The Originals (2013)

The Originals
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Air Date:  Tuesday, October 15, 2013  
Studio: Warner Bros.
Genre: Television
Rating: The Originals is rated TV-14This program contains some material that many parents would find unsuitable for children under 14 years of age.


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Family is power. The Original Vampire family swore it to each other a thousand years ago. They pledged to remain together, always and forever. Now, centuries have passed and the bonds of family are broken. Time, tragedy and hunger for power have torn the Original Family apart. When Klaus Mikaelson, the original vampire-werewolf hybrid, receives a mysterious tip that a plot is brewing against him in the supernatural melting pot that is the French Quarter of New Orleans, he returns to the city his family helped build. Klaus’ questions lead him to a reunion with his diabolical former protégé, Marcel, a charismatic vampire who has total control over the human and supernatural inhabitants of New Orleans. Determined to help his brother find redemption, Elijah follows Klaus and soon learns that the werewolf Hayley has also come to the French Quarter searching for clues to her family history, and has fallen into the hands of a powerful witch named Sophie. Tensions between the town’s supernatural factions are nearing a breaking point as Marcel commands his devoted followers and rules with absolute power. For Klaus, the thought of answering to his powerful protégé is unthinkable, and he vows to reclaim what was once his – the power, the city and his family. While they wait to see if their sister Rebekah will leave Mystic Falls and join them, Klaus and Elijah form an uneasy alliance with the witches to ensure that New Orleans will be ruled by THE ORIGINALS once again. 

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Matt Davis and Danielle Rose Russell Set to Star in New Original...  3/8/2018 11:40 AM EST
The Originals premiered in 2013 as a Vampire Diaries spin-off, and now we will be getting another new spin-off for the franchise. Rumor has it that things are getting kicked into high gear for a new series featuring Matt Davis, who plays Alaric Saltzman and Danielle Rose Russell, who plays Hope Mikaelson.The series is said to focus on the character of Hope. It will also star Aria Shahghasemi, who ...  More>>

Fan Favorite Claire Holt to Star In Vampire Diaries Spinoff The ...  2/18/2013 11:32 AM EST
"Vampire Diaries", the hit CW series, will be getting a spinoff, "The Originals", and it Claire Holt has officially been cast in the series.The show will feature the Original family of vampires from the show, and it will be introduced during the April 25 episode of "Vampire Diaries". Holt will reprise her role as Rebekah, vampire sister of Klaus (Joseph Morgan) and Elijah (Daniel Gillies)."The Ori...  More>>

The Originals: The Complete First Season Blu-ray Review

Following in the footsteps of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, CW's The Vampire Diaries series created a spin-off television show called the Originals, which premiered the fall of 2013. The spin-off series debuted during season four of Vampire Diaries during an episode entitled  "Originals".

As the title suggests, The Originals continues the story of the original vampire family, the Mikaelsons, as they venture to New Orleans to reclaim their lost empire from the clutches of Klaus's protégée, Marcel. Marcel has power over all inhabitants of New Orleans, and while tensions rise between all supernatural creatures that live there, ever-ambitious Klaus tries to return to power over them all.

Taking a page directly from the Buffy/Angel playbook, The Originals is a much darker adult show than the teen angst vampire diaries. Centering on more adult oriented themes and situations,  most character motives lie within the gray area instead of black or white.

While four of the shows main cast are from character's introduced on Vampire Diaries (Joseph Morgan as Klaus, Daniel Gillies as Elijah, Claire Holt as Rebekah, Phoebe Tonkin as Hayley) the rest of the main and supporting cast easily blend in with the already known characters. Stand out performances by Charles Michael Davis (Grey's Anatomy, Switched at Birth) as Marcel, Leah Pipes (The Deep End, Sorority Row) as Cami, and Danielle Campbell (Prison Break, Starstruck) as Davina are some of the best seen on television in a long time.

As with most recent television releases by Warner Bros, The Originals: The Complete First Season looks amazing. Presented in 1080p amaphoric widescreen the blacks are crisp and clear, and there is no signs of artifacting in the entire set. The producers of the Originals went to great lengths to produce every episode with the same quality as a theatrical film production and it truly shines through with the DTS-MA audio track.

Aside from just including a copy of the Blu-ray and a digital copy, Warner Bros went all out and also included a DVD copy of the series to take on the go.  Add to it an abundant amount of special features which include, commentary on the pilot, Comic Con and Paley Fest panels, backstory of the Mikaelsons shown in a montage of scenes from their Vampire Diaries days, blending fact and fiction in the depiction of New Orleans, deleted scenes, and a gag real. You have the complete package that any casual or hard-core fan of the show would love to have.

While the show is still in it's infancy The Originals, has surpassed its predecessor in terms of content, quality and cast.  If creator Julie Plec, cast, and crew of The Originals continue to show this kind of production quality and performances for season two, this Emmy nominated show has a long run ahead of it.

The Originals Cast Discusses Season 2 at Comic Con 2014.


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