We're reviewing six new 2013 pilots this Fall TV season! We'll be dishing about the good, the bad, and the hotties on the small screen. Twin Takedown style, of course ;)
Premiere Date: October 3rd
Air Date: Tuesdays 8/7c
Air Date: Tuesdays 8/7c
Becca: I am super excited that this was tied with three other shows for 4th place so we have the chance to review it. The second episode just aired on Tuesday on its real timeslot (and again on Thursday) -- so some of the gifs I found were from the second episode, but they don't spoil anything.
Krista: We both are HUGE Vampire Diaries fans, so of course we were thrilled that The Originals was going to be made into it's own series.
Krista: Yeah, I totally thought this was going to be the same episode we saw in TVD, and then it opens with a flashback on a boat with our three leads in period garb. I quickly turned into this:
Becca: There is so many directions / plot points the show is taking. What I thought would be center front -- the baby plot (Hayley has a little wolf cub in her tummy and Klaus is the baby daddy) -- actually looks like a C plot. The true up front focus looks like Davina, the witchy girl locked up in Marcel's tower, who may have enough power to defeat the Originals. Also, Marcel's feud with Klaus -- and Klaus trying to make nice. And then Klaus and Elijah attempting to work together while Elijah seeks to find Klaus' humanity.
I'm not a hundred percent fan of the baby plot, but the others, I am game for. What about you, Krista?
Krista: I agree, the baby plot is kind of ho-hum for me. I do love the idea that Klaus might potentially have a kid, but I would have preferred that kid with Caroline (Yes, I'm a Klaroline shipper). Example A:
Sadly, Caroline won't be in The Originals so I promise this will be the last time I bring the couple up. It's important to note that Julie Plec (the executive producer of both shows) mentioned that this couple is going to be like Buffy/Angel, so I won't except them to get together again any time soon. If you haven't seen TVD, I would suggest going back and watching past seasons for this couple.
Becca: Let's start with Klaus.
Okay, Klaus, we're getting to you. Hold on.
You were clearly the one shouting, love. But anyway, Klaus in The Vampire Diaries is ten times more sympathetic than Klaus in The Originals. He's pretty much psychotic in this show. And I'm curious to see how people see him who haven't watched TVD before. I don't know if I would be strangely endeared to Klaus or appalled by his lack of humanity. I still love him, of course.
Krista: Yep! Klaus is one badass motherf*cker. I mean, the dude slaughtered twelve people on a Christmas episode! And yet, he still came out of that looking like the anti-hero. I agree with you, Becca, this show is really making him look like the villain more than any kind of hero.
Becca: Now to Elijah.
He's the heart of the show, and Klaus just may be the blood that pumps it. I loved that the whole episode was in his point of view because we see just how much he wants to help his brother. How endearing is that? And I'm already starting to play matchmaker in my head for Elijah. He deserves some romance that isn't sneaky Katherine.
Krista: Elijah and Klaus have such dynamic scenes, and I love that in The Originals we get to see their brotherly relationship. That kind of characterization was left out in TVD, and it's so interesting that I can't wait for more to be explored.
Oh and romance for Elijah. If I had to put my money on it from the pilot, I'm thinking he's going to end up with Hayley (the werewolf carrying Klaus' baby), which I'm sure will fuel even more drama!
Becca: Hmm, not sure if I would approve of a Hayley / Elijah match just yet. Sometimes, he acts like her brother. So that would be weird for me.
Now to...Rebekah! Sadly she wasn't in this episode much. She was back at home, and Elijah was calling her, trying to convince her to come to New Orleans to help take care of the baby and her brother.
Krista: Rebekah is one of my all time favorite girls on TV right now. She's so strong and has a huge heart (that usually gets crushed by her bad luck with men). It's so much easier to root for a girl like her than whiny Elena.
Becca: Oh yeah, whiny Elena is not a fun character to root for.
Now to some of the new characters. Marcel is the biggest addition.
I think he definitely works as the antagonist to Klaus. And in episode 2, their dynamic just completely changes. You see why Klaus turned Marcel into a vampire and he explains what happened afterwards. Instead of a friendship bond they almost have a father-son bond, which is strange, complex and completely intriguing. So yes, I am a fan of the dynamic and Marcel's place in the show. Can't wait to see what happens!
Krista: Going into this, I had my doubts about who could play a villain more villainous than Klaus, but I think the writers and the actor did a phenomenal job. Marcel has such a different type of psychopathic-ness to him that I can totally believe he's more evil than the sexy Hybrid.
Becca: I didn't think about that, but you're right. His evilness is a different breed than Klaus'. Klaus is selfish, but I think Marcel is just a bit more.
Sophie is next. My favorite witch in the show. Mind you, witches are persecuted in New Orleans. They're being run out and controlled by Marcel and the vamps. So they're the underdogs, and everyone loves an underdog story.
I really like her with Elijah. She's headstrong and willing to make big moves to save her heritage after her sister dies. Also, there is a GIANT twist involving her and Hayley (the little wolf) that I didn't see coming.
Krista: She would be a better pairing on the show with Elijah for sure. I think she's a good actress and she has some pretty cool tattoos.
Becca: This is a good time to bring up Hayley, who most TVD fans absolutely hate. They dislike the actress because she's somewhat over the top, dramatic and can't hold down the American accent. Her Australian lilt comes out ever other word. She also is the reason (or so we think) that Klaroline (the shipper name) does not exist in The Originals. Caroline, Klaus' future wife (we all know it's going to end up there), is back in TVD. So that leaves us with Hayley, the sometimes annoying werewolf chick.
Strangely, I find her less irritating in The Originals. She was a bit whiny in the pilot, but if she doesn't do stupid things to progress plot, I may actually like her. With Klaus? Never. With Elijah? Right now, they have a brother-sister bond, like I said. I could actually see her with Marcel. Now that would be a plot twist.
Krista: I agree, she is overall less annoying on The Originals, but at the same time I still think she's miscast. She looks too young and plays someone too immature for a show with an all-around older cast than TVD. My bet is she'll end up with Elijah.
Becca: I think you nailed the problem. She does seem too immature for the rest of the characters. And stop saying that Elijah and Hayley will be together. It makes me squirm!
...Now to Cami, the sole human, non-paranormal girl in the show.
She is a Caroline knock-off, so I'm not buying her right now. Why not just bring Caroline into the show? They film both series in Atlanta. Nina Dobrev is doing double duty with Katherine and Elena. And Caroline really isn't in TVD that much anyway. Instead, they brought in a girl who is pretty much the Matt of TVD (well, Matt in seasons 1 through 3). She's naive to the supernatural, which just makes her bait.
Krista: Eh...we haven't seen enough of her to really make a decision. Right now she's playing the pawn role.
Becca: Pawn, bait -- she's just food!
Lastly, we have Davina. I'm not sure what I think of the actress yet. She's always pursing her lips, and she's quite bitchy. But I think that's just her character.
I hope I'm not going to have to sympathize with her because I don't think I can. She's going after my originals, and that makes her enemy number one!
Krista: She's evil in the "you stole my prom queen tiara" kind of way. It works for what it is. I'm curious as to what supernatural being she is if she's really not a witch.
Becca: Well, they just revealed gypsies (or travelers, take your pick) on TVD, so any paranormal creature seems to be game.
Becca: We all know that the biggest romance is the bromance. The show will stay afloat for the Elijah-Klaus dynamic.
You tell him, Elijah!
Krista: BROMANCE! I love those. And I'm totally rooting for more scenes with these two.
Becca: Other pairs that I am guessing on will be: Klaus & Cami (not supporting this), Elijah & Sophie (I approve! But I'm less inclined to believe this will happen), Rebekah & Marcel (nooooo), and that's all I have right now, unless Hayley and Klaus get together again, which will have fans in an uproar, so I don't think the writers would do such a thing. What are your pairs, Krista?
Krista: I do not support Klaus & Cami. I think it might go towards Marcel & Cami (which would be a much better pairing.) I also think it's more likely we will have an Elijah & Hayley rather than Elijah & Sophie. I don't think they'll ever make Hayley and Klaus get together again. She keeps talking about how her one-night-stand was alcohol-fueled so I don't think there's any chemistry there. Plus, fans would riot. Honestly, the romances are going to be a toss up, which makes this show even more interesting.
Becca: Elijah & Hayley *squirms*
Becca: I love the New Orleans sets. And I think they're all pretty and well done. I especially like the house they picked as the Mikaelson base.
Krista: The sets are great! I also love the house. It reminds me a lot of a sunnier Mystic Falls mansion.
Becca: Okay, that ending was CRAZY! I can't spoil anything, but it made Klaus seem like a true villain. And you kind of hate him for what he did. I think it sets up a whole lot of complications in the future, but I'm hoping Klaus' mistake will be resolved very, very soon.
Krista: Klaus sucks. He really is the guy you love-to-hate. The ending is such a twist and will play into all future seasons. It makes me want to binge on all the episodes NOW. But alas I can't, so I'm just running around screaming this...
WHO SHOULD WATCH IT?
Becca: Fans of The Vampire Diaries, Buffy and ESPECIALLY Angel. I think I should note that The Originals really is like Angel to TVD's Buffy. Krista and I never watched Buffy, but we own all five season of Angel. So I think you really can like The Originals without ever watching TVD. The Originals centers around family bonds whereas TVD is about a love triangle.
Krista: Obviously TVD fans. I agree with Becca, Angel and Buffy fans should also tune in. I think if you like the CW shows in general than this one should be your cup of tea.
WILL WE WATCH IT?
Becca: Yes, yes, yes. There is some bias here because I have been a Klaus fan since he entered the show. But if the pilot sucked, I would be less excited and less inclined to give it such a high grade. For having multiple (exciting!) arcs and just great acting and equally brilliant writing, this easily gets an A
Krista: Hell yes! We're huge TVD fans after all. Of course we're biased. I think it was a good backdoor pilot, and I loved that they revamped it in Elijah's POV for the start of the fall. But I'm going to take of some points for Hayley's character and the baby plot. They could have done a little better. A-
Becca: It'll get a second season pick-up. It premiered lower than expected. A 0.9 on Tuesday, it's real time slot. But The Tomorrow People, another new show on the CW which we'll be talking about, premiered with a 0.8 (UPDATE: Just revealed that TTP was adjusted up for a 0.9). But I still think it's safe to say that The Originals will be sticking around.
Krista: This should get a full-season order along with a second season. Even though it premiered low on Tuesday, it's got the fanbase of TVD pulling it in. I don't think the CW will let it go anytime soon.
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
It's time for your voices to be heard! Have you watched the episode? Are you planning on seeing it? Sound off below!