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Legacies – Malivore (1×05)

Legacies -- "Malivore" -- Image Number: LGC105a_0092b.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Lulu Antariksa as Penelope and Kaylee Bryant as Josie -- Photo: Bob Mahoney/The CW -- © 2018 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.



Should he stay or should he go?

That was one of the first decisions the newly formed council had to make when it came down to Landon.

It turns out, even in magical worlds, elections don’t always go off without a hitch. And voter fraud is just as common in the supernatural realm as it is it the mortal realm.

Rick acknowledged that student body they should be more involved in the decisions that affect their futures, and then he let them figure it out while he went off to chase a new monster of the week that was feeling drawn to the mystical knife.

Yes, the same knife Landon stole.

If you’ve been feeling a little exhausted by the endless monsters that provide no resolution, you’ll  be happy to know that tonight’s episode provided direction, gave Landon purpose and established the “big bad” of the season.

I, personally, haven’t been convinced that Legacies was worth my time or worthy to follow in the footsteps of The Vampire Diaries and The Originals, but that’s all changing.

Lizzie was convinced she’d win the vote from the witch faction, however, Penelope had other plans in mind. She convinced the witches to nominate Josie as their leader which came as a surprise to Josie herself.

Penelope hasn’t been painted in a good light from the beginning and though she didn’t go about it in a nice way — causing a rift between sisters isn’t encouraged — she did have altruistic motivations.

There’s no denying that Josie lives in Lizzie’s shadow and Penelope’s push is just what she needs to stand her ground and become more authoratative.

And, although, it hurt Lizzie, she needs to be put in her place. She’s conceited and thinks the whole world revolves around her. The sooner they address this, the better it will be when the inevitable curse of the Gemini coven sets in — one of them must die. A little more on this later.

M.J set himself up for failure by believing that Kaleb, the guy who blamed him for being in vampire prison in the first place, would vouch for him. It was obvious Kaleb was going to get him back by convincing the vampire faction to vote for him, though I don’t think that’s going to end well in the long run.

Why would he even be eligible considering what he pulled on the previous episode?

Rafael scored the vote for the wolf faction only because he challenged Jed in a violent match and kicked his ass. I don’t know how one becomes an alpha, but the duel mimicked exactly what happens in the animal kingdom: the strongest man took home the gold.

Of course, we know that Rafael was only interested in leading the pack so he could keep his brother Landon safe at the school.

Sadly, his plan went awry.

Hope did her best to prove that Landon has a smidge of magical abilities but came up empty handed.

After he was almost beaten to death by a scorned Jed, she decided it was safer for him to leave the school.

And realistically, I have to agree. While I’d love to keep Landon around — no fear, he’ll be back soon — if he isn’t a supernatural being, he shouldn’t stay.

Otherwise, as Kaleb pointed out, humans will either start taking over or he’ll get badly injured because they are capable of doing what Jed did, and worse.

Landon took his dismissal like a champ, and admittedly, I melted at the bus stop kiss.

I was slightly concerned that the bus would run them over and thought maybe his powers would kick in at that point, but regardless, I’m glad they built up the trust and Hope finally let someone in.

Here’s where it gets juicy! Ric and Dorian spent the episode trying to get answers from a magical dryad who agreed only if they fetched her former lover Oliver.

Dorian succeeded in his mission with the help of Bonnie — hey, girl! — but hot Oliver didn’t remember his love story with the dryad.

Turns out, whatever happened to her and the remaining mystical creatures Rick and friends have faced — dragon, spider, and gargoyle — were all erased from memory thus turning them into myths and folklore.

The dryad though dissapointed kept her promise and told them about the dark hole she was trapped in, which is where she’s been getting the nagging urges to take back the knife.

As she died in the daffodil field, she told Dorian she recalled the place was called Malivore which on the surface doesn’t mean much.

However, while she was thinking back to the dark place, she was carving an emblem. We see Landon’s birth mother wear the same emblem around her neck in a picture shortly after he was born thus proving that Landon does have some supernatural connection.

His mother is either stuck in Malivore or the ruler of it which also explains why he was drawn to the knife and compelled to steal it.

But does that mean Landon is evil?

Hopefully, whoever Hope set him up with in New Orleans — I’m hoping its Vincent — will help Landon find out more about his birth mother and subsequently, about this pit of hell.

Landon seems to have always been the answer which may mean that they all made a mistake sending him away.

Either way, I’m intrigued and looking forward to when he reunites with Hope again, now that he’s back in her good graces.

Other Thoughts

  • Lizzie is so self-absorbed she didn’t even realize Josie was crushing on Rafael. I think their hook-up is going to be a one-off thing, but Josie isn’t going to get over it as easily.
  • I mentioned the Gemini Coven curse previously so I’m guessing that explains why Jo, or a monster that looks like Alaric’s late wife and Lizzie and Josie’s mother, is back in the upcoming episode. Is this when they’ll first address the curse?
  • Can they bring back more Jeremy? Considering they are fighting monsters that they never assumed existed, his hunter skills could come in handy!
  • The school is like a cheap Hogwarts knock-off. I’m surprised Harry Potter’s name wasn’t called out for the witch faction considering the scene was so reminiscent of Goblet of Fire.
  • I need one of those lie-detector globes. How awesome would that be?

Despite some continous hiccups, the teens, the school and the fairytale monsters are starting to grow on me.

Now, where’s Caroline Forbes to put her daughters in check before Lizzie burns down the whole school in a fit of anger?

What did you think of the episode?

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Joseph Morgan Reveals If He’d Ever Reprise His Character Klaus Mikealson for ‘Legacies’



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.”

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.

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)




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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