Legacies Series Premiere “This Is the Part Where You Run” Review
Legacies has been a name I was seeing quite often, and it took me a while to finally give in to see what all the hype was about. The minute I got myself to sit down and watch a trailer for this, I was instantly psyched to see what this story was about. They had me at vampires, werewolves, and witches. If you know me, then you know I am a sucker for anything supernatural and fantasy. This one hit all the right notes for someone who also enjoys that supernatural school approach as well. It may lead to some teen drama, it may not, but you would never know till you jumped in.
I’m not going to lie that I was a bit wary of jumping into this series despite my interest. It was one thing for me to suddenly jump and the supernatural fantasy that this was, but it was another thing remembering that this was both a spin-off and something tied to The CW. Meaning that on one hand there was the risk of being lost to what I didn’t know about The Originals. Then on the other hand there was the fear of losing that interest because of the cliche drama that you can run into with shows on this channel. I don’t want to be that guy, but that is the general atmosphere with some of these dramas. With that said, it felt like a warm welcome into this world and to the characters. There was a solid intro to the way that the supernatural exists in this world, we got a taste of what made our main character special, and a good lead-up to what gets us from that introduction to the school where this story takes place. There was a strong Harry Potter vibe I got from this that I loved. The same energy, though quick to things getting out of hand.
Who they chose to take perspective of was a great choice if not for the sense of wonder. If you are someone new to this world like me, then you were pretty blown away by the scope that they covered for the gifted. I admit I was also worried that this would only deal with witches, werewolves, and vampires. It was good to know that these were only examples. It didn’t take long either to see some of the unique things that take place in this school also. Who would have guessed having a similar sport, addressing some basic magic rules, the way that certain students click.
I would say that for the most part our main characters somewhat worthy of investment. There was questions about a good number of them, but I thought that was good for a start to this series. You create interest, and then you work from there. Maybe Hope had a bit too much mystery to her in contrast to the others, but its hard to ignore someone with her kind of powers and access to many of the turning wheels in the school. I just hope they don’t spend too much time alluding to all these things that happened in a past series that some of us didn’t watch. This is the time for us to get to know characters as if we haven’t seen them before. Till that point, the acting is solid for this character, as well as the distinction in the way she interacts with other students. Headmaster Alaric Saltzman was interesting as a human with two witch daughters. His motivations were made clear about how this school came to be, as well as what lengths he would go to in order to protect the school from outside threats, or threats from their own. It was a good move to also find that time to draw that line in the sand between what makes him a dad and what makes him a headmaster. He isn’t the picture of of what you expect from a headmaster either which for now is a creative approach.
The new characters who they introduced for this series premiere were a good representation of two angles, Rafael and Landon. One where someone comes in and actually needs the school as a safe haven, the other who challenges what can go wrong when they don’t treat outsiders with enough caution before trusting them. Rafael in particular stood out for the way he was able to connect with some of the other students. We learned a great deal about them just from the way they interacted with him. I only wish that a few of those occurrences between either two didn’t have to come down to expressions of affection. You can connect without the need for that kind of admiration off the bat. That goes for the other students amongst each other.
The Legacies series premiere “This Is the Part Where You Run” presented a lot of potential for what this story has to offer. The characters aren’t cut from a mold, and each have something about them that separates them from your average werewolf, vampire, witch and so forth. What I expect from this series will be big, because what will give this series life will be the things they do to be more than your average supernatural series. Meaning the things they do to cross boundaries and give us deeper exploration into other forms of the supernatural.