Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Legacies - We're Gonna Need a Spotlight

"We're Gonna Need a Spotlight" offers a twist as the latest magical creature to be drawn to a mystical artifact at the Salvatore Boarding School for the Young & Gifted turns out to be a harmless unicorn. However, the mind-warm parasite which hitched a ride on the magical horse turns out to be any but as it infects several of the students starting with Hope Mikaelson (Danielle Rose Russell), slowly lowering their inhibitions until they might become susceptible to removing the Malivore artifact from the school. The conveniently-timed school talent show allows for a humorous backdrop pushing the characters outside their normal comfort zone as well (and allows for an excuse for the headmaster to be absent as things start going crazy).

Actually name-dropping The Wrath of Khan (at least twice) may have gone a bit too far, but it's pretty clear the Star Trek film was one of the major influences for this episode. There are a variety of fun shenanigans over the course of the episode including the unexpected talent show numbers and others that may offer some fallout in the coming weeks including Alaric (Matthew Davis) and Emma (Karen David) in a sequence that allowed David to do a bit of Galavanting, Josie (Kaylee Bryant) living in the moment with Penelope (Lulu Antariksa) - are we ever going to get their stormy romance explained?, and of course the equally enjoyable and creepy non-brooding version of Hope happily enjoying her life and the people around her.

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