With a fast paced second episode of the season, The Originals comes back strong. Secrets are revealed quickly, and sides are being chosen. What does that mean for the original brothers?
Let’s bitch it out…
Well, in case we needed to be hit over the head with the obvious, let’s all be reminded of the fact that Kol (Nathaniel Buzolic in flashbacks) is an asshole. There’s really no other word for it, and it is made abundantly clear before the opening credits are even aired. But just in case we missed the present day Kol/Kaleb (Daniel Sharman) being an ass, we are then treated to an episode of flashbacks to enlighten us.
And like any teenage girl, sadly, Davina (Danielle Campbell) is more than happy to keep running back for more to the suave Kaleb. He texts her, asks her to drop everything and meet for coffee, then stands her up, yet somehow she is still drooling over him when she gets an invitation for dinner to “make it up to her”. Sigh. The stereotypes are too much. Girl who has no friends and no social experience falls for the bad boy who keeps treating her wrong. Throw in a sexy accent and this story could write itself.
And with foreshadowing at its finest, Davina is basically asking for it when she flaunts that bracelet around in Mikael’s (Sebastian Roche) face. My main concern, though, is about how she did a little spell, unlocked the door for him, and he instantly was at her side to save her from the rabid vampires. He hesitantly took one step outside the door, and then suddenly knew where she was and got there in less than one second? They didn’t even have time to cut the camera back and he was already there! I mean… come on. But ok. I am watching a show about the supernatural after all, I guess there needs to be some suspension of belief. So I’ll give them this one. If only because it succeeded in taking that smug look off Kaleb’s face for a minute when he spotted his long lost father.
But more importantly than the reduction of Kaleb to a mute observer is that this little escapade with letting Mikael out of the attic succeeded in revealing his presence not only to Kaleb, but also to Marcel (Charles Michael Davis) and Elijah (Daniel Gillies). I was wondering how long they were going to drag out the secret that Mikael is alive again and luckily, it happened quicker than I expected. What does surprise me is that Kaleb keeps the secret about Mikael to himself. Actually, I take that back. Considering how his mother just embarrassed him, degraded him and then threatened to kill him, I’m actually not surprised at all that he is keeping this secret close to the vest until he can figure out the best way to take care of himself. If there’s one thing we’ve learned from the flashbacks of Kol in the 1800s, its that Kol is out for Kol. I’m going to assume not much has changed and Kaleb will approach life the same way.
I knew Klaus (Joseph Morgan) was no slouch, but I am so proud of him when he figures out that Cassie (Natalie Dreyfuss) is his mother after only one conversation. I really like the speed at which these secrets are being revealed so far this season. Now the battles begin, with the question of which parent to kill first. I’m getting more on board with this story, I’m just hesitant because I don’t want this to continue to be a recycled storyline. We already dealt with both parents and the siblings more than once on The Vampire Diaries and I just don’t want this to be the simple fall back for the writers. This is a show about supernaturals after all. If they wanted to, they could just keep bringing back the family in different bodies time after time. Here’s hoping they’re smarter than that!
Honestly, I hesitate to write much about Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) because I’m at a loss for words. The girl has turned in to a savage, just like Klaus. There’s just something off putting about a girl as self-righteous as Hayley suddenly acting like a beast and murdering just for the sake of the kill. But then we are all supposed to buy her as the queen of the wolves? I’m going to have to see where this one takes me before I judge (any more than I already am, that is).
– Somehow, after constantly screwing things up and getting herself in trouble time and time again, Davina still has the gall to walk out of that bar shaking her head at Marcel because he is working with Elijah. I’m sorry, who’s the one who just caused a slaughter and released a murdering terrorist on the city again? How does she have the right to be all high and mighty? She reminds me of one Bonnie Bennett, currently trapped in purgatory and residing in Mystic Falls, Virginia. I’ve never seen two witches screw everything up as much as these two, and then walk around like they run the place.
– I will never tire of the scenes between Klaus and Elijah. They are pure gold. These two play off each other to perfection and I always love them. These two are really what make the show for me.
– Does anyone else remember back in The Vampire Diaries, before Klaus ever arrived on the scene but everyone heard he was coming for the doppleganger and his name was more feared than anyone’s? We spent at least an entire season with Klaus as a terrifying entity that would have no mercy on anyone, and there was no way to stop him. What happened to those days? Now it seems like no one is even scared of Klaus anymore. Whatever happened to the idea that being an original vampire gets you a little respect around town. I liked that a little better than this.
What did you think of ‘Alive and Kicking’? Are you surprised that the secret about the parents was revealed as quickly as it was? Do you think Davina will be able to control Mikael for much longer? Why do you think Kol kept the secret about Mikael? Sound off below!
The Originals airs on Mondays at 8pm EST on the CW.