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06 November 2013 @ 05:56 am
1.06 - "Fruit of the Poisoned Tree" (The Originals)  
I honestly don't have much to say about this episode. (Yeah, this wound up way longer than intended. Of course. It's me, LOL!)

Originally (haha) my post was going to consist of one line -- I spent most of this episode rolling my eyes so I just can't bother writing much of anything else. Really. However, I'll offer up a few reasons for the eye-rolls.

- Really? Elijah just has to stick around and stay by his brother's side cuz that's how he rolls? Really now? If so where the hell was he the last two seasons of The Vampire Diaries cuz he barely spent any bonding time with Klaus when he was in Mystic Falls.

- I'm sorry, but I do NOT buy this Marcel/Rebekah twu epic wuv AT ALL.

- Just about everything in this episode was neon-bright blindingly predictable.

- I forgot to look and see who wrote the episode. When we got to the end I REALLY wanted to be wrong. I REALLY wanted it to be written by some TVD peeps, so I could say that it wasn't just my TVD bias. I really, really, really did. But it wasn't. Sure, the guy Charlie Charbonneau wrote 3 episodes of TVD, but 3 out of nearly 100 episodes is not a huge ratio, so, yeah, the non-TVD-heavy writers just aren't cutting it for me, sorry.

- Well, the one good thing I can say is that at least they addressed the fact that Rebekah did say she was only going to New Orleans to help with Elijah so now she's leaving, but I'm supposed to buy that this whatever BFF-ness with her and Hayley is now gonna keep her there? Pfft!

- I did realize, ironically, that Leah Pipes has kinda finally won me over and I realized that if they'd had Cami and Rebekah become friends I might have bought that, the whole good/bad thing is cool and the two blondes, cool. But Hayley and Rebekah? Nah.

- Oh, and having more scenes in this episode where she had to actually, you know, act? Not a good look for Phoebe Tonkin seeing as how she can't actually, you know, act. *sigh*

- And I'm sorry, but I just can't get over the Elijah/Katherine and the Matt/Rebekah stuff. I'm trying, but... dude, Elijah was FREAKING CENTURIES-LONG IN LOVE WITH HIS KATERINA! Rebekah was majorly, majorly, majorly into Matt. HELLO!!!! *double sigh* I've really been trying, but with the lack of acting prowess of Tonkin shining brightly, not even the fact that, yes, she and Daniel Gillies *do* have chemistry can override that and the awful mishandling of the love affairs left over from Vampire Diaries that just continue to get under my skin. And I thought I was getting over it, but clearly I'm not.

So, uhm yeah, lots of eye-rolling about and disappointment in this episode. Ugh.
 
 
 
ancholia: unch solveigancholia on November 6th, 2013 02:30 pm (UTC)
Yes, like you said, I wasn't impressed at all by that episode:
- Rebekah/Marcel have no chemistry, that kissing scene was supposed to be hot I guess but it did nothing to me.
- Elijah/Hayley may have chemistry but I can't imagine them in a relationship. I'm just, argh I don't want to see this...
- Honestly, I don't care about Hayley. I wish she could give birth already and disappear.

Then, like you said, I quite liked Cami in this episode, the way she challenged Klaus. I look forward to that.
I also liked Davina, she's very powerful and it's only the beginning.
Arabian: Alaric03arabian on November 7th, 2013 11:28 am (UTC)
They just have no chemistry at all, really they don't.

I want to care about Hayley, and I would, but I just wish she was played by a different actress. One who could act. *sigh*

I was very surprised by how much I liked Cami in this episode since I've been so meh about the actress, but something just clicked in this one and they're writing her story right. It's moving at the perfect pace and I love how they are handling the compulsion angle with Klaus.

I like Davina too. But again, sooo predictable her story in this episode.
tj2013tj2013 on November 6th, 2013 03:10 pm (UTC)
Thanks for your quick recap.

- Rebekah/Marcel: zero chemistry. Their epic love doesn't work for me at all. I was so glad when she turned on her heels and left (and then he grabbed her and they kissed and I went "Nooooooo! Dammit!") When she told Elijah that she would leave I actually had a second of hope they would swap Tyler for Rebekah on TVD.

- I liked Elijah in the pool. I think he is surprised at what he feels and I liked watching all these emotions crossing his face. And maybe this Hayley/Elijah thing works for those who haven't seen TVD and don't know about Katherine? But for us who know the backstory, agreed, it is more than weird.
I'm not sure how I feel about Phoebe Tonkin, she really doesn't stir up any emotions in me.

- It was crystal clear that Ellijah would be the one killing Agnes. He only said it would not be Klaus. Huh. For TVD-viewers that was like an announcement that he would do it instead.

- Cami/Klaus: I liked her. And it was interesting to see how his compulsioin works. He so expected her to be thankful or cheerful for dead Agnes, and she simply pointed out to him that what he did to her was NOT acceptable and that she hates him for it. Klaus needs to grow up.

Do you know if they are going full season?
dancing till the world ends: originals: consiglierelynnenne on November 6th, 2013 11:39 pm (UTC)
For TVD-viewers that was like an announcement that he would do it instead.

Definitely.
Arabian: Damon11arabian on November 7th, 2013 11:36 am (UTC)
Thanks for your quick recap.

I was so glad when she turned on her heels and left (and then he grabbed her and they kissed and I went "Nooooooo! Dammit!")

Oh, as soon as she turned away I knew he was gonna pull her back and I rolled my eyes. Again, SO PREDICTABLE! Ugh.

When she told Elijah that she would leave I actually had a second of hope they would swap Tyler for Rebekah on TVD.

Hah, I wish!

I liked Elijah in the pool. I think he is surprised at what he feels and I liked watching all these emotions crossing his face. And maybe this Hayley/Elijah thing works for those who haven't seen TVD and don't know about Katherine? But for us who know the backstory, agreed, it is more than weird.

Yes... and now, I think it's moving too fast. It was fine with the flirty looks and stuff last week, but it's kinda moving too fast now. It was so cliched and OH, LET'S RANDOMLY COME UP WITH A WAY TO GET THEM WET AND IN EACH OTHER'S ARMS!!! Puhleeze. And, then of course the moment where they are close and their eyes meet and they have a moment. Again, U-T-T-E-R-L-Y predictable.

I'm not sure how I feel about Phoebe Tonkin, she really doesn't stir up any emotions in me.

She can't act and her accent sucks. That's how I feel. :)

- It was crystal clear that Ellijah would be the one killing Agnes. He only said it would not be Klaus. Huh. For TVD-viewers that was like an announcement that he would do it instead.

Yup, predictable.

- Cami/Klaus: I liked her. And it was interesting to see how his compulsion works. He so expected her to be thankful or cheerful for dead Agnes, and she simply pointed out to him that what he did to her was NOT acceptable and that she hates him for it. Klaus needs to grow up.

I liked this, this wasn't predictable. I actually liked Klaus' reaction simply because while, yes, it was childish it came from a place of Klaus trying to help her and his childish reaction wasn't because he was being a brat, but from a child's confusion. He'd been genuinely trying to help her (in his own way) and he was confused that she didn't see it that way. I found that fascinating. Their story was the one great thing about the episode.

Do you know if they are going full season?

Oh, totally. The show been getting really good ratings for the CW. It along with TVD, Arrow, Supernatural and The Tomorrow People are the success stories on the CW.

Edited at 2013-11-07 11:58 am (UTC)
dancing till the world ends: originals: little wolflynnenne on November 6th, 2013 11:38 pm (UTC)
Not a good look for Phoebe Tonkin seeing as how she can't actually, you know, act. *sigh*

Yeah, I found Phoebe pretty painful to watch in this episode. It's too bad, because I like what they've been doing with Haley's character.
Arabian: Rebekah03arabian on November 7th, 2013 11:36 am (UTC)
Yeah, they really should have never cast Phoebe Tonkin on TVD to begin with, ugh. :(
Matt: Ghidorahghidorah15 on November 7th, 2013 04:57 pm (UTC)
Think maybe they should've gone with Adelaide Kane?
Dulcedecorumestdulcedeusex on November 7th, 2013 12:46 pm (UTC)
so many people on my f list found this episode problematic. I only read the recaps I haven't watched TVD in a year, and The Originals, not even five seconds of it. I just can't be bothered
Arabian: Damon & Elena27arabian on November 7th, 2013 01:19 pm (UTC)
Very sad that you haven't watched TVD in a year. Season 04 was my favorite and I'm enjoying season 05 very much.
Matt: Ghidorahghidorah15 on November 7th, 2013 03:55 pm (UTC)
You should get back into the parent show. It's been going really well, even with the few hiccups.
Florencia: TVD (Rebekah)florencia7 on November 8th, 2013 10:26 am (UTC)
"Elijah just has to stick around and stay by his brother's side cuz that's how he rolls?" - This line just made me LOL so hard ^^

Yes, well, I can't really get into *any* ships on this show just yet, but I expected that. To be fair, I think in order to set up this entire new story the writers kind of *had to* trample over TVD-based ships. It's too bad that it kind of, um, changes the characters. Elijah seems a little too infatuated... all of a sudden. And Klaus' interest in Cami just feels... superfluous lol Marcel/Rebekah scene was painful to watch, because there was obviously not pure passion at play there & it seems like SUCH a leitmotif in Rebekah's life, which is just plain sad *sigh*

I liked the opening scene a lot, though. I liked Klaus' voiceover, the poem. I like how the show is clearly trying to be stylish & different & sometimes it really seems to be working, but at the same time something seems to be missing?...

I have a feeling that as much as Elijah is hoping to become friends with Davina over Esther's spellbook, I think Klaus may turn out to be more successful in this department. Both he & Davina love painting postmodern snowflakes!!! :D lol
Arabian: Matt & Rebekah03arabian on November 17th, 2013 04:58 am (UTC)
I didn't expect to get into any ships, but I also didn't expect them to completely ignore the ships they'd created on TVD also.

To be fair, I think in order to set up this entire new story the writers kind of *had to* trample over TVD-based ships.

I don't agree with this. That smacks of lazy writing. Considering the kind of characters that both Katherine and Rebekah *and* Klaus are, it is PERFECTLY easy to make them do something irreparable to Elijah, Matt and Caroline to end those relationships in such a way that they could set them on new paths. Or knowing what was coming with TO, why even go there with Katherine and Elijah honestly? Why give us just that tease only to spit in its face? Why not have Matt and Rebekah fall apart over the summer? Have Matt come back done with Rebekah instead of that adorable scene with them in the premiere episode? So, nope, trampling so not necessary. AT ALL.

And Klaus' interest in Cami just feels... superfluous

The Klaus/Cami relationship is the one I'm fine with because it doesn't feel romantic yet.

I've bitched enough about Rebekah and Marcel. You know how I feel about that. Ugh.
bangel_4e: leobangel_4e on November 10th, 2013 12:17 pm (UTC)
I SO agree about Rebekah/Marcel...I didn't feel anything watching them kiss. They don't have chemistry, at all.
And yep, I still think about Matt too.

As I agree about Elijah and Katherine. I would reluctantly accept Hayley and Elijah if Katherine wasn't in the picture (she should be anyway) and if Phoebe Tonking could act.
It was a normal episode, not a lot to say in fact.

I was glad too when Rebekah was supposed to leave, also cause she was basically a maid in the house. Not that there's anything wrong with being a maid, but they weren't doing much with her character and she's a f*cking Original.
Arabian: Rebekah03arabian on November 17th, 2013 05:00 am (UTC)
Marcel and Rebekah just do not work, uck.

I would reluctantly accept Hayley and Elijah if Katherine wasn't in the picture (she should be anyway) and if Phoebe Tonking could act.

If she could act it would help, yes, but it's not even that Katherine is in the picture it's how they haven't even moved her out of the picture. It's that they are ignoring that she's even IN the picture. And how very fast they are moving Elijah and Hayley.

Yup, yup, yup re: Rebekah. They've basically taken this utterly awesome character and basically made her pathetic. It's very sad. :(
bangel_4e: delena2bangel_4e on November 17th, 2013 08:29 pm (UTC)
It's that they are ignoring that she's even IN the picture.

Yeah, it's awful. It's like whatever happened in Mystic Falls with the love stories doesn't matter one bit.

Yup, yup, yup re: Rebekah. They've basically taken this utterly awesome character and basically made her pathetic. It's very sad. :(
It is, indeed.


vanimy: Elenavanimy on November 13th, 2013 09:32 pm (UTC)
Hey! *waves*

Just wanted to say I'm not watching The Originals nor do I intend to but since I love your reviews I'm following what's going on on the show from afar through your entries. I have not much to say except I so agree on Elijah/Katherine. I can't even picture Elijah with Hayley. *eww*

*crawls back under her rock*
Arabian: Elijah & Hayley01arabian on November 17th, 2013 05:01 am (UTC)
They actually have LOADS of chemistry. It's just a shame that they are rushing the story and completely ignoring the Katherine aspect of it all, but surprisingly (I mean, it shocked me), but yeah, Daniel and Phoebe have a crapton of chemistry. If they actually had dealt with the Katherine aspect and slowed the story down, they could have a major winner here.