Warnings: spoilers alert. No inappropriate jokes or salty comments.
This is perhaps the first episode of this season which I have nothing to complain about. The storyline is plot-hole-free (at least to me) and the acting is superb. Congratulations to the production team.
Let’s hope against hope that the remaining episodes retain the same quality since we have not long to watch, although it’s kinda unlikely (because of Plec, you know).
Here’s some thoughts on The Kindness of Strangers aka ‘Being Elijah Mikaelson is suffering’ (parodied from Fate franchise’s famous quote ‘Being Lancer is suffering’)
- The ‘Chambre de Chasse’ plot is pretty use-worn at this point; however its development makes up for that, resulting in an emotion-choked episode that is a great (though painful) watch.
- My prep involving spending two hours watching the third installment in the Hostel franchise (a torture porn franchise, in case you aren’t familiar with the name) isn’t enough to numb the pricking I feel while watching Elijah suffering (oh-so-beautifully) onscreen.
- I guess his suffering is essential to the progression of the plot (because who doesn’t feel agony when their thousand-year-memory comes rushing in like a tsunami); still, my emotional, more irrational side can’t have questioning why the hell my favorite character has to endure so much pain and why he can’t enjoy a sliver of happiness *turning on Flaurie’s Hurts Like Hell in the background*. Honestly, this song should be Elijah’s theme song.
- Still getting lots of and lots of Stefan’s vibes here. Since we all know how it ends for Stefan, Elijah-stans should prepare themselves in advance for what is to come, stocking in tissues and lots of comfort foods/drinks/films for example.
- However, there’s still hope yet (no pun intended) and that is Klaus. We can safely bet on Klaus never letting his brother die on him.
- Speaking of Hope, I wonder who (was in the right mind) to tell her Elijah stood and watched Hayley die. Klaus wouldn’t do something like that, Marcel and Freya weren’t there and if Roman had had the guts to show his face in front her, Hope would have shown him how much of a Mikaelson she is. Then who?
- If my memory serves, when Hayley first arrived at the compound, her tummy wasn’t that visible.
- Bekah and Marcel and their on-and-off tango.
- All of Davina’s mentions make me miss the little but deadly witch. Wonder if Danielle comes back for the series finale (Come one we have Mikael and Cami, why not Davina?).
- Normally I’d pick my most favorite thing of the episode but since this episode has so many things I like, I’m going to make an exception. So here’s a list of what I like about this episode:
- Rebekah and Kol! It takes so damn long to see their faces again. (Too bad we won’t be seeing them in the next episode.)
- Rebekah and Klaus having a reunion when Kol falls down on the sofa stark-naked. Just a normal Mikaelson family reunion. Besides, that reminds me of the little sitcom Significant Mother. Anyone watched it?
- The snort Klaus makes when Hayley suggests the name “Katherine”. It’s a shame non-TVD viewers probably don’t get this joke.
- Hope Andrea Mikaelson.
- Klaus and Hayley having videophone.
- Kol and Elijah having a proper talk with each other. This conversation is waaaaay overdue!
- Elijah helping Kol get up. I guess that counts as the kindness of stranger.
- Rebekah stepping up for Elijah. Guess even though amnesiac, he is still her favorite brother.
- Klaus staying behind and helping Elijah burst through the Red Door. Now that’s the first step towards forgiveness because when it comes to his family, especially Elijah, Klaus always forgives.
- The tears all the siblings shed watching Elijah cry out in pain. Yeah, even Kol.
- And the tears Klaus shed for Hayley. I never doubt that he loved Hayley, perhaps not romantically, but he did love her as he loves his siblings and daughter.
- The suit is back again. (And so do all the pains and burdens!)