Friday, December 18, 2020

Netflix Picks: The Originals

 Always and Forever.

Back in the day, I was a fan of the TV series The Originals, which is a spin-off of The Vampire Diaries. The Mikaelson Family was introduced in the show as the first family of vampires, the original vampires from whom all vampires were sired. The actors who played the Mikaelsons were such a hit that they were given their own spin-off show, which lasted for five seasons.

While I did watch The Vampire Diaries from time to time, it was only when the originals were introduced that I became interested in the show, which was why I was excited when the spin-off was made. Sadly, while the show did last for five seasons, the show that was launched as a result of this one, Legacies, was not as good as I expected it to be.

The Original Vampires are composed of Klaus, Elijah, Kol, Rebekah, and Finn. For the series, the stories mostly centered on Klaus and Elijah, while the other siblings made appearances in the show sporadically, along with a non-vampire sister named Freya.

I thought that it was interesting that although some of the “originals” were not interested in committing to the show full-time, they were still able to make it work in a way that made sense. Even if some of the actors were not there all the time there were still logical explanations as to where they were or what they were doing.

I loved the show, but one of the things that disappointed me so much about it was that the producers decided to give Klaus Mikaelson a new love interest. He had one in The Vampire Diaries (Caroline, played by Candice King) and I really thought that she was the perfect one for him. Even if he did fall for someone else on the show, the chemistry he had with Caroline was still better and I could not help but think of that every time Klaus’ love life was featured on the show.

There is a lot of blood and gore involved with the show, being that the Mikaelsons are the oldest and strongest vampires. They are also known for being ruthless, although most of the time it is to defend their family because they had all promised long ago that their family was “always and forever.”

As insane as their methods are, I think that the family dynamic the Mikaelsons have is the same as any other family: a family may mess around with each other, fight all the time, but when it comes down to it, for most (I know, I know, not all) families everyone is there for each other and they will have each other’s back. At the end of the day, the family forgives each other and loves each other no matter what. And this is not just about the family you are born with, but the people who you bring into your life that you consider your family, which is what happened with Marcel (Klaus’ adopted son) and Hayley (the mother of Klaus’ daughter).

I have been rewatching the series on Netflix, starting from the first season. I am now about to start season 5, but I have been holding off since this is the last one and I am not ready to say goodbye (again) to the Mikaelsons. The end of the fourth season had them all going their separate ways for good due to a commitment to keep Klaus’ daughter Hope safe, and it was heartbreaking to see them say goodbye to each other when they have been together through good and bad for thousands of years. I cannot imagine having to say goodbye to my family that way: knowing where they are and that you can see them, but you cannot get close to them ever again. I am trying to prolong the inevitable by not watching the last season just yet, but I will eventually.

Have you seen this show? If you like stories on vampires (of the non-sparkly variety) and supernatural creatures (who are not afraid to literally rip your heart out), you may want to check this out on Netflix!


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