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14 November 2013 @ 07:58 am
1.07 - 'Bloodletting ' (The Originals)  
Here's my write-up for the latest episode of The Originals.

Cuz I really want to scream. Really? You couldn't kill Tyler, Klaus? *sigh*

So stupid. I mean, really, really stupid. There was no reason, absolutely no plot-driven reason whatsoever on this green earth to NOT kill Tyler. NONE. And that was pretty much made clear by the final scene. Klaus has enemies. Tyler knows information that Klaus wouldn't want enemies to know. Did Klaus find out that information after he let Tyler go? Yes. How easy would it have been for him to track Tyler down since Tyler was still in New Orleans? Oh, I don't know... super-duper easy!! Did Klaus even try and track him down? NOPE! So Tyler wasn't killed and secrets (thus stupidly-manufactured drama was created)! ARGGHH! The only reason that Tyler wasn't killed is because Trevino is a regular cast member on the mothership show and for some reason despite killing characters (even original regular cast members) willy-nilly off on that show, they just won't kill off the useless, have-no-fricking-clue-what-to-do-with-him Tyler.

Oh, and let's not get into the fact that a one-year old hybrid was able to hold his own for longer than ten seconds with a THOUSAND YEAR OLD VAMPIRE!!! Come on. REALLY!?!?!?

*sigh* I can't do this. The complete and utter ignoring of the fact that Elijah has been shown to have eyes for NO ONE but Katherine (and, OK, fine, we were told, Tatia -- which is why Elijah was first drawn to Katherine) and now suddenly he's one with the ladies. The complete and utter ignoring of the Elijah/Katherine love story.... And yet he's all into Hayley, no explanation, just nothing. I just can't.

This whole epic, twu wuv Rebekah/Marcel love story that is moving way too fast. I don't buy it. I do not buy it. No, no, no, no. And it feels like a slap in the face to not only Matt and Rebekah, but also Stefan and Rebekah. No, no, no, no, no.

Finally, I figured out my biggest problem is that The Vampire Diaries is grounded in realism. It's real life with supernatural elements mixed in. The Originals is mostly supernatural with bits of reality thrown in. I personally clearly prefer the former.

I'm not saying it won't get better for me. This is only its seventh episode, and it took seven episodes for TVD to get amazing for me, and thirteen to get OMG!Awesome. Obviously, TO is not there yet. It could get there. But right now, it's not. It's too over-the-top. Other than a handful of the actors, I'm not impressed with the acting and unless an episode is written by the TVD writers who have a very strong handle on the characters already from TVD, I'm not impressed with the writing. So, this is gonna be my last write-up for TO until it impresses me again. But, hey, that could be next week. Who knows?

But, man, not killing Tyler? Not a way to endear itself to me though.
 
 
 
(Anonymous) on November 14th, 2013 01:48 pm (UTC)
Rebekah and Marcel's epic twu wuv makes absolutely no sense. We've seen her in love with Stefan, we've seen her falling for Matt, there was this hunter she once agreed to marry, earlier on the Originals we learned that she once was in love with the governor's son. Rebekah has had a lot of romances (after all, she is 1000 years old), and considering that, the show is completely failing to give us any reasons why Marcel should be special. It just doesn't make sense to me, and the fact that she and Marcel have hardly any chemistry isn't helping either.

Elijah and Haley make even less sense. You are not in love with someone else for several centuries only to then forget that person over the course of a few weeks. I could see him fall for Haley at some point in the future maybe, but not after such a short time. It really annoys me, because I think they do have chemistry and I could actually ship them if the whole thing weren't so rushed.

And Klaus not killing Tyler was just absolutely ridiculous and out of character.
Arabian: Elijah01arabian on November 17th, 2013 07:14 am (UTC)
Yup, Rebekah and Marcel make zero sense, for all the reasons you said. And add on to that from Marcel's end, up until episode four, he was totally into Cami and now all of a sudden, yup, he's been into Rebekah for a hundred years? Yeah, uhm, OK, then. Whatever.

[...] the fact that she and Marcel have hardly any chemistry isn't helping either.

Ditto.

Elijah and Haley make even less sense. You are not in love with someone else for several centuries only to then forget that person over the course of a few weeks.

YES!

I could see him fall for Haley at some point in the future maybe, but not after such a short time. It really annoys me, because I think they do have chemistry and I could actually ship them if the whole thing weren't so rushed.

YES!!!

And Klaus not killing Tyler was just absolutely ridiculous and out of character.

Really, it was. I mean, the whole you don't matter to me that's something Elijah would do, not Klaus. Klaus throws fits. He would have ripped Tyler's heart out. So stupid.
tj2013tj2013 on November 14th, 2013 02:14 pm (UTC)
Totally agree about Tyler and Elijah. I think the frustration we are feeling partly stems from knowing some characters very well, and some not at all. We simply know too much about Elijah and Klaus and Rebekah (and Tyler, sigh), but nearly not enough about Marcel and the others. It seems so out of balance. I don't know anyone watching the show who hasn't seen TVD, so I don't have any comparison to how TO works for "fresh" viewers.
You mentioned "grounded in realism", that might have to do something with it, as well.

Although I liked Davina. She wants to be normal? Now I have heard that one before... And I don't believe her for a second. She just experienced how good it feels to control the magic instead of being controlled by it. She will not let that go. No way. She is a teenager, LOL.

I dearly hope the next ep will be less frustrating because I love reading your recaps, even the very short ones (smile).

Oh, by the way, I finally started watching Sleepy Hollow ... I have only seen three episodes yet, but ... so good. Love it.
Arabian: Elijah02arabian on November 17th, 2013 07:17 am (UTC)
Totally agree about Tyler and Elijah. I think the frustration we are feeling partly stems from knowing some characters very well, and some not at all. We simply know too much about Elijah and Klaus and Rebekah (and Tyler, sigh), but nearly not enough about Marcel and the others. It seems so out of balance. I don't know anyone watching the show who hasn't seen TVD, so I don't have any comparison to how TO works for "fresh" viewers.

I don't know, that doesn't bother me. It took a few episodes, but I actually really like Cami. And Sophie and Davina won me over right away. I *wanted* to like Marcel, but it doesn't matter how hot Marcel is, the writing isn't doing the character favors and this forced Rebekah romance is irritating me. My frustration is because they are writing my least favorite Klaus from TVD, the time when I liked him least, and Elijah is great, but Rebekah is just, all the things that made her awesome are not on display. It's like they've taken all of her worst qualities and that's all we see. Ugh!

Although I liked Davina. She wants to be normal? Now I have heard that one before... And I don't believe her for a second. She just experienced how good it feels to control the magic instead of being controlled by it. She will not let that go. No way. She is a teenager, LOL.

Yup, she's a teenager.

I dearly hope the next ep will be less frustrating because I love reading your recaps, even the very short ones (smile).

Awww.

Oh, by the way, I finally started watching Sleepy Hollow ... I have only seen three episodes yet, but ... so good. Love it.

It gets BETTER and BETTER! LOVE IT!
tj2013: pic#120865641tj2013 on November 17th, 2013 03:16 pm (UTC)
My frustration is because they are writing my least favorite Klaus from TVD,
I thought about that and yeah, I think you're right. Well, at least that gives him some room for character development. (Which he already did on TVD, but still.) With Elijah being there constantly, and more Cami, hopefully, we might witness something like that....


It gets BETTER and BETTER! LOVE IT!

Oh, goody. Looking forward to it!
dancing till the world ends: originals: get thee behind melynnenne on November 14th, 2013 03:29 pm (UTC)
There was no reason, absolutely no plot-driven reason whatsoever on this green earth to NOT kill Tyler.

Agreed. Completely manufactured plot device.

And I don't buy Rebekah/Marcel, either.
Arabian: Rebekah03arabian on November 17th, 2013 07:18 am (UTC)
And as someone pointed out, it was out of character for Klaus. Elijah would have done the whole I want you to live knowing I don't care about you. Klaus would have killed him. So stupid.

Rebekah and Marcel -- blech!
Florencia: TO (Sophie)florencia7 on November 14th, 2013 09:58 pm (UTC)
Aw You didn't really hope they'd kill Tyler, did you? I've come to accept the fact that it's far more likely that Silas & Klaus will spontaneously self-destruct lol

It does seem like they're REALLY rushing all the love stories, which is unfortunate. It's like they don't trust the show could do well if they waited with love stories until S2.

"and now suddenly he's one with the ladies" - lol Yes, that part made me roll my eyes. Where did that come from?? Oh well.

I'll miss your TO write-ups, but I can't blame you for not feeling like writing them ;) Hopefully, though, the show will get better & your write ups will return! ♥
Arabian: EHK01arabian on November 17th, 2013 07:24 am (UTC)
Aw You didn't really hope they'd kill Tyler, did you?

Did you think I wasn't serious the many, many, many times I mentioned wanting Tyler to die in my TVD write-ups? I was. I want Tyler to die. He's a useless character who makes Caroline boring, and Trevino is BY FAR the weakest actor on TVD. Yes, I wanted Klaus to kill him.

I've come to accept the fact that it's far more likely that Silas & Klaus will spontaneously self-destruct lol

I will happily accept those two tip-toeing through the tulips for eternity over Tyler existing another second.

It does seem like they're REALLY rushing all the love stories, which is unfortunate. It's like they don't trust the show could do well if they waited with love stories until S2.

Which is really stupid because the ratings are really good, and they had to have know they had a pretty damn good chance of that.

I'll miss your TO write-ups, but I can't blame you for not feeling like writing them ;) Hopefully, though, the show will get better & your write ups will return! ♥

I hope so because I want to love the show, I really do. I do love the Klaus/Cami story. I do think that Daniel/Phoebe have chemistry. I do think that the possibility of a Klaus/Hayley/Elijah triangle is intriguing, I like Davina and her whole story. Sophie and her playing of the Originals, plan to kill Davina to bring back her and her niece is awesome. I just hate the rushing of the love stories, can't stand Rebekah/Marcel, thoroughly dislike what they've done to my beloved Rebekah, need more grounding in realism, and need the manufactured plot stupidity to be, you know, gone. Not a lot to ask, huh?

Edited at 2013-11-17 07:24 am (UTC)
Matt: Ghidorahghidorah15 on November 17th, 2013 03:52 pm (UTC)
I want Tyler to die. He's a useless character who makes Caroline boring, and Trevino is BY FAR the weakest actor on TVD.

More than that, he makes Caroline cry. When they're not sharing empty words or meaningless sex, she's crying over him. What. The. HELL?
bangel_4e: delena2bangel_4e on November 15th, 2013 12:24 am (UTC)
So stupid. I mean, really, really stupid. There was no reason, absolutely no plot-driven reason whatsoever on this green earth to NOT kill Tyler. NONE

THIS.

The only reason that Tyler wasn't killed is because Trevino is a regular cast member on the mothership show
My thoughts exactly. If you really wanna keep him around, THINK of a coherent plot, something realistic. Instead they just threw a pathetic excuse and walked away. Pff.
And my God, Tyler's character became even more awful, how is that possible?

Oh, and let's not get into the fact that a one-year old hybrid was able to hold his own for longer than ten seconds with a THOUSAND YEAR OLD VAMPIRE!!! Come on. REALLY!?!?!?

I so rolled my eyes at this. I couldn't even deal. WHY????

The complete and utter ignoring of the fact that Elijah has been shown to have eyes for NO ONE but Katherine (and, OK, fine, we were told, Tatia -- which is why Elijah was first drawn to Katherine) and now suddenly he's one with the ladies. The complete and utter ignoring of the Elijah/Katherine love story.... And yet he's all into Hayley, no explanation, just nothing. I just can't.
Exactly. exactly. exactly. I can't stress this enough, I can't.
Also the Rebekah/Marcel thing. When they talked about the future, I could actually see it. A life together. But that's the future, with TIME to build those feelings. A couple of flashbacks CAN'T make us believe this supposedly epic love. Especially when, apparently, she left New Orleans and right after that met Stefan. And THEN, how am I supposed to believe Rebekah would betray Klaus because of this love??? When she basically never had the balls to do it before? I don't know. It seems to me they're trying to build plot stories without a background, no settings, no development. WHY the whole scene with Davina and the guy? TAKE that time to DEVELOP things, to fix stuff.
It's all thrown there for the show's and plot's sake.

With all that said, I'm gonna keep watching..cause, right now, I'm simply a viewer. I don't really care about what happens (sadly). When I watch TVD I'm 100% involved, I suffer and I'm happy. When I watch The Originals, I just don't. Which is also a positive thing, cause I'm able to see this show as pure entertainment. And when I watched yesterday I didn't feel so irritated as I am right now...go figure.
Arabian: Elijah & Hayley01arabian on November 17th, 2013 07:28 am (UTC)
And my God, Tyler's character became even more awful, how is that possible?

I KNOW!!!!

The ignoring of Katherine's place in Elijah's heart is just WRONG!

Also the Rebekah/Marcel thing. When they talked about the future, I could actually see it. A life together. But that's the future, with TIME to build those feelings. A couple of flashbacks CAN'T make us believe this supposedly epic love.

And their lack of chemistry... that kinda hurts it took. And the fact that he was totally into Cami. And Rebekah was totally into Matt. And right after leaving Marcel, totally fell in love with Stefan.

Especially when, apparently, she left New Orleans and right after that met Stefan.

Yeah, that.

And THEN, how am I supposed to believe Rebekah would betray Klaus because of this love??? When she basically never had the balls to do it before?

Yeah, and that.

I don't know. It seems to me they're trying to build plot stories without a background, no settings, no development.

Right, all TELL and no SHOW! The opposite of the glory and brilliance of The Vampire Diaries.

With all that said, I'm gonna keep watching.

Oh, yeah. There's too much I like. I feel differently then you, though. As I said above to florencia7, I want to love the show, I really do. I do love the Klaus/Cami story. I do think that Daniel/Phoebe have chemistry. I do think that the possibility of a Klaus/Hayley/Elijah triangle is intriguing, I like Davina and her whole story. Sophie and her playing of the Originals, plan to kill Davina to bring back her and her niece is awesome. I just hate the rushing of the love stories, can't stand Rebekah/Marcel, thoroughly dislike what they've done to my beloved Rebekah, need more grounding in realism, and need the manufactured plot stupidity to be, you know, gone. Not a lot to ask, huh?
bangel_4e: delena3bangel_4e on November 17th, 2013 08:20 pm (UTC)
And the fact that he was totally into Cami. And Rebekah was totally into Matt
Yeah, that's what hit me too. The Matt & Cami thing. Weren't they important??? They certainly seemed so.

Right, all TELL and no SHOW! The opposite of the glory and brilliance of The Vampire Diaries.
Yeah, TVD is so complex in everything, so many layers. Many people just watch it without taking into consideration lots of things. And that's why I've always loved your reviews...because you have an amazing sight of the show and I like to see a person who can write it out, making it maybe a tiny bit simpler for the others who maybe just watch and don't think too much.


I like Davina too, even if in this episode I would've cut the scene with the guy. I feel like those minutes could've been used for something more important. Yes, the rushing of the love stories is absurd.
faith5by5_1013: The Vampire Diaries: Carolinefaith5by5_1013 on November 16th, 2013 02:38 am (UTC)
The only reason that Tyler wasn't killed is because Trevino is a regular cast member on the mothership show and for some reason despite killing characters (even original regular cast members) willy-nilly off on that show, they just won't kill off the useless, have-no-fricking-clue-what-to-do-with-him Tyler.

You know I agree with you about Tyler.

And I agree with you about Elijah/Haley and Marcel/Rebekah. They're just rushing the ships way too much on this show. It's not working for me.
Arabian: Caroline04arabian on November 17th, 2013 07:29 am (UTC)
Why can't Tyler die? It's not too much to ask, especially from the creators behind these shows. I just want Tyler to die. Please. Pretty, pretty please.

*sigh*
faith5by5_1013: The Vampire Diaries: Carolinefaith5by5_1013 on November 17th, 2013 02:40 pm (UTC)
Well, if they ever actually do kill him, you know I'll be celebrating with you.
west46th on December 31st, 2013 05:37 pm (UTC)
I wasn't a fan of this ep either (and yes, DIE, TYLER, DIE!!!! Having him as a villain vs. the Originals is just laughable, show -- come on, now) but it made me think of something I can't remember if I put in my last comment.

My husband said TO is like a Shakespearian drama. Not quality-wise, obviously -- but just how it sets up FAMILY and LOYALTY and BETRAYAL. Everything is SO! DRAMATIC! Every fight is a BATTLE. Every relationship is an EPIC ROMANCE. Every alliance is an OATH.

I think that's why I enjoy it -- as you said, TVD is grounded in realism. TO is not. It's over-the-top melodrama (which I LOVE). But TVD is about a town of normal teenagers with supernatural abilities, while TO is about a thousand year-old vampire family in the most supernatural-ish city in the country.

But yeah....Tyler should've been dead, LOL.