Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Ships That aren't Shipping -- Part Ten: Elijah and Haley on The Originals

Number ten and my final post of ships that aren't shipping, but totally should be. If you want to catch up on the nine couples before they were: Part One: Oliver and Felicity on Arrow, Part Two: Charlie and Monroe on Revolution, Part Three: Emma and Hook from Once Upon a Time, Part Four: Skye and Ward from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Part Five: Wade and Zoe from Hart of Dixie, Part Six: Aria and Ezra on Pretty Little Liars, Part Seven: The Tomorrow People...Stephen/Cara/John/Astrid, Part Eight: Damon and Elena on the Vampire Diaries and Part Nine: Sam and Andy on Rookie Blue.
For our final couple, I'm visiting the most frustrating relationship out of all ten couples... hard to believe, because some of those previously mentioned relationships are pretty dam frustrating!

And the award for the most almost-but-not-quite kisses goes to...
When this spin-off show from the Vampire Diaries was announced, I'll admit I was skeptical. If it was going to be just another version of the Vampire Diaries, but with different characters in a different city, then I couldn't imagine it would be all that great. But I started watching because the "original" vampire family had always fascinated me. Within a couple of episodes, I was totally hooked and surprised to find I'd been wrong about how well the concept would work. The tone and intensity of The Originals is totally different to the Vampire Diaries, and dare I say it, in a lot of ways better.
The fact that Haley, as a werewolf, was pregnant with vampire-werewolf hybrid Klaus' baby was interesting enough, but it soon became apparent there was something beginning to simmer between Hayley and Klaus' brother Elijah. The pregnancy was the result of one night and a few too many drinks, so Elijah technically wasn't stepping on anyone's toes with his interest in Haley, however it still did cause some jealousy and tension, with Klaus at one point making wild accusations about Elijah trying to replace him as a father figure in the baby's life.
The baby aside, it was revealed that Klaus' fixation on keeping his siblings close and jealousies whenever any outside element came into the picture had destroyed more than a few of Elijah's relationships. We already knew this to be true of their sister Rebecca, so it was interesting to discover Klaus had treated Elijah in the same manner.
Interestingly enough, while it is always made obvious that Klaus is the more extreme, cruel and callous brother, I actually think that secretly, Elijah is the more ruthless of the two, (especially where Hayley is concerned) but hides it under his suits and veneer of honor. This was highlight in an episode where the witches launched a mystical attack to make Hayley miscarry the baby.
Up to that point, Elijah had been fairly sympathetic to the witches and was diplomatically trying to find a way for everyone to live in peace. Elijah got Hayley through the worst of it, and it was one of those memorable scenes where the tension and drama were so perfectly balanced. After Hayley is safe, Elijah makes a promise to the witch who helped them that he wouldn't let Klaus kill the elder witch who'd been behind the attack. Elijah goes to track down Klaus, who was holding the witch at a church. When he arrived, Elijah took control of the situation, which pissed off Klaus, but as things unfolded, with Elijah pretty much killing everyone in the room, Klaus was quite obviously impressed with his brother's tactics. It was easily one of the most badass Elijah scene to date. Elijah said he'd promised that Klaus wouldn't kill the witch, but had said nothing about himself. Its those kind of brilliant, diabolical moments that we get to see Elijah can be totally brtual and merciless when it comes to people threatening the ones he loves.

Given the number of complications, Elijah has managed to resist Haley (and I'm talking heroic heights of resisting here) no matter what has happened between them.
 These two have almost kissed so many times, I've lost count. They can't be in the same room together without the making the temperature rise about a thousand degrees, and if they happen to be within touching distance, then it seems they can't help but get their hands on one another, even in the most innocent of brushes. And no matter what else is going on, Hayley always comes first for Elijah, no matter how he tries to hide or deny it. He's always making sure she's safe, or coming through for her in ways no one else can. There have been some great moments, like when a witch gave Elijah the choice between saving Klaus, Rebecca or Hayley, Elijah didn't even think twice before going to Hayley. Of course, when she called him on it later, he had a perfectly logical explanation, but even without those reasons, I still think his instincts would have sent him rescuing her. Elijah also helped Hayley break a curse that had been put on the other werewolves in her family, which made things more complicated for himself, and created another wedge that could drive them apart, but it was easy to see he never even thought twice about helping her. Elijah's devotion to Hayley, the little things he does that could go unnoticed in the grand scheme of things, I think those are the things that make him the perfect romance hero, and I'd love to be able to create a character like that.
It will be interesting to see where and how this relationship continues to develop. Judging by sneak peek clips for the next upcoming episode, it seems like Elijah has at last reached breaking point where Klaus and Hayley are concerned.

With only a handful of episodes left in the season, I'm hoping the writers will go some way to resolving Elijah and Hayley's feelings for one another. However, I'm sure they'll do it in some dramatic fashion that will leave us hanging for season 2.

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