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.
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.
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.
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!
- 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?
Legacies Review – Screw Endgame (2×05)
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?
Legacies – Since When Do You Speak Japanese? (2×04)
Another day at the Salvatore School for the Young and Gifted, another monster/demon that Hope Mikealson has to take down.
Though, to be fair, most of the action took place at Mystic Fall High School on “Since When Do You Speak Japanese.”
For someone who was a fan of the franchise since its inception, being at the human high school has been a nostalgic touch.
The episode introduced us to a Japanese Samurai named Kumatra, who was possessed by a demon named an Oni and swallowed by Malivore in the 1300s.
The demon, which transfers hosts through touch, is unleashed on the town when Kumatra is spat out in the present day.
Thankfully, Josie speaks fluent Japanese (even without speaking it on a daily basis) and is able to translate everything for Ric, Landon, and Hope.
The Oni, despite not having a body, is the most dangerous demon they’ve faced because it hides in plain sight and inhabits the bodies of those you love.
First, it took over Raphael’s body, then Landon’s and finally, Lizzie’s.
And despite Lizzie’s assumption that she’s mentally unstable (my mental health is precious!), having the Oni inside of her provided otherwise.
Much like the Kumatra, Lizzie was able to fight the Oni and while the situation was dire, Jenny Boyd’s acting was a treat.
Her transitions between her defeated self and the demon were seamless, she managed to infuse her performance with humor, and made us believe that the only way to get rid of this monster was to stab her with the sword.
However, if there’s anything we learned from all these supernatural shows is that there’s always another way.
Josie was able to suck out the Oni using the black magic she finessed from the sword.
This is Josie’s second dalliance with dark magic was concerning. This time, she did it for a good reason, but it didn’t minimize the effects.
And when she reached out to the Headmaster for help, he was all too eager to have her transfer that black magic into some dark object.
Has this been his goal for Josie all along?
Is he planning to siphon all her black magic?
Hope and Landon had a few moments throughout the episode, though, it was frustrating to learn that he was possessed by the Oni when she told him the truth about their love.
Landon woke up with his memory intact, but Hope respected his new relationship and didn’t pursue the moment further.
And that says so much about Hope. She’s willing to be miserable so that her friend and her boyfriend are happy.
She also admitted to Alaric that she’s terrified that she’ll tell Landon the truth and he’ll still choose Josie, which is a fair concern.
Alaric’s position in all of this is rather awkward because Josie is his daughter yet he understands Hope when she calls her love with Landon “epic.”
Landon has an inkling that he had something special with Hope, which is why I expected he’d be the first one to remember after true love’s kiss or something.
But this isn’t a fairytale. This isn’t that kind of show.
The first person to remember Hope Andrea Mikealson was none other than Lizzie. She really underestimates herself sometimes.
MG finally confronted Lizzie with proof that her romance with Sebastian was fake.
When he showed her a video of her talking to “nobody,” Lizzie broke down at the realization that her mental state was more fragile than ever before despite all her work and the belief that she was getting better.
And we can’t blame her for the breakdown.
Seeing that you’ve been imaging a hunky boyfriend is enough to make anyone question their sanity.
However, Lizzie wasn’t imagining Sebastian — he’s 100% real.
At first, I thought MG was onto something, but the more the storyline pointed to Sebastian being imaginary, the more I considered that maybe he’s invisible.
And now, instead of Lizzie seeing Sebastian, MG is.
What does Sebastian need help with?
Where did he come from? Why is Lizzie the only person who can see him?
Considering the school is plagued with monsters from Malivore, I’m assuming Sebastian is also a product of the clay monster, which would break Lizzie’s heart.
While MG was pursuing the truth about Lizzie’s new boyfriend, he borrowed a camera from the only guy in AV club and you bet it was a TVD/ Gemini Easter egg.
The camera was the same one Kai used to leave Bonnie a message about the sleeping curse which linked Elena to Bon.
And here’s the best part — this Easter Egg is part of a bigger announcement: Kai (Chris Wood) is coming back on Legacies Episode 12 airing sometime in February 2020.
Kai, the sociopath uncle of Josie and Lizzie, has been a beloved and controversial character.
On one hand, he always had such an energy about him, on the other hand, he murdered his pregnant sister.
This isn’t the first time Legacies has dropped Kai’s name. When the twins found the ascendant, they were trying to figure out what it had to do with the Merge and suggested they ask their evil uncle.
It’s unlikely that Alaric will be fond of the idea, but if it’s the only way, he’ll have to face his wife’s killer at some point.
Unlike with Kai and Jo, Josie and Lizzie are both good people despite a few weaknesses. There is not obvious Merge choice as losing either one of them would be just that, a loss.
Josie and Landon aren’t winning me as a couple. Part of it has to do with Josie’s obsessive jealousy over Landon and the way she doesn’t trust him to take care of himself, but it’s mainly because they’re only together because everyone forgot Hope.
However, I’m not opposed to exploring the chemistry between Hope and Raphael.
Raf always had feelings for Hope, but he repressed them out of respect for Landon. With no memory of Hope, they’re able to give things a shot without the guilt, well, at least Raf is able to.
And Landon seems to be on board with the relationship, for now.
None of this seems like it’ll last much longer since Lizzie remembers Hope and will likely tell her twin the truth making things awkward for everyone.
What did you think of the episode?
And if you saw the promo for next week, why do you think Lizzie and Hope are headed to the 80s?
Does this mean they’ll meet a young Liz Forbes? One could only hope.
Meanwhile, Alaric allowed the teens to handle the Oni themselves as he flirted it up with the new Sheriff in town.
Eventually, though, he realized that he was distracted and not there to help out and he didn’t meet Sheriff Mac at the bar.
Alaric deserves a love life as much as the next guy, but he’s got a lot on his plate right now.
Monsters, demons, evil headmasters, a Merge, and teen hormones. It doesn’t leave a lot of room for dating.
Mac may be understanding or she wasn’t being honest about why she looked into Alaric.
It’s hard for me to trust anyone in Mystic Falls.
Lastly, who were those two scarlet-robed people? Are they from Malivore? For a moment, I thought we were watching The Handmaid’s Tale.
Legacies – You Remind Me of Someone I Used to Know (2×03)
Legacies Season 2 Episode 3 brought the annual American football game between the Salvatore School for the Gifted and Mystic Falls.
But unlike last year, the students from the Salvatore School didn’t exactly play fairly.
Their new headmaster encouraged them to use their superior abilities without being exposed and so, they did.
While mostly everyone felt bad about cheating to get ahead and acknowledged that Alaric was onto something when he taught them to play fair and square, Josie’s competitive nature got the best of her.
It’s that competitive nature that Headmaster Vardemus tried to manipulate by giving her a spell to rig the game.
The spell broke the arm of Mystic Falls’ star QB and lost him a scholarship he’s worked for his whole life.
Seeing how badly Jo hurt someone else means that this is the start of a terrible path for her.
She explains the dark feelings inside of her to Landon at the end of the episodes, and it’s evident that her personality swing will play a huge role in the merger.
While everyone was invested in this football game, Hope was out in the woods slaying the Shunka, the most recent monster to have escaped Malivore.
The Shunka didn’t pose a threat to any of the students, but it did pose a threat to the wolves namely Rafael who was still in his wolf form.
Unfortunately, after turning back, Rafael didn’t remember Hope as we all believed he would.
Mission #SaveRafael allowed Hope and Landon to spend some time together and the chemistry between them is palpable. There’s an undeniable connection between them that has been built over time.
At times, you just want to scream at Landon for not remembering.
But despite Hope being erased from his memory, Landon feels the chemistry just as he feels that Hope is special.
So far, he knows she’s a witch and werewolf, and he’ll be determined to figure out who she is, which isn’t going to bode well for his relationship with Josie.
Things are bound to get uncomfortable once they all learn the truth.
Hope is such a trooper for putting up with her ex and dealing with Jo’s jealousy when in reality, she’s the one that should be angry.
I cannot wait until the truth comes out and believe it’ll likely have something to do with true love’s kiss.
If it works for princesses, why can’t it work for hybrids?
We met the new Sheriff in town and no, she doesn’t want to talk about what happened to Sheriff Donovan.
Though they referred to Matt in the past tense, I’m going to assume he simply left Mystic Falls behind to live out his “normal” life.
There’s definitely going to be a relationship between the new Sheriff and Alaric, and it’s possible her kids Ethan and Maya are going to get roped into all this supernatural stuff now that they’re Hope’s only friends.
Lizzie avoided much of the football game in hopes of finding out what Sebastian was.
She’s made huge progress as a character by acknowledging that he may be a monster.
Sebastian said he was a “vampyr,” which isn’t technically a monster in this realm, the catch is that he’s either invisible or he’s not real at all.
I’m leaning toward Sebastian being a figment of Lizzie’s imagination meaning she’s not actually as healthy as she believed she was.
Thankfully, MJ has her back and witnessed her “making out” with thin air.
He cares enough about her to protect her from whatever this Sebastian thing is.
Yet the biggest mystery of the series boils down to who Headmaster Vardemus is and what game he’s playing.
At the end of the episode, we saw his face get all distorted as he dug into his meal — the slayed Shunka.
Is Vardemus the ultimate Malivore monster?
Is his intention to destroy the school? To make all the supernatural beings evil?
I cannot believe he forbade Alaric from coming onto the school grounds… the same school grounds Alaric helped start with Caroline.
What did you think of the episode?
Will Hope ever come clean about who she is? How long are they going to stay in the dark?
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