The Orig­i­nals Sea­son One

Blood­suck­ing Cre­ole

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2013- 2014 | 15 | 930 min­utes | £ 40.99 ( Blu- ray)/£ 30.99 ( DVD) Distrib­u­tor: Warner Home Video Showrun­ner: Julie Plec Cast: Joseph Mor­gan, Daniel Gil­lies, Phoebe Tonkin, Claire Holt, Charles Michael Davis

Vam­pires and

New Or­leans go to­gether like Michael Bay and ex­plo­sions. Set­ting this Vam­pire Di­aries spin- off in the Cres­cent City was a no- brainer, but it pays div­i­dends. While it’s hardly an orig­i­nal ( ahem) move, the deep south flavour pro­vides a sim­mer­ing soupçon of ex­otic voodoo which fits th­ese bick­er­ing vam­pires per­fectly.

The dif­fer­ences be­tween the shows are not merely cos­metic. The par­ent show con­tin­ues to be Bev­erly Hills 90210 with ex­treme neck­ing, while The Orig­i­nals is a su­per­nat­u­ral twist on The God­fa­ther; all power plays, ter­ri­to­rial grabs and fam­ily in­fight­ing – ex­cept the clans here are made up of witches, were­wolves and blood­suck­ers.

The Orig­i­nals shares some of the prob­lems of its pro­gen­i­tor. The cycli­cal plot­ting, with en­e­mies con­tin­u­ally mak­ing al­liances then fall­ing out, means that a lot hap­pens but noth­ing much ever moves for­ward. Klaus is a two- ex­pres­sion lead – manic and love- sick puppy. A few too many sec­ondary char­ac­ters do lit­tle other than frown. But in Eli­jah the show has one of the most elo­quent vam­pires on TV, and you’re guar­an­teed great mo­ments of Grand Guig­nol gore and ex­ag­ger­ated fights.

Ex­tras: Com­men­tary for the pi­lot; 42 min­utes of deleted scenes; fea­turettes on the show’s ori­gins, the back­story and ties with real- world his­tory ( 28 min­utes); an hour of footage from San Diego 2013 and Pa­leyFest 2014. Dave Golder Be­fore be­com­ing the neme­sis of the witches in The Orig­i­nals, Phoebe Tonkin played a witch her­self in The Se­cret Cir­cle.

Never use su­per­glue as con­di­tioner.

French cui­sine keeps push­ing the bound­aries.

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