A plot that was jam-packed with developments for all of the lead/supporting lead characters.
The Davina-hating-Klaus bit is starting to feel tired and stale.
Rebekah And Baby Hope Return To New Orleans And Find Far More Chaos Than They’d Have Liked
On this week’s The Originals, everyone is busier than ever. When Klaus decides to torture Finn himself, he learns a long-kept secret that is quite the game changer. Marcel is tasked with torturing Kol, something he’s happy to do given his protective-older-brother feelings about Davina. Davina is supposed to stay put with Josh, but she’s not exactly the type to stay at home quietly when she’s still more determined than ever to exact her revenge on Klaus. Hayley is still spending much of her time out in the bayou with Jackson and uncovers some information about a ritual marriage that could give the other pack members enough power to control their change without the moon rings and more importantly get them out from under Esther’s thumb. But will she be able to sacrifice her personal romantic feelings? Speaking of Elijah, though he’s delighted to be reunited with Rebekah and baby Hope, there’s something dark brewing inside of him from the torture he faced at Esther’s hands. Cami also finds herself struggling because of Esther’s doings. There’s some strange markings on her back that don’t bode well for her future, if she’ll even have one… with one of the most jam-packed episodes of the season, there’s much to discuss so let’s have at it.
Shifting Allegiances Stir Things Up
When last we saw the brothers Mikaelson, Finn and Kol were chained up and being held in captivity by Klaus and Elijah. When Marcel made his allegiances clear to Davina regarding Klaus, we were impressed by the points he made. Davina’s incessant search for revenge was starting to feel both juvenile and stale. We had been on board for Davina when she was ready to lay a smack down on Kol when she first learned who he was but once she started to go down the path of doe-eyed lovesickness, we stopped being invested in the story. Davina tried to express concerns for Kol’s well-being since he was now being held captive by Klaus but Marcel came back with the fact that he knows Kol better than she does. This piece of dialogue was so point that we couldn’t help but wonder why he didn’t make this point sooner.
“Kol is with us now. We’re gonna be going up against Esther, assuming Klaus is upright.” ~ Marcel
“Look, Nick is a pain in the arse but, well she’s a problem for us all.” ~ Kol
“Klaus is the problem. I don’t give a damn what happens to Esther.” ~ Davina
“Well, I sure do.” ~ Cami
The action in Davina’s fight with Klaus didn’t quite live up to some of the other confrontations of this season, further solidifying our hopes that this plot point of Davina’s desire for revenge will be wrapped up sooner rather than later, since this Davina revenge plot is much weaker than the other plots and just isn’t going anywhere. Her fight to save herself from being ritually sacrificed in season one was more compelling and where we currently find her isn’t allowing for any character growth. But there was solid writing in getting all of the characters onto the same course of action. With Marcel getting Kol to come around to officially join the anti-Esther team and Hayley being the one to point out the markings on Cami’s back, we finally were able to have more of the characters unified in their efforts. This should prove more interesting to watch and offer up more opportunity to have different dynamics played out within the group. In the past few weeks, certain episodes had left some of the supporting leads sidelined but now we can have everyone working together. Finn’s revealing to Klaus about the threat of Dahlia should also prove interesting to watch, and though we haven’t seen much from that character as of yet, we almost wouldn’t be surprised if this group is forced to band together with Esther to fight against this apparently even more devious foe.
Ritual Marriage For Two, Please
Hayley discovers some information about a marriage ritual for the werewolf packs. She is of an alpha bloodline, so if she were to marry Jackson, the current pack alpha, their individual (mystical) strengths would combine and be duplicated into any and all pack members that chose to attend the ceremony. When Jackson was first introduced last season, we didn’t quite see the point of him being there as a romantic foe to Elijah as he didn’t pose any plausible threat to those two being together. This plot development gave Hayley solid agency and was a nice continuation to the growth she has been having throughout the season into her new hybrid status.
“Hayley, what are you doing?” ~ Jackson
“What needs to be done.” ~ Hayley
Here’s the thing about love triangles: they’re tired, lazy, and unoriginal. But what we see between Hayley, Elijah, and Jackson is a set of circumstances in which the focal point, Hayley, must choose between her own personal affections (Elijah) and a duty to her people (marrying Jackson to mystically strengthen the pack members that attend the ceremony). This different approach is one that offers more depth and substance and allows for Hayley to have a more expansive arc than just deciding between two suitors. We see that she is very much still interested in Elijah by her admitting to Cami that Elijah is under her skin. But the best part about Hayley’s story is that at the end, the most important part is not even her two potential suitors but instead her being reunited with her daughter. Admittedly, her Mikaelson familial ties will likely have repercussions in bringing her back closer to Elijah and we think she’ll insist on making sure she helps him out of this state he’s in but that only further enhances her character strengths.
No Time To Rest When Your Brother’s Out Of Control
By the end of this episode, it becomes quite clear that Elijah is suffering from the aftereffects of his time spent being tortured by Esther. There was a nice build-up to this that was paced well so that it felt natural that Elijah’s loved ones took a bit of time to actually figure out that he needed help. It began with his attacking the capture Finn and feeding on him. This could have been chalked up to all the grudges in that family. He threatened to “remove [his] limbs one by one” which seemed a bit much considering that Elijah has traditionally been the level-headed one while Klaus has been more of the rash hothead. But we saw how much Klaus has matured as he told Elijah to go in his place to meet with Rebekah and see baby Hope with the line, “I’ve waited months to see my daughter, I can wait one more day.” It’s such a small line but it was so efficient in communicating the role reversal at play here between these brothers. Even Elijah’s lack of reaction to having hot coffee spilled on him was something that didn’t seem all that off until we re-watched the episode and realised it was another foreshadowing tool that Elijah would be revealed to be in a wrong state of mind.
“Something’s wrong. Elijah slaughtered a dozen people whose only sin was their terrible taste in food. I mean, when have you known him to kill when he could otherwise compel? It’s the kind of act that will draw our mother’s attention.” ~ Rebekah
“Her torture must have effected him more deeply than I realised. Where is he now?” ~ Klaus
“I broke his neck to keep him safe, but I have no clue what to do next.” ~ Rebekah
With an episode as eventful as this, we mustn’t forget to discuss the return of Rebekah. We must confess we thought that she might be in cahoots with Esther when it was revealed that Cami was being prepared by Esther to be a vessel for Rebekah. For now, it seems as though she’s still loyal to Klaus, Elijah, Hayley, and Hope. We hope that things will stay this way, though we don’t rule out the possibility of her being tempted to take u pa human life, given her strong expressions about wanting to have a child of her own. The only plot hole we see is that… if she had enough self-control to look after baby Hope without feeding on her, why can’t she just adopt a baby that she can raise as her own? Though Rebekah’s return wasn’t quite as eventful as some of the bigger plot revelations in play, things are quite open for her to have an interesting character journey particularly whenever she comes face to face again with her mother.
This was one of the most eventful episodes of The Originals in some time. Another plot point that we quite enjoyed watching was the blossoming romance of Josh and Aiden. Director Michael Allowitz incorporated a nice aerial shot of the two as they shared their first kiss. It was also a nice way to break up some of the more glum plot developments, to show that even when other things are falling to pieces there is still happiness to be found. Allowitz also began the episode strong with Klaus’ narration being played over shots of Rebekah with baby Hope and the use of the music box added a layer of eeriness to the happy feelings that would have been elicited at the return of these two characters. It foreshadowed that this family reunion wouldn’t be so simple. We also want to give props to Yusuf Gatewood for his portrayal of Finn, and how he has brought so many nuances to the character. We dearly hope he’ll be sticking around for some time because he is only getting better as he carries on. Also, writers Charlie Charbonneau and Michelle Paradise did an excellent job squeezing in so much content and plot developments which propelled everyone’s stories forward and now all writers who follow will have quite the task ahead of them to maintain this level of quality for the mid-season finale.
Questions, Comments, Concerns…
- “The denial of pastries will be the least of your concern.” #NotAEuphemism
- Rebekah’s back, hey hey hey!
- Yeah, drunkie, put the liquor down and stay focused.
- Protective Marcel is so fine… phew!
- Don’t worry about Josh, Davina, not when he has such a hot wolf to date… #Woof
- Why does Klaus’ thermal have leather shoulders? #FashionNoNo
- JAIDENNNNNN *HEART EYES AND SQUEALING NOISES*
- Uh oh. The truth is out now. What are you going to do now, Klaus?
- Why can’t Rebekah just adopt a baby of her own?
- OH NO… Rebekah wants a baby, she’s definitely going to consider this offer to be human again.
- Ohhhhh Rebekah’s not too happy to have such gorey mayhem around baby Hope.
- Loving Hayley showing off her powers like that! Go girl!
- Of course Aiden’s in… because he wants to be able to GET IN without anyone interfering. *coughs*
- See! I knew Rebekah was going to do that! #SnapSnap
- Finn totally wants to get with Cami. Still.
- Hayley, did you really think you’d be able to just get married in peace? xD
The Originals Review: Episode 2×08 – “The Brothers That Care Forgot”
Jenevia Kagawa Darcy