“We’re fighting for the soul of this city.”
Welcome back to New Orleans– a place now run by Guerrilla werewolves. In case you were wondering, their worse tyrants than the vampires.
Klaus and Hayley are broken souls on the season 2 premiere of The Originals. Their really grieving and who can blame them? They lost their city, their friends and most importantly, their baby. They lost each other and themselves. Klaus has been in hiding for about 2 months, not leaving the house. Meanwhile, Elijah has been tracking down each wolf who wears one of the daylight rings, created from Klaus’s power. In order to get his strength back, he’s going to need to destroy all those rings. That’s step one in the plan for revenge. Cami has been enjoying her time in bed with Marcel, although she’s focused on her studies and ultimately wants to help human people with their human problems. Marcel is still exiled from the Quarter, as most vampires, so he’s hiding out in his loft with side-kick Josh. Davina’s separated herself from the “coven” and now lives a normal, teenage life…. well sort of. She’s returned to high school, but on her down time, she’s babysitting the evil Michael whom she helped resurrect as she studies Esther’s spell books in hopes of her own revolution.
The action picks up right away. Cami’s fed up with the town being a war-zone and breaks into Klaus’s place to tell Elijah that it’s time they stepped up and did something. This prompts Klaus to finally step out and talk to Marcel. They realize that attacking on a full moon, when Klaus is weakest, is the smartest idea because Francesca won’t expect it. Klaus was originally thrown off by the idea because of the fact that no one knows where the white oak stake is, but than realized Francesca and her wolves don’t have it. If they did, he would have already been dead. First up, the rings. With the help of another sacrificial vampire, everyone unites, to kick butt. They let Francesca believe that Cami knows where the stake is. She sends all her people to get it, but it’s obviously a trap. Their led right into Marcel’s place, where he kills and rips off the rings. Elijah takes on the army guarding Francesca’s house, while Hayley battles the wolves in the quarter. When all the rings have been removed, Klaus get his full power back. I thought it was quite hilarious how Francesca thought she was safe in her house because of the whole vampire’s can’t get in without an invite thing, but failed to realize, the house is public. Elijah walked right in, and you could almost see her knees trembling. He left her death up to Hayley, whose been a mess dealing with becoming a hybrid.
She rips Francesca’s throat out, but revenge isn’t as good as it sounds. She realizes it doesn’t make her feel better. She’s broken, torn. She’s gone from being a pure hero, to a monster. She’s killing her own people…Even Elijah doesn’t look at her the same way and it’s definitely because he’s walking on egg-shells around her. Losing a baby is hard, and he realizes that while he’d love to help her deal, the only person that could do that is Klaus. It’s a cute scene but I firmly remain Team Elijah!
We understand why Klaus and Hayley are fighting for the city, but why is Marcel? When Josh confronted him about the battle for a piece of land, Marcel let him know it was much more than that. He’s fighting for what he believes in… for family. Much of Marcel’s history is here in New Orleans. His closest friends died here at the hands of the wolves and other supernatural beings. This moment was essential to get the viewers invested in this battle. Everyone understands the revenge aspect, but when you run out of revenge, or it stops making you feel better, you need other reasons to fight and keep going. Although I must admit, being an immortal, you could go anywhere and do anything. There must be a safety with staying in the familiar and ruling. It was definitely nice to see Marcel and Klaus finally join forces and fight on a united front. Despite that, once the wolves are eliminated, their both fully aware that they’ll go back to competing against each other. You’d think Klaus would know better, after realizing he did all of this to himself.
But just because they brought the top wolf down, doesn’t mean their troubles are ending there. They basically got rid of one obstacle, to be confronted by many more.. Michael is alive and hungry for vengeance on his son Klaus, but until Davina says he can kill and attack, he can’t do anything. Esther, the original witch and mom to our favorite vampire boys, has been working at her revenge since last season. She resurrected in a young body, goes by the name of Cassie and brought along two of her sons with her for the ride… including Kol. Yes, I’m just as shocked as you are by this. I really thought Kol was the down-to-earth type. What the heck? With Francesca gone, Esther believes they can take over the quarter. She’s also playing her game pieces right. Finn, in his new body, is pretending to be Cami’s sponsor. So much for getting away from the supernatural. Her breakup with Marcel, totally useless! Davina is smitten with Kol, whom she met outside of the record store. No matter whose body he’s in, Kol’s got the charm!
What did you think of the premiere? How will Elijah deal with Hayley’s sadness? Where are Rebekah and baby Hope hiding out? What does Michael have planned? Even scarier, what does Davina have planned? What does Esther ultimately want and why is she using Cami and Davina as bait? Do you think we’ll eventually have a huge Mikealson family reunion? All I can say is that I’m so glad Francesca is gone. As for a premiere, I didn’t hate it, but I sure wasn’t impressed. I would say 5/10.
Joseph Morgan Reveals If He’d Ever Reprise His Character Klaus Mikealson for ‘Legacies’
If you’ve been waiting for the day where Klaus Mikealson strolls back into Mystic Falls to pay his daughter, Hope Mikealson, and the Salvatore School — which he helped fund — a visit, well, don’t get your hopes up.
The first two seasons of Legacies have given us some grade-A guest stars from The Vampire Diaries and The Originals including Aunt Freya (Riley Voekel), Kai Parker (Chris Wood), and Matt Donovan (Zach Roerig). We even briefly saw Lizzie and Josie Saltzman’s birth mother Josette (Jodi Lyn O’Keefe).
But as for baddie Klaus Mikealson, the man who brought him to life, Joseph Morgan, doesn’t think he’ll ever reprise his role again.
And turns out, he has a really good reason!
TV Guide caught up with the actor to talk about his Peacock show, Brave New World, and when asked about guest starring on The CW teen drama, he bluntly and rapidly shut down the possibility.
“No never, never. You’re never going to see it.” Morgan said. “You can hold your breath as long as you want. You know why? I have The Originals box set on my shelf, and it’s a beautiful thing because it’s five DVD sets that are a complete story from beginning to end of this guy, Klaus Mikaelson — well, starting back in The Vampire Diaries Season 2. So I just feel like to come back as a ghost or a flashback or something, for me, that journey, that story has ended. That’s the complete story, and it just doesn’t feel right to me to do that.”
As much as we’d like to see Klaus in the flesh again, you have to admit that’s a satisfactory answer. It shows that Morgan cares enough about the character not to reprise him without a purpose or taint his legacy.
Klaus Mikealson’s story came to a fitting end in the series finale of The Originals when he redeemed himself for the greater good and sacrificed himself alongside his brother Elijah to save his daughter. Since then, Hope has carried on his legacy; his memory lives on as she mentions him pretty often and channels what he taught her to protect her friends and fight off a plethora of demons and monsters.
Morgan added that he felt like series creator Julie Plec understood where he was coming from.
“I think Julie [Plec] feels the same. It just feels like it would be strange, like a little forced,” Morgan continued. “Like I’m coming back just so we can see something else of him, but when we see it we go, ‘Ugh, that was it?’ And I don’t want his legacy to be, ‘Ugh.’ I don’t know what the scene could be that it would be exciting enough and epic enough after the journey that he’s had.”
Morgan may get a pass, but Candace Accola surely doesn’t. We’d love to see her reprise her role of Caroline Forbes considering she’s raising two daughters with Alaric but has yet to pay them a visit or help out with the school! Don’t let us down, Caroline!
The fact that she is still alive in the supernatural world and has such close ties to Mystic Falls but yet never comes to visit doesn’t paint her in a great light!
The Originals’ Claire Holt Welcomes First Child With Husband Andrew
Welcome, James Holt Joblon!
Claire Holt and husband Andrew Joblon welcomed their first child together.
The Originals actress shared a picture of her little man on Instagram writing, “Everything they say is true. There is no love like it.”
In the photo, James is wrapped in a hospital blanket and peacefully sleeping in his momma’s arms.
Pregnancy has been a difficult journey for Holt who suffered a miscarriage and underwent a consequent dilation and curettage procedure just seven months before she became pregnant with James.
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As I inch closer to my due date, I often find myself reflecting on the incredible capacity of the female body. I cannot believe that I’ve created, nourished and housed a little human! It hasn’t been an easy process – I’ve cried many tears and cursed my aching body countless times. However, I have never loved or respected myself more than I do now. This #internationalwomensday is a particularly meaningful one for me. I am truly in awe of all those who have taken the journey of motherhood before me, and I feel so excited to be joining their ranks. I’m also reminded of the incredible strength that women possess, which extends far beyond having children. Every day I see examples of kind women, passionate women, intelligent women, driven women. I am endlessly inspired by ladies I know and love as well as by those I’ve never even met. Thank you to all the women in my life – and to women everywhere – for never ceasing to amaze me.
In October, she announced her pregnancy writing:
“My heart is bursting. I’m so happy to share with you that we are having a baby! It still doesn’t feel real. These past few months have been filled with excitement, anxiety, tears, joy, uncertainty but most of all gratitude,” she wrote alongside the pregnancy announcement.
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My heart is bursting. I’m so happy to share with you that we are having a baby! It still doesn’t feel real. These past few months have been filled with excitement, anxiety, tears, joy, uncertainty but most of all gratitude. You never forget the deep pain of loss. It dims with time but it informs many of your experiences. Our loss earlier this year was the darkest moment of my life. Yet, it made me infinitely more thankful for the precious baby growing inside me today. I want to take a moment to acknowledge all those struggling with miscarriage, infertility or any of the difficulties that come with bringing new life into the world. I know that these announcements can hurt. I’ve felt it all. My heart is with you and I pray that our story gives you hope. Thank you all so much for your love and support – I can’t wait to share this journey with you.
She also reflected on the miscarriage writing, “You never forget the deep pain of loss. It dims with time but it informs many of your experiences.”
We’re so happy for Claire and Andrew!
Sending congrats and love to the family!
Legacies – Mombie Dearest (1×06)
Alaric has faced dragons, gargoyles and dryads, but the most threatening and terrifying monster was his late bride.
No, not because Jo herself was scary but because whatever resurrected her was hoping to use human emotion to pry the knife from Ric.
Of course, Ric is a vampire hunter with years of experience under his belt so, despite the jarring visual of his late fiancee standing in front of him in her still-bloody wedding dress, he didn’t fall for it immediately.
I’m proud to say he initially pointed a crossbow at “that thing” before slowly warming up to the idea that maybe it was really Jo.
However, at no point did Ric let his guard down because he knew that eventually, the true monster would come to light.
And boy, the zombie did.
The zombie knew that there was no way it could fool Ric so it latched onto Josie, the twin most interested in connecting with her birth mother on her 16th birthday.
Josie, who is named after Jo, was drawn to her birth mother because as she mentioned, she’s never found much of herself in Caroline.
That isn’t to say that she doesn’t love her mom, but Lizzie has always been more like Caroline, which us OG TVD fans can attest to.
Thankfully, we also know that Caroline grew out of the insecure, mean-girl shenanigans so there’s hope for Lizzie. More on that later.
Sadly, Jo’s bonding time with her mother ended with her getting buried alive. Not ideal by any means, but at least her friends Penelope, Hope and M.J all came to the rescue.
They fought through what looked like an episode of The Walking Dead before M.J could hear Josie’s screams and dig her up.
Thankfully, she was wearing Hope’s necklace, one that makes quiet things loud.
It’s poetic actually to see how many people want to help Josie free herself from Lizzie’s shadow.
Despite Penelope’s toxic attitude, she really does have Josie’s best interests at heart and seeing how she almost lost her, the two reconnected romantically.
What does that mean for Rafael?
As for Lizzie, she needs a major attitude adjustment.
Yes, seeing your birth mother in the flesh may come as a surprise but her hostility was not necessary.
Admittedly, she was being protective in order not to get hurt, but there’s nothing to blame or hate your “bio mom” for. It’s not like she wanted to die and never be a part of your life!
Secondly, everyone is right — she’s a terrible sister.
Lizzie takes Josie for granted which was more noticeable on this episode than ever before.
Her only priority is herself; she wanted to get the guy, she wanted to be happy, and Josie was only deserving of the “consolation prize.”
She didn’t even notice Josie was missing from the party until Rafael hurt her by telling her that he wasn’t interested in a relationship with her despite their hook-up from the previous night.
And only after she felt hurt did she even notice her sister never showed up to the party!
With the Gemini Curse creeping up on them on their 22 birthday, these two really have to find some common ground otherwise Josie doesn’t stand a chance next to the dominant twin.
I know Penelope wanted to prove to MJ that Lizzie was a terrible person but until Rafael showed up, it seems like she was really going to give MJ a chance.
Unfortunately, it’s because of girls like her that the good guys never win. MJ was so smitten with her, he knew everything about her down to her favorite song yet she still chose the “good looks” over the guy who went above and beyond to treat her like a princess.
Now that Rafael was honest with her, she’ll likely pursue MJ, but I sincerely hope he treats her the same way she’s been treating him.
Thank u, next!
I’m glad Rafael had a heart-to-heart with Hope and admitted that he wasn’t completely over his girlfriend’s death.
It was a bit concerning that he just fell for Josie instead of mourning his girlfriend. However, his hook-up with Lizzie and his desire to “be there” for her now makes more sense.
He’s trying to ease his guilt.
Their friendship is surprising but when Landon’s personal life comes into play, specifically his connection to the knife, Rafael will be a good contact for Hope.
You could probably tell from my reviews that I haven’t really been too keen on Legacies. I just couldn’t get into it because it was lacking the magic that both The Vampire Diaries and The Originals had.
They say it usually takes about four full episodes to really fall in love with a show. Mombie Dearest was the one that changed things for me.
It’s the most fun I’ve had watching an episode which I think mainly stems from the fact that it evoked so many of the emotions I’ve felt while watching the Vampire Diaries.
I was crying the same way I used to back in season one.
It could be because there were so many references to the sister shows — Jo, Caroline, the curse, Stefan Salvatore, the debutant ball, Hope’s aunt — but this episode just had the Mystic Falls vibe. The friendships are falling into place, the characters are being fleshed out and the main story-arc is promising.
I knew it was impossible for Jo to stay especially because she’s a witch who believes in the natural order of things, but I so hoped they’d find a way to keep her around.
It would have added so much to the show.
It was also hard to say goodbye to her again. I can’t imagine having to do that shortly after meeting your biological mom, but at least Josie and Lizzie got the opportunity.
As for Ric, it was definitely heartbreaking to see him lose Jo again, but the moment provided the closure he never had. After sixteen years, he was able to let her go knowing she was in a better place.
And I’m obviously still holding out for Caroline’s return. She’s bound to make a few visits considering, as we predicted, she’s traveling the world in hopes of finding the cure to break the Gemini Curse.
I wonder when they’ll tell the twins about that.
And if the knife possibly has something to do with it!
What are your thought on “Mombie Dearest?” Are you Team Josie or Team Lizzie?
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