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24 October 2013 @ 08:01 am
1.04 - 'Girl In New Orleans' (The Originals)  
I actually had this written up this morning, but realized while writing it that I wanted to add a few gifs, so yay, some gifs in this one. Whee!

Thoughts behind the cut as always. :)

Well, this was a much better episode, I am happy to say. I do still have a few complaints, unfortunately they aren't small ones and they arent about this episode but about the overall show. Namely, I still think that Rebekah and Marcel are terribly forced, Davis and Holt haven't much chemistry and that Rebekah just doesn't fit much on this show. And Leah Pipes (Cami) just doesn't work for me as an actress. Don't get me wrong, she can act, she just doesn't do anything for me. However -- and from here on out, I'm mostly pretty durn positive! -- Cami *does* at last work as a character now. This episode did wonders for her, giving us great background for Cami, explaining her issues with damaged people and why she's so haunted. That the psycho priest gone crazy brought up earlier in the episode had to do with her (a twin brother!) and that it was because he was compelled (!) was fascinating and an unexpected twist.

I also like what they are doing with her and Klaus, it seems so far. I say it seems because I could be wrong, but it kinda feels like they aren't going the romantic route, but rather the platonic friends route and I appreciate that. I hope it sticks, I really do. And it helped me to enjoy that final scene even more. Which was wrong and awful and terrible and yet so heartbreaking and kind and one of the sweetest most unselfish things Klaus has ever done, but again, yes, just so, so terrible and just so very, very wrong. To take that from her, to take that from her after she begged, but then to give her peace and promise to find out who was responsible for doing this to her brother and to take that vengeance for her was almost noble and beautiful. It was such a poetic show of the dichotomy of just who Klaus is, the devil and the angel in one scene and Joseph Morgan played it beautifully. But, God, it was so, so, so very, very, very wrong what he did. So heartbreaking and beautiful and terrible. Gah! And Pipes did do the scene well. I hope she can win me over, I really do, but I just have my doubts sadly, she just doesn't do anything for me. (Man, I wish they had cast someone else, *sigh*)

Anyhoo, part of the the reason why I want Klaus and Cami to remain friends is because I am still very intrigued with the idea of Klaus and Hayley. And, yet, I still like Hayley and Elijah as well. Which leads me to an interesting place. I'm generally not a fan of triangles (like AT ALL), but right now I simply don't have a particular pony in this race. I ship Elijah with Katherine, but that ain't gonna happen since well The Originals and The Vampire Diaries are two separate shows now. And I really did like the little I saw with Hayley and Elijah. So........... that leaves me quite open to the possibility of Elijah and Hayley, and when Hayley totally lit up when Rebekah mentioned Elijah and she found out he wanted them to care for her, I had a little eternal squee. And Klaus totally reacted to that. The camera cut to him and there was just the slightest tightening on his face, but he did react to it and we were meant to notice.

I think it's going to happen slowly--as it should because, yes, Elijah is in love with Katherine, and Klaus does have strong feelings for Caroline--but I do think we are eventually going to head to a triangle between the brothers and Hayley. I mean it, though, I am totally OK with a triangle here because it makes sense with these brothers in this situation with this set-up thus far. And, so yup, I'm actually all for it at this point and I don't know who I'm rooting for it yet because I think there is chemistry on both sides as much as I squeed when Hayley reacted to Elijah's wanting to protect her, I squeed when Klaus rushed over and lifted her into his arms, calling her love.

Speaking of Elijah! Whee!! Elijah's back! Sorta. If anyone can win over Davina, it would be Elijah, that's for sure. :Nods: I thought it was cool how they had him communicate with Rebekah, but I do wonder how non-TVD viewers are taking this information in since it's known to us already. I did think that the explanation of compulsion and how it was done by Klaus to Cami in this episode was very organically and very effectively done, though. My only issue with it is that I wish they had done this with her (and actually her backstory) in the second or third episode and not waited until now.

Waiting until now to learn a bit more about Davina was fine, even if we are still very much in the dark on much about her, I think it's a good kind of intrigued. Her crush on Tim is cute, as was her devastation and her realization that while she has so much power, she truly has no clue how to use it... perhaps that is how Elijah will reason with her?

OK, a few randoms and then I'm done ...

- So, yeah, clearly not all the witches are down with the werepire baby then, huh?

- The vamp blood of the baby healed Hayley? Whoah!

- A wolf is protecting Hayley? What wolf? Isn't that kinda freaky? I think so.

- Wah? I missed Sophie. I need more Sophie!

- So, I'm sure there's more going on with Marcel and the priest. I wonder even if Marcel is the vampire who compelled Cami's brother.

So definitely a better episode, but I'm still a bit wary because this one was co-written by Michael Narducci, aka TVD-person. I need to see a really good episode that I enjoy the heck out of written by a non-TVD person before I feel fully confident. Please show. But still, I definitely enjoyed this one so that is muy good! :)
 
 
 
dancing till the world ends: originals: as our father used tolynnenne on October 24th, 2013 01:34 pm (UTC)
I think Davis and Holt have chemistry, but I don't like the fact that Rebekah, once again, has no power in the relationship. I want her to have the upper hand for once.

That scene! With Klaus and Cami at the end, her begging and him compelling her anyway - it was awful and terrible and I loved every second of it. Great television.

I am also down for a Klaus/Haley/Elijah triangle. I don't even care that much about the ships on this show, because I'm in it mainly for the family dynamics, but think of the brotherly feuding! It'd be awesome.
Arabian: Elijah02arabian on October 30th, 2013 04:30 am (UTC)
I think Davis and Holt have chemistry, but I don't like the fact that Rebekah, once again, has no power in the relationship. I want her to have the upper hand for once.

Good point. Yup, Rebekah is always the weaker sex. Ugh.

That scene! With Klaus and Cami at the end, her begging and him compelling her anyway - it was awful and terrible and I loved every second of it. Great television.

It really. I just wish, ack, I wish that they'd cast a different actress, but still, fantastic scene!

I am also down for a Klaus/Haley/Elijah triangle. I don't even care that much about the ships on this show, because I'm in it mainly for the family dynamics, but think of the brotherly feuding! It'd be awesome.

Unfortunately, I am more rooting for Hayley and Elijah, but am definitely intrigued with the whole feuding brothers angle. Oh yeah!
faith5by5_1013faith5by5_1013 on October 25th, 2013 03:53 am (UTC)
I still think that Rebekah and Marcel are terribly forced, Davis and Holt haven't much chemistry

I agree. It's kind of sad because they're both so good individually. But they just don't work together.

Cami *does* at last work as a character now. This episode did wonders for her, giving us great background for Cami, explaining her issues with damaged people and why she's so haunted. That the psycho priest gone crazy brought up earlier in the episode had to do with her (a twin brother!) and that it was because he was compelled (!) was fascinating and an unexpected twist.

Agreed.

I also like what they are doing with her and Klaus, it seems so far. I say it seems because I could be wrong, but it kinda feels like they aren't going the romantic route, but rather the platonic friends route and I appreciate that. I hope it sticks, I really do. And it helped me to enjoy that final scene even more. Which was wrong and awful and terrible and yet so heartbreaking and kind and one of the sweetest most unselfish things Klaus has ever done, but again, yes, just so, so terrible and just so very, very wrong. To take that from her, to take that from her after she begged, but then to give her peace and promise to find out who was responsible for doing this to her brother and to take that vengeance for her was almost noble and beautiful. It was such a poetic show of the dichotomy of just who Klaus is, the devil and the angel in one scene and Joseph Morgan played it beautifully. But, God, it was so, so, so very, very, very wrong what he did. So heartbreaking and beautiful and terrible.

I agree completely.

I'm not into the Haley/anyone shipping yet. Not ruling it out in the future. It just isn't working for me now. I don't ship anyone on this show at the moment though.

If anyone can win over Davina, it would be Elijah, that's for sure

Yep.
Arabian: EHK01arabian on October 30th, 2013 04:31 am (UTC)
I am definitely shipping Hayley with Elijah, and have definitely had Hayley/Klaus feels. Well, you see that I made an icon. That's a dead giveaway for me, LOL!
k_stjames: pic#117006481k_stjames on October 25th, 2013 10:55 pm (UTC)
The more I see of this show the more I like it - I'm liking the small differences on how they're portraying klaus and the little moments with Haley / the baby that get to him. I don't like Cami - the actress isn't working for me at all and I'm sorry but there is just no way that both klaus and marcel are drawn to her - she's just too blah. I could see them bring drawn to Sophie but not this flat character - plus she seem older than them to me which is funny because I think Joseph Morgan does world-weary almost better than anyone.

I was kind of suprised that both Rebekah and Klaus would let Haley leave the house without protection and that they would just trust the witches - but it was awesome to see Haley kicking asses.

I think one of biggest reasons I'm liking this show is because there's no Stefan - I've decide that any show that doesn't have Stefan is good. Thanks for sharing your viewpoint.
Arabian: Ian & Nina(PS)01arabian on October 30th, 2013 04:36 am (UTC)
The show is definitely getting better, I just hope that Narducci and Plec continued to pen the episodes mostly for now. They definitely do the stronger episodes. I like Cami, and I don't think the character is flat, she's a great character--it's the actress. I just don't know what the casting director, Plec, et al, were thinking. The casting decision was just dreadful there.

Aww, I love Stefan, but I know he has a lot of detractors and I do understand why.
Florencia: TVD (Rebekah)florencia7 on October 27th, 2013 04:52 am (UTC)
I'm not giving up on Rebekah/Marcel yet, however it seems like the show is trying to imply they have TONS of chemistry and... well, they don't lol

"I'm generally not a fan of triangles (like AT ALL), but right now I simply don't have a particular pony in this race." - Same here & it's fun! It's fun to be able to just follow the story without having a seizure every other scene or so lol I'm really just enjoying the experience of just enjoying watching the show.

"A wolf is protecting Hayley? What wolf? Isn't that kinda freaky? I think so." - I don't know why, but I was under the impression she was talking about the baby? But I probably got it wrong.

Your gifs = ♥ #always&forever
Arabian: Rebekah01arabian on October 30th, 2013 04:41 am (UTC)
I'm not giving up on Rebekah/Marcel yet, however it seems like the show is trying to imply they have TONS of chemistry and... well, they don't lol

Yeah, and this great, epic love story, and uhm, yeah, a few scenes don't an epic love story make. Hello!

Same here & it's fun! It's fun to be able to just follow the story without having a seizure every other scene or so lol I'm really just enjoying the experience of just enjoying watching the show.

Agreed, it is nice to just sit back and relax, and not, yeah, seize up before certain scenes.

I don't know why, but I was under the impression she was talking about the baby? But I probably got it wrong.

No, remember she's got some wolf family probably in the bayou, that's why she wanted to go to New Orleans in the first place.

Your gifs = ♥ #always&forever

♥ MOre are coming for the next episode. :D