Critic Consensus: The Originals may overwhelm casual viewers with its myriad twists and bevy of supernatural beings, but this a sleek, atmospheric Vampire Diaries spinoff with potential.
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This all feels a bit like a shaggy dog has wandered onto the show to tell a story with as many loops, turns, twists, ironies and details as fans can possibly absorb or tolerate.
It's as if the characters couldn't find a wooden stake and decided to try to talk each other to death.
Even though the story repeats what is already known to Vampire Diaries fans, the suave presence of Elijah and the vicious hotness of Klaus should be plenty to keep the converted around.
Audience Reviews for The Originals: Season 1
The Vampire Diaries spin-off, The Originals, delivers a compelling and action-packed first season. The show follows the original vampire clan, the Mikaelsons lead by the vampire/werewolf hybrid Klaus, as they move back to New Orleans to reclaim their ancestral home from a new vampire clan lead by one of their former proteges, Marcel; meanwhile the witches in the French Quarter make a deal with the Mikaelsons to protect Klaus' unborn hybrid child in exchange for liberating them from Marcel's oppressive rule. It's a very rich and fascinating world that's set up, which is separate and district from The Vampire Diaries (though there are a few crossover events). Additionally, the series does an impressive job at creating morally ambiguity, so that it's constantly in question who's good and who's bad. Incredibly well-developed, Season 1 of The Originals is able to stand apart from The Vampire Diaries as its own show full of interesting characters and exciting stories.
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