Saturday, September 6, 2014
THE ORIGINALS: Missing True Blood? Try This Captivating Vampire Series On For Size!
The Originals are exactly what the name implies: THE originals. Ancient vampires who were the first of their kind, created centuries ago by a witch mother anxious to save her children from death. The Mikaelson family currently consists of five siblings, three of which factor heavily into the plot-lines of The Originals:
Klaus (People's Choice Award Winner for Favorite Actor in a new series, Joseph Morgan) showed up first on TVD, wreaking havoc in Mystic Falls. He is a very powerful, VERY headstrong hybrid (half vampire, half werewolf) due to an affair his witch mother had with a werewolf. He returns to New Orleans seeking to reclaim his power and control over the city, all the while trying to protect his unborn child - a product of his own coupling with a werewolf - Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin). To gain control of the city he will need to thwart the domination his former the very sexy yet fierce Marcel (Charles Michael Davis) has over all the supernaturals and humans alike in NOLA.
When you factor in a coven of witches, more vampires and werewolves than you can shake a (sharp) stick at, and some plain 'ol humans to up the ante, you've got an entertaining show rife with violence, battles between good and evil (and evil & evil, natch!), romance, and of course, a whole lot of bloodshed.
The Originals: Season One (from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group) was just released on DVD Sept. 2 and awards us with not only the entire 22-episode season, but with some great special features, including 5 new featurettes - one of which details the origins of creating the spin-off series and another which lends more light on the Mikaelson family's complicated back-story. Of course it has commentary, deleted scenes, and also boasts some highlights from the 2014 PaleyFest! You have just enough time to binge watch the entire series before its Season Two premiere on Monday, October 6. I really have to say this DVD is an awesome package and you won't be disappointed.
Just so you know, it's not necessary to have watched The Vampire Diaries to start watching this show. It stands alone with its own mythology and story-lines. It's super-sexy while still staying true to vicious and savage vampire lore.
I'm psyched for Season Two! Get sucked in!