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Legacies Review – Hope’s Slasher Flick (3×05)

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The Salvatore School shut its doors on Legacies Season 3 Episode 5 in hopes of finding out what happened to Landon. 

After Landon dissolved into a pile of goo, Hope funneled all of her energy into getting answers, which allowed her to take back the narrative and own the hour in a way she hasn’t done in quite some time. 

Yes, her focus was still on Landon, but navigating her grief via the Therapy Box allowed her to reconnect with her subconscious. 

And turns out, her subconscious is really into Friday the 13th-esque slasher flicks. It may have been random, but it did break up the serious tone of the episode with some comedic relief and retro-outfits. I’m sure the costume department had fun with that one. 

Deep down inside, Hope knew she was responsible for Landon’s death. And it’s not surprising why she didn’t want to admit it either. Though the series never flat-out said it aloud, it basically alluded to the fact that their sex caused his death. Poor girl.

Admitting it also meant that she had to come to terms with the fact that he was gone. And as someone who has lost so many loved ones in such a short period of time, wanting to remain in denial was completely understandable. 

It wasn’t entirely silly of her to cling to the idea that there was a supernatural way to bring him back to the land of the living.

Those of us who have watched The Vampire Diaries know that there’s only a handful of deaths that have ever been “permanent.”

And while it seemed as though the “heart’s desire” artifact didn’t work, it did light up under water, so maybe she shouldn’t give up hope just yet. Also, can I just say, if Hope had an artifact that could bring back someone, why would she choose Landon over let’s say Klaus or Haley? Ridiculous. 

It’s been so long since we’ve seen Hope embrace her powers, but it was very Mikealson of her to channel her anger at those who stood in her way. 

She didn’t think twice before almost killing Pinky or throwing Alaric against the wall when she thought he was pulling a fast one on her. 

It was genuinely fun to watch. It’s so easy to forget that Hope is a tribrid and a descendant of the most powerful family in the supernatural realm because she rarely taps into her magical abilities. 

Alaric dedicated himself to helping Hope because he’s the one person who understands the weight of grief. He’s been consumed by it as he’s lost every nearly every single significant other.  

There’s no one that relates more, which also makes him the perfect person to help her work through this tough period in her life. 

Seeing him embrace his inner-Indiana Jones reminded me of the good old days when he hunted down artifacts and weapons to use as a vampire hunter! 

Lizzie’s glow-up, both physical (that hair!) and emotional, has been a joy to watch. 

She’s flourishing into such a mature person. The first step was admitting her feelings for MG, and the second was accepting that Josie needs to carve her own path at Mystic Falls High.

The scene where she made Josie a first-day of school outfit was precious. 

While it didn’t make sense that she astral-projected to a prison world to find ways to convince Josie to stay at the Salvatore School, I’ll never be mad at her for finding reasons to spend time with MG.

I love that MG helped her come to the realization about Josie. Despite her feelings for him, she still cherishes and respects him as a friend. 

But will they be more than friends soon?

Lizzie was trying to tell MG about her feelings and deep down, I think he knew what she was getting at, but he’s such a sweet guy that he remained loyal to Alyssa.

Which brings me to Alyssa… how dare she hurt our MG?

This was probably the show’s way of eliminating her as she got a new role lined up on The CW’s Kung Fu, but that girl has been given too many chances and has squandered them all. Girl, bye. 

Josie is also coming into her own, just like Lizzie, and learning to put her own happiness first by deciding to stay at Mystic Falls High School. 

Obviously, meeting Finch contributed heavily to her decision. Is it just me or does Josie have chemistry with everyone? I felt it with Ethan, and I definitely felt it with Finch. How very Caroline Forbes of her! 

And while I was proud of Josie for boldly going after what she wanted, things with Finch escalated almost too quickly,

Considering how the writers handled things between Josie and Jade, I can’t say I trust the writers to do this relationship justice. I hope they prove me wrong because Josie deserves a real love interest that doesn’t break her heart or abandon her. #JusticeforJosie, am I right?

Which brings me to Sheriff Mac’s off-screen exit. We barely knew ya, but since Alaric trusted her enough to clue her in on the supernatural beings in town, it seemed like she was going to be a semi-permanent person in his life.

So why did she get spooked ad skip town? What was the point of even introducing the possibility of a romance then? As mentioned before, Alaric has had so many negative and heartbreaking experiences with women — Isobel, Jenna, Meredith, and Jo — that he deserves better than someone wasting his time and running at the first supernatural occurrence. Do you know what this man has been through?

After the hour, the one thing that remains unclear is what happened to Landon. 

Hope might think he’s dead, but the final moments of the episode left us on yet another cliffhanger as we saw him stumbling around a dark void (could it be Malivore? Is he the new Malivore?) and heading towards a glowing white door. He’s alive… sort of. 

What’s on the other side of that door? Another prison world? The bottom of the lake? The school?

We’ll find out when the series returns from hiatus on March 11. 

Legacies Season 3 hasn’t been my favorite. “This Is What It Takes” was significantly better than previous episodes, but I’d be lying if I said the series lived up to the glory days of TVD and The Originals.

It needs a major overhaul where it allows Hope to become the badass that we know she is. We need a villain, we need stable and less confusing storytelling, and we really need to figure out what the heck to do with #Handon because this constant grief and loss is exhausting. Maybe Hope’s “hot guy” comment to Ethan means that she’ll pursue a new relationship soon!

What did you think of the episode? Sound-off in the comments! 


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

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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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Legacies Review – I Thought You’d Be Happier to See Me (4×05)

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Legacies Review I Thought You’d Be Happier to See Me Season 4 Episode 5

Did anyone else feel like they watched a brand new episode of The Vampire Diaries tonight?

It took them four years, but the Legacies writers have finally figured it out. 

Who would’ve thought that all it took was killing off Landon and making Hope a full-on Tribrid?

There were so many incredible and heartbreaking moments on Legacies Season 4 Episode 5, but the one thing that was undeniably true is that Hope Mikaelson is her father’s daughter.

It was like watching a mini-Klaus in action. 

In retrospect, someone probably should’ve warned Hope that losing the love of your life might come with the possibility of turning off your humanity. 

However, she didn’t seem to mind all that much because much like her father, she was enjoying a carefree life without all the pain, guilt, and heartache.

When Aunt Rebekah (guest star Claire Holt) returned to talk some sense into her, Hope wasn’t having any of it.

Here’s the thing — the problem with Hope embracing her inner-Klaus is that she’s much more powerful than he ever was.

That 3-in-one power mixed with immortality makes her unstoppable and dangerous. 

Rebekah pulled a Niklaus and daggered her niece in hopes of buying some time, but even that tried and tested method didn’t work on a tribrid. 

Instead, poor Rebekah probably had whiplash from having her neck snapped and waking up to Hope scoffing at the “always and forever” family motto before stealing her car.

That’s the opposite of a sweet family reunion. 

Rebekah tried her best, but she wasn’t successful in convincing Hope to flip her humanity back on. 

And many original fans know that the more damage that Hope does, the harder it will be for her to come back from it because flipping her humanity on means that she has to deal with the consequences of her actions. 

All of that pain will come flooding right back in. 

It’s not a surprise that she’d rather be numb to the pain of losing Landon and of nearly killing Mr. Saltzman.

Hope was ruthless in how she handled Alaric. 

She could’ve sent a message in any other way, but by beating him to a pulp without using her magic, she basically ensured that he wasn’t going to survive. 

While things look pretty grim for him right now, this is Alaric we’re talking about. 

He has died and come back to life once before, so I fully expect him to recover from this again. He has to — who else is going to be there for the merge?

Though, admittedly, I did share a tear because of his goodbye to Lizzie. It’s what she’s always wanted to hear. 

With Malivore put to rest — finally — the show has made room for a new threat. 

And this one has set its sights on the tribrid. 

The vampire at the bar was working for a Triad composed of all three factions — witch, werewolf, and vampire — who set their sights on destroying Hope. 

But will they have what it takes?

Hope seems pretty confident that nothing can touch her. 

Josie and Finch’s relationship is going strong, but Lizzie, on the other hand, is torn between two suitors.

Both Ethan and MG have things going for them, which makes this a much more difficult choice. 

Legacies Review I Thought You’d Be Happier to See Me Season 4 Episode 5

Legacies — “I Thought You’d Be Happier to See Me” — Image Number: LGC401b_0629r — Pictured: Danielle Rose Russell as Hope Mikaelson — Photo: Tom Griscom/The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

While The Vampire Diaries and The Originals have a soft spot for love triangles, this one is different because it’s evolved and mature. 

MG and Ethan know about each other, and they’re kind of rolling with the “let the best man win” mentality.

And for right now, romance is the furthest thing from Lizzie’s mind as she tries to find a way to save her dad. 

However, if I had to pick, I’d say MG knows Lizzie much better than Ethan does. He was able to pinpoint the exact moment that Alaric was going to revisit. 

Still, a candlelight vigil was a sweet gesture and again, very TVD of Ethan. 

Elsewhere, Kaleb tried to make amends for contributing to the rise of the evil tribrid. 

He also shared his first kiss with Cleo, which was super cute. 

What did you think of the episode? Did it give you all the feels?

What’s next for Hope Mikaelson? What will be the moment that forces her to flip the switch on her humanity?

Did you enjoy seeing Holt reprise her role as Rebekah?

Sound off in the comments!


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Legacies Review – See You on the Other Side (4×04)

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Legacies Review See You on the Other Side Season 4 Episode 4

What a loaded hour! 

Legacies Season 4 Episode 4 saw Hope Mikaelson in transition, becoming the one-and-only hybrid, killing Malivore (and thus Landon), and finally — turning off her humanity. 

The last part was truly the most shocking considering how terrified she was of becoming her father, but it also tracks. 

Hope was tasked with doing the unthinkable. In order to save everyone she loved, she had to kill the one she loves. 

Her life has been a series of losses and sacrifices, so it’s not surprising that she didn’t want to feel all those emotions.

The very act of driving a sword through your better half is bound to convince anyone to turn it all off. 

In retrospect, Alaric should’ve seen it coming. 

She was never in the right mindset to walk this path alone. 

Of course, it also makes sense that Hope turning off her humanity is what brings Aunt Rebekah back into the picture. 

Claire Holt is set to guest-star next week, and she’d really only put her life on hold if her niece went off the rails a la Klaus Mikaelson. 

Klaus was scary, but Hope is much scarier considering she’s a one-of-a-kind monster. 

Many vampires have turned off their humanity over the years, and it’s always been pretty difficult to bring them back from the brink. 

Caroline, Elena, Stefan — they’ve all flipped the switch to stop being controlled by their emotions, and while the temporary reprieve is bliss, it comes back to haunt you. 

From the preview, it’s clear that Hope does some real damage to Alaric in order to send a message to everyone else to stay away. 

I hate that. 

Legacies Review See You on the Other Side Season 4 Episode 4

Legacies — “See You On The Other Side” — Image Number: LGC320b_0005r — Pictured (L-R): Matthew Davis as Alaric Saltzman and Danielle Rose Russell as Hope Mikaelson — Photo: Nathan Bolster/The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Alaric has been through so much. I mean, how many times has that guy died and come back to life? He then risked it all to save Hope only to end paying the ultimate price. It isn’t fair.

There’s also the question of whether or not Landon could’ve been spared. I know Malivore switched spots with him at the last moment, but since Josie — with the help of all of her friends and embracing the darkest parts of herself — was able to pull Cleo out, could she have saved Landon as well?

It definitely seems like Landon is dead at the moment, but worry not, the good thing about Legacies is that no one actually stays dead. 

As we saw, after Hope destroyed Malivore, he came across Malivore at the crossroads and suggested that they work together to find a way out of this mess.

It’s definitely a little unsettling and disappointing since Ted made so much progress, but he still has some of the Necromancer’s memories left inside of him. 

And at this point, he has nothing to lose, especially since he can’t convince the Skeletor to let him cross over and find peace. 

What will these two come up with now that they have each other to bounce ideas off of?

Other Memorable Moments

  • Did you think Hope’s transition into the tribrid was worthy of all the hype?
  • Do you like that she fed on Alaric? 
  • Ethan was saved, but this time, he gets to keep all his supernatural powers. Are you excited to have a person with new powers in the fold?
  • What does this mean for Lizzie’s love triangle? MG and Lizzie had a moment! They were just about to confess their feelings when Ethan interrupted. Honestly, I don’t think he would be too mad if Lizzie let him down now that he has powers and a whole community. 
  • Finch is throwing herself fully into backing #TeamJosie. Did you like how she took charge of Dark Josie with the hope of allowing Josie to love every part of herself?
  • Kaleb and Cleo found their way back to each other, but can they make a relationship work after everything that’s happened?
  • Also, is Kaleb going to have dragon powers now after his encounter with Malivore?

I think that with Hope embracing her tribrid powers, the show will veer away from Malivore briefly and embrace what made The Vampire Diaries and Legacies such a success — a Mikaelson with zero remorse! 

Let us know what you thought about the episode!


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