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Legacies – We’re Gonna Need a Spotlight (1×11)

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Who else could feature unicorns, a talent show, and a parasite and make it work? Only Legacies.

The series continues to be a fun take on the supernatural world and monster hunting.

The latest monster on the grounds of the Salvatore School for the Young and Gifted was actually a red herring.

Hope assumed the unicorn couldn’t do too much damage, but the danger wasn’t the unicorn, it was the parasitic slugs that latched on using it as the host in order to infect the whole student body.

As monsters go, this one was unique because the monster utilized a form of brain control that caused students to act like they’d taken happy pills to get its hands on the urn.

Thankfully, every attempt was thwarted. Well, almost. 

The first person to get infected was Hope, and much like the various versions of Hope in Lizzie’s alternate realities, it was a real treat to see this girl actually enjoy herself for once.

Rafael and Landon immediately picked up on Hope’s odd behavior which just proves that they’re both really good friends.

Hope’s infection eventually led them to the realization that there was an outbreak in the school, and the only thing that could pull the slug from the students was electricity.

If you’re wondering “how do you electrocute the whole student body,” well, same.

Landon, Hope and Dorian attempted to keep the infected students contained as they searched for a solution. 

Meanwhile, Alaric was letting loose on the town with Emma in what may have been the greatest moments of television ever. 

The talent show performances were entertaining, but nothing comes close to Emma and Alaric drunkenly singing karaoke. Drunk-Laric is a babe.

The slug explained Emma’s wild and reckless behavior, but it turns out, Alaric was solely responsible for his new attitude.

We all knew he had it in him.

However, that kiss between Alaric and Emma is going to become problematic.

Given the intense dynamic of Raf, Landon and Hope’s relationship, I would have pegged them as the most obvious love triangle of the season, but the adults? I would have never seen that coming.

But now that it’s happening, I am here for it.

It spices things up in a way that gives the adults a storyline outside of the school. 

Alaric has always been so laser-focused on his career and stopping supernatural beings, we haven’t seen him in lust or love in a while.

Hopefully, Emma doesn’t end up like his other two loves: Jo and Aunt Jenna. 

Emma clearly has the hots for Ric, but she’s also a savage for pursuing him then telling him she’s taken and then kissing his best friend Dorian right in front of him!

But back to this slug… and the other possible love triangle.

Raf was affected during his stand up poetry where he basically revealed how jealous he was of Landon’s relationship with Hope.

Awkward much?

After everyone returned to normal, he tried to play it off like it was the slug affecting his brain but it doesn’t seem like Landon believes him. And he shouldn’t — Raf is smitten with Hope. He’s not going to keep that bottled up for too long.

Especially if Hope keeps subconsciously pursuing him, which she is. Asking Raf to be her partner wasn’t necessary, but it was romantic. 

The parasite didn’t just want to get its hands on the urn, it made sure that everyone made bad decisions regarding their personal lives in the process.

When Josie was affected, she turned into the new Lizzie, which didn’t sit well with Lizzie. 

She was bossy, she was mean, and she only cared about herself.

However, Josie’s new attitude, though temporary, was a reality check for Lizzie who was trying her hand at being “nice” using magical shock-therapy. 

And yes, that’s how she managed to be immune to the slug. We’re still unsure how Landon remained immune, but I’m guessing it has something to do with his connection to Malivore.

Once the slug was outside of Josie, Lizzie didn’t back down and pushed her sister to sing in the talent show like she wanted when she was on slug-brain.

It was big of Lizzie to give up the spotlight for her sister, but Josie’s song choice of “stepping into the spotlight” couldn’t have encapsulated the moment any better than it did.

I mean, she literally stepped into the spotlight and became her own person.

Will Lizzie finally let Josie be more than her shadow? Will this new, brave and confident Josie finally follow her heart’s desire?

Speaking of talent show performances, Kaleb and the vampires should have won. That was killer — no pun intended.

It seems like Landon and Hope are getting more serious by the minute, but knowing this universe, that means something is bound to mess it up. 

Will it possibly slug-infected Alaric who just threw the urn into the water?

I cringed when he grabbed that glass and swallowed the slug without even realizing it. Who doesn’t CHECK a glass before drinking it? Come on, Ric.

It was big enough to be visible.

Will they be able to cure Alaric before it’s too late?

And what kind of hell will he unleash without possession of the urn?

What are your thoughts on tonight’s episode? How are you liking Legacies so far? What do you hope to see more of?

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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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Legacies – This Year Will Be Different (2×02)

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Legacies’ second season brings new monsters, a new student, and a broken Hope Mikealson.

Despite presenting herself as a new student at Mystic Falls High, Hope was on a mission to take down the troll that presented itself at the end of the first episode.

But Alaric was onto Hope almost immediately.

Her cover story that she’s a vampire hunter wasn’t terrible, but when she used her magic to defeat the troll, it kind of gave her away.

And so did the fact that Alaric felt a familiarity fighting alongside her.

“We’ve done this before, haven’t we,” he inquired surmizing that she’s probably the person erased from his memory by Malivore.

He’s kind of good at this thing.

Hope wasn’t planning on setting down any roots — she told the bearded principal that she was just passing by. She wanted to kill her troll and be on her merry way.

But the whole time, I kept wondering where Hope was going to go exactly.

Her home was here. Her family and her friends were all here.

And her purpose was here. Did you see how she and Alaric tag-teamed the resurrected troll that ended up being a cyclops?

They were unstoppable despite just getting trolled.

After Hope had a very emotional and heartbreaking one-on-one with Landon, she approached Alaric to come clean.

“I’m Hope Mikealson, daughter of Haley and Klaus Mikealson,” she revealed much to Alaric’s shock.

Yeah, the Klaus Mikealson name still instills fear. And I bet he didn’t expect one.

But Hope, the badass who singlehandedly closed Malivore, was evidently broken.

She needed him more than ever.

Will Alaric enroll Hope in the Salvatore School for the Gifted? He’s not very involved there anymore considering he was voted out as Headmaster and the new guy, Professor Vardemus, is running a tight ship.

Curfew for witches? Please.

Alexis Denisof starring in a supernatural show again brings me joy, but Vardemus seems like he’s going to become a problem going forward.

I didn’t much like his encouragement of Josie’s spells against her classmates or that he was recruiting her for an advanced class.

His speech about the future being supernatural was a little too extra in a town that’s tried to keep their magical abilities under wraps.

Josie and Landon’s relationship wasn’t faring nearly as well as it did during the summer months.

Once you start admitting feelings, there’s a certain pressure that surfaces.

They were both awkward around each other, Landon was trying to say the right thing and be the perfect boyfriend, while Josie was jealous of how all the girls threw themselves at him following his newfound popularity.

Landon is the “cool kid” now, which is a stark difference from his first day on Legacies Season 1.

Oh, how things chanv

Their first date wasn’t any better as Josie wasn’t feeling well.

We later learned that she went to get sushi because Landon wanted it despite being allergic to seaweed.

They both had a very honest conversation about taking things slow and it looks like these two have staying power.

Landon and Hope were that epic love story, but Josie and Landon are sweet.

There was a brief connection with Landon and Hope, but he doesn’t remember her at all so he felt comfortable talking about relationship woes with her.

Hope’s a trooper for listening and even giving him advice.

My heart broke for MG who spent much of his first day of school trying to impress Lizzie.

It’s about time he realized that he deserves someone way better than her.

Lizzie’s not a bad person, but she’s a work in progress; she’s working on herself and not ready to accept the kind of love she deserves.

In her mind, she’s boxed MG into a friend-zone, and it’s nearly impossible for him to get out right now as she tries to “rebrand” herself.

Plus, she wants someone that doesn’t know her and MG knows her too well.

Can we get him a decent love interest?

Lizzie took a cue from Shonda Rhimes and began her “year of yes,” which meant she was saying yes to everything.

And she was more than happy to say ‘yes’ to Sebastian, a new boy that crashed her study date.

While Lizzie was too mesmerized by his eyes and his chiseled smile, I noticed that Sebastian was wearing dated clothes and spoke as if he’d come back from a different era.

Sebastian is a looker and he’s charming, which is precisely what makes him dangerous.

Why did he target Lizzie?

Is he the next monster?

Was he resurrected with Clarke? Did he venture out of Malivore?

Is he the cloaked figure that killed the poor jogger at the end?

Look, jogging through a cemetery at night in Mystic Falls of all places isn’t a good idea, but the dude didn’t deserve to die!

Another very possible theory is that he’s a figment of her imagination.

What do you think?

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