The episode title has never been more fitting. This goodbye sure did suck.
In the second episode of Legacies‘ third season, we say goodbye to Rafael. The deal Alaric made with the Necromancer no longer stands, and the kids he brought back will die. Alyssa already died at the end of the previous episode, and Landon escaped death for the final time when his “Phoenix-self” died. So, that leaves Rafael.
He decides that he wants to spend any time he has left with his family. He travels to his dad’s house with Landon, but his dad isn’t home.
This is the first time that Legacies is saying goodbye to one of their main characters. Everyone’s been in danger countless times, but none of their injuries or “deaths” stick. It’s almost like the Super Squad knows that, too. They refuse to give up on Rafael, and track him down to bring him back to the school to try to save him.
They spend the entire episode looking for ways to help Rafael and are confident that they’ll be able to. Well, Kaleb isn’t; he thinks Rafael’s a goner.
Their first idea to save Rafael involves Lizzie siphoning Landon’s phoenix power only to bring him back after his death. For Landon, this would mean he’d be human again. It’s no surprise that he’s willing to give his powers up to save Raf, but unfortunately, his powers are already gone. He’s been human ever since he came back in the last episode.
The witches were able to tie Rafael to the lunar cycle to delay his death, but now they’re out of ways to stop it. Lizzie, Landon, and Hope are distraught that their plan failed, but Rafael decides to accept his fate and cherish the time he has left. He tries to recreate the party he went to his first night at the school, but it ends up being a pretty grim affair since no one wants to celebrate losing a friend.
Landon’s taking it the hardest. He feels useless for not having his powers when Rafael needed them. In a strange turn of events, Rafael ends up being the one to comfort Landon.
Luckily, Hope comes up with an idea to save the day once again. Rafael was trying to tell Hope to look out for Landon while he’s gone, but she abruptly gets up and leaves in the middle of the conversation. Since there’s a major celestial event occurring on this day, she realizes that they can access a prison world.
Since Rafael is tied to the lunar cycle, if he enters a prison world where this day never ends, he’ll never die. It’s a pretty clever loophole.
Rafael now gets to live out his life with his family for an indefinite period of time. His pack is able to track down his dad, and Alaric tracks down his mother. They both agree to join Rafael in this repetitive world and try to mend their relationships with each other.
It was sweet how Jed got the pack involved to help Rafael. The werewolves on this show are largely forgotten, but hopefully now that Jed is a series regular we’ll learn more about the pack at the Salvatore School.
Alaric’s storyline tracking down Rafael’s mother was less sweet. He had his cop girlfriend (if they were ever official) compelled to help him regardless of whether or not she wanted to when it comes to life or death situations. Yikes. Legacies is pushing new boundaries with consent lately.
I don’t know how realistic it is for Rafael’s absentee mother to do a complete 180 and want to live out the rest of her existence with him after ignoring him all his life, but whatever. Nothing about Rafael’s storylines has ever been fully fleshed out. For a main character, he’s been dealt the short end of the stick since the beginning of the show.
How much do we really know about him, his motivations, his ambitions? He’s been relegated to the role of Landon’s sidekick on more than one occasion, which is absurd given how Rafael’s a much more interesting character. But, sadly, our time with him has been cut short. His ending wasn’t the best, but it wasn’t the worst. It leaves room for him to come back in the future, and at least he’ll be happy with his family in the meantime, which is what he always wanted — to find his family and where he came from.
His relation to King Arthur seems kind of pointless now, but at least we got to see what Hope looks like as a knight from it.
The episode ends with a tense conversation between Landon and Hope. It’s unclear whether this was a definitive breakup, but they’re at least on bad terms. Landon’s upset because when he found out he was a human again, Hope never reassured him that they would be okay. Even after being confronted, she didn’t say that.
Now she’s back to being worried about his safety constantly because the next time he dies, he won’t come back. She’s dealt with a lot of grief in her life, so it’s completely understandable that she’s scared of dating someone so vulnerable to being hurt. Aside from the problem of him being human, Landon can also be recklessly dumb. He’s constantly putting himself in dangerous situations and doesn’t think through how it will affect others.
He would’ve stayed dead in the previous episode if Rafael wasn’t there to convince him otherwise, and now he’s gone. If I were Hope, I would be scared too. It’s not necessarily healthy for her to want to put him in the prison world to protect him, but I totally see where she’s coming from.
On the other side of things, Landon has every right to be upset that Hope treats him like a breakable thing. She doesn’t have faith in him to protect himself. Based on what we’ve seen, that seems justified, but I’m sure Landon would disagree.
It’s never been more clear that these two don’t work together. They will never be able to have a balanced relationship. Fingers crossed that this is Legacies finally realizing that this couple is not meant to be.
- It sucks that Josie isn’t there to say goodbye to Rafael.
- Hope and Landon have no chemistry. I don’t know if there’s anyone else I’d put Landon with, but Hope has more chemistry with every other character in the cast than she does with Landon. I’m team Hope with literally anyone else.
- Hafael fans, how do you feel? Are you happy Hope was the one to save him?
What did you think of Rafael’s ending?
Are you hoping Hope and Landon are done for good?
Let us know what you think in the comments below!
Legacies Season Finale Review – Fate’s a Bitch, Isn’t It? (3×16)
With the capture of Malivore, Legacies ended its season prematurely.
With The CW schedule all out of whack due to the coronavirus pandemic, the series ended roughly five episodes ahead of schedule making Legacies Season 3 Episode 16 the unofficial season finale.
But it wasn’t a terrible way to finish off the season either, though, my guess is that the actual finale likely would’ve seen Hope Mikealson embrace her destiny of becoming a tribrid.
This installment was the necessary push to get her to that moment while also acknowledging that she doesn’t have to bear the burden alone. Hope is constantly surrounded by people who love her and want to help her, yet she keeps pushing them away… quite literally.
In this case, Hope ditched Lizzie and Josie by stealing their car and making off with Clarke, who resurrected from the dead in hopes of killing his father.
While it initially seemed like Clarke’s return was going to be hell for everyone, he wasn’t lying when he said he was a changed man.
“Man” being the keyword as Clarke actually bled blood instead of mud. In rising from the dead, he beat his destiny and became human, which meant he came with a fragility that we’re not used to seeing on the show. It also proved that he wouldn’t dare try anything shady with Hope this time around.
I thought I’d be annoyed by Clarke’s return, but it was nice to see him and Hope on good terms finally. Plus, he gave her the sound advice she needed about trusting her friends and allowing them to help her.
The series keeps honing in on the fact that Hope and Landon are soulmates, but I’m having a hard time believing that considering she can’t tell when it’s an imposter instead of her boyfriend.
How many times is Landon not going to actually be Landon? And how many times is Hope going to be blindsided by it?
I may have been fooled by Landon at first, but after I saw the way he talked to Hope and Clarke when they arrived at the motel, I knew something was up.
Despite their breakup, Landon would never look at Hope with such disgust.
At that point, it began to make sense as to why the mud from Cleo’s Da Vinci artwork didn’t move and why Hope and Clarke’s locator spell led them to the motel — Landon was the portal; he was Malivore.
They always say if you don’t want to get caught, you should hide out in plain sight. Admittedly, it was pretty clever.
But where is the real Landon? Is he stuck somewhere in the darkness this whole time? Is he still in the prison world? How is this Landon Malivore?
And most importantly, is Aria Shahghasem getting paid for all the different roles he has to play? He’s like the present-day Nina Dobrev.
Sadly, by the time they figured it out, it was too late for Cleo, who was swallowed up by the one thing she was determined to destroy.
Is anyone else surprised that she wasn’t able to feel that Landon was actually Malivore when she was trying to help him figure out what to do?
We saw Cleo navigating the darkness on the other side and going towards a light at the end of the tunnel, but what will she find there? Is it the light that led her back to Mystic Falls? Will she somehow reconnect with Landon?
The worst part about her “death” is that Kaleb never got to tell her how he really felt. He didn’t even remember her as the moment she was swallowed by Malivore, everyone forgot about her existence except for Hope, who has already been inside Malivore and is immune.
Alaric offered Kaleb the chance to remember Cleo, which was nice of him, though, Kaleb will likely be haunted by the fact that if he and MG didn’t stop to help at the scene of a car accident, he likely would’ve been able to tell Cleo how he felt and saved her life.
I hope this doesn’t convince him to give up the superhero shtick with MG because oddly enough, I’m enjoying it.
MG and Ethan’s superhero days were cool and all, but MG and Kaleb have a swag about them. And cool masks, which is 95% of what makes a good superhero.
Hopefully, Kaleb will get the chance to tell Cleo how he really feels one of these days.
But first, they have to figure out how to save Cleo and Landon before destroying Malivore, which will inevitably force Hope to trigger her tribrid side.
I know it’s not something she wants to do, but if it gets rid of the monsters, protects those she loves, and allows her to be with Landon again, I think it’s safe to say that the pros outweigh the cons.
Not to mention she’ll have a world of support!
While trying to meddle in Hope’s romantic life, Lizzie connected with Ethan on a deeper level. And they are cute!
The chemistry was very much there even though Lizzie was oblivious the whole time.
It’s about time Lizzie gets a decent love interest, but unfortunately, this likely isn’t going to sit well with MG and Lizzie shippers.
Maybe one day the “will they or won’t they” couple will get their shot, but it doesn’t seem to be in the cards for now.
It’s going to be hard for MG to stomach considering his feelings for Lizzie and the fact that Ethan was his best friend but doesn’t remember it because he was compelled to forget.
Josie also doesn’t seem to be in favor of the relationship as she feels guilty that their supernatural world has hurt Ethan on several occasions.
We all know it never ends well when humans meddle in the supernatural. Just look how it turned out for Matt Donovan!
What did you think of the finale? Despite not being the official one, do you think it was a satisfying end to the season?
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?
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