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The Originals season premiere recap: 'Rebirth'

After months of grief, the Originals strike back against Francesca, and more of Esther’s plan is revealed.

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The Originals

TV Show
Current Status:
In Season
run date:
Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gillies, Claire Holt
The CW
Drama, Fantasy

After a thousand years on this magical earth, the Originals have learned a lot. They know how to create an appearance; they know how to survive; and they know how to keep things interesting. And thankfully, they also know what it takes to entertain (and we’re not just talking about dinner parties).

The Originals, after only a year in TV world, has taken on some of those qualities as well: For starters, its characters are always well-groomed. (And even when they’re not, they’re still freakishly attractive.) Then comes the dialogue: Viewers will never get sick of listening to the Shakespearean banter of the vengeful family. And finally, they have perfected the twist. After so many years of trying to keep themselves occupied, the Originals get bored easily, which is how they keep viewers on their toes. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that their list of enemies is endless and also immortal.

It feels good to be back, doesn’t it? After a season 1 finale filled with everything a viewer could want, season 2 kicked off with a solid hour of drama, twists, and as always, some emotional turmoil.

Act One: Gothic Fairytale

Once upon a time, there was a majestic king and his noble brother, both of whom lived in a colorful kingdom in an enchanted land full of demons, a powerful sorceress, and so on. At least, that’s the story that Rebekah—Rebekah!—is telling baby Hope when we pick up. Succinctly summing up the first season in a few sentences, Rebekah talks of the time that the kingdom fell, after which, the castle closed its doors. And within those closed castle doors is where we find Elijah, placing a supportive hand on his brother’s back. The king and his brother have one goal: To heal their kingdom and bring the princess home for her happily ever after.

And the first part of that goal seems to involve the historical preservation society, which Elijah has joined—because that man knows how to preserve some history (in the form of his own gorgeous face). Basically, with Klaus trapped at home being drained by the moonlight rings every full moon, Elijah now gets his kicks by dressing in gorgeous suits and denying Francesca’s requests to demolish perfectly weaponizable buildings.

As for Klaus, he gets his kicks painting. Well, he would if only he could find the right shade of red. You know, the one that he’d create with his enemies’ blood? And no, it’s not the same as Venetian red with a dash of rust. Good try though, Elijah. The good news, however, is that Elijah has located the last of the 12 rings that drain Klaus’ power. Now if only they could figure out where the White Oak stake is hiding, they could make a move.

Elsewhere, Hayley prefers to deal with her grief alone by going for a nice jog as a wolf and/or visiting the super depressing site of the wolves’ former home in the bayou, which has been vacated now that the wolves own the French Quarter. Or more specifically, Francesca owns the Quarter. Running things out of her home, the new queen wolf is losing her mind over the fact that Klaus hasn’t made a move yet. As Marcel puts it, “if anyone can mourn and murder at the same time, it’s him.”

But Cassie/Esther and Vincent/Finn know the real deal. In fact, they’re impressed by their family’s strategy, and they’ve only seen phase one. After Cami pays a visit to the compound and recommends the assistance of her friend-with-benefit Marcel, Klaus kicks off phase two with a visit to his one-time protege, who’s having trouble finding enough “warriors” to rebuild his vampire army. However, all that’s put aside when Klaus shows up, bringing memories of the good ole days. Marcel explains how he got rid of the wolves the last time: a four-day battle alongside people like Joe, a new character we meet at the record store when high school student Davina saves him from Oliver and company. Joe agrees to help Klaus and Marcel take down the wolves again, and once Klaus realizes that the wolves would’ve attacked already if they had the stake, he sets a plan in motion.

NEXT: The truth about Kaleb