I have no interest in watching The Originals. I understand that Kevin Williamson, Julie Plec, and The CW want to franchise The Vampire Diaries in any which way they can, but spending 45 minutes with Klaus is certainly more than I can take. The guy has already ruined TVD for me since he came on to the scene, so I’m hoping his spinoff will let Diaries regain its luster once more. This season has been such a disappointment, so maybe this will be the shot in the arm the show needs.
I’ll admit that the tone of The Originals is undeniably unique. New Orleans is a fascinating setting for Klaus’ next chapter, and I thought Marcel was a pretty intriguing character in his own right. Charles Michael Davis is a charismatic actor to be sure, and he’s much more impressive here than he is on Grey’s Anatomy. Sophie on the other hand left no impression on me.
The episode’s most effective twist is the revelation that Haley is pregnant. I detest the character, and find Phoebe Tonkin to be pretty talentless, but the twist is quite the bombshell and provides Klaus with a compelling throughline to begin his redemption journey. It’s all quite reminiscent of Angel, but in a manner that’s much less exciting as far as I’m concerned.
Bits & Bites
– I do hope Katherine sticks around on TVD permanently. It was great to see her here.
– If I were to ever watch The Originals, it would be because of Elijah who’s still badass on every level.
– So is Rebekah off to The Originals for good now?
– Elena and the Salvatores very awkwardly began and bookended this hour. Wouldn’t it have made more sense to just cut them out of the episode completely?
While it’s effective for what it is, The Originals is simply not for me.