two choice words. He’s met such agony in the past but tonight there was more to the fear in his eyes. Tonight, the Mikaelson family use all they have in their arsenal to combat Lucien and Aurora who collectively are a formidable pair, but now the tide turns for the worse. While not as impressive as last week, there was a bit more berserk in the nature of Lucien’s power that culminated in Camille’s unexpected infection, an act that on paper spells her end by next week’s episode. It’s a merry-go-round, but we still need to know how it ends and how badly.

 

THE GOOD

The bigger the threat the more real it gets for Klaus and his family. Now a simple but fierce bite can end everything they’ve ever known, and for Camille, it just very well might. Lucien’s rise as the most powerful vampire can be a worthy force of villainy if he sticks to the nature of power and less on the majesty he thinks he gains from being in control. Today was a good lesson in understanding that his physical posture can still be weighted down by things like love and loyalty to that love. If he sheds himself from it, then he truly will be more dangerous than ever. Keep him more a menace and less a showman and he’ll earn his place as the seasonal arch-villain.

 

It may seem macabre, but Camille’s growth and subsequent climax tonight is spelling out more and more that her role can only feasibly have one end; death. It may have been more spelled out when she confronted Aurora after Hayley gave a short speech on overcoming fear, but realistically, as a vampire, she’s been tactically defensive to the curse that makes her undoubtedly vulnerable now matter how many ways she gets creative. The lead into what perceivably is her departure is what I think makes for a withering Klaus to truly become frantic and fearful, however I ponder if they have the gusto follow through, once again.

 

THE BAD

Vincent and Marcel have tough acts to follow in their plight to protect Davina and remove the threat of the ancestors. It’s not what they’re doing isn’t working, it’s just out of all the elements passing through tonight’s episode, it wasn’t nearly as compelling as watching Aurora dance and dawdle with Klaus who was genuinely trying to get desperate and get in Aurora’s head. There’s a fundamental concern with how the ancestors can influence the real world considering they’re dead. Now they can remove magical barriers and futz with Kol’s ability to remain active as he tried to leave town. That part hasn’t really sunk in yet, but at least he’s stuck in perpetual torment. The ancestors need a form for us to see or they need to be removed from this equation. An unseen force continuously causing threats and changing the rules of lore on this show feels a bit lazy writing on this end.

 

FAVORITE MOMENT

When Hayley and Camille confronted Aurora. That scene was a capital moment that really harnessed on opportunity and helplessness and probably would have been ten times better if Klaus was forced to actually watch one of the two perish at Aurora’s hands. As it stood, The pair successfully brought down Aurora and gave Camille more to work with in terms of dealing with the fear of being a new and weaker vampire.

 

CHARACTER MVP

Maybe undeserving but I’m giving it to Aurora. She held up against Klaus’s onslaught of a verbal cyclone, bouncing back from love to hate as she laughed and endured the quarrel. She gets more captivating as her screen time increases as I also think she has the most elegant hair and color than anyone ever on that show. Yes, she can be defeated and was but she’s also intelligent to understand what power looks like in the palm of her hands and how to wait for that moment. Her trouble is that it goes to her head, like all things when she’s crazy.

 

ENDING THOUGHTS

I can’t remember the last time a scene happened where a vampire forced another vampire through an uninvited home, but I can’t agree with the vampire lore that Camille would slowly suffer by being inside. She downright should have exploded when she crossed the threshold. Witch spells are finicky for sure, but I also disagree that Aurora would have the strength to pull a vampire through said barrier.

 

I suspect the only cure for Lucien’s bite is Lucien’s blood, or even stranger, the blood of a different hybrid, like Aurora should she be killed and re-awakened as a hybrid. I suspect something will play into the role of a cure or else they really did sign Camille’s death warrant. While I still think a major character death will happen in the next four episodes, I don’t know if the time is exactly right for Camille yet.

 

An interesting note with Kol is that the power that brought him back has a limited space and that if he goes outside of that space, he’ll decay and die. This means he’s stuck in New Orleans at the mercy of the ancestors who want him savage. The problem I see is that his days are essentially numbered. He can’t leave town, unless Davina finds some way to counteract the spell by using her own power, should he leave again, but I don’t think they’ll make it that complicated. I expect Kol won’t make it out of this season alive either.

 

One other note on the hybrid structure. If vampires become hybrids then they’re still forced to abide by the uninvited guest rule, but if a werewolf becomes a hybrid, they’re absolved from that rule, in the case of Hayley, she was able to enter Lucien’s “home”. That’s an interesting loophole in the physics of spells, one I find handy and gives Hayley a distinct advantage over other hybrids.

 

OVERALL SCORE

7 out of 10. Not as intense as last week, but still a consistent and positive effort. Aurora’s return was in inevitable pleasure and though she’s subdued, she’ll play a pivotal role in what’s to come, the dreaded prophecy. Much of the episode was drenched in Klaus’s vulnerable state, something they really wanted to sell here as he watched Camille almost die helplessly. Only now, at the end, he wasn’t there to stop Lucien’s vengeful act that will in all likelihood cost her what life she has left. The witch plot has it’s moments, but tonight wasn’t one of them. Kol’s unfortunate curse is more realized as he can’t leave town without dying all over again. Lucien is close to becoming a monster with no conscious, but he’s not quite there yet. We’re still a few weeks out before the end comes and for now, the build is simmering, but eloquent enough to sustain a strong climax that’s sure to devastate everyone involved. Here’s hoping.

 

 

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A Sashurai’s Review: The Originals – Season 3×15 (Well, the headless guy isn’t wrong)

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SUMMARY

Cortez, an old vampire sired by Klaus arrives in New Orleans and forces Vincent to locate the last of the white oak. Elijah discovers that Hayley has been murdering members of the Strix while Marcel attempts to keep the peace as leader of them. Klaus confronts Cortez and ultimately kills him but not before realizing all his kin are beginning to converge from all over the world. Kol reunites with his family but soon realizes as a vampire he’s subject to the same bloodlust as before. Vincent finds the last white oak bullet as Camille forges her own path by swearing to finds and kill Aurora on her own. Klaus decides to leave town with Hayley and Hope in an effort to keep his city and family safe from harm against those that are searching for him. And late at night, after Kol drinks from a human he encounters Finn who has also seemingly returned from the dead.

 

INITIAL THOUGHTS

All is not well in the city of New Orleans. The curse is ever present and the portent of the sire war is back on track. I imagine the remaining season will detail the effects of this war while Klaus stays from his home, an act I thought he wouldn’t succumb to. But that was the old Klaus, and this new one is in fact “vulnerable” as it’s been stated. The flow of emotional ties breaking and forming was very lucid and relatable as both Elijah and Klaus had to settle with their loves telling them how the world works in their eyes. In a lot of ways, this episode helps bridge the gap between one arc and the next and does so in a way that doesn’t feel forced for hammed up. I enjoyed a lot of what this episode had to offer.

 

THE GOOD

Klaus in a lot of ways talks up a good game but usually backs up that talk with vicious cruelty and a knack for dishing verbal irony. What we’re seeing now is evolution in a way that compels him to do what’s best for the family and not think of himself as the sole proprietor of all he can see. Him leaving has to be one of the more selfless acts he’s exhibited in his time, but also who goes with him, the mother of his child and Hope herself. Camille also gave him good reason to leave and I agree with everything she said, both to Klaus and to Vincent, but I’ll comment more on that later. Even though he may be painted as a pitiful former arch-villain, I rather like where he’s headed even though he still has the power to tear heads off.

 

Hayley and Elijah’s feelings were a bit under the radar compared to Kol and Davina, but I do want to comment that Haley’s honesty and Elijah’s reaction are the kinds of open truths that this show doesn’t confess enough to. Elijah would never openly admit his feelings in such a blunt away. His actions more than make up for it, but sometimes it takes someone like Hayley to get to the point of the situation even if it doesn’t result in what either person wants. It’s a plain statement of fact and it was delivered with a pure candid tone that I appreciate seeing and hope I can see more in the future from other couples who differ in their ideals or thoughts in general.

 

THE BAD

My only issue really is the introduction and departure of the one-off villain, Cortez. I don’t think you can introduce a single vampire who somehow is engaged as a true bad-ass and someone to be feared. They tried with Cortez but there just isn’t anything any writer can do to outperform the majestic nature of the Mikaelsons who are at the top of their class. Would Lucien fear a guy like Cortez? I doubt it. I’d say try harder, but more are already on their way. At least give them enticing personalities because Cortez was a brick of normalcy compared to Klaus and Elijah’s suave personalities.

 

FAVORITE MOMENT

The ending with Klaus leaving and the arrival of Finn. Both moments captured by the same foreboding music really help sell the mood of changes looming on the horizon for the oldest family in the city. It’s a shame we’re on a break, because I do want to know where this is heading. Will we get to see more of Hayley and Klaus on the road? And how is Finn also returned? Maybe he’s just an apparition of Kol’s. Hopefully not.

 

CHARACTER MVP

I want to give it to Camille based on her conversation with Vincent toward the end. Her stance and attitude as a young vampire who needs to come into her own is classic heroine mentality. She doesn’t want Klaus forced into a position to choose between the two and she wants to find her herself. Plus she had the courage to stand up to Klaus in a way that pushed him right out of the city. She was strategic and flawless and I think I’m beginning to like her as a vampire. I just think it’s a bit odd that she’s already controlled her bloodlust, but maybe the psychology of the mind is easer for her to grasp than it is for someone like Kol who is very beholden to his new lust for blood.

 

ENDING THOUGHTS

I knew there was a reason why they showed seven bullets of made from the white oak. One bullet was fated to survive which means likely one Original will perish this season. My money is still on Rebekah, sadly. But then that means Camille would be killed as well.

 

Maybe I wasn’t paying attention, but I thought Cortez was staked in the heart that second time before he was promptly beheaded. I guess Klaus purposefully mess to sell his point. I also thought it was odd Klaus didn’t just compel Cortez considering that’s still a thing Originals can do.

 

I hope we don’t forget that Hope has abilities and that they should be manifesting even at her age. In three years who knows what kind of destructive force she’ll be capable of.

 

My theory is that if Finn truly did return that it was inadvertently done from Davina when Kol was brought back. Hopefully he’s not a foe, but he really doesn’t like a lot of characters on this show. I’m glad the original cast is back in this manner. Those two were always in the sub-light of their siblings more theatrical personalities.

 

OVERALL SCORE

8 out of 10. Klaus’s attitude was a bit predictable but he did what needed to be done in leaving the city and staying in the continuity of TVD taking a three year hiatus. The sire war is still very much a possibility which I’m glad they haven’t abandoned and I really enjoyed Camille and Hayley’s performances as they respectively ended ties with Klaus and Elijah. Kol is already beginning to slip and his brother is in physical form at least until they tell us he isn’t. There’s a lot of potential and I didn’t find much beyond Cortez as a B-rated villain that dragged this episode down. We’ll get a bit of a small break this month before returning and hopefully a bloodbath awaits. Thanks for reading.

 

 

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A Sashurai’s Review: The Originals – Season 3×13 (Aurora might fair better with a white-oak sledgehammer than a gun)

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SUMMARY

Aurora kidnaps and injures Freya forcing Elijah and Klaus to search for their sister while Aya allows Davina a chance to be with Kol in exchange for his knowledge on how to complete the spell to delink them from Elijah’s bloodline. Hayley trains Camille in combat as Marcel urges Davina to stay sided with him and he’ll make sure to raise Kol back when he can. Klaus finds and frees Freya as she’s buried alive while Elijah confronts Aurora and her gun with white oak bullets. Missing her chance, Aurora flees when Klaus returns to face her. Elijah intervenes and is shot but survives as Aya learns that Davina needs the heart of an unsired vampire to complete the spell. She sends the coven witches to Hayley who is that unsired vampire. They fail and Aya attempts to kill Hayley herself. Marcel convinces her to let him find a solution which he does by acquiring Jackson’s heart who became a mirror image of her hers when they were married. With Jackson’s heart in possession, Aya finds Aurora and attempts an alliance against the Mikaelsons.

 

INITIAL THOUGHTS

We stand on the precipice of a grand change in this vampire-universe. Either an Original dies or a bloodline is severed, either way, things may not look good for Elijah who took the brunt of tonight’s violence. Even though I really enjoyed this episode, I fear Aurora is a bit outclassed in the villain school of planning and executing. True she provided a nice diversion with burying Freya, but she could have had her vengeance several times and failed in each one. As a loose cannon, her role as a competent antagonist is fleeting at best. The intensity was raised a nice margin as we creep our way into the next phase of the prophecy and I do like where it’s going.

 

THE GOOD

When the Mikaelsons are under real threat the entire game changes yet here we see the brothers really band together under that common goal and when the fear set in that he might lose his brother, Klaus relentlessly saved him. This also prompted Klaus to reaffirm his familial affections with Freya as the sister he tends to neglect more than anyone else. Now as a united trio more than ever, they’re going to stop at nothing to eliminate the threat that could undo them forever. Great moments to be had by our resident protagonists.

 

Even though it feels like a overused theme, I never get tired of seeing Davina and Kol express their feelings and passion toward saving one another. I think it’s mainly because without that singular purpose I can’t find much in their characters lasting on the show. That doesn’t bode well when characters can’t really function on their own, but this is one of those times that if characters work better with specific circumstances, it’s just better to keep that formula working for as long as possible. And Kol really has changed considering who he used to be.

 

THE BAD

I feel bad for Hayley because next to Jackson, I fear she’s the next most expendable character on the show. They had their chance with Camille and didn’t take it which means she’s unlikely to be a killed over later this season, but stranger things have happened. It was too soon to pull the Hayley death-card here tonight, but even with Jackson’s heart as a replacement for the spell, I wouldn’t count on a major character getting killed off and that’s what this season is unquestionably setting up. Jackson was the warmup death and Hayley might be next. Why is this bad? It’s not bad persay, but rather use of Hayley as of late is hindered on his makeup as a creature and not because of her alluring performance as she has no one else but Elijah to have good scenes with. Even with Klaus it’s still dry and empty as he offers kind words that might as well fall on deaf ears.

 

FAVORITE MOMENT

When Elijah was shot and Klaus broke his neck to take the bullet out. There was a lot of pain and fear swapped between brothers and it wasn’t oversold with horrid screams or Elijah’s bloodline all feeling the effects. It was a simply one brother attempting to save the other and he did. Well shot and worth the investment.

 

CHARACTER MVP

Everyone gets the tip of the hat tonight with the exception of Aya and Aurora who I felt continued to drag the show down bit by bit. As far as who got the edge, I think tonight it goes to Klaus who did try to make things right with Freya. It’s something he does from time to time and when he sounds sincere, he’s really convincing as far as notably evil kings go. He did try to console Hayley for what it was worth even though it was hard to believe him.

 

ENDING THOUGHTS

At this rate it’s more likely that Elijah’s sire bond will be broken more than an Original dying, but if an Original does perish I’m banking on it being Rebekah and I don’t like that I’m banking on it being her. In fact, I can see Aurora doing something completely bat-s**t crazy by killing her own sire as a means to committ suicide and take out a whole grip of vampires with her.

 

Speaking of breaking the sire-line. Did they specify if it was just Elijah’s or would it be all three remaining Originals? I don’t know if we know enough about the spell to understand its complete effect or if it’s tailored to work on only one Original at a time.

 

Camille’s plight was a decent subplot detailing her want to keep her “dark objects” in hand because without them she’s utterly defenseless and Josh was even used as a means to sell the joke on how new she was. Even though Hayley had a sparring session with her to train her combat skills I wonder if Camille would be better served learning techniques that might better suit her abilities. Not every vampire has to learn kung fu to stay alive. There’s her psychology, her environment, her ability to understand situations and become more aware of other people’s weakness rather than worrying about her own. I just think there’s an opportunity to train her in a different way rather than just throwing her in the pit and having at it.

 

OVERALL SCORE

8 out of 10. This felt like a classic episode and stood out from many of the ones this season. Aurora tried her best to eliminate Elijah but couldn’t get the job done and it’s almost sad that both Klaus and Aurora hesitated on each other giving weight that there’s still inklings of feelings between the two. The prophecy looms overhead while Marcel continues to play for the Strix only this time it may cost his alliance with the Mikaelsons to stay as leader of Elijah’s former kin. Lots of dynamic themes here and unpredictable natures coming out most notably Aurora and Aya who looks like they’ll be teaming together for the time being. It’s not a great match, but at least they’re joined and maybe can get something accomplished for once. Good episode all around, I look forward to the next one before the short break. Thanks for reading.

 

 

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A Sashurai’s Review: The Originals – Season 3×12 (Stop killing the cool witches!)

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SUMMARY

Camille bargains to Klaus the white oak horse for her dark objects to which he reluctantly agrees. Meanwhile, To keep the Strix distracted from knowing about the weapon, Elijah devises a plan with Marcel to simulate a play for control involving an old custom. Marcel proves victorious and assumes control of Aya’s group. Davina discovers the weapon is the horse in Camille’s possession but is betrayed by another witch employed by the Strix. The witch finds Camille and attains the horse, later giving it to Aurora who she really works for and is killed as a reward. Aurora fashions the white oak into 7 wooden bullets as Klaus and Elijah ponder whom she’ll go after first. And Aya tells Elijah her true plan with acquiring Davina for the Strix which involves a massive spell that can detach all the Strix’s from Elijah’s bloodline freeing them from death should Elijah die.

 

INITIAL THOUGHTS

While I remain convinced Lucien has been written off the show, tonight’s episode of The Originals capitalizes on its primary focus which details the formation of a new white-oak weapon capable of destroying an original. Compelling performances all-around, I’m very satisfied with the turn and switch along with Klaus and Camille’s drama reaching a tangible conclusion. Everyone played a useful role including Aurora who remains the chaotic villain responsible for the current arc’s progression. Everything is progressing adequately and I’m certain the best is yet to come.

 

THE GOOD

The game Elijah played never had any other outcome, but for a small moment, I forgot it was just that, a game. If Marcel was going to snatch power for the city he calls home, this would have been an opportune time regardless of Elijah’s hand in it. If anything, I’d like to bank that he’s playing a long con for himself and no one else, but it’s more likely he’s settling as an ally of the Mikaelson’s because that’s who he generally is. This helps elevate Marcel’s place in the series and he seriously needed it. He has cunning and when he uses it, he can be just as powerful as any other character on the show.

 

Twice in a row we’re introduced to new witches who for the most part hold their own as formidable characters within the one episode they partook in. And both died just the same. It’s frustrating when witches are used to such a capacity that to give a few the kind of story and scenes that help resonate only to kill them off is a strange curse in itself. Ariane could potentially be used as a bridge between Kol and Davina, but the new one tonight is unfortunately gone and she really brought her A-game tonight too.

 

I’m also glad Camille and Klaus are no longer at odds with each other. Camille is nothing if not resourceful and when she finally explained to Klaus what her motives were, he lightened up just enough to scold her for the effort. She’s a very capable character who continues to try her best to fit in with the underworld and while many still harbor ill will toward her, I think she still deserves a chance to let her flex and survive as a creature of the night. She’s not wrong. She really does need those dark objects if she’s to survive on an even playing field.

 

THE BAD

The only things I found off during this episode were Aurora’s placement and hidden witch who was randomly loyal to her. Not to mention the predictable nature that she had to die after doing a very loyal thing. Aurora should have kept her alive and close at hand, because she singlehandedly stopped Klaus and that’s not an easy feat.

 

The wooden bullets are a good and bad idea rolled into one. One the one hand, there’s multiple chances to kill an original, but a gun is so corny even by today’s standards. These aren’t sniper rounds either, so it’ll likely be a typical 6-shooter up close and many of these shots will miss because multiple bullets means multiple chances gone wrong.

 

FAVORITE MOMENT

When Elijah and Marcel drank to their victory of distraction. It’s not often we see Elijah so light in mood but he felt proud over the accomplishment and giving Marcel that sense of purpose helped solidify their alliance. The two were in genuine good moods, assuming Marcel didn’t want this for himself outside of Elijah’s influence.

 

CHARACTER MVP

I really liked the coven witch who got away with the white-oak horse. I didn’t think another Strix witch would be as alluring as Ariane, but I thought she did very well with the little screen time they gave her. Her family story wasn’t much to really take in, but she had a presence about her that I thought could have meant she was a mainstay character. Sadly, that’s not the case.

 

ENDING THOUGHTS

7 bullets is an odd number. Revolvers tend to hold 6 shots and anything automatic usually falls around a 10 bullet capacity. Which means that if one weapon is going to contain all and only 7 bullets, then it has to be the Colt 1911. Otherwise Aurora will likely use a snub-nose revolver and have an extra bullet for that moment we forget if she fired 5 shots or 6…then it’ll be 7.

 

And who’s to say that’s actually “all” of the white oak that’s being used up? Maybe she’ll even have an extra toothpick somewhere she can shoot from a blow-dart gun as an extra backup because when you grind that stuff to dust, you can make a pretty large supply. Oh, I know! A white-oak equivalent to a glitter-prank box.

 

I’m a bit surprised that Aya is the one instigating the spell that will remove her and the Strix from Elijah’s bloodline. This has been an on-going prediction and theory for quite some time that was even possible. Even Davina pondered it back in the day, but now we’re getting a tried and true method that will finally end the debate on whether an original could and should die considering the effects could ruin many a vampire on The Vampire Diaries as well.

 

Camille’s dark objects are likely going to be a “get out of jail” free card whenever they need to conjure of some fashionable tool or weapon to get out of a situation. Case and point, she used one to escape the Strix witch and we weren’t even given any proper design of what it did except mess with a witch. I have a feeling all her dark objects will be used in similar situations without much explanations to give.

 

I’m starting to think Elijah has had more vampire girlfriends than Klaus considering all the stories we’ve heard from the man which now includes a prior relationship with Aya. He even fell in love with an Elena doppelganger once, right?

 

OVERALL SCORE

8 out of 10. Well played episode with good characters and a sensible plot detailing Marcel’s importance, Davina’s plight, Klaus’s worry, Camille’s instincts, and Elijah’s true cunning. Let’s not forget that the real master at work is Aurora who thinks she has the ultimate weapon at her disposal. The Strix witches are great characters and the only downside is they keep getting killed off which is sad considering all witch-centric plots tend to fizzle out rather quickly. The Originals remains strong and fiercely driving that stake forward into the arc of hte prophecy, where no matter what, The Originals are destined to fall. Thanks for reading.

 

 

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A Sashurai’s Review: The Originals – Season 3×08 (In a way, aren’t all vampires bi-polar?)

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SUMMARY

With both Tristan and Camille captured separately, time is of the essence as Freya and Elijah attempt to discover Tristan’s half of the coordinates leading to Rebekah while Klaus searches for Aurora. Marcel is given the task with retrieving Tristan or the Stricts will revoke his membership and Aurora creates new vampires with the intention of letting them feed on Camille for making her jealous.

 

INITIAL THOUGHTS

While not exactly a filler episode, there wasn’t much push in the direction of plot save for being one step closer to finding Rebekah and placing Marcel directly in the Stricts good graces. Most of the characters are no better or worse for their worries and woes though Klaus is now aware of Camille’s dark secret that originally put her on a path to learning the psychology she uses on a daily basis. The prophecy is only mentioned twice which means we’ll be stretching this out longer than may be necessary, but it’s a slow boil until everything rips itself apart. It’s no longer a sire war as it is a delicate game of tug-o-war mainly dealing with short tempers and fragile alliances. Aside from an interesting final scene, there wasn’t much in the way of considerable moments that exist as the payoff to what we’re anticipating as a war of the originals.

 

RECAP

With Elijah present, Freya binds Tristan in a circle while Hayley bites and tortures him to procure half the coordinates to Rebekah’s location in the ocean floor. Meanwhile, Aurora takes Camille to Marcel’s gym and begins turning a group of men there who want to be vampires. Klaus searches around through clues Aurora left for him as Lucien follows with complaints that Camille should be left to die. Klaus eventually discovers Camille’s location and snaps Lucien’s neck when he becomes too annoying. Marcel is approached by Aya and told to resure Tristan to prove his loyalty using the same stake she used to render Rebekah near death. Aurora forces Camille to tell her a dark secret while passing the time leading her to admit to severely hurting a man in college for abusive acts on another woman. This drove her to learn psychology to study her behavior as she enjoyed the feeling of retaliating. Marcel finds Elijah and requests Tristan be released. When Elijah refuses, his sireline appears and they fight. Hayley helps until Marcel stabs Elijah from behind. Meanwhile, Aya finds Tristan and stabs Freya in the stomach. The pair leave as Marcel stays behind and heals Freya. Later, Tristan allows Marcel to join their ranks and discovers clues to Rebekah’s location which he later texts to Elijah. Klaus finds Aurora and attempts to persuade her that she doesn’t care for Camille. Unfazed by the move, Aurora intends to kill Camille but Klaus removes Aurora from the gym as Camille is knocked unconscious. She wakes to find the new vampire group hungry and one attacks her. She stakes her as Klaus returns to rescue her. Aurora laments her grief over losing Klaus to Lucien who consoles her while Freya summons Finn’s spirit from her locket with a need to speak to him about something important.

 

THE GOOD

Learning of Camille’s history with a violent act was an interesting way to further connect her with Klaus who likely feels more kinship with her than before. That kind of backstory makes sense for her character as we never really knew why motivated her to learn psychology. I’m also glad they didn’t decide to throw Klaus and Camille together right then and there. The music only brought the notion but they didn’t explore it. That will come later, but rest assured it’ll be a done deal this season unless something extremely tragic occurs.

 

There wasn’t much, but reintroducing the original Finn is an interesting development as he wasn’t very focused on except when he took over Vincent. As Rebekah was trying to resurrect Kol, Freya seems to have plans or at least wants to discuss something with Finn, but right now we can only speculate. In retrospect we have two ghosts, two vampires, and a hybrid. That makes for a merry Mikaelson bunch, right?

 

THE BAD

It seems minor, but I’d like to point out that there are references to objects that seem to have powerful effects against the originals and we’ve never heard of them before including that coin Lucien gave Klaus and Aya’s mystical stake that seems to have the same abilities as the daggers we all remember back in the TVD days. I’m hoping they don’t continue to conjure these powerful artifacts out of nowhere without at least some explanation as to how they came to be, who made the, and why.

 

I’m not sure I completely understand Aurora’s endgame here. Granted she admits she has bipolar but that hardly means she’s incapable of devising well thought out plans to convince old loves to choose them again. If she was going to prove Camille wasn’t important regardless of what she found out about her, why go through the charade at all? If she killed Camille, her fate would have been sealed. She took a chance that Klaus would choose her and lost that gamble horribly. Klaus also recanted his earlier claim about caring for her which makes showing us his painting of her locked in a brick wall almost a moot moment. Klaus may be twisted but he’s generally an honest person because his ego needs his audience to know how justified he feels in any decision he makes because he’s too powerful to be refused.

 

FAVORITE MOMENT

Camille’s backstory on her one and only violent act was an unexpected bonus to finding more about her nature and history. She’s by no means a violent character but she had a moment that she couldn’t control and in the result she drew pleasure from it. Klaus now knows this and though he wouldn’t exploit it on purpose, I can see him using this to flesh out more of their relationship? What that means is anyone’s guess, but at some point he’ll stop being just a protector and make a move that will really define if he’s capable of changing for the better or if Aurora is right and Camille is nothing more than a plaything to him.

 

CHARACTER MVP

Marcel is definitely putting himself on a limb to help Elijah and Klaus. It’s easy to tell that he will never truly betray them, but there stands to reason that something might compel him to turn later, because he’ll never do it of his own accord. He remains quick witted and cunning as he not only successfully kept his cover but he found the clue needed to nearly locate Rebekah. Hopefully he won’t have to prove himself further which could mean Aya will give him some slack. This is a good part for him to play and helps keep him not only relevant but useful to his strengths.

 

ENDING THOUGHTS

Aurora’s two clues scavenger hunt was completely pointless. In the end it was to bide time for the new vampires to awaken and to give Klaus a bit of something to do between scenes with Elijah and Tristan. They could have made this more involved and interesting, but it really felt weak.

 

For that one brief moment I actually felt bad for Lucien as he looked at Aurora with that expression that only unrequited love can produce. Maybe she’ll turn to him for attention to try and get over Klaus, but I think she’ll be a bit more destructive. Truthfully I can see her still going after Camille for what happened.

 

Jackson’s absence being explained as his activities in the bayou is something I mentioned in my TVD review earlier that when characters are notably absent there should always be some reference if normally they should be present. Granted, Jackson left Hayley, but we didn’t know where and I always feel those kinds of non-explanations are weak reasons to write characters out of certain portions of shows. Tonight, is a good example of how to do it right.

 

 

OVERALL SCORE

6 out of 10. A little higher than average. The Originals used an entire episode to cover two points, that Camille had a dark secret we now know and that Marcel is now fully immersed with the Stricts. Everything surrounding that information was a bit dragged out and probably didn’t need so long to tell. The prophecy continues to be referenced, but it’s more for reminding exposition than it is to draw out fear because I’m certain Elijah and Klaus are tired of hearing it. Elijah knows what’s looming, but even he can’t overprepare for what’s coming, and we still don’t know what. We’ve always known how deeply Klaus cares for Camille, but like most intentions to be good it revolves around being accepted by the ones you love and what you’re willing to do for them. Klaus’s acts will always be hollow in nature until he does them for himself. We’ll get one more episode before the winter break, hopefully to develop Freya’s relationship with Finn and her plans with him. Thanks for reading.

 

 

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