TV REVIEW: The Originals Season 1, Episode 1 – “Always and Forever”

OriginalsThe highly anticipated Vampire Diaries spinoff officially kicked off last night, after the back-door pilot aired back in April.

I’ve been waiting for this one for a while, and I’m happy to report that it did not disappoint!

 

 

 

As I mentioned earlier, the CW aired a backdoor pilot for this show back in April, during Season 4 of The Vampire Diaries. You can check out our review of that episode here.

With the pilot already out of the way, it would’ve been easy enough to simply re-air what was shown back in April, with some minor edits. Thankfully, the crew behind The Originals isn’t that lazy, and what we got instead was a deeper, richer story weaved into what we already know. There was enough in this first episode to satisfy even the most rabid fan.

Where “The Originals” was all about Klaus, “Always and Forever” is about the same events but from Elijah’s point of view. The witches have lured both him and Klaus to New Orleans to help them with their Marcel problem, but obviously all is not exactly as it seems. Not only do they have to contend with the incredibly stubborn Klaus, but there’s also a traitor in their midst. So how exactly do they expect to get Elijah and Klaus to help them?

By using Hayley, of course! You’ll remember from “The Originals” that werewolf Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) had a one night stand with Klaus before leaving Mystic Falls which left her pregnant with Klaus’s child. Klaus doesn’t seem to care all that much, but Elijah sure does – seems like he’s willing to do pretty much everything to protect that baby, even form an uneasy truce with the witches. But is it really the witches he needs to be worried about?

I absolutely loved this first episode, even more than I loved “The Originals.” There are two main reasons for this: 1) I love a bit of good back story and 2) I love me some Elijah.

By now we all know how Elijah and his family became vampires, and how Klaus became the immortal hybrid that he is. But it’s still so much fun to see it all unfold again, especially with the flair Elijah puts into it. It’s clear he takes his vow to his family seriously – no matter how many times they (well, just Klaus, really) betray each other, Elijah is willing to give them another chance, because he knows the importance of family. And I just love the way Daniel Gillies plays Elijah. He’s the most refined homicidal maniac out there.

His brother, however…not so much. I do love Klaus, but man, he can be a lot to handle sometimes. The episode ended on a very distressing and surprising note – but I guess that should be no surprise, given where this series originated (ha, get it?). I just hope that it continues to deliver.

 

Rating: 4.5/5
Reviewer: Mirjana

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