The season opener begins a little slow, but picks up steam with a well executed plan against the enemies of The Originals. What’s in store for our main characters this season?
Let’s bitch it out…
There’s not much I love more than a plan, complete with some kick butt music, coming together. Secrets unveiled to the bad guys at the last second, like that Elijah (Daniel Gillies) can enter the home, or Cami (Leah Pipes) sending the wolves to their death at Marcel’s (Charles Michael Davis) warehouse. This is exactly what I was looking for out of the premiere and in the first half of the episode, I was starting to fear that I wouldn’t get it. I’ve regained some faith in this show after watching this come together.
However, the good things to name about this episode are short lived unfortunately. Let’s take a look at some things that can use some work.
Depressed Klaus (Joseph Morgan) is no one that I want to see. He’s boring and sad and not even fun to watch. But Klaus who’s got a plan is much more entertaining. I get that they had to show the devastation of the past few months at the beginning of the episode, but please, writers, don’t force us to endure that any longer. We need warrior Klaus, not depressed Klaus.
Glad to see that some things never change… Looks like Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) is still just as much of a bitch in season two. The hardest part is seeing her be such a bitch to Elijah. The poor guy loves her, for some reason unbeknownst to me, and she’s just lashing out at him. Again I say it – what is so appealing about this woman?! (Other than her completely flawless skin. I mean, its almost mesmerizing how gorgeous her skin is. But somehow I doubt this is what is drawing in all her suitors). Even by the end of the episode, we’ve got Elijah pining for her but not knowing how to help, and Klaus promising her they’ll fight as a family to get their daughter back. Is it just lack of choices? Or is Hayley really that great and I’m just biased?
I am surprised that Hayley spares Oliver (Chase Coleman) in the ambush at the Mikaelson compound. She admits to slaughtering either werewolves and Francesca (Peta Sergeant), but then comes face to face with the wolf who betrayed his own people and led to the slaughter of tons of wolves last season and she just lets him go?! Ya right. She calls herself a monster, but a monster would’ve ripped that dude’s head off without a second thought. Basically, what I can take from this is that the writers want young Oliver to have a few more shirtless scenes in the coming episodes. Well, if there’s one thing he’s good at – its shirtless scenes. And I, for one, am not going to complain about the holes in the story if that’s the result.
Is it just me that finds it extremely difficult to remember that a little pixie haired girl (Natalie Dreyfuss), a hot teenager with an accent (Daniel Sharman) and a black man (Yusuf Gatewood) are supposed to be the reincarnation of mother Mikaelson and brothers Finn and Kohl? Maybe its easier for viewers that didn’t watch The Vampire Diaries and don’t associate the characters with the actors who played them on that show… but I find that hard to believe. Added to the confusion is Davina (Danielle Campbell) referring to mother Mikaelson as Mikael’s (Sebastian Roche) mother. Umm… no. She was his wife, not his mother. Was this a mistake or is it just getting so confusing that even I am beyond lost. I think this is confusing and difficult to follow no matter your history with the show. I see what they were going for but this story is a big fail in my humble opinion. However, I fear this is far from over.
- My initial reaction upon seeing Marcel and Cami in bed together: “OMG not this again. Please tell me I don’t have to watch this again this season”. The only sexual tension less believable than Marcel and Rebekah (Claire Holt) is Marcel and Cami. On top of no sexual tension, I’m supposed to believe that they’re just doing it for fun? No strings attached? Please. Thank goodness Cami comes to her senses. But I fear that won’t last.
- As much as I can’t stand Hayley, the scene in the nursery with Elijah is extremely moving. They may not have any sexual tension, but they do know how to cause some tears from this reviewer.
What did you think viewers? Was it a good premiere for you? Sound off in the comments below.
The Originals airs on Mondays at 8pm EST on The CW.