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Legacies – I’ll Tell You a Story (1×15)

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We finally learned all there is to know about Malivore and truthfully, this is not what I was expecting.

We finally got the bigger piece of the puzzle and learned why Landon is the key to all of it.

Malivore isn’t just a place, it’s a person. Sort of. It’s a Golem, also known as the Eater of the Dark, who is also Landon’s biological father.

I’m just going to let that sink in for a minute.

Considering Legacies’ focus on monsters being trapped inside of Malivore and the revelation that Landon is a phoenix, it only makes sense that his father is a monster himself with a legend that dates back millennia.

After being captured by MG’s mother, Veronica, Landon is taken to TRIAD Industries where he’s handed over to Ryan Clarke.

Ryan’s position at TRIAD has been wishy-washy but for the most part, he’s been connected to the gooey pit of blackness more than anyone else.

He’s also been motivated to free unlock the pit of black existence, which is completely opposite of TRIAD’s mission.

And now, we know why.

Ryan is Landon’s older brother!

Again, I’ll let that sink in.

“I’ll Tell You a Story” was very heavy on Malivorian background, but it’s pivotal going forward to understand who Landon is, what he’s capable of, and why he’s making the decisions he’s about to make.

In a nutshell: the Golem was a created by a witch, a werewolf, and a vampire millennia ago and was spelled not to attack them, which explains why he doesn’t go after any of the students at the Salvatore School.

The Golem’s sole purpose was to keep the villages safe from dragons, but once that was accomplished, he took care and absorbed all the other monsters.

Yummy, right? I’ll never get the image of the Golem sucking up the human-form of a dragon out of my memory.

Over time, the Golem evolved and became a lonely sentient being. And what do lonely, sentient beings do? They try to procreate to carry on their legacy. Legacy, eh?

The TRIAD of supernaturals that created him were like “hell naw dude,” and attempted to destroy him, but he’d been so good to the townsfolk, they thought of him as their god. And you know how people get about godlike beings — they protect them at all costs.

So, the Golem kept on keeping on and trying to procreate to attain the perfect version descendant to little success.

Though I have to admit, Ryan is pretty handsome considering he was literally created from black tar monster.

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Since Ryan couldn’t procreate, the Golem shunned him and eventually, Ryan turned on his father/creator by convincing the descendants of the secret society to rebel against their god, as humans often do.

The witches used black magic to track the Golem and dissolve him to his natural state, the black pit of darkness and endless doom in which monsters are forgotten about.

Fast forward to the present and TRIAD has gotten a little power hungry. Power corrupted them — how human of them — and they began throwing anyone into the pit that opposed or upset them — both human and not.

And the only person that can stop them? Our beloved Landon because he’s a blood descendant and the only one who can bring back his father.

To summarize: Malivore isn’t just a place, it’s Landon and Ryan’s father.

I guess that explains why he never tried to find or get to know his son? On some level, that has to be comforting for Landon. It’s almost like a juiced up “it’s not me, it’s you” excuse.

In fact, he was “perfect” in his father’s eyes which would be much more reassuring if, again, his father wasn’t a bubbling pit of tar.

And though being a phoenix is way better than being a mud man, it’s still a little difficult to accept that Landon was biologically created by a tar monster.

After Ryan’s spiel, it seems like Landon is on board with mission “bring back dad,” but I don’t know if that’s such a great idea.

TRIAD must be stopped, on that, we can all agree. They’re trying to weaponize the pit and rid the town of all supernatural entities. Are we sure Matt Donovan isn’t behind this company?

My hesitancy stems from the belief that Ryan isn’t telling Landon the whole truth and instead, simply crafting the narrative Landon wants to hear so he’ll be compelled to help out.

Logistically, what happens once they do return his father to the living? Will he just exist amongst the humans? Will he accept Landon and Ryan and will they become one big happy family?

I’m also a little unclear on how Landon was born an immortal phoenix from all of this? Was the jumble of genetic monster and human material enough to craft him into one?

While I have my hesitations against Ryan, the fact that they are brothers now brings us back to the core values of brotherhood and family that were at the forefront of TVD and The Originals.

Ryan and Landon are no Damon and Stefan or Klaus and Elijah but those piercing dark eyes could convince us otherwise.

Raf isn’t going to be happy about having his title stolen.

TRIAD seemingly figured out that Ryan double-crossed them shortly after he and Landon skipped out to find the third key, a chalice that Landon somehow ‘felt’ wasn’t the decoy.

And Veronica, she knew exactly where they were headed.

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Legacies — “I’ll Tell You a Story” — Image Number: LGC115a_0450b.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Danielle Rose Russell as Hope and Jenny Boyd as Lizzie — Photo: Quantrell Colbert/The CW — © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

Last we saw, her ruthless agents were invading the Salvatore School so let’s hope Landon and Ryan raise dear old dad in time to save their friends.

Alaric has so much on his plate, this is the last thing he needs.

Not only is he dealing with telling the twins about the merge, he’s also a trying to keep the peace between the factions.

Thankfully, he put his ego aside and made amends with Dorian, who he needs to keep the school afloat.

I can’t imagine one human dealing with hundreds of human children let alone a human with three different supernatural types under one roof.

After Dorian and Emma quit, it dawned on me that we’ve never seen any other teachers or professors at the school.

Who is teaching these kids?!

Regardless, it’s not like they have a lot of time to attend class anyway.

Josie and Lizzie’s fallout following Miss Mystic Falls continued.

Josie was trying to find out everything she could about the “Merge” but it proved difficult as all the pages about it were ripped out in every book. Alaric knows how to cover his tracks.

Lizzie attempted to extend an olive branch by forcing Hope to bake Josie a pie. When that didn’t work, Hope handed her a book about ‘The Gemini Coven,’ which she’d seen Ric read on multiple occasions.

If keeping this curse a secret from his daughters was so important, why was he carelessly reading the book around them?

Josie pieced everything together before Lizzie did, but it was Hope who got the full story from Aunt Freya. Hope our girl is doing well!

Finally, Ric came clean about the girls’ doomed fate. About time.

It’s probably not a coincidence that Ric disclosed that one would have to absorb the other at almost the same time Landon learned his father absorbed other monsters to help rid the planet of evil.

I’m surprised at how well the girls took the news considering one of them is fated to die in just a few short years.

Lizzie didn’t seem to remember anything from her alternate reality, which was a little surprising, but it’s probably for the best. Or maybe she did and she just wasn’t letting on as to not hurt Josie even more?

In that reality, Josie was the one who ended up dying, though it seems that in this reality, Josie is the stronger one.

Seeing her overpower Lizzie was unexpected, but ever since she lost Penelope, Josie has gotten some perspective on her co-dependent relationship with Lizzie and has been taking back control.

She’s pissed.

But while I’m all for Josie standing up for herself and getting her own life, Lizzie had a point when she told Josie that she’s been using her as a shield to hide from the world.

Josie felt safe living in Lizzie’s shadow; Lizzie shouldn’t be blamed for that. She’s selfish and needy but Josie allowed her to be that way.

Still, it’s time they put all of this aside and focus on their collective survival.

How are they going to break this curse?

I’m crossing my fingers that we’ll eventually get a visit from crazy uncle Kai!

Other Thoughts

  • Hope was scared of losing Landon because she’s in love with him which is why she kept his mother a secret from him. Hope is the P. Sawyer of the series so it’s fitting that I say, “People always leave, but sometimes they come back.” Hope’s feelings may have surprised her, but you know Landon feels the same way. He wouldn’t ever leave her behind although his situation did just get slightly more complicated than when they last saw each other. Hope’s going to be concerned once she finds out he isn’t actually an orphan.
  • I know Hope wasn’t really talking to Landon today thanks to the prism but her subconscious version of him was awesome.
  • His reaction to her ‘I love you’ made me giggle like a school girl.
  • Can we point out the fact that this prism could be the answer to seeing old characters from previous shos that are no longer with us? Klaus, Hayley, Elijah could all make an appearance via the prism! Even Lizzie said she uses it to talk to her mother, Caroline, sometimes.
  • Seeing Hope admit that she wasn’t over losing her parents and thought she was at fault was heartbreaking.
  • Also heartbreaking? Hope trying to coax Rafael into “doing what’s best for him” knowing that he loves her. Man, he loves her so much, but he doesn’t want to love her because of Landon. This forbidden love isn’t going to end well especially because I think Hope has some repressed feelings for him as well.
  • I hope Raf learns how to allow his human and his wolf form to co-exist. He cannot be acting on that rage; it’s too dangerous to those around him.
  • At the very least, Hope’s way too close and comfortable with Roman. It’s one thing to forgive the man who almost killed your mother, it’s another to kiss him on the cheek. Maybe it’s best that he goes away for a while.

What did you think of all the headway Legacies made tonight?

Should Landon trust his brother? Will Hope save her man? Are Josie and Lizzie more fractured than they ever were now that they know about the merge? What is TRIAD going to do to all the students?

The season finale of Legacies is next week. How is it that time already?

We’re expecting plenty of major cliffhangers as the series has shown us over the course of the first season that they have plenty of tricks up their sleeves.

Since Hope promised to go all Wonder Woman for Landon, does that mean she kills for him and activates her vampire side?


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Legacies Review – Hope Turns Into a Monster (3×11)

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Legacies Review You Can’t Run from Who You Are Season 3 Episode 11

It was business as usual at the Salvatore School on Legacies Season 3 Episode 11 as Alaric and team brainstormed ways to destroy Malivore using Cleo, their new muse.

Cleo inspired a few plans, but none of them went as planned. Do they ever, though?

Hope and Landon astral projected to the prison world in hopes of destroying it and Malivore along with it using the Necromancer.

However, upon arrival, they realized the Necromancer couldn’t come to the phone. Why? Cause he’s dead. 

And while that obviously put a dent in Hope’s plan, I was pretty thrilled that we wouldn’t have to deal with the Necromancer again because, much like the prison world, he’s greatly overstayed his welcome.

However, it seems like we were all onto something when we theorized that Landon wasn’t being himself. 

If I had to guess, I’d say that Landon’s been a vessel for the Necromancer, who somehow hitched a ride in his body upon returning to Mystic Falls. 

You’ve got to admit that Landon was way too good at impersonating the Necromancer. It’s almost as if he was him. 

The best part is that Hope wasn’t the one to figure it out. She’s been so happy to have Landon back that she ignored all the red flags and didn’t even realize her boyfriend wasn’t himself! 

Is that a telling sign about their relationship?

Instead, Wade was the one that picked up on Landon’s odd behaviors.

Landon didn’t remember his favorite module from D&D, and the berbalang went after him instead of the dead flesh which it usually craves. 

Props to Wade for being so observant.

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Legacies — “You Can’t Run from Who You Are” — Image Number: LGC311fg_0006r — Pictured (L-R): Omono Okojie as Cleo and Danielle Rose Russell as Hope Mikaelson — Photo: The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

However, there were moments were Landon acted like himself, so maybe he’s internally fighting with the Necromancer and doesn’t remember it?

Wade found it weird that Landon stabbed Hope in the heart, but he did it to save her. He also immediately jumped into action when the berbalang bit Hope and the bite transferred over into the real world. 

Also, how fun was it that one of their own turned into a monster-of-the-week. 

In order to save Hope, Josie was forced to confront her dark subconscious — welcome back, Dark Josie — and take back her magic. 

And it’s about time. 

I’m all for Josie attending Mystic Falls High if she’s genuinely interested in embracing a human existence, but she can’t do it at the expense of herself.

 It’s obvious that she’s been struggling because she’s not being authentic about who she is. 

She’s running away and trying to suppress the supernatural parts of herself, which, in turn, means she’s letting the dark side win.

Josie needs to own who she is — a witch. 

And she doesn’t even know it yet, but even in the muggle world, she fell in love with a supernatural creature. 

Lizzie and MG confronted Finch about her werewolf gene, and the poor girl had no idea how it worked or what triggered it. 

Lizzie went into protective mode, which is understandable, but it’s a little strange that she automatically assumed Finch was a bad person and a killer. 

From past experiences (see: Tyler Lockwood), werewolves trigger the curse accidentally. 

Still, Lizzie wanted proof that Finch wasn’t a cold-blooded murderer and forced the poor girl to remember that she was tricked into killing her grandfather. 

It was a heartbreaking memory that she forced her to tap into. Though, it does help us understand Finch a little better.

Lizzie meant well — she simply went about it the wrong way. 

However, she’s making a lot of progress by admitting that she screwed up and asking MG for advice. 

Hopefully, she takes it because Josie deserves to know the truth about Finch. She’s been so hard on herself for her relationships falling apart, but this time, it wasn’t her fault at all.

And now that she’s accepted her supernatural side again, she can be a source of support for Finch. 

Kaleb finally scored his first date with Cleo, but in order to do so, he needed to be vulnerable and honest. 

I love that Cleo is so secure that she wasn’t falling for Kaleb’s game and demanded he drop the act if he wanted a chance with her. 

It’s about time we ask men to be real instead of encouraging their macho actions.

This is the start of a healthy relationship, which honestly, might be a first for the series. 

Hope and Landon should get some pointers!

Alaric’s mission to Triad HQ with Cleo and Kaleb also unearthed some clues about his artifact. 

Even though the parchment turned to dust, Alaric found out that it likely created by Leonardo da Vinci. Is this giving anyone The Da Vinci Code vibes?!

He also realized that it’s connected to Project Pandora, the mythical box that Alaric and Hope opened which contained all the world’s ills.

Does this mean the artifact is the key to destroying Malivore?

They always say that those who give the best advice rarely take their own. MG gave Lizzie solid advice about how to handle things with Josie, but he didn’t take his own advice when it came to Ethan. 

The downside of allowing a human to know about the supernatural is that they can get hurt… badly hurt. 

Ethan is the present-day version of Matt Donovan. He’s a human who is all too eager to get involved in supernatural situations that have nothing to do with him. 

It was only a matter of time before he got injured. 

MG will either have to come clean to Alaric or give Ethan his blood to help heal him. Neither option is ideal. 

What did you think of the episode?

What’s up with Landon? Are you happy Josie got her powers back? Let us know in the comments below! 

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4 Biggest Moments from Legacies ‘All’s Well That Ends Well’

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Legacies All’s Well That Ends Well Season 3 Episode 10

Legacies is going on a brief hiatus until May, so “All’s Well That Ends Well” brought out all the punches. 

The action-packed episode — one of the strongest of the season — found the students of the Salvatore School battling a banshee in order to get information on Malivore. 

These were the biggest moments from Legacies Season 3 Episode 10: 

Finch is a Wolf

Lizzie tried to help Josie get the girl with her encyclopedic rom-com knowledge, but when Josie finally made her move on Finch with an impassioned speech, she got rejected with a capital R. 

Josie jumped to the most obvious conclusion: Finch was already seeing someone else hence the “plans.”

However, Lizzie snooped around long enough to prove my sneaky suspicion that there wasn’t anything ordinary about Finch. Her “plans” included turning during a full moon because she’s a Mystic Falls werewolf. 

Lizzie didn’t have the heart to tell Josie, so she just told her Finch is unavialable. Why? Why couldn’t she let her make up her mind on her own?

And will MG or Ethan spill the beans?

So much for Josie just wanting to live a normal human life. You can take the girl out of the supernatural, but you can’t take the supernatural out of the girl!

 

Cleo is a Muse

The episode featured so many revelations about the characters particularly why Malivore was still hanging around sending monsters to the the school. Hope had a theory that Malivore was after Cleo, and she wasn’t wrong. 

The banshee revealed that Cleo is a muse, which Malivore wants in order to gain some inspiration to escape the prison world. 

 

Malivore is a Creep

Well, at least Malivore’s right hand man is. He’s been snooping around the school for the past several episodes ever since Landon returned from the prison world. 

When he failed to snatch Cleo, the monster snuck into Hope and Landon’s room and stole locks of their hair. Why? Does it think that they’re the key since they’ve both escaped before?

 

MG and Ethan Form Their Own Super Squad

MG and Ethan are the crime-fighting superhero duo that Mystic Falls didn’t know it needed. The two have formed a budding friendship ever since MG allowed Ethan to keep his memories of the supernatural. 

Ethan’s been really dedicated to stopping any and all crime in town (Matt Donovan much?), but unlike Donovan, he thinks the supernatural is pretty darn cool. 

After he saved MG from Finch in werewolf form, the former upgraded him to “partner” instead of “sidekick.” 

My only gripe with this friendship is that I’m scared it’s replacing MG’s friendship with Caleb, who was completely missing from the episode! 

 

What was your favorite part of the episode? Are you over the Malivore storyline or are you interested to see how Cleo will play into it?

And what do you think is up with the artifact Alaric found that connected to several historical figures?

Let us know in the comments below! 


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Legacies Review – Is Elena Gilbert Making a Comeback to Mystic Falls? (3×09)

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Legacies Review Do All Malivore Monsters Provide This Level of Emotional Insight? Season 3 Episode 9

An adorable Malivore monster? That’s a first. 

But it wasn’t wise to be fooled by the Gremlin’s (it was a Furby, let’s be real) appearance as he quickly turned into a scary, menacing creature who thrived off of the disrespect between Hope and Lizzie.

Not only did the little guy have a potty mouth, but he also tried to drive a wedge between the two ladies. What a rude little dude. 

It’s been. bit since Hope and Lizzie butted heads, and I’ve quite enjoyed their friendship, so it was slightly disappointing to see them regress. 

However, I was pleased that Lizzie didn’t just forgive and forget Hope for putting her and Josie in harms way simply to get Landon back. 

Hope has zero regard for others, but she needed to be held accountable and reminded that her behavior wasn’t okay. 

Even Landon seemed to understand that Hope went a little too far with her mission to save him. 

But even with Lizzie and Landon pointing out Hope’s mistakes, she was never truly remorseful; her apology always featured a “but.”

Legacies Review Do All Malivore Monsters Provide This Level of Emotional Insight? Season 3 Episode 9

Legacies — “Do All Malivore Monsters Provide This Level of Emotional Insight?” — Image Number: LGC309a_0046r — Pictured (L-R): Chris Lee as Kaleb, Danielle Rose Russell as Hope Mikaelson, and Jenny Boyd as Lizzie Saltzman — Photo: Kyle Kaplan /The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

In order to defeat the Gremlin, Hope and Lizzie had to genuinely respect each other, which was easier said than done. 

They eventually found common ground and realized that they fight like sister’s because they’re much more alike than they’d want to admit. 

Hopefully, this is the last time Lizzie and Hope turn on each other because, as I said, I prefer them as friends! They’re better together, as cheesy as that may seem. 

Landon made some solid points throughout the episode, which was a first. He pointed out that Hope hurt others in her quest to save him, and he followed that up by telling her that she has to stop prioritizing him.

Even Landon is realizing that Hope’s obsession with him isn’t healthy. 

Her whole life revolves around Landon, but it’s not normal for one person to be someone’s whole world.

It’s such a disservice to Hope’s character because it makes her one-dimensional. She doesn’t see anything or anyone outside of Landon. She’s always focused on being with him, saving him, protecting him. 

Truthfully, I don’t think Hope knows who she is without him and that, unfortunately, diminishes all the badass things about the tribrid. 

Let’s give her something more than a relationship to focus on! 

I’ve said this before, but the monsters-of-the-week are just not doing it anymore, so I’m excited about this new mystery that Alaric has unfolded that could potentially put them away for good. 

Or, at the very least, it could give us something else to focus on. 

The artifact Alaric stumbled upon somehow connects to Einstein, Rasputin, and Napolean Bonaparte. Alaric revisiting his historical roots? Yes, please! 

The strange intro also revealed that Clarke, Landon’s brother, was somehow around when Einstein had the artifact, but it’s unclear what all of this means. 

And then… there are the adorable nods to The Vampire Diaries that made up for the lackluster episode!

Many Legacies fans have been stalking Nina Dobrev’s Instagram and saw her mysterious posts “on-set” where she reunited with Katherine’s hair extensions. Naturally, it led people to believe that she’s making an appearance on the series. 

And while I’d usually ignore the rumors, the fact that the episode not only restored Elena’s teenage home to its full glory (it looks exactly the same!), but also revealed that Josie has been staying with “Aunt Elena” is enough to raise some eyebrows.

They wouldn’t just mention Elena if they didn’t plan on bringing her back for an episode, right?

I find it strange that Alaric would be living in the same town as Elena, Damon, and their children and yet, they never cross paths! 

If the series doesn’t plan on bringing any of them back, then I’d rather they not mention them because all it does is make it seem like Elena, Damon, Bonnie, Caroline, etc. just don’t care about any of their old friends. 

Alaric was like a father to Elena, so I doubt she’d remove herself completely from his life and not stay in touch. 

And why isn’t their kid enrolled in the Salvatore School? Or Mystic Falls High?  I believe they mentioned a Stephanie Salvatore before! 

Josie invited Alaric for dinner at Aunt Elena’s, and he even mentioned that he didn’t want her to get dating advice from Damon. 

It’s too much of a tease if they don’t actually have any cameos in motion!

Josie isn’t the only one settling down at Mystic Falls High as MG has decided to start a new chapter in his life. 

But while Josie is all about “no magic,” MG doesn’t mind bringing his vamp talents to the mortal high school. 

In fact, he used his vamp speed to save Ethan, who almost got run over by a truck. Instead of erasing Ethan’s mind, he trusted him enough to keep his secret. 

Truthfully, I’m digging this new friendship! But I also think there’s more to Ethan than meets the eye. Maybe he’s unaware of his supernatural powers?

Caleb seemed pretty bummed to see that MG made a new friend because it meant he wasn’t coming back to the Salvatore School.

But honestly, MG deserves better as his skills and talents were underappreciated at the school by so many of his peers. 

Plus, Caleb has Cleo now, and she’s been officially inducted into the Super Squad!

But can we trust her? She’s come to their rescue twice now and seems genuine, but you can never be too careful with new faces in Mystic Falls! 

What did you think of the episode? Do you think Hope needs to find a hobby?

Will Elena Gilbert be making an appearance in the new future?

Sound off in the comments below! 


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