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'The Originals': Watch It or Skip It?

'The Originals' (The CW)

'The Originals' (The CW).
The Original vampire family is getting its moment in the sun — well, the dark.

After years of terrorizing Mystic Falls and occasionally flirting with Caroline, it's time to see whether bad boy Klaus can hold his own down in the Big Easy. That's the idea behind the new Vampire Diaries spin-off, The Originals, which takes the original hybrid, along with Elijah, Rebekah, and werewolf girl Hayley, down to New Orleans to tangle with a brand new cast of supernatural hotties. So how does the Klaus Show stack up against its predecessor?

Check out Zimbio editors Jill Slattery and Lani Conway's take on the first episode, then give The Originals your own grade below!

Jill's Take
The Original family had pretty much worn out its welcome in Mystic Falls (really, how many times can we watch Elena and company spar with Klaus?), so it makes perfect sense to give them their own series. In addition to Elijah and Rebekah — who definitely deserved more screen time on The Vampire Diaries than they ever got — The Originals also adds the insanely charismatic Charles Michael Davis as Marcel, Klaus' former protege who now rules over New Orleans with iron fangs. I don't much care for the idea of Hayley being pregnant with Klaus' hybrid love child, but I've seen TVD team write themselves out of enough tough corners to have faith that they'll figure out a way to make the storyline work. It's hard to say whether The Originals can attract a brand new set of fans or whether the series will only be popular with the Vampire Diaries devoted, but the show should be a gothic and sexy slice of fun either way.
Watch It or Skip It: Watch it.

Lani's Take
The Originals is a show that feels completely unoriginal, but not just because it's a direct spin-off from The CW's The Vampire Diaries. After sitting through one hour, all I could think about was the fact that I've already been submersed in this world of supernatural beings, vampires, witches, half-werewolves, and other fictitious beings many times over. Despite this, those who are still into the whole fantasy world thing will love Klaus' thirst for power and his love child storyline, Marcel's partying, crazed ways (he's also very easy on the eyes), and this dark underworld converging with one of the most colorful cities in the world. Still, even all the romantic images of New Orleans' main tourist attractions somehow managed to feel like many other shows that have used the city as a backdrop. Come on CW, you could have at least tried to be original in one regard and set the show somewhere different.

Watch It or Skip It: Watch it. But only if you're still into TVD and the whole vampire world thing.

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