It’s “House of Cards,” with a werewolf/vampire hybrid instead of a charming but ruthless Southern senator. Which, in these hyper-partisan times, just might work. –LA Times
The Originals (2013) is a spin-off from the soap teen supernatural hit The Vampire Diaries which centres around the Mikaelson siblings, Klaus (Joseph Morgan), Elijah (Daniel Gillies), and Rebekah (Claire Holt). The backdoor pilot, which aired on April 25, 2013, also revealed that the werewolf Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) is pregnant with Klaus’ child and would therefore join the cast. The cast is one of the reasons this show really works. All the main actors have done a really fantastic job of sucking you in (excuse the pun) from the moment they first appeared on The Vampire Diaries. Joseph, Daniel and Claire and their talents are probably one of the main reasons this show was able to be made.
The series begins with the original siblings returning to the
city of New Orleans for the first time since 1919. Having originally
built the city, they had been forced to flee from their vengeful father.
In their absence, Klaus’ protégé, Marcel (Charles Michael Davis), took
charge of the city. Klaus resolves that they must take down Marcel and
get back the city that once belonged to them.
This is a darker, more mature, (and in my opinion) a better show then
The Vampire Diaries. The focus is for a more adult conglomerate with
deeper themes. The Originals has some graphic gore (including a
decapitated body and lots of hearts being ripped out) that proves this
show, like the one that spawned it, will deliver the goods to horror
The show also goes into the characters back-stories, and doesn’t just
paint The Originals as villains Iike when they appeared on The Vampire
Diaries. The show attempts to look at their “human” elements and explain
why they are the way that they are.
It is also a show anyone can relate to, even if you don’t care for
supernatural shows much, as many of the shows themes deal with family.
These vampires that have lived for over a thousand years have just as
many family problems (if not more) as us humans do. Even if you don’t
watch The Vampire Diaries this show can very much be enjoyed on its own.