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Legacies Review- Happy Merge Day! (2×15)

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Don’t mess with black magic.

This week’s episode of Legacies picks up with Dark Josie in full force. She’s taking over and she’s not messing around.

Happy Merge Day! Dark Josie’s decided to move the dreaded day up five years. But luckily, Hope’s got a plan for that.

I think Chad says it best when he told the Necromancer that “she’s always got an awesome plan, and yet somehow has time for relationship stuff too!”

Hope always saves the day, so it comes as no surprise that she was able to figure out a way for both twins to survive the merge. Our favorite tribrid had plenty of badass moments throughout the episode but one that stands out was when she hopped into the boxing ring herself. Josie tries to decide whether she’ll kill vampires, witches, or werewolves when Lizzie’s a no-show and Hope chimes in with:

Why not try all three? -Hope Mikaelson

Hope cares about Josie and will do anything she can to help her even if that means putting herself (and her boyfriend) at risk.

Ric once again proved how useless he’s become to the plot of Legacies by spending the majority of the episode trapped in an Indiana Jones-style world.

Likewise, Caroline’s absence in this episode was ridiculous. How could their mother not be there for arguably the biggest day of their lives? If there was ever a time to give Candice King a call for a guest appearance it would’ve been now.

Nevertheless, Lizzie and Josie’s friends came through when they needed them most. Lizzie was able to survive through a linking spell to the immortal Landon while Josie “won” the merge for now.

This was a great Lizzie episode. All of her character growth has led her to this moment. Instead of running away from the merge she comes back to the school to face it head-on.

Speaking of the school, didn’t we see Josie set it on fire last week? How are they still there?

Besides that plot-hole, this was the best episode of the season. I never thought another episode of Legacies would beat the Kai Parker saga of this season, but this one did it.

The pacing was great and I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. And through it all, Lizzie shined.

Lizzie and Josie felt very reminiscent of Damon and Stefan in this episode. How many times have we seen Damon feel guilty for being selfish when Stefan needed him most?

Screw personal growth. I’m going back to looking out for number one. -Lizzie Saltzman

Dark Josie and No-humanity Stefan feel eerily similar to each other. The typically good sibling who goes off the rails and loses all control versus the snarky, selfish sibling who has to save them in the end. We’ve been there before.

So it was no surprise when Lizzie gave up on running away to help save Josie in the end. This episode officially sold me on Lizzie and MG together. Their chemistry had always felt lacking to me, but tonight they were on fire.

MG was willing to run away with her if that’s what she wanted but he trusted she would do the right thing in the end. And come on Lizzie, we all know that kiss wasn’t just for him.

No matter how annoying the Necromancer is as both a character and a plot device, I did enjoy the drama he brought to the merge ceremony. The boxing ring, the grand entrances, and the live audience made “the day we’ve all been waiting for” out to be all we expected and more.

This was a smart way to avoid killing off one of the twins in the merge, but I still wish we had that to look forward to down the line. Besides Hope’s transition into a full tribrid, the merge was the most anticipated event of Legacies. I’m not sure what they’ll build to from here regarding the Saltzman’s storylines.

The only downside of this episode was Landon and Rafael’s storyline.

It was a bizarre choice to have both of these characters completely ignore what’s going on with Josie at the moment considering they had both been love interests for her at one point, and have always been her friend. Why the show keeps forgetting Landon was in a serious relationship with Josie at the beginning of the season is beyond me.

And now Rafael’s been dead this whole time? We know from previous experience that people the Necromancer brings back don’t typically last long, so is this the end of his character? Rafael has never been given a chance to develop the same way Landon has so I’ll be really disappointed if he won’t be in the next season.

And was that the golden arrow he stabbed him with at the end? Is Landon really dead this time?

Tune in next week to find out on Legacies’ season finale. Unfortunately, with production postponed due to the pandemic we’re experiencing, the next episode will serve as Legacies’ last for the unforeseeable future. Be warned, we won’t be getting the closure a typical finale would bring, but we’ll have to make the best of this hiatus.


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

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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.”

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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.

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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)

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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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