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‘The Originals’ Review: The Ex-Files


When you take a moment to think, isn’t it amazing the Mikaelson family survived this long?

Yes, most powerful vampires ever. Only a few pieces of white oak can kill them. But considering how often they make the same mistake?

It’s a miracle they’re still breathing.

I would like to offer some sage advice to our favorite vampire family after the events of “Dead Angels.”

Dear Elijah, Klaus, and Rebekah,

Kill your enemies when the opportunity presents itself. Do not hesitate. Do not pass go. Do not remember the love, affection, comradery, or whatever else you once felt.

Stake ‘em. Tear their hearts out. Move on.

Then again, The Originals wouldn’t be an entertaining hour of television if the characters made good decisions, right? So let’s talk about the bad ones.

the-originals-312-dead-angels-05Elijah treated Hayley to another trip down past lovers’ lane to shed some light on his history with Aya. They started the Strix, generated all kinds of heat between them, and then Mikael showed up. Elijah ran. Aya stayed behind and fell in with Tristan. We know the rest. Now Tristan’s gone and Elijah wants his vampires back so he can school them in proper manners and how to keep blood off an expensive suit.

Because Elijah wrote the club rules, he could resume control. Except Aya knew the rules too and she wanted to be leader. Vampire combat ensued. Elijah got the upper hand and prepared to end Aya once and for all. As he should. She’s the enemy. She cursed Rebekah. But he hesitated. Because he’s a Mikaelson and they make poor choices.

Of course it turned out Marcel and Elijah had a plan. Marcel would step up and lead the Strix. He knows New Orleans better than anyone. Not only that, he cares about people outside the Mikaelson inner circle. With Marcel in charge, he’ll make sure all three sire lines survive because you know he won’t let anything happen to Rebekah.

Elijah and Marcel’s secret partnership is the absolute best. The trust they keep showing each other has become one of my favorite things about this season. Also, as much as I love Klaus, Marcel is the true king of New Orleans. It’s his home more than anyone else’s. And with Elijah by his side in the consigliere role? They’ll be unstoppable.

(You know…if they’d actually follow through and kill their enemies).

Speaking of terrible plans going wrong, Cami’s decision to steal from a baby came back to bite her. As we knew it would. Cami and Klaus bickered like an old married couple negotiated while poor Vincent looked like he wished he’d never met them. But Cami’s justifications were solid. She knows she’s a baby vampire and has no chance. She needs the dark objects for protection. Aurora killed her once and she’d prefer not to go down that road a second time.

Fair enough.

the-originals-312-dead-angels-02Klaus understands that. He’s hurt Cami doesn’t trust him to protect her (because they’re intimates). But he didn’t. Cami died because he didn’t kill Aurora when he had the chance. So he gives Cami what she wants. Or attempts to because thanks to Davina, one of Aya’s witches learns of the toy, and the sisters descend on Cami and Vincent. Cami and her dark object stand no chance against her power.

Again, we all saw this coming a mile away. Cami apologized to Klaus, but she still blamed him for the situation. Klaus remains unhappy with her because Klaus’ motto is ‘he’s always right and if everyone else would just fall in line, they’d all be better off’. So we reached a new impasse in their relationship. Can’t they just love each other? They’re stronger together. They should be fighting their enemies instead of each other.

But they haven’t learned that lesson any more than the one about killing their enemies when they have a chance.

Because guess what? Killing Cami will not be the last of Aurora’s misdeeds. She orchestrated the toy heist and now she’s got wooden bullets with the Mikaelsons’ names on them. If I didn’t despise her for killing Cami and tossing Rebekah in the ocean, I’d be waving my Team Aurora flag right about now.

Think about it. She’s constantly outsmarting everybody. She tricked Rebekah into making her a vampire way back when. She escapes from all the places Tristan attempted to keep her prisoner. She snuck into a party full of powerful vampires and killed Alexis. She doubled down on Tristan’s plan and stole Rebekah from the Strix. She kidnapped Cami and added a fallback plan for Cami to drink her blood and slit her throat as soon as she knew Klaus was in love with her.

And now she’s hijacked a powerful witch and helped herself to the last remaining weapon to take down the Original family.

(Are we sure we’re not supposed to be rooting for her?)

Miscellaneous Musings

-Does Lucien still exist? Last we heard, he saved Aurora, but there’s been no sign or mention of him since.

-Davina’s two best moments this week: taking the time to give Ariane a proper witch funeral and calling to warn Cami about the sisters. A little too late on the second part, but it’s nice Davina still cares.

-Are we sure Davina’s not a Mikaelson? Or maybe she’s been folded into the fabric of the family because of Marcel and Kol. She keeps repeating her mistakes too. Every time she stands against the Mikaelsons, something bad happens. And if anyone should know about messing with dark magic and bringing back the dead, it’s the girl who ended up sacrificed in the name of power.

-Am I the only one adamantly against breaking the sire lines? Call me sentimental, but this particular mythology remains my second favorite twist of The Vampire Diaries/Originals universe. It was so damn cool when Sage and company died after Finn. I like everyone’s supernatural existence being tied back to Klaus, Elijah, and Rebekah. Don’t ruin it, show.

Mandy Treccia
Mandy Treccia has served as TVSource Magazine’s Executive Editor since 2016, formerly as Editorial Director from 2012-2016. She is an avid TV watcher and card carrying fan girl prone to sudden bursts of emotion, ranging from extreme excitement to blind rage during her favorite shows and has on more than once occasion considered having a paper bag on hand to get her through some tough TV moments. Her taste in TV tends to rival that of a thirteen-year-old girl, but she’s okay with that.

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