'Legacies' premiere dives right into the plot with teen supernaturals facing new obstacles
The show is set several years after 'The Originals' finale and has Alaric Saltzman (Matt Davis) running the Salvatore School
'Legacies' has finally released and it most certainly meets the expectations of new viewers and followers of 'The Vampire Diaries' franchise. The episode titled 'This is the Part Where You Run' premiered on The CW on October 25 and is a spinoff of 'The Originals' and 'The Vampire Diaries'. Created by Julie Plec, who is also the creator of 'The Originals' and co-creator of 'The Vampire Diaries', the show follows the life of young supernaturals going to the Salvatore School for the Young and the Gifted. The school provides a safe haven for young witches, werewolves, and vampires to learn to control their abilities and impulses.
The show stars Danielle Rose Russell as Hope Mikaelson, the daughter of Klaus Mikaelson (Joseph Morgan) and Hayley Marshall (Phoebe Tonkin) from 'The Vampire Diaries'. Hope is the center of the show and is a tribrid of a vampire, witch and werewolf. The show is set several years after 'The Originals' finale and has Alaric Saltzman (Matt Davis) running the Salvatore School.
Apart from seeing the old Salvatore boarding house and a few characters from the original series, there is not much similarity between 'Legacies' and its predecessors. This is a plus point for the show to increase their fan base, not only among 'The Vampire Diaries' and 'The Originals' viewers but also new viewers, along with providing new perspective to the story of the show.
Anyone who loves 'Harry Potter' will instantly get hooked to the show, as it deals with a bunch of hormonal teenagers with the ability to use magic. Plec does not waste any time in introducing the viewers to the major characters of the show and brings us up to date with their backstories, love life, and behavior. The Salvatore School might be for these special supernatural kids but they are ultimately teenagers who are involved in secret parties, love triangles, and constant heartbreaks. Plec, fortunately, does not restrict the stories of her characters to be defined by their temporary one true love interest, because, come on, they are just kids who are trying to sail through high school.
The show also introduced a game similar to Quidditch in the show called 'Wickery'. (Cheer up, Harry Potter fans)
Just as we were introduced to the stars of the show, we were also introduced to the current villain, Landon Kirby (Aria Shahghasemi), who is another supernatural being about whom not much is known yet. We might be seeing the young and the gifted teens fighting him in the upcoming episodes while trying to hide their true selves from the world outside their school. Another intriguing part of the show is how none of the students label their sexuality and are shown as sexually fluid. This is a refreshing change for not only this show but TV in general. All actors in the show are age appropriate in spite of playing teenagers.
Overall, the show has established its premise from the first episode itself and will take us through the world of magic along with the lives of these teenagers who are a hot mess. Since it does not follow the storyline of 'The Vampire Diaries' or 'The Originals', it would be interesting to see where it takes us.
The next episode of the show titled 'Some People Just Want to Watch the World Burn' will air on November 1.