A Sashurai’s Review: The Originals – Season 5×09 (Klaus is more of an Apache helicopter parent)

 

TO 5x09

SUMMARY

After the storm, Klaus and Freya attempt to hold the dark magic within Hope at bay with her old bracelet but it fails to work leaving Hope to take matters into her own hands. Emmett contacts Vincent after a meeting with Marcel and attempts to sway him to their side. Meanwhile, Elijah visits Declan at the bar to help cope with Haley’s passing. That night, Emmett’s vampires send a compelled human with a bomb that detonates in a building killing three werewolves including Licina. Vincent sides with the werewolves and marches with them in the wake of the tragedy. Hope tries to find ingredients to create a spell against the dark magic’s hold on her but runs into Elijah and Declan. She has a violent outburst but leaves after realizing it quelled the voices inside. Elijah later deals with Declan by telling him the truth about vampires and Haley but then compels him to forget and be at peace. Klaus tells Hope that if rage is what stops the effects of the dark magic that he is the perfect father to help. Freya later proposes to Keelin who accepts. During the march, Emmett and his vampires confront Vincent but disappear showing they had a witch create a projection of them. Vincent realizes Ivy is in danger but arrives too late as she and her witches die from being poisoned.

 

INITIAL THOUGHTS

This is considered the fallout plot and a bit of a soft move into the next stage of the season’s story as Hope is now the holder of all the dark magic once held by the Mikaelson siblings. Try as they might, most of the poignant moments didn’t reflect as elegantly with perhaps Declan and Elijah being the only standout pairing that showed how devastating it was to lose Haley. Klaus’s nature to hover over Hope is more than pointed out but with good reason as he can do little to stop the madness that surround her. Emmett’s charge almost seemed horrifically lack-lustered until it was revealed they had a witch on their side helping out. My guess is that the witch in question was who poisoned Ivy and the others. Someone I’m certain Vincent will be hunting down in the next episode.

 

THE GOOD

Elijah is essentially back to his basics, doing what’s best for others and trying not to interfere with Hope who has the biggest reason to hate him. The blame game worked for the time being, but in the future, I’m hoping Hope finds a way past Elijah’s involvement since he’s the only one left even remotely involved with Haley’s death but if Klaus is forgiving then it stands to reason Hope should eventually forgive him as well. Still, he has a lot of conflict to deal with and I’m surprised Antoinette wasn’t around to feed into that confusing dilemma of who to love and support. Maybe she served her purpose but I think considering the nature of their relationship that she’ll be back. Hopefully not as someone siding with Emmett and his vampires. Unless she felt too scorned and had too.

 

THE BAD

I might have said earlier that this season will be the cause of many characters dying this season and while it’s staying true to that template, I feel the wrong characters are being pushed out too suddenly. The characters introduced in season 5 have so far been at best, par for the course, so as they pass it’s fueling the main characters and their struggle to make sense of their dissolving society, but Haley is the only true casualty we’ve been faced with. Basically, with the exception of maybe Declan, there hasn’t been enough time to connect with anyone else. Ivy has shared some good moments but they’ve all been with Vincent, so we care over the fact that he’s going to be in pain and anger from here on out, but everyone else is just the same, a catalyst to push main characters into worse situations. Maybe that means more mainstream characters will meet their demise later and this is just the beginning, but it didn’t feel as emotionally driven this time around.

 

FAVORITE MOMENT

When Elijah told Declan the truth and then made him forget. It was blissfully sad yet necessary to spare Cami’s relative any similar fate. It’s also ironic that the same thing happened to Elijah yet Declan won’t be in a situation to regain those memories and one wonders if Elijah actually feels like it’s the right call. Still, it has layers even if it was a short scene as they mourn for the woman they loved.

 

CHARACTER MVP

This week is tricky. Most characters went down a very straightforward path without much growing or evolving in their nature or direction. The biggest impact could probably be from Vincent as he chose to side with the werewolves, even though that seemed like a given. He knew there was a risk and tried to prepare for it and it eventually cost Ivy her life. I think with that prologue into his next phase we’ll see a much darker Vincent handle that fallout with some vengeance for sure.

 

ENDING THOUGHTS

There still seems to be a missing main villain for this season. Chances are they could put Hope in that role which would really impact the Mikaelson family and I really doubt Emmett and his crew will be much of a threat soon after Vincent retaliates. There doesn’t seem to be much time to grow a new evil character unless they surprise us with Antoinette or go further outward and bring back past characters long thought dead.

 

Now that Freya and Keelin are engaged, expect one of them to be the target of the next major death on this show. If they manage to hold off the wedding until after the finale, then they might be okay, but weddings never go well on supernatural shows, just look at TVD…twice. I don’t think they’re ready to end Freya’s time on the show yet, but who knows.

 

We need to get Rebekah back on the show stat. Marcel needs her to have a meaningful plotline carried out, he seemed to flounder a bit tonight, making some wise calls but otherwise a little bored in the background. When those two are together they just sing more. Plus Rebekah is always great to have on the show.

 

OVERALL SCORE

7 out of 10. This episode was more set up and fallout than a compelling story piece. Much of Hope’s atmosphere revolved around the eventual side effect of absobring all that dark magic and the heavy toll it will cause in the long run. Emmett is at least showing he’s capable of fooling Vincent and Marcel so it’s not a complete lopsided battle, but he’s simply not a great villain. At least Greta had a major motive of revenge on her hand. Klaus and Hope continue to have a meaningful struggle over the single-parent trying to do what’s right and I think that will grow out of expectancy. Elijah is back where he belongs, but he needs more screen-time with Klaus now that the pair are on terms again. The show is on a two week break, but hopefully when it comes back, the real destiny will begin for the Mikaelson family and their counterparts. Thanks for reading.

 

 

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A Sashurai’s Review: The Originals – Season 5×08 (This was Haley’s true sendoff)

TO 5x08

 

SUMMARY

Stuck in the psychic recreation of the Mikaelson compound, Elijah, Klaus, Freya, Rebekah, Kol, and Marcel search endlessly for keys to unlock their escape. The family bicker and squabble over their predicament as Kol and Marcel locate two of the keys. When Freya is revealed to be partly responsible for their entrapment, she disappears letting Klaus know that she intends to help Hope absorb the evil darkness from them all to save the city. Klaus later finds his key as Marcel locates Elijah’s who has been continually repressing his past memories. As the family escapes the compound and into Elijah’s maze, Klaus remains behind to help Elijah open the red door while the others escape back to reality. Once through, Klaus and Elijah wake up with Elijah grief stricken over Haley’s death and his involvement of it. He retreats to give Antoinette Klaus’s blood to cure her as Rebekah reveals to Marcel that she doesn’t want her sadness of being cursed as a vampire to destroy him. The next morning, Klaus revisits a chest full of letters by Haley which emotionally affect him as Elijah goes to the bayou to say goodbye to Haley.

 

INITIAL THOUGHTS

For any fan that has endured the cursed might of this series, I’m hoping they feel the same way I do in treasuring this episode as one of if not the best of the entire series. There’s a simplicity in letting characters rummage around a single set piece and flush out their emotional constructs so they can effectively deal with their problems head on. Each family member, Marcel included dealt with their issues in familiar but genuine ways that gave pause to the wild antics of hateful vampires and studied their own core beings which is hopefully what this episode meant to do all along. Now that Elijah has returned, the wait for it was perfectly situated into the final segments leaving us with the same heartbreak that came only a few episodes before when Haley dashed out into the sunlight, forever ending a life that touched so many. Catalog this into the top tier best storylines in the show and prepare for the rest as Hope now must contend with the hollow’s old darkness by herself.

 

THE GOOD

The psychic construct has been used plenty in the past, but its structure and implementation had far better results this time around coupled with the right characters which is always the entire Mikaelson family, sans Freya who at this juncture is the odd character out. Everyone had an issue to bring up and deal with, even Kol who hadn’t forgotten what Freya and Elijah did to Davina back in the day. But even he had enough growth to know when to move on, something Rebekah and Marcel had a bit of trouble with, but they finally dealt with it which was always on Rebekah’s mind, she just couldn’t articulate it until now. When a show about a vampire family is comprised of yelling fits and threatening gestures, it just extenuates the writing in positive ways. Everyone performed admirably tonight including the memory-ridden Elijah who at last can come to grips with his overall grief over the last seven years.

 

This was a much more fitting episode to mourn for Haley than last week as the funeral motions were naturally sidetracked by wasted enemies who don’t really matter in the realm of the Mikaelsons. This time, everyone had a very proper send-off, most notably Klaus who had been avoiding a series of letters that he finally began reading in tears. The flashbacks were chosen in specific patterns that detailed very real and tender moments that Haley appeared in way back in season one which reminded us how this fight for Hope came to be. They didn’t over do it and knew when to pull back to the present and handle the issues at hand. Well directed and a surrounding storm is always a plus to add to the tension on screen.

 

THE BAD

There’s barely a drop of negativity to recognize with the exception of perhaps Freya’s inclusion into the psychic prison. She was there as a quick slight-of-hand to distract from her involvement with Hope’s spell in the real world. Once that was out, she disappeared, yet it seems like she wasn’t necessarily helping or further hindering the situation which almost fits her profile as a whole. She was the odd character in the group and while it was necessary to get her out of the compound, I think it would have been just as fine to have Marcel enter and state that both Hope and Freya were involved in their imprisonment. Also, Marcel should have had his own key once he was inside.

 

FAVORITE MOMENT

When Klaus opened the first letter and lamented over it. Seeing the prime “ex-villain” break down like that is the sincere example with how Haley’s death was meant to be taken. It was mixed with close-ups of Elijah’s suit being put back on, a symbol of his comfortable cloak which didn’t necessarily need that much of a focus, but it’s what we remember and his mannerisms are all coming back including one hand in the pocket. Just a great scene all around.

 

CHARACTER MVP

It looks like Klaus should take this easily just for the letters alone, but I want to give it to Rebekah tonight. It was her final words that helped Klaus decide to stay and open the door with Elijah and it was also her reveal to Marcel that finally put to words her feelings on why she keeps running away from him. It takes a lot to admit that kind of core feeling and with Klaus, he opened those letters but he did so alone, which is still a bit of a flaw for him against a need to be with his family in all things. They are still growing though, even after five long seasons.

 

ENDING THOUGHTS

If Hope has the power, should there be an even worse event on the horizon? It stands to reason, her attitude toward Elijah will subject her to the kind of pain which can only create an unstable atmosphere where her intentions grow into true destructive means. Either this or all those vampires that Greta formed will try and start something. I hope not though.

 

How will the family treat Freya now? It seems she barely got away with a warning by Klaus who seems to be preoccupied, but once that ends, will he be in a vexing mood or will Hope’s newfound power captivate the Mikaelson audience and draw more pressing concerns to the horizon?

 

Then there’s Antoinette. I’ve no doubt she and Elijah will have more words to go over considering their feelings in the past. She shouldn’t just return to France and I imagine she’ll want to stick around and fight for Elijah’s love again, however I can also see her leading Greta’s army if she truly feels there’s no hope for his return. It’s a toss up at this point. I’m not certain which way it’ll go for her.

 

OVERALL SCORE

10 out of 10. This kind of score comes from how well this episode resonated both in core fans and any casual observer that can understand how this family functions out of raw pain. This was a classic tale of introspection for half a dozen characters who have grown immensely over the years and still find time to yell at one another because that’s what families do sometimes. Well written and well executed, tonight’s episode showed there is plenty left to discover from the Mikaelsons and hopefully plenty more before this season ends. And finally Elijah’s memories have returned. Will Klaus revert into a state of need or is he well enough to look beyond the help that only Elijah tends to provide for him. Time will tell. Thanks for reading.

 

 

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A Sashurai’s Review: The Originals – Season 5×07 (Little wolf, big goodbyes)

TO 5x07

 

SUMMARY

Hope is distraught when Freya tells her that Haley has died. Meanwhile, Klaus kidnaps both Elijah and Antoinette as they meet with Greta’s army of vampires. With Antionette bitten, Elijah bargains to return to his previous self in exchange for the cure. Klaus refuses knowing Elijah would not handle Haley’s death. Klaus is allotted by Ivy and the witches to attend the funeral via spiritual transport but Greta’s next in command, Emmett attempts to thwart the proceeding by storming the streets. Hope explodes one vehicle but is taken away by Josh. Back in the cell, Elijah contacts Marcel who gathers with Vincent to perform the anti-compulsion spell but upon doing so creates a mental problem for Elijah who’s new personality gets locked away within the white hallway and red door. Ivy informs Klaus that an old grimoire explains the current bad omens will conclude with the death of all firstborns which compels Klaus to rethink his violent nature toward revenge in the city. At night, Klaus arrives physically to be with Hope as the wolves lay Haley to rest in the bayou. He leaves after the fires begin to consume the bayou water but is later rendered unconscious by an unseen force that puts him within Elijah’s mental prison where he comes to face to face with Elijah’s current personality.

 

INITIAL THOUGHTS

That aftermath is often an hour long lament to drill home the loss of a main character is real and permanent. In this version, everyone who knew Haley with the exception of the majority of the Mikaelson family have said their goodbyes with a critical moment of Elijah’s true return pending a mental breakdown that has been looked on for almost every season. The dreaded red door is a large and monstrous metaphor that has once again surfaced and will play a major role in next week’s episode as the Mikaelson family returns to witness the rise or fall of Elijah. In all saddened accounts, I found this episode full of tender moments and predictable Klaus tantrums that ultimately saw him trying to find peace with Hope before being rudely apprehended at the end. It’s never a dull moment with Klaus as he must now contend with a brother’s destructive environment. The loss was real and that was the important take away here along with more portents that Hope and the city will be under chaotic ruin as we climb toward the final swansong of the Mikaelson world.

 

THE GOOD

They did their best to treat Haley’s funeral with the appropriate setting from city to bayou giving Hope and Freya enough screentime to truly lament her passing. Klaus had his moments and Caroline’s letter was an interesting echo from when he passed on his own wishes to her back in the finale of TVD. His frustration with how to care for Hope as a single father is among the real quality that helps treat this episode with the ongoing symbolism that family must always be forever. At the risk of creating more signs of doom, he goes to her at Haley’s funeral and does his best to make things right between them. He’s clearly the best part of this show and still pulls off an angry bitter soul with room to improve with surrealistic compassion.

 

THE BAD

The Emmett subplot feels a bit less than threatening especially considering they can’t act very well during the day light. Their attempt to disrupt the funeral march was probably the least interesting aspect of this episode and only served as a catalyst to show what Hope is capable of when pushed to the brink. The promo did a good job of setting up this disruption with the inclination that Elijah would be heading it up, but that wasn’t the case here.

 

The secondary mishap is how long their dragging out Elijah’s true return. I’m certainly not questioning “if” but rather “when” it will happen. I don’t prefer new Elijah anymore because the sympathy just doesn’t carry over quite as well with Antionette and if she honestly succumbed to Klaus’s bite in the next episode, I’d say it’s a tragic but necessary end to get on with the real threat in the city. It’s not going to be a bunch of vampires with no daylight rings, that much is obvious.

 

FAVORITE MOMENT

When Klaus was with Hope as Haley was sent off. Everything tonight built the right elements so that the payoff was those two finally spending some time together to mourn Haley. Very powerful moment and you can see the hurt on Klaus’s face when he has to leave too soon to end the fires in the bayou. Really well done moment.

 

CHARACTER MVP

This can be argued for either Klaus or Elijah this time. Elijah didn’t hesitate to lose his new memories in exchange for Antoinette’s life while Klaus made a big step towards doing what he has to to keep Hope safe. I think at the end of the day, Klaus’s sacrifice is more poignant and sympathetic because new Elijah just isn’t as convincing as old Elijah and we all want, presumably old Elijah back.

 

ENDING THOUGHTS

I assume Marcel gave Josh a daylight ring to be at the funeral march in the street. Otherwise someone forgot to tell Josh he’s supposed to burn in the sunlight.

 

Will Keelin stick around this time or be off again per Freya’s request. Tough call, but considering the danger looming overhead, I expect the two to part ways again and not much more can be said about it but let Freya move on.

 

I still think it might be worth investing in a Haley ghost cameo later on to help Hope and/or Klaus deal with her passing more easefully. It’s a thing this show does and there’s no reason not to bring that concept back one more time for the sake of closure, especially since Elijah has to come to terms with this as well when he gets back. Maybe she could even show up in Elijah’s mind next week. Possibilities are technically endless.

 

I was also a bit taken back that Elijah would have such a strong current to resist the spell and Marcel’s compulsion given both are very powerful even on their own. Elijah is very damaged but damaged doesn’t necessarily mean overtly powerful and it stands to reason this chaotic bridge he’s building to pull in the Mikaelson family is being helped by someone on the outside, like Ivy or another witch in close proximity. It can’t be Elijah doing all the work subconsciously and hopefully Vincent will be able to track this down either way.

 

OVERALL SCORE

8 out of 10. Haley’s send-off was handled with care and inevitably brought Klaus and Hope closer together even though they can’t be in physical proximity for long. The portent with the death of all firstborns seems like an odd finality to put in this old book that Ivy coincidentally had and makes me feel like we’re still missing a few pieces to this apocalyptic puzzle. But for now the cliffhanger is solid with New Elijah stuck in Old Elijah’s mental prison along with Klaus who must now content with the possibility that Elijah will be forever changed after this event has been dealt with. Haley is officially gone but the story must continue without her. Rest in peace, wolf of the bayou. Thanks for reading.

 

 

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A Sashurai’s Review: The Originals – Season 5×06 (Did Haley get a haircut in-between kidnappings?)

TO 5x06

 

SUMMARY

Roman takes Hope to an empty house far from the school where Haley is bound and helpless. Meanwhile Caroline helps Klaus track down Hope as Greta travels to France to manipulate Elijah into helping them. Back in New Orleans, Vincent struggles over telling Declan the truth about what happened to Haley and after Ivy convinces him to do the right thing he holds back after finding out Declan is Cami’s cousin and doesn’t want the same thing to happen to him. Hope convinces Haley to do the binding spell so that Freya’s locator spell will track just the vampire side of her. Roman contacts Antoinette and discovers Greta may be working an agenda outside of purging the werewolf lines from Hope and Haley. As Klaus and Caroline find the house Elijah appears and fights him for Greta. After the binding spell is performed, Haley incapacitates the witch and Roman but Greta arrives and mortally wounds Haley. With her last act, Haley breaks Greta’s daylight finger off and thrusts the two of them into the light where Klaus and Elijah watch them burn to death.

 

INITIAL THOUGHTS

The fifth season casts its first real main cast casualty as Haley has seemingly given her life to save Hope from Greta’s plan. There was a bit of predictive elements this season that suggested it although nothing on The Originals is truly written in stone except Cami’s death so there’s always a thread of odd hope that while this may be Haley’s final appearance in the form she’s been in, she could very well have a future presence in some ghostly aftermath since the show plays and dabbles in the afterlife a lot. Still, I consider it a bold act to take Hope’s mother away like this and wonder how Elijah will handle this loss when (Not if) but when he gets his memories back.

 

THE GOOD

The follow through on Haley’s heroic end was a sad but necessary send off to keep the threat of death active on this show. Almost everyone as of late has had a safe bet even though being on Klaus’s side comes with the threat of violent ends at almost every day. Had this coupled with a Josh death, then this show would be skyrocketing in theories as to who and how things will go down over the last several episodes. This is the kind of investment the show needs to build toward its climax and set up the eventual spin-off “Legacies” which has been greenlit.

 

Caroline and Klaus part II added to the fandom of Klaroline nostalgia that the writers can’t seem to get past, and for some of us, neither can we. While Klaus has a weakness for living in the past he also wrestles with affirmation from Caroline almost every time they meet to make sure that what they had was more than just a fleeting passion. Caroline’s story has been told and she’s not afraid to look back and take the good with the bad that was the sentimental Klaus baggage. The reaffirming is also meant for us to see that Klaus needs people to tell him that he’s a good guy. He’s very incapable of accepting that for himself.

 

The side subplot brought a little bit more interest into Declan who as it turns out is somewhat of a distant cousin to Cami, but don’t let the accent fool you. This was more for Vincent to lament his own fear and loss he’s had to deal with and a bit on the culture of shows where characters try very hard to protect other characters from savage truths or mortal dangers. It can be argued that Vincent keeping the truth from Declan is what’s best for him and now that Haley is apparently gone Declan won’t have any real connection left in New Orleans unless Hope asked him to stay, which I doubt since he’s human. If anything, Haley’s death will only drive the wedge further between Vincent and the vampire world and that’s the kind of personal conflict that can help keep this season lively.

 

THE BAD

The only real element to tackle from a negative light is how this episode played with time between Greta and Elijah’s trip to and from France and that everything basically took place in the same day. Granted it’s nearly a ten hour flight one-way but it just didn’t feel accurate to the tension. It’s a minor scratch on an otherwise great episode but I will say keeping Antoinette on a later flight was silly just because she doesn’t prefer daylight rings. There are ways around that.

 

FAVORITE MOMENT

Caroline and Klaus’s drive and conversation. It’s those little moments where Klaus isn’t a worrisome fool and has to take criticism from someone who’s never going to take Klaus’s issues too seriously and again, it’s a bit of nostalgia that’s always safe to throw in every now and again.

 

CHARACTER MVP

Gotta give it to Haley for not lying still for Greta and having the strength to take her out. In a way she telegraphed her demise by telling Hope what being a wolf running in the night feels like. That kind of bliss can only be coupled with true disaster for a character in that state of mind. Still, the slow-mo build up and her finger ripping move really sold those final moments as a bloodied Klaus had no choice but to watch with Elijah never the wiser amnesiac.

 

ENDING THOUGHTS

If the seeds are planted as the episode suggests, Elijah will take up the mantel of Greta’s cause and be the instrument that destroys the Mikaelsons from the inside out. I imagine after seeing next week’s promo that Greta’s army will be in full force since she teased earlier in the season that her force was likely legion-size and that they wouldn’t know who they were. I suppose now is a good time for Marcel to retract that legendary compulsion of his, if even he can.

 

My money is on Antoinette being the next to fall before anyone else on Team Klaus. Roman will have to deal with the loss of his “mother” but I don’t think he’ll check out before she does. Although, I do hope to be wrong, because I like Jaime Murray’s depiction of this old school vampire even though Elijah and her won’t last.

 

Now we know that the “Family” aspect of Greta is just her turning humans to vampires. It seemed an odd concept that they’d refer to each other as brother, sister, mother, considering they weren’t really related, but if Greta took care of them the way a family would, that does have the potential to grow, but that was Haley’s explanation to Roman in that a mother wouldn’t manipulate him like that. After several decades Roman didn’t realize it himself?

 

OVERALL SCORE

9 out of 10. The death of Haley isn’t the only thing raising the quality of this episode, but a multitude of segments including Vincent’s nature to keep others from experiencing his grief and loss as well as Klaus and Caroline sharing old memories and reaffirming that Klaus has been an overall good influence for her. Hope realizes the nature of her situation now that Haley has shown her the path that she can take to unite all the different supernatural entities in the world. It’s likely the bridge into Legacies that we’ll see later on where she actively takes on that role. And I’m more than certain she’ll trigger her werewolf gene at some point since Haley’s perspective was more positive than Hope probably thought. Klaus has a lot of explaining to do when he gets back home now that Hope has one less parent to help her through the next trials. Thanks for reading.

 

 

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A Sashurai’s Review: The Originals – Season 5×05 (Spells can be undone, but nobody seemed to ask on the matter)

TO 5x05

 

SUMMARY

After executing several vampires during his interrogations, Klaus captures Greta who admits she’s a part of a group spawned from a vampire named August whom Klaus crossed paths with in the late 1930’s. August had been killing scores of werewolves which Klaus took as an offense against his people. In the present, Greta vows that if Hope doesn’t bind her werewolf nature away Haley will die. Marcel communicates this to Freya who stresses to Hope that a choice under duress won’t help her future but Hope insists on performing the spell to save her mother anyway. Klaus disrupts the spell and uses Hope’s blood to create more hybrids out of spite against August’s vampires. Greta later escapes and wounds Josh while in France, Antoinette dispatches a photographer who has been keeping tabs on her. Elijah discovers that Antoinette is August’s daughter but wanted nothing to do with his legacy. In the past, Klaus hunts down August and kills him and several others but spares his wife, daughter, and son who are revealed to be Greta, Antoinette, and Roman. In the present, Roman convinces Hope to leave the school to find help in performing the binding spell. He calls his mother to relay that he has her in transit.

 

INITIAL THOUGHTS

There will never be a shortage of villains that want to take revenge on Klaus for the deeds he’s committed over the centuries. While not as compelling as some villains of the past, there’s a score of personal feelings that may help bring this group on some similar level as the Mikaelsons. There must be something more to this game though as Greta put herself in a dangerous situation to all but goad Klaus into reducing Hope’s trinity of power. It has little to nothing to do with the Hollow and it’s continued effects on the Mikaelson family, but for the mean time, there’s a dark pursuit of vengeance that has now captured Elijah back into the fold. He just doesn’t realize it yet. A solid piece of storytelling if not a bit predictable given the amount of new characters that have been introduced so far. Still, they didn’t go the distance and kill Josh like they could have. They’re just not willing to part with any major cast members quite yet, but maybe soon they will.

 

THE GOOD

Vampires far under the Mikaelson power scope have to be smarter in ways that give them an edge. So far we don’t know the full extent of Greta’s influence, but it’s safe to say that there are denizens that have probably been operating under their noses for quite some time. If there’s a chance that other notable vampires are a part of this group then it stands to reason that there can be some more fun twists and reveals to be had, but likely this is written in a way that doesn’t quite compromise the main cast and so any new villain roles will be given to new cast members and the like. Still, putting some pieces together on a villains plan or at least their backstory does serve a strong purpose and now we know at least the fuel that burns their rage. Now we just need to know the extent of Greta’s power and plans that so far have directly locked sights on all werewolves.

 

THE BAD

Roman was a terrible shoe-in for the obvious bad guy boyfriend. We simply didn’t know that he was related to Greta and harbored the same attitude, that we can guess. We don’t quite know if he’s just blindly following orders or if he actually has feelings for Hope that will change his mind later down the road. Hope called out his clichéd past yet it was his dubious role that really stands out as the only bad writing for this episode because altruistic vampires simply don’t exist. If he’s destined to betray his family, then hopefully it’ll be sooner than later. If he isn’t then Hope will have to destroy him herself.

 

FAVORITE MOMENT

When Greta tricked Josh and began eviscerating him on the spot. I wasn’t necessarily hoping for his death on the show, he’s survived worse situations, but there was a moment when I thought this show would actually pull it off only to reveal he was going to recover. In a way it makes sense though, Greta isn’t bound to kill other vampires even if they are on Klaus’s side. She hasn’t shown that kind of violent tendency yet. She’s only after the werewolves for now, but if she does have a plan that’s been set in motion, I can’t see why she wouldn’t kill Josh to send a deeper message to Klaus. It was a brutal scene nonetheless.

 

CHARACTER MVP

This episode was befitting for Klaus a bit more than the others because of his stance against the slaughter of werewolves and furthermore how he refused to let his daughter succumb to the same binding spell that he was under for many years. He could have made simpler choices to guarantee Haley’s safety but instead took that decision out of Hope’s hands. It unfortunately will create a stronger reaction from Hope who is very settled on doing the spell anyway but in doing so will play right into the hands of Greta and her son, Roman. In a strange way, Klaus did the wrong thing for the right reasons but that isn’t exactly a conversation he can have with Hope at the moment.

 

ENDING THOUGHTS

In this case of “father” “son” and “daughter” I’m not quite certain how this terminology is being expressed here. Clearly August, Greta, Antoinette, and Roman are all vampires and it’s certainly feasible that August had a human family and possibly turned them all, but is that the case here or are we simply saying as vampires regardless of human origin, August is their maker? That doesn’t quite make sense either, so I’m going with they were a human family that all got turned at some point.

 

Antoinette is being regarded as a person with conflicts of interest here. There’s no telling how she’ll react toward her mother and brother once they cross paths and the odds that she’ll betray Elijah are slim, unless Elijah himself is in danger and has to act against him to save him in the usual tough situation spotlight. She has a benevolent nature and hasn’t proven to be false in Elijah’s eyes, so it stands to reason she’ll have to make some tough decisions pretty soon and I suspect she’ll have to do some bad things to keep Elijah safe for her.

 

I wasn’t really buying Freya’s side when she was trying to dissuade Hope from making a hasty decision to save her mother. Freya was very much looking for Hope’s best interests in mind, but their conversation leading up to Hope’s decision all but solidified Hope’s attitude that becoming a werewolf isn’t probably something she needs to do if she can avoid it. When Hope’s mother was hanging off of this choice, Freya trying to make her see better reasoning for performing the spell just didn’t seem to add up and felt entirely forced just to give Hope and Freya some tug and pull on the subject. There wasn’t a backup plan to save Haley and it seemed as though a bit of time was running out in the short term. In the end, It was Klaus himself that stopped the spell which, for him made entirely the most sense based on his experiences and somewhat selfish nature to pick and choose who goes through what kinds of pain.

 

OVERALL SCORE

8 out of 10. The Originals gave us more information and the motives for what’s driving the first set of big bads this season. A family’s vengeance is taking most of the spotlight this time as Klaus once more plays the instigator for the reasons why he and his family are constantly targeted on this show. How these new hybrids will play out in the next part of this storyline is anyone’s guess. It seemed a rampant move on Klaus’s part, but he has machinations and they tend to get results unbeknownst to those who are his allies. Marcel was a bit reserved this time, but I imagine his true vampire abilities will remain a focus of clarity as he still holds most if not all the ranking power in the city. Greta has scores of vampires under her guide, but until we know how many and who they are, we’re still going to have to wait and see. Thanks for reading.

 

 

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A Sashurai’s Review: The Originals – Season 5×04 (The worst is yet to come, but that’s tomorrow’s tomorrow)

TO 5x04

 

SUMMARY

During mardi gras season, Klaus enacts a plan to find Haley by abducting a member of each supernatural faction in the city to watch how their groups react. Meanwhile, Freya visits Hope at the school to watch her over and eventually tells Hope the foretelling of destruction she may be responsible for. Back in the city, Marcel and Klaus track a location given to them and discover a left-over torture chair that Haley was put in. That night, they are given a box with Haley’s skin of her tattoo inside. Distraught, Klaus goes to kill those he abducted but Vincent arrives in time to save Josh and incapacitate Klaus. Marcel is there when he’s revived but is convinced by Klaus that a vampire was responsible for Haley’s capture and further convinces him to reprimand the vampires by removing their daylight rings, limiting their movements. As the wolves and witches grieve their losses, Vincent informs Klaus that the witches will no longer help Klaus for any reason. Back at the compound, Klaus discovers a hidden coin in the box left for him that reveals an old and unseen enemy has resurfaced and is responsible for Haley’s disappearance.

 

INITIAL THOUGHTS

This had the semblance of a slow start and a hot finish but given the mystery of Haley’s whereabouts and abductors are still unknown, I don’t feel the payoff was quite there. Freya and Hope’s scenes together didn’t really lend to any credence either and only served to keep them in this episode so we didn’t forget about them. The core aspect is how Marcel is attempting to fill Elijah’s shoes as Klaus’s go to for the violent impulses he has but instead of talking him down, he eventually sides with his long game and prepares to bring fear back into their leadership. Klaus of course is manic over Elijah’s choice to remain in France and forsake his family, but if history has taught anyone on this show, Klaus is capable of being sympathetic and heroic if he puts his mind to it regardless of those around him. Still, this was a solid chunk in the season that promises to deliver more enemies from Klaus’s past next week or soon after.

 

THE GOOD

There was a real attempt to showcase how each faction handles Klaus’s drama and though we only really see a few glimpses of actors and actresses handling the mess about them, the real point is showing Vincent’s camaraderie toward his people and how Josh and Lisina handle theirs. I liked the direction Klaus and Marcel went with removing the dayrings from the vampires and wonder how they’ll operate and whether some will break code and lead them directly into Haley’s path.

 

THE BAD

There’s a clear set up for Hope and Roman to start some entangled relationship that I think will lead to bad results if Roman is in fact part of the group that stole Haley. Even if he isn’t, he’s collateral damage and will likely suffer a stake in a future episode. Hope’s involvement tonight only proved to showcase that she’s capable of trying to think outside the box but is also prone to the same kind of anger issues that her father showcases all the time. Still, there’s a key element here that’s missing and that’s whether Hope will cause this inevitable destruction by choice or force. There isn’t anything right now that suggests either.

 

Not that I would condone Klaus killing Josh if it happened, but that would have had a significant impact on this episode if a recurring character that lasted since the first season bought it in Klaus’s defiant yet strategic rage. At no point did I think he was in any real danger and putting in two practically nameless people with him and killing them didn’t yank any empathy strings either. They have to build the right kind of characters if we’re going to care that they die.

 

FAVORITE MOMENT

When Marcel tried to reason with Klaus after hearing about Elijah’s refusal to return home. This was a poignant moment for these two and considering where they’ve been for the last several years it was good to see some sliver of hope that they’d have that kinship of father and son they once did so long ago. Klaus was close to breaking if not to his benefit for the plan at hand. I was certainly fooled even if so and that’s good acting on Klaus’s part.

 

CHARACTER MVP

Vincent earns it this week. Having the guts to stand up to a hybrid like Klaus and declare him the sole enemy of he ever harms another witch again must have taken a lot to do so knowing the speed and power of Klaus would likely win out in the end, though never count a witch like Vincent down as he’s more than capable of subduing the most powerful on this show, notwithstanding whatever apocalyptical darkness is headed their way. He’s generally the standout character as of late because of his compassion to be a better person and never dances on any edge like Klaus and so many others do.

 

ENDING THOUGHTS

There was a shout out to the Gemini twins tonight though no appearance. There’s a suggestion that they’re turning mischievous and foolhardy but that’s just Hope’s telling of it. It’d be cool if they showed up to assist in some witch-needed scene because they definitely had power of their own and it’s another cameo from TVD.

 

If I didn’t know any better, I’d feel like this season was prepping us for Haley’s death by having the family find her just as she dies. I wouldn’t say she’s the lynchpin that holds everyone up, but Vincent and a few others seem to think she is and it would be interesting to see how much gets town down if Haley was sacrificed for whatever’s coming.

 

I don’t expect the punishments on the local vampires to last more than the next episode. Klaus and Marcel think they can subdue the group and out the culprit responsible for Haley’s capture but low and behold it’ll be a vampire group outside of New Orleans and in taking the daylight rings they’re just shooting themselves in the feet on the resources they have left to help.

 

OVERALL SCORE

7 out of 10. The Originals flashes a bit of Klaus’s old evil fire with his long game antics that inevitably costs the lives of two, but in doing so he’s assuredly on the path to finding Haley while Freya helps Hope understand her possible future as a destroyer. For now, Marcel and Klaus are on the same side with the same goals, but Vincent has cut all ties to Klaus and anything he threatens with. This episode gave us more build up and a cliffhanger announcing a new enemy is coming to town, but how they play into Hope’s plot or the reunion of the Mikaelsons and the darkness they possess but the seeds of betrayal have still sufficiently been planted now that each faction is fearing for war. Thanks for reading.

 

 

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A Sashurai’s Review: The Originals – Season 5×03 (Is there really a free piano to play in that park?)

TO 5x03

 

SUMMARY

After Elijah was compelled by Marcel to forget his life, he found his way to New York city where he meets another vampire named Antoinette, who helps him adjust to a solitary vampire way of life. During their courtship, Marcel discovers his whereabouts and threatens him to leave the city. Haunted by a past he can’t remember, he and Antoinette part ways so that he can find Marcel on his own. After he does, Marcel warns him again to forget his life. In doing so, Elijah travels to France and spends the next seven years with Antoinette learning piano and being in love. In the present, Klaus arrives to take Elijah home, but a vervane-filled Antoinette warns Elijah and the two escape. Klaus finds them but Elijah renounces his old life and breaks Klaus’s neck, leaving him to return home empty handed. Back at their suite, Elijah proposes to Antoinette and discards his day-light ring, turning it and the rest of his keepsakes to ash.

 

INITIAL THOUGHTS

It’s rare to see a very linear storyline in this franchise, but tonight, we keep a very close eye on Elijah and his journey over the last several years, both in falling in love and confronting his vampire-demons so to speak. With Jaime Murray joining this season, she makes a very eloquent and remarkable debut as a benevolent vampire who takes Elijah in and ultimately falls in love with him. The drama was limited in its scope as we see this as a bit of a nightly fairy tale complete with a sensible promise of good fortunes to come for these two, however we all know how darkness will return to the Mikaelsons and Elijah in theory should be no different. It’s a fleeting happiness, but for now this was a very solid episode told in one person’s clandestine point of view.

 

THE GOOD

Let’s start with Antoinette. What I like most about her and the actress portraying her is that she wasn’t a covert spy or a red herring toward reaching this new Elijah. She was a genuinely loving spirit that was captured by his being. Granted, there were lies of omission on knowing his identity, but she utilized it in a positive way, not dragging him to the depths like Klaus was attempting to do, albeit in begging fashion. I like that they also didn’t treat her like a one-shot character that only made one first impression and then died at the end. Jaime Murray has a great role to fill and will hopefully continue to knock it out of the park with her character.

 

I liked the concept of a vampire who prefers the essence of blood not being tainted by fear and the chemicals involved with it. It does show some forward thinking that a victim’s state of mind could affect their flavor and that this new Elijah hasn’t experienced that. It’s something an episode of this style has the time to settle and breathe so that characters can discuss the minutia of their feeding habits. It was a romantic moment for a pair of sophisticated dead couple.

 

THE BAD

Maybe it’s a bit of a loose connection, but I wasn’t too keen on having Elijah having discovered his past and basically hiding it in plain sight when Klaus would come showing up every now and again, assuming he knew Klaus’s identity. Even though it was a cathartic moment when he denied Klaus, in reality it was something he had already done prior to that scene, we just had to catch up to the plot. I think it would have been more savory if we discovered along with him about his past and not get told as a minor twist of knowledge kept secret at the end. Tis a minor point.

 

FAVORITE MOMENT

The initial confrontation when Klaus appears and gets staked. That whole sequence had a lot going for it including a reminder that the two couldn’t stay close for very long without negative actions surrounding them. And seeing Antoinette care for the mortals and survive was a nice gesture to throw in for the sake showing not all vampires are wicked and malicious.

 

CHARACTER MVP

I think Antoinette deserves it tonight. She helped Elijah in a lot of ways and showed an aspect of a vampire that not many in TVD or TO had showcased in quite sometime. She has a certain poetic and nostalgic personality that reflects how often vampires are stuck in a lonesome state, never truly connecting with the world and seeking an embrace that can only come from how they take life. I hope she’s a mainstay character or at least has a role to play if she’s forced to come to New Orleans to defend Elijah and his future.

 

ENDING THOUGHTS

This episode certainly begs the question, can and should Elijah get his old memories back? If the ending has any merit to it, then this Elijah is here to stay, however, with happy endings in short supply on this show, I imagine Marcel will be forced to undo his compulsion and bring Elijah back into the fold whether he likes it or not. However since Marcel did it, can that even happen? I’m actually fine with Elijah’s current state and he should get the chance to exist a while longer given his earlier persona has extreme Haley baggage we don’t need right now.

 

I highly doubt that day-light ring is going to burn in Elijah’s fire. It’s very symbolic and proves he’s willing to shed that earlier life, but it’s a day-light ring, and at the least maybe Antoinette could keep it for those real crazy Klaus emergencies or what have you.

 

The nightclub scene was a bit much in the way of keeping up present tenses with how vampires party. It felt very Blade-like and at the very least, Elijah mopped up by killing those resident vampires to handle his aggressions. If New York is suffering that kind of vampire epidemic, what’s it like in other cities? When do the vampires start outnumbering the people?

 

If Klaus was so bent on getting Elijah back to New Orleans, then why didn’t he bring Marcel with him to undo the compulsion? Unless there’s nothing to be done about it, it seemed half-thought out and a bit pompous of Klaus to think he could convince an amnesiac vampire to return to the slaughter. That’s Klaus for you.

 

OVERALL SCORE

9 out of 10. This solitary tale had a beginning, middle, and end to fit a single episode. Great character development for Elijah and a fitting role for Jaime Murray’s debut in The Originals. If only we had a Rebekah cameo. This was a satisfying look into vampire life outside of New Orleans or Mystic Falls, and if there are any spin-offs to be had once this season closes up, think about keeping Antoinette along for the ride. Thanks for reading.

 

 

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