25 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS REVIEW: MEAN GIRLS 1 & 2

CAST

Lindsay Lohan (Freaky Friday)
Rachel McAdams (Sherlock Holmes)
Tina Fey (Date Night)
Tim Meadows (Son of Zorn)
Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation)
Ana Gasteyer (Suburgatory)
Lacey Chabert (Not Another Teen Movie)
Lizzy Caplan (Cloverfield)
Neil Flynn (Scrubs)
Amanda Seyfried (Ted 2)

Sixteen-year-old homeschooled Cady Heron (Lindsay Lohan) and her zoologist parents (Ana Gasteyer and Neil Flynn) return to the United States after a 12-year research trip in Africa, settling in Evanston, Illinois. Cady attends a public school for the first time, meeting new classmates Janis (Lizzy Caplan) and Damien (Daniel Franzese). The two warn Cady to avoid the school’s most exclusive clique, the Plastics, who are led by queen bee Regina George (Rachel McAdams). The Plastics take an interest in Cady, however, and start to invite her to sit with them at lunch. Seeing that Cady is slowly becoming one of The Plastics, Janis hatches a plan of revenge against Regina, using Cady as the infiltrator.Cady soon learns about Regina’s “Burn Book”, a notebook filled with rumors, secrets, and gossip about the other girls and some teachers. Cady also falls in love with Regina’s ex-boyfriend, Aaron Samuels (Jonathan Bennett), whom a jealous Regina steals back at a Halloween party. Cady continues with Janis’s plan to cut off Regina’s “resources”, which involve separating her from Aaron; tricking her into eating nutrition bars that make her gain weight; and turning Regina’s fellow Plastics – insecure rich girl Gretchen Wieners (Lacey Chabert) and sweet but ditzy Karen Smith (Amanda Seyfried) – against her. In the process, Cady unwittingly remakes herself in Regina’s image, becoming spiteful, superficial, and abandons Janis and Damian.

When Regina is finally made aware of Cady’s treachery, she responds by spreading around the contents of her Burn Book, quickly inciting a riot. To avoid suspicion, Regina inserts a fake libel of herself in the book in order to blame the only female students not mentioned in the book, The Plastics. Principal Ron Duvall (Tim Meadows) soon quells the riot, and ends up sending all the girls in the school to gather in the auditorium. Math teacher Ms. Sharon Norbury (Tina Fey), whom the Burn Book slandered as a drug dealer, makes the girls mentioned in the book fess up to the rumors and apologize to the other students and teachers. When Janis’s turn comes, she confesses her plan to destroy Regina with Cady’s help and openly mocks Regina with the support of the entire school. Pursued by an apologetic Cady, Regina storms out and gets hit by a school bus, breaking her spine.Without any friends, shunned by Aaron, and distrusted by everyone, Cady takes full blame for the Burn Book. Her guilt soon dissolves and she returns to her old personality. As part of her punishment for lying and failing Norbury’s class, she joins the Mathletes in their competition. There, while competing against an unattractive girl, Cady realizes that mocking the girl’s appearance would not stop the girl from beating her. She then realizes that the best thing to do is just solve the problem in front of you and ends up winning the competition after her opponent answers incorrectly. At the Spring Fling dance, Cady is elected Queen, but declares that all her classmates are wonderful in their own way, whereupon she breaks her plastic tiara and distributes the pieces. Cady makes amends with Janis and Damian, reconciles with Aaron, and reaches a truce with the Plastics, who then disband.
By the start of the new school year, the fate of the newly disbanded Plastics are shown. Regina joins the lacrosse team, Karen becomes the school weather reporter, while Gretchen joins and befriends the “Cool Asians.” Aaron graduates from high school and attends Northwestern University, Janis and Kevin Gnapoor begin dating, and Cady declares that she is now normal. Regina walks past Cady and smiles, showing that they are now kind to one another. As this happens, Damien points to Cady the new “Junior Plastics” walking by, and Cady imagines the Junior Plastics being hit by a bus.Mean Girls is often clever and hilarious, with several great one-liners and performances. The film seems tamed down a tad for the PG-13 rating, but it’s still sharp and effective more often than not.

CAST

Meaghan Martin (Awkward.)
Jennifer Stone (Deadtime Stories)
Claire Holt (The Originals)
Diego Boneta (Scream Queens)
Maiara Walsh (The Starving Games)
Nicole Gale Anderson (Beauty and The BEast)
Donn Lamkin (Just Cause)
Tim Meadows (Son of Zorn)
Linden Ashby (Mortal Kombat)
Colin Dennard (Lets Be Cops)
Bethany Anne Lind (Crackerjack)

Jo Mitchell is an 18-year-old high school senior. On her first day at North Shore High School, she encounters a clique called “The Plastics”, which is composed of the self-proclaimed leader, Mandi Weatherly; the ditzy girl with the raging libido, Chastity Meyer; and the hypochondriac Hope Plotkin. Jo also meets Abby Hanover, whom Mandi perceives to be a rival. Jo develops an attraction to Tyler Adams. Despite Jo’s attempts to avoid the Plastics, conflict develops between them and Abby.
Jo’s father is a mechanic who rebuilds engines for NASCAR. As a result, she becomes quite a good mechanic herself and ends up taking an advanced shop class at school, where she meets Tyler. Her principal means of transportation is a Vespa motor scooter. Jo’s dream is to attend Carnegie Mellon University, the alma mater of her late mother.When Jo meets Abby’s father, a successful infomercial entrepreneur, he offers to pay Jo’s college tuition in exchange for remaining good friends with Abby. Jo accepts, motivated by her desire to attend university. Jo, Tyler, and Abby become close friends. Jo also learns that Tyler is Mandi’s stepbrother. Mandi also escalates her war of pranks, including using artificial sweetener and coffee to ruin an engine Jo’s father is rebuilding.
Jo, Abby and another outcast girl, school newspaper reporter Quinn, start a new clique called the “Anti-Plastics”. They enact a series of pranks against Chastity and Hope. Jo runs against Mandi for Homecoming Court and their campaign threatens Tyler and Jo’s relationship. Jo tries to give back the money Sidney Hanover gave her for her friendship with Abby; Mandi overhears and uses this information against her. This leads to Tyler and Abby leaving her alone with the rest of her friends.

Mandi and her boyfriend Nick steal the homecoming court charity money. Mandi leaves an anonymous note saying the money is in Jo’s shed. The money is found in there. Thanks to an unwitting betrayal by Quinn, Jo is expelled but not before she finds Mandi and challenges her to a game of flag football. Mandi at first refuses until she realizes that she needs to win to remain popular so reluctantly agrees.

Tyler and the other Anti-Plastics try to help Jo and prove her innocence with the help of Elliott, a computer hacker. After beating the Plastics in a game of flag football, Mandi and Nick are arrested after images of them planting the money in Jo’s home are found by Elliott and texted to all of the cell phones in the audience. At the school’s Homecoming Dance, Abby and Elliott are elected as king and queen (thanks to Jo dropping out of the competition) and Jo and Tyler share a kiss.The film ends with Jo and Abby deciding to go to Carnegie Mellon University together, Tyler going to Penn State  and Quinn assuming the position she has long coveted, leader of the Plastics. Even though Mandi and Nick both got community service and were allowed to graduate (thanks in some part to their parents for donating a new library for the school), they lost their popularity for their actions. After seeking help for her raging libido problems, Chastity joins the Abstinence Club. Hope is working on overcoming her fear of germs.

This is clearly a very good attempt to make a sequel for Mean Girls. They had the right ingredients. Bunch of pretty girls, losers fighting back the status quo, a main character who starts from 0, goes to 10, loses everything to go way back to -10 and then goes back to… 9. Anyway, it’s not all that bad, but of course it fails to deliver compared to Tina Fey’s script for the original Mean Girls.

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25 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS REVIEW: THE ORIGINALS – SAVIOR

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SAVIOR
MAIN CAST
Joseph Morgan (Immortals)
Daniel Gillies (Young Hercules)
Phoebe Tonkin (Bait)
Charles Michael Davis (Battle Scars)
Leah Pipes (Sorority Row)
Danielle Campbell (Behind Closed Doors)
Yusuf Gatewood (Wonder Boys)
Riley Voelkel (The Newsroom)
GUEST CAST
Claire Holt (Mean Girls 2)
Nathan Parsons (Teeth)
Oliver Ackland (The Proposistion)
Rebecca Breeds (BLue High Water)
Casper Zafer (The Lady Musketeer)
Jason Dohring (Veronica Mars)
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We start with Rebekah’s voiceover discussing how whatever they used on her was not your typical dagger. With this one, she feels everything. (In other words, she definitely did pull a Stefan.) But luckily for her, Elijah paid a couple of men to get her off the ocean floor, and because he’s a good brother, he also shows up to finish the job. (Read: Kill those men and wake Rebekah up.) Of course, all Rebekah wants to know is if she missed Christmas.  Back at the compound, Christmas is only getting started, with Klaus letting Cami heal while he compels his staff to feed him and hang an ornament or two 1,000. Checking in on Cami, Klaus is happy with her improvement. He’s not so happy when she gets a text from Vincent that says Kinney is in trouble. Apparently, the detective’s lack of memory has gotten him fired, and he’s not taking anyone’s calls. With that, Cami is off to his house. In town, Tristan has made his way to Marcel’s bar because apparently whatever belongs to Marcel also belongs to the Strix. (Rich people are always the greediest, amirite?) They inform Marcel that they’ve decided that the young boy whose mother Hayley/Davina killed should be regent, mostly because he’ll do whatever the Strix asks him to do. Marcel nods along but quickly runs to Vincent. Marcel hates the idea of handing nine powerful covens over to some outsider of the city, so instead, he pisses off Vincent to the point where Vincent does the one thing he’s been so ferociously trying to avoid: He uses his magic. Even more than that, he informs Marcel that he will be the next regent and Marcel is not going to like what he does with his new position.
Meanwhile, in the bayou, Hayley begs Jackson to come home. He asks if she loves Elijah, to which she very simply tells him, “You knew when you married me.” Poor Jackson thought her affection for Elijah would fade over time, but it hasn’t. However, she did choose Jackson, and she continues to choose him every day. And right now? It’s Christmas, and Hayley’s more than ready to have the first happy Christmas of her life. She promises him a quiet night with his small family if he returns home. He agrees to meet her there and he even brings his trusty ax (at least he used it to chop down a tree first). But before Jackson can make it into the apartment, he witnesses a few members of the Strix — or as he puts it, vampires dressed like yuppies — following Freya. He shows up in time to decapitate a few of them with his ax, but he’s not fast enough: One of them takes the medallion while another stabs Freya with his ring.
It might not sound like much, but said ring was full of a slow-acting poison. Apparently, it’s a Strix signature. But that’s not the family’s only problem. After Rebekah learns what hell really looks like — the inside of a gas station bathroom — she discovers a skull mark growing on her arm.
Actually, first we save Kinney. When Cami makes her way to Kinney’s house, Klaus — white knight/bodyguard — follows her. And it’s a good thing he does because he’s able to bust down the door before Kinney can shoot himself. Turns out, Lucien’s compulsion about feeling worthless is really sticking. In what might be the nicest Klaus scene ever, the hybrid tells Kinney that “there is beauty in the courage of a fragile fighter, those who persevere despite all they’ve been through, those who still believe there is good in the world.” As he looks at Cami, he tells Kinney, “Us dark things often find we need that light the most.” The kicker? “What you do not see in yourself, others see in you. You do matter.” Klaus tells Kinney to visit his sister and enjoy the holidays. He promises that when he returns, his job will be waiting for him. “You will remember today as your darkest day. Tomorrow will be better. And the day after, better still. You will go on.” Sadly, Cami’s thank you to Klaus is interrupted when Elijah calls with news of their sister predicament. Rebekah might be “the prettiest urgent problem you have ever seen,” but she’s still an urgent problem. Klaus and Cami agree to run to Lucien’s apartment. If the Strix has used that poison for years, Lucien’s sure to have crafted a cure. Meanwhile, Freya informs Rebekah that the stake the Strix used on her was cursed. She’s now infected, and as the mark grows, she will go mad. By the end of it, she’ll be a relentless, unstoppable ripper. Despite her condition, Freya tries to help Rebekah by channeling Finn. Of course, Finn does not think that Rebekah — or any of his siblings — are worth Freya risking her life, but when Elijah enters and offers Freya his blood out of concern, Finn is convinced to give Freya his power.
Sadly, it doesn’t work. Instead, Rebekah’s reunion with Hayley is less than friendly. Ripping into Hayley verbally, Rebekah calls her out on how every time Hayley is looking for someone to blame for her unhappiness, she turns to the Mikaelsons. And remember that time Hayley was going to take Hope away from them? Well, Beks does. And she’s pissed. And don’t even get Rebekah started on the agony that Hayley seems to enjoy causing Elijah. Hayley claims that it kills her to hurt Elijah, but Bekah is more concerned with what will actually be killing Hayley. Elijah steps in just as Rebekah’s eyes go black — so perhaps she’s more demon than ripper? — but she quickly snaps his neck. Klaus then arrives just in time and sends Cami to get Freya the cure to the Strix poison…but not until after Cami hears Rebekah say that Klaus likes to keep Cami behind glass because he’s scared he’ll ruin her, like she’s a breakable object.Once Cami delivers the cure, Freya can complete her spell and rushes down to cut the skull off Rebekah’s arm. Just like that, the family is back together and as normal as they’ve ever been. Hayley thanks Jackson for helping Freya. He tells her: “I was born to love you. If that means I have to deal with the Mikaelsons, then okay. I’m in.” In fact, he’s so in that he’s put together a complete family Christmas for everyone to enjoy. And Rebekah’s brought a little something special to the party: A fire pit. As she, Klaus, and Elijah burn their wishes, they come to the realization that it’s best if the Trinity thinks Rebekah is still at sea. In other words, she can’t stay. But she’s okay with it. As she takes the hands of her two favorite brothers, she says her wish has already come true.
Saying her goodbyes once again, Rebekah apologizes to Hayley, who has finally learned what we all learned in season 3 of The Vampire Diaries — even when you hate Klaus, you love him. As for Klaus, Rebekah tells him, “I’ll run away from love if you’ll run toward it.” Yes, she means Cami. And Klaus seems to like the idea. Sadly, Marcel was not invited to the family Christmas celebration.  Instead, he’s left informing Tristan that Vincent is now regent. The bad news for Tristan is that Vincent is not easily manipulated and is ready to enforce justice on all vampires. The bad news for Vincent is that Tristan has gotten his hands on Finn.  As Elijah and Freya have a lovely bonding moment where she admits that she snuck into a Mikaelson Christmas party 100 years ago and was worried she’d always be an outsider, Klaus and Cami have the moment of their own.   After Cami asks if what Rebekah said about Klaus keeping fragile Cami behind glass was true, Klaus gives what might be one of the my favorite romantic speeches ever. Cami wants to know why Klaus saved Kinney, a stranger, today. “Because you wished it,” he tells her. “Because what’s important to you is important to me. What makes you happy makes me want to keep you so. What scares you I want to tear apart. I do not wish to watch you from behind glass, Camille.” So what does he wish? To kiss her, which he does!
From one beautiful image to another, we cut to an incredibly dapper Elijah walking down the street. When he rounds the corner, we discover that he’s meeting with Rebekah. Freya’s spell/skinning didn’t work. The skull mark is back on her arm. And with that, she hands over a dagger and tells him to hide her body and swear not to tell a soul, especially Klaus, whom she wants to be happy. In a beautiful scene between two of my favorite actors on the show, Elijah refuses to dagger his sister. But Rebekah makes a good argument: It will fulfill the family portion of the prophecy, which will allow the remaining siblings to fully trust one another once again. And once the year that the prophecy foretold is over, Freya can find a cure and wake Rebekah up. With tears in his eyes, Elijah fulfills his sister’s wish … and gives us our Elijah Moment of the Week. But he’s not the only one with tears in his eyes. After Klaus and Cami enjoy a quick makeout, we watch as Cami wakes up and looks startled. Just as we panic that she’s regretting kissing Klaus, we cut to Tristan as he checks in on a freakishly chipper Aurora. It seems Aurora thinks today was a “beautiful day,” which can only mean horrible things. Moments later, Klaus wakes up. Sleeping with his arm around Cami, he sees blood on his hand. Turning Cami over, he realizes her throat’s been slit.
That was an amazing that hour and how anyone who watches will  be in tears come episodes end.  a shocking mid-season finale.

25 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS REVIEW: THE ORIGINALS – THE MAP OF MOMENTS

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MAIN CAST
Joseph Morgan (Immortals)
Daniel Gillies (Young Hercules)
Phoebe Tonkin (Bait)
Charles Michael Davis (Battle Scars)
Leah Pipes (Sorority Row)
Danielle Campbell (Behind Closed Doors)
THE MAP OF MOMENTS
GUEST CAST
Claire Holt (Mean Girls 2)
Nathaniel Buzolic (Pretty Little Liars)
Sebastian Roche (Odyssey 5)
Sonja Sohn (Shaft)
Daniel Sharman (Teen Wolf)
Maisie Richardson-Sellers (Star Wars: The Force Awakens)
Keri Lynn Pratt (Cruel Intentions 2)
Aleeah Rogers (Django Unchained)
 We start things off in New Orleans in December of 1914, where Kol, Mary Alice Claire, and Astrid—whom you might recognize from The Originals: The Awakening—are looking for the paragon diamond. Only, by the time they find it, Klaus and Marcel show up, with an even more powerful witch in tow. Within minutes, they’ve got the diamond, and they’ve locked Mary Alice and Astrid in the house, from which they will never escape. The lesson:  Back in present day, Rebekah and Elijah are preparing for the holidays with wreaths, patronization, and a bonfire ritual they used to partake in as a family. While Elijah holds the baby—still one of my favorite images in the entire world—Rebekah prepares the bonfire, and Klaus and Hayley practice another family tradition: Fleeing from one of their deranged parents. Just like that, Hayley and Klaus are reunited with Hope, who wins the emoting award for the adorable smile on her face when Hayley grabs her. Well done, small baby actor. Well done, indeed. Once everyone has reunited, Klaus shares Finn’s story about Dalia and the curse of the first born, which sounds like a Harry Potter book, does it not? Dalia and The Curse of the First Born. Sorry, now’s not the time to worry about Dalia. Instead, Rebekah tells everyone to write down wishes for one another, which they will then burn for good luck. And because it’s Hope’s first bonfire season, they all agree. Or rather, Hayley makes the men participate.
So while the Originals come up with wishes, we travel from Arkansas to New Orleans, where Davina and Kol are performing a spell to protect Cami’s body from Esther’s magic. In other words, Kol is protecting Marcel from the awkwardness of having his old ex jump into his new ex. And once that’s taken care of, he tells Davina that Marcel has the diamond they need to create a Klaus-worthy dagger. And suddenly, Davina is blinded by the accent—or is it the eyes?—and practically rushes to betray her sort-of father. And speaking of sort-of fathers, we catch up with Mikael in the woods, where he’s enjoying a classic holiday tradition: Ripping a werewolf to shreds. But what’s a holiday tradition without family? When Esther shows up—or rather, an illusion of her—Mikael immediately recognizes his beloved. Oh, these two. Move over, Romeo and Juliet! But seriously, these two are so much more fascinating. Apparently, Mikael found out about Esther bringing Ansel back from the dead, so he’s been slaughtering wolves to try to get to him.  With Cami at a loss for how to protect herself, Marcel agrees to let her talk to Finn, but only for a moment. Of course, that moment gets dark fast when Finn starts questioning Cami’s morality and the way she slept with one vamp while “half in love with another.” That then quickly leads into Finn’s discussion of Klaus’ redemption and how he doesn’t believe in it. For the most boring Mikaelson, things are black and white, good and evil. That’s why he intends to kill all the vampires in New Orleans (and all those who stand by them).
Let’s head back to Arkansas, where it’s time for Klaus to write down his wish. After Hayley pulls the “I went through labor and literally died to give you this child” card—because labor wasn’t enough?—he agrees. Well, not really. He basically just tells her to confront Elijah about her upcoming marriage to Jackson. But before she can, Rebekah finds Elijah once again having visions. And in a weak moment, the moral sibling is considering taking Esther’s deal, wondering if their mother will be satisfied with three out of five kids and therefore will leave the rest alone.It’s a fleeting thought, one that’s soon replaced with the how-to’s of #selfies. “Do you think you can cram us into a selfie,” has to be my favorite thing Rebekah has ever said to Klaus. I’ve missed these always-and-forever siblings and their banter. But when said rather impressive selfie has to be burned immediately due to the risks of it getting into the wrong hands, Rebekah is ready to fight back. She agrees to take Esther’s deal, but only long enough to take her mother down with her.  From one selfie-lover to another—Davina’s a teen, right?—Davina and Kol get to snooping around Marcel’s room, during which she finds an old picture of Kol’s less attractive—but still very attractive—self. He then tells her a story about Christmas in 1914, the one time Rebekah did him a solid in helping him get the diamond back from Klaus. More on that later
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Using Kol and Davina, the siblings come up with a plan. They will distract Esther by making her do the body-jumping spell for Rebekah and then kill her before she herself can jump bodies. And if all else fails, they can put Rebekah right back into her smokin’ hot body later.Well, before they can worry about that, they have to get Kol on their team, which means one thing: helping Kol to help himself. In exchange for the paragon diamond, Kol is in. But also, he needs his mother’s hourglass, which means he needs to visit his mother, which means he needs to show up with the White Oak Stake in hand. The good news? He gives his word that he’ll return the stake, and even the sketchiest of Mikaelson brothers is good for his word.Once he’s on board, Kol is quick to find a new body for Rebekah to jump into other than Cami and head home to mother. And by the time Rebekah shows up, Esther is ready to do some magic. After a quick cheers of red wine between mother and daughter, Rebekah and Esther head outside to do the spell. Twist number one: Esther asked for the White Oak Stake so that she could destroy Bekah’s vampire body after the spell was complete. So that whole “if this all goes wrong just put me back” thing isn’t exactly an option anymore.And at the first sign of this all going wrong, Klaus shows up to try and stop the spell. But just before the plan is set into motion, Esther lets it slip that she made an alliance with Mikael who wanted the right to kill Klaus. Too little too late, mama. Klaus stabs Esther in the neck just at the right moment as Davina uses magic to protect Cami. Suddenly, Cami and Rebekah both collapse.
Brief pause! You’re angry now, but you’ll  thank me later. Because before we get back to our witchy aftermath, it’s time for our Elijah moment of the week, which is all about one thing and one thing only: Sex. Sex. Sex. Elijah has sex. See, just when I thought Elijah holding a baby would be my favorite moment of the hour, Hayley goes to tell him about the marriage ritual with Jackson. When she says, “I have to marry Jackson,” his face might as well be my face because of all the tears. Dear God, he’s such a pretty crier. And he’s an even prettier kisser. Elijah pulls Hayley in for what must be their most intense kiss yet before he tells her to marry Jackson. It’s the only way for her to save her wolves and make the city a safe place for Hope. . After Cami wakes up, it’s clear that Davina’s magic worked. She’s still herself. As for Rebekah, well, Kol reveals exclusively to Davina that she actually betrayed him in 1914. She told Klaus he was looking for the diamond and in turn, he was daggered. So now? He’s stuck her in the same witch prison as Mary Alice and Astrid. As for Finn, Mikael broke him out. And Esther? Let’s just say Rebekah’s time away made her the smartest Original in town. When Esther wasn’t looking before the spell, Rebekah slipped her blood into her mother’s drink. Therefore, Esther died with vampire blood in her system. Now, she can either “be the thing you hate the most or you can be dead … your choice, which is more than you ever gave us,” Klaus tells his mother.
An amazing episode that left viewers hanging till January of 2015. Simply amazing.

25 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS REVIEW: THE VAMPIRE DIARIES – THE CHRISTMAS EPISODES – PART 1

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MAIN CAST

Nina Dobrev (Arena)
Paul Wesley (Killer Movie)
Ian Sommerhalder (Pulse)
Steven R. McQueen (Piranha 3D)
Kat Graham (Honey 2)
Zach Roerig (As The World Turns)
Candice King (Juno)
Michael Trevino (Cane)
Joseph Morgan (The Originals)
Matthew Davis (Bloodrayne)
Michael Malarkey (The Selection)

O COME ALL YE FAITHFUL

GUEST CAST
Claire Holt (Mean Girls 2)
Susan Walters (Kill The Messenger)
Grace Phipps (Scream Queens)
Phoebe Tonkin (Bait)
David Alpay (Flashpoint)
Alyssa Diaz (Lie To Me)

The Season 4 winter finale was the first step in bringing everything together in there season arc , bringing Tyler’s quest to use his unsired hybrids to defeat Klaus into the fold as well. What we know about Professor Shane’s ultimate plan is that it involves “expression” magic, a magic so evil it only works with human sacrifice, and Pastor Young blowing up the 12 members of the council in the season premiere was just the beginning. Whatever Shane is up to, it requires at least 12 more sacrifices of the hybrid variety, and Hayley’s job was to deliver them on a silver platter. So while Tyler believed he was unsiring hybrids to ultimately have them rise up against Klaus and defeat him for good, Hayley was working an entirely different agenda, one that ended with her offering up all of the hybrids to Klaus for him to slaughter in a murder montage so incredible. The Klaus presented here , the one who has absolute power but whose soul suffers because of it, the one who kills Tyler’s mother because he knows that’s a much more evil punishment than killing Tyler himself, that’s the Klaus the show needs.

such a wonderful episode set around and an all around classic episode.

CHRISTMAS THROUGH YOUR EYES

GUEST CAST
Penelope Mitchell (Hemlock Grove)
Marguerite MacIntyre (Red Dragon)
Chris Brochu (Soul Surfer)
Jodi Lyn O’Keefe (Halloween: H20)
Chris Wood (Browsers)
With the holidays approaching, Bonnie attempts to replicate her favorite traditions, while reminiscing about happier times with her friends. Not able to return home to Mystic Falls for her favorite time of the year, Caroline is surprised when Sheriff Forbes brings the holidays to her at Whitmore College. Meanwhile, after discovering that Jo has gone missing, Alaric turns to Damon and Elena for help of trying to find her, while Liv and Luke find themselves at odds when Tyler approaches them with a risky plan. Elsewhere, Jeremy helps Matt carry out a plan to take down Enzo but grows concerned when Matt takes things too far. Lastly, Stefan is forced to break some devastating news to Caroline. Alaric and Damon Capture Kai but he absorbs the Travellers spell and escapes, the episode ends with Elena outside the Salvatore Mansion, Kai cloaks her and himself and Damon does not hear or see her as she talks to him, revealing that he has used a clocking spell on them. He then knocks Elena out and abducts her .
Another classic Vampire Diaries Christmas, this episode throws so much stuff at us, The Sheriff having cancer, Kai abducting Elena, its a great episode but with the cliffhanger makes you wait for the next episode to see how it turns out.

COLD AS ICE

GUEST CAST
Annie Wersching (Birds of Prey)
Elizabeth Blackmore (The Road Home)
Scarlett Byrne (Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows)
Teressa Liane (Neighbours)
Todd Lasance (Spartacus)
Damon, Stefan, Nora and Valerie put Lily to rest. Later, as Christmas rings in the air, Stefan and Damon’s search for Julian leads them to a town outside Mystic Falls. While they search based on Bonnie’s locator spell-given address, they end their search at a bar filled with dead Santa’s. After a while, Julian appears and there is a tiff between the brothers and him which later aggravates back home. Meanwhile, Nora becomes friendly with Bonnie during a toy drive. Alaric fears that Caroline is struggling with her pregnancy as her blood feeding urges keep her on the edge. Caroline shares a heart-to-heart talk with Sheriff Forbes’s gravestone. Valarie teams with Stefan to abduct Mary Louise in order to force Julian to come out in the open and fight. Later, an unseen being whisks the unconsious Mary Louise away. The Salvatore brothers-Julian fight finally leads to Damon being staked by the Phoenix stone-dagger and getting trapped inside his hell. The same happens for Stefan as a revenge-seeking Nora pushes the dagger inside him, after siphoning out Bonnie’s magic. It is shown that Damon is reliving his Civil War days while being trapped in the Phoenix stone – where he is gravely injured and scared.
WOW!! a great way to end on a mid season making us all wait till January 2016, just like The Originals 2015 Christmas this one leaves you on a gut wrenching moment not knowing what will happen next.

REVIEW: THE ORIGINALS – SEASON 5

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MAIN CAST

Joseph Morgan (Immortals)
Daniel Gillies (Spider-Man 2)
Phoebe Tonkin (Bait)
Charles Michael Davis (Sideswiped)
Yusuf Gatewood (The Interpreter)
Riley Voelkel (Prom)
Danielle Rose Russell (Aloha)

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RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Summer Fontana (Dark Phoenix)
Nathaniel Buzolic (Out of The Blue)
Torrace Coombs (Reign)
Nadine Lewington (Holby City)
Christina Moses (Containment)
Jamie Murray (Fright Night 2)
Robert Baker (Supergirl)
Claire Holt (Mean Girls 2)
Leah Pipes (Terminator: TSCC)
Danielle Campbell (Runaways)
Matt Davis (S. Darko)
Nathan Parsons (Roswell, New Mexico)
Sebastian Roché (Odyssey 5)
Demetrius Bridges (The Huff)
Jedidiah Goodacre (Tomorrowland)
Alexis Louder (Black Panther)
Nicholas Alexander (Good Girls)
Shiva Kalaiselvan (Gotham)
Jamie Thomas King (The Tudors)
Colin Woodell (The Purge)
Candice King (Juno)

Phoebe Tonkin and Danielle Rose Russell in The Originals (2013)The final season of The Originals begins seven years after the core members of the Mikaelson family – Klaus, Elijah, Rebekah and Kol – each absorb a quarter of the Hollow’s dark energy and flee New Orleans to keep their beloved city and young Hope safe. In the interim, Vincent and Josh preside over the Big Easy almost devoid of conflict, while Hayley and Freya watch Hope grow into a teenager, eventually opting to send her to the Salvatore School so that Caroline can keep an eye on her.Daniel Gillies in The Originals (2013)With Marcel following Rebekah out of town and Elijah stripped of his memory, the danger seems to be contained… until a sudden tragedy forces the siblings to return home. As the Mickaelsons return to New Orleans, bringing the pieces of a centuries old evil with them, it becomes clear that the closing chapter of this family saga will be as bloody and emotional as ever.The Originals (2013)I have so enjoyed the series year after year, always so many twists and turns through each season. I went from hating Klaus Michaelson during much of the Vampire Diaries to actually loving his character because of his portrayal in this series. He went from a seemingly ravenous monster to a loyal family loving character who would not tolerate anyone threatening their welfare.  It’s a show that will be missed but at least we have Legacies to continue the franchise.

REVIEW: REVIEW: THE ORIGINALS – SEASON 4

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MAIN CAST

Joseph Morgan (Immortals)
Daniel Gillies (Spider-Man 2)
Phoebe Tonkin (Bait)
Charles Michael Davis (Sideswiped)
Yusuf Gatewood (The Interpreter)
Riley Voelkel (Prom)
Summer Fontana (Dark Phoenix)

Joseph Morgan and Charles Michael Davis in The Originals (2013)
RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Steven Krueger (Goosebumps)
Taylor Cole (Heroes)
Debra Mooney (Tootsie)
Christina Moses (Containment)
Nathaniel Buzolic (Out of The Blue)
Jason Dohring (Vronica Mars)
Darri Ingolfsson (Dexter)
Blu Hunt (The New Mutants)
Claire Holt (Mean Girls 2)
Leah Pipes (Terminator: TSCC)
Danielle Campbell (Runaways)
Matt Davis (S. Darko)
Neil Jackson (Blade: The Series)
Keahu Kahuanui (Ten Wolf)
Maisie Richardson-Sellers (Legends of Tomorrow)
Lyndon Smith (The Forger)
Sebastian Roché (Odyssey 5)
Nathan Parsons (Roswell, New Mexico)

Phoebe Tonkin in The Originals (2013)One might think in the post-Twilight era that the moody, dark, bleak, and sexy Vampire genre might be on the downturn. And in some ways, it is. The Vampire Diaries, Julie Plec’s other brainchild, just recently wrapped up production. Bookstore shelves are no longer packed with dark-covered, flowery-lettered novels about forbidden romances between vampires and humans. Once hopeless romantic teenagers seem to have moved on to other things, culturally and emotionally alike.Joseph Morgan and Summer Fontana in The Originals (2013)But The Originals is still hanging on out there, here in its fourth season. Season four itself marks something of the end of an era. It was the final season for Executive Producer Michael Narducci, leaving the show since being with it from day one and handing the reigns over the Plec for season five. She’ll certainly have her hands full considering where this season goes and how it ends. It definitely upsets the proverbial apple cart in more ways than one, but even with the radical change it brings it might just be the most satisfying season finale yet.Daniel Gillies and Phoebe Tonkin in The Originals (2013)Season four’s episodes begin on the fifth anniversary of the once all-powerful Mikaelson family’s greatest defeat, with Klaus held captive by Marcel Gerrard and siblings Elijah and Rebekah deep in an enchanted sleep. After daring rescues, the Mikaelsons are reunited, only to face an even bigger threat: the reveal of a malevolent power that has strong ties to their most vulnerable family member. In response to a devastating attack by this nightmarish entity, the Mikaelsons stand their ground and forge an alliance with former friends Marcel and Vincent Griffith, leader of the New Orleans witches, to confront an enemy more powerful than themselves. The dysfunctional siblings and their allies have no choice but to fight together — even if this is to be their final battle.Joseph Morgan in The Originals (2013)Season four doesn’t pick up immediately where season three ended. The show pushes forward several years. Baby Hope isn’t so little and hopeless anymore. She’s grown quite a bit, and she’s become more than simply the sum of her size and her upbringing. Things have changed, but one thing hasn’t: the Mikaelson family bond. With all they have been through, though, and all that is sure to come, that seems to be one thing in the crosshairs. The season’s arc certainly challenges the family in ways it has never been challenged before. A new villain — The mysterious and very powerful and very hungry Hollow — promises to test the family to its breaking point. As the enemy grows in power, the family must unite more closely than ever before, rally around one of their own, and even battle in a more heroic light than ever before, to save themselves, the city they love, and perhaps even the larger world around them. But can the family withstand the testing of the very bonds that have kept them together? Season four pokes and prods and pushes in a way none of the previous seasons have before.Joseph Morgan and Taylor Cole in The Originals (2013)Perhaps the best part of season four, then, isn’t what happens in season four but rather what it portends for season five. Audiences will be left dangling, not necessarily on a major cliffhanger but rather something better: the possibility of something new, a new approach, a different outlook for season five. Things most certainly change in season four. It’s one of great upheaval, particularly at its endpoint, that rocks the status quo. But Plec and Narducci leave the season on a bittersweet note. There’s a sense of hope — literally — across the expansive world of The Originals. Even as things will most certainly be different next season with Narducci out and the show’s established routine turned on its head, there nevertheless seems like a chance for a new beginning. It’ll certainly be interesting to watch how things play out in its final season, and one that promises to be its most unique at that, at least early on. There’s no way of knowing if things will return to normal in NoLa and for the Mikaelson family, but it’s going to be a whole lot of fun finding out.

REVIEW: THE ORIGINALS – SEASON 3

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MAIN CAST

Joseph Morgan (Immortals)
Daniel Gillies (Spider-Man 2)
Phoebe Tonkin (Bait)
Charles Michael Davis (Sideswiped)
Leah Pipes (Sorority Row)
Danielle Campbell (Runaways)
Yusuf Gatewood (The Interpreter)
Riley Voelkel (Prom)

Joseph Morgan and Andrew Lees in The Originals (2013)

RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Nathaniel Buzolic (Hacksaw Ridge)
Andrew Lees (Unfriended: Dark Web
Oliver Ackland (Blidner)
Rebecca Breeds Home and Away)
Caspar Zafer (True True Lie_
Jason Dohring (Veronica Mars)
Nathan Parsons (Roswell, New Mexico)
Steven Krueger (Goosebumps)
Tracy Ifeachor (Legends of Tomorrow)
Haley Ramm (X-Men: The Last Stand)
Claire Holt (Mean Girls 2)
Paul Wesley (Killer Movie)
Zach Roerig (The Gifted)
Maisie Richardson-Sellers (Legends of Tomorrow_
Debra Mooney (Tootsie)
Leslie-Anne Huff (Chuck)
Taylor Cole (Heroes)

Yusuf Gatewood and Leah Pipes in The Originals (2013)For fans soapy Vampire-centric content, Julie Plec is the gift that keeps on giving. The creator of the hit CW show The Vampire Diaries and its darker New Orleans spinoff show The Originals seems to have this kind of thing down to a science. With The Originals in particular, Plec has created a brooding world of vamps, werewolves, witches, and humans in a tale that’s grown some Shakespearean legs as it powers through its violent, sordid, and complex machinations. It’s finally found its stride in season three, the most daring yet and, for the character roster, most damaging. Season three doesn’t let the characters off unscathed, and as it builds towards its violent climax, nobody is safe and the world of The Originals will forever be defined by what happens in the final few episodes.Daniel Gillies in The Originals (2013)The Original vampire-werewolf hybrid Klaus Mikaelson and his brother Elijah have spent 1,000 years fighting to protect their dysfunctional family. And now that Klaus and the hybrid Hayley share an infant daughter, Hope, the stakes are higher than ever. As season three begins, Klaus and Elijah are estranged from each other, even as both brothers adjust to life with their long-lost sister, Freya. Hayley suffers mightily at the hands of Klaus’s petty vengeance, while Marcel and Davina rule the city. Cami and Vincent are tangled in a surprising mystery involving the newest resident of New Orleans — the first vampire ever sired by the Mikaelsons. With threats from the rebellious Strix and a fatal prophecy hanging over the Mikaelsons, all 22 sexy and suspenseful episodes simmer with bloodlust, revenge, and supernatural warfare.Phoebe Tonkin in The Originals (2013)The Originals has its roots in the story of family, which is certainly the driving force for the series’ greater drama and action and definitely the elephant in the room for season three’s juicy happenings and epic finale. What has come to define the Mikaelson’s comes to a head in season three, putting them on a path towards destruction that could alter the show’s landscape forever. Season three pushes hard to an intensive finish that will rewrite what viewers have come to know of the show, but not what to expect. It’s dark and violent, yet more so than before. Season three follows a larger arc but, in a way, feels more intimate and personal at the same time, expanding itself while finding a greater inner core of its main characters. The season teases, and works towards, a classic Shakespearean finish that puts season four in the driver’s seat and the spotlight as it must maneuver through the most invasive and entertaining string of events yet that transform the world and put fans on notice to expect the show’s continued evolution as it moves forward.Joseph Morgan and Riley Voelkel in The Originals (2013)Season three is the best yet in terms of its technical merits, too. Performances in particular are strong as ever, devilishly fun and enticingly complex, growing ever more so as the season moves forward. The show has reached that point where the comfort level within the individual players and collectively through the whole has solidified and enhanced the program’s core drama but given greater weight to the more intimate characteristics that really define them beyond the broader-stroke storytelling mechanics. Personalities seem fully settled but, at the same time, evolving even in the micro arena with every exchange and event, no matter how small or large. The performances are really quite good, playing up the series’ and the characters’ qualities with a dark, serious edge that gives merit to what can otherwise sometimes be hammy, soapy storylines. Of course, season three’s expanded narrative maturity plays a big part in that, but it’s clear that the cast has hit its stride and bought in to everything Plec and company have thrown at them.