The Originals Preview: Phantomesque (Season 4 Episode 10)

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The next The Originals episode focuses on Elijah’s mental state after Hayley, Freya, and Klaus’s slightly thwarted rescue mission in the last episode, “Queen Death.” Presumably, Marcel is tending to Sofya’s recovery, now that the Hollow is out of her body, and Vincent is searching through his old journal for any information they can use to kill the newly resurrected Hollow.

The Originals Season 4 Episode 10, “Phantomesque,” will follow the Mikaelsons and Hayley on their mission to bring back Elijah in one piece. Klaus’s methods are hard to gauge just from the promotional video, but I’m sure he’ll be doing some kind of leg work while Hayley does the mental work. Freya claims the shattered pendant is why Elijah’s brain was shattered but I’d have to respectfully disagree with the eldest Mikaelson sister. Elijah’s brain was shattered the moment his mother yanked his past memories out from behind the metaphorical red door. The same red door we see Hayley walking into to find Viking Elijah waiting for her with blood on his body.

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The Originals Review: Queen Death (Season 4 Episode 9)

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Klaus, Freya, and Hayley fight to save Elijah’s life, while also working with Vincent and Marcel to stop the Hollow’s resurrection. Blood, sweat, magic, and tears fill this entire episode, and it was one for the books.

Even though I had a couple of issues regarding Hayley’s decisions this episode, I enjoyed a large portion of it. The Originals Season 4 Episode 9, Queen Death, was an action-packed thriller that honestly had me on the edge of my seat. It’s been a long time since I’ve been so excited for every episode of a season, and I appreciate how The Originals writers have given me that excitement back. Hayley, Klaus, and Freya were hell bent on saving Elijah, while Vincent and Marcel simply wanted to end the Hollow, and this disunity led to Elijah’s soul to be continuously tortured in the pendant and the feared Hollow to finally gain her human form. What a day.

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The Originals Review: Voodoo in My Blood (Season 4 Episode 8)

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Davina supplied Hayley and Klaus with invaluable information on the Hollow before she tried to kill the latter parent, and Marcel and Elijah scratch the surface on their broken relationship.

The Originals Season 4 Episode 8, “Voodoo in my Blood,” proved to be another great installment on this season’s fight against the Hollow. The writers never fail to amaze me in how they depict wars/battles. This episode had two twists I wasn’t expecting, Davina’s betrayal and the Hollow stabbing Elijah with lethal thorns, and I know they will heavily inform the remaining episodes of the season.

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The Originals Preview: Voodoo in My Blood (Season 4 Episode 8)

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Hayley and Klaus meet Davina in the spiritual world to get important information on how to take down the Hollow, while Marcel and Elijah go on a separate mission to grab the last bone the Hollow needs for its resurrection before it snatches it for itself. 

The Originals Season 4 Episode 8, “Voodoo in My Blood,” seems like it will be a wild ride. Similar to how they’ve set up most of their episodes this season, The Originals will have a slow segment of the episode that is mostly about obtaining information and an action segment that has The Mikaelsons, Marcel, and/or Vincent making active moves to one-up the powerful spirit. It seems like Klaus and Hayley will be a part of the informational part again this episode, and Elijah and Marcel will be the foot soldiers who obtain the last bone needed to resurrect the Hollow. 

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The Originals Review: High Water and a Devil’s Daughter (Season 4 Episode 7)

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Klaus, Hayley, Hope and Marcel had a full day of familial bonding that leads to the penultimate moment when Hope freed her older brother from bondage. During this time, Freya and Keelin made it past the awkward flirting stage when Freya finally opened up about her feelings, while Vincent and Elijah had an eventful day murdering young girls and gaining new allies.

The Originals Season 4 Episode 7, “High Water and a Devil’s Daughter,” is the best gem Season 4 has produced. Similar to “Keepers of the House,” this episode does momentous work on all ends of the spectrum: character development, expanding and building relationships, plot progression, and even a bit of action. It seems this show has found their heart this season through the Marcel, Hayley, Klaus, and Hope dynamic, and it’s doing amazing work for their story-telling. I loved every moment.

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The Originals Preview: High Water and a Devil’s Daughter (Season 4 Episode 7)

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The next episode, High Water and the Devil’s Daughter, has Klaus, Hayley, Hope, and Marcel working on their relationships, and Freya, Vincent, and Elijah still trying to make headway on the Hollow front by making their own power moves.

Never send men to do a woman’s work, am I right, Freya? On The Originals Season 4 Episode 7, we see the oldest sister of the Mikaelson family finally take the reins in the war against the Hollow. I was wondering when Freya would step up. She was the main woman leading the brigade on the “Let’s kill Marcel” battle, but for some reason, took a break in last week’s episode, Bag of Cobras, to focus on her love life.

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The Originals Review: Bag of Cobras (Season 4 Episode 6)

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Klaus and The Mikaelsons throw a party onThe Originals Season 4 Episode 6 in an effort to get a leg-up on the Hollow. The only problem? The Hollow was already two steps ahead.

On The Originals Season 4 Episode 6, “Bag of Cobras,” the hollow proved to be the Mikaelsons’ better in tactical awareness… again. As I explained in my preview of this episode, the Mikaelsons are known to throw parties in order to make power moves on their enemies, and usually, they are successful — until the Hollow became their enemy.

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The Originals Preview: Bag of Cobras (Season 4 Episode 6)

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The Originals Season 4 Episode 6 kicks off with an extravagant party in their abandoned, decrepit mansion. Olivia and Vincent try to free Marcel from the cellar and Klaus, Elijah, and Vincent work toward getting a leg up on the Hollow, while Hayley asks Freya to help unveil the mysteries of her past.

As past custom supports, the Mikaelsons are always throwing a party to sift out their enemies, make allies, and/or execute power plays. In this case, as the synopsis on TV Guide explains, the Hollow has found a new vessel to do its bidding, but no one knows who. Therefore, on The Originals Season 4 Episode 6, there will be plenty of spirits, dancing, and move-making on the part of team Mikaelsons and team Marcel.

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The Responsibility of a Father: Klaus Mikaelson’s Rise into a Great Man

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The Klaus Mikaelson The Originals’ audience sees in season 4 is drastically different than the Klaus we saw in mother-show, The Vampire Diaries. The once seemingly, irredeemable reprobate, now acts with mercy and thinks of the consequences of his decisions before he makes them.

After 3.5 seasons of character development, Klaus Mikaelson has gone from the sadistic psychopath, who forced a vampire to stab herself for hours on end because he was mad that she wouldn’t be his toy, to a contemplative father, who chose to save the life of the son who’s tried to kill him twice. That is character development. There was a time when Klaus wouldn’t have hesitated to kill someone who dared to defy him or put his family danger. Yet, in episode 5 of season 4, we saw Klaus save his daughter, family, and his son’s life in one swift decision.

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The Fractured Red Door: Elijah Mikaelson’s Spiral into a Monster

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The same Elijah Mikaelson that appeared in The Vampire Diaries that was akin to Stefan, ridiculously noble but also cut-throat, has been left in Season 1 of The Originals because he is no more. Now that his Red Door has been fractured and he killed Marcel, he’s become just as bad as pre-Hope Klaus.

I used to admire the morality of Elijah Mikaelson. In the face of his brothers’ (Klaus and Kol) sadistically psychopathic behaviors, he was the brother of reason. He’s always been cut-throat and violent, but only to meet a certain end. It wasn’t that he derived pleasure from inflicting pain on others like his brothers. He would let people make their own decisions, and if they chose to be against the family, then they were taken down – simple.

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