by Laure Mack
That was pretty amazing. Does it really get much better than this?
Maybe not that much actually happened. Elijah didn't escape his chains, Mikael is still a threat and Esther is still throwing her weight around as mommie dearest, but everything in this episode felt important.
This time they gave me an answer to a question I never thought to ask. Elijah is always dressed so immaculately, because mother told him to. My question is whether Esther simply used the power of suggestion to create the door in Elijah's mind, if she had a active witchy hand in creating it or if she created it now just to torment him. I feel like any of these options are possible, but maybe my hatred of Esther is clouding my judgement. Esther's treatment of Elijah breaks my heart a little each time it popped up on my screen, especially the looks of disgust that she throws his way. What makes her even more evil is the fact that she shows no remorse over what she has put her children through over all of these years. Hats off to the actress. I believe everything she does and says.
Finding out that Elijah, the honorable one, keeps all of his sins buried in his mind so he can more easily live with himself is an entirely different box of crazy, but it just makes perfect sense doesn't it? Remember last season when he promised Sophie that he wouldn't let Klaus kill the elder, only to rip her heart out himself? He kept his word, but not the spirit of the agreement. Would a truly honorable person do such a thing? Or will that decision be another one that haunts him now that he has opened the door? The Hayley dream sequence was just completely unexpected. Poor Elijah. Esther isn't playing fair.
The other part of this episode was the hunt for Mikael. Mikael is confusing to me. If he doesn't value human life, then why does he hunt vampires? He certainly didn't value Cami's life even though she was directly responsible for him being spared by Klaus. He didn't bat an eye at setting defenseless partying mortals up for Klaus to kill. Interestingly, his plan didn't work because he didn't count on the fact the Klaus could have people in his corner. People that would fight to protect him. People that love him. I don't think Klaus counted on that either, since the only person he called was Elijah. Of course Mikael turned community and camaraderie into a way to belittle his son. Mikael is pure class. I think he's lost an advocate in Cami, anyway.
Nina Dobrev guest starred as the original doppelganger, Tatia, this week. I love a good flashback, and I enjoyed getting to see a little bit of a character that we've heard about a few times now. They did a little rewrite of what we already knew, having Elijah be the one that killed her, but I think it fits nicely. As if that is what the truth always was. I also enjoyed what little we learned about Tatia. She was just a girl that liked a boy. When she found out the boy was a vampire, she did her best to stay strong and get herself out of the situation. She might be the most well adjusted doppelganger we've met so far. Except the boy ate her.
4 out of 4 Wingless Butterflies
Bites and pieces
Esther revealed why Elijah is such a snappy dresser. It's no coincidence that he spent this episode in a dirty, tattered and bloody outfit. The writers are telling us that Elijah might not be who we thought.
Esther liked to compare Elijah's love interests with butterflies. She said he tore the wings off of them. Judgy Wudgy was a bear. I feel like if anyone has been tearing wings off of butterflies, it's Esther.
Will Kol ever be able to break whatever hold that allows Esther and Finn to give him sporadic nose bleeds?
I am seriously digging Kol and Davina.
Esther needs Klaus alive and connected to his sire line. Why? Does she have ulterior motives? I find that incredibly easy to believe.
Is Oliver dead? Do we care?
Esther wanted to call Tatia daughter. Maybe it's better that she died.
I know she's busy babysitting, but I miss Rebekah.
Esther: "Have you forgotten where you are, son? Save your strength. My chains don't break so easily."
Tatia: "Don't tell me you came to save Loki the pig from his fate."
Elijah: "No, I'm afraId Loki's fate is to become food. Just as you are fated to love another."
Tatia: "And you? Fated to watch from the shadows? A noble martyr? Fate does not dictate my heart Elijah. I was fated to throw myself on a pyre when my husband died in battle, but I did not. I chose to live and I chose to give my heart once more. To someone strong, smart fierce, noble yet gentle. I choose you Elijah."
Shades of Katherine. Tatia was a survivor, too.
Klaus: "You seemed to have crossed continents to weasel your way into Davina's good graces. Thereby meddling in my family business. Strange. Isn't it? Unless, of course, it's your family business. You know ever since dinner with my mother and Finn, I've been wondering when you might make an appearance, Kol."
Kol: "Then the jig is up. Hello brother.
Klaus: "Elijah, where are you? Mikael is loose with the stake, Cami is a hostage, and I'm weaponless and in need of reinforcements. Urgently."
Kol: "Angry bloke with dangerous aim. He smashed the place up and then he left."
Davina: "Where'd he go?"
Kol: "To hunt down your pet serial killer friend. Not to be Mr. Judgmental here, but I'm starting to question the company that you keep."
Davina: "The white oak stake?"
Kol: "It's gone, I'm afraid The serial killer one took it."
Davina: "I can give you a list of the people that have underestimated me. Not one of them has done it a second time."
I like that Davina makes her own decisions now, and doesn't rely on Marcel or anyone else to make them for her.
Kol: "You don't disobey Mother without some consequences. She's mad as a hatter. And that man you made your pet, my father, well he's more of a lunatic than she is.
Mikael: "You have a warriors heart. Perhaps I'll keep it as a souvenir."
Mikael: "You think having people makes you strong? It proves how weak you are."
Davina: "Are you alright?"
Kol: "A little light headed. May have something to do with being knocked ass over teacup by dear old dad."
I'm starting to really like Kol.