What’s up everyone! Welcome to Beyond The Panel. Coming at you today with talk about Legacies! Once more back again after a another break.You gotta hand it to whoever is running the scheduling for these shows upstairs, they really do love making us wait for a season that has been monumental for many of these characters. With that said, what we did have to look forward to during that break was one of the more unique episodes that we would be getting from the series. Simulation magic? You know that can only go so well with a group like this.
Considering the wait we have had to put up with to jump back into this story, it made sense that the next episode would be one which eased us back in rather than jumping right into the next big thing. What everyone just went through before was quite the experience. One that you don’t simply move on from as a bunch of teens. So it made sense that at a time like this they would all try to take a step back for Hope, Josie, Lizzie, MG and Rafael quickly learn they must confront their conflicts head-on. Obviously with the challenge of accomplishing this without running into the risk of facing the game’s catastrophic consequences. Something had to make this easier said than done for these students, and the reason for that was deadly.
This noir world they got pulled into was exciting for everything which unfolded just like the films. The costumes were great, the accents were close enough to authentic, and they didn’t fail to fill roles which were relevant to that era. That said, the big question was what kind of story they were being sucked into specifically. It wasn’t hard to imagine there was much to do aside from a murder mystery. It was interesting seeing how MG was set as the main character of the story because he never gets this kind of opportunity to really interact with the others like this. It was right up his alley, and you could see where his flare for being the hero consistently put him right where he needed to be. Particularly when every step which brought him closer to the answer, was also creating opportunities for others to confront what they normally would not have under different circumstances.
What many of them were able to learn about themselves was the best takeaway from this episode. You would think that some of them better had things figured out by now, but healing is always a process. You don’t wake up one day and have everything together. Especially when you are someone like MG or Lizzie. They had things they needed to be honest about to themselves, they had things they needed to be honest to others about. These were things anyone could have told them themselves, but they were also things you had to learn the hard way. Even for someone like Rafael who finally begins to start putting the pieces together about his situation. There was always something more to how he ended up where he was. Now was a great time to point him in a direction where he knows himself that something isn’t right.
Speaking about what these students were able to learn about themselves, there was one thing more important than that for them to discover. There was also no better time than now for them to finally see that there was something off about Josie. For how far we are in the season, you can only let these changes in her slide for so long before it seems completely negligent.
This week was an excellent one for Emma. She has been one of those gems you appreciate every time she is involved in the plot for an episode. Compared to the other teachers, she always jumps in with a strong sense of awareness as to what everyone needs. She isn’t burdened by past actions, conflicted in her sense of right and wrong, or afraid of doing the right thing for someone else. It felt just right that this was a session she could put together and care about how these students came out on the other side.
Legacies “There’s a Place Where the Lost Things Go” was a compelling episode for the fact that the approach was taken to put character development above all else. This is the kind of episode we should also get more often from the series. For as much action we want to see from these heroes when they step up to the plate, you also want to see them continue trying to be the best version of themselves.