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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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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-The End of Kai Parker? (2×13)

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Legacies Review-The End of Kai Parker? (2x13)

What a doozy.

After last week’s fantastic episode featuring the return of Kai Parker, Legacies picks up with Kai now officially out of the prison world.

His mission: wreak havoc in Mystic Falls.

Aside from that,  I’m not totally sure what he’s trying to do here. Is he just trying to screw with Ric? We know he wants to demolish the prison world and the Saltzmans along with it, but did he have a game plan for after that?

Regardless, this episode’s pacing kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time.

The episode title “You Can’t Save Them All” was a pivotal theme of the episode’s main conflict.

Kai forces Hope to choose between saving Landon or saving everyone stuck in the prison world.

I never doubted for a minute she would choose the Saltzmans over him, but I do feel bad for the Hope and Landon shippers right now. I’m sure it was partially a numbers game, saving six versus saving one, but even if it was just one Saltzman versus Landon, I think he would’ve been a goner.

She doesn’t have a lot of family left, so I would imagine she’d go to any length to rescue the man who stepped in to help raise her. She’s recently become really close with Lizzie, and her and Josie have always had a special relationship. I don’t think he can compete with that.

I really thought Landon’s time on this show might’ve been up this episode. But alas, he lives another day. He had a prophecy and a powerful heretic working against him and he still prevailed. He’ll never be on Hope’s level of hero, but he has come far.

Also, it rubbed me the wrong way that we didn’t see any hints that Landon cared about Josie being stuck in the prison world. He was obviously trying to help Hope rescue them, but it’s like the show forgot those two characters had a relationship this season. You would think he’d care more about someone he was once so close to being in danger, but we only really got to see Hope’s concern instead of his.

I’m glad Lizzie didn’t die and become a heretic yet. I think she should in the future, especially to avoid the merge, but I want it to be her choice, not Sebastian’s.

I’ll admit I was surprised we got any semblance of redemption from Sebastian. Him choosing to stay behind to be the anchor to another world felt all too familiar, but at least this is someone who deserved what he got.

I’ll miss seeing Thomas Doherty on my screen, but I think the show will be better off with him gone.

This was the episode where we finally got to see Dark Josie in all her glory. I loved her transformation with the dyed hair and weird veins protruding out of her face. It’s cheesy-looking but fun.

It reminded me so much of Elena when she shut off her humanity. There’s nothing more exciting than seeing the ultimate good-girl character turn evil. It’s fun to watch.

I’m glad she’ll be sticking around. I was going to be really disappointed if they’d teased this plotline for so long and abandoned it within an episode. Especially since she’s so powerful. She brought back memories of Kai and opened a door out of the prison world. Who knows what she can do?

Also, was I supposed to get a flirty vibe between Josie and Jade at the end? I don’t like it. Jade knew Josie as a kid, so it seems too weird for me. Also, Hope is right there. Her and Josie have the most chemistry on the show. I don’t know if its Danielle Rose Russell and Kaylee Bryant or if the writers are headed in that direction, but I’m totally on #TeamHosie.

Unfortunately, for the time being I think Chris Wood’s appearance on Legacies has come to an end. Alaric’s “This is for Jo” was a perfectly cathartic moment to say goodbye to such a great character. He brought out the best in Legacies and made me miss TVD more than ever. Please come back soon!

Stray Thoughts:

  • Is it just me or was the big reveal of Landon’s Phoenix form a bit weird? I don’t know if it was the CGI or just a general cringe associated with the scene. Josie’s dark eyes were also subpar.
  • Did Dorian die? I liked the guy but Legacies has to start killing off characters. The body counts on TVD and TO compared to Legacies is ridiculous. This is a supernatural show, there should be collateral damage and stakes the characters have to worry about. If no one important ever dies I’ll stop worrying when my favorite characters are in danger.
  • I don’t buy that Kai’s out of the picture for good. He has a way of coming back even when he shouldn’t.
  • I like Jade. I hope she sticks around.
  • Rafael finally returned. I’m still not sure what they’re doing with his character.
  • Love square alert between Alyssa, Kaleb, Jed, and MG? I think I’m on #TeamKaleb for this one.

Who do you ship Alyssa with?

Do you think Kai will return anytime soon?

What do you think of the prophecy?

Legacies will return March 12th on The CW. Until then, let us know in the comments what you think of the season so far.

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