Legacies: Fans applaud CW for the diversity on display but hope to see a trans character soon
Even before 'Legacies' aired this September, showrunner Julie Plec had made it clear that this series would be up to date with the times.
The CW is being applauded for the diversity of the cast on its supernatural show 'Legacies'. A spin-off of another CW show 'The Originals', the show is being lauded by fans for not only reperesenting a wide variety of races and ethnicities but for also doing an excellent job of portraying various sexual orientations on the screen.
"We have a wonderful variety of races, ethnic groups and sexual orientation portrayed with the level of normality that I hope to see in the world someday," said a fan on Reddit.
"I think that 'Legacies' is the result of a widening of the minds of the people in charge of making TV and it's beautiful to see this finally taking shape in what I think it's the best-represented cast on TV right now. Massive kudos to CW for finally getting things right creating a socially responsible show. It's taken a long time but we're finally ther," the fan added.
Echoing similar emotions, another fan said, "The show has many interesting characters, with interesting back stories and proper character depth, who just happen to be women, LGTB, black or middle eastern." No one exists to be "the gay of the show" so the producers can avoid backslash for not having diversity.
"'Legacies' does have a wide variety of faces in its roster, from actors of African Americans to Iranian descents and all of them have had detailed character arcs and they do not remain as tokens, the fans believe. One of its major characters, Josie Saltzman (Kaylee Bryant) has a bisexual arc so far, which has been dealt with pretty sensitively," another fan said.
"There are noticeable straight and bisexual characters all over the place and as finely as possible. Which is very good, and it shows that on a normality level. The fact is that 'Legacies' is portraying this in the right way: their sexuality is not their character, but a shade of their personas, only."
Josie's relationship with Penelope Park, another student at the Salvatore School for the Young and the Gifted was one of the main storylines in the last episode, 'Malivore'.
However, fans are yet to see a transgender representation on the show. "The diversity is great! With the only caveat being there is no "representative" of transgender nature but who knows that may even be addressed soon!" wrote a fan.
Another discussed the possibility of a trans character, who could be romantically involved with Josie. "Because Josie is pansexual, which means she's attracted to anyone regardless of male, female, cis, trans, non-binary. So they may have to show her in a relationship with a trans or non-binary person or else she just comes off as being bisexual and that's not who she is," said the fan.
Even before 'Legacies' aired this September, showrunner Julie Plec had made it clear that the series would be up to date with the times. Firstly, Plec chose to remove romantic arcs that involved 1000-year-old vamps dating 20-year-olds -- something that was looked at uncomfortably by fans. The show has repeatedly talked about current topics like feminism, inclusion, racism as well as sexual orientation through their extremely well written teenage characters, making the story very relatable to the current generation.
At first, people weren't too sure about how it would all pan out. After all, it not only had to live up to the expectations that the multiple seasons of 'The Vampire Diaries' and 'The Originals' had set - it also had to find a find a way to stand out on its own. Clearly, Plec knew what she was doing.