What’s up everyone! Welcome to Beyond The Panel. Coming at you today with talk about Legacies! “Life Was So Much Easier When I Only Cared About Myself” was a big episode because it changed the course of direction for this story and plot. The intention was clearly to shake things up, and they certainly did making sure that nothing was going to be the same moving forward. After that episode, the big question was how the Super Squad would bounce back from this loss they have taken. If we got anything from this week’s episode, it would be that.
They didn’t lie. Jumping into Josie’s subconscious did lead Hope to a fairytale world filled with dark magic. What I appreciated about all of this was that this is the first time n some weeks that someone has stepped into another world/plane while still maintaining who their identity. The experience in this fairytale world was creative for the fact that ignoring what it looked like on the surface, everything we were seeing was a defense mechanism set-up by Josie. It’s interesting what the mind will do for the sake of self-preservation. Now of course a plan like this doesn’t come without risk. With that said, I enjoyed that they didn’t try to convince us that it is so simple to slip inside someone’s subconscious without the person picking up on some things not right. The best way to liven things up is to put Hope in a situation where she really has to fight for Josie to wake up.
This episode I found just a bit troubling because for as far as we have come with Lizzie, it did not feel like the time to take steps back in her character development. If it has been thrown in her face enough that she has been a crappy person and sister, why would it be any much of a surprise that other students felt the same way? That kind of delusion is very hard to believe. Not to mention the stubbornness which came with Lizzie trying so hard to make her own funeral perfect. Everything about that made me almost cringe. Even after everything she has been trough rising to the occasion as a hero, this was a bad moment for her to suddenly care more about what others thought of her than to focus on the situation that is Dark Josie and the Necromancer.
What saved this part of the story was the Super Squad’s involvement. If it wasn’t for their humor towards her cluelessness, this part of the story would have been something worth walking away from. At the end of the day, it was probably also the way reality hit her that made he biggest difference. If she hasn’t gotten knocked down enough, you might as well go in deeper. They pulled no punches, and her response was better for it.
One of the better parts of this story was the dynamic Dark Josie and the Necromancer shared. I think we all knew that there was no way the Necromancer would maintain control in this partnership, as usual, but this did not change the excitement you could get from Dark Josie further flexing this power of hers. I’m sure that at the end of the day some out there actually want to see the Necromancer make his stand as the big bad. Though honestly? This is still something which has to be earned for him. He definitely made progress when it came to the people he brought back, and the people he killed, but even in the face of success he still isn’t really someone you could take seriously.
As for what came next with Raphael, I was glad that they did not waste our time in what had to happen next. At a time like this you would fear that a character like Raphael would begin making problematic choices despite knowing what he had to do in order to take control of his situation. Unfortunately, he had to be upfront with Alaric who recently has not found himself in the best position to make the hard calls. Beyond this, I am in the camp with those who find Landon’s story lacking right now. The kid is a damn Phoenix. He is either going to be something great, or they need to move on to the next best thing.
Legacies “Facing Darkness is Kinda My Thing” had some ups and downs. Things that work, and things which could have been approached better for where we are in the season. The good thing is that when all is said and done, the direction is still something you can invest in. The villains are known, the stakes are set, and everyone is where they need to be in order to stand a fighting chance.