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The Originals- Red Door (2×05)

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Where to begin? Klaus was dealing with hunting down Michael, who has taken Cami as leverage against his son. Esther is literally trying to brainwash her son into seeing the truth about what he really is. And Kaleb is exposed as the one and only, Kol Mikhealson. If anything, this episode shows just how much power parents still hold over their children. Going ahead, we’re going to deal with a lot of pain from Elijah, who was finally broken this week.

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It’s interesting that Esther chose Elijah as the first person to turn against himself, but it isn’t surprising. Elijah has always shown a disgust for vampires. He’s not too keen on being one himself, which is why he masks what he really is with a nice, clean cut tux and a code of honor. “You have my word,” goes a long way and it keeps him in line from uncovering, or repeating the actions, behind the red door. (The Red Door is where all of Elijah’s secrets have been hidden aka the killings). Esther’s goal is to show her son the truth, making him eager to leave his vampire ways, trade bodies and become a witch. A family reunited. She begins by showing Elijah that everything he remembers about Tatia, the woman he fell in love with when he was still human is a lie. Cue in the original doppleganger played by Nina Dobrev. In Elijah’s memory, Esther was the one who killed Tatia by draining her of blood to turn all of her children into monsters. Esther reveals that this is a lie Elijah has been telling himself for a very long time because she compelled him to believe that after he brought her Tatia’s life-less body, drained of blood. She didn’t want her son to have to suffer from the consequences of his actions, but that only enabled him and Klaus to continue with more bloodshed.

The memories are painful for Elijah and eventually take a toll on him. He’s lulled into a slumber, where he dreams Hayley comes to free him from his wicked mother. She tells him to feed on her, but he’s too scared he won’t be able to stop. Clearly, Esther’s manipulation is working. Will she be successful in convincing her son to give up his life and start over as a witch? I hope not… and if she is, I hope Hayley and Klaus have the ability to convince him otherwise. Side-note: I was super stoked when that Elijah and Hayley scene occurred. Yes, I found it odd that Hayley was the only one who came to save Elijah and that it was so easy, but I didn’t care… I wanted it to be true! It was so hot and passionate. As always, my dreams were shattered. Thanks a lot Julie Plec. 

While compelling and definitely interesting, I didn’t find the Tatia storyline to be all that. I’m way more interested in what happens next, especially to see how it affects Elijah. Honestly, was Esther even telling the truth or just making up bullshit to have Elijah beg her to become a witch?

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What the elders—and I’m referring to Esther and Michael— fail to realize is that this tight-knit group of people actually are family. Their a better family than the Mikhealson’s ever were. Forcing family doesn’t make anyone happy… it makes people resentful. Despite the battles and wars, the friends all truly care about each other. That’s why they were all at Klaus’s side when his battle with Michael went down.

After he realizes Michael escaped from the trunk and took Cami with her, Klaus is furious. He goes on a mission to find the two of them and is angered when he sees Michael fed and hurt Cami. Not a good move pops. He’s determined to kill his father, but isn’t as strong as he is. He also doesn’t have the upper-hand; the white oak stake.

He does however have Davina on his side. The little-witch would love to see Klaus suffer, but not when killing him also kills Marcel and a plethora of others she loves. She finally wakes up after being knocked unconscious during Klaus’s battle with Michael. Kaleb offers to help her with the unlinking spell but it doesn’t seem to work. She decides it would be better to just channel his magic, but when she touches him, she sees the whole truth— who he is, why he’s here, that he freed Michael from her control. The two duke it out in a  magical battle until Kaleb eventually explains that while he may be a Mikhealson, he’s fully aware that both of his parents are bonkers. He’s willing to do anything to stop them at this point, proving that even his hatred for Klaus and Elijah is not as bad as his disdain for Michael and Esther. As for freeing Michael from Davina’s control, well, he had no choice. Michael would have killed him in a heartbeat. The only way to save Klaus now is to find them and stop Michael. They do that by joining forces and stripping the white oak stake of its power. This moment really unifies the two of them. Linking together brings them power, but they’ve also come clean about who they are and their relationship is stronger than ever. Could Davina really be Kol’s next girlfriend? Hard to imagine, but I’m liking the idea.

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The spell kicks in just as Michael plunges the stake through Klaus’s heart. He turns stone-cold but doesn’t burst into flames, which obviously means something is up. When Michael sees Davina and Kaleb are to blame, he knocks the boy out and feeds on her. During this time, Cami musters up all of her strength, despite being beaten and fed on, and pulls the stake out of Klaus’s heart. She really is a warrior and that bothers Michael. He’s about to attack her and pull out her heart, when Marcel, the knight-in-shining armor, comes to the rescue. Michael defeats him and is getting ready to “kill every last one of them,” when Hayley catches him off guard, throwing a metal chain around his neck and knocking him to his knees. You go girl. The men in this show are powerful, but it’s the ladies that show true strength. Who can go through the most brutal of events and still come up kicking. Cami, Hayley, Davina— they never back down, they never surrender.

Klaus, Davina and Kol get back on their feet and join Hayley, Cami and Marcel as they stand tall against Michael. He’s been defeated but he doesn’t see this as a fair fight, teasing Klaus that he’s not strong enough to fight his own battles. He needs “friends” and “friends” make people weak. While I can see his point, I also see his disappointment that others have been able to find the good in his son, something he has never been able to do. Despite being an original hybrid, Klaus has built up a family of friends that would literally put their lives on the line for him. And they include humans, witches, werewolves, ghost vampires and vampires. There’s no discrimination here. It’s a low blow because everyone can see what a disgusting human being Michael really is for hating his son for things beyond his control. It’s a very powerful moment—one of the most powerful in all of The Originals history.

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The united front will only last a minute or so.

-Davina is still angry at Klaus and trying to seek revenge. That is why she brought back Michael after all.

-Hayley and Marcel only came to help Klaus because they knew if he died Marcel would die and they also need his help saving the noble Elijah. He’s strong, but easily broken.

-Kol can definitely be of us to them, especially when his powers and joined with Davina’s. Do they stand a chance against Esther? Probably not, but Kol will definitely side with his brother and his new g-f over his crazy mother and mommas-boy brother, Finn.

-Klaus was very impressed with the way Cami fought for him. This will cause him to grow fonder of her, but how will Marcel react to that? Another major reason he came to Klaus’s aide was because he knew Michael had taken her as bait.

The episode was good in itself, but it also set up for bigger things ahead. Getting Elijah back will be tricky, but reversing the mental-damage that Esther’s done will be even harder. She’ll be especially upset when she realizes Kol has betrayed her! How will that all go down? Will Hayley be the key to saving Elijah? What is Esther’s ultimate plan? Does she want to rid New Orleans of vampires for good? I guess we just have to wait and see. The episode gets 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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