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Legacies – Malivore (1×05)



Should he stay or should he go?

That was one of the first decisions the newly formed council had to make when it came down to Landon.

It turns out, even in magical worlds, elections don’t always go off without a hitch. And voter fraud is just as common in the supernatural realm as it is it the mortal realm.

Rick acknowledged that student body they should be more involved in the decisions that affect their futures, and then he let them figure it out while he went off to chase a new monster of the week that was feeling drawn to the mystical knife.

Yes, the same knife Landon stole.

If you’ve been feeling a little exhausted by the endless monsters that provide no resolution, you’ll  be happy to know that tonight’s episode provided direction, gave Landon purpose and established the “big bad” of the season.

I, personally, haven’t been convinced that Legacies was worth my time or worthy to follow in the footsteps of The Vampire Diaries and The Originals, but that’s all changing.

Lizzie was convinced she’d win the vote from the witch faction, however, Penelope had other plans in mind. She convinced the witches to nominate Josie as their leader which came as a surprise to Josie herself.

Penelope hasn’t been painted in a good light from the beginning and though she didn’t go about it in a nice way — causing a rift between sisters isn’t encouraged — she did have altruistic motivations.

There’s no denying that Josie lives in Lizzie’s shadow and Penelope’s push is just what she needs to stand her ground and become more authoratative.

And, although, it hurt Lizzie, she needs to be put in her place. She’s conceited and thinks the whole world revolves around her. The sooner they address this, the better it will be when the inevitable curse of the Gemini coven sets in — one of them must die. A little more on this later.

M.J set himself up for failure by believing that Kaleb, the guy who blamed him for being in vampire prison in the first place, would vouch for him. It was obvious Kaleb was going to get him back by convincing the vampire faction to vote for him, though I don’t think that’s going to end well in the long run.

Why would he even be eligible considering what he pulled on the previous episode?

Rafael scored the vote for the wolf faction only because he challenged Jed in a violent match and kicked his ass. I don’t know how one becomes an alpha, but the duel mimicked exactly what happens in the animal kingdom: the strongest man took home the gold.

Of course, we know that Rafael was only interested in leading the pack so he could keep his brother Landon safe at the school.

Sadly, his plan went awry.

Hope did her best to prove that Landon has a smidge of magical abilities but came up empty handed.

After he was almost beaten to death by a scorned Jed, she decided it was safer for him to leave the school.

And realistically, I have to agree. While I’d love to keep Landon around — no fear, he’ll be back soon — if he isn’t a supernatural being, he shouldn’t stay.

Otherwise, as Kaleb pointed out, humans will either start taking over or he’ll get badly injured because they are capable of doing what Jed did, and worse.

Landon took his dismissal like a champ, and admittedly, I melted at the bus stop kiss.

I was slightly concerned that the bus would run them over and thought maybe his powers would kick in at that point, but regardless, I’m glad they built up the trust and Hope finally let someone in.

Here’s where it gets juicy! Ric and Dorian spent the episode trying to get answers from a magical dryad who agreed only if they fetched her former lover Oliver.

Dorian succeeded in his mission with the help of Bonnie — hey, girl! — but hot Oliver didn’t remember his love story with the dryad.

Turns out, whatever happened to her and the remaining mystical creatures Rick and friends have faced — dragon, spider, and gargoyle — were all erased from memory thus turning them into myths and folklore.

The dryad though dissapointed kept her promise and told them about the dark hole she was trapped in, which is where she’s been getting the nagging urges to take back the knife.

As she died in the daffodil field, she told Dorian she recalled the place was called Malivore which on the surface doesn’t mean much.

However, while she was thinking back to the dark place, she was carving an emblem. We see Landon’s birth mother wear the same emblem around her neck in a picture shortly after he was born thus proving that Landon does have some supernatural connection.

His mother is either stuck in Malivore or the ruler of it which also explains why he was drawn to the knife and compelled to steal it.

But does that mean Landon is evil?

Hopefully, whoever Hope set him up with in New Orleans — I’m hoping its Vincent — will help Landon find out more about his birth mother and subsequently, about this pit of hell.

Landon seems to have always been the answer which may mean that they all made a mistake sending him away.

Either way, I’m intrigued and looking forward to when he reunites with Hope again, now that he’s back in her good graces.

Other Thoughts

  • Lizzie is so self-absorbed she didn’t even realize Josie was crushing on Rafael. I think their hook-up is going to be a one-off thing, but Josie isn’t going to get over it as easily.
  • I mentioned the Gemini Coven curse previously so I’m guessing that explains why Jo, or a monster that looks like Alaric’s late wife and Lizzie and Josie’s mother, is back in the upcoming episode. Is this when they’ll first address the curse?
  • Can they bring back more Jeremy? Considering they are fighting monsters that they never assumed existed, his hunter skills could come in handy!
  • The school is like a cheap Hogwarts knock-off. I’m surprised Harry Potter’s name wasn’t called out for the witch faction considering the scene was so reminiscent of Goblet of Fire.
  • I need one of those lie-detector globes. How awesome would that be?

Despite some continous hiccups, the teens, the school and the fairytale monsters are starting to grow on me.

Now, where’s Caroline Forbes to put her daughters in check before Lizzie burns down the whole school in a fit of anger?

What did you think of the episode?

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Legacies – There’s a World Where Your Dreams Came True (1×10)



Legacies There's a World Where All of Your Dreams Came True

Jinni the Genie is hands down my favorite monster.

In fact, I appreciate that Legacies included a genie in the monster category simply because they are glamorized, but their manipulative nature is oft glossed over.

In addition, “There’s a World Where Your Dreams Came True” may very well be the most relatable episode because though none of us are as selfish and self-centered as Lizzie, we’ve all found ourselves wishing for a “better” life at some point or another.

Legacies’ mission was to prove that “better” doesn’t necessarily exist. Sometimes, what you think you want is actually a lot worse than what you already have.

And you know that quote “everything happens for a reason?” Well, it couldn’t be truer, and Lizzie learned that the hard way. I never thought I’d say this, but I actually felt kind of bad for her by the end of it.

The wishes Jinni granted Lizzie showed her vastly different realities that got increasingly worse with each wish made.

While Alaric and Hope were trying to avoid getting blindsided by the genie in real life, the genie was observing and scouting the perfect broken-soul to pray upon.

Unsurprisingly, she found a weakness in Lizzie that she just had to exploit.

When Lizzie realized an actual genie could grant her wishes, she eagerly took her up on the offer thus allowing the writers a lot of creative freedom to play with narratives they otherwise never would have been able to.

The what-ifs were endless and for roughly half of the episode, they were a complete hoot. That is until they took a really dark and unexpected turn.

Altering realities is dangerous and like most magic, comes with a very steep price.

It was obvious that Jinni’s end goal would be to trap Lizzie in a terrible reality with her only option of escaping being to hand over the key to Malivore.

But before we get there, let’s pick apart these realities, which surprisingly had everything to do with Hope Mikealson’s existence and absolutely nothing with Lizzie’s awareness that she’s kind of a terrible, miserable and painstakingly difficult to deal with kind of person.

Lizzie’s first wish was for Hope never to have attended the Salvatore School for the Young and Gifted.

As you may already know, the phrasing of this wish was flawed from the get-go.

In this alternate reality, Hope didn’t attend the school but that didn’t mean she couldn’t become a student at some point.

Lizzie was initially happy in this first reality as she soaked up all of the love and training Alaric usually had reserved for Hope.

This not only showed how self-centered and materialistic Lizzie was, but it also underlined how needy she is.

It seems she really did all of this just to get daddy’s attention.

But there was a reason Old-Laric had all this time for his twins. In this reality, the school didn’t have any of the funding from Klaus Mikealson since Hope didn’t attend thus making them poor.

Lizzie couldn’t deal with the fact that the school wasn’t living up to its potential so she created a globe that led them to straight to New Orleans where a Klaus-like Hope slaughtering people left and right.

After Alaric took Hope under his wing, the school began to thrive, but little Lizzie was again pissed that she failed to rid her life of Hope.

In her second wish, she took it a step further and wished the Salvatore School for the Young and Gifted never existed.

No school, no problem, right? Wrong.

Without the school — Alaric’s dream created specifically to keep her and Josie safe — life felt a little meaningless to everyone.

Alaric, aptly dubbed Drunk-Laric, found his happiness at the bottom of the bottle… during school hours and in class.

Josie found her happiness in a materialistic lifestyle as the head cheerleader who was dating the QB.

It was also Lizzie’s worst nightmare as she was the “school freak” and shadow to Josie, a clear departure from what she’s used to.

Lizzie tried to make it work, but Josie’s disgust with her eventually triggered one of her episodes which alerted the cavalry aka the Kim Possible students of the Mikealson School for the Young and Gifted.

Those outfits, that gear — it was everything.

Again, Lizzie’s reality only became better when Hope was in it, and Josie and Alaric gravitated the tri-brid.

The Mikealson version of the school, owned by Klaus who was ALIVE in this timeline and traveling Europe to open the second branch of the school, was trendier and more high-tech.

But alas, Lizzie was still unhappy with Hope’s intrusion and couldn’t bother to absorb everyone else’s happiness. It was still all about her.

And thus, she made her third and most selfish wish —  she wished Hope never existed.

Now, the lesson genies usually teach their subjects is that every action has a consequence.

Without Hope, we entered a post-apocalyptic world where the government knew about and hunted down supernatural creatures after Klaus Mikealson, who no longer had an anchor to humanity, exposed them and started a war.

Alaric and the rest of the students built up a resistance to fight back the TRIAD who was hunting them down.

But the reason this was Lizzie’s work alternate reality was because Josie was dead because of her.

Since the series kicked off, the secret of the Gemini Twin’s has been looming over the school. We’ve wondered when the series would address this issue aside from Caroline’s search for a cure in Europe, but I never expected the answer would come so soon and be revealed via an alternate reality.

Way to throw me for a loop, writers!

The 100-Laric told Lizzie all about the Gemini Curse which led her to be competitive with her sister, motivated to win,  have an episode and accidentally kill her sister.

Lizzie was distraught.

The genie offered to revert everything back if Lizzie promised to hand over the artifact, but even in such dire circumstances, Lizzie knew she couldn’t do that to her family.

For this, I’m really impressed.

In her short time navigating these realities, Lizzie grew a lot.

She became more level-headed, conscious, and more appreciative of what she had.

These were the lessons we needed Lizzie to learn in order to become more tolerable.

But when she figured out a loophole — she wished Genie would never have met the people who trapped her in Malivore — she essentially did the right thing while shooting herself in the foot.

Everything she learned and all the progress she made went out the window because without Malivore she would have never met the genie and thus, would have no recollection of her wishes.

Lizzie was sent back to her reality without any memories including the revelation of how the Gemini Cover curse plays out.

Without this, there’s no way to prevent it or better herself to avoid it.

Back to square one.

Since Lizzie still feels like something transpired, the gaps in her memory actually make her feel like she’s losing her mind which again, don’t help in preventing her episodes.

Will this be the catalyst to the Gemini Coven catastrophe?

Without these experiences, she also goes back to hating Hope without realizing how vital she is to her very reality.

The dramatic irony is going to be heavy for us as we now know the outcome of something major that none of the main characters do.

How will this big family secret unravel? Will Alaric eventually tell the girls about the curse before it’s too late?

Though Legacies is its own series that tells a vastly different story from The Vampire Diaries and The Originals, the little subtle reminders that they operate in the same town are always appreciated.

I loved the Klaus Mikealson poster hung up in a very Harry Potter-esque bus stop, and I couldn’t help but turn into a handful of goo when they said Damon and Elena had children to raise of their own. Be still my heart.

I had my doubts about Legacies and how the writers would find a creative way to tell another vampire, witch, werewolf story, but they’ve outdone themselves.

Each episode gets stronger in content and a shortage of material does not seem to be the issue.

While many of the episodes have focused solely on Hope, it was nice to get inside Lizzie’s head for a little bit, even if she doesn’t remember any of it.

Hope delivers, but Lizzie can stand on her own which is something the TVD and Originals universe always prided itself on: strong female characters.

I’m turning it over to you, Cravers. What did you think of tonight’s Legacies?

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Legacies – Maybe I Should Start from the End (1×08)



Legacies Maybe I Should Start from the End

As Legacies reaches its eighth episode, it’s is slowly finding its groove.

The vibe of this episode wasn’t just different from its predecessors, The Originals and The Vampire Diaries, it was also different than any of the previous installments of the series.

I had mixed emotions. On one hand, I enjoyed getting away from the Salvatore School and seeing Hope and Alaric rip on each other during an impromptu road trip to save Landon. On the other hand, I wasn’t ready to have the series go in a completely different direction.

Legacies has done a great job dishing out never-before-seen monsters but incorporating an Intelligence Organization that sends said monsters into an endless void of loneliness and misery is a whole different ballgame. Was anyone else getting some Stranger Things vibes?

We knew that a meeting between Landon and his mother wasn’t going to go over well, but who knew his heritage was going to go off the deep end?

No wonder he’s so tormented — his own mother tried to torture him and the re-abandoned him because he was “better off.”

Since the episode was split off from the usual Salvatore school shenanigans, it was the perfect opportunity to introduce Landon’s mother, her connection to all these monsters, and establish the new big bad.

While meeting Seylah was difficult for Landon, the good news is that he doesn’t remember any of it, and we finally have our answers.

It’s unclear why Hope was able to remember her existence when everyone else’s memory was wiped, but maybe that’s because she’s already been to Malivore, or some kind of dark pit of hopelessness when she dabbled with the Necromancer?

Either way, Hope continues to be the key to this mystery that revolves around TRIAD Industries.

To recap, TRIAD Industries is the US Intelligence agency where Seylah went to work after leaving the military.

Her gig revolved around hunting down monsters — yes, she told Hope straight up that “her kind” are still monsters — and threw them into a black, tarpit called Malivore.

She began noticing lapses in her memory which led her to write down all of her monster interactions in a journal.

When she realized her memory was wiped, she began investigating more and was sent to Malivore for roughly two years.

One day, she returned and found out she got pregnant in “Satan’s mud bath.”

This explains why Landon has always been attracted and felt like he’s supernatural despite not exhibiting any powers; he’s half-monster.

Now, this raises a few questions: does Landon have any powers, what does this mean for his future, and are they all in danger?

Considering that fish statue aka the “second key” to Malivore followed them back to the Salvatore School, I’m willing to bet that something big is coming.

Seylah’s decision to erase herself from her son’s life doesn’t seem all that logical considering where he came from. If he doesn’t know his history, how is he supposed to protect himself from whatever comes after him?

It’s a good think Alaric allowed him to return “home” to the school and that Hope has his back. If anyone is going to help him figure out who he truly is, it’s these two.

With Malivore and that man who posed as a gas company employee identified as the new big bad, it’ll be interesting to see where the season progresses from here.

As long as we have Hope’s sassy and sarcastic commentary, Alaric’s dad jokes, and their comedic timing, any direction will be successful. Those two have a love-hate relationship, but they’re chemistry is also incredible. Regardless of whether or not Hope admits it, Dr. Saltzman is the only father figure she has left.

Other Thoughts

  • It always makes me laugh when shows about supernatural kids focus on their education. What does Hope need algebra for when she’s slaying monsters with her mind?
  • Lizzie and Josie are in Europe with Caroline which explains their absence. But also, can Caroline come home already? She would be such a good monster-hunter.
  • While Alaric was chatting with Seylah, she mentioned how hard it must have been to tell him daughter’s about their birth. Alaric made a questionable face which foreshadows the upcoming ‘Gemini Twin’ storyline that us original fans are excited about.

What did you think of tonight’s Legacies? Did you enjoy the new direction? Are you shipping Landon and Hope as a couple?

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Legacies – Death Keeps Knocking on My Door (1×07)



Legacies Death Keeps Knocking on my Door

Well, Hope really messed this one up.

You can’t blame the girl for being intrigued with the Necromancer and the possibility of finding out how her parents, specifically her dad, are doing in the afterlife.

Hope’s gone through a lot, most of which is only brought up in passing on Legacies. However, those of us who have seen The Originals know how brutal and broken her upbringing was.

So, it’s not surprising that she’d willingly go down a dark path to make sure Klaus Mikealson was okay, especially on Remembrance Day and especially as loved ones were being resurrected from the dead.

It was touching to see Hope care so much about Klaus, the most hated man that ever walked the planet. When the Necromancer told her that Klaus is always looking over her shoulder, I really wanted them to show Klaus somewhere off in the distance.

I know that the writers are limited in what they can do because the actors are essentially done with the series, however, it would make the moment that much more meaningful and emotional. Also, why isn’t anyone concerned about Elijah?!

Despite his bizarre introduction on Legacies Season 1 Episode 6, the “Almighty Necromancer” was a hoot.

And though he viewed himself as the most dangerous supernatural being and was offended by the comparison to the Grim Reaper, he wasn’t all that menacing.

In fact, the Necromancer wasn’t physically threatening, but the mind manipulation was the most worrisome.

While Hope should have allowed Dr. Saltzman to deal with him, she thought she was helping by taking matters into her own hands and taking some of the load off his plate.

Truthfully, what else did Alaric really expect? When he told Hope to stay away from the Necromancer, he was doing it because she knew she wasn’t going to.

She thinks she’s invisible because she’s one of a kind. Though her intentions are in the right place, she fails to see the dangers. It’s a complex

Hope’s dangerous meddling caused her to open one of the three keys to Malivore, which isn’t ideal, but at least she destroyed the knife.

That means, no monsters will be resurrecting the dead to do their evil bidding anytime soon. However, you better believe that since one lock is open, the push to open the other two remaining locks will intensify sending even more dangerous monsters to the Salvatore School of the Young and Gifted.

And unlike Alaric who wasn’t able to motivate the Necromancer into telling him anything of value, Hope found out all about Malivore, which stands for permanent death.

Apparently, Malivore’s goal is to wipe the scourge of supernatural off the face of the Earth. They all perished there until recently when the knife beckoned to be brought home.

Permanent death also meant being wiped out of the history books. Is there anything worse than not being remembered, celebrated or mourned?

If the remaining two locks of open, essentially, all hell breaks loose.

And since Hope’s bracelet lit up indicating Landon is in trouble, it seems like the second phase of Mali-apocalypse is starting.

We know Landon’s mom was somehow connected to Malivore, so what does it all mean?

And who was the Pretty Little Liars “A-wannabee” in the end? Was it Landon?

Will they make their way over to New Orleans to help him?

I have to admit that seeing Hope back at Roussou’s gave me all the feels.

Last week, Jo returned from the dead to briefly reunite with Alaric and meet her twin girls, but this week, Cassie, Rafael’s late girlfriend shocked him by walking through the door.

While she played an integral role in stealing the knife and delivering it to one of the Bennett witches, she also forced Raf to face the truth — he killed her.

It’s important that Raf doesn’t block out what happened the night of the accident. By realizing his anger took over and forced him to take the turn too quickly, he now realizes he needs to work on himself.

Cassie’s return also lessened the guilt as he was able to apologize and she was able to forgive him.

The slate has been cleaned, can Raf do better with his second chance?

I’m disappointed that MG was led to believe that he wasn’t powerful enough to help Hope from someone as devious as the Necromancer.

These teens really need to stop setting their expectations so high.

Hope should never have asked MG for help defying Dr. Saltzman in the first place. She set both of them up for failure, not to mention, a lot of trouble.

MG was so scared, he reached out to Kaleb expressing interest in getting more than just bunny blood.

I’m not sure why Kaleb thought it was a good idea to go feed at the cemetery on Remembrance Day during the daytime.

Sure, there’s a wide range of people to choose from, but it’s also a lot easier to get caught.

Thankfully, Dorian’s arrival was needed as he was able to swiftly take down MG who, at the first taste of blood, went into a feeding frenzy that Kaleb couldn’t stop.

Oh, Kaleb. Don’t you know there’s a method to Alaric’s madness? He’s seen things you couldn’t even imagine and therefore, knows what needs to be done to protect the students.

Kaleb hasn’t even heard of a Ripper, which usually happens when impressionable, young minds taste the real stuff.

Obviously, Stefan Salvatore was the OG ripper, and coincidentally, the man who killed Dorian’s father and sister.

MG has been one of the best characters on the series as he’s always bringing a playful and lighthearted nature. Looking back at it after the fact, he’s the perfect victim to become a Ripper, but it’s going to be tough to see his journey back to the “clean life.”

And where the heck were Lizzie and Josie? It seems rather odd that after a Necromancer showed up, Cassie returned, and MG had a feeding field day, they were nowhere to be found.

Why wouldn’t Alaric call one of them to let him out the office when Hope spelled him in?


Other Thoughts

  • Being stuck in an eternal bottomless pit of blackness seems terrifying. I’m not surprised Hope is on a path to bettering herself so that her father can finally find peace.
  • I enjoyed the funny side of Alaric: “no one even knows who you are.” Maybe if he didn’t act like he’s the only one who could do anything about these monsters, Hope wouldn’t attempt to defy him at every step.

Despite my initial hesitations about the show, Julie Plec proved that there is still much magic left in Mystic Falls. What was so special about The Vampire Diaries and The Originals didn’t die after that generation withered away. It’s still there and these teens are slowly tapping into it.

There are many more stories to be told at the Salvatore school. I look forward to reuniting with you all in 2019 to fight more monsters, demons and creatures.

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