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The Originals- Alive and Kicking (2×03)

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“The question is, which one of our parents do we kill first?”

This episode started off pretty slow, before things just escalated. There’s a couple of separate things going on in New Orleans, that will soon come together really nicely.

Klaus has caught on that Cassie is his mother. Could she really have fooled him? After finding out that the 16-year-old is going behind his back and making moonlight rings for all the wolves in the quarter, he goes for a meeting to put the little witch in his place. He learns that for someone so young, she carries herself very highly. She speaks to him about the union between the witches and the wolves, both pure creatures. They aren’t an abomination like that vampire, which aims to kill everyone in it’s path. Witches have coves, wolves have packs, while vampires are all alone and that upsets them, so they feed on them. Uniting will make them stronger. She admits all she really wants is to restore peace. The chamomile tea, the hate for vampires, prompts Klaus to start talking about his mother and how much he hated her. He asks if she’s being led by Esther, but Cassie replies she doesn’t need to be, she knows exactly what Esther would want. Than she assures him that it’s really her by telling him to go to his room. It’s an odd scene, but I’m glad Klaus is finally looped in on the dangers of this new witch! Exposing herself was really a rash decision as now, Klaus will do everything to bring his mother down, once and for all.

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It’s odd to me that this woman, hates vampires so much, yet she’s the reason her children are vampires in the first place. Their the original vampires because of you Esther. You can’t hate and try to destroy something you created, but she’s tried for years on end. And while she speaks of how pure witches and wolves are, seeing the way she acts, I wouldn’t really call that pure.

She’s also unaware of what Davina has brewing and that totally scares her because she can be side-swept. That’s why Kol aka Kaleb has been assigned Davina duty. The young lad is trying to woo the little witch in order to find out what she’s been hiding in her attic. He asks her out for coffee, which makes her leave her lair… not unattended though. It’s locked with tricky witch magic. He than asks her out on a dinner date and things get super interesting, but according to Finn, he’s not getting the information that his mother wants fast enough. Therefore, Esther stages a bar fight. A gang of wolves are starting with Davina and being very violent. Kaleb tries to help, but is thrown to the ground and injured. Her magic is not strong enough, so she panics and uses her bracelet to summon Michael. Yep, in a moment of panic, she freed the dark one.

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This is hands down the best scene of the episode.. actually of this season. Michael comes to the bar and takes on all these wolves, proving that he is the strongest mother-effer in the world. When their all down, he turns on Davina. Thankfully, right before all this went down, she told Elijah and Marcel where she was and they rushed over in hopes of persuading her to give over the white oak stake. Elijah was convinced she had it/knew where it was and he was right. Elijah is super shocked to see Michael in the flesh. He pushes him away from Davina, who ends up in Marcels arms, while Elijah gets pinned under his fathers stake. It’s great that Davina knows she can’t unleash Michaels power on the world though and as she puts her bracelet back on, Michael is back under her control, and unable to harm Elijah.

This revelation to the world, opens up a whole pandora box. The reason Michael is back is because of Davina. But she realizes, that once he’s set free, he will try to kill her after killing Elijah and Klaus. And of course is he kills Elijah and Klaus before she figures out how to complete a spell to unbind Marcel and Josh from Klaus’s bloodline, they too will die. And, there’s the problem of Kol, who no one knows is Kol, knowing that their father is back with a vengeance! Um….

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In a surprise plot twist, when Kol goes back home, he tells his mother that he didn’t see a thing that went down in that bar fight. Obviously withholding that Michael is alive and well. The way Esther treated him though, I don’t blame him. She’s a bitch and maybe Kol is starting to see that he’s on the wrong side. Despite his tortured past with his brother’s that was revealed through flashbacks– Klaus daggered him multiple times, choosing young Marcel over his blood family– maybe their better than the parents, who have been holding useless grudges for years. Will Kol reveal himself to his bros and let them in on their mothers plan? Will he confront Michael? How does he plan to use his newfound information?

I love flashbacks. Their hands down my favorite part of the show. Klaus’s hair… young Marcel. It’s classic. We learned that there was a time where Klaus was jealous of the bond Marcel and Elijah shared. He really cared for him, but pretended to stop, in order to better Klaus and allow them to form their tight bond. Now, the two of them have to come together again. Marcel is on the outs, unable to enter the quarter as a vampire. He’s building his army, knowing well that Klaus will side with his werewolf clan, Hayley with her clan and Davina with the witches. He tells Elijah that he must pick a side. Staying neutral will not work anymore. He snaps Gigi’s neck– a girl that returned to him after her memory was erased. He leaves her to Elijah, stating that he hopes he’s a better mentor to her than he was to him. It’s a cold blow, especially knowing how protective Elijah was of Marcel in the past. Somethings are better left unsaid. Will Elijah pick team vampire?

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And lastly, Hayley was inspired by Klaus, who finally did something that wasn’t in his best interest. He dragged the stressed and distraught hybrid back to the bayou where she spoke to her werewolf clan, who hadn’t yet made a deal with Cassie about becoming their leader. They were opposed, stating Hayley wasn’t like them anymore. But, Klaus made them see that she really was their “queen,” with their best interests in mind. She eventually made a deal with Jackson, and brought back some of the pack to live at Klaus’s. I’m hoping for a bigger Hayley storyline in future episodes, because her talents are very underused so far. 

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The episode really picked up halfway through. And with that Michael action scene at the bar, I was sold. Plus, we’ve set up our plot and now, things need to start happening.. you know like plotting a way to kill the parents. Also, I need some Hayley and Elijah romance right now. When he ignored her at the end, she was so concerned! So, 9/10 for this one! 


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Joseph Morgan Reveals If He’d Ever Reprise His Character Klaus Mikealson for ‘Legacies’

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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! 


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The Originals’ Claire Holt Welcomes First Child With Husband Andrew

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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.

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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.

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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!


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Legacies – Mombie Dearest (1×06)

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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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