Okay. So by now the more loyal of browsers through my articles may have picked up the teeny tiny hint that I’m a massive Originals fan. Just a little. And that I’ve not mourned enough to bring myself to write about the show ending just yet. So, of course, the natural thing to do would be to start watching the spin off series, Legacies, right? See what Klaus’ daughter Hope gets up to, because, after all, she was a big focal point of Originals too. So while I lost the brothers, there was a promise of still feeling that same bewitching bloody magic.
Except, I’m left not knowing what to really think.
The base is all there, surely they couldn’t go too wrong. Hope Mikaelson is there with all her tribrid magic, a one of kind with her genes part witch, part werewolf, part vampire. Alaric Saltzman has gone from Vampire Diaries to The Originals and now is still head of The Salvatore School for the Young and Gifted, a haven for all kids with supernatural powers. So, good base. Good storyline.
The one thing I have found that is nice is that you don’t have to have ever watched Vampire Diaries or The Originals to be able to start watching and know what is going on.
So why was I already sitting going WTF while watching the first episode? But I’m fair, so I watched another. And another. And now I’m like quite a few in and I’m finding myself saying WTF more and more often.
Look, I love fantasy and myths and gore and all things supernatural, but it’s starting to feel like there’s some sort of competition to see how many monsters you can fit into one show. The story feels lost because the kids are fighting one hideous looking gargoyle after dragon after dryad. And I haven’t even mentioned the monster spider that turns your soul into liquid. I feel exhausted.
What’s strange for me is this is created by Julie Plec, who was also Executive Producer on both Vampire Diaries and The Originals, so you’d think she’d know just how to keep the series smooth and appealing. And yes, I have considered that perhaps this series is aimed at a different market. A teen boarding school seems that it will be attractive to teenagers and tweens, and perhaps they enjoy the constant barrage of bizarre monsters, but for me it’s more than that. The special effects that come along with them feel fake and lacking. It feels like a cheap show that couldn’t afford to spend where it was really needed. Gimme the CGI rather.
The one thing I have found that is nice is that you don’t have to have ever watched Vampire Diaries or The Originals to be able to start watching and know what is going on. With the series starting a couple year after Hope loses her family, it’s an easy transition to know what
The show feels lighter, less drama, despite the monsters and supernatural. I think its also something I loved about The Originals. I enjoyed the heaviness to the story. Another consideration I had was perhaps there’s a lack of real focus in this series. Vampire Diaries was about a love triangle, The Originals was about a family, but with this show, while Hope is the main star, there doesn’t seem to be a real focus on anyone or anything in particular, just a school filled with misfits, all their stories fitting together somehow.
Either way, I miss Mystic Falls the way it was.
Dassie brings her own take on the entertainment world be it her fangirling over The Originals or Vikings or complaining about waiting for the next season of Vikings, or about The Originals ending. Did I mention she likes The Originals? And Vikings? She’s also a fan of drama series like The Last Ship, Shameless and classics like The Office and Seinfeld. To say she has a diverse taste would be an understatement making her a perfect fit for GudShiz.