Now that’s what I’m talking about.
The Originals is back, and over the break they fixed a lot of the issues I have with the series so far.
Klaus finally has a valid threat
Surprise, bitch! Davina is no longer taking your shit, and you are no longer the king of your particular mountain.
The witches in TVD/TO have always had a weird relationship with the vampires. They should be uber-powerful, the biggest contenders on the field, yet they always seem to play a subservient role to our fanged friends.
TVD has never really explained that. TO finally offered an explanation, but one that only works in New Orleans: the most powerful witch in town has a crush on Marcel, and is willing to be his enforcer as long as he keeps her stocked in sketch paper and violinists.
But guess what, kids? Davina isn’t shipping Marcel anymore, and we finally got the chance to see what happens when a witch cuts loose.
She can’t kill Klaus (or Elijah, or Rebekah). And that’s true for power-level reasons and plot reasons. But Davina showed us something even more important: the ability to make Klaus her bitch. She can hurt him, incapacitate him, even force him to turn into a wolf. He might survive an encounter with Davina, but he won’t come out on top.
Suddenly, the invincible, undefeatable Klaus is very, very vulnerable, and it’s completely believable that he doesn’t just godmode his way to victory.
Even better, Davina is still facing off against the other witches … and perfectly capable of kicking their ass. The four-for-the-price-of-one neck snap was perfect, and the kind of moment we haven’t seen enough of lately.
Is finally done with Klaus’ act. He’s still his brother, and he’ll still protect him, but honestly? An unkillable murder machine doesn’t need a whole lot of protection, and he does need to get smacked on the nose with a newspaper every now and then. Elijah is one of the very few characters on this show that can do that and get away with it, and it’s wonderful to see him starting to scheme behind Klaus’ back.
Also, he is absolutely going to hit Hayley, over and over again, like the fist of an angry god.
And when he finds out that Hayley is helping Sophie resurrect his long-dead lover? It’ll be vampire hate sex.
This was the second best part of last week’s episode. Out of everyone, Rebekah has lost the most to Klaus’ murderous temper tantrums. And it’s fantastic to see her both realize that, and take control over it.
It would be very easy for Rebekah to fall into a damsel-in-distress role, to wait for Marcel to sweepin and save her from her big, mean brother. And it’s fantastic that Rebekah instead decided to tell them both to fuck off. There’s about to be a new king in New Orleans, and you can call her Queen.
I am officially on Team Ravina.
There were still a few minor issues with this episode (exposition in the dialog, and the “lol she’s not dead just sleeping” spell wasn’t set up as well as I would have liked), but all in all, this was a very strong episode, and a very encouraging sign for the rest of the series. Well done, Originals, well done.