You know an episode of The Originals was a good one when I actually enjoyed the flashback portion of it as much as I enjoyed the main plot, and this week, I did! Amongst the family angst, the 1920’s wardrobe, and the return of the Villain of Awesomeness Mikael, do you know what my favorite parts of the episode was? Cami and Hayley! Just kidding — Cami and Hayley is nobody’s favorite part. Ever.
With everything else that was going on with the Mikaelson family both in the past and the present being far more dramatic and interesting, Hayley’s never ending cursed wolf family plotline (snore…) and Cami and her special Klaus Whisperer ability really just felt like a bunch of meaningless fluff. So enough about them, let’s get to the good stuff, starting with our honorary guest of the week Mikael!
When it comes to writing villains, Julie Plec and Co. are not the ones to go to for advice on how to craft good ones. Let’s be real… on both The Vampire Diaries and The Originals more than half of the villains they’ve ever written turn out to be better suited for runway modeling than plotting evil world domination. They almost always start out with a big introduction: Super evil! Hard to kill! Blood thirsty! Scary! And then you meet them and turns out they’re just a big, loveable, misunderstood package of angst and broodiness, packed with a tragic past and wrapped in a really hot body. Next thing you know, you’re in love with the big bad guy, Julie Plec is in love with the big bad guy. Suddenly, our heroes are knocking back bourbon on a bar stool with the big guys, and having hot tumbles with them in bed, (some of these former villains even get spin offs) and suddenly we’ve all forgotten how we could have misunderstood this beautiful, tortured soul to be evil in the first place.
But then, occasionally, magic happens, and Julie Plec, by some odd kink in the matrix manages to knock out a good villain like Papa Tunde and now, Mikael. You’re probably never going to see him shirtless, because he’s too busy wrecking havoc on peace and sanctity to work on a six pack; Romantic plotline? Pish Posh, he doesn’t have time for that shit. His wife cheated on him and he sent her packing right before he road off to pillage a village! Oh, what’s that? You want to grab a drink with the man and talk about how black your soul is because of that one time, 1000 years ago when the love of your life had her heart ripped out right before your eyes and now you’re stuck in a love square with her reincarnated soul and your brother? Can’t, because he’s too busy burning down a whole city! This man is awesome and completely unhinged and he’s just the sort of villain this show needs to deliver the sinister vibe it’s been missing since day one.