TV review: 'Legacies'

Katherine Montgomery | Contributing Writer

Courtesy the CW

Thursday, Oct. 25 witnessed the premiere of "The Vampire Diaries’" second spin-off.

True to its title, this show is the continuation of a legacy nine years in the making. "Legacies" follows the story of Hope Mikaelson, a descendent of the world’s first vampire family and the alpha of a prominent werewolf pack in the Louisiana bayou, as well as the granddaughter of the original witch.

As she deals with the death of her parents and the inner turmoil of conflicting magic running through her veins, she navigates love, lies and betrayal in the scariest place of all- high school.

Hope attends the Salvatore Boarding School for the Young and Gifted along with other vampires, witches and werewolves.

The school was established so that young supernatural beings could have a place where they belong and can hone their powers in a safe and nurturing environment. Even with the supernatural elements, the show keeps a hold on teenage reality. The show has a very "Harry Potter"-meets-"Pretty Little Liars" vibe as the students throw secret parties off campus and play sports.

The most popular sport being Wickery, a cross between football and Quidditch. Students have drama between exes, get scholarships to colleges and deal with normal hormonal mood swings, which of course are exemplified by their supernatural blood.

The school was established to promote diversity amongst the species. Moreover, the show does a wonderful job of diversifying the cast in terms of sexuality and race along with supernatural tendencies.

More importantly, diversity is established in such a refreshingly normalized way. For example, one of the main characters is not initially established as lesbian but rather as a heartbroken teenager who just broke up with her girlfriend. In this case, her traumatic breakup, rather than sexuality, is helping to establish her character and actions.

In case this season premiere was your first time tuning into the supernatural world of Mystic Falls, the show presents itself in an independent light. The pilot gives sufficient backstory into who Hope Mikaelson is and the world she lives in.

One does not need to watch nine years of "The Vampire Diaries" or "The Originals" to appreciate the fresh spin this show has to offer.

However, for those of us who have been a loyal follower among the years, this show truly keep the legacy intact, pun intended. Fans can appreciate the cameo made by Sheriff Matt Donovan, the remembrance of Stefan Salvatore in the school’s library, the reference to the headmaster’s twin’s insane lineage, and the richly complex life of Klaus Mikaelson, simply and ironically listed in the student’s textbooks as “The Great Evil.”

Overall, it's nice to see the path "Legacies" will take and how it will compare to its parent shows. t's a good show for anyone with a passion for drama and the supernatural to start watching [read “falling in love with”] this show immediately, and for diehard TVD and TO fans to continue their obsession for hopefully many more years to come.