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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.

Related: Legacies – Let’s Just Finish the Dance (1×14)

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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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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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.”

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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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