Review: ‘Legacies’ Episode 209: “I Couldn’t Have Done This Without You”

Legacies returns from winter break tonight along with The Necromancer (Ben Geurens), who was stripped of his powers, well, kind of. I can’t say I’m happy to see the return of this character. I’m not sure if it’s the writing or the acting that makes The Necromancer feel more like a Disney villain than an enemy in The Vampire Diaries universe, but I could certainly do without. (Hint, hint writers: Bring back Kai (Chris Wood) already!)

While we follow The Necromancer’s subplot of him working at an ice cream parlor while acquiring a minion to help him raise the dead, Landon (Aria Shahghasemi) has been tasked with testing Sebastian’s (Thomas Doherty) worthiness of attending the Salvatore Boarding School. Basically Sebastian has to win over the vampires, witches, and werewolves at the school or he’s gone.

Elsewhere at the school, Hope (Danielle Rose Russell) finds herself with a new unwanted dorm mate and dodging awkward run-ins with Josie (Kaylee Bryant). As for Lizzie (Jenny Boyd), she tries to distract her sexual urges for Sebastian by nerding out with MG (Quincy Fouse) to comic books. Poor friend-zoned MG!

Missing from this week’s episode was Kaleb (Chris Lee) and Raf (Peyton Alex Smith), which saddens me. Raf is one of my favorite characters of the series and his storyline this season has basically been nonexistent.

While I don’t love this episode, there are definitely some highlights — like Sebastian’s interaction with the different factions at the school, and I can’t give anything away, but there’s a sweet moment between a few of the characters at the end of the episode.

Check out the official episode synopsis below.

Olivia Liang as Alyssa (center left) — Photo: Annette Brown/The CW — © 2020 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

Episode Synopsis

THE RETURN OF THE NECROMANCER — Back and ready to wreak havoc, The Necromancer (guest star Ben Geurens) sets his plan for revenge in motion. To mend fences with Josie (Kaylee Bryant), Hope (Danielle Rose Russell) offers to help her learn more about the mora miserium. Elsewhere, Alaric (Matthew Davis) enlists Landon’s (Aria Shahghasemi) help to find out if Sebastian (guest star Thomas Doherty) is a threat to the school. Jenny Boyd and Quincy Fouse also star. Carl Seaton directed the episode written by Thomas Brandon & Hannah Rosner (#209). Original airdate 1/16/2020.

Catch Legacies Thursdays on The CW at 9/8c or stream it the next day on CWTV.com or The CW App.

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