A Sashurai’s Review: The Originals – Season 4×13 (Not quite the end, not yet)

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SUMMARY

Vincent explains to the Mikaelsons that in order to save Hope, he needs to divide the Hollow’s spirit and place it forever within each of the Mikaelson vampires with the aftermath being they can never see one another again. Meanwhile, the Hollow resurrects her servant Dominic and together with her acolytes, storm New Orleans, collecting other witches to serve them. Hayley confronts the Hollow but is easily beaten. When she comes to under Vincent’s care, he explains that Klaus can never see Hope which could sway his decision to undertake the spell. Hayley tells Klaus anyway as the Mikaelsons later storm the church and subdue Hope with the help of Marcel and Sofya. When Kol is presumed unable or unwilling to return, Freya decides to become a vampire to be the fourth, but Kol arrives to take her place. After the spell is cast, the Mikaelsons split with Klaus the last to leave, telling Hope he loves her. The next day, Elijah requests that Elijah and Vincent collectively help cast a compulsion spell on him so that he forgets his vow of loyalty and devotion to Klaus and his family. After doing so, he disappears. Hayley takes Hope to Mystic Falls where she and Alaric watch her interact with other schoolmates. In San Francisco, Kol prepares an engagement ring for Davina while in New York City, Marcel declares his love for Rebekah and the two reconcile. In France, Elijah performs on a piano in a club as Klaus watches his brother in the background, proud of his new life.

 

INITIAL THOUGHTS

Take out the rudimentary plot to once more split the Mikaelsons up, tonight’s season finale garnishes a much more sentimental outlook while never truly saying goodbye to the family that has outlasted time itself. The growth of Klaus and Elijah has seen enough peaks and valleys to take this spin-off and continue to untold tales, but for the first time, I think their final scene together really told the best tale between their birth and eventual ends. As a fan of The Originals, this finale struck the right emotional chord, if not for the idea that redemption is unachievable, but that happiness can exist in their separate lives. It may not be forever, but at least collectively it was at the same time.

 

THE GOOD

It’s easy to dissect, but Klaus’s moments with Elijah, Marcel and Hope at the end really have given the audience an idea of what full circle can mean for the oldest hybrid. His moments of confession and letting go are what we’ve been needing to see since his time on TVD when family and companionship was all he really wanted, and to lift some curses and stuff. In the present though, he wants to be left to his fate which he presumes will be the downfall of his humanity and eventual turn for the worse. Will he simply turn into the villain again, or can he maintain as Elijah’s ever watchful brother? I’m certain season 5 will answer that very quickly.

 

This is honestly more neutral than it probably should be, but the idea is still sound and I refer to Rebekah and Marcel finally joined as they had started all those years ago. Rebekah simply wasn’t buying Marcel’s candid appearance, but his sincerity won her in a heartbeat and now we’re given the proverbial happy ending she always wanted. I like it because that’s what I wanted from her. Since the beginning, she wanted that companionship and love from someone, almost anyone who showed feelings toward her and time and time again, she was parted from that happy ending, until now. The only real downside is not knowing if it will last into season 5.

 

THE BAD

The episode contain almost zero tension and drama regarding the fate of the Hollow. Even after Dominic was resurrected, there was no innate fear that the Hollow was going to be subdued at a real heavy price, and I speak of death not the separation of the Mikaelson family, which we know if ultimately temporary as this isn’t a series finale. The Hollow, in retrospect was just really a tool to get the Mikaelsons to part ways in a very forcible manner that they would never agree to on common ground. There could be some genuine irony if something or someone had to pull them back together because of something worse appearing that only the Hollow or her power could be used against. Imagine the darkness that would need to be in those shoes.

 

FAVORITE MOMENT

It’s a combination of Klaus’s confession to Marcel and the last season of the episode when Klaus watches his brother with a smile. Both are his real growth moments, the heavy pieces that we’ve been waiting to see as his story is being told. At the end of the day, he knows he can’t be redeemed and now he has to suffer any ill effects of the Hollow’s damning curse alone. He’ll dabble in quiet solitude and eventually revert back to some old methods to wash away the anguish, only this time, no one will be there to console him. Maybe Freya can see him from time to time, but without his daughter, Klaus can only dream of the future he could have had and that will make him miserable for as long as the earth will have him.

 

CHARACTER MVP

It really should go to all four Mikaelsons with Freya too going as far as to become a vampire to keep Hayley from having to leave her daughter. Everyone shared in the grief but knew the decision had to be made. Rebekah certainly complained the most, but even she understood what had to happen. And for once, it was good to see the siblings outside of New Orleans partaking in what most people could consider a normal life.

 

ENDING THOUGHTS

Where does the series go from here? A season 5 has been officially greenlit and eventually this family will have to come back. Will Elijah be boundless and free forever or will something happen to Marcel to erase the compulsion he’s still under? Will he ever recognize Klaus again, and for that matter, does he understand all the aspects of his vampiric life never remembering the family he had? How absent is he eternally?

 

Will Klaus being aound Elijah be a serving point in the next season to bring the Hollow its power to half-strength? I can see this as a tease to that eventual return mainly because Klaus couldn’t help but be his brother’s keeper now that their roles are seemingly reversed.

 

Can the Mikaelsons really be around any witches at all? Freya and Davina are powerful in their own right and could be lured to bring out the Hollow in some odd way. Vincent may not account for what will happen if an Original dies. Let’s say Kol for example, meets some dark and unexpected end. What will happen to the Hollow’s power and the rest of the his siblings? There’s still a lot that can go wrong here.

 

I’d like the next season to jump ahead and put Hope as more of the central character moving forward. She could be at an age where her abilities manifest in some form that maybe she’s convinced that she could bring the Mikaelsons back and purge the Hollow’s spirit herself whether Vincent’s around or not. She could at least have the confidence before finding out how wrong she might be and letting the Hollow reform back again. But at least the family would be back together.

 

OVERALL SCORE

7 out of 10. It was an overtly sentimental finale that if pursued as the true final episode, I would have cheered with thumbs up. But it’s not, and since they didn’t know, we didn’t get a raging cliffhanger that would have certainly been worse if they never came back. What this basically means is, whatever bow they wanted to put on this series, they’re going to have to do this all over again with more sentiments and goodbyes and probably throw in a few cures to boot before we finally shut the coffin on this world forever. I’m still excited to see what they’ll come in store with, but I’m hoping they take the time to really think about a villain base that makes sense and it equally compelling as the family itself. The Hollow was not a very interesting villain and we need likeminded characters challenging the Mikaelsons in ways they’ve never been challenged before. Write those episodes and season 5 will be unstoppable. Thanks for reading. See you next season.

 

 

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A Sashurai’s Review: The Originals – Season 4×11 (That “damn it” was perfect)

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SUMMARY

With Hope’s blood, Freya coats a pair of daggers for her and Hayley to use on the Hollow while Kol is tasked by Inadu to keep a totem protecting her safe. Rebekah is sent after the totem and aided by Marcel, however Kol traps them in binding spell and goes to Hope to help her undo the linking spell between Inadu and Davina. Hayley and Freya track Inadu to a derelict home but are both subdued by powerful hallucinating spells. Freya fights against a form of Keelin who plays at her fears of losing her while Hayley wakes in the bayou with a form of Jackson stalling her from waking. Klaus finds Rebekah and Marcel and learns of Kol’s betrayal then returns to the compound while Hope attempts to help Kol. Rebekah and Marcel burn the house they are in down and during an argument they kiss with Rebekah immediately regretting it. Klaus fights with Kol as Hope unbinds the spell just as Hayley and Freya free themselves and face Inadu. With the linking spell broken Davina is freed just as Hayley kills Inadu with the dagger. Klaus releases Kol who reunites with Davina as they leave the city together. Back at the compound, Freya performs the spell to resurrect Elijah while Hayley drinks at the bayou and laments her feelings for both Jackson and Elijah. She also admits to needing strength to do something hard to keep Hope safe. Later at night, Klaus puts Hope to bed not realizing that Inadu had previously performed a spell that allowed her to take possession of her.

 

INITIAL THOUGHTS

The Originals fought mostly as a family to put Inadu’s new mortal form to a permanent rest, however, unforeseen by them, she now has taken control of Hope in a last ditch effort to remain in the mortal plane. Hayley’s battle is likely leading her down a new path that may once again put her at odds with the entire Mikaelson bloodline, and Jackson briefly cameo’d, this time as a wicked hallucination paired against Hayley. All this and all my interest was actually on Rebekah and Marcel having their little argument that ended quite predictably in a long overdue kiss. Davina and Kol riding off into the blackened night was understandably necessary if nothing else to give Davina a more dignified ending than becoming the ancestor’s pet spirit. I’m fine with how they ended up given Kol’s strange journey over the seasons. The rest was of course the focus for Hayley which seems to be planting harder over our heads more than usual. Once again she’s turning her situation into an impossible choice, one that probably won’t involve consulting Klaus who will of course react in various yelling ways.

 

THE GOOD

The relationships are always a key element in these vampire stories and while Marcel and Rebekah are busy confusing themselves over what could and should have been, Davina and Kol are very keen on their plan to explore the world now that they’re free from the evil plots within New Orleans. Hayley, is still dealing with some leftover grief regarding her choice to be with Elijah versus Jackson even though she was married to him. It’s really about relationships that help create these conflicting moments, not just the bad guys manipulating events and creating ultimatums. Even Klaus, who went to the dagger as the answer, found a way to forgive Kol in the heat of the moment because Kol relied on Klaus’s feelings toward Camille to stay his hand. Those moments are far more classic than Hayley finding the strength to stab Inadu over and over. Even Freya dealing with a vision of evil-Keelin was to herself an eye-opener that inevitability of death can be anyone’s greatest fear. A lot of poignant moments came out of tonight and we didn’t even need any scenes with Elijah, though we got two.

 

THE BAD

Inadu’s time as herself was very short lived. I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised since we only have two episodes left, but I’m not the biggest fan of a spirit swapping from person to person keeping the essence of its core alive. Viewers should invest in an actor or actress as the villain to help understand their madness or their plight depending on how they’re presented. When several people portray the same villain, it can water down the effect greatly where I don’t really care one way or another how this creature manifests because we’ve lost all investment in it. I just think Inadu should have stayed in her true form until the end.

 

FAVORITE MOMENT

When Rebekah and Marcel’s argument led to their kiss. It was a very classic style of bickering and infatuation that I think only exists in the confines of television, but it helps lighten the mood and can shift the tone in favor for the characters in question. It was a fun moment, one that I’m glad ended with Rebekah whispering her obscenity as she walked off in frustration. I’m sure Marcel was thinking the same thing.

 

CHARACTER MVP

This shout-out will go to Kol this time. In the realm of family versus love, he tried to balance the scales as best he could knowing Klaus’s wrath was every near his heart. Still, in the end, he managed to get what he wanted and left relatively unscathed for the effort. His was the real victory if not a personal one and if I didn’t know better I’d say this was his final adieu until at least next season.

 

ENDING THOUGHTS

While Marcel’s role as king of the city has now been reduced to, which lovely lady does he confess eternal love to? I actually am rooting for him to choose Rebekah, if nothing else to finally get their frustrations from centuries of avoiding each other out. Marcel is the only person Rebekah loved that hasn’t been put to death and while it would have been better if Matt was still in the picture, I’d say Marcel is the next best thing for her if she really wants to try.

 

Vincent will have to come back into play for this final act considering Hope is now possessed by Inadu making this being the most powerful witch of all time. She’ll throw everyone across the room at the same time and not even think twice about it. I’m sure someone will mention some purging spell probably within the book Vincent tried to destroy a while back. Either way, Klaus and Hayley are going to have a field day when they find out what’s happened to their child.

 

I’m not certain the knot representing the linking spell was a good way to throw in something for Hope to do. Clearly, Kol couldn’t explain what she needed to do specifically so somehow he relied on some dark object that when properly straightened unlinked Davina from Inadu. I think we just have to accept the scene as it was and not really question it because it felt like it came out of nowhere. And the effects weren’t very good on screen either.

 

I wonder what the studios are doing to try and write the incoming 5th season since Inadu was really supposed to represent the end-all-be-all villain of the series. Will they skip ahead in time again or will they introduce an even greater foe for them to contend with? And of course, what stylized cliffhanger will they give us this time?

 

OVERALL SCORE

8 out 10. A family united can create the moments they need to succeed and be victorious against a common foe. Tonight’s Originals saw to the bitter end the original form of the hollow before it took refuge within Hope. If there’s still a sacrifice to be had to stop it, then Freya’s threat to use Marcel is still in effect, otherwise they’re in a world of trouble. Within Hayley’s struggle to fight Jackson and save the day, a few other couples shared some very heartfelt and lovingly funny moments, mostly in dealing with feelings that rarely get a chance to be explored. Though they’ve earned a respite and everyone’s well-dressed brother is back in the game, the real final battle is about to begin and the kingdom will once more be in jeopardy. Outside of a few glaring flaws, this was a brilliant episode with temptation and loyalty playing all-throughout. Only two episodes remain and a promise of one more journey in the city of New Orleans next year. Until next week, thanks for reading.

 

 

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A Sashurai’s Review: The Originals – Season 4×10 (Where did the door with angel wings lead, I wonder?)

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SUMMARY

Kol and Rebekah return to New Orleans after witnessing several of Elijah’s sire-line die at a club while Freya attempts to find Elijah herself within the broken pendant. Together, Klaus and Rebekah locate and destroy all but one of the thorn-stakes leaving the last to Marcel who needs it to save Sofya. On his own, Kol tries to bargain with the harvest girls to see Davina but they refuse leaving him desperate, meanwhile Freya fails to find Elijah leaving Hayley to try herself. As she searches, Hayley finds the fabled red door which contains Elijah’s darkest aspect of his life during a time centuries ago. The Elijah within chases her but with Hope’s help, Elijah regains his sense of self and Freya stabilizes the pendant back to its full form. Later, Freya tells Rebekah that if they can’t use the Hollow to save Elijah’s body, she’ll sacrifice the only other person strong enough to see it through, Marcel. At the cemetery, Inadu finds Kol and shows him a resurrected Davina now linked to Inadu herself. Kol is now faced with serving Inadu to keep Davina safe.

 

INITIAL THOUGHTS

A family has mostly been reunited with a sense of familial dread on the horizon. Tonight’s Originals mark their trails that will inevitably lead to a final confrontation with the most powerful witch of all. The bulk of the episode stood for the search and rescue of Elijah’s soul, an act that built a visual landscape of doors and symbols but not really enough glimpses into his shattered past. Most dealt with reused footage of seasons past with the exception of a dark and brooding moment in time where Elijah slaughtered several innocents during a dark phase of his life. Metaphors aside, the episode was a retread into Klaus and Marcel’s symbiotic relationship and Rebekah’s echo of love for Marcel and Klaus’s voice of reason. Her return was the light of the episode while the rest was a bit of mop work in dealing with the remaining stakes with thorns. Kol’s forced allegiance to Inadu will know doubt keep the family on their toes, another decent takeaway from an otherwise sluggish plot.

 

THE GOOD

Both Elijah and Rebekah are the constant reminders that Klaus needs to settle down and focus more on the redemption side of things. With Elijah out of the picture, it’s up to his sister to maintain that delicate thread for the star of this show. While Elijah fights for Klaus’s redemption in a more elusive way, Rebekah is more up front with Klaus and his tired antics for stating the obvious in tumultuous times. Next to Marcel, and Klaus, Rebekah is the only other character dealing with old but necessary conflict when it comes to feelings. Kol’s relationship with Davina will be more fleshed out next week, but for now, we’re given a glimpse into Rebekah’s state of mind regarding Marcel and her love for Elijah.

 

The trip through Elijah’s mind did have a certain elegance that was bright and clean with the exception of a worn and withered red door that more than simplified the direction Hayley needed to go to find Elijah’s spirit. The symbols on each door could have been more exemplified but their meanings were meant for subtle remembrances that he does have moments he’s more proud of than not. It would have been more prevalent of Hayley had to force the red door open to gain entry, but maybe that would have been stacking the situation too much.

 

THE BAD

Elijah’s resolution felt a bit of a mess. I would have liked to have seen more examples of a broken mind and a hallway destabilizing with more weight to the situation. While we’re meant to believe that Hayley was the one person that could and did reach through to him, we missed a great opportunity to include the entire Mikaelson family in helping bring him back. There was a moment in his memories where the siblings had a dinner where everyone, excluding Finn was present and pleasant. That should have been a trigger that maybe seeing them all again would have been a stronger theme to bring Elijah from the brink of feral madness. Instead, it was Hayley alone that more or less handled the situation with a vague threat that somehow Elijah could harm her in this enclosed universe.

 

Inadu only made brief appearances, deciding against making a strong statement against the Mikaelson family. She’s biding her time and creating contingency plans to ensure her survival which suggests that while she’s smart enough to plan, she also desperate to stay alive which means she has vulnerabilities to exploit. She didn’t seem at first the type of person who wouldn’t outright proclaim the city as her own and control the entire populace with her power. Unless she’s holding back I feel she’s being a bit too under utilized giving the Mikaelson family a bit too much breathing room to settle their safety of Elijah and fellow kin.

 

FAVORITE MOMENT

Short but to the point, I liked Klaus and Rebekah’s interactions with Marcel during both of their major scenes. While there isn’t much of a reason to care about Sofya what’s important is Marcel does and Rebekah recognizes it. She’ll never truly be over him and that will probably come into play sooner than we think. For now, we’re treated with three alumni cast members putting their differences aside for a common goal, mostly. Klaus accommodated Marcel’s request at Rebekah’s mostly stern expressions and the rest we summed up through Marcel’s speed with chasing the stakes down. I like their dynamic and hope they continue to have more scenes like them in the future.

 

CHARACTER MVP

Klaus had a bit growth when he allowed Marcel to take the stake but Hayley had the most impact in helping to restore Elijah’s soul which was the stronger focus tonight. There isn’t much she won’t do for Elijah and given the circumstances I’m sure the situations would be reversed easily. I think she gave into fear too much when Elijah chased her given she’s a powerful hybrid but the point was she didn’t know how to deal with a feral Elijah but in the end managed to safely bring him back to his suit-wearing personality. And I’m certain she’d to it all over again in a heartbeat for him.

 

ENDING THOUGHTS

Kol can be a bit of a wild-card here as he’s in a position to do anything to save Davina. Does that mean he will at least tell his siblings what’s happened or will he outright betray them for the sake of his love? That’s a tough one to decipher given his track record for making brash decisions in the past. I’m banking that he won’t tell them at first until he knows for sure he can trust that they’ll help spare her because right now we have too many damsels in distress and not enough Mikaelsons to care about it.

 

Over the seasons it’s become clear that the only way to pit all these “good” characters against each other is to have them force to serve the villain(s) of the season. That doesn’t always make for epic showdowns when the real threats are always power and control and never really personal. Marcel and Klaus have had the best reasons to hate each other and that’s why their clash in season one worked so well, but over the years it’s become a bit thin with how they make betrayals and hard choices hinge on how desperate the good guys are to save other good guys in peril. This is also why Vincent is such a compelling character because he still makes his decisions based on those strong feelings and not because he’s being coerced all the time like Marcel, Kol, and other characters of the past. Isn’t it more potent when characters turn on eachother of their own accord?

 

The remainder of this season will deal with whether or not Elijah can be returned to his original body as the Mikaelsons battle the hollow and her machinations. Right now we don’t know Inadu’s endgame except that probably still filled with revenge over what happened to her so long ago. What’s really stopping her from going to the Mikaelsons straight up, screaming like a Black Canary and melting all their faces off?

 

It may seem trite, but I’d refrain from doing any more scenes with Elijah until we know for sure if he’s going to be brought back or die. There needs to be some emotional distance and more desperation on the part of his siblings and if we continue to go back and see how comfortable and normal Elijah is in the pendant, we won’t really see that play out. Klaus had a heartfelt moment speaking to Elijah’s corpse, something that was one-way and there’s a bit or honesty there that can only come when people like Klaus are separated from the people they care about most. It will give more time and focus to the characters in reality that can help him and truthfully, I think Elijah has played his part as well as he’s ever going to.

 

OVERALL SCORE

6 out of 10. The main villain bides her time and sets up a chessboard of her own to make sure she doesn’t end up a lens-flare in the bleak of existential luminance. Are two plots dealt with Hayley’s search for Elijah’s fractal spirit and the Mikaelsons searching for the remaining thorns that can kill them. Marcel pines for a character we still haven’t really invested any time in and Kol is once more obsessed with keeping Davina safe. There’s a bit of textbook arcs happening here, some of which are rethreading on familiar ground as Kol is once more the odd sibling out. Rebekah will for the moment replace Elijah as Klaus’s voice of reason and Freya continues to exert her intentions by saying she’ll kill and sacrifice whomever she has to to save her family. The last thorn-wrapped stake may still play a part in the future unless there’s nothing to be gained by threatening another Mikaelson’s life with it. All in all, it was mostly a light trip down Elijah’s memory lane and little else to showcase the real problem which was Inadu herself. Marcel tried but failed to stop her making him realize the alliance he needs, but as always, darker motives will drive these characters to be more combative than allied. We’ll see how far Inady pushes them. Thanks for reading.

 

 

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A Sashurai’s Review: The Originals – Season 4×08 (Wait, the cursed bone knife is part of the pelvis bone? Not a rib? Wait, what?)

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SUMMARY

Klaus contacts Alaric from Mystic Falls about a bone fragment which he locates and agrees to offer up. Meanwhile, Hayley and Klaus are sent by Hope to meet with the ancestors at the church where the harvest girls send them to commune with Davina who relays the history of the hollow’s origin. Centuries ago, a coven marriage brought a child that was given power to unite the tribes but in doing so corrupted her spirit leading them to destroy her, but as her dying act, Inadu, the hollow created the werewolf curse. It also reinforced Hayley’s bloodline to be the only one that can potentially stop the hollow. Marcel and Elijah recover the bone fragment from Alaric after a brief run in with Sofya as the hollow and together they find another bone hidden in a mausoleum. When Sofya finds them, Hayley arrives to stop her but find out that Davina plans to sacrifice Klaus as the final means to trap the hollow for good. Marcel, Hayley and Elijah go to the church to try and persuade Davina against killing Klaus but it is Hope who confronts and stops Davina. Afterward, Elijah returns to Marcel’s home to give him the dagger that can kill him but is subdued by Sofya who stabs him in the back with the thorns that can kill an original.

 

INITIAL THOUGHTS

Well, there we have it, the official history of the werewolves and the backwards logic that sustains Hayley as the one driving force that can defeat the hollow. I’m certain when she first showed up on TVD that they weren’t planning on this scenario but I do give them points for ingenuity. Witch magic is a finicky thing that is responsible for both the vampire and werewolf creations. I don’t necessarily mind the concept, but how the two relate is very strange and will probably be ripped apart by the enthusiasts who want their shows to make sense. In any case, the marvel really came from Hope’s real entry into the fight and now we are starting to understand how powerful she really is. This is one of those episodes that almost promised to end the life of a mainstay character but couldn’t quite get the job done, giving us a real sense of false tension among who that might be. Of course when dealing with objects and curses that can destroy near omnipotent creatures we have the slow agonizing death effect which Elijah is no doubt going to go through. A sunrise or two later and he’ll be drained of all life unless some loophole of antidote is found. Sound familiar? He all but categorically handfed us his last rites before succumbing to the villains next evil plan. Aspects of this episode were somewhat confusing to follow, but for the most part, it was an enjoyable continuation of the history of the supernatural of this world.

 

THE GOOD

I’m an avid fan of the old crossover effect so when I can see characters cameo from other shows I grin like an idiot. Alaric showed up three times to begrudgingly aid the Mikaelson family and even offers a safe haven for Hope to grow up and learn her abilities in an environment akin to the Xavier school for the gifted. I’m surprised he and Klaus didn’t refine the details of the old days when Alaric was actually a vampire or that he was really close to having a relationship with Caroline. Spin-offs are nothing if not sour over what has to be addressed in their parental counterpart shows and as such, we got a simple regards from Klaus regarding not anyone imparticular but rather Mystic Falls as a whole. It was a nice moment even if he and Alaric really aren’t connected in much except for both being fathers.

 

Bringing Davina back was also a nice touch even if her existence is a bit marred by the fact her soul was supposed to be annihilated, but hey, who cares, right? She’s the lead voice for the ancestors and hopefully it’s not her last appearance as her relationship with Marcel is the only one that matters considering what the two have been through. A lot can be said about how she listened to Marcel’s sorrow toward the end of the episode at her grave. It was probably one of the more tender moments that we needed to see from the old king of New Orleans and help remind us that he’s essentially a good person who racks up the guilt over her loss and others in the past.

 

THE BAD
It should be noted, the content of Elijah’s growth in this episode was well thought out, but the delivery of his scenes all but choreographed his sudden fall at the hollow’s hands. I don’t need to see a character’s rise to accepting their flaws and making changes in their lives for the better if the goal is to make them more sympathetic and then make them die or seem to die shortly after. This goes for his noble sacrifice in offering to take Klaus’s place. It’s too easy for a character to throw the towel in, but it’s another to do it where his or her allies don’t have a choice but to watch. The choice was taken out of his hands because they weren’t ready to end his existence yet but they wanted us to really feel comfortable with his decision about it which makes it harder in the long run if all they’re doing is postponing the inevitable. The same problem came with Katherine on TVD when they really drew out her death scene but that’s water under the bridge. In summary, don’t force-feed us a character’s willingness to make amends and die unless you actually plan to go through with it.

 

FAVORITE MOMENT

When Hope stopped Davina from killing Klaus. That was really the moment when we finally saw Hope’s abilities stand out aside from having loose connections to magic scattered throughout the season. Klaus and Hayley are beginning to see what she’s really capable of and how much she understands what’s happening. If the show is smart, they’ll make her be the final element that puts to end the Hollow and not Hayley, who is still floundering in this season in my opinion. Klaus’s relationship with Hope is fairing far better than his with Marcel as a father figure and it’s one of the best connections he’s excelled in given his tendency to hit brick walls with most characters on the show.

 

CHARACTER MVP

Elijah may deserve it, but I rather think Hope is the honored recipient this time. She stood up to one of the most powerful witches ever and is taking an actual role in helping her parents defend against a greater evil. Alaric recognizes her potential and wants to guide her in the future which is a nod to a spin-off that will probably never happen. Her parents are starting to realize that she doesn’t need shielding from the danger but rather an inclusion to the plan in destroying that danger however that plan manifests in the season. I do want to give Elijah credit in his comment about not forgiving himself for ripping Marcel’s heart out last season, something that Marcel probably didn’t expect to hear and honestly, neither was I.

 

ENDING THOUGHTS

So Inadu, Esther, Cade, and Silas are the four characters that really solidified all the origins of supernatural nonsense on this show. Somewhere down the road I need to readdress the chronological events of every major superpower in this world and figure out how it all connected. It’s been a little hard to track and remember over the years.

 

I also have to dock Elijah points for not actually giving the blade to Marcel until Hayley told him to. He offered it as a show of trust but kept it even after they worked together to find one of the bones. That’s cold and I refuse to believe he just forgot. He should have given the blade to him outright the second he showed it as a means to gain Marcel’s help or else his gesture would still look more like a threat for having it in the first place.

 

I know Marcel has feelings for Sofya but realistically there’s zero chemistry for them to follow up on. I see no real reason for him or anyone to try and “save” her from the hollow and considering she’s indestructible while the hollow controls her, I’m not really worried about her survival unless the hollow leaving her body somehow transmutates or destroys her body and soul in the process. It really doesn’t matter either way. She had one moment of sympathy when she described her past to Klaus, but they really didn’t follow up on that since so there’s not enough interest to see Marcel save the day for her or her somehow coming out of this alive.

 

So, if Marcel’s blood alone will kill Klaus, then what’s the point with making these thorn-like weapons to begin with? Creating original-style death weapons is never supposed to be an easy task and I thought there needed to be special circumstances surrounding Marcel’s blood to aid in killing the originals and not the blood alone. I suppose it’s a moot point this late in the season, but they really wanted to sell the possibility that Klaus was going to die and as usual we weren’t fooled even for a second that was going to happen.

 

OVERALL SCORE

8 out of 10. Alaric and Davina made special appearances to help escalate the danger of the hollow and we also got the official interpretation of the werewolves which I wasn’t entirely satisfied is seeing but it’s better than nothing and I always thought the werewolves got the worst storylines out of the deal on both shows. Here, they finally have a connection to the big bad and in the end I’m okay with their origin plot even if others aren’t. Hope made a grand save for her father and Elijah is now in peril as a victim of Inadu’s return. The race is on to save an original with the threat of the city in the balance. Oh, and today we received confirmation that The Originals will be renewed for season 5, which means our tales with Klaus and crew will continue hopefully in a grand new direction once this mess with the hollow is resolved. Although, if they only get 13 episodes that will top off the series at 92 episodes. Make it an even 21 episodes and end the show on the 100th episode and we’ll call it square. Thanks for reading.

 

 

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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: The Originals – Season 3×21 (Marcel, you clever bastard)

TO 3x21

 

SUMMARY

After Camille and Davina’s funerals Vincent decides to use his ex wife’s (Eva) magical sphere locked away in their old house to sever the ancestors hold on New Orleans forever. Meanwhile Josh attempts to convince Marcel not to take the serum as Freya and Elijah uncover more of the prophecy which involves Marcel becoming the next ultra hybrid. Klaus seeks Marcel out and tries to reason with him out near an old bridge that once held sentimental value for Marcel. Vincent enlists the help of Detective Kinney to secure the items he needs for transcending into the spirit world and Kol agrees to help after receiving a message from Davina. Elijah finds Klaus and Marcel and reveals what he knows prompting Marcel to show the serum and ponder on drinking its contents. Vincent and Kol enter the spirit world and find Davina who takes the sphere and ignites it, thus severing the ancestors from the living world. As Marcel reaches his boiling point against the Mikaelsons, Elijah rips his heart out from behind and he’s lost to the river. Distraught, Klaus wanders alone as Elijah confides in Hayley as the two embrace as lovers. Later, Klaus tells Josh and Vincent that Marcel is dead only for Vincent to reaveal to Josh that Marcel took the serum the moment it was offered to him. In the river, Marcel’s eyes open and they’re glowing red.

 

INITIAL THOUGHTS

If prophecies are never wrong, then Marcel was never in any real danger. The wool was cast over us as Marcel duped the Mikaelsons into killing him thus turning him into the fabled monster of their prophetic nightmares. It’s about time we finally got to this point. What started with the triage of Lucien, Aurora, and Tristan has now ended with Marcel and his bloody warfare that he’ll no doubt reign in his city, all to rid the Mikaelsons for good. This is the kind of build up that showcases all the right segments in pitting long favored Marcel in the wrong place for the right reasons. Here we have a villain who in all respects shouldn’t be and that’s the best doubt one can cast to make next week’s finale a thrilling one. Though Vincent’s subplot was a little too convenient to showcase Davina one last time, the end was easily one of the better cliffhanger’s this show’s produced, because now there really is no going back.

 

THE GOOD

Marcel made all the right points even with Klaus believing what he told his son. Two explicit ideologies clashed in a way that should have had Klaus trying to make sense of where Marcel was coming from, but after three seasons the two finally had the kind of talk they needed. Granted it led nowhere good, but that was the point. Elijah couldn’t trust the situation and killed Marcel to save his family because he more than Klaus is capable of such things as proven once before with the death of Davina. In a strange way, Klaus has been twice the victim of being labeled as the king when it’s really Elijah who’s making the king-like calls. Everything on the bridge held the best parts of the episode notwithstanding Marcel’s faux attempt that understanding why the Mikaelsons are the way they are with him. He had the blood but didn’t have to die, yet Elijah’s choice sealed their fate and for once, I agree, it was a long time coming.

 

THE BAD

The sphere acting as a battery for collecting dark magic of sorts seemed like an odd time to pull that macguffin out of nowhere. In all of Vincent’s past problems with the ancestors he decides after Davina’s death that this was going to be his hail-mary? Since Davina’s death there hadn’t been any whisperings of the ancestors causing interference yet it was important that Vincent deal with them while Marcel pretended to indulge Klaus. And then it turns out Davina isn’t suffering a fate worse than hell, she in fact can still communicate with Kol, diminished but still. She’s found and she uses the last of her spiritual energy to destroy the connection which likely will take her out as well. It was a means to give Davina a better farewell than last week’s episode which included a long-stemmed goodbye from Kol. I’m not a huge fan of shows that need to really sell the death of a character and then blindside us by showing them continue to exist after heartfelt goodbyes. This and TVD are the worst in terms of killing off characters, they just don’t know how to do it right sometimes.

 

FAVORITE MOMENT

When Vincent tells Josh that Marcel already too the serum. That was a great moment, nonchalantly played by Vincent who already knew he was in good hands he just neglected to tell anyone else. And when Marcel woke in his death-like slumber with those red eyes, you just know he’s going to wreck house on everyone against him. It’s for sure going to get bloody next week and that’s the best way to have an Original finale.

 

CHARACTER MVP

Marcel had a lot to get off of his chest and rightly so. His complaints over Davina’s death found a stronger root with Klaus and the idea of serving under him no matter what became the emphasis for their talks. Where he really hit home I think was when he referenced loyalty not mattering but being challenged is when everything changes and Marcel had never ever been a real threat even during season 1. He’s a justified villain now who will probably make mega-maniacal decisions now that he has the power to do so. Still, he had some raw candid moments to share with his sire and those were powerful moments to witness.

 

ENDING THOUGHTS

With the ancestors link severed, does that mean Kol will lose his bloodlust and be able to leave the city without desecating? Or he still stuck in New Orleans? Furthermore, what will he do when Marcel begins to close in on his family? I think he’ll choose his own side, until something else gives way for him to teeter toward one side or the other. Anyone’s guess as to what that is though.

 

Kinney had a much bigger role to play and considering how well he and Vincent got along, I wouldn’t be surprised if this becomes something of a standard alliance in season 4 should both characters make it there alive. That bro handshake at the end.

 

I’m not entirely sure this night was the best time to finally lay down with Hayley considering the act of murder Elijah took part in only hours ago. He’s broken up, as much as Klaus is about the situation and Hayley is more in tune with his emotional state, but considering the “will they won’t they” mentality of the last three seasons, I have to say they chose a poor time to couple, but considering there’s rarely a point where someone isn’t dying around them, I guess now was as good as a time as any. Of course like in more horror tropes, now that the deed is done, one of them has to die.

 

And what was the point of the little fire by the bridge after Marcel fell into the river? Was Klaus trying to stay warm after needlessly searching the river bank for his friend? That river didn’t look like it had a powerful current sweeping away a body, and in the end, Marcel really wasn’t that far off.

 

I’m just going to assume Aurora is dead, like dead dead. I don’t see a reason for her to come back now that she has no serum in her system. It’s unfortunate, but this pretty much makes Tristan the last of the second line standing, though I doubt he’ll ever surface again.

 

OVERALL SCORE

8 out of 10. Great buildup to what will no doubt be an intense finale. The prophecy made sure that all things happen the way they were seen and now we know fully what that will entail. No Mikaelson is safe and that’s always the focus on each season is to put them in the kind of peril that spells ultimate death. Marcel gave Klaus all the chance in the world to have his say but Elijah stole what residue of trust Marcel had left and now Elijah may in instrumental in the downfall of his own family. The musical cues was a bit overkill, I don’t think this show needs them anymore, I think they’ve grown past it, but characters staring longingly toward one another is still a facet of this vampiric storytelling so they have to get them in somehow. With TVD already on the rack for another season, The Originals is still in question, but we know at least one Mikaelson survives based on earlier clues from TVD. Klaus will endure one way or another, but who will he lose along the way and is it worth bringing back Rebekah for the possibility of being killed of? I hope not. Keep her in that coffin! Thanks for reading.

 

 

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A Sashurai’s Review: The Originals – Season 3×17 (What if Mystic Falls is just another way of saying “Spells broken?”)

TO 7x17

 

SUMMARY

Lucien takes Vincent and Freya to Mystic Falls where the Mikaelsons first became vampires. There he forces Vincent to perform the spell that made them using Freya’s human blood and an additive of potent werewolf venom. Davina and Kol help Finn and Elijah track Vincent down as they return to Mystic Falls where Sheriff Matt Donovan confronts them. Meanwhile, Klaus and Hayley discover a group of captured werewolves in one of Lucien’s research facilities in Tennessee. Hayley frees them and remains to burn the facility down while Klaus returns to New Orleans. As Finn, Elijah, and Matt find Lucien, he drinks the blood from the spell and begins to transform into an original hybrid. Finn uses Matt’s gun to kill Lucien which completes his turn making him more powerful than the originals. He bites Finn but Freya keeps them safe from Lucien with a barrier spell. Lucien flees and the others return home to try and save Finn. Even with Klaus’s blood, Finn is unable to recover and dies with his family by his side. After grieving for their fallen brother, Klaus swears revenge but discovers that Lucien had enough blood to give to another, whom he realizes is Aurora. Too late, he finds that Aurora is missing from her prison.

 

INITIAL THOUGHTS

The tide of power has indeed turned and rushed over the family that has never known more danger until now. Tonight, Klaus and his siblings lose one their own as Lucien ascends into a hybrid of immense power. Magic and spells have been a root of a lot of problems in this world but at least Klaus and the family are attempting to do something about it. I’m unquestionably impressed with the turnout of this plot and though I can’t stand Lucien as a character, by giving him rise and a new sense of confidence, he may just turn into the kind of villain this season needs and now he has a queen by his side, ready to take the plunge into hybrid-ism. As a fan of cross-overs, The Originals snuck in another with Matt appearing in his hometown of Mystic Falls, still assuming the role of vampire evictor. Packed full of clash and sorrow, this season has culminated into a final arc that will pit the historic family against one their progeny in a fight for the ages. And it’s looking to be unbelievably violent.

 

THE GOOD

The most important feature here was the setup to give Finn a short glimpse into family sentiment and make his second departure more sympathetic which I believe was accomplished here. Granted Kol, had to remain sickened and suffering from the corrupt spell that brought him back, but even he wished Finn a lasting peace when the time came. With only Elijah to pour his rage on, Finn did his best to make him aware of what it meant to be trapped and daggered for a century and longer. This would have been better served toward Klaus himself, but Elijah is fitting enough and the one who would understand Finn’s plight the most considering his trials set by their brother in the past. I was satisfied with Finn’s departure even though I wanted all six siblings to be present at the same time, something we’ll never see now.

 

This was the opportune moment to seize the prophecy and make it relevant as well as having Lucien be the instrument of it’s undertaking. He wanted this since day one and it helps he had such a plan in place which makes what he’s been doing since the start of the season relevant even though there were plenty of times he seemed like a lack-luster character who over acts his way to the chagrin of Klaus and the gang. But now he has the power to back up his passion and Aurora is by his side as well. I have a theory with where this is going, but its honestly too early to tell how this will all play out considering the origin of spells and the effect it has on all humans. Still, it was refreshing to finally see a villain put The Originals in a place of uncertainty as it’s no longer a white-oak stake of bullet that puts them on edge, but simply a bite that can dispel centuries of ruling.

 

THE BAD

It goes without saying that this episode needed Rebekah to round out the family of six and to be there for Finn’s death along side Freya, their only other sister. I’ve spoken enough on that subject but there’s very little I had issues with in this episode. Everyone had the right amount of screen time and importance which included Camille recounting to Davina how similar Kol’s actions seemed when her uncle was cursed. One thing that unfortunately stood out though was how little we truly know about the werewolf packs. We were given such a short run down by the elder wolf on his lineage and how that factored into the new strain of werewolf venom that we simply had to take their exposition and run with it. We never truly settled on a proper story arc that involved the wolves save for Klaus’s interaction with his biological father and Klaus only ended up killing him for the effort. I think the inclusion of the hybrid spell would have been that much more potent had he been given enough time to understand what these 7 packs of wolves were all about, where they came from, and what it meant for the, to be harvested in such a way.

 

FAVORITE MOMENT

There were better scenes for sure, but watching Matt stand up to Elijah and Finn was monumental for the guy who just wants to protect his town. And given his presence around Finn as the man who killed him last gave this episode even more symmetry than it needed which I always liked. Even while Finn and Elijah argued in the center of Mystic Falls, that clock tower was there to remind us how integrated this show is with the mythos of that town and how they’ve indirectly affected it over the course of time. I am surprised Elijah didn’t just rip Matt’s heart out where he stood, but his comment about saying hi to Rebekah for him was a gentle reminder that she’d probably be very pissed if Elijah had killed one of her boyfriends that she actually got along with.

 

CHARACTER MVP

This episode was meant for Finn to take the spot. I liked that Klaus never once portrayed his unbearable arrogance for an entire episode, but it was important for us to understand the least visible Mikaelson who was essentially the firstborn of the family. He had a story to tell, misery to understand, and a release to go through which all culminated tonight. He wouldn’t have survived like Elijah and Klaus would have, but he helped save Freya and for that, he earned the respect of his siblings which gave him all the peace he needed to pass onto the next world. I’m glad he was given the time to have that kind of outing and if the other siblings are so lucky, we’ll be in for a hellish falling out should any more siblings perish by Lucien’s hand.

 

ENDING THOUGHTS

I know spells are a dime a dozen these days, but considering how powerful Esther’s vampire spell was, I can’t imagine Lucien’s adding of werewolf venom woudn’t completely disrupt the spell. There’s a lot of analogy with how spells need to be perfect and harmonious with the ingredients they require and if anyone can just throw in an extra vial or a dab of random things that they wouldn’t get completely wrecked by the result. If this were truly a world that stuck to the rule-sets they are governed by, then Lucien should have exploded the second he drank that vial, or at the very least, gone completely insane and monstrous.

 

My only theory I’m holding onto at this point is that the insane and monstrous effect will happen to Aurora. She’s already unstable and though I’m certain she’ll drink, or be forced to drink the second vial, she’ll go through an entirely different experience. Granted she’ll still need to be staked to finish the transformation, but I’m sure Lucien has that all planned out. Knowing her, she’ll find a way to return Tristan to the ranks and share that blood with him as well. What better way to have the progeny outclass the Originals than in a plot twist like this.

 

One scene I omitted in my summary is that Vincent and Davina agree that the ancestors need to be taken out, destroyed, or stopped completely. What’s fascinating is that Vincent said all this out loud and I imagine he’s being monitored somehow by the ancients and if so, they probably would have killed him already for actively voicing his betrayal. But then how would they get this interesting subplot off the ground then? While Lucien plays at dominating his maker, Vincent will be risking everything to keep the ancients off this playing field. It may cost him his life, but at the same time, with Davina’s help, they could very well accomplish the task. I’m rooting for him, he’s been a solid character since he showed up as Finn.

 

I’m honestly surprised that Lucien didn’t rip Matt’s head off when he transformed. When Matt wakes up, I’d imagine he’d want to do something similar to Freya and find a witch who could keep vampires out with a spell. Oh wait, we already did that plot. Well then, Matt will wake up with a hell of a headache and continue missing Penny and hating vampires, especially Stefan.

 

Here’s one last little gripe. If the same spell was performed to turn an existing vampire into an Original, and it’s been stated several times that the older you are the more powerful you become, then doesn’t time factor into this transformation? The spell should have put Lucien in the same playing field as Elijah. Now granted, the werewolf strain is what’s giving him the edge, but does this in fact make him as powerful or more powerful than Klaus. It’s just the bite that’s more lethal, and even if it’s a combination of the 7 packs that gives him a killing bite, that doesn’t necessarily translate to being a physically stronger or faster hybrid. I’d like to think we’re missing something here, but the truth is, we have to just accept that the spell simply makes Lucien unbeatable, but hopefully not truly invincible.

 

OVERALL SCORE

9 out of 10. This was a fun episode to watch. I was hooked from beginning to end and there were very little wasted scenes. Everything culminated into Lucien’s rise and they made Finn’s passing memorable and tragic. Everyone had a hand in playing their part and even Lucien seemed to have toned down his eccentric behavior, that or it finally worked once he had the power level to back up his annoying accent. Matt’s cameo as well as a memory trip down Mystic Falls blvd. helped saturate this episode into one of the finer ones this season if not the best episode to date. Klaus and his family are under more threat because everyone is vulnerable to the same person. Maybe keeping Rebekah in the coffin is the right move because at least then we’ll know she survives without a scratch. I’m looking forward to how this plays out with Aurora as she still remains to be a wildcard regardless of Lucien’s lust for her to be by his side. Thanks for reading.

 

 

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