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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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Legacies Review – It Will All Be Painfully Clear Soon Enough (2×07)

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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?

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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!

Related: Did ‘Legacies’ Manage to Successful Revamp the Old Love Triangle Trope?

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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Legacies Review – Screw Endgame (2×05)

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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?

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