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Legacies Fall Finale – Krampus, Santa, and the Red Hood Revealed! (2×08)

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Mystic Falls.

And that isn’t a good thing considering it’s the middle of October and they should be celebrating Halloween instead.

The falling snow has made everyone abnormally cheery, which is hilarious but also terrifying as Hope and Lizzie remain the only two unphased by the jolliness.

There’s nothing scarier than children making snowmen, sledding, and stringing up Christmas lights, according to Alaric, though one sip of cocoa later and he’s on the train to the North Pole alongside everyone else.

Hope deduces that this must be the work of a monster, and she’s right: the Krampus is here to reward all the naughty boys and girls.

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The absurdity continues when Santa (he is real!) emerges from Krampus’ bag and the two square off as if a part of WWE fight night. As the episode title forewarned, this Christmas was surprisingly violent.

It’s nice to see someone else take down a monster-of-the-wee for a change, plus, there was something bloody enjoyable about Santa punching and body-slamming a foe.

While Krampus didn’t pose too much of a threat to the Salvatore School student body, he was Clarke’s last hope at redemption, and when he let him down, Malivore’s son was forced to join forces with Hope in his final few hours of life.

Clarke’s been a complete thorn in Hope’s side, but much like Hope, I’ve developed a rather soft spot for him.

He was misunderstood and lonely, much like Hope, which caused him to act out; he couldn’t help it.

But hopefully, decapitation means he’s dead for good because that man had more lives than a cat and kept popping up unnecessarily.

The episode brought closure to the Hope-Josie-Landon love triangle and his decision was unsurprising.

Landon was in denial, but it was obvious – mainly because his subconscious shouted it from the rooftops – that he was always going to be in love with Hope. You don’t get over your first love that easily.

Despite “ghosting” both ladies when things got too hard, Landon returned to handle things in a mature way.

Landon handled things in a mature way giving both ladies a proper and romantic speech. It’s a welcome change from his cowardly actions on Legacies Season 2 Episode 7.

While it’s heartbreaking to hear that the boy you love loves someone else, Landon admitted that “doing the right thing should never be this hard,” so at least Josie knew she wasn’t the problem.

And Josie should have been prepared for this moment when her memories were restored. She should have stepped aside since Landon was never hers to begin with.

As the Christmas magic began wearing off, we found out who was under the red hood this whole time and admittedly, the cliffhanger was kind of a letdown.

Despite reports that Chris Wood is reprising his role of Kai in one episode is 2020, I kind of hoped he somehow escaped the prison world and was tucked under the red hood.

For the amount of build-up that there was for this character reveal, the Necromancer didn’t meet those high expectations.

The Necromancer may have been a fan-favorite monster from Malivore, but he’s not someone that strikes me as more dangerous than Malivore itself.

However, the zombies and controlled body parts should have been a dead giveaway that all of us completely missed.

What do you think the Necromancer is up to in Mystic Falls? Does it have something to do with the Sphinx’s riddle?

The episode had plenty of callbacks to “The Vampire Diaries” with many shots even adopting the style of its predecessor.

The MF bell tower shining behind Clarke looked like a scene right out of the original series.

Lizzie driving Damon’s car and saying it was “gifted by an old friend of my dad’s,” was a sweet touch, though, does that mean Damon is still alive and existing while all of this is happening?

And there’s no denying the steamy scenes and the banter leading up to them between Sebastian and Lizzie were classic Damon and Elena scenes. It has the “forbidden” love aspect that the previous relationship did, and there’s no denying Sebastian is a cross between bad boys Damon and Klaus.

Other Holiday Thoughts

  • Hope denying Santa’s existence was ridiculous considering all the supernatural and folklore monster’s she’s encountered. If all of them are real, chances are so is Santa.
  • Kaleb must have been high up on Santa’s nice list cause he was gifted his dream car!
  • Rafael met his birth father and the reunion went way better than the time Landon tried to reunite MG with his parents. And since his mother was a wolf who ran away, chances are we’ll meet her soon.
  • Landon claimed to have run away from the school so the monsters wouldn’t hurt anyone he cared about anymore, but the monsters still came when he wasn’t around. Otherwise, how do you explain the Krampus?
  • Hope and Alaric’s faces when they see Santa may be the best part of the episode.
  • Alaric has been reinstated as Headmaster and all is back to normal!

What did you think of the fall finale?

Are you digging the comedic nature of the show? Do you enjoy the monsters-of-the-week? Do you think they’ll be less frequent now that Malivore seems to have closed?

And what threat does the Necromancer bring? Will he be used to foretell the future about the Gemini merge?

Legacies returns Thursday, January 16th! See you then, Cravers!

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  1. Nicole

    December 22, 2019 at 5:20 pm

    If I’m remembering right, Elena and Damon grew old together in Mystic Falls. She became a doctor, they had kids, yadda yadda. At one point in season one of Legacies, they showed Elena’s practice on main street.

  2. Lizzy Buczak

    December 23, 2019 at 12:54 pm

    Yep, you are right. But does this mean they are still alive during Legacies? They passed away at the end of TVD but based on the hints — the practice, Damon giving the car to Lizzie at 16, etc — I feel like they are still alive. It would be great if we were introduced to their kids at some point (there was a brief mention of a Stephanie Salvatore but it was in Lizzie’s alternate reality).

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Legacies Review-The End of Kai Parker? (2x13)

What a doozy.

After last week’s fantastic episode featuring the return of Kai Parker, Legacies picks up with Kai now officially out of the prison world.

His mission: wreak havoc in Mystic Falls.

Aside from that,  I’m not totally sure what he’s trying to do here. Is he just trying to screw with Ric? We know he wants to demolish the prison world and the Saltzmans along with it, but did he have a game plan for after that?

Regardless, this episode’s pacing kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time.

The episode title “You Can’t Save Them All” was a pivotal theme of the episode’s main conflict.

Kai forces Hope to choose between saving Landon or saving everyone stuck in the prison world.

I never doubted for a minute she would choose the Saltzmans over him, but I do feel bad for the Hope and Landon shippers right now. I’m sure it was partially a numbers game, saving six versus saving one, but even if it was just one Saltzman versus Landon, I think he would’ve been a goner.

She doesn’t have a lot of family left, so I would imagine she’d go to any length to rescue the man who stepped in to help raise her. She’s recently become really close with Lizzie, and her and Josie have always had a special relationship. I don’t think he can compete with that.

I really thought Landon’s time on this show might’ve been up this episode. But alas, he lives another day. He had a prophecy and a powerful heretic working against him and he still prevailed. He’ll never be on Hope’s level of hero, but he has come far.

Also, it rubbed me the wrong way that we didn’t see any hints that Landon cared about Josie being stuck in the prison world. He was obviously trying to help Hope rescue them, but it’s like the show forgot those two characters had a relationship this season. You would think he’d care more about someone he was once so close to being in danger, but we only really got to see Hope’s concern instead of his.

I’m glad Lizzie didn’t die and become a heretic yet. I think she should in the future, especially to avoid the merge, but I want it to be her choice, not Sebastian’s.

I’ll admit I was surprised we got any semblance of redemption from Sebastian. Him choosing to stay behind to be the anchor to another world felt all too familiar, but at least this is someone who deserved what he got.

I’ll miss seeing Thomas Doherty on my screen, but I think the show will be better off with him gone.

This was the episode where we finally got to see Dark Josie in all her glory. I loved her transformation with the dyed hair and weird veins protruding out of her face. It’s cheesy-looking but fun.

It reminded me so much of Elena when she shut off her humanity. There’s nothing more exciting than seeing the ultimate good-girl character turn evil. It’s fun to watch.

I’m glad she’ll be sticking around. I was going to be really disappointed if they’d teased this plotline for so long and abandoned it within an episode. Especially since she’s so powerful. She brought back memories of Kai and opened a door out of the prison world. Who knows what she can do?

Also, was I supposed to get a flirty vibe between Josie and Jade at the end? I don’t like it. Jade knew Josie as a kid, so it seems too weird for me. Also, Hope is right there. Her and Josie have the most chemistry on the show. I don’t know if its Danielle Rose Russell and Kaylee Bryant or if the writers are headed in that direction, but I’m totally on #TeamHosie.

Unfortunately, for the time being I think Chris Wood’s appearance on Legacies has come to an end. Alaric’s “This is for Jo” was a perfectly cathartic moment to say goodbye to such a great character. He brought out the best in Legacies and made me miss TVD more than ever. Please come back soon!

Stray Thoughts:

  • Is it just me or was the big reveal of Landon’s Phoenix form a bit weird? I don’t know if it was the CGI or just a general cringe associated with the scene. Josie’s dark eyes were also subpar.
  • Did Dorian die? I liked the guy but Legacies has to start killing off characters. The body counts on TVD and TO compared to Legacies is ridiculous. This is a supernatural show, there should be collateral damage and stakes the characters have to worry about. If no one important ever dies I’ll stop worrying when my favorite characters are in danger.
  • I don’t buy that Kai’s out of the picture for good. He has a way of coming back even when he shouldn’t.
  • I like Jade. I hope she sticks around.
  • Rafael finally returned. I’m still not sure what they’re doing with his character.
  • Love square alert between Alyssa, Kaleb, Jed, and MG? I think I’m on #TeamKaleb for this one.

Who do you ship Alyssa with?

Do you think Kai will return anytime soon?

What do you think of the prophecy?

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