Friday, June 23, 2017

THE ORIGINALS' season finale airs tonight on THE CW

THE ORIGINALS airs on THE CW and tonight is the season finale.  If you missed last week, Marcia updates you:


The Originals (last new episode of the season airs next Friday)


Friday night on The CW, the latest episode of The Originals aired.  Remember, next Friday is the finale.

So The Hollow is in Hope (Hayley and Klaus' daughter).  Hayley tries to brush Hope's hair and notices that Hope is acting weird.  Marcel injects Sofia and explains, when she comes to, that she has been in coma since The Hollow entered her.

She says The Hollow isn't dead, she can still feel it.

Vincent is charged by The Hollow's underlings who steal the book on The Hollow.

Let's move to something nice.

Freya goes to see Keelen.  She explains that when she was battling The Hollow, she saw her greatest fear: Keelen dying and Freya having no way to stop it.

The two made love.


After, this exchange . . .

Keelen: You coming to see me this morning, it was nice.

Freya:  Truth is, I almost ran.  Pretty good at that actually.

Keelen: Why didn't you?

Freya:  Well, it just hit me that when I die, I'm not going to wake up five minutes later.  Neither are you.  Compared to the rest of my family, my life is going to be so short and I guess I just didn't want to waste it anymore.

Keelan: Glad you didn't.

They kiss.

Even if Hayley hadn't decided it was over with Eli, Freya and Keelen would be my favorite couple.

And, yes, it's over.

Rebecca spoke with Hayley who told her that she didn't want Hope raised to believe it was normal that you destroy whole cities to wipe out your enemies, etc.

Hayley was avoiding Eli but he sensed what was going on and talked with Klaus.

It's always kind of weird that Hayley and Klaus had the baby but it was Klaus' brother Eli that Hayley loved.

Vincent harnessed the power of Marcel (with Marcel's reluctant agreement) to go back and time to the creation of The Hollow and he heard its birth but was thrown back out.  Marcel's power wasn't strong enough.  Vincent needs the book that was stolen or . . .

"That leaves us with one option, I have to be dead."

So he goes dead while Eli and Klaus go after the underlings.

Rebecca talks to The Hollow who she thinks is her niece Hope.

The Hollow has tossed out a friendship bracelet into the fire and Rebecca thinks Hope is scared.  "In a thousand years, nothing has bested us.  We can't be defeated," Rebecca assures her.

"Well there is one thing," The Hollow says.

And The Hollow makes a piece of wood pierce Rebecca from the back and down she goes.

Meanwhile a happy Freya enters the compound and goes up to Hayley, "I know we're not always the most honest around here but I had to tell someone . . ."

She looks at Hayley and stops because Hayley is so depressed.

Hayley explains Hope is acting weird and hands Freya the brush she was trying to brush Hope's hair with, "I took this from Hope's room, do a reading on this tell me what kind of energy you feel."

Freya casts a spell . . . It's The Hollow.

Klaus and Eli are about to tear into the underlings when one tells them that The Hollow is in Hope.

Klaus goes into vampire mode and tears into it the man.

Freya explains to Keelen what's going on and Keelen insists that she's going to go along.

They kiss.

Keelen: "Don't try to stop me."

Freay: "I already have."

Freya's cast a spell on Keelen to keep her there and safe.

As she walks out, Hayley is watching Hope and proposing they go do something fun but Hope won't even look at her.

And as The Hollow makes remarks, Hayley's tired of playing.

She tells The Hollow, "I want my daughter back."


Meanwhile, some underlings arrive at the graveyard to kill Vincent before he can go back to when The Hollow was created.  Marcel's protecting Vincent and is supposed to bring him back to life with the same shot that pulled Sofia out of her coma.

He tells them that they're not going to hurt Vincent unless they go through him "and in case you haven't heard I can't die."

They don't care, they're up for the challenge.

As they fight, Hayley and The Hollow exchange words.

"I don't care how long it takes or what I have to do I will get my daughter back," Hayley tells her.


The Hollow: You won't. Hope is still fighting but she'll give in soon.

The Hollow flashes Hope's arm where the image of the serpent swallowing its own tail is about 1/4 visible.

The Hollow: Once this is complete, I'll be in her body permanently.

Then she adds, "You won't hurt me I'm your daughter."

Freya appears from behind chanting a spell.

It causes The Hollow to pass out.

Hayley: How long do we have?

Freya:  Not long.  We need to work fast.


They do.

But as they do, The Hollow turns to mist above Hope's body and goes down to confront them.

She tosses Freya across the room and then, when Hayley charges her, sends a knife type weapon through her.

As Marcel, Vincent, Sofia, Eli and Klaus get ready to enter the compound,  Sofia stops Klaus to explain about when The Hollow possessed her, "While she had me all I wanted to do was give up."

She adds, "You can't let that happen to Hope."


As a result, Klaus goes into spiritual mode and visits Hope to encourage her to fight.

The others work on confronting The Hollow.

Sofia sees lights flickering and then The Hollow appears before her.

The Hollow: Hello again.

She causes Sofia to fall and bleed out of her mouth.  (She's not dead.  She'll be back alive in the final scene.)

Klaus: Hope listen to me, you need to stay awake, you have to stay with me, can you do that?

Hope: I'll try.

He tells her that he was brutal and evil before she was born but from the minute he saw her he wanted to be a worthy father and he needs her.

Eli sees Hayley staked and vows vengeance.

The Hollow: How predictable.

Eli: You will pay for this.

The Hollow: I've killed you once Elijah I won't hesitate to do so again.


She tosses Eli out of commission.

Marcel enters telling her to show herself and asking, "What's the matter, the big bad Hollow too scared to face me?"

The Hollow: I hide from no one. Especially not some would be king of New Orleans

She then ends Marcel (Marcel, like Klaus, Rebecca and Eli, is a vampire and can't die, Hayley's a wolf and she's not dead either).

Vincent enters.

Vincent: That is vicious.  Even for you. He must have struck a nerve.

Vincent trapped her.

Vincent: Now I'm going to put you in your cave forever.

He means the book.  He's casting the spell.

As this happens, Klaus is trying to keep Hope away.

What do we all hate?

I blabber.  Someone who blathers on and on and doesn't do the job.

Meet Vincent.

He stops mid-spell to inform her that what she's feeling?  That's losing and blah blah blah.

Thanks Vincent.

She used that moment to break free.

The Hollow: You think you've beaten me!

Vincent is out, she's back in Hope.


Back in Hope's body, The Hollow walks to the stairs, sees the book next to the circle that held her.

She aims her hand at the book and sets it on fire.

She burns the book.

Commercial break.

Last segment of the show.

Rebecca, Klaus, Hayley, Freya, Keelen, Marcel, Sofia, Eli and Vincent are all at the compound.

Hayley: Where is she?

Vincent: I couldn't save her.  She's The Hollow now.

A cloud of sadness descends.



Rebecca: There must be some other way.

Freya: Vincent?

Vincent: I don't know any other way.


Hayley's not accepting that result.  She says she's going to save her daughter.  Eli grabs her shoulder.

Eli: Let me help.

Hayley: Don't touch me.

Eli: I am on your side.

Hayley: I should never have brought her back here.


The Hollow meets with her underlings who bow before her.

She smiles/smirks.

At the compound, Sofia comforts Vincent, while Rebecca turns her back on them.

Klaus enters the compound.

Klaus: A thousand years ago, we three [Rebecca, Eli and Klaus] made an enternal vow to protect each other always and fover. Freya, that vow now includes you as it includes my daughter. She's my heart and sould. Right now, she's outthere alone in the darkness fighting.  We can't give up.  So I'm begging you, all of you, if there's any chance --

Vincent: I think I know a way to save her.

All eyes turn to look at Vincent.

Vincent: If we go this route, this is going to be the end of your family, this is going to be the end of always and forever.




Iraq snapshot

Friday, June 23, 2017.  Chaos and violence continue, a judge weighs in on Iraqi Christian refugees in the US, The Mosul Slog continues and much more.



Starting with the topic of refugees . . .


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From Syria to Libya to Iraq and beyond, millions of refugees wouldn't have fled if the US, the UK and co. didn't destabilize their homelands


They didn't create themselves.

Before the start of this decade, the Iraq War had already created the largest refugee crisis in the Middle East since 1948.

And that's only continued through this day.

Some of the displaced stay in other parts of Iraq.

Some leave for other countries.

Those who turn to other countries arrive hoping they've found a place where they can create a home.


For a number of Iraqi Christians, the US may not be that place as they've been informed that they are being deported.

Some hope emerged yesterday.


BREAKING: Detroit judge temporarily halts deportation of more than 100 Iraqi Christians who fear torture if sent back.

A Detroit judge has temporarily halted deportation of 100+ Iraqi Christians who fear persecution if returned. ICYMI:


US judge halts deportation of more than 100 Iraqi Christians









Meanwhile, it's day 247 of The Mosul Slog.




Mosul to be liberated in a few days as [the Islamic State] on the verge of defeat says Iraqi PM
Thousands of civilians trapped in Mosul as fighting continues
Mosul's Old City is being reduced to rubble. More than 100 thousand people are believed to be trapped as the battles continues. Iraqi PM says forces will retake Mosul within days.



Of course, prime minister Hayder al-Abadi has been making the "within days" claim for 247 days, over eight months.

247 days.

And the operation only kicked off after Mosul had been occupied by the Islamic State for over two years.


The Islamic State seized control in June of 2014.


The liberation has resulted in increasing the refugee population and civilians being targeted.




This is what, the Iraqi army, U.S and France allies in the region is doing...






Iraq's late for provincial elections.  They were supposed to be held in April.

National elections are to be held next year -- or supposed to be.

Protests are taking place over the Independent High Electoral Commission.

Which is a good thing.

It's impacted each election negatively.

And usually the complaints are on hold until after the election is days away.






These protests could make a difference.

Meanwhile, the violence continues.


XINHUA reports, "Six civilians were killed and 11 wounded on Friday when four suicide bombers attacked the town of al-Baghdadi in Iraq's western province of Anbar, a provincial police source told Xinhua."  AFP notes that the death toll has now increased to nine.














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