The series I selected for this assignment is called The Originals. This show first aired on the network CW on august 1, 2013. Later on becoming a hit and landing on Netflix for others to enjoy. The show is about this family of vampires, The Mikaelsons, who made apromise “always and forever” meaning they will always be by each other’s side no matter what. Throughout the centuries this promise has not been something enlightening but more of a curse. This promise came about when the siblings were children/ young adults. The characters are Esther(mother), Rebekah, Kol,Mikael(father), Finn, Henrik, Niklaus, and Elijah. They used to live in avillage in the woods where wolves roamed the long night. One night one of the siblings (Henrik) was killed by a wolf. Esther was a powerful witch and Mikael being hurt from losing his son and wanting to protect his family, forced her to created a spell to protect them all. Esther tapped into dark magic creating the first vampires. That is where the originals come from because the Mikaelsons were born vampires not turned into by a bite.
Mikael resented Niklaus after the death of his other son. In a way I believe he blames him because Niklaus and Henrik were together when he died. After the other son’s death, Mikael has been picking on Klaus on anything he does or when training. Things grew worse when a full moon appeared and Klaus started turning into a wolf. This meant that Klaus had wolf genes in him, which made him a hybrid. His bite was uncurable. This also meant that Klaus was not Mikael’s son, which gave him a bigger motive to hate him. From then, Klaus made his siblings promise “always and forever” and have been running from their father ever since.
The show starts off by showing Niklaus and Elijah landing on their home town New Orleans. From there you can notice the difference between the two brothers. Klaus is more of a task-oriented person. As soon a he appeared, he didn’t care who it was that approach him. He showed off all the power he possessed. You could also tell by the way he posed and devoured the human that he found on the ship. Klaus had his hands opened and head tilted a bit to the side as if asking “who is next”? By his body language you could see how arrogant he is. On the other hand, Elijah is more like Klaus foil. He is calmer and knows when to unleash his inner beast. Elijah’s posture was more conserved and he didn’t take up much space. In the seen, Elijah composed himself as if what was happening with Klaus or the fact that Klaus and himself are vampires was normal. In this scene, some of the indirect verbal communicationwould be when Rebekah is introducing the siblings to the man who entered the ship and she sighs when Klaus asks “Are you saving the best for last”? From this you can infer how sick she is to be around Klaus. You can also notice how Elijah has this father/ authority figure because Rebekah has asked him if she could eat one of the men who entered the ship.
The second scene moves into the city of New Orleans where the people are modern and they don’t speak in old English nor with English accents. The city is a city of parties and festivals, they have new people visiting every night. This scene reveals Klaus’s inner and outer conflicts. Elijah sharing a drink with the bartender speaks upon what troubles Klaus. Klaus thinks people from that city are conspiring against him. He also felt that he didn’t belong to the Mikaelson family because he didn’t share the same father as the others. Klaus being the protagonist is always getting himself into trouble meanwhile Elijah follows him around getting him out of trouble. This makes Elijah the collective character out of the two. Elijah rather talk things out rather than get what he wants by making people fear him. Klaus having the characteristics of individualism, went to New Orleans killing anyone in sight to get to the bottom of everything. Klaus was disturbed to find out how his city had changed after his family left. The city now had norms and laws that the king Marcel enforced with his vampires. Klaus appose these rules and went against the king and tried to get back his kingdom. This places him under the low uncertainty avoidance.
As you continue watching this show you notice it is a coming of age story for each of the characters, specially for Klaus. In this first episode, Klaus was summoned to New Orleans by the witches because they found a wolf girl who is pregnant with Klaus’s baby. No one believes it because vampires can’t have kids but sense he’s also a wolf, it opened a loop whole. Klaus’s circle of people is very small due to the fact that he is always paranoid of who can he trust but towards the end of this episode, it shows through non-verbal communication how Klaus softens up by the idea of creating/ expending his family with this baby. Towards the end you notice how Elijah’s main focus which was Klaus, shifted a bit after the sight of the wolf girl, Haylie. That makes Klaus a bit jealous at the end because of his greed. I believe that he kind of wanted her to think of him as her hero or want to be by his side but instead found comfort in Elijah. I found this show to be pretty interesting, in fact one of my favorites which is why I chose it.