Legacies Season 2 Episode 2 Review: This Year Will Be Different

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Legacies Season 2 Episode 2 was a marked improvement over Legacies Season 2 Episode 1, introducing more new storylines and giving us some good stuff on those already established. 

Hope's enrollment at Mystic Falls High was quite the surprise, but I only wish the school resembled the school from The Vampire Diaries. 

A Collision Course - Legacies

It's difficult to care for throwbacks if they feel inauthentic and thrown in only to get people talking. 

There were even some parallels to Buffy the Vampire Slayer tossed in there.

Hope Searches - Legacies Season 2 Episode 2

Hope was a young woman with a past enrolling in the school, and she followed that up by telling the headmaster that she was a vampire hunter. 

That headmaster was Alaric Saltzman aka the man who became Hope's only parental figure following the death of both her mother and father. 

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I'm growing convinced that Julie Plec and Brett Matthews heave heartbreak at Hope only because Danielle Rose Russel is a talented young actress who plays emotion very well. 

Alaric was Hope's watcher of sorts. His personality shone through when he realized that there was more to this young woman than what she was telling him. 

Looking for Hope - Legacies Season 2 Episode 2

Uniting to fight the troll cyclops was a great way for them to closer again, even if Alaric was still struggling to process Hope's disappearance from existence. 

It was perfectly Alaric for him to realize by way of muscle memory that he and Hope had already fought alongside each other. If there's one thing we know about Alaric, it's that he's one of the most caring people around. 

Josie: I thought you said yoga was for lazy people.
Lizzie: I did. But spending the summer with mom opened my eyes to all kinds of new experiences. Plus, since using that ascendant thingy is off the table, we agreed to stop worrying about future merge crap, right?
Josie: Right.
Lizzie: So, I'm all about the present. I have decided to be permanently open to any opportunity that comes my way. This is my semester of yes, and I am available for literally anything.

Getting ruled as the villain following everything that happened with Malivore was tough because he would move mountains to keep the students safe. 

He had some lapses in judgment, and he should have taught the students defensive magic sooner, but he also never thought that different creatures would be arriving at the school daily. 

The New Headmaster - Legacies Season 2 Episode 2

He probably feels somewhat powerless going from a school filled with magical beings to one with humans, or so we think.

There were vampires, witches, and werewolves attending Mystic Falls High back in the day, so anything is possible. 

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The introduction of Bianca Santos as Maya was positive.

Hope felt alone in the school as if she had nobody who could help her, and then Maya emerged from the shadows to brighten her day. 

Alaric Listens to Josie - Legacies Season 2 Episode 1

Heck, even Maya's brother was nice to her.

Hope needs to make some new friends, or she runs the risk being unable to cope in this hope-less world. 

Hope was willing to put her life on the line to take down the troll, and that's because she thinks she's responsible for the new villains appearing in Mystic Falls. 

Lizzie: This is so lame, universe. I can't believe I got stood up by Milton Greasley. This is what I get for assuming that you'd send something ama-
[Lizzie notices Sebastian.]
Lizzie: Zing. Hello. You must be new.
Sebastian: What is this place?
Lizzie: Oh, this is the old mill. I mean, it's the only mill, but we also call it the old mill for some reason. I hope you're not here to chill. I mean, I don't care, either way. What's your name? I thought I knew all the incoming students.
Sebastian: Is this a school of some kind?
Lizzie: The Salvatore School, named after Damon and Stefan Salvatore, I guess. But that was like a long time ago, or whatever.
Sebastian: I see.
Lizzie: So, you're not a student.
Sebastian: No.
Lizzie: Okay, well then, who are you? Are you okay? Do you want to sit down?
Sebastian: No, no, I'm fine. You should, you should keep your distance.
Lizzie: I'm not going to hurt you.
Sebastian: That isn't what I'm afraid of. I'm sorry, I should go.
Lizzie: Wait, what's your name?
Sebastian: Sebastian.

Malivore is probably sending them to kill her before she activates her vampire side to kill him. 

Making a Connection Again - Legacies Season 2 Episode 2

Hope has been through the mill, and those creatures popping up again while simultaneously trying to come to terms with her lack of social standing is tough. 

Hope's chance meeting with Landon was cute, and it proved that even though Landon didn't know who Hope was, he was thinking about her subconsciously.

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The way he delivered her favorite milkshake under the guise of not knowing why he purchased it was smart. 

Whether he'll start to understand what happened sooner or later, we don't know, but for now, he has Josie keeping him afloat, as well as his newfound status as the Demon Slayer of the Salvatore School. 

The New Handon - Legacies Season 2 Episode 2

Landon did not get the best start in life, and now that he's being hailed a hero, it's all a bit too much for him to process.

It doesn't help that he's conflicted about his feelings for Josie, primarily because of how new the relationship is. 

My name is Hope Mikaelson, the entire world that I exist, and the boy that I love has moved on, and I have absolutely no idea what to do next.

Hope

There's a lot to hate about the pairing, but the producers are going above and beyond to get them closer together. 

Josie is a strong character in her own right, but she likes to look after people too much.

Josie Smiles - Legacies Season 2 Episode 1

She could have killed herself by eating sushi when she's allergic to seaweed, but she pressed on with it in the name of making Landon happy. 

She needs to find a way to do things for herself instead of trying to please others.

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Professor Vardemus reeling her in to teach her dark magic might signal a change for the character, one that could turn her to dark magic.

The New Headmaster - Legacies Season 2 Episode 2

Vardemus is scary because we have no clue to his true identity.

He strikes me as someone who is at the school with an ulterior motive and could be the cloaked person carrying out the ritual at the close of the episode. 

There's no guessing at his endgame, but he could turn out to be a bigger villain than Malivore, and that's saying something. 

Then there's Sebastian. He arrived in Lizzie's life at a surprising time and managed to get through the spells to keep the school safe. Are we to assume that someone let him in? 

If so, Vardemus is the likely candidate. 

Lizzie's New Look - Legacies Season 2 Episode 2

There was an instant connection between Lizzie and Sebastian. Lizzie wants to live her life to the fullest, and this new vampire was not like anyone she's met. 

She revealed her obsessive by trying to locate him, and my heart broke for M.G. Kaleb vowed to help him find a way to get Lizzie as his girlfriend, but it seems more impossible than ever now. 

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M.G. would be wise to move on and find someone who likes him. Lizzie only agreed to go on a date because she said she wouldn't ever say "no" again. 

Welcome, Sebastien - Legacies Season 2 Episode 2

Okay, Legacies Fanatics!

What did you think of all the twists and turns?

Are you buying Hope at Mystic Falls High?

What do you think of the new characters?

Hit the comments below. 

Remember you can watch Legacies online right here via TV Fanatic. 

Legacies airs Thursdays at 9/8c on The CW. 

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Legacies Season 2 Episode 2 Quotes

Josie: I thought you said yoga was for lazy people.
Lizzie: I did. But spending the summer with mom opened my eyes to all kinds of new experiences. Plus, since using that ascendant thingy is off the table, we agreed to stop worrying about future merge crap, right?
Josie: Right.
Lizzie: So, I'm all about the present. I have decided to be permanently open to any opportunity that comes my way. This is my semester of yes, and I am available for literally anything.

Lizzie: This is so lame, universe. I can't believe I got stood up by Milton Greasley. This is what I get for assuming that you'd send something ama-
[Lizzie notices Sebastian.]
Lizzie: Zing. Hello. You must be new.
Sebastian: What is this place?
Lizzie: Oh, this is the old mill. I mean, it's the only mill, but we also call it the old mill for some reason. I hope you're not here to chill. I mean, I don't care, either way. What's your name? I thought I knew all the incoming students.
Sebastian: Is this a school of some kind?
Lizzie: The Salvatore School, named after Damon and Stefan Salvatore, I guess. But that was like a long time ago, or whatever.
Sebastian: I see.
Lizzie: So, you're not a student.
Sebastian: No.
Lizzie: Okay, well then, who are you? Are you okay? Do you want to sit down?
Sebastian: No, no, I'm fine. You should, you should keep your distance.
Lizzie: I'm not going to hurt you.
Sebastian: That isn't what I'm afraid of. I'm sorry, I should go.
Lizzie: Wait, what's your name?
Sebastian: Sebastian.