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The Originals

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The Originals is a spin-off of The Vampire Diaries. This supernatural drama follows the lives of the three original vampires who have returned after hundreds of years to their home in New Orleans. Klaus Mikaelson(Joseph Morgan) is the original vampire/werewolf hybrid who after being lured to New Orleans by a witch named Sophie (Daniella Pineda) learns he is soon to be a father, and also that his protégé Marcel (Charles Michael Davis) has taken over his hometown. Jealous of his power, Klaus plans to take it back. Meanwhile, his brother Elijah Mikaelson(Daniel Gillies) tries to show Klaus the importance of family, especially with a baby on the way. At the same time, Marcel is using a powerful witch, Davina (Danielle Campbell), to hold the city in check. Klaus and Marcel both begin using one another’s loved ones to take advantage of each other, including Marcel’s love interest, Camille (Leah Pipes), Klaus’ siblings, Elijah and Rebekah (Claire Holt), and the mother of Klaus’ unborn child, Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin). The show is only seven episodes in, having began airing on The CW October 3, 2013. It airs from 8 to 9pm on Tuesdays.

Prevalent themes of the show are war, the struggle for power, and the importance of love and family. Both of these messages are cemented in by the TV flow which advertises other television shows which also have conflicts of love and war, such as Reign, The Vampire Diaries, and China Beach. No matter what each character values most, they each are in the midst of war and will do what they must to protect what’s important to them. The protagonist and antagonist of The Originals, Klaus and Marcel, are both power hungry and vindictive not allowing others to get in the way of their power. They even put the sake of those they love in peril if it better suits their own ulterior motives. While on the other hand, characters like Elijah and Rebekah simply want to keep their family and the ones they love safe and away from danger, even if it meant leaving their old home. Sophie is trying to redeem herself by saving the towns witches, whereas Davina is taking revenge on them. Other characters, such as Camille and Hayley have merely been sucked into this battle for power simply because of circumstance. Hayley didn’t expect to become pregnant with Klaus’ child, and Camille simply found a romantic interest in Marcel. Neither of them had even imagined that they would soon be pawns in Klaus’ and Marcel’s war.

All of these colliding roles result in many questionable actions and reactions. Another theme this show takes into play is the complexity of morality. While each character is simply trying to accomplish what they believe to be right, they each take their own paths (though many of which are violent). They are all fighting, but fighting for a different cost. What is more loyal, to fight for love, to fight for what’s yours, to fight for family, or to fight for peace? Or, are any of these rationalities just at all? Though this show itself is highly fictional, it still poses very real questions of morality, using the fictional aspects to be more appealing to young adult viewers.

Much of the TV flow in this program is geared towards teenagers and young adults. With commercials supporting other CW series and others supporting older TV shows from Timelife. However, these older television shows somewhat contradict the flow. While The Originals and the other CW series advertised are aimed towards modern day teenagers and young adults, the Timelife advertisements are representing shows that aired anywhere from the late 60’s to the early 90’s. While these shows still appear to appeal to a young adult audience, they seem to appeal to a different generation of young adults. However, the consistent message from most of the TV flow is that young adults like to see situations where other young adults have adventures in romance and violence.

It’s obvious that the audience for this show is teenagers and young adults because the show itself is a spin-off of a series centered around mostly high school students. Also, the show reaches out to struggles that teenagers and young adults often face: Grabs for power (or for teens popularity), the importance of love and family, and the responsibility of weighing the consequences of your actions. Though many of the characters in the show are technically centuries old, they still face similar problems of teens and young adults, especially when it comes to romantic relations, which many mediums revolving around vampires in recent years have used. The reason for this fantasy setting is obviously to intrigue the young generation who has taken a liking to this supernatural setting. However, I believe the overall message this show is selling to its audience is, you may face many struggles, for love, power, or whatever other reason, and in these struggles there will be conflict, among family, among friends, among enemies, and  the choices you make aren't so easily defined as wrong or right.

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TV REVIEW – ‘The Originals’ – “Always and Forever″ - The Nerd Repository

TV REVIEW – ‘The Originals’ – “Always and Forever″ - The Nerd Repository | The Originals | Scoop.it
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While the pilot episode of The Originals may not have been able to completely satisfy both fans of its sire series and new fans alike, it's still young and will likely grow more satisfying.

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‘The Originals,’ a New Series on CW

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“The Originals,” a spinoff from “The Vampire Diaries” starting Thursday on the CW network, centers on conflict among vampires and werewolves in New Orleans.
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The Originals may attract fans from the series which spawned it, however with so many other supernatural teen dramas on tv, it may not be so easy to attract new viewers.

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The Originals Review: A Man of His Word

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Elijah begins helping Davina learn to control her magic on The Originals. Will she master the new spell in time? Read on to find out!
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The sixth episode of The Originals proved to be exciting in character and plot development. Ending on a cliff hanger, it leaves the fans wanting more.

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The Originals: "Always and Forever" Review - IGN

The Originals: "Always and Forever" Review - IGN | The Originals | Scoop.it
The Vampire Diaries spinoff begins with a premiere episode that shows us events we're familiar with, but from a different point of view.
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Though The Originals may be a spin-off, it has it's own interesting plot which draws you in.

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The Originals

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Welcome to Julie Plec’s New Orleans.
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Being a spin-off series, The Originals had some kinks to work out to create a functional pilot episode, especially one that differed from it's backdoor pilot aired in its sire series, The Vampire Diaries. Fortunately this is accomplished by adding new aspects and a different perspective. 

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