Warnings: heavy spoilers, ranting tendency and inappropriate comments, nothing out of the usual
A quick update of last week’s highlights:
- Hayley was still busy moaning.
- Marcel bopped to the top of The Strix (whose members just went from wise and mighty owls to sitting ducks btw) thanks to his Best Actor’s performance, with Elijah as Best Supporting Actor.
- The deadly White Oak toy fell into Aurora’s hand via the guest-star-of-the-week witch and the petulant obduracy of certain you-know-whos.
- Freya was supposed to be there but since she was relatively off-screen, she could have been in Hawaii…
- …which is where dear old Luci had flown to, and hasn’t come back. For freaking FIVE episodes.
Before this episode was aired, while most viewers would be worried about Klaus’s or Elijah’s or Freya’s fate (as the preview showed she would be trapped in a box − again with the boxing up people trend this season has been following), I was worry-free. It’s not that I harbor a grudge against the Mikaelson siblings or anything − I adore those terrible wretched murderers a little too much to be appropriate, but released stills have dropped a gargantuan spoilery muffin that all three of them would definitely survive whatever of Aurora’s wicked tricks, hence no need for unnecessary fretting. On the other contrary, Aurora’s was the life I was afraid would be snuffed since there hasn’t any sign to indicate Rebecca Breeds’ role in later episodes and frankly speaking, Aurora has kicked the Mikaelson beehive a couple times, thus earning herself a number of both in-show and out-show enemies. If the poor girl would get a penny every time someone wishes her a frigging brutal death… Anyway, she survives the hate and this contributes hugely my enjoyment of this episode. Yeah, yeah, I do like Aurora despite her antics and hope she makes it to the next season (if there’s going to be one), together with her psycho brother and her forever-friendzoned friend.
In a perfect world the three of them would have their own series and it would be no less awesome than The Originals. Possibly the only triangle love I’m willing to endure.
Overall, Heart-Shaped Box is an excellent episode. The plot and twists are intriguing, the action is delicious and the acting is on point − everyone does a better-than-good job on their role, especially Rebecca Breeds. There have been two of Aurora’s moments that incite a lot of emotions from me, making me feel for her and sympathize with her (and even provoke my anger towards my usual favorite Elijah for his cruel words and deeds to her): the first one is in Beautiful Mistake, when she revealed to Klaus a glimpse of what The Trinity had been through, and the second is her scene with Elijah in Heart-Shaped Box. Words hurt far worse than weapons and none can say Elijah isn’t a linguistic master; the pain he inflicts on Aurora is visible in the trembling of her voice, her hands lowering the gun and the tears pooling at the corners of her (very pretty if I might add) eyes. The desire to hurt your enemy is fair and all, yet in this very moment I can’t help wondering who is really the bad guy here. Aurora is far from innocent or good; however, can Elijah come out clean of playing a major part in the wretched person she has become today? Not really. His denial that he wasn’t the architect of her heartbreak is to me the most hypocritical thing he has said so far, perhaps second only to his claim “No one hurts my family and lives” (but this one was obviously an enormous fault in writing so I may biasedly overlook it).
The relationships between the characters receive a highlight this week and I’m not talking about the romantic one, namely Kolvina, which is as lovely and precious as a teeny love gets − unstrangely enough, their scenes could be clipped from this supernatural macabre setting and put into a romantic movie that would give the likes of Twilight a run for their money. Although I adore Kolvina, it’s other relationships, friendly and familial, that I want to talk about. First of all, there’s the small Klayley scene where Klaus offers some comfort for the widow Hayley. His words are superficial at best since it’s been made quite clear that he doesn’t think so highly of Jackson, but it’s the fact that he tries to that counts. Frankly speaking, I never ship Klaus and Hayley romantically; still, I prefer seeing them being friendly instead of hostile to each other. No child would wish to grow up watching their parents warring, wouldn’t it? Then there’s the whole Cami and Hayley’s woman bonding I hadn’t thought I would enjoy but then I did. Blowing up some steam is definitely what the newbie vamp Cami needs and Hayley, who went through similar transition not too long ago, is being a better guide than Klaus, who has so far been plumbing more frustrating steam in the bloodsucking bartender than helping her release it. Heck, any other vampire, even Josh, would be better guide than the Original Hybrid, but since others are sucked in the deadly weapon and prophecy drama that Hayley is taking a short break from, she is the best candidate at the moment. Helping Cami serves as a distraction from her grief, so it’s a win-win for both. Plus, it’s been a long time since the girls last had any significant interaction and seeing them rekindling the friendship is rather pleasant.
One thing I love about The Originals is the stress the show places on the importance of family. The love between members of family particularly shines in this episode, which should be in my opinion titled “Let’s stop being dick to Freya and act like her little brother.” It’s in Klaus’s blood to boss around everyone, even his own siblings and whether or not he realizes it, his treatment of his sisters, be it Freya or Rebekah, isn’t exactly exemplary of a good brother. Aurora’s abduction of Freya gives him an opportunity to redeem his behaviors − giving her orders and chastising her as if she was his servant witch − as he’s the one to find and save her (thanks to magically perfect timing and his Hybrid sniffy skill). In a Kleya moment later, he delivers short but otherwise touching lines that further cement Freya’s position as irreplaceable in the Mikaelsons, no longer a long-lost sibling straying at the perimeter of their family. Being a good brother isn’t that hard at all, isn’t it, Klaus?
In spite of my immense enjoyment, if I have to summarize this episode in a single screenshot, it would be as the following:
There’s quite a big scoop of new information dropped in this episode, which has me quite baffled not because there’s so much to take in but because the logic the show creators are following is, by all means, not very logical. Some questions pop up and here I’d like to discuss them.
❶ How can Kol perform magic, or at least, lend his power to Davina? Last time we’ve been informed that Kol’s soul is that of a vampire and since when a witch can channel a dead vampire’s energy? (Not talking about Finn here because I have no idea what category he falls into now – vampire? Witch? Something in between?). I get that he’s linked to the candle and somehow through that, Davina can use him to cast a spell that renders her unconscious and their date the worst date ever. It would make more sense if she took the candle’s magic itself and she wouldn’t need Kol (besides providing her with the incantation). What’s his role in this but to provide a dash of romance because lovebirds performing a ritual to save a life are damn romantic?
❷ It’s said that once Davina has joined The Strix coven, she’s linked to other Sisters, and this is proven by knocking Davina down (for a while, luckily), other Sisters fall with her. It’s indeed cool, especially in dire situations like Hayley’s being attacked, but anyone is wondering how this whole linking business works? So when Davina loses consciousness, so are the other witches; nevertheless, when Arianne or that witch Aurora killed died, nothing happened to the coven. They were still in service the time of their death, weren’t they? Were they less linked to other witches than Davina? Weird.
❸ It takes bloody long to rip a heart. The Strix witches seem to take forever to extract Hayley’s heart although Dahlia and Finncent only needed two or three seconds. I know those two were super witches but The Strix witches are powerful in their own right; moreover they have numbers and numbers mean they could channel one another. I don’t sincerely wish for Hayley’s departure from the show but in the two occasions when she’s been witch-attacked, she’s been saved by the delaying of the hearty business. Plot armor is necessary to rescue major characters; just don’t make it too bloody obvious, will you?
❹ Again with Hayley. I nearly rolled my eyes when I heard Jackson’s heart, a werewolf’s, can substitute a hybrid’s. The unification ritual or whatever joined them to some extent, yet it didn’t make them the same: Hayley’s still a hybrid while Jackson remained a wolf and Jackson’s death did not cause Hayley to die. If they are not the same then how are their hearts identical to one another? Besides, technically Hayley isn’t an unsired vampire; she’s sired to Hope. If there’s someone that is truly unsired, it should be Hope, since she was born, not made, and is a vampire that hasn’t experienced death – one of her kind. Or, it should be a Petrova doppelgänger’s heart that is the key to unsire the sireline (since Tatia’s blood gave birth to the vampire race in the first place), which would make a more plausible crossover than having Stefan running to his ex-enemy to escape his current enemy. Seeing that the writers are determined to keep Hope out of all these adult conflicts and Nina Dobrev is unlikely to return as Elena, it seems another (not very logical) option is in order.
On a slightly unrelated note, in some cultures, it’s considered immensely cruel to separate a part of the deceased’s body with the rest, as what Hayley did to Jackson. She should have just cremated his heart along with his corpse and this unsightly twist would never have happened.
Highlights of the episode:
- Klaus’s threatening a human while holding a tea cup is just Britishly Klaus-ish.
- Klaus’s ‘releasing’ said human per Elijah’s order
- Freya’s “Nine thousandth time’s a charm”
- The Hand of Glory candle − anyone wants it for house decoration?
- The Aurora vs. Freya battle that is sadly not shown. Again, for the sake of plot, Freya has to wear the weak, victim shoes whereas she could have snapped Aurora’s neck or robbed her daylight ring.
- I’m sort of upset The Devil’s Playground isn’t used in the episode. It gave such a good creepy vibe to the preview.
- Finn’s willingness to save Freya although he was kind of mean to her for wanting to save Rebekah last time he was seen. It’s a different matter with Freya. I’m not surprised he befriended Tristan; they both share an obsession with their own sisters.
- Aya really knows how to shut Kol up, doesn’t she? No wonder she and Elijah used to hook up.
- Aurora’s gun is a piece of art.
- Aurora’s admirable effort
- Marcel’s getting his ass embarrassingly handed to him by Aya. Guess who isn’t too pleased about his ascension to leader?
- Klaus’s being good brother to both Freya and Elijah and the Klelijah moment. Then I’m reminded that is because Klaus hasn’t learnt about Rebekah…
- The Mikaelson siblings’ toast as they vow to take down their enemies
- The teaming up of The Ex-vengers to have their revenge against The Inglorious Boyfriends