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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-The End of Kai Parker? (2×13)

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Legacies Review-The End of Kai Parker? (2x13)

What a doozy.

After last week’s fantastic episode featuring the return of Kai Parker, Legacies picks up with Kai now officially out of the prison world.

His mission: wreak havoc in Mystic Falls.

Aside from that,  I’m not totally sure what he’s trying to do here. Is he just trying to screw with Ric? We know he wants to demolish the prison world and the Saltzmans along with it, but did he have a game plan for after that?

Regardless, this episode’s pacing kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time.

The episode title “You Can’t Save Them All” was a pivotal theme of the episode’s main conflict.

Kai forces Hope to choose between saving Landon or saving everyone stuck in the prison world.

I never doubted for a minute she would choose the Saltzmans over him, but I do feel bad for the Hope and Landon shippers right now. I’m sure it was partially a numbers game, saving six versus saving one, but even if it was just one Saltzman versus Landon, I think he would’ve been a goner.

She doesn’t have a lot of family left, so I would imagine she’d go to any length to rescue the man who stepped in to help raise her. She’s recently become really close with Lizzie, and her and Josie have always had a special relationship. I don’t think he can compete with that.

I really thought Landon’s time on this show might’ve been up this episode. But alas, he lives another day. He had a prophecy and a powerful heretic working against him and he still prevailed. He’ll never be on Hope’s level of hero, but he has come far.

Also, it rubbed me the wrong way that we didn’t see any hints that Landon cared about Josie being stuck in the prison world. He was obviously trying to help Hope rescue them, but it’s like the show forgot those two characters had a relationship this season. You would think he’d care more about someone he was once so close to being in danger, but we only really got to see Hope’s concern instead of his.

I’m glad Lizzie didn’t die and become a heretic yet. I think she should in the future, especially to avoid the merge, but I want it to be her choice, not Sebastian’s.

I’ll admit I was surprised we got any semblance of redemption from Sebastian. Him choosing to stay behind to be the anchor to another world felt all too familiar, but at least this is someone who deserved what he got.

I’ll miss seeing Thomas Doherty on my screen, but I think the show will be better off with him gone.

This was the episode where we finally got to see Dark Josie in all her glory. I loved her transformation with the dyed hair and weird veins protruding out of her face. It’s cheesy-looking but fun.

It reminded me so much of Elena when she shut off her humanity. There’s nothing more exciting than seeing the ultimate good-girl character turn evil. It’s fun to watch.

I’m glad she’ll be sticking around. I was going to be really disappointed if they’d teased this plotline for so long and abandoned it within an episode. Especially since she’s so powerful. She brought back memories of Kai and opened a door out of the prison world. Who knows what she can do?

Also, was I supposed to get a flirty vibe between Josie and Jade at the end? I don’t like it. Jade knew Josie as a kid, so it seems too weird for me. Also, Hope is right there. Her and Josie have the most chemistry on the show. I don’t know if its Danielle Rose Russell and Kaylee Bryant or if the writers are headed in that direction, but I’m totally on #TeamHosie.

Unfortunately, for the time being I think Chris Wood’s appearance on Legacies has come to an end. Alaric’s “This is for Jo” was a perfectly cathartic moment to say goodbye to such a great character. He brought out the best in Legacies and made me miss TVD more than ever. Please come back soon!

Stray Thoughts:

  • Is it just me or was the big reveal of Landon’s Phoenix form a bit weird? I don’t know if it was the CGI or just a general cringe associated with the scene. Josie’s dark eyes were also subpar.
  • Did Dorian die? I liked the guy but Legacies has to start killing off characters. The body counts on TVD and TO compared to Legacies is ridiculous. This is a supernatural show, there should be collateral damage and stakes the characters have to worry about. If no one important ever dies I’ll stop worrying when my favorite characters are in danger.
  • I don’t buy that Kai’s out of the picture for good. He has a way of coming back even when he shouldn’t.
  • I like Jade. I hope she sticks around.
  • Rafael finally returned. I’m still not sure what they’re doing with his character.
  • Love square alert between Alyssa, Kaleb, Jed, and MG? I think I’m on #TeamKaleb for this one.

Who do you ship Alyssa with?

Do you think Kai will return anytime soon?

What do you think of the prophecy?

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