The Originals (2013–2018)
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The story revolves around Mikealson family i.e. NIKLAUS, ELIJAH AND REBEKKAH. They return to New Orleans 100 years after they were chased out of the city by their father(who wanted to kill them). Upon returning they realize that a vampire KLAUS raised and later sired i.e Marcel is now ruling the city and has complete control over the supernaturals in New Orleans. Klaus finds this a challenge as the one who was sired to be his image has better his own master! Unlike many people I don't mind Klaus redeeming through his child. There are many kind of loves, why not let a man healed by the love of family once than by romantic love (which should come in but not dominate the whole picture!) Joseph Morgan, Claire Holt and Daniel Gillies - the three actors are amazing in this show especially the contrast between the wildness of Joseph Morgan(Klaus)'s character vs the Serenity and sophistication of Daniel Gillies(Elijah) character. This show charms because of the evolving power struggle between super natural world and in a place no less mysterious & magical than NEW ORLEANS!
Hope the creative team doesn't ruin this show with teen-drama and love triangles (involving brothers)! It has the potential to become a power packed show.
Guys give this show a try even if you don't like the main show!
I think it's great that they have all living originals in the show.
This past episode ended with a total cliff hanger! And I can't wait till next week to find out what happened!
Here's the breakdown: warning SPOILERS BELOW!!
They started off from the episode in the vampire diaries "the originals". We find out that Hayley(wolf) is carrying Klaus's(half wolf half vampire) baby. Marcel doesn't allow wolfs in town nor does he let the witches do magic. If they do he kills them. He also has a secret weapon, a VERY POWERFUL witch named Davina. She can tell when a witch is doing magic and she tells Marcel who it is and he goes and kills them. Elijah is trying to do everything he can to protect Hayley and her baby from Marcel and his "night walkers". Klaus ends up putting a dagger into Elijah's heart and gives his body to Marcel who gives it to Davina who won't give it back and is now trying to find a way to kill an original! There's a lot going on. So much drama in only three episodes!! Next episode I think we will learn what that witch said when she was trying to find out if Hayley's baby is a boy or a girl! That was the big cliff hanger... It's driving me crazy! What exactly is that thing baking in her tum?? Is it a wolf or a vampire or a hybrid or something else!? I can't wait to find out! 😊
However I have to give it a 7/10 due to the fact that the 3 siblings despite having lived for a thousand years seem to show a great lack of judgment towards making almost any choice, Elijah being the wisest of course, but still falling for simple woes. You would think someone who's lived for a thousand years would be smarter and most definitely wiser than they seem to be, consistently looking to children for counsel, which admittedly gets frustrating at times. The show has only made two seasons so far so I look forward to their growths in both power and wisdom in future episodes!
1. THE ACTING. Woww. Just wow. Joseph Morgan is phenomenal as Klaus and portrays his guilt, desperation and the need for love flawlessly. Daniel Gillies, well, need I say more? The charm he brings as Elijah is so good that it's almost palpable. You know, all the cast is spectacular and if I start mentioning them all, the word limit might end but the qualities won't. Although, two actors need a special mention. First one is Maisie Richardson. When Claire Holt left, we were all worried what would happen to the character of Rebecca because she seemed irreplaceable. Well, in comes Maisie Richardson, and all our worries vanished. She is impersonating Holt so good that I almost forget that the change did take place. And that's saying something! The other actor I want to mention is Daniel Sharman, who, with his brilliant work made us (finally) reach out to Kol and empathize with him a bit. I'm hurt they killed him recently (although, this is supernatural drama and he can always come back. Here's to wishful thinking!)
2. THE PACE. The story moves forward in an admirable way and not even once you feel that they are stretching something out just for the sake of it. No filler episodes of of yet either. This trait was executed outstandingly in the first few seasons of The Vampire Diaries and that is where I'm guessing The Originals inherited it from too.
3. THE SCORE. Well, be it drama, action, sadness, desperation, you name it... the sound engineers and editors are at your service to polish the scene with the perfect background track and make it ten times more emotionally powerful. Trust me, I found some very exciting artists by Shazaming these background tracks. You'll not be disappointed.
4. THE CINEMATOGRAPHY. I have to admit. The scene selection and decoration wise, this series ranks amongst the best. Right from the pilot episode, you get to know it's a different kind of beast than The Vampire Diaries. We are talking about a darker, richer, aesthetically pleasing approach that really makes you "live in the moment". Werewolf attacks, decapitations, taking out of hearts, period scenes of the 1900s and, hell, even the wedding.. Everything just perfect.
5. THE LESSONS. Well, the best thing is the messages that this show teaches us. For example, that power and authority are two different things and the former never ever guarantees the latter ("The Battle of New Orleans"); that even the most deadly of all have a softer side that they rarely ever show to everyone but it's there and it's up-to the close ones to understand how to trigger that part and lead the strayed to the right path ("Always and Forever"); that family really is power ("I Love You, Goodbye") but that when they betray you, it hurts the most ("Farewell to Storyville"), etc etc. Not everyday you find a horror/supernatural show with this much depth.
All in all, kudos to the writers. A perfect 10/10 for me. Seriously guys, don't miss out on this one. You'll be amazed by how much of an improvement this is compared to The Vampire Diaries.
I love the premise. I was a huge fan of Anne Rice and Interview with the Vampire when vampires were classy and powerful. So the beginning of the first episode was intriguing. It's too bad the show hadn't been done for Netflix, where they needn't be 'safe' or another channel where pretty people weren't their first obligation. Where everyone must be light skinned, sexy and extremely attractive. And where family and babies are what is of utmost importance. The sentimentality is nauseating. These beautiful people are playing strong, inhuman characters but how do you exhibit strength when all that is important is your sex appeal? The strength of any of the women is hard to imagine. Yet these are supposed to be vampires, witches and werewolves? Please.