[Rant] Ne Me Quitte Pas – The Originals 5×03


Warnings: spoilers galore, inappropriate jokes and comments, you know, the usual stuff. Some images and gifs aren’t mine.

Due to some personal issues I postponed writing this rant, but the new episode is about to come out and my principle is always finishing my rant before a new episode’s release, so here are my disjointed thoughts on the third episode of The Originals:

  • First of all, congratulations to JoMo for another successful episode, and it’s all the more special since it’s an Elijah-centric one (Did JoMo pick it himself?). He truly has a bright future as a director. Maybe one day we’ll get to watch a movie directed by him.


  • Second, damn Marcel and his compulsion. I seriously suspect he couldn’t help taking his revenge on Elijah in his compulsion: Erasing his memory and ‘Always and Forever’ should serve the purpose; why did he have to wipe out Elijah’s knowledge that vampires (and witches and werewolves) exist in this world and that he’s one? That’s way overkill, man. Did he not master his compulsion skill even after 300 plus years of practice??
  • And what’s with the taking away his credit card and money and pushing him onto a bus? That’s pretty petty, Marcel.
  • Disappointed in you I am, Marcel.


  • So amnesiac Elijah just went from riches to rags, from a 5000-dollar-suit gentleman to a hobo.


  • Maybe this is the first time I’ve seen a vampire economically struggle onscreen. Have always held on a firm belief that they’re all filthy-rich bastards.

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  • Antoinette, shall I compare thee to a… Anne Rice’s vampire? With her accent, elegance, and artistic soul to her way of life and method of feeding, she’s like a vampire walking straight out of the Vampire Chronicles. Pandora maybe?


  • It’s a shame Elijah didn’t meet her earlier. If he had, Antoinette would have helped him embrace his nature and appreciate his immortal gifts (she even uses the word “gift” to refer to vampiric abilities, just like Anne Rice’s vampires).
  • And they even share a prey. Boy, has feeding ever been this erotic on TO?


  • I don’t mind watching an entire slice-of-life series revolving around Elijah, Antoinette and their peaceful life together.
  • That’s to say I’m totally for this relationship. Though it’s still early to say anything but I hope this ship is something that floats (unlike some other ships that have hit an iceberg).


  • Also, Antoinette doesn’t deserve all the nasty comments from certain shippers.
  • Some comments berate her for being selfish and lying to amnesiac Elijah about his identity but I don’t think she’s being selfish (not sure if she has hidden agenda though). She already says it’s a path he has to walk alone when they part in New York so it’s not her business to tell him who he is; he has a clue and it’s up to him to pursue it and finds his answer. Moreover, even though Antoinette knows he’s the Original vampire Elijah Mikaelson, she probably figures that his amnesia isn’t a result of hitting his head somewhere but it’s not without purpose and reason. Elijah Mikaelson’s purpose and reason. So, again it is neither her place nor her business to ruin it by downright telling him his history.
  • A side note: amnesiac Elijah still shares normal Elijah’s type: beautiful, tall, brunette and supernatural.
  • And hey, she plays a musical instrument, like a certain late lover of his.
  • I’m torn between wanting Elijah to be happy and carefree and wishing him to regain his memory and these seem to be unsynonymous. Sigh. Elijah is defined by his love and devotion to his family. Without them he’s different character, one I’m not sure I will like as much as the old Elijah despite how sweet and tender his love for Antoinette is.
  • Speaking of it, will his feelings for Antoinette change once his compulsion is undone? That’s a question whose answer I’m looking forward to in later episodes.
  • Klelijah fangirls are no stranger to the bitterness and tears and angst, and this episode delivers all of them, with an emphasis on the angst. That’s why this episode definitely has a place in my top favorite episodes of this season. Broken down to pieces and then put back together stronger than before, that’s how the Klelijah ship is.


  • My rant is getting shorter it seems.
  • Most favorite thing of the episode: I’m torn with so many options (Elijah and Antoinette playing the piano together, their feeding, Elijah’s proposal etc.) but in the end, my inner fangirl wins, so here it is:



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


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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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


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.

The Axeman’s Letter – The Originals 3×05

Warnings: heavy spoilers and fangirling

“Your current dilemma will get worse before it gets better.” – Quote by Aya (The Originals 3×03 – I See You in Hell or New Orleans)

I believe this quote by Aya splendidly summarizes the whole episode. When I See You in Hell or New Orleans was released, we Klelijah (trash) fangirls were overwhelmed with feels and hopes: our beloved brothers had finally sat down for a proper conversation after months of estrangement and although forgiveness wasn’t yet earned and reconcilement miles away, there was a glimmer of hope. Even better, we got to hear Klaus’s heartfelt promise that [no matter what happens] Elijah would never fall by his hand. So far, so good. We actually have to praise Lucien and Tristan for doing an excellent job of dividing Klaus and Elijah but reuniting them instead. Still, as some wise man once said, “Nothing good lasts too long,” the brothers’ very fragile and sensitive peace is once again shattered into a thousand pieces, all thanks to the arrival of one woman.

…Enters Aurora de Martel, aka the ex-girlfriend from Hell.

I hate to say that the majority of Elijah and Klaus’s conflicts stem from one woman or another: Tatia, Katerina, Celeste, Hayley, Gia…, though, to be fair, most of the time they fought, it wasn’t because they were in love with the same woman like a certain pair of brothers in The Vampire Diaries (that doesn’t stop Klaus from accusing Aurora with sleeping with Elijah though). Rather, it’s through these women that the two of them have done terrible things to each other over a thousand years, either out of love or out of loath, or both. Aurora isn’t an exception to this recurrent cycle of betrayal.

Speaking of Aurora, she’s probably the most multifaceted amongst the new characters introduced this season. The first time we saw her, it was when the Mikaelsons entered the gala hosted by the count de Martel. Not much could be said about Aurora from that brief scene where she had no line, except that she was “exquisite.” In that same episode, we got a glimpse of her unstable psyche as she effortlessly cut a monk’s throat in a fit of emotion (the reason later revealed to be Tristan’s letter saying he couldn’t come visit her) and then, with blood still flowing on the floor, she sat back and meditated. The following episodes continue to portray her as a very complex character: in the flashbacks, she appeared a sweet, clinging sister to Tristan but at the same time was going against her brother’s will to date Klaus and in the present, a sweet-voiced vampire who is so problematic that her brother had her holed up in a monastery and sedated with daily injection of vervain. Yet, that didn’t keep her too long – wherever Tristan goes, Aurora follows. In A Walk on the Wild Side, Aurora showed that she killed not only spontaneously but also purposely and that she could very well be the big boss lurking in the shadow. Then, in this episode we got to see her backstory and to be honest, it surprises me how cunning and clever of Aurora to steal Rebekah’s blood. That makes her the second to make herself a vampire, doesn’t it, after Katherine Pierce?

The whole blood thief and purposeful suicide reminds me of the sorely missed doppelgänger yet unlike Katherine, who was in nothing but right mind, Aurora has a dark side that dictates her nature as a very wild card in this mind game: even as a human, she had shown signs of mental disorder. “My own mind is a demon that haunts me,” she told Rebekah as she considered herself cursed and broken while Rebekah and her family strong and free from any human plagues. Sadly, although vampire blood heals any wounds and diseases, it cannot cure cancer and mental illnesses; in fact, since vampirism heightens emotions, it may just worsen the situation, which seems to be Aurora’s case.

While her loyalty remains vague, Aurora’s unforeseen arrival digs up a buried secret between Klaus and Elijah and true to the nature of this show, every time an old secret is unearthed, expect a lot of rage and angst and considerable amount of good furniture trashed. Wasted on the vampires, of course. After The Axeman’s Letter was aired, I noticed a number of viewers bashing Elijah and this, in my opinion, is unfair to his character. In spite of being on team Elijah 24/7, I will not try to justify his past action: it was cruel to both Aurora, who was robbed of her first love, and Klaus, who had yet to become the man he is today and was seeking love in a “cruel, cruel world.” It might probably be as Klaus’s blame, that Elijah’s sin was the deep-rooted cause of his later “despicable acts.” However terrible, Elijah’s action was understandable given that he had just learned his most loved brother (I don’t doubt that he loved Klaus many times more than he ever did Finn and Kol) had murdered their mother and more or less caused their state of refugee. Worse, while Klaus planned on hiding his unspeakable crime from his family, he shared it with a woman not of their blood, whom he barely knew for some months. The rage and pain of betrayal Elijah felt back then was no lesser than Klaus’s at the moment and they could blind even the man who always wished to be noble, hence his accidental compulsion of Aurora and his decision not to undo it afterwards. Yet, despite everything, he chose to stay with his brother, even if it meant he had to bear the combined weight of both sins. I doubt if guilt alone was strong enough to motivate all of Elijah’s devotion and sacrifice for Klaus.

And, though the incident with Aurora furthers the wedge between the brothers, I’m glad it happens sooner than later. Secrets are poisonous to any relationship, especially a problematic one as Klaus and Elijah’s, and once all the rage has gone, this is where forgiveness can begin, just as Klaus and Rebekah did in season 1. Call me a hopeless fool but I’m holding a firm belief that Klaus and Elijah’s reconcilement doesn’t have to wait until the end of the season now that they are all threatened by an impending doom and the prophetic “Beast.” Nothing brings brothers closer than danger.

(Fake) Hashtags for this episode: #THIS_IS_WAR, #stop_being_dicks_to_cami, #daddy_brings_me_a_gift_in_a_jar, #bro_before_hoe!!



Highlights of the episode:

  • No more bad medieval hair! It seemed the Mikaelsons had found themselves a medieval hairstylist.


  • And Aurora’s hair was gorgeous in the flashback.


  • The song played at the beginning of the episode – Make It Holy by The Staves

  • Claire Holt’s Rebekah! It’s nice to see Auntie Bex having a girl friend and being happy even for a while.


  • Caspar Zafer’s Finn! Even better, Caspar Zafer’s Finn with great hair. Nevertheless, his judgy attitude hasn’t changed though.
  • Elijah’s suit is marvelous in this episode. Dark shirts look even better on him than light ones. Too bad it’s going to be destroyed in next episode.
  • Hayley and Davina’s bonding – good to see the girls being friendly instead of hostile


  • Dahlia’s Crescent curse lifted
  • The scene where Aurora killed her human self – poetically shot!
  • Vincent and Cami as investigative duo, albeit failed. Since Lucien was able to string Cami and Vincent, could it be the same case with Marcel’s guys and Tristan? He could be leading them all into thinking that he is joining hands with Lucien.
  • Also Elijah and Marcel’s bonding – these two are getting much closer than the last seasons
  • I’ve never realized how pretty Lucien’s eyes are until now.


  • Van Nguyen is back and seeking for justice, not meaningless vengeance. What sort of language is he using when he chants?? Though I’m Vietnamese, I haven’t grabbed a single word!
  • Elijah’s ruining Tristan’s appetite with a heart in a jar! Tristan’s assistant learned it the hardest way to NEVER refuse Elijah – if the patriarch wants to see your employer, your employer he shall see.



  • Elijah’s calling Tristan “naughty little liar.” Is it just me or the ways Elijah refers to Tristan (“the Lord Tristan de Martel” – 3×02, “sociopath” – 3×04, “naughty little liar,” “little weasel, and “lunatic” – 3×05) always sound a bit… endearing?


  • Tristan’s small smile when Elijah says he hears Tristan’s heartbeat. Now nothing or no one can convince me they weren’t in love.


  • OK, we get it, Tristan is Elijah’s “boy.” Thank you, Marcel.


  • The epic music and the Klelijah fight at the end of this episode.
  • Jason’s not being annoying for once

Still waiting for:

  • Rebekah’s return in present day, not only flashbacks
  • Tristan’s episode – why did Elijah give a “lunatic” powers and eternal life, when and how?
  • How The Strix was founded
  • How Aya was turned and under what circumstance
  • Freya’s kicking more ass, even if that ass happens to be Tristan’s
  • The Originals to stop playing game with their babies and just string them up, drain them of vervained-blood and compel the truth out of them. You have the privileges of being Original vampires, how about using them NOW??
  • Finn and Kol’s resurrection

A Walk on the Wild Side – The Originals 3×04

Warnings: inappropriate language and bad memes. You’ve been warned.

Once upon a time, King Tristan hosted a fancy masquerade ball on the night of Hallow’s Eve. He invited Fairy Elijah, who brought along Hybrid Fairy Hayley with him, and Fairy Marcel. He invited neither the malevolent Hybrid Fairy Klaus nor Klaus’s protégé, Fairy Lucien. Filled with rage, jealousy and a lot of booze, Fairy Klaus and Fairy Lucien decided to horribly crash King Tristan’s party.

That’s basically the summary of the season 3’s fourth episode, A Walk on the Wild Side. Since it was aired on the Eve of Halloween, the creators and staff thought it was only fitting to bring the festive air onto the screen, hence the parties.

The episode begins with a shot of Marcel wearing shorts and jogging along the streets of the French Quarter. Seeing some of Charles Michael Davis’s muscles is fair and all, yet I can’t help wondering whether Marcel’s exercise is completely pointless. Well, the purpose of exercising is to keep fit, prevent obesity and strengthen the cardiovascular system, which a vampire obviously doesn’t need. Remember when Caroline wolfed down human food to quench her blood thirst or when Elena consumed tons of French fries? Neither gained a kilo and that’s what vampires don’t do: they don’t gain weight because they’re, well, dead already. So what’s the point in jogging anyway?

After Marcel’s unnecessary exercise, he comes back to his vampire lair in need of some sips of alcohol, only to find all his booze gone (pretty sure alcohol isn’t a good choice this early in the morning), a pair of golden owl-shaped cufflinks in a bottle and a mysterious tuxedo hanging on the rack, courtesy of a certain chocolate-skinned sexy vampire. You know what’s creepier than a creepily delivered suit? It’s how the Strix managed to get Marcel’s measurements! Is it one of the many talents of the Strix members?


Next, Marcel’s phone rings and Marcel, assuming it is his mysterious and hot delivery woman calling, intends to flirt a little. Too bad it’s a dude on the other line (quite a mood killer), Tristan, the leader of the Strix himself, who cordially invites Marcel to a fancy ball. That Marcel will definitely attend the event is a foregone conclusion, otherwise we won’t have this episode.

The day before the Halloween is without a doubt an exercise day, because while Marcel’s running the streets, somewhere around the corner Freya is doing yoga and Elijah is doing some angry boxing in sleeveless shirt (more muscle showing), which is not-so-blissfully interrupted by Hayley’s bringing him an invitation card to an event. Unsurprisingly, it is the same party to which Marcel is invited and we have a sense of foreboding. It’s not a tradition of this show (and its parent show) to have a party in which nothing wrong happens.

Now, what exactly is Hayley doing in Elijah’s gym? Isn’t she supposed to be in her new home, unpacking things with her husband since last episode, they were too busy having their fun time to do that? And where is Jackson? Not that I awfully mind his absence but I’m pretty sure the man doesn’t appreciate his wife hanging out with her old flame, especially when this old flame still burns strongly.  


Anyway, Hayley says she was picking up Hope and some random vampire just swooped in and handed her the card. I believe Tristan taught his lackey better – the invitation is for Elijah, who is, by the way, the patriarch of this vampire society, so shouldn’t the card have been handed to him personally instead of some random neighbor?


That aside, Tristan’s little message exudes some ex-vibes. “Old chum”? Is that how they address ex-lovers in the Strix? Hayley must have felt those vibes too, because the next scene has her inviting herself to be Elijah’s companion. He doesn’t object, though.

Cut to the evening, when the fun begins.

While Hayley and Elijah are getting ready for the event, stealing Rebekah’s dress in the process, elsewhere in the French quarter, Klaus finds his ex, sorry, old chum, partying while he should be protecting the hybrid. Seriously, what’s your point, Klaus? A few previous episodes you said you didn’t need any protection and now you’re demanding Lucien to get off his ass to work on holiday? Well, Klaus wouldn’t be Klaus if he wasn’t acting that way and Lucien has probably gotten used to that demanding attitude (they must be ex-lovers and nothing can convince me otherwise), so he willing abandons the fun to take Klaus to the penthouse for a bite of Alexis (Lucien’s seer, in case you forget her name).

… Only Alexis’s nowhere to be found – first sight of trouble.

Apparently Lucien’s resources aren’t very resourceful as he claims and since they have limited time before Lucien’s psychic friend potentially becomes dead psychic friend, they turn to the only witch in town that will help them: Freya, who’s on her way to a night of her own and is interrupted yet again by her brothers. Being the big sister she is, Freya agrees, but only after trading a few snarky remarks with Klaus and Lucien. One thing I haven’t expected in this episode is Lucien’s flirting with Freya and it’s not like it bothers me at all. Their interactions are lovely and I have a feeling they’d made a very entertaining couple, if that is to happen. Well, it’s still too soon to say anything about Lucien and Freya but I do hope they’ll have more scenes and lines together. As far as I’m concerned, Frucien absolutely beats Jeya (Jackson x Freya).


On a side note, another Klaus’s friend flirting with another Klaus’s sister. It must be a tradition.

Freya quickly finds out Alexis’s whereabouts, the Daville Estate where Marcel, Elijah and Hayley are. Feeling outnumbered by the Strix, Klaus proposes a plan to infiltrate the place to rescue the seer, which involves the two of them getting very drunk and dressing Freya in revealing outfit, with a Catwoman mask and a pink wig. What an ingenious idea!


Meanwhile, Elijah and Hayley enter the place like a boss, earning themselves a lot of stares. We soon learn that Elijah is really the boss around here, as he founded this vampire version of Mean Girls’ Plastic and was probably its leader at some point until he left the throne to his ‘son’ Tristan. It’s hard to determine whether this was the most brilliant or the dumbest idea in Elijah’s long life to create such an extensive and influential legion of “egomaniacal sociopaths”; still, they’re much bigger a threat than Klaus’s litter of short-lived and dull hybrids.


It leaves me thinking whether at some time, Elijah was an “egomaniacal sociopath” himself.

The Strix, led by Tristan, are quick to prove their meanness when Tristan declares this party is a test to determine if Marcel is qualified to become their “equals”. With his daylight ring stolen and himself surrounded by ancient vampires, Marcel has no choice but to play their game. Moral of the story: fancy tuxedo and golden cufflinks delivered to your house free of charge aren’t really free. Nevertheless, Marcel wasn’t raised by the Mikaelsons (and survived that family) and became the French quarter king for nothing: he quickly comes up with a plan to overcome Tristan’s trial, enlisting Hayley’s fangs for help. It works marvelously and by the end of the night, he becomes the first member ever to be sired by another bloodline.

Other vampires are strongly advised not to try Marcel’s gambit unless they have a hybrid foster father near them.

This episode continues to prove that Marcel is truly a Mikaelson sans the name and the other Mikaelsons care for him much more than their pride allows them to admit. Elijah is willing to ruin his favorite tuxedo and a bit of his reputation with the Strix to aid Marcel and Klaus gives him his blood despite his complaints and mocking of Marcel’s joining their supposed enemies. I have a feeling that Marcel’s conversations with both Mikaelson brothers are very much alike those of a teenager who is trying to reason with his parents to be allowed make his own decisions. And from what we’ve seen, he’s quite upset when being treated as the child Klaus, Elijah and Rebekah raised instead of their equal.

It’s good to see both Marcel and Hayley consider themselves a part of the Mikaelson family and try to help in one way or another; nevertheless, with the prophecy looming over the Originals, even they can’t be ruled out of the list of enemy.

Sometime before Marcel’s test, Tristan introduces himself to Hayley and seems to take an interest in her as he asks her for a dance, causing a certain number of fans to start shipping them. It remains to be seen whether Tristan’s interest in Hayley is genuine or he is merely trying to invoke his sire’s jealousy, which is quite a successful attempt considering how uncomfortable Elijah is as he watches them.


It’s noted that both Lucien and Tristan have shown interest in the intended love interest of their respective ‘daddy.’

Tristan’s flirts are interrupted when Klaus and Lucien barge into the estate gloriously hammered. So, this is Klaus’s plan to rescue Alexis – while he and Lucien attract all attention to themselves, Freya sneaks out to search for the seer, who is enjoying her champagne and looks more like a guest than a captive. Odd, anyone? In this scene, Freya once again proves herself to be a true Mikaelson by 1. threatening to perform a blinding spell on Alexis if she refuses to cooperate and 2. punching the psychic square in the face for daring to kiss her and talking bad about her siblings. You don’t cross Mikael’s daughter without earning at least a few bruises.


Later, it is revealed that Alexis was already poisoned before Freya walks in, severing her role as vision provider for Lucien and the Mikaelsons. I wonder if Alexis had foreseen her own death (she did foresee Freya’s coming after all) and prepared to put something in Freya so Freya could take on her unfinished business. Otherwise her mean words for Freya and the visions she shows her about being buried alive seem a bit wanton.

Wait, that vision implies Freya is still an immortal, right? Because being buried alive is more frightening as a punishment for someone who cannot die than as a murder method – a mortal would struggle for a few days and be released while an immortal’s suffering would last forever.

Lastly, while we audience as well as the Mikaelsons are debating whether it is Tristan or Lucien is the big bad, we sort of miss Aurora, who is lurking in the shadow behind her brother’s back with a shady plan of her own. She may be even the one to possess the secret weapon to destroy the Originals.

The lesson of the episode: don’t underestimate a woman who seems crazy like Tristan does.

Highlights of the episode:

  • Elijah’s doing boxing. According to some articles, Daniel Gillies choreographed Elijah’s moves in this scene.
  • Elijah and Hayley in fancy clothes. How does Rebekah’s dress fit her so perfectly?

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  • Klaus and Lucien’s crashing the ball. Also, Lucien’s booping Tristan’s nose, Klaus’s comment on Tristan’s champagne and Klaus’s howling as they leave. Even funnier, Joseph Morgan and Andrew Lees improvised those.
  • Tristan’s being cool and collected while being insulted. This dude’s stoicism is admirable.
  • Lucien’s flirting with his daddy’s sister
  • Hayley and Elijah’s conversation at the balcony. Guess it’s extra-difficult for Jackson to live in a house with his wife’s old flame just across the street.
  • Klaus’s “What are you doing?” to Freya. Reminds me of an obnoxious and clingy baby brother to his big sister.
  • Freya’s pulling herself together after the terrifying visions and giving Alexis a piece of her mind (and her fist).
  • Freya and Klaus’s exchanging notes. I think this is the first “thank you” Klaus gives his sister.
  • Marcel’s gambit going terrifically right
  • Tristan’s very very pretty eyes
  • Elijah and Tristan’s scene near the end of the episode. This is probably the first time we’ve seen Elijah being close and touchy with a man other than Klaus. The Trilijah ship sails itself!


  • Also this!


  • No Jackson lol

I See You in Hell or New Orleans – The Originals 3×03

Warnings: heavy on spoilers and fangirling and light on just about everything else. Also, beware of inappropriate language.

It seems to me that each episode of The Originals is aiming to have something to satisfy hardcore fans. The first episode gives us the original Originals, the second offers some delicious Klayley (I’m gonna pretend Jackson never exists) and the third, all hail Klelijah with some delectable Trilijah and Klucien as side dishes. Now before I delve into the queer factors that have just burst through the roof in this episode, let’s talk a little bit about the content first.

After a non-flashback week to focus on the present issues (namely Hayley’s massacre of witches and the supernatural custody battle between two hybrid parents over one hybrid child), this episode, I See You in Hell or New Orleans, compensates flashback-suckers with a heavy dose of medieval time. In Klaus’s fairytale-telling narrative, the happy life of the baby vamp Mikaelsons at the de Martels’ castle is told, which includes…

…Elijah’s engaging in medieval sport with Tristan aka the Original and his intended sired’s quality bonding time. Am I supposed to interpret this was how Elijah practiced his perfect aim?

…Klaus’s sitting alone and doing some artistic carving, which, as far as I know, wasn’t a very manly pastime back then. I wonder if that was the same knife he stole from Mikael, which was used to kill Dahlia and Esther in season 2’s finale?

…Tristan’s exuding heavy Jaime-Cersei vibes. Just watch the way he looks at Aurora.

…and Lucien’s asking Klaus to deliver his love letter to Aurora. Now I see why he had been pining for her for years – must wait for a certain Original to aid him. Seriously, grow some balls man. Tristan wasn’t the king of the castle.

Oh wait, he was. The next thing we see is some smooching between Aurora and none other than Klaus the letter-delivery vampire, which is conveniently caught by Lucien. Guess the ‘bro or ho’ dilemma wasn’t a dilemma to Klaus at all. At Aurora’s urge, he escaped through the window, leaving behind an angry, confused Lucien, who was conveniently caught with Aurora by Tristan. Being the unofficial king of the castle, Tristan coolly ordered Lucien’s captivity.

Note that I find this scene quite hilarious because 1. Couldn’t Klaus just grab Lucien and jump through the window? 2. It’s nice to see that Klaus isn’t always obsessed with pretty blond girls who resemble Rebekah in one way or another, and 3. Did Tristan seriously have his guards watching his sister 24/7?

That’s some serious messed-up shit, dude.


Back to present day, Klelijah fans everywhere rejoice when the brothers finally have a proper conversation after months of estrangement. Hearing Elijah refer to them as “we” surely makes our Klelijah hearts race, if they haven’t been melted by the smile and the spark of hope in Klaus’s eyes when Elijah says he will consider forgiving his bastard brother’s enormous offence last season. It seems quite obvious that Klaus only opens up and shows just how badly he wants his brother’s forgiveness when the two are alone – no Hope, no Hayley, even no Freya or Rebekah. Just the two of them, together. When they are in the presence of others, Klaus’s giant of a pride prevents him from displaying even the smallest sign of remorse, prompting him to feign indifference, which Freya recorded in her letter to Rebekah. Deep down inside, Klaus is fully aware how much he needs and wants Elijah by his side, the brother that had stood against Mikael for him; now that doom is looming over them all and anyone could be enemy, he’s desperate for Elijah more than ever.

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No matter how our fangirl hearts want them to just kiss and make up, Elijah reminds us that forgiveness is not easily bought. “I will consider it… when Hayley forgives you, Gia rises from the dead, and hell freezes over,” he delivers to Klaus his conditions to forgive Klaus’s crimes. Though I’m undoubted one of the many who would scream at the top of our lungs for the Mikaelson brothers to reconcile, I do have a satisfying grin when Elijah says the line. Nice try, Klaus, but that isn’t enough to atone for his gruesome murder of innocent, darling and badass Gia, whose name I’m just over the moon to hear it said by Elijah.


Fans can ship Elijah with any women they want, Tatia, Katherine, Celeste or Hayley, but Gilijah shippers can always smile, knowing that so far Gia has been the only one to literally touch his heart because he lets her.

Speaking of badass colored women, this episode introduces Aya, who sweeps the floor with Marcel’s smackdown mini-squad in a few minutes and then the self-proclaimed king of the French Quarter himself. It turns out she is the mysterious figure from Elijah’s past, as promoted in the episode’s synopsis, and the two have known each other “intimately.” Just how intimately is “intimately” most of us wonder. If it turns out that Aya was indeed his “paramour” in the past then I think it’s safe to assume that Elijah has a type: brunette, sometimes colored, sometimes white, independent and fierce women who kick ass more often than some men do.

Elsewhere in the city, Hayley’s stressed up with domestic life – let’s face it, her life was much more thrilling when she was with the Mikaelsons – and Jackson, being the good husband he’s trying to be, offers to take her out to blow off steam, and… calls Freya to babysit. I seriously roll my eyes and mutter “WTF” at this. Also, I’m pretty sure Marcel makes the fight club for vampires exclusively and he doesn’t welcome wolves to waltz into his place and make it their mating ground. The sex is hot, I admit it, but otherwise irrelevant and boring as compared to other plotlines.



Watching an unnecessarily-but-pleasantly shirtless Lucien get arrested by Detective Kinney is far more interesting. Sometime between the scene, Lucien manages to put on proper attire so when he’s waving his hand at Cami, he’s in full CEO mode. Although he doesn’t get to do much in this episode as his plotline is tied with the heavy chunk of flashback, Lucien continues to prove he’s an entertaining element to add to the story. Andrew Lees’s acting style has gradually rubbed on me, as has his cute face – I find myself visiting his tag on tumblr more and more often.


On a side note, just because another Glasglow-smile victim is found when Lucien’s in custody doesn’t mean he is not the culprit. He is currently the lead of his sire line, right? He could just order an acolyte to execute a victim and voila, perfect alibi. Hardly.

Aya is definitely not the only new face to be introduced in this episode, we get to know Tristan de Martel and his ancient, vampire society called The Strix, which is in Elijah’s words a “flock of sycophants” responsible for countless wars, plagues and assassinations. To fans, they are just a big Elijah fanclub whose members are mostly vampire versions of Mean Girls’ Plastic – rich, influential and visibly mean, from the leader Tristan, as seen in the flashback, to his right-hand girl Aya and possibly every qualified member. There is much to be learned about this vampire society in later episodes, who created it (my money’s on Elijah), for what purpose and most importantly, what sort of scheme Tristan’s cooking when he brings them all to New Orleans.

Now that Aurora is on her way to New Orleans, expect more bloodshed and chaos.

I see you in Hell or New Orleans indeed.

Lastly, the queer factors that make the fangirl in me giddy. Hayley and Jackson’s fun time seems out of place since this episode is brimmed with slash hints. So far we have Klelijah interacting, Klelijah sharing a snack – notice how Klaus gives his brother the better part, the neck, while he bites the wrist. Kindly remind yourself that sharing a meal is widely considered an erotic act, even more so when the vampires are not too short of food that they are forced to share. This episode continues to sail the Klucien ship, whose hints haven’t been scarce from the beginning. My favorite bits are when Klaus embraces Lucien in hope of providing some comfort for his friend, his teary eyes when he’s about to incinerate Lucien’s supposed corpse and his relief to see him come back to life. “We bring out the worst in each other” – Klaus’s conclusion promises there’s a lot more we’ll get to see about this relationship.

Then, to the other pairing that also gets much focus in this episode, Trilijah – Elijah and his first ‘child’, Tristan. His character description and brief appearances in For the Next Millennium and You Hung the Moon suggest that Tristan is much like his sire. It is proven when Tristan walks out to stop Elijah from murdering Aya, all suit-up and polite manners. It would be very intriguing if later in the season, we’ll learn that it was Tristan that instilled this style into Elijah and not the other way around. If Elijah is a monster in a suit, carrying in himself the burden of his Red Door, will Tristan be the same? Lucien’s words about him have been true, as shown in the flashback when Tristan went all Ramsay Bolton on a servant because said servant was caught in his sister’s room; I wonder what Elijah was having in his mind when he gave such a wicked individual his blood. Lucien’s turning was purely accidental, from which the Originals learnt how to sire more creatures like themselves, so I assume any turning after Lucien’s, namely Tristan’s and Aurora’s, was anything but a coincidence.


What’re you waiting for? Pick up your pens, fanfiction writers!

Highlights of the episode:

  • Aya’s kicking a lot of asses. Just saying, Marcel, next time a woman walks into your place, be more polite to her – bring her some tea and cake, for instance, because there’s absolutely no ordinary woman who would walk into a vampire lair without backup. In Aya’s case, she doesn’t even need backup; being thrice Marcel’s age, who’s the oldest, strongest vampire in the lot, she kicks their asses without breaking a sweat.
  • Josh’s scrubbing blood stains from Marcel’s carpet. Can’t Marcel just compel some folks from the cleaning company to do the job??
  • Marcel’s major sulking because he was dismissed by Elijah “like some kid.” Someone’s still bitter about being given a cold shoulder some hundred years ago. Marlijah or Elicel anyone?
  • Also, Marcel’s proposal to fight alongside Elijah: “You go left? I go right?” Did he think Elijah showed up to help him?
  • Flashbacks. Enough said.
  • Everyone enjoys a good Lucien beating. Remember? Ep. 1 – thrown to the wall by Klaus; Ep. 2 staked by Elijah and bitten by Jackson; Ep. 3 – beaten the crap out of him by Tristan. What’s next in Ep. 4?


  • Cami and Vincent’s being partners in crime- urg, crime-solving
  • Tristan’s casually giving his daddy his handkerchief because Daddy left his own with Josh


  • Elijah’s fixing Tristan’s tie and the way Tristan eyes him


  • Also Elijah’s endearing “And… there he is. Tristan.”
  • The Originals and their firstborns’ no-personal-space policy
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  • “You will never fall by my hand.” Keep trying Klaus! May the force be with you.


  • Aurora’s “I Believe I Can Fly”


Next episode, A Walk on the Wild Side, features the Mikaelson family gym day and a fancy ball.