Legacies Season 3 Episode 1 Review
Creator: Julie Plec
Director: Jeffrey Hunt
Starring: Danielle Rose Russell, Aria Shahghasemi, Kaylee Bryant, Jenny Boyd, Quincy Fouse, Peyton Alex Smith, Matt Davies, Olivia Liang and Ben Geurens
For those who haven’t watched this show before here is a quick recap to get you up to date. This show is set after all the events of the previous shows The Vampire Diaries and The Originals.
Legacies is set in the Salvatore School which is a school for those with supernatural abilities such as vampires, witches and werewolves.
Hope Michaelson (Danielle Rose Russell) is a tri-brid and this is really her show yet she is sort of taking a back seat but she is the one everyone expects to save the day.
Landon (Aria Shahghasemi) is a phoenix and Hope’s romantic interest, Landon is constantly in danger from his father Malivore.
In every episode, we meet a new monster who is released from Malivore who goes after the students at the school.
We have been waiting for a very long time for this third season due to the second season being cut short due to the pandemic.
We have been left on many cliff-hangers with Josie (Kaylee Bryant) being released from the dark magic while Hope remains in a dream-like coma state and Landon is dead.
Legacies Season 3 Episode 1 is about the Super Squad
Alaric (Matt Davies) sends his students away for a field day to live like normal teenagers for a day.
This episode is about the Super Squad working together without Hope to save the day but it is a shame they weren’t given a good monster to actually deal with.
The Green Knight isn’t scary, he does nothing except walk towards the sword Excalibur.
All the group has to do is find the worthy one, which ends up spending most of this episode with the group standing around the sword talking, which isn’t the most interesting conversation to watch.
Rafael (Peyton Alex Smith) comes out of nowhere to save the day and he is now claimed to be descended from King Arthur.
This is weird and doesn’t really tie in, like why him?
It is clear that the writers aren’t sure what to do with Rafael as he seems all over the place.
Smith does his best with what he is given but his delivery of lines is always one note, there isn’t any real emotion coming through apart from regret in his scenes between Landon and Rafael.
As a result, these scenes feel very repetitive in this episode thus we lose enjoyment in watching them as the episode goes on.
Landon is always trying to do the right thing
Landon always tries to do the right thing and wanting to sacrifice himself so nothing would become of the dark magic which Josie possessed, is brave.
You respect his decision yet it is frustrating that they only thing that could tempt him into returning is because Hope is waiting for him.
I wanted a better reason than this for him to make such a huge decision.
I feel like this relationship is overplayed and isn’t a good enough reason anymore for plot choices.
Josie is suffering the consequences of what happened in the previous season – no one trusts her and no one has really forgiven her yet but you can’t blame them because dark Josie did a lot of damage.
Therefore, it is now not surprising that Josie has made the decision to stop using her magic, she has put it in a box and put it to the back of her mind.
Josie clearly accepts all the hate she is receiving as she believes she deserves it.
While Lizzie (Jenny Boyd) wants everyone to just forgive and forget.
It is nice to see how far the character Lizzie has come from the first season.
Lizzie has really been working on herself and how she treats other people.
We do get a glimpse of mean girl Lizzie in this episode but it is with the best intentions yet she still hasn’t learned when she is going too far.
The confrontation between Lizzie and Alyssa will come back to bite her later on.
Malivore is sort of a joke now
Obviously, Malivore is still here but so is the Necromancer (Ben Geurens).
A villain we met in the very first season, this character was once scary and now he is sort of a joke.
He doesn’t give the same impact he did before.
We end with Alyssa (Olivia Liang) joining forces with the Necromancer, yet Alyssa is more interesting and entertaining as a villain than the actual Necromancer.
This may be due to the fact we have spent time getting to know Alyssa and how she has struggled to gain power and influence.
This show should be about Hope so I’m hoping we will get a real plot with Hope this season but I don’t want it just pining over Landon.
We have been told that Hope is a powerful being yet I feel like we need to see more of this power because at the moment Hope’s purpose in this show is disappearing.
Less attention is needed on the romance between Hope and Landon as a couple because the show seems too focused on it.
This relationship doesn’t give us anything except Hope always having to save Landon which is now getting stale as this carries on.
More attention on the other relationships is needed instead.
I like moments between Lizzie and MG (Quincy Fouse), their friendship seems really genuine but it feels that now Lizzie is working on herself there is a shift in their friendship to a more romantic nature.
This has been such a long time coming and I hope this romance isn’t over-played.
Legacies Season 3 Episode 1 falls a bit short
This could have been a great season-opening episode but it fell a bit short.
Due to such a long hiatus, expectations were high for a great episode after the cliff-hangers we were left on.
It didn’t hit me with a bang like a normal season opener would.
This is probably due to this episode was never meant to be an opener so the writers had to tweak it to make it work as the start of a new season.
We should have been given a better monster to fight because this one just didn’t work.
The cutting between the Super Squad and Landon and Rafael didn’t really work.
Mainly due to the conversation between Landon and Rafael was all one tone and didn’t give us the dramatics which we needed.
The writing needs to be better, in a sense the storylines need some work.
There is such a huge cast with more side characters becoming series regulars so we need to spend time with these characters and learn about them and what relationships they have, if any.
However, this needs to be combined with an actual threat or we need to just spend some episodes dealing with the emotional side of what happens in this school and how these students cope.
Performances were fine but there is room for improvement.
The delivery of some lines from certain actors just isn’t good enough, it doesn’t give the right emotion or give you the intensity we need thus this then causes the whole scene to fall flat.
Danielle Rose Russell is very good at emotional and intermits moments while Peyton Alex Smith his delivery needed the most work in this episode.
I’m hopeful the writing and performances improve and this is just a weaker episode because they wanted to keep this episode in and had to tweak it to make it work as a season opener.
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