‘The Originals’ Season 4: Sleepy Hollow

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As we segue from the end of “The Vampire Diaries” into what might end up being the final season of spin-off “The Originals” as well, the show has opted to do the whole “time jump” thing that’s been a go-to for a lot of shows as of late, for better or worse.

In this case, the show opted to jump ahead five years, the main reason for which seems to be to completely shift the character dynamic of the show, as well as to allow little Hope (Summer Fontana, “Office Christmas Party”) to age up a bit so she can be a little more central to the action without remaining a baby, for obvious reasons.

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Not to imply the show has gone soft on us- lest we forget, Vincent’s ex, Eva Sinclair (Maisie Richardson-Sellers, currently of “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow”) sacrificed a bunch of kids to some (still) unnamed evil, a fact which looms large over the current season. It seems that some evil never dies, it just lies dormant, in wait for something- or someone- to awaken it again.

As we pick up this season, a group of mostly unnamed witches are trying to bring back said evil, having tired of the way current king of the Quarter Marcel (Charles Michael Davis) is running things. They must be REALLY sick of it, as the only way to fully revive the evil in question is, once again, to sacrifice a bunch of kids.

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The group’s sole connection to our main group is Detective Kinney (Jason Dohring, who will always be Logan from “Veronica Mars” to me, sorry), who is the de facto leader of the fringe coven- though he doesn’t last long in that capacity. I guess the implication is, after what Lucien, and to a slightly lesser degree, the Originals did to him, he has grown frustrated with his inability to make a difference, and, as such, this left him vulnerable to be susceptible to the evil that previously seduced Eva.

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Whatever the case, according to Vincent (Yusuf Gatewood), the evil in question, which he played a part in creating along with Eva, is borderline indestructible and cannot be truly defeated, only “put down” for a while. Vincent manages to do just that, with the help of the Originals and Marcel, breaking the spell Kinney and the others have placed upon Hope and the other children, but in doing so, he unwittingly plays into the evil’s hands, as it were, and seemingly releases it.

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Even worse, it seems to have infiltrated both Klaus (Joseph Morgan) and Marcel in the process, which can’t be good. Though Klaus in particular is fighting it, Marcel seems to be slightly more inclined to use the evil to his advantage, which is likely to cause a lot of trouble moving forward, given Marcel’s overwhelming desire to “rule” New Orleans at all costs- a position that he has been having trouble maintaining as of late- hence the group of rogue witches and Kinney forming a coven to channel the evil in the first place.

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Now that the evil is actually within Marcel, count on it compelling him to do much nastier things in the service of obtaining more and more power. If Klaus isn’t able to fight it off, chances are, he will end up helping Marcel in his quest to gain more power, not get in his way, or possibly the two will go back to fighting one another in an attempt to be the most powerful one in the city.

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On the plus side, I do think events as of late have indeed humbled Klaus in the meantime, which means he might stand a better chance of doing the right thing and fighting off the evil. Note also he has the anchor that is a strong family bond, and his burgeoning new relationship with Hope, which he was in the process of solidifying. The fact that he was essentially powerless for a good five years though, might be a problem in keeping him anchored, especially given his still raw resentment of Marcel’s treatment of him over the last period of time.

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Still, it’s better than Marcel’s situation. Marcel hardly has any real friends and no family to speak of- people fear him more than they like him, so he has no real “anchors” to even try and convince him to do the right thing in the first place, save perhaps Vincent to a certain degree. Even worse, there’s Sofya (Taylor Cole, “Heroes,” “CSI: Miami”), who is clearly being positioned as a sort of Lady Macbeth-type figure in his life, and one that will probably only agg him on into doing more and more nasty stuff in service of increasing his power, which can’t be good.

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In addition to all of this, there are also a host of others gunning to take over New Orleans, including a group of “unsired” vampires beholden to no one, as in none of them are connected to the Originals. Marcel took advantage of Klaus’ power to take down some of them, but surely more will attempt a coup in the future.

Likewise, there are plenty of witches and werewolves unhappy with the way things are that might seek to do something rash in order to consolidate power and overtake Marcel as well. Perhaps any number of them might even team up with some of the others to try and take him down together.

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As such, one could make a case that the more things change, the more they stay the same in New Orleans, as even in the power vacuum left in the Originals’ wake, people- or supernatural beings, at least- just can’t seem to stop fighting amongst themselves to regain control over their surroundings. I guess no one will ever be happy, no matter who is in charge, from the looks of things. Oh well.

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Some solid moments thus far this season overall: For instance, I loved seeing Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) take control over her life and do what she had to do to reunite her family, even if it was sometimes questionable- i.e. kidnapping Keelin (Christina Moses, “Containment”)- and watching her kick a bunch of ass was a lot of fun as well.

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It was also nice to see the “softer” side of Klaus, seeing him be tender with Hope and trying to fumble his way towards being a dad. Of course, if know this show, you knew it was only a matter of time before things went south, but it was still nice seeing a side of him we rarely see, if ever. I loved the look on his face when he saw what Hope was capable of, such as what she did with the flower. I sincerely think it will be his love for her that keeps him from going “full” evil, as it were.

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It’s also been interesting to see the dynamic shift over to Elijah (Daniel Gillies) being the more unhinged one, capable of doing anything, no matter how dubious. For instance, I’m pretty sure he would have gone so far as to kill one of those kids, if it meant saving his family, and it’s obvious that this did not sit well with Hayley- though she might well have recognized that quality in herself, too. Note that she let Keelin go, even though Freya (Riley Voelkel) insisted they needed her.

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For that matter, Freya herself went a bit off the reservation, especially in her treatment of Keelin, which was considerably nastier than that of even Hayley- and Hayley was the one who went to the length of kidnapping her in the first place. Freya, not unlike Marcel and perhaps Elijah, seems like someone who might well go too far in service of doing right by her family. With all these potentially loose cannons about, there’s really no telling where it might all go south- only an assurance that it definitely will at some point.

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I do believe that just about catches us up. Be sure and catch my next review sometime in a few weeks, and be sure and let me know what you think of the season so far down below. Do you like where the new season is headed? What do you think of the plotlines so far? Were you sad to see Kinney go? Were you excited to see Cami (Leah Pipes) return, albeit briefly? What do you make of Keelin? How about Hope? Any predictions on what will happen next? Who will go bad first? Who will become the “most” evil?

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Thanks for reading, be sure and sound off down below and see you in a few weeks!