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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Looking forward to the next episode.

      [Rant] No Quarter – The Originals 4×02

      Warnings: spoilers, inappropriate comments

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      The Bloody Crown – The Originals Season Finale

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

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

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

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

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

       

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

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

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      Highlights of the episode:

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

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

      • Freya’s beautiful dream world

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

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

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

      What I like:

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

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

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

      What I don’t:

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

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

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

      One Tiny Problem – Extra 5

      Disclaimer : Characters belong to their respectful owners

      Fandom : The Originals

      Rating : K+

      Pairing : Kolijah – Elijah Mikaelson x Kol Mikaelson (sort of)

      Genres : fanfiction, alternate universe, humor, fluff

      Characters: Freya Mikaelson, Elijah Mikaelson, Klaus Mikaelson, Rebekah Mikaelson, Kol Mikaelson, Hope Mikaelson and many others

      Summary: An AU in which Kol is resurrected by Freya, in the form of… a baby.

      Inspired by whatevenkol’s idea and given permission to write this story

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      Homecoming

      “Hey, I was wondering if you’d like to be my date for the Homecoming?”

      Nathan’s heart was tattooing against his rib cage with every word from those lips. Those perfect-shaped lips that belonged to the perfect beauty standing in front of him. Seriously? Did she just ask him to be her company? She who was the hottest girl in the school, the Princess of the Quarter as they called, Hope Mikaelson. Was his luck that good or fate was jesting with him?

      “Ar—Are you serious about this?” he stammered, unable to steady his voice, excitement rushing through his bloodstream like drug.

      “Is your name not Nathan Marlowe?”

      “I—of course I’m Nathan Marlowe!”

      “Then one hundred percent,” she replied with zero hesitance, just like everything else she did. Hope Mikaelson was not famous by her gorgeous looks alone; she inspired affection in the guys and envy in the girls with her famed absolute confidence. To be fair, she had every reason to be confident: beauty, brain and strength also – nature had truly blessed the Mikaelson princess from head to toe. The fact that she was the sole heiress of that notoriously wealthy and powerful family – the shadowed throne-less kings and queens of New Orleans – only boosted her celebrity status in the school.

      “O—of course I will absolutely—”

      Of course he would absolutely agree. This was a once-in-a-lifetime chance after all; how could he let it pass?

      “Not,” a third voice cut in, perfectly in sync with a baseball bat that wedged its way in between Nathan and Hope Mikaelson.

      Urg. Nathan knew that voice so well he could paint the speaker blindfolded. The baseball bat was only an unnecessary fortification to his belief.

      Kol Mikaelson. The Prince of the Quarter to Hope’s Princess. The bad boy that other bad boys didn’t want to hang out with because of three major reasons: one, wherever he was, girls would flock to him and the existence of other male species within the immediate vicinity would be sorely forgotten. Two, see that baseball bat? That was Kol’s mate for life, together with a temper that was wild and unpredictable as the dark creatures lurking in the bayou – they said there were still wolves there, no, not huskies, wolves, big as bulls and twice as aggressive. Anyway, back to the topic. The number of times Kol’s guardian, his older brother, had been summoned in regard with his disagreeable behaviors had exceeded even the years of the heaviest life sentence possible. It was without a shadow of a doubt that Kol had not been expelled yet was entirely the Mikaelsons’ influence.

      And the third reason, also the most loathed, was times like this, when he just barged in, his bat in hand, to pronounce his ‘seniorship’ and drive away any boy that came near Hope Mikaelson.

      “I don’t approve,” Kol said baldly, punctuating his sentence with a tap of the bat and his trademark ‘bad boy’ smirk, “as Hope’s uncle.”

      Uncle. Nathan snorted. Didn’t buy that one bit. Though everyone had been informed on day one that Kol Mikaelson and Hope Mikaelson were uncle and niece, Nathan only thought of Kol as Hope’s cousin, and a very annoying one at that.

      On the other hand, if Kol’s parents had had him as such late age, no wonder he ended up this twisted bizarre creature.

      “Get lost, Kol,” Hope hissed.

      Kol cluck his tongue. “Such language to your uncle, darling. Mom and Dad would expect more from you.”

      Wearing a feral grin, Kol stepped up and invaded Nathan’s personal space. Invaded his territory. Nathan clenched his fists and hardened his jaws, refusing to be intimidated. “It’s you who should get lost, mate.”

      “Try me,” Nathan challenged, his audacity boosted by his not-so-subtle desire to impress the girl.

      “Alright,” Kol said gleefully, “let me inform you that in order to be Hope’s date, you have to ask for her family’s permission first, and that doesn’t include mine, because I’ve make myself crystal-clear that you won’t have it.”

      “Fine,” Nathan agreed, taking small victory in Kol’s admittance that he had less to say about Hope’s dating who then the rest of the family. “I’ll ask her parents.”

      “No, you won’t,” Hope objected. She glared at Kol with her fiery hazel eyes, made all the more iridescent by her anger. “If you meet my family, there won’t be even a chance of us going to Café du Monde, let alone Homecoming.”

      “Relax. I think I’ll do fine.”

      “She’s right, mate. Do rethink before you’ll come to them.”

      “If you’re trying to chicken me out dude, that’s not gonna happen.”

      Kol shook his head with spurious ruefulness. “Look, mate, I’m not even trying. Let me tell you about the procedure. First, you’ll meet Hope’s brothers. One owns a corporation – the Kingmaker Corp in case you don’t know – so impress him with your CV and you might get a desk job. That’s the easy one. Then, there’s the other who just loves to see how you fare in the physical department.”

      “You’re so not going to bring Lucien and Marcel against me!” Hope seethed, grabbing Nathan’s arm. “Go. Forget his blabbing.”

      But Nathan wasn’t known to back down from a nuisance. Plus, Kol had dashed in front of them and efficiently blocked their way. How come he could move so fast, Nathan had to seriously wonder. They said Kol was the best in the tracking team but he never quite bought it.

      “On the contrary, love, they told me they’d love to have a look at your dashing Romeo.”

      “Oh, I hope they aren’t so insufferable as you,” Nathan sneered.

      “So wrong, mate, I happen to be the most fun-loving and pleasant in the family. Wait until you meet my siblings.”

      “No, he won’t,” Hope rebuked. “And I don’t have to ask for your permission for whom I’m going with on Homecoming.”

      Ignoring Hope’s protest, Kol glided past her to put an arm around Nathan’s taut shoulder. “There’s her parents, Papa-wolf and Mama-bear in literal sense, supernaturally protective of their cub here. They’ll tear you to pieces if you so much as touch her hair. Then there’re my other siblings, together with their children. I’m sure they would be over the moon to hear of you…”

      Kol lowered his voice as though to confide a lethal secret. “…especially about your doing the hockey-pokey thing with more than half the girls in this school, occasionally more than one at a time.”

      Nathan’s face turned beet-red.

      “Huhm? Am I wrong?”

      He glanced at Hope to find her raising a sharp eyebrow. She didn’t seem too surprised as he was afraid she would be, yet that slight arch spoke volume of disdain.

      “You were spying on me, you stalking asshole?” Nathan growled.

      Kol grinned. “That means I’m not wrong, am I?”

      That was it. That obnoxious baring of teeth like he took pride in nosing into others’ business just pushed the berserk button inside Nathan. He pushed Kol with the strength of his torso and an attempt to hurt the boy. Hope’s uncle or not, no one could embarrass him in front of his girl and leave bruise-less.

      Kol didn’t move an inch and Nathan felt like he had just bumped right into a brick wall. He was taller than Kol and considerably more muscle-built, so he was shocked to learn that with his strength of a football player he couldn’t knock Kol down.

      “No need for things to get ugly, mate,” Kol said, grabbing Nathan by his collar, lifting him up with unusual ease. “Now you will go and you will forget you ever wanted to date Hope Mikaelson, as well as this happening.”

      Kol’s pupils seemed to be dilated and for some reason Nathan couldn’t look away. Heck, he couldn’t find the will to fight back despite knowing Kol’s command was just so wrong as this incident and Kol’s strength. Then in an instance all questions simply vanished, and Nathan felt compelled to do what Kol said as though his words became the Ten Commandments themselves.

      Then Kol let him go. Without so much a glance at Hope Mikaelson, Nathan left.

      Crossing her arms, Hope watched her potential date flee from her like she was a plague. When she turned her eyes to her uncle, she had to actually suppress the urge to rip him apart.

      Calm down. Count to three. Do what Aunt Cami said and it’ll be fine.

      Granted, everyone in their family had to quench their need to rip Kol apart at one point or another, and that included even Uncle Elijah, who was renowned for his teeth-rotten sweet love for Kol.

      “Not funny at all, Kol.”

      “On the contrary, love, I think it was extremely funny how quickly he reverted to his violent-prone self.” Tapping the bat on the concrete ground to create some sort of beat, Kol added, “Did you know he bullied the hell out of poor Jimmy in class F?”

      Hope raised one eyebrow, one thing she duplicated to perfection after having watched Mommy do it a thousand times with Daddy whenever Daddy said or did something eyebrow-raising. And that happened a lot too. According to Autie Bex, Daddy had actually improved tremendously as compared to the last century.

      “All paled in comparison to what your ‘training’ did to him afterwards, Kol.”

      “It’s called ‘tough love’, darling.”

      Hope shrugged with a smirk, not buying it one bit.

      “Like what I just did, protecting my lovely and vulnerable niece from that despicable parasite.”

      “That ‘vulnerable’ niece of yours can rip out a man’s heart faster than you can blink,” Hope rebuked. “Admit it, dearest uncle, you scared away my potential date to get even with my shooing yours away.”

      Kol’s grin turned feral as he leaned in closer. From an outsider’s perspective, it looked as if he was about to pull her into a passionate kiss. “Now you said it. I did have a thing for Angela and you made her think as though I ruined her Christmas ball gown and her nails.”

      “You started it first. You know she’s my nemesis and yet you want to date her!”

      “Since elementary school, darling. Aren’t you a little too old for that childish rivalry? Secondly, I didn’t intend to date her. I wanted a bite of her.”

      “And I the same with Nathan. Now thanks to you, I’ll have neither a date nor a treat.”

      “Even steven, little niece. Second, steroid-filled blood isn’t tasty, trust me.”

      “Fine,” Hope huffed  “game on, uncle. Let’s see which of us will get a suitable date and which will go without one.”

      “So,” Rebekah drawled, “you two spent the whole day ruining each other’s potential dates for Homecoming?”

      Beside her on the couch, Klaus couldn’t contain his laughter… for the last fifteen minutes.

      They were binge-watching the whole series of Game of Thrones when their brother and niece/ daughter stormed in, looking as if a volcano was about to erupt right under the compound.

      Well, no drama was better than teen drama. Deanerys and her dragons had to wait.

      “She/ He started it first!”

      Their unison in speech was simply astounding.

      Klaus and Rebekah exchanged a knowing look. Teenagers.

      “Who started it first doesn’t really matter,” Rebekah said, “What does is neither of you has a date. Why not focus on that?”

      “You know, sweetheart, I can be your escort to the party.”

      Hope wrinkled her nose. “Dad, eww. Seriously.”

      Klaus insisted, “I may not wear a suit 24/7 like your uncle Elijah and his breathen but that doesn’t mean I don’t rock in one, just saying.”

      “Still eww. Plus, you will definitely murder any guy that comes in one-meter perimeter.”

      Klaus couldn’t disagree.

      “I can be your date, Kol. I haven’t had a high school party for years and I’m feeling kind of reminiscent.”

      “Your last time was in Mystic Falls, I reckon, when you epically blew Elijah’s trial for being human?”

      Rebekah elbowed him hard enough to send him off the couch. “No thanks for reminding me.”

      “Thanks but no thanks, Bekah,” Kol said.

      “Well, Freya’s coming with Finn.”

      Kol and Hope looked at each other as though they’d heard a UFO landing on their roof.

      “I haven’t a chance to know what a Homecoming party is like,” Klaus added, air-quoting. “And your aunt was resolute in her belief that she could pass as a teenager.”

      “I’m going with Marcel,” Hope decided.

      Rebekah looked as if she was about to object but Klaus was one-step ahead of her.

      “Marcel’s going to The Strix’s annual party on that night, dear. Compulsory. Full stop.”

      “What about Lucien?”

      “Going to gate-crash it like every other year. Unless you want Uncle Elijah to accompany you…”

      Hope made a face at that.

      “Oh wait, he’s attending The Strix’s party, too. So dear old Daddy’s your only available arm candy left.” Klaus concluded with his trademark crooked smile.

      “No way. I’d rather go with Kol!”

      “Yes.” Rebekah’s exclamation was loud enough to veer everyone’s attention to her. She was beaming with a proud smile at her ingenious idea. “Perhaps you two should pair up. What’s better than the Homecoming King and Queen going together?”

      Kol and Hope traded a prolonged look at each other. A spark of sort. Perhaps a realization. After a while, they both resigned to the same acceptance.

      “Well, since we can’t just compel a random person to be our date,” Kol admitted, scratching the back of his head, “I guess we just have to make do with each other.”

      “Good, problem solved,” Rebekah said in gleeful tone, not-so-subtly pushing her brother and niece to the entrance. “Now go buy some matching outfits. Got to look stunning if you want the crown, right?”

      Once Kol and Hope was out of the scene, Klaus asked Rebekah, “Are you certain they’ll win ?”

      “I want to return to our show, all right?” Rebekah answered with a shrug. “Teen dramas are just good at the beginning. It gets boring after a few minutes. But they’re the most popular at their school, aren’t they not? If not them, then who?”

      With Rebekah’s assurance, Klaus pushed the tiny matter aside to enjoy Daenerys and her dragons.

      The party was pretty mundane until Lucien arrived uninvited with a flock of obnoxious drunken exotic dancers (this year he actually compelled genuine strippers) and stirred things up. Returning home in an upbeat mood, Elijah didn’t foresee finding his little brother and niece, gorgeous in their Homecoming outfits by the way, sulking in the kitchen. They had been quite excited about the event, so he expected them to go home radiating with the aftermath buzz, not being two cluster of heavily focused glum energy. Did they just hit the angsty teen phase? Elijah was no expert on the field but he had had plenty first-hand experience during his short time as a temp history teacher and thus knowing this was the worst stage before their transition to adulthood.

      Okay, he decided, if the next minute they started crying or going emo, he was going to call for help, scratch it, shout for help, whether it was as far as the bayou or just on the upper floor and buried in thick blankets after three days of binge-watching a toxic number of TV series.

      “What happened?”

      The question was formed in his mouth, chewed a few times to make sure there was nothing wrong before making its way to his lips, when it was halted by Kol’s statement: “We didn’t get the crown.”

      And then Hope seamlessly followed: “Aunt Freya and Uncle Finn became the King and Queen.”

      “It doesn’t make sense,” Kol cried. “How could Finn beat me in the popular department? Come on, he hangs out mostly with geeks and have you ever heard they attend any party other than Comic Con?”

      It would upset his little brother even more if he were to tell the truth, so Elijah kept silent about the tiny fact that their older brother, despite common belief, used to be very popular with the village girls back in their human days.

      “Aunt Freya isn’t even a student. I mean, why did they vote for her when her name wasn’t on the list?”

      Ah, that must have been Finn, Elijah thought. Also, he didn’t want to point out that had the two of them not spent the day committing their petty vengeance, perhaps they wouldn’t have lost their votes. Yes, he had been thoughtfully updated by Rebekah and Niklaus.

      Salting the wound wasn’t Elijah’s habit so he gave his brother and niece a pat on the head. “Quite an eventful night, wasn’t it? Who wants ice cream and the juicy details of how Lucien wrecked Tristan’s party?”

      End (Maybe?)

      One Tiny Problem – Extra 4

      Disclaimer : Characters belong to their respectful owners

      Fandom : The Originals

      Rating : K+

      Pairing : Kolijah – Elijah Mikaelson x Kol Mikaelson (sort of)

      Genres : fanfiction, alternate universe, humor, fluff

      Characters: Freya Mikaelson, Elijah Mikaelson, Klaus Mikaelson, Rebekah Mikaelson, Kol Mikaelson, Hope Mikaelson and many others

      Summary: An AU in which Kol is resurrected by Freya, in the form of… a baby.

      Inspired by whatevenkol’s idea and given permission to write this story

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      Memories

      Sometimes Elijah could not help but wonder, with a wary sense of apprehension, how much Kol remembered of his past life. Or lives, if you counted his brief days possessing the young witch Kaleb.

      Freya told them that Kol’s mind had been blissfully adjusted to his physical form, meaning he would think, behave and most importantly, remember as a child and not as an ancient vampire, but even she, the caster of the spell, couldn’t be doubtless.

      There were moments they caught her gazing at their brother, her eyes filled with unvoiced worry. The older Kol got – from a baby to a toddler and then a playful child that ran around the compound with preternatural speed – the more frequent and longer Freya’s mute gaze became.

      It would be best if his mind had a total reboot – a pristine blank page eager to absorb the events of his reincarnated life – and matured according to his age, free and unperverted by the bloody phantoms of centuries past, but it was just too bright a scenario. One thing they knew for sure was nature had a way to mess with unnatural existences, and what was Kol’s but an unnatural existence?

      Klaus, being Klaus, was the first to propose a memory-swipe as a safe measure: who knew when the old memories could surface and what havoc they would wreck on Kol’s mind. They could drive him mad – madder than his lunatic old self – and they could destroy him. Although practical and arguably what they had all thought at one point or another, his proposal was met with fiery objections from Elijah and Rebekah, at times their arguments culminating in violent blows – flesh cut open, blood spilled and countless pieces of furniture trashed, and still their issue remained. It fell on Freya to put an end to their dispute, claiming that there was no spell for such a wide and thorough memory wipeout, as the mind was sacrosanct and any small, careless act could lead to catastrophic consequences.

      “We wait and see,” she concluded and so, they held their breath as each day passed and their baby brother grew bigger and bigger.

      It was proven that the young Kol had much to surprise his siblings.

      “Rebekah, tell me how handsome I am!”

      They were scattering in the living room, one of the few quiet and peaceful moments of their tumultuous existence, doing whatever they desired or just simply passing the time when Kol rushed down the stairs with his peculiar demand.

      The familiarity of the words as well as the gleeful tone gave them all a jolt.

      Unaware of the tidal wave he had just brought down his siblings, Kol grinned from ear to ear as he showed them a black-and-white photograph.

      The Christmas in 1914, they were throwing a party to celebrate, when Klaus and Elijah once again put Kol in a magic-induced sleep that had lasted to present day.

      Their shared thought was that memory fragment had returned to Kol, and it invoked a chilling talon hooking to their spines.

      “Bekah?” Kol asked, waving his hand in front of his dazed-eyed sister. “Nik? ‘Lijah? What’s with the sudden silence?”

      “Where did you find it?” Elijah asked, glancing sideway at Klaus. He thought they had hidden it well; now he regretted that they hadn’t incinerated it, along with a few trinkets left behind by the old Kol. It was just photographs of their brother were so rare that he couldn’t bear to destroy any of them, especially one that had captured their scarce, precious moment as a family.

      Kol looked perplexed for a second. “I found it at the bottom of the drawer. Who hid it so carefully and come to think about it, why didn’t you show it to me before?”

      “Do you,” asked Rebekah with badly concealed hesitance, “remember anything that happened after this photo was taken?”

      Scratching his head, Kol replied, “Not really. Am I supposed to remember anything important? I know this was I the moment I laid eyes on this figure but… that’s as far as I know. Anything else’s a big fat zero to me.”

      The siblings exchanged a look that spoke volume of their relief. Were Kol not within sight, they might let out a lengthy exhale.

      “Of course you looked handsome,” Rebekah said, gazing at the black-and-white Kol. “If I had to rake my brain I still couldn’t find a moment you didn’t. The dashing rouge as many said.”

      “Strange, I kind of expected you would say something like you couldn’t be compelled. Say, will I look like this photo in ten years’ time?”

      “Only if you had your veggies, Kol,” Klaus quipped. “And go to bed early. Otherwise your height will be stunted and you’ll end up a dwarf.”

      “No way!” Kol yelped. “I looked at least the same height as you, Nik, maybe even taller!”

      His rebuke elicited a few chuckles from Rebekah. “That’s because Nik refused to go to bed early, isn’t that right, Elijah?”

      “How could you know that this was you?”

      Kol fiddled with the photograph in his hands as he clearly struggled to answer Elijah’s out-of-the-blue question.

      “I… have no idea, honestly. When I looked at it, it was some sort of nostalgia dabbled at my brain… like I definitely saw this scene before, and was in it. It’s hard to describe. I just know. Plus, I saw you, Nik and Bekah in there.”

      Klaus and Rebekah didn’t even realize they subconsciously holding their breath as Elijah voiced their collective anxiety, “You don’t question why you used to be all grown up but now you’re a ten-year-old?”

      “‘Lijah, you’re playing Sherlock with me or something?” Kol laughed. “I don’t remember any of this, true, but I do recall it was my choice, well, the old-me’s choice to be more exact.”

      “The old-you?” Rebekah echoed.

      “The old-me was a lunatic so I really can’t complain.”

      Turning to Elijah, he asked, “But I’m good, right, ‘Lijah?”

      “When aren’t you?”

      “Except when you turned all his suits into T-shirts and jeans.”

      Feigning ignorance to Nik’s comment, Kol beamed brightly. “You said if I’m good, you’ll take me to movies, don’t forget that. Now I’m going to show Hope this awesome photo.”

      He ran off once he finished his sentence, leaving behind his bewildered siblings.

      “Who invented this spell was a bloody genius,” Rebekah commented. “We’ve been worrying over nothing.”

      While Klaus found himself nodding in agreement, muttering “Crisis averted,” Elijah had yet to let go off his frown.

      Was it really nothing?

      He knew it wasn’t; nevertheless, he kept that burden of a secret to himself.

      This was not the first time Kol had alarmed him with fragments of resurfaced memory.

      “‘Lijah, why father keeps making me practice sword? I don’t like sword.”

      On the wall the grandfather clock ticked 3 o’clock when Kol appeared at the door of Elijah’s room. With snots running from his nose, Kol’s tear-stained face dealt a sharp blow to Elijah’s heart. He rushed to Kol, kneeling in front of the boy. “Tell me what’s wrong, Kol.”

      “Father makes me practice sword. I don’t want to, but father’s so angry. Father will hit me. Father beats Nik so hard,” Kol cried.

      A whole different kind of pain was lodged into Elijah’s chest. A déjà vu, no, a memory that was so cold it chilled him from the inside out. On some night a thousand year ago, Kol came to him and clung to his neck, muttering these same words with the same frightened expression on his young face.

      “Why’s your hand so cold, ‘Lijah?”

      “Where did you see Mikael? Did he come to you?”

      There was no way Mikael could come back, wasn’t it? Klaus had seen to it when he drove the White Oak stake through their father’s heart years ago. The second time.

      “Father’s in my dream. He’s so angry, ‘Lijah. I’m so scared.”

      “It’s alright,” Elijah hushed. “He can’t hurt you now. He isn’t here anymore. I am.”

      He wiped Kol’s face clean with his handkerchief and hugged him tight.

      “But if I close my eyes, I’ll see him again. Can I stay with you, ‘Lijah?”

      Another bout of shock hit Elijah, for this was the exact sentence the Kol of the past had said to him. Just how much memory Kol had regained, or he merely spoke them out, unaware that the structure, the words had been long imprinted in his mind which was not young as he thought.

      And, like the fifteen-year-old human Elijah of the past, Elijah of today could not refuse his crying and afraid little brother. The words came out of his mouth were, he was acutely aware, the same words he had spoken millions nights past.

      “Of course you can stay with me,” he assured Kol, picking the four-year-old boy up with ease. “Father will not come to you now that I’m here. I won’t allow to him to lay a hand on you.”

      Tucked in and safe in his brother’s embrace, Kol was soon lulled into a peaceful sleep while Elijah wasn’t granted the same favor. He laid awake all night, listening to the rhythm of Kol’s heartbeats gradually coming to a serene pattern.

      Those were music to his ears.

      Since that night, Kol had made it a habit to sneak to Elijah’s room whenever to he felt the need to be enveloped in his brother’s warmth. Mikael rarely visited his dreams again, which was blissful news not only to Elijah but also to the rest of them, and taking his place was Boogeyman, Big Foot and a litany of monsters lurking under the bed that the young, imaginative minds of children were able to conjure to keep them from their sleeps. Klaus had laughed his ass off, Freya sniggered and Rebekah teased him mercilessly, yet still Kol held onto his childish fears, believing with a fervor that those monsters were far scarier than his hybrid, vampire and witch siblings. Elijah, being the big brother that cosseted Kol, said nothing of the matter as he allowed Kol to his room whenever the boy wanted.

      Still, if only it was imaginative monsters that Kol feared.

      There was yet another incident that Elijah didn’t dare to tell Niklaus and Rebekah.

      It was a night unlike any other nights, when Kol, not bothering that his thundering footsteps might wake the entire household, ran to Elijah’s room. His eyes were red and puffy, and his face crumpled in a grimace that immediately jammed a stake in Elijah’s heart.

      “Why was I on fire, ‘Lijah?” Kol sobbed. “Why did my chest hurt so?”

      Later, Elijah would begrudge himself for not being able to grasp what Kol was trying to tell him that instance. He hadn’t been there the day the old Kol died. Hadn’t even been remotely near. And if he tried to pinpoint where exactly he had been, the answer came out a grievous shame. He, the supposed big brother, indulged in the carnal pleasures with the serpentine beauty Katerina for his own selfish desires while Kol had been gruesomely murdered. An alone, painful and meaningless death that could have been averted had he been there for his little brother.

      He hugged the young Kol, squeezing the small body as if trying to apologize without words. “A scary dream, Kol, a nightmare,” he whispered, “don’t be afraid.”

      “It’s not a dream, ‘Lijah! It felt so real.”

      “But it wasn’t,” he said, picking Kol up and carrying him to the bed. “It is no more. Stay with me. You’ll be alright. You’ll be safe. I promise.”

      Next he was singing, humming to be exact, a wordless lullaby their mother used to hum when a young one was awaken by nightmare. The magic was in the tune itself, not the singer, she said, and never before Elijah so wished it would work.

      Some day I’ll tell you all, he promised the sleeping Kol. Everything that happened, every right and every wrong. Provided that you haven’t remembered them first.

      The next morning Kol woke up without a sliver of memory of his nightmare.

      (To be continued. Maybe.)

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      EXTRA 5

      You Hung the Moon – The Originals 3×02

      Warnings: incessantly failed attempt to write a serious episodic review and spoilers, sprinkled with self-made memes. You have been warned.

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      “The overture is over. The curtain starts to rise.

      You’re suddenly in clover. You can’t believe your eyes.”

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      After a somewhat slow premiere, The Originals has started to picking up its pace, which results in a generally intense episode in terms of actions and emotions. For those who complained that The Originals was boring and not on par with its parent show, The Vampire Diaries, it’s now safe to take back your words.

      The title of the second episode is You Hung the Moon, which alludes to the werewolves in general, as their existence depends on the lunar cycle, and Hayley’s pack, The Crescent, in specific. It continues right after the previous episode, where Elijah’s littered the bayou with hunters’ corpses – it’s never wise to mess up the date of an angry vampire, especially when such date happens only once a month. As Elijah wanders around looking for Hayley, he comes across a naked and wounded Jackson, who some anti-Jackson fans, me included, hoped against hope was amongst the dead wolves Elijah found in the hunters’ trunks. Being the creator’s pet, Jackson of course didn’t die such an unannounced death – he’s back on two legs and extra-worried that his wife doesn’t show up like she should have. So, after having Elijah tended to his bullet wound, he and the Original vampire team up to seek Hayley.

      It’s hilarious to imagine that Elijah, holding baby Hope in his arm, walks with a fully naked Jackson to the cabin, where the wolf can have something decent to wear. Did Elijah have to cover Hope’s eyes the entire time?

      Somewhere else in the city, Hayley, the ultimate target of Elijah and Jackson’s searching quest, and later, Klaus’s, is making a shady deal with Davina to free herself and her pack. Heeding Marcel’s advice, Davina decides to teach the witch that hurt her earlier a tough lesson, using no other than the frustrated, furious and desperate hybrid. Needlessly to say, the result is messy. Aside from being a misinterpretation of Marcel’s advice, Davina’s plan is, let’s say, complete idiotic. Many witches present at the meeting witnessed Kara going against Davina and a few short days later, Kara ended up a charred body, amongst some others from her coven. A mere coincidence? Hardly. Bet Davina didn’t think it through when she planned her opponent’s downfall.

      Killing off (innocent) witches allows Hayley to blow off some steam, yet it’s enough. Hell hath no fury like a woman’s scorn, the old saying applies strongly to the queen of the wolves, who carries in her heightened emotions stemming from vampire blood. As she comes to the compound all tousled-haired and bloodied-faced, she attacks Freya with no mercy (and completely unnecessary) and immediately goes after the conductor of her miseries, Klaus. Seems to me beating the crap out of Klaus is more important than freeing her husband from chains to Hayley. Oh wait, he can free himself. Then someone kindly tell me, what’s the point for those chains in the first place if Jackson can easily break them???

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      I’m not going to dig deeper in this scene, since it has already been analyzed over and over on Tumblr. It’s intense, it’s raw, it’s emotional and it helps cement my belief that Klaus and Hayley, with all their horrible temper, their blood thirst and their tendencies for violence, deserve each other. Keep in mind that I’m by no means a Klayley shipper, nor am I a Klamille or Haylijah. One thing I get from watching The Vampire Diaries (apart from some serious fuck-logics) is that every ship is possible and every ship has the potential to sink. At the beginning of season 1, I sort of shipped Elijah and Hayley; however, my shipping heart sank when Hayley decided that she should marry Jackson (that and her too-swift change of heart – one episode she claimed she didn’t love Jackson and a few episodes later she said she loved him). Then my heart was subject to another harsh blow when Elijah’s darling Gia was killed off. From then, I stopped shipping any canonical couples, merely going with whatever ships the show sail. Klaus and Hayley are connected by their giant love for their baby girl and if they manage to push aside all the terrible treatments they’ve inflicted on each other, they will make a powerful, invincible couple. Meanwhile, Elijah and the sweet Camille deserve each other – they’ve been getting along pretty well since season 1 and Cami’s strong point is that she isn’t judgmental, which goes well with Elijah’s mental baggage. Let’s face it, it’s getting frustrating to watch Hayley being in love with her husband while holding some lingering feelings for the man next door, sorry, across the street, and Elijah being tormented in a one-sided affection.

      I noticed a trend to ship Freya and Jackson after this episode, which caused me to seriously roll my eyes. They exchange a few words, Freya touches Jackson to check the curse and later saves him from being a collateral damage in the hybrid fight, and that’s it. I saw none of the ‘sexual tension’ some shippers claimed (were we watching the same episode?). I also noticed a tendency to ship Freya with Jackson because if this ship thrives (and I hope it will never), it’ll serve either Haylijah or Klayley, which seems extremely unfair for Freya. Freya has been my favorite since she made her debut and it disturbs me if she’s paired with a man for the sake of other ships. And that’s not just any man, it’s Jackson!

      Speaking of Jackson… Oh Jackson, how do I loathe thee? Let me count the ways.

      Understand that I bear no grudge against the actor, it’s Jackson and his characterization that I hate. Despite being a former Haylijah shipper, I dislike Jackson not because he’s contributed to this unnecessary triangle love. I loathe Jackson for being such an ungrateful man, especially to Elijah. Up until now, Elijah has repeatedly saved not only Jackson’s wolf ass but also his pack. Besides rescuing Jackson from the burning house and the explosion, Elijah helped with the injured wolves when Francesca orchestrated a bomb attack. He then helped free the wolf kids from Esther and Finn and most recently, he eliminated squads of wolf hunters. Although he’s done all of these for Hayley’s sake, the fact that The Crescent pack in general and Jackson in specific owe him a great deal remains. Yet Jackson’s attitude hasn’t been very exemplary of a thankful person. As we recall, near the end of season 2, Jackson was very rude to Elijah, attacking him while Elijah only wanted a few words with Hayley. Sure he hates Klaus, yet had Elijah been anything but kind to him to deserve the blows and taunts? After half a year, Jackson’s attitude remains unsurprisingly unchanged. When insulted by Klaus, he instantly rebukes, “Because everyone here is so damn civilized?”

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      This werewolf boy need be reminded that “everyone here” includes Freya, who has been nice to him, and Elijah, who has been tolerant and helpful (heck, Elijah bought Jackson and Hayley a house and preserved their wedding rings). Because this very attitude justifies Klaus’s calling them “savages”.

      What do American Horror story: Hotel, Penny Dreadful and The Originals have in common? Aside from the romps with the supernatural world, all three shows have a white, smart-ass detective who unknowingly gets himself involved into cases that are bigger than his perception. In AHS we have Detective John Lowe (who other characters just can’t shut up about how handsome he is – he is indeed), in Penny Dreadful we have Detective Bartholomew Rusk (whose life we fear for since he’s on the ship with the werewolf Ethan), and finally, in The Originals we have Detective Will Kinney, who demonstrates his superior investigating skill by noticing the oddities in Cami’s family history, stalking her and… stealing her laptop. Seriously, this proves Cami is an angel for not getting furious. We all admire these characters’ determination and sense of justice; still, if there’s one thing we know about smart-ass detectives in supernatural shows where they aren’t the protagonists, it is their generally crappy fate. Having no idea how huge a shitpool they just get themselves into, they walk blindly into dangers, messing with wicked creatures that they, the human tokens, should run far, far away from. John Lowe’s fate is sealed when he walks into the Hotel Cortez, Rusk’s life is put in jeopardy and we should hope the actor’s popularity is big enough to protect Will Kinney in this crazy city where two gruesome massacres happen in a single night and a 1000-year-old vampire serial killer on the loose.

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      Finally, I want to talk a little bit about the prophecy. Not trusting the source, Elijah asks Freya to perform a ritual to test its authenticity. It’s true, and Freya delivers a more shocking news: the three remaining Originals will fall, one by friend, one by foe and one by family. Despite this new piece of information, the prophecy still remains vague: the Mikaelsons have a number of friends, countless foes and if we define “family” as “people related by blood,” that’s just about a few millions. However, there’s something we notice: it is Elijah who will be affected most by this impending peril. When he touches Freya to make her stop, the visions surge forth and we see his portrait splashed with blood. Some said this threat was not very threatening at all, since in the parent show, The Vampire Diaries, three years later, the Mystic Falls vampire gang (Klaus’s sire line) are still alive and kicking. However, it’s not Klaus that I’m worried for; it’s Elijah and Rebekah, especially Elijah.

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      Speaking of Rebekah, I would gladly trade Jackson’s screentime for hers. Why the hell nobody talks about where she currently is?

      Highlights of the episode:

      • Marcel and Freya’s being buddies. So Marcel’s problem with the daylight ring is solved.

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      • Cami’s flattering Klaus’s ego to get his help. Smart girl!
      • Klaus’s messing with Freya’s chance of a one night stand. Nice move, Klaus, that dude so not deserves Freya.

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      • Klaus’s complaint that Freya cannot comprehend the use of a cell phone. She used it just fine, when the caller was Elijah, who didn’t try to cockblock her.

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      • Elijah’s telling Freya that he trusts her. That speaks a lot, since in the last season he didn’t trust her. And Elijah shouts for her to stop when the spell is clearly hurting her. My Freylijah heart!!
      • Any Mikaelson brother-sister moments
      • And we have characters of Vietnamese root!! Kara Nguyen, who got killed by Hayley per Davina’s request and her son, Van Nguyen, who’s going to play a major role this season.
      • Lucien continues to be as entertaining as ever.

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      • Elijah’s stabbing Lucien in the neck and calling him “My darling Lucien” right after. Plus, Elijah has better aim than Klaus. Remember how Klaus threw a bunch of stakes at the Salvatores and MISSED every single one.

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      • Elijah’s deliberate mispronunciation of Lucien’s name. It should be LEW-SHEN instead of LU-SEE-EN. According to Michael Narducci, it’s his way of saying “fuck you.”
      • Tristan and Aurora in modern day. They’re both fine as hell.

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      • Also Tristan and Aurora’s strong incest vibes

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      For the Next Millennium – The Originals 3×01

      To me, there are two kinds of movies/TV series: the former includes movies/TV series that I watch for convenience, meaning it’s available for grasp while I’m bored and have no motivation to do anything else except being a couch potato so I watch it. With a movie/TV series of this kind, I keep my mind critical and my radar on for any illogicalities that pop out. And once I lose my interest in it, I immediately drop it and go for another. The Sleepy Hollow TV series is the most recent example.

      The latter kind includes movies/TV series that are absolute trash to me: rarely are they the best on TV or critically acclaimed, sometimes even mediocre to many people’s standards; however, I’m seriously obsessed with them. I could watch them again and again, I could remember most of the lines, I become part of the fandom and contribute my share of fanworks, and last but not least, I’m devoted enough to drag my lazy ass up and start typing review for the new season premiere. (Note that I’m super lazy and a professional procrastinator.)

      …Which is everything that happens to The Originals.

      The Originals, as I’ve said in some of my previous posts, are by no means mediocre. The plot is intricate and going at break-neck pace, the cast is a perfect match between physical attractiveness and talent, and the emotions each episode inflicts on the audience is plain gut-wrenching. However, to actually write a review for each episode, as I did with Penny Dreadful – another brilliant show, highly recommended – presents quite a challenge to me (again, lazy). However, since my friend did encourage me to write and if I don’t, I feel like missing out a huge part of the fandom, here’s my weekly rant about the season premiere: For the Next Millennium.

      Warnings: spoilers, inappropriate language and zero attempt to make a serious review

      For the Next Millennium (very thankful because we audience didn’t have to wait an actual millennium to watch) begins with a flashback, just as the producers promised, when our Original vampires weren’t the well-known versions of present time. We have the Mikaelson we love to love, Elijah, the Mikaelson we love and hate with equal measure, Niklaus, the girl-power Mikaelson (that we adore), Rebekah, all-time favorite Mikaelson, Kol, and finally, the Mikaelson that we hardly know, Finn. To see them all together is a dream come true for most fans; to see them all together and doing “proper family squabbles” like five-year-old kids (minus homicidal tendency) is a wet dream come true. Bonus: actual Caspar Zafer playing actual brooding and snarky Finn.

      I’m inclined to believe that I’m not the only one who is happy to see Finn back. I was quite taken by his and Sage’s love in The Vampire Diaries and have been hoping to see more of him (and hopefully, Sage). So far, we have Rebekah’s occasional visits and Kol’s portion in flashback and a web mini-series, but the original Finn (pun very much intended) is nowhere inside the plot. Finncent is fine as hell (all thanks to Yusuf Gatewood’s terrific performance) but let’s admit it, we want Finn and Vincent separately. The more the better.

      So the flashback introduces to us a very different aspect of the Originals: before they are the posh, cultured and sophisticated vampires in designer fashion and having great hair we’ve come to love, they used to be runaways in God-knows-how-old clothes and with very bad hair (these wigs aren’t the most charming I’ve seen on TV), who knew next to nothing about fashion and social etiquette. I guess it is to be understandable considering how they’d spent their mortal lives amongst neighbors who went naked and howling on a monthly basis. Aside from their unusual dieting habits, their lack of manners would render them incapable of joining the higher society to enjoy the finer things life, which is what they’ve yearned for after a long period of running from their ax-crazy vampire father. But not to worry, Lucien has come to the rescue!

      … Introducing Lucien Castle, a man with a handsome face, a sharp mind, a quick tongue and another bad wig (What’s wrong with all the wigs here?). Let’s not forget the funny last name. Seriously, this guy looks down on humans so much that he didn’t even bother to invent a proper last name to tell the real estate agent.

      From a human captive (and dessert, according to Kol) to a helper of vampires, this is how Lucien’s complicated relationship with the Mikaelsons starts, which would later result in his becoming Klaus’s very-firstborn.4dd49e6c-7d20-4ed3-adb6-4edbbd71ca11_zpsph2phqsw62a1b1a4-0cea-4582-9b75-e5548bde4880_zpsxdapbfao

      Still, Lucien isn’t the only F1 generation we get to meet in this episode. We also have a glimpse of Tristan and Aurora, the other two of the Trinity and let’s say they are a sight for sore eyes (thanks to seeing too many bad wigs): Tristan, as expected in a series full of pretty people, is handsome and mercifully short-haired – how he’s the only one to be spared from the wig disaster is an enigma, while his sister Aurora is “exquisite”, to quote a smitten Klaus.

      Hopefully we’ll get to know more about them in the coming episode.

      Before writing this review rant, I’ve seen many complaints about this episode being tedious and yawning. Maybe it’s just me but I’m perfectly fine with this episode’s pace. Surely it’s somewhat slow-paced but I’ve seen slower episodes in Penny Dreadful (the entire series being slow-paced, actually) but I still enjoyed them immensely as I did For the Next Millennium. It’s a necessary warm-up after a one-year hibernation and it sets the plot into motion. Certainly not the best but promising for better things to come. Plus, it’s nice to see the familiar faces again and getting to know what they’ve been doing in the six-month time skip.

      It’s a fascinating coincidence for American Horror Story: Hotel and The Originals to start in the same month and in the same week, with only one day in between. As I follow both shows, I find some interesting similarities between them: They both have gorgeous and overall good cast who know their characters and what they’re doing; they both start with intriguing murder mysteries; they both include bloodsuckers, though in AHS case, it’s claimed to be an ancient blood disease rather than vampirism; and lastly, blood flows freely in the very first episode of both shows.

      Speaking of blood flowing…

      I’ve seen a comment that said people kept complaining about the amount of blood spilled in Game of Thrones while The Originals was not any less brutal. I guess it’s true in a way; however, while GoT is graphically violent and doesn’t hesitate to push characters to the guillotine, The Originals is a little more subtle about violence – scarcely are violence and gore portrayed onscreen as they more often than not happen off-screen and are more implied than straightforward. While it’s very clear that Elijah massacres the human hunters who hunted Hayley’s pack, audience don’t really see much of him doing the deed, only the corpses that are strewn on the ground. Similarly, Klaus’s tearing apart the unnamed art critic (a bone-chilling lesson for any art critic before they start criticizing someone’s works) is known to audience by the classic means of shadow. In addition, The Originals’s tried its best to preserve the lives of its main cast. And even if they are killed off, the premise of this series makes it possible to bring them back, meaning we aren’t too despair to hope for an official return of Kol and even Finn (Mikael can stay dead or in flashback, merci).

      Although it’s still too soon to state any theory about the prophecy and the “beast that is to come”, I have a hunch that the beast will very likely be Elijah. Last season revealed his “Red Door”, a mental spot where he’s been hiding his monstrosities, and the idea that Elijah has the capacity to go extremely dark has been entertained. It’s only fit that the “Red Door” is exploited in this season, on the setting of a war between sire lines. Perhaps somewhere in the series, Elijah finally snaps and turns off his humanity, introducing to the world the beast that has been caged in him for a millennium! How appalling and thrilling it would be. We all remember well how devastating it was when Stefan went into non-humanity mode and thus Ripper mode; imagine a non-humanity Elijah. It would be apocalyptic to the supernatural world and human world in general.

      Highlights of the episode:

      • The Originals’ being an adorable family
      • Kol and Finn’s constant bickerings
      • Elijah’s agreeing with Kol: Am I the only who thinks flashback Elijah acts much like present-day Klaus?

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      • Klelijah moment, however brief
      • Rebekah’s cleavage =))))))). Even most powerful vampires aren’t above using honey trap.
      • Elijah’s swooping ass: Kudos for the humans for being able to exterminate a dozen of supernatural, vampire-killing wolves – less kudos for the humans for destroying wild animals in order to build golf courses and condos. I imagine the animal activists would cheer loudly when Elijah snaps that hunter’s neck.

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      • Elijah’s doing boxing: poor Marcel and the young vampires become punching bags for one angry Original. He and Klaus aren’t so different after all with their anger issues.

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      • Freya’s partying: Nice to see her enjoying herself and blending in just fine with modern life.

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      • Elijah and Freya’s bonding: I need to see them get closer in this season. My Freylijah shipping radar is tinkling.
      • Klaus’s being genuinely upset about Cami’s words but doesn’t take it out on her but slaughters an art critic instead.
      • Klaus and Lucien’s being touchy: Nope, this season is totally not gay.

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      • Lucien’s very failed audition for the Joker

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      • Random naked wolf girl who isn’t shy about showing her wolf assets to a certain Original

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      • No Jackson =))))))))