With more witches trying to kill the hybrid baby, an all powerful witch with a crush, and the hunt for Elijah (Daniel Gillies) coming to an end, 1×04 proves to be a solid episode. However, it’s the final scene that gets this reviewer up in arms.
Let’s bitch it out…
Okay. Strap yourself in, because I’m starting with a rant directed towards one of my main men. My problem with this episode comes in at the very end: I am so angry with what Klaus (Joseph Morgan) does to Camille (Leah Pipes)! Clearly, she is dealing with some heavy issues about her twin brother’s mass murder and suicide (I can’t really blame her). But you know what? That’s her battle, and it’s her weight to carry. He has no right to take this from her and compel her to leave it alone! Coming from someone who has been dealing with his siblings for over a thousand years, and always finding his way back to them, how is he even in a position to judge?! He would do anything to solve a mystery surrounding his family and has waged wars based around much less, yet Klaus takes that power away from Camille? I get it – he wants to lessen her burden and be there to help her, but that’s not his place. This is her issue and her cross to bear and he has no right to take that away from her.
And he knows that, which is the worst part. Klaus would not have been crying as he compels her if he didn’t feel guilty about what he’s doing. I might even argue that he is causing her more pain by forcing her to leave it alone, and taking the responsibility on himself because he’s stealing her chance to vindicate her brother. I don’t care if it ruins Klaus’ plans, Camille has a right to exact justice in whatever way she sees fit, and to do it herself. Damn you, Klaus!
Okay….rant over. My apologies, but man, that scene sure got me fired up!
So what else is going on? We spend a lot of time on Davina (Danielle Campbell) in ‘Girl in New Orleans’…and yet we barely know anything more than we did before the episode began. We now know where she lives (in the church Camille’s brother went loco) and we know that she acts like someone suffering from Stockholm Syndrome towards Charles Michael Davis’ Marcel (Side Note: does she have to ask to use the bathroom too?) Finally we are treated to an agonizingly long story about her crush from school from back in the day. Guess what? I don’t care. I guess we are supposed to see how difficult life is for her, and how powerful she is, but the writers could’ve told us that in a much shorter way that wouldn’t have caused me to check Twitter every time she’ onscreen. Don’t get me wrong, I love seeing Klaus manipulate somebody like that, but even that moment of satisfaction doesn’t make up for the time I was so bored I was driven to multi-task.
Just when I thought that maybe Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) was going to get a better storyline (and maybe better hair), I realized just how mistaken I am. While Klaus and Rebekah (Claire Holt) search for her at the bayou doctor in the woods, I wondered if Hayley might finally become interesting (maybe a kidnapping plot, or a group of werewolves have come to save her…). Nope. Nothing exciting so far. Hayley returns before the episode is even over, and she is unharmed on top of that! She thinks that a wolf is protecting her, but the only way that is interesting is if it is actually a wolf (as in the animal) and not more werewolves.
But please. I’m begging the writers to spare us from any more stories about the witches trying to throw her to the wolves (pardon the pun). There is supposed to be a pact between the Originals (plus Hayley) and the witches to protect the baby, and yet every single week a new witch tries to have her killed. At what point is everyone going to realize that maybe the pact needs to re-visited?
- I’m sorry, Davina is an all powerful witch but she’s not bright enough to realize that there are rules to daggering an Original? She doesn’t realize that when she removes said dagger, Elijah wakes up? She knows that she can’t figure out how to kill an Original, but she’s daring enough to take chances playing around with the dagger. That just seems foolish. But I guess that’s to be expected when you’re dealing with a teenage witch.
- The chemistry between Marcel and Rebekah is literally non-existent (and that’s saying something considering I’m a big Rebekah fan). Every week there’s a scene between the two of them that is supposed to make us swoon and prove that the chemistry between them has withstood centuries. So why am I left wondering why Rebekah keeps throwing herself at him and cursing the writers for wasting my time with this awful story?
What did you think of tonight’s episode? Are you with me that Klaus was wrong to take away Camille’s power like that? Or do you think he was doing the right thing? Am I alone in thinking there’s zero chemistry between Marcel and Rebekah? Sound off below!
The Originals airs Tuesdays at 8pm EST on The CW