“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. The worst of these atrocious lapses of logic have probably been against the members of the original family. It’s not hard to get why this is. The originals are extremely powerful beings, nearly invincible in fact. So in order to give their enemies a fighting chance (especially if those enemies are a series’ protagonists) they ended up having to handicap them. However, this miniature article is an attempt to rewrite some of the more inconsistent fight scenes that the originals have had in a way that retains the scene’s original purpose, doesn’t result in the death of more important characters than died in the original version but also isn’t inconsistent (and hopefully not too much more expensive to shoot).


It’s worth noting that I will expand this article over time to include multiple scenes, but right now I simply do not have the time.

Kol vs. Damon in “Dangerous Liaisons”

One of the biggest victims of the above-mentioned trend is probably Kol Mikaelson. He’s often been, to put it kindly, defeated by vampires or others far below his own level of strength and skill (as far as the lore goes). And to put it less kindly: He’s a little bitch who got curbstomped by Damon. Which is only the first time this happened. I am, of course, referring to the scene in the fourteenth episode of season 3 of The Vampire Diaries where he fights the blue-eyed marvel that is Damon Salvatore. The first fight scene he had with anyone other than Klaus.

What happened: Kol starts to break Matt’s hand while standing on a balcony. Damon sees this, makes a snarky comment and charges at the original. As a result Kol is flung off of the building and Damon snaps Kol’s neck. Afterwards he proceeds to stroll away unharmed despite being in full view of the other members of the original family (including the very tempramental Klaus).

What should have happened: Kol starts to break Matt’s hand while standing on the balcony. Damon sees this, makes a snarky comment and charges at the original. Kol, of course, simply backhands him unto the floor. Damon isn’t deterred however and gets up and charges again at which point Kol easily subdues him and lifts him up by the neck. Stefan, who’s been looking for Damon, hears the noise and comes upon the scene. We see him galanetly charing in as he attempts to intervene. A cut is made in the scene.

We then see both Stefan and Damon thrown into the main hall of the building on to the various expensive tables with food. Kol charges at them and prepares to kill one or both of them. However, since they are now in full view of everybody, Elijah and Finn (being the two that wish to follow Esther’s rules) restrain their brother. While he is restrained Damon, being a spiteful son of a bitch, gets up and grabs one of the table’s legs (one of the ones that he was flung unto and broke) and charges at Kol, stabbing him through the heart (thus desiccating him). Kol of course is unable to react because he was being restrained by two other originals. The other originals prepare to tear Damon’s head off and there’s a tense moment in which Stefan and Damon look around and see all of the originals quite pissy. We see close-ups of their faces with Damon saying something like “You take the two super-killing machines on the right, I’ll take the two on the left.”

However, before anything else happens Esther and Elena walk unto the scene and Esther tells Damon and Stefan to leave the party. She looks at her children for a moment (judgingly, as she is wont to do) saying no harm will come to Damon and Stefan if they leave right now. Damon makes a hateful comment and he leaves, Stefan simply apologises and leaves. Elena is left looking down from the stairs at Damon and Stefan, stunned at what they’ve done.

Now this version of the scene seems longer, but really it would’ve been only a few seconds (definitely less than a minute) longer than the scene we actually saw. More things just happen at once. But my version of the scene retains the original usage of the scene (to show Damon acting recklessly and breaking up the party) while at the same time staying true to the lore, respecting the power of an original like Kol and even bringing in a few moments of tension.

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Copyright: The images used in this article are screenshots taken from the episodes of the show. We are allowed to use them under section 107 of the US Copyright Act of 1976. The Originals belongs to the CW and Alloy Entertainment.

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