One of my favorite things about The Originals is that we are dealing with supernatural creatures who can live forever, who can die and come back to life, and who survive on human blood. They have super-human abilities. And because of that, every bit of drama is heightened, made less realistic just by its very nature. And yet, everything these creatures do is motivated from an utterly human emotion, whether that be love, loyalty, hatred, revenge. In fact, because these creatures feel more powerfully than regular humans, them being supernatural somehow grounds the show even deeper in that sense of humanity. It shouldn’t make sense, but it does. And it’s what makes this drama so impactful.
Act One: If You Wanna Be My Lover
We kick off the hour with Lucien offering Aurora a new chapter in life. If she takes the serum, she too will become lethal to the Mikaelson family. All she has to do is join Lucien and she will get his “undying love and all the revenge you could desire.” Her one condition? Lucien has to find a way to free Tristan. Lucien agrees. He will either retrieve Tristan or kill Elijah — which would kill Tristan and free him from his suffering — by end of day.
Of course that’s assuming that Freya doesn’t figure out how to kill Lucien first. She’s working on a sigil back at the compound when we get our Elijah Moment of the Week. With one line about Lucien, this man wins my heart. As he puts it, “How do we demolish that rodent?”
Sadly, Freya doesn’t have an answer just yet, and with the ancestors going after Kol, Davina takes her man out on a date to the Saint James infirmary. The city’s in the middle of a music festival and considering that no magic will work at Saint James, Davina thinks it’s the perfect chance for them to get away. Only, it’s not going to be as romantic when she lets Vincent interrogate her boyfriend. But hey, he’s trying to help with the whole ancestor situation.
Elsewhere, Klaus goes and checks in on Cami, who has put the lease to her apartment in her neighbor’s name and promises not to invite anyone in, Klaus included. Cami offers her condolences for losing Finn before Klaus heads outside and gets a taste of just how powerful Lucien, the Super Original, really is. When Klaus tries to use Papa Tunde’s knife on Lucien, Lucien breaks Klaus’ wrist and puts the blade in Klaus’ chest. It seems Klaus is going to serve as bait so that Lucien can get his hands on Elijah.
Cami, having witnessed the entire thing, heads straight to the compound when Elijah gets a message to meet Lucien … alone. Hayley tries to stop him — after all, they just put the house in Freya’s name to make sure no one could get to them — but Elijah has to save his brother. Understanding, Hayley simply asks that Elijah be careful.
Back at Lucien’s penthouse, Klaus is chained up with the help of some Egyptian woodwork that nothing supernatural can escape. (See, Lucien really has been planning this for centuries.) Lucien then leaves Aurora alone with Klaus as he heads off to meet Elijah, but not before he dances with her? I’m not sure what just happened, but I loved it.
Act Two: Mind Games
Alone with Aurora, Klaus does his best to get inside her head and convince her that he didn’t kill her because he “still had hopes” for their relationship. As he so elegantly puts it, “We are flames in the darkness of each other’s worlds. We burn brighter together than we ever did alone.” He offers to forgive her if she’ll extend the same courtesy back to him. But she sees through his failed seduction.
As for what she thinks of Lucien, he’s nothing more than a “means to an end” to her. Why not let him save her brother, right? And with that, Aurora downs the serum.
So while Elijah and Lucien discuss exchanging one brother for another — Tristan for Klaus — Aurora contemplates just how she should die. After all, dying is the last step in activating the Super Original serum. But when Klaus informs her that becoming his better will only enhance her misery — she’s never been able to escape her madness — he starts to get to her. He tells her, “I may die by day’s end, but you will live forever — unloved, pathetic.” She’ll be “unable to end despair.”
Sick of listening to him talk, she stakes him in the throat. Thankfully, Cami and Hayley are right outside planning their rescue mission.
NEXT: Fight Club
As for Elijah, he calls Lucien “an errand boy to that banshee,” which is one of my favorite lines of the night, before he tells Lucien that he has no idea where Tristan is. But when Lucien starts a fight, it’s Freya who once again saves the day. Trapping Lucien with her sigil, she brings in a large number of Strix members. Yeah, she brought back-up.
Act Three: Friday Night’s Alright For Fighting
Just as Aurora’s about to kill herself and then Klaus in a suicide-murder that would really confuse Shakespeare, Cami and Hayley show up. But when Hayley has her hand on Aurora’s heart, Klaus stops her. Killing Aurora will only make her into a Super Original. And in Hayley’s brief hesitation, Aurora snaps her neck.
So which woman should Aurora kill first? Klaus’ baby mama … or the “woman of your dreams?” Aurora chooses Cami, forcing her inside Lucien’s apartment — which she hasn’t been invited into. Thankfully, Cami fights back in just enough time for Hayley to wake up. Together, they tranquilize Aurora.
As for Lucien, he listens to Elijah’s plan to turn him into a parking lot just long enough for the ancestors to step in and overrule Freya’s magic. One epic fight later, and it’s clear that the Mikaelsons aren’t going to win this one. With that, Elijah throws Lucien across the room and grabs Freya and runs.
But when Lucien returns home to find an empty apartment, he watches his surveillance footage, only to see the clip of Aurora calling him a means to an end — which Klaus smirks into the camera just after. Once again feeling rejected, heartbroken, and vengeful, Lucien heads to Cami’s apartment. Cami’s mistake? Putting the apartment in her neighbor’s name … because Lucien simply kills her neighbor. Then he bites Cami.
Speaking of Cami, with everyone back at the compound, Freya heads off to use Aurora to see if she can find a way to kill a Super Original. Hayley, meanwhile, gives Klaus a speech about how Cami might say she wants to be left alone, but that doesn’t stop how she feels. (And clearly, Hayley’s delivering the same message to Elijah.)
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As for Kol, his date night with Davina is ruined when the ancestors start breaking through the Saint James magic boundary. Davina and Vincent are able to stop the magic momentarily, but Marcel convinces Kol that if he wants to do what’s right by Davina, he has to leave town. And to his credit, Kol tries. But the moment he gets past the New Orleans city limit, his hunger disappears … but he starts desiccating. These witches really thought of everything.
Another witchy twist? Apparently becoming regent is super simple, because the ancestors just took the title from Vincent and gave it to Van Nguyen. (Seriously, this job has some serious turnover.)
What did you all think of the episode? Is Cami going to be okay?! Hit the comments with your thoughts or find me on Twitter @samhighfill. And check out Julie Plec’s blog to go behind-the-scenes of those fight scenes.