'The Vampire Diaries' Recap: Will You Watch 'The Originals' Spinoff?
"The Originals," a backdoor pilot of "The Vampire Diaries," introduced an intriguing New Orleans setting, a charming and dangerous new character, and a pregnancy twist.
Fans and critics gave the series a thumbs-up, and The CW responded by picking it up for the fall.
"The Originals has a lot of promise," TV Line proclaims. Entertainment Weekly loves the new character, Marcel. "Charles Michael Davis totally held his own. He had an energy that filled the screen. I want to see more of him." Liane Bonin Starr of HitFix writes, "This mash-up of new and interesting with oldies-but-goodies sounds like a gumbo worthy of my time."
Just watched last nights Vampire Diaries, I really hope that The Originals gets picked up. I loved it :)— Fix A Heart(@Lovatic_Love114) April 26, 2013
"The Originals" starts out in Mystic Falls, with Elena locked up and desiccating in the Salvatore cell. Damon and Stefan are shocked when Katherine shows up, because she's been running from Klaus for hundreds of years. "Klaus is gone," she says with a shrug. He's left to track down the witch, Jane-Anne, that she warned him about.
In NOLA, Hayley is still searching for information about her family. She meets Jane-Anne, who gives her a map to a remote part of the bayou. As she leaves, Jane-Anne steals a lock of Hayley's hair. Jane-Anne's sister, Sophie, is really worried about what she's planning -- some kind of spell that involves the werewolf. In the bayou, the spell knocks Hayley out cold.
Klaus arrives in the Big Easy and presents himself to Marcel, his fun-loving, charming protégé. Even though Klaus built this town, his father ran him out of it over a hundred years ago. And now Marcel rules it with an iron fist in a velvet glove. He's persuaded the humans to look the other way, chased away the werewolves, and locked down the witches with some kind of secret "thing."
When Klaus reveals why he's back in the city -- to look for Jane-Anne -- Marcel has his minions drag the witch out into the street and holds a showy public "trial." She broke his rules not to do magic -- and she pays the price with her life. Even Klaus looks disturbed by Marcel's murderous pageantry -- and this is superevil Klaus we're talking about!
Still, Klaus really wants to know what Jane-Anne was up to, so he goes looking for her sister, Sophie. She won't talk to him, though, because he's been tailed by two of Marcel's minions. This pisses off Klaus, who warns them not to follow him anymore. When Sophie heads to the basement, the minions come after her, but she's saved by Elijah (swoon!). He asks her what her family wants from his.
Klaus storms into one of Marcel's parties (when isn't he having a good time?) and asks for an explanation. Marcel placates him and mentions that he has something that controls the witches. Or maybe he doesn't -- maybe he's bluffing. They spy a blond bartender walking alone, and Marcel jumps away to flirt with her.