Legacies Season 3 Episode 7, “Yup, It’s A Leprechaun, All Right,” follows the Super Squad as they try to save the Salvatore School. As if that isn’t enough to burden themselves with, they’re also trying to figure out how they should move on from their respective problems. Some of them choose honesty, others choose denial. Of course, all is complicated by the arrival of a leprechaun, because this is Legacies, after all.
Unfortunately, Legacies refuses to budge on the reason why the characters have yet to let go and move on — the show won’t let them. Most of the characters we’ve come to know and love over the years keep finding themselves at turning points but have yet to take any turns.
Ric Doesn’t Qualify, But Kaleb Does
There’s not much more to say about Ric and how he keeps screwing up. It’s not shocking that the bank isn’t willing to bet on Ric turning the school around with a loan. He’s had this long to do it without one and still hasn’t. Things started off great and things were manageable, but this is so far out of control now. Kaleb shows more accountability than Ric and he plays a more active role in trying to fix things with Ric. Ric should have known that his actions would have consequences because that’s what he’s supposed to be relaying to a school of supernatural students. Instead, Ric continues to get caught up in his own hypocrisies and messes.
For example, Kaleb offers to help Ric get the loan with some classic vampire compulsion. Ric turning down his offer would have seemed responsible and refreshing had Ric not used Kaleb for this exact purpose earlier this season (and last). Ric told Kaleb to compel Sheriff Mac to do whatever Ric wanted as long as it was a life or death situation, and then Ric faced the consequences of that terrible decision. Ric could have cited this as a reason why he doesn’t want Kaleb to get involved, especially because Ric says that compelling the bank would be unethical. Everything with Sheriff Mac was unethical. She left town because of it! Instead, Ric simply says he doesn’t want to involve a teenager.
Sorry, Ric, you’re way past that now. He’s been involving teenagers since the very beginning. There are no boundaries between students and authority figures at this school, and there should be. Fundraiser Day is all well and good, but Lizzie obviously thinks it’s on her to bring in all the money. That’s not how it should be! These teenagers are balancing enough on their shoulders. They do not need to add the financial crisis of their home to that pile when it’s Ric’s problem to bear.
Ric has every right to turn to people for help, but that would mean accepting more responsibility than he has. At the end of the episode, Kaleb shows remorse for not doing enough to stop all of the leprechaun and magic shenanigans at Fundraiser Day. Ric accepts Kaleb’s apology but never offers up a sincere one to match it. That could have been a turning for Ric (just like last week with that new student) when he finally admits that things have to change, but it never comes.
How many more times is Legacies going to show the Super Squad cleaning up Ric’s mess without ever trying to show that Ric wants things to change? He seems almost too comfortable falling back on Hope to save the day or Lizzie to think of a fundraiser, or Kaleb to compel his way out of it. At this point, it may be better if there is no headmaster and the Super Squad run things on their own terms.
Hear me out, what if Caroline came back? Something tells me Caroline Forbes would be able to fix all of this. That still feels like a possibility for further down the line. Until then, Legacies could stop pointing out all the ways Ric isn’t qualified to run the school and start finding ways for him to become better or give the job to someone who is willing to try.
Let’s Be Honest
Thankfully, MG and Josie take on their fears, with the help of some truth weed, and make some important changes in their lives. MG learns that setting healthy boundaries doesn’t mean that he can lie to the people he loves about the things that matter. Meanwhile, Josie learns that it’s okay to lean into her fear because it means she has something to lose. Josie and Finch are so new and so adorable already.
It’s understandable that Josie’s nervous of something messing that up, because there’s usually always a hitch — like a monster of the week wrecking everything. Josie’s hesitance to jump into anything with Finch is one of the most compelling parts of this episode because it’s such a universal feeling. Like Josie says, the people she loves always leave and so on. No one can blame Josie for keeping Finch at arm’s length, but it’s not fair to Finch. Josie realizing that and verbalizing her feelings to Finch is a massive step. That kind of vulnerability, on both of their parts, isn’t easy, but it’ll do them good in the long run.
On the other hand, Legacies continues to act as if any exploration of Hope’s grief is justified when the show consistently finds ways to bring Landon back from the dead. It is tiresome to know that Hope is going through a rollercoaster of emotions, trying to find her own path through her grief, only for the person she’s been grieving to return. There’s always the argument that Landon won’t return as he once was, but Legacies hasn’t given a reason to believe that would be permanent if it were the case. Nothing about Landon is permanent beyond his love for Hope — not even his being a Phoenix. Maybe that’s where this turning point needs to go, somewhere beyond Hope and Landon.
Cleo is right that Hope is all consumed by a mission to rescue Landon. This is an endless cycle that Legacies keeps pushing Hope into when there’s so much more to explore with her character. Again, it’s not even Hope’s fault that she keeps getting caught up in the loopholes because they’re always there. Obviously, there’s an open portal to the prison world because Malivore is the series’ big bad, and Landon is the only one with a personal connection to Malivore.
Assuming Legacies follows the same pattern, Hope will get Landon back, Malivore will still exist, and we’ll be right back where we started. How many more times can we go through this cycle without any change? Maybe things will be different this time. Hopefully, things will be different this time.
Other Spelltacular Moments:
- Lizzie said the title of the episode this week!
- Kaleb looks very snazzy in his suit that sports the Salvatore School colors.
- How perfect that this episode aired the same week as St. Patrick’s Day!
- Hope and Lizzie fighting like sisters is everything.
- Josie in those sunglasses!
- MG and Josie hold hands during their heart-to-heart.
- Finch works at the Mystic Grill!
- I really like that Ethan and Josie are friends.
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Legacies is new Thursdays at 9/8c on The CW.