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Legacies Review – It Will All Be Painfully Clear Soon Enough (2×07)

Legacies -- "It Will All Be Painfully Clear Soon Enough" -- Image Number: LGC207b_0547b.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Kaylee Bryant as Josie, Jenny Boyd as Lizzie, and Danielle Rose Russell as Hope -- Photo: Mark Hill/The CW -- © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

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For a magical school that’s supposed to keep them all safe, Rafael is right, it’s the least safe option around on Legacies.

The latest monster, the legendary sphinx, that visited Legacies wasn’t out to get Landon Kirby like all the other ones nor did he serve Malivore.

He may have sprung from the tar pit, but he was there to fulfill a different prophecy, one that Rafal fed right into when he convinced Landon to leave Mystic Falls and never look back.

It didn’t help that the sphinx spoke in riddles about some ominous future event that would be worse than Malivore as if that were even an option.

Here’s what the riddle at the end said:

“There are two prisoners. One is the master of his cage, the other returns home without power. The sins of the father are visited upon the daughters here and not here. A new hero rises but can be felled by the golden arrow. The wolf among you has many faces. When time fractures, darkness overwhelms. But the greatest destroyer of all is love. Don’t worry, it’ll all be painfully clear soon enough.”

His warnings tied directly to the mysterious red-hood figure we’ve been seeing in the final few moments of several episodes.

But who is under than hood? What do they want? And why is love at the center of it?

And why did they need Landon out of the way? Does he have more powers as a phoenix that he’s simply not tapped into yet?

Josie and Lizzie’s merge wasn’t brought up or referenced, but the ‘love’ portion could be tied into it somehow. There’s nothing eviler than a sister having to kill another sister to survive in a match-up of ‘who’s stronger.’

And with Kai returning sometime in 2020, it could be leading up to that moment.

The real meat of the episode came from Headmaster Vardemus, who Ric quickly figured out wasn’t who he said he was. About time, Ric!

By that point, Clarke’s plans had been put into motion – draining Hope of blood to weaken her and siphoning all of Josie’s emotions and darkness to create a weapon that would allow him to transfer his consciousness into Hope thus sticking it to his dad once and for all.

He exploited Josie and Hope’s love triangle drama to his advantage.

Except he clearly underestimated Hope’s strength and strong will yet again.

Despite putting spellbound shackles on her to prevent her from using magic, Hope was still able to defeat Clarke because she’s a total badass.

Golem Landon helped a little bit, too, and honestly, he’s a much better guy than Landon has been since Hope’s ultimate sacrifice.

As Landon’s subconscious (aka SimuLandon) put it, Landon is a coward who cannot confront his feelings or even have a civil conversation with Hope. When Rafael gave him the option of running away, Landon took it without skipping a beat because it meant he didn’t have to confront either Josie or Hope about his feelings.

What happened to the brave mortal from Legacies Season 1 who continuously risked his life to protect Hope even before he knew he was immortal?

We needed that guy back!

Landon’s cowardly reactions formed as a result of his love for Hope. SimuLandon chattiness and over-the-top theatrics were a bit much, but they reflected everything Landon was burying deep down inside.

He doesn’t know how to explain his feelings by also doing right by the other people he loves.

But that means Hope and Josie shouldn’t have even shed a tear for this shell of a human.

When Hope needed him most facing a threat that he brought upon her, he wasn’t around.

And really, where the hell was everyone? That poor girl might have held her own, but she could have damn well used a few hands. If it hadn’t been for Golem Landon, I shudder to think what would have happened.

Josie and Hope’s scenes delivered plenty of raw emotion as they proved that girl power trumps everything. As it obviously should.

There have been fans who have called for Josie and Hope to get involved romantically. It seems too strange considering that they almost considered themselves sisters, but they’ll definitely be more united against Landon now more than ever.

Other Mystic Falls Musings

  • I’m a sucker for a classic “The Vampire Diaries” montage. Hope and Landon’s tortured love story in the beginning, reminded me so much of Damon and Elena’s “epic” moments.
  • Lizzie telling Josie and Hope that they both “loved the same garden gnome” had me cackling. Lizzie is everything that makes this show great.
  • Also, good for her for standing against the lies fed to her by MG and Sebastian. Who cares if the latter is a medieval vampire with dashing looks? They both allowed her to think she was losing her mind and that’s not okay!
  • The costumes for the “monsters-of-the-week” are so law and like they’re from the sales rack at Spirit Halloween, and the fact that Lizzie, Josie, and Hope all treat the monsters the same way makes it so great.
  • Alaric hugging Hope upon her return was how everyone should have greeted and thanked her for her sacrifice!
  • I’m disappointed that SimuLandon isn’t staying around. He was so innocent and fun.
  • “HELLO, BROTHER.” Wow, that spoke right to my soul. It wasn’t as good as Damon and Stefan, but it was a fun TVD callback that was much appreciated.
  • Does this mean Alaric will be reinstated as headmaster? Because he damn well should be!

Legacies is getting into the spirit of the holidays next week with a holiday-themed midseason finale that brings Santa and the worst monster of all, Krampus.

Who do you think is the hooded figure? What could be more evil than Malivore?

On a scale of 0-10, how big of a lame coward is Landon?

What do you think the riddle means?

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Legacies Series Finale Review – Welcome Home (4×20)

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Legacies Series Finale Review Just Don't Be a Stranger, Okay Season 4 Episode 20

Legacies — for all its flaws and imperfections — managed to deliver a satisfying series finale. 

It wasn’t a perfect, but considering the team behind the scenes wasn’t ready to end the story just yet, it definitely seems like they did the best that they could. And in a world where many shows get cancelled without warning, at least they were able to tie-up loose ends and wraps things up on their own terms. That’s major. 

As the series finalizes its fourth and final season, it also closes the chapter on a vampire franchise that began in 2009 and rivaled, perfectly, might I add, the Twilight franchise. Back in 09, you were either a Twilight fan or a TVD fan, rarely were you both. (It’s clear where this writer’s loyalties lied). 

The Vampire Diaries and its spinoff series, The Originals, created lifelong fans. And even when sinking your fangs into the vampire genre was no longer popular, the franchise continued to be a safe space for fans, eventually leading to the third installment — a series about a generation of teens looking to find their way in what was once the Salvatore mansion. 

If Legacies embraced the series finale tone throughout its four-season run — a tone that was very much reminiscent of its predecessors — I think the series could’ve found more mainstream success. But for this finale to even be considered a success, Legacies had to have built up a strong foundation, so thus, the finale proves that even throughout the missteps, they did something right to create that makes it so hard to let all of this go.

Maybe if the series focused less on all the monster slaying, we could’ve made as much progress with the characters in the same way the two other shows did. It was the first episode not to feature any monsters, and yet, the action delivered tenfold. 

The finale found them at a good place, but many relationships were only just starting to flourish, and we won’t get to see any of that pan out, which was my biggest gripe with the series finale. The series was finally starting to head towards a promising direction only to come to an end. It’s like we’re no longer invited on the journey! 

Still, there were some incredible moments that really tapped into the legacy (no pun intended) that the franchise created throughout the years. 

The Salvatore School has always been a safe space and a sanctuary for supernaturals despite the monster business that went down in those halls, so I’m glad that Alaric was convinced not to shut it down.

When the episode began, Alaric was panged by fear, guilt, and grief. Ethan’s death was just one of many, but it’s the only one that truly stuck. MG, Kaleb, and Jed’s deaths didn’t stick because they found a way to cheat their way out of limbo. It’s nice having connections (hey, Landon) that could find a way to defy nature just this one time. 

Alaric’s feelings led him to the realization that he was no longer fulfilling the mission statement of the school, and was, instead, putting these teens and young children in harm’s way. 

Mostly everyone disagreed — Lizzie was equally as defeated and figured closing the school was the logical solution — because it was the easy way out. 

The truth is, the world is a dangerous place to be a different; a supernatural creature. That’s why this school was always so necessary. Neither of them stopped to think that despite all the chaos, they were all still much safer at the school together and honing in on their powers than they were in the unknown. 

If they didn’t feel safe, the students would’ve just left, but none of them did. Death is a high price to pay, but it comes with the territory — not just the supernatural kind, but also the humankind. 

But I don’t blame Alaric for wanting out after all these years of dedication as a mere mortal. He was simply finding an escape instead of accepting that his time as headmaster was coming to an end. 

Now, don’t get me wrong, he did an incredible job throughout his run, but one of the biggest issues was that the school wasn’t being run by a supernatural being. An ally is an ally, but he wasn’t capable of protecting them in the way that they deserve. 

And his desire to continue on this journey was waning thin as he was ready for his next adventure. 

Who else is more equipped to tell the stories of the supernatural beings that he’s encountered — the ones he loves and the ones that they’ve lost? This man has seen and lived through some unimaginable stuff. I don’t know that he had to leave Mystic Falls to do it, but I can see why he needed to get away and embrace a change of scenery. 

Legacies Series Finale Review Just Don't Be a Stranger, Okay Season 4 Episode 20

Legacies — “Do You Mind Staying With Me Another Minute?” — Image Number: LGC416b_0096r — Pictured (L – R): Matthew Davis as Alaric Saltzman — Photo: Ben Adams/The CW — © 2022 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Alaric has come a long way since TVD Season 1. He went from being a bourbon-drinking vampire-hunter to a second father to the daughter of Hope Mikaelson, one of the most dangerous vampires in all of history. 

But he deserved this break. He started the school with Caroline, and yet, he’s been doing all of the heavy lifting for years while she’s in Europe. 

He earned his time off, and maybe he’ll even find some luck in the romance department with a partner that doesn’t fall prey to the supernatural of the world.

His departure naturally begged the question: who would take over as headmaster. 

The only fitting choice here was Caroline! Who else would be as committed to the students and their success? (Also, I like to think that maybe, just maybe, she’d convince Bonnie to come and teach!)

Legacies pulled out a surprise of epic proportions when Candice Accola appeared on the screen, reprising her role as Caroline Forbes. It felt as though we’d never actually see Caroline step foot in Mystic Falls again, let alone, on Legacies again, but the moment she did, it felt like no had passed. 

But it was also a stark reminder that the end was truly near. We’ve wished for this moment, but again, we wouldn’t be able to relish in it in the way that fans deserved to. Caroline may be sticking around as headmistress, but it’s something we won’t get to see pan out. We won’t get to ee her shape a new generation of supernatural students that need guidance and support from a place that they can call home. 

It’s such a shame. 

It doesn’t take away from the joy of seeing her make a guest appearance, but it’s a shame, nonetheless. 

Caroline’s interaction with Lizzie also felt forced likely because they barely know each other despite being mother and daughter. I know Lizzie “visited” her mother in Europe many times, but it’s not the same. They haven’t built up the chemistry between the characters, so it just felt off. 

We also didn’t get a sweet reunion with Alaric and Caroline, nor did we see Caroline with Josie. What a missed opportunity not to have Josie return even to visit her family after they survived a showdown with the gods. They could’ve died! 

Josie’s absence also left Finch’s storyline incomplete. She accepted the role of alpha and finally found her pack, which was nice, but the reason she was at the school in the first place was because of Josie. Why couldn’t they get her to Facetime the woman she loved or something?

On the other hand, it’s nice that Josie and Lizzie found their independence. Throughout the series run, they were so co-dependent on each other, but they deserved to forge their own paths. 

Maybe we’ll get a series all about Josie’s adventures in Belgium?

Even without Kaylee Bryant’s return, she was still very much a part of the finale as the writers made sure that she wasn’t excluded from the big moments. Josie sent her pendant, which not only helped restore Hope’s humanity a few episodes back, but it was also responsible for helping Alaric “hear” the light regarding the school. 

As for Hope, she figured out that Josie was the only one that was reasonable enough to keep in possession the only weapon made that could kill her.

I love that she acknowledged that she couldn’t keep the weapon because no one person should have all that power, especially not a Mikaelson! 

Though, the packaging on the weapon looked pretty flimsy. Why wouldn’t they arrange for a more secure delivery to Belgium? I bet that if the series were to continue on, the sword would get stolen and fall into the wrong hands forcing the super squad to reunite and retrieve it.

Accola’s return was a complete surprise, but Joseph Morgan’s appearance was teased prior to the episode airing. 

Many speculated that he would reconnect with Hope from limbo, but in a shocking twist, Landon reveals that Klaus actually found peace.

Yes, if even the biggest “villain” of them all can find peace, there’s hope for us all. 

Since Klaus is dead, it wasn’t exactly easy to explain his return, though I wish that Morgan appeared in person to reunite with Hope rather than through a video projection. 

I mean, I’ll take what I can get, but it would’ve been nice to see them play off of each other’s chemistry. 

Still, it was a pivotal moment in allowing Hope to get closure and also accept herself. She’s always felt like an outsider when in reality, she has the best parts of her father and should be proud of it. 

Landon and Ethan’s gesture in delivering Klaus’s message allowed her to finally accept herself as the hero of her own story. 

It was a great full-circle moment for Hope and a perfect ending to her story. I wish Haley got some kind of shout-out as well considering she’s just as responsible for Hope’s existence as Klaus. We all have that favorite parent, but why is Haley ignored after all that she sacrificed for her daughter?

One thing I don’t think fans will be happy about is how things turned out for Landon and Hope. 

Landon stayed in limbo permanently, which was unexpected. I fully believed that they would find a way to free him. He seemed happy with it though, so I guess he finally found his purpose and we should be content with that. 

Admittedly, the scenes with him were a little extra. I’m just supposed to believe that he can leave limbo at any time to hang out with Hope? Seems far-fetched to have him just zap in whenever he’s summoned as if he was some kind of genie, but I digress. 

After we spent so much of the series focused on Hope and Landon’s great love, it would’ve been sweet to see them finally get a slice of happiness. At the same time, it was fitting that it didn’t happen because the series showed us — and them — that their epic love may have been epic, but it was never in the cards. Timing really is a bitch. 

Klaus’ advice that the burden of immortality is that she will love and lose love was on point. In her short time on Earth, Hope has endured a ton of loss, including Landon. 

Being the tribrid means that she’ll be alive forever, while Landon’s role as the Ferryman means that he’ll be in limbo forever. And unless a spinoff/sister series untangles this mess (come on, Netflix), there’s no chance of them getting back together. 

And since he paid the price by helping his friends return to the land of the living, in a sense, he lost his humanity, which means he won’t actually feel emotions anymore.

Much like Josie and Lizzie, Landn and Hope were so codependent at times that it almost feels like the only way for either of them to actually let go and move on is to be forced into giving up on a romantic relationship. 

Again, it’s also a shame we won’t see Hope find a new great love post-Landon. I know fans really wanted to see that, and she deserved it after “losing” so many people in her life. 

However, finding herself was a true feat; everyone finally found their place after seasons of searching. 

MG and Lizzie finally sealed the deal. Lizzie’s speech about MG being her pendant that helps her sort out the voice in her head was everything. MG has been patiently waiting for her to have this realization.

I was concerned that they would never kiss because the series seemed to be putting it off as long as possible, and when they finally did, the chemistry wasn’t there, but I’m just really happy that they’re a couple. It was a long time coming, but as MG said, it’s better late than never. 

Cleo and Kaleb are walking away with the title of cutest couple! They love each other so much — but better yet, they bring out the best in each other.

And am I mistaken for interpreting Cleo sitting behind Alaric’s desk as a vision that she take over as headmistress in the future?

See, I’d love to see that!

Even Jed got his happy ending! When he was sent back to the land of the living, he realized that he was no longer a werewolf. Being a wolf and an alpha defined him for so many years, but now he gets to see who he truly is without all of that. And he gets to do it with Ben by his side. Jed is living his most authentic life, and that’s all you could ever want for anyone. 

Ethan crossed over to peace, but it still came at the expense of his own happiness. He didn’t want to cross over, but he sacrificed his own happiness in order to help out his friends. Ethan deserved so more than simply accepting his fate as a sidekick. I’m sure peace is great, but I wish he was able to be selfish in the end. 

While there were definitely still some loose ends, it’s mostly a shame that we don’t get to continue on this journey with all these characters — new and old — any longer. 

My hope is that the title of the episode, “Just Don’t Be a Stranger, Okay?”  is a thinly veiled hint that maybe this franchise isn’t done telling stories for good. Maybe, in a few years, we’ll get to reconnect with the Salvatores, the Mikaelsons, the Saltzman’s, and more once again. [Showrunner Brett Matthews told TVLine that “the TVD Universe will likely continue in different forms and fashions over the coming years,” so do with that what you will!]

Till then, we have to be content knowing that the Salvatore School was left in capable hands — a home to all those lost supernatural souls — with everyone exactly where they were meant to be. Always and forever

What did you think of the series finale? Is it everything that you expected? Did they do the characters justice?

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Legacies Review – [SPOILER] Dies (4×14)

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Legacies Review By the End of This, You’ll Know Who You Were Meant to Be Season 4 Episode 14

Ken is such a thorn in everyone’s side. 

We’ve met so many of the God’s relatives, including his son Ben, his daughter Jen, and now, his sister, Lynn, and they all share the same opinion of him. 

Ken is a terrible man with an overinflated ego. And on Legacies Season 4 Episode 14, we saw just how far he’s willing to go to stroke that ego and ensure that he remains the most powerful being in all of existence. 

Ken has made it clear that he wants nothing more than to eliminate the tribrid.

He sent Aurora to do his bidding with Jen, who he tasked with creating a weapon of Red Oak ashes. Aurora seems to be on Ken’s side, but her little chat with Jen may have swayed her into teetering the line of loyalty. Jen ridiculed Aurora for allowing herself to get played by Ken, and she informed her that the all-powerful has the ability to control memories in order to get the response that he wants. He’s a master manipulator. Aurora has dealt with too many of those in her life, so I hope that she comes to her senses and aids Hope and Lizzie in this final battle. 

Ben assisted the Salvator School with a plan against his father, and while Jed wasn’t initially wary of trusting him since he sold out his friends previously, he finally came around when he realized that they didn’t stand a chance without Ben’s intel. I mean, even with Ben’s intel they barely stand a chance, but it’s still an insight into a God that they wouldn’t have otherwise. 

But, as I mentioned previously, Ken proved he’s one ruthless monster when he figured out that Cleo was dabbling in his mind and made it a point to showcase his power and how far he’s willing to go to get what he wants. 

When Kaleb mind connected to the vision in order to save Cleo, who we found out was a furry, Ken took hold of him. Since everything that he did in the vision also happened in real life, when he drove the dagger through his chest, Kaleb actually died. It was a heartbreaking moment, and honestly, Kaleb deserved better. 

When Cleo used his final moments to tell him that her favorite thing about him is his eyes, my heart broke. It’s at that exact moment that Kaleb understood that she wasn’t going to save him. He didn’t want her to save him as it meant that she was sacrificing Hope, but it’s still hard to accept death, particularly your own.

Vampires are supposed to be immortal, damnit.

Why didn’t Cleo foresee this? Why didn’t this play into Hope’s doomsday equation?

And honestly, the dedication that everyone has towards Hope is unparalleled. Cleo chose to watch the love of her life get murdered rather than deliver Hope to Ken. I guess she realized that if they had any shot of defeating him, they needed her. He might have said that he would spare everyone in exchange for Hope, but no one really believes anything he says, right?

The odds of everyone surviving this war are pretty slim. 

We already know that Lizzie must be the one to sacrifice herself by detonating the bomb. As a Heretic, she could siphon Ken and weaken him, which allows for the highest chance that everyone else will survive. 

I guess if Legacies is going down, they might as well go out with a bang. 

This is an unfair twist for Lizzie and MG as they’ve just gotten to the point where they are ready to be honest about their feelings for each other and take their relationship to the next level. 

My hope is that they get to share one kiss before she dies. They were so close and then Cleo interrupted it. And it’s fair because she has big news, but also, come on, just let them have this one sliver of happiness. 

It’s not easy for a father to accept that his daughter must die for the greater good, but Alaric has always known that having supernatural daughters could one day boil down to something like this, especially with the whole merge situation plaguing much of their teen years. 

At least Ethan got a one-way out of town. I know he really wanted to assist in the final battle, but honestly, if Hope can barely stand a chance against Ken, poor Ethan would’ve been crushed. 

This way, he gets a shot at a brand new life. 

Over in purgatory, we got to know the Ferrywoman on a whole new level when she revealed herself to be a former god, Lynn, cursed in the role by her jerk of a brother. 

Lynn always wanted to help people, so when she ferried some lost souls over to “heaven,” she was punished for eternity. 

Long story short, she became numb to the process of helping people thus the coin-based system, but when she laid eyes on Landon Kirby, she knew that he was her heir — the man who would take over all Ferryman business with a kind and open heart. 

Landon’s already trapped her for eternity, so he accepted the role without much of a fight. 

And his first good deed? Restoring Ted to his rightful body and finally getting rid of the Necromancer for good.

Ted was finally able to cross over and find peace, and well, that’s all that anyone truly wants.

Will Kaleb meet Landon now that he’s dead? Will everyone eventually reunite with Landon as he serves as the gatekeeper?

And how are you feeling about the direction that Legacies is headed in? It definitely seems like the writers were aware that The CW wasn’t going to renew the series and began tying up storylines in order to give fans and characters a proper conclusion. 

With talks of a Klaus Mikaelson (Joseph Morgan) cameo, might it be too forward of us to theorize that Hope dies in the battle? If Ken is to win — destroying Earth and any possibility of another spinoff — then it would only be fulfilling if everyone banded together in a unified effort to fend hi off, Aurora and Ben included. 

Share your thoughts in the comments below. 

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‘Legacies’ Canceled at The CW – Season 4 Will be the Last

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QUIZ: Which 'Legacies' Character Are You?

It’s the end of a franchise on The CW. 

The network officially canceled Legacies, a spinoff of The Vampire Diaries and The Originals. 

The news, while heartbreaking, might not be unexpected for those who have been following along and awaiting a verdict. 

Things didn’t bode well for the series after the network banished the remaining three episodes from their scheduled May airdates to the month of June. 

‘Dynasty,’ ‘Roswell, New Mexico,’ ‘Charmed’ Among Shows Canceled by The CW

And when The CW canceled Dynasty, Roswell, New Mexico, Charmed, In the Dark, and 4400 earlier today, things looked even bleaker for the Danielle Russell-led series. 

Admittedly, Legacies never reached the heights that its predecessors did, and viewership has only been dwindling. 

The series will come to an end with its fourth season. 

The CW really broke took a jab at so many fandoms today!

Deadline reports that the network is currently in talks to be sold to station group Nexstar, which could explain the decision to slice its programing roster in half. 

It previously canceled Batwoman and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow

Back in March, the network gave green lights for several of its dramas: All American renewed for season 5, The Flash renewed for season 9, Kung Fu renewed for season 3, Superman & Loisrenewed for season 3, Nancy Drew renewed for season 4, Riverdale renewed for season 7, Walker renewed for season 3.

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