I'm a bit conflicted about this episode, and it has nothing to do with any of the central characters. It has to do with a certain guest star, and the depths to which he sank in his quest for revenge against Klaus.
Threatening a former friend with death is pretty damn low. Tyler pretty much lost any sympathy I might have had for him when he did that to Hayley. I wish this had been the end of his character once and for all, because that would've been pretty shocking. Actually, I have absolutely no idea why Tyler Lockwood is still alive. What purpose does he serve anymore? More so, how did Caroline ever fall in love with him? His actions paint him as a single minded monster, willing to do anything to further his goals. Even Klaus shows more growth potential than him, and that's saying a lot.
That doesn't mean I can't understand where Tyler's coming from. Klaus did some pretty horrible things to him, and his need to destroy Klaus is totally in character. It just doesn't do anything positive for him, because Tyler's already unlikeable. It does make me wonder though, how did a relatively good guy turn into the bad guy here? How is Klaus, of all people, the one I'm rooting for? Go figure. He may be petulant and has serious issues, but at least Klaus isn't bloodthirsty anymore
Klaus has even changed enough to show mercy to Tyler. Seriously, he may have trumped up some phony line about Tyler suffering, but in truth he let him go. How much did Caroline affect him? Is there something deep inside of him that is really trying to change? That's kind of encouraging. Although with that last fight with Elijah put him back into that petty, lashing out mode I'm so tired of. I'm not looking forward to Elijah suffering, because we already know the bite won't kill him. Come to think about it though, in that moment it suddenly became clear to me what Klaus' issues are. It all comes down to family, specifically Mikael.
Klaus has brought it up before, the whole bastard thing. But I'd never really gave it any attention, since that kind of thing isn't really that important nowadays. Judging someone based on a parents' indiscretion seems stupid and petty, but to Klaus it's one of his defining traits. He's an outsider in his own family. He isn't wholly a part of Rebekah and Elijah, and because of that he hates them to a degree. Basically he resents their full status as Mikael and Esther's children. That explains why he's always trying to subjugate them.
As for the whole Hybrid thing, I'm kind of not surprised. Of course Klaus' child would have his gifts. That girl is gonna be powerful, I just wonder how they are going to utilize her. Is she going to be the magical baby that everyone tries to gain possession of next season? Or will she grow up quickly so we have a character that can interact with the rest of the family? As much as I dislike that fast growing infant plot, it might be necessary. Either way, I'm pretty sure Klaus isn't really going to be the father. Maybe in name, but I'm pretty sure at this point it's going to be Hayley and Elijah raising her.
On the Marcel front, it looks like he's starting to win over Rebekah. Given her history with Klaus I'm really not surprised, and I'm thrilled that she gave Marcel the skinny on the whole Original bloodline thing (that killing Klaus would kill all his progeny). I'm pretty sure we'll see Klaus in the Garden at some point this season, and I think that might be for the best. He needs to feel what his siblings have gone through. He needs to understand how horrible being incapacitated like that feels, because once he does maybe he won't be so quick to stab them in the back. I just hope that Rebekah comes out this situation with a shred of something resembling dignity, because she needs a break badly. She needs to start healing, because she could be good, if given the chance.
Was Tyler right about Klaus and the hybrid thing as his motivation for being enthusiastic about daddy hood? Honestly I want to think better of Klaus, even though that feels strange to say. Is there a part of Klaus that wants a real family?
Hayley immediately trusted Elijah with the truth about Tyler's suspicions. That pretty much confirms to me that they are going to be one of the big romantic couples of this show. The chemistry is simply too strong not to go that route. Unless they become like Stefan and Lexie.
I liked the fight night thing, and kind of wanted to see more of it. Sure it's pretty twisted, but makes a strange kind of sense. Marcel would want someone with strength. Two vampires enter, one vampire leaves with a reputation that brings them a step closer to getting into Marcel's inner circle.
Klaus and Elijah walking into that huge crowd of vampires and threatening them was kind of awesome. Even better was that no one challenged them about it.
Hayley's some kind of werewolf royalty? Her real name is Andrea Labonair, and she was born June 6, 1991.
The Josh and Davina scenes were a lot of fun, too. I loved how they connected, and she actually trusted him. I'm not sure how that will play out, but I like the direction at least.
Elijah: "If I'm moving too fast for you, Niklaus, you're welcome to wait in the car. Do be certain to leave the windows down."
Davina: "Do you like music?"
Josh: "What? I can't think about music right now. Why? I don't know. Maybe because you're giving me a voodoo lobotomy."
Klaus: "Hello, Tyler. You look well. I aim to change that."
I'm pretty sure my dislike of some of this episode was based solely on Tyler's presence. Even so, I wasn't super thrilled with this one.
2 1/2 out of 4 Voodoo lobotomies.