Forget virtual reality, students at the Salvatore School entered a simulation to process their trauma.
Emma transported them into a shared reality aka a film noir-themed chambre de chasse, an invention from the real Professor Vardemus, that would allow them to face their inner demons.
The rules were simple — upon completing their task and learning their lesson, they would get a safe word that would pull them out of the game.
Once in the game, it initially became a classic whodunnit with MG as the key detective working to crack a murder.
But when Emma got killed and pulled out of the game despite being the gamekeeper, she knew something was terribly wrong.
One-by-one, the players began getting killed off. After Emma, the real Vardemus (who comically believed he was Sherlock Holmes in the simulation) was gunned down before Jade succumbed to cyanide poisoning.
After gaining his consciousness, Vardemus rightfully declared that someone was harnessing black magic and had rewritten the rules.
Vardemus wrote down “Josie” before he got killed, but Josie was gunned down in front of MG. And while it wasn’t her, it was a part of her. It wasn’t long before we figured out that Dark Josie was running rampant in the simulation.
Her goal was to eliminate everyone so that only she and Lizzie we left behind to face each other. While the Josie we all know and love would never hurt her sister and proved it by protecting her in the simulation, Dark Josie was ready to end her so that she could win the merge and put this all behind her.
I’ve always wondered how the merge would play out between the Saltzman sisters because they are such forces of nature, but introducing Dark Josie was the only way to keep the balance. Josie may be the stronger sister in theory, but her love for Lizzie and her insecurities would never allow her to prevail without a darker side of her being forced out.
Dark Josie’s plan didn’t work in the simulation because Hope thwarted it and shot Josie while saving Lizzie, which speaks to their blossoming and pure friendship. Even without her memory, Hope came through for Lizzie.
While Emma’s little therapy game didn’t go as planned, some good definitely came out of it.
MG realized he needs to stop viewing himself as a side-kick and become more confident while Lizzie learned she’s too self-centered and uses people when it benefits her. And in those growing pains, the two cemented a friendship that’s stronger than any feelings MG might have for her. We’d love MG to get his happy ending, but this dynamic between them is easily one of the best parts of the series.
Another major revelation was that Dark Josie isn’t going anywhere. Josie and her alter-ego were both gunned down in the simulation, but Dark Josie was the only one that returned to the real world and she was more powerful than anyone expected.
She put Hope to sleep with the twist of a neck, levitated out of the little mystical prison, and burnt down the school (thanks to some meh CGI effects) leaving it in flames as she walked away.
Josie, out. She’s the newest supervillain and far more interesting than the monster-of-the-week, plus, her actions will likely impact the storyline in a greater way especially as we near the dreaded merge.
How will the super squad deal with this one? I can’t even blame Emma and Dorian for packing their bags and leaving the school in their rearview mirror because she’s right, it’s always going to be dangerous.
Hope and Raf’s lessons weren’t as positive as MG and Lizzie’s. With Hope choosing to save a stranger over catching her bus to visit Landon in California in the simulation, she deduced that her relationship would forever be doomed. There would always be some obstacle that came between her and Landon, and she’d have to make a choice that wasn’t him.
We all wish we could console Hope and tell her that everything will be just fine, but you have to admit, it’s a pretty accurate description of what’s been happening lately. Maybe the lesson is that Landon can take care of himself and doesn’t need Hope to constantly worry about him.
But I fear that the very fact that she was talking to Raf about this means that there are some emotions brewing there under the surface that they’ll explore sooner rather than later.
Raf, on the other hand, got some insight into what happened to him when he was found after being “kidnapped.” In the photos he developed in the simulation, he saw the Necromancer, which he needs to take as a dark omen. Don’t keep that to yourself, Raf! Warn the others!
It’s safe to say that after exiting a black and white world, everyone found themselves looming in the gray areas unsure of what their revelations meant or how to proceed.
Unable to help his daughter from being overcome by the dark magic inside, Alaric found himself in the grayest area of all.
Does this mean it’s time to call in Caroline with reinforcements? The merge cannot happen without a guest-appearance from Candace Accola!
What did you think of the film noir theme?
Are you glad we circled back to Dark Josie? What kind of havoc will she wreak on the Salvatore School and the people that love her?
Legacies Series Finale Review – Welcome Home (4×20)
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.
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?
Legacies Review – [SPOILER] Dies (4×14)
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.
‘Legacies’ Canceled at The CW – Season 4 Will be the Last
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.
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!
Bad news today. But the GOOD news is we have so much love and support from such a wonderful fandom. The biggest of hugs to all of you. Can't wait for you to see how the series ends. We're going out with a bang and you're gonna love it. #Legacies
— Legacies Writers (@LegaciesW) May 13, 2022
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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