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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Plus (+):

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

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Minus (-):

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

[Rant] Voodoo Child – The Originals 4×12

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Two more episodes before saying goodbye.

      [Rant] Phantomesque – The Originals 4×10

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Looking forward to the next episode.

      [Rant] 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.

      Savior − The Originals 3×09

      Warnings: spoilers, inappropriate comments and bad memes − the usual stuff

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      I was lazy yet again. At this point, I have to confess that having new episode every week is my big push to finish a review − without it I seemingly get carried away by other projects (some ideas for Trislijah, for instance) and postpone it until it starts gnawing on me, which is why I’m here with my delayed weekly rant for .

      Don’t get me wrong. It’s not that the midseason finale has bored me or anything − on the contrary I’ve acquired so many feels for it − but my lazy bones sometimes get bigger than just about everything.

      Like I said in my review for Out of The Easy, as I watch both The Originals and The Vampire Diaries, I have a tendency to compare them (which is probably the reason why I received a one-star vote for that entry). Once again, while TO brought me on one hell of an emotion roller coaster, giving me thrills, giddiness and grief over the course of 45 minutes, I made it through TVD with a badly concealed yawn. The holiday spirit is present in both shows since Christmas is coming around the corner; however, while TVD has their characters put on some red hats, hang up some ornaments, gulp down some eggnogs and call it Christmas, TO is determined to indulge in the extravagance. Christmas is serious business after all and our TO cast are so committed to uphold the holiday spirit that they postpone just about everything else to throw a party and celebrate the event. Remember in The Other Girl in New Orleans, Klaus and Elijah proposed to give Tristan and Aurora something “delightfully gruesome” for their actions? No, that’s gonna have to wait until the new year as they’re busying saving their sisters and… decorating the house for THE event.

      Because it’s Christmas, duh.

      Christmas is the time to be spent with your family, whether celebrating in style, cooking some devious scheme with your sibling or saving your cursed and nutty sister. If it doesn’t fall in any of these three categories then it isn’t a priority, retaliation included.

      Speaking of saving, this episode is all about saving and the title, Savior, can be easily applied to just about every character. First of all, we have Elijah coming to retrieve Rebekah from where Aurora left her in previous episodes and massacring the entire human team while he’s at it. Is it just my counting that is problematic or Elijah has officially bested Klaus in this human-killing sport? Since the start of this season, so far Klaus has killed… one (the unfortunate art critic in For the Next Millennium in case you’ve forgotten who) and Elijah has sent countless to the afterlife in very gruesome manner: Lucien’s entire hunting squad (though in an animal activist’s perspective they kind of deserved it for butchering wild animals and destroying natural habitats to build golf courses and condos) and now this navy team. Guess the guy is too lazy to go around and compel every man there to forget that they excavated a desiccated body from the bottom of the sea. Ruthless, true, but practical and exactly what vampires everywhere should do. Again, the Mystic Falls gang should be grateful they didn’t have to deal with this wicked side. He isn’t even bothered that he is covered from head to toe with blood and possibly human bits as long as he can satiate his sanguinary lust. No more of the Elijah who fussed about having clean clothes and clean hands − look at what you’ve unleashed to the world, Esther.

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      Nevertheless, Elijah is not Elijah if he doesn’t look proper − a thousand-year-old habit couldn’t be shaken off in a few episodes or two − and he remembers to bring new clothes (and accessories!) for himself and Rebekah to change. Speaking of clothes, wasn’t Rebekah wearing different clothes when she was daggered by Aya? Not to mention her hair was entirely different too? Did The Strix/ Aurora’s goons style her hair and change her outfit before they dumped her in the sea? Urgh. That’s creepy and disturbing to think about on so many different levels.

      One rule always applies in this universe of TO is that you can have a moment of peace but that moment can’t last longer than a scene. Getting Rebekah back solves one problem and leads straight to the next: she is mystically cursed and will end up in Ripper mode faster than we could process what is going on with her. While this is the worst news to get on Christmas, it is not without a silver lining − at least we audience might get to witness what sort of catastrophe an Original Ripper could gift the world. Ripper-Stefan would adore this new aspect of his ex-girlfriend should they ever cross roads again.

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      You may loathe The Strix, but you have to admit that they are so very careful and thorough in carrying out their plan. I have a feeling that they have planned several steps ahead and if plan A fails, they always have plans B, C, D, etc. to back up (Crazy-prepared trope applied). If somehow Rebekah is rescued and undaggered then she’ll be cursed to go full Berserker mode. Here’s a question: How many Strix members does it take to restraint an Original Ripper? The answer is as many as it takes, considering how little care Tristan seems to invest in his subordinates’ well-being – every mission is guaranteed a few lives lost and yet strangely enough, those Strix are still blindly following him instead of revolting or just leaving this pseudo mafia club for good? That’s some serious charisma right there. It makes me all the more anticipating to see how this peculiar group was created and what caused Elijah to leave them behind. If he had stayed, would that legion be his to use at his own expense instead of against him and his family?

      There’re two things that tell you Christmas is indeed coming around the French Quarter. One, it’s Klaus’s doing something good for a change, just genuinely good, no hidden agenda, if you ignore the tiny fact that he does save Kinney from the crappy heap Lucien had dropped him into to earn the smile of a certain brave bartender slash psychology student. Well, at least he makes no attempt to hide it. Although it may appear a small, insignificant act on Klaus’s side, it does save Kinney’s life and gives him the will to carry on, which is important especially since we are going to lose our precious token human around the end of this episode (oops spoilers).

      Anyway, while Klaus’s being good for a change, somewhere in the Crescent City, Jackson is being less annoying and actually useful for a change. After an episode of off-screen brooding, chopping woods and brooding while chopping woods (wolves sure need a lot of wood), Jackson’s sort of fractured ego receives a boost thanks to Hayley’s sweet, assuring words that she’d choose him (over Elijah and the Mikaelsons) anytime(!). As he merrily drives his truck into town, he spots a certain pretty and female Mikaelson being stalked by creepy dudes in suits. I’m pretty sure he wouldn’t give a damn if that were a male Mikaelson, seeing how much he hates their guts. Anyway, the pretty and female Mikaelson is unfortunately plagued with the damsel in distress syndrome today (what happens to the spell that breaks all vampires’ necks at once?), and so Jackson gets to be the big damned (wolf) hero he almost never has a chance to play. My guess is Jackson is on Santa’s nice list this year and his wish gets granted.

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      Nope. Totally not shipping them. I’m leaning to Freya x Lucien but I don’t hold much hope for them unless they have more interaction in the future.

      However, the rest of the Mikaelsons are without a doubt at the bottom of Santa’s naughty list. The Strix’s plan A to assassinate Freya fails and their plan B kicks start – turns out our pretty witch is poisoned with some sort of toxic whose antidote can be easily retrieved… by Klaus’s breaking into Lucien’s pent house (convenient much?). Still, we are still subject to watch lovely Freya struggling with staying alive, dealing with her stubborn brother who refuses to help till the very end (bad Finn!) and saving her little sister. Meanwhile, Rebekah’s rabid curse is triggered by Hayley’s mention of Jackson and so, she mercilessly attacks Hayley. Now that’s something I love about this episode – Rebekah’s love for her brothers still prevails and she acts on it in her twisted way: to annihilate the likely source of their dispute. On the other hand, being possessed immediately turns you into a ruthless, unstoppable… truth machine. Everything coming out of Rebekah’s mouth is nothing sort of truth, especially the bits about Hayley and Jackson. I have nothing against Hayley but it seems to me she’s speaking whatever the guy wants to hear when she’s alone with them. I don’t know if it’s inconsistent writing or it’s just the way her mindset is – flickering; either way there’s something NOT okay with her dealing with both men, as though she’s stringing them the way Elena did with Damon and Stefan. I hope she takes Rebekah’s truthful words into consideration and changes how she behaves around Elijah and Jackson.

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      On a lighter note, Elijah doesn’t seem much bothered by this unwanted love triangle as he’s too busy trying to save his sisters and dealing with his legion of ‘exes’ to be pining over someone’s wife.

      The rest of the episode is just so warm-hearted and beautiful that you just let your guard down and enjoy the love lacing in the atmosphere… until disasters strike down so hard that you don’t quite understand what the heck is going on and why you’re in tears. Clearly the magic from the cursed stake is too strong and persistent for Freya to completely eliminate it and again, Rebekah finds herself at the tip of a silver dagger, although this time it is entirely her will. Watching Elijah, tearful and very much reluctant, force the dagger in Rebekah’s heart reminds me of a scene in the last season, where Esther shouted for Elijah to put an end to her and Dahlia’s lives. The similarity lies in the way both Esther and Rebekah have much faith in Elijah that they entrust him with their lives. Beautiful as their trust is, it’s way too cruel for Elijah, who has basically devoted his existence for the family, to have to put down his own flesh and blood. Rebekah thinks for Klaus’s happiness and wants him to have his rare, precious happy moments with Cami but does she think about Elijah’s happiness at all? Does she realize how he will suffer under the weight of this secret, and how it will eat him from the inside out? I suppose the title Savior refers to Rebekah as she sacrifices her freedom to erase the worst part in the prophecy; nonetheless, I believe it’s Elijah who is the true savior here since he’s going to have to bear the emotional burden and fight for his family as the same time.

      But at least Rebekah is only put to slumber; Cami, on the other hand…

      Highlights of the episode:

      • Is it just me or The Originals is becoming more and more Game of Throne-esque? More brutal and everyone can die?

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      • Not to mention the Cersei-Jaime vibes exuding from Tristan and Aurora

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      • The Mikaelson siblings’ fighting “like hell to protect each other.” This is the best line Jackson has spoken in the span of three seasons.

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      • Jackson’s being useful and helpful for once
      • Christmas with the Mikaelsons. Did I mention the setting is stunning?

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      • The Freylijah moment where the brother and sister spends a moment of quiet and peace together. Freya and Elijah are getting much closer this season, which is nice.

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      • The ‘mistletoe’ kiss between Klaus and Cami. Klamille fans have waited too awfully long for this.

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      • Vincent’s showcasing his magic power. Finally we get to see Vincent in action. Judging from the scene in the trailer, it looks like he’s going to go all war with The Strix to avenge Cami’s death.
      • Marcel’s continuing episodes of playing undercover. How long it’ll take before Tristan and Aya starts having suspicions, I wonder.
      • Tristan’s looking very sharp in this episode, which is not enough to compensate for his and Aurora’s naughty deeds.

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      • And, congratulations to Will Kinney for his promotion to be our new human token

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      What to anticipate in the new year’s new episodes:

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      • Cami’s rising “like a phoenix”. If Alaric could come back from The Other Side in the most absurd manner possible, I don’t think why Cami should be left for dead.
      • “Our retribution must be swift, and it must be brutal!”
      • Tristan’s turning, the foundation of The Strix, Elijah’s relation with Tristan and Aya and why he left them
      • More flashbacks
      • Vincent’s doing magic again. It’s gonna be big.

      [Trilijah] Untitled 07

      07

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      Continuing after Offer

      Part 1     Part 2     Part 3     Part 4     Part 5

      Christmas in general wasn’t an event which Darren would get too excited about. Maybe years and years ago he had had a true Christmas, complete with a decorated tree, glittering ornaments hanging around the house, big meals and the anticipation of Santa Claus’s arrival churning in his little tummy, but it was such a once-upon-a-time that the vague memories seemed like someone’s fairytale, not even Darren’s. His less-opaque experiences of Christmas were comprised of his father’s lack of presence and his mother’s sore absence until it was well over. Off to celebrate with somebody else other than her only son, obviously. He hadn’t had even a proper dinner, let alone decorations and presents. His last Christmas as a human had been spectacularly dismal. Being the swimming team’s captain and the school’s golden boy, Zack had the responsibility to uphold his status by throwing the biggest party in town… right under Darren’s room for two days straight. God knew Darren had had to bar the door to prevent his room from being mistaken as some makeshift fuck-space. The voracious noise guaranteed that he wouldn’t have any decent sleep without the blaring music penetrating his dreams. And don’t even mention the glorious mess afterwards.

      It was funny how his first Christmas as a non-human was truer in both sense and spirit than his many dulled and meaningless ones. The Mikaelsons were many things, Original vampires, founding fathers and mother of New Orleans, ancient monsters with a millennium’s worth of blood and more often than not harbingers of misfortune and disasters, but none could say they didn’t possess a merry spirit. That spirit particularly flared when it came to celebrations. Celebrating in proper manners and style was just as deadly serious as any other business to them, those ancient beings whom young ones would think as having gone through too many lifetimes to even care for the differences between Christmas and Thanksgiving. Darren had had the exact same expression and was then proven very wrong when he woke up one morning to witness the biggest Christmas tree of his life so far erected in the middle of the yard. The holiday spirit hung thick in the air with the influx of servants rushing in and out of the compound to meet their wealthy employers’ many elaborate demands. His legs moved on their own why his mind was so entranced by the atmosphere that it got a temporary shutdown, and he blended right in with the human servants and offered his vampiric hand to the job. None questioned his sudden appearance nor his preternatural abilities on blatant display, wordlessly accepting him as another helper. Conveniently compelled, all of them.

      “My my, aren’t you a helpful one?”

      He heard Rebekah’s footsteps on the stairs and her voice rang in his vampire ears like clear silver bells amongst the sea of indistinct noises. She looked a little less than her best, having just returned from a foreign trip and in the middle of adjusting to the time zone by burying herself under her blankets. In fact, these were her very first words to Darren since she laid eyes on him upon her return. He had noticed the sharp edge in her tired eyes at once, being too accustomed to that mildly-surprised and doubtful look people often gave him thanks to a certain ancient doppelgänger.

      “You’re Darren, aren’t you? The kid Elijah picked up during his ‘fun’ time as a history teacher? God, my brother actually thought being a teacher was fun,” Rebekah said, leaning against the wooden rail.

      “Yeah, I guess so,” Darren replied. He was thankful that Rebekah didn’t refer to him as his former history teacher’s pet. If only he got a dollar every time he heard such…

      “Didn’t you have a home? Were your parents OK with their son’s turning into a vampire?”

      “Well, my dad fled from my mom and my mom fled from me,” said Darren with a shrug. Bringing her up hurt less these days, and it was surprising even to him how he could mention her in such a nonchalant tone. “I think she’s better off without a child anyway. She remarried after all, and suddenly I had a hotter and undeniably wealthier dad than my biological one.”

      “You sound bloody like Flowers in the Attic, don’t you know that? Tell me, have you any siblings?”

      “No, not really,” Darren sounded uncertain, “I was the only child, unless you count my ex-stepbrother. What’s Flowers in the Attic anyway?”

      Rebekah waved her hand. “Nevermind. I heard you recently became one of The Strix.”

      Darren nodded while hanging golden and silver tinsel on a branch. “I still had no idea whatsoever why I was qualified as ‘passed’.”

      One blink ago Rebekah was leaning against the rails and in the next, she was standing by Darren’s side with one hand on her jean-clad hip, startling him.

      “Did you know Tristan had me staked and cursed and then Aurora bloody dumped me at the bottom of the ocean? Those two bloody loons,” Rebekah asked, her blue eyes squinting.

      Of course Darren knew all about it. One of the first things Tristan had drilled into him on day one was the significant events with the Mikaelsons from past to present. It was like going through History 101 all over again, except that his ‘teacher’ was extra-homicidal and would prefer to send him home with a neck snapped than a bad grade. The number of surprise tests being taken up to eleven was yet another spice added into the hellish stew.

      In sum, yes, Darren knew all about the nasty things Tristan and Aurora had done to the Original sister, and how she had retaliated afterwards. What he didn’t understand was why Rebekah brought it up to him merely after some minutes of idle conversations. It caused anxiety to rise in the pit of his stomach.

      “I did,” he replied, glancing warily at Rebekah and expecting a blow. He would consider himself extremely lucky to get away with only a broken neck.

      Rebekah’s unexpected slap on his taut back caused him to lose his balance and tumbled down, only to get caught by her arms.

      “Don’t give me that eye as if I were about to bloody bash your skull,” she chided him, not harshly. “I’m mean, true, but not that mean. Plus, even if I wanted to, I would never hear the end of it if I so much as lay a finger on Elijah’s boy.”

      Just when he thought not being referred as ‘pet’ was an improvement…

      “You’re having your arms around me, not your finger.”

      Smiling, Rebekah released him from her grip. “You’re witty, aren’t you? I like that. The thing is, kid, you’d do better to stay far away from that bloody lot, especially Aurora and that stuck-up twit who might be your distant ‘relative’. I would have stuck that bloody cursed stake right up his arse if my brother hadn’t already done so for as long as I could remember.”

      Darren’s face put on an expression that could only be classified as ‘comically horrified’. “I’m pretty sure I don’t want details.”

      “About the stake-up-arse part or the other?”

      Her feigned innocence couldn’t fool a kid, let alone a straight A teenager.

      “Neither,” he said, trying not to sound like a huff. “Moreover, why are many people assuming I’m related to Tristan? It’s been more than a thousand years and right now most high school students know the gene pool is not limitless.”

      There was that elder’s half disappointed and half amused look like Aya often gave him again. Well, at least Rebekah didn’t overact like Aurora.

      “Have you ever heard the name Tatia? It must have popped up somewhere in your Strix’s supernatural Wikipedia, huhm?”

      Darren nodded. “She was the reason why we are here and not six feet under?”

      “Not bad for a high school student,” said Rebekah with a smile. “Tatia was but one link of a long chain of related people magically looking like carbon copy of one another. Want to hear more about that bloodline?”

      “Something tells me that involves racing through basically every shop in New Orleans in a late Christmas shopping.”

      He had learnt that Rebekah was Aurora’s sire, and if Aurora was a terminal shopaholic, he didn’t see why Rebekah was any different.

      “I’m liking you more and more, kiddo. Now you wait a few minutes while I freshen up and you’ll help me get my niece a nice present.”

      “Alright,” Darren replied, sounding a little defeat.

      Nice kids got presents from Santa Claus while naughty ones got none, that was common knowledge. For years and years Darren had been convinced that his name was forever on Santa’s naughty list, for rarely had he received a present that wasn’t from the online game developers. To be fair, Zack did give him a present in their first Christmas, which was nice if you overlooked the tiny fact that he had gotten it from one of his many admirers at school. There was even a Merry-Christmas card directed to him inside the box.

      Fortunately Darren had made good use of that hand-knit scarf.

      This year was different though. Darren supposed somehow he had miraculously gotten off the naughty list and even made it to the other one. He had started the day by helping with decorating the house and then escorted Rebekah on her shopping escapade as she raided the shops in Nola − not yet an expert but he had acquired excessive experience from countless times playing Aurora’s bag-carrying boy. He spent the other half of the day babysitting Hope so that Hayley could do a late Christmas shopping for her in-laws, who happened to be plenty, while being involuntary accomplice in Freya’s arson. Moral of the story: never allow a witch and a baby vamp in the kitchen. Period. Compulsion and money existed for the sole purpose of preventing these incidents. The only good thing to come out of it was their providing quite an entertainment for the little hybrid girl.

      So, Darren had been a “good, extra-helpful kid” as per Rebekah’s words and thus was entitled to receive a number of presents on Christmas night, much more than all the gifts he had been given in his entire human life. Hayley brought him some homemade desserts from her in-laws in the bayou and, unlike Freya’s failed attempt, they were edible and actually delectable. Point taken: Wolves cooked much better than vampires and (ancient) witches because they had to do it on a daily basis instead of staring into a chef’s eyes for some seconds or having absurdly wealthy vampire siblings. For helping Freya, whether in burning down the kitchen or cleaning up the mess afterwards, the Mikaelson witch had made it so that his daylight ring was firmly attached to his finger, thus no more worry about dropping or having it stolen by some elder vampire bullies. Aya sent him a black envelope containing a sleek black card that granted him access to The Strix’s exclusive bar and a whole year of free-drinking. Not keen on another hour-long lecture about underage drinking from his former history teacher slash sire slash unofficial guardian, he tucked the card in the depth of his jeans pocket with the intention to pay it some visits in the near future. The most unexpected gift was from Klaus, who had ordered a complete set of flat-screened TV, surrounding stereo system plus gaming arcade installed in his room. “You entertained my sisters well and since it’s Christmas, I can be charitable,” he nonchalantly declared, stunning Darren. Somehow the set had occupied most of his living space but being the self-entitled hikkomori who could stay inside for days to play a new video game that Darren was, he couldn’t really complain.

      “You’ve got quite a huge Christmas stocking, haven’t you?”

      A large hand on his shoulders woke Darren from his trance of contemplating the massive wardrobe Tristan and Aurora had delivered to the Mikaelson compound when the clock struck twelve. The elegant card that accompanied this extravagance read: “Dress well when you’re back to school. PS: The ties are entirely Aurora’s contributions.”

      Yes, Darren was coming back to school in spring because according to Tristan, “A Strix without at least two degrees is no Strix at all.” If Darren wasn’t a nerdy kid who had spent most his life devoted to studying and playing games, he felt that he would revolt and run away − one didn’t simply become an undead in order to come back toiling at school.

      “Can I just wear the hoodies and jeans Rebekah bought me?” Darren asked Elijah, who had just entered his room with a tumbler of bourbon in his hand. “Not these suits and funny ties?”

      He finally understood why Tristan, who wore mostly grim and solid colors would opt for ties that appeared so out-of-character. They all came from Aurora, no wonder. Somehow Darren was convinced even if Aurora gave him jester’s outfits, Tristan would wear them with his head held high because they were his sister’s gifts imbued with love.

      “You wear whatever makes you feel comfortable,” replied Elijah with a smile. “Take that little weasel’s words for reference, not commandment.”

      “Aren’t you and him wearing suits 24/7?”

      As far as Darren could observe, that style was strictly instilled in every member of The Strix. As (reluctant) one himself, he thought he was no exception.

      “Out of choice, Darren, which I think should apply to you also. “Speaking of Christmas gift…”

      A carefully wrapped box was laid next to Darren, startling the newbie vampire. “…mine is a bit humble being put next to these grandiose displays, so I thought I’d wait until deep in the night to give it to you personally.”

      “Elijah…I…”

      “Come one, Darren, open it,” he urged.

      Darren’s eyes widened with every layer of the bordeaux-colored wrapping being peeled off. He was rendered speechless with what he was holding in his hands.

      “Judging from your expressions, I can safely say I’ve chosen a decent gift. Being newly introduced to vampirism can be such an overwhelming experience that you’ve neglected what you loved. This fourth installment of the series is to be released a week later, but as I have some acquaintances in the company…”

      Since his wording procession had come to a block, Darren sought to express his heart-swelling attitude in a tight hug. “It’s… perfect… Thank you, Elijah,” he murmured in the front of his sire’s jacket.

      “What do you say we put Niklaus’s present to good use right now? The night is still much young,” said Elijah with gentle pat on Darren’s back. “But before that, would you kindly surrender Aya’s black card? I believe we’ve already discussed extensively about underage drinking.”

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      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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      “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?)