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?
- 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.
Legacies Review – Screw Endgame (2×05)
The only thing missing from this episode was a Flashdance sequence.
Legacies took it back all the way to the 80s, both in Malivore and in Mystic Falls, and it made for one of the best episodes ever.
The writers of this series have tapped into something unique and organic. There’s no rule book, and based on how the series is structured with a new monster every week, they can do whatever they damn well please.
For example, they can put a Minotaur into a prison world that’s a labyrinth and mimics Mystic Falls where the only way out is to trade space with “The Keeper.”
Oh, and the prison world is based on an 80s video game that Hope and Lizzie have to navigate if they want to survive. (Have you ever played Frogger?)
Oh, and somehow, all of this tallies up to a poignant point about screwing the patriarchy and female empowerment.
And with all that in mind, it was still a cohesive, sensical, and fun episode chock full of badass Hope and Lizzie moments, nostalgia, romance, bad decisions, and an OMG-worthy reveal.
Bless these writers.
Let’s start with this prison world because it was such a monumental episode for Lizzie.
She’s tried so hard to become a better person and she accomplished all of that in this prison world without giving it a second thought.
Initially, she was going to take The Keeper’s spot, but instead, she eliminated The Keeper’s position, shot the Minotaur down with a bow-and-arrow borrowed from Frank (hey, Frank!), saved Hope, and made sure to put an end to girl-on-girl crime.
Lizzie might as well have put on a cape and called herself Mystic Falls’ newest superhero.
Lizzie and Hope made great side-kicks solely because Lizzie remembered Hope and is the only one that currently does.
Just being remembered had a massive impact on Hope, who finally felt like she was home.
This secret they share will only bring them closer together, which I’m excited about.
Josie and Landon were gearing up for their first time.
And while Josie was ready, Landon needed a little bit of coaching from Dorian.
He’s really the only other adult that Landon could turn to aside from Alaric, which would have been weird cause he’s Josie’s father.
Sometimes, I forget that this a show watched by teens because I’m an adult, but the conversation Landon had was so important for anyone his age just wondering when that right moment is.
Dorian was a responsible adult and talked with Landon about it instead of discouraging it.
Odds are if a young adult is asking, they’re going to do it with or without your advice. The only thing he failed to do was give Landon the proper protection.
But, then again, that may have saved them from making the biggest mistake of their lives.
Landon wasn’t ready, and when he finally decided he was, it’s because he still didn’t remember Hope.
If he would have gotten his memories back, chances are that he and Josie both would have regretted it.
As Lizzie explained it, they’re just filling a void that they’re completely unaware of.
Hope handled the situation about Landon very maturely. Show me another teenage girl who would be okay with having her boyfriend have sex with another girl.
And yes, I know the circumstances aren’t exactly normal, but it was big of Hope to let Landon go because he’s happy.
Her decision was influenced by the fact that destinies could change and there could be another path for all of them.
I personally think the responsible thing would have been to tell Landon and Josie so that they were brought up to speed, but I also cannot judge Hope for just wanting to move on and let things work themselves out.
And this way, the writers get to play around with Hope and Raf.
The two have always had a connection and with Landon out of the picture, they’ll be able to act on things now.
That is until Josie figures out who Hope’s identity.
Despite getting the protection and not getting interrupted by Hope and Lizzie, Josie and Landon never had their big moment because she found his journal under the bed.
And inside she found all of his poems and musings about Hope.
She obviously cannot be mad at him, but Josie’s smart enough to figure out that Hope’s probably the person who closed Malivore.
From the promo we saw for next week, she goes to New Orleans and pays Aunt Freya a little visit.
The Vampire Diaries and The Originals fans are jumping for joy at the sight of Riley Voelkel.
But it’s a little upsetting that she doesn’t remember her niece either.
What does everyone think happened to Klaus and Hayley’s daughter? So much of Hope’s existence is engrained in what happened to the Mikealson brothers.
Monsters running amok in Mystic Falls is nothing new, but one specific monster may pose a problem to those in the Salvatore School.
Sebastian, whom Lizzie thought was a boyfriend she’d imagined, found a weak-minded individual that he was able to convince into waking him up.
MG and Kaleb both washed their hands of Sebastian because they assumed he was a blood-thirsty original vampire who posed a threat.
But Wade, well, he fell for it.
What does Sebastian want? Will he leave town as promised? Why didn’t he join the dance battle?
And how exactly is he an original vampire? I mean, Hope is part of the original family, and we knew all of those guys. How does Sebastian fit in there?
There’s potential here to intertwine our previous worlds. Who turned him?
Did he know the Salvatore brothers? Mystic Falls is rich in history, so Sebastian is bound to know someone.
And will Lizzie work for or against her bae?
We all knew there was something off about Professor Vardemus, but I never expected it to be Ryan in disguise.
Ric should have followed his gut instinct instead of extending an olive branch to the headmaster or better yet, Fumbledore.
This episode had some funny moments, but that one was hands down a winner.
Ryan vowed to make Hope pay for leaving him in Malivore, but since taking the job, he’s been coaxing Josie to use dark magic.
What’s his game plan?
Or is he really working to stop Malivore? Only time will tell.
What did you think of the episode?
Does it make your list of top 5 best episodes?
Legacies – Since When Do You Speak Japanese? (2×04)
Another day at the Salvatore School for the Young and Gifted, another monster/demon that Hope Mikealson has to take down.
Though, to be fair, most of the action took place at Mystic Fall High School on “Since When Do You Speak Japanese.”
For someone who was a fan of the franchise since its inception, being at the human high school has been a nostalgic touch.
The episode introduced us to a Japanese Samurai named Kumatra, who was possessed by a demon named an Oni and swallowed by Malivore in the 1300s.
The demon, which transfers hosts through touch, is unleashed on the town when Kumatra is spat out in the present day.
Thankfully, Josie speaks fluent Japanese (even without speaking it on a daily basis) and is able to translate everything for Ric, Landon, and Hope.
The Oni, despite not having a body, is the most dangerous demon they’ve faced because it hides in plain sight and inhabits the bodies of those you love.
First, it took over Raphael’s body, then Landon’s and finally, Lizzie’s.
And despite Lizzie’s assumption that she’s mentally unstable (my mental health is precious!), having the Oni inside of her provided otherwise.
Much like the Kumatra, Lizzie was able to fight the Oni and while the situation was dire, Jenny Boyd’s acting was a treat.
Her transitions between her defeated self and the demon were seamless, she managed to infuse her performance with humor, and made us believe that the only way to get rid of this monster was to stab her with the sword.
However, if there’s anything we learned from all these supernatural shows is that there’s always another way.
Josie was able to suck out the Oni using the black magic she finessed from the sword.
This is Josie’s second dalliance with dark magic was concerning. This time, she did it for a good reason, but it didn’t minimize the effects.
And when she reached out to the Headmaster for help, he was all too eager to have her transfer that black magic into some dark object.
Has this been his goal for Josie all along?
Is he planning to siphon all her black magic?
Hope and Landon had a few moments throughout the episode, though, it was frustrating to learn that he was possessed by the Oni when she told him the truth about their love.
Landon woke up with his memory intact, but Hope respected his new relationship and didn’t pursue the moment further.
And that says so much about Hope. She’s willing to be miserable so that her friend and her boyfriend are happy.
She also admitted to Alaric that she’s terrified that she’ll tell Landon the truth and he’ll still choose Josie, which is a fair concern.
Alaric’s position in all of this is rather awkward because Josie is his daughter yet he understands Hope when she calls her love with Landon “epic.”
Landon has an inkling that he had something special with Hope, which is why I expected he’d be the first one to remember after true love’s kiss or something.
But this isn’t a fairytale. This isn’t that kind of show.
The first person to remember Hope Andrea Mikealson was none other than Lizzie. She really underestimates herself sometimes.
MG finally confronted Lizzie with proof that her romance with Sebastian was fake.
When he showed her a video of her talking to “nobody,” Lizzie broke down at the realization that her mental state was more fragile than ever before despite all her work and the belief that she was getting better.
And we can’t blame her for the breakdown.
Seeing that you’ve been imaging a hunky boyfriend is enough to make anyone question their sanity.
However, Lizzie wasn’t imagining Sebastian — he’s 100% real.
At first, I thought MG was onto something, but the more the storyline pointed to Sebastian being imaginary, the more I considered that maybe he’s invisible.
And now, instead of Lizzie seeing Sebastian, MG is.
What does Sebastian need help with?
Where did he come from? Why is Lizzie the only person who can see him?
Considering the school is plagued with monsters from Malivore, I’m assuming Sebastian is also a product of the clay monster, which would break Lizzie’s heart.
While MG was pursuing the truth about Lizzie’s new boyfriend, he borrowed a camera from the only guy in AV club and you bet it was a TVD/ Gemini Easter egg.
The camera was the same one Kai used to leave Bonnie a message about the sleeping curse which linked Elena to Bon.
And here’s the best part — this Easter Egg is part of a bigger announcement: Kai (Chris Wood) is coming back on Legacies Episode 12 airing sometime in February 2020.
Kai, the sociopath uncle of Josie and Lizzie, has been a beloved and controversial character.
On one hand, he always had such an energy about him, on the other hand, he murdered his pregnant sister.
This isn’t the first time Legacies has dropped Kai’s name. When the twins found the ascendant, they were trying to figure out what it had to do with the Merge and suggested they ask their evil uncle.
It’s unlikely that Alaric will be fond of the idea, but if it’s the only way, he’ll have to face his wife’s killer at some point.
Unlike with Kai and Jo, Josie and Lizzie are both good people despite a few weaknesses. There is not obvious Merge choice as losing either one of them would be just that, a loss.
Josie and Landon aren’t winning me as a couple. Part of it has to do with Josie’s obsessive jealousy over Landon and the way she doesn’t trust him to take care of himself, but it’s mainly because they’re only together because everyone forgot Hope.
However, I’m not opposed to exploring the chemistry between Hope and Raphael.
Raf always had feelings for Hope, but he repressed them out of respect for Landon. With no memory of Hope, they’re able to give things a shot without the guilt, well, at least Raf is able to.
And Landon seems to be on board with the relationship, for now.
None of this seems like it’ll last much longer since Lizzie remembers Hope and will likely tell her twin the truth making things awkward for everyone.
What did you think of the episode?
And if you saw the promo for next week, why do you think Lizzie and Hope are headed to the 80s?
Does this mean they’ll meet a young Liz Forbes? One could only hope.
Meanwhile, Alaric allowed the teens to handle the Oni themselves as he flirted it up with the new Sheriff in town.
Eventually, though, he realized that he was distracted and not there to help out and he didn’t meet Sheriff Mac at the bar.
Alaric deserves a love life as much as the next guy, but he’s got a lot on his plate right now.
Monsters, demons, evil headmasters, a Merge, and teen hormones. It doesn’t leave a lot of room for dating.
Mac may be understanding or she wasn’t being honest about why she looked into Alaric.
It’s hard for me to trust anyone in Mystic Falls.
Lastly, who were those two scarlet-robed people? Are they from Malivore? For a moment, I thought we were watching The Handmaid’s Tale.
Legacies – You Remind Me of Someone I Used to Know (2×03)
Legacies Season 2 Episode 3 brought the annual American football game between the Salvatore School for the Gifted and Mystic Falls.
But unlike last year, the students from the Salvatore School didn’t exactly play fairly.
Their new headmaster encouraged them to use their superior abilities without being exposed and so, they did.
While mostly everyone felt bad about cheating to get ahead and acknowledged that Alaric was onto something when he taught them to play fair and square, Josie’s competitive nature got the best of her.
It’s that competitive nature that Headmaster Vardemus tried to manipulate by giving her a spell to rig the game.
The spell broke the arm of Mystic Falls’ star QB and lost him a scholarship he’s worked for his whole life.
Seeing how badly Jo hurt someone else means that this is the start of a terrible path for her.
She explains the dark feelings inside of her to Landon at the end of the episodes, and it’s evident that her personality swing will play a huge role in the merger.
While everyone was invested in this football game, Hope was out in the woods slaying the Shunka, the most recent monster to have escaped Malivore.
The Shunka didn’t pose a threat to any of the students, but it did pose a threat to the wolves namely Rafael who was still in his wolf form.
Unfortunately, after turning back, Rafael didn’t remember Hope as we all believed he would.
Mission #SaveRafael allowed Hope and Landon to spend some time together and the chemistry between them is palpable. There’s an undeniable connection between them that has been built over time.
At times, you just want to scream at Landon for not remembering.
But despite Hope being erased from his memory, Landon feels the chemistry just as he feels that Hope is special.
So far, he knows she’s a witch and werewolf, and he’ll be determined to figure out who she is, which isn’t going to bode well for his relationship with Josie.
Things are bound to get uncomfortable once they all learn the truth.
Hope is such a trooper for putting up with her ex and dealing with Jo’s jealousy when in reality, she’s the one that should be angry.
I cannot wait until the truth comes out and believe it’ll likely have something to do with true love’s kiss.
If it works for princesses, why can’t it work for hybrids?
We met the new Sheriff in town and no, she doesn’t want to talk about what happened to Sheriff Donovan.
Though they referred to Matt in the past tense, I’m going to assume he simply left Mystic Falls behind to live out his “normal” life.
There’s definitely going to be a relationship between the new Sheriff and Alaric, and it’s possible her kids Ethan and Maya are going to get roped into all this supernatural stuff now that they’re Hope’s only friends.
Lizzie avoided much of the football game in hopes of finding out what Sebastian was.
She’s made huge progress as a character by acknowledging that he may be a monster.
Sebastian said he was a “vampyr,” which isn’t technically a monster in this realm, the catch is that he’s either invisible or he’s not real at all.
I’m leaning toward Sebastian being a figment of Lizzie’s imagination meaning she’s not actually as healthy as she believed she was.
Thankfully, MJ has her back and witnessed her “making out” with thin air.
He cares enough about her to protect her from whatever this Sebastian thing is.
Yet the biggest mystery of the series boils down to who Headmaster Vardemus is and what game he’s playing.
At the end of the episode, we saw his face get all distorted as he dug into his meal — the slayed Shunka.
Is Vardemus the ultimate Malivore monster?
Is his intention to destroy the school? To make all the supernatural beings evil?
I cannot believe he forbade Alaric from coming onto the school grounds… the same school grounds Alaric helped start with Caroline.
What did you think of the episode?
Will Hope ever come clean about who she is? How long are they going to stay in the dark?
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