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27 April 2018 @ 08:38 pm
5.02 - 'One Wrong Turn On Bourbon' (The Originals)  
I didn't expect to write this episode up, but after finally getting to watch it tonight, here I am. Not very wordy, but still, here it is.

I really like Hope. (Yup, pre-cut character of whom I spoke.) And I really like the relationship that we are seeing between her and Klaus. The backstory of how and why he stopped communicating, the callback to Cami’s journals about Klaus and how Hope used the same tricks. Hope using her own tricks on Klaus and then him turning the tables on her. Joseph Morgan and Danielle Rose Russell not only look remarkably like father and daughter, but also have fantastic chemistry and play off each beautifully.

The other relationships were very well done as well. The friendship between Freya (I love her so much) and Vincent remains wonderful, as does her devotion to her family… even as it comes at the cost to the one with Keelin. *sigh* All the beats leading up to their final scene where Freya told her to leave were perfectly played out. I hated every moment, but not a single note was false. I completely understood why Freya did what she did, and I know that Keelin did as well. It didn’t make it any less heartbreaking.

The small moments with Marcel and Klaus, Marcel and Hope, Hope and Declan, Marcel and Josh, all of them were again well done. I know I’m not Carina Addy McKenzie’s biggest fan (*sigh*), but I can’t deny this was a very well-crafted episode. Not only were the established relationships handled well, but the newest one—only briefly touched upon the premiere—Hope and Roman was given a good introduction as well. I quite liked our teen potential romance, I must say.

Aside from the character beats, the plot mechanics were nicely done too. The Hayley reveal wasn’t slammed over our head, I didn’t think. At least for me it wasn’t. It wasn’t until a moment or two we saw that it was Hope that threw Klaus off Declan that I remembered that Hayley had been taken down in the same fashion that I realized, ‘Oh, man, it was Hope.’ I also really liked how Klaus handled the reveal. He was angry, but he also realized Hope is not just any child… she is special and there are major extenuating circumstances at play here. And in the end when Hayley was truly, and violently, missing he full-on took the blame, doing the most to assuage Hope’s guilt. Good on Klaus.

OK, randoms…

- Alaric mention! Lizzie Saltzman mention! Woohoo!

- Declan (a.k.a. Torrence Combs remains pretty. I do not think he's evil now which means he will be dead soon.)

- I admit I totally thought that it was Hope coming to free Henry from the entombment at first until we saw her meeting Roman at his care at the end.

- So will Hope wind up being the end of them all? Nah, I'm going with Vincent's belief that she will save them all. Booyah!

- So much for Marcel’s big speech. That’s going to hurt his crown appeal. Uh huh.

- Freya and Vincent’s friendship is adorable.

- The reference to Aurora was hilarious. Hah!

- I know it’s only been two episodes, but this final season of The Originals feels way more character than plot-heavy than the final season of The Vampire Diaries and it makes me think even more that I may have been right. When the that final season was conceived they thought they would have a full 22 episodes like usual and so intended a normal plot-heavy season that would allow for the normal rich, character stuff that would have resolution. However, when that order was reduced to 16 instead, some of that plot *and* character stuff and resolution got cut. Knowing with this final season that there would only 13 episodes from the on-set, Julie Plec and company were able to plan as such from the get-go. It’s possible. (This is, of course, not to say that I still didn’t love the final season of The Vampire Diaries overall.)

Anyhoo, good episode. Surprisingly good enough that I wrote this up even with limited feedback and no Caroline, Alaric, Mystic Falls, Elijah *or* Rebekah present!
 
 
 
Florencia: DE (The Wreck of Our Hearts)florencia7 on April 28th, 2018 06:07 am (UTC)
Will be back :)
Oh I see that you decided to do this episode, after all! I will come back to read this write-up as soon as I watch 5x02 (probably tomorrow) :)
Arabian: Damon & Elena58arabian on April 28th, 2018 01:01 pm (UTC)
Re: Will be back :)
That I wrote it up should tell you what I thought of it! :)
Florencia: DE (The Wreck of Our Hearts)florencia7 on April 28th, 2018 10:29 pm (UTC)
RE: Re: Will be back :)
Yes, this fact alone definitely made me hope for good things ;)
Arabian: Damon & Elijah01arabian on May 6th, 2018 01:34 am (UTC)
Re: Will be back :)
Yup, and I have the next one up too. :)
Florencia: DE (The Wreck of Our Hearts)florencia7 on May 6th, 2018 01:02 pm (UTC)
Re: Will be back :)
Awesome! I'm going to watch 5x03 tonight, so I'll be back to read it soon :)
Arabian: ATttD - Sorryarabian on May 11th, 2018 10:51 pm (UTC)
Re: Will be back :)
I'll respond to your comments before I watch the next episode. (Which I'm 2 days behind on!)
Florencia: DE (The Wreck of Our Hearts)florencia7 on May 12th, 2018 06:46 pm (UTC)
Re: Will be back :)
Sure! I didn't watch the newest episode yet either. I guess I'll always be watching it on Saturdays, at least for the time being.
Florencia: DE (The Wreck of Our Hearts)florencia7 on April 29th, 2018 08:10 am (UTC)
RE: 5.02 - 'One Wrong Turn On Bourbon'
“I didn't expect to write this episode up, but after finally getting to watch it tonight, here I am.” - And that was great to see! Also because it immediately made me think that the episode was good :)

“I really like Hope. And I really like the relationship that we are seeing between her and Klaus.” - Yes! I like it too. It’s really well done and all the details of it (like resorting to Klaus’ old tricks, heh) make it interesting from the get go. I also like how they dealt with Hope actually witnessing some horrible deeds and avoided some contrived, late reveal. She’s already seen, symbolically speaking, the worst of Klaus, so we can move on from that already. By the same token, I liked how we had Hope’s doubts regarding Klaus’ feelings resolved within one episode. That he managed to say “I love you” and also even under such dreadful circumstances with Hayley’s actual disappearance coming into play, he acted like a good father.

“All the beats leading up to their final scene where Freya told her to leave were perfectly played out.” - Yes, it was very moving and sad. But maybe the break-up resulting in a trip abroad will at least make a happy ending possible? Leaving NOLA may definitely increase Keelin’s chances of survival.

“Not only were the established relationships handled well, but the newest one—only briefly touched upon the premiere—Hope and Roman was given a good introduction as well.” - Agreed! On a side note I don’t trust the guy. But maybe his secret agenta (I feel like he has some) at least isn’t evil.

“I know it’s only been two episodes, but this final season of The Originals feels way more character than plot-heavy than the final season of The Vampire Diaries and it makes me think even more that I may have been right.” - Yes, it must have been that way indeed.

Your write-ups are always a delight to read :)
Arabianarabian on May 6th, 2018 01:33 am (UTC)
Re: 5.02 - 'One Wrong Turn On Bourbon'
“I didn't expect to write this episode up, but after finally getting to watch it tonight, here I am.” - And that was great to see! Also because it immediately made me think that the episode was good :)

Unless the season goes completely downhill, I think I may stick with this. Actually, unless the season sucks royal monkey balls completely (and I really hope it doesn't), I may wind up buying this season on DVD and adding it to my TVD collection since Caroline, Alaric and the Salvatore mansion will be in it. Of course, it depends if I like the ending. :)

Yes! I like it too. It’s really well done and all the details of it (like resorting to Klaus’ old tricks, heh) make it interesting from the get go. I also like how they dealt with Hope actually witnessing some horrible deeds and avoided some contrived, late reveal. She’s already seen, symbolically speaking, the worst of Klaus, so we can move on from that already.

Yup, yup. She knows how terrible he is. Plus, she's already done some terrible things herself (of course, not even remotely AS terrible, but still she understands the need, the compulsion). And she can understand him.

By the same token, I liked how we had Hope’s doubts regarding Klaus’ feelings resolved within one episode.

YES!

That he managed to say “I love you” and also even under such dreadful circumstances with Hayley’s actual disappearance coming into play, he acted like a good father.

RIGHT?!! It was so good. I loathe her still for her idiocy during the TVD days, but dangit, I will admit it, she has written some good TO episodes. (Talking about Carina MacKenzie. It's just galling. Wealthy family, got her job through connections, fangirl'd over TVD during her job, crapped on fans by ass-kissing Plec, used that to get in with Plec, writing on TO, and now she's got her own freaking show on the CW. It's just... ugh.)

“All the beats leading up to their final scene where Freya told her to leave were perfectly played out.” - Yes, it was very moving and sad. But maybe the break-up resulting in a trip abroad will at least make a happy ending possible? Leaving NOLA may definitely increase Keelin’s chances of survival.

We better get a happy ending with these two!!

“Not only were the established relationships handled well, but the newest one—only briefly touched upon the premiere—Hope and Roman was given a good introduction as well.” - Agreed! On a side note I don’t trust the guy. But maybe his secret agenta (I feel like he has some) at least isn’t evil.

I'm hopeful he doesn't have one, and that's it's going to be some star-crossed thing like the Romeo/Juliet vibe they talked about pre-press. Plus, if there is a Hope spin-off (I did read that), then I could see them wanting to have this be a part of it, but still... it's Plec, depending on the reception, she may want to start off with some new hot young thing. I did like their chemistry and interaction. It was only one episode, though.

Your write-ups are always a delight to read :)

Aww, thank you. :)
Florenciaflorencia7 on May 6th, 2018 01:01 pm (UTC)
Re: 5.02 - 'One Wrong Turn On Bourbon'
“Unless the season goes completely downhill, I think I may stick with this.” - That’s awesome to know! And considering the strong beginning of this season I don’t think it will go downhill... at least not completely ;)

“I may wind up buying this season on DVD and adding it to my TVD collection since Caroline, Alaric and the Salvatore mansion will be in it.” - That’s a valid reason to add it.

“Of course, it depends if I like the ending.” - I hope all or at least most of the characters we love won’t die.

“It's just... ugh.” - I didn’t know most of these details. Yeah, it does sound pretty off-putting.

“it's Plec, depending on the reception, she may want to start off with some new hot young thing.” - I’m hoping for Damon and Elena’s son to fill that role! ^^ But I'm not sure Julie will be feeling generous enough to bring a DE’s kid into her new show...
Arabian: Damon & Elena17arabian on May 11th, 2018 10:51 pm (UTC)
Re: 5.02 - 'One Wrong Turn On Bourbon'
“I may wind up buying this season on DVD and adding it to my TVD collection since Caroline, Alaric and the Salvatore mansion will be in it.” - That’s a valid reason to add it.

I think so. :)

“it's Plec, depending on the reception, she may want to start off with some new hot young thing.” - I’m hoping for Damon and Elena’s son to fill that role!

Uhm, I don't see how that would work. Damon and Elena's kid would be at least 4-8 years younger than Hope and that's being generous that they had the kid while Elena was still in med school. Remember, Hayley was pregant in season 04 and by the end of the series the show caught up with the timeline, so... yeah, no.

^^ But I'm not sure Julie will be feeling generous enough to bring a DE’s kid into her new show...

I don't know if it's so much as generous as would she be able to get Ian and/or Nina to guest-star occasional as their parents to show up for their kid at the school since the spin-off was greenlit (Legacies is the name).
Florencia: DE (The Wreck of Our Hearts)florencia7 on May 12th, 2018 06:42 pm (UTC)
Re: 5.02 - 'One Wrong Turn On Bourbon'
"Damon and Elena's kid would be at least 4-8 years younger than Hope" - Yeah, that's true. Then again in a supernatural show all things are possible (such as rapid aging for instance ;)

Oh I didn't know the spin-off was greenlit! That's good news!