'Legacies' adds three episodes to season one roster; brings fresh comic relief to the show unlike its predecessors
CW has added three new episodes to the 'Legacies' season one, raising the 13-chapter series to a total of 16 episodes
The spin-off of a spin-off, The CW's 'Legacies' has been extended for three more episodes on its debut season. This means that the first season of 'Legacies' will run for 16 episodes, instead of the original 13-episode count. It has aired just three episodes so far and hasn't gained much viewership, hence this addition may seem surprising to many. However, The CW is known to keep its shows going irrespective of their viewership if the story demands it and this could just be one of those cases. It has however tipped up slightly since its premiere so this could also be a trial run for the show.
Starring Danielle Rose Russell as Hope Mikaelson, along with Jenny Boyd and Kaylee Bryant as Lizzie and Josie Saltzman, and Matt Davis as Alaric Saltzman, the show follows the next-gen supernatural beings as they tackle teenage life, their own powers, and mythical creatures.
A sequel of sorts of 'The Originals' (which was a spin-off from 'The Vampire Diaries'), 'Legacies' has a fresh set of faces and a revamped plotline, but has carried over the supernatural factor from 'The Originals' as well as 'The Vampire Diaries'. However, apart from the emotional baggage that Hope carries into this season, there really is more or less no sign of 'The Originals' in 'Legacies'. The storyline is based more along the lines of 'The Vampire Diaries' featuring its signature drama — jealous exes, sudden villains and a lot of love triangles.
However, 'Legacies' by itself does have a lot of originality. The script has a lot more humor than 'The Originals' and 'The Vampire Diaries' put together. These aren't out-of-the-world inside jokes that only fans would understand — it's up to date with the times. With the romance too, they've kept it sweet and simple and absolutely age appropriate unlike both of its predecessors. This show's love arcs aren't about 1000-year-old vampires dating a 24-year-old, making it much more relatable, even though there are barely any humans on the screen at times.
Showrunner for 'Legacies', Julie Plec, who also served as showrunner for 'The Originals' has talked about how 'Legacies' is what grew up to be 'TVD'. "It's a world that keeps giving back creatively," Plec reportedly said, "This show is what 'The Vampire Diaries' was before it became 'TVD'. Everything I always thought 'TVD' would be, I was able to circle back and bring to here." She also added that we'd be seeing Mystic Falls again in 'Legacies'. She said that some of the season will "play into what's going on with the school and the town of Mystical falls."
'Legacies' airs every Thursday at 9/8c on The CW.