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Posted by | April 24, 2014, 9:05 (MST) | 8 Comments
Category: In Review, The Originals TV

The Originals In Review: A Unblinking Death (EP119) - Not To Give Up, To Let Go“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.


Posted by | April 18, 2014, 8:32 (MST) | 11 Comments
Category: In Review, The Originals TV

The Originals In Review: The Big Uneasy (EP118) - There Will Be No PeaceHappy 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.


Posted by | April 17, 2014, 14:17 (MST) | 3 Comments
Category: In Review, The Vampire Diaries TV

XXAn episode that will always be known in my heart as the Junkyard One, Rescue Me featured breakups and blonde would-be assassins, tests of character and trust games. And a new crime-fighting trio…


Posted by | April 14, 2014, 16:33 (MST) | 2 Comments
Category: The Originals TV

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.


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,


Posted by | March 6, 2014, 18:48 (MST) | 12 Comments
Category: In Review, The Originals TV

XXJust as one chapter seemed to come to an abrupt end, another began with a gasp. Le Grand Guignol was a breakneck hour filled with glittering and bloody flashbacks, cracking good dialogue, an abundance of excellent character flourishes, and a penultimate scene that was more unsettling than a sanatorium full of blood-coughing horrors. Finally we have the full picture of what went down the night the Original siblings fled New Orleans and, like the opera that frames Mikael’s destruction, it’s grand drama.


Posted by | March 5, 2014, 8:12 (MST) | 8 Comments
Category: In Review, The Vampire Diaries TV

Vampire Diaries In Review: No Exit (514) - Be CoolNothing like being forced to spend time in an enclosed space with someone to lead to canoodling! Whether orchestrated or enforced, No Exit saw the TVD gang in some delightfully tricky situations. And as with most trouble in the lives of the Salvatore brothers for the past 150 odd years, all roads led back to Katherine Pierce.


Posted by | February 6, 2014, 14:59 (MST) | 1 Comment
Category: The Vampire Diaries TV

XXPreviously on The Vampire Diaries, the show snatched our hearts yet again with doppelganger hijinks, a welcome home party, and the good old “body in the road” trick. Refresh your memory of everything that went down in The Devil Inside (EP512) before tonight’s new episode!


In the immortal words of INXS, Every single one of us, the devil inside. And nowhere is that more true than in Mystic Falls. The Devil Inside was another top-notch episode, in my opinion, with the Katherine-bodyjacking-Elena plotline taking its next logical, and for some disastrous, steps.
Vampire Diaries In Review: The Devil Inside (EP512) – It’s Done
By Crissy Calhoun, Vampire-Diaries.Net

They say that phone numbers are seven digits because studies showed that the human brain can only remember seven things at a time. That is definitely true for me, but usually anywhere between 4 to 5 of the things I remember are candy-related. I occasionally remember items from the menu at Popeye’s. But that only leaves one to two things that I can fit in my brain at any given time, so that means I forget A LOT of things. I especially have a goldfish memory when it comes to The Vampire Diaries, which I think we can all agree has ten episodes too many in each season. 22 episodes just seems like A LOT of episodes! It is crazy that ANY shows try to tell a 22-hour story anymore, let alone one like this, a complicated serial that borders on cable-level quality.
The Vampire Diaries “The Devil Inside” Review: Body Jacked! (PHOTO RECAP)
By Price Peterson,

This. This is The Vampire Diaries firing on all cylinders.

Last week’s 100th episode was a lot of fun, but it showed obvious strain in an attempt to properly commemorate the momentous occasion while still telling a compelling TVD story. “The Devil Inside,” free from these shackles, practically explodes onto the screen with unfettered glee and doesn’t let up until the very end. It’s a good time, but more importantly it’s a good story told well, and that’s something that has been sorely missing for a lot of this season.
The Vampire Diaries: The Devil Inside S5/E12
Carrie Raisler, AV Club


Posted by | December 11, 2013, 19:11 (MST) | 8 Comments
Category: In Review, The Originals TV

The Originals In Review: Reigning Pain in New Orleans (EP109) - Insatiable Need, Exquisite PainAfter Klaus took it to the bridge in the previous episode, it’s not so surprising that The Originals would turn out a rather subdued mid-season coda (well, in comparison) that found our characters struggling to readjust to a new regime and forming new, tentative alliances. That’s not to say Reigning Pain in New Orleans lacked explosive moments, from Klaus’s ill-considered dismissal of the Faction to the beleaguered Cami’s autonomy being taken into surprising hands, but even significant revelations were not treated with gasp, game changer! aplomb. The Originals is playing a long game and currently the most complicated and loaded match of them all is between the show’s two kings: Klaus and Marcel.


Posted by | December 5, 2013, 11:02 (MST) | No Comments
Category: The Vampire Diaries TV

XXPreviously on The Vampire Diaries, Bonnie was suffering some ghostly interference to her love life while Damon showed us that torture can be an awful lot of fun if you approach it with the right attitude. Elsewhere on campus, there were a lot of bad decisions being made, so basically it was business as usual for college freshmen. Except for the biting and murder, anyway. Tonight we tune in for The Cell, (EP509), so now is your chance to brush up on Dead Man on Campus (EP508).


Was that awesome? Or was that awesome? Besides the fact that registering for classes never looked so fun, Dead Man on Campus shifted up the season’s focus by highlighting the friendships that get this gang through the worst traumas they suffer and the most morally shaky decisions they make. I know everyone would rather be getting drunk on bourbon — or at least the Salvatore brothers would — but let’s revisit that most excellent episode instead.
Vampire Diaries In Review: Dead Man on Campus (EP508) – Never Surrender
By Crissy Calhoun, Vampire-Diaries.Net

I really and deeply enjoyed MOST THINGS about “Dead Man on Campus.” It was one of my favorite episodes of the season! But it wasn’t perfect, for at least one very frustrating reason. Still though, a very good hour of television. Let’s talk about it!
The Vampire Diaries “Dead Man on Campus” Review: Fellow Shots (PHOTO RECAP)
By Price Peterson,

Damon had a spotlight episode tonight, showcasing the exasperated snark and morally slippery world view that defines his character. Elena tasking Damon to torture Wes to figure out why he turned Jesse into a vampire shouldn’t be this entertaining, but it is—and that’s all because of what this show and Somerhalder have built Damon to be. I should probably be thrilled that this episode ended with Damon suddenly realizing he was similar to Jesse many years ago, a test subject sacrificed at the altar of the yet-unseen Augustine vampire. I can’t be thrilled, however, because the introduction of this information is just so horribly, awkwardly done that it’s almost comic.
By Carrie Raisler, The A.V. Club


Posted by | December 3, 2013, 11:05 (MST) | No Comments
Category: The Originals TV

XXPreviously on The Originals, Klaus gave us all an object lesson in why the whole world is afraid of him. It was a rough night on everyone, physically and emotionally, as The Originals made it clear once again that this show will not be pulling any punches, ever. Only one more episode before the winter hiatus, so here’s your chance to wring every last drop of awesome out of The River in Reverse (EP108) before moving on to Reigning Pain in New Orleans (EP109) tonight.


Kings rise, kings fall, and new kings rise in their place. In eight episodes, The Originals’ dynamics have transformed so completely that it has rendered every aspect of the story unpredictable. But here’s what remains the same: The war is not over and the battlefield is as gray as it ever was. When the Originals returned to New Orleans, Klaus had one goal: Take what he believed to be rightfully his. In The River in Reverse, he does just that, but holding on to it will be another war entirely.
The Originals In Review: The River in Reverse (EP108) – How Positively Biblical
By Heather Vee, Vampire-Diaries.Net

Guess what? “The River in Reverse” was a very good episode in which Klaus fought off a hundred vampires like it was NBD (not bad, dude). That part, and nine other things were the ten best things about this episode. Let’s talk about them!
The OriginalsThe River in Reverse” Review: A Melee of the Heart (and Fists)
By Price Peterson,

What’s one word to describe the scene where Klaus took out a legion of vampires before Rebekah and Marcel called an end to the bloodbath?
Epic. Epic is the word for that scene. We’re still reeling from how amazing it was.
The Originals Round Table: “The River in Reverse
By Matt Richenthal, Leigh Raines, Miranda Wicker from TV Fanatic, and Heather Vee from


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