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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 – Screw Endgame (2×05)

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The only thing missing from this episode was a Flashdance sequence.

Legacies took it back all the way to the 80s, both in Malivore and in Mystic Falls, and it made for one of the best episodes ever.

The writers of this series have tapped into something unique and organic. There’s no rule book, and based on how the series is structured with a new monster every week, they can do whatever they damn well please.

For example, they can put a Minotaur into a prison world that’s a labyrinth and mimics Mystic Falls where the only way out is to trade space with “The Keeper.”

Oh, and the prison world is based on an 80s video game that Hope and Lizzie have to navigate if they want to survive. (Have you ever played Frogger?)

Oh, and somehow, all of this tallies up to a poignant point about screwing the patriarchy and female empowerment.

And with all that in mind, it was still a cohesive, sensical, and fun episode chock full of badass Hope and Lizzie moments, nostalgia, romance, bad decisions, and an OMG-worthy reveal.

Bless these writers.

Let’s start with this prison world because it was such a monumental episode for Lizzie.

She’s tried so hard to become a better person and she accomplished all of that in this prison world without giving it a second thought.

Initially, she was going to take The Keeper’s spot, but instead, she eliminated The Keeper’s position, shot the Minotaur down with a bow-and-arrow borrowed from Frank (hey, Frank!), saved Hope, and made sure to put an end to girl-on-girl crime.

Lizzie might as well have put on a cape and called herself Mystic Falls’ newest superhero.

Lizzie and Hope made great side-kicks solely because Lizzie remembered Hope and is the only one that currently does.

Just being remembered had a massive impact on Hope, who finally felt like she was home.

This secret they share will only bring them closer together, which I’m excited about.

Josie and Landon were gearing up for their first time.

And while Josie was ready, Landon needed a little bit of coaching from Dorian.

He’s really the only other adult that Landon could turn to aside from Alaric, which would have been weird cause he’s Josie’s father.

Sometimes, I forget that this a show watched by teens because I’m an adult, but the conversation Landon had was so important for anyone his age just wondering when that right moment is.

Dorian was a responsible adult and talked with Landon about it instead of discouraging it.

Odds are if a young adult is asking, they’re going to do it with or without your advice. The only thing he failed to do was give Landon the proper protection.

But, then again, that may have saved them from making the biggest mistake of their lives.

Landon wasn’t ready, and when he finally decided he was, it’s because he still didn’t remember Hope.

If he would have gotten his memories back, chances are that he and Josie both would have regretted it.

As Lizzie explained it, they’re just filling a void that they’re completely unaware of.

Hope handled the situation about Landon very maturely. Show me another teenage girl who would be okay with having her boyfriend have sex with another girl.

And yes, I know the circumstances aren’t exactly normal, but it was big of Hope to let Landon go because he’s happy.

Her decision was influenced by the fact that destinies could change and there could be another path for all of them.

I personally think the responsible thing would have been to tell Landon and Josie so that they were brought up to speed, but I also cannot judge Hope for just wanting to move on and let things work themselves out.

And this way, the writers get to play around with Hope and Raf.

The two have always had a connection and with Landon out of the picture, they’ll be able to act on things now.

That is until Josie figures out who Hope’s identity.

Despite getting the protection and not getting interrupted by Hope and Lizzie, Josie and Landon never had their big moment because she found his journal under the bed.

And inside she found all of his poems and musings about Hope.

She obviously cannot be mad at him, but Josie’s smart enough to figure out that Hope’s probably the person who closed Malivore.

From the promo we saw for next week, she goes to New Orleans and pays Aunt Freya a little visit.

The Vampire Diaries and The Originals fans are jumping for joy at the sight of Riley Voelkel.

But it’s a little upsetting that she doesn’t remember her niece either.

What does everyone think happened to Klaus and Hayley’s daughter? So much of Hope’s existence is engrained in what happened to the Mikealson brothers.

Monsters running amok in Mystic Falls is nothing new, but one specific monster may pose a problem to those in the Salvatore School.

Sebastian, whom Lizzie thought was a boyfriend she’d imagined, found a weak-minded individual that he was able to convince into waking him up.

MG and Kaleb both washed their hands of Sebastian because they assumed he was a blood-thirsty original vampire who posed a threat.

But Wade, well, he fell for it.

What does Sebastian want? Will he leave town as promised? Why didn’t he join the dance battle?

And how exactly is he an original vampire? I mean, Hope is part of the original family, and we knew all of those guys. How does Sebastian fit in there?

There’s potential here to intertwine our previous worlds. Who turned him?

Did he know the Salvatore brothers? Mystic Falls is rich in history, so Sebastian is bound to know someone.

And will Lizzie work for or against her bae?

We all knew there was something off about Professor Vardemus, but I never expected it to be Ryan in disguise.

Ric should have followed his gut instinct instead of extending an olive branch to the headmaster or better yet, Fumbledore.

This episode had some funny moments, but that one was hands down a winner.

Ryan vowed to make Hope pay for leaving him in Malivore, but since taking the job, he’s been coaxing Josie to use dark magic.

What’s his game plan?

Or is he really working to stop Malivore? Only time will tell.

What did you think of the episode?

Does it make your list of top 5 best episodes?

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Legacies – Since When Do You Speak Japanese? (2×04)

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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.

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Legacies – You Remind Me of Someone I Used to Know (2×03)

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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?

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