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Legacies – Malivore (1×05)

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

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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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Legacies – This Is The Part Where You Run (1×01)

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I tried.

I tried so hard to be open to Legacies since I was the biggest The Vampire Diaries and The Originals fan, but they made it so hard to connect.

There are no redeeming qualities about Hope Mikealson, Lizzie and Josie Saltzman, or Alaric Saltzman for that matter.

The Alaric I used to know and love is gone, replaced by some man who acts like he never befriended Damon Salvatore, never died and never came back to life.

Who is this person?

The Salvatore School for the Young and Gifted is like a bad Hogwarts knock-off and the series makes it a point to poke fun of that fact, awkwardly, on more than one occasion.

Apparently, Caroline and Alaric even made up a school sport based off of Quidditch so take that as you will, but I’m not going to put too much thought into it.

There was an attempt to pay homage to the very first episode of TVD by throwing a party in the forest but the party could never live up to the one that turned Vicki into a vamp and birthed the love story between Stefan and Elena.

But back to the core cast — the reason we loved Legacies’ predecessors is mostly because of the cast.

Sure, I was slightly younger when TVD premiered than I am now, but these students have nothing on the likes of Elena, Bonnie, or Stefan. Heck, they have nothing on Caroline. Even her daughters are a colossal disappointment.

It’s as if Julie Plec and the writers never met Caroline, Jo or Ric when they were younger.

Lizzie carries a darkness because of her mother Jo’s cursed past, however, throwing around butcher knives in the kitchen because the new werewolf boy rejected her is nothing compared to the things her uncle Kai did.

Josie cares too much, a trait she inherited after Alaric, apparently, though I’ve never found him to be a person who is overly empathetic. She mostly cares too much about her ex-girlfriend and resident mean-girl Penelope who has a penchant for seducing folks including Josie’s best friend MG.

It’s all so cliche and naive and childlike, I found myself wanting more.

The biggest twist involved Hope’s crush Landon Kirby who isn’t the good guy we all thought he was but her sworn enemy.

Hope reaching out to Josie for help locating him through a dark magic spell was a nice touch, but I don’t recall Bonnie or anyone else ever having to sacrifice a rat in order to do a locator spell.

Heck, why isn’t Bonnie teaching at this school?!

And why would Hope, the most powerful tri-brid on the planet, need help?

I fully expected Alaric to allow him to stay at the school because of his nature, and was fully surprised when he told Liam he didn’t belong.

Call me crazy but shouldn’t these magical creatures be able to sniff out other magical creatures? Or at least realize that compulsion isn’t working because they are supernatural beings, not because of the vervain in their system.

And isn’t there some kind of directory that lists all supernatural beings in the world? Wouldn’t they assume that if his foster brother had powers that he also might?

Did Landon know he was a werewolf?

Was he really that clueless about who Hope was? About who her parents were?

Did he know he was going to kill all those people?

Are you sick of Hope always being so trustworthy of the wrong people?

Unfortunately, I don’t think The CW hit the mark on this spinoff. Trying to attract a younger fanbase makes complete sense, but don’t alienate the core fans that made the past two shows such a success.

As much as I wanted Hope Mikealson to be the embodiment of Klaus and Hayley, she just doesn’t appeal to me in any way. She’s not inherently good like her mother, and she’s not threatening like her favorite. She didn’t get either of their qualities and it’s snooze-worthy.

Maybe bringing Caroline back will do the trick?

Even seeing Matt as the Sheriff in town didn’t do the trick. Somehow, he’s still completely useless and hasn’t figured out a way to protect the town from magic, vampires and wolves!

Just give it up, Matt.

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