The Originals

Season 1 Episode 1

Always and Forever

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Aired Monday 8:00 PM Oct 03, 2013 on The CW
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Always and Forever
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Klaus Mikaelson, the original vampire-werewolf hybrid, returns to his past in New Orleans and meets with his former protege, Marcel, a charismatic vampire with control over the city's inhabitants. Elijah follow him and learns that werewolf Hayley is in the hands of a powerful witch, Sophie Deveraux. Elijah finds that Hayley is pregnant and feels that the Original family may have been given a second chance at humanity. Klaus is more interested in Marcel who has control over the city's supernatural inhabitants. Klaus decides that he wants his city back.

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  • I loved this and I look forward to seeing the next

    9.5
    I watched the backdoor pilot episode in last season's Vampire diaries, I wasn't as impressed as I wanted to be. I wasn't looking forward to seeing this episode as it's basically a repeat of the last pilot... WRONG! Although it's essentially the same episode, it's not! This one is completely reworked and told from Elijah's point of view, and all this bits that needled me from the last pilot were gone or explained. If you saw the first pilot, don't let that put you off watching this one, it's different. I loved this and I look forward to seeing the next :)moreless
  • Much Improved Revision of the Backdoor Pilot!

    8.0
    It's perhaps an understatement to say that the backdoor pilot for The Originals that aired towards the end of the fourth season of The Vampire Diaries was a disappointment. For some, it was almost bad enough to shelve the idea entirely. But The CW Network saw it differently, and if this actual premiere episode is any indication, there may be more promise than the backdoor pilot implied.



    Ironically, the central plot is effectively the same: Klaus returns to the family's old stomping grounds of New Orleans and finds it controlled by one of his "children", Marcel, who is ruling the city and its supernatural population with an iron fist. Even more than Mystic Falls, the supernatural populations are at each other's throats, and witches are divided between wanting to protect or destroy when Hayley, a werewolf, turns out to be pregnant with Klaus' highly unlikely child.



    When presented from Klaus' point of view in the backdoor pilot, it was terrible. Klaus went from being a borderline psychotic anti-hero, willing to do anything to protect his family, to a subpar take on the Anne Rice clich. And from that perspective, the dubious plot and questionable new characters weren't much better. "Always and Forever" changes the focus, making Elijah the central character, and suddenly the exact same plot and setting is far more palatable.



    Why? It has to do with attitude. Klaus is insane, immortal, and the proverbial bull in a china shop on speed. He has a softer side, as we've seen on The Vampire Diaries with Caroline, but his methods of showing affection and family bonding are disturbing and lethal. He is not meant to be a sympathetic hero. Elijah, on the other hand, is more clinical and thoughtful in his actions, not to mention a lot more cultured and diplomatic. He is no less devoted to family, but his methodical investigation of the state of play in New Orleans is far more logical than Klaus and his supposed inner struggle.



    Even with two introductory episodes and the improvement from the first to the second, The Originals hasn't quite made the case for its existence. There is a bit of work to still be done to convince the audience that it was necessary to move these popular characters into a new setting with a new conflict, rather than just fold these events into the narrative of The Vampire Diaries. Hopefully the next few episodes will get the job done.moreless
  • The Originals.

    9.0
    This was basically The Vampire Diaries episode with The Mystic Falls scenes taken out and some new scenes added, but I have to say I was not disappointed at all. Who knows I might like this show better than TVD, I was not expecting what Klaus did to Elijah at the end and I really want to know more about Davina. Very Good Start.
  • The Unconditional Love Of The Original Family!

    9.5
    Wow this premiere was even better than the backdoor pilot!

    Seeing all of the key moments from the 1st episode yet seeing them through Elijah's eyes and perspective was a really ingenious decision on the creators part!

    I cannot wait to see how this series pans out because as of right now next to the Vampire Diaries, and Arrow it is my official 2nd favorite show on TV right now! I loved seeing how the Original family came to New Orleans and seeing the additional scenes Eljiah had with Hayley and Marcel and some flashbacks added a ton of depth and investment in not only Klaus' character but the entire Original family! I hope Rebekah can get Eiljah out of the predicament he found himself in at the end I hate seeing him gone!

    I am so excited to see how the rest of this series goes because if is anything like this '2nd' pilot I am sure it is gonna be another hit 4 the CW network!moreless

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    • Elijah: (voiceover) Over the course of my long life, I have come to believe that we are bound forever to those with whom we share blood. And while we may not choose our family, that bond can be our greatest strength...or our deepest regret. This unfortunate truth has haunted me for as long as I can recall.

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