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The Originals: The Complete First Season

Score: 93%
Rating: Not Rated
Publisher: Warner Brothers Home
                  Entertainment

Region: 1
Media: Blu-ray/9
Running Time: 929 Mins.
Genre: Horror/Drama/TV Series
Audio: DTS-HD MA: English 5.1, Dolby
           Digital: French 2.0 & Spanish
           2.0

Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish

Features:

  • Pilot Commentary with Creator Julie Plec and Director Chris Grismer
  • 2013 Comic-Con Panel
  • The Originals: Origins
  • The Original Vampires: A Bite-Sized Backstory
  • The Originals: Re-Mixing History
  • The Originals Panel at PaleyFest 2014
  • Deleted Scenes

The Originals: The Complete First Season is a spin-off of The Vampire Diaries taking the amazing characters of the original vampire family and giving them their own series. Rebekah (Claire Holt), Elijah (Daniel Gillies), and of course the half-brother Klaus (Joseph Morgan) are three of the original vampires. Unbeknownst to all, Klaus was a werewolf who had just never activated the curse before he was turned into a vampire, making him the original hybrid and forever hated by his father Mikael (Sebastian Roche) since it was then obvious that Klaus was not his biological son. The show starts with the arrival of the family in New Orleans 300 years ago and Klaus makes sure that it is a bloody one. Then we go forward to present day. If you watched The Vampire Diaries: Season Four, then you will be glad to finally get the rest of the story as to what happened with Klaus and Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) in New Orleans. They went over some of it in there, but not the whole story. Marcel (Charles Michael Davis) is in charge of New Orleans. He has his thumb on everything and has ruled that the witches cannot practice magic in the Quarter and must do what he says. Klaus has been lured back to town with the rumor of Hayley being pregnant with his child, which of course cannot be possible since werewolves canít sire children, but when youíre talking about Klaus, the original hybrid, anything is possible. Elijah, the ever calm and practical Original, realizes this is happening and is determined to save his brother. Klaus, of course, has his own thoughts on the matter.

Jane Anne, the witch that lured Klaus back, is dead and Sophie (Daniella Pineda) is her living sister. Sophie is a very determined and serious young woman. Sheís so determined that she dares to threaten Klaus and Elijah both. Everything is very complicated, even from the beginning. Youíve got vampires, werewolves, witches, and humans all vying for control of the French Quarter. With the originals back, now there are two factions of vampires and there have always been several factions of werewolves. As of now, the werewolves have been exiled to the bayou and the witches and humans have been under Marcelís rule. Things are going to change quite quickly since Klaus wants control back and Marcel is not going to give the power up. Apparently, there is a lot more history between Klaus and Marcel than we previously knew and more past between Rebekah and Marcel, which just further complicates things.

Davina (Danielle Campbell), a young teen, is the most powerful witch Iíve seen yet. She can do pretty much anything, but it comes with a price. Cami (Leah Pipes) is our "good human" in the show. Sheís like the Matt (Zach Roerig) character from The Vampire Diaries. Cami knew nothing about this supernatural world, but sheís got a lot longer history with it than she realizes. Cami is the niece of Father Kieran (Todd Stashwick), the leader of the human faction in the loosely connected treaty of vampires, witches, and humans. Marcel is the leader of the vampires. The witches are led by their elders. When you throw Klaus and Elijah into this mix, there are going to be many, many problems.

Klaus is, by far, the most devious creature I have seen yet, even worse than Katherine (Nina Dobrev). Man, I love him! If heíd just learn a little bit of patience and tact, he would be completely unstoppable! Of course, Elijah is even better than Klaus. Heís got such a calm, cool demeanor, but when he decides to kill, it is without mercy. He is close to replacing Damon Salvatore (Ian Somerhalder) as my favorite vampire, close but not quite. Klaus and Rebekah working together are quite fun too. I feel bad for Rebekah. No one really gets her or understands her. She is continually used because she canít control that craving for someone to love her unconditionally. She craves someone that will choose her first, over anyone or anything else. I guess that makes her and Klaus very much alike, but they handle it differently. This is an extremely dysfunctional family, one that definitely does not need a child added to the mix, but I love them. I still think Klaus and Caroline (Candice Accola) would be the perfect couple. Maybe after The Vampire Diaries are over, we will see her in New Orleans. I do like that even though it is set in New Orleans, they did not try and go overboard on all the accents. Living right next to New Orleans, it really pains me to hear the shows that try and imitate the accents. However, watching Rebekah boil crawfish on the stove in a small pot made me laugh. That is not how you do crawfish!

My only problem with The Originals is that Elijah is the only one that seems to have a concept of loyalty. It seems like witches, vampires, werewolves, and humans alike are all changing who they support weekly. They need at least a few more people who understand loyalty. Granted, when youíre a hybrid or carrying a hybrid child, it is difficult to choose a side. I like the fact that the drama of the show centers more on family than anything, but I think Marcel, Klaus, Rebekah, and quite a few more need to learn how to be good family. I am hoping on Season Two that we will see the original family, including Marcel and Hayley, truly bond and stop plotting against each other. There are plenty more people to hate and if they would stop the in-fighting, they could truly rule the world.

The Originals: The Complete First Season comes with the Blu-ray, DVD, and Ultra-violet versions of the show. This is helpful if you donít have a Blu-ray player handy, but I highly recommend the Blu-ray if possible. The visual difference is beyond compare. Considering this takes place in New Orleans, you will get a lot of jazz music, which means the audio sounds better on the Blu-ray as well. The featurettes available are quite good. If you want a quick update on the whole familyís backstory, watch "A Bite-Sized Backstory." All of the featurettes are quite informative and fun and Iíd recommend watching them all. If you like The Vampire Diaries, then you will love The Originals. Even if youíre never seen The Vampire Diaries, you should still watch The Originals. It stands completely alone as its own show and you donít need to know any history other than what they show you in The Originals. I highly recommend that you pick up The Originals: The Complete First Season today!



-Cyn, GameVortex Communications
AKA Sara Earl

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