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The Originals Recap (Episode 1. 15)

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.

The Originals Recap (Episode 1.12)

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For the past few episodes, Elijah had decided to ditch the suit and just hang out in cool, casual clothes. He spent much of those episodes lingering in the background, stepping forward only to offer words of wisdom and to restore the cool when things get too heated, like he’s some sort of sexy, undead Gandhi. But mostly he took on an attitude of just not giving all that much of a fuck. Two little kids were poisoned by his brother, only a tiny bit of fucks were given, just enough to protect one of them from getting killed; all of New Orleans is engulfed with supernatural-natural disasters, medium fucks were given just for appearances sake; hot girl he’s been leading on throws himself at his feet and zero fucks were givenI was starting to like this new Elijah, who was just to busy working his special brand of mojo on women everywhere that everything else was just not his division. Cool Elijah had an ability to pull off what Uptight Elijah never did: talk reason without being self-righteous. But now sadly, this week, Elijah’s suit is back and with that returns the stick up his ass and a shit load of fucks. It seems that the suit is the source of all of Elijah’s self righteousness and pompousness, and now that it’s been let out to play, after being stuck in the closet for a few weeks, it’s just bursting with energy. First, he gives Hayley a cop out by telling her that it’s not that he doesn’t want to be with her, it’s that he can’t be with her because he doesn’t want to agitate Klaus. And even in the flashback, the Gilded Age Elijah, was strutting around acting so above it all and looking down his nose at Klaus. When Klaus (rightly) suggested taking care of Papa Tunde, the psychopath, by killing him, or as Klaus puts it “going to war”, Elijah’s all, “War? Violence? Pish Posh! Let’s talk it out like civilized gents!” Right… so says the man who rips people’s hearts right out of their chests without breaking a sweat! But Elijah’s worst moments consisted of him chastising Rebekah for trying to provoke Klaus instead of supporting their crazy ass brother who’d turn on them both in the blink of an eye if he was in the mood. I know all of this was meant to show Elijah’s character as the sensible, noble and mature big brother, but really all it did was show us just how whipped Elijah is by Klaus.

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Dracula Recap (Episode 1x7)

Now with that out of the way, let’s get down to business. After a short holiday break, the show picks up exactly where it left off, with Dracula taking occasional breaks from his full time occupation of Mina stalking, to tend to his side hobby of taking down the Order of the Dragon. Finally, at long last we’re lead to believe we’re going to see the big pay off for the wireless light bulb trick they’ve been talking about since episode one. YAY! I’ve only been waiting half a season for this…  never mind, the whole thing was shut down by a dirty cop inside The Order’s pocket. Ah shucks!

While we come to grips with that major disappointment, let’s take a look at everything else that went down this week. 

Dracula and Van Helsing redefine frenemies, but nothing drove that fact home faster than Dracula blaming Van Helsing for all the problems in his life and threatening to kill him for it…one day.
 

Now that we’ve conquered the daylight problem, the writer’s are scrambling to find a new way to remind us that this is, after all, a TV show about a vampire and not just a show about a pretty boy, billionaire stalker, a la Christian Grey of the Victorian age. They figured the best way to do that was to draw attention to the fact that Dracula needs to feed on human blood to function. Since the pilot episode we’ve seen more bouts of Dracula crying than him feeding, but hey, I’m here for the vampires so if they want me to start caring about our boy’s blood lust all of the sudden, I’m game! 

We find out for the first time that Dracula doesn’t actually enjoy being a vampire, he’d rather be normal. Encouraged by his new ability to stroll around in the daylight, he spends most of this episode acting like a druggie going cold turkey in the first week of January, because they gave up drugs for their New Years resolution. At first he insists that he’s fine, brushing off Van Helsing telling him that he has to feed, then he starts to have the shakes, hallucinates, feels dizzy, and spends the later half of the episode grumpy as hell, which all leads up to the big climax where he just goes bat shit crazy and starts gorging on the police officer who shut down his big electric spectacle!

Did anyone see the promo for next week? It looks like Dracula’s going to spiral downwards into blood lusting madness! I was just about to get all excited about that…but then I reminded myself of the legendary cop out two episodes back and that the promo lies.

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Matt Smith’s Final Words as ‘The Doctor’

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Matt Smith’s Final Words as ‘The Doctor’

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"Take mine. Take my memories. But I hope you’re got a big a big appetite. Because I’ve lived a long life. And I’ve seen a few things. I walked away from the last great Time War. I marked the passing of the Time Lords. I saw the birth of the universe and watched as time ran out, moment by moment, until nothing remained. No time, no space. Just me! I walked in universes where the laws of physics were devised by the mind of a madman! And I watched universes freeze and creation burn! I have seen things you wouldn’t believe! I have lost things you will never understand! And I know things, secrets that must never be told, knowledge that must never be spoken! Knowledge that will make parasite gods blaze! So come on then! Take it! Take it all, baby! Have it! You have it all!" - the Doctor

Matt Smith Study Guide

Today is the day: The Christmas Special, The Time of the Doctor, and the feels are mounting. As we say farewell to the Eleventh incarnation of the Doctor, we find ourselves reflecting on, or more accurately, obsessing about Matt Smith’s tremendous tenure. Join us as character grade.com’s Evaline Horng and Rachel Monser honor Matt Smith by collaborating on the ultimate Matt Smith Study Guide.

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