Monday, January 20, 2020

Legacies - I Couldn't Have Done This Without You

"I Couldn't Have Done This Without You" offers three separate storylines. One focuses on Hope's (Danielle Rose Russell) return to the Salvatore School and the awkwardness of trying to find a bit of normal with Josie (Kaylee Bryant), Landon (Aria Shahghasemi), and others. The awkwardness with Josie is helped through the use of magic in dealing with the hourglass Josie has been pouring dark magic into for most of the year. That object is also noticed by the Necromancer (Ben Geurens) who sees it as a way to restore and embolden his own powers. While things may not be back to normal by the end of the episode, perhaps the Josie, Landon, and Hope have found the start of a new normal heading into the second-half of the season.

The Necromancer gets a hefty chunk of the episode as the story fills in the gaps from his time as a prisoner of the school to his role as the hooded figure. Despite the trouble he causes over the year of flashbacks, this is the funniest of all three tales beginning with the character being restored as a human named Ted with no magical abilities (but plenty of hostility and pent-up rage). The final storyline involves Sebastian (Thomas Doherty) being tested to prove he belongs at the school. Despite proving more restraint than many of the students, he fails a final test when eyes are not watching him. Although his fate is suggested, it does occur off-camera opening the door for the possibility of a return somewhere down the line.

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