Josie Saltzman is traveling a dark path.
The teenager continued to harness her abilities on Legacies Season 2 Episode 3, but not for the power of good.
Professor Vardemus is pushing the boundaries of magic with her, and if the blood on her nose is any indication, then the powerful magic is going to do some damage over time.
It was undoubtedly a different football game from the one on Legacies Season 1. Vardemus is all about the students using their abilities.
His ideology is that the Salvatore students are the more superior beings and that they should use their abilities to their full advantage.
He couldn't be more wrong. There was something off about him from the get-go, and the way he demeaned Alaric's capabilities as both a father and a headmaster was cruel.
There were so many things Alaric could have said, but it was only natural for him to use his fists to do the talking.
Alaric has always wanted the students to hide their abilities the moment they set foot off campus, and that's not a bad thing.
In a social media-heavy world, it's easy to see why that would be the case. Additionally, when teenagers get mad, they like to vent.
It must have been tough for Alaric to return to the school that he helped build, but I refuse to believe he wouldn't be straight on the phone with Caroline to get him fired.
Josie: Hey, how's Raf?
Josie: That's more than I can say. I don't know why I'm acting like this. I feel like I don't know, something inside me is just off.
Landon: Sounds like we both had a day. You wanna go first, or should I?
Josie: After you left the game, I did something horrible. I hurt someone. I think I wanted to.
Landon: Whatever you did, it wouldn't have happened if I had just listened to you. You were right about Hope. The girl from the football game. She's definitely not who she said she is.
Josie: Who is she?
Landon: I was kind of hoping you would help me figure it out.
The truth is, Alaric and Caroline created the school, so even with Alaric no longer working there, it's a bit ridiculous that he wouldn't have any say in the everyday running of the establishment.
For now, we know that Vardemus is not just a witch. He's something else entirely based on the way he chowed on the monster of the week.
He'll continue to manipulate Josie because she's the one that's easily manipulated. It seems that, at some point, Josie will go all dark in a similar vein to the Dark Willow arc from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
It's inevitable at this stage. She was one of the best characters on Legacies Season 1, and focusing on the darker aspects of her personality is certainly a breath of fresh air.
It was difficult to feel for her when she was jealous of Hope because it's difficult not to forget that Josie doesn't know that Hope exists in this scenario.
Josie's actions could have ended in disaster. She put Ethan in peril, and that's simply not acceptable.
Ethan, Maya, and even their mother, Sheriff Mac are all welcome additions to the show. The biggest praise I can give the teenagers is that they have found their place in Mystic Falls quickly.
Teen dramas usually make the new kids the lowest on the totem pole in their new school, but these teenagers know how to back themselves up. It helps matters that their mother is the sheriff, but still, bravo to the producers for not following the same old tropes.
I wanted to hate Mac because she took over the job from Matt, but she seems like a loving mother who is committed to keeping the town safe.
Hope: Okay, alright guys. Let's do this.
Maya: Do what? You're the quarterback, Hope. You call the plays.
Hope: Everybody go long?
Maya: Works for me. Timberwolves on three?
She also has eyes for Alaric. For some reason, they have a natural chemistry that doesn't feel forced, and that was evident from the get-go.
Alaric doesn't have the best track record with the ladies of Mystic Falls, so maybe it's time to give him something back, you know, because he's been ousted from the school he helped create.
Hope saving Rafael was no surprise, but did anyone else want Raf to remember who Hope was? It would have been an easy loophole that could have been explained without feeling forced.
It was difficult for Hope to return to the school, but at least she knows Rafael is officially safe and back at the school.
His time in the wilderness has done a number on him, but something tells me he's going to want to continue to meet with Hope. She's the only person who can really talk him through it.
I'm not entirely sold on having Landon dig into Hope because he feels like he doesn't trust her. It's a frustrating situation, but one that couldn't be avoided given the circumstances.
Has he forgotten about seeing the visions of his former lover's face right before dying?
He should know she's not a villain based on the way she helped him with Raf, but then again, he's also wondering why the monsters have started returning.
Josie: You're blitzing on first down.
Landon: Cool. What does that mean, exactly?
Josie: It means the second she snaps the ball, you yell Blitz, and you bury little Miss Milkshake.
Landon: That's aggressive.
Josie: You have a problem hitting her or something? She has no problem hitting on you.
Landon: Consider her blitzed.
Hope managed to keep her composure throughout everything. She's a strong young woman who knows there's something much bigger going on than even she can deal with.
Lizzie is slowly becoming one of the best characters, but what the heck is Sebastian? He claims to be a vampire, and even has the face to pull it off, but how is he invisible?
MG watching Lizzie make out with think air was comical, but there's more to this new character than meets the eye.
We know he's drawn to the Old Mill, so is it possible that he's been staked and that his spirit is somehow tethered to that location?
Either way, we have two weeks to debate because the series is taking Halloween off.
What did you think of all the action? Are you digging any of the new characters? What is your take on Vardemus?
Hit the comments below.
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Legacies airs Thursdays on The CW.
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