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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 Season Finale Review – Fate’s a Bitch, Isn’t It? (3×16)

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Legacies Season Finale Review Fate’s a Bitch, Isn’t It? Season 3 Episode 16

With the capture of Malivore, Legacies ended its season prematurely.

With The CW schedule all out of whack due to the coronavirus pandemic, the series ended roughly five episodes ahead of schedule making Legacies Season 3 Episode 16 the unofficial season finale.

But it wasn’t a terrible way to finish off the season either, though, my guess is that the actual finale likely would’ve seen Hope Mikealson embrace her destiny of becoming a tribrid. 

This installment was the necessary push to get her to that moment while also acknowledging that she doesn’t have to bear the burden alone. Hope is constantly surrounded by people who love her and want to help her, yet she keeps pushing them away… quite literally.

In this case, Hope ditched Lizzie and Josie by stealing their car and making off with Clarke, who resurrected from the dead in hopes of killing his father. 

While it initially seemed like Clarke’s return was going to be hell for everyone, he wasn’t lying when he said he was a changed man. 

“Man” being the keyword as Clarke actually bled blood instead of mud. In rising from the dead, he beat his destiny and became human, which meant he came with a fragility that we’re not used to seeing on the show. It also proved that he wouldn’t dare try anything shady with Hope this time around.

I thought I’d be annoyed by Clarke’s return, but it was nice to see him and Hope on good terms finally. Plus, he gave her the sound advice she needed about trusting her friends and allowing them to help her.

The series keeps honing in on the fact that Hope and Landon are soulmates, but I’m having a hard time believing that considering she can’t tell when it’s an imposter instead of her boyfriend. 

How many times is Landon not going to actually be Landon? And how many times is Hope going to be blindsided by it?

I may have been fooled by Landon at first, but after I saw the way he talked to Hope and Clarke when they arrived at the motel, I knew something was up. 

Legacies Season Finale Review Fate’s a Bitch, Isn’t It? Season 3 Episode 16

Legacies — “Fate’s a Bitch, Isn’t It?” — Image Number: LGC316fg_0022r — Pictured: Omono Okojie as Cleo — Photo: The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Despite their breakup, Landon would never look at Hope with such disgust. 

At that point, it began to make sense as to why the mud from Cleo’s Da Vinci artwork didn’t move and why Hope and Clarke’s locator spell led them to the motel — Landon was the portal; he was Malivore. 

They always say if you don’t want to get caught, you should hide out in plain sight. Admittedly, it was pretty clever. 

But where is the real Landon? Is he stuck somewhere in the darkness this whole time? Is he still in the prison world? How is this Landon Malivore?

And most importantly, is Aria Shahghasem getting paid for all the different roles he has to play? He’s like the present-day Nina Dobrev. 

Sadly, by the time they figured it out, it was too late for Cleo, who was swallowed up by the one thing she was determined to destroy. 

Is anyone else surprised that she wasn’t able to feel that Landon was actually Malivore when she was trying to help him figure out what to do?

We saw Cleo navigating the darkness on the other side and going towards a light at the end of the tunnel, but what will she find there? Is it the light that led her back to Mystic Falls? Will she somehow reconnect with Landon?

The worst part about her “death” is that Kaleb never got to tell her how he really felt. He didn’t even remember her as the moment she was swallowed by Malivore, everyone forgot about her existence except for Hope, who has already been inside Malivore and is immune. 

Alaric offered Kaleb the chance to remember Cleo, which was nice of him, though, Kaleb will likely be haunted by the fact that if he and MG didn’t stop to help at the scene of a car accident, he likely would’ve been able to tell Cleo how he felt and saved her life. 

I hope this doesn’t convince him to give up the superhero shtick with MG because oddly enough, I’m enjoying it. 

MG and Ethan’s superhero days were cool and all, but MG and Kaleb have a swag about them. And cool masks, which is 95% of what makes a good superhero. 

Hopefully, Kaleb will get the chance to tell Cleo how he really feels one of these days.

But first, they have to figure out how to save Cleo and Landon before destroying Malivore, which will inevitably force Hope to trigger her tribrid side.

I know it’s not something she wants to do, but if it gets rid of the monsters, protects those she loves, and allows her to be with Landon again, I think it’s safe to say that the pros outweigh the cons. 

Not to mention she’ll have a world of support! 

While trying to meddle in Hope’s romantic life, Lizzie connected with Ethan on a deeper level. And they are cute! 

The chemistry was very much there even though Lizzie was oblivious the whole time. 

It’s about time Lizzie gets a decent love interest, but unfortunately, this likely isn’t going to sit well with MG and Lizzie shippers. 

Maybe one day the “will they or won’t they” couple will get their shot, but it doesn’t seem to be in the cards for now. 

It’s going to be hard for MG to stomach considering his feelings for Lizzie and the fact that Ethan was his best friend but doesn’t remember it because he was compelled to forget. 

Josie also doesn’t seem to be in favor of the relationship as she feels guilty that their supernatural world has hurt Ethan on several occasions. 

We all know it never ends well when humans meddle in the supernatural. Just look how it turned out for Matt Donovan! 

What did you think of the finale? Despite not being the official one, do you think it was a satisfying end to the season?


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Legacies Review – Planet Mystic Falls (3×15)

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Legacies Review A New Hope Season 3 Episode 15

Hope, Josie, and Lizzie traveled to a galaxy far away on Legacies Season 3 Episode 15, and I probably should’ve been tripping in order to fully enjoy the penultimate episode. 

While I was skeptical going into the Star Wars-themed episode, I found myself slightly enjoying it and the connections that were made to The Vampire Diaries and Legacies

And I know no one was complaining about that sweet little cameo from Little Hope! How could you not squeal with glee when she came onto the screen?!

The nightshade-induced hallucination pulled a page straight from 11-year-old Lizzie’s diary and delivered, in a roundabout fashion, a profound discovery we already knew: Hope needs to become a tribrid to defeat Malivore once and for all. 

Hope knew that it would come to this, but she’d been putting it off out of fear. 

However, she can no longer fight it when her loved ones are being threatened and hurt because of the monsters and she has the means to put an end to it.

She was created to destroy Malivore, and while it’s optimistic of Jo and Lizzie to think that there’s always another way, I truly don’t think that’s the case this time around. 

Hope cannot fight her fate. 

Hope’s feelings of loss also bubbled up to the surface. After Little Hope appeared and mentioned The Hollow, Hope was reminded about all that she lost in life. 

It was heartbreaking to see her confront her younger self and inform her that she wouldn’t get her family back simply by defeating The Hollow. 

Hope knows what the future holds, and it’s an endless amount of pain, misery, and loneliness. 

This is why her breakup with Landon was so upsetting because he was yet another person that she loved that was taken from her. 

Maybe in the process of destroying Malivore, Hope will find a way to be with Landon once again? 

Legacies Review A New Hope Season 3 Episode 15

Legacies — “A New Hope” — Image Number: LGC315a_0244r — Pictured (L-R): Danielle Rose Russell as Hope Mikaelson and Kaylee Bryant as Josie Saltzman — Photo: Boris Martin/The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Though, from the promos, it seems like Landon might be moving on with Miss Cleo! 

The trip through the galaxies also touched upon the insecurities of Lizzie and Josie. The former couldn’t be “The Chosen One,” even in her own story, while Josie was reduced to an android who didn’t have her own story but instead, served Princess Elizabeth, which in reality meant that she always put her sister’s needs above her own. 

Hope’s sequel to the story in Lizzie’s diary remedied things a bit and painted Josie as the hero who protects people, but overall, it was an accurate representation of how the girls saw themselves and each other. 

Though, as Lizzie kept reminding us, the story came from her 11-year-old mind, and thus, they’ve grown significantly since then. In her diary, she painted Hope as the villain, Lord Marshall, but nowadays, the three of them are united in this fight. 

Did it break anyone else’s heart that Hope secretly wished they could all be friends?!

She’d be happy to know that in the present day, their drug-induced adventures brought them closer together and sealed their fates as they all gained a new appreciation for each other.

Also, is anyone shipping Lizzie and Ethan aka Dak Romo?

Back at Mystic Falls, not Planet Mystic Falls, Kaleb, MG, and Jed embarked on their own mission to bury the Wendigo. 

Unfortunately, the Wendigo was still alive, which meant that MG had to slay the monster once again. 

The trip did allow MG and Kaleb to finally have a heart-to-heart with the latter revealing that he was upset because he felt as though MG replaced him with his new buddy Ethan. 

Kaleb’s jealousy was understandable considering MG swapped schools and found a new sidekick almost immediately, but I’m glad they worked things out in the end. Ethan may have been a cool dude, but there’s no friendship better than MG and Kaleb’s! 

And Jed, I guess. 

The show really cannot find a storyline for him! 

I couldn’t care less about the whole Dorian, Emma, and Alaric drama, but I guess it’s a good thing that Emma is allowing Dorian to stick around.

As Hope, Lizzie, and Josie gear up for an epic battle against Malivore, Alaric is going to need all the backup he can get!

And finally… we found out what monster emerged after Andi threw herself into the pit. 

It was Clarke, which was a huge disappointment and convinced me that it’s absolutely time to put an end to this Malivore storyline once and for all. 

If I never have to say Malivore again, I’ll be happy! 

Other Mystic Falls Musings

  • Gandalf4Eva proves that Lizzie is a lowkey nerd. MG would be proud.
  •  Alaric Saltzman channeled his inner Indiana Jones and it was everything I could’ve ever imagined. 
  • Hope still hasn’t learned how to accept help. Even in a hallucination, she uses her magic to put everyone to sleep and handle the situation on her own! 
  • Salvatore Castle is such a great name. 
  • Jed making smores on the Wendigo was such a monster-fighting vibe. 

What did you think of the episode? Could you get past the ridiculousness?

Have you been enjoying Legacies Season 3 so far? Or do you think Season 4 needs a complete overhaul?

Sound off in the comments below! 

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Legacies Review – Witchapalooza (3×14)

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Legacies Review This Feels a Little Cult-y Season 3 Episode 14

Legacies delivered its trippiest to episode to date, but it was great fun all around. 

Honestly, I’ve stopped taking the show seriously and it’s become so much more enjoyable. 

If anyone was to get sucked into some feel-good, be your best self cult, it would be Lizzie, but surprisingly, she was the one who broke the mind control and tried to stop Andi, the cult leader, who was a dead ringer for The Vampire Diaries‘ Sybil. 

After her jealousy caused a rift in her emotional cleanse, Lizzie quickly realized that Andi was up to no good and learned that she was manipulating everyone with psychotropics provided by Triad. 

As both Lizzie and Hope pointed out — it’s never good when Triad is involved. 

Now, it’s unclear how Triad plays into this whole thing, but it’s definitely connected to Clarke and the artifact.

Andi explained that she needed to use the power of an army of witches to complete some kind of ritual that also required a human sacrifice. She also informed them that Triad kept the witches as prisoners and used drugs to keep them compliant. 

When Hope, Lizzie, and Jo broke through the spell, Andi sacrificed herself, but not before spraying them with a jug full of the potion, which led to one of the best and weirdest scenes on television. 

“I’m tripping balls,” Lizzie exclaimed as “Cause I Got High” played in a ridiculously drug-infused montage that included the three of them giggling up a storm in panda onesies as they waited for whatever was going to emerge from a dark hole. 

But no one was expecting the next Malivore monster to be… Darth Vader?

What? Why? Is this a side-effect of the drugs? Are they still tripping?

The whole scene was second-best next to Lizzie’s line: “we don’t worry about dicks here.” Tell em, girl. 

Andi may have been a fraud, but the ladies were easy prey because of their insecurities. They have all allowed their emotions to control them, in particular, Hope, whose powers were exploding as she mourned her breakup with Landon. 

In order to break her out of the mind control, Jo forced Hope to come to terms with the fact that she was in denial about their relationship.

Legacies Review This Feels a Little Cult-y Season 3 Episode 14

Legacies — “This Feels a Little Cult-y” — Image Number: LGC314fg_0047r — Pictured: Danielle Rose Russell as Hope Mikaelson — Photo: The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

A break-up was inevitable as they are biologically incompatible, and Hope knew it. Landon did what she was too afraid to do. 

Lizzie has always been insecure when it comes to Hope, so she was easy prey. 

And Jo has been going through her fair share of struggles since Dark Josie and her new relationship with Finch. 

Even with everything going on, at least they can count on each other to keep themselves in check. 

That’s what best friends are for.

Elsewhere, Dorian and Alaric teamed up to find another monster, but this time, he was outside of Mystic Falls. 

Dorian though that MG might have turned into a ripper, but instead, MG was helping people when he ran into a wendigo. 

Since everyone always says it’s “never a wendigo,” it was inevitable that they’d encounter a wendigo eventually. 

Alaric allowed MG to come back to school and promised they’d help people together. 

Will this become the Salvatore School’s new purpose?

Finch challenged Jed to a game of pool for the coveted spot of alpha. Jed was feeling pretty confident until the pack told him they always let him win. It was obvious Finch as a pro-pool player, but when she realized just how important being alpha was to Jed, she threw the game and let him win. 

Finch is really starting to grow on me, and she’s fitting in exceptionally well at the school! I love that she already has a storyline outside of her romance with Jo. 

What did you think of the episode?


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