Tonight was the big night; after what felt like an eternity of waiting, we finally got to see the first episode of the potential Vampire Diaries spinoff The Originals. To say that I had an unhealthy amount of excitement for this would be a severe understatement. I love the Original family and Claire Holt, Daniel Gillies and Joseph Morgan are my favorite part of TVD (I love you too, Paul Wesley, but you have to sit this one out).
But would the episode live up to my extremely high expectations? Yes, it absolutely did, even if it did throw what had to be the biggest WTF in my television viewing history at me and the rest of the audience. While the internet pretty much exploded, mostly with hatred, I decided to sit back and just watch and see what happened. More on that when we get to #1 (Please know that it was extremely difficult for me to put these in any kind of order).
#5 Rebekah decides to stick it out in Mystic Falls
The writers/producers/cast wanted to keep it a secret whether or not Rebekah made the trek to New Orleans in the episode. We know Claire Holt has signed on to be part of the series if The CW picks it up (which it had better), but for now, Rebekah is super angry at Klaus and she’s tired of living her life according to his rules. So she told Elijah that she’s staying put and she’s going to live her life the way she wants to. She also suggested he do the same thing. It’s nice to see Rebekah sticking up for herself and it’s even better to know that she’ll be around for the last few TVD episodes of the season. But I’m most looking forward to finding out what changes her mind so we’ll see her in New Orleans once October rolls around (Right, CW?).
#4 Marcel is all kinds of awesome and we are all in love with him now
(See what I mean about the order? At one point, this was #1). From the second Marcel appeared on screen singing “How do you like me now?” I was hooked. Charles Michael Davis is a fantastic addition to a cast that already set the bar super high. Marcel is charismatic and charming and he has a smile that just…wow. But then we got to see his BAMF side (a must in this supernatural world) when he took charge and reminded the witches who was boss. Of course, that was nothing when he pointed out to Klaus that he was king and Klaus was just a potentially unwelcome guest in his town. Damn…watching these two bond and battle is going to be epic (because the CW is picking this show up, right?).
#3 Joseph Morgan’s entire performance from beginning to end
I know there are a lot of people out there who are not fans of Klaus, but I literally do not understand them. It baffles me. Morgan is so incredibly talented whether he’s sharing a smile and a hug with an old friend, threatening to rip out some hearts or having a one-sided phone conversation with Caroline to let her know that he’d like to show her New Orleans someday (pauses to allow for swooning). Then there was the moment when Klaus bit one of Marcel’s lackeys and reminded him that he could not be killed. BAMF. Or the other flawless moment when Klaus admitted to Elijah that he wanted everything that Marcel had. Vulnerable Klaus is hot too. Basically, this man deserves to be the star of his own show (make it happen, CW).
#2 Elijah’s entrances (and his existence in general)
Is there anyone more perfect than Elijah Mikaelson? The answer to that question is no, people. There is not. The man wears a suit like no other and he knows how to make an entrance. First, he quickly dispatched of the vampires bothering Sophie. “I’m Elijah. You’ve heard of me…” (Again, excuse me while I pick my jaw up off the floor). Then he showed up on the balcony beside Klaus and the two exchanged some un-pleasantries. “What an unsurprising welcome.” Finally, he showed up on the bench beside Klaus and gave an epic (yes, I’m using it again) speech about how their family has had so little happiness in their long lives, but they were happy in New Orleans. Oh, and he said goodbye to Katherine, choosing Klaus over her, which was awesome because sorry, shippers, but I do not support this nonsense. I need Elijah on my TV on a weekly basis (do you hear me, CW?).
#1 Hayley is pregnant with Klaus’s baby
You guys, a lot of bad stuff has happened to me this year, but nothing shocked me more than when Sophie dropped that bombshell. Admittedly, my first reaction was horror and I was ready to turn off the TV and cry in the corner because no, just no. I am not here for any kind of supernatural manipulation even if there was some explanation about werewolves. Hayley is alive, but Klaus is dead and the dead do not have working sperm. End of story, no matter what the Twilight movies have tried to tell us.
But here’s the thing. I’m not sure I believe there really is a baby. Yes, there was that creepy scene where Klaus listened to the heartbeat (shudders), but the episode began with Sophie and her sister putting some kind of spell on Hayley. I’m hoping that this “baby” is just a spell because Sophie and the others want to wrestle control away from Marcel. Obviously, I could be wrong and the Originals might be setting up a nursery next spring as we prepare for their first season finale (please, CW), but I just feel like there’s a lot more to this story than the horrible plot that meets the eye. I’m going to trust that the writers have something up their sleeve, even if it’s something as simple as making it impossible for the network not to give this show a chance because we need to know.
Next week, we get back to business as usual in Mystic Falls as Stefan and Damon team up to torture Elena’s humanity back into play. I guess that could be interesting…or maybe I’ll just be watching “The Originals” again on my DVR.