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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

However, I am mad as…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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I assume they’re referring to Damon.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

+Klaus + Marcel = rise of dictatorship

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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[Rant] Where You’d Left Your Heart – The Originals 5×01

Warning: spoilers galore, inappropriate jokes, salty comments on certain characters. The gifs and some memes aren’t mine.

I’ve been fighting with myself whether I should write something for the season premiere of TO because I’m kinda deeply involved with a game right now and thus have had less time for writing (unless it’s fanfic), but finally the side of me that wants to say something about the new season wins, so here’s a few thoughts about the episode:

  • “Man, maybe because it’s the final season they’re going bold and bringing the violence and obscenity a bit over top” was my thought when I first saw the gif of Klaus eating a raw heart. Uhm… is that considered cannibalism? Not sure how I should feel about. Yeah, it’s cool but sort of barbaric and not to mention, unhygienic. At least cook it into some haute cuisine first. It is not cannibalism (thankfully) since he only bites into it and then spits it out.
  • Klaus le Fou  has a nice ring to it. When I heard it, I immediately thought of the character le Fou in Beauty and the Beast and was surprised why anyone would ever call Klaus ‘the fool’ while he is anything but. Then I remembered ‘le fou’ actually means ‘the mad/crazy’. Blame that folly character in Beauty and the Beast for acting like a silly minion for comic relief.
  • Sorry, no speak French.
  • The Salvatore school for the Gifted looks like some sort of pretentious private school where rich parents send their spoiled brats to and the kids are here to be involved in a lot of drama instead of studying. Damon would probably shake his head and say this in his trademark mocking tone if he were to see it, wouldn’t he? I know he would. By the way, he’s still alive and married to Elena at this time right?
  • I wonder about the tuition free since obviously werewolves aren’t rich.
  • Anyone else thinks the Henry kid looks like Evan Peters (of American Horror Story), especially when Peters is Tate or Kyle (because of his curly blond hair)?
  • School bullying. Talk about drama and drama will come. What are Caroline and Alaric doing in times like this??
  • Here I thought a school for the supernatural would be different than a typical high school.
  • Henry’s likeliness to Evan Peters makes his dumbness more forgivable. But really, there’s affordable ways of killing a wolf other than jumping out of the window and making a scene, like poisoning with wolfsbane, hanging or drowning. Someone should have consulted a suicide guide before killing himself.

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  • Seems like Hope’s gonna have a dumb hybrid lackey that may or may not be killed in a few episodes. We’ll see.
  • Please, no love triangle between Roman-Hope-Henry.

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  • At least Hope seems genre-savvy, which is a good thing.
  • Sending Hope back to the Quarter is big no-no. What is Mr. Saltzman thinking? Has senility finally gotten to him? Could they just have her grounded in her room and put some magic object outside so she couldn’t use magic to get out?
  • This begs the question how much Alaric and Caroline knows about Hope and the Mikaelsons’ conditions.
  • Speaking of Caroline, I still see her presence in this episode pretty irrelevant to the plot other than to boost ratings. Why should Rebekah call her, and why does she have her number after all these years (Caroline’s still using the same number as she did 14 years ago?)? And all of sudden they’re old friends?!
  • Guess some non-TVD viewers are arching their eyebrows and asking who this blonde is and why she suddenly feels compelled to lecture Klaus? (Keep in mind this is the first time Caroline’s been on TO)

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  • Nobody (namely Caroline, who brings up the fact that she was married and widowed on the same day) bothers to mention Stefan, who sacrificed his life so that everyone else lives their merry life. Poor dude. If Caroline had mentioned him then at least non-TVD viewers could have gotten the link between this Caroline character and Klaus. But asking Julie Plec to treat Stefan a bit fairly seems like mission impossible.

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  • My mildly negative opinion of Caroline remains unchanged since TVD. Just can’t get myself to warm up to her character. And this has nothing to do with the fact that I am against the Klaroline ship and think it should never happen on TO.
  • Anyway, moving on.
  • Aw, Marcel. His proposal is just one step from perfection: timing. Nobody proposes at the season premiere; on the other hand, if they do at the season finale, the success rate is 100%. Take Kol as an example. He had a ring made last season and now he’s happily married. With Davina Mikaelson. As the Japanese say, “Naisu!”

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  • Maybe Rebekah just wants to save Hope from raking her pretty brain to determine if she should call Marcel ‘brother’ or ‘uncle’.
  • Marry not your family, a wise one once said.
  • But seriously speaking, Marcel should have known Rebekah and the Mikaelsons in general long enough to figure out that none of them will be able to enjoy complete happiness once the family is still in danger. Even Kol implies he will be ready to come back should something happen.
  • I imagine Hope and Kol (and maybe Davina) have a lot of Facetime.
  • … while Freya and Keelin have little, and that’s why they’ve resorted to using magic. What if someone walked in?
  • Freya and Vincent have gotten over their conflict over the course of seven years, it seems.
  • Does the Klelijah ship need any more push since they’ve already sailed to the galaxy? What a happy time to be a Klelijah fangirl.

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  • We know it hurts, Klaus, we really do.
  • Rebekah immediately softens when she hears Elijah over the phone. Relijah is going strong too.
  • Can they just be united already and Elijah becomes his old self again?
  • Elijah playing the piano is a huge YES!!!
  • Seven years has really turned Hayley into a mature woman. No more hotheaded Hayley of the past.
  • That Declan guy seems decent and as per the tradition of this show, nice human guys who are oblivious to the supernatural world around them tend to end up pretty bad. And since Declan’s involved with Hayley, his death rate has gone up by 50%. Let’s hope he lives until the midseason.
  • Overall, it’s pretty decent opening for the final season, despise some small glitches. Can’t promise whether I will continue to rant about the new episodes but I will definitely try.
  • Most favorite thing of the episode: Vincent’s voiceover at the end

[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.