[Rant] God’s Gonna Trouble the Water – The Originals 5×07

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Warnings: spoilers alert, inappropriate jokes, salty comments, just the usual stuff. The gifs aren’t mine.

  • How many episodes do we actually have this season? First of all, I find the lack of Kol and Rebekah very jarring. The actor and actress may have been engaged with other projects but come on, it’s the final season; at least allow the audience to see more of them. We still don’t know what the hell Rebekah’s been doing since she refused Marcel’s proposal (and called Caroline to check on her brother, pfff). Second, the story seems to be lacking focus and the Nazi vampires don’t pose as big a threat as they’re built to be so and they certainly lack organization, unlike the season three’s Stryx (even that was underdeveloped storyline) – they’re more like a bunch of ragtag bloodsuckers than anything. Easily squashed by either Marcel or Klaus or both once they stop their plague of overestimating the enemies and get their asses into real action. Come on. Marcel didn’t die and came back a super unkillable vampire and Klaus isn’t an Original Hybrid just so they have to tiptoe around dealing with that bunch of mortal vampires. Have. their. heads. already. Period. What happens to the “Not a head garden, just your head” badass boast? Don’t they want to avenge Hayley’s death? Guess they only have enough budget for epic mob fights for the first season.

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  • Plec’s talent of bringing a wrecking ball to her own shows is in full swing. Sigh. This season’s getting a lot of vibes from TVD’s season five, which marks where the series was going downhill. Really down and never up again.

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  • Caroline’s letter is a nice gesture and also further cements my belief (not that it needs to) that she’s as relevant to the current storyline as Lucien and Tristan (both dead, in case you forget). Cut out or replace all her scenes and everything remains unchanged. Take this letter for an example. Cut it out and we’d have had about 2 minutes to do whatever else, like Rebekah calls and asks after Hayley and Hope.
  • That reminds me neither Rebekah nor Elijah has had a scene with Hope since last season.
  • This is just so wrong since one of them advocated for Hope’s existence and the other acted as her surrogate parent for nine months.

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  • It’s the Crescent’s Alpha’s second line and nobody (or wolves) from the Crescent shows up. What the heck? Why do the writers have their characters saying how Hayley was loved and respected by everyone in town and yet none shows up except terrorist-wannabes?
  • What’s wrong with Freya in this scene?! She’s one of the most powerful witches in town and when the terrorist-wannabes strike, all she does is get pushed aside by Hope and shout for Josh’s help?! What happens to the witch who snaps vampires’ necks and melts their brains with her fingers? Her powers are taking a rain check? This is a perfect opportunity to show (and remind) the audience how powerful and badass the firstborn witch of the Mikaelsons is because frankly Freya hasn’t gotten any action as of late. Even Ivy is getting more action than her.

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  • Shout out to writers who created their characters to be canonically powerful only to have them act entirely powerless when it matters.

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  • It’s either me bitchin’ or the season is really falling apart much like the Other Side.

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  • But the silver lining is I got my Klelijah dose, which is fine.

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  • I don’t recall Klaus creating any hybrids since TVD’s season four. Those hybrids were sired by Hope, why are they running to Klaus’s beck and call? That is so weird.
  • What’s with all the hate directed towards Antoinette? In-show, it’s justifiable since Marcel and Klaus hate her mommy and bro’s guts but out-show?? So far Antoinette has been a fairly decent character. Not only does she have the look, she has the style and a classic, elegant air that is pretty hard to find in modern-day vampire shows – again I’m gonna bring up Anne Rice’s vampires. She even shows dignity when remaining calm in the face of death. And up to this point, she stays clean of her parents’ doctrine and plans and she isn’t an enemy of the Mikaelsons. So what is it about her that makes fans detest her and even wish for her (agonizing) death by Klaus’s venom? Is it just because she comes as an ‘obstacle’ for the Haylijah ship?

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  • Most favorite thing of the episode: Again, the songs.

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[Rant] Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea – The Originals 5×04

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Warnings: spoiler alert, inappropriate jokes and comments. I just write down the thoughts in my head so please excuse me if they are disjointed.

  • I find the lack of Kol, Rebekah and Elijah, you know, the other Originals, quite saddening. Something big is happening in New Orleans and we don’t get to see Rebekah’s and Kol’s reaction?! Isn’t it Kol who told Hope if something big happened, they’d come back? By ‘they’ he meant only Klaus?
  • Moreover I really need an update on Kol’s and Rebekah’s recent activities (other than turning down Marcel’s proposal and eating papaya with Davina). Come on, this is the final season; shouldn’t they get more screentime?
  • Klaus’s effort put in finding Hayley is really admirable. No one finds his missing daughter’s mom like Klaus *imitates Gaston’s voice*.
  • On the other hand, the wolves look awfully comfy preparing for the carnival season than looking for their Alpha. Guess upholding the Mardi Gras tradition is more important than their Alpha’s safety. Weird.

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  • Or is it because they only care about their Alpha as much as they say? Where’s the pack spirit?
  • As this point, it’s getting more and more likely Hayley may die in the sixth episode.
  • We may have these formulas:

+Klaus + Elijah = high success rate (how they dealt with Tristan, Lucien…)

+Klaus + Marcel = rise of dictatorship

  • Why? Because Klaus and Elijah are two sides of the same coin while Klaus and Marcel are one side of a coin.
  • That doesn’t mean I’m against the Klaus-Marcel team-up. There’s certain amusement in watching them bullying ordering people around.
  • In a show where the death ratio is a few/episode, Josh lives surprisingly long for a side character, not to mention he seems to get more screentime *whispers* more than actual Originals like Kol, Rebekah and Elijah. Good job, Josh. Hope to still see you around in the show finale.
  • Josh even outlives some main characters *cough* Cami and possibly Hayley *cough*
  • I’m not the only one to think if Colette and David had been a bit smarter they wouldn’t have bitten the dust, right? What I mean is if Colette had altered the barrier spell and locked themselves in then Klaus wouldn’t have been able to enter and kill them, would he?
  • Or they could have gotten themselves out sooner, when Marcel was with him. Bad time is just bad.
  • Is this an effing Twilight reference???

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  • Why am I having a hunch the future spinoff Legacies is gonna be a second Vampire Diaries/Twilight?
  • Am still pretty conflicted about that spinoff. Not a big fan of shows focusing on teens in general and Alaric in specific.
  • Here comes our episode-y dose of Klelijah.
  • The more I watch, the more I find Roman suspicious. He might have already found out Hope’s true identity when he sneaked in Alaric’s office. Besides, the Mikaelsons are notorious in the supernatural world; shouldn’t their address in New Orleans is common knowledge. Then Roman only needed to put two and two together.
  • Klaus “I just killed one of your friends but hey I’m asking nicely so you should help me” Mikaelson. If he needs someone to cast some spells, shouldn’t he call Freya?
  • I was right about Henry’s murderer(s) targeting hybrids. What I don’t get is their purpose. Hybrids, or crossbreeds – including Hope, are incredibly rare to begin with, and two of them are already unkillable, so what’s the point in taunting them?

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  • Most favorite thing of the episode: The song played when the witches and wolves bury their fallen friends and the vampires give up their rings.

[Rant] One Wrong Turn on Bourbon – The Originals 5×02

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Warnings: spoilers galore, inappropriate jokes and comments. Some memes aren’t mine.

If I had to pick a word from the episode to describe, I’d choose Freya’s “suffocated”. The episode feels suffocating with very emotional scenes (Klaus and Hope, Freya and Keelin) and a feeling of dread threading throughout the entire length, but it’s the good kind of “suffocated” so I can bear through it without complain. Here’re my (bulleted and disjointed) thoughts on the episode:

  • So, it actually rains blood in (all over) New Orleans, not just the spot where Vincent’s sitting, wearing a cool hat and writing something only he knows. Guess it’s quite a burden to street cleaners having to clean up the blood on the streets.
  • Why is Vincent the only one concerned about the blood rain while the vampires, wolves and witches make no comment?! Seriously they’re supernatural beings living in a city notorious for black magic and yet they believe it’s only a freaky weather phenomenon?
  • Klaus’s back at the compound and that Freya-Klaus hug is the very first union we’ve got to see. More, please. I long for the day the whole family can sit in the living and the sky doesn’t rain blood nor the snakes slither everywhere.

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  • A flashback of little Hope using magic to find her dad in compromising situation. Nobody warns the little girl wherever her Dad (or any of her relative for that matter) goes, things tend to get R-rated. Though it’s a bit early but it’s best she learn the many facets of her dad.

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  • I still don’t like the way Marcel just strolls back to the city and declares himself king (again). It’s the 21st century, democracy rules!
  • Seems to be his only vice to me; otherwise he’s cool, especially how he handles the Henry situation. “Nobody hurts kids.”
  • I don’t know if I should feel flattered or creeped out when my crush finds out my address and pays me a surprise visit through the window. Apparently Hope doesn’t mind as she had a kinda warped sense of normalcy.

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  • Why do vampires have to go to school? My question has remained unanswered since the day TVD. Just ask Stefan what he actually learnt at school when he was swept away by all the supernatural events.
  • I guess since Hope’s a teenager, her intended romantic interest should be (or look) teenager and even better, go to the same school as her. If Roman were a vampire around her dad’s age look-wise, many would boo.
  • One thing immediately gives out Roman’s real age is that he doesn’t ask for Hope’s house’s wifi password to kill his time on social media while waiting for her to return. Instead he gives himself a tour of the house. That doesn’t look suspicious at all.
  • Oh, a mention of Aurora. I thought they had forgotten about her existence. Seems like the Mikaelsons don’t know what to do with her and neither do the writers.

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  • The Trinity’s storyline was so, so poorly handled. At least give Aurora an ending.

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  • Hope seems to have inherited her dad’s dark sense of humor. Bonus point: Roman actually looks shocked.

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  • Why do I have a feeling things might take a turn for the worse with this Ivy seer? Last time we had a seer (Lucien’s seer), she dropped dead after a few episodes.
  • Hope puts a spell on her mother to get her dad’s attention. Like father, like daughter. She even got a nice coffin for Hayley.
  • Oh, doesn’t that sound like a bad omen? I’ve kept a skeptical view on the spoilers all over the internet that Hayley’s gonna die but there’re already signs of it.
  • It’s real shame an actress who’s been on the show since the very beginning can’t make it to the every end.
  • Who- or whatever has attacked and taken Hayley and kills Henry later seems to be focus on hybrids. Who’s the next target? Klaus?
  • And, I was right about Henry. He didn’t survive until the third episode. The “introducing new characters only to kill them off after a few episodes before viewers get to know them” is really an awful plague.
  • I’m scared for Antoinette, whom I’ve taken a liking to before she even gets on screen. Just have a feeling her personality will match Elijah’s.
  • Snake coming out of mouth? OK, that sounds familiar. Yeah, American Horror Story: Coven (whose setting is coincidently New Orleans) has done that. I wonder if it’s related to voodoo.

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  • Most favorite thing of the episode: Freya’s crystal balls puns

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[Rant] The Feast of All Sinners – The Originals 4×13

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Warnings: spoilers (but I guess by this time most viewers have already watched the season finale), inappropriate jokes, careless language, messing up the order of events

  • Let me begin by saying that I’m not OK with the season finale, much less with the fact that it was intended to be the series finale. It’s emotional, yes. It’s heart-wrenching, yes. It concludes the story in some way but still leaves the door open for future possibilities, yes. Putting them aside, there’re several things that I’m not OK with.

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  • I’m not OK with the way things are crammed into a 40-something-min episode while it should have been two-hour long. As a result, it seems rather rushed and even some crucial scenes are cut off (I’m talking about the Marcel-Vincent and Marcel-Josh scenes that are in the stills but ain’t in the episode.)
  • I’m not OK with the way the Hollow is subdued so easily as if she was a mere joke (what? Pixie dust in the face?!). I expected a more epic and an extensive show of her powers combined with Hope’s. Should have been something massive right? But she just… what? Resurrected Dominic (only to be killed some screen time later – Hello Dominic. Goodbye Dominic.), a few light bulbs, sent a few sparks and… that’s it.
  • I’m not OK with way the Hollow’s followers are destroyed so quickly and effortlessly. They’re all witches for God’s sake; they’re not even putting a little fight, all lambs waiting to be baked. Geez.

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  • I’m not OK with the siblings not having proper farewell to one another (except Klelijah and Freybekah – sort of). Should have given them more screen time since they’re supposed to be separate always and forever.
  • I’m not OK with Klaus having been away from his daughter for five fucking years, only to be with her for a few short weeks before having to stay away from her for another decade.

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  • I’m not OK with Hope and Klaus not having a proper goodbye. Damn it, if the man’s not going to see his daughter for ten years at least let him hold her and kiss her.
  • I’m not OK with this being the series finale. They cannot start a series with “Family is power” and end it with the family disintegrated. It’s disrespectful to fans who’ve fallen in love with “Always and forever” and stayed with this series even though at times it ripped our hearts in two. They’d better fix it in the next season. How about a grown up Hope find and smash the Hollow piece inside each sibling so the family can be together again.
  • Ten years is a long time. I’m gonna miss Vincent.
  • I’m not OK with the episode spending a significant portion of screen time angsting over Freya’s turning and then not actually doing it. I guess it’s necessary to cement Freya and Keelin’s relationship but can they shorten it a little so there’s more for whichever I’ve mentioned above.
  • I’m not OK with Hayley sending Hope to the Salvatore school. Firstly, as I’ve mentioned in my earlier rants, there’s currently no legitimate witch at that school and we shall not pretend that Alaric and Caroline have sufficient knowledge regarding magic. Secondly, sending Hope there for safety is a marvelous idea because Mystic Falls is the safest place on earth, where just happened to have Hell’s gate, cannibalistic sirens, not to mention the ‘Devil’ himself. And let’s not forget for the span of eight seasons Mystic Falls has been a beacon for supernatural mayhems. Yup, utterly, totally safe.

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  • I still don’t care about Alaric and Caroline.
  • I’m not OK with Elijah’s forgetting his memories of his family. That’s like erasing the very core of his existence – a way of killing him without killing him. Seriously, do the writers hate Elijah so much not only did they kill him and wipe out his entire sire line now they have to erase his memories?! I’m all for Elijah to be happy and free from burdens and to find peace but imho, true peace has to be realized by the individual themself, like they’ve either vanquished or made peace with their demons and come to terms with their condition, not by magical memory wiping. It’s picking the easy and lazy way, which is a method that shouldn’t be employed by any dignified writers.
  • I’m not OK with how in the end, Klaus’s worst fear is realized. He’s utterly alone, without his family or his soulmate. And this is how the writers intended to end the series. Why must they torment Klaus so? What has he done to invoke their wrath?
  • I’m not OK… actually I’m OK with Haylijah They were doomed the moment Plec made that ‘feminist’ statement. Now that Elijah has pretty much forgotten about Hayley, let’s hope he finds a (or a few) new love interest(s) and maybe create a new sire line.
  • I’m low-key not OK with Marcel nor learning that his adopted daughter has come back to life and nobody bothers to fill him on it. Not even Davina. At least give him a call, will you?

Now, onto the things that I find OK about this season finale:

  • At least the unnecessary love triangle between Rebekah-Marcel-Sofya officially ends. I was low-key hoping for a threesome but am actually glad Marcel chooses to be with Bex.

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  • Kol and Davina have their happy ending with neither of them getting killed again. Now if Kol’s engaged to Davina, things can get a bit awkward since Bex is with Marcel (engaged, likely?), since y’know, Kol and Bex are siblings while Marcel and Davina are father and adopted daughter. Nope, totally not weird.
  • Elijah’s thriving in his new career as a musician playing in a bar for tips. Although it’s not genuine peace he’s enjoying, seeing him indulging his hobby gives me a smile.

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  • Looks like I’m contradicting myself here. Can’t help it. I’m contradictory by nature.
  • The sheer amount of Klelijah in this season finale makes my Klelijah heart nearly burst out of my chest. Every line, every gesture between them is beautifully heart-wrenching. It hurts, but in the fantastic way, to see your ship both doomed and propelled by the writers. Doomed in a sense that they’re not allowed to be in the same room again and Elijah’s taken drastic measures so he will not instinctively run to Klaus. Doomed in a sense that he does not even recognize his little brother to whom he’s basically dedicated his whole life. Propelled in a sense that despite Vincent’s warning, it’s Klaus that runs to Elijah just to see if his beloved brother is doing OK. Propelled in a sense that this episode was meant to be the conclusion of the whole series and of all the various relationships in this show, they chose to end it with a beautifully crafted Klelijah Not Klamille, not Klayley or Haylijah or any other romantic ships, it’s this ship that is endgame. It comes a full circle that in the pilot, Elijah came to look for Klaus and in the finale, Klaus finds Elijah. And that smile. My words will not do that smile justice.

Since this is the last rant for this season (don’t know if I’m gonna do a weekly rant for season 5), let’s go over a few plus and minus things:

Plus (+):

  • “I will carry you with me” promise realized
  • Mentions of Cami throughout the season and Klaus’s reaction
  • Hayley’s full wolf form
  • Freya getting a love interest
  • Hope as a little girl who is “7, not stupid”
  • Hope’s interactions with Hayley, Klaus, Marcel, Freya
  • Hope doing magic
  • Davina’s resurrection. Funny that both she and Kol have died and been brought back to life twice.
  • Origin story of the Werewolf curse
  • A decent villain who poses a constant threat to our ‘heroes’ (and manages to kill one of them), whose defeat requires the heroes to brush aside their differences and unite to fight against her
  • KLELIJAH RISES!!!!!

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Minus (-):

  • The season only has 13 episodes.
  • Klaus still not showing his full wolf form. Come on, how long do we have to wait?
  • Freya’s love plot is bordering on Stockholm Syndrome and seems a bit rushed (like they thought it was the last season and had only 13 episodes so they had to speed things up).
  • Lack of interaction between Hope and Elijah as well as between Hope and Rebekah while the former was the first one to fight for her life and the latter took care of her during her eight first months
  • Decent as she may be, the Hollow lacks the charisma to be a great and memorable villain. True to her name, she’s rather ‘hollow’ in terms of personality – or let’s say she has no personality whatsoever. She also has no clear motive aside from wanting more powers (for what purpose?). Moreover, she seems to be a bit overrated by Vincent’s constant warnings that she’ll destroy New Orleans (and the world for that matter) when resurrected but when it does happen, she just goes around wrecking some (minor) havoc like killing a bunch of witches and then dying.
  • The untied plot thread involving Eva and Vincent’s unborn child. It is introduced in third episode as a potentially important plot thread and never mentioned again after that.
  • Unnecessary ties to The Vampire Diaries
  • Elijah’s death and the eradication of his entire sire line
  • Elijah’s magic-induced amnesia. Elena Gilbert anyone?
  • Elijah’s treatment in overall, which is steadily becoming Stefan-esque
  • The end of “Always and Forever”
  • Hope and Hayley moving to Mystic Falls
  • Haylijah We all know what the real reason is.
  • Where’s Aurora? What happened to her? At least give us some conclusion about her fate.

[Rant] Voodoo Child – The Originals 4×12

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

  • “Voodoo Child”, what an uningenious title. We’ve already had “Voodoo in My Blood”, haven’t we?
  • How about “Body Snatcher”, because it’s basically what happens in this episode.
  • Dirty and coward as it is, this move of the Hollow is actually very smart. Not only does it prevent the Mikaelsons from trying to kill her again, it gives her the youthful body of a tribid that has the potential to become an extremely powerful immortal witch. Killing one bird with two stones, eh?
  • Hayley’s been giving Elijah the cold shoulder since he came back. Now that’s becoming a bit toxic – on Hayley’s side. When encountering a huge issue, it’s healthy that the romantic partners talk about it instead of keeping their silent and avoiding each other. Even if they do end up cutting their romantic relationship short, the first thing they do should always be talking.
  • “She’ll come around.” No she won’t, Klaus. Hate to tell you that you’re wrong but you’re wrong because Julie Plec and co. are always right.
  • So it’s pretty confirmed that Haylijah is the relationship that Plec implied to be abusive. It’s so ridiculous that I laugh so hard. Seriously. Can’t stop LOL-ing.
  • Now don’t get me wrong; I’m not overly enthusiastic about shipping Elijah and Hayley – kind of gave up after Hayley and Jackson’s marriage. Hayley can’t break up with Elijah for all I care because it is not like hasn’t already happened before; it just bugs me to no end that Elijah’s not-so-subtly implied to be the abusive one in this relationship.
  • In moments like this I start missing Gia. We could have had it all but Klaus just had to kill Gia.
  • On the other hand, it’s heartwarming to see Klelijah and Relijah rise. True that familial ships are the ships that never sink.
  • Still not having any feels about the Freelin But I’m happy to see Freya happy.
  • The girl-on-girl action is hot tho.
  • Since we’re on the topic of abusiveness in couples, shouldn’t we include Freelin? I mean Freya and Keelin started as captor and hostage, they literally beat each other up and their relationship had shades of Stockholm Syndrome? And even now, Freya consciously makes Keelin unconscious and leaves her in the room in the name of protecting her? After all, Damon forced his blood down Elena’s throat because he wanted to protect her and didn’t want her to die, didn’t he? Since Freya and Keelin are a same-sex couple all of these are okay?!

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  • Sure, Plec, sure.
  • Ah, Vincent’s here to explain things to us. I’d gladly trade Jackson’s screen time for Vincent to talk about how some juju works.

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  • When Vincent’s in, Josh’s out.
  • I don’t know why but Josh suddenly pops in my mind even though he’s not in this episode. We haven’t seen his very human, very vulnerable boyfriend since the second episode. It’s likely we won’t see him in the season finale. Let’s just hope he hasn’t gotten caught in the Hollow’s grand scheme and become collateral damage.
  • Watching Rebekah and Marcel dancing around their romance is getting a bit boring, especially now Sofya is thrown into this love triangle. Never a fan of love triangles.

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  • Does this mean Marbekah/Rebel ship has also sunk alongside Haylijah? Shippers of these two ships could console one another.
  • Hollow-Hope sure has that ‘hollow’ look, which Idahu doesn’t have. Kudos for Summer Fontana’s acting.

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  • Also, that smirk at the end of the episode.

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  • … which means I’m absolutely not thrilled about the spoilers regarding the fifth season: the massive time jump, the casting of teenage Hope and the possibility of Hope’s love interest. Summer’s one fine child actress and it makes no sense to replace her. Moreover, the last thing The Originals needs is to become The Vampire Diaries 2.0, which I suspect is the idea that gives Plec a serious hard-on.
  • And while I’m at it, I’d say the idea of sending Hope to the Salvatore school (emphasis on the ‘Salvatore’ part) is pretty absurd. First of all, it’s a boarding school so Hope has to be away from her parents and I can’t imagine either Klaus or Hayley wants to be away from her. Unless they all move to Mystic Falls, which is, again, a terrible idea because New Orleans’s charms come from its rich history, multicultural aspects and its longstanding love affair with the supernatural, which a fictional town like Mystic Falls can’t compare with and 2. We won’t be seeing characters like Marcel and Vincent because these two aren’t leaving New Orleans. Secondly, last time I checked, there’s not a certified witch at that school (because Bonnie was shipped to Africa and Valerie was never mentioned and let’s not forget Mystic Falls has a shortage of witches) and we can’t trust a school that has no witch teachers to do anything good to hone Hope’s magic talents. All Alaric’s books can’t replace a witch with experiences and plenty of practices.
  • I have to question whether Hayley truly knows what Hope wants when she says Hope wants a normal life. As far as I’m concerned, a normal life is a life without magic and Hope appears to enjoy her magic. Besides, what Hayley deems ‘normal’ seems a little far-fetched for a child that is part-wolf, part-witch and part-vampire, and who has hybrid parents and vampire relatives, and perhaps forcing a ‘normal’ lifestyle on Hope is a bit unhealthy?

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  • Correct me if I’m wrong but the origin of the book with the serpent engraved on its cover is quite muddy. Has it ever really been explained? Whose was it originally? Why is it written in Vincent’s handwriting?
  • Why is Idahu’s mother amongst the Ancestors? I thought the Ancestors were about 300–400 years old? And if there was already an ancient witch (or several ancient witches) amongst them, why were the Ancestors following Esther’s orders in the first season?!
  • Am I right to be afraid that the writers are fucking up logics just like the writers of TVD did?
  • More Klelijah, please.
  • It’s good to see those powerful supernatural creatures banded together to defeat a common enemy.
  • OK, that “Don’t touch me!” is harsh. Now it’s definitely toxic.

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  • Why is Hayley acting as if it was Elijah’s fault that all the shit with the Hollow happens?!
  • “I am on your side.”

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  • Doesn’t Hayley just have the ‘perfect’ response to that: “I should never have brought her back here.”?
  • But we’ve seen that the Hollow reach Hope even when she wasn’t in New Orleans.
  • By trying to sink the Haylijah ship, they’re damaging Hayley’s character development too. From the Hayley who considers the Mikaelsons her family and said that she needed both Klaus and Elijah, she’s suddenly reverted back to the Hayley who tried (not very wisely I might add) to separate Hope from the rest of her family in season 2.
  • Klaus and Hope’s moment is gold!

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[Rant] A Spirit Here That Won’t Be Broken – The Originals 4×11

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

  • I began watching the episode with an uneasy feelings, mostly due to the spoilery bit that Kol was going to betray his family. Even when I finished watching and known that said betrayal was neither too serious nor having lasting effect, the feeling didn’t go away. I’ve learned well that betrayal and shifting alliances were fundamental to this show and I was also aware that everything Kol did he did for Davina, who isn’t only his love but also his savior, who risked many things to bring him back to life, and Kol wasn’t wrong in trying to save her life. Still, that nagging feeling seriously got in the way of my enjoyment.

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  • In fact, let’s say this is the episode that I’ve least enjoyed so far.
  • “You can’t betray your family.” Davina has me surprised when she says this. Perhaps it’s just me but I find this line quite jarring because it’s a bit out of character to her.
  • Is she afraid that Kol’s siblings will punish his betrayal?
  • “It’s kinda my specialty.” Here starts my uneasy feeling.

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  • I struggle to understand Kol’s logic in not telling his siblings about the Hollow’s manipulation of him and Davina. Not only that would save a lot of shouting, furniture breaking, beating and an almost daggering in the later part of the episode, it also helps with the general plan to save Davina and kill the Hollow. Kol honestly thinks he can protect the Hollow’s totem against all his family, especially Klaus, who later proves in no way he can? Why can’t Kol just go like “I have the bitch’s totem, you guys can help me unlink Davina and then we’ll put all hands on deck to waste that bitch”? It’s not like the Hollow puts a surveillance on him or Davina, occupied with her little mind game that she is. Kol’s free to go and do stuff and Davina’s free to go and do stuff…
  • Besides Kol’s incomprehensible logic, there’s a couple of things in this episode that has me baffled (and contributes to this episode being my least favorite). Let’s go over them.
  • The overly simplified solution to unlink Davina from the Hollow. When it was presented in the last episode, I believed that this link would create a major conflict between our heroes’ desire to destroy their greatest enemy yet and protect their family and their morality – like when Freya and Elijah made a hard choice to sacrifice Davina last season. But no, all it needs to break the link is a spell from the first season and one power but inexperienced little witch. Isn’t the Hollow’s magic supposed to be ancient, much more complex and thus harder to undo than one Sophie Deveraux’s?!
  • Rebekah and Marcel’s passiveness in this episode. Despite Rebekah’s claim of urgency, she and Marcel practically spends the better part of the day sitting in the magic circle and poking at each other like five-years-olds. Seriously. Why doesn’t Bex just torch the house like she originally intends and go back and MAYBE lend Freya and Hayley a hand? You know, the two of them against an ancient, wicked witch with many tricks up her sleeve.

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    • The Hollow’s motif remains as hazy as it’s been for the last episodes. Although Vincent was thoroughly and utterly terrified that once she began to walk the earth again she’d burn New Orleans to the ground, massacre everyone, et cetera, et cetera – typical mass-murdering villain stuff. So far she hasn’t done anything befitting his prediction yet, aside from slaughtering several witches but it’s New Orleans and people die every day, nothing out of the ordinary. And now she implies that she wants to die?! Seriously. Which villain in the right mind would spend so much time and effort just so s/he could die, well, except TVD’s Silas but Silas had had that intention from the beginning while it seems to have come out of nowhere for the Hollow.
    • Who were the bodies killed by the Hollow? Were they her followers as Marcel indicated last week? Her reason to kill her own minions is beyond me. I get it she’s a heartless, sadistic bitch but doesn’t she, like, still need them to do the dirty works for her?
    • Why does the Hollow just leave Freya with a little mind trick instead of killing her? Let me make myself clear: I don’t want any harm coming to Freya but it’s nothing but strange that the Hollow allows her to just lie there, with the weapon still in her hand, while she plays with Hayley. Hello, Freya has come to kill her. Shouldn’t she take more caution with her enemy?
    • Why doesn’t Davina ask the Harvest Girls to help her unlink herself from the Hollow?! Four of them should be enough for this spell, right? (Davina unlinked Sophie and Hayley in season 1 just by herself). They may have some beef with the Mikaelsons but not with Davina; why shouldn’t they help her?
    • Julie Plec & co. ‘s opinions regarding the relationship between Hayley and Elijah. Yeah, I’m talking about Plec’s decision to break a central romance in one of her shows which is very likely Haylijah, given Hayley’s absence at Elijah’s resurrection and her monologue. I have to roll my eyes at her [Plec’s] logic though: Elijah, who has never raised his voice at Hayley, who has always been nice and loving to Hayley, who has always respected her boundaries and decisions, suddenly becomes the abusive one because his Beast, the manifestation of his darkest self that Elijah has tried to restrained, attacked her in his subconsciousness. Hello, “everybody has those days” and “nobody’s perfect”, to quote Hannah Montana. I just don’t get their need to paint Elijah as the bad one and make him take the blame in the show where everyone, save Hope, has their fair share of equally terrible things. Oh, wait, they did the same to Stefan too. I’m dreaded to see where the train is going from here.
    • Just exactly how falling for someone who makes you feel safe (not to mention loved and respected) is “messed up”? And, supposed Hayley was dazzled by the suit and the gallantry, she had, like, seven years to see who Elijah was, how he treated her and made her own judgment. At the beginning of the season she hadn’t given up on him despite the time gap, why suddenly now?
    • Oh, while we’re at it, let’s keep in mind Plec is the woman who has been relentlessly baiting crazy shippers with the ultimate abusive ship Klaroline.
    • Ah, Jackson. How I not miss thee in the slightest. Here I thought Jackson topped my list of most annoying character (no offence to his actor though) but it appears Hollow-Jackson just beats real Jackson and takes his place.

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      • The Hollow sure loves her mind games. You know who else also loved mind games? Silas, who happened to share lots of similarities with the Hollow. Let’s see: ancient witches, extremely powerful, kinda immortal (but can be killed using mortal methods), feared by witches young and old, prophesied to be destroyer of the world once freed/resurrected while in reality they just kill a bunch and wanna have fun, love getting into people’s heads, are blood-related to our heroes and at one time would masquerade as them. Is the Hollow’s story used to be Silas’s story which was scraped away in lieu of the Travelers’ boring one?

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      • Silas and Idahu should be a match made in heaven (or hell for that matters).
      • Seeing Kol’s little moment with Hope reminds me of the sore lack of interaction between Elijah and Hope as well as between Rebekah and Hope.
      • I guess Marcel and Rebekah’s banter and later kiss are supposed to be serious and emotional but I just find them comical. Don’t know why.
      • Ah, Kol’s bringing up Cami to get Klaus’s charitable moment”.
      • Well, at least one couple gets their happy ending right.
      • And no one bothers to at least text Marcel that Davina is resurrected, not even Josh. Rude.
      • So, in the end, it’s just Klaus and Freya who stay by Elijah’s side. Why isn’t Rebekah there? Doesn’t she want to see her brother right after he came back from the death?

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      • Really, Elijah could write a long poem about having his mind shattered and his heart broken. Has he reached his quota for bad luck this year yet?
      • Side trivia: all three of Mikael’s sons died and were resurrected.

      Two more episodes before saying goodbye.

      [Rant] Phantomesque – The Originals 4×10

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Looking forward to the next episode.

      [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?
      • (Keyword: some)
      • 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 left 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.