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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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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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Legacies Review Long Time No See Season 3 Episode 8

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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