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 3×03 (It’s the Ventrue versus the Toreador with a dash of Malkavian in the mix)

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SUMMARY

The sire war plot thickens as Klaus and Elijah discover their bloodline is indeed setting on saving their own makers for the good of their race. Hayley and Jackson spar when Haley’s new mundane world and angry feelings from Klaus’s betrayal conflict. Marcel has second thoughts about trusting Elijah after his run in with Elijah’s bloodline and Lucien continues to profess his innocence to Camille and Vincent in regard with the serial murders in the city. We’re also given a glimpse into how he became the first sired vampire a thousand years ago.

INITIAL THOUGHTS

This will be a slow simmer, but when it comes to boiling, this sire war will hopefully be the stuff of vampire legends. I have a lot of hope that this will get super intricate with enough betrayals and secrets to surpass the last two seasons combined. Thus far, the pieces we’ve been given are not enough to make a lot of sense with, but the promise of sharper stakes and sibling rivalry are a plenty. Mostly a good episode as it feeds us morsels before the entre. Klaus’s quiet moments of vocal reflection are the scenes that help us understand his character, but like always, he’ll retract the second things don’t go his way. Let’s dive in.

RECAP

In the past, Lucien tries to convince Klaus to give Aurora a note but later sees Klaus and Aurora together. After raging, Lucien is taken into a dungeon by Tristan who tortures him. Later, Klaus attempts to reconcile but Lucien attacks him and gets Klaus’s blood on his wounds which heal him. He then leaves to kill Tristan but is killed by a guard. Later that night Klaus laments that he tried to give Lucien blood to heal him again but it didn’t work. Upon setting his grave on fire, Lucien wakes and discovers he’s now a vampire. In the present, Lucien is taken in for questioning but he tells Vincent and Camille that he’s being set up. Meanwhile, Marcel is greeted by Aya (sp?) a descendant of Elijah’s line who captures Marcel and takes him to Tristan’s where Elijah finds them both. Tristan arrives to tell Elijah that there is a weapon that exists that can kill an original and they must discover it from Lucien and therefore must be kept alive for the time being. Elijah then finds Klaus and warns him to keep Lucian alive for this very reason. Tristan later reviews the crime scene of another murder presumably impressed and ignores a call from his sister who killed all the monks in her dwelling and leaves for New Orleans.

THE GOOD

It’s more prep work, but now we’ve completely identified Elijah’s sire line and the force it’s going to be starting with Tristan and the Stricts (sp?) led by Aya who are an old sect of vampires. They seem to appear more formidable than Lucian who right now only has a small harem if you can even call it that. I’m still fuzzy on how and why Elijah would sire Tristan but I’m sure we’ll get to that in the coming episodes. We’re establishing for now that there are prominent sides and they both claim they are the on the noble cause for their sire line. It’s a good premise to show that neither side is technically in the right or wrong and that whoever truly is committing the serial killing acts is likely on the side that’s slightly more evil than the other.

The flashback continue to tell a good story. I like the idea that the first sired vampire was more an accident than a plan of action which technically makes Lucien the 6th strongest vampire in existence, 4th if you count the fact that Kol and Finn are dead. They make this known when Aya takes out Marcel and Elijah takes out Aya, both using little force to subdue their weaker kin. We’re also seeing a much more reserved and innocent Klaus, someone who hasn’t discovered the true power of his race, but is quickly on the verge of such things.

I like Aurora’s set up and we’re finally going to get to see her interact with all our present cast which will likely include some serious mental instability considering where her mind is at right now. She loves her brother, but we still don’t know if she’s a part of her bloodline or not. Right now I have to assume Tristan sired her even though what I want to find out is that she’s part of Rebekah’s line. I don’t want one side versus the other. I want three sides all triple manipulating on all fronts. That will make for a stronger epic saga in my opinion.

THE BAD

Hayley and Jackson’s scenes were okay, but felt slightly out of place tonight. They had zero interaction with anyone but themselves and it was just so we wouldn’t forget about them and to cover the fact that Hayley is still very upset over the events in her life and is afraid the hold on the curse may not last. The sparring also was the wrong approach. He’s telling her not to hold back but they use sticks to fight, something that both should have broken on the very first strike. Granted, having her punch and kick a punching bag with Jackson holding it probably would have had an even less effect, but in truth, I think this kind of scene was better suited in an episode that showcased them more.

The interrogation scenes at the precinct really didn’t do it for me either. At this point, the viewer knows Lucien is innocent and it takes nearly the entire episode for Camille, Vincent, and Klaus to catch up and it ended up taking another murder happening outside of Lucien’s questioning which inexplicably sets up his alibi in real time. I’m not certain I really care who’s committing the murders because if the goal is to set up Lucien, then I’m hard press to be invested in that outcome. Lucien still has a lot to do to prove himself especially to Klaus and right now he’s still not quite likeable as a character.

Minor but Marcel getting the brush off from Elijah really shouldn’t be the precursor to his dissention from him. I get that choosing sides means sire or family or vice-versa, but I think it could have been handled with a little more finesse and Elijah is all about finesse. In a way, Elijah’s blue-blood style fits with Tristan and what he represents. I like that dynamic and how Marcel is still a bit under that radar because him and his vamps are not living in luxury as they once were. Maybe he’ll miss that more than his loyalty to Elijah, if you can even call it that anymore.

FAVORITE MOMENT

When Klaus tells Elijah that he won’t betray him. It’s those little moments when Klaus stops being selfish and has what looks like genuine moments of forgiveness and mercy that adds to that every conflicting character. He almost gets philosophical in his words because he’s old enough to be that way I suppose, but still. He had a similar moment with Camille about appreciating her sentiments with being asked not to kill Lucien, but I felt his sincerity with Elijah was much more genuine.

CHARACTER MVP

Klaus tends to win these when he has moments of sincerity and reflection that don’t end in hostility and unquestionable melodrama. Tonight, he’ll get the top spot because he’s starting to slowly get what’s at stake here and really wants his family to stay as one. At least under his conditions. I’m certain that will soon change when the blood flies on that painting and we finally understood who’s doing it and who’s getting it.

ENDING THOUGHTS

No Davina or Freya tonight. The witch plot is stale even when they’re not around because they’re certain to show up by the following episode. It’s so far removed from the vampire plot that I fear it may get too forced when the sire war really starts to heat up. Speculation really, but right now unless Vincent and Marcel get back in the game of Davina’s power struggle, I don’t think it’ll shape up into anything worthwhile.

Now that we know Klaus and Aurora were once lovers, will those feelings reemerge when Aurora arrives in New Orleans? Or was she involved with another after the fact? I think knowing who sired her will really help uncover the answers to those questions. But my money is cautiously optimistically on Rebekah. After all, Klaus did it, won’t the other siblings want to try it out as well to see how it works?

The way Lucien turned is a bit fascinating because he didn’t ingest blood but rather took it straight in the wound. I know later Klaus said he tried giving Lucien more, but by that time he was already dead and law states the victim needs vampire blood in their system before death to rise again. In this case, taking it directly in the blood stream was how this worked and considering how blood circulates, it counts if its in your stomach and being filtered. Just an odd thought about how that really works.

So, blood uncovered an address on Aya’s business card? What? Number 01, why do they have business cards and number 02, how does that even work with its reaction to blood, or vampire blood for that matter? I could see that as an effect if the vampire blood belonged to sire Elijah, but I don’t think that was the case here. As far as I know, all of Elijah’s vampire gang are from Klaus’s line.

OVERALL SCORE

7 out of 10. Pretty decent episode. Interrogation aside, the flashback and further set up of the sire war is still holding great interest with likely cloak and dagger-like vampire shenanigans to follow. The arrival of Aurora should hopefully spice things up even more and hopefully we’ll get to know what this new weapon of death will be. Who knows, maybe it’ll be a person who can kill the Originals and not just an object this time. To imbue someone with such power would cause a real power shift in the city. One I think Marcel would be eager to claim if he could take that chance. Until next week, thanks for reading.

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A Sashurai’s Review: The Originals – Season 3×02 (If only there was a better search engine to find power hungry vampire land developers…)

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SUMMARY

When the wolves are away, the vamps will play. Tonight’s episode of The Originals marks the coming of a dark prophecy that may see one friend, one foe, and one member of the family laying each of the vampire Mikaelson’s to their end. Davina struggles to maintain control of the covens by manipulating Hayley into becoming her assassin and Camille joins forces with a peculiar detective to solve the recent murders that mirror the killing style of one Lucien. Oh, and little Hope is walking now, and nobody filmed it.

INITIAL THOUGHTS

Very solid continuation from last week’s stellar premiere. The violence was chosen very carefully but absolutely delivered on keeping this show fresh and interesting especially when hamming in a “custody battle” line after a lengthy one on one fight between parents. The subplots are actually pretty well balanced considering where everybody stands and I think they revolve nicely when it comes to having certain characters interact with others. None of it feels forced with the exception of one engagement that probably could have waited until morning to handle. It’s good to see Jackson and Hayley own their scenes in savage fashion and look forward to more from the bunch as a whole.

RECAP

Elijah finds Jackson suffering from a bear trap and helps him as the two begin their search for Haley who is offered a lift of the crescent moon curse by Davina provided she kill Cara. Haley agrees and seeks the witch out. Camille visits Klaus and informs him she believes the serial killer is Lucien and implores Klaus to stop him. Elijah and Jackson find Lucien at his suite and attack him when he does not cooperate with finding Haley. Lucien suffers a bite from Jackson but later uses a vial to cure himself of the bite. Haley finds Cara and kills her but is attacked by nearby witches. It is later revealed Haley killed the witches with Davina presumably setting them on fire to hide the evidence. After the witches funeral, she is confronted by Cara’s son who vows to expose her. Hayley goes to Klaus and the two argue and fight over past transgressions and Hope. They stop when they realize Hope sees them and is walking on her own. Elijah offers Hayley and Jackson a nearby apt to live in with Hope for the present. Under suspicion of Lucien’s prophecy of the sire war and the end of the Mikaelson’s Elijah has Hayley perform a spell of her own to validate the vision. She sees the same images and agrees each of the siblings may fall from nearby friends, foes, and family. Elsewhere, vampire siblings Tristan and Aurora spar with Tristan informing her that he’s leaving again. She gets upset and he’s forced to subdue her with a promise to bring back a souvenir from New Orleans.

THE GOOD

The landscape for this season is already looking great. It’s not uncommon for characters to be warned that betrayals will be coming close by. It sows distrust in a realm where distrust is a rampant beast biting into everyone on a nightly basis. Here though I think it will maybe do the opposite. Klaus and Elijah are nothing is not resourceful and strong when aligned for a common goal. Klaus usually does prefer to work alone, but he has strength in family as long as at least someone can trust him, which is the hardest thing to earn for him when he actually wants it. There’s a lot of good vibes and real fear plaguing these immortals because there may be something out there that can kill them and they have no idea what it is. That’s real fear for the fearless.

Hopefully I’m not in the minority but I like Hayley and Jackson’s pairing this time around. Normally, I rant about when couples will break up when they get together because that what happens, but this time I’d like to see them last through the season if possible. Jackson is a survivor and tonight he got to show his fangs and do something positive like take a huge bite out of Lucien for being rather uncooperative.

The siblings Tristan and Aurora may seem a bit trite on the surface, but considering the picture that’s been painted of them and how they act toward each other, I’m interested to see how things will play out with them. I believe I heard it right when Elijah admitted that he was Tristan’s sire which makes 2 for 2 on the sired vampires under the Mikaelson line. If Aurora ends up being sired by Rebekah then we’ll have the exact turn out I want to see. Again, things are looking up and I like the concept of Aurora being very volatile and Tristan the level-headed of the two, which is opposite how he was described in the flashbacks last week.

THE BAD

Davina’s witch arc still isn’t resonating with me. Including Hayley in her attempt to regain composure and loyalty with the covens felt logical but the aftermath was a bit of a letdown considering the amount of witches she sacrificed only to get another member on her for being a bad leader. She’s being tested pretty hard this early in the season and Marcel is the only one who has any kind of relationship with her to help aside from Vincent who was strangely absent this time around.

Lucien is already vying for the top seat in being the one vampire that just has to get booted from this show; the other being Enzo from TVD of course. He’s too obnoxious and it’s not settling down. The absolute worst was his short little speech on the net about challenging authority and eliminating competition. Power hungry or not, his content was deplorable and nobody in such a position would make speeches about that, considering he was subtly comparing it to the violence of his personal nature as a vampire. There’s just nothing positive about him I can see right now except that Klaus will eventually have to put him down.

Detective Kinney. Either he’s the actual serial killer or he’s hiding something else up his sleeve. Maybe he’s copycatting Lucien’s old killing methods or he’s just a creepy detective who has a thing for Camille. Either way, he’s the unfortunate human who has to interact with Camille while she’s apart from Klaus’s supernatural plot. I suppose it’s better than not having her in episodes at all, but I wish they’d reintroduce that room of trinkets and weapons she was exposed to last season to utilize. If there’s a twist to be found here with these murders I hope it’s not the obvious one.

FAVORITE MOMENT

Klaus and Hayley fighting in the courtyard. For once, they let these two actually have at it for more then a ten second spurt and it was great to watch. There was intensity and anger in both parties which culminated in Klaus’s sullen and somber expression while Hayley beat into him only to notice their daughter which from across the way. It was a good scene and cleverly mirrored the kind of horror a child can experience when parents are at odds with each other. Good moment all around.

CHARACTER MVP

Elijah was in a bit of a supporting role this time but if you count up all the good deeds he did in this episode I think you’ll find he earned the MVP spot tonight. He’s looking out for both family, and more or less everyone else that’s in trouble. His concern over Hayley remains even though their ship has long since sailed and he’s still willing to put up with Klaus for the greater good of their family. And let’s not forget he through a sharp piece of table through Lucien’s throat and that alone made it easy to pin him the MVP tonight.

ENDING THOUGHTS

Nitpick time. So Elijah starts his first scene already holding Hope when last we saw her she was at the cabin with Freya watching. That means at some point he went from the truck of dead wolves back to the cabin to pick up Hope and then resume his search for Hayley while letting Freya go back to her party at the bar/club. Does that make sense to you? Was it that important to have a scene with Marcel and Freya at the club to help set up Marcel’s alibi about his vampires having nothing to do with the witch’s death?

Another nitpick. At the monastery, Tristan and Aurora are sparring with katana swords. This should point to the monastery being in Japan otherwise one would assume it would be in China, but that really doesn’t matter. What matters is Tristan is fighting under the form of what looks like sabre-style fencing which makes me cringe because one cannot effectively use a slashing weapon under the guise of a single-handed thrusting form. I mean sure, they’re sparring and Tristan is just completely toying with her but it’s either the wrong weapon for the form of the wrong form for the weapon. Manage your weapons combat people!

This one’s obvious, but what exactly is in the vials that Lucien used to cure his wolf bite? It wasn’t blood which suggests that maybe Lucien either synthesized the enzyme or DNA from Klaus’s blood a while back or he found something else that cures the bite which could be something of note if they decide to start utilizing tech on this show.

Camille was using a BIC push pencil while her writing style suggests she should probably stick with a pen or at the least an older style pencil. I’m reaching, I know.

Is it possible Celeste will make an appearance after almost refusing to help Davina activate the temporary block on Hayley and Jackson’s curse? Dead people have a way of returning on this show and I don’t think Davina should be handling all these struggles on her own. She won’t last long if the covens once more grow impatient and decide to overthrow her.

OVERALL SCORE

Another solid 8 out of 10. If this consistency keeps up, this will easily surpass last season which held strong all the way to the end. The characters are generally well-balanced with the most important ones showing their flaws early on. They’re not rushing in on any new romances and dealing with immediate threats to help project long arc coming our way. I wish they wouldn’t use Rebekah so sparingly and just make her a mainstay on the show. At this point I don’t care which actress plays her, I just prefer Claire. I have this small idea that made the vision itself is a ruse and it’s meant to break the family apart and either kick start the real sire war or something deeper. But I’m not convinced we’ve met every player in the game yet. Time will tell if I’m even remotely hitting on anything accurate. As always, thanks for reading, see you next week.

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A Sashurai’s Review: The Originals – Season 2×21 (Best way to fake a cover, actually kill your allies)

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While I was leaning on the side of Klaus and the evil he tends to represent, I frowned when it turned out he was playing a scheme of his own against Dalia. The penultimate episode of The Originals attempts to shake up the realm of New Orleans and casts what appears to be a dark shadow against our principle cast, save for the primary one himself. Technically there is a body count, but it may not be entirely as it appears. Then again, fire is fire so there’s that.

Klaus and Dalia are on the hunt for his child as Hayley and Jackson are stuck in the bayou during the storm. Klaus captures Marcel and bleeds him to use compulsion. After a failed attempt to kill Dalia using Elijah’s plan, Klaus fights Elijah and daggers him with the cursed knife after compelling Gia to let herself burn in the light. Camille arrives to talk sense to Klaus but ends up bitten for the effort. Klaus and Dalia then search for Hope while Marcel keeps Rebekah closed off with orders to kill her if she tries to escape. Knowing her only chance to stop Klaus means returning to her old body, she stabs herself, seemingly dying in Marcel’s arms. Through some coaxing, the covens accept Davina as their regent and a ritual is performed to seal her leadership. Klaus battles Hayley and Jackson until Dalia arrives and uses her magic to reignite the crescent moon wolves back into wolf form as per their original curse. After finding Hope, Klaus suggests to Dalia that she bond with him to prevent her return to slumber for another 100 years while back at the compound, Camille awakens with instructions from Klaus to help Elijah. She does and tells him that Klaus has a plan to kill Dalia for good.

With one episode left to go, this was a great direction to venture into, and for almost the entire time it was exciting to watch some of the heartbreak and viciousness that came with it. I’m not on the side for capital evil to prevail, but for too many episodes as a whole I hadn’t felt the raw energy that this show is really capable of. That came out tonight and yes a few characters suffered greatly such as Gia. I’m troubled to think if Klaus made it look too good and actually killed her. He certainly had no trouble with all the humans Dalia brought for him to feed off of. If she in fact has expired, I’m not that torn to see her go. Her relationship with Elijah at no point made any sense to me accept to serve as vengeance if he can’t get past the idea that Klaus used her to create trust with Dalia. It may be too difficult for Elijah to see past that if she truly is dead.

One thing that threw me off was how Dalia essentially fell for Elijah’s trap with creating the decoy. I thought she had already zeroed in on the baby being outside the city and was just humoring Freya, but as it turns out, Elijah’s plan probably would have worked if not for Klaus interjecting his pretend-evilness. The point here is why on earth would Klaus attempt this and go with his own plan which is likely going to be that much more dangerous? There seems to be a lot of effort here that Klaus is going through that is a bit unnecessary. I’m guessing he seriously doubted any plan that wasn’t already his even though he specifically made it possibly to make that weapon by killing Michael. His logic is unquestionably flawed in my view. But Camille said it best:

“Your brother is an unstable, paranoid, narcissist, with chronic mood issues and zero impulse control”

Rebekah’s self-sacrifice was a big step for her considering her promise to help bring Kol back, but let’s be honest here, it’s high time we got the real Rebekah back and just in time for the finale too. I’d say poor Marcel, but the more I think about the more I realize how many times he’s made his bed when it comes to allying with Klaus. What puzzles me is why wasn’t Marcel in on the scheme. You’d think there’d be a stronger play then trusting his fate specifically to Camille who could have easily and accidentally suffered blood loss from his bite.

The end was a bit tame for me just when the climax was reaching it’s.…climactic point. It wasn’t really a super hard revelation to figure out because the idea that the show’s principle character gone completely cold-revenge would have been exquisitely daring but probably too bold to stick with. So we get the subterfuge and the ace in the hole who revived Elijah and is completely confused about what happened. It’s possible Klaus isn’t looking for the death blow but a means to control or subdue Dalia. Killing may be too easy, otherwise he would have just let Elijah’s plan come to fruition. But now that I think about it, he wouldn’t have Hope in his hands if he let Elijah kill Dalia right then and there. He’s always thinking ahead, gotta hand it to him.

FAVORITE MOMENT

Even though it could have been more, I liked the end result of the fight between Klaus and Hayley/Jackson. Since Klaus is willing to subject them to the curse just to get them out of the way for his own plan, it’s utterly wicked because Hayley is genuinely trying to do Hope good and Jackson is the ever loyal kin. The look of hurt on her face as she was turning was the selling point for this choice though. And Klaus just stood and watched, whether he truly wants this for the pair, he has to be feeling something over what was happening.

CHARACTER MVP

I think Klaus gets it this time around. He was devilishly destructive and I’m certain he savored a lot of his carnage even if he was biding his time to lure Dalia into his own trap, that we have yet to see. This is one of the few times I felt his actions were justified even if everyone on this show is chronically wrong for the decisions they begrudgingly make. The near season finale needed some well-deserved oomph and Klaus provided it with his usual flair for he dramatic. He helped elevate the plot’s more visceral points and it came in handy throughout.

LONG TERM THOUGHTS

Judging by the amount of power Davina will gain from becoming the regent leader, it seems she might have enough juice to bring back Kol herself and won’t really need Rebekah. Though I can’t say I’m overtly excited to have a witch centric plot make it’s way into season three. Those haven’t been the best as of late except those that involved Genevieve.

Okay, I haven’t pointed out any similarities in a while but I can’t help myself this time. When Klaus drank from Camille and planted his voice in her head about the set up he planned for Dalia it was a dead ringer for Angel season 2×08 (The Shroud of Rahmon). In that ep, Angel goes undercover and while with some very dangerous enemies has to drink from cop-mortal-semi-friend Kate (Also a blonde) and does nearly the same thing by telling her to play dead while he sucked her blood. Nothing there, just a coincidence.

What exactly does Klaus plan to do with Dalia? Did he have faith at all in Freya’s weapon? Does bonding to Klaus hold the key to defeating her or is that just another lure to something more sinister that Klaus has in store? He had a plan before he was so rudely daggered, right?

OVERALL SCORE

8 out of 10. Mostly a great episode to watch. The action was high, the stakes were real and in all fairness there was a strong chance that Klaus really had joined Dalia’s side which would have spelled certain disaster for everyone if it was real. The final duel is locked and it’ll be hybrid against witch next week for all the cards. Again, if Gia really is dead then Elijah will have a bitter pill to swallow for the sake of getting rid of his aunt. We’ll see how this all play out soon. Thanks for reading.

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A Sashurai’s Review: The Originals – Season 2×16 (Is Eva secretly working for Dalia? Would explain the power consumption)

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The countdown to the arrival of the most notable off-screen villain has begun for our resident Originals of New Orleans. With enough mistrust boiling in the cityscape, and the threat of alliances being severed before they’ve truly formed, a looming shadow forms on the horizon and promises to deliver a magical deluge against those who would try and stop it. The only question left to ask is, who will Klaus piss off next to ruin his chance at protecting his daughter?

“Save My Soul” takes a look at the present and post effect of being possessed while the backdrop of Dalia’s foreboding arrival prompts Klaus to quickly judge if Freya is a trustworthy sibling. Aiden sows the seeds of doubt in Jackson’s position as Alpha while he and Haley train with the other wolves and their new gifted abilities. And Vincent is placed in the care of Marcel while he is rehabilitated with the help of Camille. As one of the least violent episodes I’ve seen this season, I can say that this calm before the storm carried a sense of honest fear that quelled in most of our prominent characters.

To start with the biggest troublemaker of the bunch, Klaus presents a fitting argument to Elijah and Rebekah regarding whether to trust Freya or not based on her past tales which we’re given plenty of flashbacks on. This plot device should settle any nerves the audience may have for Freya since we’re given the inside scoop on how she grew to loathe Dalia. Unfortunately, Klaus is not so easily convinced and thus a cavalcade of at best, neutral intentions have spun the hybrid in circles, making him embrace one person and practically expel another. Haley once more tries to be a supporting yet firm ally and Klaus can do nothing but embed her with threats of using and eliminating Jackson should the time come. It’s safe to say nothing he does is healthy in the least and he won’t accept any decision to protect Hope unless it came directly from him. This will of course lead to the potential of a very drastic decision and likely a bad one down the road.

One aspect that I wasn’t expecting was a look into Vincent’s character now that he’s free from Finn. No doubt he’s not as pathologically corrupt as his wife Eva (Not the best of twists, but I get it) and even though he admitted to the relationship, he seems in fact rather infatuated with Camille. I’m sending a rerun here, but we’ll see how Camille takes this. I’m not entirely sold that he won’t do something sinister to help himself or Eva considering most witch characters have agendas that are equally as self-serving as Klaus.

The friendly sparring in the bayou with Jackson, Haley, and Aiden was just to let us know that the wolves are still around and somewhat about of this bigger plot coming our way. Aiden seems conflicted but able to push Klaus’s plan toward Jackson who admits he’s unsure how to handle the position with Hayley. Since there’s very little for Hayley to develop now that she’s in the best position of her character in quite sometime, she’ll be able to lend Jackson the strength he needs, even if it means defying Klaus. That will likely get him killed as Klaus predicts, but to be an Alpha you have to take risks and show the kind of consistent leadership needed to own that pack.

Much of our show’s longevity lies in the realm of flashbacks and tonight we were given a moment very far back when Freya was initially taken. Her tale describes how her power connects with Dalia and makes her immortal while they exist a year for every hundred. The crux of her hatred came when Dalia killed a man Freya loved and even when she tried to end her life, all she did was end the unborn child she carried. There could be more beyond this flashback but we understand Freya’s world a bit better now and can easily sympathize with what happened to her. Is Dalia truly a cruel person? Considering her plan is to build a coven of her own she can siphon power off of forever, I’d say that’s a probably a given.

The episode ends with a chilling moment as from a distance, Dalia commands the toy in Hope’s room to play while she hums in the solitude of night. Will she appear in the next episode, or is there more delay to be had? All I know is she better bring enough of her magic to handle a town who are very much against her.

 

FAVORITE MOMENT

Freya’s convincing story that was abruptly ended when Klaus snapped her neck. I had to do a double-take because I forgot Freya was immortal, but the scene played out as one could expect. Elijah considers trusting her sibling, but Klaus is 110% dismayed by a provocative tale that he himself admitted he’d spin to gain their trust if he were Freya. Still, it was a moment with more revelation and insight into Freya’s existence and the pain she endured whilst living with Dalia.

 

CHARACTER MVP

I liked the attempt in making Vincent more departed from Finn, personality wise. He wasn’t chaotically evil or tried to be as dismissive and insincere as a man like Finn would have been which allowed me to be intrigued enough to see what would take place rather than dismiss the character outright. Will be he any kind of force for good or will he be taken back and forgotten once the witches have their way in retrieving him?

 

LONG TERM THOUGHTS

With no Gia in this episode, I wonder if that means they’re going to let us forget her moment with Elijah or if they’re just putting it on hold until he gets another chance to address it? I don’t believe there is anything there to build except for the fact she has one skill-set that he greatly admires as a classy and well-dressed vampire does. But I don’t think that’s enough to go on.

I can also imagine Dalia playing a smaller role in a much bigger plot. It’s entirely plausible that he lust for power is really a smokescreen because there’s something even more sinister out there she’s guarding against and she thinks she can stop it by usurping the power she is getting from the Mikaelsons. Then again, she could be as top of the villain food chain as there could be.

As awesome as the actress who is playing Rebekah is, I want the real Rebekah back. It’s almost sinister how often they hop her around in this series only to keep her away once more with a body possessing plot that is as old as TVD season two. I think we’ve waited long enough, right?

I was a bit surprised that Hayley didn’t try and stand her ground against Klaus considering his line about being the only one who can make decisions when it comes to protecting Hope. She seemed too easily distracted over the possibility that Klaus will ruin and/or kill Jackson if he forces the situation. Hayley isn’t showing the best consistency here and will need to be more compelled to voice her side of this power struggle, at the very least to establish herself as an equal with protecting her daughter.

I’m not sure I believe for one second that Dalia didn’t do something to save Freya’s unborn son after she collapsed from the poison. It’s easy to tell a story that a baby didn’t survive while hiding him to use for more power consumption of the course of many years. I’m convinced he’s out there somewhere, possibly as Dalia’s second, after all. Dalia is one against many in New Orleans. She can’t be alone in this fight.

 

OVERALL SCORE

6 out of 10. I liked the episode, but I felt it was still too much of a broad stroke in the ever-lengthy story of Dalia and her impending arrival. We don’t know much about what she’s like in the present and whether she’s been amassing her own subjects or if she’s going to be attacking alone. Eva and Vincent’s subplot isn’t entirely wasteful but I still think it’s too much filler unless there’s a bigger payoff still on the way from it. Klaus was cautiously dancing on the edge of becoming a super-jerk, but we were given a healthy glimpse into Freya’s past which helped offset any of the slowness the rest of the episode kept going with. I’m hopeful for a grand entrance, though newcomers to the city are unique every time. Let’s see what Dalia will do.

 

 

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A Sashurai’s Review: The Originals – Season 2×15 (Violin jazz solo, much more hip than Beethoven)

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Back from the mini break are The Originals sans Kol who will be absent until Rebekah finds the magical power needed to resurrect him. With enough jumping plots sometimes over-complicating the current storyline, tonight’s episode “They All Asked For You” settles some scores and recreates new ones that we didn’t know were supposed to be there. A bit of music induced love is thrown into the mix for Elijah and Gia as well as Jackson and Haley while Freya attempts to build an alliance with her brothers.

Sometimes all you need is a timer counting down the minutes it takes for Klaus to ceremoniously alienate those who should be closer to him. This time, Haley takes a stand threatening him should he try and use her pack as fodder to Michael’s wrath in the vain effort to keep Hope safe. It’s not the focal point of the episode but I find his antics rather over cumbersome this late in the game. While it’s painted that Elijah thinks many steps ahead, Klaus always flies off the rocker to kill or stop whatever he thinks he has to to protect his daughter. Now he attempts to sway Aiden into replacing Jackson as leader of the pack. I’m not sold that Aiden is so easily convinced to trust a hybrid like Klaus, but it looks like that’s the direction we’re headed.

More of the plot revolves around Rebekah’s host body, Eva Sinclair who is revealed to be a murderer. After a seer attempts to exact revenge on her something awakens Eva at night and she returns to stalk a pair of teens and take away the young woman’s power, an act she’s been performing for a while. I’m assuming this is a new trait for Rebekah who hadn’t been showing any signs like this since the introduction to her new body. In a way, Eva is doing exactly what Rebekah wants which is getting more power, albeit through killing. This could suggest a power struggle, but in all honesty, there’s no reason for Rebekah to fight staying in this body. I realize she wants to save Kol, but I doubt that’s the only method that exists. With Freya on the team, maybe even she can help. Something seems empty about all this.

Where the show took a completely wrong turn was the association of Gia and Elijah. Not even a ripple beforehand and we’re expected to fall in line with their passionate moment, which is quite convenient considering Jackson and Hayley were concurrently consummating their marriage. This isn’t a coupling I’m invested in and even though Gia appears the more enamored between the two, this won’t last very long. Elijah appreciates that specialty of Gia and her gift of music, but beyond there, there isn’t enough chemistry here that works. This was almost as bad as Marcel trying to overtly tease Rebekah into a kiss she clearly doesn’t want, at least on the surface level.

In all this mix, the one part I did find worthwhile was Freya’s reunion with Michael. For once, the old man softened up and accepted his daughter back after she convinced him of her identity. At first I was perplexed with her attitude toward Esther, but considering her viewpoint on the matter with being taken away, I get her reluctance to forgive her mother now. Does this mean Michael is a force for quasi-good? I highly doubt it. Freya is on the verge of playing too many sides and Klaus is the most unconvinced. Until Dalia shows up, Freya needs to keep her family together and I imagine that will be the biggest hurdle especially with Michael on the loose.

This was also the first time Klaus’s narration didn’t make much sense to me. As the pioneer of the show, he gets to be the one that focuses some basic theme into the plot, but in all fairness, it didn’t seem appropriate this time around. As a narrator, there’s a form of omniscience and acceptance to the way the world works and the complexity to see past the norm. But with Klaus, his actions go against how he narrates. It’s a nitpick, but I don’t feel the two are mutually exclusive this time around. Just seemed off.

 

FAVORITE MOMENT

As written earlier, I wanted to see Michael show an emotion other than pure unadulterated rage and with Freya returning him back to normal, he finally had that moment. Even as a force of nature goes, it’s hopeful to see some semblance of humanity in characters that are designed to be overbalanced and evil. It was a sweeter moment then having to put up with and Gia/Elijah segment or the Haley/Jackson mattress mambo.

 

CHARACTER MVP

Tonight’s episode goes to Freya. She singlehandedly used Finn and then put his soul into her necklace while bringing Michael to her side. And then she declares her alliance to Elijah and Klaus as if they have no choice in the matter. She’s owning her place amongst the vampire elite and if she’s truly geared toward stopping Dalia, then she’s on the right path. If she’s truly a neutral character, she has all the right tools to play it up correctly, and so far she hasn’t missed a step since her arrival.

 

LONG TERM THOUGHTS

It was interesting to hear from Freya that Dalia is capable of destroying anyone. She says this to two original vampires who are essentially invulnerable except for one thing. If Dalia can kill them without the white oak stake, then I’d like to see how that will play out because even Klaus is scoffing at the concept.

Klaus neglected to mention to Aiden what protecting Hope would actually entail. Since Hayley and Jackson want the same thing for her daughter, it stands to reason that Klaus will manipulate Aiden even further than his small catch for attaining Aiden’s support. Come to think of it, why can’t Klaus just compel Aiden to do what he wants anyway? Are werewolves immune to that?

No Davina, Josh, or Camille this time. I guess there wasn’t enough of a reason to put a grieving Davina in this episode, which is fine. Her role will be cut a lot unless Eva makes her a target and Davina has a lot of power on her side.

In a way this Eva plot it a bit too similar to Kai from TVD and his witch quest to usurp magic. Not sure what the goal of this subplot is except more distraction from Dalia’s arrival and some episodes need filler space to get to episode 22.

The fight between Finn and Klaus was almost my top moment, but it lacked a certain element this time around. Finn never really had the upper hand at any point and I think had he something to truly take down Klaus this could have been more epic. The impalement was a nice touch though, I’ll give them that.

 

OVERALL SCORE

6 out of 10. This wasn’t a push forward and heat up the pace kind of episode, it felt jumbled and lacking a prominent theme. They stuck in a few hyper-quick love scenes, kept Klaus at odds with his allies, tinkered with the witch bodies and a plot surrounding why they were imprisoned, and tried to get us interested in a Rebekah and Marcel crossing again. I think that relationship is done and dusted and Marcel should know better. While Freya’s scenes were engaging and served to propel pieces of the story arc forward, there wasn’t much beyond that with weight or distinction. Hope’s magical ability is back to being just a means to draw Dalia to New Orleans and our biggest threat now is a sleeping Rebekah who reverts to Eva with a mad agenda for magic. All in all, there were a few too many layers that didn’t feel very connected in any way. Let’s see if they pull in that focus next week. Thanks for reading.

 

 

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A Sashurai’s Review: The Originals – Season 2×12 (Enter Freya: Destroyer of gates)

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In the wonder of new relatives making bold appearances, a new chapter has slipped into the cracks of the Mikaelson drama as we understand it currently. Tradition is tested when an anxious Klaus nearly ruins Haley’s wedding. Kol attempts to sway Finn to his side while Rebekah encounters Freya in human form while planning her escape from the witch house. Death is teased for a few supporting characters and both Finn and Jackson are made aware of Hope’s survival. “Sanctuary” does drag a bit of the same jaded and untrustworthy themes involving family and doesn’t really offer any new perspectives on the matter. The action is practically nil save for an unfair beat-down between Klaus and Jackson while we’re given some residual moments of torture and punishment inflicted by resident villains of the arc. With one or two moments standing out, this episode will quickly fit into the mold of the somewhat forgotten in weeks to come.

To be fair, the only points in watching Klaus act like a desensitized brute are the potential moments where he understands what his inflictions have caused, or more importantly, his defeat of the heart by more compassionate beings. Klaus showed his dominance wickedly against Jackson and only when Haley confronted him with her own approach of trust and sensibility did Klaus relent and allow the inevitable to occur. What was a double-edged sword here was I wanted Hayley to blurt out to Jackson about Hope while Klaus was still in denial over her acts. But the problem is the main character has to show he’s still in control by “allowing” Haley to proceed with her foolish ritual and use the obvious power gained from the pack of wolves as a means to further his agenda. Klaus yet to learn real humility because whenever someone puts him in his place, he only comes back more vengeful and hateful, especially if the opponent is any family member. I think it’s the next logical step for Klaus’s growth, but it may be a rather hard segment to write because his character is rather a stubborn fellow.

I’m continuously impressed with Rebekah’s vessel’s accent and how marginally close it is to the real thing. I’d probably face-palm if I found out her voice was dubbed over, but It doesn’t seem like it. Freya woke up in the witch’s prison and studied Rebekah before escaping with her after killing a traitorous Cassie. I was hoping Cassie would be a more prominent character, but I guess the harvest girls were a one trick act and now Davina is the last. With Freya having been aware of her siblings for quite sometime and even spied on them occasionally through the centuries, I’m left wondering if Freya has any real alliance to Dalia or if she is in fact playing the role of a much bigger villain plot coming. Freya has maintained her youth over the centuries. A power I assume is related to witchcraft as she has no ties to vampire nor werewolf. She appears benevolent in regards to her family, but then again, we just met her.

In the wake of Marcel’s torture, Finn magically puts two and two together and ponders to Marcel why he’d be compelled to forget the events of Hope’s death. It felt like a stretch but Finn has the power of deduction and now he knows what big secret Klaus has kept. Two thoughts here, one, does this mean Marcel will be once more at odds with Klaus for what happened to him? And two, why wouldn’t Finn react with more fear and astonishment? When Esther spoke to Finn about Dalia’s return should Klaus’s child survive, but I was under the distinct impression they both understood the ramifications of it and were in fear of the consequences. In a way I feel like we’re being intentionally led away from Dalia so when she arrives it will be a much more surprising entry. Currently not surprised.

The episode ends with Rebekah finding Klaus and remarking on her hellish week while Finn plans to find Hope utilizing Marcel and his vampires. It raises a few mild questions such as how Finn will manipulate Marcel into locating Hope and of course whether Rebekah will immediately mention her experience with Freya. I don’t see why she wouldn’t because Klaus lavishes her return and she, for the most part, is back to trusting him on a normal basis. Will Klaus allow Freya into the family with open arms, or will his skepticism be the cause of another rift because she’s a witch or worse, allied with Esther’s sister?

 

FAVORITE MOMENT

I enjoyed watching Haley scold Klaus over what he was doing to Jackson and more when she stood up to him in protection of her new mate. I knew it wasn’t Jackson’s time quite yet and Haley is growing as a character should in Klaus’s world. Whether the entire ordeal was part of Klaus’s ploy isn’t necessary to know, but for the moment, she appeared in control and at least got Klaus thinking about his actions if not for a nanosecond.

 

CHARACTER MVP

Again, Hayley stole the moment in a field of rather bland scenes. As emotional as Klaus can get, he’s get’s repetitively whiney over his lack of connections. Hayley is building on her family’s legacy and took Jackson’s news about his grandfather killing her parents rather well. I knew nothing Jackson would say would faze her, but it comes as a close second to her own secret about Hope.

 

LONG TERM THOUGHTS

Whether Freya is a friend or foe to the siblings, she already has a natural charisma that blooms more than just her youthful looks alone. I’m looking forward to seeing more of her and hope she doesn’t get taken out of the family equation this season or the next.

I keep forgetting that Kol keeps inching his way closer to this magical plan to remove Klaus from his bloodline, if that really is the goal at this point. Davina still seems hell bent on it, but keeps getting distracted. Maybe if Klaus was a little nicer during their meetings she’s be at least a tiny bit conflicted about it.

Are Esther and Michael really out of play from here on out? Seems like they just swept those two under the rug to make way for maniacal Finn and mysterious Freya. Though Michael is one-dimensional and Esther is eternally predictable, I still think those two have a part to play in this season, especially if the family teams up completely to take on Dalia. I hope I’m not just making up this plot and it actually happens.

How long will Rebekah be without her body now that she’s free? I think it’s time to get her back to normal and not waste any time on the matter. Putting people in other bodies and swapping them all the time makes my head spin.

With Elijah having barely a cameo, will his new struggle continue to play a huge role here, or will Camille manage to subdue it with her psychological background? I’m indifferent. Elijah losing control is something new and he should have a bit of conflict considering he doesn’t have any left for Haley now that they’ve been together. Still, there’s not a whole lot left to gain by making him more susceptible to this trauma unless new secrets are to be uncovered from his past that maybe he’s still not aware of.

 

OVERALL SCORE

Not an overly fancy episode, but it held on it’s own for the time given. 6 out of 10. Hayley proved she can still grow, Freya is starting off strong and likable, and Jackson continues to show his support making him the most sacrificial good character on the show next to Marcel who may have to deal with some more pent up frustration over his maker and mentor. I’d like some more time with Freya, but odds are we’re going to get a lot more Finn before the big bad villain appears. I liked Finn when he was more reserved and cautious. Angry and intolerant Finn is less coherent and doesn’t show many good qualities while promoting unstable habits. He did put an expiration date on Kol which could spell the end of our youngest (I think) Mikaelson. We’ll see how it all transpires next week.

 

 

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