Saturday, November 3, 2018

Legacies - This is the Part Where You Run / Some People Just Want To Watch The World Burn

The first two episodes of Legacies, a spin-off of The Originals (which was a spin-off of The Vampire Diaries), takes us to the Salvatore Boarding School for the Young & Gifted whose students include witches, werewolves, and vampires struggling with their powers and place in the world. The episode reintroduces fans to tribrid Hope Mikaelson (Danielle Rose Russell) and twins Lizzie (Jenny Boyd) and Josie Saltzman (Kaylee Bryant) along with several new characters. The school, and characters, are introduced to viewers through a pair of new arrivals in new werewolf Rafael (Peyton Alex Smith) and his friend Landon (Aria Shahghasemi). The episodes play on expectations presenting Landon as a possible friend for the isolated Hope, then a thief and enemy, and back again as a potential friend doesn't stick around to see if Hope forgives him for his deplorable behavior.

There's plenty of drama inside the school run by Alaric Saltzman (Matthew Davis) including the trouble his two daughters get into while Alaric, Hope, and Rafael search for the missing Landon and fight off a dragon (Lauren Ridloff). The Hogwarts-style set-up, with far more teenage drama, allows for some fun to be had. The B-story of "Some People Just Want To Watch The World Burn" involves the students attempting to lose to a rival school (who has no idea that the "losers" they beat every year are actually witches, werewolves, and vampires). And much of the first two episodes deal with the darkness inside Hope who struggles to trust others, and gets burned in her choice to trust Landon leading to some vengeful feelings and dark magic.

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