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09 October 2013 @ 01:09 am
1.02 - "The House of the Rising Son" (The Originals)  
So weird getting another episode so close to the first, but there you go. Here's the second episode of The Originals. Thoughts behind the cut.

I didn't like this episode as much as the premiere, I mean, don't get me wrong I still liked it, but I didn't LOVE it and I loved the premiere. I'm thinking it could be because either practically no Elijah -- excuse me while I go sit in the corner and pout :( -- or because the writers of the episode were ones who've never written for The Vampire Diaries so unlike the premiere it didn't feel as TVD-ish. Still it was good, very good, just not great.

First off, Klaus. Oh, Klaus. One second, I'm thinking he's such an ass, the next I'm feeling so much for him. So basically, typical Klaus. I did like that he does have a plan and he's following through. What I also like is that we aren't seeing him as a carbon copy of the bad brother, Damon. For instance, Damon would (a) never do the long-game plan because that's not his style, and (b) he would NEVER sacrifice his brother as Klaus did.

Speaking of brothers, we have the good brother in Elijah. I loved how through the whole good brother spiel, we got a glimpse into Hayley's character. How she did believe Elijah, not just that she wanted to believe him, but that she *did* despite her cynicism, she did genuinely believe him. That she is someone who has learned to not trust vampires, something in her past has taught her not to trust them specifically and yet Elijah she trusted. (Because Elijah is awesome.) And because of Klaus, she felt betrayed. (Grr, Klaus.)

I continue to be surprised at how much more I like Hayley (and Phoebe Tonkin) when she's not playing an obnoxious, snarky teenager. As a young woman on the precipice of a game-changer in her life, she's much more interesting and Tonkin does a much better job (even if her accent was dreadfully off in the first scene). Hayley's decision to abort Klaus' baby was one that made sense in light of everything that was going on, especially with the new information that Rebekah had given to her about Klaus' familial treatment. And given Hayley's history and parentage, her inability to go through with it made sense as well.

And that led to another surprising moment, or rather scene for me. I actually kinda had some feels in the Hayley/Klaus scene. I know! I was really surprised by that. But I did. When they were having that conversation in her bedroom and just talking, really talking, sharing real words and truths about one another, it felt, well, real. It felt like a connection was being made. I didn't think much of Hayley (or Tonkin) on The Vampire Diaries (or The Secret Circle) at all, but I have to say that moving her over to The Originals is really working out well so far. I'm liking her opposite Sophie, Elijah, Klaus and Rebekah much more than I did opposite anyone I saw her against on TVD... including Klaus on that show.

Oh, oh, and speaking of feels! I thought it was perfectly in character that what would finally bring out that Klaus cares about the baby would be rage that that someone (even the mother) was taking that child from him. So typical Klaus. And the flashback with Marcel and how Klaus raised him was a great insight into *why* Elijah believed that a child could make a difference in setting Klaus on the road to redemption.

Back to characters I'm happy to find myself liking here. I also am liking Cami more much to my relief. Having a regular character/actor I'm not terribly fond of is not something I was looking forward to, but I found myself definitely warming up to her in this episode. And I didn't find anything Caroline-like about her at all. And I find myself curious about her backstory. What did a damaged bad boy do to damage her so badly because clearly she is damaged. And why is Marcel so hung up on her... what has happened in the two months since he first saw her that has him willing to threaten an Original to keep her from being touched? Hmm.....

So, yeah, Marcel. I'm still not sure about him. I think Charles Michael Davis is doing a fabulous job and he is very good-looking and charismatic. I also think he's a little bitch and, yeah, I'm team!Klaus. And I'm not pleased with how this whole Rebekah/Marcel thing is playing out and no, this is not just my Rebekah/Matt feels coming into play. I'm aware that Matt and Rebekah are on hold, I get that, it's how they did the Marcel and Rebekah thing that didn't work for me. And I'm bummed because it actually started to work really well. The fencing lessons leading to him all grown up, the feelings growing between them leading to the Marcel/Klaus discussion was really well done. And then Klaus telling him that Marcel couldn't have her was powerful stuff and I do think that Claire Holt and Davis have chemistry, and I thought, oh, this is really cool. Nothing happened with them because they stayed away from each other, respecting Klaus' wishes and we're going to see those feelings that were sublimated then come to life and now be mixed in with all of this anger and betrayal! Ooh, yummy!

Then came more flashbacks and they did act on them, and Klaus was betrayed (yawn!) and daggered Rebekah for years (yawn!) and Marcel chose himself over Rebekah (yawn!) and now it's just another love betrayal (yawn!) and so it's love/hate (yawn!) and a forced, EPIC love that the show is TELLING me I have to feel. So I'm disappointed in that. Oh well. At least I have the potential of Klaus and Hayley or Klaus and Cami, or Marcel and Cami, or Elijah and Sophie or Elijah and Hayley, or Rebekah and Matt leaving Mystic Falls and moving to New Orleans!

And then there is the whole witch thing and that is all quite interesting! The witches’ power in New Orleans is tied to the ancestors and their cemeteries and stuff. That's cool and draws on the lore we know from the hundred dead witches we know from The Vampire Diaries. I like that. And what about Davina? Hmm. What makes this young witch so powerful? And what is she to Marcel? People were speculating (pretty negatively, I might add, *sigh*) that she just has a crush on Marcel and that's why she's helping him, but I thought there was more to it, perhaps that he has rescued her as a child and raised her. Taking in Marcel's backstory with Klaus, I'm thinking perhaps that is more likely now. Maybe not, but I did not see a crush in their interaction. I am certainly intrigued by little Davina though.

But little witchy girl needs to keep her mitts off of Rebekah! And do NOT kill Elijah! Hell to the NO! I mean, duh, of course it won't happen, but damnit! Why do I always have to be losing my Elijah!? He'll be brought back soon enough naturally. Daniel Gillies does have second billing, and at least I have Rebekah now. But, it was weird, she didn't feel like she fit the first half or so of the show. I felt like she should be back in Mystic Falls. Whereas Klaus really did never fit among the high schoolers there, Rebekah did. However, by the half-way mark, she was meshing and by the end her presence there felt natural so that was very good.

OK, random thoughts ...

- I continue to like Sophie. Even if we only got two scenes with her. Grr. I want more Sophie. I love her sass. She's just cool. I like her. Lots.

- This is a VERY good thing, Rebekah having ownership of those daggers. Good job, Hayley.

- Rebekah has a thing for attacking guys in bars who don't display proper manners. (See TVD 4.17, "Because The Night.")

- OK, so, uhm, that was a crap-ton of make-up that Hayley was wearing when she was trying to "sleep." Dude, the make-up people weren't even trying to pretend there. Come on, now. LOL!

- My favorite line of the episode was Klaus mentioning that Rebekah wouldn't be interested in a bar if there were no high school quarterbacks there. Aww, my inner Matt/Rebekah fangirl squeed!

- I loved the "M" standing for Mikaelson, not Marcel that Klaus told Hayley about.

- Definitely darker than The Vampire Diaries. In four plus seasons, they've never mentioned slavery. In the second episode of The Originals, it comes up.

- I'm sure Claire Holt and Phoebe Tonkin, best friends in real life, are thrilled. They FINALLY got to share scenes.

- I wrote up a separate post about this, but it pertains, so just linking to this little bit about Elijah and Katherine as it pertains to his daggering.

Hah! And I thought I wouldn't write long posts about The Originals. Hahahahahahaha!
 
 
 
Matt: Ghidorahghidorah15 on October 9th, 2013 05:35 pm (UTC)
...I would say something, but I really feel I've nothing to add. I just agree with pretty much all of this, and I'm looking forward to Elijah waking up (as he inevitably must). And Rebekah remains my favorite, by far. :)
Arabian: Rebekah01arabian on October 10th, 2013 04:06 am (UTC)
*Sigh* I hope that Elijah wakes up at least by the end of the next episode. Rebekah is awesome. Full stop.
faith5by5_1013faith5by5_1013 on October 9th, 2013 06:45 pm (UTC)
Oh, oh, and speaking of feels! I thought it was perfectly in character that what would finally bring out that Klaus cares about the baby would be rage that that someone (even the mother) was taking that child from him. So typical Klaus. And the flashback with Marcel and how Klaus raised him was a great insight into *why* Elijah believed that a child could make a difference in setting Klaus on the road to redemption.

I agrees completely on this.

I'm not a fan of how the Rebekah/Marcel thing played out either.

I actually don't think Davina has a crush on Marcel anymore. That was speculation based on their interaction during the last episode, when it felt (to me) like she was a bit infatuated with him. I'd argue their relationship seemed more familial in this episode. I do still think she may be quite naive, probably due to not interacting with anyone at all other than Marcel for who knows how long (to be clear, that's why I thought she had a naive crush before, because he's the only person she's exposed to and he's handsome and charming and she seemed infatuated).
Arabian: Rebekah04arabian on October 10th, 2013 05:12 am (UTC)
I'm not a fan of how the Rebekah/Marcel thing played out either.

Do you agree that the first part was interesting, but then it turned predictable? Or did you not like any part of it?

Hmm, I wonder if I didn't get that vibe about Davina and Marcel because I had watched that clip of her and the other woman from the CW extra scenes of the TVD episode "The Originals." I just didn't see the infatuation thing.
faith5by5_1013: Other: Brain Canonfaith5by5_1013 on October 10th, 2013 09:05 pm (UTC)
I agree that it was interesting, at first. The end to me didn't just feel predictable. It also felt really rushed.

It could be. Or it could be just the way I read her. I know a lot of people got the bratty vibe, but I didn't see that at all. *shrugs* I haven't watched the CW extra scenes clip. I may at some point.
Arabian: Rebekah03arabian on October 14th, 2013 09:58 am (UTC)
Oh, I didn't think it was rushed, just predictable. Interesting, but sad because either way, we were both disappointed.

You should. I linked it in my first TO post.
Florencia: TVD (Rebekah)florencia7 on October 11th, 2013 08:32 pm (UTC)
I liked the entire backstory & how it affects & may affect the state of affairs, everyone's feelings, etc. I agree with you on Rebekah/Marcel thing, though. It could've been handled differently.

I liked Klaus/Hayley scene which surprised me A LOT lol

Is it possible that Davina is not really as young as she looks? If witches can slow down aging process and she is SO powerful...

I wonder if for viewers unfamiliar with TVD Klaus seems even remotely like a villain? lol I tried to watch the ep. *as if* I didn't know anything else about him than what we're seeing on this show & I was getting a different vibe than on TVD, hence the thought ^^

I'm suffering from sleep deprivation but I'm all caught up now ;D (Well, almost. I still have The Tomorrow People to watch lol)
Arabian: Rebekah01arabian on October 14th, 2013 10:08 am (UTC)
I agree with you on Rebekah/Marcel thing, though. It could've been handled differently.

Do you agree that the first part was interesting, but then it turned predictable? Or did you not like any part of it?

I liked Klaus/Hayley scene which surprised me A LOT lol

I know, right?! I am shocked how much I liked that and them!!!

Very interesting thought about Davina. We do know that because of Gloria, yeah. It would be so awesome to find out that she's way older. Hmm............

I wonder if for viewers unfamiliar with TVD Klaus seems even remotely like a villain?

He threatened to kill people, betrayed his brother in the last episode, we found out in this one that he daggers his siblings on a whim, he threatened to kill the mother of his child, I dunno. He doesn't seem entirely stable to me, LOL!
Florencia: TVD (Rebekah)florencia7 on October 15th, 2013 02:53 am (UTC)
No, I liked the beginning of Rebekah/Marcel and I agree with you that the premise was great, but then it unnecessarily went into a rather predictable direction.

haha Yes, Klaus wasn't exactly a role model in TO so far, but it just seemed to me that unlike in TVD here he did more talking/threatening instead of actually doing anything *evil* (on screen;) And Elijah is not really dead, so I imagine some people may brush that off entirely lol
dancing till the world ends: originals: rebel leaderlynnenne on October 12th, 2013 11:48 pm (UTC)
I actually kinda had some feels in the Hayley/Klaus scene. I know! I was really surprised by that. But I did.

Same! They seemed to find a common bond and establish a genuine connection, and I appreciated that. Also, Klaus called her "little wolf" and gave me all the feelings.

I also love Sophie and want more of her.

Arabian: Logan_Hiarabian on October 14th, 2013 10:22 am (UTC)
I felt a spark with Hayley/Klaus in their first scenes back on TVD, but their "big" episode when they slept together, I legit felt nothing, so I was really surprised by the feels I had here, but I really did feel something. So yay!

Oh, man, Sophie is awesome!

(BTW: Welcome to my LJ!)
dancing till the world ends: originals: still in love with judaslynnenne on October 14th, 2013 03:29 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Looking forward to reading future reaction posts. I am crazily obsessed with this show right now and can't get enough.
Aly J.: TVD -- Rebekah (2)simply_aly on October 13th, 2013 03:51 am (UTC)
I'm also really interested in who Davina is. I saw a fan-theory on Tumblr that she's actually Klaus and Hayley's baby somehow.

The evidence backing the theory was in Davina's art (because she paints like Klaus, first of all); if you look at her paintings all the faces lack a lot of detail, but the male one looks a little like Klaus framed in darkness, one looks like a younger child, and the other looks a lot like Hayley in the bayou. Also, when Marcel was listing the things he took from Klaus, he mentioned Davina which seemed just slightly out of place as she doesn't have any relation to Klaus...yet.
Arabian: Rebekah02arabian on October 14th, 2013 10:23 am (UTC)
Yeah, I saw that fan-theory. I do not understand it, LOL! I tried to make sense of it, but yeah, it lost me. It would be interesting to see if there's *something* there if/when Klaus and/or Hayley sees Davina. Hmmm.....
dancing till the world ends: originals: davinalynnenne on October 14th, 2013 03:33 pm (UTC)
That would be pretty cool, actually. I remember back when they first announced that they had cast the role of Davina, and they were describing her as someone who had led a "sheltered, protected" life, I immediately thought that she must be playing the werebaby. But when I saw that she was living under Marcel's wing, I kind of dismissed the notion. It would be a neat twist if it really *was* her.
Arabian: Alaric02arabian on October 20th, 2013 05:40 am (UTC)
I'm wondering now if maybe she isn't Hayley's, but Klaus' with a witch maybe? I dunno.