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Legacies – I’ll Never Give Up Hope (2×01)

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The answers Landon is seeking are right in front of him.

If only he knew what he was looking for.

The sophomore season of Legacies explained that final, jaw-dropping cliffhanger and explored a world where Hope Mikealson didn’t exist.

Much of the episode took place in two varying universes — Mystic Falls and Malivore.

While students from the Salvatore School for the Young & Gifted were enjoying their summer break, Landon felt a constant void and sense of hopelessness. Yes, all the puns were very much intended.

The only time Landon ever felt alive was when he was hurling himself off the dock in hopes of drowning and seeing those subconscious memories of what we know is Hope.

Their love is so strong, nothing could permanently erase her. He still feels her in everything that he does.

Seeing Landon “self-harm” was concerning, but since he’s an immortal phoenix, he rose from the ashes every time.

Much like Landon, Josie was having a not-so-great summer.

She stayed back in Mystic Falls to keep an eye on her dad, Ric, who had been ousted as headmaster of the school he founded (talk about unfair) and was trying to distract himself by looking into how exactly Landon closed Malivore and who was with him when it happened.

Hey, at least they all still remember Malivore and the rules that apply to it.

Speaking of Malivore, Hope was having the worst time out of everyone because not only did she have all of her memories, she was also trapped inside a black void with Landon’s villainous brother, Clarke.

Hope made it out of Malivore by the end of the episode after Malivore quite literally regurgitated her as she left behind Clarke, a brother who proved that he had more of a soul than he previously let on.

But all of that changed when she ditched him.

Out of desperation, Clarke offered to be the bad guy (duh) that his father needed and vowed to destroy Hope, the only person who could destroy Malivore.

Was he being genuine? Or was that his way of freeing himself from Malivore’s wrath?

Hope’s entrapment in Malivore ended more swiftly than I thought it would, but in terms of how much time passed in the show, it wasn’t quick enough.

Jo and Landon bonded by being the only ones stuck at the school and things turned from friendly to very friendly in a few short months.

Both of them found themselves “happy-ish” and while it was cute to watch, you couldn’t shake the feeling that if they knew the truth, they’d never allow things to go this far.

But that’s the thing — they didn’t know the truth.

When Hope exited Malivore and stumbled upon Landon and Jo sharing their first kiss, she was destroyed.

She blamed Landon’s magical holographic manifestation of her subconscious, but there was nothing to be angry about.

She couldn’t be angry at Landon because she no longer existed in his world.

With no one remembering Hope, she had absolutely nowhere to go and no one to turn to when that Hulk-like monster crashed the bus coming from New Orleans.

Will she slowly weasel her way into Alaric’s life again?

Will she tell Landon the truth and risk destroying his current happiness?

Julie Plec already confirmed that The Originals’ Freya will make a guest appearance. Will Hope reach out to her aunt to fix the mess that she’s gotten herself in?

Rafael may be the only other student to remember Hope since he was trapped in wolf form.

He ditched Landon around the same time he started getting close to Josie probably out of respect for Hope.

Will Hope turn him back and have him in her corner as an ally?

Forgetting about Hope has given the series the freedom to play around with relationships that otherwise wouldn’t have any merit.

And it’s a damn refreshing take on an unlikely love triangle.

Even if Landon gets his memories back, he’s still going to have feelings and experiences with Josie.

They’ll always have that one summer.

Kaleb and MJ were experiencing their version of a “hot girl summer.”

Their friendship is so wholesome.

Kaleb may be a tough guy, but he has the biggest heart and he takes his role as MJ’s best friend seriously.

When MJ’s family brutally turned their back on him, he brought him home with him for the summer.

While it wasn’t the “best summer ever,” MJ did learn how to cook a mean burger and temporarily got over Lizzie Saltzman by crushing on Kym.

Sadly, she was strictly off-limits because she’s Kaleb’s sister.

He did have a point that it’d be weird to have his “brother” and sister date, but doesn’t MJ deserve a little love in his life?

Meanwhile, Lizzie was Euro-tripping with her mom, Caroline, but it wasn’t as great as she made it out to be when she chatted with Josie.

Throughout most of the trip, Lizzie was putting in work to better herself and the twins were attempting to figure out what the ascendant had to do with their merge.

For all of those The Vampire Diaries lovers, hearing them mention Kai was probably music to your ears because it alludes to the possibility of a Chris Wood appearance.

Obviously, Kai was a terrible human and speaking to him about stopping the merge should be a last resort since he had no qualms about killing his own twin sister.

The chances of him telling anyone the truth are slim.

But Kai was also one of the funniest characters to grace the TVD realm. I wouldn’t mind seeing the girls get caught up in some mischief with him.

Maybe they’ll pay a visit to the prison world?

Other Mystic Falls Musings

  • Dorian and Alaric’s relationship is strained, but we need to get them back on track because Alaric’s beard is not doing him any favors.
  • Who was the lady in red at the end of the episode?
  • Did anyone else’s heart skip a beat when they mentioned Aunt Bonnie? I hope she comes back to help out with the merge.

What did you think of the Legacies Season 2 premiere?

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Joseph Morgan Reveals If He’d Ever Reprise His Character Klaus Mikealson for ‘Legacies’

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If you’ve been waiting for the day where Klaus Mikealson strolls back into Mystic Falls to pay his daughter, Hope Mikealson, and the Salvatore School — which he helped fund — a visit, well, don’t get your hopes up. 

The first two seasons of Legacies have given us some grade-A guest stars from The Vampire Diaries and The Originals including Aunt Freya (Riley Voekel), Kai Parker (Chris Wood), and Matt Donovan (Zach Roerig).  We even briefly saw Lizzie and Josie Saltzman’s birth mother Josette (Jodi Lyn O’Keefe). 

But as for baddie Klaus Mikealson, the man who brought him to life, Joseph Morgan, doesn’t think he’ll ever reprise his role again.

And turns out, he has a really good reason!

TV Guide caught up with the actor to talk about his Peacock show, Brave New World, and when asked about guest starring on The CW teen drama, he bluntly and rapidly shut down the possibility.

“No never, never. You’re never going to see it.” Morgan said. “You can hold your breath as long as you want. You know why? I have The Originals box set on my shelf, and it’s a beautiful thing because it’s five DVD sets that are a complete story from beginning to end of this guy, Klaus Mikaelson — well, starting back in The Vampire Diaries Season 2. So I just feel like to come back as a ghost or a flashback or something, for me, that journey, that story has ended. That’s the complete story, and it just doesn’t feel right to me to do that.”

As much as we’d like to see Klaus in the flesh again, you have to admit that’s a satisfactory answer. It shows that Morgan cares enough about the character not to reprise him without a purpose or taint his legacy. 

Klaus Mikealson’s story came to a fitting end in the series finale of The Originals when he redeemed himself for the greater good and sacrificed himself alongside his brother Elijah to save his daughter. Since then, Hope has carried on his legacy; his memory lives on as she mentions him pretty often and channels what he taught her to protect her friends and fight off a plethora of demons and monsters. 

Morgan added that he felt like series creator Julie Plec understood where he was coming from. 

“I think Julie [Plec] feels the same. It just feels like it would be strange, like a little forced,” Morgan continued. “Like I’m coming back just so we can see something else of him, but when we see it we go, ‘Ugh, that was it?’ And I don’t want his legacy to be, ‘Ugh.’ I don’t know what the scene could be that it would be exciting enough and epic enough after the journey that he’s had.” 

Morgan may get a pass, but Candace Accola surely doesn’t.  We’d love to see her reprise her role of Caroline Forbes considering she’s raising two daughters with Alaric but has yet to pay them a visit or help out with the school! Don’t let us down, Caroline! 

The fact that she is still alive in the supernatural world and has such close ties to Mystic Falls but yet never comes to visit doesn’t paint her in a great light! 


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‘Legacies’ Actor Matthew Davis Welcomes Baby Girl with Wife Kiley Casciano!

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Some good news during this coronavirus pandemic – Matthew Davis is a dad!

The Legacies star welcomed his first child with wife, Kiley Casciano, on Tuesday, March 31.

“Ripley Nightingale Davis,” the 41-year-old tweeted revealing the bundle of joy’s name.

“Born March 31st 9:51 p.m. 7lbs, blond hair, blue eyes, Mom’s beautiful face. Thank you everyone for all your love and support,” he added.

He followed that by adding, “let’s hope she doesn’t have my dyslexia.”

https://twitter.com/ImMatthew_Davis/status/1245181706669297665?s=20

Kiley last showed off her bloomin’ baby bump on March 10 writing, “Nothing says thrill like having a baby during a pandemic.”

The couple had a baby shower on March 6th just days before many states began imposing “stay at home” orders.

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David has long been a part of the franchise having previously starred on The Vampire Diaries and The Originals as Alaric Saltzman, vampire-hunter turned dad of two supernatural twins and headmaster of the Salvatore School for the Young and Gifted.

It’s safe to say, he has tons of experience with rowdy children who tend to get into a lot of trouble!

You can read the Legacies season finale review right here!


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Legacies Season Finale Review: This Fairytale Didn’t Have A Happy Ending (2×17)

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Well, this fairytale didn’t have a happy ending.

On Legacies‘ unexpectedly early season finale, we pick up with Hope in Josie’s subconscious trying to help her fight the black magic. But, because Caroline loved to read fairytales as bedtime stories, Hope wakes up dressed as Red Riding Hood.

The fairytale theme was a fun concept, but unfortunately, the terrible CGI put a big damper on one of the best episodes of the show.

The Big Bad Wolf wasn’t great, but that talking pig will stick out as the worst CGI in the entire TVD universe, which is saying something considering how many different creatures the shows have introduced over the years.

Besides that, the fairytale plot turned out to be much better than I was expecting. Josie saved herself in the end and rewrote the story.

Josie’s such a great character who was pushed to the sidelines in the beginning of this season, but this arc of her fighting her insecurities was worth the wait. Nothing’s more personal than someone’s subconscious, and now we finally have some insight into how Josie feels about the relationships she has with other people, and most importantly, the relationship she has with herself.

Josie’s constant feeling of being unwanted or like she wasn’t enough is something everyone can relate to. It’s heartbreaking to hear how much it’s affected her life and it provides reasoning for why she lets people treat her the way she does. She’s as selfless as they come, and she thought that meant she had to be weak. But she was able to come around and realize that being a good, empathetic person doesn’t mean she has to be powerless. Her innate goodness is what makes her strong. It’s what makes her worth rooting for.

Caroline and Alaric always tried their best to be good parents to both the twins, but Josie’s feeling of being inferior to Lizzie even when it comes to her parent’s attention speaks volumes. My biggest gripe with Legacies is how Caroline is painted as a bad mother, who’s not there for her kid’s lives and didn’t treat them equally. We know Caroline. She would never do that. They need to come up with a better way to explain Candice King’s absence without ruining the character.

When Josie spoke about Penelope leaving and Landon breaking up with her contributing to her lack of self-worth, it was definitely less of a “ship” moment as some fans will think and more just a heartbroken teenage girl dealing with her feelings. It felt very honest. It was very reminiscent of Caroline in TVD’s pilot episode obsessing over why Stefan has no interest in her. It wasn’t about her missing previous relationships as much as it was Josie working through rejection and how these situations affected her sense of self. Hopefully, going forward we’ll see her regain confidence in herself so she can finally recognize how wonderful she is.

Josie shouldn’t be in a relationship for a while, but this episode felt like the show’s finally admitting what relationship they’re building up going forward.

Hope was the one who helped Josie find the strength within herself to defeat the black magic torturing her. She was the one who took it upon herself to travel to Josie’s subconscious to save her in any way she could. She put herself at risk for Josie, and then Josie did the same to her when asking Hope to leave her subconscious for her own safety.

And I mean, come on, if Josie was the pig all along she’s the one who suggested Hope kiss her to wake her from her sleeping beauty-esque spell. It would be a shame if the writers just keep dancing around the possibility of these two getting together instead of actually making it happen. This season has basically been a death sentence for Hope and Landon’s relationship anyway, so there’s nothing holding them back there.

With this season being cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we won’t get to see “Hosie” anytime soon, but here’s to hoping in season three Legacies will finally capitalize on the chemistry between Danielle Rose Russell and Kaylee Bryant and make Hosie a real thing!

Outside of the fairytale world, the other Saltzman twin faced her own insecurities at her fake funeral. Lizzie’s always worried about other people’s opinions and when people are speaking ill of her at her own memorial, she reaches a breaking point.

In the last episode’s review, I mentioned how the treatment of Lizzie on Legacies was similar to the treatment of Damon on The Vampire Diaries. A lot of emphasis is put on how selfish they are, when really, they’re not much worse than the other characters. And at least they own the fact that they can be narcissistic.

Lizzie didn’t deserve for people to be relieved she was dead. Thankfully, everyone came around eventually, but that was still a low blow for the show to take.

MG is as sweet as they come. He didn’t even know Lizzie was listening when he gave his eulogy. He was just doing it because he wanted to defend her to the school, not so he could win brownie points with her.

MG gave a great explanation of Lizzie when he said that she knew she could be overdramatic, but she was always actively trying to change herself and start over, but no one would let her. This episode gave more backstory as to why both Lizzie and Josie are the way they are than the rest of the series combined.

Finally, we’re getting character development, and then the season had to be cut short!

This wasn’t the worst episode to serve as a season finale, but the cliffhanger at the end is going to make this hiatus feel much longer than it is.

Stray Thoughts:

  • Danielle Rose Russell’s Lizzie impression was spot-on.
  • Kaleb and Jed have the potential to be a great power duo.
  • Josie putting her magic away like Jo once did was sad. Definitely the right choice for now, but hopefully it won’t last too long.

Is Hope still in Josie’s mind?

What is the Necromancer’s plan?

And is Landon really dead?

We’ll have to wait until Legacies season 3 premieres to find out!

Thanks for watching this season with me, Cravers!


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