Review: ‘The Originals’ Season Five So Far
With the Mikaelsons going their separate ways at the end of season four to save Hope and the knowledge that there would be a significant time jump, I wasn’t sure what to expect from the last season of The Originals. Here’s my review of the storyline so far leading into this week’s new episode and the new characters we’ve met. Spoilers ahead if you haven’t seen up to episode 8, “The Kindness of Strangers” and the conclusion of TVD.
What I’m Feeling
Years apart and Klaus’ choice to cut contact while rumors of his violence spread have created so much emotional tension between Hope and Klaus. Danielle and Joseph have done such a great job relaying that emotion even in scenes where they’re not in the same room. Danielle was a great choice to play Hope and the writers have succeeded in making her a good mix of that Mikaelson fire with a sprinkle of Hayley’s heart and determination while still giving her a unique personality.
I’ve also been loving the bonding between Freya and Hope. As the only remaining witches in the family, with Hayley’s loss, and Rebekah forced to keep her distance, Freya’s relationship with her niece is probably one of the most important this season. While I didn’t love their plan for Hope to take on the Darkness and risk the city, I did love them practicing magic together.
One of the new characters that I’ve enjoyed is Ivy. I wasn’t sure how to feel about her until last week when she helped Klaus see Hope and comforted him when Hope wanted him to go away (again). She wasn’t nasty towards him, only telling him the truth and doing her best to save her city. Hopefully, she survives.
What I’m Not Feeling
I think Elijah is stronger than he’s been portrayed this season. I don’t mean that to say he can’t cry and be upset. I mean that the choice to remove his memories in order for him to stay away from Klaus pushed it. I think when it really came down to it, he would have been able to stay away for the good of Hope and the world, especially considering how he felt for Hayley. He’d want no harm to come to her or Hope.
Without his memories, he’s caused his family and himself an unforgettable amount of pain and I don’t see how he can realistically recover from this storyline by series’ end. My only hope is that they don’t pull a Stefan and have him try to atone for it by sacrificing himself.
As for Elijah’s love life, he’s a suave man and Antoinette has a similar air about her. In a perfect world, she’d be perfect for him. I’m not a fan of their pairing. In my opinion, they’re missing spark. I think Jaime Murray is a decent actress, but the writers haven’t given her character a memorable personality. I wasn’t even a huge Haylijah fan so maybe I have high expectations for whoever Elijah is paired with.
As for other new characters, I wasn’t a fan of Greta or at least not the way she was introduced. It made it clear that she was going to be a problem and made her involvement in Hayley’s kidnapping predictable. I would have preferred if she was played as friendly before the reveal. Side note on Hayley: I would have liked more scenes of Hope and Hayley together before she died.
What I’m On The Fence About
Rebekah and Marcel’s back and forth has gotten a bit tiring. It’s almost to the point where I won’t really care if they get together or not. I’m also not sure how to feel about Declan. I’ve been a fan of Torrance Coombs since Reign and Still-Star Crossed and was excited to see him join the cast. Thus far, we haven’t seen him a lot. Having him suddenly be Cami’s cousin felt like a last minute add-on to make him more interesting.
Overall, I’d give The Originals season five a 7 out of 10 so far. Great performances, but some of the new characters are missing that spark and the plot feels like it’s meant for a longer season than what we’re getting. Also, that spoiler about Hayley’s death before the season even premiered put a damper on things. I cried my eyes out, but it would have impacted me more if I hadn’t known it was coming.
What’s your take on this season of The Originals?
The Originals airs Wednesdays at 8 PM on CW
Kira McCall covers entertainment for MFST. She’s a freelance writer and alum of Towson University where she studied advertising, public relations, and creative writing. Follow her on Twitter at cocovanilla45 (GirlsofManyFandoms) and kiramira_.
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