The Originals In Review: From a Cradle to a Grave (Season 1 Finale)

The first season of The Originals ends with a heartbreaker of a finale, living up to its title with a birth and more than one rebirth. It seems unfair to declare a finale the best episode of a season, doesn’t it? Season finales are meant to be pull-out-all-the-stops affairs, constructed for maximum plot and emotional […]

The Originals In Review: The Battle of New Orleans (ep121)

Holy cow, the penultimate episode of The Originals’ first season did not disappoint. A wise man once sang, “War! It ain’t nothing but a heartbreaker,” and Tuesday night’s The Originals did nothing to alleviate the emotional and physical strain on our characters as we head into next week’s Season 1 finale. The Battle of New […]

The Originals In Review: A Closer Walk with Thee (ep120)

Events from The Vampire Diaries cross over into The Originals this week and the episode’s final act presents a tantalizing possibility. As we near the end of the season (only two episodes left!), The Originals seems to be settling into a groove. A Closer Walk With Thee carried over last week’s confident balancing of plot […]

The Originals In Review: An Unblinking Death (ep119)

For an episode with so many explosions, The Originals managed to present a nuanced hour about family, guilt, and desperation. “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 […]

The Originals In Review: The Big Uneasy (ep118)

The Originals returns from hiatus with lots of plot and lines drawn in the sand. 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 […]

The Originals In Review: Moon Over Bourbon Street (ep117)

The Originals’ first post-Rebekah episode was heavy on plot and Vee’s opening paragraph was heavy on the bartending metaphors. 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 […]

The Originals In Review: Farewell to Storyville (ep116)

Farewell, Rebekah. Goodbye, Claire Holt. And then there were two. I’m going to admit upfront that I’ve dreaded writing this review, mostly because my thoughts and feelings have been all over the place since my initial viewing, all of which was then overshadowed by the news that Claire Holt had exited the show, and so […]

The Originals In Review: Le Grand Guignol (ep115)

This week’s episode of The Originals was a vast improvement over last week and chock full o’ signature WTF-ness. Just 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 […]

The Originals In Review: Long Way Back from Hell (ep114)

Vee tells it like it is about The Originals‘ “Long Way Back From Hell”: After four episodes of non-stop witch offense, Long Way Back from Hell was an hour full of decayed, Silent Hill-esque visuals, beautifully lit flashbacks, a whole lot of witchsplaining, and an unfortunate lack of tension. With Rebekah and Marcel’s secret revealed to the audience […]

The Originals In Review: Crescent City (ep113)

Great episode, not-so-great time for the Original family. Confession: Other than my deep appreciation for good-looking people covered in blood, there is nothing I love more than watching my favorites get their asses handed back to them on a platter. (And sometimes these two things go hand in hand, which is honestly what my version […]