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The Originals- Moon Over Bourbon Street (1×17)

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“The greater the loss, the deeper the cut, and the more difficult the process to become whole again.”

Why can’t we be friends? Why can’t we be friends? Hmm.. Maybe it’s cause we’re all different species that all hate each other. Yep, that just about sums up this weeks episode of the Originals. As Klaus takes a step back as reigning leader of New Orleans, Elijah steps in and tries to unite the city.

oriringalsWe start off hearing Klaus talk about remorse and regret, explaining that time heals all wounds. He’s referring to Rebekah’s permanent decision to leave the town of New Orleans and never look back. To cope he turns to painting and sex, in true Klaus Michealson fashion. Not just sex with anyone though, sex with Genevieve, the witch who tortured Rebekah and outed her, causing Rebekah’s exit. A falling out for the family really. It’s been a month since than and things in New Orleans seem pretty broken. Marcel’s in hiding, the witches are angry, the vampires are even angrier. All is not happy in this town.

The secret meeting:

Klaus was not ready to resume his role, but Elijah was more than willing to take over calling a meeting at the church and summoning representatives from each clan. Genevieve for the witches, Diego for the vampires, Elijah for the Michealsons, Kieran for the humans.  Everyone gathered around a table to discuss possibly boundaries within the city and signing a peace treaty.  Well, what about the wolves? That’s exactly the question Hayley posed when she got wind of Elijah’s secret meeting and barged in fighting for her people to get a voice at the table. At this point, her crescent clan deserved recognition after Celeste’s cure worked and they were freed from the curse. But the people of New Orleans still didn’t want to accept werewolves as their equals, hoping they’d stay confined to the bayou. Hayley’s allegiance with the werewolves has really cause a rift between her and Elijah, but made her much closer to Jackson, her bethroed. I’m not sure how I feel about that…. I’m kind of saddened!

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Klaus building an army of wolves:

It’s actually quite odd that the werewolves are getting such mistreatment given that Klaus is a hybrid; werwolf/vampire. He’s been laying low because he has a master plan of his own. He encourages his brother to throw a party and invite everyone to feel like their all united and equal. He uses this as his opportunity to convince Jackson that he’s found a moonlight ring. Similair to the daylight ring, which protects vampires and allows them to walk in the sun, the moonlight ring stops werewolves from turning every full moon. That means no more broken bones, no more pain. Jackson is totally in on this idea and Klaus is one step closer to building his army. His plan is to return the city to its rightful owners, the wolves since their all about family unity and that’s the kind of city he want’s to raise his child in. At this point, it seems like Hayley and Klaus have the same idea for their unborn baby. Maybe their soul mates after all???

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Marcel’s secret army:

While Elijah is busy trying to sign the peace treaty, another army is building. Marcel’s army. He’s got the upper hand without Klaus even knowing it. Really, everyoness playing multiple teams here. Marcels in cahoots with a witch who puts a boundary spell on Kierans attic to keep him confined and unable to harm anyone. He’s become dangerous and he’s chained imself up to stop the need to kill people, especially Cami, whose been by his side the whole time trying to reverse the hex. Feeling down, she gets super liquored up with bourbon and lets it all out by sleeping with Marcel. She repeatedly mentions it was well worth it, but it can’t happen again as she’s on good graces with Klaus. Well, Genevieve see’s the whole action through some witchy dream catcher contraption, which she leaves behind and Marcel later crushes. I’m not sure if Genevieve was just being a creep and hoping to report back her findings to lover Klaus, or if she’s actually helping Marcel. Either way, things aren’t going to end well for the obsessive possessive of Klaus witch. He’s not into clingy.

Davina:

Davina was having trouble being a witch without the power of the harvest girls. She’d been shunned by the ancestors and now bullied by Monique who thought she wasn’t worthy of being a harvest girl. While all the girls were doing spells, Davina struggled. This worried Marcel, who despite giving her back to the witches, still loved her. He feared that a battle would soon break out over territory and loyalty in the city and Davina would be unable to protect herself so he asked Josh to help her. With his encouragement, Davina was able to muster up enough courage to learn magic again. Leaving the party early for Davina proved to be a success, even if it meant that the hot werewolf who had googley eyes for the too young witch was now Monique’s bait. As she returned from the party, she was shocked to see Davina filled the room with roses. Take that, mean girl!

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Francesca the human:

We met a new character today, probably introduced to fill the Rebekah and soon to be Kieran void. Francesca has made herself comfortable in NOLA. According to Elijah she’s the owner of a casino in town and also runs some drug trafficking business. She’ll be representing the humans in the peace treaty while Kierans on a leave of abscense. Does that even exist in such situations? It’s still too early to tell what Fransesca’s role will play into the war in the city, but judging by her flirtatious and manipulative demeanor, I’d say it won’t be good. At least Elijah now has an ally. He’ll need it when he finds out that while he was signing factions and fighting for peace, his brother was starting a war against him.

The deal made with Klaus:

Jackson finally told his buddy Oliver about the deal he made with Klaus explaining that it wouldn’t just make the wolves equal to the others, it would make them superior. How do you think Hayley will react when she hears of the deal her clan made with her baby daddy behind her back? Will she be on team Klaus or team Elijah? And than there’s also team Marcel, who will probably join the vampire side as his only current ally is Thierry. Things are about to get wild in this town! See what power does to people! It feeds until it can destroy no more!

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Other Thoughts

– Josh and Davina are the greatest besties. She really needs him around to keep her grounded.

– Can someone kill Monique? I didn’t think anyone could be more annoying than Sophie Deveraux, but I guess it just runs in the family?

-It’s nice to see Hayley finally stand up for herself, although I hate what it’s doing to her relationship with Elijah. She’s sort of turning into the new Rebekah though. Like an adopted Michealson or something.

 


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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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