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 – Hope’s Slasher Flick (3×05)
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!
Legacies Review- Another Prison World (3×04)
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.
- 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!
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!
Landon calling out them for making Bonnie disappear all the time and Alaric's relationship with Caroline being weird is what needed to be said #Legacies
— Stajah (@smartish_ass) February 5, 2021
— 𝒓𝒖𝒆 (@handonsplanet) February 5, 2021
— Vlada Gelman (@VladaGelman) February 5, 2021
— lilrunner (@lilrunner) February 5, 2021
#Legacies Landon has given the best description of Vampire Diaries that I’ve heard in a long while. There’s 2 much going on, travelers, sirens and Bonnie disappears for long periods of time. Not to mention Elena & the sleeping beauty spell!! @cwlegacies 🤷🏽♀️😂😂
— LJ King (@MadmPresident) February 5, 2021
— lilrunner (@lilrunner) February 5, 2021
#legacies Lizzie, you’re a lot more like your mother than you think. You said it yourself. No one can play her better than you.
— Jenny and the Phantoms (@JennysTrueHappy) February 5, 2021
— Jessica Taylor (@jessica61981) February 5, 2021
— Jordan (@jordankc_) February 5, 2021
Lizzie telling Landon she was going to play Caroline was such a Caroline move I love it. @cwlegacies
— Katie (@Katie_Sue_98) February 5, 2021
— Monica (@josiescraft) February 5, 2021
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