This episode is subtitled, "Elijah has Come to Jesus meetings with everyone in the Quarter one by one." #TheOriginals
— Dianne Sylvan (@DSylvan) October 4, 2013
Previously on The Originals, we revisited the events of the back door pilot, this time from the perspective of Elijah.
As we’ve mentioned, well, previously, we’re changing up the format of this post, so things will look a little different than you’re used to.
One thing has NOT changed: feel free to link to recaps, reviews and post-mortems in the comments.
If I thought I was excited before about The Originals (initial skepticism of hybrid fetuses aside), Thursday night’s season premiere didn’t just stoke that fire, it poured a gallon of gasoline all over it and then danced around the resulting inferno.
The Originals In Review: Always and Forever (EP101) – A Sentimental Fool
by Heather Vee, Vampire-Diaries.net
Guys, I really like this new version of The Originals.
The Originals Series Premiere Review: Uprooted and Rebooted
by Price Peterson, TV.com
I love that the re-purposed version of this pilot is basically Elijah catching up on the sh*t that happens when he leaves Klaus alone for ten $%*@! minutes.
“Ignore Him, He’s a Beast”
Is everybody okay? We’re down to the wire before the return of The Vampire Diaries and the debut of The Originals. If you’re looking for ways to pass the time, we’ve got a crowd of new interviews, hints, and goodies for you. Enjoy!
Last season fans tuned in to the heart-pounding backdoor pilot for The Originals, where we were transported to the dark and dangerous vampire playground of New Orleans. The werewolves are gone, the witches are being kept on magical lockdown, and only the elite are allowed to walk in the daylight. There are strict rules in New Orleans and unless you’re willing to face a fate worse than death, we highly suggest you mind Marcel’s wishes. He won’t tell you twice.
Got it? Great. Now please excuse us while we gush over the many, many reasons that you need to tune in to the series premiere of this deliciously dark drama tonight at 9 p.m.
Hollywood Crush: ‘The Originals’ Premiere: 6 Things To Expect
2. Flashbacks. Because there’s got to be a quick, accessible way for all the non-”TVD” viewers out there to absorb the show’s mythology (again, who are these people?), the first episode comes complete with flashbacks to the origin of the Mikaelson family’s supernatural abilities, and how, exactly, they wound up in New Orleans. You know what that means! Awww yeah, flashback hair.
Somehow, the show operates with the panache and swagger of a more captivating series, making up with smoldering stares what it lacks in snappy dialogue. Every scene is ominous and sexually charged, and everyone seems as likely to stab each other as they are to kiss each other. (Both of those things are very likely at all times.) The gore works well, be it the gurgling sounds of a freshly slit throat or the borderline campiness of a human heart positioned stylishly on a cobblestone street.
[Complex] Aside from a bottle of red, what’s a night out with Phoebe Tonkin like?
Phoebe Tonkin: I enjoy staying home with friends more than going out. The other night, for example, my girlfriends and I stayed in listening to some ’90s rap—my favorite kind. We were in the Hamptons and made it an all-Biggie weekend, all of his albums on repeat. I loved it.
Of the home of the Saints, Claire says, “Oh my god, I loved it. I didn’t shoot any of my stuff there, I just went down there for a photo shoot. Phoebe [Tonkin] and I were just running around.” The city has more to offer than Mardi Gras, like food! She continues, “It was really fun. I hope we get to shoot some exteriors there.”
“We’re going to see him reveling a little more. He came in with one purpose to Mystic Falls– to break that curse– and then you know he stuck around, but he was very malevolent and very kind of malicious, and I think we’re going to see him enjoying his true nature [here] as well as struggling with the idea of being an expectant father. That’s a whole other can of worms!” Morgan said.
Sugarscape has a great interview with Daniel Gillies. The actor answers questions about the evolution of the spinoff, and he also shares his thoughts about possible romantic relationships on The Originals and filming the “saucier” scenes.
When did you first find out about the supernatural spin-off to The Vampire Diaries?
The writing was on the wall for a while. I believe in [The Vampire Diaries and The Originals executive producer] Julie Plec more than anyone. When she says she’s going to do something, it comes into being – and that’s why the news of this show didn’t come as a blindsiding shock to me. It was something that she always talked about.
Charles Michael Davis answered some really fun questions in this little fun fact piece by Zap2it. In case you were wondering:
[Zap2it] Zombie apocalypse or alien invasion?
[Charles Michael Davis] Zombie apocalypse. As long as they’re not “World War Z” class zombies, I think I can outrun them.
READ THE REST AT ZAP2IT.
A new season brings new characters. Check out this video interview from Extra, with guest star Olga Fonda talking about her new character, Nadia.
THE VAMPIRE DIARIES
ETonline: Given how much I know you enjoy mixing things up, is it safe to say you were excited upon finding out this doppelganger twist?
Paul Wesley: [laughs] Oh, just a little. It’s that feeling of being excited and intimidated but I try not to get into my head too much and just have fun with it. But I was thrilled to do something new.
[Hollywood Life] I’ve seen the premiere, and Caroline has a few really emotional scenes, especially with her mom.
[Candice Accola] Yeah, that’s definitely a sweet moment. It’s a proud moment.
On a show like The Vampire Diaries, with so many twists and reveals, it’s hard to keep track of all the drama, so we’re helping you out by giving you a quick recap of what went down at the end of season four. Plus, we’re giving you scoop on what you can expect this season…
Alloy Entertainment: Daniella Pineda Teases The Originals & Reveals Her Mystic Falls Crush
Alloy Entertainment: We know Sophie is a witch, but can you tease anything else about your character?
Daniella Pineda: Out of all the characters on the show, Sophie is by far the most mysterious because there really is no telling who her love interest is or what she has in store.”
To get answers about Cami’s role in the show, Rebekah’s introduction, Elijah’s possible love interest and more, TVLine went to executive producer Michael Narducci.
E!Online has the first peek at episode stills from The Originals third episode, Tangled Up In Blue. Check out Charles Michael Davis as a duded-up Marcel (not to mention an unusually angelic Cami, played by Leah Pipes) then head on over to E!Online to see the other pics!
Everyone wants to know what’s going to happen when Caroline Forbes goes to college. Candice Accola has some hints for us, but she tells TV Fanatic that things may not start out as rosy as Caroline (and her fans) might have hoped.
“Caroline is actually really upset [on The Vampire Diaries Season 5 premiere],” the star says. “She wants this perfect college experience, but she keeps waiting for Bonnie to show up and Tyler to show up.”
The good folks over at Alloy Entertainment also ask about college life – including the roommate situation- and there’s an interesting question about what’s going on with Caroline’s course selections.
Alloy Entertainment: Speaking of classes, can you tease anything about Caroline’s interactions with Dr. Wes Maxfield? It seems so odd to picture Caroline sign up for a science lecture course.
Candice Accola: It’s very unlike Caroline to enroll in a biology course, and we’re going to learn more about her decision to do so. It’s definitely not something she’s ever expressed interest in. And this mysterious professor is not just giving her and Elena a hard time over their tests scores and whatnot. He has a personal agenda and some tricks up his sleeve outside of the classroom.
This TVLine interview with Joseph Morgan and Charles Michael Davis had us chuckling. These two may be facing off on-screen, but off camera they’re a lot of fun together.
TVLINE | What’s your favorite thing about the other’s character?
DAVIS | His sly sense of humor. The power that he still carries. That’s the thing that I love about having his character in my scenes. For me, it’s like showing off for your cool friend. You want to show them what cool things you’ve got, too, and take it away. “Look at my toy! It’s mine!”
MORGAN | I like the showmanship in Marcel. Even in the pilot, just before he goes into the square and executes that witch, Jane Ann, he says, “Showtime!” There’s loads more of that. That’s what I love about this series – you’re seeing characters reveling in their nature and being vampires.
Nevermind what you learned in the backdoor pilot (The Originals, TVD EP420), it’s a new season of a new show and it’s a whole new ball game. Forget everything except how excited you are. We’ve got witches! Werewolves! Hybrids! One of nature’s loopholes! Add in all the plotting, smirking, scheming, backstabbing and heart-snatching and the whole thing looks like it’s going to be one hell of a ride.
Are you convinced yet? No? Okay. We’ll just leave this right here.
Tomorrow night 9pm on CW. We have a date America ;) #TheOriginals
— Joseph Morgan (@JosephMorgan) October 2, 2013
Previously on The Vampire Diaries,
everybody most some of us survived graduation! And don’t worry, even the ones who turned up dead to commencement are still with us in one way or another. The long summer hiatus is aaallllmooosst over, TVD Season 5 premieres tomorrow night!
With a new season (and a new series!) to keep track of, we’ll be changing some things around, including the previous format of the previously post. Confused? Nevermind. You’ll see what we mean next week. There’s still just enough time to watch all of season 4 again (sleep is overrated, right?) before I Know What You Did Last Summer (EP501), but at least make sure you’re up to date with (Graduation, EP423).
— Alyssa Giles (@alygiles) May 17, 2013
Word, Alyssa. Want to wallow in the beautiful misery of it all? Here’s what our own Crissy Calhoun had to say about graduation: TVD style.
How the TVD writers manage to one up themselves for jaw-dropping finales season after season is a mystery best left unsolved (Expression triangle?), but what they’ve accomplished with Graduation is a heartfelt end to an important chapter in the series. No more high school. No more Originals. Tyler is coming back, and Bonnie’s on the Other Side. Elena and Katherine aren’t the only doppelgangers. It’s time to let go and move on from many of the familiar places and faces: the joys of the college years are just around the corner.
Just one more day, TVD fans. Hang in there!