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Posted by | April 22, 2014, 9:58 (EST) | No Comments
Category: The Originals TV


XXPreviously on The Originals, New Orleans proudly continued the Mystic Falls tradition of The Place For Violence Is Parties. Everyone looked stunning, but it all went to hell in the end, because of course it did. We’ve got another new episode rolling in tonight, so here’s your chance to catch up on The Big Uneasy (EP118).

EPISODE RECAPS:

Happy Fête des Bénédictions! Here’s the good news: The hiatus is finally over and The Originals is back. The bad news: We now have only four episodes left in our inaugural season. In a clear move towards weaving to the May 13th finale, Tuesday night’s The Big Uneasy pulled several dangling plot threads together, and its final twist brought it all back to what started this crazy trip in the first place: Hayley and Klaus’s child.
The Originals In Review: The Big Uneasy (EP118) – There Will Be No Peace
By Heather Vee, Vampire-Diaries.Net

The reason The Originals has an undue burden when it comes to set-up is that it attempts to mask information and state-of-the-character scenes as rip-roarin’ adventure. Sometimes that works, and sometimes it doesn’t. The main way to know whether you’re watching a successful set-up episode is if you’re not bored. Sorry if you were expecting a more scientific explanation. Were you bored during “The Big Uneasy”? I wasn’t! It was a very good example of a set-up episode. By the end, we knew more about what people wanted and why and how they intended to get it—all of which was exciting to our brains, even if not much happened.
The Originals “The Big Uneasy” Review: Party Foul
By Price Peterson, TV.com

New York might be called the city that never sleeps, but with all the wars being waged on so many different fronts in New Orleans, that title might as well be given to the Big Easy as well. The supernaturals there never get a break.
The Originals Round Table: “The Big Uneasy”
By Matt Richenthal and Miranda Wicker from TV Fanatic and Heather Vee from Vampire-Diaries.net

Building a serialized story without history doesn’t work. The whole point is history. There needs to be change, growth, and progress, yes, but those need to build on what happened before. Otherwise, they’re just a bunch of things that happen. This is a common problem for a fast-paced show like The Originals, especially since it happened regularly over on The Vampire Diaries. Very little is more infuriating than a show seeming to deliberately forget its own story in order to make its current one run more smoothly.
The Originals: “The Big Uneasy”: Without history, everything is just stuff that happens
By Rowan Kaiser, A.V Club

The Originals: Secrets From The French Quarter (VIDEO)

TWITTER REACTIONS: NO SPOILER OF MINE WILL BE BORN IN A SWAMP.

Posted by | April 17, 2014, 10:51 (EST) | 3 Comments
Category: The Vampire Diaries TV


XX Congratulations, TVD fans! You made it through another hiatus. It’s almost time to strap in for an all-new episode of The Vampire Diaries, so if you need to catch up on (or, you know, just rewatch or discuss) anything from Rescue Me (EP517), now is the time.

EPISODE RECAPS:

Sometimes The Vampire Diaries is just a bunch of people doing stuff to mark time until they get to do the more interesting, important stuff. The show is a master at churning plot, but by establishing a series that basically runs on pure plot, sometimes an episode or two is all setup and very little payoff. “Rescue Me” feels like one of those episodes you could simply remove from the season completely without skipping too many beats. It’s not bad; just a bit unnecessary.
The Vampire Diaries:
“Rescue Me”: All setup and no payoff makes TVD a dull show
By Carrie Raisler, A.V. Club

…I really liked “Rescue Me”! Last week’s episode made me very grumpy and I stand by that, but that was because I got so tired of Damon and Elena, plus the whole thing with Caroline becoming a remorseless doppelganger-terminator didn’t rub me the right way at all. But this week served to undo both of those bad impressions, PLUS it injected tons of steroids into the crazy season-long mythology involving the Travelers and also my new favorite characters the BLOND WITCH TWINS. I love the blond witch twins.
The Vampire Diaries “Rescue Me” Review: Beware the Shadow Baby! (PHOTO RECAP)
By Price Peterson, TV.com

VIDEO REHASH AND TWITTER REACTIONS: TURNS OUT ELENA’S FRIENDS WERE RIGHT. THE WORLD DOES REVOLVE AROUND SPOILERS.

Posted by | April 15, 2014, 12:53 (EST) | 1 Comment
Category: The Originals TV

Need a dose of The Originals to help get you through your day? ScreenFad has the goods with new stills from A Closer Walk With Thee (EP120).

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SEE THE REST OF THE STILLS AT SCREENFAD.

Posted by | April 14, 2014, 16:33 (EST) | 2 Comments
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XXWe made it! The hiatus is over and we finally have a new episode of The Originals to watch. Drinks (and backstabbing, plot twists and fisticuffs) all around! It’s almost time for The Big Uneasy (EP118), airing tomorrow night at 8/7c.

EPISODE RECAPS:

Jumping forward a month after Rebekah Mikaelson’s departure from New Orleans, Moon Over Bourbon Street delivered plot straight up, but with a fuzzy twist. Relationships between New Orleans’ factions are chilled, tensions stirred, but Elijah is determined to keep matters off the rocks despite Klaus’s feigned indifference and, at first, in spite of the newly curse-free Crescent werewolves. While the end results of Elijah’s immediate efforts are mixed, trust Klaus to ensure that the long-term consequences will be anything but neat.
The Originals In Review: Moon Over Bourbon Street (EP117) – Minus the Sugar and Mint
By Heather Vee, Vampire-Diaries.Net

The backdoor pilot for The Originals pitched the show as a power struggle; an epic battle between Marcel and Klaus to be the vampire king of New Orleans. When the show premiered as its own series last fall, removed from its The Vampire Diaries roots, it quickly became about much more than a simple power struggle, also folding in themes of family, duty, loyalty, and the nature of being an immortal, invincible being. “
Moon Over Bourbon Street,” the first episode following Rebekah’s permanent departure, immediately reclaims the idea that New Orleans is at the center of a great supernatural power struggle, with all of the city’s various factions now fighting to come out on top.
The Originals: “Moon Over Bourbon Street”: The fight for New Orleans begins all over again
By Carrie Raisler, A.V. Club

“Moon Over Bourbon Street” was The Originals‘ answer to waving candy and treats in our faces to distract us from crying. Because ever since Rebekah left last week that’s all I’ve wanted to do. Here is but a short list of the candy and treats The Originals waved in our faces this week: New characters, new sets, a shirtless hunk tussle, a female drug lord, painting-in-anger, a punch-up at a party, dreamcatcher pervin’, drunk Cami, Josh, a female vampire with a mohawk. This episode had it all, or at least, it wanted us to feel like it had it all. And while there was not a single moment I forgot what we were losing in Rebekah, this episode left me with the sense that I will definitely continue to love The Originals. It was a very fun and good episode!
The Originals “Moon Over Bourbon Street” Review: Return of the Razzle Dazzle
By Price Peterson, TV.com

TWITTER REACTIONS: THE PAINFUL TRUTH IS THAT SPOILERS ARE THE ANTITHESIS OF UNITY.

Posted by | April 14, 2014, 13:51 (EST) | 11 Comments
Category: The Vampire Diaries TV

Another webclip from Resident Evil (EP518). This one features Bonnie and Jeremy. Just a few more days to wait!

Posted by | March 27, 2014, 8:08 (EST) | No Comments
Category: The Vampire Diaries TV

XX Previously on The Vampire Diaries, Elena had a lot of catching up to do. The first few months of college are often something of a blur, but thanks to Katherine, Elena had an awful lot of shenanigans to sort through.

EPISODE RECAPS:

For an episode where Elena had a heck of a lot of catching up to do — made much trickier thanks to Katherine’s parting gift of a werewolf-venom-infused ripper virus — While You Were Sleeping seemed more about providing a bridge from the Katherine arc to the final batch of episodes of the season.
Vampire Diaries In Review: While You Were Sleeping (EP516) – Going Viral
By Crissy Calhoun, Vampire-Diaries.Net

I can only speak for myself, but I think the main thing I don’t like about this season is how exhausted I am with the main trio. At this point we’ve seen every permutation of their romances and their mental states and I frankly do NOT care anymore. I’m just so tired of Damon, Stefan, and Elena. All three can go take an Uber directly into a volcano for all I care. It would be a different story if this season had them moving forward or growing somehow, but in doubling down on the past it’s made them all regress into immature states that I just don’t care to witness after four seasons of forward movement. Fortunately “While You Were Sleeping” suggested that all three of them are starting to feel the same way. Damon and Elena even broke up! (Sort of.) Stefan is definitely headed more in the direction of a certain blonde judgey type. So, fingers crossed, things might be moving forward again?
The Vampire Diaries “While You Were Sleeping” Review: Rolling With the New (PHOTO RECAP)
By Price Peterson, TV.com

So… Elena and Damon are cured, Liv is not what she seems and there is ANOTHER Stefan doppleganger out there.
The Vampire Diaries Round Table: “While You Were Sleeping”
By Leigh Raines, Miranda Wicker of TV Fanatic and Crissy Calhoun and Heather Vee of Vampire-Diaries.Net

The departure of Katherine Pierce leaves The Vampire Diaries with some seriously huge stilettos to fill. She basically singlehandedly saved season five, ripping it out of the narrative doldrums it threatened to sink into before she arrived on the scene. But now that she’s gone—taking her infectious turn as an Elena impersonator with her—will the show be able to keep the momentum her story arc started alive?
The Vampire Diaries: “While You Were Sleeping”: Elena goes a little mad sometimes
By Carrie Raisler, A.V. Club

VIDEO REHASH AND TWITTER REACTIONS: I HAVE THE SPOILERS, THOUGH FROM THE LOOKS OF IT YOU’D BOTH RATHER BE DEAD.

Posted by | March 25, 2014, 9:36 (EST) | 5 Comments
Category: The Originals TV, The Vampire Diaries TV

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Couldn’t make it to PaleyFest? We’ve got you covered with plenty of links to pictures and coverage from the weekend’s events. Enjoy! (And more coverage may be trickling in this week, so check back later for additions!)

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  • PaleyFest 2014: THE ORIGINALS and THE VAMPIRE DIARIES Panel Photos [Give Me My Remote]

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Posted by | March 24, 2014, 13:16 (EST) | 8 Comments
Category: The Originals TV

Buckle up, Originals fans: this is one is intense. This webclip and sneak peek are a Buzzfeed exclusive. The accompanying article also gives some additional details about Claire Holt‘s departure and the possibility of Original sibling guest appearances…and not just from Rebekah.

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The Originals will return to our screens Tuesday, April 15, at 8/7c.

READ MORE AND WATCH THE VIDEO AT BUZZFEED.

Posted by | March 20, 2014, 10:46 (EST) | No Comments
Category: The Vampire Diaries TV


XXPreviously on The Vampire Diaries…oh, Katherine. It’s a good thing they gave us an extra week to recover from this one. For anyone who needs another few hours of reflection before tonight’s new episode, you’ll find recaps, roundtable, rehash and reactions below.

EPISODE RECAPS:

With the necessary mourning period come to an end, it’s time to talk about just what made Gone Girl such a season stand-out episode — despite the fact that that ending means a certain spark has been extinguished from the TVDverse, perhaps forever.
Vampire Diaries In Review: Gone Girl (EP515) – The Nuclear Option
By Crissy Calhoun, Vampire-Diaries.Net

They say the most dangerous dance is the lambada, a dance so dangerous it is FORBIDDEN. But not even the lambada is anywhere near as dangerous a dance as The Vampire Diaries‘ dance with audience expectations.
The Vampire Diaries “Gone Girl” Review: Mother of Tears (PHOTO RECAP)
By Price Peterson, TV.com

RIP, Katherine Pierce.
Or at least try to rest in peace from whatever dark part of the afterworld you now reside in.
Oh, yes, The Vampire Diaries Season 5 Episode 15 was literally Hell bent on killing off this long-time survivor, giving Round Table panelists Miranda Wicker, Leigh Raines, Crissy Calhoun and Heather Vee (both from Vampire-Diaries.net) PLENTY to discuss.
The Vampire Diaries Round Table: “Gone Girl”, TV Fanatic

The Vampire Diaries has a strange relationship with death. People die all of the time—largely because they are killed by one of the main characters—and often these deaths are treated with such blithe disinterest that the death becomes almost startling in its inconsequence. But once in a while, the show remembers the finality of death. And when it does, it always knocks the emotion of it out of the park.
The Vampire Diaries: Gone Girl, Season 5, Episode 15
By Carrie Raisler, A.V. Club

VIDEO REHASH AND TWITTER REACTIONS: IF I HAD KNOWN I JUST HAD TO DIE TO DRAG YOUR ATTENTION AWAY FROM SPOILERS, I’D HAVE TRIED IT A LONG TIME AGO.

Posted by | March 18, 2014, 10:32 (EST) | 1 Comment
Category: The Originals TV


XXPreviously on The Originals…ugh, where to even start? Rebekah. We’re going to miss you SO MUCH. Farewell To Storyville (EP116) punched a lot of people right in the feelings, and a lot of us are still trying to get our bearings. If you’re still trying to process it all, you’ve got a few more hours until Moon Over Bourbon Street (EP117) airs tonight.

EPISODE RECAPS:

The sense of loss I feel has more to do with Rebekah and her potential than the show as a whole. As surprising as Holt’s departure is for most of us, in terms of Rebekah as a character, this was an earned ending-as-beginning and, looking back and connecting the dots, you can see we were being prepared for this. For as long as we’ve been acquainted with the Original sister, she has been trying to break free of her family’s broken legacy, to claim a life of her own.
The Originals In Review: Farewell to Storyville (EP116) – Time for a New Story
By Heather Vee, Vampire-Diaries.Net

I have been really enjoying The Originals lately, but quite frankly a lot of that was due to Rebekah. I just truly love her particular brand of plucky immortality, her open-hearted longings, her wounded cruelty, and even more than that I’ve loved every minute of Claire Holt’s wonderful, frequently devastating performance. Yes, I love Klaus and Elijah as characters, who doesn’t, they are wildly entertaining. But for the reasons I explained earlier, my heart was always in Rebekah. She is the character I most cared about and it’s her story that’s kept me most invested in The Originals during its sometimes rocky maiden voyage.
The Originals “Farewell to Storyville” Review: Damaged Ends
By Price Peterson, TV.com

Now that the news that Rebekah Mikaelson has left New Orleans because Claire Holt has exited The Originals has settled, it’s time to break down her swan song. We promise not to cry if you promise not to cry.
The Originals Round Table: “Farewell to Storyville”
By Matt Richenthal, Leigh Raines, Carla Day, and Miranda Wicker from TV Fanatic and Heather Vee from Vampire-Diaries.net

TWITTER REACTIONS: NO ONE CAN SPOIL YOU UNLESS YOU LET THEM.

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