[Rant] Phantomesque – The Originals 4×10

Warnings: spoilers, inappropriate jokes, careless language, messing up the order of events

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  • Is there anyone else who is surprised that this season only has 13 episodes? I remember reading somewhere before that there would be 16 episodes. Where have the three episodes gone?
  • On a slightly note, I’ve just learned that Michael Narducci will leave the show after this season, giving full rein to the capable hand of Julie Plec. Given the mess that The Vampire Diaries became, this is by no means positive news. The best I can hope for is the fifth season of The Originals won’t turn into the fifth season of The Vampire Diaries, which, as far as I’m concerned, is an enormous fall from which the show never ever recovered.
  • But that remains to be seen in the future. For now, let us give a big applaud to Daniel Gillies’ successful directorial debut. I think this is my favorite episode of this season so far.
  • Mostly because its focus is Elijah’s storyline, his Red Door and the fabled Beast lurking behind, all of which have been postponed for two seasons. Let’s say all of these aren’t a disappointment.

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  • I especially the look of the all-white seemingly endless corridor. Maybe it’s just me but I find all-white places far creepier than dark, dimly-lit places. It probably has something to do with the color white being associated with death in some cultures. Perhaps they had that in mind when they designed this corridor as representation of Elijah’s mind to highlight the grim fact that death follows his each and every footstep.

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  • All in all, the white corridor is very aesthetically pleasing. And the all-white aspect is a beautiful contrast to the ones that set foot in it, namely Freya, Hayley, Hope and later, Elijah (or rather, step out of the door).

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  • Kinda makes me wonder how Finn’s mind would have looked like. What color would have represented his psyche?
  • Anw, let’s get back to the episode first.
  • From the screencaps on Tumblr, I almost thought we got to see flashback of Bex in the 80s. Maybe it’s just me but her red dress and hairstyle kinda gives off the 80s vibes.

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  • She looks good btw, as she always does. And she’s ready for some fun with a random guy…
  • … who happens to be a vampire from Elijah’s bloodline and has a heart attack right after having a little make out session with Bex. Rude (I mean the guy).
  • This is pretty much a confirmation of Tristan’s fate if there were any doubts after the ninth episode.
  • Forever bitter I’ve never got to see his transformation into a vampire and Elijah’s exact motive to turn someone he deemed dangerous and lunatic. He could just grabbed any random guy to pose as himself to complete the Klaus-Rebekah-Elijah trio – they were all compelled and who cared if they weren’t real siblings – and compelled the human Tristan to jump off the cliff or something. Yet Elijah just had to give Tristan his blood. His reason for doing so is as enigmatic as how the Trinity managed to elude Mikael despite being baby vamps.
  • Anw, back to present.
  • Kol and Bex are quick to deduce what happened to their brother and they’re immediately flying back to Nola.
  • Klaus’s still pushing Freya to resurrect Elijah while Freya gives him a medical, or shall I say orthopedic, analogy as explanation. Does this have anything to do the fact that her girlfriend is an orthopedist?
  • While waiting for Rebekah and Kol to catch a taxi home, Klaus spends some minutes giving Klelijah shippers a beautiful speech that ends with a heartbreaking note “I’m so sorry, my brother.”

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  • And then, that Klebekah.
  • The Klaus-Rebekah-Kol squad. Hearts will be ripped and blood will flow. That much we can expect.
  • Alas, this squad doesn’t last long because Kol’s gotta find the Harvest Girls for a chance to contact Davina.
  • Why does everyone, including Klaus, have to keep repeating that Elijah killed those four girls? Yes, it was terrible. Yes, it was cruel. Yes, it was inhuman. But it wasn’t anything new at all. At least Klaus of all people should understand this (is the “murdered in cold blood” absolutely necessary?).
  • At the same time everyone has to keep forgetting that those girls weren’t Harvest Girls to begin with; they weren’t chosen since there were no elders and the Ancestors simply were disconnected. Ironically it was Elijah who ‘chose’ them and now they’re having the title and powers of Harvest Girls to brag about whenever they are onscreen. It’s getting a bit boring.
  • Not trying to justifying Elijah’s act here, just looking at both sides of the matter, which the characters kinda forget to.
  • Dunno whether to praise Marcel for his gallant chivalry or his naivety that he could take on a 1500-year-old likely-to-be-immortal super evil witch. Remember the last time that creepy witch dude wiped the floor with him?
  • Naturally Marcel fails big. Better luck next time.
  • So big question: who’s in possession of the dagger that can kill Marcel?
  • Kinda surprised the big bad Hollow just lets him take a nap right there and does nothing to him while she threatened to build her kingdom upon his ashes before.
  • This Hollow girl is probably the first villain in the entire TVD and TO universe to have absolute nothing for viewers to sympathize with. The name truly befits her.
  • Even her motives are unclear. Vincent was rightfully terrified by the prospect that once resurrected, she would burn the city to the ground (for what?). So far she hasn’t burned anything, just strolling around the city in fancy footwear making flowers withered and killing her own followers or lurking in the cemetery. Huh?
  • Maybe deep down she’s still a teenage girl who wanna have fun. Next she might even want to go to school just so she can be in the cheerleading squad and attend the Homecoming ball.
  • Freya’s got to witness a merry moment of her younger siblings. Such a rare sight to see Kol joke and throw stuff playfully at Elijah. And of course Klaus just has to bring snack to the dinner table.
  • Lucky for Freya she doesn’t open a door that stores some of her little brother’s more… mature memories with his lovers over the years (Katherine, Celeste…). That would be really awkward.
  • The entire episode could be dubbed ‘The Trip Down Memory Lane’ instead.

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  • Have to strongly disagree with Hayley here. The person who’s closest to Elijah should be Klaus as they’ve been by each other’s side since the very beginning and they’ve seen the best and the darkest aspects of each other. Hayley’s been with him for about seven years and she has yet to see everything that makes Elijah Elijah, the evidence being she has no idea about the existence of the Red Door and the Beast. If it had been Klaus who was sent into the pendant, the outcome would have been vastly different as he would not have run, he would not have been shaken to the core facing the Beast and he would have been strong enough to fight this manifestation of Elijah’s darkness. But since Klaus has to hunt the rose bushes, poor Hayley has to suffer by the hand of the Beast before once again Hope saves the day.

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  • Although the Haylijah ship has hit a rather bulky rock, on the bright side it’s a necessary challenge and development of their relationship. No relationship, I believe, can be deemed healthy and strong if the partners have not seen each other at their best and their worst.

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  • Both Phoebe and Daniel deliver this heartbreaking sequence really well. While Phoebe’s done a great job in portraying Hayley’s terror and despair at being assaulted by the darkest version of the man she so loves, whom she fails to reach and wake, Daniel nails the Beast’s mute malevolence. There’s something as beautiful as it is unsettling in the Beast’s serene expression and his absolute silence in contrast with the atrocities he’s been committing.
  • Can we perhaps think of this Beast as a humanity-off Elijah? We’ve never seen an Original switch his or her emotions so this is the closest to that.
  • Elijah looks so lonely here.

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  • In hindsight the whole entering-Elijah’s-mind could be a perfect opportunity for the writers to tie the knots with Tristan’s storyline by showing the scene where Elijah turned Tristan and compelled the Trinity to become the Mikaelsons – something we’ve been deprived of since forever – instead of showing two scenes from the first season.
  • Hearing Klaus praising Elijah once again moves my little Klelijah heart. Elijah may not truly be the best of them but Klaus certainly thinks he is.
  • Still, it probably takes a while for his reassuring words to sink in Hayley’s scarred heart.
  • I’m a little disappointed in Kol for being ready to leave the city. Family’s crisis aside, he gives up too soon. The Harvest Girls give him a witch headache, sure; they also break his neck and take his stuff, sure, but come on, he’s a Mikaelson who has gone through death twice; shouldn’t he be a little more adamant in his will to see and speak to Davina?
  • Of course, the Hollow brings Davina back with a catch. Having gone through Klaus’s mind, she should have known better than to link herself to Davina; didn’t the last time Freya and Elijah sacrifice Davina in order to defeat their foe? The history may just repeat itself.

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  • The Hollow can be considered the Mikaelsons’ in-law, can’t she?
  • Wait, does that mean the Hollow is mortal?! As in killable?!

Looking forward to the next episode.

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