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Legacies Review – Kai Parker Screwed Us (1×12)

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He’s back, baby! Kai Parker has returned, and the reveal that he’s staying on for a multi-episode arc is an exciting and unexpected turn of events.

It’s been over a decade since we last saw Uncle Kai, but I’m happy to report that he hasn’t changed one bit.

He still diabolically crazy, angry in an unexpected way, full of 90s reference, and cannot be trusted.

Unfortunately, poor Josie learned that the hard way. Despite all the warnings from Alaric, Josie thought she knew better and figured her best bet at getting out of the prison world was to align with the uncle that killed her mother and tore her family apart.

As much as I’d like to blame Josie for this lapse in judgment, I cannot. Not only has she always been taught to see the best in people, but Josie also wasn’t old enough to remember how messed up Kai truly was.

And even if she did know, like many of us do, she would have still been convinced that maybe all these days stuck in the prison world made him better. At the very least, they both shared a common goal of getting out of there so you’d think he’d play nice for a short while.

However, Kai couldn’t even keep his promise to his “girlfriend” Jade. The moment he thought he got what he needed to escape the prison world, he betrayed everyone in order to save himself. It’s a gentle reminder that Kai’s selfishness has always been his driving force.

Josie’s decision to betray her father and team up with her uncle largely set the tone for everything that unfolded throughout the hour.

She and Alaric became prisoners of Jade, Wendy, and Diego, three students who Alaric and Emma banished to the prison world because they couldn’t control them.

Since the trio – a wolf that learned to control when he turned, a witch with fire powers, and a ripper (a la Stefan Salvatore) – was bounded to the prison world, like Kai, they couldn’t actually die, and they made sure to use that to their advantage.

Before hunting Alaric down (and cheating by using a locator spell), Jade told him about what really happened the night 5 muggles were found murdered to death in Mystic Falls.

Alaric rightfully assumed it was them, but he’d also already made up his mind that the three of them were beyond fixing and that they showed no remorse for it when, in fact, the real story is that they were lured at the be the punchline, couldn’t control their anger and embarrassment, and killed some crappy humans who you may argue had it coming,

What followed were feelings of shame, anger, disgust, and eventually, the shutting off of humanity.

So, yeah, not as black-and-white as Ric made it out to be. It’s upsetting that he “didn’t see the signs,”  when he was all too familiar with what happens when someone turns off their humanity and allows their ripper settings to take over because of Stefan.

Arguably, the Ric we knew would never send anyone away to a prison world without making sure it was the only option. In my opinion, the prison world is reserved for the lowest of the low like Kai and Sebastian.

Alaric is the kind of person who always saw good in someone, even Damon Salvatore.

The chances of him banishing three young kids because they murdered someone seems slim. However, he wasn’t mistaken about one thing — they are killers. Those killer genes may never have manifested though if they hadn’t gotten trapped in a prison world and essentially forced to kill each other every day to survive and quell the hunger.

In short, Alaric is a prison world of his own making, and it’s that same fact that gives him the upper hand.

Ric knows all the tricks including where he stashes his weapons. For all our sakes, let’s hope whatever weapon he went to retrieve when Jade’s hide-and-seek hunt started has the power to kill someone bound to the prison world.

Then, there’s Josie, who got her mother’s “I know better than you” complex.

Kai was telling the truth when he said it’s what got her killed. Jo always thought she was one step ahead of Kai or that she could outsmart him at his own game, but Kai is incredibly savvy. Kai may hate everyone and everything including his family, but there were some moments where his pride at Josie’s attempts at manipulation impressed him. And in some twisted way, it was sweet.

Sadly, Josie got played because she didn’t even know she had the “get out of the prison world” answer this whole time, but when she told him about Malivore, Kai knew it was his only option.

Admittedly, he’s more versed in how the prison world operates and knows that it exists in the real world chances are it exists in the prison world.

While I didn’t expect Josie to arrive at the conclusion, I surely thought Alaric would.

The point is that it worked and instead of getting stuck in a pit of eternal misery, Kai found himself in realtime Mystic Falls and face-to-face with the Necromancer, a dangerous yet exciting pairing.

And once he jumped into Malivore, Josie and Alaric forgot all about him and the plan that successfully got him out of there.

As Kai lunged into the tar pit, Josie made the decision to break the Sandclock and unleash all that dark magic onto herself.

As Kelly Clarkson once said, “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”

Or, as Kai said, to save her family, she must become a monster just “like… me.” There’s something so delicious about how maniacal he is! Sorry, I got sidetracked.

If there’s any place where Josie can and should embrace her darkness, it’s in a prison world where she can harness is to save her family and hopefully put an end to the three that are threatening them.

Man, Kai Parker finally got out of his Bon-Bon created prison world, that’s nuts you guys.

Lizzie’s presence in the prison world was frustrating to say the least because she ditched her family to gallivant around town with Sebastian.

She had every reason to be angry with Alaric for lying to her and banishing her boyfriend to an eternal prison, but she also didn’t stop to consider her father’s motivation or why he was so worried about them being here in the first place.

However, Lizzie was in her own danger and for much of the hour, she wasn’t aware at all.

Sebastian played the role of the perfect gentleman as he wooed Lizzie with the promise of forever, a beautiful house, and a Cinderella-inspired ballgown. Did anyone else get Miss Mystic Falls vibes from Lizzie’s descent down the stairs?

But the monsters have gotten arguably much more dangerous nowadays. Damon Salvatore did some cruel things, but he never took Elena’s choice of becoming a vampire away from her.

Sebastian went from being Prince Charming to an obsessive boyfriend without any respect for boundaries in a very short time as he revealed his plan for him and Lizzie piece-by-piece.

He spiked her wine with blood and had every intention of killing her with vampire blood in her system so that she would turn.

Now, usually, I’d argue that turning into a vampire is a great solution to the whole merge problem, but Lizzie’s reasoning for not being ready were so pure — she didn’t know if she wanted a family or if she wanted the grow old with someone.

Those are valid reasons for waiting.

However, Sebastian wasn’t convinced as he already had a plan in his head and didn’t respect her at all. What he did was absolutely wrong, but on some twisted level, you can also understand that he did it because he was concerned with losing her just like he lost Cassandra. It was well-intentioned had Lizzie been Cassandra, but she’s not and Sebastian is so hellbent on making her into his the love that he lost, he’s not actually in love with who she is.

Lizzie handled herself like a pro in this situation by siphoning him to death, but the risk was too high with the blood in her system.

When Josie unleashed the sandclock, Lizzie crashed the police car and likely died.

Will she come back as a vampire? Or, better yet, a heretic vampire?

As I mentioned previously, the only upside to evil Josie and vampire Lizzie this is that it may negate the merge completely!

Throughout the episode, I found myself posing this one question over and over: why didn’t Josie and Lizzie rely on their powers more?

If they’re supposed to be two very powerful Gemini witches, why didn’t they channel that power to get themselves out of these risky situations?

So, just to summarize:

  • Kai Parker outsmarted everyone and escaped the prison world using the Malivore pit.
  • Ric is on the run and hopefully has a plan.
  • Josie broke the sandclock and embraced the dark magic.
  • Lizzie might be dead and a vampire or a heretic vampire!
  • Sebastian is CANCELLED. No one cares about your good looks anymore, boo.

Alright, well, I’m turning it over to you Cravers?

On a scale of 1-10, how great was it seeing Kai again and knowing that he never lost his lust for freedom, his wittiness and cleverness, his charm, or his deranged approach to not giving any effs about those around him?

Is Lizzie dead? What will happen to Josie now that she’s gone all dark Willow?

And will we see a face-off between Hope and Kai?


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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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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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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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