Jinni the Genie is hands down my favorite monster.
In fact, I appreciate that Legacies included a genie in the monster category simply because they are glamorized, but their manipulative nature is oft glossed over.
In addition, “There’s a World Where Your Dreams Came True” may very well be the most relatable episode because though none of us are as selfish and self-centered as Lizzie, we’ve all found ourselves wishing for a “better” life at some point or another.
Legacies’ mission was to prove that “better” doesn’t necessarily exist. Sometimes, what you think you want is actually a lot worse than what you already have.
And you know that quote “everything happens for a reason?” Well, it couldn’t be truer, and Lizzie learned that the hard way. I never thought I’d say this, but I actually felt kind of bad for her by the end of it.
The wishes Jinni granted Lizzie showed her vastly different realities that got increasingly worse with each wish made.
While Alaric and Hope were trying to avoid getting blindsided by the genie in real life, the genie was observing and scouting the perfect broken-soul to pray upon.
Unsurprisingly, she found a weakness in Lizzie that she just had to exploit.
When Lizzie realized an actual genie could grant her wishes, she eagerly took her up on the offer thus allowing the writers a lot of creative freedom to play with narratives they otherwise never would have been able to.
The what-ifs were endless and for roughly half of the episode, they were a complete hoot. That is until they took a really dark and unexpected turn.
Altering realities is dangerous and like most magic, comes with a very steep price.
It was obvious that Jinni’s end goal would be to trap Lizzie in a terrible reality with her only option of escaping being to hand over the key to Malivore.
But before we get there, let’s pick apart these realities, which surprisingly had everything to do with Hope Mikealson’s existence and absolutely nothing with Lizzie’s awareness that she’s kind of a terrible, miserable and painstakingly difficult to deal with kind of person.
Lizzie’s first wish was for Hope never to have attended the Salvatore School for the Young and Gifted.
As you may already know, the phrasing of this wish was flawed from the get-go.
In this alternate reality, Hope didn’t attend the school but that didn’t mean she couldn’t become a student at some point.
Lizzie was initially happy in this first reality as she soaked up all of the love and training Alaric usually had reserved for Hope.
This not only showed how self-centered and materialistic Lizzie was, but it also underlined how needy she is.
It seems she really did all of this just to get daddy’s attention.
But there was a reason Old-Laric had all this time for his twins. In this reality, the school didn’t have any of the funding from Klaus Mikealson since Hope didn’t attend thus making them poor.
Lizzie couldn’t deal with the fact that the school wasn’t living up to its potential so she created a globe that led them to straight to New Orleans where a Klaus-like Hope slaughtering people left and right.
After Alaric took Hope under his wing, the school began to thrive, but little Lizzie was again pissed that she failed to rid her life of Hope.
In her second wish, she took it a step further and wished the Salvatore School for the Young and Gifted never existed.
No school, no problem, right? Wrong.
Without the school — Alaric’s dream created specifically to keep her and Josie safe — life felt a little meaningless to everyone.
Alaric, aptly dubbed Drunk-Laric, found his happiness at the bottom of the bottle… during school hours and in class.
Josie found her happiness in a materialistic lifestyle as the head cheerleader who was dating the QB.
It was also Lizzie’s worst nightmare as she was the “school freak” and shadow to Josie, a clear departure from what she’s used to.
Lizzie tried to make it work, but Josie’s disgust with her eventually triggered one of her episodes which alerted the cavalry aka the Kim Possible students of the Mikealson School for the Young and Gifted.
Those outfits, that gear — it was everything.
Again, Lizzie’s reality only became better when Hope was in it, and Josie and Alaric gravitated the tri-brid.
The Mikealson version of the school, owned by Klaus who was ALIVE in this timeline and traveling Europe to open the second branch of the school, was trendier and more high-tech.
But alas, Lizzie was still unhappy with Hope’s intrusion and couldn’t bother to absorb everyone else’s happiness. It was still all about her.
And thus, she made her third and most selfish wish — she wished Hope never existed.
Now, the lesson genies usually teach their subjects is that every action has a consequence.
Without Hope, we entered a post-apocalyptic world where the government knew about and hunted down supernatural creatures after Klaus Mikealson, who no longer had an anchor to humanity, exposed them and started a war.
Alaric and the rest of the students built up a resistance to fight back the TRIAD who was hunting them down.
But the reason this was Lizzie’s work alternate reality was because Josie was dead because of her.
Since the series kicked off, the secret of the Gemini Twin’s has been looming over the school. We’ve wondered when the series would address this issue aside from Caroline’s search for a cure in Europe, but I never expected the answer would come so soon and be revealed via an alternate reality.
Way to throw me for a loop, writers!
The 100-Laric told Lizzie all about the Gemini Curse which led her to be competitive with her sister, motivated to win, have an episode and accidentally kill her sister.
Lizzie was distraught.
The genie offered to revert everything back if Lizzie promised to hand over the artifact, but even in such dire circumstances, Lizzie knew she couldn’t do that to her family.
For this, I’m really impressed.
In her short time navigating these realities, Lizzie grew a lot.
She became more level-headed, conscious, and more appreciative of what she had.
These were the lessons we needed Lizzie to learn in order to become more tolerable.
But when she figured out a loophole — she wished Genie would never have met the people who trapped her in Malivore — she essentially did the right thing while shooting herself in the foot.
Everything she learned and all the progress she made went out the window because without Malivore she would have never met the genie and thus, would have no recollection of her wishes.
Lizzie was sent back to her reality without any memories including the revelation of how the Gemini Cover curse plays out.
Without this, there’s no way to prevent it or better herself to avoid it.
Back to square one.
Since Lizzie still feels like something transpired, the gaps in her memory actually make her feel like she’s losing her mind which again, don’t help in preventing her episodes.
Will this be the catalyst to the Gemini Coven catastrophe?
Without these experiences, she also goes back to hating Hope without realizing how vital she is to her very reality.
The dramatic irony is going to be heavy for us as we now know the outcome of something major that none of the main characters do.
How will this big family secret unravel? Will Alaric eventually tell the girls about the curse before it’s too late?
Though Legacies is its own series that tells a vastly different story from The Vampire Diaries and The Originals, the little subtle reminders that they operate in the same town are always appreciated.
I loved the Klaus Mikealson poster hung up in a very Harry Potter-esque bus stop, and I couldn’t help but turn into a handful of goo when they said Damon and Elena had children to raise of their own. Be still my heart.
I had my doubts about Legacies and how the writers would find a creative way to tell another vampire, witch, werewolf story, but they’ve outdone themselves.
Each episode gets stronger in content and a shortage of material does not seem to be the issue.
While many of the episodes have focused solely on Hope, it was nice to get inside Lizzie’s head for a little bit, even if she doesn’t remember any of it.
Hope delivers, but Lizzie can stand on her own which is something the TVD and Originals universe always prided itself on: strong female characters.
I’m turning it over to you, Cravers. What did you think of tonight’s Legacies?
Legacies Review- Do You Believe In Fairies? (2×10)
Werewolves, vampires, witches and…fairies?
Legacies’ most recent episode added a new member to the outsider’s club at The Salvatore School. Aside from their typical vampire/witch/werewolf factions they now have one tribrid, one phoenix, and one fairy in the form of the criminally underused character Wade.
This episode picks up right where we left off last week: a qareen has invaded the school and is preying on everyone’s insecurities. Our newest monster decides to pick on the world’s worst roommates first. New character Alyssa Chang and Hope are still not getting along and an attempt at patching things up at the school’s annual Coven Day goes awry. This episode delves further into Alyssa’s backstory and it becomes clear that she’ll be sticking around for a while.
I personally like Alyssa and think she has great potential in the show. However, I don’t understand this sudden influx of new characters on Legacies. Most of this episode is spent developing Alyssa and Wade’s characters when many of our main characters haven’t had the chance to develop themselves. We still know very little about Landon and Rafael hasn’t been seen in quite some time. Why don’t we focus on making the characters we already have a bit more three-dimensional before throwing new ones into the mix?
Luckily, the qareen is the perfect monster to help us learn some more about our favorite characters. Hope’s recurring insecurity is avoiding looking weak (very reminiscent of an original hybrid I once knew). Lizzie’s afraid that she wasn’t enough for Sebastian and that’s why he left. Kaleb and Jed are shown getting into a fight because they’re insecure about who’s tougher.
But, my absolute favorite part of the episode was when Landon and Hope were both infected by the qareen and finally saying to each other what they’re too afraid to say normally. Hope admits that she doesn’t think Landon should be a hero and he fires back saying she jumps too quick to “punching her problems away” instead of trying to solve them. While Landon apologizes later on and claims he didn’t mean what he said, Hope says that she meant every word of it. She sweetens the blow by saying she doesn’t want Landon to be a hero because the hero is never the one left standing. But I think it’s definitely worth noting that the qareen only magnifies how you’re feeling, it doesn’t create insecurities. Maybe I’m biased because I’m not a big fan of the Hope and Landon relationship, but it seems to me that Hope doesn’t have a lot of faith in Landon.
I didn’t really either until tonight’s episode. Landon put himself at risk to prove what he thought was true: that Wade is a fairy. I don’t know why Legacies keeps adding in new mystical creatures, but this one could’ve done with some better CGI. It was kind of exciting to see Landon doing something useful and it paid off in the end. Landon being in danger and fully believing in Wade triggered his turn into a fairy, and Wade was able to defeat the qareen for good. A fairy was the key to defeating this week’s monster. Go figure.
Aside from making people say what they really feel or become who they really are, the qareen’s main mission is to steal the sand clock full of black magic for the Necromancer. However, Lizzie and Josie have come up with a plan to get rid of the sand clock for good. They want to create another prison world (like the one Kai Parker is trapped in) and stick it in there. All the witches band together to create a new ascendant and successfully send the sand clock to a new prison world where it’ll stay for good…or so they thought.
Alyssa Chang had other plans. Throughout this episode, we get flashbacks of critical moments in Alyssa’s life. Her childhood house burnt down and her parents’ both died. Most likely her inability to control the powers she has led to that tragedy and the guilt stayed with her. We see her acting out as she grows up at The Salvatore School, making enemies of the Saltzman twins. One time she goes too far and puts Lizzie in real danger. We see Alaric and Emma discuss sending her away but give her the option to erase her memories for a new start instead. She takes the deal but when Josie did the spell to bring everyone’s memories about Hope back, the memories of her past came back as well.
In the final moments of the episode, Alyssa confronts Emma about what she’s done to her and “other kids” (hopefully we learn more about them later on) and reveals that she sabotaged the spell. She sent Alaric and the twins to the other prison world where Kai currently resides. Surprisingly, when the Saltzman family realizes where they are, they aren’t greeted by Kai, but Sebastian.
How is Lizzie going to react to her dad’s betrayal? Who else is in this prison world? Will Hope be able to save the Saltzmans in time?
- I loved the mention of “Aunt Bonnie” by Lizzie and Josie. Maybe we’ll get lucky and she’ll make a cameo soon!
- Kaleb made a great, but brief appearance this week. Hopefully, we’ll get more of him next episode.
- Lizzie and Josie are so sweet together. Lizzie apologizing for not realizing what Jo was going through with “Headmaster Vardemus” was a bright spot of this episode.
- I will only be referring to Landon as a “moderately competent bird” thanks to Lizzie.
- Only one more episode until Kai Parker’s return. How excited are you?
Next week we’ll hopefully see more of the prison world Josie and Lizzie created when they were kids while The Salvatore School deals with Cupid right in time for Valentine’s Day.
Let us know your predictions for next week in the comments!
Legacies Midseason Premiere Review- The Return of The Necromancer (2×09)
Have you ever looked in the mirror after not seeing yourself for a while and been shocked by your own reflection? Imagine how the mighty Necromancer feels when he wakes up with a normal human face.
Legacies’ midseason premiere starts off with the story of how the Necromancer got to where we saw him last, underneath a red cloak standing in front of the Malivore pit. We jump back a year in time to see him waking up in Texas without his powers.
This is not exactly the “peace” Malivore promised him.
This episode cuts back and forth between the Necromancer’s journey over the past year and present-day at The Salvatore School. Landon may have finally chosen between Hope and Josie, but that doesn’t mean the awkwardness of the love triangle is over.
Josie’s been avoiding Hope, and Hope is very aware of it. The Hope and Josie dynamic is one of my favorites on the show, and the drama with Landon has gone on for far too long. Hope makes it her mission to reconnect with Josie and get back to the friendship they once had.
Now that “Professor Vardemus” AKA Clarke is gone, Alaric has been reinstated as headmaster. His first order of business: find out more about the ancient vampire who’s kissing his daughter in the hallways.
Alaric decides to give Sebastian a series of tests to prove whether or not he’ll be a good fit at the school. He chooses Landon to supervise since he’s the only one Sebastian can’t kill (when are we going to learn more about Landon’s powers?).
Hope has her own test to pass- living with a roommate. New character Alyssa Chang has taken up shop in Hope’s old bedroom while she’s been busy, you know, getting erased from the world and stuff.
We check back in with the Necromancer a month into living as a human. He’s out of his element working in an ice cream shop. After experiencing the most human thing of all, dealing with an annoying boss, the Necromancer bonds with his coworker Chad. When Chad introduces himself our favorite villain tries to return to the dramatics that we’re so familiar with. But “I’m the…Ted” just doesn’t have the same ring to it. Oh yeah, the Necromancer goes by Ted now. Go figure.
We jump back to present-day and are faced with another awkward moment between Josie, Landon, and Hope. Josie and Landon are having an uncomfortable yet bearable conversation when Josie spots Hope coming and immediately takes off. Before getting cut off by Landon, Sebastian, a witness to all this, chimes in with “Is this what they call teen drama?”.
Yes, Sebastian. Yes, it is.
Fortunately, we get a break from the secondhand embarrassment that is high school relationships to see what “Ted” and Chad are up to. The Necromancer (I just can’t call him Ted, it sounds ridiculous) tells Chad the truth about who he is, and surprisingly Chad believes him. Chad claims to believe in all things the government is hiding like Bigfoot and lizardmen, so why wouldn’t he believe in the Necromancer?
The Necromancer shows Chad what he’s been working on. He can now successfully bring a bug back to life again. Chad’s impressed and agrees to help the Necromancer get his powers back, because who wouldn’t help your creepy coworker bring things back to life?
After a failed attempt to bring a cat back to life, the Necromancer decides to visit the Malivore pit to look for answers. Obviously, when he and Chad arrive, the pit’s disappeared since at this point in the timeline Hope’s already sacrificed herself to close it. Seeing Malivore “defeated” inspires the Necromancer to aim higher which he starts doing by sacrificing Chad.
With bigger aspirations, we see the Necromancer with a renewed sense of confidence in a makeover-style montage turning himself back into the Necromancer we’re used to seeing. Face paint, colored contacts, and a big cut to the forehead later, he’s back to his typical self. Somehow he’s skipped over the dead cat level and now has his full powers back, as shown by him raising Chad from the dead.
The guy’s understandably pissed but still agrees to help the Necromancer with his mysterious plan. They put on red cloaks and head to our favorite place, Mystic Falls.
Speaking of Mystic Falls, Sebastian successfully passed his first test: fitting in with the werewolves. After a game of dodgeball, Captain Cheekbones (we can thank Jed for that nickname) and the pack are on good terms. Landon and Sebastian, on the other hand, have a rocky relationship.
Personally, I was a huge fan of Sebastian calling Landon out for leaving Mystic Falls saying that if the girl he loved was in danger, he would’ve never left. Landon had that one coming. Landon has never been one of my favorite characters on Legacies, and his actions this season haven’t changed my mind.
Sebastian’s second test is to fit in with the vampires at the school. MG, still harboring some resentment towards Sebastian for his involvement with Lizzie, complains to Alyssa that he wants Sebastian to fail. Taking things into her own hands, Alyssa purposefully cuts herself on a plate to make Sebastian lose control and drink human blood. This plan backfires when its MG, not Sebastian who loses control. MG absolutely has the makings of a ripper. Hopefully, we’ll get to explore that further down the line.
Likewise, Josie’s slipping out of control in her own way. She’s still practicing dark magic and is almost caught by Dorian when Hope comes to her rescue. Hope tells her about a spell they can do to protect the sand clock Clarke gave Josie from breaking open.
We get to see Hope and Josie doing a spell together again, reminiscent of the time they first did magic together in the pilot. They’re successful, but it’s a temporary solution, not a permanent one.
Afterwards, they finally get a moment to talk about how their situation with Landon has impacted them and their relationship. Hope reveals she saw Josie and Landon together at their movie night and that’s why she didn’t return to the school right away. Both girls decide they want to try again and work on rebuilding what they had before. This was easily the standout moment of the episode. I swear, these two have the most chemistry I’ve seen in The Vampire Diaries universe since Delena.
Sebastian’s final test is to fit in with the witches, which doesn’t go over very well. Alyssa tries to intimidate him which leads to Lizzie coming to his defense, and then him running off.
Landon finds him and Sebastian reveals that his parents sold him to a merchant ship when he was a kid and whenever he tried to escape from it they always found him. He’s never felt safe anywhere. This resonates with Landon, since before The Salvatore School Landon never had a home either. So he tells Alaric Sebastian passed all the tests and deserves to stay. Meanwhile, we see that Ric’s been reading up on “Sebastian the Merciless”, an infamous vampirate.
This leads to an intense confrontation between Alaric and Sebastian when he finds Sebastian feeding on a woman. He shoots him with his crossbow (he’s always true to his vampire hunter roots) and tells him to stay away from his daughter. But, Alaric’s a sucker for second chances and still offers Sebastian a chance to come back to the school if he follows the rules.
However, Sebastian has other plans. He threatens Alaric and reveals that he’s been mind-controlling Lizzie. He has no intention of staying to abide by a set of rules and said that if Alaric wants to protect his daughter he’ll have to kill him.
We don’t know exactly what happened after that, but Alaric tells Lizzie Sebastian left on his own volition and won’t be coming back. I don’t think Ric would’ve taken the chance of him hurting Lizzie, so I’d bet Sebastian’s desiccated somewhere nearby.
As for the other Saltzman twin, Josie has a talk with Landon where they decide to be friends. To put what I hope is the official end to the love triangle, Josie and Landon redecorate Hope’s now shared room to look like her old one did, with a few extra changes. The three of them hug and all seems to be well.
But of course, this is Legacies. Nothing can be good for too long.
The Necromancer and Chad are now in Mystic Falls and raised a Malivore monster to unleash havoc on the school. Next week we’ll be dealing with a monster who preys on everyone’s insecurities and it looks like there’ll be a lot of drama ahead.
- When Dorian mentioned Caroline at the beginning of the episode it reminded me how annoyed I am that we haven’t seen her yet. Candice King is open to returning, what are we waiting for?
- Chad suggesting “taking a leak” on Malivore for revenge has to be one of the funniest lines in the show.
- I love Lizzie, but I don’t think choosing to talk to MG about her problems with Sebastian is a good idea at all. You know he likes you, give the kid a break!
- There was a very little amount of Hope in this episode, what’s that about? This tribrid deserves her fair amount of screentime.
- Also noticeably missing was Kaleb, I want to see how he reacts to Dorian’s new intern being his sister.
What do you think happened to Sebastian? How soon do you think the sand clock is going to break open? Should Hope and Josie be together instead of with Landon?
Let us know what you think in the comments!
Legacies Fall Finale – Krampus, Santa, and the Red Hood Revealed! (2×08)
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Mystic Falls.
And that isn’t a good thing considering it’s the middle of October and they should be celebrating Halloween instead.
The falling snow has made everyone abnormally cheery, which is hilarious but also terrifying as Hope and Lizzie remain the only two unphased by the jolliness.
There’s nothing scarier than children making snowmen, sledding, and stringing up Christmas lights, according to Alaric, though one sip of cocoa later and he’s on the train to the North Pole alongside everyone else.
Hope deduces that this must be the work of a monster, and she’s right: the Krampus is here to reward all the naughty boys and girls.
The absurdity continues when Santa (he is real!) emerges from Krampus’ bag and the two square off as if a part of WWE fight night. As the episode title forewarned, this Christmas was surprisingly violent.
It’s nice to see someone else take down a monster-of-the-wee for a change, plus, there was something bloody enjoyable about Santa punching and body-slamming a foe.
While Krampus didn’t pose too much of a threat to the Salvatore School student body, he was Clarke’s last hope at redemption, and when he let him down, Malivore’s son was forced to join forces with Hope in his final few hours of life.
Clarke’s been a complete thorn in Hope’s side, but much like Hope, I’ve developed a rather soft spot for him.
He was misunderstood and lonely, much like Hope, which caused him to act out; he couldn’t help it.
But hopefully, decapitation means he’s dead for good because that man had more lives than a cat and kept popping up unnecessarily.
The episode brought closure to the Hope-Josie-Landon love triangle and his decision was unsurprising.
Landon was in denial, but it was obvious – mainly because his subconscious shouted it from the rooftops – that he was always going to be in love with Hope. You don’t get over your first love that easily.
Despite “ghosting” both ladies when things got too hard, Landon returned to handle things in a mature way.
Landon handled things in a mature way giving both ladies a proper and romantic speech. It’s a welcome change from his cowardly actions on Legacies Season 2 Episode 7.
While it’s heartbreaking to hear that the boy you love loves someone else, Landon admitted that “doing the right thing should never be this hard,” so at least Josie knew she wasn’t the problem.
And Josie should have been prepared for this moment when her memories were restored. She should have stepped aside since Landon was never hers to begin with.
As the Christmas magic began wearing off, we found out who was under the red hood this whole time and admittedly, the cliffhanger was kind of a letdown.
Despite reports that Chris Wood is reprising his role of Kai in one episode is 2020, I kind of hoped he somehow escaped the prison world and was tucked under the red hood.
For the amount of build-up that there was for this character reveal, the Necromancer didn’t meet those high expectations.
The Necromancer may have been a fan-favorite monster from Malivore, but he’s not someone that strikes me as more dangerous than Malivore itself.
However, the zombies and controlled body parts should have been a dead giveaway that all of us completely missed.
What do you think the Necromancer is up to in Mystic Falls? Does it have something to do with the Sphinx’s riddle?
The episode had plenty of callbacks to “The Vampire Diaries” with many shots even adopting the style of its predecessor.
The MF bell tower shining behind Clarke looked like a scene right out of the original series.
Lizzie driving Damon’s car and saying it was “gifted by an old friend of my dad’s,” was a sweet touch, though, does that mean Damon is still alive and existing while all of this is happening?
And there’s no denying the steamy scenes and the banter leading up to them between Sebastian and Lizzie were classic Damon and Elena scenes. It has the “forbidden” love aspect that the previous relationship did, and there’s no denying Sebastian is a cross between bad boys Damon and Klaus.
Other Holiday Thoughts
- Hope denying Santa’s existence was ridiculous considering all the supernatural and folklore monster’s she’s encountered. If all of them are real, chances are so is Santa.
- Kaleb must have been high up on Santa’s nice list cause he was gifted his dream car!
- Rafael met his birth father and the reunion went way better than the time Landon tried to reunite MG with his parents. And since his mother was a wolf who ran away, chances are we’ll meet her soon.
- Landon claimed to have run away from the school so the monsters wouldn’t hurt anyone he cared about anymore, but the monsters still came when he wasn’t around. Otherwise, how do you explain the Krampus?
- Hope and Alaric’s faces when they see Santa may be the best part of the episode.
- Alaric has been reinstated as Headmaster and all is back to normal!
What did you think of the fall finale?
Are you digging the comedic nature of the show? Do you enjoy the monsters-of-the-week? Do you think they’ll be less frequent now that Malivore seems to have closed?
And what threat does the Necromancer bring? Will he be used to foretell the future about the Gemini merge?
Legacies returns Thursday, January 16th! See you then, Cravers!
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