Warnings: No more warnings because if you’re here reading this, I bet you’ve far passed the ‘spoilers alert’ state.
So much bondage…
So much screaming…
So much blood…
So much agony…
Those are what stick in my head after finishing the third season’s eighteenth episode of The Originals ̶ The Devil Comes Here and Sighs like, three times in a row (please don’t condemn me; I just had too much free time on my hands and little to do during the extended weekend); besides them, the episode didn’t leave much impression on me. I’m not saying it’s a terrible episode or anything ̶ I will never deem an The Originals episode of any season terrible; it just doesn’t give me a lot of thoughts to compile into this half-assed episodic review, which takes a not-so-tiny part in my delay (the out-of-nowhere hiatus and my terminal laziness contributed another part). Maybe Beyond the Black Horizon was so well-done, so heart-wrenching and set such a huge milestone in the plot line, maybe The Devil Comes Here and Sighs serves as a transition to lead our tormented main characters into another phase of …well, torment, maybe both or something else altogether, I fail to get excited watching it. In other words, it is decent but definitely not extraordinary. If I were to give it a rate (which I have never done before by the way), it would be 6 out of 10.
Last week, I thought although heartbreaking and sudden as Finn’s death was, it would be the much needed glue to bind the remaining siblings together as they are facing their biggest threat yet. For all my expectations I am disappointed that the Mikaelsons are still as divided as they were before such crucial turn of event. Elijah and Freya sort of stick together, which is common since Freya’s been closest to Elijah, her “little Thor”, besides Finn, Kol is stuck with his seemingly out-of-the-circle status and Klaus decides to take on Lucien, the uber-creature whose weaknesses haven’t been discovered yet, with Papa Tunde’s blade as his sole companion. While this familiar aggressiveness is typically Klaus-ish, this plan propelled by wrath isn’t his wisest plan, if not his dumbest one so far, and once again the need to showcase just how insanely powerful a being Lucien has transformed into is reinforced: without so much as breaking a sweat he bests the duo of Klaus and Papa Tunde’s knife, even turning the blade against its owner. For the first time in his immortal life Klaus has experienced how it feels to play the ‘damsel in distress’ role, or should I say ‘hybrid in distress’. Who (hasn’t read the synopsis beforehand) is surprised by this twist please raise your hand?
If you’re one of a few viewers who aren’t too surprised by how easily and pathetic a bested Klaus is (like myself), seeing how he uses his tongue to ravage Aurora’s sensitive spots (okay, no innuendos intended here) and save his ass is quite jaw-dropping. I guess I’m too familiar with the action Klaus to fully embrace this talking/stalling/negotiating side of him.
Every individual in distress needs a rescuer (or several, for that matter). In Klaus’s case, it’s Cami and Hayley that come to his aid. This is indeed brave, I admit, but bravery isn’t always synonymous with wisdom. By that I mean Cami and Hayley could have taken a moment to reflect on the likelihood of Aurora’s having taken the serum (come on, it’s been more than a day since Lucien broke her out of her prison), and rather than saving Klaus, they might end up getting killed in brutal manners right before his eyes. It’s still not clear what effects a post-serum Aurora has on an Original Hybrid and whether her bite could really kill him ̶ surely it killed Finn but Finn and Klaus are biologically different; one thing is sure, however, is that Aurora could easily decimate them both. And yet, and yet they stride boldly into Lucien’s place, armed with only hybrid’s venom, an antique dagger that we never get to know its use till the episode ends and a syringe of vervain, purchased right from the local pharmacy.
Okay, it may not be vervain but something else, something strong enough to knock Aurora out in one shot. Anyone cares to enlighten me on what it is, pretty please?
Anyway, back to the topic. Fortunately for the rescuing pair and unfortunately for common sense, Cami and Hayley’s scratchily prepared plan still works, mostly thanks to Aurora’s grievous tendency of being a chatterbox. She talks and talks non-stop without a slightest sliver of realization just how many times her mouth has ruined her plans. Back in The Other Girl in New Orleans, she provoked Cami into spilling her dark truths, giving Klaus enough time to arrive and save her. Maybe that one time she actually had a gambit to back her plan A but the second time, when she couldn’t help giving Klaus hints to solve Aya and her brother’s (mostly Aya’s though) cleverly crafted game, there was just no backup plan and she ended up being imprisoned in the tomb. This time, if she hadn’t wasted the time and just offed herself right after taking the serum, or earlier, when Lucien offered her the bottle on one knee with heart-shaped eyes, Hayley and Cami wouldn’t have a chance. Surely all the taunting could wait a minute or two, could it?
For a vampire who has literally a thousand years of practice and was introduced engaging in a sword fight with her brother, our darling Aurora is surprisingly and frustratingly lame at fighting barehanded, and she allowed Hayley to get the upper hand. I had to roll my eyes: did they just empower Hayley more in the last few episodes without me knowing? And Cami too, who is having her head smashed against a supernatural wall (just look at her face, hear her scream and you can tell how painful it is) and still retains enough consciousness to pull out her hidden syringe. Empowering two female characters by disempowering another female character, sorry if I find this girl power nonsense too ridiculous to buy.
Before my lazy blood hits again, allow me to express my admiration to Lucien’s long-lasting love for Aurora. Seriously, where could we find a guy on this earth who has been in love with a girl for a thousand plus years, despite all the separation, mental problems and betrayal she’s pulled on him? Lucien’s hopeless love for Aurora is both his redeeming quality and his severe downfall, which makes me wonder if the Mikaelsons would exploit to take him down. It’s truly intriguing and exciting how Lucien would treat Aurora if they were to meet again. Would he rip her throat or would he find his affection strong enough to forgive her yet again? We shall see about that.
Still, much as I adore Lucien’s romantic side, I can’t help asking myself whether the guy has a peculiar spot in his brain that has been insanely erasing all the blatant sights that Aurora absolutely DOES.NOT reciprocate his feelings. Not a millennium ago, not in those long years as vampires and certainly not after he offered her an almighty transforming serum. She’s taking advantage him, that’s for sure, but it’s partly Lucien’s fault for being delusional and basically giving her the chance to use him.
Highlights of the episode:
- Let’s congratulate everyone for not dying: no head torn, no heart ripped, no body crisped by the sun or withered by wolf’s venom. I previously thought only Game of Thrones (which has just premiered its sixth season, in case you haven’t known) was the only series where I have to be constantly on edge with the whole who’s-gonna-perish-this-episode suspense; now The Originals is following its (bad) example.
- The Cami and Hayley vs Aurora cat fight doesn’t get me as excited as I thought it would, probably because Hayley’s free, very plot-convenient entrance into Lucien’s penthouse. Anyone cares to tell me when Lucien invited her in because I couldn’t remember? If my memory serves, Lucien’s barrier only lets vampires of Klaus’s sire line in, that is if he hasn’t erected another barrier. Either way, could he be so careless as to allow such a big, hybrid fallacy in his system?
- Aurora’s looking very pretty
- The Elijah and Freya plus the Strix vs Lucien fight, which is good and all until Lucien wipes the floor with them. Bad news.
- And the Ancestors’ being the true big bad of the season. Now I see why The Travelers had to blow up the Other Side in The Vampire Diaries; some dead souls just can’t stop meddling with the living business.
- Is it just me or Kolvina’s romance seems a little out of place?
- Van Nguyen is back after several absent episodes to become the Ancestors’ loony, sorry, Regent, no need for voting or ceremony. The regency business is becoming pretty cheap these days.
- Van Nguyen’s ascendency was Tristan’s original plan as well, which leads to my previous question if Tristan had a hand in Lucien’s upgrading-to-the-Originals-better gambit.
- Where are other witches when their voices are needed? Come on, Nola must have other living witches other than Freya, Vincent, Davina and Van Nguyen. Are they all chilled with this sudden shift in political power?
- Come to think about it, Vincent hasn’t used his chance to revive someone, and now he’s lost it or what?
- If being shunned by the Ancestors doesn’t result in magic lost, Davina and Vincent being two examples, what is the point in shunning in the first place, except from staying out of the Ancestors’ annoying radar?