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Legacies Season Premiere Review- Where’s Hope? (3×01)

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After an excruciatingly long hiatus, Legacies has returned for its third season. We were left on a big cliffhanger, with Hope and Landon’s lives hanging in the balance.

Because of the pandemic, last season wrapped up prematurely. Fans have been dying to find out what happened to their favorite characters. So, let’s dive in.

The season premiere picks up where we left off. Josie has returned to her normal self and has to face the consequences of her actions as “Dark Josie”. Not everyone wants to forgive and forget. In typical Josie fashion, she internalizes this blame and guilt because she feels she deserves it. Lizzie, on the other hand, is determined to force everyone to forgive Josie by any means necessary.

It’s been nice to see Lizzie working on herself and how she treats other people, but it was fun to watch her return to her mean girl roots for a bit. Unfortunately, she never really knows when to stop. It’s likely that her fight with Alyssa Chang will come back to bite her later on.

I’m not totally sure why Alaric is keeping the fact that Hope is in a coma from the twins. Maybe he’s just trying to avoid upsetting Josie further. But then again, Hope is the one who put herself in danger to rescue Josie. Josie should know what happened.

That’s one of my biggest issues with Legacies. Quite often the character’s relationships are ignored for the sake of the plot. Hope has known Lizzie and Josie for way longer than she’s known Landon and Rafael, yet they’re the one’s who get to know what state she’s in? It would’ve been much more compelling to see the twins’ reactions to Hope’s coma.

But, I guess if the reason she’s in a coma is because of Landon, it makes sense. I wonder if that was the plan all along. If production hadn’t been halted, would we have gotten a more interesting storyline about why Hope didn’t wake up? The reasoning behind her refusing to wake up if Landon doesn’t felt cheap. I don’t know if it’s just because I’ve never been a fan of Hope and Landon’s relationship, but it felt like a quick writing change to get Hope back into the game in the new season.

My guess is season two’s finale would’ve dealt with saving Hope from something different. Maybe we’ll find out what was originally planned later on.

It’ll be good to have Hope back next episode. It doesn’t feel like Legacies without her. When the Super Squad was dealing with the latest monster-of-the-week, they could’ve used her help. But, it turns out they didn’t need it!

Is ‘Legacies’ Season 3 Killing Off Someone in the Super Squad?

Rafael saves the day because he’s a descendant of King Arthur. He’s the only one who can use the sword to defeat Malivore’s newest monster, the Green Knight. How long do we think Legacies is going to keep introducing a new monster every episode? They have to be running out of ideas. The audience is definitely running out of interest.

The reason The Vampire Diaries and The Originals worked so well was because of the relationships between the characters. It would be great if Legacies turned their focus from fighting a different monster every episode to actually developing their characters and the dynamics between them.

Take Josie and Lizzie as an example. Their bond pales in comparison to Damon and Stefan’s, or Elijah and Klaus’s in the third season of their respective shows. Why is that?

We know they care about each other and would do anything they can to save each other. But it still feels like the writing is just scraping the surface. We keep getting the recycled plotline of Lizzie being controlling over Josie without really diving into why. Any small signs of character development we see gets pushed to the side for Malivore. It’s a shame because there’s so much potential with this cast of characters.

On the opposite side of the spectrum, there are some relationships we’re getting too much of. It’s always been strange how much the series focused on Alaric’s relationship with Hope instead of his own daughters. Hopefully, season three will rectify that.

Additionally, at this point it’s clear that Landon is holding Hope back. It would be great to pull back from that relationship so Hope can be her own person again. We can’t have another season focused on her saving him the entire time. The same can be said for Rafael; he deserves his own storyline separate from Landon, too.

However, it looks like we’re going to be losing a different member of the main cast. Josie is going to spend some time with Caroline while she heals from what she’s been through. Was there a behind-the-scenes issue that caused this? It’s not a great writing choice to get rid of Josie, so I’d imagine there has to be something else going on.

There’s so much potential with her character. Hopefully she won’t be gone for too long.

Stray Thoughts:

  • I love Jed. I’m so glad he’s been promoted to a series regular.
  • Where’s Ethan going to fit into the show? He’s only been in three episodes, so he’s an odd choice to be promoted to a regular.
  • I’m calling it now, Lizzie and MG will get together this season.
  • Landon and Hope remind me of Stefan and Elena. The show keeps telling us how deep their bond is, but the lack of chemistry between the two ruins it.
  • Major Bly Manor vibes when “The Lady of the Lake” came out of Malivore.

What did you think of the season premiere?

What do you think is going to happen to Alyssa?

Let us know what you think in the comments below!


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

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Legacies This Is What It Takes Review Season 3 Episode 5

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- Another Prison World (3×04)

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Legacies Season 3 Episode 4 Hold on Tight Review

Last week I wondered if I was being too harsh on Legacies. I was worried I was just nitpicking, and that I was making it out to be much worse than it is. After watching the fourth episode of the season, I no longer feel that way. It is actually that bad.

Somehow a musical episode was less cringy than this one was. It’s difficult to defend Legacies, especially in comparison to The Vampire Diaries or The Originals, after an hour of bizarre plot choices and even worse special effects. The shot of Landon/Malivore opening his mouth to absorb the Necromancer will haunt me for weeks.

The issue with the series stems from poor writing and what appears to be a low production budget. A lot of the dialogue this season feels off, but the actors are doing really well with what they’ve been given to work with.

This season might feel so disjointed because of the pandemic since they’re trying to wrap up a lot of storylines at once. But, it’s become increasingly hard to watch.

The timeline feels inconsistent. Have Hope and Landon really been together that long? I don’t know if the math adds up on that, especially considering Landon dated Josie for about four months sometime in between there.

On top of that, Hope and Landon’s relationship itself has been inconsistent. The show keeps toying with the idea of breaking them up but never sticks to it. We keep seeing how they’re bad for each other in one episode, and then the next is spent memorializing their perfect relationship and featuring a big milestone for the two of them. So, which is it? Should we be rooting for them? Even though they never work on any of their issues and it has only become more apparent how incompatible they are together?

Until the series takes a firm stance on their relationship, it’s hard to become invested in what happens to it. And he keeps “dying”. It’s become so repetitive and dull.

Also, I found it very upsetting that Landon only died right after he and Hope have sex for the first time. She finally gets to experience this big, vulnerable moment only for it to be ruined immediately after. It’s exhausting watching her find the happiness and peace she so desperately wants only for it to be taken away time and time again. At a certain point enough is enough.

It would be nice to see Hope’s happiness last for once.

Things are looking better for the twins than they are for Hope.

Josie has made the decision to transfer to Mystic Falls High School to get a break from the supernatural world for a bit. That should be really good for her, and we’ll probably meet her new love interest there.

She was able to use magic this episode successfully but is still dealing with the guilt of her actions as Dark Josie. It’ll probably be hard to see Ethan every day but with time and space from the Salvatore School, she’ll be in much better shape.

Lizzie finally came to terms with her feelings for MG, only for her to catch MG and Alyssa kissing in the hallway. Obviously, that sucks for her to see, but the way she reacted to it was really healthy. She didn’t freak out or concoct a crazy scheme to get him back. She accepted her mistake in waiting and is going to continue to work on herself in the meantime.

She was super self-aware when talking to Josie about how she held herself back from MG for so long because of her own insecurities. She’s on the right path right now. Alyssa and MG will fizzle out soon anyway. Then, a healthier, more secure Lizzie can make her move.

Stray Thoughts:

  • It’s strange that we never got to see a scene of Hope and Josie reuniting after Hope woke up from her coma. She was only put in that state because she went into Josie’s mindspace to rescue her. This feels like a weird moment to skip over.
  • I love MG.
  • Hope and Landon really are unbearable as the Necromancer said. Do you really have to kiss while sinking into Malivore?
  • The Kaleb and Jed rap was a bit strange, but I really enjoy the dynamic between the two of them. Hopefully, there will be a lot more of that this season!

What did you think of the episode?

Do you think Alaric’s in danger based on what the Sphinx said?

Let us know what you think in the comments below!


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Best Tweets About ‘Salvatore: The Musical’ on Legacies

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Best Tweets About 'Salvatore: The Musical' on Legacies

Legacies honored the show (and characters) that started it all, The Vampire Diaries, on tonight’s episode aptly titled “Salvatore: the Musical.”

As expected, fans had a lot of feelings about the stroll down memory lane — both good and bad. 

Read our review now! 

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