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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A Sashurai’s Review: The Originals – Season 5×02 (No, Roman’s not in on it…*rolls eyes*)

TO 5x02

 

SUMMARY

Klaus returns to New Orleans in search of Haley and avoids Hope. While he searches, Marcel returns as well and convinces the wolves to let Henry endure a fitting punishment for murdering a vampire. When Klaus discovers Hope is responsible for Haley’s disappearance, he confronts her. They argue over his decision to disappear from her life but due to the hollow’s power growing when the two are together, Klaus leaves. Meanwhile, Vincent consults with a seer, Ivy who shows him a possible future of destruction caused by Hope herself. Vincent believes he can change that fate as Klaus and Freya discover Haley is missing from where Hope put her. After Henry is put inside Marcel’s garden, someone breaks him out and kills him for all of New Orleans to see.

 

INITIAL THOUGHTS

If father knows best, then the world may suffer an eternity of darkness after Klaus is through with it. Tonight’s Originals brings forth a partial reunion and a mystery to solve involving Haley’s second kidnapping. In a flashback, Hope witnesses her father’s blood-soaked murder spree he started years ago causing a rift that led to Hope using her own mother to lure her father back to town. Out of the gate, this season is painting Hope to be a very good-natured neutral, yet troublesome character who has yet to truly understand the consequences of using methods that her Mikaelson bloodline used to get what they want. And of course there are people on both sides that want to help her or stop her quick like Josh who knows too easily how storylines like these play out. So far, the intrigue is settled quite nicely in this final season though the direct root of evil hasn’t really been the issue, but rather, what could happen to Hope if all that evil power comes together once more.

 

THE GOOD

We got the Klaus and Hope confrontation out in the open now instead of pushing it to the final moments of the episode. Klaus doesn’t have too many characters to make him tearful, remorseful, and serenely agitated but Hope managed to accomplish all of it in one conversation. I like the dynamic and Klaus is doing a good job easily second-guessing himself into a frenzy, not knowing what to say or even where to look when Hope calls him out. All he sees right now is how awful is own father was and how he’s likely to follow that curse due to his unrelenting nature. It’ll be something hard to fight for, but that’s what this season is all about for him.

 

THE BAD

With the exception of her sort-of break-up moment with Keelin, Freya isn’t really managing a stayful storyline. I enjoy her moments with Vincent, but it’s really Vincent carrying those scenes anyway. She’s the Mikaelson that wants to get away, but her loyalty to stay doesn’t completely work this time. She’s creating her own conflict which can be good if she was a central character, but because she doesn’t have anything to directly be tied to, I’m not seeing how she can be effective in this season. They even gave Ivy those seer-like moments which could have easily been tied to Freya if the story demanded it, like a bad dream or prophetic nightmare. Let’s give her more to do and quickly.

 

FAVORITE MOMENT

This goes back to Hope and Klaus talking for the first time in Declan’s kitchen. Declan, by the way earned a lot more points for his charming sentiments that nearly caused him a near beheading by Klaus. It was a good build up to see Klaus avoid her at the house and to have Hope hunt him down. She had good reason to and their interaction was what we wanted to see first and foremost. They’ll sure to have more scenes like this in the future.

 

CHARACTER MVP

Hope had the most interaction with everyone and it’s clear she’s bonded with Freya, Delcan, and Marcel. She’s also interested in Roman and of course has issues with Klaus. I’m certain they’ll be some guilt to deal with in the next episode over Haley’s second disappearance, but she’s making decisions that’s really driving all the plots on this show. Henry’s death was directly tied to her choices as is Klaus returning to New Orleans and it looks like Vincent has knowledge of a terrible evil that will consume the city if everyone isn’t careful. Hope is managing her central character status very well for the time being.

 

ENDING THOUGHTS

Is this one person or a group of people terrorizing the city now? Did the same person take Haley and kill Henry? Only witches could handle Hope’s cloaking spell and I’m prone to believing that most unseen evils are new characters and not old ones coming back for vengeance.

 

I have to suspect all new characters on the show as potential starter-villains before the real big-bad shows up. That includes Declan, Roman, and Ivy, who so far has been some genuine interest of Vincent’s and we all know he doesn’t get to have meaningful relationships on this show. Ivy could very well be a witch in hiding, pushing her agenda onto Vincent, and Declan could also be hiding a mysterious past as well. That’s how these seasons generally start, it’s just a question on whether it’s one or all three that are involved.

 

If someone is in league with the hollow or wants that power for itself, it stands to reason that whatever kidnapped Haley also did the same to Elijah and dragged him back to New Orleans in a fancy unplanned reunion that’ll have the whole Mikaelson family in chaos. This probably means Rebekah will have to be lured or kidnapped as well. Only Klaus would have gone back out of no regard of the consequences.

 

OVERALL SCORE

8 out of 10. The Originals holds steady as Klaus realizes just how much he cost his relationship with Hope from years ago. Hope’s trick to bring him back cost her as well as an unseen force has taken Haley and murdered Henry. The two incidents could be unrelated but with only 11 episodes remaining, it’s likely everything’s connected. Klaus and Marcel have no troubles as allies this time around, but Josh and a few others are questioning Hope’s standing among the city as tensions rise and foretellings promise terrible things will take shape soon. As far as relationships go, Freya and Keelin’s is the only one that felt a little flat on the delivery now that Freya has decided to stay behind. Vincent and Ivy will probably get closer until Ivy is either declared a villain or in the villain’s path, because Vincent isn’t allowed to be happy either. He and Klaus have a lot more in common then they let on. Enjoyable episode and a decent cliffhanger to spark next week’s search for Haley. Thanks for reading.

 

 

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A Sashurai’s Review: The Originals – Season 5×01 (Round Five: Hollow Rain)

TO 5x01

 

SUMMARY

7 years have passed. At Mystic Falls, Hope helps a werewolf become a hybrid to gain the finances to visit Europe to find her father, Klaus who has disappeared from her life. In France, Klaus keeps a watchful eye on Elijah who is still compelled to forget. Klaus has been murdering those who may seek revenge on Elijah while in New Orleans, Freya, Haley, Vincent, and Josh maintain their brittle peace. In New York, Rebekah declines a marriage proposal from Marcel and leaves him to check on Elijah. Hope is declared unfit for school and returns to New Orleans where her new hybrid friend murders a local vampire out of impulse. Vampires demand vengeance but Haley sways them down for the time being. Later, she is attacked by an unseen force as Caroline finds Klaus in hopes of convincing him to return home. When Klaus attempts to call Haley, Hope answers and tells him she’s missing. Klaus vows to return to New Orleans as Marcel does the same.

 

INITIAL THOUGHTS

It feels too long since I last watched this dramatic immortal family high tail it away from New Orleans in an effort to stave off the dreaded Hollow entity. This final season premiere is off to a solid start with everyone making choices that already hurt and help those closest to them. Family is always the core of this franchise and when they’re apart, it’s almost worse when they’re together, but together they must be. We’re given quite a checklist of relationships and the plights in-between, but so far immortal Mikaelsons haven’t skipped a beat given their time away from the CW. Is the Hollow still their worst sworn enemy, or is something else at play here. One way or another, Klaus and Marcel are bound to butt heads like the old days figuring it out.

 

THE GOOD

The balance act between all these main characters means getting to the point and selling their new dilemmas in a way that doesn’t seem tired or cliché. Klaus will always find acts of redemption difficult, but this time it’s layered in fatherhood long graduated since last season when all he had to do was protect his daughter. This time, it seems he’ll have to understand her which probably means lots of arguments between his idea of right and wrong and Haley’s. This relationship between Klaus and Hope should theoretically be the glue that holds this season together, although Elijah’s return to form probably won’t be too far behind. I imagine the four who must never return together will be a lightening rod for disaster and shouldn’t happen too soon, unless someone kidnaps Elijah, or worse, returns his memory.

 

Hope so far hasn’t disappointed as Danielle Rose Russell takes over and apparently has Henry, the hybrid sired to her. Her motives are genuine and it’s good she didn’t grow into someone who became corrupted by her own power. I think more tests of that nature are bound to arise, but so far, her heart is in a good place. It will be interesting to see if Klaus’s violent personality pushes them apart once she sees what he’s capable of to protect her.

 

THE BAD

In a lot of ways, it makes sense that Marcel wanted to marry Rebekah, and at least he tried. Clearly, this is a coupling that wasn’t meant to last even though they lived a rather fairy tale life up until this point. I wasn’t entirely supportive of her decision to leave him mainly because the sacrifice just doesn’t fit. Marcel is in no real danger and knowing she regrets her decision just makes it worse for Marcel who, at this point probably did give up on trying to be with her. Shame.

 

It also doesn’t feel right that Haley is kind of dating a human, who I’m guessing is either a nobody or something evil to tide away the plot until the Hollow returns. I’m not getting the vibe here that Hayley and Declan are going to be a lasting thing, even though he scores points for being a genuine nice guy. That almost makes it worse if it turns out he’s evil. Is Haley really getting on with her life or is she still very much in love with Elijah?

 

FAVORITE MOMENT

Without a doubt when Caroline found Klaus. Them sharing a moment means the Vampire Diaries still has a pulse within The Originals. These two have always shared a rather cathartic chemistry and though they’ll never “be” together, it was a fun moment for the two to share. I don’t expect Caroline to be in any more episodes, but it wouldn’t hurt for the finale, however things may end up. She may be one of the few people left that can talk some sense into Klaus when he decides to truly lose it.

 

CHARACTER MVP

Everyone shared equal screen time, and while this new Hope did a good job introducing herself to the show, I feel Klaus is the focal point on change here. He’s going to drive everything that happens and this premiere needed to settle that quickly. His proximity to Elijah may have sparked the radical signs of the Hollow’s power, and his return to New Orleans will no doubt cascade into a fury of blood and death once the city finds out he’s back. And with Marcel on his way as well, it will be a tale of two kings all over again. Still, it needs to be Klaus’s story for this show to work and maintain its core value of family and his need to keep his siblings and daughter together.

 

ENDING THOUGHTS

Can a vampire hybrid be sired to a witch? I feel there’s a rule being broken here, but I don’t want to re-watch 100 episodes to find out that detail. It’s not super important, though if someone out there can recall, I wouldn’t mind a recap.

 

Is Josh really the one in command of the vampire circle in New Orleans? I get that he’s one of the few still alive and he’s probably trained and gotten stronger in the last seven years, but the problem is we haven’t seen that strength my guess is he’ll revert to Marcel and Klaus the second they get back. I would have liked to have seen him grow in a way that wasn’t just character based but actually stronger.

 

Long distance relationships aren’t the best on TV, so either bring Keelin back or get Freya out of there to see her. If neither are possible, then a break-up of some kind is likely to occur because 90% of most tension in this show is couples having a falling out. Like Rebekah and Marcel, who probably won’t share another scene together for likely the next several episodes.

 

Sadly, no Davina cameo. Though we did get Kol and a short story about Davina being his wife, they’re probably too far away to get involved, though Kol gave his premonition of season five being that of calamity that always brings the family back together. Nice moment between Kol and Hope showing Hope has a decent relationship with nearly all the Mikaelsons. Let’s hope she and Rebekah share a scene together at some point.

 

OVERALL SCORE

8 out of 10. The Originals picks up in dramatic fashion and promises to undo the magic that helped set them apart for the last several years. No particular returning character is set to tragedy or a turn to evil ways though Klaus’s acts may set him onto darker paths yet familiar in this franchise. It was the right call to let the family tell their story in separate plights rather then create unnecessary time jumps or point of view plots. Every character had the chance to breathe and be introduced in an ensemble of bickering friends and couples who though supernatural just want to have normal lives. One last season to tell us whether the Mikaelsons will truly live happily as a family or are doomed for a tragic undertaking. Let’s hope Caroline isn’t the only cameo between now and the end. Thanks for reading.

 

 

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

TO 4x13

 

SUMMARY

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

 

INITIAL THOUGHTS

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

 

THE GOOD

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

 

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

 

THE BAD

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

 

FAVORITE MOMENT

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

 

CHARACTER MVP

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

 

ENDING THOUGHTS

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

OVERALL SCORE

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

 

 

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

TO 4x11

 

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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