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The Originals – Ne Me Quitte Pas (5×03)

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Talk about seeing a well-established character in a brand new light.

With this final season, The Originals has the ability to shake-up characters and venture outside of their comfort zones which is exactly what happened with Elijah.

I don’t think there’s one soul out there that complained about a full hour dedicated to brilliantDaniel Gillies. And if you did, well, you’re not welcome here.

During The Originals season 4 finale, Elijah boldly asked Marcel to erase his memories so that he wouldn’t have to be burdened by his unwavering loyalty to his family.

The series has always focused on Klaus and his journey with Elijah being pushed off to the side and serving as merely a supporting character in his brothers storyline.

But what would he be doing if the Mikealsons were no longer his problem? Well, for starters, he’d be living his life.

Forgetting about the “always and forever” allowed him to get a fresh start and pursue a life on his own terms without owing anyone or being tied to them. Much like Freya, he’s made so many sacrifices for his family even sacrificing his own happiness for them.

And not only was it welcome, it was necessary as Elijah would be unable to stay away from his siblings especially if he senses that Klaus was in danger.

So, yes, seven years without Elijah have been tough for Klaus considering his brother has always been his beacon of hope and clarity, but it finally allowed Elijah to be carve his own path and choose his own destiny.

When Marcel finally “rebooted” him, Elijah had no recollection of his past; he didn’t know who he was, where he was, or even what he was.

Everything from that moment forward was new to him and all he knew was that he was in Sunnyvale with an insatiable urge to feed but the pork rinds he stole after using his newfound super strength to punch out a vending machine window didn’t suffice.

Soon, he realized he was craving blood when some gas station employee came around and from there, Elijah was off to feed his way through the world until he reached New York.

I never thought we’d see the man known for donning luxury suits in a trucker hat but here we are.

New York was obviously problematic because it was where Marcel and Rebekah were residing but there was no way for Elijah to have known that.

Upon arriving in the big city, he met a woman who was feeding in an alleyway.

He was drawn to her because he was desperate to find out more about himself but she wasn’t “buying” because why would a Mikealson need help?

It wasn’t immediately clear whether or not Antoinette knew who Elijah was when they first met but given the Mikealson’s reputation, I’m sure she had an inkling.

Soon enough, she realized that “E” was really lost so she took him under her wing. It’s fitting considering she played the Black Fairy on Once Upon a Time, and I cannot shake the image of her being Rumpel’s mother for anything, not even this romantic rendezvous with the hottest bachelor in town.

Through Antoinette, Elijah learned about all the “pros” of being a vampire while furnishing his little New York home; his daylight ring, feeding parties (hello, dancing Elijah!), compulsion, and that there’s a difference in the taste of blood when you kill someone in duress versus when they’re calm and accepting of their fate.

That whole scene where Elijah feeds on someone that was compelled to relax was surprisingly sexual in nature for The CW. It’s been awhile since I was reminded that sharing a meal is a sensual and bonding experience.

Before Elijah can get too comfortable in New York, he’s ambushed by Marcel who tells him to skip town as soon as possible and piques Elijah’s interest in finding out about his past.

Antoinette knowing exactly what Elijah would find urges him to let it go and “accept who he is now.”

However, Elijah just can’t let go — another reason he was compelled to forget — and they part ways because she knows it’ll take him down a dark and destructive path.

And she’s right. As he hits dead-end after dead-end, he goes on a bender. As he gorges on innocent humans, we’re once again reminded of his monstrous past. I guess sometimes history will always repeat itself, even if we don’t remember it.

Finally, Marcel ambushes him again to talk some sense into him. When it’s evident that Elijah won’t let this go, he tells him that he’s doing it all because the “old Elijah” wanted to forget and that he was protecting a special little girl.

That’s enough for Elijah to end his quest for the truth and he embarks on a new journey to France where he finds Antoinette playing at the same little jazz club that we eventually see Elijah playing at.

The story flashes forward to the present and Elijah and Antoinette are celebrating their seven-year anniversary when he proposes to her.

Of course, we know that things with the Hollow and Hope are gaining momentum in New Orleans as we speak, which prompts Klaus’ little visit to bring his brother home.

Now, I’m not sure why he didn’t just bring Marcel to break the compulsion and revert his memories. It seems like it would have been easier this way but as always, Klaus chose to threaten Antoinette and compel her to break up with Elijah for good, proving that he hasn’t learned a thing during their time apart.

Is he at all capable of allowing his brother to be happy?

It’s at this point that Antoinette reveals she’s known about Elijah’s past the whole time. She pretends to be compelled then goes to tell Elijah that his “past caught up with him.”

She makes a run for it and Klaus confronts Elijah who is not pleased to see him nor does he care to be whisked away to his former life. Their screaming match is yet another example that no matter where or who you are, fights with a brother are inevitable.

Klaus begs him adding that if he only remembered his family and Hayley (yep, that was bait), he’d return immediately but that’s when Elijah drops the real bomb on him — he knows all about his family thanks to Google and he could care less about “reuniting” with them.

“Everyone I love is here,” he says implying that all he needs in life is Antoinette.

And while Elijah may very well know all about his family, there are no feelings or memories associated with it. They are all strangers to him so it’s no surprise that he isn’t interested in dropping everything to help them.

The only way to make Elijah care is to make him remember how much he loved his siblings, Hayley, and Hope. And yes, there’s definitely room in there for Antoinette if he wants her to continue being in his life.

However, that might never happen now that Klaus is shaken up by Elijah’s decision to renounce the family. With his ego badly bruised, he tells Freya he “couldn’t find Elijah” and leaves town to find another way to stop the Hollow and save his daughter.

Elijah knew it would work too because despite his lack of memory, the one thing that always kept Klaus going was his brother’s love. Without it, he would lose the will to fight.

The title “Ne Me Quitte Pas” translates to “don’t leave me” which is fitting because Elijah doesn’t want Antoinette to leave him as much as Klaus doesn’t want his brother to go.

Following his altercation with Klaus, Elijah is more sure about his decision to marry Antoinette than ever. Does he want to lock her down because he knows their days of simplicity are coming to an end?

Antoinette questions his love for Hayley, which is a bit ridiculous considering he doesn’t actually remember the feelings he had for her, but he promises that there is nothing going on between them.

I can’t wait to see this unfold when he does remember and is torn between these two women. Will his feelings for Antoinette overshadow his love for Hayley? Will Klaus kill Antoinette and eliminate her from the narrative?

To further prove his loyalty, Elijah removed his daylight ring and declared, “I’m leaving my past in the ashes,” as he pulled open the curtains to let the sun in and burst into flames.

My initial reaction was a full-blown freak-out because it really seemed like Elijah has killed himself.

But then it occurred to me that he’s an original vampire so he’s indestructible and the only thing that can kill him is a White Oak Stake.

Whew, that was close!

Therefore, his “death” was probably more symbolic; his attempt at starting over fresh… again.

However, I still think Marcel will return all his memories to him, he’ll come back to New Orleans and those seven years without the burden of his family will seem more like a dream than anything else.

While I love the bond between the brothers, I have to say seeing this new Elijah made me realize just how much he was suffering. Her was a tortured soul back in New Orleans so everything he was saying to Klaus as “new Elijah” was on some level true. It’s what the old Elijah really thought deep inside but never had the courage to say.

As much as I championed his relationship with Hayley, I can’t say I’m done with Antoinette yet. There’s something so pure and nurturing between them.

Thoughts?

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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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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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