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The Originals – No Quarter (4×02)

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They’re baaaack!

We might not have seen much of the Mikealson’s during the season premiere of The Originals but this week, they were #squadgoals as they teamed up to save their brother Klaus. And really they owe him since he pretty much kept them alive during their little “sleep coma.”

After quenching their thirst on a bus full of prisoners (props for not killing good people in order to regain strength), the originals are off to New Orleans, a city they once called home that they now have to tiptoe around in order not to get killed. Oh how things have changed.

Their arrival isn’t quite a surprise to leader of the city Marcel however. Sofya, his new right hand woman and possible personal secretary slash booty call, informs him that Hayley was spotted in Texas with Keelin, the last living member of the 7th pack. This all points to one thing – she woke up the Mikealsons.

Rebekah and Elijah know that they need an ally, even an unwilling one, to get anything done in the city. And who better than Marcel’s right hand man Josh? It also helps that Josh is dating a human that they can threaten to kill if he doesn’t oblige. Poor Josh, always getting caught up in petty drama.

The plan? Rebekah is going to distract Marcel while the rest of the clan break in to free Klaus, who according to the locator spell was in their compound. While I’m sure he’ll see right through her plan, it makes the most sense considering she knows he won’t kill her because there’s a shred of love left. Sofya on the other hand has no problem killing Rebekah when she realizes her man is in trouble. And yes I said man cause now I’m totally convinced these two are bangalanging. Yes, I just said that.

Elijah, Hayley and Freya convince Josh to use Rousseau’s underground tunnel to navigate the town while Kol stays behind to babysit, talk about Davina and drink some good ole’ bourbon. It’s nice to see these two bonding despite their hatred for each other. Davina really would have liked it. That’s not enough to stop Kol from snapping Josh’s neck when he realizes he’s been texting with Marcel using “codes.” Rude.

Meanwhile, Klaus is suffering because of Papa Tunde’s blade and dreaming up visions (or hallucinations) of Cami to help ease the pain. Despite being dead, Cami has more wisdom and psychological advice than anyone else in this town. She’s really the only person who knows how to get through to Klaus and lecture, scold, motivate and encourage him all at the same time. It especially comes in handy when she realizes the reason Klaus has give up fighting, even though he knows his family is awake and coming to save him, is because he’s scared of finally meeting his daughter and letting her down.  The only father he ever knew was Mikeal and he doesn’t want to be the same kind of monster… doesn’t want his little girl to resent him like Marcel does, his “only son.” His fears are warranted but also weak, especially when he has a lot to touch her about family and pride.

As Elijah and then Hayley fight Marcel, who is quite strong if you don’t recall, Cami tries to convince Klaus to pull out the blade and break free from his imprisonment. Freya’s doing her best to break through the magical protection spell and it finally works – Klaus runs up behind Marcel and *almost* stabs Tunde’s blade in him. I say almost because he’s still weak and Marcel is able to pull it out before it latches on thus giving him ability to run after his enemies and hunt them down.

Freya, Elijah, Hayley and Klaus meet up with Rebekah, who was saved from Sofya’s bow and arrows by Kol, but Marcel is not fare behind. Actually, he’s one step ahead of them. Klaus however offers up a peace treaty and promises they’ll all leave town forever if he lets him go be with his daughter. And if he doesn’t, he reassures him that when Hope grows up, she’ll come to get her revenge.

Obviously we (and Klaus) know that Marcel is too weak to kill the Originals. And not physically either, it’s more emotional. There might be hate between them but there’s also a bond – they gave him this eternal life and that’s not something you just throw away. Before the leave, he assures them that they’re only walking because of his mercy. He didn’t resort to violence and being a monster like they always do therefore, he must be better. Whatever helps you sleep at night Marcel.

When they arrive at “home,” Hope is fast asleep and Klaus doesn’t want to wake his baby girl. Instead he stands in the doorway gazing and in awe. He doesn’t have to say much here but we all feel it – this is his pride and joy.

I’m so glad that the Klaus “rescue mission” only took one episode because it really gives us room to now delve deeper into the story and into his bond with Hope. Every girl needs her father but she’s also going through something of her own, namely those drawings, which will undoubtedly bring them all back to NOLA.

Which brings us to the sub story you could have easily forgotten about including the witches of New Orleans, specifically Adam, Maxine’s missing son. Vincent promises to help find him and when he hears about some funny business happening in abandoned warehouses, he makes that his first stop.

So Vincent goes off on his horror movie mission, equipped with a protection charm from Maxine that legit probably saved his life from ghosts and stuff. Inside the house, Vincent battles and orb and when he orders the evil to “show itself,” the serpent sigil appears.

Based on his expression, it’s safe to say Vincent has seen this symbol before. He books it back to the church after staying WAY longer than any sound human would and pulls out a book from some locked floorboards. We don’t find out what it is but it doesn’t seem good. I think it would be safe to say something wicked to New Orleans comes and Hope is their only hope at fighting it. Pun intended.

 


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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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