Werewolves, vampires, witches and…fairies?
Legacies’ most recent episode added a new member to the outsider’s club at The Salvatore School. Aside from their typical vampire/witch/werewolf factions they now have one tribrid, one phoenix, and one fairy in the form of the criminally underused character Wade.
This episode picks up right where we left off last week: a qareen has invaded the school and is preying on everyone’s insecurities. Our newest monster decides to pick on the world’s worst roommates first. New character Alyssa Chang and Hope are still not getting along and an attempt at patching things up at the school’s annual Coven Day goes awry. This episode delves further into Alyssa’s backstory and it becomes clear that she’ll be sticking around for a while.
I personally like Alyssa and think she has great potential in the show. However, I don’t understand this sudden influx of new characters on Legacies. Most of this episode is spent developing Alyssa and Wade’s characters when many of our main characters haven’t had the chance to develop themselves. We still know very little about Landon and Rafael hasn’t been seen in quite some time. Why don’t we focus on making the characters we already have a bit more three-dimensional before throwing new ones into the mix?
Luckily, the qareen is the perfect monster to help us learn some more about our favorite characters. Hope’s recurring insecurity is avoiding looking weak (very reminiscent of an original hybrid I once knew). Lizzie’s afraid that she wasn’t enough for Sebastian and that’s why he left. Kaleb and Jed are shown getting into a fight because they’re insecure about who’s tougher.
But, my absolute favorite part of the episode was when Landon and Hope were both infected by the qareen and finally saying to each other what they’re too afraid to say normally. Hope admits that she doesn’t think Landon should be a hero and he fires back saying she jumps too quick to “punching her problems away” instead of trying to solve them. While Landon apologizes later on and claims he didn’t mean what he said, Hope says that she meant every word of it. She sweetens the blow by saying she doesn’t want Landon to be a hero because the hero is never the one left standing. But I think it’s definitely worth noting that the qareen only magnifies how you’re feeling, it doesn’t create insecurities. Maybe I’m biased because I’m not a big fan of the Hope and Landon relationship, but it seems to me that Hope doesn’t have a lot of faith in Landon.
I didn’t really either until tonight’s episode. Landon put himself at risk to prove what he thought was true: that Wade is a fairy. I don’t know why Legacies keeps adding in new mystical creatures, but this one could’ve done with some better CGI. It was kind of exciting to see Landon doing something useful and it paid off in the end. Landon being in danger and fully believing in Wade triggered his turn into a fairy, and Wade was able to defeat the qareen for good. A fairy was the key to defeating this week’s monster. Go figure.
Aside from making people say what they really feel or become who they really are, the qareen’s main mission is to steal the sand clock full of black magic for the Necromancer. However, Lizzie and Josie have come up with a plan to get rid of the sand clock for good. They want to create another prison world (like the one Kai Parker is trapped in) and stick it in there. All the witches band together to create a new ascendant and successfully send the sand clock to a new prison world where it’ll stay for good…or so they thought.
Alyssa Chang had other plans. Throughout this episode, we get flashbacks of critical moments in Alyssa’s life. Her childhood house burnt down and her parents’ both died. Most likely her inability to control the powers she has led to that tragedy and the guilt stayed with her. We see her acting out as she grows up at The Salvatore School, making enemies of the Saltzman twins. One time she goes too far and puts Lizzie in real danger. We see Alaric and Emma discuss sending her away but give her the option to erase her memories for a new start instead. She takes the deal but when Josie did the spell to bring everyone’s memories about Hope back, the memories of her past came back as well.
In the final moments of the episode, Alyssa confronts Emma about what she’s done to her and “other kids” (hopefully we learn more about them later on) and reveals that she sabotaged the spell. She sent Alaric and the twins to the other prison world where Kai currently resides. Surprisingly, when the Saltzman family realizes where they are, they aren’t greeted by Kai, but Sebastian.
How is Lizzie going to react to her dad’s betrayal? Who else is in this prison world? Will Hope be able to save the Saltzmans in time?
- I loved the mention of “Aunt Bonnie” by Lizzie and Josie. Maybe we’ll get lucky and she’ll make a cameo soon!
- Kaleb made a great, but brief appearance this week. Hopefully, we’ll get more of him next episode.
- Lizzie and Josie are so sweet together. Lizzie apologizing for not realizing what Jo was going through with “Headmaster Vardemus” was a bright spot of this episode.
- I will only be referring to Landon as a “moderately competent bird” thanks to Lizzie.
- Only one more episode until Kai Parker’s return. How excited are you?
Next week we’ll hopefully see more of the prison world Josie and Lizzie created when they were kids while The Salvatore School deals with Cupid right in time for Valentine’s Day.
Let us know your predictions for next week in the comments!
Legacies Review – Hope’s Slasher Flick (3×05)
The Salvatore School shut its doors on Legacies Season 3 Episode 5 in hopes of finding out what happened to Landon.
After Landon dissolved into a pile of goo, Hope funneled all of her energy into getting answers, which allowed her to take back the narrative and own the hour in a way she hasn’t done in quite some time.
Yes, her focus was still on Landon, but navigating her grief via the Therapy Box allowed her to reconnect with her subconscious.
And turns out, her subconscious is really into Friday the 13th-esque slasher flicks. It may have been random, but it did break up the serious tone of the episode with some comedic relief and retro-outfits. I’m sure the costume department had fun with that one.
Deep down inside, Hope knew she was responsible for Landon’s death. And it’s not surprising why she didn’t want to admit it either. Though the series never flat-out said it aloud, it basically alluded to the fact that their sex caused his death. Poor girl.
Admitting it also meant that she had to come to terms with the fact that he was gone. And as someone who has lost so many loved ones in such a short period of time, wanting to remain in denial was completely understandable.
It wasn’t entirely silly of her to cling to the idea that there was a supernatural way to bring him back to the land of the living.
Those of us who have watched The Vampire Diaries know that there’s only a handful of deaths that have ever been “permanent.”
And while it seemed as though the “heart’s desire” artifact didn’t work, it did light up under water, so maybe she shouldn’t give up hope just yet. Also, can I just say, if Hope had an artifact that could bring back someone, why would she choose Landon over let’s say Klaus or Haley? Ridiculous.
It’s been so long since we’ve seen Hope embrace her powers, but it was very Mikealson of her to channel her anger at those who stood in her way.
She didn’t think twice before almost killing Pinky or throwing Alaric against the wall when she thought he was pulling a fast one on her.
It was genuinely fun to watch. It’s so easy to forget that Hope is a tribrid and a descendant of the most powerful family in the supernatural realm because she rarely taps into her magical abilities.
Alaric dedicated himself to helping Hope because he’s the one person who understands the weight of grief. He’s been consumed by it as he’s lost every nearly every single significant other.
There’s no one that relates more, which also makes him the perfect person to help her work through this tough period in her life.
Seeing him embrace his inner-Indiana Jones reminded me of the good old days when he hunted down artifacts and weapons to use as a vampire hunter!
Lizzie’s glow-up, both physical (that hair!) and emotional, has been a joy to watch.
She’s flourishing into such a mature person. The first step was admitting her feelings for MG, and the second was accepting that Josie needs to carve her own path at Mystic Falls High.
The scene where she made Josie a first-day of school outfit was precious.
While it didn’t make sense that she astral-projected to a prison world to find ways to convince Josie to stay at the Salvatore School, I’ll never be mad at her for finding reasons to spend time with MG.
I love that MG helped her come to the realization about Josie. Despite her feelings for him, she still cherishes and respects him as a friend.
But will they be more than friends soon?
Lizzie was trying to tell MG about her feelings and deep down, I think he knew what she was getting at, but he’s such a sweet guy that he remained loyal to Alyssa.
Which brings me to Alyssa… how dare she hurt our MG?
This was probably the show’s way of eliminating her as she got a new role lined up on The CW’s Kung Fu, but that girl has been given too many chances and has squandered them all. Girl, bye.
Josie is also coming into her own, just like Lizzie, and learning to put her own happiness first by deciding to stay at Mystic Falls High School.
Obviously, meeting Finch contributed heavily to her decision. Is it just me or does Josie have chemistry with everyone? I felt it with Ethan, and I definitely felt it with Finch. How very Caroline Forbes of her!
And while I was proud of Josie for boldly going after what she wanted, things with Finch escalated almost too quickly,
Considering how the writers handled things between Josie and Jade, I can’t say I trust the writers to do this relationship justice. I hope they prove me wrong because Josie deserves a real love interest that doesn’t break her heart or abandon her. #JusticeforJosie, am I right?
Which brings me to Sheriff Mac’s off-screen exit. We barely knew ya, but since Alaric trusted her enough to clue her in on the supernatural beings in town, it seemed like she was going to be a semi-permanent person in his life.
So why did she get spooked ad skip town? What was the point of even introducing the possibility of a romance then? As mentioned before, Alaric has had so many negative and heartbreaking experiences with women — Isobel, Jenna, Meredith, and Jo — that he deserves better than someone wasting his time and running at the first supernatural occurrence. Do you know what this man has been through?
After the hour, the one thing that remains unclear is what happened to Landon.
Hope might think he’s dead, but the final moments of the episode left us on yet another cliffhanger as we saw him stumbling around a dark void (could it be Malivore? Is he the new Malivore?) and heading towards a glowing white door. He’s alive… sort of.
What’s on the other side of that door? Another prison world? The bottom of the lake? The school?
We’ll find out when the series returns from hiatus on March 11.
Legacies Season 3 hasn’t been my favorite. “This Is What It Takes” was significantly better than previous episodes, but I’d be lying if I said the series lived up to the glory days of TVD and The Originals.
It needs a major overhaul where it allows Hope to become the badass that we know she is. We need a villain, we need stable and less confusing storytelling, and we really need to figure out what the heck to do with #Handon because this constant grief and loss is exhausting. Maybe Hope’s “hot guy” comment to Ethan means that she’ll pursue a new relationship soon!
What did you think of the episode? Sound-off in the comments!
Legacies Review- Another Prison World (3×04)
Last week I wondered if I was being too harsh on Legacies. I was worried I was just nitpicking, and that I was making it out to be much worse than it is. After watching the fourth episode of the season, I no longer feel that way. It is actually that bad.
Somehow a musical episode was less cringy than this one was. It’s difficult to defend Legacies, especially in comparison to The Vampire Diaries or The Originals, after an hour of bizarre plot choices and even worse special effects. The shot of Landon/Malivore opening his mouth to absorb the Necromancer will haunt me for weeks.
The issue with the series stems from poor writing and what appears to be a low production budget. A lot of the dialogue this season feels off, but the actors are doing really well with what they’ve been given to work with.
This season might feel so disjointed because of the pandemic since they’re trying to wrap up a lot of storylines at once. But, it’s become increasingly hard to watch.
The timeline feels inconsistent. Have Hope and Landon really been together that long? I don’t know if the math adds up on that, especially considering Landon dated Josie for about four months sometime in between there.
On top of that, Hope and Landon’s relationship itself has been inconsistent. The show keeps toying with the idea of breaking them up but never sticks to it. We keep seeing how they’re bad for each other in one episode, and then the next is spent memorializing their perfect relationship and featuring a big milestone for the two of them. So, which is it? Should we be rooting for them? Even though they never work on any of their issues and it has only become more apparent how incompatible they are together?
Until the series takes a firm stance on their relationship, it’s hard to become invested in what happens to it. And he keeps “dying”. It’s become so repetitive and dull.
Also, I found it very upsetting that Landon only died right after he and Hope have sex for the first time. She finally gets to experience this big, vulnerable moment only for it to be ruined immediately after. It’s exhausting watching her find the happiness and peace she so desperately wants only for it to be taken away time and time again. At a certain point enough is enough.
It would be nice to see Hope’s happiness last for once.
Things are looking better for the twins than they are for Hope.
Josie has made the decision to transfer to Mystic Falls High School to get a break from the supernatural world for a bit. That should be really good for her, and we’ll probably meet her new love interest there.
She was able to use magic this episode successfully but is still dealing with the guilt of her actions as Dark Josie. It’ll probably be hard to see Ethan every day but with time and space from the Salvatore School, she’ll be in much better shape.
Lizzie finally came to terms with her feelings for MG, only for her to catch MG and Alyssa kissing in the hallway. Obviously, that sucks for her to see, but the way she reacted to it was really healthy. She didn’t freak out or concoct a crazy scheme to get him back. She accepted her mistake in waiting and is going to continue to work on herself in the meantime.
She was super self-aware when talking to Josie about how she held herself back from MG for so long because of her own insecurities. She’s on the right path right now. Alyssa and MG will fizzle out soon anyway. Then, a healthier, more secure Lizzie can make her move.
- It’s strange that we never got to see a scene of Hope and Josie reuniting after Hope woke up from her coma. She was only put in that state because she went into Josie’s mindspace to rescue her. This feels like a weird moment to skip over.
- I love MG.
- Hope and Landon really are unbearable as the Necromancer said. Do you really have to kiss while sinking into Malivore?
- The Kaleb and Jed rap was a bit strange, but I really enjoy the dynamic between the two of them. Hopefully, there will be a lot more of that this season!
What did you think of the episode?
Do you think Alaric’s in danger based on what the Sphinx said?
Let us know what you think in the comments below!
Best Tweets About ‘Salvatore: The Musical’ on Legacies
Legacies honored the show (and characters) that started it all, The Vampire Diaries, on tonight’s episode aptly titled “Salvatore: the Musical.”
As expected, fans had a lot of feelings about the stroll down memory lane — both good and bad.
Read our review now!
Landon calling out them for making Bonnie disappear all the time and Alaric's relationship with Caroline being weird is what needed to be said #Legacies
— Stajah (@smartish_ass) February 5, 2021
— 𝒓𝒖𝒆 (@handonsplanet) February 5, 2021
— Vlada Gelman (@VladaGelman) February 5, 2021
— lilrunner (@lilrunner) February 5, 2021
#Legacies Landon has given the best description of Vampire Diaries that I’ve heard in a long while. There’s 2 much going on, travelers, sirens and Bonnie disappears for long periods of time. Not to mention Elena & the sleeping beauty spell!! @cwlegacies 🤷🏽♀️😂😂
— LJ King (@MadmPresident) February 5, 2021
— lilrunner (@lilrunner) February 5, 2021
#legacies Lizzie, you’re a lot more like your mother than you think. You said it yourself. No one can play her better than you.
— Jenny and the Phantoms (@JennysTrueHappy) February 5, 2021
— Jessica Taylor (@jessica61981) February 5, 2021
— Jordan (@jordankc_) February 5, 2021
Lizzie telling Landon she was going to play Caroline was such a Caroline move I love it. @cwlegacies
— Katie (@Katie_Sue_98) February 5, 2021
— Monica (@josiescraft) February 5, 2021
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