The Originals Review: Hope and Rage

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The Originals returned from its two week hiatus with a disjointed episode.

“There in the Disappearing Light” somehow managed to focus on nothing while simultaneously slashing through stories as if running out of time.

Perhaps that’s due to the fact that we are running out of time.

This is the final season ever. Urgency is a must. We should be fighting to catch our breath as we watch the drama unfold.

Instead, we’re forced to watch the show dart between storylines—some of which don’t entirely make sense—while we try and guess whether or not these characters (looking at you, Declan) are taking up precious final season air time for a reason.

It’s depressing, and, frankly, boring.

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Let’s start with Josh’s death because I did not see that one coming.

I have a love/hate relationship with Josh.

I adored him during the first two seasons and then he became a reminder that the show will constantly kill off its lead female characters while letting the males keep on living.

But Josh’s number was up this week and he died a hero: saving Marcel from the Nazi vampire crew.

That said, like Hayley, Josh deserved better than to be killed at the hands of the worst villains the show’s ever conceived.

Marcel was the only one there with him—and for now, the only one who knows—and he celebrated his friend and thanked him in a short, heartfelt scene where Charles Michael Davis brought everything he’s got.

(Like always because he’s so damn good).

Afterward, Josh reunited with Aiden in the afterlife. Thanks to The Vampire Diaries finale, this scene wasn’t a huge surprise.

(For once, that’s not a complaint. I love the afterlife reunions and hope to see more of them before the series ends *cough*Klamille*cough*Haylijah*cough).

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Before we move on, it’s irritating that anyone could get the jump on Marcel. He’s supposed to be the strongest of the strong.

And, not that I want another Original killing weapon floating around, but is Josh, a normal vampire who can die by stake and fire, really going to be the only one who dies due to the venom extraction?

It seemed like all of it was destroyed in the church, but they didn’t go through all of that just to kill Josh, right?


While we’re on the subject of the terrible vampires’ victims, Ivy and the other witches woke up in transition. Apparently that poison was laced with vampire blood so they had to make a choice: live or die.

Ivy wanted to move on (understandable). But Vincent, desperate to keep her with him, attempted to show her the truth of the ancestral plane (those dead witches are assholes).

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Except they’re only assholes because they can’t find peace and that’s why they screw with the living witches—at least that’s the message I think we were being given?

I’m not sure because the scenes jumped around and didn’t hold my attention. In the end, Vincent convinced the NOLA witches to free the ancestors from the well so Ivy could move on and everyone could have peace.

Quick question: wasn’t the whole point of the ancestors to provide the witches with magic? If the ancestors didn’t get their sacrifices, magic would die. So…how can they still have magic if not from the ancestors?

And, if they could draw magic from the earth the entire time, why wouldn’t they have done that in the first place instead of killing their teenage girls?

Sloppy, show. Sloppy.

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Oh, hey, remember when Elijah turned his back on Antoinette and came home to his family where he belonged?

Funny story—Klaus is still super angry with him, even though it was established that Klaus was being mean to Elijah for his own good. He didn’t want his brother to suffer.

Now he does want him to suffer? And Elijah is still pining for Antoinette even after all the soul-crushing guilt he feels for his role in Hayley’s death?

Cool, cool, cool.

Here’s the thing: Elijah Mikaelson absolutely would still have feelings for Antoinette. Love doesn’t disappear because he’s now in possession of two sets of memories.

But his guilt and shame would have held him back from the hair touching and the goodbye kiss.

(Or maybe I’m just a bitter, bitter Haylijah shipper. Your mileage may vary).

As for Elijah and Klaus, they’ve certainly had their fair share of ups and downs. And Klaus’ grief and fear for Hope probably are enough to reignite his anger toward his brother.

It would be even more understandable if the show had laid the groundwork for those scenes rather than continue to keep the brothers apart except when they need to fight.

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Anyway, Klaus was doing his best to help Hope with her rage. He let her toss him around the compound, but she wasn’t mad at him so it didn’t help.

He asked her for a name and she provided one: Roman.

Hope attempted to torture him, but when he reminded her that he’d lost his mother, too, she realized he was a victim as well.

Plus, that spark between them made it difficult for Hope to bring him too much pain (yes, I ship it. No, I’m not sorry).

Thanks to Elijah and Antoinette conning Greta’s crew into believing they were on the same side (bonus points for playing fast and loose with the speeches), everyone ended up in the church, including Marcel, who came to watch the vamps get what they deserved.

Klaus brought Hope in and she screamed, released her hollow-filled rage, and everyone in the room died.

(Thank God we don’t have to suffer through three more episodes of these smug supremacists that the Original family should have been able to wipe out in episode one).

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Except there was one problem: Declan was also in the church. He’d sought out Uncle Kieran’s journals because he’s been missing time (due to all the compulsion).

Side note: it infuriates me that Declan is literally following in Cami’s storyline footsteps—minus Klaus being attracted to him. Will he also die by Marcel’s venom? Or will he inherit the human faction and live happily ever after?

(The latter brings me the most rage so I’ll assume that’s what’s going to happen).

Klaus attempted to revive Declan while Hope returned home, panicking over possibly killing someone she loves and triggering her werewolf curse.

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Roman, newly freed from the cellar, came to say goodbye and share one last cuddle session (here for it). He told Hope that she was good and would be no matter what.

(Why isn’t he coming to Legacies?)

Klaus managed to save Declan with his blood, but before he could breathe a sigh of relief, Declan asked where his friend was. Apparently, he hadn’t been alone in the church attic. Klaus discovered a dead body.

And then Hope began to transition.

Not a surprise since we all knew this was coming once they attempted to bind her, but I’m not mad about it.

Three more episodes to go…bring me all the Mikaelson drama, please, 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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