The Originals: The Big Uneasy

Klaus: "One never knows when a powerful witch might come in handy."

So Klaus and Elijah remained allies for all of two episodes. Rebekah has been gone for a hiccup in time for them, and Elijah has already given up on his brother after a millennia of hoping for his redemption. I really only have one thing to say about that: What took him so long?

Elijah is an interesting character. He's noble when he needs to be, ruthless when required, and very clearly has deep feelings he usually buries for the sake of his family. If it's true that he is no longer going to hold back, I'm curious what we'll see from him in the next few episodes before the finale. At least I'm pretty sure he's no longer going to repress his obvious feelings for Hayley, and for those of us that ship them, this is good news.

Unfortunately, Jackson (dark haired wolf guy) is starting to make his move. She's doing the attraction body language, touching him and such, and she's been openly hostile towards Elijah. I guess if you're really going to play up a triangle, they have to establish both love interests equally. My question is why? Jackson will probably never equal Elijah as a character, so I strongly doubt the viewers will ever root for him. So he simply becomes an obstacle for the couple of the show, which is just frustrating.

On the other side of the coin we have Klaus and his constant manipulations. This time they came back to bite him in the ass. Sure, Genevieve is a heartless witch (see what I did there), who probably had no intention of ever trying to help Father Kieran (a hair comb was enough to change her mind? I don't buy it). Still, it stung Klaus. He cares for Cami, perhaps even romantically. He's shown this repeatedly by consistently going out of his way to help her. Of course he usually ends up sabotaging that help, but not always intentionally.

At times he doesn't seem to really understand nuance and subtlety, but then he gives a daylight ring to Joshua and publicly pardons him. I doubt that will make Davina his ally, but it does make a rather significant move towards an apology. She will never forgive him for Tim, but she might be able to forget for other reasons, like survival.

Davina is a good person mixed up with a bunch of terrible people. Specifically Monique, who practically screams evil. What is it about ancestor witch spirits being hard, unforgiving, and downright evil? Not only do they want Genevieve to just kill herself, they also want Hayley's baby. The latter is something the witches have gone after before, and I hope they fail.

All of this feels like a lead in to a huge season finale conflict. The wolves are biding their time until the moonlight ring is viable, the witches can't act until the child is born because of the pesky magic protecting her, and the vampires have basically all turned back to Marcel who is building up an army to take back his city.

Okay, I think I'm now officially looking forward to the finale, because that sounds like a lot of fun.

Bits:

Father Kieran is still sick. How long does the hex take to fully take hold? It sounded like Cami's brother just flipped one day. Maybe Kieran is resisting it because he knows what's happening to him?

Ms. Carrea is not even remotely interesting, and I keep waiting for her to cross a line and Klaus or Elijah will kill her horribly. Is that callous of me?

There was a lot of focus on Diego, who has never really stood out for me as a character. Unlike Thierry and Josh, whom I like quite a bit.

Poor Thierry, he never had a chance. It was a shocking death. I didn't think they would kill him off so easily after establishing him for so long. I guess that proves no one is really safe on this show.

So Hayley knows about the ring, and is basically the queen of the wolves. Her status has attracted wolves from all over the country. That's pretty impressive, and I would love to see her be that queen. Maybe she'll get the ring in the finale. Wouldn't that be cool.

I loved the title of this episode, which is a play off one of the nicknames for New Orleans: The Big Easy.

Did Monique come back right? I mean she killed her Aunt in cold blood, and then spouts off her death as a reason she deserves to be a member of the coven. She killed family, she killed one of her own people. How does that make her worthy of being a member of anything?

So Claire Holt revealed in an interview why she left the series. There was a bit more to it, but basically she was homesick. She'd been away from Australia for years and needed a break. She made it very clear that she has every intention of coming back to the series at some point.

The parade was really well done. This show always does the atmosphere right. Which is kind of remarkable when you consider they don't film in New Orleans most of the time. Although it does feel a bit glossy at times.

Quotes:

Elijah: "So your coven attempted to destroy my family, and you yourself held my siblings in unspeakable torment, and you would like a party for the witches."

Klaus: "The tourists love a good festival. Besides, what better way to cement solidarity than a show of faith to a one time enemy."
Elijah: "A onetime enemy with whom you've grown rather nauseatingly intimate."
Klaus: "Well, who said maintaining alliances can't be fun?"

Klaus: "Don't worry, I'll bring her home before the birth. No child of mine will be born in a swamp."

Hayley: "Who are all these people? Why are they standing out here all weird and lurky?"

Elijah: "If the definition of insanity is doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting different results, then surely my quest for your salvation ranks me as one of the maddest of men."

I liked this one, but it did feel a bit like a retread of themes we've seen before.

3 out of 4 Daylight Rings

J.D. Balthazar reviews Arrow, The Originals, and Farscape. He also occasionally reviews new movies when they strike his fancy. He is also a confirmed nerd and loves most things sci-fi or fantasy related.

2 comments:

TheShadowKnows said...

An observation: it's a little gross how much Cami looks like Rebekah.

I don't mean it's gross that they're both beautiful women; it's gross because Rebekah is Klaus's sister and Marcelle's ex. And now they're in a love triangle with her doppelganger. Yuck.

J.D. Balthazar said...

Never thought about it before, but you're right. Cami does share a bit of a resemblance to Rebekah. The same kind of resemblance Rebekah and Caroline share. His mother was also the same kind of blonde. Perhaps because Rebekah and Esther were such powerful figures in his life, he's drawn to that type. At least Cami and Caroline are very good people. He could focus his affections on far less deserving women.