[Rant] Queen Death – The Originals 4×09

Warnings: spoilers, subjective opinions, careless language, messing up the order of events

  • In the last rant, I predicted that Sofya was likely to be killed while Elijah would survive the ordeal, y’know, thinking like a conventional viewer. After watching this episode, I felt the need to grab a facehugger and slap it against my face. Repeatedly. Never have I felt so wrong and stupid in my life, like the writers had super-kicked the chair under me and I never saw it coming as my face hit the floor. Hard.

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  • Please excuse me a moment to pick up and put together my broken jaw.
  • So, in contrast to my prediction, Sofya survives whereas Elijah doesn’t. In other world, Taylor Cole’s job is secured whereas Daniel Gillies’ is put in jeopardy.

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  • Nah, just kiddin’. Elijah is not gone. His leaving the show would be a risk too big to make at this point. Technically he’s dead – not those temporary, fake deaths we’ve seen at least a dozen times before – but he isn’t gone. Freya manages to grasp his dying soul and put it in the same pendant she used to keep Finn and Hope helps confirm that he is still in there. So the good news is his siblings and Hayley will stop at nothing to bring him back to life.
  • Kinda like the way Stefan was killed near the end of the fifth season and was revived later. To add to the suspense, y’know.
  • That is to say, Elijah haters, please contain your joy. You’re likely disappointed in a few next episodes.
  • Seriously, where are all the hates for Elijah coming from, aside from Davina’s matter? Some overzealous Klayley shippers?
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  • On the other hand, the bad news is in the tug war between Freya’s witchy power and the Hollow’s, the pendant shatters and so does Elijah’s mind. Cue Hayley’s journey into the labyrinth of the mind of her thousand-year-old immortal lover with lots of psychological issues in order to search and get said lover back. Cue the Red Door storyline we’ve been waiting since its introduction in the second season. Kinda anxious to see the fabled ‘Beast’ behind the Red Door.
  • Wait, is this the Beauty and Beast storyline?!
  • I remember writing an original story similar to this: a beautiful woman wanders into the dark corners and releases the beast, literally and figuratively.
  • Extremely curious about Hayley’s reaction when facing the Beast, a part of Elijah that she has never witnessed for herself. Will she embrace it or will it decimate their relationship?
  • On a side note, R.I.P to all Strix members. Lucky for you Hell is already burnt to crisp (kind of an irony isn’t it?).
  • Rest, dear Tristan, for your five-year torment finally comes to an end. After watching his deleted scene in the third season, I was a bit glad that he was freed from his everlasting cage.
  • Also, R.I.P to my hope of seeing Tristan onscreen ever again. Where the heck is his vampire origin storyline?
  • Forever bitter about it.
  • Poor Rory who is all alone in this world.
  • Speaking of Rory, where is she? Will she ever come back?
  • Let’s get back to the rest of the episode.
  • Hayley wakes up and is surprised to see half of bed still perfectly made, meaning someone who is supposed to unmake it hasn’t.

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  • Hayley and Elijah are obviously sharing a bed, to no one’s surprise.
  • I find myself to be quite fond of these little domestic details.
  • Klaus’ indulging Hope’s sweet tooth in the most extravagant and Klaus-like way as possible. Don’t we love it? Of course we love it *imitating Nathan Lane’s voice*. Every second of it.
  • One of my favorite frame is Klaus’s feeding his daughter a beignet.

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  • Hope’s indeed a princess. Her parents were king and queen and her brother is now a self-proclaimed king of New Orleans.
  • Aw, Freya’s making Keelin breakfast. Didn’t know Freya could cook anything other than magic concoctions.
  • Fluffiness doesn’t last long because crazy-ass bitch Hollow has to ruin everything for everyone.
  • Wow, Vincent. He can’t seriously ask the Mikaelsons to give up on one of their own, can he? He said it himself in the second season: “When push comes to shove, always trust a Mikaelson to back another Mikaelson.”
  • I hope Vincent doesn’t let his bias cloud his judgment. He hates Elijah and has been reminding viewers of it for episode after episode, that much we know. What I wonder is whether he unconsciously allows his hatred to invade his decision making process because if it were someone else other than Elijah or a Mikaelson, he probably would try harder to find a way other than sacrifice. Does he realize that what he does, asking the Mikaelsons to give up Elijah’s life, is pretty similar to what Elijah and Freya’s did to Davina five years ago? Sacrificing one life to save others?
  • The sheer amount of Klelijah in this episode alone is enough to kill a Klelijah shipper’s heart with a heart attack ten times over, from Klaus’s offering to literally die for Elijah, Elijah’s asking for Klaus first thing when he sees Freya, to Klaus’s rage, denial and breakdown as he shouts at Freya. He had witnessed his brothers’ deaths before but not once had he broken down. He was indifferent the first time Finn died and sad the second; he was furious the first time Kol died and sad the second but he wasn’t in denial like this. It’s because of all brothers Elijah’s the most important to Klaus. “The monster in me can only be checked by the monster in you” and “Without you by my side I don’t think I can survive my own love for my daughter”.
  • Now I’ve seen some complaints about Hayley’s reaction when Elijah dies, mostly that she doesn’t express strong outbursts of emotions like she did when Jackson perished even though Elijah is her true love. I’d say the reason she hasn’t burst into tears or screamed is because she, like Klaus, is in denial. Jackson was mortal and the moment she saw Tristan’s hand going into Jackson’s chest, things were over; there was no way to save Jackson. But it’s different with Elijah in a way that Elijah could be save and Hayley was counting much on Freya’s power to wrench his soul from true death. The single tear she sheds later as realization begins to dawn on her that Elijah might be gone speaks much more of her pain than screaming or crying out loud ever could. That, in my opinion, is praise-worthy and it proves Phoebe’s acting skill has improved by each season.

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  • In fact, Klaus’s, Hayley’s and Freya’s expressions in this scene are all beautifully acted and very heart-wrenching to watch.
  • Once again, Hope’s saving the day when she helps confirm Elijah’s soul is in the broken pendant. I’m crossing my fingers for Hope to kick the Hollow’s ass in the season finale.

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  • One thing I forgot to mention in the last entry: Vincent said the Ancestors’ spell to trap the Hollow requires the life of an immortal, and a true immortal like an Original or Marcel, not a normal vampire. Then, who was that immortal that was sacrificed when the Ancestors first trapped the Hollow?
  • Vincent’s venturing into the dark side.
  • Hollow bitch is flesh and blood again. That means she can be killed now, right?

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  • Last but not least, one mention of a certain brave blond bartender has Klaus going from bitterly sarcastic to speechless. Has ‘Miss Mystic Falls’ ever managed to do that? Nope.
  • Yeah, Cami would have been proud of him but incredibly sad.

Looking forward to Kol and Bekah’s return and their reaction to Elijah’s death.

[Rant] High Water and the Devil’s Daughter – The Originals 4×07

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

  • First, congratulations to Charles Michael Davis for his successful directorial debut. The episode definitely lives up its predecessors’ standard. Looking forward to Daniel Gillies’ episode.
  • Second, I can totally imagine the Ancestors throwing their heads back and laughing their dead asses off in the Ancestral Realm. “You blew the link but now you need us or the Hollow’s gonna blow all your asses straight to Hell.”

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  • Wait, Hell was already destroyed in TVD!
  • As usual, “no bloodshed in the house where my daughter sleeps and plays” will no doubt end up in a lot of bloodshed at the end of the episode, say the writers of TO probably.
  • “Perhaps I’ll go out for dinner”. All these bloody jokes never go old, don’t they?
  • But Klaus is grounded although it’s Elijah who kinda caused a ruckus last time. Life simply isn’t fair. Not that I’m complaining.
  • Guess at least one Original has to stay home and protect the family.
  • Freya’s hair’s looking fine af. Riley’s so gorgeous she’s got to have a different hairstyle each episode.
  • And guess who she runs into? Surprise, surprise, it’s Dominic who should be ashes in the furnace. New Orleans, or the French Quarter to be more specific, is really small isn’t it, since our characters keep ‘conveniently’ running into one another.
  • They also have about one bar to hang out, the Russeud’s, and that’s where Freya finds Josh.
  • Now I wonder what Freya’s original plan for the day was before stumbling across Dominic. Scourging the city for the Hollow’s followers?
  • What I don’t get is why Freya has to embark on this mission of destroying evil minion Dominic alone. Elijah’s having his own affair but can’t she just take Hayley with her? They already have Klaus to guard the house and Hayley’s far more capable partner than Josh in terms of fighting and defending Freya if Dominic tries something funny (which he does, eventually). Plus, she doesn’t have to shoo Hayley away as she does Josh.
  • Maybe it’s in the actor’s contract or something.
  • In this episode we have two most powerful witches making two enormous mistakes: Freya to let her emotions get the best of her and throw Dominic out of the circle and Vincent to treat such a crucial item (Sacrificial Knife) in such careless manner – no cloaking, no protection spell and not even hiding it somewhere safer. While Freya can be excused for her growing affection for Keelin, there’s no reason for Vincent to practically tell Elijah what the blade is used for and just leave it there for Elijah to take. It’s not like he has only known Elijah for a day and has no idea what the Original is capable of.
  • So, either Elijah has rock-hard, unwavering faith in Vincent’s juju or he’s a sociopath, which is no surprise I guess, given that he hasn’t been human for more than a millennium. Either way he’s getting more hate for slitting those four girls’ throats.
  • Love him or hate him, you cannot deny what he does, he does it for his family. 
  • At least Elijah’s act is still better than Damon’s snapping Jeremy’s neck not knowing Jeremy was wearing the Gilbert resurrection ring.
  • I read a comment somewhere that says this season’s Elijah has no chill because he has given all his chill to Klaus. Kinda agree.

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  • On the other hand, the Ancestors are really mean, aren’t they? They hate Elijah, fine; they hate Vincent for helping Elijah (and not because he sorta blew up the link and had been shaking hands with Marcel for the last five years), also fine. But they are not going to resurrect the girls, who are, like, their own children?!
  • Meanwhile Klaus’s venting his frustration of being trapped in the house by hammering the jawbone, which doesn’t even leave a scratch. It’s high time we called an exorcist and sprayed it with holy water.
  • The Klayley conversations. I don’t and will never ship them as romantic partners; I ship Klaus and Hayley as partners who have each other’s back and trust each other to do right by their child.

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  • “No one protected ours.”
  • “I see no evidence that your uncle Elijah doesn’t sleep here hanging upside down.”
  • Not sure if Klaus is calling Elijah a bat or Dracula. Either way it makes no difference right?
  • The way Klaus lies about the blood on his hands being paint is touching. Still, he does realize his daughter is part-wolf and has wolf senses right and probably knows the smell of paints, doesn’t he?
  • Because she’s “seven, not stupid”.

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  • She even figures out on her own that the man in the basement was the boy living in the attic.
  • Cue brother-sister bonding moment we’ve been waiting for.
  • Since Hope trusts Marcel’s words about family sticking with one another, that means she acknowledges him as her family, specifically her brother, right?
  • But Hope is really strong isn’t she? She hasn’t learned any proper spells and yet she’s able to break Freya’s binding and cloaking one. And fast too.
  • I imagine Freya must have laid a stronger spell.
  • Klaus’s hybrid face tho.

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  • Klaus vs. Dominic battle. Klaus: 1, Dominic: -1 (head).

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  • Hayley’s framing her dad’s photo and hugging Hope in sleep.

 

  • The Freelin Can’t say I’m excited about them or shipping them (have given up shipping game with this show long, long time ago) but I’m fine with them being together and hope neither of them, mostly Keelin, will fall victim to ‘Bury Your Gay’ trope.
  • The little Freylijah moment near the end.
  • Is it just me or the Hollow’s voice sounds a lot like Davina’s, just a bit more child-like? And its, or her, CGI face kind of looks like Davina’s too. This leads to a question whether Davina should be trusted or whether she is an ally or not. Maybe when she was ripped to shreds by the Ancestors, she somehow ended up at the same place with the Hollow and they made a deal.

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  • Well that remains to be seen.

Looking forward to the next episode, where dear old Alaric will make pay Nola a visit. The idea of Hope going to Alaric and Caroline’s school has been circulating around the fandom for a while but I don’t see Klaus or Hayley ready to part with their littlest wolf because that is a boarding school and there’s some distance between the A rmory and New Orleans.

[Rant] Bag of Cobras – The Originals 4×06

Warnings: spoilers, ranting tendency, subjective opinions, careless language, inappropriate jokes, messing up the order of events

  • Well, it takes a lot of balls to attend a Mikaelson ball because as the universal law dictates, every time a party is held in The Vampire Diaries/The Originals universe, bloodshed is inevitable.
  • So bloodshed will happen. Eventually. At the most jaw-dropping moment.

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  • Needless to say, the outcome of this supposedly merry event will be pretty un-pretty.
  • But not so un-pretty as the news about The Originals’ possible cancellation. Seriously.

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  • The news got me so upset that I did delete this weekly rant and considered stopping altogether. But then Elijah’s particular brand of sass got me recover this deleted rant.
  • Let’s get back to the episode.
  • The ice sculpture looks really pretty. Did Klaus make it himself?

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  • So Vincent’s been holing up in his home to do research on the Hollow’s patterns. I originally thought he’d taken an episode off to moan Will. Turns out he’s been doing something far more productive.
  • Vinlijah (Vincent & Elijah) makes quite a good team. The level of sass has reached the ceiling and burst it.

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  • On the other hand, Viklaus (Vincent & Klaus) brings fresh dynamic to the show as they’ve never worked together before.
  • Back to Vincent’s project. A couple familiar names pop up like Madame LaLaurie or the Axeman. Kinda reminds me of American Horror Story: Coven, whose setting is New Orleans. Bonus point: Riley Voelkel also starred in it.

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  • So, finally, Hayley’s backstory. Spoiler alert: Hayley’s dad and mom died.
  • Gotta admit Hayley’s dad was a real looker.

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  • Still, why was baby Hayley blond? Does babies’ hair color change when they grow up? Anyone cares to shed some light on this ‘cuz I’m no expert.
  • Anw, the killer just left the baby there after murdering her folks? Odd. I suppose that was when Marcel swooped in and saved Hayley and sent her out of New Orleans? I know the guy has a code of never hurting children but this whole murdering thingy is pretty much wolf business and I’m surprised he even knew.
  • The scene where Hayley and Freya enter the haunted house and conjure Hayley’s dead parents’ last memory seems to be taken straight out of a horror movie. I honestly expected some scare jumps, which there are none. What a letdown.
  • And the lower jaw Hayley finds in the teddy bear is probably a homage to The Grudge, or Ju-on. Again I entertained myself with the thought that a stringy black-haired crawly ghost appearing all of sudden and grabbing Hayley.

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  • Then Hayley would probably punch it in the face and then all creepy vibes would be scared away and it’d turn into Scary Movie.
  • In case you have no idea what The Grudge is, American or Japanese version, just go watch it for the sake of being spooked out of your wits (or pants). Grace yourself with the splendid sight of the lovely Kayako crawling down the wooden stairs, turning her face and staring right into yours.
  • Urg, as usual, I’m straying a little from the episode.
  • Nice to have a jolly, very Klelijah chat between the brothers. Just like the good ol’ day. Bonus point is they are discussing murders and tortures as casually as normal people do grocery items.
  • Aw, Elijah offers to do all the dirty deeds himself so Klaus can stay the perfect father in his doting daughter’s eyes. I’m so touched right now, if they touch me more I might orgasm.
  • And we’ve got to see how Elijah stays true to his words near the end. Executing Dominic in public may not be his wisest move but it’s satisfying (for me) to watch. That’s the Elijah in TVD’s second season that quaked Rose and Trevor and Elena with terror.
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  • Still, it’s not his wisest move. So much for giving a false sense of security.
  • Speaking Elijah’s words, the man has some badass lines in this episode.
  • “I don’t bargain. And I’m done with reason.”
  • “Fascinating Neanderthals”
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  • Seriously if Elijah opens a class on insulting, sign me the fuck up.
  • “The smell of fertilizer”. This guy’s so classy he doesn’t say “shit” like us peasants.
  • Love Vincent’s magic with the Tarot. Utterly cool.

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  • So is the Vincent vs Dominic brief mojo battle.
  • Still, it has me wonder why Vincent’s magic doesn’t expose Sofya as she’s also in alliance with The Hollow.
  • Maybe because she shows up late and he hasn’t shaken hands with her?
  • Also why does he stop looking after exposing Dominic? There’s a chance Dominic isn’t alone, right?
  • Speaking of Sofya, her spike bangle is indeed a “monstrosity” in terms of fashion. The rest of her attire is more than fine tho.
  • That killer cleavage.
  • I’m surprised for someone’s been brewing a vengeance plot for centuries, she gives up the weapons so easily.
  • Kudos for JoMo and Taylor Cole for bringing out the sensuality in the dance.
  • Sofya’s backstory. But the true gem is Klaus’ extremely apologetic expression.

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  • Freelin (Freya x Keelin) ship is still sailing. Looks like Hayley approves.
  • Freya gets her hair and makeup done in record time. Must be magic. It usually takes me almost an hour or more.

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  • The exasperated looks Klaus and Freya give when seeing Elijah’s execution are priceless.
  • Impeccable timing, Elijah.
  • “Let’s confirm with Dominic, shall we?”

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  • On hindsight, shouldn’t the magic blade be magically locked? How are safes safe in the supernatural world?

Looking forward to the next episode, where Marcel and Hope finally meet.

[Rant] I Can Hear You Knocking – The Originals 4×05

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

  • I have a distinct feeling that the fifth episode of each season starts with a flashback. Though I can’t recall what 1×05 is about (goldfish memory!), I remember pretty well that 2×05 gives us flashback with Tatia, 3×05 is Aurora’s past, her turning to be more specific, and now 4×05 graces our screens with an adolescent Klaus and Viking Mikael! How I miss the glorious sight of the Destroyer!

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  • I’m not the only who wishes to bring Mikael back to the show, am I? I’m convinced he was a much more complex character than just the brutal, sort of insane vampire dad other characters have painted him so far. A shame we don’t get to view the story through his perspective and his limited bonding time with Freya is also lamentable.
  • For a moment I thought they’d cast another boy as the young Klaus but it turns out to be the same Aiden Flowers. How he’s grown in two years’ time!
  • The aftermath of the slaughtering looks appropriately brutal but you gotta give it to Mikael: he kills these men all by himself!

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  • Ruthless as it is, there’s truth in Mikael’s words tho: who know what these men would have done to Mikael’s family if they had succeeded in invading the land?
  • Anw, back to present.
  • If there’s something worse than a demonic possession, it’s dual demonic possessions of two most powerful supernatural beings.
  • Thank the Lord the Hollow doesn’t make them go on a large-scale killing rampage. Still, poor those three unfortunate souls. While in the world people are worried about terrorist attacks, here New Orleans citizens and tourists are worried about possessed-hybrid attacks.

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  • But Klaus’s taunting the Hollow is definitely fun to watch… “Daddy drank. Mommy never loved you.” Gold.
  • … until it flips the table on Klaus. Hard.
  • Kleya is going strong in this episode.

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  • So is Freya x Keelin (there’s a ship name yet?). To the point Freya endures the antiseptic stings and stitches to have Keelin patch her up while she could have easily asked her little bros for their blood. Isn’t she drinking vampire blood all the time? I do understand this means to give these girls a moment for a ship to sail but still it isn’t very sensible.

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  • Making Freya bisexual is a cool move. It’d be cooler if Klaus, Elijah and Kol were also bisexual (Bekah already is as far as I’m concerned). Come on, they’ve been living for a thousand years; don’t tell me they have never even considered swinging both ways. *cough* Lucien and Tristan *cough*
  • I think I’m straying a little far from the episode.
  • Anw, congratulations to Marcel for staying alive. I was afraid he would be the one to bite the dust because the stakes are high and 2. things don’t go well for those who oppose and threaten the Mikaelsons. Lucien and to a lesser extent, Aurora and Tristan, were good examples.

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  • It’s an interesting parallel that the Hollow takes the form of Mikael to appear before Klaus and the forms of Elijah and Klaus (but mostly Elijah’s) before Marcel. In Klaus’s case, it’s simple because Mikael was and always will be a dark shadow haunting his life, even long after his death. Unlike Cami, whose memories he won’t let go, Mikael’s memories are what he can’t let go, and probably will never be able to. Now, in Marcel’s case, the Hollow shapes itself in the image of Elijah, first and foremost, and later in the image of Klaus, but as the episode progresses, it chooses to remain Elijah. Interestingly, Mikael, cruel as he was, was the only father figure in Klaus’s life while both Klaus and Elijah were father figures in Marcel’s life. Marcel considered Klaus his father, but while growing up, he looked up to Elijah as well. Moreover, Klaus might be right when he said Marcel was seeking his approval in the last episode, but I’m convinced that he was also, albeit secretly, seeking approval from Elijah. That’s why he was so hurt and angry at being killed by Elijah’s hand and why the Hollow uses Elijah’s form to provoke him.

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  • So basically this episode could be dubbed ‘Daddy Issues’ instead of the vague title ‘I Hear You Knocking’.
  • Seriously sometimes I don’t get the titles at all.
  • Elijah’s words to Marcel in the dungeon are harsh though I guess he has his reasons.

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  • Actually I was tempted to type “he has every reason to” considering the two of them aren’t exactly on best terms at the moment.

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  • I’m really curious as what sort of creature the Hollow was. Of course it’s referred as a ghost but a ghost of what? A human? A witch? A psychic like Cade (that explains the mind tricks it’s using)? Something ‘not of this world’?
  • Silly me, Sofya just refers to the Hollow as “dead witch”.
  • And why does it let out a high-pitched shriek that sounds a lot like children’s when hit with Freya’s potion?
  • Sweet Haylijah moment in the bayou.

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  • “In jean shorts.”

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  • But jean shorts may not be a sensible option considering the number of mosquitoes in the bayou.
  • What beef could Sofya have with Klaus that she’s waited for 5 years to get revenge? She first made an appearance as a vampire for hire and suddenly now she has a grudge with Klaus?! Does she try to avenge Lucien or something?
  • Ooh creepy-ass vine as a gift from creepy-ass ghost.

Looking forward to the next episode. Looks like the Mikaelsons have taken their home back and returned it to its former glory.

[Rant] Keepers of the House – The Originals 4×04

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

  • First, congrats to JoMo on a very successful episode. The Originals is getting better week by week, the storyline is intriguing and unpredictable, and frankly I don’t understand why some people are complaining it’s an uninteresting plot. Guess they’re just hard to please eh?
  • The opening scene treats us to a nice view of Charles Michael Davis’s muscled back. I mean, the night view of Nola is pretty and all but I’m mildly distracted by another view…
  • Just like Sofya’s attempt to distract Marcel from his distraught day, which is leaning towards success until…

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  • … Vincent comes bringing more bad news. Way to go, Vince.

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  • Last episode I thought poor Will was possessed by the blue light; turns out I was wrong and Will seems pretty willingly kidnap the kids. I’m getting vibes that this episode will be the last we see of him.
  • Yeah, this is the last we see of Will. Our token human is gone. Looks like we’re not going to have a Matt Donovan in this show, are we?

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  • On the other hand, it’s pretty ironic and tragic that Klaus, who once saved Will from Lucien’s compulsion-induced suicidal depression, is the one to severe his mortal coil.
  • In the French Quarter, Klaus, Elijah and Hayley are bringing Hope to the old Mikaelson compound to meet with Vincent. What a shame to see the once-beautiful compound become a ruin.
  • Why are there so many crows gathering at the compound, waiting to be killed by mysterious force to form a circle around Hope?!

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  • Anw, Vincent’s mojo isn’t working and Hope’s condition appears to worsen. I wonder why the way the Hollow affects Hope is a bit different from the other kids: she dreams of and draws the Hollow; she doesn’t have to be present at the scene of the ritual, she has visions of other kids and premonition of her dad’s possession. Maybe it’s because she’s very special and the Hollow wants something different from her? Taking over her body and powers, perhaps?
  • Anw it’s too early to say anything regarding the Hollow as we have just learned its name.
  • Honestly I have no idea why Klaus has to clean up the bodies of dead crows. It’s not like this place can get anymore trashed, right?
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  • So, not only witches are involved in this evil-mojo business but humans and wolves as well, just like Eva’s narration in the last episode stated. Now, here are some question that I hope will get the answer in later episodes: if this Hollow thing has been present in New Orleans soil since Vincent summoned it (he “gave it breath” right), how come it hasn’t been mentioned once during the course of seven years? And why is it suddenly and violently active now after having laid dormant for years? Whom can it affect? Witches, wolves and humans, but what about vampires? Can’t it reach vampires as well? And does it affect Nola-born individuals or any individuals standing on Nola soil?
  • Wait a minute, the reason why the Hollow is suddenly active may be because the link with the Ancestors was severed. When Vincent summoned it, the link was weak due to the Harvest girls stuff, so that thing sneaked in and got to Eva. Then the link got stronger and so it laid dormant until Vincent and Davina planted that witch bomb to destroy the link. Plus, that bomb was created by Eva and who knows, maybe she made it under the Hollow’s influence since getting rid of the Ancestors was what it wanted. Without them, it’s easy for this wicked thing to brainwash Nola citizens.
  • Well, that’s just my theory.
  • Elijah is particularly handsome in all-dark suit. Like every time he wears all-dark suit, it’s expected his suit will be ruined.
  • The scene where he blocks the bullets for Vincent and doesn’t even flinch is just too cool. I know he’s immune to bullets and all but it still looks so badass.

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  • Elijah’s having some badass quotes this episode. I wonder if the scriptwriter(s) is secretly his stan.
  • “That’s quite the monster you got lurking in there. You want to see mine?”
  • “I will violate everything sacred under the sun in the name of rescuing my niece.” This quote gives me both thrill and chill because it’s not bluff or boast, just bare truth. For his family Elijah’s willing to become the Devil himself.
  • Nice to see Vincent and the Mikaelsons working peacefully together for the greater good.
  • I actually feel kind of… sorry for Lara. I don’t think the show means to make viewers feel for her; she has like 5–7 minutes screen time and bamf, drop dead minus the gorgeous. Maybe it’s just me, maybe the actress is really that good that she makes me feel for the wolf girl although I’m not sure if I write her name right. Lara or Laura?

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  • But short-lived Lara dear makes two points before she’s off to wolf heaven. Let’s discuss them one by one.
  1. Marcel makes himself the king and claims to protect the city and its people and maintain peace and such, and he makes good to his words; still, it doesn’t change the fact that Nola isn’t his to rule. In this aspect he’s exactly like his ‘family’ (putting it in quotation marks because Marcel’s vehemently denying it), especially a certain Hybrid whose main concern used to be getting as much power as possible (now it’s just his little girl).
  2. Another wolf blames Hayley for abandoning her pack and choosing the Mikaelsons, leading to the wolf pack disintegrating. So your alpha failed you, you felt bitter, but hello, you’re wolves, get yourselves a new alpha. Aren’t wolves good at that? Choosing the strongest wolf to be their alpha?
  • Klaus and Hope’s bonding is getting better and better by the episode. He’s super determined to become the exact opposite of his abusive father, Mikael, and this is partly thanks to a certain brave bartender who was there to believe in the good in him and wouldn’t stop encouraging him to nurture it.
  • Speaking of Mikael, it looks like we get to meet the Destroyer in the next episode.
  • More Freya x Keelin vibes this episode. They’ll make a powerful couple with intriguing contradictions: the wolf and the witch, the young one and the ancient one, the scientist and the magic user, the lone one and the family protector.
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  • Freya’s impressing Keelin again with her magic.
  • Freya’s being the badass matriarch of the family and honestly, she’s the sister we want to have in our lives.

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  • Klaus’s worried look when Marcel gets dragged into the magic circle. Despite everything the Hybrid still cares about his first child. I’m hopeful that somewhere along the season Klaus and Marcel will mend fences and Hope will get to call Marcel “big bro”. That’ll be very cute (except the tiny fact that ‘big bro’ and auntie Bex screwed each other once upon a time).
  • .. the Hollow gets to Marcel and Klaus. Nothing surprising because we’ve already been spoiled by the synopsis of the fifth episode. Of course Freya will save her little bro but let’s hope Marcel make it out in one piece too.
  • That Klelijah moment where they casually share a drink. It’d have been perfect if Elijah didn’t look so depressed. I mean, I don’t think I have ever seen ‘disheveled’ him like this, his shirt dirtied and untucked and him drinking straight from the bottle. There’s no question he would have done the necessary evils if Vincent hadn’t found the loophole, and after that he would have been gnawed by the guilt; even if he hadn’t done it, he is still much troubled. So, to people who wonder how Elijah-stans can still stan him after what he’s done, here’s why: he will do whatever necessary to save his family, and to him it’s the ‘right’ thing to do, but he won’t feel any good from it; instead he’ll be burdened by its weight for as long as it takes for a new guilt to step in and takes the old guilt’s place, and the cycle repeats. That’s the tragedy of his character. If you think he is remorseless, we are clearly not watching the same show.
  • Hayley’s armor-piercing question and her resolution for them to “do better” for the sake of Hope are much-needed for their relationship building. I’m all for a healthy, supportive and sympathetic relation where both partners are striving to help each other to become better.
  • Finally an auntie-niece moment to end the rant on a lighter note. Imagine how wonderful and badass it’ll be if by the end of this season, auntie and niece will join hands (figuratively and literally) and use their awesome magic (maybe channel some energy from their family) to kick this vile Hollow thing’s ass all the way to oblivion.

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Looking forward to the next episode… and Mikael’s appearance.

[Rant] Haunter of Ruins – The Originals 4×03

Warnings: spoilers, inappropriate jokes (it’s ranting; what do you expect?), careless language, messing up the order of the events

  • ‘Tis a peaceful day of the Mikaelsons…
  • The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, no squirrels are eaten and it’s a lovely day in… I’m sorry, where are the Mikaelsons?!
  • In the middle of nowhere, right. Even Klaus says it out loud.

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  • Nice manor tho.
  • The Mikaelsons sure are early risers… or they just don’t have the need to sleep after sleeping for 5 years.
  • Nate just nailed Bratty Kol *thumbs up*.

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  • The way Elijah’s hands are frozen in the holding position for some seconds after Kol snatches the newspaper
  • It may have happened a lot in the dream world.
  • Klaus took the time to shower and groom himself properly. Gotta look dashing for his little girl.

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  • … but he forgets to groom his temper obviously. Perfect timing, bro (y).
  • Hope’s looking intimidated and confused. I wonder if Hayley had ever taken her to the attic to ‘meet’ her aunts and uncles or just told Hope about them. But Hayley must have shown her pictures, no?

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  • Anw, first impression isn’t so good.
  • Klaus’s looking so hurt he doesn’t dare follow his little her into the garden. Aw.
  • Ooh, flashback and even better, it’s flashback of Vincent and Eva.
  • Maisie’s beautiful af.

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  • Eva seems so nice and sweet I can hardly reconcile this Eva with the evil witch in the second season.
  • So Sophie Deveraux had a gift of telling that a woman’s pregnant. That’s how she was able to tell Hayley was pregnant in the first season. Makes sense.
  • Vincent’s gonna be a father. Considering we haven’t heard even one mention of his kid today we can safely assume it was either stillborn or got taken away. Anw, bad things happened.
  • Oh, Will… How I miss thee. Thought he was offed by some rascal vampires in the last season finale. His status has been officially promoted to the show’s human token. Is it too much to ask the scriptwriters to please not kill him off?

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  • Seeing Eva and Will does give me hope that perhaps we can get to meet a few old faces (but not Caroline please), namely a certain crazy redhead and her equally crazy but devoting brother. Their fates were cliffhanging in the last episode and I’d prefer the writers tight up the loose ends. In other words, if they have to get rid of Tristan and Aurora then just kill them off and be done with it.
  • Back to the Mikaelsons.
  • Klaus’s bonding with Hope seems to go rather well, except that Hope’s drawing that creepy blue circle and later seeing it.

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  • Hope’s doing magic!!! Without Freya’s teaching her any spells yet!!
  • The magic she uses to heal the butterfly is pretty much the same as Freya’s when she reunited with Finn in season 2.

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  • Kind of feel sorry for Keelin until she accuses Hayley of betraying her kind for a bunch of vampires. What has Hayley done that can be considered betraying her own kind, girl?
  • But Freya sure is brutal when it comes to protecting her family. And she’s bit cranky as well. Very much like a pre-Hope Klaus.
  • And Keeling nonchalantly reveals that she’s queer.
  • I’m not the only one sensing Freya x Keelin vibes, right?
  • And why Freya’s unhurt after she’s hit by Keelin’s car?? Weird.
  • Meanwhile Kol and Rebekah are musing their life matters over a fresh corpse. Who’s gonna clean up after, I wonder.

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  • Pretty a foreshadowing of their leaving, which happens near the end of the episode. But it’s alright, they’ll come back soon enough, especially when trouble is brewing at home.
  • I find it extremely refreshing that the enemy this time doesn’t seem to be the Mikaelsons’ result of centuries of mistreating others, or does it?
  • Vincent’s recollection of how the book landed in his possession is creepy enough. So, was he possessed and unknowingly wrote it or it just copied the handwriting of its ‘owner’ for the sake of messing their mind?
  • Why the serpents though? Is it some sort of ancient creatures/monsters?
  • Whatever it is, let’s hope when it’s brought into the light, it won’t be a gargantuan disappointment like Cade aka the (lame) Devil.
  • Aw, look at Klaus’s reaction when Hope surprises him with a gesture of affection. 1000-year-old Original hybrid, Big Bad Wolf, everyone’s nightmare, totally baffled. You’d better get used to them, man, ‘cuz you’ll be getting a lot of them from now.
  • The blue light again.
  • Nice to see the old Strix mansion. Less nice to see it become a sacrificial ground for some creepy-ass dude that may or may not make it through the episode.
  • Creepy-ass dude whose name we may never know knocks down Marcel. Creepy-ass dude: 1, Marcel: 0

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  • Actually, make it 2 since Marcel’s a super vampire now.
  • Creepy-ass dude may be creepy af but he’s one strong witch.
  • Shouldn’t we be surprised that Hope’s among the kids targeted? No, we shouldn’t.
  • Which leads us right back to the Mikaelsons’ mansion, and Hope’s nose-bleeding. Never a not-worrying sign for a witch.
  • Can we just have a few seconds appreciating Hayley’s running out to her daughter in her underwear and Elijah’s shirt.
  • The vampire-hybrid sex earlier is hot af, and I’m not even a Haylijah Not to mention the “I love you” confessions from both of them. Hard to get a screenshot of the bedroom scene tho as they keep vamp-speeding like that.
  • Are they fighting for domination in bed?

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  • “She needs me. I need both of you. We’re a family.” Kudos for Hayley.
  • So the family’s back to New Orleans. Freya’s probably staying home.
  • The exorcism of Eva looks creepy enough.

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  • And then there’s Will, clearly possessed, slitting an officer’s throat and driving the children to God-know-where.
  • Last but not least, Kol and Rebekah’s on their road trip (after taking a nice car from some random victim). Hope to see them again soon; they still have some bonding with their little niece to do.

Looking forward to the next episode.

[Rant] No Quarter – The Originals 4×02

Warnings: spoilers, inappropriate comments

  • This is one hell of an episode – action-packed, thrilling and above all, sparkling with the familial love and solidarity of the Mikaelson clan. They’re truly the strongest when they fight for their family.
  • It once again reinforces my belief (not that it needs any reinforcing) that The Originals has a superior team of writers than The Vampire Diaries It’s unfair if The Originals only has 4 seasons (Ms. Plec ‘kindly’ mentioned something about there will be no fifth season in an interview) while The Vampire Diaries managed to sprout 8 while it should have ended after the train wreck that was the fifth.
  • Anw, back to this gem episode.
  • I kinda feel sorry (but not too sorry) for the guy Kol ate…
  • … or the entire bus they chowed down. “I’m so hungry I could eat a whole bus” taken very literally. Five years of no eating does takes it toll.

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  • Did Hayley grab a few bites of her own?
  • Elijah’s shouting for Kol to eat less noisily like a big brother and Kol, actually hearing him or just coincidentally snapping his victim’s neck
  • I have a feeling that Kol does enjoy the scream a bit more than considered healthy.
  • Am I the only one to wonder why Elijah sort of cradles the dead body (presumably drained by him)?
  • Proper family squabbles. How I miss these?
  • Kol not so subtly reminds the producers not to kill him the friggin’ THIRD time.

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  • Elijah’s shutting down the arguments by his vow: “We’ll free Niklaus today. Even if I have to burn that city to the ground.” Determined big-brother Elijah is the best Elijah.
  • See the brief proud look on Freya’s face?

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  • “If we can’t free him, we’ll sure avenge him”. Sorry, wrong quote.
  • Anw, the vampire Avengers are advancing to New Orleans. Marcel’d better be beware.
  • Somewhere in Nola, Josh’s having a new, very human and undoubtedly clueless about the supernatural world boyfriend. It won’t bode well for him in the long run. I hope he fares better than Aiden. If he doesn’t, well…

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  • Josh’s expression when seeing Elijah and Rebekah is similar to a person waking up to see two tigers lounging about in his home. His reaction is similar too – staying calm, no sudden movement so as not to provoke them while secretly trying to grab his phone and call 911…

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  • … which is what Josh does, and fails, because one of the ‘tiger’ has a “murderous hunger” that can’t be appeased with pizzas. Duh.
  • And there’s Marbekah/Rebel argument in the graveyard. I’ve never doubted that Marcel genuinely loves Rebekah (even though he loathes her brothers to death) and Rebekah feels the same. I just love it even more that despite her love, Rebekah chooses her brothers over Marcel because that’s basically what the Mikaelsons and The Originals do, unlike The Vampire Diaries which tended to put way too much emphasis on romance. I cringe every time I read that Matt x Rebekah was cute and how big a waste to let that ship sink. To me it’s just a big, fat yuck that Rebekah had some affection and slept with the one that murdered her brother. And before someone kindly reminds me that Elijah was way too friendly with Elena, Kol’s murderer, I have to make myself clear that it grossed me as well.
  • Well, let what happened in The Vampire Diaries stay in The Vampire Diaries.
  • Sofya just has to interrupt Bex’s emotional speech, doesn’t she? Someone needs to remind her a certain Original absolutely hates backstabbing; she’ll pay back in one way or another.
  • The family’s casually discussing murder in Josh’s presence like he’s thin air
  • While the rest tries to find a way to break Klaus’s prison, Josh and Kol have a heart-to-heart conversation, or the closet thing to a heart-to-heart conversion, about losing someone they loved. It’d be quite a moment if it weren’t for Marcel’s text and Kol’s right back to threats of murders and destruction.
  • Josh was lucky Davina really liked him though.
  • Kol’s tearing through the vampire mooks like they are wet papers for Bex. Vampire mooks: 0, Originals: 1
  • Someone has anger management issues.
  • Hearing Elijah saying “brother” with both worry and relief lacing his tone is too much for my Klelijah
  • Hayley’s offering her power for Freya to channel to break the boundary spell while Elijah standing watch. Teamwork in its finest form.
  • Elijah’s facing Marcel alone to buy Freya some time despite Marcel’s hatred for him running the deepest
  • Hayley’s stepping in to protect Elijah, claiming once again to be a Mikaelson

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  • … which of course enrages Marcel as the real reason for Marcel’s bitterness and wrath was because he felt he wasn’t treated as a Mikaelson.
  • Behold, Klaus’s incredible feat of pulling out Papa Tunde’s blade by himself (plus his subconscious Cami’s help). Almost as good as Mikael, who plucked it out not long after getting stabbed and with no imaginary soulmate’s encouragement. Klaus’ll get better next time for sure.
  • Klaus’s falling right into Elijah’s arms. Be still my Klelijah heart 
  • Kolbekah moment followed by Klebekah hug followed by…
  • The whole family standing united against Marcel. #squad_goals
  • “That’s what family does. We fight for each other.” Kudos for Hayley.
  • And “If you want to kill one of us, you’ll have to kill us all.” Kudos for Rebekah.

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  • Just to rub some salt onto the wound is Kol’s sassy remark…

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  • … definitely not a very wise move because, well, considering Marcel could kill them all, why feeds his wrath more?
  • Actually, I believe it’s Marcel who was gonna lose if he and the Mikaelsons engaged in a full-out battle. Just think this strategy: Elijah, Rebekah and Hayley would fight Marcel (more like stalling him) while Kol and Klaus would protect Freya and probably let her channel them to cast some spell. Remember the sigil she’d created to trap Lucien last season? And Marcel, unbacked by the Ancestors, wouldn’t be able to fight it. Maybe not something of that scale since Freya’s pretty drained after freeing Klaus but a lesser spell to hinder Marcel’s movement would suffice, no?
  • Anw, no fighting happens as Marcel decides to ‘show mercy’ because he isn’t like the Mikaelsons. Who’re you kiddin’ Marcel? Anyone surviving to this point of the show with them is just like them. He just needs a few situations to see that…
  • … which the mysterious blue light and threat to the city would happily provide. Vincent’s up to some serious shit this season. Just don’t die along the way, ‘kay?
  • Klaus’s watching Hope in her peaceful sleep instead of waking her

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  • Last but not least (more like saving the best for last), it’s Cami friggin’ O’Connell. I don’t care if she remains dead, I don’t care if she’s a figment of Klaus’s imagination, what matters is she is with Klaus in his darkest, loneliest hours to give him the strength to break his bondage. Klaus has conjured her to be his sole companion during his days of suffering, and more importantly, Klaus, having known Cami so well, has created this version of Cami that is very much similar to the original Cami; she isn’t afraid of his temper, and she challenges Klaus to face and triumph over his demons. She has literally become a part of Klaus per his promise: “I will carry you with me.” She has gained immortality inside his mind, where nothing or no one could lay a finger on her again. I admit, what she and Klaus have isn’t love. It transcends love to become something much greater, much more lasting. Love fades over time but once you let somebody get a spot in your mind, they’ll stay for as long as you live, and in Klaus’s case, possibly eternity. I’ve always felt Klaus and Cami’s relationship to lean more on spiritual side and this just proves it.

Overally, an excellent episode. Looking forward to Klaus and Hope’s first proper reunion next episode.

[Rant] Gather Up the Killers – The Originals 4×01

Warnings: spoilers galore, careless language, maybe inappropriate jokes

I watched the season premiere on Saturday and since then had been debating with myself whether to write a review for this spectacular opening of a new season. You see, last season I wrote a review for each episode and though it certainly had its fun, it was a bit tiring as well. Scratch it, much tiring. And being the lazy ass I am, I don’t really want to relive that ‘pain’. Still, my affection for this show is running strong and the newest episode definitely deserves some attention, so here is my thoughts (or rant):

  • Ooh, New Orleans. How I miss thy sights. How long has it been? 10 months?

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  • Never realized I actually miss Vincent’s voice. Love the way the episode begins with his voice over on Nola scenes. My friend who watched with me thought his cadence was “poetic”, to use her word.

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  • So, they indeed have an anniversary for the fall of the Mikaelsons. Nola residents sure have a weird way to ‘pay respect’ to the founders of their city.
  • Even better, a special event is held annually so that ‘tourists’ can witness the suffering of Klaus Mikaelson. What kind of tourists? Those with fangs, of course (and fancy cars that usually have a fresh, bleeding human corpse as accessory).
  • This vampire looks familiar somehow. Oh, I remember her. Sofya. The one-episode guest star in the previous season. I did remark that she kinda looked like Bex; maybe someone heard that and decided to change her look. Now she’s a brunette. Her profession remains unchanged however.
  • And now she’s working for Marcel and maybe hooking up with him. Beware, Marcellus, for Bex is coming back to town and she can be intensely jelly.
  • On the other hand I don’t think we’re in need of a love-triangle subplot.
  • But if they’re going that way then I guess it just have to roll with it.
  • Oh Klaus. And his Fifty Shades in Chains. Who knows? It may be the title of the next instalment of the Fifty Shades of… Whatever.

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  • He even has a collar! Damn Marcel is kinky. Just not sexy-kinky.
  • And that’s about 5 minutes into the season premiere perhaps?
  • Hayley sure has a night cozy house in the middle of nowhere. I wonder how she got it, by compulsion or the Mikaelsons’ money.
  • Guess not all the money has gone to Caroline Salvatore’s school. Ha-ha. (I’m being sarcastic btw.)
  • Yeah, the romantic-but-morbid-but-still-romantic scene in the trailer.
  • Look, look. Hope’s big girl now and she’s wearing that magic-restraining bracelet in the second season. Nice come back.

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  • That means she hasn’t used magic once in 5 years? Hope she’ll get the hang of it quickly when the bracelet’s taken off because Auntie Freya’s gonna teach her a lot of badass shit.
  • Mary! Dear old same Mary who’s still salty with the Mikaelsons after all these years. Please don’t spread your saltiness to the little girl; they’re her family who all love her.
  • … which is what Hayley is quick to reinforce. Hayley f*cking Mikaelson.

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  • Determined Hayley is the best Hayley. Glad last season she finally picked a side.
  • I wonder who the witch to siphon Rebekah’s hex was. Could it be Valerie Tulle or another Siphoner (most likely vampire) that was way older than the Heretics? Has it been confirmed in The Vampire Diaries that Valerie and the twins are the only Siphoners left in this world??
  • Josh… Not sure how I feel about thee… I mean thee are nice and all but…
  • Hah, my guess is right!!! Marcel has removed Papa Tunde’s blade from Klaus.
  • So, Klaus is like Marcel’s secret counselor or something?
  • Alistair Dupence(?). Did I get his last name right? Oh well, whatever. Just another item in Klaus’s never-ending list of enemies.
  • … who barges in the city and starts making demands. Hello, upgraded Original there. What makes you think he won’t play dirty and bite you somewhere nobody sees (double entendre very much intended).
  • His accent is more memorable than his person actually.
  • Srsly, after 5 years and he hasn’t found Hayley and Hope and the slumbering Mikaelsons? C’mon she hasn’t even left the country! Aren’t your resources a failure? I guess Hayley’s really good at covering her track and laying low but still…
  • And he throws the gauntlet! Wonderful. Mano a mano. Man to man… except put Klaus in chains and starve him beforehand pretty please?

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  • That Hayley and Hope’s hug though.
  • Hayley’s in a black dress. OK, I’m so used to seeing her in shirts, jeans, leather jacket and boots that this new look is… startling. Looks very good on her though. Don’t get me wrong, but she can wear that dress at both a funeral and a nightclub.
  • I have a feeling she dresses to attract her prey’s attention…
  • … who is Keelin, a wolf. Is this the bisexual wolf I’ve heard rumors about?
  • Hayley doesn’t waste a second, doesn’t she? After five years she’s become very vigilant.
  • Let’s see… dimly lit, pretty dirty place: check, bondage: check, crazy contraption that’s likely to cause pain: check and check. I wonder why this place reminds me so much of Saw.
  • But Hayley doesn’t want to play; she’s in for business…
  • … which is gathering Keelin’s venom and waking sleeping beauty Freya up.
  • That Hayley and Freya’s hug.

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  • I guess Freya’s so accustomed to this sleeping-for-years-and-then-up-and-walking shit she doesn’t waste a moment for her stiff, lethargic muscles to flex and goes straight to work. That’s big sis for ya!

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  • Hayley VS Alistair’s lackeys. Hayley: 1, Alistair’s lackeys: 00000000 (can I add the zeros to infinity??)
  • Her f*cking wolf form though. ♫♫♫♫ Who let the wolf out? ♫♫♫♫
  • But the most gruesome awesome kill goes to…… Freya Mikaelson. Srsly brain melting? That’s a novelty.
  • She probably has so much energy pent up in her. Poor that vamp dude. Next time buy a life insurance. That way your wife and kids will get compensation.

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  • Once again this show proves women are a force to be reckoned with.
  • Klaus VS Alistair (plus crowd). Klaus: 0, Alistair: 1. Some ranting on Alistair’s part later… Klaus: 1, Allistair: 000000…
  • See the similarities?
  • I seriously think Klaus should expand his diet to vampire blood as well. I mean Alistair’s full of healthy blood; why doesn’t Klaus just sucks him dry? He’s been pretty starving, hasn’t he?
  • “Meet…… your…… maker.”
  • Too bad Marcel has to choose this very moment to be a dickwad. Why, Marcel, why?
  • Marcel’s boast kinda gets on my nerves.
  • “You want more?”
  • Hayley’s making badass taunt while standing in her gloriously nude form. I’m fine. I’m so fine. Are all wolves natural naturalists?!
  • Elijah’s really the expert in creepy killing. Is this a throwback to the pilot where he killed all those vamps who were ganging up on Sophie?
  • Haylijah reunion.

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  • The kiss! I’m not a Haylijah shipper but still…
  • Vincent mentions Cami and Klaus immediately shuts up his threats. “You stayed my hand and quelled my rage” indeed.
  • Even better, Cami will make an appearance in the next episode!
  • “When it comes to my family’s safety, I don’t negotiate.” Mikael’s beloved daughter speaking.
  • “After all this time…” “Me too.” They really don’t need many words, don’t they?
  • “A child after my own heart.” The moment they will get to meet Hope will be s-p-e-c-t-a-c-u-l-a-r!!!
  • And now they’re going back for Klaus!
  • Kinda agree with Klaus about Marcel’s not escaping his shadow and being weak. Kinda feel bad Klaus gets daggered for that. “Why’re you so hell-bent on proving him right, Marcel?” to parody Vincent’s words.

Overally, a good episode and a strong start for the season. Looking forward to the next episode.

The Bloody Crown – The Originals Season Finale

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Warnings: no warnings whatsoever unless you by odd chance haven’t watched the season finale…

…which was aired three weeks ago. I watched the episode right after its airing but delayed writing the review. Half of the blame fell on my chronic slothfulness and half fell on my recent obsession with a certain young actor. Anyway, what must be done cannot be postponed forever so here it is, my final episodic review for the third season of The Originals.

There’s just so many things to talk about in this episode – the beauty of the love between the Mikaelsons, most visibly in Klaus’s ultimate sacrifice, how Hayley has finally become a Mikaelson, how Marcel has turned into the new Klaus, albeit without the family part to help redeem himself, etc. – that I end up not having much to say about it. I remember sitting in front of my laptop, silently watching the 45 minutes of bittersweetness and being overwhelmed with emotions: sad, hurt, angry, moved and hopeful; but to put all those emotions into incoherent words is too difficult a task and I had decided right back then that I wouldn’t; each of us has our way of expressing our feelings towards the episode; still, one thing in common is that most of us are touched by the combined effort of the production crew and the actors. It’s in episodes like that the core of the entire series shines: Always and forever – Family above all.

Let us give a long, resounding applause to the characters for getting through the episode alive (though on the verge of death). There were many rumors and speculations circulated around the fandom and the idea of one more major death in the season finale was juggling by the producers themselves, so most of us would probably watch the episode with growing anxiety or fear for our favorite characters’ lives. Kol was the most popular guess since 1. Nate Buzolic has remained a guest star so far and 2. Kol died not once but twice already; third time’s a charm and what could stop the producers from repeating history? Rebekah was the second-most popular guess because Claire Holt, like Buzolic, has been a (special) guest star, who could leave the show on a sad but otherwise expected note. And then there were rumors the third major death would be Freya as she is the only mortal in a family of immortals and more often than not has fallen into the “squishy mage” trope. The fear gains a lot more ground when only a couple minutes into the episode, Kol and Elijah have been bitten by Marcel and Freya is poisoned (again). It would be three deaths in total and undoubtedly a devastating blow to the series in general, but thank goodness, the crisis is brilliantly averted by Freya’s spell and Klaus’s sacrifice (the second thing to thank dear late Aunt Dahlia after the fertility spell). In short, none of our beloved characters, including Marcel, has to say farewell and although they all have “fallen”, by family, friend, foe or all three, the Mikaelsons will definitely rise again, stronger and more united, to fight and take back what they have lost.

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The gem of this show is that in the direst situation, the Mikaelson siblings will swipe aside their differences and conflicts to stand together as one. We see Rebekah stopping Marcel so that her brothers could retreat. We see Rebekah reinforce a truth that really needs no reinforcement (but still touching to hear), that she will always and forever choose her family. We see Rebekah and Klaus working together to turn the odds to their favor and emerging ‘victorious’ in terms that their plan succeeds and the whole family live to see another day. We see Klaus coming to his brother Elijah with a heartfelt confession: “I can’t do this without you”, and the latter, looking worse for wear, giving his younger sibling courage in a firm embrace. Klelijah shipper or non-Klelijah shipper, each of us feels the love and trust brimming between the brothers. It’s even more touching as they began the season with a deep “ravine” (to quote Daniel Gilles) between them and have incessantly antagonized each other. In the previous episode Klaus was even mad at Elijah for eliminating Marcel. Nonetheless, in the face of threat, they immediately prove that they are true family, bound by blood, a millennium-old lasting vow and above all, a love that has been many a time tried, abused, shredded and yet is not lost, never lost. Their love is both their damnation, as they have accumulated countless enemies in its name, and their salvation – their shining hope in the darkest hours. Romance comes and goes, ships sail and sink but the love between the Mikaelson siblings remains strong as always.

Such love explains Kol’s revolving attitude with Freya, whom he severely chastised in their last encounter; he even proclaimed to leave his siblings behind to live or to die on their own. His words were harsh, yet in the end he didn’t. Some might think Kol’s characterization has serious issues, but I believe he isn’t OOC at all. Kol has three things that he regards as important in his life: his magic, Davina and his family; now that he has lost his magic and Davina, he only has his siblings. Kol knows that even though they have hurt him in a way that requires a long time to make amends, they are the only ones he has in this world. He has no friends, his love is dead and if he lost them, he would not be able to go on with his life. So it’s understandable that the moment he hears Klaus’s enemies are gathering, he joins them. He may not forgive Freya (and Elijah) yet; however, it is not the time to start a civil war while their enemies are rallying outside their door. I admit the scenes between Kol and Freya are not very well handled – it would have been better if they had had a few more words instead of postponing the matter to the next season. Maybe, just maybe we will get to see it in the deleted cuts.

I’d like to talk a little about Marcel, the Beast and true antagonist of this season. What he’s done to the Mikaelsons is neither right nor wrong, just understandable given what they have done to him. And yet, somehow he has a delusion that by driving the Mikaelsons out of New Orleans, he is doing the whole city a huge favor. He isn’t, as Marcel proves to not be any better than his family; he is exactly like them: ruthless, calculating, hypocritical and above all, having little to no regard to human lives, or collateral damage. I’m glad there is at least one Vincent to call him out on his actions (but honestly how the hell could Vincent think someone raised by the Mikaelsons be any different from them? Vincent wasn’t in Nola during Marcel’s reign?!). On the surface, Marcel appears on the triumphant side – he’s utterly strong, he rules again and there’s no stronger creature to threaten him – and the Mikaelsons, the defeated. Nevertheless, their defeat brings them together and tightens their bond; each of the Mikaelsons is fearsome on their own right but their true power lies in family. As for Marcel, he is undeniably alone now: family lost, subordinates (the Strix) killed by his own hands and allies turned opponents while the bunch of rascals he has summoned are by no means allies or friends. So on the bloody throne the king sits by himself, vulnerable to attacks. I bet it won’t be long before Marcel realizes the kind of stand-alone-powerful is not the kind that lasts.

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Highlights of the episode:

  • Klaus’s apologizing to Hayley and placing his trust in her. Klaus, the megalomaniac, paranoid, control-freak Klaus apologizes and admits his mistakes. That’s one hell of character development.
  • Klaus’s sacrifice so that his family get to live
  • Klaus’s letter to Hope. Let’s hope he will be back with her before she learns to say “Papa”.
  • Klaus’s unapologetic “I’m your maker”
  • Hayley’s finally a Mikaelson. She’s made her choice and it’s with them.
  • Where’s the sneak little peak of Hope’s powers as teased????
  • Vincent’s “The King is dead. All hail the King.” Yusuf Gatewood delivers the sarcasm so well. His “Consequences be damned” also counts.

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  • Klaus’s look of horror as he witnesses his two brothers being bitten. Joseph Morgan doesn’t only act it, he lives it and makes us feel it.
  • Freya’s utilizing the same spell that inhibited her to save her family
  • “Don’t fear the Reaper.”

  • Freya’s beautiful dream world

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  • Rebekah’s returning to her family and staying with them
  • Elijah and Hayleys moments
  • Hayley’s chaste kiss to the slumbering Elijah

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  • I’m not the only one to mourn the destruction of the Mikaelson house, aren’t I?
  • One word for Marcel’s gathered bunch: uncivil

 

Since it’s the season finale, which means I won’t get to see those endearing monsters until January (what the actual hell?!), I think I should do a sort-of summary of what I like and what I don’t about this season.

What I like:

  • Freya is accepted and loved by the family she always yearned for and in turn, she’s fought with the ferocity of a tigress to protect her younger siblings. Any doubt of her character and commitment to her family at the end of season 2 has been wiped clean during the course of season three.

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  • How Hayley has finally been integrated into the Mikaelsons. It should have happened long ago as she was bearing a Mikaelson child and she’s proven to share a lot of similar traits with the Mikaelsons. It’s kind of annoying to see her swing back and forth between being ‘in’ and being ‘out’. She’s made her choice and that’s one of the greatest points of this season.
  • Kol’s resurrection. After so much pressure from fans, the producers finally decided to bring their favorite Original back, played by none other than the original actor. Daniel Sharman was wonderful in his portrayal of Kol but it was Nate Buzolic that left such a profound impression with the fans – it’s impossible to forget his boyish rascal look as he casually swung the baseball bat… on Damon’s face. If we had to make a choice between them, Nate would probably win by a hairbreadth.
  • Finn’s return, however brief it is. At least this time he dies in the arms of his siblings, surrounded by familial love as compared to his first, sudden and lonely death. This time, he makes peace with his family and has the chance to bid farewell before leaving. Bonus point: the touching funeral scene where Finn is mourned by all of them sans Rebekah.

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  • Character development of the Mikaelsons. They are a vivid example that living beings change as they live (though technically speaking most of them aren’t “living beings”). Even for thousand-year-old creatures, they are capable of development – to act out of what is expected of them. The most notable examples are Klaus and Elijah. Elijah has grown far out of the “Knight in shining armor” image others wrongly cut for him. He can be monstrous, he can be hypocritical and he is capable of destroying to serve his purpose. And instead of hurting his siblings, Klaus now puts them before himself. Still, despite the changes, the core of their characters: their devotion to their family remains the same.
  • The general suspense hanging above the last episodes. The producers have played into our reassurance that main characters won’t die no matter what their predicament is, and then knocked the chair from under us. The grim prospect that anyone can perish heightens the anxiety and adds a more realistic touch to our already dark show (I’d find a show with a mature theme unrealistic if the heroes and heroines’ plot armor is too thick).
  • The introduction of intriguing characters – the Trinity and Aya. It wouldn’t be boasting to say they produce enough material to run a spinoff show.

What I don’t:

  • Though I appreciate the realistic sense that anyone can die, I’m still shaken by the loss of familiar faces. I guess once we’ve gotten used to seeing them in the show we will want them to stay whether we are their fans or not.

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  • The underdevelopment of potential minor characters. Season 3 cast some new faces and so far, only the Trinity and to some extent, Aya, are note-worthy. Will, who could have had a thicker plot considering his rocky experiences with the supernatural, is written pretty flat; he is kind of be there to aid when other characters need something done and as a result, has no plot of his own. The same goes for Van Nguyen, who also exists to serve a few purposes and then dies an obscure death. Let’s not mention Cortez, Sofya and Adrianne, who are all one-episode wonders.
  • In contrast to characters whose plots are too thin, there are characters whose are too thick they end up being underdeveloped, such as Lucien, Aurora, Tristan and Aya. It would have been nice if we had been given a few glimpses of Lucien’s madness, how he and Klaus “painted the town red” back in the day, Tristan’s struggles with his sister’s problems and Aurora’s inner conflicts between her love for Tristan and her desire to be free from him. It would have been wonderful if we had gotten a peak of how the three young vampires survived Mikael or under what circumstance did Aya and Elijah meet. None of those happen and heck, we didn’t even get to see Tristan’s turning while the other two were shown! The producers and actors promised viewers a flashback-heavy season and it was a blatant lie: it has fewer flashback scenes than the previous seasons although the threading plot involves a lot of past affairs. Isn’t it a big sarcasm how the tag line is “Fight the past” while the past is obscure and generally crammed into dialogues instead of being focused?

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  • The Strix, big disappointment, period. They were introduced as the world’s oldest vampire society, which has been around for several centuries. They gave an impression they would be great element to the plot and yet, and yet they, save Tristan and Aya, were mostly faceless. After Aya’s death, they were reduced to mere sidekicks running amok in the background, waiting to be killed by Marcel in the season finale. I mean, what the hell?? An ancient vampire society completely, irredeemably wasted. The writers of The Originals have a major issue in writing here: they are capable of creating amazing, intriguing materials and instead of using them to their full potential, they just dumped them down the drain.

Where Nothing Stays Buried – The Originals 3×20

Warnings: spoilers, ranting tendency, disagreement welcome but not hates, never hates

It’s been a while since an episode of The Originals stirred me enough to beat my terminal laziness, and instead of delaying the review till the weekend like usual, I feel compelled to express my thoughts as soon as I could.

… Maybe not as soon as I could as I was caught in a plethora of new fanvids and fanfics dedicated to a couple I ship. Me being… me, once again I delayed writing my review.

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The Originals‘ writers be like…

Perhaps in celebration of the newly released Marvel movie Captain America 3: Civil War, the CW wanted to do something similar and The Originals became the subject. Thus we are treated to not one but TWO civil wars going side by side: one going on between our tormented Mikaelsons (plus or minus Kol) and Marcel and Vincent (also plus or minus Kol), and the other going on between fans who rage against Freya and Elijah in Davina’s name and those try to justify their action and defend them. In the past few days I’ve encountered many hate posts bashing Freya and Elijah that browsing their tags kind of make me cringe. Elijah used to be my fave (but my fave has kind of shifted to his first progeny, who is now wooing some mermaid (or merman) with his dead seriousness – I’m aware that I’m fickle, thank you) and Freya has always been the type of female character I want to see in a movie/TV series/novel/manga/whatever: strong in personality and fiercely loyal to those she loves; still, let me make myself clear before continuing: I’m not taking either side; what I want to discuss in this post is how Freya and Elijah’s decision is understandable given the situation – not noble, not good, just understandable, that they don’t deserve the flaming insults (you may loathe them and flood their tags with posts expressing your bitterness but saying that Marcel should rip Freya’s heart and shove it down Elijah’s throat is too uncivil), and how the fandom have been seething over their ‘evil’ deed and promptly ignoring another evil deed committed in this same episode.

(Please note that I have talked a little bit about it on Tumblr and received some responses expressing disagreement, and I’m now using this review to indirectly reply to them because if I answer them on Tumblr, I feel like repeating myself and more importantly, it’d be tedious to write/read the same contents.)

There’s a controversial ideology in the Fate franchise (games, manga and anime in case you’re interested just what the Fate franchise is about) that I think would apply perfectly to the major conflict of this episode: if you save someone’s life, you simultaneously abandon another because it’s basically how the life scale balances. Freya and Elijah choose to save Rebekah, Klaus and Hayley, so at the same time they have to abandon Davina. It is a tough choice, bordering on sadistic, and they visibly struggle with it before the situation gives a final push and that’s it – they will grasp this super rare chance and destroy Lucien, saving their siblings or they will lose it, lose their siblings and their lives. Lucien has made it very clear that he won’t rest until the Mikaelsons are history; it’s only a matter of short time before the Ancestors help him penetrate the compound. Freya and Elijah are not dumb to see the possible scenarios that come out of their decision; moreover, they are the most devoted to their family out of the Mikaelsons and it’s never a question who they will pick: their own flesh and blood over an outsider. Family is all Freya has, according to Michael Narducci, and Elijah holds the “Family Above All” almost word for word – he has been known (and loathed) to abandon his lovers and ‘children’ for his family.

With that in mind, Elijah isn’t hypocritical when he says Marcel is family, but we all know the Mikaelson family has a terrible habit of backstabbing, betraying and hurting their own family, deliberately or not. Still, at the end of the day, they will keep each other alive and safe no matter the cost. Sacrificing Davina will severely antagonize Marcel and Kol; Freya and Elijah know it, yet it will keep them alive and that’s worth it.

Besides, has Freya and Elijah ever considered Davina family? No. To them she’s a witch kid who has antagonized their family more than helped, many a time adding trouble to their already gargantuan heap. I have a feeling that they tolerated her because of her close relationship with Marcel and Kol rather than real affection.

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Some fans say they could have opted for another method that somehow saves their siblings and preserves Davina’s soul. It’s too good to be true and one thing we know about The Originals’ writers is that they don’t favor such idealistic solution. Everything comes with a price and more of than not, the loss is bigger than the gain. Perhaps, had they had more time to spare, they might have come up with something else, something less desperate. Nevertheless, time is precisely what they don’t have: neither Klaus nor Hayley answers the phone and with Lucien on the way to find Rebekah, it’s unlikely the two Hybrids have dropped their phones or turned them off. In the worst scenario, Lucien might have already gotten his fangs on Rebekah and torn Klaus’s and Hayley’s heads off – fortunately for us our heroes’ plot armor is thick enough for the actually killing to happen. Time is of the essence here and rather than wasting precious time by summoning the scattered Marcel, Kol and Vincent to discuss a solution, whatever of which wouldn’t be able to defeat a Lucien with enhanced powers and a legion of dead witches behind his back anyway. What choice is left for Freya and Elijah but to take matter into their own hands and act quickly?

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Speaking of choice, on a hindsight, Freya and Elijah have saved the others from having to choose. Imagine for a second that Vincent, Marcel and Kol were put in the same situation as Freya and Elijah. For Vincent the choice would be easy – Davina – as he has little love for the Mikaelsons; nevertheless, how about Marcel and Kol? Marcel would have to pick between his adopted daughter and Rebekah, whom he has loved and always wanted to protect no matter what. And Kol, he would be torn between saving the love of his life, his savior literally, and his siblings. Personally I believe it would be much crueler for everyone involved if the writers decided for the choice to fall on Kol; he would break, undoubted. It may sound condescending but it’s a mercy for the other two that Freya and Elijah are the ones to choose (and bear the burden afterwards) because it’s easier for them to pick their family over Davina.

Kol murders a young man out of wrath and nobody bats an eye.

Freya and Elijah sacrifice a young woman to save their family and everyone loses their mind.

(To use an infamous Joker meme)

I know I wrote this on Tumblr on the spur of the moment, but for the sake of argument, I bring it here and elaborate on it a bit more, otherwise my review will be missing a significant point.

People loathe and curse Freya and Elijah for what they’ve done to Davina, which robs her off her chance of life and damns her to an eternity of suffering (which is so far theoretically; we have yet to learn of her true, final fate). It’s atrocious, I’m fully aware. Davina was nineteen and lost her future. But if we pay a little more attention to a minor character who is portrayed by a guest star with a one-season contract, we’ll see Davina is not the only life loss in this episode. Van Nguyen was probably a few years older than Davina, twenty-something, and he also lost his future the moment Kol sank his fangs into his neck. Whether Davina deserves such harsh treatment remains debatable, but what has Van Nguyen done to earn his fate? He lost his mother and perhaps some of his relatives/acquaintances (as they were killed alongside her) but unlike some other characters in this show, he sought justice, not vengeance. He didn’t attempt to kill her, merely exposing her crime so that she was shunned from the community, which implies his moral compass was rather strong and he wasn’t an evil man. He aided Lucien and attacked Vincent, sure, but he was following the Ancestors’ instructions (at this point it’s safe to say the Regent is the Ancestors’ puppet to intervene with the living world) and because he believed in their vision of a vampire-Nola, which is a good thing for the human faction because honestly what good do the vampires bring to humans anyway? You could argue that he agreed to previously help Tristan and then Lucien for money, and it’s true. It isn’t noble or a right thing to do, of course, but it’s something he had to do in order to support his younger siblings thanks to a certain teenage witch’s murdering their mother out of paranoia. “Life’s a bitch in the ninth” according to Vincent and Van Nguyen had to struggle to “put food on the table for his sisters”, implying his family was in a dire state of poverty after Kara’s death. If you think what happens to Davina is horror, try imagine the life of Van and Kara’s family after they lose not only their mother but also their brother. While Davina’s state is a kind of ‘fantasy’ horror, having her soul destroyed, the other horror is very real and it happens all over the world every day. Just because the showmakers only had a brief talk about it and never dwells on it doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist and therefore not worth discussing.

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Killing Van is an atrocious act since he dies for absolutely no purpose – he wasn’t responsible for Davina’s suffering, his death won’t bring her back, and he was hardly a threat to our heroes. Kol puts an end to him simply because he’s in pain and he inflicts pain on others as a kind of counter-mechanism, which is what he’s been used to pre-Davina. It’s neither Kol’s nor the Mikaelsons’ morality that I’m arguing here because frankly their morality is gloriously screwed; what disturbs me is the writers’ treatment of a character who is deemed minor and how the fandom just entirely let it pass their radar.

On a side note, I don’t get why Van just stood there like a helpless, non–magic person while he should have uttered a spell the moment he heard Kol. What good can come from an Original vampire who has just lost his love and is visibly seething with rage?

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I have to strongly disagree with Vincent here because Davina WASN’T good. Not at all. She could use others for her advantage (summoning and using Mikael as a means to destroy the Mikaelsons, for instance) and she already tainted her hands with blood, and all of these make her NOT a good person following normal moral standards. So, either Vincent is consumed with grief and rage that his judgment is a bit clouded or he has really warped moral standards as he’s fully aware Davina murdered a fellow witch and indirectly caused the deaths of a few more (he was the one to expose her crime, wasn’t he?). Anyway, Davina was not good, nor was she evil; she had, like most other characters in this show, her good sides and her bad, which makes her a complex, relatable character worthy of being one of the female leads. I truly appreciate some of her fans who acknowledge both her light and her darkness instead of insisting she was an innocent child and did not deserve such cruel fate, which unnecessarily positions her as a victim she was never be; she was a player and she lost the game. Although I think ripping her soul apart is too harsh a punishment, I believe Davina somehow deserved it. The Ancestors are overzealous, extreme and whatever; however, they don’t hate her and want to wipe her out for no reason. When she died the first time, they isolated her but didn’t destroy her soul despite what she had done (helping Marcel to subdue the witch community); they didn’t try to murder her the entire season 2, and they even allowed her ascension to regency. They punish her for the crime she committed; why else they made Kara her punisher and not someone else? Kara never meant to kill her, not in broad daylight and in the presence of other witches – killing a witch is after all a severe offence of their law; furthermore, Davina, with her Regent status, had more powers than Kara, so Kara wasn’t a big enough threat that she must have resorted to extreme method to deal with. Out of many other (wiser and less brutal) options, she went with elimination like a tyrannical ruler. Anyway, it was the choice she made as a young adult, not a child, which she stopped being the moment she chose to get out from under Marcel’s wing and left the attic. From then on any choices she made were her own and she was well aware of their consequences – “I’m a New Orleans witch. I was born with blood on my hands.” She even told Marcel that she had grown up. If the character saw herself as an adult, I don’t get it while some of her fans insist that she was a child who was treated unfairly by adults.

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Highlights of the episode:

  • The music in this episode is spectacular. The song used in the scene where Freya breaks the circle and Davina is sent to the Ancestral plane is simply haunting, especially as the crescendo is in sync with Davina’s scream.

  • The Hybrids’ bantering and then Klaus’s giving Hayley’s love advice. I may ship Klayley but never romantically, just close friends raising a child together.

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  • The Haylijah It’s been quite a while since the last time anything Haylijah-related stirred me. But this scene is marvelous: neither of them speaks a word, merely sharing the pain and burden in silence.

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  • Marcel and Davina’s heart-to-heart conversation
  • The Civil War is truly happening.
  • How many cars are the staff allowed to trash each season? I’m pretty impressed by the car crash.

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  • The fighting sequence is bloody awesome.
  • I’m not the only one who feels uncomfortable watching Lucien’s execution, am I? I mean, is the face mutilation necessary?
  • On the other hand, look how Klaus and Elijah work in perfect tandem when they torture and murder someone.
  • I.P Lucien. You’ll be missed as the world’s first non-Original vampire and a very entertaining villain. Also, your “abs of a laborer”.

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  • Forever lament that he won’t stick around and we won’t get to know him better.
  • What should we call Tristan and Aurora now as the Trinity is no more?
  • At this point, I don’t think I would feel pain if they killed Tristan or Aurora or both in the last two episodes; I have become quite numb. If the writers could kill main characters who have gone through three seasons, I don’t see why they would show mercy towards two minor villains.
  • Klaus’s jealously over Elijah and Rebekah’s sharing secret is weirdly adorably Klaus-ish.
  • If my memory serves, Marcel joined the “stupid cult” out of his free will: he could have ignored Tristan’s offer but instead, he wore the tux and came to the Strix’s party, resulting in his membership. Elijah never asked him to join; in fact, he was uncomfortable seeing Marcel hanging out with his new ‘buddies’. Or he could have left the Strix after Aya’s death if he didn’t like it.

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  • I’m gonna put this blame to his overwhelming grief.
  • The way Freya pulls Elijah to a corner as she divulges with him her newly discovered method to destroy Lucien really shows how close the two of them have gotten over the season. She trusts him to aid her with the plan when the time comes. Now they’re going to bear the weight of the sin together.