Now that’s more like it. After last week’s exposition-heavy series premiere, House of the Rising Son struck a deft balance between insightful character moments, connecting the relationship dots, and kicking plot into overdrive. While Always and Forever hinted at the potential of The Originals, Tuesday night’s episode delivered on it. Rebekah’s arrival in New Orleans heralded more Mikaelson family drama and brought another player to the game currently twisting through the streets of the French Quarter. This show is officially on the road, folks. Get excited.
It’s been a long summer without The Vampire Diaries, especially since most of us didn’t spend it shacking up with a beautiful vampire, sending postcards from the Other Side, or having champagne-fueled threesomes (I presume…), and season five kicked off with a fresh and fun episode. Fresh and fun but also, you know, full of suffering, torment, violence, near deaths, and actual deaths. It is, after all, The Vampire Diaries.
Welcome to the inaugural The Originals In Review! I’m Heather Vee (or Vee) and I’ll be your reviewer this season (and, hopefully, for many seasons to come). I enjoy impenetrable mythology, penetrable chest cavities, and Klaus throwing random objects with maximum prejudice. Nice to meet you.
If you’re a long-time visitor of this site, then you are familiar with Crissy Calhoun’s Vampire Diaries In Review posts and you’ll recognize the format of these reviews, which are abbreviated versions of the episode write-ups Crissy established in the Love You to Death book series. But in case you’re new here (hello! Have a complimentary tumbler of bourbon), here’s a quick rundown of the sections you’ll see at the end of every In Review:
Compelling Moment – A stand-out moment from the episode. This could be an individual performance, a turning point, or a single line of dialogue.
The Rules – What we learn about how the supernatural universe operates. Any new information gleaned about hybrids, vampires, werewolves, witches, ghosts, supernatural babies, etc., is cataloged here.
Foggy Moments – Named for Elena Gilbert’s foggy moment in the Mystic Falls cemetery way back in the Vampire Diaries pilot, this section will take note of confusing moments for the viewer – canon inconsistencies, continuity errors, general nitpicks, and so on.
Thoughts & Questions – Everyone loves speculation, so questions about plot, characters, and mythology will be posed and we’ll have a grand ‘ole time throwing theories at the wall and seeing what sticks and what gets turned into an OMGWTF moment.
Read Crissy’s review of the backdoor pilot, The Originals (TVD EP420), for a refresher.
REMINDER: The Originals will be airing in its regular time slot, Tuesdays at 8/7c, starting this Tuesday, October 8th.
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. Always and Forever covered familiar ground, tracing the events of the backdoor pilot that aired last April, but this time colored the story in varying shades of the original Original, Elijah. The episode itself was a bit clunky and exposition-heavy in that special “cram as much backstory into 43 minutes as we can so the newbies can hang” way, resulting in some stilted conversations and awkward pacing. But its good moments were so very, very good, and glutted with potential. From the old-school vampire cold open that was a classy hat tip to Anne Rice (and possibly George R.R. Martin’s Fevre Dream?), to its “OH, HELL NO!” final act that will surely have Elijah devotees throwing sofa cushions (or worse) at their televisions, Always and Forever set the stage for tenuous alliances and epic conflicts. We’re not in Mystic Falls anymore. Welcome to New Orleans.
Hello, hello, and welcome to the last In Review of The Vampire Diaries Season 4! Thanks for your patience in awaiting this post; we hope you’ll accept this sneak peek at the super-sized episode write-ups you can expect to find in Love You to Death – Season 4: The Unofficial Companion to The Vampire Diaries. The book version will have additional sections – Circle of Knowledge, History Lesson, Previously on The Vampire Diaries, and Off Camera – but below is the review (pre-edit!) that you’ll see in the book. We’re also happy to announce that we can add showrunner Julie Plec to the interview list we teased last month. You can pre-order LYTD4 on Amazon US and Amazon UK.
After high-school graduation, real life begins — or at least it can feel that way as the last rite of passage of the teenage years means everything becomes optional and what happens next is a choice. For most of the seniors assembled in Mystic Falls (congrats for living to see this day!), the question of what comes next is a huge one. That “anything’s possible” spirit of graduation comes into a neat contrast with the guys willing to blow up Grandma and Grandpa at the Grill to see that their immovable destiny is fulfilled. The Hunters return to life determined and more goal-oriented than Caroline Forbes on a prom steering committee. There’s no two ways about it: Silas must be destroyed with the cure. Their presence drives the action of Graduation, as do the resurrected massacred interested in keeping that veil down, but that single-mindedness about their purpose is about as far from the average graduate’s state of mind, and it acts as a supernatural foil to the big decisions the seniors have to make now that high school is over, and they’re moving on to the next phase of their lives — whether in this realm or on the Other Side.
Previously on The Vampire Diaries there were an awful lot of heartfelt hugs going on. Honestly, we’re all still very emotional, so let’s just move on to the recaps because we’re just not done sobbing our eyes out over several scenes.
Graduation day is almost upon us, my friends! Express-post those grad announcements to Uncle Bob and Aunt Mary, because the cap-and-gown finale is right around the corner. And in true TVD fashion, The Walking Dead unleashed a whole lot of crazy in preparation for the big finish. Of course, in Mystic Falls, the “zombies” are a heck of a lot prettier than on that other show . . .
Previously on The Vampire Diaries, extreme measures were taken to try and restore Elena’s humanity, Caroline was NOT having a good night and honestly we’re starting to get pretty worried about this Silas guy. Only two more episodes in Season 4, so savor every moment of last week’s episode before strapping in for The Walking Dead (EP422) tomorrow night.
For an episode that was pretty crammed with torture and torment, She’s Come Undone was a surprising amount of fun. But there’s also that inescapable The End Is Nigh feeling: finales are always game-changing on this series, and the approaching graduation day feels even more so than usual. SPOILERS! CONTINUE READING “HOW TO DEAL.”
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Vampire Diaries Originals, this episode is going to turn into a real show, you guys! That means that next year we’re going to have two whole hours of vampire-related drama every week, not to mention a whole lot of MARCEL. (Not going to lie, we kind of really love Marcel.) We’ve got a new episode of The Vampire Diaries heading our way tomorrow night, but if you’re already feeling homesick for New Orleans then these are the recaps for you.
Ah, remember the old days when we met the Originals and they were so incredibly awesome and we all thought, “That family needs its own series!”? TV dreams do come true, my friends, but rarely do they look so good (and sound so good) as The Originals did on Thursday night. Serving as the backdoor pilot for the series — which has already been picked up! — the episode was framed with Mystic Falls action, but its heart was in New Orleans.