Words cannot express how exciting it is to have The Originals back on my Monday night lineup. Those of you who feel the same understand my excitement over The Originals Season 2 Episode 10.
Was that a way to return, or what? When some shows go on winter hiatus, the time between finale and premiere feels like decades. Not so for our favorite Original family. "Gonna Set Your Flag On Fire" picked up almost immediately where The Originals Season 2 Episode 9 left off, and with no awkward morning after to boot.
Once upon a time we thought Klaus the nastiest Mikaelson sibling in the family. Finn has most definitely taken that position, at least for the moment. What an evil jerk of an older brother he is!
When Finn first returned to the scene I wasn't so sure about him. As the least developed character pre-body jumping, he was the one in which I found myself least invested. Not anymore.
His decision to trap a pack of wolves in the compound with a gang of vampires was brilliant. Evil, but brilliant. It made the compound a pressure cooker of heightened emotion with no one trusting anyone else, at least not for long. Had Kol not also been trapped inside with Klaus, Finn would have gotten the bloodbath he desired from the warring groups.
Kol, probably in order to try and save himself from becoming dinner--or perhaps to keep up the ruse that he's on Klaus' side in this war--tried as best he could to free the werewolves and the vampires, but as luck would have it only one group would be able to exit the compound and it wasn't the group that doesn't feed on human blood.
As the only human remaining in the compound, Kol is on borrowed time. Those vampires are going to get hungry and his chaise lounge barricade is only going to be useful for so long against a dozen starving vampires.
Davina will definitely find a way to save him because that's what she does. She saves her friends. She now has even more reason to hate Klaus, however, so he should probably watch out. Leaving Kol trapped inside the compound with the vampires isn't something she's going to soon forget. The teenage witch has the memory of an elephant and one day she's going to make Klaus pay for his crimes against her. That will actually be a fun moment to see, mostly because as much as we love Klaus and his many nuanced layers, it's always nice to see someone sticking it to him when he really deserves it. It's even better when the person doing the damage is a fraction of his age.
Will Davina be able to stand against Finn for trapping Kol (even if that was technically Klaus' fault) now that he has both of his parents as magical talismans? That remains to be seen, but she'll probably be able to give him a good run for his money. A woman scorned and all, you know? As the most powerful of all the Harvest Girls, Davina isn't one whose powers should be taken lightly. She'd sooner defend Klaus so that she can keep his destruction for herself which might make her a force to be reckoned with for Finn.
But then again there's just as good a chance as any that she'll see the opportunity to work with Finn in order to defeat Klaus presenting itself and try it. She is, after all, an impulsive teenager, and making rash decisions is what teenagers do best.
It didn't take long for Klaus and Elijah to deduce that Rebekah didn't make it into her chosen host body, but their problem now is how to find her. New Orleans isn't exactly a small city, so until they remember that time they trapped Kol's witchy friends inside a house they'll be spinning their wheels. Unless of course Rebekah can get a message to them with Freya's help.
That's a part of this story I can tell is going to bug me.
Freya was taken in the old world before the traveled to what later became Mystic Falls. How is she trapped in a glass tomb in an attic room in an insane asylum in New Orleans?
Is that body in the coffin and the ghost the new Rebekah kept seeing really Freya or do we have two different ghosts on our hands here? Is the person speaking through the tiles also the person inside the coffin? What is going on?!
While I love Claire Holt, I have been all in on having the character body jump since I first realized it was a possibility, and a likely one at that. See, I love Claire Holt, but I love Rebekah more, and the idea of a witchy Rebekah who can embrace the powers she had inherited as her birthright? Yeah, I'm down with that.
Plus it gives us a chance to explore the character in a way we haven't previously been able, much like with Kol and Finn. I'm always game for a good character development story, which is what this arc with Rebekah trapped inside the insane asylum seems to be. We're getting to see what Rebekah can do without her vampire powers and without her brothers there to bail her out. Sounds good to me!
Even Hayley and Jackson sound good to me after tonight, which is weird because I'm firmly Team Haylijah when it comes to a) dumb couple names and b) couples on The Originals.
I want Hayley and Elijah to work out, somehow, someway, mostly because I want to see Elijah happy and in love and not bound by the burdens haunting his memories at present. This damaged Elijah definitely adds layers to the character, but it's also incredibly sad to watch. Which I guess is the point. (Bravo writers?)
There was something about Jackson tonight that made me see this Hayley-Elijah-Jackson thing as a bona fide love triangle in a way I hadn't really before.
It's been clear that Jackson has loved Hayley since we first learned who he was and that he was watching after and protecting her, but there was something about him saying it, knowing she doesn't love him back, that just...ugh. It was painfully heartbreaking and somehow breathtaking all at once.
He just wants to love her and have the hope that one day she'll also love him. He knows it may not happen, but maybe it will. He's living on maybe right now and that's a sad and scary place to be. It's pretty admirable that he's willing to take the risk that one day she'll love him since the greatest and most pressing reason for them to get married is to free the werewolves of their curse.
Of all the parts of tonight's episode which I found extremely entertaining, the scenes with Cami and Elijah fell to the bottom of my interest barrel.
I just couldn't bring myself to care that Elijah was trapped in the safe house playing nanny to Hope while Cami played babysitter and shrink to Elijah. It was too set up to be even remotely interesting or authentic.
Had he walked into her bar and ordered a drink and invited her to drink with him and they ended up talking, okay, sure Cami. Psychoanalyze away. As it stood tonight, it read as though Klaus put Cami with Elijah just so she could perform some armchair therapy for him and solve whatever problem it is he has right now. It was weak.
All in all, despite a few questions which I'm sure the writers will answer in due time, this was a stellar return for The Originals, and I'm not just saying that because my Monday nights have been lonely without the Mikalesons to keep me company. (Though my Monday nights have been a little lonely...)
With a dash of resolution and a heap of unanswered questions to go around, The Originals return was a stellar hour. (Seriously, watch The Originals online if you missed it.)
What did you think of "Gonna Set Your Flag On Fire"? How will Kol get out of the vampire house? Will Hayley ever learn to love Jackson?
NOTE: The Originals Season 2 Episode 11 will be titled "Brotherhood of the Damned" and air on Monday, January 26 at 8/7c on The CW.
Miranda Wicker is a Staff Writer for TV Fanatic. Follow her on Twitter.