Category: The Originals

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. Throughout the series we see them fight each other, try to dominate each other, distrust each other and slaughter …

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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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The Originals’ Deadliest Sin – Behind the Black Horizon Review

  For centuries now people have written about vampires. And that’s quite understandable, what’s not to love? There are so many possible angles: They’re monsters but human, they’re outcasts and supremely powerful, they can be heroes but they’ll always be villains. All of these angles are represented in different works of fiction and some of …

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“In the end the enemies that you have are the ones that you made.” – Alone with Everybody Review

  I’m going to try something new in doing a (character-centred) review of an episode of The Originals, so be gentle with the comments, it’s my first time. Here goes nothing… We all know that at its heart The Originals is a show about family so I knew, once I saw Finn had returned, that …

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“I’m an Original. Show a Little Respect.” – Rewriting Inconsistent Fight Scenes

  We all love The Originals and The Vampire Diaries and everyone loves a good fight scene. However, I believe many would agree with me that both of these shows can have fight scenes that are rather inconsistent with the established lore. Particularly as it pertains to vampire strength, speed, established skill, basic logic, etc. …

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