I feel very torn about this show. There are parts of it that are funny, dramatic, and already a bit heartbreaking.
However, there are also parts of it that kind of make me reach for the fast-forward button.
As you read my episode review, please keep in mind these are my opinions. If you think differently, drop me a note in the comments. I would love to hear from you!
Big Surprise! Landon is Not Evil!
I’ve already read a few reviews online where the reviewer was actually quite surprised by Landon turning out to have been a victim of the situation instead of the perpetrator. He didn’t steal the blade. Something made him steal it.
Alaric, Hope, and Rafi discover Landon hiding out in a cabin in the woods. While Alaric deals with a woman they discovered, Hope and Rafi confront Landon.
We get a little bit of bromance here, which I thought was much needed after last week. I didn’t like how easily Rafi let Landon leave, considering Landon had absolutely nothing left. Protecting him here? Getting between Landon and Hope? You scored some much needed points with me Rafi. Good job.
I didn’t think it was surprising that Landon was a good guy after all. Really, the show has already set him up as a love interest for Hope. I was, at the same time, pleased at the relationship triangle we have with Rafi, Landon, and Hope. (So long as it doesn’t become another “Elena can’t choose between brothers” situation)
Dragons Don’t Exist!
It’s my opinion that moments like this are where these shows shine. Yes, we all love the heartbreak and the mayhem, but I reckon it’s the funny moments that keep us coming back.
Alaric realizes that the woman he thought was from the bus is actually the creature that killed everybody on the bus. More than that, she’s a freaking dragon! The blade Landon stole ends up standing in for a sword and the dragon is killed.
Of course, before the dragon is killed via being stabbed in the neck, Hope gets to use black magic. Uh oh. She’s in trouble.
Careful Hope. Your Klaus is Showing
Having the epic kind of timing we only see in television shows, Alaric sees Hope use the spell. Once the dragon is dead, he confronts her. She couldn’t have known she was going to battle a dragon, so this death spell had to have been for Landon.
If there was one thing Klaus Mikaelson was known for, it was how short the trip was from “I’m angry” to “I have killed someone.” Hope showed a bit of her father in that way too. She went into that cellar with Rafi planning to end Landon.
There is regret on her face when Alaric confronts her. It is almost as if she didn’t truly think through what she was prepared to do. That, too, is reminiscent of Klaus. He would constantly stab or bite first, ask questions later. He had to learn to regret his actions. How did he do that? He had someone teach him. He had his brother Elijah and later, he had Cami.
Where is Hope’s Elijah? Where is Hope’s Cami? I find it hard to believe that Landon will become her voice of reason. I lean more towards Alaric, but that man already has a lot on his plate.
After reading a note left by Landon explaining why he and Rafi are going away, Hope returns to her room. The camera then really yanks on the heart strings by zooming in on the photos she keeps. Both are of her family, the Mikaelsons. I admit, seeing their faces still makes me ache inside. Don’t know that that will ever stop.
At the End of the Day, He’s a Father
I really liked that, once all the trouble was over and they were home again, Alaric went to his daughters. He hugged them and for a moment, looked fragile. That was where the felt safe, felt at home. That showed a side to him his students don’t often get to see.
An Incredible Imbalance
Here it is. Here’s the part of the plot that I couldn’t stand. I stopped watching during those parts and scribbled into my notebook until they were over. I know it is a terrible thing to say. I know that Alaric’s daughters will be important to the future of the plot and the show.
However, the imbalance was just crazy.
On the one hand, we have Alaric, Hope, Landon, and Rafi fighting a dragon. Landon feels guilty for hurting Hope, a girl who never trusts anybody. Rafi ends up choosing his best friend over a school that would offer acceptance of everything he is. Alaric is protecting his school’s secret, while also trying to keep Hope from nose-diving off the deep-end.
Those are really profound plots. Each character is contributing. Each character is growing. They are impacting each other. We are engaged and drawn in and can’t help rooting for them, worrying for them.
But this sports game being played by Alaric’s daughters against a team of humans? The frustration of not being able to use their powers to win? The decision to lose spectacularly just so they can feel some control over the game? It feels petty. It feels small and juvenile and I think Legacies can do so much better. It IS doing so much better.
If this show wants the longevity that the Vampire Diaries and the Originals enjoyed, it needs to swing away from the high school theme and towards the supernatural. It is a young adult television show. I know that. But, when I’m watching Hope Mikaelson doubt herself or Landon wish he hadn’t hurt her or Rafi decide what family to choose . . . I forget this is made for young adults.
And that’s a good thing. I never felt the Vampire Diaries or the Originals was meant for teenagers. I always felt drawn in by them, engaged by them, and amused by them. For that to happen here, a balance needs to be struck that right now is sorely lacking.
I will admit to being excited to see more of Hope’s inner Mikaelson come out!
I liked the brief conversation we got between Alaric and the only other adult (so far) teaching at the Salvatore School, Dorian. “Dragons don’t exist!” “Just like vampires and werewolves don’t?”
What’s up with gargoyle just inside the front gates of the school? Looks like the show has decided to expand a bit!