‘Legacies’ 2×10: “This Is Why We Don’t Entrust Plans to Muppet Babies” Review

Legacies Season 2 Episode 10, “This Is Why We Don’t Entrust Plans to Muppet Babies” is as complex as its title. Let’s just say Coven Day doesn’t go as smoothly as it could have gone. The season is more than halfway over now, which makes everything in this episode hold an extra punch.

The Qareen is such a perfect big bad to come at this point of the season. Amongst all the Malivore monsters and life or death situations, it is easy to forget that the majority of these characters are teenagers. Whether we like it or not, insecurities exist at every age in life, as seen by Emma and Dorian’s fight. They are sometimes most memorable during our years as a teenager.

Thanks to the nasty Qareen, Wade gets to shine like Wade has never gotten to shine before! I am a firm believer that Wade is one of the most precious beings to ever walk the halls of the Salvatore School. He does no harm and is kind to everyone. HE IS ALSO A FREAKING FAIRY. The Salvatore School has its very own Tinker Bell, and along with the rest of the student body, I believe in him.

LGC210b_0093bc.jpg — Pictured: Aria Shahghasemi as Landon (left) — Photo: Mark Hill/The CW — © 2020 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

This storyline is so wholesome and inspiring, especially for someone like Landon. Landon is on a mission to prove to himself and Hope that he can be a hero. One of the most powerful scenes of the episode is when Hope tells Landon to sit down and stop fighting because, “The hero’s never the one left standing.” Landon’s passion to prove himself strengthens, and this is likely due to Wade’s bravery earlier in the hour. Wade’s survival proves that people should have faith in him but also in themselves. Anyone can be a hero at the end of the day.

Legacies has been tiptoeing around the topic of prison worlds for quite some time. Now the show is diving into all of their magical glory. Long time viewers of the TVD Universe will know how unnerving the prison world plot twist is because Kai Parker is stuck in that same prison world. Although, it is beneficial to remember that Bonnie Bennett left Kai chained up in a bar listening to his least favorite song last time we saw him on The Vampire Diaries Season 8 Episode 14, “It’s Been a Hell of a Ride.”

Alyssa Chang reminds me a lot of Penelope Park, since she, too, is an antagonist turned antihero. However, Penelope had the luxury of time. Characters and viewers alike got to spend more time with her. Alyssa was only present for one episode prior to this action-packed episode. It would have been nice to spend more time with Alyssa, to become more empathetic to her situation. She’s an extremely interesting character, and I would like to see her play a more major role in the future.

It is a known fact that people change and grow as a result of their experiences in life, but 2×10 pulls back the curtain on Ric in a way I wasn’t necessarily expecting.

Legacies — “This is Why We Don’t Entrust Plans to Muppet Babies” — Image Number: LGC210b_0477b.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Danielle Rose Russell as Hope, Kaylee Bryant as Josie and Jenny Boyd as Lizzie — Photo: Mark Hill/The CW — © 2020 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

Ric runs a school for supernatural children, where they are taught to accept themselves and properly use their powers, yet when things get tough, he sends vulnerable and often troubled children to an extremely unsafe prison world where a homicidal siphon lives. It is still unknown how many students Ric has actually sent to this prison world.

Ric is capable of making mistakes, but this one is on a whole other level. Not only does Ric send children to a world where they have no one but each other, Ric gives Kai fuel every time he plops a supernatural kid into that prison world. For someone who has kept countless secrets to protect his girls, Ric is giving Kai the tools he needs to siphon the magic from Josie and Lizzie’s bodies before the merge can choose who is the strongest.

If Kai roams free in that prison world now, he can siphon the magic from all of those unsuspecting students. He can also get the sandclock now that it exists in his realm. Kai has so much magic, black or otherwise, at his fingertips that he can do some serious damage if he comes in contact with his estranged family members.

Legacies — “This is Why We Don’t Entrust Plans to Muppet Babies” — Image Number: LGC210b_0137bc.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Kaylee Bryant as Josie and Danielle Rose Russell as Hope — Photo: Mark Hill/The CW — © 2020 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

Ric is Dr. Saltzman at this point in the TVD Universe, which makes his decision all the more confounding. He has spent more than a decade around supernatural beings, and some of the most traumatic events of his life are a result of Kai Parker. It’s difficult to believe Alaric Saltzman could do something so detrimental.

Logically, Ric banishes the students to the prison world because he loves the other students, including his daughters and Hope, too much to endanger them in a place that is supposed to keep them safe. Could Ric be so blinded by love that he directly hands Kai the magic he needs to do the one thing Ric dreads the most?

Ric’s big heart compels him to spend most of 2×10 with Sheriff Mac, even though it is apparent she doesn’t know much about diffusing the black magic inside of the hourglass. It is nice to see Ric happy with someone after all of the heartache he has faced through the years, but Sheriff Mac’s presence in this episode feels like a tool to remind viewers she still exists. She only reminds Ric of a thing he already knows – letting his daughters make some decisions for themselves.

Of course Josie and Lizzie should be allowed to make their own decisions, but that doesn’t mean that Ric shouldn’t weigh in as their father. The prison world option is a good one to dispel the black magic, but Ric should have been wearier of an outcome like this.

Maybe his time in the prison world will make him realize the error of his ways. Hopefully Legacies will hold him accountable for these actions, because he isn’t much of a leader if he doesn’t own up to this like he did in the Season 1 finale.

Legacies — “This is Why We Don’t Entrust Plans to Muppet Babies” — Image Number: LGC210b_0322bc.jpg — Pictured: Quincy Fouse as MG (left) — Photo: Mark Hill/The CW — © 2020 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

Why can’t Sheriff Mac exist more outside of her interactions with Ric? With these new Malivore monsters running around, she’s likely to run into a few of the beings that go bump in the night. Legacies should lean into her eventual discovery of the supernatural world, because nothing stays hidden for two long in Mystic Falls.

There are moments in this episode that make my heart race in the ways only TVD Universe shows can. This is likely to amplify in the coming weeks as we head towards the season finale and the reveal of the Sphynx’s prophecy. Wade should help the Super Squad save the day when the time comes.

Other Spelltacular things:  

  • It was so nice to see the OG Josie and Lizzie from TVD and the girls who played them on The Originals.
  • Alyssa’s Mr. Wrinkles reminds me a lot of Bonnie’s Ms. Cuddles.
  • I’ll never get over the Saltzman twins calling Bonnie “Aunt Bonnie.”
  • Can Hope join the cry pile more often?
  • Lizzie scooting her chair up to the witchy meditation group is ICONIC.
  • “I think it’s someone’s birthday.” – MG

What did you think of this week’s Legacies? Let us know in the comments below!

Legacies is new Thursdays at 9/8c on The CW. 

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