Those plot twists and developments!
Secondary characters continue to be under-utilised to the point that it's getting ridiculous.
Twists And Turns Galore On This Week’s “The Originals”
On this week’s The Originals, Klaus continues his search for Elijah and must confront his mother directly to get him back. Conversing with her reveals more than he bargained for, as he learns more about his biological father and what his mother’s plans are. Hayley attempts to get Jackson to embrace his alpha status in order to help rescue Ollie, while Marcel and Gia team up with Cami to try keep Finn distracted. Though Jackson remains reluctant to help, his new friend Ansel decides to accompany her and get this – Ansel is Klaus’ biological father! With so many secrets coming out, there’s plenty to discuss so let’s have at it.
Mum’s Got Stories
Hayley points Klaus in the direction of the now-missing Elijah. It seems like not enough credit is given to Hayley and how much she is coming into her own as a character. When Klaus tells her she can’t come along because she could be exploited as a weakness, it felt a bit insulting. Perhaps Hayley had more of a damsel-in-distress way about her when she was cooped up harbouring a mystical pregnancy but now she’s developing into a full-fledged badass. Though it’s been nice to see Klaus and Hayley forging a closer relationship as co-parents trying to get their baby back, we hope that Klaus will come to see that Hayley is learning fast and well on her way to holding her own alongside the Mikaelson brothers. When Klaus goes searching for his older brother, he meets Esther. When he drops the bomb on her that Mikael is back, she is visibly shaken. This moment stood out because Esther is someone who has been quite meticulous in her planning but this was one variable she may not be prepared for. Klaus also let her know that Kol knew about this and kept it a secret so it’ll be fun to see what sort of wrath she will unleash on him for his insolence. Another part of this exchange we loved was Klaus’ use of the word “boot-licker” to describe Klaus. Though Joseph Morgan has long since established his ability to perform Klaus’ dramatic content, his understated comedic abilities are often overlooked. Here we had some truly terrific biting lines from him that had us giggling throughout.
“I’m sorry, is this some sort of motherly critique? Please feel free to choke on it.” ~ Klaus
Esther offers Klaus another opportunity to team up so they can take out Mikael together but Klaus is not having any of it. We get a bit more back story, including the fact that Mikael wasn’t always such a hateful man. He was once the doting father, particularly for their firstborn Freya, who died of the plague. It’s one thing to have Esther tell us this but it would be nice if at some point, we get to see a flashback of this so we can more fully experience this other side of Mikael, assuming that it’s real of course. Esther promises to take Mikael down herself if he lays a hand on her children but it all feels very too-little-too-late. Sonja Sohn gave great depth to Esther’s character development but we’re still left exasperated at Esther’s hypocritical behaviour. (Snapping your son’s neck and slitting the other one’s throat while claiming you want them to have peace? Really?) Esther’s introduction to Klaus’ biological father presents him as always wanting to raise Klaus but Esther being the one to forbid it. When Klaus later dreams of his father, he reacted with an audible exclamation because we recognised him as being Ansel, the same wolf we saw in the bayou with Hayley and Jackson. That’s right, folks, Klaus has got a new daddy in town (because apparently one set of daddy issues wasn’t enough). The scene in which Klaus first meets his birth father was quite explosive. One thing we are pleased with about season two of The Originals is that they aren’t dragging as many things out as we might have expected them to. From Klaus and Elijah learning about their parents and siblings being back from the dead, to now Klaus getting to meet his biological father, these larger parts of the story are moving along nicely.
Battle of Wits: Table For Two
Everything going on with Klaus may have dominated a large portion of the narrative but one side story that also had some developments was Cami and Finn’s relationship. Finn has been posing as her adviser using the name Vincent Griffith. But one wrong slip of the tongue in the form of a drink order that he shouldn’t know clues Cami in to the fact that he is not who he seems. She finds “Vincent Griffith” listed in Kieran’s book and learns that he comes from a family of witches. Marcel randomly shows up to tell her that Vincent is actually Finn and this felt a bit implausible, as the timing felt strange. But the part we took greatest issue with was in her earlier conversation with Finn where she claimed, “I feel a professional obligation to help him,” in regards to Klaus. We’ve already thought this before but now we’ll outright say it. It is unethical to mix being a person’s therapist with a romantic entanglement. Cami may not be getting paid or officially hired but her intermingling an even remotely professional approach with personal interest leaves a bad taste in our mouth. Pick one or the other, or at the very least her vernacular needs to be altered. There is a way for her to utilise the knowledge she has from her degree without crossing that line.
“You know, sometimes I ask myself why I let people like Klaus into my life. I have this destructive pattern; I’m always drawn to the bad boys. Maybe deep down I feel like that’s what I deserve.” ~ Cami
“Cami, I’m an expert in unhealthy patterns. I’ve broken some of my own and I can help you do the same if you let me.” ~ Finn
Cami seizes the opportunity to help Hayley, Marcel, and Gia in their efforts to rescue Ollie. She meets with “Vincent” again to keep him occupied while the rescue mission is underway. The scene between these two at dinner, while Cami is now attempting to pump him for information, something he has been doing to her this entire time, was an excellent way to push Cami’s development forward as she embraces her family legacy within the supernatural world. Leah Pipes and Yusuf Gatewood built strong tension and suspense with one another as we waited on baited breath to see if Finn would figure out what Cami was up to. Their battle of wits was quite engaging to watch. There was some great action while Marcel and Gia teamed up to fight off their attackers and we loved seeing these two characters find a rhythm of their own together. We hope that this is the beginning of a further blossoming relationship. We’re not interested in seeing Marcel try to pursue Cami any further when she’s so hung up on Klaus. It’s time for a change. When Hayley brings Ollie back to the bayou, he’s on the brink of death and when the moment finally comes, it was quite gruesome but we appreciated the macabre theatricality of those bloody tears. Hayley’s speech to Jackson to get him to embrace his alpha status further exemplified her burgeoning leadership skills. Though she’s not the traditional leader of the pack, leadership comes in many forms. Plus, it was at least enough to inspire Ansel to tag along with her, which led to his reunion with his long-lost son.
Twist Me Up
As we stated earlier, Klaus’ reunion with his biological father Ansel was quite terrific. Klaus’ disbelief at actually seeing him face-to-face showed us how intensely tumultuous Klaus’ thoughts are regarding the situation he finds himself in. Though Joseph Morgan and Lloyd Owen only had a brief interaction together, there was enough chemistry between the two for us to be optimistic as to the quality of their future performances on the show together. This will be an entirely new father-son dynamic for Klaus. Instead of it being abusive and murderous, we will have a father vying for his son’s good opinion. We’re not really surprised that Klaus lashed out and turned him away, as Klaus has never been the best at dealing with his feelings, but it was still sad to see. The entire encounter had us gripped from start to finish.
“Niklaus refused my offer. Still burdened with hatred for me, for what happened to his child.” ~ Esther
“He’s a fool. Your actions saved this family. If that child had lived…” ~ Finn
“…Dahlia would return, and she would come for us all.” ~ Esther
The other twist that we didn’t see coming in the slightest was that of Esther and her sister Dahlia. What we learn is that Esther had fertility struggles at the start of her marriage and went to her sister for help conceiving. The price of this bargain? Trading her firstborn and every firstborn of subsequent generations. If this weren’t enough of a bomb, the writers upped the stakes with the closing encounter between Esther and Finn, who is privy to these secrets. Esther is entirely worried about Dahlia which doesn’t bode well for our heroes, considering how much havoc she has been wreaking herself. Esther was relieved that the baby was gone because if she was alive, Dahlia would return. This was quite the closing for a solid episode, nicely setting up a new character and foe for Team Mikaelson. Elijah is rescued by Klaus and has yet to wake up, but we’re left wondering what sort of problems he will have from his time and torture with Esther.
After a less than impressive episode last week, The Originals came back with plenty for us to enjoy. Writers Michael Russo and Michael Narducci nicely handled the introduction of new characters Ansel and Dahlia, along with the mountain of backstory that accompanied them. We enjoyed the way these revelations shifted the characters, and our opinions of them. Esther is far more interesting now that we learned her motivation for doing what she did regarding baby Hope. We’re also quite keen on seeing more of Mikael’s backstory, as it would be fascinating to see him pre-perpetual-muderous-rage and we’d like to see Sebastian Roche play that out. Newcomers Lloyd Owens and Kristin Erickson created intrigue for their characters and thus raised our expectations for the quality of their arcs. We’re also going to commend director Matt Hastings for his work, particularly in the sequence where Klaus interacted with Esther’s projection of Elijah. It had a nice touch of artistry, with eeriness enhanced by the clinks of that out-of-tune piano. (Admittedly, out-of-tune pianos are an easy way to make us squirm from feelings of dissonance). Joseph Morgan’s performance was strong throughout the episode. One unexpected moment that stood out to us was his yelling at a bird. People would do well to appreciate how unintentionally hilarious Klaus is as a character. On top of his sassy dialogue, we were thoroughly entertained with the whole bit where he dug up Esther’s coffin and prepared to light it on fire. It was so ridiculous in the best way possible and we love these drama-queen-Klaus moments. We still want more content for Marcel, though. If you’re feeling like we’re getting repetitive, sorry, but we’ll stop saying it once we’re satisfied. We firmly believe that Marcel has far more to offer the story and we want to see the pace of his content pick up. Overall, this episode was a huge improvement from last week and we hope that the show continues on the trajectory it set up here.
Questions, Comments, Concerns…
- Medieval fertility treatment? With magic and Mikaelsons in the equation? We have a bad feeling about this…
- “Feed you your tongue”??? What is this? True Blood meets Sons of Anarchy?! xD
- Slitting your own son’s throat? Bloody hell, Esther, you are ice cold.
- Come on, Klaus, Hayley’s no damsel-in-distress. Let her help!
- Hayley playing leader, this is excellent. Let’s have more of this teaming up with Marcel and Gia.
- A “PROFESSIONAL obligation”? Cami, haven’t you ever heard of the hippocratic oath? SMH, where did you get your degree?
- Elijah are you wearing lip gloss right now? ^o^ #ICant
- Can’t pull a fast one on Cami! Go get that truth, Cami!
- “Saccharine” GOOD WORD, Klaus! #ThatVocabularyThough
- Look at Hayley snatching that arrow! More Hayley action, please!
- Now now Klaus, murderous liar or not, there’s no need to throw slut-shaming language at your mother.
- Marcel + Gia = me curled up in a ball of heart-eyed shipping feels.
- Ooof! Glimpse of Aiden, thank you writers! #TooPretty
- So many family reunions on this show. #Wow
- Damn! Now Klaus has gone ice cold, too! Well we can see where he gets it from. #PoorAnsel
- No better time to give a pep talk than when on your death bed.
- Really, Esther??? You should have known the answer to that question since your entire existence revolves around micromanaging your children.
- Now THAT is how you end an episode!
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