A new king has taken over New Orleans in an attempt to bring peace. And with the loss of the main female lead, who came forward to take her place?
Let’s bitch it out…
With Elijah (Daniel Gillies) taking over as interim king of New Orleans, that leaves Klaus (Joseph Morgan) to take care of the important things. You know, painting. And plotting with the werewolves. Klaus and Elijah going to battle is my worst nightmare for this show. I adore both brothers and I can’t chose a side! Who could?! So let’s just hope that Klaus’ little summit meeting with Jackson (Nathan Parsons) is some kind of trick. Because Elijah is working really hard to bring the peace back to the French Quarter and calm down the chaos that his brother let reign. Boy, do I love authoritative Elijah, but sadly that can’t last for long. Nobody likes a king because they are all trying to find ways to overthrow him and take the throne for themselves. Clearly that won’t be any different here.
Well, the dirt is barely settled on the grave of Marcel’s (Charles Michael Davis) relationship with Rebekah (Claire Holt) and he has already jumped in to bed with someone else. Now, I love Cami (Leah Pipes), I really do. And as these two subtly flirt over bourbon, I actually thought that this is the first time in a long time that I’ve seen Marcel have a bit of sexual chemistry with someone. It makes me remember the powerful guy I was impressed with back in the premiere episode. (It’s all been slowly downhill for him since then). But I’m starting to have a little faith in the guy again. It seems that getting rid of Rebekah and their lack of chemistry is all it takes for me to give the guy a fighting chance again.
Lonely Marcel with no allies is a Marcel I can support. He doesn’t have the enormous ego that has propelled him all season. He has to win people over again and we get some inspirational speeches that made me like him in the first place. As much as I love Elijah, I’m excited for what is to come for inspirational Marcel.
Cami has some flashes of brilliance in her attempt to save her uncle (Todd Stashwick) and deal with the certain death that is coming. Not only will she lose another family member, but the only family member she has left. She’s tired and afraid of being alone, and this puts her right where Marcel wants her. I’m trying to tell myself that him sleeping with her is because he likes her and not because he’s trying to win over another ally to join his team. I’m losing that internal battle, but that’s what I am trying to tell myself. Feel free to join me on this side of denial.
I have to say that Cami didn’t get the moments I had hoped for in this episode. With the loss of the main female lead, I knew that this episode was going to determine which woman will be coming out as the new lead. And just as I had expected (and feared), it seems that it will be Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) instead of Cami.
Speaking of my darling Hayley… geez the girl knows how to play suitors against each other, huh? When she isn’t getting what she wants from Elijah, she turns right to Jackson to make Elijah jealous. Hayley is a queen of manipulating men, and it makes me sad that this is the female lead they decided to invest in. I don’t want a manipulative girl who’s been pregnant FOREVER to take up my screen time. I would much prefer a witty, sarcastic woman who can hold her own with Klaus…like Cami! Ah well. This reviewer will just hold out hope that Hayley won’t be able to carry these storylines and the writers will invest more in Cami.
- Josh (Steven Krueger) is some lovely, unexpected comic relief. I’m glad he’s been able to stick around and hasn’t been murdered by the two dueling kings yet. And it is genius how he compares being a witch to being gay; it’s all in your DNA and you can’t change your DNA. Never thought of witchcraft that way. And clearly Davina (Danielle Campbell) hadn’t either, since it works to convince her to try magic again. And show that little b*tch Monique (Yasmine Al Bustami) that she’s a force to be reckoned with.
- The massacre of the French language on this show is actually stunning. I’m no master by any means, but if I was creating a show, I would take the time to make sure I was doing it right. They take the time to create these entire legend backstories that go back a thousand years, but they can’t grasp an international language for a few sentences.
What did you think viewers? How long do you think Elijah is going to last on the throne? Do you think Hayley will remain as our newest female lead, or does Cami have a chance? Or will Rebekah ever return? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
The Originals airs on Tuesday nights at 8pm EST on the CW.