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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 – Someplace Far Away From All This Violence (4×07)

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The Super Squad did their best to restore Hope’s humanity, but even their best efforts weren’t good enough. 

On Legacies Season 4 Episode 7, Cleo, MG, and Josie dug deep to find inspiration that might break through Hope’s turned off humanity. They even tried to take a lesson from when Caroline Forbes turned her humanity off to stop the pain of her mother’s death, but that didn’t do the trick either. 

Hope is just too determined to push down all that pain and trauma that came with losing her family and killing Landon. 

And can you blame the girl? That’s some heavy stuff. It’s not a surprise that she’s running away from that. 

In fact, it’s more surprising that no one anticipated this. 

Hope has never been good with dealing with her emotions, particularly when they involve killing her soulmate. 

Salvatore Idol may have been a cute idea in theory, but it just felt like a wasted episode, especially when they brought out the likes of Wade and Pedro to try to inspire some feelings within Hope. 

I like Wade and Pedro, but those are not the people that are going to get through to her — sorry not sorry. 

Cleo’s attempt at impersonating Landon and reading his final words didn’t do the trick, MG getting real with Hope also failed, and while Dark Josie may have seen a smidge of fear in Hope’s eyes, she also didn’t stand a chance. 

Now, this doesn’t mean that the squad shouldn’t try, but they have to get slightly more creative. 

Maybe Finch was onto something when she suggested weakening Hope by draining her blood?

Josie promised Hope she’d be there for her, and I love her loyalty. That’s what a friendship is all about, but it was also naive to put herself in that situation. 

Hope basically said “stupify” and locked Josie away in the therapy box so that she wouldn’t stand in her way. 

And even then, Josie was like “well, she didn’t kill me.” Talk about looking on the bright side. 

But she had a point — Hope only showed emotion around Josie. She was the only one that was able to get to her even in the slightest. 

She has no humanity, yet she couldn’t bring herself to kill her, And by locking her up, Hope admitted that Josie has what it takes to bring her back. 

Now, how do they get her out? Is it as easy as passing a test as Lizzie did? And can they before Lizzie does something reckless?

Lizzie’s therapy box scenario played out like an episode of Walker. She navigated the situation in hopes of avenging her father and getting revenge on Hope. 

And eventually, she did. She had the guts to shoot the White Oak bullets into Hope using her Damon and Stefan guns, naturally. She also killed Josie who had been turned into a vampire. 

Does this mean Josie will go to the dark side? Or did she predict Josie would be an obstacle in her plan?

Lizzie realized that Alaric’s pacifist ways landed her in this dire condition, so her theory was that the only way to stop Hope is by killing her. 

Will this scenario lead her to the actual weapon in real life?  Because we know it exists thanks to Cleo, who grappled with whether or not she should tell the Super Squad about it. 

She used a manifestation of Kaleb to gauge his opinion and realized that the information probably wasn’t safe in their hands. 

As fake Kaleb pointed out, they do dumb stuff all the time. Using the White Oak would be permanent. 

Of course, Cleo didn’t necessarily check her surroundings when revealing the information to fake Kaleb, and Finch was sleeping on a couch nearby.

When she finds out what Hope did to Josie, she might just do that dumb thing. 

I hate to say it, but I can see Finch’s impulsiveness and love for Josie getting her killed. 

This has been the strongest season thus far, and humanity-less Hope is such a ride, but the episode didn’t do it for me, sadly.

Elsewhere, Kaleb channeled his inner-Game of Thrones while hunting the Argus with Jed. They beat it, but also learned that its victims revived themselves as fleshless corpses. Fun!

And finally, who is the triad? The woman’s voice on the other line kind of sounds like Emma.

Their introduction reminds me of the early TVD days where they teased the arrival of Klaus. We didn’t even know we were going to meet the greatest misunderstood villain of all time. 

Can the triad live up to the hype? Does it tie into the Mikaelson’s past in some way?


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Legacies Review – You’re a Long Way From Home (4×06)

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Legacies Review You’re A Long Way From Home Season 4 Episode 6

Hope Mikaelson isn’t in Mystic Falls anymore. 

In fact, the newly minted (and first of her kind) tribrid without her humanity made the trek all the way to Clarke-y’s, er, Ryan’s, front door and barged in on his two-week anniversary with Trudy. 

Admittedly, that’s not what I had in mind when Ryan said he wanted a human life, but the rundown gray sales job is TV’s truest depiction of what it means to be human. 

While Ryan didn’t necessarily see Hope’s arrival as a blessing, he definitely should’ve been more grateful because she gave him a free pass to dodge a pretty big red flag. 

Who goes all out in such a fashion for a two-week anniversary?

Ryan turned down Hope’s offer to take on the Triad together, but she wasn’t asking as much as she was insisting. 

One compulsion later and Ryan’s schedule was freed up so that he could assist in any way he could. 

Their quest to Triad HQ was pretty lame, I’m not going to lie, but I’m chalking it up to a bigger-picture situation here, especially when the final shot showed Ryan telling Trudy all about vampires. 

Her doe-eyed naivety makes her the perfect victim for those vamps though.

Hope did come out victorious as she left Triad HQ with the information she was seeking, so good for her. 

And, most importantly, Ryan realized there was still a little piece of Hope buried deep down inside that was hopeful that things could turn back around. 

Of course, that’s comforting for the Super Squad as they are literally doing everything in their power to find a solution to save Hope. 

And all the scenarios they’ve been playing out have been pretty grim since they result in everyone getting turned to dust, having their hearts ripped out, incinerated, or, worst of all, beheaded. 

Hope has no mercy when it comes to showing off her newfound power. 

However, Cleo is holding back a tidbit of information that, if it were to get into the wrong hands, could spell a world of trouble: there’s a way to kill Hope. 

No one being every immortal or indestructible; nature always has a way of balancing itself out. 

Cleo mentions her stake came from a nearby tree, so my guess is that it’s the White Oak tree or some variation of it. 

Again, in the wrong hands, that weapon could be Hope’s demise, so it makes sense that Cleo isn’t entirely forthcoming with the information. 

There are a lot of emotions running rampant right now, and with Alaric’s life hanging in the balance, not everyone is thinking clearly. Someone could do something they regret and can never take back. 

However, the plan isn’t to kill Hope, it’s to get her back, so the stake is a last resort of sorts. 

Lizzie almost did something she couldn’t come back from when she found a spell to bring someone back from the dead that required a human sacrifice. 

She was all for it until she realized that she was killing someone else’s father in order to save her own. 

Lizzie can be a lot of things, but she’s not a murderer. 

And Josie is right — if they want a shot at saving Alaric, they’re going to have to find a way to get through to Hope. 

It’s a huge burden to put on the twins, and, in turn, the Super Squad, so I’m shocked that they’re all still required to attend classes. 

Also, why knew that school had actual teachers that took attendance?!

Over on the Other Side, or as some like to call it, Limbo, Ted and Landon were hoping to find a way to cross over to the land of peace. 

Without a gold coin to pay the toll, they were both stuck. That all changed when Ted ran into his old buddy Oscar who had been stuck there for years waiting for the all mighty Necromancer to bring him back. 

Ted couldn’t cross because he had an unresolved issue. He had to be honest with Oscar about the fact that he never tried to revive him and that he only sacrificed him to wield more power. 

Once Oskar forgave him, Ted got a gold coin. And when he gave that gold coin to Landon willingly, he got a second one. 

Self-sacrifice is always the answer. 

And then, in a shocking moment, the duo was joined by Alaric Saltzman. 

Does this mean our vampire-hunter-turned-dad-and-supernatural-school-principal is dead?

How will they get him back? There’s no Legacies without the man in charge! 

Maybe there’s a chance for Alaric and Landon to get a second chance at life after all. 

Other stray musings

  • Kaleb is going to go out of his way to make things better by finding the monster Ryan called about by himself. 
  • Also, the fire breathing power is pretty cool for Kaleb. 
  • Josie and Finch are still super cute. I’m glad she’s a constant for Josie during this tough time. 
  • Ethan is a fun addition to the Super Squad. Once he learns how to use his invisibility, that guy is going places! 

What did you think of the episode? Sound off in the comments below! 


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Legacies Review – I Thought You’d Be Happier to See Me (4×05)

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Legacies Review I Thought You’d Be Happier to See Me Season 4 Episode 5

Did anyone else feel like they watched a brand new episode of The Vampire Diaries tonight?

It took them four years, but the Legacies writers have finally figured it out. 

Who would’ve thought that all it took was killing off Landon and making Hope a full-on Tribrid?

There were so many incredible and heartbreaking moments on Legacies Season 4 Episode 5, but the one thing that was undeniably true is that Hope Mikaelson is her father’s daughter.

It was like watching a mini-Klaus in action. 

In retrospect, someone probably should’ve warned Hope that losing the love of your life might come with the possibility of turning off your humanity. 

However, she didn’t seem to mind all that much because much like her father, she was enjoying a carefree life without all the pain, guilt, and heartache.

When Aunt Rebekah (guest star Claire Holt) returned to talk some sense into her, Hope wasn’t having any of it.

Here’s the thing — the problem with Hope embracing her inner-Klaus is that she’s much more powerful than he ever was.

That 3-in-one power mixed with immortality makes her unstoppable and dangerous. 

Rebekah pulled a Niklaus and daggered her niece in hopes of buying some time, but even that tried and tested method didn’t work on a tribrid. 

Instead, poor Rebekah probably had whiplash from having her neck snapped and waking up to Hope scoffing at the “always and forever” family motto before stealing her car.

That’s the opposite of a sweet family reunion. 

Rebekah tried her best, but she wasn’t successful in convincing Hope to flip her humanity back on. 

And many original fans know that the more damage that Hope does, the harder it will be for her to come back from it because flipping her humanity on means that she has to deal with the consequences of her actions. 

All of that pain will come flooding right back in. 

It’s not a surprise that she’d rather be numb to the pain of losing Landon and of nearly killing Mr. Saltzman.

Hope was ruthless in how she handled Alaric. 

She could’ve sent a message in any other way, but by beating him to a pulp without using her magic, she basically ensured that he wasn’t going to survive. 

While things look pretty grim for him right now, this is Alaric we’re talking about. 

He has died and come back to life once before, so I fully expect him to recover from this again. He has to — who else is going to be there for the merge?

Though, admittedly, I did share a tear because of his goodbye to Lizzie. It’s what she’s always wanted to hear. 

With Malivore put to rest — finally — the show has made room for a new threat. 

And this one has set its sights on the tribrid. 

The vampire at the bar was working for a Triad composed of all three factions — witch, werewolf, and vampire — who set their sights on destroying Hope. 

But will they have what it takes?

Hope seems pretty confident that nothing can touch her. 

Josie and Finch’s relationship is going strong, but Lizzie, on the other hand, is torn between two suitors.

Both Ethan and MG have things going for them, which makes this a much more difficult choice. 

Legacies Review I Thought You’d Be Happier to See Me Season 4 Episode 5

Legacies — “I Thought You’d Be Happier to See Me” — Image Number: LGC401b_0629r — Pictured: Danielle Rose Russell as Hope Mikaelson — Photo: Tom Griscom/The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

While The Vampire Diaries and The Originals have a soft spot for love triangles, this one is different because it’s evolved and mature. 

MG and Ethan know about each other, and they’re kind of rolling with the “let the best man win” mentality.

And for right now, romance is the furthest thing from Lizzie’s mind as she tries to find a way to save her dad. 

However, if I had to pick, I’d say MG knows Lizzie much better than Ethan does. He was able to pinpoint the exact moment that Alaric was going to revisit. 

Still, a candlelight vigil was a sweet gesture and again, very TVD of Ethan. 

Elsewhere, Kaleb tried to make amends for contributing to the rise of the evil tribrid. 

He also shared his first kiss with Cleo, which was super cute. 

What did you think of the episode? Did it give you all the feels?

What’s next for Hope Mikaelson? What will be the moment that forces her to flip the switch on her humanity?

Did you enjoy seeing Holt reprise her role as Rebekah?

Sound off in the comments!


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