7 + 1 lý do bạn nên xem The Umbrella Academy

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Lại là bạn Joel cùng những bài bình luận tán nhảm kiêm quảng bá phim không công của bạn ấy. Dạo này bạn ấy trở lại với thú vui dịch và ghép phụ đề đã bỏ quên mấy năm nay và động lực để bạn ấy mò mẫm cách ghép + chỉnh font… (vì quên sạch cả rồi *icon cá mập đớp sóng*), sau đó mòn mông canh chỉnh từng một phần mấy giây chính là bộ phim The Umbrella Academy (gọi tắt: TUA) nói chung và bạn trẻ Số 4 (Klaus Hargreeves) nói riêng. Nhân vừa làm xong phụ đề cho trailer mùa 1 trong lúc chờ đoàn làm phim tung trailer mùa 2 (khán giả lẫn diễn viên đều kêu gào đòi trailer mà mãi chưa thấy tăm hơi *icon pacman*), bạn viết ít dòng giới thiệu series kỳ cục này với những ai ghé blog nhằm kiếm đồng minh cùng hype và bàn luận cho vui ấy mà.

Warnings: ngôn ngữ không đứng đắn, xen hai, ba thứ tiếng, bình luận hoàn toàn chủ quan, cố gắng không spoil nhưng kiểu gì cũng spoil, có xu hướng lan man — nói chung là những yếu tố thường thấy trong review phim không nghiêm túc của bạn Joel

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Trước khi đi vào các lý do nên xem TUA thì ta có tóm tắt ngắn gọn như thường lệ. Vào ngày 1 tháng 10 năm 1989, 43 phụ nữ trên khắp thế giới đồng loạt sinh con. Có thể bạn sẽ hỏi, vậy thì có gì đáng nói? Mỗi ngày hàng trăm ngàn đứa trẻ ra đời, tính ra mỗi phút cũng phải vài chục đứa. Cái lạ ở đây là không người nào đang mang thai cả, kiểu mấy phút trước đang yên đang lành uống cà phê tán dóc với bạn bè hay xem tivi thì mấy phút sau tự nhiên trong bụng xuất hiện cái thai 9 tháng 10 ngày. Kinh dị chưa? Không biết các bạn thấy sao chứ tớ rùng hết cả mình rồi. Không, TUA không phải phim kinh dị, thật đấy. Một vị tỷ phú da trắng nói giọng Anh sang chảnh không-phải-họ-Xavier nhận nuôi 7 trong số những đứa trẻ ra đời theo cách quái dị này để đào tạo thành đội siêu anh hùng bởi, không có gì ngạc nhiên, mấy nhóc tỳ đây có siêu năng lực (chúng không phải mutant, tớ khẳng định). Đám trẻ lớn lên, nhiều chuyện xảy ra (mà tớ sẽ không spoil) rồi mỗi đứa một ngả. Năm 2019, chúng tụ lại dưới mái nhà xưa để dự đám tang người cha già kính yêu và để ngăn tận thế sắp xảy ra (chủ yếu là tận thế thôi).

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Đây là trailer mùa 1 tớ dịch và làm sub (và mừng quá YouTube gỡ xuống).

Tiếp theo là 7 + 1 lý do bạn nên xem TUA.

1. Soundtrack. Những phim Âu-Mỹ nhiều tập bạn Joel xem được từ trước đến giờ đại khái có thể chia làm hai loại: một loại có soundtrack với những bài hát được sáng tác riêng cho phim (ví dụ: Galavant — đây là thể loại nhạc kịch btw) còn một loại lồng những bài hát có sẵn vào phân đoạn (The Vampire Diaries, The Originals). Bạn Joel thích cả hai thể loại vì kiểu gì list nhạc của bạn cũng tăng lên kha khá sau mỗi phim. TUA rơi vào thể loại thứ hai và soundtrack của mùa 1 được đa số khán giả đánh giá là “đỉnh không phải chỉnh”. Bạn sẽ không đi ngược lại ý kiến số đông trong trường hợp này vì từ lúc xem TUA, bạn thu được không ít tựa bài mới để cho vào list nhạc, trong đó phải kể đến I Think We’re Alone Now (các anh chị em nhảy theo điệu nhạc ở tập 1); Istanbul (Not Constantinople) (Five hạ gục các sát thủ); Mary (Klaus khóc thương cái chết của Dave); Happy Together (ba anh em Klaus, Diego, Luther chạy thoát Hazel và Cha Cha); Blood Like Lemonade (Luther sinh hoạt trong căn nhà trống trải sau khi 6 người còn lại đã ra đi); hay đặc biệt là Phantom of the Opera phiên bản violin để giới thiệu các anh chị em ở đầu phim. Tuy đôi lúc không rõ ý đồ của phim khi dùng một bài hát cho phân cảnh nào đó là gì, ví dụ Blood Like Lemonade — nói về một người đàn ông trả thù những kẻ hại vợ mình và được lồng vào cảnh Luther sinh hoạt(?), nhưng điều này không ảnh hưởng lắm đến việc bạn cảm nhận sự hòa hợp kỳ lạ giữa giai điệu và khung cảnh, mà lồng nhạc cho phim nhiều khi chỉ cần thế thôi, phải không?

Đoạn này được các diễn viên tái hiện lại để thông báo ngày chiếu mùa hai:

2. Những điểm tương đồng với X-Men. TUA được xếp vào thể loại siêu anh hùng — superhero và nếu phải so sánh thì TUA có nhiều điểm giống với X-Men (bạn Joel đang nói đến X-Men điện ảnh của Fox chứ comic bạn không đọc) hơn các thể loại siêu anh hùng Avengers hay Superman, Batman… Bỏ qua joke về việc Reginald Hargreeves là tỷ phú da trắng nói giọng Anh mở trường dạy trẻ em có năng lực đặc biệt (trường có đúng bảy đứa), TUA đem đến cho khán giả dàn nhân vật chính có siêu năng lực nhưng… siêu bất lực trong cuộc sống; thay vì trở thành siêu anh hùng chống ác nhân cứu thế giới, họ chỉ là những kẻ khó hoà nhập xã hội, những kẻ ‘bên lề’: Luther vụng về trong giao tiếp, không có mối quan hệ nào ngoài các anh, chị, em; Diego sống cuộc sống bấp bênh, tạm bợ nhưng mỗi tối đều đeo mặt nạ đi làm Batman; cuộc sống và sự nghiệp của Allison đều xây dựng trên sự giả dối; Klaus nghiện ngập, không nơi ở, không nghề nghiệp; Vanya sống khép kín, không bạn không bè; Five và Ben… thôi khỏi nói đến thì hơn. Một điểm tương đồng nữa với X-Men là những nhân vật của TUA gặp không ít khó khăn với siêu năng lực của mình và nỗ lực kiểm soát sức mạnh không phải lúc nào cũng thành công. Một trong những twist lớn nhất của mùa 1 TUA gợi khán giả nhớ đến ‘Hai Phượng’ hay Dark Phoenix (cả hai phiên bản), đặc biệt khi diễn viên thủ vai nhân vật ở trung tâm twist có góp mặt trong X-Men: The Last StandX-Men: Days of Future Past (là ai thì bạn xem trailer hay poster là nhận ra ngay rồi). Bên cạnh đó, với việc plot mùa 2 là bảy anh chị em đi ngược về thập niên 60 tìm cách sửa chữa tương lai, bạn Joel hơi ngạc nhiên khi chưa thấy ai trong fandom gọi đùa TUADays of Future Past. Mà thật chứ, crossover TUA với X-Men nó lại chẳng hợp lý đến lạ.

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3. Family drama. Tất cả đều là family drama. Nếu bên trên tớ vừa nói nếu bạn thích X-Men, bạn sẽ thích TUA vì những nét tương đồng giữa hai franchise thì ở mục này tớ sẽ nói nếu bạn thích series The Originals của đài CW (đã có một bài 6 + 1 lý do nên xem The Originalsđây), khả năng cao là bạn cũng sẽ thích TUA. Giữa một phim siêu nhiên (supernatural) và một phim siêu anh hùng (superhero) có điểm chung gì, có thể bạn sẽ hỏi. Vậy tớ xin phép trả lời: đó là family drama. Một sự thật dễ thấy sau khi xem cả hai phim là gia đình Mikaelson (The Originals) và gia đình Hargreeves (TUA) giống nhau đến kỳ lạ: từ người cha lạnh lùng, khắc nghiệt với con cái (Mikael và Reginald), người mẹ ‘không bình thường’ (Esther, phù thủy và Grace, người máy) đến bảy anh chị em gồm năm trai hai gái, trong đó người thứ tư tên Klaus (thiệt luôn?!) và một người đã chết (Henryk và Ben) mà cái chết của người đó là bước ngoặt lớn với gia đình. Bề ngoài đã giống, bên trong càng giống hơn khi sự khắc nghiệt, bạo hành từ người cha là nguyên nhân chính gây ra các vấn đề tâm lý (sang chấn tâm lý) cho những đứa con và định hình con người chúng lúc trưởng thành cũng như cách chúng phản ứng và xử lý khi vấn đề xảy ra. Không có gì ngạc nhiên khi chuỗi drama trong phim đều diễn ra chủ yếu do các hành động — đôi khi rất đi vào lòng đất — của các anh chị em thuộc hai gia đình Mikaelson và Hargreeves (nhờ vậy ta mới có phim xem, nhỉ?).

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Một bên là phim siêu nhiên, một bên là phim siêu anh hùng nhưng cốt lõi cả hai đều là drama gia đình, đặc biệt ‘thích hợp’ cho cả gia đình cùng xem (nhưng chừa trẻ dưới 16 tuổi ra nhé).

4. Đề cao tình gia đình. Một nét tương đồng lớn nữa giữa các anh chị em Mikaelson và các anh chị em Hargreeves là tình cảm sâu đậm họ dành cho nhau. Những ai đã xem The Originals đều biết câu “Family above all” ngắn gọn súc tích nhưng tóm tắt chính xác mối quan hệ giữa những đứa con nhà Mikaelson. Tuy anh chị em Hargreeves chưa có câu nào như “Family above all”, cũng không có drama cả ngàn năm (theo nghĩa đen) để thắt chặt tình cảm, thậm chí còn không chung dòng máu nhưng tình cảm giữa họ không thua kém gia đình ma cà rồng kia. Họ có thể giết người vì nhau, cũng có thể giết nhau (ờ thì cả hai gia đình đều extreme mà) bởi ngoài nhau ra, họ gần như không còn mối quan hệ nào khác. Đây là một điều đáng buồn và chắc chắn không heo-thỳ cho lắm nhưng chính nó khiến cho phim trở nên thú vị hơn nhiều: thay vì romance (hết sức thiếu thốn *icon cá mập đớp sóng*) thì khán giả sẽ enjoy những khoảnh khắc bonding quý giá và đáng yêu giữa các anh chị em nhà này.

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5. Diversity. Trong thời buổi đề cao diversity — sự đa dạng, phim ảnh nói riêng và các sản phẩm văn hoá đại chúng nói chung của Âu Mỹ đều cố gắng đưa đến cho khán giả một dàn nhân vật đa dạng về chủng tộc, văn hoá, giới tính và tính hướng. Để ý một chút, bạn sẽ thấy đa số sản phẩm bản gốc Âu Mỹ của Netflix đều cố gắng thực hiện điều này. Là một sản phẩm gắn nhãn ‘Netflix original’, TUA không nằm ngoài xu hướng đó. Phim có thể tự hào với tính đa dạng của mình với dàn nhân vật chính tương đối đa sắc tộc, chưa kể trong đó có một người được xác nhận (bởi diễn viên thủ vai) là pansexual và “không bị giới hạn bởi các quy chuẩn về nam tính hay nữ tính”. So với dàn nhân vật chính ‘trắng bóc’ và chắc là ‘thẳng tưng’ trong nguyên tác comic thì sự thay đổi này là một pha xử lý rất đi vào lòng người của đoàn làm phim.

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6. Dàn diễn viên. TUA có được dàn diễn viên từ chính đến phụ ‘chắc tay’, mỗi người đều hoàn thành rất tốt vai diễn của mình, từ đó góp phần vào thành công của phim. Trong đó nổi bật là Robert Sheehan (Klaus Hargreeves) và Aidan Gallagher (Số Năm/Five Hargreeves). Nói về Robert trước. Klaus là nhân vật không dễ (dàn chính chắc chẳng nhân vật nào dễ đâu nhỉ) vì đây là kiểu nhân vật chịu đủ giày vò, trong lòng tan nát nhưng vẫn có thể pha trò chọc cười người khác (và khán giả) được. Robert thể hiện xuất sắc cả hai mặt này: khi Klaus tấu hài, khán giả không nhịn được cười vì những câu thoại ‘thần kinh hết phần thiên hạ’ nghe đâu phần lớn là Robert ứng khẩu, phối hợp cùng giọng điệu đôi lúc cực kỳ ba chấm — bạn nên xem tiếng gốc chứ đừng bật chế độ lồng tiếng của Netflix; bạn Joel đã thử và giọng dub Nhật không thể bằng giọng của Robert. Trái lại, khi Klaus nằm co quắp trên vỉa hè khóc, bạn đã nhói lòng và chắc nhiều khán giả cũng chung cảm nhận. Không phải ngẫu nhiên Klaus/Dave là cặp cực kỳ được yêu thích trong fandom dù Dave lên sóng được… vài phút; đó hoàn toàn do Robert diễn ra được tình yêu sâu đậm mà Klaus dành cho Dave. Tiếp theo phải nói đến Aidan. Số Năm/Five là một vai vừa nặng ký vừa khó vì đây là một người sắp 60 trong thân xác một nhóc 13 tuổi (gần giống trường hợp Conan ấy), không những là người cao tuổi mà còn là người cao tuổi bị vùi dập không ít nên dù chưa đến mức hận đời vô đối nhưng cũng nhìn đời bằng cặp kính xám xịt và vô cùng dễ quạu. Và Aidan diễn tốt đến nỗi khi nhóc nạt các anh em (chừa hai chị em gái ra chứ con trai là lãnh đủ), bạn quên mất Aidan mới 15 mà có cảm giác Five thực sự gấp đôi tuổi đối tượng bị nạt.

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7. Sự hài hước. Tuy không thiếu những chi tiết, khoảnh khắc khiến người xem cay mắt cay mũi hay quặn thắt ruột gan nhưng TUA cũng được biết đến là một series rất hài hước. Sự hài hước đến một phần từ việc đoàn làm phim hay lồng những đoạn nhạc sôi động, vui vẻ vào những cảnh đánh đấm, chẳng hạn như bài Happy Together đi cùng cảnh ba anh em Luther, Diego và Klaus chạy trốn hai sát thủ Hazel và Cha Cha. Chẳng rõ có gì “happy together” nhưng nghe giai điệu và nhìn cảnh là thấy buồn cười rồi. Một ví dụ khác là cảnh Diego đánh nhau với Hazel diễn ra trên nền một bài hát vui (mà bạn Joel chưa tra tên), khiến bạn không khỏi liên tưởng đến… Tom & Jerry. Cái hài của phim còn đến từ những câu thoại hết sức ‘thần kinh’ mà như trên có nói, đa số xuất phát từ sự ứng khẩu của Robert, và nếu nhìn kỹ bạn sẽ thấy vẻ mặt nhịn cười vất vả của diễn viên đóng chung. Có lẽ đạo diễn cũng thấy phản ứng đó là bình thường nên giữ luôn lên phim. Quả thật, đến ông cụ hay quạu là Five còn phải nhịn cười trước câu “Em đã kể hai người nghe cái lần em wax lông mông bằng pudding sôcôla chưa? Đau chết đi được á” thốt ra từ miệng Klaus thì khán giả sao không bật cười được?

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7 + 1. Klaus Hargreeves. Nếu được hỏi tại sao tìm đến TUA thì bạn sẽ trả lời là “đờ mờ”, với “đờ mờ” ở đây là “định mệnh”. Định mệnh run rủi bạn nhìn thấy trên Google news một bài phân tích về Ben và sức mạnh của Klaus. Đọc xong, chẳng rõ vì sao bạn bỗng thấy tò mò đến mức bật Netflix lên tìm ngay TUA. Ngay khi thấy Klaus trên trailer cùng câu thoại kinh cmn điển “Nó rất thông thoáng” (“nó” là gì thì bạn xem trailer hiểu liền), tiếp tục chẳng rõ vì sao trong đầu bạn bật lên “That’s it. That’s the one. I want that one”; sau này lên Tumblr, Pinterest… bạn được biết đó là phản ứng chung của nhiều người (lâu lâu được dịp chạy theo số đông cũng vui). Ban đầu bạn đã cho rằng Klaus là một tên thần kinh hài hước và vô tư, là comic relief chủ đạo của phim với vai trò mua vui là chính, những cái khác là thứ yếu. Một mặt thì đúng là như vậy, những phân đoạn hài hước của TUA đến 80% có sự góp mặt của Klaus, nhưng mặt khác, Klaus là một củ hành tây, nhiều lớp và càng bóc càng thấy cay mắt. Như trên đã đề cập, đây là củ hành dù bên trong dập nát cỡ nào thì vẫn nấu được thành món đặc biệt ‘mặn mà’, điều này làm nên nét đặc trưng trong tính cách của Klaus và là một trong nhiều nguyên nhân khiến gã trở thành cục cưng trong fandom — hỏi 10 fan thì hết 7-8 tuyên bố Klaus là fave của họ. Bên cạnh đó, qua tuyến truyện của Klaus, khán giả tiếp cận với một vấn đề tương đối nặng nề: nghiện ngập, và phim thể hiện nó xấu xí và đáng sợ đúng như cách ta thường nghĩ khi nghe đến từ “nghiện ngập”. Chính vì vậy, khán giả dễ dàng đồng cảm với những khó khăn của Klaus và khi hắn cai thuốc ở cuối mùa một, dù quá trình chẳng thiếu đau đớn, vật vã, người xem, dù đang phải chiến đấu với vấn đề tương tự hay không, cũng có được cảm giác thắng lợi và hy vọng.

Hắn có thể thế này:

Hay thế này:

Nhưng cũng có thể thế này:

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Với 7 + 1 lý do nêu trên, không biết tớ có khiến bạn nào ghé qua blog nổi chút hứng thú với series siêu anh hùng nhưng-anh-hùng-không-thấy-toàn-thấy-anh-khùng này không? Ngoài lề tý, bạn Joel rất mừng vì mình kịp hoàn thành bài này trước khi trailer mùa 2 ra mắt (tối nay!), hứa hẹn bùng nổ cỡ nhỏ (mới tung clip Klaus báo có trailer thôi mà fandom chộn rộn hết cả lên rồi). Trailer ra thì bạn lại cuốn vào vòng xoáy dịch sub-làm sub, còn thời gian đâu mà viết bài nữa?!

[Rant] The Tale of Two Wolves – The Originals 5×12

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Warnings: spoilers alert, salty comments. The gifs and memes aren’t mine.

  • The title feels like a ripoff of A Tale of Two Sisters (a Korean horror movie later getting an American remake). Coincidence?

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  • So we’re only one episode away from the ‘Always and Forever’ end, and yet somehow they use it to introduce the setting of Legacies – the town of Mystic Fall and the Salvatore school. I’m not the only who doesn’t care about all the little TVD references (that make absolutely no sense to TO-only audience) that keep popping up in the episode, am I?

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  • Been really a while since Marcel and Elijah share a drink. Guess that means they’ve put all the grudges behind their backs.
  • I know Klaus loves and cares deeply about his daughter but watching her in her sleep is kind of creepy in my humble opinion. If I were Hope, I wouldn’t be able to fall asleep if someone sat by my bed and watched me.
  • Obviously a problem that can’t be solved by a thousand-year-old seasoned witch equipped with an equally old grimoire can be solved by a pair of preadolescent witches. Makes a lot of sense really.
  • Don’t know whether I should laugh or feel sorry for Stefan Salvatore whose diary containing his deepest, darkest secrets are being put on display WITHOUT his consent. I wonder how Stefan would have felt about his dearest wife’s liberty.
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Just realized I’ve been using this gif of him crying way too much. Poor Stefan 😦
  • It’s amazing how easy Caroline agrees to let her daughters perform the ritual. Does she not know how perilous it is to let them come in contact with ancient evil power that is known to consume or control witches? Did she forget just a few years ago the Sirens and Cade wanted to take the twins and use their siphoning power?
  • … And the ‘Mother of the Year’ award goes to Caroline Forbes Salvatore.
  • Oh hi, Alaric, (not) nice to see you. Still the old and kinda boring Alaric I remember back in TVD.

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  • But he definitely has a lot more sense in him than his co-parenting partner.
  • The twins Lisie and Josie (excuse me for being able to tell which is which), well, what should I say about them? True to Hope’s words, they give off mean-girl vibes, and not in the cute way. It may be a cultural difference but their attitude would be considered disrespectful to adults, especially this is their mother they’re talking to.
  • And how is shortening their uniform feminist?

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  • Since we’re talking about the twins, if my memory serves well, Siphoners have to come into physical contact with the source of power in order to siphon it – Kai, Valerie and the pair of Siphoner vampires (my sincerest apology for being unable to recall their names) all have to did it. Even young Josie and Lisie were not exception. And now you’re gonna tell me they can tele-siphon power? Wow. That’s some improvement *insert sarcastic voice*.

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  • That’s to be expected of Julie Plec, who clearly didn’t remember the rules in her universe. Seriously you cannot just fling in new exceptions or bend old rules to serve the plot. That’s lazy writing.
  • All of Hope and Elijah moments are the gem in this episode. Sadly they have to wait until the second to last episode to have their uncle-niece bonding.
  • Like younger brother, like older brother. Elijah tips so generously that he’s probably the dream customer of every waiter and waitress.

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  • A glimpse of the afterlife. Huhm. Since Jackson is up there, I wonder who else is. Mikael and Cami are confirmed to appear on the series finale, so they’re certainly there. Is every supernatural creature who ever walked the earth there as well? What a crowded place, so not peaceful.
  • “Not the villain in my story”. Seriously Caroline?! If she truly believes that, well, she has no story at all, because this blonde vampire is neither Elena and Bonnie’s best friend nor Tyler’s ex-girlfriend. I’m so done with this rewriting the whole character just to propel a ship.

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  • There’s a rumor going that both Klaus and Elijah will die in the season finale (and that they stake each other). While it sounds like bad news to some fan, I’m actually OK with such an ending – though I’d prefer they both survive and live on so that Hope has her father to dote on her and her uncle to share some secrets with (Elijah would be the type to be more chill with Hope dating a town than Klaus). To me, if either Klaus or Elijah died, the other brother would be devastated. It’s been proven again and again during the series that they complete each other and cannot live without the other. So if Julie really had to kill one (or more) Original(s) (we know she doesn’t have to, she just loves to), the least she could do is for them to walk side by side to the afterlife.
  • Most favorite thing of the episode: Hope’s ranting about the conception of the Miracle Baby and Elijah’s ‘suffering’ through it.

[Rant] Till the Day I Die – The Originals 5×11

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Warnings: spoilers alert. Maybe some inappropriate jokes. The gifs aren’t mine.

  • It’s been a while since there was an episode that I have few complaints to make, meaning it’ll be relatively short.
  • First of all, congratulations to Freya on being the second Mikaelson to get married (not to mention to get a wife).
  • On the other hand, it really is not the best time for a wedding but since there’s only two episodes left so…
  • Freya sure looks stunning in that white wedding dress.
  • Hello Davina, long time no see. It appears she and Kol are very much enjoying their married life.
  • It’s kinda funny she still looks like that eighteen-year-old girl back in season 3. Witchcraft or what? I wonder why the makeup team doesn’t bother to make her a bit older. She’s supposed to be in her 30s, isn’t she?
  • Last time Kol did mention that she was working. I’m a little curious about her job. Is it involved supernatural stuff or not because if I remember correctly New Orleans witches can’t do magic outside New Orleans as their powers are bound to the land and the Ancestors.
  • There’s so much to explore and so little time left before we say goodbye.
  • Hope’s werewolf faction, for instance. Since hybrids can turn into wolves at will and free from the full moon’s compulsory turning, I thought a tribid wouldn’t be much different. Why’s Hope subjected to the full moon curse?

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  • Maybe this is the first time I’ve felt something for the Freelin Never been much of a shipper.

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  • Kudos to both Riley and the actress who plays Keelin.

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  • On the other hand, Hope’s actress still gives me some frowns as her acting needs some serious improvements – she seems to move her head a bit too much. Personally I prefer Summer Fontana’s portrayal of young Hope.

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  • The Declan’s subplot seems unnecessary and draggy. Not sure where it’s leading to.

Here’s a couple things I like about the episode:

  • Kol’s officiating the wedding. I kinda doubted Freya’s choice of Kol at the beginning (why not Elijah?) but it turns out spectacular. Kol could begin a career in this.

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  • Klaus, as usual, using threats of murder to secure the avenue
  • Rebekah and Freya choosing the wedding dress and having (long-overdue) sister talk
  • Klaus and Elijah, looking damn fine in their immaculate suits, walking their sister down the aisle
  • The Klelijah’s hug at the end. Once again it proves that Klaus turns to his brother whether he’s helpless and confused.
  • All the remaining Mikaelsons together in one place. That’s some sort of a miracle.

[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.
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  • 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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Caroline’s expression speaks it all here

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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