What’s up everyone! Welcome to Beyond The Panel. Coming at you today with talk about Legacies! 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. Clever even for how they did this, and then pulled the rug from right under everyone’s feet to reveal just how far gone Josie has become from the affliction of dark magic. This week was going to be very interesting for seeing how other characters will have vastly different ideas about how to handle the threat she poses.
This episode right here was just a lot of things you couldn’t have prepared for to happen at this point in the season. The minute Josie was taken over by dark magic, this blasted the doors wide open to everything wrong that could happen in such a short amount of time. From the start I loved that despite the fact that we had a disagreement to look forward to between Hope and Alaric, they wasted no time getting around to where that would lead to. I couldn’t argue with the idea that they wanted the students handling this situation without his presence. When Alaric is present, he creates limitations on what the students can do. He tends to only see things one way where everyone else is bettered suited to added more creativity to their plans of action. Normally it would be troublesome for Hope to think that she knew best, but this was one of those situations where she would be more reliable to think bigger than what she wanted in contrast to Alaric.
Speaking of things they did not waste time with, it was also very smart that this be one of those things where the trouble was not something they had to seek out. It’s not as if we didn’t know Josie was going to drop in on her own, but you couldn’t have expected it to happen so soon and shake things up. I mean, how do you deal with someone who has no problem making their presence known right away and showing you exactly what you are up against?
Credit where it is due that they have pulled no punches throwing Lizzie into the fire for the sake of character growth. If there was ever one issue with her, it was the fact that consistently she would take one step forward, and another step back to end up right where she was from the beginning. These past episodes have been relentless in throwing that in her face. Forcing her to acknowledge how much pain she causes by being selfish, putting her own needs before her own sister’s, missing things right in her face that more aware individuals would be more aware of. This was Lizzie’s time to get through it all and finally rise to the occasion. With that said, it definitely helped that she had the right person to put her on that path.
With this of course leading to the big Merge, that moment did not disappoint when it came. It was a thrill to see dark Josie in action. This was one of the better opportunities to see the difference in power for someone who wields dark magic in contrast to someone who is simply powerful. There wasn’t much of an actual party which wasn’t a problem for me. That would have killed the pacing and momentum that this episode carried through with to that point. It was straight to the main attraction which I found memorable since it is not often we get to see two witches clash like this. Especially when it came to the Merge itself. Since a viewer like me has never seen the Vampire Diaries or Originals, this was a new experience. Whether it was the fight or the Merge, the effects and lighting were excellent.
One thing I welcomed was how they didn’t drag this thing with Rafael too long. I think we all knew where this was going at a point. If you run into an enemy like The Necromancer? There is no simple manipulation with this guy. Obviously to get to Rafael, that meant he had to have killed him. The only thing we needed to know at this point was how. It was a slow-crawl to getting that answer, but it was worth the wait for the fact that they didn’t waste the opportunity to reestablish the connection between himself and Landon. This was important considering the lack of involvement Rafael has had for a good while now. More important when the answer came and there was only one thing which could happen next for someone under the influence of The Necromancer. I mean who could have seen it coming that he would take out Landon like that? Not this guy.
If Dark Josie revealing herself to everyone wasn’t a big way to shake things up, the events of Legacies “Life Was So Much Easier When I Only Cared About Myself” made sure that nothing was going to be the same moving forward. There was action, loss, a greater sense of urgency given to this school protecting itself. I don’t think the superhero squad has ever truly experienced the kind of defeat they have taken right now. One has to wonder how they will bounce back!