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The Originals Review: No More Boys Club

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So, now that an hour has passed since the credits rolled on The Originals Season 1 Episode 10, I feel like I'm in a place where I can form coherent sentences about the MAGIC we all witnessed tonight with this installment.

This episode is a special one for me because I was able to be on-set during its filming last November, so maybe it feels extra electrifying. But somehow, judging by the way Twitter absolutely blew up, I think I'm not alone in my feelings of elation and excitement over The Originals return from the winter break.

This really is a new chapter for the story of New Orleans, and it's one I can't wait to read.

Rebekah, All Business

"The Casket Girls" takes place around a a special festival in New Orleans of the same name which honors and remembers a time when women where brought into the colony and promised that they would become brides of wealthy gentlemen. In reality, they were used and then tossed aside, much like the female characters feel they have been.

Until tonight, that is, when they slowly begin to join forces to take back their power.

Davina is busy wiping Cami of her compulsions, and while she's helping Cami remember, the other witches learn that Klaus and Marcel no longer have her in their compound. This allows them to practice magic without Marcel knowing about it, so they do, and they attempt to locate Davina. 

But she senses them coming and Cami, who remembers everything, decides they need to flee. While they try to get out of the city, Klaus captures Tim for leverage against Davina and then her gloves come off. 

That scene with Davina and the vampires? 

You guys. It was intense. In. TENSE. I had my jaw clenched the whole time and realized it half way through the commercial break that followed.

Watching her manipulate Klaus and Elijah so easily, forcing Klaus to turn into his werewolf-self, causing Elijah to choke on his own blood. It was kind of insane. 

No one has ever been able to control those two with magic the way that she can. No one has ever been as strong and powerful as she has been either. 

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Davina is a force to be reckoned with and as her power grows, she becomes a bigger and bigger threat to the originals, and probably to herself, though that remains to be seen. At some point, I foresee them being forced to complete the Harvest ritual as their only way to save Davina from herself. Charles Michael Davis said that we'll see the Harvest ritual in two weeks, so we'll see if I'm right.

Thanks to Marcel and Elijah, Davina should last at least until then, but definitely no thanks to Klaus, who tried to kill her and who did kill her friend Tim. Davina isn't going to forget that and losing Tim is going to be one more nail she slams into his coffin.

Speaking of friends, the friendship between Josh and Davina is something amazing to watch. Week after week, I'm terrified he's going to have his heart ripped out by Klaus, but I'm hopeful that he sticks around. Having a newbie vampire among all of these old ones is kind of refreshing.

Rebekah understands that in order to get things done, she has to do them differently than Klaus and Marcel. One of her methods for getting what she wants involves bringing those who've been wronged by her brothers to her side.

If Rebekah has anything to say about it, Josh will be sticking around. She recognizes his friendship with Davina is something which the witch values and if she wants Davina on her team, Josh is coming aboard as well. Rebekah needs as many allies as she can get, so something tells me she's okay showing the youngster the vampire ropes.

Or she'll just get Thierry to do it. (And hey, did she let Tyler go, too? What's going on with Tyler?)

Claire Holt positively shined as Rebekah tonight and proved just how underestimated this "fairer" original has been. Her brothers and Marcel have counted her out in being able to reign over the city, believing her incapable. She just can't stand for that. 

The idea that the next chapter focuses on Rebekah subverting the boy's? Yeah, I'm down with that.

In saving the most shocking things for last, see Exhibit C. For Celeste.

Sophie needs to consecrate the remains of a powerful witch in order to gain that witches' power, and the only witch she can think of is Celeste, Elijah's dead former lover.

Hayley helps Sophie find Celeste's burial site in exchange for the promise that Sophie will free her family. 

Some might believe that this is a way to drive a wedge between Hayley and Elijah after the chemistry has been building between them all season. (And holy smokes, the heat! That scene with the dress and the zipper and the "you might have to use all your vampire strength" line? Hot!)

I, however, see this as an extension of the now-familiar refrain "family above all." Elijah is nothing if not loyal to his family and there will be a part of him, once he realizes Hayley's complicity in unleashing Celeste, that forgives her because he understands that what she wants more than anything else is to find her family and put it back together, much like he does.

But that Celeste thing is going to get all up in their way. 

She's the "thing" that Davina has seen coming, and Davina believes she's evil. Maybe she is. Or maybe she's Qetsiyah-level crazy. Or maybe she'll be so happy to see Elijah she forgets all about whatever vendetta she's been planning for nearly 200 years.

Whether or not she'll manifest herself as a physical being or in Sophie's body is sort of irrelevant. Part of me really likes the possession possibility and I'm not sure why. Maybe because it would get Sophie Deveraux on our screens more regularly.

In all of this, Cami is the wild card. She's the human element. The conscience. And right now she's hurt and betrayed and Klaus needs to find a way to mend that fence, however he can. She can be an ally or an enemy and he needs all the friends he can get right now.

It can't hurt to try, right?

What did you think of The Originals Season 1 Episode 10? Was this return everything you hoped it would be and more? Check out The Originals quotes page and then grade the mid-season return below!

 

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Thought this episode was sexist. classic tv of guys beibg told they suck or are aggressive or oppressive. its not ok to make sweeping comments about men and boys. It harms young boys confidence. And it is so pervasive that it is perpetually damaging. And yet the writer of this article calls boy bashing girl power.

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I absolutely lovend this episode! Rebecca is awesome and de rest of the original family is amazing as well. I don't get why they gave Josh so much screen time in this episode though, he is completely useless. Cami, Hayley and Sophie also annoy the crap out of me. Hayley has as much facial expressions as a brick and Cami just bores me. I do love Marcel and Davina though.

Marissa

I just started watching the originals and finally got all caught up tonight and I loved this episode. Davina has been one of my favorite or probably my favorite character since we met her just because she has such an interesting story and since she has so much power she totally kicks ass which is awesome. Davina was amazing in this episode I loved how she just stabbed the necks of all the witch's then she made Klaus turn and made Elijah choke on blood it was amazing. I believe that Marcel really does care about her especially after the way he acted at the end and I think that her being the most powerful witch is really just a perk for him because even if she didn't have the power he still would have kept her hidden because he saved her before he even knew she had all that power. Anyway Tim dying was sort of shocking but not something I can be upset over because we didn't really know him but I did feel the same way as Rebekah, Elijah, and Marcel about Klaus killing 2 teenagers even though one of them lived it's still terrible and horrible that he did it. Davina and Josh's relationship is really great and I really hope he doesn't die because they are such great friends. I loved that at the end Cami threatened to expose Klaus to the world if anything happens to Josh or Davina it really shows how much she cares about them. I hope that Marcel eventually wins Davina's trust back because they both really do care about each other and they've both done a lot to protect each other. I can't wait till the next episode it looks really good. I'm so glad I started watching this show it's really good I love it.

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Are we sure Tim is dead? He died with vampire blood in him (form Josh and/or Rebecca). Shouldn't he be a vampire by now? Also, I have to agree with the Josh/Davina friendship. It is absolutely adorable to watch. They'd be stupid to kill him off. Finally, Cami is really awesome, but I'm surprised she's still even alive. I'd imagine Clause would have killed her by now, given how he kills people that talk-back to him.

Mesa rodriguez

I agree with everything you said, but that Hayley/Elijah scene was not hot at all!
When it happened I just said eww. This is gross. The sad thing was that they were trying to make it hot and sexy and it failed miserably.

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Wow, this was easily the best episodes of the Originals this season. And Davina is quickly becoming a favorite of mine. It's fun to watch anyone put the boys through the ringer the way she did! I would really love to see Rebekah's plan work out and see what all those boys do when they see they were bested by her. Josh is such a breath of fresh air on the show. He brings the lightness and the humor that it needs. I'm hoping with Cami's threat to Klaus that he better not harm Josh or Davina is a sign that he's not going anywhere. He and Davina really do have a great relationship. And I like the dynamic of adding Rebekah into that relationship as well. This is going to be really fun to watch and I can't wait!

Sarah silva

This was a great episode.
I like Josh, he is super funny.
Rebekah's intentions with Davina are not sweet and innocent, she is just as bad as her brothers, she admitted as much to Thierry at the end, saying they have a pawn (not the exact words) but that she did not even know it!
I agree seeing what Davina did to Klaus, Elijah and Marcel was insane! She is very powerful at such a young age, she will keep getting stronger and stronger!
I too agree that the scenes with Elijah and Hayley are hot!

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I loved Casket Girls. I loved the grrrl power! Davina rocks! I love Elijah but really loved it when Davina had the guys on their knees. I like Davina and Josh together. She needs someone her own age she can trust and he has shown himself to be a true friend. I think there will be a love triangle between Elijah/Hayley and Celeste. Also is Celeste the woman Elijah was helping take a bath and later Klaus killed her? Well Klaus will not be happy to see her again. Ok people are complaining about Josh having no purpose what is the purpose of Cami? She is the one who bugs me. This show is so much better than TVD. Yes is was very hot when Elijah was zipping and unzipping Hayley's dress.

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why can't I sign into my effing account ? the mobile version of the site is all busted that needs to be fixed asap. anyhow.... super stoked the originals came back with full force tonight.Davina owned this episode hands down.I've been wanting to see Klaus turn into a wolf for such a looooong time as it hasn't happened since I believe the season finale of Vampire Diaries Season 2.Last i remember is that he can turn into a wolf at will and I personally would like to see him do it a little bit more often. can't wait for next week :) hopefully by then I can be able to sign into my TV Fanatic account

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Josh is really one note now and just provides comic relief. Josh sole purpose is to capture the gay audience in The OGs. There's nothing wrong with that but he's really boring. Maybe if we would of got some back story instead oaf play by play of his "life" he would of been more compelling.. But he is really boring and took up a majority of tonight's ep. :(
Also I'm glad Tim is dead, he was useless leverage that no one cared about. So it was hard to feel sympathy at all all. And that Celeste storyline reeks of TVD campyness, hopefully it takes a better direction.

The Originals Season 1 Episode 10 Quotes

There, there, little lambs. Us girls have got to stick together.

Rebekah

For centuries, people have come to New Orleans looking for a fresh start, hoping to find fortune, adventure, even love. Young society women imported from France with the promise of marrying a proper New Orleans gentlemen, like the legendary casket girls. Little did they know that the men who awaited them were far from proper and not at all gentle.

Rebekah