The Originals “I’ll See You in Hell or New Orleans” Review (Season 3 Episode 3)

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On the latest episode of “The Originals,” Tristan finally hit the scene and Klaus and Elijah finally were able to put aside their differences- at least for the time being- long enough to rationally deal with the situation at hand and figure out how they were going to deal with it in the future, in “I’ll See You in Hell or New Orleans.”

As with the previous episode (as well as on “The Vampire Diaries” earlier in the evening), we got a series of flashbacks that informed the current action in interesting ways, leaving one to wonder just who was on who’s side and who was the enemy, as well as to continue to ponder just who the serial killer really was, how the prophecy was going to play out and who would fill what role within it.

Obviously, that’s a lot to sift through, and to the show’s credit, they really kept you guessing. Going in, I had been convinced Lucien (Andrew Lees, “The Pacific”) was the serial killer, but now…I’m not so sure. For one thing, Lucien was at the precinct being questioned when the latest victim was killed and found, so he couldn’t have done it.

Also, shortly thereafter, we discovered that Tristan (Oliver Ackland, “The Proposition”) was in town. Had he just arrived, or had he been in town for some time, gathering intel and this was just the first we were hearing about it? Was he, in fact, the serial killer? Or is it possible that the two are in cahoots, “Scream”-style and working together to cause mischief and hopefully turn the Originals and others within their circle (i.e. Marcel, Camille) against one another in a sort of elaborate chess game of sorts?

Whatever the case, the end game is obvious: whoever eliminates either Elijah or Klaus first wins. And if both can be taken down in the process, all the better. The person who possesses the rumored additional white oak stake remains elusive, however, and only the person who possesses it can truly serve any sort of valid threat when you get down to it. Furthermore, the plan to use the rift between the brothers against them to turn them against one another seems to have back-fired, if the temporary cease-fire between them towards the end of the show is any indication.

Oh, granted, it might not last. After all, there’s a lot of, um, bad blood between the two, if you’ll pardon the expression. (Cue the Taylor Swift!) And even if Elijah and Klaus have made a truce towards one another for the time being, it doesn’t mean that Tristan and Lucien might not still be able to, say, use Hayley or Marcel to do their dirty work, or cause more turmoil in general. Indeed, they’re already working to such an end with Marcel.

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This leads me to the introduction of yet another new character, Aya (Tracy Ifeachor, “Crossbones”), a super-vampire of sorts that Elijah sired once upon a time. There’s still a lot that we don’t know about her, but it seems she has more than a few tricks up her sleeve, but also that Elijah knows her well enough to at least have some idea of how to deal with her. It’s too soon to make a judgment call on her one way or another, but at first blush, I’d have to say the show was going for a sort of Michonne (as in “The Walking Dead”) by way of “Kill Bill” sort of thing with the character.

Whatever the case, Aya is sent by Tristan as a representative of The Strix, which seems to be some sort of secret society of vampires in the higher Escalon of the upper class, in hopes of recruiting Marcel, no doubt in order to turn and/or use him against Elijah and probably Klaus.

From the looks of things, the plot might well succeed, as it looks as if there’s some sort of induction ceremony in the next episode, and Marcel seems the likely suspect as to who’s being sworn in. We shall see, but I’m guessing it must be him, as Hayley seems unlikely to me at this stage, with no one having contacted her as of yet. That could well change in the next episode, though.

Another wild card on the horizon: the impending arrival of the crazy-pants sister of Tristan, Aurora (Rebecca Breeds, “Pretty Little Liars”). No Sleeping Beauty she- see what I did there? – this Aurora, after quite literally killing the messenger of bad news in a previous episode, then being put under lock and key by her brother, who left her with a full-on cadre of guards to watch over her, has officially flown the coop, after single-handedly wiping out said guards in another “Kill Bill”-style slaughter-fest, although, sadly, we didn’t get to see it, only the aftermath.

I don’t know about you all, but I find Aurora more fascinating than the whole lot of other new characters combined, and can’t wait to learn more about her. Granted, I admittedly have an affection for kick-ass ladies, having been a massive “Buffy” fan, among other butt-kicking ladies over the years, so it may just be that that sort of thing is just inherently more interesting to me. Whatever the case, definitely looking forward to finding out more about her character.

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That was the main gist of the episode, beyond the origin story of how Lucien became a vampire in the first place- indeed, Klaus’ very first turned vamp. It all started when Lucien asked Klaus to pass a note to Aurora, who he had a thing for, before discovering that Klaus had already been romancing her. Catching them in the act, red-handed, Klaus barely has time to explain himself to his friend when Tristan arrives and he’s forced to make a run for it.

Mistaking Lucien for the one Aurora’s been sneaking off to see, he holds Lucien captive and tortures him, eventually killing him outright. However, before he does so, Klaus pays him a visit and gives him some of his blood, which turns out to have healing properties. However, it doesn’t save his life and Lucien dies, but he does so with Klaus’ blood in his system and comes back, thus showing Klaus how he can create more vampires.

Expecting Lucien to still be mad at him, Klaus is overjoyed when it proves to be the exact opposite. Lucien is thrilled to be alive and well, and wants Klaus to train and teach him everything he knows about the vampire lifestyle. As Elijah says later, however, the two ultimately end up bringing out the worst in one another, which is why Elijah remains skeptical of Lucien’s real motives and Klaus’ part in them. Is he friend or foe? Ally or spy for the other side? Is he angling to take over himself, or does he prefer running things on the sidelines? Only time will tell.

All in all, a fairly solid episode, though, as before, we’re mostly still setting up plot for future episodes. But that’s okay as long as things are kept interesting, and I thought they were, for the most part. The stuff with Hayley was a bit much, admittedly. She finally gets her wish to be with her daughter back, and now all she can do is bitch about Hope crying all the time because it’s too noisy in their new location? Get over it. You’ve gotten everything you wanted, even if it is on tenuous terms. Yes, Davina is a valid threat, as she could always undo what has been done, in terms of the werewolf curse, and yes, Klaus is a thorn in her side, as ever, but that doesn’t change the fact that things are good in the here and now. Take it down a notch, girl.

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Beyond that, I don’t have a lot of quibbles about the episode. I liked most everything else, and though I was curious about what was going on with Davina, post-Kara being killed, I’m sure we’ll get to that soon enough. Until then, the rest of what’s going on is fairly interesting. (Also interesting: do they just let anyone come in and out of that police station? Lol.)

What did you think of the latest episode of “The Originals”? Did you also find the back-story of Lucien, Tristan, Aurora and the Originals intriguing? What did you make of Aya and this whole Strix thing? Do you think Marcel will join up with them? Or will it be Hayley instead? Does Hayley need an attitude adjustment? Will Klaus and Elijah’s truce last? Who is the real serial killer? Is it Lucien, or is he being framed like he said? Or are he and Tristan in on it together? Sound off down below in the comments section and see you next week!