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Legacies Season Finale Review: This Fairytale Didn’t Have A Happy Ending (2×17)

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Well, this fairytale didn’t have a happy ending.

On Legacies‘ unexpectedly early season finale, we pick up with Hope in Josie’s subconscious trying to help her fight the black magic. But, because Caroline loved to read fairytales as bedtime stories, Hope wakes up dressed as Red Riding Hood.

The fairytale theme was a fun concept, but unfortunately, the terrible CGI put a big damper on one of the best episodes of the show.

The Big Bad Wolf wasn’t great, but that talking pig will stick out as the worst CGI in the entire TVD universe, which is saying something considering how many different creatures the shows have introduced over the years.

Besides that, the fairytale plot turned out to be much better than I was expecting. Josie saved herself in the end and rewrote the story.

Josie’s such a great character who was pushed to the sidelines in the beginning of this season, but this arc of her fighting her insecurities was worth the wait. Nothing’s more personal than someone’s subconscious, and now we finally have some insight into how Josie feels about the relationships she has with other people, and most importantly, the relationship she has with herself.

Josie’s constant feeling of being unwanted or like she wasn’t enough is something everyone can relate to. It’s heartbreaking to hear how much it’s affected her life and it provides reasoning for why she lets people treat her the way she does. She’s as selfless as they come, and she thought that meant she had to be weak. But she was able to come around and realize that being a good, empathetic person doesn’t mean she has to be powerless. Her innate goodness is what makes her strong. It’s what makes her worth rooting for.

Caroline and Alaric always tried their best to be good parents to both the twins, but Josie’s feeling of being inferior to Lizzie even when it comes to her parent’s attention speaks volumes. My biggest gripe with Legacies is how Caroline is painted as a bad mother, who’s not there for her kid’s lives and didn’t treat them equally. We know Caroline. She would never do that. They need to come up with a better way to explain Candice King’s absence without ruining the character.

When Josie spoke about Penelope leaving and Landon breaking up with her contributing to her lack of self-worth, it was definitely less of a “ship” moment as some fans will think and more just a heartbroken teenage girl dealing with her feelings. It felt very honest. It was very reminiscent of Caroline in TVD’s pilot episode obsessing over why Stefan has no interest in her. It wasn’t about her missing previous relationships as much as it was Josie working through rejection and how these situations affected her sense of self. Hopefully, going forward we’ll see her regain confidence in herself so she can finally recognize how wonderful she is.

Josie shouldn’t be in a relationship for a while, but this episode felt like the show’s finally admitting what relationship they’re building up going forward.

Hope was the one who helped Josie find the strength within herself to defeat the black magic torturing her. She was the one who took it upon herself to travel to Josie’s subconscious to save her in any way she could. She put herself at risk for Josie, and then Josie did the same to her when asking Hope to leave her subconscious for her own safety.

And I mean, come on, if Josie was the pig all along she’s the one who suggested Hope kiss her to wake her from her sleeping beauty-esque spell. It would be a shame if the writers just keep dancing around the possibility of these two getting together instead of actually making it happen. This season has basically been a death sentence for Hope and Landon’s relationship anyway, so there’s nothing holding them back there.

With this season being cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we won’t get to see “Hosie” anytime soon, but here’s to hoping in season three Legacies will finally capitalize on the chemistry between Danielle Rose Russell and Kaylee Bryant and make Hosie a real thing!

Outside of the fairytale world, the other Saltzman twin faced her own insecurities at her fake funeral. Lizzie’s always worried about other people’s opinions and when people are speaking ill of her at her own memorial, she reaches a breaking point.

In the last episode’s review, I mentioned how the treatment of Lizzie on Legacies was similar to the treatment of Damon on The Vampire Diaries. A lot of emphasis is put on how selfish they are, when really, they’re not much worse than the other characters. And at least they own the fact that they can be narcissistic.

Lizzie didn’t deserve for people to be relieved she was dead. Thankfully, everyone came around eventually, but that was still a low blow for the show to take.

MG is as sweet as they come. He didn’t even know Lizzie was listening when he gave his eulogy. He was just doing it because he wanted to defend her to the school, not so he could win brownie points with her.

MG gave a great explanation of Lizzie when he said that she knew she could be overdramatic, but she was always actively trying to change herself and start over, but no one would let her. This episode gave more backstory as to why both Lizzie and Josie are the way they are than the rest of the series combined.

Finally, we’re getting character development, and then the season had to be cut short!

This wasn’t the worst episode to serve as a season finale, but the cliffhanger at the end is going to make this hiatus feel much longer than it is.

Stray Thoughts:

  • Danielle Rose Russell’s Lizzie impression was spot-on.
  • Kaleb and Jed have the potential to be a great power duo.
  • Josie putting her magic away like Jo once did was sad. Definitely the right choice for now, but hopefully it won’t last too long.

Is Hope still in Josie’s mind?

What is the Necromancer’s plan?

And is Landon really dead?

We’ll have to wait until Legacies season 3 premieres to find out!

Thanks for watching this season with me, Cravers!


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Legacies Review – Is Elena Gilbert Making a Comeback to Mystic Falls? (3×09)

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Legacies Review Do All Malivore Monsters Provide This Level of Emotional Insight? Season 3 Episode 9

An adorable Malivore monster? That’s a first. 

But it wasn’t wise to be fooled by the Gremlin’s (it was a Furby, let’s be real) appearance as he quickly turned into a scary, menacing creature who thrived off of the disrespect between Hope and Lizzie.

Not only did the little guy have a potty mouth, but he also tried to drive a wedge between the two ladies. What a rude little dude. 

It’s been. bit since Hope and Lizzie butted heads, and I’ve quite enjoyed their friendship, so it was slightly disappointing to see them regress. 

However, I was pleased that Lizzie didn’t just forgive and forget Hope for putting her and Josie in harms way simply to get Landon back. 

Hope has zero regard for others, but she needed to be held accountable and reminded that her behavior wasn’t okay. 

Even Landon seemed to understand that Hope went a little too far with her mission to save him. 

But even with Lizzie and Landon pointing out Hope’s mistakes, she was never truly remorseful; her apology always featured a “but.”

Legacies Review Do All Malivore Monsters Provide This Level of Emotional Insight? Season 3 Episode 9

Legacies — “Do All Malivore Monsters Provide This Level of Emotional Insight?” — Image Number: LGC309a_0046r — Pictured (L-R): Chris Lee as Kaleb, Danielle Rose Russell as Hope Mikaelson, and Jenny Boyd as Lizzie Saltzman — Photo: Kyle Kaplan /The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

In order to defeat the Gremlin, Hope and Lizzie had to genuinely respect each other, which was easier said than done. 

They eventually found common ground and realized that they fight like sister’s because they’re much more alike than they’d want to admit. 

Hopefully, this is the last time Lizzie and Hope turn on each other because, as I said, I prefer them as friends! They’re better together, as cheesy as that may seem. 

Landon made some solid points throughout the episode, which was a first. He pointed out that Hope hurt others in her quest to save him, and he followed that up by telling her that she has to stop prioritizing him.

Even Landon is realizing that Hope’s obsession with him isn’t healthy. 

Her whole life revolves around Landon, but it’s not normal for one person to be someone’s whole world.

It’s such a disservice to Hope’s character because it makes her one-dimensional. She doesn’t see anything or anyone outside of Landon. She’s always focused on being with him, saving him, protecting him. 

Truthfully, I don’t think Hope knows who she is without him and that, unfortunately, diminishes all the badass things about the tribrid. 

Let’s give her something more than a relationship to focus on! 

I’ve said this before, but the monsters-of-the-week are just not doing it anymore, so I’m excited about this new mystery that Alaric has unfolded that could potentially put them away for good. 

Or, at the very least, it could give us something else to focus on. 

The artifact Alaric stumbled upon somehow connects to Einstein, Rasputin, and Napolean Bonaparte. Alaric revisiting his historical roots? Yes, please! 

The strange intro also revealed that Clarke, Landon’s brother, was somehow around when Einstein had the artifact, but it’s unclear what all of this means. 

And then… there are the adorable nods to The Vampire Diaries that made up for the lackluster episode!

Many Legacies fans have been stalking Nina Dobrev’s Instagram and saw her mysterious posts “on-set” where she reunited with Katherine’s hair extensions. Naturally, it led people to believe that she’s making an appearance on the series. 

And while I’d usually ignore the rumors, the fact that the episode not only restored Elena’s teenage home to its full glory (it looks exactly the same!), but also revealed that Josie has been staying with “Aunt Elena” is enough to raise some eyebrows.

They wouldn’t just mention Elena if they didn’t plan on bringing her back for an episode, right?

I find it strange that Alaric would be living in the same town as Elena, Damon, and their children and yet, they never cross paths! 

If the series doesn’t plan on bringing any of them back, then I’d rather they not mention them because all it does is make it seem like Elena, Damon, Bonnie, Caroline, etc. just don’t care about any of their old friends. 

Alaric was like a father to Elena, so I doubt she’d remove herself completely from his life and not stay in touch. 

And why isn’t their kid enrolled in the Salvatore School? Or Mystic Falls High?  I believe they mentioned a Stephanie Salvatore before! 

Josie invited Alaric for dinner at Aunt Elena’s, and he even mentioned that he didn’t want her to get dating advice from Damon. 

It’s too much of a tease if they don’t actually have any cameos in motion!

Josie isn’t the only one settling down at Mystic Falls High as MG has decided to start a new chapter in his life. 

But while Josie is all about “no magic,” MG doesn’t mind bringing his vamp talents to the mortal high school. 

In fact, he used his vamp speed to save Ethan, who almost got run over by a truck. Instead of erasing Ethan’s mind, he trusted him enough to keep his secret. 

Truthfully, I’m digging this new friendship! But I also think there’s more to Ethan than meets the eye. Maybe he’s unaware of his supernatural powers?

Caleb seemed pretty bummed to see that MG made a new friend because it meant he wasn’t coming back to the Salvatore School.

But honestly, MG deserves better as his skills and talents were underappreciated at the school by so many of his peers. 

Plus, Caleb has Cleo now, and she’s been officially inducted into the Super Squad!

But can we trust her? She’s come to their rescue twice now and seems genuine, but you can never be too careful with new faces in Mystic Falls! 

What did you think of the episode? Do you think Hope needs to find a hobby?

Will Elena Gilbert be making an appearance in the new future?

Sound off in the comments below! 


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Legacies Review – Operation Save Landon… Again (3×08)

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Legacies Review Long Time No See Season 3 Episode 8

On Legacies Season 3 Episode 8, the Super Squad — minus MG — rallied to save Landon from the Prison World. 

And it’s about time that this quest comes to an end as Hope’s moping around has gotten quite miserable. 

I’m ready to move on with other storylines that will hopefully allow Legacies to explore other aspects of the series that don’t revolve around Landon. 

In fact, this episode wasn’t as terrible as the other ones in the season as it felt like the closest stylistically to The Vampire Diaries/ The Originals

The writers even incorporated the Mikealson mantra of “risking everything for the people you love,” which was a sweet callback and a gentle reminder that yes, this is still a sister show even if doesn’t feel like it at times.

Although, I don’t remember Klaus’s selfishness ever irritating me as much as Hope’s. 

I don’t have anything against her and Landon (though I don’t see them as an epic love of #Stelena or even #Delena proportions), but I’m just not impressed by how much she’s willing to destroy and sacrifice to save him. 

Hope didn’t care who got hurt or who she hurt in the process — all that mattered to her was saving Landon. Everyone knew she wasn’t going to stop until she got him back, but really, what does that say about her? 

MG may have been holding out on the ascendant, but he never kept it from them to keep Landon trapped or out of spite; he was genuinely concerned about someone unleashing the prison world into the mortal world. That’s a fair concern. Honestly, Alaric should’ve been more concerned about it… and as the responsible adult, he should’ve been the one to bring it up!

MG also had a solid point when he explained that “operation save Landon” wasn’t exactly thought through. 

They were willing to risk everything to save one person, which is hardly logical.

Hope’s selfishness then extended when she interrupted Josie and Finch’s “ditch date” at Mystic Falls High School. Josie may have been nosy about the witchy business while passing through, but Hope had no right guilting her into taking back her powers simply because she wanted to save Landon.

Mentioning that Josie was the reason they were in this mess while saying she wasn’t blaming her was the definition of passive-aggressive. 

And Hope didn’t even care when dark magic began to consume them while they did the spell. Hope was willing to sacrifice them all to save Landon! 

I’m not surprised that Lizzie said she’s never going to help Hope again.

After getting Landon back, through no plan of her own, might I add, Hope expressed some guilt about “pissing off” a lot of people, but at no point did she ever just thank everyone for all that they’ve done.

A little gratitude sure goes a long way, just saying.  

Josie is way better off moving out of the Salvatore School and exploring the “muggle world.” If she sticks around and splits her time between both schools, she’s just going to be continuously sucked back into these shenanigans. 

Though, is anyone else curious who’s “friend” of Caroline and Alaric’s who’s letting Josie crash in their house? Do I smell an original cameo in the making?

Josie isn’t the only one fed up with the Salvatore school. MG quickly went from everyone’s friend to villain for hiding an ascendant to a literal prison world. 

And on top of that, he was once again used by Lizzie, who siphoned his magic and stole the ascendant from him. She did it to save Josie, which makes it less of a low blow, but it still hurt and betrayed MG’s trust when he finally thought that she was taking his side for once. 

I mean, he literally told her “you’re my person.” At this point, the writers just love toying with our emotions. I don’t want to see MG leave nor do I think that he will, but I definitely understand where he’s coming from. 

Personally, I don’t think the whole mess with Landon is over just yet. He’s always going to be the boy that needs saving, and something tells me that getting him back couldn’t be this easy. 

Are we sure that’s actually Landon? And how funny would it be if it wasn’t and Hope didn’t even realize?

He’s the one that smashed the ascendant saving Hope, Josie, and Lizzie, but if it isn’t him, it means that they can’t get him back or, alternatively, that they can’t send Malivore back to the prison world. 

I think MG’s warning that they would be walking into Malivore’s trap and giving him exactly what he wants (“a way into our world), was likely foreshadowing. 

We know that Landon came back after Cleo summoned the ferryman from Greek mythology. 

After a harmonized performance from Kaleb, Cleo, and Ric, the ferryman agreed to bring back Landon, but we never actually saw it happen, which makes me skeptical. Why are we trusting random monsters?

There’s also a huge looming question mark over Cleo. She seems nice enough, but can she be trusted? 

And is she really at the school with an agenda?

She seemed too keen to get back into Hope’s good graces, she’s way too eager to become part of the Super Squad, and for a newcomer, she knows way more about magic than she should. 

There’s also the fact that she didn’t seem to think there was a difference between light and dark magic, and she seemingly summoned the ferryman using dark magic. The nose bleed could’ve just been because she did a huge spell alone, but we’ve also seen our fair share of Bonnie Bennett messing with black magic and there’s always a price to pay. 

Legacies Review Long Time No See Season 3 Episode 8

Legacies — “Long Time, No See” — Image Number: XXX — Pictured (L-R): Omono Okojie as Cleo and Quincy Fouse as Milton ”MG” Greasley — Photo: The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

It would make sense if the price was that Landon isn’t actually Landon. And if she for some reason wants revenge on Hope, well, giving her false hope would also be quite the master plan. 

Also, it seems as though a monster from the prison world hitched a ride with Landon, and while it’s unclear what that’s all about, monsters in Mystic Falls are never a good thing. What if this monster is somehow controlling Landon’s body? 

I also have my reservations about Finch, who seemed all too angry when Hope showed up. Sure, she disrupted their “ditch date” plan, but we don’t know enough about Finch to warrant such an attitude towards one of Josie’s friends. 

Also, it’s strange that Josie would think Finch would never talk to her again because she chose to help a friend. 

In light of Ethan’s warning about Josie getting too close to Finch, I think something is definitely off. 

Josie and Finch haven’t even gone on a first date yet, but the jealousy I’m sensing seems like it might be too toxic to be worth it.

The darker and more mature vibes of the episode were a welcome change of pace, and I hope that maybe Legacies is starting to evolve into a show that still has its own identity while also integrating what worked for its predecessors.

Then again, the teaser for next week shows that we’re back to the silly monsters of the week as Landon (even more proof that it isn’t actually him!) finds himself obsessed with a Furby-like monster. Okay, maybe this monster isn’t all that silly… there was a time in the 90s we were all convinced our Furbies were possessed, so this tracks. 

What did you think of the episode? Let us know in the comments below! 


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Legacies Review – Yup, It’s a Leprechaun, All Right (3×07)

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Legacies Yup, It’s a Leprechaun, All Right Review Season 3 Episode 7

The St. Patrick’s Day celebrations continued on Legacies Season 3 Episode 7, which found a leprechaun running rampant in Mystic Falls. 

What monsters haven’t set foot in that town?

The latest Malivore monster, who likely escaped from the horror flick Leprechaun, found his way to the Salvatore School just in time for Fundraiser Day. Lizzie’s plan to raise $91,000 to save the school could be described in two words: hot mess. 

Despite warnings from Alaric not to turn to the supernatural to raise the money, Lizzie welcomed to luck of the Irish with open arms and pretty soon, everyone was rolling around in dough like it was a ’90s rap music video. 

Of course, magic always comes at a price, and pretty soon, those eager spenders began turning on each other. 

Hope, who was working through her grief with Cleo by using Landon’s remains to make a clay replica of him (the clay part being too on the nose for my liking), realized that something was up when a woman tried to “shank” her refusing to sell her art. 

Lizzie did what Kaleb should have done the moment the leprechaun entered the picture and ordered Lizzie to shut all the festivities down. 

And despite all the chaos, she found herself feeling quite hopeful because the existence of a monster meant that the Malivore portal was open somewhere, which meant that there was a chance Landon was still alive. 

At this point, I’m not sure what I’m more sick of — Malivore, monsters, or Landon. 

Even Cleo, who just enrolled in the school, has already picked up on Hope’s obsession with Landon and found herself getting annoyed of hearing his name. 

Still, Cleo assisted Hope in trying to hunt down the leprechaun and accidentally blew him to smithereens — there was green goo everywhere — when he tried to kill Alaric. 

Whoops. 

In Cleo’s defense, she didn’t actually want to kill the evil green guy as she hates violence, it just sort of happened. We got a little bit of backstory on Cleo here, who revealed that all of her sister’s were killed and she was the only survivor, which means she knows a thing or two about grief. 

However, Hope was having none of it. 

She wasn’t pleased that her chance of finding the portal was destroyed. Though, wouldn’t she be able to use his belongings to do a locator spell? If he is inside Malivore, it should work just the same. 

Legacies Yup, It’s a Leprechaun, All Right Review Season 3 Episode 7

Legacies — “Yup, It’s a Leprechaun, All Right” — Image Number: XXX — Pictured (L-R): Kaylee Bryant as Josie Saltzman and Quincy Fouse as Milton ”MG” Greasley — Photo: Bob Mahoney/The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

Hope may have been angry with Cleo, but she was furious to learn that Alyssa didn’t destroy the ascendant and that he’s had it the whole time. 

Honestly, I would not want to be on Hope’s bad side… nor would I want to be the one thing standing between her and Landon’s “epic” reunion.

The monsters are getting a little played out at this point, but if we have t keep on this trajectory, I love the monsters that alter reality and make the students behave in the most bizarre ways. 

Was Lizzie really trying to sell her things to get a smoothie bar or was she being affected by the leprechaun’s charms? And why can’t they just buy a juicer and call it a day?

Josie and MG’s little hang meant that they avoided much of the leprechaun drama. And well, who doesn’t want to see Josie high off of a truth weed? 

Plus, this is the second week in a row where we got some stellar advice from MG; he’s really the best friend you can have at the school. 

Josie got in her feelings because everyone she’s ever loved hurting or leaving her (or both), and she’s not wrong. I don’t blame her for being cautious with her heart after all she’s been through. And while I want to believe that Finch will finally be the one that sticks around for Josie, I can’t help but worry about Ethan’s warning about being careful because “there’s something different about that one.”

Is she supernatural? Will she eventually enroll in the Salvatore School and bring Josie home? 

Or is there something more that we should be concerned about?

Then there was Alaric’s whole subplot, which was just unnecessary. This was the proof that the series has absolutely no idea where to take his character. 

I want a solid romantic interest for Alaric more than anyone, but I can do without these unwanted advances from thirsty women at the bank.

Hey, at least Ric’s still got it!

While the episode was enjoyable if you just took it for what it was, the series is struggling to keep the magic alive both on the series and within the confines of the school. 

What would you suggest? A full reset? A smoothie bar? Or do you like things just the way they are? Let us know in the comments section below! 


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