by J.D. Balthazar
I really like where they are going with Rebekah now. She's basically taking the 'others' and turning them into a faction based on trust and friendship. She's doing what Marcel did, except with a stronger foundation. Her side isn't exactly weak either; she has Hayley, Davina, and Cami, probably Josh since he is tied pretty closely to Davina, and potentially Thierry as well. This all goes back to her being tired of being a victim, of literally being a Casket girl.
Her actions towards becoming a player in this struggle were both unexpected and very welcome. She is arguably the most redeemable of the Originals family, no matter how privileged and selfish she is. There were moments even in VD where she showed that deep down, she might have the capacity for goodness. Sure, Elijah may be the most noble, but he has also resigned himself to being a monster. Also he is too tied up in Klaus' fate to ever fully disconnect himself from his brother.
Rebekah, on the other hand, is already done with Klaus. She's basically done with Marcel as well. Now she has a very powerful witch, a headstrong human, and a crafty werewolf on her side. That's a pretty damned good start. They are all a big part of Klaus and Marcel's lives as well, which makes them players entrenched in the center of the struggle, either way. However this plays out, one thing is for sure: everyone in the cast is important, and I finally have a side to truly root for.
It was touching that Josh was willing to sacrifice himself for Davina's freedom. Even if we all knew there was no possiblity that Klaus was gonna die, it was still a pretty important gesture. He truly is a loyal friend to her, and she desperately needs them. It's also pretty cool that both Elijah and Marcel betrayed Klaus to protect her as well. Too bad they couldn't do the same for Timothy, poor kid.
Loved Cami telling Klaus off, even if it was borderline stupid and very dangerous.
It was very mature of Hayley to not go out with Elijah when she obviously wanted to go, but I'm also a bit disappointed that she didn't go to him about Celeste.
The boy sitting on the sign playing a violin was yet another striking visual, reminiscent of Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles.
I thought for a moment they were really going to kill Davina and then bring her back for the Harvest ritual. I wonder, though, since she did technically die and come back (ala the Resurrection Rings on VD) was the Harvest Ritual sacrifice fulfilled?
Klaus didn't have a good night. For once his diabolical scheme backfired, which was kind of cool.
Davina's drawings were of Celeste, who is apparently very powerful and very nasty.
Joshua: "Believe me, I know what it's like. You're okay. And hey, all these notes that you made? It's very Memento of you."
Klaus: "Joshua, my most disappointing minion."
Hayley (to bodyguards): "I know Klaus told you to follow me, but does it really mean you have to follow me to the bathroom?"
I really liked this one. It had layers of plotting and character growth that are proving to make this show more than just a spin-off.
3.5 out of 4 Bottles of Poison