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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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Joseph Morgan Reveals If He’d Ever Reprise His Character Klaus Mikealson for ‘Legacies’

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If you’ve been waiting for the day where Klaus Mikealson strolls back into Mystic Falls to pay his daughter, Hope Mikealson, and the Salvatore School — which he helped fund — a visit, well, don’t get your hopes up. 

The first two seasons of Legacies have given us some grade-A guest stars from The Vampire Diaries and The Originals including Aunt Freya (Riley Voekel), Kai Parker (Chris Wood), and Matt Donovan (Zach Roerig).  We even briefly saw Lizzie and Josie Saltzman’s birth mother Josette (Jodi Lyn O’Keefe). 

But as for baddie Klaus Mikealson, the man who brought him to life, Joseph Morgan, doesn’t think he’ll ever reprise his role again.

And turns out, he has a really good reason!

TV Guide caught up with the actor to talk about his Peacock show, Brave New World, and when asked about guest starring on The CW teen drama, he bluntly and rapidly shut down the possibility.

“No never, never. You’re never going to see it.” Morgan said. “You can hold your breath as long as you want. You know why? I have The Originals box set on my shelf, and it’s a beautiful thing because it’s five DVD sets that are a complete story from beginning to end of this guy, Klaus Mikaelson — well, starting back in The Vampire Diaries Season 2. So I just feel like to come back as a ghost or a flashback or something, for me, that journey, that story has ended. That’s the complete story, and it just doesn’t feel right to me to do that.”

As much as we’d like to see Klaus in the flesh again, you have to admit that’s a satisfactory answer. It shows that Morgan cares enough about the character not to reprise him without a purpose or taint his legacy. 

Klaus Mikealson’s story came to a fitting end in the series finale of The Originals when he redeemed himself for the greater good and sacrificed himself alongside his brother Elijah to save his daughter. Since then, Hope has carried on his legacy; his memory lives on as she mentions him pretty often and channels what he taught her to protect her friends and fight off a plethora of demons and monsters. 

Morgan added that he felt like series creator Julie Plec understood where he was coming from. 

“I think Julie [Plec] feels the same. It just feels like it would be strange, like a little forced,” Morgan continued. “Like I’m coming back just so we can see something else of him, but when we see it we go, ‘Ugh, that was it?’ And I don’t want his legacy to be, ‘Ugh.’ I don’t know what the scene could be that it would be exciting enough and epic enough after the journey that he’s had.” 

Morgan may get a pass, but Candace Accola surely doesn’t.  We’d love to see her reprise her role of Caroline Forbes considering she’s raising two daughters with Alaric but has yet to pay them a visit or help out with the school! Don’t let us down, Caroline! 

The fact that she is still alive in the supernatural world and has such close ties to Mystic Falls but yet never comes to visit doesn’t paint her in a great light! 


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‘Legacies’ Actor Matthew Davis Welcomes Baby Girl with Wife Kiley Casciano!

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Some good news during this coronavirus pandemic – Matthew Davis is a dad!

The Legacies star welcomed his first child with wife, Kiley Casciano, on Tuesday, March 31.

“Ripley Nightingale Davis,” the 41-year-old tweeted revealing the bundle of joy’s name.

“Born March 31st 9:51 p.m. 7lbs, blond hair, blue eyes, Mom’s beautiful face. Thank you everyone for all your love and support,” he added.

He followed that by adding, “let’s hope she doesn’t have my dyslexia.”

https://twitter.com/ImMatthew_Davis/status/1245181706669297665?s=20

Kiley last showed off her bloomin’ baby bump on March 10 writing, “Nothing says thrill like having a baby during a pandemic.”

The couple had a baby shower on March 6th just days before many states began imposing “stay at home” orders.

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David has long been a part of the franchise having previously starred on The Vampire Diaries and The Originals as Alaric Saltzman, vampire-hunter turned dad of two supernatural twins and headmaster of the Salvatore School for the Young and Gifted.

It’s safe to say, he has tons of experience with rowdy children who tend to get into a lot of trouble!

You can read the Legacies season finale review right here!


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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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