‘The Originals’ Series Premiere Review: A Fun Trip to Bourbon Street

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The Originals is not the first television spinoff, nor will it be the last; however, this new series developed and produced by Julie Plec (The Vampire Diaries) could be one of the much better ones ever made. The New Orleans based drama brings together a diverse array of new characters, as well as some old favorites that will keep veterans, and newcomers alike thoroughly entertained.

With The Vampire Diaries being one of The CW’s most watched programs, it seems like an obvious choice to expand the brand that some have called superior to HBO’s hit show, True Blood. Like its sister series, The Originals delivers the same quality performances, laced with an abundance of new mythology and drama to keep us guessing. The only question left concerns longevity. Will Plec’s new show be able to stand the test of time as its predecessor has done?

‘Always and Forever’ opens with the melodic voice of Elijah (Daniel Gillies) describing the importance of family, and how it can be the most positive, or destructive force in one’s life. The original vampires are over 1,000 years-old, so it seems fitting to give the cast a Dracula-esque entrance as we see their boat drift ashore near the Louisiana coastline 300 years ago.

the originals cw The Originals Series Premiere Review: A Fun Trip to Bourbon Street

The writers do an excellent job of introducing the three leads for those who are unfamiliar with the franchise. Elijah is always the gentleman, while Klaus (Joseph Morgan) remains the petulant child who never felt like he fit in. Rebekah, who is played by the gorgeous Claire Holt, is sort of a mixture of each brother. There are moments when she can be kind and gentle, yet her emotions can change to wrath and hatred at any given time. More than Klaus, she is the most unpredictable of the siblings.

One of the core strengths of The Vampire Diaries is the importance it places on family. Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Damon (Ian Somerhalder) are brothers that share an unbreakable bond, even when both men are at their worst. The Originals brings that theme to the premiere, with Elijah having a complicated relationship with his half-brother, just like Thor and Loki from The Avengers movie. It doesn’t matter how many times Klaus betrays him, Elijah’s love and hope for his family is unwavering. Will Klaus’ betrayal at the end of this episode be forgiven if Elijah ever wakes up?

the originals premiere The Originals Series Premiere Review: A Fun Trip to Bourbon Street

A show linked to The Vampire Diaries would be nothing without a heightened sense of mystery to keep the story moving. Klaus’ one-night-stand with the stunningly attractive werewolf, Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin), has produced the first pregnancy between a vampire and a mortal. Well, Klaus is technically a hybrid (half vampire, half werewolf), but it’s still pretty significant. Having a new child should be a relatively easy task, but a charismatic vampire named Marcel (Charles Michael Davis) has control of the witches in New Orleans. These witches need Klaus to kill Marcel, but we’re still not sure why.

Towards the end of the episode we are introduced to Devina (Danielle Campbell), who appears to be behind Marcel’s power over the witches, but how? Davis brings a great deal of charm to The Originals as Marcel, which is needed to balance out Klaus’ constant brooding and pouting. Klaus created Marcel, yet his creation has bettered him and possesses everything Klaus lacks. How will their relationship develop as the season progresses?

‘Always and Forever’ ends much like it began, with Elijah speaking about the powerful bond between families. While he and his brother Klaus share different opinions on the subject, where does that leave Rebekah? Will she help Klaus kill Marcel, or allow him to become the lone wolf he’s always desired to be? Stay tuned to find out.


The Originals continues with ‘House of the Rising Sun’ next Tuesday @8pm on The CW.

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  1. I realize they had to rehash the TVD episode to introduce us to why The Originals are in New Orleans but couldn’t they have done that with an “As Previously seen on The Vampire Diaries”?

    Poor Elijah… always the staked, never the staker.

    • I hope they quit with the staking lol. It feels like they sometimes don’t know what to do with the characters for a couple of episodes, so they just stake them and bring them back later. I’m hoping he comes back soon, he’s a great character.

  2. That Marcel guy is so smooth lol nice face great acting , and a killer body haaha thanks Julie for gifting a fine ass guy on the small screen

  3. Was a interesting ep but sadly the stake to elijah was the saddest moment to me. I guess i always liked his character and hope they unstake him. I believe it would do the show good if elijah was in it.

  4. I understand people are a little disappointed that the premiere episode was the same episode in the Vampire Diaries, just in Elijah’s perspective. Honestly I loved the episode even though I seen it already, but I wish everyone stop pouting about the episode. People like they can’t wait until next week for the next episode.

  5. Yeah, liked the episode although I’m a bigger fan of Elijah than I am of Niklaus. I have been since his introduction back in TVD. I hope they resolve the ending of this episode before too long. Klaus’ brooding gets on my nerves.

  6. Just finished watching the episode. Really enjoyed it and also think it’s somewhat of a step up from The Vampire Diaries. I’m also happy it’s more adult themed then teen-angst, one of the only things I dislike about Vampire Diaries to be honest. I hope this show has a healthy run since I’ll definitely tune in for the rest if it stays on the same beat as this episode.