Legacies season 1: The show should stop playing around with Landon's identity
Everyone other character has a trait or a personality that adds to the story - for Landon, it is his identity, which the show just keeps building up with every episode.
Spoilers for 'Legacies' season 1
First, Landon Kirby is suspected to be a supernatural creature. Theories have surfaced that he may be a Hunter of some sort or a demi-god or even a doppelganger of someone powerful. Then, the story told us that he isn't really anything fantastic, but is just human without a trace of magic in his blood.
Now, the show tells us that he may infact be magical and that his father could potentially be the one who controls Malivore. Exhaustingly confusing, isn't it?
Landon's character on 'Legacies' has definitely been through a lot. He's been captured and almost tortured by his mum, has fought monsters and ended up on a bus with a dragon as well as nearly killed by Hope, who is now his girlfriend.
What's even more stressful is the number of times the story has thrown curveballs at us, making us wonder, time and time again, who the hell Landon is and even now - we aren't even close to finding out.
A guest character on 'The Originals', Landon started off as a guy who served Hope and her uncle Elijah at the Mystic Falls burger joint and caught Hope's eye after being bullied. His character came on to 'Legacies' after that with more screentime. He even had an entire story arc and that's where the problem began.
Landon's mysterious identity is one of the main storylines of the show, but it has become confusing. There aren't any concrete answers and his character's perpetually lost attitude doesn't help much. It always appears as though Hope, Alaric or someone else in any given situation makes all the decisions for him as he himself is clueless about what's happening.
Yes, a part of his character is that he feels lost in the world of supernaturals, but is it really necessary to focus on that alone?
He could have different sides to his character other than just being Hope's boyfriend and lost teen. Aria Shahghasemi, who plays Landon, has definitely delivered a convincing performance, but with the show mostly focusing on this one-dimensional aspect, kind of renders the character a waste.
Every other character has a trait or a personality that adds to the story - for Landon, it is his identity, which the show just keeps building up with every episode. So what happens when we find out who he is? There's a possibility that he may not remain interesting at all.
From the way this season has been progressing, it does appear that the writers are focusing on Malivore more than anything else. Even though the show has mentioned that The Merge is definitely underway, with the Saltzman twins getting little screentime so far, it seems like an unlikely possibility this season.
Unless the show gets renewed for a second season, it doesn't make much sense to concentrate on the confusing character arc of Landon so much that one forgets what's theorizing and what's the actual story.
'Legacies' airs every Thursday at 8/9c on The CW.