Category: The Originals

Selfless Redeemer or Selfish Controller? – Why Elijah Made Klaus a Worse Person

  Elijah and Klaus were no doubt the dynamic duo of The Originals. The Robin and Batman of the vampire world (unfortunately for many, minus the revealing suits), the bloodsucking murderous Bert and Ernie of the CW, the Analyze and picture-of-Analyze of the fanged figures. Two pees in a pot. And a heartwarming pot it …

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Behind Blue Eyes – Why Camille Was the Most Powerful Character on The Originals

  When dealing with a show where you regularly see 1000 year old super vampires, apocalyptically powerful witches and ancient culturally insensitive spirits battle it out you would perhaps not immediately jump to the conclusion that a frail little blonde human is one of the most powerful people on it. Yet, being the loveable contrarian …

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Missing the Light at the End of the Tunnel – Why The Originals’ Ending Doesn’t Work

  The Originals has been over for quite some time at this point. And many people were… not entirely satisfied with the ending. That is to say that I hope the writer’s room for Legacies is fireproof and they don’t accept fanmail without thorough inspection. But why were their dearest fans so upset? What lies …

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Was Vampire Hitler Right? – How Season 5’s Ending Betrays Its Themes

  The species of New Orleans have been at war for as long as we can remember. From the beginning of the show it is made very clear that vampires, werewolves and witches don’t get along. And with “don’t get along” I mean New Orleans’ most popular sport is golf with another species’ eyeballs. Throughout …

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One Step Forward, Twenty Steps Back – Why Hope Mikaelson Has No Character Arc

(Warning: this audio clip can get a wee bit loud. Please make sure your ears are still attached after listening if you use a headphone) I really didn’t want to watch season 5 of the Originals. I just didn’t. I knew before I even watched it that it would be awful. I knew that season …

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A Doomed Relationship – Why Klaus Could Never Have Been a Good Father to Marcel

  I can say with confidence that the best new relationship The Originals introduced was the one between the controlling Klaus Mikaelson and his obstinate son Marcel Gerard. And one of the reasons for this is that it is in its very essence a tragic relationship. One that had so many positive emotions and kindness …

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The Answers at the Bottom of a Glass – The Strange Way People Bond in TO and TVD (But Mostly TO)

Everyone likes a drink. Some good ol’ booze. Except me. I’m a teetotaler and will never touch the vile stuff. But this makes me a monster! An abomination, social outcast, pariah! Because The Vampire Diaries and The Originals have taught me drinking alcoholic beverages together is the true (and easiest) way of forming strong friendships! …

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A Triumphant Return – A Hypothetical Scene for Gathering Up the Killers

  Anyone who’s read more than one of my articles probably knows I like to rewrite scenes on occassion. Well, this time instead I’ve outdone myself and thought up a whole scene from scratch. It would be part of the first episode of season 4 of The Originals and I shall do my best to …

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A Regrettable Retrospective – Season 3’s Missed Opportunities

  The Originals’ third season is at an end and with this in mind I think a retrospective is in order. As I was thinking about the season, I found myself often wondering about things that I thought were underdeveloped or some of its missed opportunities. And through the magic of the internet I now …

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Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler – New Orleans After the Mikaelsons

  I’ve always thought the politics of The Originals were a little under-explored, but potentially quite interesting. The same goes for the history of the various factions of New Orleans. Particularly the tumultuous period of time between the originals leaving and returning to New Orleans. Before they leave it’s made clear the power structure is …

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