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Legacies Review – We Say Goodbye To *SPOILER* (3×02)

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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.

Stray Thoughts:

  • 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?

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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?

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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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