After months of waiting, the Legacies musical episode has finally arrived. The pandemic slowed down its production, but we still got to see Salvatore: The Musical after all.
There’s a ton of issues to be had with the episode, but the musical concept isn’t really one of them. It could’ve been a lot more cringe-worthy. I’m glad they didn’t choose to have the characters just burst out into song at random moments like they do in the Riverdale musical episodes. It was nicely contained to the stage.
The episode picks up where we left off with Hope and Landon fighting after Rafael leaves. Hope is having a meeting with the school’s guidance counselor which turns into couples therapy when Landon arrives. It’s become so difficult to be invested in their relationship. They’re constantly fighting and have proven over and over again how wrong they are for each other. Why is the series so desperate to keep these two together?
The monster-of-the-week turns out to be the guidance counselor himself. He has the ability to warp everyone’s memories and can essentially do anything he wants. His master plan turns out to be… putting on a musical. Terrifying.
It’s sort of unclear what his true motivations were. We knew he was supposed to just be a distraction for the Necromancer’s larger plan, but did they just happen to pull the one nice guy out of Malivore? Why did he concoct an elaborate plot to help Hope? Not sure if I missed something there. I know he mentioned meeting Klaus at one point, but that doesn’t explain why he’d to put on this musical.
I really enjoyed the subplot of MG being the only one to discover that he’s the monster, only to forget as soon as he walked away from him. Quincy Fouse is a gem.
The poor guy was just trying to do the right thing, but now his life is in danger. Alyssa’s a total wildcard. I actually thought she cared about MG. Maybe she has some plan to defeat the Necromancer that MG is unwillingly a part of. But, then again, does she really owe him anything? She feels totally isolated from the Salvatore School. Would she even want to help them?
As far as nostalgia goes, the episode had plenty. I’m sure long-time TVD fans enjoyed references to the previous shows. We even got a voiceover from Caroline Forbes herself! That was completely unexpected. I wish the show would go more in-depth about what exactly is going on with Lizzie’s brain chemistry instead of making it sound like a mysterious, looming threat. But, the sentiment of the letter was really sweet, and it was good to be reminded that Caroline still exists somewhere in the Legacies universe.
Lizzie was right, only she could be the one to play her mother in the musical. She understands where her insecurities stem from and was able to deliver a great performance. Caroline’s song was perfectly fitting for the character.
It was hilarious that only Jed auditioned for Stefan and that the rest of the school auditioned for Damon. But honestly, on Jed’s behalf, I’m kind of offended that they made him be Team Stefan. Even Paul Wesley hates him! At least now I have another valid reason to dislike Landon after he agreed with Jed about how Stefan is “the anchor of the story”.
Kaleb was a fantastic choice for Damon. He did such a good job invoking the creepy stare Ian Somerhalder has perfected over the years.
Josie was super cute as Elena. The song where she’s trying desperately not to think about Damon is so damn spot-on. What’s also eerily spot-on is the complete erasure of Bonnie Bennett from the musical. We don’t even know who played her!
She was never treated properly on The Vampire Diaries, and now she was completely ignored in the musical. Come on, writers. Do better.
There weren’t too many Easter eggs for fans of The Originals in the musical, but the final song draws on the classic “always and forever” mantra. The song was actually really adorable. It was a great closing number, and Danielle Rose Russell gave a great performance. However, it’s so frustrating that the big Damon and Elena song was used to further Hope and Landon’s relationship.
Earlier in the episode, Landon has the realization that he wants to fight for Hope and writes this song using parts of the letter Klaus wrote to Hope before he died. This is something Hope showed him in private, and yet he chose to use it for lyrics in the school musical. Already, that’s a bad move. But on top of that, he explicitly goes against her wishes and puts the song in the musical after she told him that it hurt her. What the hell?
Why would anyone root for that? Hope has lost so much in her life and struggles with the death of her father everyday. How could her “epic love” use something so personal against her. It doesn’t matter if he had good intentions, or that she came around at the end. She stated a boundary, and he crossed it, again. It’s infuriating to watch. It makes absolutely no sense that they got back together in the first place, but especially after that.
Originally, I just disliked the pairing because I thought they didn’t have much chemistry. But now, it’s clear that Landon is a terrible match for Hope and that he doesn’t care enough about her to respect her wishes. How many times are they going to break up before it sticks?
- No one cares about Alaric and his new girlfriend. Why would she even like him? He breaks her boundaries and ignores her constantly.
- It sucks that another one of Josie’s love interests is leaving. I always found the age difference between her and Jade to be alarming, but it does rub you the wrong way when all the queer love interests keep getting the boot, you know? Hopefully, this season we finally get a long-lasting queer romance.
- Alyssa Chang is a far more interesting competitor than the Necromancer.
- Isn’t it a bit strange for Josie to talk about how she doesn’t understand Elena as a character? She knows her. They have a relationship, she could always ask her why she chose what she did.
What did you think of the musical episode?
What do you think is going to happen to MG?
Let us know what you think 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?
Legacies Review – Cleo’s Story (3×13)
In an effort to determine if Cleo was a villain or hero, Legacies Season 3 Episode 13 tapped into her backstory, which took us all the way back to 1464 to what is now known as present-day Nigeria.
Many of Malivore’s monsters tend to be one-dimensional, but there was so much depth to Cleo as we learned that she sacrificed herself to the mud monster as a child to protect her grandmother and their village.
This led to Kaleb’s epic one-liner: “Malivore? This bitch is everywhere.”
Kaleb may play a small part in the series, but his character is larger than life.
And he’s the one who managed to convince Alaric, along with Josie, that Cleo wasn’t the villain of this story after all. Instead, she spent her whole life trying to find a way to destroy the mud monster. They all want the same thing!
Through flashbacks, we also saw that while she was Malivore’s prisoner, she was tasked with creating “friends,” aka monsters, from his mud so that he could consume them.
This was Cleo’s version of a prison world, and she worked tirelessly to find a way out.
Knowing that his hunger would never be satiated, she outwitted him by creating a vessel for him to live in with the catch being that she controlled it. This allowed for her great escape.
Alaric still wasn’t convinced, however, because he needed to know why Cleo made a golem of Landon and tried to kill Hope.
But the answer was one that he already knew. Cleo couldn’t risk having Hope open the prison world and release Malivore hence the golem to make Hope happy.
And the only way to truly defeat Malivore is for Hope to trigger her vampire side and become a full tribrid.
Much like Alaric, I feel like we already knew all of this, but since this season has been slightly confusing, it was nice to get a play-by-play that laid it all out on the table.
Alaric has valid reasons for not wanting to ask Hope to become a tribrid, but ultimately, it’s a choice she’s going to have to make.
And it’s not an easy one.
The series needs to give Hope a compelling reason to trigger this side of her because the cons outweigh the pros.
While being the first and only tribrid comes with immense power, it also strips her of her human side, which means she’ll never be able to have a family of her own.
And you know there’s nothing more important to a Mikealson than family.
I do wonder if there’s a chance Hope would still be able to have children even if she activated her tribrid side. Her father, Klaus, was a hybrid and was able to have a child. Magic has loopholes, and it seems that in this case, it might work in her favor.
Regardless, Hope is a hero in this story, so she’ll likely make the sacrifice to destroy Malivore once and for all and save all of her friends. At the very least, it would help get rid of the monster-of-the-week formula and allow the series to tape more into the vampire, wolf, and witch mythology like The Vampire Diaries and The Originals did!
Cleo’s story was truly fascinating as she even detailed her romance with Leonardo da Vinci, who helped her create the artifact. It’s a stretch even for a series hinged on the supernatural, but I can’t say it wasn’t an enjoyable little addition.
Hope and Landon’s reunion was slightly less enjoyable.
The duo tried to find their stride again, but there was no falling back into old habits as he’d seen some things in the prison world. And he did things to survive.
This might have finally been the real Landon, but he wasn’t the same Landon Hope fell in love with.
He was darker, angrier, angstier, and filled with less hope (pun intended) about their future. So, it wasn’t surprising that he broke up with Hope and declared them doomed.
And he made a compelling point: he’s the son of Malivore, she’s the only one that can defeat it, ergo, they exist to destroy each other.
This breakup has been a long time coming, so I’m glad the series finally ripped off the bandaid.
I don’t know where Landon is going, or Cleo for that matter, but I know that I’m thrilled to see Hope figure out who she is without using him as a crutch.
Also, two people working towards a common goal (in this case, destroying Malivore) sounds like the beginning of a love story. And I can’t say I’m against Cleo and Landon falling in love… though, I doubt he’d compare to Leonardo in the slightest.
And I’ll never forgive her for leaving Kaleb to wonder whether their brief fling was real.
Through Cleo’s story, Alaric learned that it’s encouraged to allow people to make their own decisions. He also realized he’s a bit of a hypocrite who lost sight of why he and Caroline built this school.
Josie realized that the Salvatore School wasn’t always as magical for others as it was for her considering it was literally built for her. Though, I’d argue that a school dedicated to educating and nourishing supernatural beings is pretty magical regardless of whether or not your father is the headmaster.
Finch seemed to agree. While she had her reservations, after spending some time with the werewolves, she found her pack and was ready to enroll.
Josie couldn’t be happier, and man, happiness looks good on her!
What did you think of the episode? Did it help that they clarified everything? Are you glad they are finally giving Landon some material that doesn’t involve being Hope’s little puppet?
The series returns on June 10th! See you then, Cravers!
Legacies Review – Ted Talk (3×12)
Is it just me or does Legacies have a weird obsession with Landon and the Necromancer?
Those two just keep taking up so much unnecessary screentime.
Each time I think maybe we’ll move on from a storyline surrounding the two of them, boom, we’re back at it again.
And things were no different on Legacies Season 3 Episode 12.
Only this time, the Necromancer was just Ted. And he was quite enjoyable. If we got this version of the almighty being, I might’ve not been so eager to kill him off.
But it seems that this time, finally, his death will stick. And Ted even managed to redeem himself in Alaric’s eyes, which I never thought I’d be able to say.
Ted was quite a hoot, even though Alaric’s motivation for locating him was pretty weak.
He needed Leonardo da Vinci, no one spoke Italian at the school, and nothing came of that whole storyline.
What was the point of the whole da Vinci connection in that case?
The only thing we did learn is the Cleo and Da Vinci knew each other because she was once trapped in the Artifact for centuries.
Does anyone else feel betrayed by the revelation that Cleo is actually evil? Personally, I couldn’t help but think how broken Kaleb would be by all of this!
She came off as a genuinely good person who wanted to be Hope’s friend and help her figure out what was wrong with Landon.
After Wade brought up that Landon wasn’t acting like himself, Hope put it to the test by tricking him into eating avocados. When he didn’t break out in hives, she was 100% convinced he was an imposter. And listen, hives don’t lie.
While I thought that the Necromancer was moonlighting as Landon, it turned out Landon was actually a golem that Hope made earlier in the season.
Furthermore, he was being puppeteered by Cleo, though it’s not clear why. She kept mentioning Hope’s obsession with Landon and how she only cares about him, so maybe this was her way to appease Hope while she attempted to trigger her vampire side and make her a full-blown tribrid.
She mentioned it was about Hope fulfilling her destiny, but again, this was confusing and cut short by the skull creature we’ve seen lurking around the school grounds for several episodes.
He came to Hope’s aide by knocking out Cleo and revealing himself as the real Landon.
But, uh, why? Why would the real Landon just sit back for weeks on end? Why would he hide behind that weird mask? I genuinely have so many questions.
Also, here we go again with another Landon.
Legacies needs a revamp. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again.
If you made sense of any of these storylines, feel free to explain them to me!
Elsewhere, MG remedies his mistakes by compelling Ethan to forget all about their little superhero ventures. It was for the best considering Ethan tried to kill himself to become a vampire.
The storyline, which included daylight rings and feeding humans vampire blood to heal them, brought it back to the good old days on The Vampire Diaries. Mystic Falls was a much more dangerous place back then, but somehow, it felt like simpler times.
We were even brought back to the emotional moments that the series delivered as MG gave a sad, heartfelt speech while wiping Ethan’s memory of all the good times they shared. Doing the right thing isn’t always easy!
I wish they could’ve held onto their friendship without the supernatural aspect, but I get that it would’ve been too hard for MG.
After having a heart-to-heart with Ted — another solid moment in the episode — Josie went to get the girl. Finch called her out for not telling her she’s a witch, Josie called her out for not leading with the fact that she’s a werewolf, and sparks quite literally flew when they kissed.
They’ll both be attending the Salvatore School, and I just hope Finch is ready for all the monster-hunting that awaits her because it doesn’t seem like they’re going away anytime soon.
What did you think of the episode? Sound off in the comments below.
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