The Originals 1×01: Always and Forever
A spin-off is the new shiny toy in tvland this season and luckily for us The CW decided to give the coolest family of Mystic Falls their own show! Yes, the Mikaelsons – a.k.a. The Original family – moves from The Vampire Diaries to The Originals. The actors who portrait the Original family really deserve more time in the spotlight, because they often got the best storylines on TVD (sorry TVD fans, but it’s true). So I’m glad we are able to enjoy a complete hour focused on our favorite dysfunctional and psychotic family. Because yeah, they are NUTS. We already got a good look at what The Originals would be like, because of the backdoor pilot which aired as a regular TVD episode this spring. You can read our review here: The Vampire Diaries 4×20: King Klaus and his heir.
To get more (read: not-TVD fans) on board, the writers wrote a new pilot from Elijah’s point of view. Although a lot of scenes were familiar, the writers also made some slight changes. For instance Klaus wasn’t crying this time around and Marcel wasn’t allowed to sing any karaoke (which is a bummer, because it was a fun scene to watch). The writers clearly want to focus more on Klaus bad side, now Caroline is stuck on TVD (she was the only one to get him to show his soft side, so I think it is an appropriate change). Besides it’s quite fun to have a love to hate relationship as a viewer with a character. Another bad guy is obviously Marcel. They toned down on the fun party guy scenes and added more calculated leader stuff with a secret weapon to this episode.
Talking about the secret weapon: we actually got to see a little bit more of Davina. The girl who checks if the witches are doing magic and then tells Marcel about it. It’s still a mystery why she isn’t part of the witches community, but she is probably the reason why the witches won’t Marcel dead. We also got to see Elijah connecting with the mother of his niece or nephew: Hayley. The writers have a lot to do when it comes to her character, because she was kind of a bitch on TVD (although she really knows her way with a comedic line). It even looked a bit like we should start shipping Elijah and Hayley, because there were some understanding glances between them. I wouldn’t mind this development. Elijah deserves his own love interest and we all know that the chatty bartender Cami will be setup with Klaus (she is a copy of Caroline basically).
We also met more witches and they seemed quite likeable. I’m glad the writers added some characters, because Sophie with some nameless group of followers would have been kind of stupid. The whole episode was better in my opinion. We even had some sibling rivalry and marvelous flashbacks. But the writers really wanted to go out with a bang: they decided to send Elijah back into his coffin, because Klaus daggered his brother for the millionth time. I hope Rebekah shows up very soon to revive him.
– What was your favorite scene of the upgraded pilot?
– Would you ship Elijah and Hayley?
– Which one was better: the backdoor pilot on TVD or the first real TO episode?
The Originals 1×01 quotes
Elijah voice-over: “Over the course of my long life, I have come to believe that we are bound forever to those with whom we share blood. and while we may not choose our family, their bond can be our greatest strength or our deepest regret. This unfortunate truth has haunted me for as long as I can recall.”
Hayley: “Your dad was a dick. I’m Hayley, by the way. You should probably know my name if you’re gonna tell me your whole life story. I mean, I know yours. Your family is legendary. Your brother is a notorious psycho who I slept with. Classic me.”
Elijah talking about Klaus: “Well, he’s complicated, defiant, ill-mannered, and a little temperamental.”
Rebekah: “I may be old, Elijah, but I’m hardly senile.”
Klaus: “Have I not made clear my desire to be left alone?”
Elijah: “Oh, you demand to be left alone at least once a decade. Your words have ceased to have impact.”
Klaus: “Forgive me, my brother. There is no power in love. Mercy makes you weak. Family makes you weak.”