“Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the DVD I reviewed in this Blog Post. The opinions I share are my own.

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. 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.

Studio: Warner Brothers
Year: 2018
Release Date: October 2, 2018
Run time: 572 minutes
Rating: NR

Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 mix
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Disc Spec: 3 DVD
Region: A

In comparison to its mother show, I think this show can easily stand alone. ‘The Vampire Diaries’ was pretty cliche and has a relatively amateur feel. It also includes the “helpless girl” who needs a man to save her, and I think The Originals stays pretty far away from that genre as Hayley is a strong female lead, who, especially as the show goes on, proves that she is far from helpless. Rebekah I wouldn’t necessarily count as a major lead since she often disappears from the show for a period of time before making a reappearance. Although some may interpret Rebekah’s character as reliant on Marcel at times, I would argue that she’s just lost in the idea of love, happiness, starting her own family and coming to terms with what that means to her as a Mikaelson and how she can achieve her own version of that. That idea definitely becomes more present in the later seasons.

Going into season 5 I wasn’t sure the show was going to be able to live up to what it had previously as in Season 4. However, not only did the show not lose its footing, it found a new one that added to the story line even more and set up the show for its eventual close. A big strength in the show is that almost never falters – every episode is at least just as good as the last, and I found myself feeling more for every character’s loses and gains.

Movie Quality: 8/10

Special Features

  • The Originals: 2017 Comic Con Panel
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Gag Reel

Special Features: 8/10

Final Thoughts

Not one season has been a disappointment, especially with how things end here in Season 5; it contains an engaging and meaningful plot that serves its purpose in encompassing the audience with the characters.
Overall Rating: 8/10