Can Spin-offs be Better than “The Originals?”
“The Originals” is giving new life to the vampires on CW, and it’s giving the network new life as well. The series has taken over Tuesday nights for the network, and week after week the series has managed to bring in viewers and help break records with the help of “Supernatural” season nine. The last new episode managed to bring in the most viewers for the series with 2.4 million tuning in to watch Michael Trevino’s Tyler Lockwood cross over from “The Vampire Diaries” and visit New Orleans.
“The Originals,”a spin-off from the popular series “The Vampire Diaries” on CW, follows Klaus Mikaelson, played by Joseph Morgan, as he tries to regain control of New Orleans from Marcel, one of the vampires he created. Marcel sees himself as king of the city. Klaus and his family are the first vampires ever created and helped build New Orleans, according to the mythology of the series.
Charles Michael Davis plays Marcel and Leah Pipes, appears as Cami. She is the woman that will come between Klaus and Marcel.
To add to the conflict, there is also a group of withches vying for control of the city. One of the witches, Davina, played by Danielle Campbell, must be sacrificed in order for someone to claim power over New Orleans.
The stuggle for power is the main focus of the show, but there are plenty of side plots. The family dynamics between the Klaus and his siblings, along with a surprise pregnancy resulting from a one-night stand between Klaus with Hayley also play a big role in the action. Hayley is played by Phoebe Tonkin, and her character also first appeared on “The Vampire Diaries” as a friend of Tyler.
These Aren’t Your Daughter’s Vampires
Fans of “The Vampire Diaries” first saw Klaus during season two, and executive producer Julie Plec hopes fans of the character will follow him over to the new series. She has made it easy for new fans to join Klaus on this journey of his. This new series is very different than “The Vampire Diaries” though.
When Joseph Morgan teased that the new series was ‘edgier’ and ‘darker’ than “The Vampire Diaries” he was right. There is no need for this series to hold back. These are not high school kids and baby vamps. High school drama doesn’t even factor in. These are all adults, and they live adult lives. Klaus and his family have lived for over 1000 years. Their experience is beyond anything Elena or Caroline have seen.
Klaus, already a villain on “The Vampire Diaries,” is even more evil on this series. He will stop at nothing to get his home back. His sidekicks Rebekah and Elijah are just as ruthless. When fans see just how evil Elijah is on this series, they’ll think he was tame on “The Vampire Diaries.”
“The Originals” is a straight forward battle. Klaus and Marcel are not battling over a girl. Fans don’t see doppelgangers running everywhere. It is a war for control. According to TV Guide, that is the appeal of this new series, and it’s right. This is a darker tale. Klaus is a complicated character, and his siblings are just as complicated. Marcel will not let go of control easily. Thow in the witches and romance and the show has got some tasty side dishes to go along with it’s main course.
Is the spin-off stealing some of “The Vampire Diaries” thunder? With season five focusing on doppelgangers and bringing in new mythology, this season ended up losing a bit of the punch of previous seasons. Paul Wesley did a terrific job in his dual role, but that was one of the few highlights. Fans still tune in, but something more than doppelganger drama will have to happen soon to keep them tuning in. Together, these two series will stick around, but each show needs to stand up and be noticed on its own.
What do you think? Do you love the spin-off? Are you still a fan of “TVD” Salvatore drama? Is Klaus managing to steal you away from Mystic Falls yet?
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