This week’s episode of The Vampire Diaries was a backdoor pilot for the spinoff featuring the Originals. So, it felt like a different show because it was exactly that.
The road trip to New Orleans gives the audience a look at some more of the Originals’ history, as well as introducing some new characters, Sophie, Camille, and Marcel.
In contrast to Mystic Falls, New Orleans is, right off the bat, clearly a bigger place, with different and more immediate dangers, just the way any city is when compared to a small town.
Klaus has the misfortune of learning that there are other people who aren’t scared of him, and Marcel, the King of the Quarter is able to stand toe to toe with him – garnering the respect and fear of vampires, witches, and humans. But not the werewolves, because Marcel got rid of them. That rubs Klaus exactly the wrong direction, and he spends the episode with his fur ruffled. It isn’t long before Klaus decides he wants the power that Marcel has, and uses his bite, that of a werewolf on a friend of Marcel’s. This demonstration proves that he’s not to be taken lightly, and there’s a new power in town.
The witches kidnap Hayley and confirm that not only is she pregnant, but a werewolf is carrying a baby fathered by a hybrid and a werewolf. Hoping to use the baby as leverage, the witches lure Klaus to the city so that he will free New Orleans of Marcel’s control.
But it takes awhile before Klaus decides to intervene, even with Elijah showing up and his sense of family obligation wins out.
In the meantime, Klaus’ strategy to gain power includes the baby when it will gain him the most position, and he decides to heal Marcel in order to receive more prestige. When he decides to stay, Elijah agrees to do the same, even though it means leaving Katherine (for the time being), and he even encourages Rebekah to join them, which she’ll doubtlessly do later if the series is picked up.
Klaus may be salvageable, as Elijah thinks, or Katherine might be right, and he could be beyond redemption. But, as this show has proved, there’s a lot of material in examining that question.
The idea of Klaus having a family has been important since he was introduced, and now he’s got a chance with a hybrid baby, and some of his family not being interested in killing him at the moment.
Then there’s the connection between the Originals, Hayley, as well as these witches that aren’t backing down from Klaus. It could be interesting.
Meanwhile, Stefan and Damon are planning on torturing Elena until she feels human again. Yes, that’s a *great* plan, but not all that surprising, considering these guys have what’s basically a dungeon in their basement.
The town of Mystic Falls has felt a little crowded lately, and it could be that putting Klaus and his family in a new city is just the thing to scale things back to the normal levels of crazy viewers associate with the show. And, with new scenery, and witches, vampires, and humans all living together, things will hopefully be anything but boring.