[Rant] We Have Not Long to Love – The Originals 5×09

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Warnings: spoilers alert. The gifs aren’t mine.

  • After praising the last episode for its plot and pacing, once again I feel that this episode is giving some filler vibes. Sure there are not one but TWO deaths in the span of 45 minutes, but let’s be honest, both perished characters haven’t stayed in the show long enough to make audience truly, deeply for them, so the audience is likely to remember them as much as they do poor Henry (who’s Henry, you ask?), whom nobody in the show talks about any more because everyone’s busy preparing for Mardi Gras.
  • It sounds cruel but true.
  • Poor Vincent can’t catch a breath in this damned city. Really, he can join Elijah on the suffering train. Why can’t Vincent allowed happiness and love?

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  • Speaking of Elijah, first it’s Hope who blames him for Hayley’s death (which she herself also played a not-so-small part in if we are being honest), and then its Declan who blames him to have broken Hayley’s heart. I have to roll my eyes pretty hard here. Dude, you hardly knows him at all, and I don’t imagine Hayley sat down and poured her heart to Declan about her and Elijah’s past. This whole guilt tripping is NOT funny in the least.

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  • Hey, I’m watching this show for family love and bonds, not domestic violence. No matter the reason, Hope’s beating her uncle (who loves her and sacrificed a lot for her) is NOT OK at all.
  • Something about Hope just screams off in this episode, and it’s not because she’s battling the Hollow. It’s Danielle’s acting. While her acting is hardly phenomenal (based on her performance as Hope so far), in this episode she seems to be trying too hard to act and ends up unnatural. Her scene with Klaus where Hope says she’s not ready to forgive Elijah is the hardest to stomach. Hope has never gotten on my nerves before but now she does.

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  • Nope, not looking forward to Hope’s show at all. I’d rather watch Charmed.
  • I am not the only one who thinks the purist vampire plotline is thin and unnecessarily dragging, am I? No, they are not as powerful and that big of a threat to our characters. Elijah, Klaus or Marcel could have just wiped them out and be done with it. None of them wants to avenge Hayley?!
  • So Marcel’s threat “No head garden, just your heads” is as empty as the Hollow’s heart. I thought he wanted to be the king of New Orleans. Kings don’t just threaten, they act.
  • The purist vampires have a witch to do astral projection but said witch doesn’t make daylight rings? PLOT HOLES!

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  • How many episodes has Freya not kicked any butts or simply done some magic?
  • Though I’m no Freelin shipper and genuinely unexcited about their engagement, it appears to be the only spot of light in this episode.
  • Most favorite thing of the episode: the song played when Ivy gets poisoned.

[Rant] The Kindness of Strangers – The Originals 5×08

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Warnings: spoilers alert. No inappropriate jokes or salty comments.

This is perhaps the first episode of this season which I have nothing to complain about. The storyline is plot-hole-free (at least to me) and the acting is superb. Congratulations to the production team.

Let’s hope against hope that the remaining episodes retain the same quality since we have not long to watch, although it’s kinda unlikely (because of Plec, you know).

Here’s some thoughts on The Kindness of Strangers aka ‘Being Elijah Mikaelson is suffering’ (parodied from Fate franchise’s famous quote ‘Being Lancer is suffering’)

  • The ‘Chambre de Chasse’ plot is pretty use-worn at this point; however its development makes up for that, resulting in an emotion-choked episode that is a great (though painful) watch.
  • My prep involving spending two hours watching the third installment in the Hostel franchise (a torture porn franchise, in case you aren’t familiar with the name) isn’t enough to numb the pricking I feel while watching Elijah suffering (oh-so-beautifully) onscreen.
  • I guess his suffering is essential to the progression of the plot (because who doesn’t feel agony when their thousand-year-memory comes rushing in like a tsunami); still, my emotional, more irrational side can’t have questioning why the hell my favorite character has to endure so much pain and why he can’t enjoy a sliver of happiness *turning on Flaurie’s Hurts Like Hell in the background*. Honestly, this song should be Elijah’s theme song.
  • Still getting lots of and lots of Stefan’s vibes here. Since we all know how it ends for Stefan, Elijah-stans should prepare themselves in advance for what is to come, stocking in tissues and lots of comfort foods/drinks/films for example.
  • However, there’s still hope yet (no pun intended) and that is Klaus. We can safely bet on Klaus never letting his brother die on him.
  • Speaking of Hope, I wonder who (was in the right mind) to tell her Elijah stood and watched Hayley die. Klaus wouldn’t do something like that, Marcel and Freya weren’t there and if Roman had had the guts to show his face in front her, Hope would have shown him how much of a Mikaelson she is. Then who?
  • If my memory serves, when Hayley first arrived at the compound, her tummy wasn’t that visible.
  • Bekah and Marcel and their on-and-off tango.
  • All of Davina’s mentions make me miss the little but deadly witch. Wonder if Danielle comes back for the series finale (Come one we have Mikael and Cami, why not Davina?).
  • Normally I’d pick my most favorite thing of the episode but since this episode has so many things I like, I’m going to make an exception. So here’s a list of what I like about this episode:
  • Rebekah and Kol! It takes so damn long to see their faces again. (Too bad we won’t be seeing them in the next episode.)
  • Rebekah and Klaus having a reunion when Kol falls down on the sofa stark-naked. Just a normal Mikaelson family reunion. Besides, that reminds me of the little sitcom Significant Mother. Anyone watched it?

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  • The snort Klaus makes when Hayley suggests the name “Katherine”. It’s a shame non-TVD viewers probably don’t get this joke.
  • Hope Andrea Mikaelson.
  • Klaus and Hayley having videophone.
  • Kol and Elijah having a proper talk with each other. This conversation is waaaaay overdue!
  • Elijah helping Kol get up. I guess that counts as the kindness of stranger.
  • Rebekah stepping up for Elijah. Guess even though amnesiac, he is still her favorite brother.

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  • Klaus staying behind and helping Elijah burst through the Red Door. Now that’s the first step towards forgiveness because when it comes to his family, especially Elijah, Klaus always forgives.

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  • The tears all the siblings shed watching Elijah cry out in pain. Yeah, even Kol.
  • And the tears Klaus shed for Hayley. I never doubt that he loved Hayley, perhaps not romantically, but he did love her as he loves his siblings and daughter.

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  • The suit is back again. (And so do all the pains and burdens!)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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[Rant] What, Will, I, Have, Left – The Originals 5×06

Warnings: spoilers alert, subjective comments. The gifs aren’t mine.

Before watching this episode I thought I’d be mad at how Plec and co. wrote it thanks to all the spoilers (and hate posts) floating around on Tumblr (I even intended to start this rant with “Dear Diary. Plec fucked it again). I even delayed watching it till yesterday, kinda afraid it might trigger my conditions. But I did watch it in the end and it turns out I’m not as mad as I thought I would.

I’m not mad at the fact it should be a Hayley’s episode but they still have the nerves to jam in redundant and irrelevant Klaroline moments. They aren’t that long anyway and pretty much tolerable.

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I’m not mad at Hayley’s death nor am I interested in the rumored drama behind the scenes regarding Phoebe Tonkin’s leave. Sometimes actors and actresses have other engagements and they’re unable to stay with the show any longer; or they don’t have as much enthusiasm and love for their roles as they used to; or something happens which the audience can only make wild guesses. Whichever the reason, it’s something that’s been already done and thus cannot be changed despite all the tear and anger. No use crying over spilled milk, as the saying goes. Plus, out of all the female leads’ death, Hayley’s the most badass and iconic – she stays true as a wolf till the end, fighting and taking her enemy with her; she’s already avenged her own death.

I’m not mad as how Elijah acts in this episode and do not think they’ve destroyed his character. Even though amnesiac, Elijah is still Elijah, an Original who fights and protects his family, and yes, Roman counts as his family now because he’s his fiancée’s brother, and possibly his future brother-in-law. If it’s not Roman whom he tries to save from Klaus, whom would it be since he has no memories of his previous life, and no memories equals no feelings? I doubt he even knows how Hope and Hayley look like: he’s heard about them but that doesn’t mean he knows them by their faces as he didn’t seem to recognize Klaus and Rebekah in the first episode. Now his feelings lie with Antoinette so naturally he’d want to protect those she loves. Back in seasons 1 and 3, when he had feelings for Hayley, he even protected the wolves at the bayou although I doubt he’d ever considered them his family. In season 2, Marcel tried to get Elijah to take care of the vampires through Gia. So yeah, I don’t think his protecting Roman while ignoring Hayley and Hope is out-of-character and he doesn’t deserve all the spits and stones people are throwing at him.

However, I am mad as…

… Marcel’s sore absence in this episode. Where is big brother when little sis is in peril? At home and bandaging Josh and maybe cooking some chicken soup for him?

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… Declan’s noticing something weird is going because nobody seems to care that Hayley has gone missing, but he says nothing about the out-of-the-blue disappearance of Poppy, his colleague.

… Elijah’s not burning when he’s out bathing in the sun. Hasn’t he thrown away his ring a couple episodes last?

… the entire farce known as the binding spell. Didn’t Esther need a human doppelgänger’s blood as the key of the ritual. I assume they’ve found Elena somewhere in Mystic Falls and she and Damon get to reunite with their loved ones a few decades sooner. Or, Hope’s blood could act as the key element in stead of Elena’s, a fact so conveniently established in the last episode. Strangely enough, I don’t see them taking her blood.

Hayley’s binding comes off easily enough when nameless witch undoes it (no need to use magic!), yet Hope, with her tribid strength could not rip it apart.

… Klaus and Caroline’s reminiscence of the ‘good ol’ days’. You know, the time when Klaus tried to sacrifice her and ended up sacrificing her bff’s aunt, when Klaus terrorized the little town known as Mystic Falls with hybrid lackeys, when Klaus killed her boyfriend’s mom while the Christmas carols were playing in the background, etc. Has Plec forgotten all of these or her level of self-compulsion is just that mighty? Stop force-feeding TO-only viewers the wrong idea that the two of them were good buddies in the past! That’s just cheap.

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I assume they’re referring to Damon.

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And this line! Really, who wrote it? It makes Caroline sound like a vengeful spirit haunting Klaus or a bad cosmetic product.

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… that Elijah’s giving off Stefan’s vibes. Hurt as I will be, I won’t be surprised if at the end of the series, Plec has him died, I’m sorry, ‘sacrifice’ although there’s always another choice that doesn’t involved suicide. Because suicide is the best and only redemption, right.

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Most favorite thing of the episode: Elijah’s snapping Caroline’s neck soundlessly. That’s just too hilarious not mention. Caroline should be thankful it’s only a neck snap instead of a heart rip.

[Rant] Don’t It Just Break Your Heart – The Originals 5×05

It seems I’m a bit late in watching the episode (just watched it yesterday) so here’re a couple of my thoughts regarding the fifth episode of the final season.

Warnings: spoilery, rant-y and disjointed. Inappropriate jokes and salty comments. The gifs aren’t mine.

  • Where should I begin?
  • Ah, it genuinely surprises me Greta turns out to be the mastermind behind Hayley’s abduction. I thought she was merely a guest star, who’s been there as a (small and insignificant) voice of contempt. It’s even a bigger surprise that she gives herself up so easily, and that Klaus and Marcel can be too lenient and careless in dealing with a potential threat, not to mention a crucial lead in finding Hayley. No chains, no binding spell, no dark object to restraint her movement or to keep other vampires (Josh) from entering the dungeon and aiding her to escape, just bleeding her wrist and driving a nail through her hand, not event cutting her throat to speed up the bleeding?? Like that’s enough to subdue a vampire with decades under her arms. Seriously people.
  • And Greta beats the ever loving crap out of Josh and walks out the dungeon like a boss. Yeah, didn’t see that coming at all. She just walks out of it, spotted by none and pretty much fine even without the daylight ring.
  • And why the hell does Marcel allow Josh to enter?
  • And why Greta has to beat Josh to a pulp while she only needs to snap his neck? Does she harbor any personal grudge against this bar-owning junior vampire?
  • That is serious dumb writing. But what should I expect from the one who majorly messed up The Vampire Diaries’ seasons 5-8?!

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  • Anyway, Josh should learn something from this lesson. Being too naive and trusting in this world of TO only earns him a lot of broken bones and bruises.
  • Good thing he’s the writers’ favorite so his armor is thick enough to protect him from Greta’s fiery fists.
  • This August character reminds me of someone. I wonder who that is.

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  • A German (vampire) turns out to be a fascist. I must say “Positively cliché”.

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  • What did the wolves do to offend him anyway?
  • Is this a reference to Twilight?

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  • I never actually liked Roman’s character before but I didn’t hate him either. However, after his breaking and entering, my neutral attitude towards him just goes straight to negative. Invading people’s privacy is a serious offense. If I were Hope, I’d snap his neck, strip him to his underwear and hang him in the schoolyard like a piece of undergarment being aired.

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  • And it’s no surprise he’s the bad boy, possibly carrying a whole ‘your Daddy killed my Daddy’ vendetta. Don’t it just break Hope’s heart when she finds out? Our little tribid girl deserves better than having her first sweetheart use and betray her.
  • Is Roman’s August’s real son? And Antoinette also? Or were they adopted. Antoinette did say something about her being stoned to death.
  • Since Roman’s involved with Hayley’s kidnap (and maybe Henry’s death), does that mean spoilers win and Hayley’s going to die in the sixth episode?
  • The whole binding Hope’s wolf nature with Esther’s spell is kinda bullshit. Back in The Vampire Diaries, it requires a human Doppelganger’s blood (Elena’s blood) as the essential element to the ritual and now just Hope’s blood will suffice?? Supposed Hope’s blood were somehow equivalent to Elena’s blood (because at this point she’s the only Doppelganger left alive), there’d the matter of unbinding. The original unbinding of Klaus required a Doppelganger’s blood, so according to that logic, Freya only needs Hope’s blood to unbind her werewolf side? If that’s the case, what’s the point in binding anyway?
  • But, again, it’s Julie Plec and her fuck-logic tendency, what do I expect?

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  • Most favorite thing of the episode: The song when it’s revealed Roman is Greta’s son and Antoinette’s brother.

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

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

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

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

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

+Klaus + Marcel = rise of dictatorship

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Plus (+):

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

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Minus (-):

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

[Rant] Voodoo Child – The Originals 4×12

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Two more episodes before saying goodbye.