The Originals Season One
Release Date: OUT NOW!
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
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.
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