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The Originals- Live and Let Die (2×04)

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You’re either with us or against us.”

New Orleans just can’t catch a break. I’m struggling to keep up with all these alliances, betrayals and secret agendas week after week. Everyone is fighting a war, but no one really knows why…. mainly because everyone is fighting for the same reason. 

Esther basically wants to rid the town of vampires.. that includes Marcel’s army living on the outskirts of town. She manipulates the wolves to attack and give them less than a day to scram. Marcel isn’t having any of it though. He’s encouraging his vamps to learn how to fight, when Elijah walks in, teaching the first lesson of the day: always be on your guard. Clearly, he’s picked a team. Marcel takes on training all the newbies, while Elijah is responsible for “baby vamp” aka Gia. Last night’s episode made it clear that Gia and Elijah are going to be an item we will be whole-heartedly shipping, and regretting because hello team Haylijah! As he uses Gia’s rhythm of music to teach her war moves, she pushes him up against the wall and begins pulling out his heart. Holy hell sexual tension. These two can barely keep their clothes on, when Hayley walks in, interrupting the moment. She’s kind of caught off guard by the  intensity of the situation, but doesn’t dwell on it. There’s werewolf business that needs to be taken care of. 

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A plus of having wolves on the ins with the witches is that they know their every move. Esther is planning an attack on the vampires during the blood moon- a night wolves usually celebrate and use to trigger their curse. Finn has gathered tons of young children that will feed on humans, killing them an enacting their curse. He explains that they need all the help they can get during this war, but Aiden and Holly, two of the wolf-pack leaders are not on board, especially considering Aiden’s younger brother is in the group. They’ve really got no choice.. either they go along with the plan, or suffer the consequences. Not knowing what else to do, or how to overpower the witches, they turn to their hybrid leader Hayley, who turns to Elijah. He’s a noble man so she knows he’ll do the right thing.  

Marcel and Elijah decide to help the vampires by executing a plan to kidnap the children and get them safely to the bayou to be protected by wolves that didn’t “sell out” to the witches. Were those daylight ring really worth it boys? I sure hope so! Finn wants the wolf-pack to bring the kids to a meeting with the human. He can kill two birds with one stone, turning a lot into more wolves and showing the humans what will happen if they stand in Esther’s way, or side with the vampires. They create quite the distraction during the towns Halloween festivities, and Holly leads the kids to Hayley and Josh. They escape through a tunnel and on the other side, Marcel is waiting with a getaway ambulance. Holly stays behind to help Elijah fight his own pack,. They team up and kill them all, when suddenly Finn comes rolling through trying to hurt Elijah with magic. He manages to pick himself up and is about to snap his brother’s neck when Esther appears and knocks him unconscious.  You have to give Elijah props for sacrificing himself, to save everyone else. Like I said, noble. 

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Klaus wasn’t involved at all with the “vampires vs. werewolves vs. his mother” drama because he was too busy dealing with the other parent– his father. After the bar incident, Davina disappeared with Michael. Obviously in order to kill his father, Klaus had to find the little witch with the white oak stake. So he embarks on his trip, with Cami at his side. She’s tagged along as a distraction, hoping that she can get him to stop craving revenge and start leading a less miserable life. Okay Cami we get it, you like him. The scene at thee bar was really all for the Cami and Klaus shippers. Their dancing and almost-kissing and the passion and lust is there, except Klaus can’t be played. He’s not a fool. He has a mission. It’s to kill Michael and no amount of sweet-talk babble is going to change his mind. And while Cami does raise some legit points, she fails to realize that Michael is hella dangerous and her life would be a lot less complicated were he killed.Also, what a whore. She stopped sleeping with Marcel because she didn’t want to be with a vampire, but now she’s with his bff/enemy and an original. Please.

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 There’s clearly a reason why all of Michael’s kids hate him….and Davina learned that the hard way. Part of me think she regrets bringing him back. Does she even know why she brought him back from the dead? What purpose does he serve to her? Michael attempted to train Davina, making her tougher– a warrior. When she fell over and sprained her ankle, he forced her to get up, teaching her the only way to win with an opponent is to fight through the pain. Weakness does not win and magic can only do so much. He’s got a point. We saw how weak Davina really was. She constantly relies on her magic to keep her safe, but what happens when that doesn’t work? After their fight, she was left with a swollen, painful ankle and decided to turn to the only person she could trust, Luke aka Kol. 

She called him up and asked him to come by, which is exactly what he had been hoping for considering Esther’s been breathing down his neck to find the witch and get the white oak stake. He uses all of his charm to persuade her into thinking he’s a trustworthy mate. And it works. Davina finaly falls asleep, Kol encounters Michael, makes a deal with him to un-spell the bracelet she’s wearing which will free him as long as he doesn’t kill him. Michael has no idea Kol is his son, nor would he probably care. All he knows is that he’s guarding the hell out of that white oak stake. Klaus finally arrives and Davina uses Kol to put an “invisibility spell” over them. Klaus finds his father’s blade, throws it through the window knocking her unconscious and breaking the spell. Kol breaks the spell over the bracelet and Michael is free. Honestly, I’m kind of surprised by how little loyalty Kol has for his brothers and how he’s willing to help his evil father. 

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Michael joins his son outside and a fight ensues. Both are confident, but Klaus has a secret weapon– papa Tunde’s knife of pain. Michael pins him down to the ground and is about the push the stake through him, when Klaus stuffs the blade into his fathers body. Woohoo! One point for Klaus. Cami comes running, barely breathing, upset that he left her but clearly still worried about him. He promises not to harm Davina and informs her that he took her advice– he didn’t kill his father, just severely injured him. Don’t worry I’m currently shaking my head in dissapointment too! Why would you not take the chance and rid this world of Michael. Why? Stupid Cami! An the unthinkable happens, because you know it’s The Originals. Michael wakes up from his unconscious state and pulls the blade out, proving that his lesson to Davina was truly worthwhile. This is shocking considering all of season one, Klaus was unable to remove the blade from his own body. Michael really is that strong. Will he get away? Disappear? Plot an even greater murder on Klaus? If he’s free now, who knows the havoc he can wreck.

Marcel and his army were triumphant. They saved the children and celebrated with drinks. Even Hayley let go of her anger embraced Gia, despite seeing her flirting with Elijah earlier. She really needs to get it together. Elijah is hella charming and if she doesn’t make him hers, someone else will. Gia is worried and upset that they left Elijah to fight by himself, but Hayley assures her he will be okay. He can take care of himself. Well, that may be true. He’s an original and nothing can bring him down.. nothing except his mother. Elijah isn’t okay. In fact he’s far from it. The original is tied up in chains in his mother’s witchy lair and she apologizes informing him that she wants them all to become a family. In order for that to happen, he must be pure. 

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So in the end, all the supernaturals are all fighting a war to save the ones they love. Old loves… new loves (ahem Aiden and Josh.. .I see you!) Their fighting for their children, their parents, their friends, their packs and covens, their people.  The fact that Michael is now free and Esther has captured Elijah makes for an interesting turn of events. Will he finally reach Klaus? Will Hayley be able to save Elijah? How can they stop Esther? Will Kol continue siding with his mother or will he help his brothers? What’s in store for Cami and Klaus? And what about Elijah and Hayley when she comes so close to finally losing him? The episode was pretty good, despite constantly focusing on alliances. I give it a 7/10. 


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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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Claire Holt Gives Birth

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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Legacies Mombie Dearest

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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