I tried so hard to be open to Legacies since I was the biggest The Vampire Diaries and The Originals fan, but they made it so hard to connect.
There are no redeeming qualities about Hope Mikealson, Lizzie and Josie Saltzman, or Alaric Saltzman for that matter.
The Alaric I used to know and love is gone, replaced by some man who acts like he never befriended Damon Salvatore, never died and never came back to life.
Who is this person?
The Salvatore School for the Young and Gifted is like a bad Hogwarts knock-off and the series makes it a point to poke fun of that fact, awkwardly, on more than one occasion.
Apparently, Caroline and Alaric even made up a school sport based off of Quidditch so take that as you will, but I’m not going to put too much thought into it.
There was an attempt to pay homage to the very first episode of TVD by throwing a party in the forest but the party could never live up to the one that turned Vicki into a vamp and birthed the love story between Stefan and Elena.
But back to the core cast — the reason we loved Legacies’ predecessors is mostly because of the cast.
Sure, I was slightly younger when TVD premiered than I am now, but these students have nothing on the likes of Elena, Bonnie, or Stefan. Heck, they have nothing on Caroline. Even her daughters are a colossal disappointment.
It’s as if Julie Plec and the writers never met Caroline, Jo or Ric when they were younger.
Lizzie carries a darkness because of her mother Jo’s cursed past, however, throwing around butcher knives in the kitchen because the new werewolf boy rejected her is nothing compared to the things her uncle Kai did.
Josie cares too much, a trait she inherited after Alaric, apparently, though I’ve never found him to be a person who is overly empathetic. She mostly cares too much about her ex-girlfriend and resident mean-girl Penelope who has a penchant for seducing folks including Josie’s best friend MG.
It’s all so cliche and naive and childlike, I found myself wanting more.
The biggest twist involved Hope’s crush Landon Kirby who isn’t the good guy we all thought he was but her sworn enemy.
Hope reaching out to Josie for help locating him through a dark magic spell was a nice touch, but I don’t recall Bonnie or anyone else ever having to sacrifice a rat in order to do a locator spell.
Heck, why isn’t Bonnie teaching at this school?!
And why would Hope, the most powerful tri-brid on the planet, need help?
I fully expected Alaric to allow him to stay at the school because of his nature, and was fully surprised when he told Liam he didn’t belong.
Call me crazy but shouldn’t these magical creatures be able to sniff out other magical creatures? Or at least realize that compulsion isn’t working because they are supernatural beings, not because of the vervain in their system.
And isn’t there some kind of directory that lists all supernatural beings in the world? Wouldn’t they assume that if his foster brother had powers that he also might?
Did Landon know he was a werewolf?
Was he really that clueless about who Hope was? About who her parents were?
Did he know he was going to kill all those people?
Are you sick of Hope always being so trustworthy of the wrong people?
Unfortunately, I don’t think The CW hit the mark on this spinoff. Trying to attract a younger fanbase makes complete sense, but don’t alienate the core fans that made the past two shows such a success.
As much as I wanted Hope Mikealson to be the embodiment of Klaus and Hayley, she just doesn’t appeal to me in any way. She’s not inherently good like her mother, and she’s not threatening like her favorite. She didn’t get either of their qualities and it’s snooze-worthy.
Maybe bringing Caroline back will do the trick?
Even seeing Matt as the Sheriff in town didn’t do the trick. Somehow, he’s still completely useless and hasn’t figured out a way to protect the town from magic, vampires and wolves!
Just give it up, Matt.
Legacies Season Finale Review – Fate’s a Bitch, Isn’t It? (3×16)
With the capture of Malivore, Legacies ended its season prematurely.
With The CW schedule all out of whack due to the coronavirus pandemic, the series ended roughly five episodes ahead of schedule making Legacies Season 3 Episode 16 the unofficial season finale.
But it wasn’t a terrible way to finish off the season either, though, my guess is that the actual finale likely would’ve seen Hope Mikealson embrace her destiny of becoming a tribrid.
This installment was the necessary push to get her to that moment while also acknowledging that she doesn’t have to bear the burden alone. Hope is constantly surrounded by people who love her and want to help her, yet she keeps pushing them away… quite literally.
In this case, Hope ditched Lizzie and Josie by stealing their car and making off with Clarke, who resurrected from the dead in hopes of killing his father.
While it initially seemed like Clarke’s return was going to be hell for everyone, he wasn’t lying when he said he was a changed man.
“Man” being the keyword as Clarke actually bled blood instead of mud. In rising from the dead, he beat his destiny and became human, which meant he came with a fragility that we’re not used to seeing on the show. It also proved that he wouldn’t dare try anything shady with Hope this time around.
I thought I’d be annoyed by Clarke’s return, but it was nice to see him and Hope on good terms finally. Plus, he gave her the sound advice she needed about trusting her friends and allowing them to help her.
The series keeps honing in on the fact that Hope and Landon are soulmates, but I’m having a hard time believing that considering she can’t tell when it’s an imposter instead of her boyfriend.
How many times is Landon not going to actually be Landon? And how many times is Hope going to be blindsided by it?
I may have been fooled by Landon at first, but after I saw the way he talked to Hope and Clarke when they arrived at the motel, I knew something was up.
Despite their breakup, Landon would never look at Hope with such disgust.
At that point, it began to make sense as to why the mud from Cleo’s Da Vinci artwork didn’t move and why Hope and Clarke’s locator spell led them to the motel — Landon was the portal; he was Malivore.
They always say if you don’t want to get caught, you should hide out in plain sight. Admittedly, it was pretty clever.
But where is the real Landon? Is he stuck somewhere in the darkness this whole time? Is he still in the prison world? How is this Landon Malivore?
And most importantly, is Aria Shahghasem getting paid for all the different roles he has to play? He’s like the present-day Nina Dobrev.
Sadly, by the time they figured it out, it was too late for Cleo, who was swallowed up by the one thing she was determined to destroy.
Is anyone else surprised that she wasn’t able to feel that Landon was actually Malivore when she was trying to help him figure out what to do?
We saw Cleo navigating the darkness on the other side and going towards a light at the end of the tunnel, but what will she find there? Is it the light that led her back to Mystic Falls? Will she somehow reconnect with Landon?
The worst part about her “death” is that Kaleb never got to tell her how he really felt. He didn’t even remember her as the moment she was swallowed by Malivore, everyone forgot about her existence except for Hope, who has already been inside Malivore and is immune.
Alaric offered Kaleb the chance to remember Cleo, which was nice of him, though, Kaleb will likely be haunted by the fact that if he and MG didn’t stop to help at the scene of a car accident, he likely would’ve been able to tell Cleo how he felt and saved her life.
I hope this doesn’t convince him to give up the superhero shtick with MG because oddly enough, I’m enjoying it.
MG and Ethan’s superhero days were cool and all, but MG and Kaleb have a swag about them. And cool masks, which is 95% of what makes a good superhero.
Hopefully, Kaleb will get the chance to tell Cleo how he really feels one of these days.
But first, they have to figure out how to save Cleo and Landon before destroying Malivore, which will inevitably force Hope to trigger her tribrid side.
I know it’s not something she wants to do, but if it gets rid of the monsters, protects those she loves, and allows her to be with Landon again, I think it’s safe to say that the pros outweigh the cons.
Not to mention she’ll have a world of support!
While trying to meddle in Hope’s romantic life, Lizzie connected with Ethan on a deeper level. And they are cute!
The chemistry was very much there even though Lizzie was oblivious the whole time.
It’s about time Lizzie gets a decent love interest, but unfortunately, this likely isn’t going to sit well with MG and Lizzie shippers.
Maybe one day the “will they or won’t they” couple will get their shot, but it doesn’t seem to be in the cards for now.
It’s going to be hard for MG to stomach considering his feelings for Lizzie and the fact that Ethan was his best friend but doesn’t remember it because he was compelled to forget.
Josie also doesn’t seem to be in favor of the relationship as she feels guilty that their supernatural world has hurt Ethan on several occasions.
We all know it never ends well when humans meddle in the supernatural. Just look how it turned out for Matt Donovan!
What did you think of the finale? Despite not being the official one, do you think it was a satisfying end to the season?
Legacies Review – Planet Mystic Falls (3×15)
Hope, Josie, and Lizzie traveled to a galaxy far away on Legacies Season 3 Episode 15, and I probably should’ve been tripping in order to fully enjoy the penultimate episode.
While I was skeptical going into the Star Wars-themed episode, I found myself slightly enjoying it and the connections that were made to The Vampire Diaries and Legacies.
And I know no one was complaining about that sweet little cameo from Little Hope! How could you not squeal with glee when she came onto the screen?!
The nightshade-induced hallucination pulled a page straight from 11-year-old Lizzie’s diary and delivered, in a roundabout fashion, a profound discovery we already knew: Hope needs to become a tribrid to defeat Malivore once and for all.
Hope knew that it would come to this, but she’d been putting it off out of fear.
However, she can no longer fight it when her loved ones are being threatened and hurt because of the monsters and she has the means to put an end to it.
She was created to destroy Malivore, and while it’s optimistic of Jo and Lizzie to think that there’s always another way, I truly don’t think that’s the case this time around.
Hope cannot fight her fate.
Hope’s feelings of loss also bubbled up to the surface. After Little Hope appeared and mentioned The Hollow, Hope was reminded about all that she lost in life.
It was heartbreaking to see her confront her younger self and inform her that she wouldn’t get her family back simply by defeating The Hollow.
Hope knows what the future holds, and it’s an endless amount of pain, misery, and loneliness.
This is why her breakup with Landon was so upsetting because he was yet another person that she loved that was taken from her.
Maybe in the process of destroying Malivore, Hope will find a way to be with Landon once again?
Though, from the promos, it seems like Landon might be moving on with Miss Cleo!
The trip through the galaxies also touched upon the insecurities of Lizzie and Josie. The former couldn’t be “The Chosen One,” even in her own story, while Josie was reduced to an android who didn’t have her own story but instead, served Princess Elizabeth, which in reality meant that she always put her sister’s needs above her own.
Hope’s sequel to the story in Lizzie’s diary remedied things a bit and painted Josie as the hero who protects people, but overall, it was an accurate representation of how the girls saw themselves and each other.
Though, as Lizzie kept reminding us, the story came from her 11-year-old mind, and thus, they’ve grown significantly since then. In her diary, she painted Hope as the villain, Lord Marshall, but nowadays, the three of them are united in this fight.
Did it break anyone else’s heart that Hope secretly wished they could all be friends?!
She’d be happy to know that in the present day, their drug-induced adventures brought them closer together and sealed their fates as they all gained a new appreciation for each other.
Also, is anyone shipping Lizzie and Ethan aka Dak Romo?
Back at Mystic Falls, not Planet Mystic Falls, Kaleb, MG, and Jed embarked on their own mission to bury the Wendigo.
Unfortunately, the Wendigo was still alive, which meant that MG had to slay the monster once again.
The trip did allow MG and Kaleb to finally have a heart-to-heart with the latter revealing that he was upset because he felt as though MG replaced him with his new buddy Ethan.
Kaleb’s jealousy was understandable considering MG swapped schools and found a new sidekick almost immediately, but I’m glad they worked things out in the end. Ethan may have been a cool dude, but there’s no friendship better than MG and Kaleb’s!
And Jed, I guess.
The show really cannot find a storyline for him!
I couldn’t care less about the whole Dorian, Emma, and Alaric drama, but I guess it’s a good thing that Emma is allowing Dorian to stick around.
As Hope, Lizzie, and Josie gear up for an epic battle against Malivore, Alaric is going to need all the backup he can get!
And finally… we found out what monster emerged after Andi threw herself into the pit.
It was Clarke, which was a huge disappointment and convinced me that it’s absolutely time to put an end to this Malivore storyline once and for all.
If I never have to say Malivore again, I’ll be happy!
Other Mystic Falls Musings
- Gandalf4Eva proves that Lizzie is a lowkey nerd. MG would be proud.
- Alaric Saltzman channeled his inner Indiana Jones and it was everything I could’ve ever imagined.
- Hope still hasn’t learned how to accept help. Even in a hallucination, she uses her magic to put everyone to sleep and handle the situation on her own!
- Salvatore Castle is such a great name.
- Jed making smores on the Wendigo was such a monster-fighting vibe.
What did you think of the episode? Could you get past the ridiculousness?
Have you been enjoying Legacies Season 3 so far? Or do you think Season 4 needs a complete overhaul?
Sound off in the comments below!
Legacies Review – Witchapalooza (3×14)
Legacies delivered its trippiest to episode to date, but it was great fun all around.
Honestly, I’ve stopped taking the show seriously and it’s become so much more enjoyable.
If anyone was to get sucked into some feel-good, be your best self cult, it would be Lizzie, but surprisingly, she was the one who broke the mind control and tried to stop Andi, the cult leader, who was a dead ringer for The Vampire Diaries‘ Sybil.
After her jealousy caused a rift in her emotional cleanse, Lizzie quickly realized that Andi was up to no good and learned that she was manipulating everyone with psychotropics provided by Triad.
As both Lizzie and Hope pointed out — it’s never good when Triad is involved.
Now, it’s unclear how Triad plays into this whole thing, but it’s definitely connected to Clarke and the artifact.
Andi explained that she needed to use the power of an army of witches to complete some kind of ritual that also required a human sacrifice. She also informed them that Triad kept the witches as prisoners and used drugs to keep them compliant.
When Hope, Lizzie, and Jo broke through the spell, Andi sacrificed herself, but not before spraying them with a jug full of the potion, which led to one of the best and weirdest scenes on television.
“I’m tripping balls,” Lizzie exclaimed as “Cause I Got High” played in a ridiculously drug-infused montage that included the three of them giggling up a storm in panda onesies as they waited for whatever was going to emerge from a dark hole.
But no one was expecting the next Malivore monster to be… Darth Vader?
What? Why? Is this a side-effect of the drugs? Are they still tripping?
The whole scene was second-best next to Lizzie’s line: “we don’t worry about dicks here.” Tell em, girl.
Andi may have been a fraud, but the ladies were easy prey because of their insecurities. They have all allowed their emotions to control them, in particular, Hope, whose powers were exploding as she mourned her breakup with Landon.
In order to break her out of the mind control, Jo forced Hope to come to terms with the fact that she was in denial about their relationship.
A break-up was inevitable as they are biologically incompatible, and Hope knew it. Landon did what she was too afraid to do.
Lizzie has always been insecure when it comes to Hope, so she was easy prey.
And Jo has been going through her fair share of struggles since Dark Josie and her new relationship with Finch.
Even with everything going on, at least they can count on each other to keep themselves in check.
That’s what best friends are for.
Elsewhere, Dorian and Alaric teamed up to find another monster, but this time, he was outside of Mystic Falls.
Dorian though that MG might have turned into a ripper, but instead, MG was helping people when he ran into a wendigo.
Since everyone always says it’s “never a wendigo,” it was inevitable that they’d encounter a wendigo eventually.
Alaric allowed MG to come back to school and promised they’d help people together.
Will this become the Salvatore School’s new purpose?
Finch challenged Jed to a game of pool for the coveted spot of alpha. Jed was feeling pretty confident until the pack told him they always let him win. It was obvious Finch as a pro-pool player, but when she realized just how important being alpha was to Jed, she threw the game and let him win.
Finch is really starting to grow on me, and she’s fitting in exceptionally well at the school! I love that she already has a storyline outside of her romance with Jo.
What did you think of the episode?
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