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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The Originals Review: I Hear You Knocking (Season 4 Episode 5)

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This episode of The Originals revolved around Klaus making a supremely tough decision: Marcel or Hope? Leave it up to Klaus to choose both. As everyone’s story-lines are continuing to develop, it’s becomes clear what character arcs will go this season.

As excited as I was before I watched The Originals Season 4 Episode 5, “I Hear You Knocking,” I was very disappointed with the ending events. This episode started off great: Keelin and Freya’s relationship blossoming past captor and captive, Klaus fighting this demon and his attempts to kill Marcel, Marcel getting help from his new girlfriend (?), Sofya, and Hayley learning more about her past and its connection with Mary.

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The Originals Preview: I Hear You Knocking (Season 4 Episode 5)

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It’s been a long time coming, but finally, The Originals will address Marcel and Klaus’s relationship. As Season 4 Episode 4’s preview of The Originals shows, father and son will finally deal with their emotions and get down to business in addressing them.

Here’s to hoping Marcel and Klaus finally unravel their convoluted pride and misgivings to work toward fixing their broken relationship. The preview of The Originals Season 4 Episode 5, “I Hear You Knocking,” continues with the extended metaphor of house/property meant to represent more abstract emotions and relationships.

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The Originals Review: Keepers of the House (Season 4 Episode 4)

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The Originals divide and conquer, looking for ways to save Hope and the lost children of New Orleans. We got intense action, villain revelations, and motif progression all wrapped into one amazing episode.

The Originals Season 4 Episode 4 was, hands-down, one of the greatest episodes the series has ever aired. It did so much work for the plot, the threading of the show’s motif, and the relationships between our favorite characters. I must say, I was very upset when I found out this season would only be 10 episodes, but goodness, what wonders it has done for this show’s story-telling. Everything is executed so methodically and cohesively, I’m not as mad about this season being cut in half.

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The Originals Preview: Keepers of the House (Season 4 Episode 4)

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Elijah, Klaus, Hayley, Marcel, and Vincent join forces on The Originals Season 4 Episode 4 to keep Hope safe from the new big bad monster kidnapping children. 

On The Originals Season 4 Episode 4, we see characters plagued with the knowledge that the new big bad not only has its sights on Hope, but 4 other magical children in New Orleans. Now that this new sinister force has successfully taken the children, again, by way of New Orleans’ hard-working (and recently possessed) Detective Kinney, Hope is right back in immediate danger.

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The Originals Review: Haunter of Ruins (Season 4 Episode 3)

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As predicted, the Mikaelsons got their one day of meditation. Now it’s back to the real world with a soul sucking mystical force that is intent on having his sacrifices, including Hope, at any price.

For an episode where there wasn’t much action, a lot of premise, intent, and future narratives were established on The Originals Season 4 Episode 3. I’m not going to tip-toe around it. I cringed when Hope began to describe “bad” things Klaus would protect her from. Adjectives like “mean, selfish, and angry” sounded very pre-Hope Klaus reminiscent. Klaus’s widening eyes showed that he connected the similarities as well, and the desperate way he grabbed and held her also shows everything in him wants to stop being that way for his daughter.

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The Originals Preview: Haunter of Ruins (Season 4 Episode 3)

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Fresh off of the action-packed rescue mission, on The Originals Season 4 Episode 3, Klaus demands one day alone with his daughter without dealing with any life or death situations or Mikaelson enemies. However, it doesn’t seem like he’ll be given his wish given that the new big bad now has his sights on Hope.

On The Originals Season 4 Episode 3, “Haunter of Ruins,” seems the family will use the day to meditate on their lives and gauge their expectations for their futures. Rebekah’s answer will probably be to find love somewhere far away from drama where she can be happy. Her dreams have always been simple; they’ve just been hard to achieve due Klaus’s previous obsession with never being alone. Now that he will have hope to (hopefully) keep him well-adjusted Rebekah just might get her chance.

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The Originals Review: No Quarter (Season 4 Episode 2)

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Has there ever been a war where both battling sides are victors in the end? The Originals show us just how a war like that would pan out in episode 2, “No Quarter.” The Mikaelsons won their brother back, Marcel maintained his status as King, and New Orleans remained relatively peaceful before the real battle begins.

The Originals Season 4 Episode 2, “No Quarter,” did not disappoint as we saw The Mikaelsons and Marcel finally come head to head for their spoils. My prediction of the events that would transpire was almost correct. Rebekah first tried to manipulate Marcel by using their love for each other, Elijah tried his hand at an apology and instead tried to appeal to Marcel’s logic, Hayley tried to appeal to his ethical principles by pulling the “orphaned Hope” card, and Kol and Freya acted as the muscle of the whole expedition.

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The Originals Preview: No Quarter (Season 4 Episode 2)

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The return of the Mikaelsons is finally upon New Orleans, and it seems they’ve wasted no time getting back into the groove of killing, maiming, and negotiating powerful alliances.

The preview for The Originals Season 4 Episode 2, “No Quarter,” seems to be solely about the Mikaelsons on a rescue mission for Klaus. While it appears Hayley, Elijah, and Rebekah will try to appeal to Marcel’s emotions to negotiate Klaus’s release, Freya and Kol are on another mission to have him concede by force, wreaking havoc on the formerly peaceful city.

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