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?
- 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!
Legacies Review – Planet Mystic Falls (3×15)
Hope, Josie, and Lizzie traveled to a galaxy far away on Legacies Season 3 Episode 15, and I probably should’ve been tripping in order to fully enjoy the penultimate episode.
While I was skeptical going into the Star Wars-themed episode, I found myself slightly enjoying it and the connections that were made to The Vampire Diaries and Legacies.
And I know no one was complaining about that sweet little cameo from Little Hope! How could you not squeal with glee when she came onto the screen?!
The nightshade-induced hallucination pulled a page straight from 11-year-old Lizzie’s diary and delivered, in a roundabout fashion, a profound discovery we already knew: Hope needs to become a tribrid to defeat Malivore once and for all.
Hope knew that it would come to this, but she’d been putting it off out of fear.
However, she can no longer fight it when her loved ones are being threatened and hurt because of the monsters and she has the means to put an end to it.
She was created to destroy Malivore, and while it’s optimistic of Jo and Lizzie to think that there’s always another way, I truly don’t think that’s the case this time around.
Hope cannot fight her fate.
Hope’s feelings of loss also bubbled up to the surface. After Little Hope appeared and mentioned The Hollow, Hope was reminded about all that she lost in life.
It was heartbreaking to see her confront her younger self and inform her that she wouldn’t get her family back simply by defeating The Hollow.
Hope knows what the future holds, and it’s an endless amount of pain, misery, and loneliness.
This is why her breakup with Landon was so upsetting because he was yet another person that she loved that was taken from her.
Maybe in the process of destroying Malivore, Hope will find a way to be with Landon once again?
Though, from the promos, it seems like Landon might be moving on with Miss Cleo!
The trip through the galaxies also touched upon the insecurities of Lizzie and Josie. The former couldn’t be “The Chosen One,” even in her own story, while Josie was reduced to an android who didn’t have her own story but instead, served Princess Elizabeth, which in reality meant that she always put her sister’s needs above her own.
Hope’s sequel to the story in Lizzie’s diary remedied things a bit and painted Josie as the hero who protects people, but overall, it was an accurate representation of how the girls saw themselves and each other.
Though, as Lizzie kept reminding us, the story came from her 11-year-old mind, and thus, they’ve grown significantly since then. In her diary, she painted Hope as the villain, Lord Marshall, but nowadays, the three of them are united in this fight.
Did it break anyone else’s heart that Hope secretly wished they could all be friends?!
She’d be happy to know that in the present day, their drug-induced adventures brought them closer together and sealed their fates as they all gained a new appreciation for each other.
Also, is anyone shipping Lizzie and Ethan aka Dak Romo?
Back at Mystic Falls, not Planet Mystic Falls, Kaleb, MG, and Jed embarked on their own mission to bury the Wendigo.
Unfortunately, the Wendigo was still alive, which meant that MG had to slay the monster once again.
The trip did allow MG and Kaleb to finally have a heart-to-heart with the latter revealing that he was upset because he felt as though MG replaced him with his new buddy Ethan.
Kaleb’s jealousy was understandable considering MG swapped schools and found a new sidekick almost immediately, but I’m glad they worked things out in the end. Ethan may have been a cool dude, but there’s no friendship better than MG and Kaleb’s!
And Jed, I guess.
The show really cannot find a storyline for him!
I couldn’t care less about the whole Dorian, Emma, and Alaric drama, but I guess it’s a good thing that Emma is allowing Dorian to stick around.
As Hope, Lizzie, and Josie gear up for an epic battle against Malivore, Alaric is going to need all the backup he can get!
And finally… we found out what monster emerged after Andi threw herself into the pit.
It was Clarke, which was a huge disappointment and convinced me that it’s absolutely time to put an end to this Malivore storyline once and for all.
If I never have to say Malivore again, I’ll be happy!
Other Mystic Falls Musings
- Gandalf4Eva proves that Lizzie is a lowkey nerd. MG would be proud.
- Alaric Saltzman channeled his inner Indiana Jones and it was everything I could’ve ever imagined.
- Hope still hasn’t learned how to accept help. Even in a hallucination, she uses her magic to put everyone to sleep and handle the situation on her own!
- Salvatore Castle is such a great name.
- Jed making smores on the Wendigo was such a monster-fighting vibe.
What did you think of the episode? Could you get past the ridiculousness?
Have you been enjoying Legacies Season 3 so far? Or do you think Season 4 needs a complete overhaul?
Sound off in the comments below!
Legacies Review – Witchapalooza (3×14)
Legacies delivered its trippiest to episode to date, but it was great fun all around.
Honestly, I’ve stopped taking the show seriously and it’s become so much more enjoyable.
If anyone was to get sucked into some feel-good, be your best self cult, it would be Lizzie, but surprisingly, she was the one who broke the mind control and tried to stop Andi, the cult leader, who was a dead ringer for The Vampire Diaries‘ Sybil.
After her jealousy caused a rift in her emotional cleanse, Lizzie quickly realized that Andi was up to no good and learned that she was manipulating everyone with psychotropics provided by Triad.
As both Lizzie and Hope pointed out — it’s never good when Triad is involved.
Now, it’s unclear how Triad plays into this whole thing, but it’s definitely connected to Clarke and the artifact.
Andi explained that she needed to use the power of an army of witches to complete some kind of ritual that also required a human sacrifice. She also informed them that Triad kept the witches as prisoners and used drugs to keep them compliant.
When Hope, Lizzie, and Jo broke through the spell, Andi sacrificed herself, but not before spraying them with a jug full of the potion, which led to one of the best and weirdest scenes on television.
“I’m tripping balls,” Lizzie exclaimed as “Cause I Got High” played in a ridiculously drug-infused montage that included the three of them giggling up a storm in panda onesies as they waited for whatever was going to emerge from a dark hole.
But no one was expecting the next Malivore monster to be… Darth Vader?
What? Why? Is this a side-effect of the drugs? Are they still tripping?
The whole scene was second-best next to Lizzie’s line: “we don’t worry about dicks here.” Tell em, girl.
Andi may have been a fraud, but the ladies were easy prey because of their insecurities. They have all allowed their emotions to control them, in particular, Hope, whose powers were exploding as she mourned her breakup with Landon.
In order to break her out of the mind control, Jo forced Hope to come to terms with the fact that she was in denial about their relationship.
A break-up was inevitable as they are biologically incompatible, and Hope knew it. Landon did what she was too afraid to do.
Lizzie has always been insecure when it comes to Hope, so she was easy prey.
And Jo has been going through her fair share of struggles since Dark Josie and her new relationship with Finch.
Even with everything going on, at least they can count on each other to keep themselves in check.
That’s what best friends are for.
Elsewhere, Dorian and Alaric teamed up to find another monster, but this time, he was outside of Mystic Falls.
Dorian though that MG might have turned into a ripper, but instead, MG was helping people when he ran into a wendigo.
Since everyone always says it’s “never a wendigo,” it was inevitable that they’d encounter a wendigo eventually.
Alaric allowed MG to come back to school and promised they’d help people together.
Will this become the Salvatore School’s new purpose?
Finch challenged Jed to a game of pool for the coveted spot of alpha. Jed was feeling pretty confident until the pack told him they always let him win. It was obvious Finch as a pro-pool player, but when she realized just how important being alpha was to Jed, she threw the game and let him win.
Finch is really starting to grow on me, and she’s fitting in exceptionally well at the school! I love that she already has a storyline outside of her romance with Jo.
What did you think of the episode?
Legacies Review – Cleo’s Story (3×13)
In an effort to determine if Cleo was a villain or hero, Legacies Season 3 Episode 13 tapped into her backstory, which took us all the way back to 1464 to what is now known as present-day Nigeria.
Many of Malivore’s monsters tend to be one-dimensional, but there was so much depth to Cleo as we learned that she sacrificed herself to the mud monster as a child to protect her grandmother and their village.
This led to Kaleb’s epic one-liner: “Malivore? This bitch is everywhere.”
Kaleb may play a small part in the series, but his character is larger than life.
And he’s the one who managed to convince Alaric, along with Josie, that Cleo wasn’t the villain of this story after all. Instead, she spent her whole life trying to find a way to destroy the mud monster. They all want the same thing!
Through flashbacks, we also saw that while she was Malivore’s prisoner, she was tasked with creating “friends,” aka monsters, from his mud so that he could consume them.
This was Cleo’s version of a prison world, and she worked tirelessly to find a way out.
Knowing that his hunger would never be satiated, she outwitted him by creating a vessel for him to live in with the catch being that she controlled it. This allowed for her great escape.
Alaric still wasn’t convinced, however, because he needed to know why Cleo made a golem of Landon and tried to kill Hope.
But the answer was one that he already knew. Cleo couldn’t risk having Hope open the prison world and release Malivore hence the golem to make Hope happy.
And the only way to truly defeat Malivore is for Hope to trigger her vampire side and become a full tribrid.
Much like Alaric, I feel like we already knew all of this, but since this season has been slightly confusing, it was nice to get a play-by-play that laid it all out on the table.
Alaric has valid reasons for not wanting to ask Hope to become a tribrid, but ultimately, it’s a choice she’s going to have to make.
And it’s not an easy one.
The series needs to give Hope a compelling reason to trigger this side of her because the cons outweigh the pros.
While being the first and only tribrid comes with immense power, it also strips her of her human side, which means she’ll never be able to have a family of her own.
And you know there’s nothing more important to a Mikealson than family.
I do wonder if there’s a chance Hope would still be able to have children even if she activated her tribrid side. Her father, Klaus, was a hybrid and was able to have a child. Magic has loopholes, and it seems that in this case, it might work in her favor.
Regardless, Hope is a hero in this story, so she’ll likely make the sacrifice to destroy Malivore once and for all and save all of her friends. At the very least, it would help get rid of the monster-of-the-week formula and allow the series to tape more into the vampire, wolf, and witch mythology like The Vampire Diaries and The Originals did!
Cleo’s story was truly fascinating as she even detailed her romance with Leonardo da Vinci, who helped her create the artifact. It’s a stretch even for a series hinged on the supernatural, but I can’t say it wasn’t an enjoyable little addition.
Hope and Landon’s reunion was slightly less enjoyable.
The duo tried to find their stride again, but there was no falling back into old habits as he’d seen some things in the prison world. And he did things to survive.
This might have finally been the real Landon, but he wasn’t the same Landon Hope fell in love with.
He was darker, angrier, angstier, and filled with less hope (pun intended) about their future. So, it wasn’t surprising that he broke up with Hope and declared them doomed.
And he made a compelling point: he’s the son of Malivore, she’s the only one that can defeat it, ergo, they exist to destroy each other.
This breakup has been a long time coming, so I’m glad the series finally ripped off the bandaid.
I don’t know where Landon is going, or Cleo for that matter, but I know that I’m thrilled to see Hope figure out who she is without using him as a crutch.
Also, two people working towards a common goal (in this case, destroying Malivore) sounds like the beginning of a love story. And I can’t say I’m against Cleo and Landon falling in love… though, I doubt he’d compare to Leonardo in the slightest.
And I’ll never forgive her for leaving Kaleb to wonder whether their brief fling was real.
Through Cleo’s story, Alaric learned that it’s encouraged to allow people to make their own decisions. He also realized he’s a bit of a hypocrite who lost sight of why he and Caroline built this school.
Josie realized that the Salvatore School wasn’t always as magical for others as it was for her considering it was literally built for her. Though, I’d argue that a school dedicated to educating and nourishing supernatural beings is pretty magical regardless of whether or not your father is the headmaster.
Finch seemed to agree. While she had her reservations, after spending some time with the werewolves, she found her pack and was ready to enroll.
Josie couldn’t be happier, and man, happiness looks good on her!
What did you think of the episode? Did it help that they clarified everything? Are you glad they are finally giving Landon some material that doesn’t involve being Hope’s little puppet?
The series returns on June 10th! See you then, Cravers!
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