The Originals "The Big Uneasy" Review: Party Foul

The Originals S01E18: "The Big Uneasy"

Set-up is hard. Last summer when Mama said she was getting married again, I promised her the biggest and best wedding ever. For weeks on end I worked morning, noon, and night to get everything situated for her special day. All those ribbons and candles and fold-out chairs. They didn't set themselves up! The fireworks display alone took no fewer than six days of hard labor just arranging all the genuine Chinese explosives. I filled gutters with bottle rockets, I tied firecrackers to rose bushes, I fastened black cat fireworks to actual black cats (taxidermied, don't worry). I knew in my heart it was going to be the best fireworks display ever. Sure, it was hard, dangerous work and I may no longer have all my fingers or even any of them at all, but it was all worth it just to see the look on Mama's face when it all paid off. Although, hypothetically speaking, I never did see Mama's face because just before the wedding she stole my catamaran and sailed it directly into a rogue wave. But on the off-chance she survived and if she ever comes back, there will be quite a fireworks show awaiting her, believe me. Anyway, back to what I was saying earlier: Set-up is hard. And that's what this week's episode of The Originals was all about.

The reason The Originals has an undue burden when it comes to set-up is that it attempts to mask information and state-of-the-character scenes as rip-roarin' adventure. Sometimes that works, and sometimes it doesn't. The main way to know whether you're watching a successful set-up episode is if you're not bored. Sorry if you were expecting a more scientific explanation. Were you bored during "The Big Uneasy"? I wasn't! It was a very good example of a set-up episode. By the end, we knew more about what people wanted and why and how they intended to get it—all of which was exciting to our brains, even if not much happened. And do NOT tell me that Thierry's death was a big deal, that guy has had seven lines of dialogue all season. But Elijah is now officially a BAMF. Hayley is a legit queen. Marcel is a terrorist. These are pretty seismic character shifts, and they've only occurred over the course of two episodes. Yet it all feels both organic and compelling. Yeah, "The Big Uneasy" was a good one.

I'm not sure I bought it when Klaus so easily forgave Genevieve for nakedly attacking his family in episodes past, but I DID buy it when he forgave her for nakedly jumping into his bed right away. Original vampires gotta rub up on something too! So it was somewhat of a relief to see them outright warring by the end of this episode. Out of the four resurrected witches, Genevieve was my least favorite (rest in peace my beautiful Bastiana, rest in peace my wonderful Papa Tunde), and she did NOT deserve to have Klaus paint her portrait, especially since she was being so stubborn about not fixing Father Kieran's broken brain. But Klaus was feeling uncharacteristically chill in this episode, so when Genevieve proposed that the whole town throw a witch party, Klaus was very cool with it and sent Elijah around to bully everybody into attending. Obviously the party didn't go well, but for once it wasn't Klaus's fault. By the end of the episode he was threatening Genevieve's life and making tearful apologies to Cami for failing her. It was the most human Klaus has seemed in a while, and it was straight-up refreshing to behold.

Elijah, meanwhile, was experiencing a sort of delayed reaction to all of Klaus's shenanigans leading up to and including Rebekah's maltreatment. He had HAD IT. Even though Elijah took seriously his job of keeping the peace and preserving the monster factions' tenuous truce, he was NOT about to take any more foolishness from Klaus. In what must be a turning point for the series, Elijah even pinned Klaus to a wall and informed him that he'd be acting on his impulses from now on. Specifically toward Hayley. Also he ripped out Thierry's heart in order to punish Marcel for his terrorism, and I think that counts as an impulse Elijah wouldn't have honored before, but New Elijah is all about getting results. Unfortunately for those expecting him to carry Hayley off into the sunset right away, he reverted to his more noble ways when he saw her laughing at a campfire alongside Jackson and decided to back off. Ugh, heartache. But welcome back to the game, Elijah.

Speaking of Marcel: Yup, his new thing was trying to disrupt New Orleans' peace by orchestrating the vampire version of a suicide bombing! At the witch party (where everybody had been struggling to remain on their best behaviors), he sent in a group of African-American gentlemen in white suits and made them bang on drums and then open their wrists in mixed company. This obviously hastened a TOTAL BLOODBATH and it seemed like the truce was officially over. Even Hayley got scraped in the tussle, which infuriated Elijah, which led to Thierry getting his heart ripped out. Elijah opted not to kill Marcel so as to not tick off Klaus, but then later Klaus seemed very ready to kill Marcel himself, so that was probably a bad call on Elijah's part because Marcel definitely deserved to die. Anyway, after the massacre, all the surviving vampires joined Marcel's cause, so his army is growing now. And hopefully in the finale we'll hear "Zombie" by The Cranberries, because with their tanks and their bombs, and their bombs and their guns, in your head, in your head, they are crying. Zombie, hey.

Monique's up to no good, obviously. First her ancestors told her it was time to murder Genevieve (finally), but then Genevieve stalled for time promising to get the Mikaelson grimoire for her. Genevieve did not get the grimoire, but she did get the severed hands of her henchman who'd tried to steal it, which in my opinion was not a great consolation prize. Monique spent most of the episode throwing shade at Davina, but Davina had a nice moment wherein Klaus attempted to make it up to her for having murdered her first love, the fiddle boy. And his reparative gift was actually a biggie: the spell to create daylight rings! Which means Josh is about to get some much-needed Vitamin D. But anyway, at the end of the episode Monique decided it was time to knife Genevieve (finally), but the ancestors butted in to spare Genevieve, but only if they successfully murdered Hayley's child. So, uh-oh. That seems like a season-finale-type conflict right there. Not a super-suspenseful one, because in my opinion a baby is not about to get murdered on The Originals. And this is neither here nor there, but remember at the witch party parade when the three witches demonstrated their powers by causing AN EARTHQUAKE, among other things? Easily the least-cool thing Monique did all episode. How is it possible that the crowd didn't scream and take cover? Earthquakes are no joke, you guys.

There was also a bunch of other stuff that happened in this episode, but honestly trying to remember it all feels like cramming the night before a test. "The Big Uneasy" gave us so much information! Klaus is mad at Cami for sleeping with Marcel. Hayley no longer trusts Jackson and Oliver. Klaus's new blonde werewolf cousin is handsome. Josh will not stop talking about going to gay clubs. This was a busy episode of The Originals without a whole lot of forward momentum. As I said earlier, a typical TV show can really go wrong with so much info to impart, but this show is getting so good at set-up! "The Big Uneasy" was a good episode, guys, trust me. But personally I'm getting very excited for the real fireworks to begin.


QUESTIONS:

... Do you like Genevieve, or should she die already?

... Should Elijah make a move on Hayley already?

... Does the witch's hangout remind you of the abandoned house in The Secret Circle? Be honest.

... Is it rude to cause an earthquake in public?


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Apr 25, 2014
I will miss you Thierry.He was a good character.I loved him!
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Oct 03, 2014
One of the very few characters on the show that didn't murder anyone!
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Apr 21, 2014
1. Yes, Genevieve should definitely die already. She's getting on my nerves.
2. I think if Hayley and Elijah go another episode without (FINALLY) kissing, I'm going to explode. They both know the other's feelings to some extent, and I am physically unable to handle another one of their infamous "almost kisses".
3. Sorry, no idea. Never watched The Secret Circle.
4. Absolutely, nuff said.
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Apr 20, 2014
I have one question. What in the heck was the ritual that the witches were doing at the start of the episode? It looked like Davina and that other girl were trying to play Tetris by fitting themselves into the wall. I thought it was weird and kind of funny.
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Apr 20, 2014
Yeah I didn't get that either, especially since none of the witches on either show has ever done any form of gestures to do magic.
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Apr 21, 2014
Well, the witches on TVD are slightly different than the ones here. Here they use the consecrated powers of their ancestors whereas on TVD it is directly from nature (recall when Bonnie started dabbling in the black arts) and the power of balance.

This does not explain the Tetris-witches though. I have no idea what was up there unless it was a way for the girls to help Monique channel or something?
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Apr 21, 2014
Hi !
They went into a 'Tetris- transe' so the ancestors could 'talk' to them, which they did. They told Monique (the craziest of them all) it was time for Geneviève to get stabbed a bunch so the last harvest girl would come back and cause some mayhem :( !
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Apr 21, 2014
That makes sense..kind of. Still seems odd to me, but hey, its tv :)
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Apr 20, 2014
I want to see Damon Salvatore in New Orleans! Just for a vacation. He is the only TVD character badass and borerline-evil enough to cross over into the Originals world for an episode or two.
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Apr 20, 2014
Um...quick question for everyone out there. Is time a linear concept on this show? The Originals appear to have been in New Orleans for a decent length of time now but Hayley's pregnancy seems to be moving at a different pace to the rest of the world. I'm just guessing here but she would have already had to have been a month pregnant at the very least when she wandered into New Orleans but aside from the dodgy prediction of the baby being a female we haven't heard anything more about it, she's barely showing for someone who at minimum should be six to seven months along now.
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Apr 20, 2014
Well, what do you expect? It's not like they bothered taking her to an OBGYN or anything... I mean this entire world only has 2 doctors. Wes is dead and Meredith is completely incompetant.
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Apr 21, 2014
Also, who knows how long a hybrid baby would actually gestate?
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Apr 21, 2014
And the sex was determined by a crazy witch and the one ultra sound machine out in the Bayou was broken in the murder attempt.
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Apr 19, 2014
I think they should resurrect a original every season ....Kol will resurrect...by season 2....let's kill devina I find her totally idiotic & useless....

cw has good shows but bad actors..... same formula for evey show ...star cross tvd n the originals all have a love triangle... even the female lead is is similarin every show ...Elena TVD, devina & hayley originals whtasherface in star crossed.... what faces they make.... the male leads are awesome and not because I am female....they are just better...when klalus cries I cry...Rebekah was the only good female lead in the originals ....also not all male are awesome.... Marcel looks like he is smiling like a idiot an eveything.... hate Tyler too.... well enough of my ranting...a girl can't have everything
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Apr 20, 2014
That's because most of them were cast by their looks rather than acting skills...

As for Kol, no - he is not coming back. I'm not sure why a guy who barely had 5 minutes of screentime gets so much love (not insulting - I'm really puzzled by it) but either way, the actor is already lined up to star on another CW show so he ain't coming back as a regular.
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Apr 19, 2014
I like Genevieve, but I also want her to die already. She has outlived her usefulness. Her death would serve well the purposes of the anti-vampires.

Elijah should not make a move on Hayley. You just do not mess with your brother's (half-brother in this case) baby momma. I know they have some chemistry, but it is just not right.

That's where I saw that place.

Public earthquakes are just a minor Faux Pas.
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Apr 19, 2014
Also, can someone please resurrect Kol and send him on over to New Orleans already? With Rebekah gone, it just makes less and less sense to have a show called "The Originals," originally a family of 7 people, when only 2 of them are present. Esther or Mikael would be fine, too.

Finn can stay dead though. He was totally useless.
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Apr 19, 2014
Since they keep mentioning how powerful Esther was, I keep thinking how they could bring her back. Maybe sacrificing Hayleys baby would do it, but there will be no child sacrifices on the CW. Sacrificing Gen would bring back the 4th harvest girl, unless Esther could slip in instead.
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Apr 21, 2014
I think this episode does set up for an Esther come back what with Monique's channel revealing the Mikaelson name.
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Apr 19, 2014
While Rebekah leaving is a major loss to the show. It can still be called Originals. We have:
1. Elijah an Original Vampire
2. Klaus an Original Hybrid
Maybe not Original Family but they are Original something.
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Apr 19, 2014
There is a reason why they put kol in TVD....Also the reason why the head traveller came back.... so I think its a plot to get kol out ...hopefully also Alaric.... he is wasted on CSI...
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Apr 20, 2014
Nope, Kol is going to be a shapeshifter or something on the Supernatural spin off. he is not coming back.
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Apr 19, 2014
The whole party-massacre thing didn't feel very genuine to me. Maybe it would if I was a first time viewer, I could get how a vampire would lose their self control around the scent of fresh blood. It happens in other vampire fiction.

But the vampires in the TVD/TO universe have never really been shown to do that before (aside from the stupid ripper virus thing.) In fact, I feel like plenty of vampires have been in the same room with bleeding humans over the seasons, and they've never just instantly lost control of themselves and mindlessly attacked. And these aren't even brand new baby vampires we're talking about.

Am I wrong? I just feel like the vampires in this world usually better than that.
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Apr 20, 2014
Slight nit pick, vampires do lose contorl at the smell of blood on this show. But that would be young vampires. Elena couldn't control herself after she turned - In fact the vampire hunter who shows up in town in season 4 sets a trap for her because of it (knifing Apirl, so Elena would go after the blood). Vicki, Jessie and even Caroline had issues at first too.

But they all learned to control it. It's absurd to think vampires under Marcel would not have been taught to control themselves.
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Apr 19, 2014
totally right. Diego is almost as old as THierry all in all its bad writing


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Apr 20, 2014
It's too bad they had Marcel make that move and not at least one Witch involved. A simple witch hex or spell to make the blood of those specific men more appetizing would have been a better explanation.
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Apr 18, 2014
So sorry about your Mom, Price. It must be hard to have all those fireworks with nothing to use them on. Maybe this will be the year she returns from the abyss.

Now on to more trying issues:

I still feel the ghost of Rebekah's presence haunting me when I watch this show, and not in a good way. I miss her...a lot. Still pushing forward though, and I am determined to at least finish this season! On that note, it is really nice to see Hayley coming in to her own and taking care of business (missed that classic Phoebe Tonkin snarky baddassness)...I'm just not feeling the whole werewolf clan story line and wish she was back to interacting mostly with the Mikaelsons and what's going on in town. I just can't seem to make myself care about those redneck werewolves. Maybe if her pack had a Scott McCall and/or a Derek Hale (hell, even a PETER Hale)...then we could really have something, am I right?

Annnwayyys....
1. Genevieve should have been dead the minute she decided to try and mess with Rebekah and Klaus! Am I to believe that Elijah and Klaus ever would have let her escape from that unscathed?!
2. NO....SLOW BURN ALL THE WAY! I want it to happen! But I like it to simmer!
3. UM...YES. And it makes me both sad and nostalgic. I'm never getting over the The Secret Circle. Time is not healing my wounds. If I had the power to MAKE the CW resurrect it, I would use it in a heartbeat.
4. Yes. In public and in private.

I've missed your recaps Price! Hiatus over here and then Teen Wolf ended...so it's good to have you back boo!
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Apr 18, 2014
Rebekah killed Genevieve because she wanted to go warn Klaus that Mikael was on his way (because Rebekah tricked her into summoning him) . Rebekah wanted Mikael to come kill Klaus so she didn't want Klaus to find out that he was coming to NOLA. Genevieve showed Klaus exactly what happened leading up to her death and Klaus rightfully realized that Rebekah & Marcel were to blame for what happened and Genevieve was just naive and had been used - she wasn't actually working against Klaus so it made sense to me that he would get over Genevieve's role in what happened. It would be OCC on the other hand for him to get over Marcel's role in it though.
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Apr 19, 2014
Oh I agree...I was more thinking recently when Genevieve straight up tortured them in the abandoned asylum, even if it was under the guise of giving him information. But I'm with you...not sure how Marcel is still walking around with a beating vampire heart still in his BODY!
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Apr 21, 2014
But she did that to subdue him in order to do the memory-link spell so Klaus could see how Rebekah had betrayed him - so I think he was just so angry with Rebekah that he didn't even care that he had been stabbed in order for Genieve to give him that information.
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Apr 18, 2014
I've been thinking about Elijah's niece (I can't stop myself SORRY) and I wanted to hear people's opinion:

There are a lot of talk about witches and vamps want the baby dead. Usually on this type of shows the baby's don't last. In Angel, Connor became a teenager. Jasmine became Gina Torres. In Grimm the baby lasted a few episode before being written off.

I hope they keep the baby but with accelerated the growth. to Teenager level Davina's age. So that the writters can move away from the whole lets all fight over the small patch of land called New Orleans storyline. Well maybe not since she could be the new Queen of the quarter.
that said can you just imagine the kinds of scenes you can get if you keep the baby.

Klaus well more likely Elijah grocery shopping for baby products and trying to change diapers? and when she becomes a teenager in after a few weeks can you imagine the fear of *** Elijah and Klaus are gonna place on any would be suitors?

Maybe they could hire India Eisly or Hailee steinfield their names comes to mind cuz I saw some of their movies recently.

My train of thought didn't stop there. Unfortunately, I realized that the baby is going to be born a witch. Wouldn't she? Someone may have to bite her for to go vamp and then she'll have to kill someone (Hopefully either Genevive, Monique, Marcel is not on the list cuz he's already dead) So I guess it won't be so bad. I don't want her raised by clan Jackass though or for her to turn evil. whats your take?
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Apr 18, 2014
I am terrified that all this talk about Esther is going to lead to her resurrection.
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Apr 18, 2014
Highly likely but if she comes at them I'm sure Elijah and Klaus will take her down quickly. I don't think she wants Elijah's niece dead so not worried.
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Apr 18, 2014
I am concerned about Monique. Don't get me wrong she's very high on my shit list in fact the top three people I want dead is Monique, Marcel and Genevieve. roughly in that order they alternate places.

Anyway, my concern is that Monique doesn't seem right in the head. Maybe she's a sociopath but I get the feeling she's possessed. Davina is the only other Harvest witch we've seen the other one doesn't seem to have any lines yet but they seem normal.

Monique gives off this crazy Bitch Witch vibe. Its not normal. I wonder after Genevieve dies she proclaims herself as Esther. Well maybe its me rambling.
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Apr 19, 2014
Noo! Killing Marcel would suck. . . he's so interesting, and holds his own against the originals. . . and he's so very handsome!
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Apr 18, 2014
Random observation: I've noticed Hayley drinking coffee in several scenes this season, is caffeine not an issue for monster pregnancies?
I think the only reason this stood out to me is because she is practically the only character they have ever shown drinking anything other than straight whiskey or blood.
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Apr 18, 2014
Do we know it's coffee? She's been seen with a mug but I don't think it's been specified that it's coffee. it could easily be that she's drinking tea.
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Apr 19, 2014
True! I just found it funny that they don't go go out of there way to show that it's tea-because it's the one person drinking a non alcoholic beverage and it could still possibly endanger the infant! (this show is dark! haha)

Personally I still can't wait for the first time we see young Devina wake up in the morning and pour herself a tumbler of whiskey like Klaus does. One major thing I've learned from these two shows is that, yes, while some creatures of the night may consume blood, or draw from the powers of their ancestors, or eat people , those are merely secondary biological concerns. Their main source of sustenance is bourbon.
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Apr 21, 2014
I don't think Devina will do that anytime soon, she's still supposed to be underage isn't she?

I know that TVD let Jeremy do that all the time (not to mention the drugs in season 1), but then again, sad but true, there's a double standard for men and women on tv in that area.
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Apr 22, 2014
She is underage- but this is New Orleans! BTW-I love how on TVD Elena always gives Jeremy shit for drinking and smoking pot-when ELENA IS UNDERAGE TOO! And she drinks all the time.
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Apr 19, 2014
Never water...
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Apr 18, 2014
the whole thing dont kill the witch kill klaus' baby was so obvious...it was a good ep overall,and i want Genevieve dead and a spin off with josh and davina!
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Apr 18, 2014
Why did Klaus and Hayley looks so attracted to each other? Like they literally looked like they were about to hate sex. Idk...
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Apr 21, 2014
Well.. They already did it once. It's not far fetched to think there is some chemistry there.
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Apr 17, 2014
i like Genevive i hope monique dies soon *_*
the scene when Alijah was hiding and looking at hailey was precious i dont know why hes not with her when klaus is clearly not even close to having feelings for her :s but the question is does klaus likes or have feelings for Cammi ?? did he get over karoline already :*_*: i hope not
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Apr 17, 2014
I wish there was at least one character who wasn't super hostile towards klaus, every conversation he has with anyone they're always super angry or passive aggressive and ugh it's getting tedious to watch.

Also how did Marcel get the vampires to choose his side, he was the one to force them to break the treaty and eat all those people. If I were a vampire I'd probably be angry with him, not realigning myself with him.
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Apr 18, 2014
i was wondering the same thing, too! if marcel sent the humans over that were compelled to open their arteries all over the party, and the vampires couldn't help but chomp on them, that officially makes everything that happened MARCEL'S fault in the first place, so the last place diego and the rest of the henchvamps should be going is back to marcel.

other than that, though, everything was awesome.
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Apr 18, 2014
I've only watched this episode one time so far, so maybe I missed this, but I thought Marcel sent in additional Vampires to paint on the wall and cut the lights and start the attack. I wasn't clear on whether or not his vamps or the Quarter vamps were doing the most damage. And I think cutting the lights was part of that, like he didn't want everyone to know which vamps did the killing so they could all blame the ones from the Quarter and then they would be forced to side with Marcel. I still don't know that it was a GOOD plan, (although, to be fair, it did work, even if it got Thierre killed) but it did have flair.
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Apr 17, 2014
MARCEL, what, what, what are you doin'?! I mean, when was the last time someone stood up against an Original successfully without having half of the characters harmed or even killed?!

1. Yes, kill that witch.

2. Yes, he should. Still an Haylijah-fan!

3. NO! ...Okay, maybe a little...

4. In my opinion that wasn't even the rudest part! How dared those bitches not to allow people to give Davina presents?! Davina did nothing wrong. She was just a teenage-girl afraid to die. Monique, if you're so obsessed with death, go kill yourself!

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Apr 21, 2014
To answer your initial question: Elena killed 2 of the originals and she wasn't even scratched as a result.
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Apr 21, 2014
True, but if I remember correctly, Rebekah took vengeance for her brothers when she took care of elena's car crashing down the bridge. I'm pretty sure she wouldn't have done that if Elena wouldn't have killed her brothers. Because of Rebekah Elena became a vampire. I count that as "harmed" AND "killed". ;) Not to mention Matt, who almost died, too...
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Apr 21, 2014
1) Almost doesn't count...
2) I personally would not call being imortal with super powers a bad thing. Especially since vampires on this show don't have the slightest form of disadvantage (they don't even fear sunlight)
3) Rebekah didn't do it because of her brothers. In fact, in season 4 she flat out says that Elena killed 2 of her brothers and nobody did anything to her in return.
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Apr 17, 2014
Anyone else find it a bit ludicrous that Marcel thinks he can win or do anything against the Originals? If Klaus dies, he and ALL the vamps will. I don't think he's shared that info with his buds, though. It makes anything he does seem both futile and a waste of time. I really missed Rebekah in this episode and don't see any of the MANY women able to fill her shoes even though Haley does a good attempt. But the tired hint of a Klaus/Elijah/Haley triangle makes me want to scream. Have they learned nothing from the triangle that has all but RUINED Vampire DIairies?
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Apr 21, 2014
There are LOADS of ways of defeating Klaus without killing him.
1) Use a witch to move him to another body and then kill him (season 3 TVD)
2) Use Tunde's knife then bury him at sea
3) Turn him into stone then bury him (Season 4 TVD)
4) Paralyze with vervain (worked on Kol...), then again, bury him
5) Shove the imortality cure down his throat and then killed him (If Tessa made it once, surely someone else can do it)
6) Just have someone possess him forever (Season 3 TVD, Esther takes control over Rebekah)

That's just off the top of my head...
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Apr 17, 2014
Klaus can still use stab him with Papa Tunde's knife we win
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Apr 17, 2014
1. Death to Genevieve
2. At first yes now No. I don't think about the one night stand but now she;s slumming it with the those Werewolves no not all werewolve just Clan Jackass.
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Apr 17, 2014
Klaus has een right from the beginning...there is NO way that all those creatures van live happy after with each other, while they have been killing each other for decades...so in that Elijah was simply to good hearted and maybe a bit naive thinking that because they are originals, they can control the situation. So from my point, i watched a episode where Elijah horribely failed with his truce..
Geneve shouldn't die, she is awesome.She evil and good at the same time..
Davina really should kill those other two lousy witches...because Esther is really annoying me...why did the ancestors choose her as their speaker..now she is going to feel more important then the rest..
I knew when those guys in white came down with the drums, that things would go nasty and it did.
Elijah was very cool in the end with Klaus, when he said that he is done with being nice and if he wants something he will get it from now on...nice!!!
Wonder what is going to happen when the baby is born??
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Apr 17, 2014
Didn't Esther want to rid the world of all vampires?? That's prb why the ancestor witches want her book... I hope that's not where this is going..
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Apr 18, 2014
As I understand it. Esther was disgusted that her kids became mass murderers; if baby Hybrid is born she would be innocent. Its an ambiguity I would like to see actually. My idea is that a spell maybe permanent maybe temporary Esther comes back and the fans will be debating over it but it turns out she just wants to hold the baby.

Why the witches want the baby dead could be a lot of things, I know Simone said the baby will be the death of all witches possible. Maybe they just want the baby's power. She would be a bloodline of one of the most bad-ass witches around.
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Apr 17, 2014
She told Abby & Bonnie that she could reverse the spell because she was the one who had cast it (although now that the NOLA witches have her power they might be able to do it as well). I remember Bonnie telling Caroline back in Season 2 that since she was the witch who spelled the daylight ring she could also de-spell it - so maybe sometimes there's a loophole where if they cast a spell they're the only witch who can un-do it.
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Apr 17, 2014
1. Do I like Genevieve or should she die? The ONLY time I liked her was in the scene with Cami. She can die, won't miss her.
2. Should Elijah make a move on Hayley? Yes.
3. Never watched Secret Circle so cannot answer this.
4. Is it rude to cause an earthquake in public? As opposed to what, causing one in private??

Totally not interested in this meaningless turf war. Still don't understand what victory means. How will any of the factions know if they win?? What happens?

I liked seeing Hayley with the werewolves. Also liked Klaus coming clean with Cami. Their friendship is nice. I agree, Hayley's baby will not die so the threat from the ancestors is boring. Might as well threaten Klaus.

Kind of liked the "terrorist" attack of those guys all slitting their wrists so the vampires in the room went nuts with bloodlust. Even though it does not make a lot of sense. If the vampires in TO were that susceptible to the scent of blood they'd be going nuts every time someone got a paper cut in their vicinity. However, I like seeing vampires act like vampires so go for it.
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Apr 17, 2014
There once was a great show called "The Originals", and I really really loved it! Ever since Rebbekah departed, everything seems shallow, dull, pointless and lame.
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Apr 18, 2014
I feel you. Now that my favourite Original is gone, the show seems to be in a decline...
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Apr 17, 2014
To be fair, it's been what...two episodes...?
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Apr 17, 2014
Exactly, two whole meaningless episodes!! And nothing really makes sense anymore!
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Apr 17, 2014
Klaus and Hayley need more scenes and their eye sex is phenomenal. That is all.
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Apr 17, 2014
Marcel needs to die soon, he's such a hypocrite, talking about the originals like they're such monsters (wich they are, but never try to fool anyone pretending they're not) while he's just as cruel. he's a selfish kid who only wants power and he makes it look like it's so good for the community, makes me sick
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Apr 17, 2014
Marcel did tell Cami that they are all monsters (when she said that Klaus was one) so at least he knows that he's not really any better. He's always been in it because he likes to be in power - when Klaus was in charge back in 1919 there was a peace and when Marcel came in he put the vampires first, got rid of the werewolves and restricted the use of magic for the witches - all this hostility between the different factions is mainly because of Marcel and how he ran the city.

He's perfectly willing to burn the city to the ground to get rid of The Originals and then build from scratch (as he stated in this episode) - as long as he can be in charge. He doesn't really care about the well-being of the inhabitants of the city or what the body count will end up being and I don't think he ever has. Elijah, Klaus & Rebekah wanted to sacrifice Davina (who was self-destructing) because she was going to take the entire city down with her and they didn't want to see it burnt to the ground - but Marcel took her and planned to not let witches complete the ritual even though it meant a lot of destruction and Davina would die either way. He eventually let her be sacrificed on the hope that she would be resurrected - but only after Rebekah talked to him.
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Apr 17, 2014
I'd like to see Hayley pining over Elijah, and making the move. Oh god I really hope she doesn't fall for any of the wolf boys. That's like having the most handsome, intelligent and wonderful man loving you, and instead of pursuing that you decide to hook up with his dog - not, it's not just like that, it's exactly that. The wolves are annoying and stupid, only Hayley and the blonde woman seem to have any kind of wit and class.

I still need to watch The Secret Circle, stupid show is not on Netflix in my country.

Monique shouldn't just die, first she needs to be horribly humiliated and called for all the crap she's done. That one is a 100% bitch and need that lesson in humility.
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Apr 21, 2014
How dare you insult Elijah's dog.

I would call Askal in our language is short for Asong kalye translated street dog or stray.
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Apr 21, 2014
I just hope Haley doesn't go after any of the wolves because that would mean ANOTHER DAM LOVE TRIANGLE ARGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGH
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Apr 18, 2014
I vote for Davina to knock her off.
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Apr 17, 2014
This show is driving me crazy. Julie Plec&Co are driving me mad!.
I mean, there is a big potential with this variety of characters (Vampires, werewolves, witches, human) and this fascinating city and they are totally waisting it. They could make something really cool, I've seen it in some episodes that they are not complete idiots, the storyline can work. However they're killing the show going on and on and on with the same issues: they can't keep going with the Elijah-Klaus struggle, trust not trust, it's getting too boring. Marcel same thing, having him on the show like he is now is useless, do us a favour: kill him off. Hayley is the only character that has improved since the beginning of the season, and that has not changed her attitude from one minute to the next.
Last, I think that the biggest mistake of all is the Klaus-Caroline question: Let's be honest, I was a little bit upset when they made it quite clear that this relationship was not going to happen any time soon (ore even never), then I gave them a chance to recreate the same exceptional mix on TO with another character, but it simply doesn't work. I think that "Klaroline", was not only romance, on TVD, with this couple they set up the basis towards some sort of redemption, or at least improvement, renovation (whatever you wanna call it) for Klaus, they had the key to Klaus humanity right in their hands; love is always the answer, If you don't try to change for the love of your life I don't think you'll ever change. Moreover it's obvious that recreate that special relation is not so easy. Stupid, dumb, idiots!. Ps: Forgive my mistakes but I'm not english :)
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Apr 17, 2014
Marcel pissed me off so much this episode by being a hypocrite. He is essentially fighting against the "cruel, tyrannical" reign of the Mikaelsons but fights them by compelling innocent humans to their deaths by vampires. He also causes his friend to die because of it, and other humans could have died once the vampires went blood crazy. How is that any better than the Mikaelsons? Plus, in all honesty, both Klaus and Elijah don't do cruel things until they have been crossed. (well sometimes Klaus is cruel, but not as often) Klaus just paints and talks big, but nothing really happens, and until Marcel's scheme Elijah was being noble.
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Apr 18, 2014
That's only what makes this conflict so interesting.
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Apr 17, 2014
LOL @ Lame parade through the only lane that is New Orleans ! :D
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Apr 17, 2014
Can Genevieve die already..there is a young girl that is dead as long as she is walking around..
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Apr 17, 2014
man i hate monique, when she said how shes lost her mum and aunt it really pissed me off. i just hate her the most out of all characters she needs to die and soon. shes just so stuck up and snobbish its silly how much shes a bitch. she seems to be so blind and the elders just seem vengeful. also why do the witches think that the vampires started a war... it wasnt really their fault. elijah tried to stop it, it was clever plan by marcel who i also hope dies.
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Apr 17, 2014
That made me mad too. Didn't Monique herself kill Sophie?
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Apr 17, 2014
Yes she did.
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Apr 17, 2014

First of all Hey price love your reviews! Btw did any-one think it was weird that Klaus just gave Davina the recipe to a daylight ring? Was it the daylight ring.I have a feeling it's the recipe to make the ring the werewolves want from Klaus & since telling Genevive outright to help will be too stupid, he tricks Davina into making one?
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Apr 18, 2014
i think the daylight ring/daylight ring spell are legit, because he's trying to make up for tim's death so she'll hate him less. that way, when he figures out what stone was in the moonlight ring, she'll be more likely to put the spells on them.
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Apr 16, 2014
I enjoyed this episode, although I must be honest, Marcel's story line makes me want to fall asleep, but other than that it was a good episode!
I also really hate Monique, can she die soon please? We haven't seen any sign that she has a single good bone in her body we've only seen her being petty, vindictive and power-hungry. On top of that I don't even find her an interesting character to watch.
I liked the scene between Genevieve and Cami when she gave her a gift and Genevieve looked genuinely touched. I hoped we'd get more scenes like that but it seems unlikely.
I was glad that Klaus apologised to Cami for the part he played in Genevieve refusing to help Kieran, it was a nice moment. I also thought his present to Davina was surprisingly sweet, and it's nice that Josh is, at least for now, safe from Klaus.
I'm liking Hayley much more than I used to, she's becoming a much more interesting character and I like watching her interactions with the other werewolves.
I couldn't care less that Thierry is dead, he was a minor character with very little development.
I want to like Marcel but I feel as though his character is inconsistent, as though the writers aren't quite sure what to do with him. It was difficult to sympathise with him this episode since, although most of the characters have done bad things too, he did spoil the potential peace between the factions for no reason other than his own selfish desires.
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Apr 16, 2014
1. Could care less about Gene..who? Davina is smoking hot though.
2. Elijah needs to get over Hayley. There's a point where you have to stop pining over someone when they clearly aren't interested.
3. I didn't think about that until you said something, but yes it kinda does. Just a bit stonier.
4. Small earthquakes are fun.
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Apr 16, 2014

ELijah's new role is ok ,IMO
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Apr 16, 2014
-I had enough Marcel and Cami ( I've never really like them), the show can go on without them.
-Elijah new role
-Genevieve and Davina ok
-Werewolves ok.
-It wouldn't hurt if Klaus change his ways a little showing any kind of growth ,because it's like he gives one step forward and two steps back into his old ways.
Finally I would like to see the bless child already!
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Apr 16, 2014
1) She can stay for now. This show lacks strong female characters so unless they find a someone I think they should keep Genevieve. Davina is really the only likable female character (they killed off Sophie, Rebekah is gone and Hayley & Cami aren't good enough).

2) Never. I have despised the Elijah/Hayley connection since the pilot episode when he started making moon-eyes at her because Sophie told him Klaus knocked her up (they have nothing in common and there's no basis other than Hayley got knocked up and Elijah saw her as some poor girl that needed to be protected and felt the need to swoop in and "save" her). I really believe that had Hayley not slept with Klaus that Elijah never would have given her a second glance and Hayley would have been preoccupied with the werewolves. The only thing tying Hayley to Klaus & Elijah is that she had a one-night stand with Klaus and got pregnant (which is why the writers probably chose that storyline - it was the only way to force Hayley to have a connection to them for the spin-off). Seeing Elijah lusting after the girl Klaus knocked up still grosses me out and is consistently my least favorite part of the show.

3) I hadn't thought of that so I guess not. I thought the girls were just hanging out in the cemetery again.

4) Yep. But this one wasn't as bad as the earthquakes that Davina was causing back in 1x11 so it didn't really bother me. It seemed like Monique was earth, Abagail is air, Davina is fire and fourth girl would be water.
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Apr 16, 2014
Well, I personally really loved this episode but I feel like some of the storylines are getting unecesserally dragged out. I mean this Klaus vs Elijah thing has been done over and over again already. I also wish Marcel would just stop trying to fight people he can't possibly kill and reclaim his "kingdom". That's all he does since the beginning of the show and he should know by now that he CANNOT win.
Please writers give this character something else to do. Don't get me wrong I like it when he goes all schemy and all but I just feel like he could try to do his own thing elsewhere. Surely The Quarter isn't the ONLY place in New-Orleans worth commanding, is it? Plus this "I lost my friend or girlfriend or whatever" thing to the Originals is getting old. He could have chosen to leave with Rebekah in the first place. Thierry died because he was stupid enough to attack them. He brought this on himself so can he stop whining about how everything goes wrong in his life?
Cami is still trying to find ways to help her uncle. I know it's not a popular opinion but I do like the character. I just really want her to get a SL that gets her more involved in this war and more relevant in this world altogether. Can't she join the human faction and team up with Francesca at some point? Things might get more interesting for her as she wouldn't be as powerless as she is now, and for us as viewers as well.
Plus I think you're right, the final "twist" of the episode just doesn't do it for me. I mean witches have wanted to kill children from day one in this show. I really hope the ancestors (um, writers) are misleading us here.

Anyways, to answer your questions :
1 /Do you like Genevieve, or should she die already?
I did really like Genevieve this episode. I hated when her and Monique pulled a mean girls move on Davina. But I enjoyed the fact she isn't just Klaus' sex toy anymore and that she'll be a great manipulative b*** from now on. I like the way they're now at each others throats. I also enjoyed her scenes with Cami (told you I'm a Cami fan). Anyway, I think she'll die at the end of the season but in the meantime she'll give us a run for our money.

2/ Should Elijah make a move on Hayley already?
I'm not really into this Elijah/Hayley's romance and I do fear a new love triangle TVD style. I think I just want for everyone to stay single for a while and get storylines that don't involve them becoming a couple and be just that for the ships wars' sake.

3/ Does the witch's hangout remind you of the abandoned house in The Secret Circle? Be honest.
Can't tell. I'd have to rewatch the show to be sure.

4/ Is it rude to cause an earthquake in public?
Considering how bitchy Monique is most of the time I think the earthquake was probably the most polite thing she did in a while... I mean it was for entertainment purposes right? I guess the lady has a special kinda style.

P.S : Forgive my grammar, not a native speaker here.
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Apr 16, 2014
What's the purpose of Marcel anymore? I don't even think the writers know what they're going to do with him. Every week is the same shit. Plotting and scheming with no results... Apart from a gaggle of baby vamps, what leverage does this dude have? I like the actor. Charles has a charming/dynamic onscreen persona and he's easy on the eyes. Cut him the f loose, please, if you aren't going to give him anything sensible to do. The Originals is getting so disappointing. The witches are annoying as hell, Genevieve included. Elijah's wishy washy and broody. I don't care how "bad ass" everyone thinks he is, pompous is a more accurate descriptor. His overdone lines make me cringe. Klaus needs to grow up and get his life. He's always petulant and murderous about something, week to week. Get out. Can't wait for Hayley to have her supernatural baby so things can start moving. Why does this show have its hooks in me... CW always ends up recycling storylines and destroying potential. Either way I'll probably keep watching, every other episode or so.
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Apr 16, 2014
I love The Originals, but this episode didn’t do it for me. It felt like a recycled episode add some adjustments to make it look new with an added bloodbath, so it would be kind of interesting.

I’m not even looking forward to next week with that promo.

Only thing I liked was Josh getting pardoned and finally getting a daylight ring. Maybe now he can take Davina on a road trip.

Weren’t Monique and Davina best friends before the harvest? What made her change so much (except the power hungriness)? Why are Davina and blondie even listening to/following her, instead of thinking for themselves.
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Apr 16, 2014
I'm glad I'm not the only one. I was humming "ba da dah da dumm" the whole time they were talking.
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Apr 16, 2014
Yes to all four questions.

All shows struggle (other then Game of thrones) struggle with putting the main characters in danger, because the viewers know they are always going to escape somehow, so I agree there is no way that baby is going to die.
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Apr 16, 2014
I love this show, BUT it seems like they weren't prepared to make this season a full season so quickly. Don't most shows have a 8 to 12 episode season? maybe I'm wrong, but the first half of the season was STRONG, then it seemed like they had to force the second half due to time.... hopefully that's what it is and it will come back refreshed for a second season...

The back and forth is getting tiresome and obvious that one will not kill the other, no matter how many threats.

People in power make good on their threats or they lose that power

Witches just aren't that cool

Why are werewolves even considered a threat against vampires. The show has made werewolves look nearly pathetic when fighting a vamp, and couldn't humans take out werewolves pretty easily too? You know...with guns?

Do something with Elijah; his character is getting stale. Klaus' character is very inconsistent. Vicious psychopath one minute, whiney emotional schoolboy the next
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Apr 16, 2014
Don't most shows have a 8 to 12 episode season?

In the US, most network TV shows have over 20 episodes / year... between 20 and 26. Usually around the 23 mark. The Originals is a network broadcast show. Networks are the basic over-the-air channels like NBC, CBS, FOX, ABC, and CW.

Cable (SyFy, USA, TNT, etc.) shows tend to have less, between 10-18 per year... often settingaround 15.

Premium Cable (HBO, Showtime, etc.) tend to have 10-13 per year.
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Apr 16, 2014
And British networks like BBC and Channel 4 only have 3-8 episodes...
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Apr 17, 2014
Hence me clarifying that this was US networks, and that the show in question is on a US network. British shows are much shorter which has many benefits
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Apr 16, 2014
Gotcha. I guess I was thinking that the first season is shorter in case it doesn't take off and The Originals definitely took off but I don't think they were prepared to make 24 episodes so soon. thanks for the clarification
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Apr 16, 2014
Mid-season replacements are often 13 episodes. A number of new shows start off that way.
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Apr 16, 2014
To clarify my post, "per year" means "per season"


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Apr 16, 2014
Sigh. It's like the plot no longer has a direction and I'm not even sure that Claire Holt's felt absence has anything to do with it?

- I'm so over the stupid back and forth between Elijah and Klaus. Seriously, stop. Enough already!

- I'm so over the stupid "turf war". Like please GTFO. Who cares!? Marcel, you chose this over exploring the world with Rebecca? Nice one dude!
Ugh...Marcel needs to get a life or leave the show.

- Klaus. Well, what can be said about Klaus that doesn't include a whole lotta sighing and eye-rolling? It's like we've seen it all soooo many times. His little bitch-fits are so old. His character is becoming beyond stale.

- Please give the minor characters interesting storylines because the main characters are not the least bit interesting. Make the werewolves more interesting. Give that Mowhawk lady-vamp some actual dialogue.

- I could get behind Elijah and Hayley if THE TRIANGLE wasn't painted all over it, once again. Please stop with the brothers/love triangle - we have TVD for that overused, lame plotline. I'd actually really enjoy a central love story. But another triangle? No thanks.

- I hate Monique. I HATE HER. Why did the writers chose to take Davinas power and water down her character and her entire storyline? Why shift that focus to Monique? Seriously WHY?

- THE ANCESTORS WANT US TO KILL THE BABY. The lamest cliffhanger and the most predictable recycled-from-earlier-in-the-season development. Ever.

Sorry The Originals, you started out a little wonky and got interesting really fast. But now? Unfortunately, it seems like you're losing your spark.

Last episode was just a whole lotta unimportant stuff wrapped in glitz n glamour (to make us forget Rebecca) but this episode? It was just lots of unimportant stuff without the pretty packaging (apart from Klaus' presents). And all of it just feels OLD and deflated.
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Apr 18, 2014
I guess it's supposed to be a pride thing with Marcel, but SERIOUSLY...WHY WOULD ANY SANE PERSON CHOOSE THIS NONSENSE OVER TRAVELING THE WORLD WITH REBEKAH. GET REAL MARCEL. I mean, am I supposed to believe it's because he's creepily somehow in love with the CHILD Davina...because, no thank you to that.
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Apr 16, 2014
Dear Price,

This is my birthday week. I would be exceptionally grateful if we can have a photo recap review.

Sincerely,

Jean

P.S.: if you are reading this after posting the review, next week's review with photo recap would be fine too.
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Apr 16, 2014
People have been talking about Esther wanting her Granddaughter dead heres to hoping Genevieve dies and instead of a Harvest Witch we get Esther for season Finale.
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Apr 16, 2014
I think I'm misunderstood. Everyone is talking about Esther wanting her grand daughter dead so I'm thought/hope that Esther comes back in season 1 Finale. She's a heavy hitter so it would make an awesome Finale. Everyone will be worried but turns out she just wants to see her grand daughter.
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Apr 16, 2014
Please no, we’ve already had Ester wanting to kill her family and failing on TVD. I so do not need it here too. I’ve got no problem with Genevieve dying although I’m going to miss her presence (not her story ark or personality though).
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Apr 16, 2014
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Apr 16, 2014
"What even happened last time? I'll tell you: Rebekah left town and then a little while later everyone was still all mad at each other and punching each other at parties"

And that's exactly what is still happening. New episode. Old plot. This show is going in circles.

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Apr 16, 2014
Ok so a bunch of new wolves just turned up to meet/leer at Hayley. That's fine I guess but let's not forget that being a werewolf is a curse in itself for killing someone. No wonder they live in a swamp, they're bunch of murderers. I'll admit though it must be pretty sucky to have been cursed twice. Once for murderin' and again for existing/being part of a 'war'. Also I wonder if they all share stories about their accidental deaths. It's like "Hey, what are you in for who did you kill?"
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Apr 16, 2014
You're right. It's like the writers and viewers have forgotten about that in favour of the story of werewolf clans. Tyler and his father carried a werewolf bloodline and his Dad was a dick, but it wasn't until Tyler killed someone that his latent wolf abilities came to the fore. Though I guess it isn't clear if everyone who has come to view Hayley is a fully realized werewolf.
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Apr 16, 2014
I also think the writers forgot the curse thing so Hayley would have a somewhat interesting storyline.
Cause all their parents would have been werewolf’s which means that those young werewolf’s would have been encouraged by their parents to murder someone and I find that hard to believe. Although I wouldn’t put it past the writers to do exactly that to tie up that plot hole and make the werewolf's more vicious.
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Apr 16, 2014
Actually, some werewolves do it by accident (Hayley, Tyler, and even Klaus initially) unless they're raised in a pack. Turning causes MASS amounts of pain so some werewolves don't ever want to turn. For as many damn werewolves that are in this show, I can't believe TO didn't explain their origins. I thought they were trying to write this show for new people?
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Apr 16, 2014
What do you mean? Hayley killed someone, at least she said she did in TVD. The fact that they haven't addressed her true status in TO just means they didn't think it through and/or forgot a lot of there lore like they've done with everything else.
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