Critical Myth reviewed The Originals series premiere 1.01 Always And Forever.
Contributor: John Keegan
Written by Michael Narducci and Julie Plec
Directed by Chris Grismer
It’s perhaps an understatement to say that the backdoor pilot for The Originals that aired towards the end of the fourth season of The Vampire Diaries was a disappointment. For some, it was almost bad enough to shelve the idea entirely. But The CW Network saw it differently, and if this actual premiere episode is any indication, there may be more promise than the backdoor pilot implied.
Ironically, the central plot is effectively the same: Klaus returns to the family’s old stomping grounds of New Orleans and finds it controlled by one of his “children”, Marcel, who is ruling the city and its supernatural population with an iron fist. Even more than Mystic Falls, the supernatural populations are at each other’s throats, and witches are divided between wanting to protect or destroy when Hayley, a werewolf, turns out to be pregnant with Klaus’ highly unlikely child.