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Legacies Midseason Premiere Review- The Return of The Necromancer (2×09)

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Have you ever looked in the mirror after not seeing yourself for a while and been shocked by your own reflection? Imagine how the mighty Necromancer feels when he wakes up with a normal human face.

Legacies’ midseason premiere starts off with the story of how the Necromancer got to where we saw him last, underneath a red cloak standing in front of the Malivore pit. We jump back a year in time to see him waking up in Texas without his powers.

This is not exactly the “peace” Malivore promised him.

This episode cuts back and forth between the Necromancer’s journey over the past year and present-day at The Salvatore School. Landon may have finally chosen between Hope and Josie, but that doesn’t mean the awkwardness of the love triangle is over.

Josie’s been avoiding Hope, and Hope is very aware of it. The Hope and Josie dynamic is one of my favorites on the show, and the drama with Landon has gone on for far too long. Hope makes it her mission to reconnect with Josie and get back to the friendship they once had.

Now that “Professor Vardemus” AKA Clarke is gone, Alaric has been reinstated as headmaster. His first order of business: find out more about the ancient vampire who’s kissing his daughter in the hallways.

Alaric decides to give Sebastian a series of tests to prove whether or not he’ll be a good fit at the school. He chooses Landon to supervise since he’s the only one Sebastian can’t kill (when are we going to learn more about Landon’s powers?).

Hope has her own test to pass- living with a roommate. New character Alyssa Chang has taken up shop in Hope’s old bedroom while she’s been busy, you know, getting erased from the world and stuff.

We check back in with the Necromancer a month into living as a human. He’s out of his element working in an ice cream shop. After experiencing the most human thing of all, dealing with an annoying boss, the Necromancer bonds with his coworker Chad. When Chad introduces himself our favorite villain tries to return to the dramatics that we’re so familiar with. But “I’m the…Ted” just doesn’t have the same ring to it. Oh yeah, the Necromancer goes by Ted now. Go figure.

We jump back to present-day and are faced with another awkward moment between Josie, Landon, and Hope. Josie and Landon are having an uncomfortable yet bearable conversation when Josie spots Hope coming and immediately takes off. Before getting cut off by Landon, Sebastian, a witness to all this, chimes in with “Is this what they call teen drama?”.

Yes, Sebastian. Yes, it is.

Fortunately, we get a break from the secondhand embarrassment that is high school relationships to see what “Ted” and Chad are up to. The Necromancer (I just can’t call him Ted, it sounds ridiculous) tells Chad the truth about who he is, and surprisingly Chad believes him. Chad claims to believe in all things the government is hiding like Bigfoot and lizardmen, so why wouldn’t he believe in the Necromancer?

The Necromancer shows Chad what he’s been working on. He can now successfully bring a bug back to life again. Chad’s impressed and agrees to help the Necromancer get his powers back, because who wouldn’t help your creepy coworker bring things back to life?

After a failed attempt to bring a cat back to life, the Necromancer decides to visit the Malivore pit to look for answers. Obviously, when he and Chad arrive, the pit’s disappeared since at this point in the timeline Hope’s already sacrificed herself to close it. Seeing Malivore “defeated” inspires the Necromancer to aim higher which he starts doing by sacrificing Chad.

With bigger aspirations, we see the Necromancer with a renewed sense of confidence in a makeover-style montage turning himself back into the Necromancer we’re used to seeing. Face paint, colored contacts, and a big cut to the forehead later, he’s back to his typical self. Somehow he’s skipped over the dead cat level and now has his full powers back, as shown by him raising Chad from the dead.

The guy’s understandably pissed but still agrees to help the Necromancer with his mysterious plan. They put on red cloaks and head to our favorite place, Mystic Falls.

Speaking of Mystic Falls, Sebastian successfully passed his first test: fitting in with the werewolves. After a game of dodgeball, Captain Cheekbones (we can thank Jed for that nickname) and the pack are on good terms. Landon and Sebastian, on the other hand, have a rocky relationship.

Personally, I was a huge fan of Sebastian calling Landon out for leaving Mystic Falls saying that if the girl he loved was in danger, he would’ve never left. Landon had that one coming. Landon has never been one of my favorite characters on Legacies, and his actions this season haven’t changed my mind.

Sebastian’s second test is to fit in with the vampires at the school. MG, still harboring some resentment towards Sebastian for his involvement with Lizzie, complains to Alyssa that he wants Sebastian to fail. Taking things into her own hands, Alyssa purposefully cuts herself on a plate to make Sebastian lose control and drink human blood. This plan backfires when its MG, not Sebastian who loses control. MG absolutely has the makings of a ripper. Hopefully, we’ll get to explore that further down the line.

Likewise, Josie’s slipping out of control in her own way. She’s still practicing dark magic and is almost caught by Dorian when Hope comes to her rescue. Hope tells her about a spell they can do to protect the sand clock Clarke gave Josie from breaking open.

We get to see Hope and Josie doing a spell together again, reminiscent of the time they first did magic together in the pilot. They’re successful, but it’s a temporary solution, not a permanent one.

Afterwards, they finally get a moment to talk about how their situation with Landon has impacted them and their relationship. Hope reveals she saw Josie and Landon together at their movie night and that’s why she didn’t return to the school right away. Both girls decide they want to try again and work on rebuilding what they had before. This was easily the standout moment of the episode. I swear, these two have the most chemistry I’ve seen in The Vampire Diaries universe since Delena.

Sebastian’s final test is to fit in with the witches, which doesn’t go over very well. Alyssa tries to intimidate him which leads to Lizzie coming to his defense, and then him running off.

Landon finds him and Sebastian reveals that his parents sold him to a merchant ship when he was a kid and whenever he tried to escape from it they always found him. He’s never felt safe anywhere. This resonates with Landon, since before The Salvatore School Landon never had a home either. So he tells Alaric Sebastian passed all the tests and deserves to stay. Meanwhile, we see that Ric’s been reading up on “Sebastian the Merciless”, an infamous vampirate.

This leads to an intense confrontation between Alaric and Sebastian when he finds Sebastian feeding on a woman. He shoots him with his crossbow (he’s always true to his vampire hunter roots) and tells him to stay away from his daughter. But, Alaric’s a sucker for second chances and still offers Sebastian a chance to come back to the school if he follows the rules.

However, Sebastian has other plans. He threatens Alaric and reveals that he’s been mind-controlling Lizzie. He has no intention of staying to abide by a set of rules and said that if Alaric wants to protect his daughter he’ll have to kill him.

We don’t know exactly what happened after that, but Alaric tells Lizzie Sebastian left on his own volition and won’t be coming back. I don’t think Ric would’ve taken the chance of him hurting Lizzie, so I’d bet Sebastian’s desiccated somewhere nearby.

As for the other Saltzman twin, Josie has a talk with Landon where they decide to be friends. To put what I hope is the official end to the love triangle, Josie and Landon redecorate Hope’s now shared room to look like her old one did, with a few extra changes. The three of them hug and all seems to be well.

But of course, this is Legacies. Nothing can be good for too long.

The Necromancer and Chad are now in Mystic Falls and raised a Malivore monster to unleash havoc on the school. Next week we’ll be dealing with a monster who preys on everyone’s insecurities and it looks like there’ll be a lot of drama ahead.

Other Musings:

  • When Dorian mentioned Caroline at the beginning of the episode it reminded me how annoyed I am that we haven’t seen her yet. Candice King is open to returning, what are we waiting for?
  • Chad suggesting “taking a leak” on Malivore for revenge has to be one of the funniest lines in the show.
  • I love Lizzie, but I don’t think choosing to talk to MG about her problems with Sebastian is a good idea at all. You know he likes you, give the kid a break!
  • There was a very little amount of Hope in this episode, what’s that about? This tribrid deserves her fair amount of screentime.
  • Also noticeably missing was Kaleb, I want to see how he reacts to Dorian’s new intern being his sister.

What do you think happened to Sebastian? How soon do you think the sand clock is going to break open? Should Hope and Josie be together instead of with Landon?

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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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Legacies Review – Operation Save Landon… Again (3×08)

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On Legacies Season 3 Episode 8, the Super Squad — minus MG — rallied to save Landon from the Prison World. 

And it’s about time that this quest comes to an end as Hope’s moping around has gotten quite miserable. 

I’m ready to move on with other storylines that will hopefully allow Legacies to explore other aspects of the series that don’t revolve around Landon. 

In fact, this episode wasn’t as terrible as the other ones in the season as it felt like the closest stylistically to The Vampire Diaries/ The Originals

The writers even incorporated the Mikealson mantra of “risking everything for the people you love,” which was a sweet callback and a gentle reminder that yes, this is still a sister show even if doesn’t feel like it at times.

Although, I don’t remember Klaus’s selfishness ever irritating me as much as Hope’s. 

I don’t have anything against her and Landon (though I don’t see them as an epic love of #Stelena or even #Delena proportions), but I’m just not impressed by how much she’s willing to destroy and sacrifice to save him. 

Hope didn’t care who got hurt or who she hurt in the process — all that mattered to her was saving Landon. Everyone knew she wasn’t going to stop until she got him back, but really, what does that say about her? 

MG may have been holding out on the ascendant, but he never kept it from them to keep Landon trapped or out of spite; he was genuinely concerned about someone unleashing the prison world into the mortal world. That’s a fair concern. Honestly, Alaric should’ve been more concerned about it… and as the responsible adult, he should’ve been the one to bring it up!

MG also had a solid point when he explained that “operation save Landon” wasn’t exactly thought through. 

They were willing to risk everything to save one person, which is hardly logical.

Hope’s selfishness then extended when she interrupted Josie and Finch’s “ditch date” at Mystic Falls High School. Josie may have been nosy about the witchy business while passing through, but Hope had no right guilting her into taking back her powers simply because she wanted to save Landon.

Mentioning that Josie was the reason they were in this mess while saying she wasn’t blaming her was the definition of passive-aggressive. 

And Hope didn’t even care when dark magic began to consume them while they did the spell. Hope was willing to sacrifice them all to save Landon! 

I’m not surprised that Lizzie said she’s never going to help Hope again.

After getting Landon back, through no plan of her own, might I add, Hope expressed some guilt about “pissing off” a lot of people, but at no point did she ever just thank everyone for all that they’ve done.

A little gratitude sure goes a long way, just saying.  

Josie is way better off moving out of the Salvatore School and exploring the “muggle world.” If she sticks around and splits her time between both schools, she’s just going to be continuously sucked back into these shenanigans. 

Though, is anyone else curious who’s “friend” of Caroline and Alaric’s who’s letting Josie crash in their house? Do I smell an original cameo in the making?

Josie isn’t the only one fed up with the Salvatore school. MG quickly went from everyone’s friend to villain for hiding an ascendant to a literal prison world. 

And on top of that, he was once again used by Lizzie, who siphoned his magic and stole the ascendant from him. She did it to save Josie, which makes it less of a low blow, but it still hurt and betrayed MG’s trust when he finally thought that she was taking his side for once. 

I mean, he literally told her “you’re my person.” At this point, the writers just love toying with our emotions. I don’t want to see MG leave nor do I think that he will, but I definitely understand where he’s coming from. 

Personally, I don’t think the whole mess with Landon is over just yet. He’s always going to be the boy that needs saving, and something tells me that getting him back couldn’t be this easy. 

Are we sure that’s actually Landon? And how funny would it be if it wasn’t and Hope didn’t even realize?

He’s the one that smashed the ascendant saving Hope, Josie, and Lizzie, but if it isn’t him, it means that they can’t get him back or, alternatively, that they can’t send Malivore back to the prison world. 

I think MG’s warning that they would be walking into Malivore’s trap and giving him exactly what he wants (“a way into our world), was likely foreshadowing. 

We know that Landon came back after Cleo summoned the ferryman from Greek mythology. 

After a harmonized performance from Kaleb, Cleo, and Ric, the ferryman agreed to bring back Landon, but we never actually saw it happen, which makes me skeptical. Why are we trusting random monsters?

There’s also a huge looming question mark over Cleo. She seems nice enough, but can she be trusted? 

And is she really at the school with an agenda?

She seemed too keen to get back into Hope’s good graces, she’s way too eager to become part of the Super Squad, and for a newcomer, she knows way more about magic than she should. 

There’s also the fact that she didn’t seem to think there was a difference between light and dark magic, and she seemingly summoned the ferryman using dark magic. The nose bleed could’ve just been because she did a huge spell alone, but we’ve also seen our fair share of Bonnie Bennett messing with black magic and there’s always a price to pay. 

Legacies Review Long Time No See Season 3 Episode 8

Legacies — “Long Time, No See” — Image Number: XXX — Pictured (L-R): Omono Okojie as Cleo and Quincy Fouse as Milton ”MG” Greasley — Photo: The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

It would make sense if the price was that Landon isn’t actually Landon. And if she for some reason wants revenge on Hope, well, giving her false hope would also be quite the master plan. 

Also, it seems as though a monster from the prison world hitched a ride with Landon, and while it’s unclear what that’s all about, monsters in Mystic Falls are never a good thing. What if this monster is somehow controlling Landon’s body? 

I also have my reservations about Finch, who seemed all too angry when Hope showed up. Sure, she disrupted their “ditch date” plan, but we don’t know enough about Finch to warrant such an attitude towards one of Josie’s friends. 

Also, it’s strange that Josie would think Finch would never talk to her again because she chose to help a friend. 

In light of Ethan’s warning about Josie getting too close to Finch, I think something is definitely off. 

Josie and Finch haven’t even gone on a first date yet, but the jealousy I’m sensing seems like it might be too toxic to be worth it.

The darker and more mature vibes of the episode were a welcome change of pace, and I hope that maybe Legacies is starting to evolve into a show that still has its own identity while also integrating what worked for its predecessors.

Then again, the teaser for next week shows that we’re back to the silly monsters of the week as Landon (even more proof that it isn’t actually him!) finds himself obsessed with a Furby-like monster. Okay, maybe this monster isn’t all that silly… there was a time in the 90s we were all convinced our Furbies were possessed, so this tracks. 

What did you think of the episode? Let us know in the comments below! 


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Legacies Review – Yup, It’s a Leprechaun, All Right (3×07)

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Legacies Yup, It’s a Leprechaun, All Right Review Season 3 Episode 7

The St. Patrick’s Day celebrations continued on Legacies Season 3 Episode 7, which found a leprechaun running rampant in Mystic Falls. 

What monsters haven’t set foot in that town?

The latest Malivore monster, who likely escaped from the horror flick Leprechaun, found his way to the Salvatore School just in time for Fundraiser Day. Lizzie’s plan to raise $91,000 to save the school could be described in two words: hot mess. 

Despite warnings from Alaric not to turn to the supernatural to raise the money, Lizzie welcomed to luck of the Irish with open arms and pretty soon, everyone was rolling around in dough like it was a ’90s rap music video. 

Of course, magic always comes at a price, and pretty soon, those eager spenders began turning on each other. 

Hope, who was working through her grief with Cleo by using Landon’s remains to make a clay replica of him (the clay part being too on the nose for my liking), realized that something was up when a woman tried to “shank” her refusing to sell her art. 

Lizzie did what Kaleb should have done the moment the leprechaun entered the picture and ordered Lizzie to shut all the festivities down. 

And despite all the chaos, she found herself feeling quite hopeful because the existence of a monster meant that the Malivore portal was open somewhere, which meant that there was a chance Landon was still alive. 

At this point, I’m not sure what I’m more sick of — Malivore, monsters, or Landon. 

Even Cleo, who just enrolled in the school, has already picked up on Hope’s obsession with Landon and found herself getting annoyed of hearing his name. 

Still, Cleo assisted Hope in trying to hunt down the leprechaun and accidentally blew him to smithereens — there was green goo everywhere — when he tried to kill Alaric. 

Whoops. 

In Cleo’s defense, she didn’t actually want to kill the evil green guy as she hates violence, it just sort of happened. We got a little bit of backstory on Cleo here, who revealed that all of her sister’s were killed and she was the only survivor, which means she knows a thing or two about grief. 

However, Hope was having none of it. 

She wasn’t pleased that her chance of finding the portal was destroyed. Though, wouldn’t she be able to use his belongings to do a locator spell? If he is inside Malivore, it should work just the same. 

Legacies Yup, It’s a Leprechaun, All Right Review Season 3 Episode 7

Legacies — “Yup, It’s a Leprechaun, All Right” — Image Number: XXX — Pictured (L-R): Kaylee Bryant as Josie Saltzman and Quincy Fouse as Milton ”MG” Greasley — Photo: Bob Mahoney/The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

Hope may have been angry with Cleo, but she was furious to learn that Alyssa didn’t destroy the ascendant and that he’s had it the whole time. 

Honestly, I would not want to be on Hope’s bad side… nor would I want to be the one thing standing between her and Landon’s “epic” reunion.

The monsters are getting a little played out at this point, but if we have t keep on this trajectory, I love the monsters that alter reality and make the students behave in the most bizarre ways. 

Was Lizzie really trying to sell her things to get a smoothie bar or was she being affected by the leprechaun’s charms? And why can’t they just buy a juicer and call it a day?

Josie and MG’s little hang meant that they avoided much of the leprechaun drama. And well, who doesn’t want to see Josie high off of a truth weed? 

Plus, this is the second week in a row where we got some stellar advice from MG; he’s really the best friend you can have at the school. 

Josie got in her feelings because everyone she’s ever loved hurting or leaving her (or both), and she’s not wrong. I don’t blame her for being cautious with her heart after all she’s been through. And while I want to believe that Finch will finally be the one that sticks around for Josie, I can’t help but worry about Ethan’s warning about being careful because “there’s something different about that one.”

Is she supernatural? Will she eventually enroll in the Salvatore School and bring Josie home? 

Or is there something more that we should be concerned about?

Then there was Alaric’s whole subplot, which was just unnecessary. This was the proof that the series has absolutely no idea where to take his character. 

I want a solid romantic interest for Alaric more than anyone, but I can do without these unwanted advances from thirsty women at the bank.

Hey, at least Ric’s still got it!

While the episode was enjoyable if you just took it for what it was, the series is struggling to keep the magic alive both on the series and within the confines of the school. 

What would you suggest? A full reset? A smoothie bar? Or do you like things just the way they are? Let us know in the comments section below! 


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