Missed the series premiere of The Originals? Don’t sweat it! We’ve broken down the pivotal points into bite-size ready for you to devour.
Elijah (the eldest Original vampire) opens the series with a flashback to the Mississippi river 300 years ago. He poetically professes that we don’t choose our family, and this bond could be one’s greatest strength — or deepest regret.
Niklaus (Original hybrid = half vampire/half werewolf), Rebekah (the younger Original and only sister) & Elijah are siblings who basically founded the French colony of Louisiana (so, kids your history books are wrong if they’ve taught you otherwise).
We then find ourselves in present day New Orleans where Elijah is looking for a witch by the name of Jane-Anne Deveraux. Unbeknownst to him, she is dead (Marcel killed her in The Vampire Diaries “The Originals” episode — the same episode that gave way to the idea of a spin-off).
Marcel was Klaus’ protégé, and when Klaus skipped town for Mystic Falls (the setting of The Vampire Diaries) Marcel made his own set of rules A.K.A. no magic in the Quarter (by which he means the French Quarter, the oldest neighbourhood in N’awlins).
Sophie (Jane-Anne’s sister, who is also a witch) and Elijah chat. She explains how awful Marcel is, and that Jane-Anne met a werewolf girl (Hayley) who had a one night stand with Klaus. Turns out Hayley is preggers, and Klaus is her baby daddy, but it’s all very hush-hush.
Elijah explains to Hayley in a flashback how his family (The Mikaelsons) were once human 1,000 years ago, but now they’re not. Their mum was a witch, and dabbled in the dark arts & made them immortal. Mama Mikaelson was not the most faithful of wives and had an affair resulting in Klaus being a wolf-vamp hybrid.
Elijah phones Rebekah several times, but she’s mad at Klaus for his centuries of selfishness and refuses to accompany them in The Big Easy. Elijah thinks this baby will save Klaus from himself.
In typical talk show fashion, Klaus denies the possibility of being a dad on the basis that vamps can’t procreate. Alas, he’s also part wolf.
Klaus says the witches could kill Hayley and the unborn child for all he cares. Elijah warns him to “listen” and thanks to super-human hearing, Hayley pretty much has her first ultrasound as Klaus hears the heartbeat of his offspring.
Elijah does his best to convince Klaus of the joys of parenthood and family, but Klaus simply says no yet again (while making stubbornness look oh-so sexy).
Marcel and Klaus have a heated exchange (yet decidedly kept their shirts on to this viewer’s dismay). Marcel states he is not the Prince of the Quarter — he’s the King (in a very Leo DiCaprio aboard the Titanic kind of way).
Klaus’ rebuttal: I am immortal.
Elijah begs (& beats) Klaus to reconsider. Still a no-go for K-man as he doth protest.
Elijah narrates eloquently once more. Klaus claims Marcel has everything he ever wanted: loyalty, family, and he wants to reclaim his title as King. Elijah chimes in and says this child could offer him the unconditional love of family. Klaus gives in and says to tell Sophie they have a deal; they’ll rid New Orleans of Marcel and she’ll keep the miracle baby on the D.L.
Elijah being the sweet and sensitive soul that he is asks Hayley how she feels about impending motherhood. She says she’s unsure of her feelings about being a mom because she never had one.
Klaus pretends to be buddies with Marcel again in an effort to keep his enemies close, one presumes. Then, in a short and obscure scene with Marcel, we’re introduced to Davina, a pint sized witch who appears to be Marcel’s secret weapon.
As the action-packed premiere comes to a close, Klaus asks Elijah if Rebekah will be joining them. And, in an unexpected twist, Klaus daggers Elijah, calcifying his big bro as he cites there is no power in love, mercy makes you weak, family makes you weak, and if he’s going to win, he has to do it alone.
The Originals air on Tuesday at 8 p.m. only on CHCH.
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