Why I Don’t Like Klaus on The Originals — A New Viewer’s Perspective
As someone who's never watched The Vampire Diaries but has heard a lot about it, picking up The Originalshas been a strange experience. There are my expectations, and then there's reality, and the two haven't really meshed yet — especially when it comes to the show's handsome anti-hero, Klaus.
From everything I'd heard, I should be head-over-heels in love with this character already. I'm a sucker for delightfully wicked characters struggling towards redemption, or even just showing moments of remorse, and I thought Klaus was going to fit the bill from day one. I tuned in expecting him to quickly ascend the ranks of Best Vampires Ever in my mind, but four episodes later, I'm left cold.
I've been trying to figure out why, and after pondering this important question for a few weeks, I've come to the conclusion that it's a combo two things: I haven't seen enough of that supposed good side I've heard so much about, and he's not deliciously evil enough to make up for it.
So far, from this new viewer's point-of-view, Klaus has been almost tediously dickish and self-serious. He's screwed Rebekah (who is awesome) out of ever having a proper love-life because he's boringly overprotective and cruel. He wants to take New Orleans because of, what, wounded pride? Because that's what the evil vamp would do in this situation? His relationship with Hayley has certainly added nothing positive into the mix. Last week, we got some insight into his life philosophy, which was mildly interesting, but in the end I've heard the "there's no good and evil, only survival and selfishness" spiel too many times before for it to singlehandedly elevate Klaus in my eyes, especially when it was delivered with such overwrought angst.
It's actually Marcel that has caught my villain lovin' heart, and the differences make it clear why Klaus isn't working for me yet. Unlike his rival for power, Marcel is fun to watch. He's definitely a bad guy, but a bad guy overflowing with charisma and charm. Plus, as a new viewer who's not necessarily inclined to side with the Mikaelson's in principle, I've got to say, the man has some legitimate grievances against them — especially Klaus. I feel like I have a clearer handle on his internal life, and so it's Marcel's moments of genuine emotion that I find myself eagerly anticipating each week.
Will The Originals be able to woo me over to Team Klaus? Each week we've been given a little more insight into him, and I will say that he's growing on me very, very slowly, so I hope one day I'll be able to root for him. After all, have you seen that jawline? It would be a shame to waste that on a character I don't like.
New viewers: Are you Team Klaus yet, or are you having a hard time warming up to him? Sound off in the comments below!
Rebecca Martin is an Associate Editor at Wetpaint Entertainment and our resident Game of Thrones, Pretty Little Liars, and genre TV expert. Follow her on Twitter and Google+!