Tonight on The Vampire Diaries, we have flashbacks to election night 1960, and some of us are going to be very sad if no Kennedys show up. Ahem. In other, possibly more important, areas, the Traveler shenanigans continue and we get some more information about Maggie! Man on Fire (EP519) premieres on the CW at 8/7c.
(Looking for the list of posts from the week? You’ll now find it on Friday in the Friday Night Bites post.)
Prepare Yourself for Man on Fire:
What’s Next . . .
- Tuesday, Apr. 29: The Originals: A Closer Walk with Thee (EP120)
- Thursday, May 1: The Vampire Diaries: What Lies Beneath (EP520)
- Tuesday, May 6: The Originals: The Battle of New Orleans (EP121)
- Thursday, May 8: The Vampire Diaries: Promised Land (EP521)
“This city is full of monsters.” When a hexed-out Father Kieran mutters these words in the cold open, Josh’s response – “Trust me, I know” – is meant to be an amusing moment for the audience, an acknowledgment that this is The Originals and the crazy is pretty thick with vampires, werewolves, and witches. But as the episode’s horrifying events unfold, we’re reminded of Cami’s previously expressed belief that being a monster is a choice, regardless of power, and that evil does not exist for evil’s sake. When your city is full of monsters, what do you do? Do you make a deal with the monsters outside your door to protect your family, your home? And what if you feel your only recourse is to become a monster yourself? By turns brutal and tender, An Unblinking Death presented these quandaries with an unflinching eye and goes down as one the show’s most mature episodes to date.
I'm all caught up on #TVD. Still no one has made out with Enzo. This show makes no sense at all.
— Melissa Mann (@PhantomRat) April 12, 2014
Previously on The Vampire Diaries, Paul Wesley got to direct! Huge congratulations and props from all of us to Paul on his directorial debut. Lots of cool stuff (visual and otherwise!) in this episode, definitely worth a closer look before the next episode, Man On Fire (EP519) airs tonight at 8/7c.
If there’s one thing we’ve learned from this show over the past five seasons, it’s to never trust a prophecy. Resident Evil marks the directorial debut of Paul Wesley, and the guy got stuck with not only presenting us the usual complicated TVD reality, but the Other Side in flux and a fantasy-life world that never was. And luckily for us, he knows exactly what he’s doing.
Vampire Diaries In Review: Resident Evil (EP518) – Trouble in Paradise
By Crissy Calhoun, Vampire-Diaries.Net
True love is a lie, man. A lie!
All right, maybe not, but the prophecy of true doppelganger love turns out to be as fake as the Sun and Moon curse, a construct created by the Travelers to fool unsuspecting doppelgangers with romantic notions into coming together so the Travelers could then harvest their blood. Considering the Travelers have been attempting to do this for thousands of years and are just now having success, let me just suggest: Perhaps this was a terrible, no good plan?
The Vampire Diaries: “Resident Evil”: Sorry, no zombies here
By Carrie Raisler
So… that’s what Markos wants, huh? To take over Mystic Falls?
And that’s what Damon wants, to no longer be close to Elena?
But did The Vampire Diaries Season 5 Episode 18 give fans everything they wanted?
The Vampire Diaries Round Table: “Resident Evil”
By Miranda Wicker, TV Fanatic and Crissy Calhoun & Heather Vee, Vampire-Diaries.Net
Did you know that Paul “Wesley” Wasilewski directed this episode? I’m not playing games, guys, there was some very noticeable visual poetry going on here, from the angles to the editing, and Stefan’s hair looked especially well-lit. He should direct more episodes? But the script was really good too, he got a good’un, and it all started with a fake-out!
The Vampire Diaries “Resident Evil” Review: Afterlife Apocalypse Extinction Retribution (PHOTO RECAP)
By Price Peterson, TV.com
Fans have long been calling for gay characters on The Vampire Diaries (and now The Originals), and The Originals has begun to remedy this deficit with the introduction of Josh, a newbie vampire who also happens to be a young gay man. Actor Steven Krueger spoke with TheBacklot about the unusual aspects of this character:
“I feel like one of the things that kind of sets Josh apart from some of the other gay characters that are on television is [that] his sexuality is probably the most normal thing about his situation. I think a lot of things that drive gay characters is that sense of wanting normalcy and wanting inclusion and belonging and a community and that kind of thing.
And with Josh he still wants all those things. It just has nothing to do with him being gay. You know? He’s now a newbie vampire and he wants to find a normal life in this world but when you watch other character’s reactions to him talk about being gay they don’t bat an eye or raise an eyebrow. When you talk about him being a newbie vampire it’s like ‘Holy hell, that’s the worst thing you could possibly be, is a newbie vampire.’”
Krueger also discusses Josh’s future and his friendship with Davina, as well as his own career progression.
There’s a lot going down with the werewolves on The Originals these days, and actor Chase Coleman talked to HitFix about how his character Oliver feels about recent developments:
He’s extremely passionate, he has a lot of emotion, he has a lot of anger and rage he has built up over the years for his pack, and he feels things are not justified. He feels he deserves so much more, and that’s what’s leading to all this craziness. Things are coming to a head in the [French] Quarter. I feel the war is coming. There’s blood in the streets, and it’s just gonna happen. Something is going to happen.
He also discusses Oliver’s relationships with Klaus and with his brother, and his experiences working on the show.
Ready to watch An Unblinking Death (EP119) again? US fans can now download the episode from Amazon or iTunes. US fans can also watch the episode for free right now at the CW site.
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In case you missed ‘em:
- Reaction Post & Poll: The Originals – An Unblinking Death (EP119)
- Short Promo for The Originals: A Closer Walk with Thee (EP120)
- Extended Promo for The Originals: A Closer Walk with Thee (EP120)
- Complete Songlist for The Originals: An Unblinking Death (EP119)
Here’s the CW’s extended promo for next week’s new episode of The Originals, A Closer Walk with Thee (EP120).
Courtesy of Chris Mollere, The Originals’ music supervisor – follow him on Twitter!
Songs listed in order of appearance.
Here’s our first look at next week’s new episode of The Originals. A Closer Walk with Thee (EP120) will premiere on the CW on Tuesday, April 29th at 8/7c.
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William Shatner watched The Originals last week. I am done. I am awesomed out. What? You want to know about tonight’s episode? Okay then. Tonight, things explode. While we’re used to explosions of one kind of another, this time it’s serious: Elijah’s suit becomes a casualty of war. Never mind what threat the supernatural communities will pose, his dry cleaner will be out for blood. And he knows how to get rid of the biological evidence.
Once you’ve finished watching and shaken yourself back to reality, swing by here to rate the new episode of The Originals. All discussion about the episode is welcomed and encouraged in the comments of this post.
Quick guide to the poll: 5 Points = LOVE, 1 Point = MEH.