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

Legacies -- “Someplace Far Away From All This Violence” -- Image Number: LGC403a_0312r -- Pictured (L - R): Danielle Rose Russell as Hope Mikaelson -- Photo: Nathan Bolster/The CW -- © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.



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 Midseason Finale – Kaylee Bryant Leaves the Show (4×09)



Legacies Review I Can’t Be The One To Stop You Season 4 Episode 9

Legacies Season 4 is not messing around! 

After this midseason finale, things will never be the same again. 

There were quite a few jaw-dropping moments that will change the course of the series as we know it when it returns from its brief hiatus in 2022. 

Spoilers below — you’ve been warned!

The biggest shocker was that Lizzie has been turned into a vampire, which, based on the upcoming promo, means that she’s now a heretic just like dear old Uncle Kai. 

This was Lizzie’s failsafe in the event that her battle against tribrid Hope Mikaelson went awry. 

And honestly, it’s a fun progression. Not only have we gotten to see Hope’s dark side, but now we’ll get to see Lizzie in a brand new light. 

Legacies is finally starting to pull out the kind of punches we’ve come to love from The Vampire Diaries.

Of course, this begs the question: does Lizzie’s transition cancel out The Merge?

One would assume it does considering Kaylee Bryant, who brought Josie to life for four seasons, has left the building. 

Bryant’s exit from the series is shocking considering she’s one of the core squad members, but, in retrospect, she’s been trying to distance herself from the Salvator School for quite some time. 

Her time spent in the therapy box made her realize that she needed to remove herself from the school where she’s constantly pulled in several directions as a savior to focus on bringing back Hope. 

She never said where she was going or how long she’d be away, but the series really honed in on the fact that she 1. needed to leave and 2. needed to do it alone. 

So, goodbye Josie.

While it’s a huge loss, there’s always the possibility that she will return as a recurring character. 

Especially because Josie’s storyline is far from over. Her father is still dead, her sister is transitioning and becoming a vampire, and she finally has a promising romantic interest. 

But therein lies the issue — it’s always about somebody else. Josie never gets to prioritize herself, and her decision to leave, despite being anchored to saving Hope, is her decision. She’s finally doing what’s best for her. 

And for the first time, no one is stopping her. 

It hurt like hell to let Josie go, but Finch encouraged her because she knew this was the path that Josie had to take. 

Lizzie also gave Josie her blessing and didn’t bog her down with the very terrible decision she just made. Josie has put her life on hold far too often to save Lizzie, and this wasn’t one of those cases. 

In a way, Bryant’s exit will finally allow the twins to become independent of each other. 

Of course, none of this would have been necessary had Hope just flipped her humanity switch back on. 

For a moment, it definitely seemed as though Lizzie got through to her, which would have actually been kind of sweet. 

Hope’s friendship has always been strongest with Lizzie (and I know some of you Josie fans will disagree with this, sorry!), so it would have made sense if the thing to flip her switch was Lizzie’s genuine love and care for Hope. 

Lizzie always acts as though Hope is such an inconvenience on her life, and she finally admitted to loving Hope like a sister. 

Hope had me fooled.

Sadly, the “panda promise” was simply her way of manipulating Lizzie into switching her and Aurora back into their rightful bodies and burning the only weapon that could kill her. 

Does anyone else wish we got to see Hope struggle a bit more in trying to beat Aurora? It felt too easy. That was her elaborate and master plan?

Klaus would’ve laughed in her face. 

Also, I was proud of Lizzie for her psycho-analysis of Aurora. The poor girl was taking out her anger at Klaus on his teenage daughter, which was just kind of pathetic if you really think about it.

Does Hope deserve to pay a price for all the things she’s done? Yes. But Lizzie was right that an eternity of torment was slightly over-the-top.

Though, it really stung to see Hope ruthlessly manipulate Lizzie’s love for her.

But Hope never even considered that Lizzie would consider turning into a vampire, so this definitely puts a dent in the plans. 

MG is not going to be happy about this one. He’s already upset with Ethan for knowing that Lizzie created a weapon that could kill Hope and not saying a word. He could’ve stopped her from making a grave mistake, but instead, he let her go on with her plan which has now resulted in her becoming a vampire. 

Yeah, MG is going to be really mad. 

I wonder if this will change the way Ethan and/or MG feel about her?

Since Lizzie died on Hope’s watch, does this mean that she might also turn her humanity off and live it up?

The Super Squad is down its best members, so things are kind of looking bleak. 

MG might be the only one carrying the rescue missions as Ethan has been banished, Finch has become the leader of the pack while Jed recovers from an injury, and Cleo and Kaleb are busy trying to figure out his monster side. 

Honestly, Kaleb, Cleo, Jed, and Ethan are likely going to be a little more preoccupied with the bandaged man who suddenly healed and came in to deliver a mighty warning about monsters being the least of their worries. 

Who is this man? Why does he have healing properties? And why did he make Kaleb and Ethan want to kill him?

Could he be an angel? Is he another Malivore monster?

There’s definitely intrigue surrounding this hunky new man. 

Of course, as all of this is going down, the interim headmaster at the school doesn’t have the stomach for any of it. The poor oaf fainted at the first sight of blood. 

But don’t worry, Alaric, Ted, and Landon are working hard to save themselves from death, and they are going to use the sphinx for assistance. 

Who would have thought we’d see the day where Alaric teams up with a Malivore monster?!

What did you think of the midseason finale? Are you excited to see Lizzie as a heretic? Are you upset by Bryant’s exit?

Let us know in the comments below! 

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Legacies Review – You Will Remember Me (4×08)



Legacies Review You Will Remember Me Season 4 Episode 8

Klaus Mikaelson may be dead, but his enemies are still plotting their revenge. 

Only this time, it’s aimed at the Tribrid — his miracle daughter, Hope Mikaelson. 

After becoming the all-powerful creature and turning off her humanity, Hope has been hunting down the Triad, which eventually brought her to a very familiar face for fans of the franchise. 

Too bad Hope didn’t do her homework because she might’ve been more prepared for what Aurora De Martel has planned.

Instead, she relied solely on her immortal strength, which Aurora was able to weaponize against her. 

Aurora has years on Hope. She knows and loathes the Mikaelson family, and Klaus, better than most, so she was able to determine exactly how Hope would react. 

She was betting on Hope’s recklessness to get the best of her because it was all part of her meticulously crafted plan. 

God, it’s so good to see Aurora back. She’s a promising villain that elevates the danger of the series by reconnecting it to The Originals. 

Facing Malivore monsters is one thing, but it’s comical in comparison to Klaus’s foes. 

If Hope spent more time learning her family history, she would’ve known more about Papa Tunde’s blade, how it connected to The Hollow, and she wouldn’t have been able to fall for the tricks. 

Instead, she decided to impulsively stab Aurora — which is what she wanted — which led to a Freaky Friday-esque body swap. 

Now, Aurora is in the Tribrid’s body, while Hope is in Aurora’s body. Aurora’s body is powerful by vampire standards, but it’s no match for the powers of a Tribrid, which explained why Hope bolted for the door the minute she realized the extreme nature of the situation. 

How will Hope find her way out of this one? It’s a dangerous situation considering Aurora likely has plenty of enemies. 

Will she turn her humanity on and seek out the help of her friends? Was it turned on when they switched bodies?

Legacies Review You Will Remember Me Season 4 Episode 8

Legacies — “You Will Remember Me” — Image Number: LGC404b_0429r — Pictured (L – R): Danielle Rose Russell as Hope Mikaelson — Photo: Nathan Bolster/The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

And will her friends believe that Hope isn’t actually Hope?

Back at the Salvatore School, Josie was navigating her therapy box, which included her going into the footsteps of her mother, Jo. I also got Elena Gilbert vibes! 

In fact, they were all nursing interns and EMTs at a hospital named after the Mikaelson’s. Even in her subconscious, Josie is still living in Hope’s shadow. 

The whole thing was reminiscent of one of those really weird dreams you have where you wake up and question literally everything. That’s what makes the therapy box so fun — it allows the series to play with all these different genres that otherwise wouldn’t make sense. 

It was also a long-winded way of getting Josie to realize what she finally needs to do to fix everything. Only, we never actually found out what that was. 

The only thing Josie really made clear was that she would no longer allow herself to crumble under the pressure of expectations.

Meanwhile, Lizzie leveraged Ethan’s invisibility powers to spy on Cleo and MG and realized that there totally is a way to kill Hope. 

Cleo burned the tree that could be used to make a weapon, but, of course, Lizzie managed to save the ash and turn it into a stake. 

Is it just me or could you actually see Alaric’s reflection in Lizzie as she channeled her inner-vampire hunter?

My guess is that the whole battle will come down to Lizzie and Josie, who will both have different ideas for how to put an end to Hope. 

While I love that Lizzie is finally taking matters into her own hands, I hate that she lied to Cleo who was only trying to protect her. She also took advantage of Ethan, and it really sucks that he continues to be manipulated by those around him who have a better grasp when it comes to this supernatural stuff. 

Alaric, Ted, and Landon also realized that the only way to get out of limbo was to make amends with the ones you hurt. 

Alaric attempted to make peace with Dana, and when that didn’t do it, he realized it’s because he wasn’t actually remorseful about her daughter’s death. It sounds bad but honestly, that’s what you get for living in a town with supernatural creatures. Also, hell doesn’t exist — Alaric remembers that all too well because you know, Cade, Lizzie, and Josie. 

IYKYK, TVD fans! 

Anyway, Alaric realized he was supposed to apologize for screwing up Landon’s life, which, in turn, convinced Landon to go back and save Hope. It was a cute bro-moment even if I didn’t really get the whole gist of it, plus, it got them the coin, which is their ticket out of there. 

Of course, they aren’t trying to find peace, they want to steal the boat and ride it all the way down the river to the land of the living. 

And that’s the kind of action I’m here to see from our men!

How do you think everything will play out in the midseason finale? Will Alaric and Landon make it back in time to find a solution for Hope?

Will Lizzie get to Hope first? And if she does kill Hope, would she only kill one part of her like her vampire side meaning she’d no longer be the Tribrid? I hope that isn’t the case because, humanity-less Hope aside, the Tribrid is what has made her 50 shades of interesting. 

What is Josie’s solution?

Will everyone at the school stop Lizzie from making a terrible mistake that she might regret for the rest of her life?

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



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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