The Originals Season 1 Review “Long Way Back From Hell”

Wow. So, that happened. Just when you thought Klaus was the bad one, come to find out that Rebekah was not too great her own self, in the latest episode of “The Originals,” aptly-titled “Long Way Back From Hell.” In an extended flashback-cum-hallucination, Rebekah relived her not-so-illustrious past back in 1919, with Klaus seeing all that she saw, and none too happy about it.

It seems that not only did Rebekah actively conspire with Marcel to bring her father into New Orleans to rid themselves of Klaus once and for all, hopefully, but Rebekah threw several people under the bus in the process, infecting Genevieve with influenza after she helped her, as well as Clara, who had the misfortune of witnessing it and ended up getting the same treatment. The big problem? Clara was a previous incarnation of Celeste, so both of the witches were none too happy about Rebekah’s actions, hence their attempting to turn the family against one another by exposing the truth to Klaus as their revenge.

Needless to say, Klaus went after Rebekah, and would have bladed her with the same blade that was once inside him, but Elijah intervened and right back into Klaus it went, which I’m sure he’s thrilled about as well. Now Rebekah and Marcel are going to have to leave town or face Klaus’ wrath again, while Elijah has to look after his brother until that happens. Sooner or later, Elijah’s going to have to take that blade out, though. And who knows what Klaus will do then?

This was a really well-done, well-plotted episode, I thought. Rebekah’s actions were pretty reprehensible, right up there with some of the worst of Klaus’ own, and that’s saying something. I mean, infecting people with a virus to die a horrible, agonizing death, and after one of them helped her out in the first place? Pretty cold-blooded stuff.

It was neat seeing Nurse Rebekah back in the day, and I really liked the notion of a witch’s spell that comes in the form of tattoos which disappear once you’ve solved a riddle, aka a “devinette,” I do believe. The hospital was good and creepy, including the random freaky, screaming twins. The revelation that Celeste had once gotten rid of one of her hosts by tossing them off a cliff into the water at the place she and Elijah first kissed was pretty twisted, too. I also liked the bit with the old-timey record player in the wheelchair, a cool visual, as seen in the above picture.

And way to go, Hayley! She knocked Celeste right the witch out. Way to let your guard down, girl. Now Celeste is going to be the one held hostage. Turnabout’s fair play, I guess. All the better to get the curse off Hayley’s family wolf peeps. Not sure if anything is going to get Elijah off of Klaus’ list of people to dagger, much less Rebekah and Marcel. They might need some witch’s spell to make him forget that one, or else he’s never going to get over that betrayal. Would not want to be in Rebekah’s shoes right about now.

A pretty solid episode all around, with some really good moments throughout. About my only complaint would be the weird color-saturated thing they did with the filming to simulate Rebekah’s state of mind. That was sort of annoying visually, but thankfully, short-lived. The flashback stuff was great, though, and that hospital was a cool location, especially in more modern, more desolated times.

I’m definitely excited to see what comes next, and I thought Genevieve (Elyse Levesque) was an interesting character. You can hardly blame her for wanting revenge on Rebekah. Maybe they’ll team up once Klaus gets that dagger out again, which he will eventually. Elijah will let his guard down and that will be that. Or Genevieve will rescue him somehow, perhaps.

What did you think of the latest “The Originals”? What do you think will happen next? Will Rebekah and Marcel get away? How will the show function if everyone is scattered into different places? What about Klaus? Will he ever forgive his family? How about Marcel? What will become of Elijah? Or Celeste, for that matter? What will Hayley do to her? Will it come back to, ahem, bite her on down the line? Sound off on this and more down below and I’ll see you next time!