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05 May 2018 @ 09:22 pm
5.03 - 'Ne Me Quitte Pas' (The Originals)  
I actually had all my notes done Wednesday evening, but didn't get around to writing this up until tonight. I guess that's the upside to the only person who responds not being able to watch the show until the weekend, LOL!

Daniel Gillies was simply awesome all the way through in this episode devoted to Elijah, but it certainly wasn't the Elijah Mikaelson that we know. And that was most evident in the club scene where we saw him in a leather jacket and smiling. Hella weird. Still, of course, the core of Elijah remained… he was a gentleman with Antoinette and when he fell for her, because of the circumstances of their getting to know one another, she became his family and so his loyalty was as strong to her as it ever was to Klaus and his siblings.

Ah, Antoinette… I do think Jaime Murray is a great actress—I saw her on Dexter, and she still looks amazing several years later—and I really like her character. With that said, I honestly expected her to die by episode's end, so I was surprised that she did not. When Klaus showed up in France, I thought ‘welp, there it is.' But it was not. Also was not? Much of any chemistry between her and Gillies. Like zero. And *sigh* I really do wish that the two did have chemistry. Actually, I kinda wish they'd had loads of it because it would have been awesome to have this great, glorious love story for Elijah to close out this final season. Ah well. (Shades of what could have been for my precious Bonnie on The Vampire Diaries.)

Of course, it might have helped had they written the falling-in-love, getting-to-know you part of their relationship better. Their first meeting in the alley and diner was so well done, as was their final scene when he gave up the day for her. I mean, why have a montage of Elijah decorating his crappy apartment and getting some new clothes, as opposed to you know, spending some time with Antoinette? I don't really get that choice. Especially when again the good stuff was really, really good.

The diner scene with the description of the slam on the table being just a thud for humans versus practically music for vampires was specifically nice, a lovely way of highlighting one of the pleasures of being a vampire. And, again, the whole final conversation between the two was great, the discussion about what she knew, what he knew and why they didn't tell each other. Him choosing to give up his daylight ring for her and why (erm, more on that later). It showed an openness and maturity to their relationship that was lovely. Gah, if only Gillies and Murray had the chemistry, it would paper over the lack of great writing in the other scenes.

The writing was one of my two main issues with the episode. It was a mixed bag. Some of it was really good. Elijah's confrontation with Marcel was a nice moment. And I've already mentioned above the lovely scenes with Elijah and Antoinette. There was also Elijah's speech to Klaus that was wonderful, as well as the follow up voice-over to Antoinette knowing that Klaus wouldn't follow and why. It beautifully showed that even an Elijah without the memories of his feelings for the Mikaelsons knows Klaus and his love and dependence for Elijah so well. And it was done without hitting us over the head.

Alas, there was some not so great stuff that was too noticeable for my liking. The most egregious scene was late in the episode after Klaus had tried to compel Antoinette. Elijah had her clear the piano bar and Klaus walked in to see him, I was a little excited because I thought we were going to get a replay of their meeting from the first episode and find out that Elijah was playing him which would add a whole layer of meaning to those first scenes. That isn't what happened. Nope, those meetings had already happened but there was no reference to them so it was confusing because without one it was odd that Elijah had no reaction to the fact that this guy with whom he'd had pleasant, philosophical conversations was now threatening his almost-fiancée and saying that he was his brother. There was some majorly important dialogue missing there. That is bad story conception, that is bad writing, that is bad execution. That is bad all around. And *that* really took me out of the scene.

On a less glaring note, there was the group daylight ring scenario that took me completely out of the episode. The fact that the Salvatores' had daylight rings was a THING because of Emily Bennett, and everyone else who had them was because of people around them or in the past were Bennett-adjacent. It's not just a casual, ‘Hey, vampires, you get a daylight ring. You get a daylight ring. Everybody gets a daylight ring!' But I suppose that's more on The Originals once again ignoring The Vampire Diaries canon, ugh!

Still, the fact that it took the writers, K.C. Perry & Michelle Paradise, quite some time to get me fully back *into* to the episode is telling. It wasn't until the bright, neon "Play Me" piano showed up that I became fully focused on the episode again. The writing—something something about Antoinette and her family and wanting to be a "real" vampire or feeding off of fear or something something—just didn't grab me. And that's on the writing to a degree, but also directing.

Yeah, the direction. Which is on the director… who just happened to be our lovely Klaus Mikaelson, a.k.a. Joseph Morgan. I am sorry, but Morgan is not a good director. I know he directed two earlier episodes, but I didn't analyze those, but if one of them is an episode I think it is—I remember not being impressed by the direction of it. In this one, the pacing was so not good. This episode dragged like WHOAH! The New York section felt like it went on for an hour! The club scene looked and felt like a bunch of extras hired to be in a club scene on a television show. There was no vitality, no energy, nothing. The pre-catacomb section in Manosque felt like it went on for 30 minutes. Basically, the episode dragged like hella bad.

OK… randoms –

- The final scene where Elijah "killed" Elijah Mikaelson and just stood there and let the sun burn him away was pretty awesome.

- Joseph Morgan was way, way on overload in the chewing-the-scenery department in that final confrontation with Elijah, I'm just saying. I don't know, maybe if he had a director who could rein him in? Hmm…

- I missed Hope and Freya.

This was the first not great episode of the season. For The Originals, at least from my perspective, is saying something. OK, it's only the third episode, but still, I expect like only one great episode period a season—if that—and it takes a bit of time before the show gets going for even that one to come around. So, yeah. And it's not like this episode was bad, it was pretty good, just not great. This season so far is the closest in terms of quality to The Vampire Diaries. (Of course, we're only three episodes in. It could change.) But, yeah, the point is, I did like this episode, I just didn't love it. I think that if (a) it had a different director, (b) had a tweak of dialogue in that one scene, (c) Gillies and Murray had chemistry, it would be higher in my appreciation-meter. Still, again, it's a good episode. I am enjoying this season so far.
 
 
 
Florencia: DE (The Wreck of Our Hearts)florencia7 on May 7th, 2018 09:10 pm (UTC)
RE: 5.03 - 'Ne Me Quitte Pas'
“I guess that's the upside to the only person who responds not being able to watch the show until the weekend, LOL!” - Aww! LOL On a side note, it makes me sad and absolutely riduculous that there aren’t hundreds of comments on each of your entries *sigh*

“Daniel Gillies was simply awesome all the way through in this episode devoted to Elijah, but it certainly wasn't the Elijah Mikaelson that we know.” - I just couldn’t get over that feeling that there was something *off* about Elijah. Now that I think about it, perhaps he wasn’t as off as it seemed to me while I was watching but still, it just didn’t feel like him 100%. And it wasn’t because of the memory loss. The entire vibe was just missing something… Then again, as I was typing the previous sentence I was thinking about Elena and her self-requested amnesia and she also seemed a little off, so maybe yeah, it’s the memory loss that changes people a little and it does make sense of course ^^

“And that was most evident in the club scene where we saw him in a leather jacket and smiling. Hella weird.” - haha Well, this worked for me! Because despite his own awesome style I always knew Elijah was deep down envious of Damon’s leather jacket!

“Actually, I kinda wish they'd had loads of it because it would have been awesome to have this great, glorious love story for Elijah to close out this final season.” - I feel the same way. I really wanted to ship them, and I found myself feeling sad on behalf of Helijah (is that the correct name? I’ve never shipped them so I never paid attention to it lol) instead.

“The diner scene with the description of the slam on the table being just a thud for humans versus practically music for vampires was specifically nice, a lovely way of highlighting one of the pleasures of being a vampire.” - I liked that entire scene a lot too. It made me forget about my initial confusion and questioning the wisdom of making Elijah forget he was a vampire. Speaking of which, Marcel should consider enrolling into Alaric’s Selective Memory Erasure 101 class ;)

“It beautifully showed that even an Elijah without the memories of his feelings for the Mikaelsons knows Klaus and his love and dependence for Elijah so well.” - I have to say I was a little disappointed by how it all played out. Elijah’s attitude just seemed uncharacteristically cold. And paradoxically, the fact that he didn’t have his memories made it even less understandable. I don’t know. But I guess I’m just going to go here with the explanation that losing painful memories actually translates into less empathy and more egoism.

“Nope, those meetings had already happened but there was no reference to them so it was confusing because without one it was odd that Elijah had no reaction to the fact that this guy with whom he'd had pleasant, philosophical conversations was now threatening his almost-fiancée and saying that he was his brother.” - Yes! I was also waiting for this being addressed somehow.

“The fact that the Salvatores' had daylight rings was a THING because of Emily Bennett, and everyone else who had them was because of people around them or in the past were Bennett-adjacent.” - Maybe Sheila had been running an online store with daylight rings for decades and that’s how Bonnie could afford a random house purchase in S8. It all makes sense that way! Lol

“The writing—something something about Antoinette and her family and wanting to be a "real" vampire or feeding off of fear or something something—just didn't grab me.” - What made me feel skeptical here was the fact that for some reason it didn’t occur to her at any point that feeding and then compelling and letting the person go would be WAY nicer than feeding and, um, gently and kindly killing them afterwards, eh?

“I am sorry, but Morgan is not a good director.” - I was really really really trying to convince myself otherwise. I failed lol

“This episode dragged like WHOAH!” - It did! But maybe it was also the fault of pretty much clinging to one storyline only? This doesn’t happen too often and it’s usually a risky endeavor.

“And it's not like this episode was bad, it was pretty good, just not great.” - Hopefully the next one will be better! :)
Arabian: ATttD - Sorryarabian on June 1st, 2018 12:51 pm (UTC)
Re: 5.03 - 'Ne Me Quitte Pas'
I just couldn’t get over that feeling that there was something *off* about Elijah. Now that I think about it, perhaps he wasn’t as off as it seemed to me while I was watching but still, it just didn’t feel like him 100%. And it wasn’t because of the memory loss. The entire vibe was just missing something… Then again, as I was typing the previous sentence I was thinking about Elena and her self-requested amnesia and she also seemed a little off, so maybe yeah, it’s the memory loss that changes people a little and it does make sense of course ^^

Oh, it was totally the memory loss. There were definitely shades of the Elijah we've seen at different points when he's angry or indifferent with people. And, of course, he'd be more lighthearted and such without literally a thousand years of angst. Without being his brother's keeper it makes sense that there would be a different aura to him as well.

I kinda wish they'd had loads of it because it would have been awesome to have this great, glorious love story for Elijah to close out this final season.” - I feel the same way. I really wanted to ship them, and I found myself feeling sad on behalf of Helijah (is that the correct name? I’ve never shipped them so I never paid attention to it lol) instead.

I don't do portmanteaus unless they work personally. (It's why I don't do Delena, it sounds stupid.) And I didn't feel sad for Haley/Elijah because I still don't like them. With more episodes passing, I'm even more bummed w/the lack of chemistry, and especially with her awesome backstory and the entwined history there. God, they did a HORRIBLE job casting in retrospect. So close, to creating this awesome, awesome character/love story, so, so close.

“It beautifully showed that even an Elijah without the memories of his feelings for the Mikaelsons knows Klaus and his love and dependence for Elijah so well.” - I have to say I was a little disappointed by how it all played out. Elijah’s attitude just seemed uncharacteristically cold.

Nah, Elijah is definitely cold. He's pulled shit like before when it suits him, when he doesn't care. He's done it on TVD and TO. It's DEFINITELY in character.

And paradoxically, the fact that he didn’t have his memories made it even less understandable.

Made it even more understandable. Elijah Mikaelson will do ANYTHING for family. Antoinette is his family now. Klaus is not. Period.

“The writing—something something about Antoinette and her family and wanting to be a "real" vampire or feeding off of fear or something something—just didn't grab me.” - What made me feel skeptical here was the fact that for some reason it didn’t occur to her at any point that feeding and then compelling and letting the person go would be WAY nicer than feeding and, um, gently and kindly killing them afterwards, eh?

Even worse... in retrospect, given her backstory, that was REALLY important! But so boring, that I barely remembered it.

“This episode dragged like WHOAH!” - It did! But maybe it was also the fault of pretty much clinging to one storyline only? This doesn’t happen too often and it’s usually a risky endeavor.

Nope, the one storyline was fabulous. It was the direction, period. It was baaaaaaaaaaaaad. Most movies are "one storyline."

“And it's not like this episode was bad, it was pretty good, just not great.” - Hopefully the next one will be better! :)

They have been. The last one was fantastic. Even if the last scene was really sad; it was super powerful. Alas, you may have noticed (I'm sure you have), no write-ups. While I do like our back and forths, two things are going on right now and having only one person respond... well, yeah. I'm ridiculously, head-over-heels into Adam Driver (of Star Wars fame) right now, and I ship his character in those films with someone. And my hockey team finally made it into the Stanley Cup playoffs (first time in 20 years--and they just won their first SC game in franchise history), so that's where my focus is. Plus, if I'm going to be writing anything TVD-related, it's, well, my TVD posts... which I DO want to finish. So, yeah, I'm not going to continue to do these although I am enjoying this final season a lot.
Florencia: DE (The Wreck of Our Hearts)florencia7 on June 2nd, 2018 06:04 pm (UTC)
Re: 5.03 - 'Ne Me Quitte Pas'
Yes, that’s true. Antoinette’s backstory turned out to be really awesome, especially in hindsight, so it’s a shame the chemistry didn’t work.

On the second thought yeah, that’s probably true, you’re right, Elijah's coldness wasn’t ooc.

OH I was fearing this kind of announcement *sobs incontrollably* But of course I understand :) And I’m happy to know that you will be back with your TVD posts, eventually ♥

In the meantime, have fun with your new ship and best of luck to your hockey team! :)