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October 25, 2018
Under the guidance of headmaster Alaric Saltzman, the next generation of supernatural beings at The Salvatore Boarding School for the Young and Gifted come of age in the most unconventional way possible, nurtured to be their best selves...in spite of their worst impulses.
Series Premiere
October 25, 2018
Series Premiere
Under the guidance of headmaster Alaric Saltzman, the next generation of supernatural beings at The Salvatore Boarding School for the Young and Gifted come of age in the most unconventional way possible, nurtured to be their best selves...in spite of their worst impulses.
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Oct 26, 2018 2:31PM EDT
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When "The Originals" fizzled despite having so much potential, I had made up my mind that it was time for the "Vampire Diaries" universe to come to a close, and upon its announcement,"Legacies" seemed to me like a desperate attempt for showrunners to stay relevant. The trailers seemed cheesy, and overall I hated the idea. On top of my utter repulsion regarding the "Charmed" reboot and the tackiness of slapping a familiar brand name onto a new concept for an easy built-in viewer base, I went in cynical. I still decided to give this one a shot, though, and I'm glad I did.

Dare I say, it felt familiar yet fresh, the pacing was on point, and any political messaging (while still obvious and forced) was toned down and didn't sacrifice character development or story. This was definitely a pleasant surprise, and the ending left me looking forward to next week.

If I could compare, I'd say that this felt more like the second half of the first season of "Vampire Diaries" if not the second season. (The first season was mixed and had a pretty slow start.) "Legacies" jumps right into character development with quite a few twists and turns, making me want to learn more about these students. Even Alaric, an established character, has new elements to explore as we see the relationship between him and his twins as well as the students. There's also little time wasted on exposition, and what is there flows far more naturally than it did in the first few episodes of "The Originals". As a viewer, I don't feel like the writers think I'm an idiot. There's also no instant Hail Mary where someone is having a baby-- an element that kicked off "The Originals" and eventually gave us the character of Hope Mikaelson, but one that was heavily bemoaned by fans because it felt desperate and unneeded when there were so many other possibilities to explore at the time.

If I were to find a complaint... There were of course the usual pilot hiccups that we tend to see where some of the writing seems a bit lost or forced, but the fact that this is an established universe helps minimize that a bit, and I'm confident that the flow will be even more natural as the series continues. Chemistry, however, appeared to be missing between a few of the actors, and I found their smaller storylines uninteresting as a result. Again, I'm confident that the writers and even the actors will find their groove, based on what I've already seen. This being a new show with an almost entirely new cast, I don't yet have any particular stories or ships that I'm dedicated to which could be disrupted and turn me off, so I feel like it's somewhat fandom safe in that way.

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Nov 2, 2018 12:19PM EDT

great well-balanced review but why make the Landon kid supernatural baddie? Alaric was wrong in the way they dealt with Landon and wouldn't his werewolf friend say something for his fellow foster brother.

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