The Originals Review: Declarations of War

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War has been declared on The Originals. The spoils? The city of New Orleans... The witch Davina... Power... Elijah's body. You know, typical vampire stuff. 

In the Battle of Elijah, Klaus and Rebekah are the victors. Sort of.

Davina's kind of the winner of everything and she's only 16. Maybe she's peaking early?

"Tangled Up in Blue" showed that Davina is the key to Marcel's power and is, obviously, the one thing Klaus wants more than anything. Even his own brother.

Marcel and Cami

Even when Elijah is daggered in a coffin and dessicating, he still manages to make an impact. Photographs. Voiceovers. Whatever. He's there in spirit. 

Is it weird that fans would take the spirit and voice of Elijah over no Elijah at all? He's just that important. 

When Marcel refused to give Elijah's body back (sidenote: of course he would refuse, but Klaus "just had to ask"), Klaus and Rebekah declared war on Marcel. (As if they hadn't already done that two weeks ago?) That's where the fun began.

One of the things that is consistently making The Originals great to watch is how we're getting to see new sides to these characters. Their plan to infiltrate Marcel's inner circle even further was a work of art. Set up a vampire! Plant a spell! Kill a witch! The plan was mostly Klaus', and we do know he's diabolical, but Rebekah including Cami as a distraction was a stroke of genius.

In order to defeat Marcel, he has to become Marcel's right-hand man. That's step one in his plan for taking over New Orleans. How does Klaus do that? By creating a situation that caused Marcel to go full-on Montresor on his current right hand man Thierry when Thierry broke one of his rules. 

Vampires don't kill other vampires.  We all know by now that Marcel loves his rules. But all's fair in love and war, right?

Klaus and Rebekah, thanks to two un-vervained vampires, created a situation where Thierry would be forced to choose between his loyalty to Marcel or his love for a witch. Thierry chose love, just like Klaus knew he would, which gave Team Elijah the chance to make a move.

One way or another, Klaus intended to get into Marcel's inner circle. And while Marcel will never trust Klaus - not fully, because he knows Klaus - Marcel likes being alive. Klaus called an audible and took the opportunity to kill Katie just before Katie killed Marcel and that helped to cement his place next to Marcel. 

Sending Cami to Marcel with only the memory of a perfect party instead of the confrontation she witnessed probably didn't hurt Klaus' cause either.

I like Cami and I'm liking that this love triangle is shaping up to be a much more adult one than a certain other love triangle also involving two vampires and a human once did. Cami brings out the humanity in both men; in Marcel because he likes to see the world the way the humans do and in Klaus because deep down, he's broken and searching for a connection.

He has money. He has power. The thing he's missing is love. 

It will be interesting to see what happens when Cami figures out that the men she's sharing deep, emotional gazes with are really vampires locked in an epic battle for their city. A battle which centers around a certain teenaged witch.

Step two in Klaus' long con is to obtain Davina.

Of course Klaus wants Davina for himself and of course that revelation comes just after we watch him cozy up to Cami. Soften our hearts to the man just to harden them again posthaste! He doesn't care about his family. He just wants all the power for himself.

But after witnessing Davina's power, is there really any question that he would want that? Given everything we know about Klaus, no, not really. More than he has a thing for blondes, or even for his family, Klaus has a thing for power. 

Something tells me that finding out Davina is the reason Marcel won't hand over Elijah will only make Klaus work harder to find her. And Klaus will find out. He always does, doesn't he?

What did you think of "Tangled Up In Blue?" Did you like the way their plan came together? What do you think about the love triangle shaping up between Cami, Marcel, and Klaus?


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A thousand years ago on Buffy, Angel was Buffy's true love. But a great onscreen chemistry developed between the heroine and loser vamp Spike. Not only did James Marsters make the show entertaining for me, just as Joseph Morgan did for TVD (interesting J.M. and J.M.) for I never could have stood years of Buffy and Angel fluff (truthfully, the show was off my radar the first few seasons) the character of Spike was the classic dark horse coming from behind. Klaus is that dark horse from TVD and I'm pleased as hell he has his own show.


Haleys baby - the last scene MSG is in Latin! "Est infanti malom, nos omnia perdeu el eam" = "This child is evil, it will destroy all things" Also its said perdeu not perdetu.


I cannot express exactly how much I adore this show. I get to watch my favorite TVD characters... Klaus and Elijah. And yeah, a voice over of Elijah is acceptable if we can't have him actually running around on screen. He's just that awesome.


I agree, why no recap or mention of the ring spell and the words uttered by the witch. Anyone care to guess what it is. Is she holding twins? Are they going to be the ruin of us all? Hayley is bored (reading Elijah's old diaries) and out of the way cos New Orleans is not werewolf friendly remember...


@girlfriday exactly! It was a mistake to keep him on TVD for the entire fourth season, let's hope this show will redeem him as a character


oh Marcel, how easily you got played. for all he has done, I never hated Klaus.he is so fascinating in his way of manipulating people! not another love triangle, with a human... :-(


@llk_vomit...Klaus is no longer the simpering, dulled villain he was in the Vampire Diaries. He couldn't handle Stefan and Damon because the writers made him that way. In the Originals, he's much stronger, which is how he should have been consistently portrayed on the Vampire diaires. I hate the vampire diaries, but I'm loving this show.


I too thought that was Latin. And even if it weren't, wouldn't that have been the first language to try. Greek being second. I hope it is true that they are having a little girl though.
While I still have high hopes for Klaus and Caroline finding their way to each other eventually, I don't mind the flirting with Cami. I don't know if it's because he's really interested in her though or if he's doing it to mess with Marcel and keep control of all situations.
I liked that Thierry fella. I hope he finds his way out.


I agree about Hailey... this show is getting to social stereotypes with the pregnant woman trapped in the house. Can she like actually do something? Anything besides be pregnant?


This show is getting exponentially better as the weeks move on. The pilot was a drag; really liked this episode. Finally!

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The Originals Season 1 Episode 3 Quotes

Klaus: I ordered you to drain him of blood.
Joseph: Sorry. I'm not, like, medieval torture expert guy.

Klaus may be a miserable excuse for a sibling but there is none more diabolical.


The Originals Season 1 Episode 3 Music

  Song Artist
The heavy long way from home Long Way from Home The Heavy iTunes
Richard boulger from the night From the Night Richard Boulger iTunes
Eddie kirkland i need you I Need You Eddie Kirkland iTunes