1:03 am - 03/13/2014

The Originals "Farewell to Storyville" Review: Damaged Ends

Literally do not tell me who to root for on a TV series. I don't care if you are a superfan just doing your thing or a showrunner whose JOB it is to make me feel certain ways; when it comes to the character I will become most invested in, that is MY decision and my decision only. Personally I always like the funny, strong-willed female character and that's just how it's always been. Rayanne on My So-Called Life; Pam on True Blood; Faith on Buffy; Faye on The Secret Circle; Katherine on The Vampire Diaries; Rebekah on The Originals. (Please note that I am not trying to start a debate about the merits of these characters, I am just BARING MY SOUL to you.) But everybody is different! Maybe you tend to root for the sarcastic, witty males or, I don't know, muscular transgender shark people. But I think we ALL have a specific type we're most likely to become invested in, and from the writers' standpoint there's really no way to tell which member of an ensemble will click with individual viewers except maybe ALL OF THEM in some way to somebody. That's why the best TV shows provide a spectrum of heroes. Because options! But seriously, don't tell me who to root for, that is just too personal.

So, uh, I kind of don't know if this is worth mentioning or not, but here goes: I've been aware that this was coming for a while now. I'm by no means an "insider," but living in Los Angeles and surrounding myself with people who work in and around and about the entertainment industry means you hear things about productions all the time. (Oh, the Teen Wolf conversations I've been having lately!) So when that sucker-punch of a BuzzFeed article went live following the East Coast broadcast of this week's episode, my only reaction was "Oh, so this is the episode where that happens." Make no mistake, it was not a sudden or surprising decision for anybody behind the scenes; from what I know, Claire Holt simply did not want to live in Atlanta anymore. If you recall when The Originals was first announced, she was the last series regular to sign on; when she did eventually agree to be a part of the series it was never for a full season. She wasn't the only one who made that deal, though; Daniel Gillies can't film full seasons due to his other, more Canadian commitments, which explains why Elijah chilled in a casket for so many episodes earlier this season. I only bring up this inside-baseball stuff to make sure we honor the distinction between what are some very normal industry logistics and the creative decisions of The Originals' producers. Rebekah's departure is not The Originals' fault. It is not Claire Holt's fault. It is not Julie Plec's fault. It's just that sometimes our favorite shows can only be perfect for a brief while and then we have to adjust to new situations. That's life! And it seems like both George Clooney and ER did okay after he left, right?

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dissident 13th-Mar-2014 12:11 am (UTC)
I was happy for Rebekah but I admit I was tearing up a little when Nik was looking at that knight carving :/
semiramis30 13th-Mar-2014 01:31 pm (UTC)
violue 13th-Mar-2014 12:12 am (UTC)
I'm still fucking butthurt.
_______awshucks 13th-Mar-2014 01:29 am (UTC)
me fucking too
sustainablefuel 13th-Mar-2014 09:32 am (UTC)
Same, but also in denial. Wish Clair would comment :(
smolderhotter 13th-Mar-2014 12:18 am (UTC)
it's the story about original family and there are only two left lol and i only care abt one of them like lol.....

bring all of them back ffs and make a show and not this supernatural shit but with vampires
nicenicegirl 13th-Mar-2014 01:35 am (UTC)
i wish they would have brought them all back and the spinoff would have been their back story of their entire life tbh we've only seen glimpses and it's more interesting than anything that's been happening currently.
sustainablefuel 13th-Mar-2014 09:31 am (UTC)
smolderhotter 13th-Mar-2014 01:54 pm (UTC)
that's what i thought the show would be about tbh, the past lol
mlola619 13th-Mar-2014 02:09 am (UTC)
I know why is it so difficult for writers to think of entertaining storylines 
helyanwe89 13th-Mar-2014 03:12 am (UTC)
I agree. I feel like the viewers were really mislead because they said the show was going to focus on the Original family and I don't see how that can happen with only 2 of the 5 siblings. It also now makes any flashbacks pointless as well because I don't want to just Klaus/Elijah.
saintssin 13th-Mar-2014 12:14 am (UTC)
About to start season 5 of TVD. Is it any better than season 4? I feel like the show lost a step when Alaric left. idk, something is definitely missing.
smolderhotter 13th-Mar-2014 12:18 am (UTC)
the only good thing about season 5 is katherine but when u ignore her, the season is pointless and it's going nowhere
nicenicegirl 13th-Mar-2014 01:33 am (UTC)
no it's still pretty shitty and idek what is going on with the show anymore even tho i watch every week.
mlola619 13th-Mar-2014 02:09 am (UTC)
Everything is better than season 4
helyanwe89 13th-Mar-2014 03:12 am (UTC)
The only good thing really is Katherine's human arc. The rest of it is mostly a mess.
shunda84 13th-Mar-2014 04:08 am (UTC)
It's better than season 4 but it has its shitty moments.
smolderhotter 13th-Mar-2014 12:20 am (UTC)
this melodramatic kiss tho lol

shunda84 13th-Mar-2014 04:10 am (UTC)
I don't even watch this show but you're right. melodramatic lol
tdddjjjj 13th-Mar-2014 12:25 am (UTC)
IDG the love for this show. I find it completely unwatchable, and that's saying something, since I follow some terrible tv shows.

Edited at 2014-03-13 12:26 am (UTC)
pantless_deacon 13th-Mar-2014 12:27 am (UTC)
Claire Holt, tho...

Beautiful girl with an Australian accent.

This is only good news for me, as somebody who's never watched an episode of TVD or The Originals, this leaves her own to join a show that I actually watch/would watch. I mean, nothing against these shows, just don't watch them. I'm sure if I ever catch them on Netflix one day I'll be butthurt when the character departs, lol

francesbcobain 13th-Mar-2014 12:35 am (UTC)
Ugh between this and Katherine, I'm just done with both shows.
hunty 13th-Mar-2014 01:47 am (UTC)
rikushairflip 13th-Mar-2014 04:51 am (UTC)
MTE. Both my faves gone in a 2 week timeframe? Fucked up.
cageyb 13th-Mar-2014 12:39 am (UTC)
What a sausage fest the show will be now. I mean, they hardly used her well to start with but it'll be even more obnoxious now with no break from Eijah's self-righteousness, his pining for Hayley and then Klaus' manpain. They've also done a really poor job of establishing why he or any immortal would give a fuck about Callie when she's so bland.
smolderhotter 13th-Mar-2014 01:56 pm (UTC)
melanie_mishap 13th-Mar-2014 12:45 am (UTC)
what was the point of killing off kol when he could have been on it
and now rebekah's gone
(but i get nate on the terrible spn spinoff)
(the things i do for hot aussies)
nicenicegirl 13th-Mar-2014 01:33 am (UTC)
considering they could probably get one of the witches to bring him back idk why they haven't.
go3x 13th-Mar-2014 12:49 am (UTC)
LOL. Without her or Elijah, I wouldn't be interested in this show.
nicenicegirl 13th-Mar-2014 01:27 am (UTC)
i'm getting bored with this show already tbh...they need to do more flashbacks or something that's the main part i've been enjoying.
_______awshucks 13th-Mar-2014 01:31 am (UTC)
I honestly don't get the "doesn't want to live in Atlanta anymore." Maybe I'm just bitter because I'm sad to see Queen Bex go, but there has to be a personal reason she wanted to leave then and didn't didn't want to sign on for the whole season (she literally only is missing out on 6 episodes) :/

Edited at 2014-03-13 01:32 am (UTC)
browneyedguuurl 13th-Mar-2014 02:16 am (UTC)
As someone who lived in Atl for 3 years, I understand her. Atlanta suuuucks.
_______awshucks 13th-Mar-2014 02:18 am (UTC)
Does it really? I mean I live in a state with hot ass summers and awful winters, but I've never been to ATL.
browneyedguuurl 13th-Mar-2014 02:28 am (UTC)
I mean, there are people who love it but personally I detested it. I prefer somewhere like Miami but maybe it's because I'm Puerto Rican and I LOVE the Hispanic vibe there, plus beach!
_______awshucks 13th-Mar-2014 02:30 am (UTC)
Yeah and Claire's from Australia and lives in LA..I'm sure it's a shock. But a lot of shows nowadays don't shoot in LA/warm states so you go where the money is.
shunda84 13th-Mar-2014 04:11 am (UTC)
I just vacationed in Miami. I loved it!!
prophecypro 14th-Mar-2014 10:15 pm (UTC)
CW shows find a way to piss everyone
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