Monday, November 19, 2018

Legacies - Hope is Not the Goal

When two students from the rival high school go missing, Alaric (Matthew Davis) sends a team of students to investigate. Paired together on their undercover investigation, distrust continues to be an issue between Hope Mikaelson (Danielle Rose Russell) and Landon (Aria Shahghasemi). When initial evidence points to a vampire, MG (Quincy Fouse) is forced to make a difficult choice and comes clean about Kaleb's (Chris De'Sean Lee) nocturnal habits, however the real threat is revealed to be a giant arachnid feeding on the students of the school while searching for the mystical dagger. The arachnid turns out to be a formidable threat, but nothing a trio of witches can't deal with, but another mystical disturbance and the revelation of Kaleb feeding on local girls raises tensions between the school and local law enforcement.

While most the core cast searches for answers across town, the episode's B-story focuses on one of the new arrivals struggling to fit in. Back at school Rafael (Peyton Alex Smith) runs into some trouble with the local wolf pack that Josie Saltzman (Kaylee Bryant) helps him work through (when they aren't being caught by the evil arachnid). "Hope is Not the Goal" continues to tease possible romance for the two, helped by Josie stealing enough kisses to help get the pair free of the giant spider before they become its latest snack. The episode is also notable for an appearance by The Flash's version of Grodd (seen in MG's dreams) and also the use of comic book logic to take down the latest monster.

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