Another day at the Salvatore School for the Young and Gifted, another monster/demon that Hope Mikealson has to take down.
Though, to be fair, most of the action took place at Mystic Fall High School on “Since When Do You Speak Japanese.”
For someone who was a fan of the franchise since its inception, being at the human high school has been a nostalgic touch.
The episode introduced us to a Japanese Samurai named Kumatra, who was possessed by a demon named an Oni and swallowed by Malivore in the 1300s.
The demon, which transfers hosts through touch, is unleashed on the town when Kumatra is spat out in the present day.
Thankfully, Josie speaks fluent Japanese (even without speaking it on a daily basis) and is able to translate everything for Ric, Landon, and Hope.
The Oni, despite not having a body, is the most dangerous demon they’ve faced because it hides in plain sight and inhabits the bodies of those you love.
First, it took over Raphael’s body, then Landon’s and finally, Lizzie’s.
And despite Lizzie’s assumption that she’s mentally unstable (my mental health is precious!), having the Oni inside of her provided otherwise.
Much like the Kumatra, Lizzie was able to fight the Oni and while the situation was dire, Jenny Boyd’s acting was a treat.
Her transitions between her defeated self and the demon were seamless, she managed to infuse her performance with humor, and made us believe that the only way to get rid of this monster was to stab her with the sword.
However, if there’s anything we learned from all these supernatural shows is that there’s always another way.
Josie was able to suck out the Oni using the black magic she finessed from the sword.
This is Josie’s second dalliance with dark magic was concerning. This time, she did it for a good reason, but it didn’t minimize the effects.
And when she reached out to the Headmaster for help, he was all too eager to have her transfer that black magic into some dark object.
Has this been his goal for Josie all along?
Is he planning to siphon all her black magic?
Hope and Landon had a few moments throughout the episode, though, it was frustrating to learn that he was possessed by the Oni when she told him the truth about their love.
Landon woke up with his memory intact, but Hope respected his new relationship and didn’t pursue the moment further.
And that says so much about Hope. She’s willing to be miserable so that her friend and her boyfriend are happy.
She also admitted to Alaric that she’s terrified that she’ll tell Landon the truth and he’ll still choose Josie, which is a fair concern.
Alaric’s position in all of this is rather awkward because Josie is his daughter yet he understands Hope when she calls her love with Landon “epic.”
Landon has an inkling that he had something special with Hope, which is why I expected he’d be the first one to remember after true love’s kiss or something.
But this isn’t a fairytale. This isn’t that kind of show.
The first person to remember Hope Andrea Mikealson was none other than Lizzie. She really underestimates herself sometimes.
MG finally confronted Lizzie with proof that her romance with Sebastian was fake.
When he showed her a video of her talking to “nobody,” Lizzie broke down at the realization that her mental state was more fragile than ever before despite all her work and the belief that she was getting better.
And we can’t blame her for the breakdown.
Seeing that you’ve been imaging a hunky boyfriend is enough to make anyone question their sanity.
However, Lizzie wasn’t imagining Sebastian — he’s 100% real.
At first, I thought MG was onto something, but the more the storyline pointed to Sebastian being imaginary, the more I considered that maybe he’s invisible.
And now, instead of Lizzie seeing Sebastian, MG is.
What does Sebastian need help with?
Where did he come from? Why is Lizzie the only person who can see him?
Considering the school is plagued with monsters from Malivore, I’m assuming Sebastian is also a product of the clay monster, which would break Lizzie’s heart.
While MG was pursuing the truth about Lizzie’s new boyfriend, he borrowed a camera from the only guy in AV club and you bet it was a TVD/ Gemini Easter egg.
The camera was the same one Kai used to leave Bonnie a message about the sleeping curse which linked Elena to Bon.
And here’s the best part — this Easter Egg is part of a bigger announcement: Kai (Chris Wood) is coming back on Legacies Episode 12 airing sometime in February 2020.
Kai, the sociopath uncle of Josie and Lizzie, has been a beloved and controversial character.
On one hand, he always had such an energy about him, on the other hand, he murdered his pregnant sister.
This isn’t the first time Legacies has dropped Kai’s name. When the twins found the ascendant, they were trying to figure out what it had to do with the Merge and suggested they ask their evil uncle.
It’s unlikely that Alaric will be fond of the idea, but if it’s the only way, he’ll have to face his wife’s killer at some point.
Unlike with Kai and Jo, Josie and Lizzie are both good people despite a few weaknesses. There is not obvious Merge choice as losing either one of them would be just that, a loss.
Josie and Landon aren’t winning me as a couple. Part of it has to do with Josie’s obsessive jealousy over Landon and the way she doesn’t trust him to take care of himself, but it’s mainly because they’re only together because everyone forgot Hope.
However, I’m not opposed to exploring the chemistry between Hope and Raphael.
Raf always had feelings for Hope, but he repressed them out of respect for Landon. With no memory of Hope, they’re able to give things a shot without the guilt, well, at least Raf is able to.
And Landon seems to be on board with the relationship, for now.
None of this seems like it’ll last much longer since Lizzie remembers Hope and will likely tell her twin the truth making things awkward for everyone.
What did you think of the episode?
And if you saw the promo for next week, why do you think Lizzie and Hope are headed to the 80s?
Does this mean they’ll meet a young Liz Forbes? One could only hope.
Meanwhile, Alaric allowed the teens to handle the Oni themselves as he flirted it up with the new Sheriff in town.
Eventually, though, he realized that he was distracted and not there to help out and he didn’t meet Sheriff Mac at the bar.
Alaric deserves a love life as much as the next guy, but he’s got a lot on his plate right now.
Monsters, demons, evil headmasters, a Merge, and teen hormones. It doesn’t leave a lot of room for dating.
Mac may be understanding or she wasn’t being honest about why she looked into Alaric.
It’s hard for me to trust anyone in Mystic Falls.
Lastly, who were those two scarlet-robed people? Are they from Malivore? For a moment, I thought we were watching The Handmaid’s Tale.
Legacies – You Remind Me of Someone I Used to Know (2×03)
Legacies Season 2 Episode 3 brought the annual American football game between the Salvatore School for the Gifted and Mystic Falls.
But unlike last year, the students from the Salvatore School didn’t exactly play fairly.
Their new headmaster encouraged them to use their superior abilities without being exposed and so, they did.
While mostly everyone felt bad about cheating to get ahead and acknowledged that Alaric was onto something when he taught them to play fair and square, Josie’s competitive nature got the best of her.
It’s that competitive nature that Headmaster Vardemus tried to manipulate by giving her a spell to rig the game.
The spell broke the arm of Mystic Falls’ star QB and lost him a scholarship he’s worked for his whole life.
Seeing how badly Jo hurt someone else means that this is the start of a terrible path for her.
She explains the dark feelings inside of her to Landon at the end of the episodes, and it’s evident that her personality swing will play a huge role in the merger.
While everyone was invested in this football game, Hope was out in the woods slaying the Shunka, the most recent monster to have escaped Malivore.
The Shunka didn’t pose a threat to any of the students, but it did pose a threat to the wolves namely Rafael who was still in his wolf form.
Unfortunately, after turning back, Rafael didn’t remember Hope as we all believed he would.
Mission #SaveRafael allowed Hope and Landon to spend some time together and the chemistry between them is palpable. There’s an undeniable connection between them that has been built over time.
At times, you just want to scream at Landon for not remembering.
But despite Hope being erased from his memory, Landon feels the chemistry just as he feels that Hope is special.
So far, he knows she’s a witch and werewolf, and he’ll be determined to figure out who she is, which isn’t going to bode well for his relationship with Josie.
Things are bound to get uncomfortable once they all learn the truth.
Hope is such a trooper for putting up with her ex and dealing with Jo’s jealousy when in reality, she’s the one that should be angry.
I cannot wait until the truth comes out and believe it’ll likely have something to do with true love’s kiss.
If it works for princesses, why can’t it work for hybrids?
We met the new Sheriff in town and no, she doesn’t want to talk about what happened to Sheriff Donovan.
Though they referred to Matt in the past tense, I’m going to assume he simply left Mystic Falls behind to live out his “normal” life.
There’s definitely going to be a relationship between the new Sheriff and Alaric, and it’s possible her kids Ethan and Maya are going to get roped into all this supernatural stuff now that they’re Hope’s only friends.
Lizzie avoided much of the football game in hopes of finding out what Sebastian was.
She’s made huge progress as a character by acknowledging that he may be a monster.
Sebastian said he was a “vampyr,” which isn’t technically a monster in this realm, the catch is that he’s either invisible or he’s not real at all.
I’m leaning toward Sebastian being a figment of Lizzie’s imagination meaning she’s not actually as healthy as she believed she was.
Thankfully, MJ has her back and witnessed her “making out” with thin air.
He cares enough about her to protect her from whatever this Sebastian thing is.
Yet the biggest mystery of the series boils down to who Headmaster Vardemus is and what game he’s playing.
At the end of the episode, we saw his face get all distorted as he dug into his meal — the slayed Shunka.
Is Vardemus the ultimate Malivore monster?
Is his intention to destroy the school? To make all the supernatural beings evil?
I cannot believe he forbade Alaric from coming onto the school grounds… the same school grounds Alaric helped start with Caroline.
What did you think of the episode?
Will Hope ever come clean about who she is? How long are they going to stay in the dark?
Legacies – This Year Will Be Different (2×02)
Legacies’ second season brings new monsters, a new student, and a broken Hope Mikealson.
Despite presenting herself as a new student at Mystic Falls High, Hope was on a mission to take down the troll that presented itself at the end of the first episode.
But Alaric was onto Hope almost immediately.
Her cover story that she’s a vampire hunter wasn’t terrible, but when she used her magic to defeat the troll, it kind of gave her away.
And so did the fact that Alaric felt a familiarity fighting alongside her.
“We’ve done this before, haven’t we,” he inquired surmizing that she’s probably the person erased from his memory by Malivore.
He’s kind of good at this thing.
Hope wasn’t planning on setting down any roots — she told the bearded principal that she was just passing by. She wanted to kill her troll and be on her merry way.
But the whole time, I kept wondering where Hope was going to go exactly.
Her home was here. Her family and her friends were all here.
And her purpose was here. Did you see how she and Alaric tag-teamed the resurrected troll that ended up being a cyclops?
They were unstoppable despite just getting trolled.
After Hope had a very emotional and heartbreaking one-on-one with Landon, she approached Alaric to come clean.
“I’m Hope Mikealson, daughter of Haley and Klaus Mikealson,” she revealed much to Alaric’s shock.
Yeah, the Klaus Mikealson name still instills fear. And I bet he didn’t expect one.
But Hope, the badass who singlehandedly closed Malivore, was evidently broken.
She needed him more than ever.
Will Alaric enroll Hope in the Salvatore School for the Gifted? He’s not very involved there anymore considering he was voted out as Headmaster and the new guy, Professor Vardemus, is running a tight ship.
Curfew for witches? Please.
Alexis Denisof starring in a supernatural show again brings me joy, but Vardemus seems like he’s going to become a problem going forward.
I didn’t much like his encouragement of Josie’s spells against her classmates or that he was recruiting her for an advanced class.
His speech about the future being supernatural was a little too extra in a town that’s tried to keep their magical abilities under wraps.
Josie and Landon’s relationship wasn’t faring nearly as well as it did during the summer months.
Once you start admitting feelings, there’s a certain pressure that surfaces.
They were both awkward around each other, Landon was trying to say the right thing and be the perfect boyfriend, while Josie was jealous of how all the girls threw themselves at him following his newfound popularity.
Landon is the “cool kid” now, which is a stark difference from his first day on Legacies Season 1.
Oh, how things chanv
Their first date wasn’t any better as Josie wasn’t feeling well.
We later learned that she went to get sushi because Landon wanted it despite being allergic to seaweed.
They both had a very honest conversation about taking things slow and it looks like these two have staying power.
Landon and Hope were that epic love story, but Josie and Landon are sweet.
There was a brief connection with Landon and Hope, but he doesn’t remember her at all so he felt comfortable talking about relationship woes with her.
Hope’s a trooper for listening and even giving him advice.
My heart broke for MG who spent much of his first day of school trying to impress Lizzie.
It’s about time he realized that he deserves someone way better than her.
Lizzie’s not a bad person, but she’s a work in progress; she’s working on herself and not ready to accept the kind of love she deserves.
In her mind, she’s boxed MG into a friend-zone, and it’s nearly impossible for him to get out right now as she tries to “rebrand” herself.
Plus, she wants someone that doesn’t know her and MG knows her too well.
Can we get him a decent love interest?
Lizzie took a cue from Shonda Rhimes and began her “year of yes,” which meant she was saying yes to everything.
And she was more than happy to say ‘yes’ to Sebastian, a new boy that crashed her study date.
While Lizzie was too mesmerized by his eyes and his chiseled smile, I noticed that Sebastian was wearing dated clothes and spoke as if he’d come back from a different era.
Sebastian is a looker and he’s charming, which is precisely what makes him dangerous.
Why did he target Lizzie?
Is he the next monster?
Was he resurrected with Clarke? Did he venture out of Malivore?
Is he the cloaked figure that killed the poor jogger at the end?
Look, jogging through a cemetery at night in Mystic Falls of all places isn’t a good idea, but the dude didn’t deserve to die!
Another very possible theory is that he’s a figment of her imagination.
What do you think?
Legacies – I’ll Never Give Up Hope (2×01)
The answers Landon is seeking are right in front of him.
If only he knew what he was looking for.
The sophomore season of Legacies explained that final, jaw-dropping cliffhanger and explored a world where Hope Mikealson didn’t exist.
Much of the episode took place in two varying universes — Mystic Falls and Malivore.
While students from the Salvatore School for the Young & Gifted were enjoying their summer break, Landon felt a constant void and sense of hopelessness. Yes, all the puns were very much intended.
The only time Landon ever felt alive was when he was hurling himself off the dock in hopes of drowning and seeing those subconscious memories of what we know is Hope.
Their love is so strong, nothing could permanently erase her. He still feels her in everything that he does.
Seeing Landon “self-harm” was concerning, but since he’s an immortal phoenix, he rose from the ashes every time.
Much like Landon, Josie was having a not-so-great summer.
She stayed back in Mystic Falls to keep an eye on her dad, Ric, who had been ousted as headmaster of the school he founded (talk about unfair) and was trying to distract himself by looking into how exactly Landon closed Malivore and who was with him when it happened.
Hey, at least they all still remember Malivore and the rules that apply to it.
Speaking of Malivore, Hope was having the worst time out of everyone because not only did she have all of her memories, she was also trapped inside a black void with Landon’s villainous brother, Clarke.
Hope made it out of Malivore by the end of the episode after Malivore quite literally regurgitated her as she left behind Clarke, a brother who proved that he had more of a soul than he previously let on.
But all of that changed when she ditched him.
Out of desperation, Clarke offered to be the bad guy (duh) that his father needed and vowed to destroy Hope, the only person who could destroy Malivore.
Was he being genuine? Or was that his way of freeing himself from Malivore’s wrath?
Hope’s entrapment in Malivore ended more swiftly than I thought it would, but in terms of how much time passed in the show, it wasn’t quick enough.
Jo and Landon bonded by being the only ones stuck at the school and things turned from friendly to very friendly in a few short months.
Both of them found themselves “happy-ish” and while it was cute to watch, you couldn’t shake the feeling that if they knew the truth, they’d never allow things to go this far.
But that’s the thing — they didn’t know the truth.
When Hope exited Malivore and stumbled upon Landon and Jo sharing their first kiss, she was destroyed.
She blamed Landon’s magical holographic manifestation of her subconscious, but there was nothing to be angry about.
She couldn’t be angry at Landon because she no longer existed in his world.
With no one remembering Hope, she had absolutely nowhere to go and no one to turn to when that Hulk-like monster crashed the bus coming from New Orleans.
Will she slowly weasel her way into Alaric’s life again?
Will she tell Landon the truth and risk destroying his current happiness?
Julie Plec already confirmed that The Originals’ Freya will make a guest appearance. Will Hope reach out to her aunt to fix the mess that she’s gotten herself in?
Rafael may be the only other student to remember Hope since he was trapped in wolf form.
He ditched Landon around the same time he started getting close to Josie probably out of respect for Hope.
Will Hope turn him back and have him in her corner as an ally?
Forgetting about Hope has given the series the freedom to play around with relationships that otherwise wouldn’t have any merit.
And it’s a damn refreshing take on an unlikely love triangle.
Even if Landon gets his memories back, he’s still going to have feelings and experiences with Josie.
They’ll always have that one summer.
Kaleb and MJ were experiencing their version of a “hot girl summer.”
Their friendship is so wholesome.
Kaleb may be a tough guy, but he has the biggest heart and he takes his role as MJ’s best friend seriously.
When MJ’s family brutally turned their back on him, he brought him home with him for the summer.
While it wasn’t the “best summer ever,” MJ did learn how to cook a mean burger and temporarily got over Lizzie Saltzman by crushing on Kym.
Sadly, she was strictly off-limits because she’s Kaleb’s sister.
He did have a point that it’d be weird to have his “brother” and sister date, but doesn’t MJ deserve a little love in his life?
Meanwhile, Lizzie was Euro-tripping with her mom, Caroline, but it wasn’t as great as she made it out to be when she chatted with Josie.
Throughout most of the trip, Lizzie was putting in work to better herself and the twins were attempting to figure out what the ascendant had to do with their merge.
For all of those The Vampire Diaries lovers, hearing them mention Kai was probably music to your ears because it alludes to the possibility of a Chris Wood appearance.
Obviously, Kai was a terrible human and speaking to him about stopping the merge should be a last resort since he had no qualms about killing his own twin sister.
The chances of him telling anyone the truth are slim.
But Kai was also one of the funniest characters to grace the TVD realm. I wouldn’t mind seeing the girls get caught up in some mischief with him.
Maybe they’ll pay a visit to the prison world?
Other Mystic Falls Musings
- Dorian and Alaric’s relationship is strained, but we need to get them back on track because Alaric’s beard is not doing him any favors.
- Who was the lady in red at the end of the episode?
- Did anyone else’s heart skip a beat when they mentioned Aunt Bonnie? I hope she comes back to help out with the merge.
What did you think of the Legacies Season 2 premiere?
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