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Legacies Review- Stupid Cupid Stop Picking on Hope (2×11)

Legacies Review- Stupid Cupid Stop Picking on Hope (2x11)

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Broken hearts club turned into the ripped-out-hearts club on this week’s episode of Legacies.

We pick up one day after the Saltzmans were sent to the prison world by Alyssa Chang. Sadly, we have to wait until next week to see what’s going on over there (and finally see Kai again), but Hope is still fighting to get them back to Mystic Falls.

Hope and Landon are still on rocky terms since the qareen forced them to face the issues in their relationship last week. Landon’s desperate to prove that he’s capable of saving the day and that Hope doesn’t have to treat him like “a fragile object”.

So when Cupid arrives, he has the perfect opportunity to prove himself.

He forms his own “super-squad” consisting of Wade, Pedro, and Jed to find Cupid and bring him back to the school. Oh yeah, he already lost Cupid.

But not before spilling his heart out (metaphorically, it’s important to be clear in terms of this episode) to Cupid on how insecure he is in his relationship with Hope. She’s the one who “wears the pants” in their relationship which is only further proven by the two times she has to save him during this episode.

The one big issue in Legacies isn’t a lack of relationships, it’s a lack of well-developed ones. Compared to it’s predecessor The Vampire Diaries, Legacies doesn’t have any epic couples to root for. Landon and Hope’s development felt very rushed and they’ve already been dealt a few crappy storylines that have made me lose interest.

However, on TVD, Damon and Elena had four seasons of buildup before they officially got together. This gave us time to get to know these characters as individuals so we could see why they work together. The pacing of that relationship made the show worth watching. The will-they-won’t-they trope is popular for a reason.

I would even argue that the only crappy storyline in their relationship was in season six when Elena loses her memory. Hope and Landon, on the other hand, have already dealt with the amnesia trope (thanks, Malivore) which forced us to endure the least compelling love triangle I’ve ever seen.

This is only season two. We shouldn’t be running out of interesting plotlines for what seems to be the show’s main couple already.

Luckily, Landon redeems himself in the end. Once the gang discovers Cupid isn’t Cupid at all, but Cupid’s sibling Pothos, Landon puts on his hero hair and ingests some devil’s ivy to kill Pothos when he eats his heart. It sounds more gruesome than it is.

But the best part of this plan was that there was no guarantee Landon would survive it. He knows he typically comes back from the dead, but so far his phoenix heritage has been one big mystery. On TVD, getting your heart ripped out was a sure sign of actual death (if you don’t reincarnate seasons later), so seeing Landon’s heart get ripped from his body tonight was pretty surprising.

He gives a speech about how Hope is his “epic love” (not sure if I agree) and how he’s willing to die to save her. It was a really sweet moment between the two. I get the appeal, but I can’t say I’m completely sold on them just yet.

At the end of the day, Landon did come out a hero. He saved Hope from having her heart eaten, and was able to take down the newest Malivore monster.

While all of this is going on, elsewhere in the school MG is having the worst day ever. He tries to go out on a date with Kaleb’s sister Kym, but gets bad advice from Kaleb and plans the worst date possible. And Alyssa’s been struck with an obsessive love arrow and has decided that now is the right time to confess her undying love for MG.

I’m not sure if her having a thing for MG is real or if he just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, but his rejection of her led to a near-death experience for Kym, Kaleb, and MG.

Kym decides to leave The Salvatore School afterward and Alyssa breaks the ascendant that’s supposed to be used to rescue the Saltzmans. So right now MG’s two main girls are as far from him as ever. Poor guy.

Do you remember the prophecy about Malivore from the sphinx character awhile back? I had almost forgotten about it, but it appears that it’ll be an important factor coming up in the latter half of the season. In an earlier scene in the episode, Dorian mentions a golden arrow in the prophecy. Pothos was also looking for a golden arrow which the Necromancer finds at the end of the episode. What does this mean going forward?

Other Musings:

  • Kaleb saving Pedro from Pothos’ arrow with his vamp speed was adorable. I never thought he would become one of my favorites on the show.
  • Sometimes the supernatural puns are fun but Alyssa calling Jed a booty howl was cringeworthy.
  • Hope chopping off Pothos’ wings immediately was such a Mikaelson move.
  • Wade now throws up fairy dust apparently.
  • The Landon/Wade friendship is still really sweet and I hope he’s not just a “stand-in until Raf comes back”.
  • So are Emma and Dorian married? I wonder how Ric’s going to react to that when he finds out.
  • Was that some Alyssa x Kaleb foreshadowing? That could be an interesting storyline going forward.
  • The kiss between Hope and Landon in the bathtub was very reminiscent of Delena’s kiss in the rain. I’m a sucker for any parallels between the two shows, so this was a standout moment for me.
  • And yes, okay, the part where Landon reads Hope’s diary entry and they fly in the air together was really cute too. Maybe Pothos struck this episode with an arrow because the only time I’ve found myself rooting for these two was this week.

Next week marks the return of fan-favorite villain Kai Parker played by the talented Chris Wood. In the preview for next week, it looks like he’s set his eyes on Josie. He’s kidnapped Alaric and seems to be forcing Josie to use black magic to save him.

How far will Josie go to save her dad? How far will Kai go to get revenge on Ric and his nieces?

Considering the episodes titled “Kai Parker Screwed Us” I would say things aren’t looking too good for the Saltzmans.

Let us know your predictions in the comments and over on our twitter!


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Joseph Morgan Reveals If He’d Ever Reprise His Character Klaus Mikealson for ‘Legacies’

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If you’ve been waiting for the day where Klaus Mikealson strolls back into Mystic Falls to pay his daughter, Hope Mikealson, and the Salvatore School — which he helped fund — a visit, well, don’t get your hopes up. 

The first two seasons of Legacies have given us some grade-A guest stars from The Vampire Diaries and The Originals including Aunt Freya (Riley Voekel), Kai Parker (Chris Wood), and Matt Donovan (Zach Roerig).  We even briefly saw Lizzie and Josie Saltzman’s birth mother Josette (Jodi Lyn O’Keefe). 

But as for baddie Klaus Mikealson, the man who brought him to life, Joseph Morgan, doesn’t think he’ll ever reprise his role again.

And turns out, he has a really good reason!

TV Guide caught up with the actor to talk about his Peacock show, Brave New World, and when asked about guest starring on The CW teen drama, he bluntly and rapidly shut down the possibility.

“No never, never. You’re never going to see it.” Morgan said. “You can hold your breath as long as you want. You know why? I have The Originals box set on my shelf, and it’s a beautiful thing because it’s five DVD sets that are a complete story from beginning to end of this guy, Klaus Mikaelson — well, starting back in The Vampire Diaries Season 2. So I just feel like to come back as a ghost or a flashback or something, for me, that journey, that story has ended. That’s the complete story, and it just doesn’t feel right to me to do that.”

As much as we’d like to see Klaus in the flesh again, you have to admit that’s a satisfactory answer. It shows that Morgan cares enough about the character not to reprise him without a purpose or taint his legacy. 

Klaus Mikealson’s story came to a fitting end in the series finale of The Originals when he redeemed himself for the greater good and sacrificed himself alongside his brother Elijah to save his daughter. Since then, Hope has carried on his legacy; his memory lives on as she mentions him pretty often and channels what he taught her to protect her friends and fight off a plethora of demons and monsters. 

Morgan added that he felt like series creator Julie Plec understood where he was coming from. 

“I think Julie [Plec] feels the same. It just feels like it would be strange, like a little forced,” Morgan continued. “Like I’m coming back just so we can see something else of him, but when we see it we go, ‘Ugh, that was it?’ And I don’t want his legacy to be, ‘Ugh.’ I don’t know what the scene could be that it would be exciting enough and epic enough after the journey that he’s had.” 

Morgan may get a pass, but Candace Accola surely doesn’t.  We’d love to see her reprise her role of Caroline Forbes considering she’s raising two daughters with Alaric but has yet to pay them a visit or help out with the school! Don’t let us down, Caroline! 

The fact that she is still alive in the supernatural world and has such close ties to Mystic Falls but yet never comes to visit doesn’t paint her in a great light! 


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‘Legacies’ Actor Matthew Davis Welcomes Baby Girl with Wife Kiley Casciano!

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Some good news during this coronavirus pandemic – Matthew Davis is a dad!

The Legacies star welcomed his first child with wife, Kiley Casciano, on Tuesday, March 31.

“Ripley Nightingale Davis,” the 41-year-old tweeted revealing the bundle of joy’s name.

“Born March 31st 9:51 p.m. 7lbs, blond hair, blue eyes, Mom’s beautiful face. Thank you everyone for all your love and support,” he added.

He followed that by adding, “let’s hope she doesn’t have my dyslexia.”

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Kiley last showed off her bloomin’ baby bump on March 10 writing, “Nothing says thrill like having a baby during a pandemic.”

The couple had a baby shower on March 6th just days before many states began imposing “stay at home” orders.

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David has long been a part of the franchise having previously starred on The Vampire Diaries and The Originals as Alaric Saltzman, vampire-hunter turned dad of two supernatural twins and headmaster of the Salvatore School for the Young and Gifted.

It’s safe to say, he has tons of experience with rowdy children who tend to get into a lot of trouble!

You can read the Legacies season finale review right here!


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Legacies Season Finale Review: This Fairytale Didn’t Have A Happy Ending (2×17)

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Well, this fairytale didn’t have a happy ending.

On Legacies‘ unexpectedly early season finale, we pick up with Hope in Josie’s subconscious trying to help her fight the black magic. But, because Caroline loved to read fairytales as bedtime stories, Hope wakes up dressed as Red Riding Hood.

The fairytale theme was a fun concept, but unfortunately, the terrible CGI put a big damper on one of the best episodes of the show.

The Big Bad Wolf wasn’t great, but that talking pig will stick out as the worst CGI in the entire TVD universe, which is saying something considering how many different creatures the shows have introduced over the years.

Besides that, the fairytale plot turned out to be much better than I was expecting. Josie saved herself in the end and rewrote the story.

Josie’s such a great character who was pushed to the sidelines in the beginning of this season, but this arc of her fighting her insecurities was worth the wait. Nothing’s more personal than someone’s subconscious, and now we finally have some insight into how Josie feels about the relationships she has with other people, and most importantly, the relationship she has with herself.

Josie’s constant feeling of being unwanted or like she wasn’t enough is something everyone can relate to. It’s heartbreaking to hear how much it’s affected her life and it provides reasoning for why she lets people treat her the way she does. She’s as selfless as they come, and she thought that meant she had to be weak. But she was able to come around and realize that being a good, empathetic person doesn’t mean she has to be powerless. Her innate goodness is what makes her strong. It’s what makes her worth rooting for.

Caroline and Alaric always tried their best to be good parents to both the twins, but Josie’s feeling of being inferior to Lizzie even when it comes to her parent’s attention speaks volumes. My biggest gripe with Legacies is how Caroline is painted as a bad mother, who’s not there for her kid’s lives and didn’t treat them equally. We know Caroline. She would never do that. They need to come up with a better way to explain Candice King’s absence without ruining the character.

When Josie spoke about Penelope leaving and Landon breaking up with her contributing to her lack of self-worth, it was definitely less of a “ship” moment as some fans will think and more just a heartbroken teenage girl dealing with her feelings. It felt very honest. It was very reminiscent of Caroline in TVD’s pilot episode obsessing over why Stefan has no interest in her. It wasn’t about her missing previous relationships as much as it was Josie working through rejection and how these situations affected her sense of self. Hopefully, going forward we’ll see her regain confidence in herself so she can finally recognize how wonderful she is.

Josie shouldn’t be in a relationship for a while, but this episode felt like the show’s finally admitting what relationship they’re building up going forward.

Hope was the one who helped Josie find the strength within herself to defeat the black magic torturing her. She was the one who took it upon herself to travel to Josie’s subconscious to save her in any way she could. She put herself at risk for Josie, and then Josie did the same to her when asking Hope to leave her subconscious for her own safety.

And I mean, come on, if Josie was the pig all along she’s the one who suggested Hope kiss her to wake her from her sleeping beauty-esque spell. It would be a shame if the writers just keep dancing around the possibility of these two getting together instead of actually making it happen. This season has basically been a death sentence for Hope and Landon’s relationship anyway, so there’s nothing holding them back there.

With this season being cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we won’t get to see “Hosie” anytime soon, but here’s to hoping in season three Legacies will finally capitalize on the chemistry between Danielle Rose Russell and Kaylee Bryant and make Hosie a real thing!

Outside of the fairytale world, the other Saltzman twin faced her own insecurities at her fake funeral. Lizzie’s always worried about other people’s opinions and when people are speaking ill of her at her own memorial, she reaches a breaking point.

In the last episode’s review, I mentioned how the treatment of Lizzie on Legacies was similar to the treatment of Damon on The Vampire Diaries. A lot of emphasis is put on how selfish they are, when really, they’re not much worse than the other characters. And at least they own the fact that they can be narcissistic.

Lizzie didn’t deserve for people to be relieved she was dead. Thankfully, everyone came around eventually, but that was still a low blow for the show to take.

MG is as sweet as they come. He didn’t even know Lizzie was listening when he gave his eulogy. He was just doing it because he wanted to defend her to the school, not so he could win brownie points with her.

MG gave a great explanation of Lizzie when he said that she knew she could be overdramatic, but she was always actively trying to change herself and start over, but no one would let her. This episode gave more backstory as to why both Lizzie and Josie are the way they are than the rest of the series combined.

Finally, we’re getting character development, and then the season had to be cut short!

This wasn’t the worst episode to serve as a season finale, but the cliffhanger at the end is going to make this hiatus feel much longer than it is.

Stray Thoughts:

  • Danielle Rose Russell’s Lizzie impression was spot-on.
  • Kaleb and Jed have the potential to be a great power duo.
  • Josie putting her magic away like Jo once did was sad. Definitely the right choice for now, but hopefully it won’t last too long.

Is Hope still in Josie’s mind?

What is the Necromancer’s plan?

And is Landon really dead?

We’ll have to wait until Legacies season 3 premieres to find out!

Thanks for watching this season with me, Cravers!


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