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.
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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Legacies Midseason Premiere Review- The Return of The Necromancer (2×09)
Have you ever looked in the mirror after not seeing yourself for a while and been shocked by your own reflection? Imagine how the mighty Necromancer feels when he wakes up with a normal human face.
Legacies’ midseason premiere starts off with the story of how the Necromancer got to where we saw him last, underneath a red cloak standing in front of the Malivore pit. We jump back a year in time to see him waking up in Texas without his powers.
This is not exactly the “peace” Malivore promised him.
This episode cuts back and forth between the Necromancer’s journey over the past year and present-day at The Salvatore School. Landon may have finally chosen between Hope and Josie, but that doesn’t mean the awkwardness of the love triangle is over.
Josie’s been avoiding Hope, and Hope is very aware of it. The Hope and Josie dynamic is one of my favorites on the show, and the drama with Landon has gone on for far too long. Hope makes it her mission to reconnect with Josie and get back to the friendship they once had.
Now that “Professor Vardemus” AKA Clarke is gone, Alaric has been reinstated as headmaster. His first order of business: find out more about the ancient vampire who’s kissing his daughter in the hallways.
Alaric decides to give Sebastian a series of tests to prove whether or not he’ll be a good fit at the school. He chooses Landon to supervise since he’s the only one Sebastian can’t kill (when are we going to learn more about Landon’s powers?).
Hope has her own test to pass- living with a roommate. New character Alyssa Chang has taken up shop in Hope’s old bedroom while she’s been busy, you know, getting erased from the world and stuff.
We check back in with the Necromancer a month into living as a human. He’s out of his element working in an ice cream shop. After experiencing the most human thing of all, dealing with an annoying boss, the Necromancer bonds with his coworker Chad. When Chad introduces himself our favorite villain tries to return to the dramatics that we’re so familiar with. But “I’m the…Ted” just doesn’t have the same ring to it. Oh yeah, the Necromancer goes by Ted now. Go figure.
We jump back to present-day and are faced with another awkward moment between Josie, Landon, and Hope. Josie and Landon are having an uncomfortable yet bearable conversation when Josie spots Hope coming and immediately takes off. Before getting cut off by Landon, Sebastian, a witness to all this, chimes in with “Is this what they call teen drama?”.
Yes, Sebastian. Yes, it is.
Fortunately, we get a break from the secondhand embarrassment that is high school relationships to see what “Ted” and Chad are up to. The Necromancer (I just can’t call him Ted, it sounds ridiculous) tells Chad the truth about who he is, and surprisingly Chad believes him. Chad claims to believe in all things the government is hiding like Bigfoot and lizardmen, so why wouldn’t he believe in the Necromancer?
The Necromancer shows Chad what he’s been working on. He can now successfully bring a bug back to life again. Chad’s impressed and agrees to help the Necromancer get his powers back, because who wouldn’t help your creepy coworker bring things back to life?
After a failed attempt to bring a cat back to life, the Necromancer decides to visit the Malivore pit to look for answers. Obviously, when he and Chad arrive, the pit’s disappeared since at this point in the timeline Hope’s already sacrificed herself to close it. Seeing Malivore “defeated” inspires the Necromancer to aim higher which he starts doing by sacrificing Chad.
With bigger aspirations, we see the Necromancer with a renewed sense of confidence in a makeover-style montage turning himself back into the Necromancer we’re used to seeing. Face paint, colored contacts, and a big cut to the forehead later, he’s back to his typical self. Somehow he’s skipped over the dead cat level and now has his full powers back, as shown by him raising Chad from the dead.
The guy’s understandably pissed but still agrees to help the Necromancer with his mysterious plan. They put on red cloaks and head to our favorite place, Mystic Falls.
Speaking of Mystic Falls, Sebastian successfully passed his first test: fitting in with the werewolves. After a game of dodgeball, Captain Cheekbones (we can thank Jed for that nickname) and the pack are on good terms. Landon and Sebastian, on the other hand, have a rocky relationship.
Personally, I was a huge fan of Sebastian calling Landon out for leaving Mystic Falls saying that if the girl he loved was in danger, he would’ve never left. Landon had that one coming. Landon has never been one of my favorite characters on Legacies, and his actions this season haven’t changed my mind.
Sebastian’s second test is to fit in with the vampires at the school. MG, still harboring some resentment towards Sebastian for his involvement with Lizzie, complains to Alyssa that he wants Sebastian to fail. Taking things into her own hands, Alyssa purposefully cuts herself on a plate to make Sebastian lose control and drink human blood. This plan backfires when its MG, not Sebastian who loses control. MG absolutely has the makings of a ripper. Hopefully, we’ll get to explore that further down the line.
Likewise, Josie’s slipping out of control in her own way. She’s still practicing dark magic and is almost caught by Dorian when Hope comes to her rescue. Hope tells her about a spell they can do to protect the sand clock Clarke gave Josie from breaking open.
We get to see Hope and Josie doing a spell together again, reminiscent of the time they first did magic together in the pilot. They’re successful, but it’s a temporary solution, not a permanent one.
Afterwards, they finally get a moment to talk about how their situation with Landon has impacted them and their relationship. Hope reveals she saw Josie and Landon together at their movie night and that’s why she didn’t return to the school right away. Both girls decide they want to try again and work on rebuilding what they had before. This was easily the standout moment of the episode. I swear, these two have the most chemistry I’ve seen in The Vampire Diaries universe since Delena.
Sebastian’s final test is to fit in with the witches, which doesn’t go over very well. Alyssa tries to intimidate him which leads to Lizzie coming to his defense, and then him running off.
Landon finds him and Sebastian reveals that his parents sold him to a merchant ship when he was a kid and whenever he tried to escape from it they always found him. He’s never felt safe anywhere. This resonates with Landon, since before The Salvatore School Landon never had a home either. So he tells Alaric Sebastian passed all the tests and deserves to stay. Meanwhile, we see that Ric’s been reading up on “Sebastian the Merciless”, an infamous vampirate.
This leads to an intense confrontation between Alaric and Sebastian when he finds Sebastian feeding on a woman. He shoots him with his crossbow (he’s always true to his vampire hunter roots) and tells him to stay away from his daughter. But, Alaric’s a sucker for second chances and still offers Sebastian a chance to come back to the school if he follows the rules.
However, Sebastian has other plans. He threatens Alaric and reveals that he’s been mind-controlling Lizzie. He has no intention of staying to abide by a set of rules and said that if Alaric wants to protect his daughter he’ll have to kill him.
We don’t know exactly what happened after that, but Alaric tells Lizzie Sebastian left on his own volition and won’t be coming back. I don’t think Ric would’ve taken the chance of him hurting Lizzie, so I’d bet Sebastian’s desiccated somewhere nearby.
As for the other Saltzman twin, Josie has a talk with Landon where they decide to be friends. To put what I hope is the official end to the love triangle, Josie and Landon redecorate Hope’s now shared room to look like her old one did, with a few extra changes. The three of them hug and all seems to be well.
But of course, this is Legacies. Nothing can be good for too long.
The Necromancer and Chad are now in Mystic Falls and raised a Malivore monster to unleash havoc on the school. Next week we’ll be dealing with a monster who preys on everyone’s insecurities and it looks like there’ll be a lot of drama ahead.
- When Dorian mentioned Caroline at the beginning of the episode it reminded me how annoyed I am that we haven’t seen her yet. Candice King is open to returning, what are we waiting for?
- Chad suggesting “taking a leak” on Malivore for revenge has to be one of the funniest lines in the show.
- I love Lizzie, but I don’t think choosing to talk to MG about her problems with Sebastian is a good idea at all. You know he likes you, give the kid a break!
- There was a very little amount of Hope in this episode, what’s that about? This tribrid deserves her fair amount of screentime.
- Also noticeably missing was Kaleb, I want to see how he reacts to Dorian’s new intern being his sister.
What do you think happened to Sebastian? How soon do you think the sand clock is going to break open? Should Hope and Josie be together instead of with Landon?
Let us know what you think in the comments!
Legacies Review – It Will All Be Painfully Clear Soon Enough (2×07)
For a magical school that’s supposed to keep them all safe, Rafael is right, it’s the least safe option around on Legacies.
The latest monster, the legendary sphinx, that visited Legacies wasn’t out to get Landon Kirby like all the other ones nor did he serve Malivore.
He may have sprung from the tar pit, but he was there to fulfill a different prophecy, one that Rafal fed right into when he convinced Landon to leave Mystic Falls and never look back.
It didn’t help that the sphinx spoke in riddles about some ominous future event that would be worse than Malivore as if that were even an option.
Here’s what the riddle at the end said:
“There are two prisoners. One is the master of his cage, the other returns home without power. The sins of the father are visited upon the daughters here and not here. A new hero rises but can be felled by the golden arrow. The wolf among you has many faces. When time fractures, darkness overwhelms. But the greatest destroyer of all is love. Don’t worry, it’ll all be painfully clear soon enough.”
His warnings tied directly to the mysterious red-hood figure we’ve been seeing in the final few moments of several episodes.
But who is under than hood? What do they want? And why is love at the center of it?
And why did they need Landon out of the way? Does he have more powers as a phoenix that he’s simply not tapped into yet?
Josie and Lizzie’s merge wasn’t brought up or referenced, but the ‘love’ portion could be tied into it somehow. There’s nothing eviler than a sister having to kill another sister to survive in a match-up of ‘who’s stronger.’
And with Kai returning sometime in 2020, it could be leading up to that moment.
The real meat of the episode came from Headmaster Vardemus, who Ric quickly figured out wasn’t who he said he was. About time, Ric!
By that point, Clarke’s plans had been put into motion – draining Hope of blood to weaken her and siphoning all of Josie’s emotions and darkness to create a weapon that would allow him to transfer his consciousness into Hope thus sticking it to his dad once and for all.
He exploited Josie and Hope’s love triangle drama to his advantage.
Except he clearly underestimated Hope’s strength and strong will yet again.
Despite putting spellbound shackles on her to prevent her from using magic, Hope was still able to defeat Clarke because she’s a total badass.
Golem Landon helped a little bit, too, and honestly, he’s a much better guy than Landon has been since Hope’s ultimate sacrifice.
As Landon’s subconscious (aka SimuLandon) put it, Landon is a coward who cannot confront his feelings or even have a civil conversation with Hope. When Rafael gave him the option of running away, Landon took it without skipping a beat because it meant he didn’t have to confront either Josie or Hope about his feelings.
What happened to the brave mortal from Legacies Season 1 who continuously risked his life to protect Hope even before he knew he was immortal?
We needed that guy back!
Landon’s cowardly reactions formed as a result of his love for Hope. SimuLandon chattiness and over-the-top theatrics were a bit much, but they reflected everything Landon was burying deep down inside.
He doesn’t know how to explain his feelings by also doing right by the other people he loves.
But that means Hope and Josie shouldn’t have even shed a tear for this shell of a human.
When Hope needed him most facing a threat that he brought upon her, he wasn’t around.
And really, where the hell was everyone? That poor girl might have held her own, but she could have damn well used a few hands. If it hadn’t been for Golem Landon, I shudder to think what would have happened.
Josie and Hope’s scenes delivered plenty of raw emotion as they proved that girl power trumps everything. As it obviously should.
There have been fans who have called for Josie and Hope to get involved romantically. It seems too strange considering that they almost considered themselves sisters, but they’ll definitely be more united against Landon now more than ever.
Other Mystic Falls Musings
- I’m a sucker for a classic “The Vampire Diaries” montage. Hope and Landon’s tortured love story in the beginning, reminded me so much of Damon and Elena’s “epic” moments.
- Lizzie telling Josie and Hope that they both “loved the same garden gnome” had me cackling. Lizzie is everything that makes this show great.
- Also, good for her for standing against the lies fed to her by MG and Sebastian. Who cares if the latter is a medieval vampire with dashing looks? They both allowed her to think she was losing her mind and that’s not okay!
- The costumes for the “monsters-of-the-week” are so law and like they’re from the sales rack at Spirit Halloween, and the fact that Lizzie, Josie, and Hope all treat the monsters the same way makes it so great.
- Alaric hugging Hope upon her return was how everyone should have greeted and thanked her for her sacrifice!
- I’m disappointed that SimuLandon isn’t staying around. He was so innocent and fun.
- “HELLO, BROTHER.” Wow, that spoke right to my soul. It wasn’t as good as Damon and Stefan, but it was a fun TVD callback that was much appreciated.
- Does this mean Alaric will be reinstated as headmaster? Because he damn well should be!
Legacies is getting into the spirit of the holidays next week with a holiday-themed midseason finale that brings Santa and the worst monster of all, Krampus.
Who do you think is the hooded figure? What could be more evil than Malivore?
On a scale of 0-10, how big of a lame coward is Landon?
What do you think the riddle means?
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Legacies Review (2×06) – Did Aunt Freya Save the Day?
In a town filled with secrets – I mean, who isn’t keeping them in Mystic Falls? – a monster that fed on secrets posed a rather dangerous threat.
On Legacies “That’s Nothing I Had to Remember” Josie found herself in New Orleans to find answers from Aunt Freya, who also forgot all about Hope’s existence.
But when Freya gave her the spell to restore all of her memories, Josie was left with a major decision to make: should she restore everyone’s pre-Malivore memories even if it causes everyone heartbreak?
It’s a tough decision to make considering restoring everyone’s memories of Hope meant that she’d run the risk of losing Landon and stripping herself of her own happiness.
So, Josie turned to the only person she could think of the get some answers: her mom, Caroline.
I know it isn’t Legacies’ fault that original characters aren’t appearing in the series, but it would be nice to have even Caroline’s voice featured as Josie’s guide. The one-way phone call just didn’t do it for me.
But, we’re supposed to believe that Caroline told Josie that everyone deserves to remember the true, no matter how painful, and Josie pulled the trigger and restored everyone’s memories.
And just in time too, because the Croatoan was ready to devour everyone keeping a secret, specifically poor Lizzie.
It was killing Lizzie to keep the truth from Landon, and when she found out that he didn’t have sex with Josie, she almost blurted out the truth before Hope literally stole her lips.
So that’s what it’s like to be friends with a witch!
Lizzie and Landon don’t necessarily get to interact a lot, but their dynamic was hilarious. To prevent herself from telling him the truth, she made him talk about Ewok’s for hours.
This episode, despite being monumental in restoring everyone’s memories, was hilarious.
The jokes were on-point and timed perfectly, which added levity to what would have otherwise been a very serious episode.
It’s that approach of not taking themselves so seriously that had made Legacies such a hit and a stand-out series amongst its predecessors.
Once everyone was hit with the truth spell (quite literally knocked to the ground), the Croatoan was defeated, but the real problems finally set it.
Landon was upset that Hope didn’t tell him the truth or that she could have ever thought he’d be happier without her.
But realistically, Landon’s reaction was complete trash. His girlfriend made the ultimate sacrifice, suffered in the pit of darkness for months, came back to a town that forgot all about her, made the selfless choice to allow him to be happy in his new relationship, and he had the nerve to get mad at her and throw a fit?
Landon, hunny, take a step back. It’s obviously a very emotional moment for him, but what about how it felt for Hope? He didn’t even give her a chance to explain.
He also wasn’t sure how to handle his romantic situation since what transpired between him and Josie was very real.
I think the fact that he went to check in with Josie instead of Hope is very telling. He may have asked for time to figure things out, but the betrayal he feels from Hope will likely push him to continue his romantic ventures with Josie.
Rafael confronted Hope to confess that he’s always been in love with her but because of his relationship with Landon, he needed to stop being around her. It’s an unfortunate decision since Hope seemed to consider the possibility of being with him.
At this point, she has absolutely no control over her relationships anymore and must honor what others decide.
Aunt Freya’s reunion with Hope was a beautiful reminder that Hope still has original family members outside of the Salvatore School. She also mentioned that her wife, Keelin (my heart), was on Nik duty. Yes, she named her son after her brother Niklaus and mentioned that they’re thinking about enrolling him in the magical school.
Look, I know the school is plagued with weird monsters so it isn’t necessarily safe, but it’s also the safest place for a supernatural kid. I don’t know how old Nik would be now, but wouldn’t that be a fun addition to the series?
Alaric tested the waters with Sheriff Mac after she brought him in for questioning about a death at the bar considering he was seen there shortly before chatting up Headmaster Vardemus.
Alaric chalked it up to the usual — an animal attack — but Mac wasn’t buying it since she’s looked through plenty of reports and saw that somehow, Alaric is always involved.
Alaric used his get-out-of-jail-free card when he told Mac to call the Mayor who would vouch for him … Mayor Matt Donovan. You guys, Matt became Mayor. On one hand, good for him, on the other, why didn’t Matt ever leave Mystic Falls if he hated the supernatural aspect of it?
Alaric eventually told Mac the truth that the town was infested with vampires, witches, zombies, and werewolves, oh my, but Mac wasn’t buying it. And she definitely wasn’t going to be the Sheriff who would look the other way on certain cases or worked with him, which truly is a damn shame.
He gave her the chase to really understand the town and make a difference instead of being oblivious to everything that’s happening around her and she refused to give into it. So, Alaric brought in Kaleb who compelled Mac to forget everything.
Except, I think that Mac is on vervain and she’ll remember everything Alaric told her. That’s the only way this scene doesn’t become irrelevant and Mac and Alaric can continue to partner up.
Other Mystic Falls Musings
- Sebastian is real and everyone can see him! Lizzie’s not having an episode (although, it was hilarious when she thought it was happening again). Sebastian’s backstory directly related to Roanoke and the Croatoan, and he had the answers to defeat it, but the fact that he’s been living with Cassandra’s death for thousands of years makes me think he’s not stable enough for Lizzie. Then again, I think he’d make a good counterpart for her, sorry MG.
- Actually, I’m not sorry because MG and Kaleb’s sister, Kym, have something going on. It’s uncertain how she’ll fit into the storyline going forward, but her vast historical knowledge was impressively helpful this time around. Having a history buff on the Super Squad wouldn’t hurt.
- I love that they call themselves the Super Squad.
- Where was Professor Vardemus aka Ryan Clarke? Is he the person in the red hood (A? Is that you?!). And what is this red-cloaked figure up to? Why does it have its sights set on MG?
- “Happier enough to have sex without me,” was probably the best line of the episode. Nah, scratch that, of the series. She has a point, bro.
- Josie seeing that Hope’s family was affected by her sacrifice proves that there is a lot of good within Josie. But I fear all this dark magic is going to take a toll on her.
What choice do you think Landon will make? Which one do you think is right?
Did Raf make the right one of avoiding Hope?
Will Sebastian and Lizzie pursue a relationship?
Legacies will skip a week for the Thanksgiving holiday and will return with a new episode on Dec. 5th!
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