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Legacies – There’s Always a Loophole (1×16)

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It’s hero time.

And the students of the Salvatore School for the Young and Gifted really proved themselves when push came to shove.

They were brave, they stood their ground, and even outsmarted the agents of Triad Industries.

Alaric was right when he said they fared brilliantly against the worst monster of all — ignorant humans.

It’s almost as if they’d been fighting monsters alongside Hope all season long… oh, wait.

Seeing how capable his students were should have eased Alaric’s mind and lessened his worries, but instead, he was more concerned about how his role as an ignorant human himself impacted his leadership of the school.

When Alaric blamed himself for the mess they were are in, he was really acknowledging the backstory and roots.

Alaric may be pro-supernaturals now, but those who have watched The Vampire Diaries know it wasn’t always this way.

He started off as a vampire hunter wanting to eradicate the Earth from supernaturals. But his fate has always been tied to vampires, witches and werewolves ever since his first wife.

I’m glad the writers acknowledged his past because it shows that it’s entirely possible for someone to change.

However, after all was said and done (I’ll get to this in a minuted), will Alaric and the council even remember why they were voting on whether or not he should remain headmaster? Or has their memory been completely cleared?

Legacies finished out its first season on a high note.

And boy, Julie Plec wasn’t lying when she said it would be an emotional rollercoaster.

Admittedly, I was skeptical about the series in the beginning. I wasn’t even a fan of the few first episodes as they felt too teeny-boppy and cheesy.

But Julie and team proved that they can deliver exceptional supernatural shows that feel fresh while simultaneously finding ways to relate and connect the storyline to its predecessors, TVD and The Originals.

Hope Mikealson took a page of out Klaus Mikealson’s playbook and sacrificed herself to save her loved ones from Malivore.

Either the fact that she’s a tribrid and the “key” (how Buffy-esque) to stopping Malivore’s rise(Hellmouth, anyone?) just fell into the writers’ laps or it’s something they’ve been mapping out since Hope’s conception.

The latter is the most impressive from a planning standpoint, and I wouldn’t put it past Plec and the writers.

This was always Hope’s destiny, but it isn’t her end-game.

Hope didn’t dive into Malivore alone though. She took Landon’s snakey brother with her after performing a ‘follow the leader’ spell which was so second grade. I can see why Clarke was never Malivore’s perfect son.

TVD started off with a good brother, Stefan, and a redeemable bad boy brother, Damon, but in this situation, the family dynamic between Landon and Clarke doesn’t seem as promising.

While Hope’s sacrifice was a tough and heartbreaking decision, forcing Clarke to suffer the same fate lessened the blow and made it worthwhile.

Hope’s journey from a lonely girl to a woman who realizes she’s better with a group and that she’s part of something bigger. She doesn’t need to carry this burden all on her own and if she had realized that sooner, maybe she wouldn’t be in this place.

It’s unfortunate that as Hope starts having real meaningful connections with her fellow students, she also has to retreat into isolation. Malivore has been dubbed a lonely place and I’m afraid it will undo all the progress she’s made.

But what happens now? The show’s heroine, and arguably the most powerful supernatural creature, has been swallowed up by a hell dimension. And the way Malivore dried up after they both fell in made it feel way too permanent.

There’s also the little issue where no one has any memory of Hope.

Being sucked up by a void of darkness erased her from everyone’s collective conscious and the remaining trace of her left behind at the school was erased by Ric.

I’m slightly upset that Ric listened to Hope and burned all her documents.

Her request was valid since she didn’t want them to suffer at her expense, but Ric should have held onto everything in case there is another loophole that could stop Malivore from rising and simultaneously save her.

Why would he do that?!?

Almost immediately after her jump, everyone forgot Hope. It’s as if she never existed. But how does this work exactly? Does Landon simply not remember anything about Triad since his brother has also been wiped from his mind.

How far back do their memories go? Do they remember that Triad attacked the school under the false belief that the chalice was hidden there?

And what happens to poor Rafael? Is he stuck in his werewolf mode? They made it a point to underline that Hope was the only one who could turn him back into his human self.

I’m guessing he’ll probably be the only one who will remember Hope when he eventually becomes human again.

Triad may have been a group of extremists who hunted down monsters they deemed dangerous, but they weren’t wrong for wanting to keep Malivore under lock and key.

The stuff Clarke and Landon’s father wanted to do once he was alive again was disturbing and dangerous.

There were moments where I was truly worried about his future if his father remolded.

The twins were still at odds following their fight and after finding out about the merge.

We assumed Josie was the stronger one, and it seems we were right. But even through her anger, she couldn’t allow her twin sister to die and she threw herself in front of the bullet.

Thankfully, Hope’s blood served as the cure because the fact that the episode is called ‘There’s Always a Loophole’ gives me faith that they will find the loophole for the Gemini curse.

Unlike with Jo and Kai, Josie and Lizzie love each other so much they are going to be extra motivated to find a way to save each other.

They also got their hands on an Ascendant in Ric’s office after Triad lifted his hiding spell.

Again, those of us who have watched The Vampire Diaries know that an Ascendant is used to harness the power of a celestial event to create a portal to a different dimension and allow the person to travel to it. There were three in use, but it is believed they were all destroyed.

The last one was created with Bonnie, Josie and Lizzie to trap Kai.

I’m guessing this is the one Ric was holding onto.

Since the girls have their hands on it, there’s a chance they may help Kai escape.

Part of me hopes this Gemini coven storyline allows for Kat Graham (Bonnie) and Candance King Accola (Caroline) to guest star!

Other Thoughts 

  • Is Triad officially over now that Malivore has been locked? How did they not figure out that Hope was the key to all of it?
  • MJ’s relationship with his mother is deader than he is. Sorry, Veronica.
  • All the monsters this season have been so on point!
  • Medusa returned to save MJ’s life! I really hope she attends the school and has a thing with MJ.
  • How adorable was Kaleb protecting all the children?
  • MJ telling Kaleb to “be better” when it came to enemies who just tried to kill them was so critical. We should all think like that in our daily lives and refuse to be less than.


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Legacies Review – Hope Turns Into a Monster (3×11)

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Legacies Review You Can’t Run from Who You Are Season 3 Episode 11

It was business as usual at the Salvatore School on Legacies Season 3 Episode 11 as Alaric and team brainstormed ways to destroy Malivore using Cleo, their new muse.

Cleo inspired a few plans, but none of them went as planned. Do they ever, though?

Hope and Landon astral projected to the prison world in hopes of destroying it and Malivore along with it using the Necromancer.

However, upon arrival, they realized the Necromancer couldn’t come to the phone. Why? Cause he’s dead. 

And while that obviously put a dent in Hope’s plan, I was pretty thrilled that we wouldn’t have to deal with the Necromancer again because, much like the prison world, he’s greatly overstayed his welcome.

However, it seems like we were all onto something when we theorized that Landon wasn’t being himself. 

If I had to guess, I’d say that Landon’s been a vessel for the Necromancer, who somehow hitched a ride in his body upon returning to Mystic Falls. 

You’ve got to admit that Landon was way too good at impersonating the Necromancer. It’s almost as if he was him. 

The best part is that Hope wasn’t the one to figure it out. She’s been so happy to have Landon back that she ignored all the red flags and didn’t even realize her boyfriend wasn’t himself! 

Is that a telling sign about their relationship?

Instead, Wade was the one that picked up on Landon’s odd behaviors.

Landon didn’t remember his favorite module from D&D, and the berbalang went after him instead of the dead flesh which it usually craves. 

Props to Wade for being so observant.

Legacies Review You Can’t Run from Who You Are Season 3 Episode 11

Legacies — “You Can’t Run from Who You Are” — Image Number: LGC311fg_0006r — Pictured (L-R): Omono Okojie as Cleo and Danielle Rose Russell as Hope Mikaelson — Photo: The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

However, there were moments were Landon acted like himself, so maybe he’s internally fighting with the Necromancer and doesn’t remember it?

Wade found it weird that Landon stabbed Hope in the heart, but he did it to save her. He also immediately jumped into action when the berbalang bit Hope and the bite transferred over into the real world. 

Also, how fun was it that one of their own turned into a monster-of-the-week. 

In order to save Hope, Josie was forced to confront her dark subconscious — welcome back, Dark Josie — and take back her magic. 

And it’s about time. 

I’m all for Josie attending Mystic Falls High if she’s genuinely interested in embracing a human existence, but she can’t do it at the expense of herself.

 It’s obvious that she’s been struggling because she’s not being authentic about who she is. 

She’s running away and trying to suppress the supernatural parts of herself, which, in turn, means she’s letting the dark side win.

Josie needs to own who she is — a witch. 

And she doesn’t even know it yet, but even in the muggle world, she fell in love with a supernatural creature. 

Lizzie and MG confronted Finch about her werewolf gene, and the poor girl had no idea how it worked or what triggered it. 

Lizzie went into protective mode, which is understandable, but it’s a little strange that she automatically assumed Finch was a bad person and a killer. 

From past experiences (see: Tyler Lockwood), werewolves trigger the curse accidentally. 

Still, Lizzie wanted proof that Finch wasn’t a cold-blooded murderer and forced the poor girl to remember that she was tricked into killing her grandfather. 

It was a heartbreaking memory that she forced her to tap into. Though, it does help us understand Finch a little better.

Lizzie meant well — she simply went about it the wrong way. 

However, she’s making a lot of progress by admitting that she screwed up and asking MG for advice. 

Hopefully, she takes it because Josie deserves to know the truth about Finch. She’s been so hard on herself for her relationships falling apart, but this time, it wasn’t her fault at all.

And now that she’s accepted her supernatural side again, she can be a source of support for Finch. 

Kaleb finally scored his first date with Cleo, but in order to do so, he needed to be vulnerable and honest. 

I love that Cleo is so secure that she wasn’t falling for Kaleb’s game and demanded he drop the act if he wanted a chance with her. 

It’s about time we ask men to be real instead of encouraging their macho actions.

This is the start of a healthy relationship, which honestly, might be a first for the series. 

Hope and Landon should get some pointers!

Alaric’s mission to Triad HQ with Cleo and Kaleb also unearthed some clues about his artifact. 

Even though the parchment turned to dust, Alaric found out that it likely created by Leonardo da Vinci. Is this giving anyone The Da Vinci Code vibes?!

He also realized that it’s connected to Project Pandora, the mythical box that Alaric and Hope opened which contained all the world’s ills.

Does this mean the artifact is the key to destroying Malivore?

They always say that those who give the best advice rarely take their own. MG gave Lizzie solid advice about how to handle things with Josie, but he didn’t take his own advice when it came to Ethan. 

The downside of allowing a human to know about the supernatural is that they can get hurt… badly hurt. 

Ethan is the present-day version of Matt Donovan. He’s a human who is all too eager to get involved in supernatural situations that have nothing to do with him. 

It was only a matter of time before he got injured. 

MG will either have to come clean to Alaric or give Ethan his blood to help heal him. Neither option is ideal. 

What did you think of the episode?

What’s up with Landon? Are you happy Josie got her powers back? Let us know in the comments below! 

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4 Biggest Moments from Legacies ‘All’s Well That Ends Well’

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Legacies All’s Well That Ends Well Season 3 Episode 10

Legacies is going on a brief hiatus until May, so “All’s Well That Ends Well” brought out all the punches. 

The action-packed episode — one of the strongest of the season — found the students of the Salvatore School battling a banshee in order to get information on Malivore. 

These were the biggest moments from Legacies Season 3 Episode 10: 

Finch is a Wolf

Lizzie tried to help Josie get the girl with her encyclopedic rom-com knowledge, but when Josie finally made her move on Finch with an impassioned speech, she got rejected with a capital R. 

Josie jumped to the most obvious conclusion: Finch was already seeing someone else hence the “plans.”

However, Lizzie snooped around long enough to prove my sneaky suspicion that there wasn’t anything ordinary about Finch. Her “plans” included turning during a full moon because she’s a Mystic Falls werewolf. 

Lizzie didn’t have the heart to tell Josie, so she just told her Finch is unavialable. Why? Why couldn’t she let her make up her mind on her own?

And will MG or Ethan spill the beans?

So much for Josie just wanting to live a normal human life. You can take the girl out of the supernatural, but you can’t take the supernatural out of the girl!

 

Cleo is a Muse

The episode featured so many revelations about the characters particularly why Malivore was still hanging around sending monsters to the the school. Hope had a theory that Malivore was after Cleo, and she wasn’t wrong. 

The banshee revealed that Cleo is a muse, which Malivore wants in order to gain some inspiration to escape the prison world. 

 

Malivore is a Creep

Well, at least Malivore’s right hand man is. He’s been snooping around the school for the past several episodes ever since Landon returned from the prison world. 

When he failed to snatch Cleo, the monster snuck into Hope and Landon’s room and stole locks of their hair. Why? Does it think that they’re the key since they’ve both escaped before?

 

MG and Ethan Form Their Own Super Squad

MG and Ethan are the crime-fighting superhero duo that Mystic Falls didn’t know it needed. The two have formed a budding friendship ever since MG allowed Ethan to keep his memories of the supernatural. 

Ethan’s been really dedicated to stopping any and all crime in town (Matt Donovan much?), but unlike Donovan, he thinks the supernatural is pretty darn cool. 

After he saved MG from Finch in werewolf form, the former upgraded him to “partner” instead of “sidekick.” 

My only gripe with this friendship is that I’m scared it’s replacing MG’s friendship with Caleb, who was completely missing from the episode! 

 

What was your favorite part of the episode? Are you over the Malivore storyline or are you interested to see how Cleo will play into it?

And what do you think is up with the artifact Alaric found that connected to several historical figures?

Let us know in the comments below! 


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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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