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The Originals- Always and Forever (1×1)

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“Over the course of my long life, I have come to believe that we are bound forever to those with whom we share blood. And while we may not choose our family, that bond can be our greatest strength.. or our biggest regret.”

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Alas! The shows we’ve all been waiting for have finally arrived. The Originals got off to a good, but been-there-done-that, premiere. They aired the first episode, Always and Forever, as sort of a hybrid (get it!) between the episode that aired during the fourth season of The Vampire Diaries and the new show premiering. It was kind of difficult to get through the episode, feeling like I’ve watched a lot of these scenes, but I’ll do my best to break it up.

Obviously Klaus comes back to New Orleans after he’s summoned by the witches of the French Quarter. The story of how the Original Vampires actually got to New Orleans in the first place is explained and immediately places the importance on how powerful Klaus was once upon a time. Not to say he isn’t the type to kill someone whose in his way now, but he’s just less likely to do so. Maybe its because we’ve seen how powerful Silas is and we know a lot of what motivates and weakens Klaus. Or maybe its because he’s not wearing his dapper outfit and curly ponytail from 300-years ago. Yeah, I think that’s it. Anyways, Klaus confronts Marcel on his quest to find Jane Ann Deverou,  the witch who summoned him, yet he’s disappointed when Marcel shows off his power by killing her in the street for all to see. He’s clearly got the reigns now.

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After much investigation, background and character introductions, we learn that the witches motive was that Hailey (Klaus’s one night werewolf stand) is pregnant with his miracle-hybrid baby. They use her as leverage to get the originals on their side to help them defeat Marcel. What the original brothers have a hard time figuring out is what the witches have on Marcel that they aren’t fessing up to? The answer is a powerful witch named Devina, who could possibly be Marcel’s lover??? It’s unclear at this moment. I’m sure the story will hash out in incredibly complicated yet wicked ways.

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The bond of brotherhood is really emphasized amidst the blood and gore. Elijah, in his charming and gentelmanly way, does his best to convince his brother to go into a pact with the witches. He fights intensely to save his brother from the loneliness that his perceptions of living without a loving family and abusive father have caused him. Elijah ends up convincing Klaus and Hailey moves into the house. She’s the most prized possession of the family according to Elijah, who may or may not have a thing for Hailey and secretly wish he was the father of this baby. While Klaus has a hard to coming to terms with the unborn child, Elijah automatically gets attached and admits he cares for it a lot.

Meanwhile, Rebekah declares that she has nothing want to do with Klaus’s plan because she doesn’t believe in his redemption. (She will obviously cave and come visit anyways. She was already spotted leaving her menage a trios/ boyfriend/ only human in Mystic Falls, Matt Donovan.) But in a shocking, or un-shocking because you can sort of expect this from Klaus (he has a thing with killing and locking his family up in coffins), he stakes Elijah explaining that he is a liability; more of a weakness in the plan he’s got set up to take everything away from Marcel. Ouch.

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The Originals seems off to a pretty solid start and while I understand that the episode had to rehash the first original Originals episode, I’m craving more. I waited a good six months for this!!! Next Thursday the mardi gras party better begin with Klaus causing major havoc, Rebekah sexy-ing it up, Hailey throwing out quirky one-liners, and someone undaggering my main man Elijah!

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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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The Originals – When the Saints Go Marching In (5×13)

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The Originals When The Saints Go Marching In

The series finale of The Originals redefined “always and forever.”

And just like that, the whole Mikealson clan as we know it will be forever altered.

After I picked myself up and wiped away all the ugly crying tears, I had to take some time to make sense of it all. This isn’t how I wanted anything to end, but there is a beauty to the madness.

And to be completely honest, no ending would have been acceptable because it would have been just that — an ending.

Watching Klaus’s journey from diabolical monster to loving and selfless father has been a blessing with his brother by his side so the ending, though deeply upsetting, was the only one that made sense.

There is no Klaus without Elijah and no Elijah without Klaus. They co-exist and without each other, cease to.

Truthfully, I favored the more obvious theory that Elijah would take the Hollow’s darkness onto himself sparing his brother and giving him a chance to continue redeeming himself and watching his daughter grow up. And that, of course, would allow Elijah to get his happily ever after with Hayley.

I’m pretty sure the whole fandom is upset about the fact that Hayley and Elijah never met in the afterlife for that dance. It was teased so much, it’s actually a bit odd that Julie Plec and the writers would do a finale without it.

However, it fits into the narrative that Elijah’s soulmate was always his brother. We thought his greatest love story was Hayley but it was always Klaus and the promise of family. Family has, if you haven’t noticed, always trumped romance. Even in the afterlife, it would be them two against the world.

Klaus would be fine without his brother because he’d have Hope, but she would go on with her own life and there would be no one to keep him on the straight and narrow.

Elijah, however, couldn’t even see a future for himself without his brother. Everyone else in the group had bigger plans following the joyous funeral dinner but he simply wanted out of his misery.

I’ll agree with Klaus that saying goodbye to the Mikealsons and this whole story was not easy, especially since we’ll never see any of them again.

The writers delivered on the Caroline and Klaus front with him finally getting the chance to show her his beautiful city.

But Klaus made a fair point — if he wasn’t dying, would she have come out and taken him up on that offer? Probably not. Still, it was a beautiful moment that carried over what started on The Vampire Diaries into this world.

When fans first spotted Cami and Mikeal on the set of the final episode, I couldn’t figure out what capacity they would bring them back in.

Seeing Klaus completely inhabited by The Hollow made sense, though I felt Cami’s presence was sorely underutilized. Again, I would have loved to see them reunite in the afterlife.

She did remain the voice of reason, continuing to challenge Klaus to become the best version of himself that he could be.

Speaking of the O’Connell family, did anyone else feel like they left the story with Declan on a pretty empty note as well? He took over the human faction in the city and that’s all?

Rebekah finally decided to actively pursue her own happiness by proposing to Marcel. About time, am I right?

As always, her proposal came with a catch — she would live out the remaining 100-years (she does know those aren’t guaranteed, right) as a human because Caroline somehow scored her the cure.

Look, I’m not going to question how any of that was possible, I’m just going to celebrate that Rebekah got her hearts desire in the end.

Freya and Keelin are also on their way to happily ever after in their modern-family. Two witches and a werewolf sounds like a pretty decent spin-off if Julie Plec is looking for more ideas.

I hope in this process, Freya didn’t feel pressured to have a child simply to salvage her relationship with Keelin.

And of course, Vincent is now sticking around to be the father to a child he never thought was possible.

And lastly, Kol parted ways with everyone and presumably went back to Davina who oddly didn’t return for the final episode. You would think she’s at least be included in the final feast.

But all of this leads me to the next point — Hope is completely alone. Sure, she has her family to look after her but everyone is moving on and going after their own hopes and dreams. And she’s just orphaned at the age of 15. It seems a bit odd that this is how Julie and team wanted to end things.

She singlehandedly was able to accomplish what Elijah never could with Klaus and then she still lost him. I would be one pissed off teenager especially if my father never actually had to die.

She’s also the reason he openly admitted his love for his family and acknowledged that without them, he wouldn’t have survived all these  years. I wish we got to spend a little more time with this version of Klaus. I think this might be the first time we ever actually saw him laugh.

So just like that, five seasons of The Originals came to an end and the demise of the two most powerful and untouchable Mikeaslon vampires came at the hands of themselves in the same spot this whole journey kicked off in the first place. It’s actually quite poetic to know that this whole time, they were each others undoing.

And the episode title, “When the Saints Go Marching In” was a fitting touch as the theme song of New Orleans is commonly played at funerals… this one being the ultimate funeral the city has ever seen.

Thoughts? Are you upset we didn’t get that Haylijah scene? Do you think they both should have died? Will Hope still have the support of the rest of the family or will they be too busy?

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