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The Originals' Pilot Episode Reiterates That Family Is "Always and Forever"

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10/04/2013 1:00 am
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The Originals' Pilot Episode Reiterates That Family Is

Adele Fredeluces

Staff Writer

The wait is over for fans of The Vampire Diaries and the dysfunctional Original family. The Originals is set to air Tuesday nights, but tonight it aired its premiere episode and viewers got a glimpse at what family means to Elijah (Daniel Gillies) and Klaus (Joseph Morgan). In season 4 of The Vampire Diaries, episode 20 (“The Originals”) served as the pilot episode for the spinoff. However, “Always and Forever” went a little deeper into New Orleans and the baby drama following our favorite hybrid, Klaus. The episode begins with a voiceover from Elijah, the eldest brother of the Mikaelson clan. He talks of family being bound together and it becomes a central point throughout the whole episode, “That bond could be our greatest strength or deepest regret,” he asserts. A flashback shows Elijah, Rebekah (Claire Holt) and Klaus arriving in New Orleans. They know nothing of the place, but they don’t hesitate to claim the territory. Klaus, of course, is portrayed as the monster quenching his hunger with the men who discover the Mikaelson family. Fast forward to the present and we find Elijah chatting it up with a local bartender on a search to find a witch by the name Jane-Ann Deveraux. On The Vampire Diaries it was revealed that this witch was conspiring against Klaus, the Original hybrid, at least according to Katherine Pierce. Elijah finds Jane-Ann, however, she isn’t alive to give him any details. Elijah is taken to the place where Jane-Ann was killed learning that Klaus had nothing to do with it, but that Marcel (Charles Michael Davis), a former vampire acquaintance, did. We learn that it’s Marcel’s town and his rules and there is absolutely no practicing magic. Sophie (Daniella Pineda), Jane-Ann’s younger sister, wants a proper burial for her sister, but Marcel isn’t having any of it. Elijah saves Sophie from some of Marcel’s killer vampires and she reveals what her sister found out about Klaus. Sophie reveals to Elijah that Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin), the werewolf that Klaus had a one night stand with, is pregnant. He’s in disbelief but after he sees Hayley, the look on Elijah’s face is a look of hope – hope for a true family. Elijah asks to speak to Hayley alone and shows her the life his family led and how they became the Original family. The flashback shows their father and his disgust with Klaus. Klaus pleads for help from his half-brother and Elijah has a look of regret. “Your dad was a dick,” Hayley responds. According to Sophie, Klaus is the key to running Marcel out of town and Elijah believes that this baby Hayley is carrying could be the key to Klaus changing and saving himself. But Klaus doesn’t want to believe it. Sophie threatens to kill Hayley and the baby thinking it would change Klaus’ mind. Elijah commands Klaus to listen and he hears the heartbeat of the baby. For a second there’s a look of vulnerability and sincerity on his face, but he leaves in a huff, “Kill her and the baby.” The elder brother goes off to change his younger brother’s mind claiming that this is a chance for them to be a family. Family is power and Elijah wants to see his brother’s humanity once again. “We remain together always and forever,” and just when you thought Klaus was going to cave in, he simply responds with a “no”. The spell that Jane-Ann performed before her untimely death connected Sophie and Hayley meaning that if Sophie dies, Hayley does as well. Elijah will do everything in his power to save Hayley. Family is everything. We learn more about the relationship between Marcel and Klaus. Marcel learned everything from Klaus and claimed what Klaus left behind. He is the self-proclaimed “King of the Quarter” - You break his rules, you die. But he forgets that Klaus is immortal and the struggle for power is real. Elijah finds Marcel to do some bargaining: Klaus’ blood to cure Marcel’s fallen vampire for the body of Jane-Ann. He uses this to keep Hayley and the child alive and as a way to show the witches they can trust him to get Klaus on their side. Clearly Elijah wants this baby to live. And he’s clearly pissed off at Klaus as well. He even goes as far as beating Klaus to remind him of his humanity. The difference between the two brothers is that one cares too much and the other cares too little. Elijah brings up the past and we learn that he regretted not sticking up for Klaus against their father. He made a promise, “Always and forever. Family above all.” And that is the Mikaelson motto. Klaus finally admits what he wants. He wants to take back New Orleans. He also wants what Marcel has: “power, loyalty, family.” He wants to be King. While that’s what the child may be for him, Elijah thinks it could give him the unconditional love of family. And the deal is set in motion. The relationship between Hayley and Elijah is getting to me. The two seem to easily open up to each other and Elijah vows to always protect her. If there’s one thing we’ve learned in the past, Elijah always keeps his word. And as the end of the episode nears, we find out how Marcel knows about the witches using magic. It is revealed that Marcel has Davina Claire (Danielle Campbell), a strong, young witch, at his side. I’m sure we’ll learn more about her and why she is helping Marcel. The ending scene shows the Mikaelson brothers together again talking about their sister Rebekah and the plan to take down Marcel. Elijah brings up the family vow once again and in a shocking ending, Klaus decides to dagger his older brother once again. “Family makes you weak…and if I’m going to win this war, I have to do it alone.” Klaus is “always and forever” daggering his siblings. And there you have it – a better understanding at why the Original family decided to go back to New Orleans. See you next Tuesday for the next episode of The Originals!


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