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.
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?
Legacies – I’ll Tell You a Story (1×15)
We finally learned all there is to know about Malivore and truthfully, this is not what I was expecting.
We finally got the bigger piece of the puzzle and learned why Landon is the key to all of it.
Malivore isn’t just a place, it’s a person. Sort of. It’s a Golem, also known as the Eater of the Dark, who is also Landon’s biological father.
I’m just going to let that sink in for a minute.
Considering Legacies’ focus on monsters being trapped inside of Malivore and the revelation that Landon is a phoenix, it only makes sense that his father is a monster himself with a legend that dates back millennia.
After being captured by MG’s mother, Veronica, Landon is taken to TRIAD Industries where he’s handed over to Ryan Clarke.
Ryan’s position at TRIAD has been wishy-washy but for the most part, he’s been connected to the gooey pit of blackness more than anyone else.
He’s also been motivated to free unlock the pit of black existence, which is completely opposite of TRIAD’s mission.
And now, we know why.
Ryan is Landon’s older brother!
Again, I’ll let that sink in.
“I’ll Tell You a Story” was very heavy on Malivorian background, but it’s pivotal going forward to understand who Landon is, what he’s capable of, and why he’s making the decisions he’s about to make.
In a nutshell: the Golem was a created by a witch, a werewolf, and a vampire millennia ago and was spelled not to attack them, which explains why he doesn’t go after any of the students at the Salvatore School.
The Golem’s sole purpose was to keep the villages safe from dragons, but once that was accomplished, he took care and absorbed all the other monsters.
Yummy, right? I’ll never get the image of the Golem sucking up the human-form of a dragon out of my memory.
Over time, the Golem evolved and became a lonely sentient being. And what do lonely, sentient beings do? They try to procreate to carry on their legacy. Legacy, eh?
The TRIAD of supernaturals that created him were like “hell naw dude,” and attempted to destroy him, but he’d been so good to the townsfolk, they thought of him as their god. And you know how people get about godlike beings — they protect them at all costs.
So, the Golem kept on keeping on and trying to procreate to attain the perfect version descendant to little success.
Though I have to admit, Ryan is pretty handsome considering he was literally created from black tar monster.
Since Ryan couldn’t procreate, the Golem shunned him and eventually, Ryan turned on his father/creator by convincing the descendants of the secret society to rebel against their god, as humans often do.
The witches used black magic to track the Golem and dissolve him to his natural state, the black pit of darkness and endless doom in which monsters are forgotten about.
Fast forward to the present and TRIAD has gotten a little power hungry. Power corrupted them — how human of them — and they began throwing anyone into the pit that opposed or upset them — both human and not.
And the only person that can stop them? Our beloved Landon because he’s a blood descendant and the only one who can bring back his father.
To summarize: Malivore isn’t just a place, it’s Landon and Ryan’s father.
I guess that explains why he never tried to find or get to know his son? On some level, that has to be comforting for Landon. It’s almost like a juiced up “it’s not me, it’s you” excuse.
In fact, he was “perfect” in his father’s eyes which would be much more reassuring if, again, his father wasn’t a bubbling pit of tar.
And though being a phoenix is way better than being a mud man, it’s still a little difficult to accept that Landon was biologically created by a tar monster.
After Ryan’s spiel, it seems like Landon is on board with mission “bring back dad,” but I don’t know if that’s such a great idea.
TRIAD must be stopped, on that, we can all agree. They’re trying to weaponize the pit and rid the town of all supernatural entities. Are we sure Matt Donovan isn’t behind this company?
My hesitancy stems from the belief that Ryan isn’t telling Landon the whole truth and instead, simply crafting the narrative Landon wants to hear so he’ll be compelled to help out.
Logistically, what happens once they do return his father to the living? Will he just exist amongst the humans? Will he accept Landon and Ryan and will they become one big happy family?
I’m also a little unclear on how Landon was born an immortal phoenix from all of this? Was the jumble of genetic monster and human material enough to craft him into one?
While I have my hesitations against Ryan, the fact that they are brothers now brings us back to the core values of brotherhood and family that were at the forefront of TVD and The Originals.
Ryan and Landon are no Damon and Stefan or Klaus and Elijah but those piercing dark eyes could convince us otherwise.
Raf isn’t going to be happy about having his title stolen.
TRIAD seemingly figured out that Ryan double-crossed them shortly after he and Landon skipped out to find the third key, a chalice that Landon somehow ‘felt’ wasn’t the decoy.
And Veronica, she knew exactly where they were headed.
Last we saw, her ruthless agents were invading the Salvatore School so let’s hope Landon and Ryan raise dear old dad in time to save their friends.
Alaric has so much on his plate, this is the last thing he needs.
Not only is he dealing with telling the twins about the merge, he’s also a trying to keep the peace between the factions.
Thankfully, he put his ego aside and made amends with Dorian, who he needs to keep the school afloat.
I can’t imagine one human dealing with hundreds of human children let alone a human with three different supernatural types under one roof.
After Dorian and Emma quit, it dawned on me that we’ve never seen any other teachers or professors at the school.
Who is teaching these kids?!
Regardless, it’s not like they have a lot of time to attend class anyway.
Josie and Lizzie’s fallout following Miss Mystic Falls continued.
Josie was trying to find out everything she could about the “Merge” but it proved difficult as all the pages about it were ripped out in every book. Alaric knows how to cover his tracks.
Lizzie attempted to extend an olive branch by forcing Hope to bake Josie a pie. When that didn’t work, Hope handed her a book about ‘The Gemini Coven,’ which she’d seen Ric read on multiple occasions.
If keeping this curse a secret from his daughters was so important, why was he carelessly reading the book around them?
Josie pieced everything together before Lizzie did, but it was Hope who got the full story from Aunt Freya. Hope our girl is doing well!
Finally, Ric came clean about the girls’ doomed fate. About time.
It’s probably not a coincidence that Ric disclosed that one would have to absorb the other at almost the same time Landon learned his father absorbed other monsters to help rid the planet of evil.
I’m surprised at how well the girls took the news considering one of them is fated to die in just a few short years.
Lizzie didn’t seem to remember anything from her alternate reality, which was a little surprising, but it’s probably for the best. Or maybe she did and she just wasn’t letting on as to not hurt Josie even more?
In that reality, Josie was the one who ended up dying, though it seems that in this reality, Josie is the stronger one.
Seeing her overpower Lizzie was unexpected, but ever since she lost Penelope, Josie has gotten some perspective on her co-dependent relationship with Lizzie and has been taking back control.
But while I’m all for Josie standing up for herself and getting her own life, Lizzie had a point when she told Josie that she’s been using her as a shield to hide from the world.
Josie felt safe living in Lizzie’s shadow; Lizzie shouldn’t be blamed for that. She’s selfish and needy but Josie allowed her to be that way.
Still, it’s time they put all of this aside and focus on their collective survival.
How are they going to break this curse?
I’m crossing my fingers that we’ll eventually get a visit from crazy uncle Kai!
- Hope was scared of losing Landon because she’s in love with him which is why she kept his mother a secret from him. Hope is the P. Sawyer of the series so it’s fitting that I say, “People always leave, but sometimes they come back.” Hope’s feelings may have surprised her, but you know Landon feels the same way. He wouldn’t ever leave her behind although his situation did just get slightly more complicated than when they last saw each other. Hope’s going to be concerned once she finds out he isn’t actually an orphan.
- I know Hope wasn’t really talking to Landon today thanks to the prism but her subconscious version of him was awesome.
- His reaction to her ‘I love you’ made me giggle like a school girl.
- Can we point out the fact that this prism could be the answer to seeing old characters from previous shos that are no longer with us? Klaus, Hayley, Elijah could all make an appearance via the prism! Even Lizzie said she uses it to talk to her mother, Caroline, sometimes.
- Seeing Hope admit that she wasn’t over losing her parents and thought she was at fault was heartbreaking.
- Also heartbreaking? Hope trying to coax Rafael into “doing what’s best for him” knowing that he loves her. Man, he loves her so much, but he doesn’t want to love her because of Landon. This forbidden love isn’t going to end well especially because I think Hope has some repressed feelings for him as well.
- I hope Raf learns how to allow his human and his wolf form to co-exist. He cannot be acting on that rage; it’s too dangerous to those around him.
- At the very least, Hope’s way too close and comfortable with Roman. It’s one thing to forgive the man who almost killed your mother, it’s another to kiss him on the cheek. Maybe it’s best that he goes away for a while.
What did you think of all the headway Legacies made tonight?
Should Landon trust his brother? Will Hope save her man? Are Josie and Lizzie more fractured than they ever were now that they know about the merge? What is TRIAD going to do to all the students?
The season finale of Legacies is next week. How is it that time already?
We’re expecting plenty of major cliffhangers as the series has shown us over the course of the first season that they have plenty of tricks up their sleeves.
Since Hope promised to go all Wonder Woman for Landon, does that mean she kills for him and activates her vampire side?
Legacies – Let’s Just Finish the Dance (1×14)
Legacies – The Boy Who Still Has a Lot of Good To Do (1×11)
How wild was tonight’s episode of Legacies?
The structure of the episode and how the events unfolded differed from what we’ve seen previously but it helped keep up the mystery of what happened to MG, Landon and Raf on that full moon night.
Best of all, while the episode focused on Alaric and Hope’s search for the boys, we also learned a lot about the trio and their backgrounds with the flashbacks.
Legacies has succeed in a lot in such a short period of time, but their strength lies in fleshing out characters and making each one unique and likable in their own way.
There’s a great group of teens that attend the Salvatore School for the Young and Gifted, even if MG’s father can’t see anything more than a monster when he looks at him.
Arguably, Landon was to blame behind the dumb decisions to reunite MG with his estranged family and to sneak out during a full moon.
So much could go wrong, and so much did go wrong. As the only human — or so we thought — on the team, it was careless of him.
Landon’s reasoning for trying to reunite MG with his family was selfish. He thought he knew what was best for his friend solely because he never had a chance to get answers and it’s what he would have wanted.
He never stopped to think that maybe this wasn’t the best thing for MG because the truth could hurt him.
Some people just aren’t ready for the truth, MG’s father being one of them.
I was crushed for MG who seemed relieved that his father was happy about his miraculous return from the dead only to be called a demon and monster when he revealed his true authentic self.
That couldn’t have been easy but it’s why his mother told him to stay away to spare him the pain.
Being called a monster by the man he loved fueled MG’s anger and he acted as such by feeding on Landon and killing him.
Raf’s response to bite MG also made sense because his anger at losing his best friend took over during a time where he was transitioning into a monster.
Basically, it was a recipe for disaster.
Thankfully, Hope took it upon her to push Raf to tap into his memories even if it meant knocking Emma unconscious.
Poor Emma. If they had listened to her, MG would have surely succumbed to the toxic bite.
Hope is a strong woman. There aren’t many people who would save the person that just killed their significant other but she knew that despite what MG did, his intentions would never be to kill Landon had he not been consumed by bloodlust and rage.
And MG’s guilt over killing Landon was punishment enough.
I will say there was definitely a lot of hugging between Raf and Hope happening and though I knew Landon’s sudden and brutal death could never be permanent, I did entertain the idea of a relationship between Hope and Raf. There’s just a level of love and respect between them.
But as I said, the writers would never kill off Hope’s love interest so early in the game, if ever.
Landon rose from the ashes like a Phoenix.
I’m proud to say I picked up on his “species” before Alaric announced it so that makes me a monster genius or something, right?
His triumphant return was only made better by Hope’s shocked expression.
Yeah girl, that’s your man!
I’m not too familiar with Phoenix’s, so I don’t know what this means for Landon, but at least we know that there is something supernatural about him which is why he’s always felt so drawn to this school.
It’ll be interesting to see what his superpowers are and how Malivore played a role in creating his kind. Are they more of him?
I’m just happy that spring break didn’t end with all of them coming back with a body to bury.
On the other hand, could Landon be the next monster?
It’s only a matter of time before his mother, Malivore, and Triad Industries all catch up with him!
- Dorian quit but Emma is still there … does that mean Alaric has a shot?
- I could not stop laughing at Landon’s “except for Jesus and Lazarus” comment when MG’s mom said that his religious father wouldn’t believe someone came back from the death.
- Before everything hit the fan, Landon confronted Raf about his feelings for Hope. Those two have to be the tightest bros on the planet for Landon to accept Raf’s feelings without any anger or resentment.
- MG and Kaleb may have a long road ahead of them as vampires but at least they have each other. Kaleb’s comments about being MG’s new family were super sweet.
- It’s interesting that being vampires were so glamorized on TVD and The Originals but Legacies is addressing the bleaker realities — the constant bloodlust and the trouble with controlling it.
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