⚜️ Always & Forever ⚜️

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L-R Back row: Hope (Summer Fontana), Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin), Freya (Riley Voelkel), Elijah (Daniel Gillies), Kol (Nathaniel Buzolic). Front row: Niklaus (Joseph Morgan) and Rebekah (Claire Holt).

All good things come to an end…even when thousands of fans cry, kick, scream and pound their fists (aka hashtags) against the entertainment industry. Another favorite TV show is about to see its series finale, but at least they’re going out in their prime and not after they’ve sucked the life essence out of their ratings. Yes, that was a vampire pun, you may laugh now.

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L-R: Camille (Leah Pipes), Elijah (Daniel Gillies), Marcel (Charles Michael Davis), Klaus (Jospeh Morgan), Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin), Davina (Danielle Campbell) and Vincent (Yusuf Gatewood)

But what does that mean for my new-found favorite actors and actresses? The absolute worst part about seeing a popular TV show come to an end, is that 9 times out of 10, those actors slip into oblivion and we never hear from them again. Phoebe Tonkin and Claire Holt were already stars in both Australia (think mermaids) and America (think the L.J. Smith book-turned-show that completely tanked), but what about the rest of the cast?

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Charles Michael Davis as

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Marcellus “Marcel” Gerard

Charles Michael Davis–in my blunt opinion–should be a household name for coming on screen and owning it time and time again. He also made his directing debut during Season 4, so maybe he’ll be spending more time behind a camera, rather than in front one? (That would be a crying shame!) Unfortunately, this super sexy actor doesn’t even have a single social media account, so I can’t stalk…er…follow him to find out what he has in store next!

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Joseph Morgan played…wait for it…a total backstabbing douche in the movie The Immortals with Luke Evans and Mickey Rourke, so that’s not really showing he has much range as an actor. But in The Originals, Klaus was hands-down the most complex character on the show, so I really hope that’s gotten Joseph noticed. And while Daniel Gillies is just as talented, I personally think he needs to take a little break from acting and become my personal book cover model, because the man is the walking epitome of suit-porn. Just sayin’.

I also want to note here that even though accents are supposed to be like acting 101 basics, I still think the native Aussie, Phoebe Tonkin, should be highly commended for her ability to pull off an extremely convincing American accent. Yes, I know she managed it just fine as Faye Chamberlain in The Secret Circle, but on The Originals, she was surrounded by Brits and Aussies who didn’t have to give up their native accents whatsoever. That had to have taken a lot of focus.

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The Originals series pioneered the way for spin-off shows in a way no other show had ever done before on the CW (possibly any network?) – it was a MASSIVE success. I fell in love with the villainous, Viking era original vampires, the Mikaelsons, when they were in Mystic Falls causing all kinds of mayhem on The Vampire Diaries. Klaus quickly became that evil bastard you loved to hate and hated to love, but couldn’t get enough of either way. He made Damon Salvatore look like a puppy dog and when they all left the show, VD started a rapid decline.

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Then, the Mikaelson family got their own show, and headed south to reclaim their long-lost home in NOLA, and we got introduced to a whole new cast of characters to fall head-over-heels for, or hate, or mourn…it’s a supernatural TV show, not everyone lives…or can be killed…or stays dead – you get the point! (Ha! Get it? Point. This is too easy.)

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I don’t know about any of the other fans, but The Originals quickly surpassed their parent show, TVD, by a landslide and I found myself preferring the spin-off over…well, the original. Hey, I didn’t name the show, some puns can’t be avoided. It was darker, dirtier, sexier and deeper in an emotional way that didn’t have you rolling your eyes and groaning “OMG is she crying again?” (VD fans, you know who I’m talking about). Bloody, gory, seductive and full of ancient magic, obscure lore, witches, vampires, wolves and hybrids – all amplified by the unmistakable atmosphere of New Orleans.

The Originals also got a reputation for the unexpected shock, the one that leaves the audience staring at the screen with jaws dropped and a “WTF just happened?!” look on their faces. Mostly, because it doesn’t always happen during the ‘final’ episode of the season when people actually expect to get a little surprise.

Yes, I know, Game of Thrones still gets the iron crown for its unparalleled shocking episodes, but the audience expects it now, so it’s not really that shocking to get shocked by GoT anymore. If fans were smart, they stopped routing for anyone after the first season, anyway!

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And so I conclude this partial tantrum, mostly tribute to yet another series I will stomp my feet and pout about losing so much that I won’t even watch the last season until it shows up on Netflix, so I can delay the inevitable. At least I still have the Neverending Story…aka Supernatural. And Lucifer. Oh, yeah, I love me some Lucifer. 😉

Stop judging and watch the trailer…. O_o … Wait, the trailer is full of spoilers, so if you’re a newbie to TO, skip the trailer and go watch the show. Seriously, what’s the hold up?

Are you a fan of The Originals? Who is or was your favorite character? I can’t pick a favorite. I’m going to miss them all.

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Party Planning 101

Warning: This post includes spoiler alerts for the T.V. shows ‘Hart of Dixie’ , ‘Arrow’ and ‘Game of Thrones,’ so if you’re not current, you might want to stop reading now.

There seems to be a lot of partying going on lately.  Granted, they’re all on TV, but I was laid up all day yesterday with a pinched nerve in my right wrist.  I’m right handed, so you can see my dilemma.  However, it allowed me to get caught up on some of my shows.  Today the Daily Post is asking us to plan our own parties, and I can’t help comparing my ideas to those I just witnessed.

Now, when it comes to planning parties, the Belles of Bluebell, Alabama own the market for southern expectations, but amidst their brilliant flower arrangements, place settings and delicious menus, there always seems to be a musical number with costumes involved and I just don’t think I could ever keep a straight face breaking out into song and dance amongst my family and friends.

 

Starling City is constantly the venue to some kind of major party, typically political or in some way beneficial for the city, though the hosts or hostesses have less than benevolent motives.  I don’t think my circle of loved ones would care for the drama of that one party-crasher that never fails to show up – usually with the ability to crush a man’s skull with their bare hands or something equally dangerous.  I’d certainly hate to be running for Mayor and lose by a sword rather than votes.

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On the other hand, I wouldn’t want to end up being the main event at my own party by dying from poison like King Joffrey Baratheon, either.  Not exactly the ideal way to keep your soiree the talk of the town for weeks to come.  I just have to say here, though, that it couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy!

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So, being surrounded by all of these examples of what I wouldn’t want, I suppose I’d have to say that no one actually plans a party for themselves.  Parties are designed around your guests, not yourself and I’m fortunate enough to have the kind of friends and family that are just as happy with potluck BBQ’s on paper plates, as they are with themed events that require a little more planning.  Dance floors are always welcome, musicals – not so much.  And as long as the politics and poison stay at bay, everyone has fun!

It’s Show Time!

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Lestat – Queen of the Damned

Seriously, I have a problem…

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Damon – The Vampire Diaries

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Vlad – Bram Stoker’s Dracula

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Lucas Hood – Banshee

 

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Eric Northman – True Blood

I can’t seem to stop rooting for the not-so-good-guys…

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[Nic]Klaus – The Originals

…(Or the not-so-good-girls!)

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Pam – True Blood

Wait a second… there isn’t a single ‘good’ person on Banshee, so I guess I’m rooting for the whole damn cast!

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Rebecca, Job, Lucas, Carrie (aka Ana[stasia]) – Banshee

And of course I watch the Game of Thrones, but that cast is just confusing.  Everyone I started out hating, I now root for and everyone I used to root for is now dead… except two.

Hail Khaleesi!

Hail Ayra Stark!

 

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