25 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS REVIEW: LEGACIES- This Christmas Was Surprisingly Violent



Danielle Rose Russell (Aloha)
Aria Shahghasemi (No Alternate)
Kaylee Bryant (Santa Clarita Diet)
Jenny Boyd (Viking Quest)
Quincy Fouse (Logan)
Peyton Alex Smith (The Quad)
Matt Davis (The Vampire Diaries)

Recurring / Notable Guest Cast

Demetrius Bridges (Containment)
Chris Lee (The Chi)
Ben Geurens (Reign)
Nick Fink (T@gged)
Thomas Doherty (Descendants 3)

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Matthew Davis, Peyton 'Alex' Smith, Kaylee Bryant, Danielle Rose Russell, Jenny Boyd, Aria Shahghasemi, and Quincy Fouse in Legacies (2018)


Danielle Rose Russell (Aloha)
Aria Shahghasemi (No Alternate)
Kaylee Bryant (Santa Clarita Diet)
Jenny Boyd (Viking Quest)
Quincy Fouse (Logan)
Peyton Alex Smith (The Quad)
Matt Davis (The Vampire Diaries)

Matthew Davis, Zach Roerig, and Danielle Rose Russell in Legacies (2018)

Recurring / Notable Guest Cast

Demetrius Bridges (Containment)
Lulu Antariksa (What Still Remains)
Karen David (The Scorpion King 2)
Zach Roerig (The Gifted)
Chris Lee (The Chi)
Sam Ashby (Stranger Things)
Katie Garfield (Project Almanac)
Steven R. McQueen (Piranha 3D)
Ben Levin (Allegiant)
Andreas Damm (The Yearbook)
Amy Manson (The White Princess)
Jodi Lyn O’Keefe (Halloween: H20)
Ben Geurens (Reign)
Ayelet Zurer (Man of Steel)
Nick Fink (Glee)
Riann Steele (Ant-Man and The Wasp)
Erica Ash (Scary Movie 5)
Christopher B. Duncan (Veronica Mars)
Jedidiah Goodacre (The Order)
Rodney Rowland (The 6th Day)

Matthew Davis and Danielle Rose Russell in Legacies (2018)The Vampire Diaries and its resulting spinoff series The Originals saw pretty much every single one of their characters die and get resurrected in some new, creative way, and now, in true vampire fashion, this franchise is defying death once more with another spin-off series, Legacies.Danielle Rose Russell in Legacies (2018)After The CW ended creator Julie Plec’s first spinoff series, The Originals, the initial idea of a further spinoff – about almost an entirely new cast of characters – seemed unnecessary. But the series premiere of Legacies gives fans, old and new alike, credible reasons to return to Mystic Falls.Peyton 'Alex' Smith, Danielle Rose Russell, and Aria Shahghasemi in Legacies (2018)Legacies is an easy entry point for new viewers to join the TVD fandom. Most of the necessary plot details are explained in simple exposition in the first episode — it’s set several years after the Originals’ series finale, following an adult Hope Mikaelson (Danielle Rose Russell) and seeing Alaric Saltzman (fan-favorite Matt Davis) running a school for young supernatural kids out of Salvatore family mansion.Danielle Rose Russell in Legacies (2018)But aside from the thrill of seeing the old Salvatore boarding house being used in a new way and some small but exciting cameos from fan-favorite characters, that’s where the comparisons to The Vampire Diaries and The Originals end, making this new spinoff more accessible than The Originals ever was. And for fans of the first two series, Legacies offers something new – a true supernatural high school drama. Yes, The Vampire Diaries may have started out in high school, but let’s be honest: those teens never saw enough of the inside of a classroom to earn their high school diplomas (let alone get accepted into college).Legacies starts with actual teenagers who are supernatural creatures, living at a school with other supernatural teenagers. The preppy boarding school setting allows Plec and co. dive into high school drama in a way they never have before. This works for several reasons. First, and perhaps most importantly, Legacies stars actors who are actually age-appropriate. No more 30somethings playing 17-year-olds. The friendships and romance intrigue actually feel right for a high school setting – and the supernatural elements are the cherry on top.

What’s most compelling about the romance on Legacies is how the new series takes a fresh and honest look at how many teens approach sexual identity. The new spinoff takes place somewhere in the near future (the timeline on Vampire Diaries and Originals got a little murky towards the end, but it landed somewhere 4-9 years from now) and the sociopolitical attitudes are refreshingly progressive: The teenagers at the school are all sexually fluid and don’t feel the need to label themselves.Danielle Rose Russell in Legacies (2018)With an accessible entry point for those who have never seen a single episode of The Vampire Diaries or The Originals, Legacies is for anyone interested in supernatural high school drama. And the nostalgic setting and fun easter eggs for fans of the Vampire Diaries universe are just the cherries on top.




Drew Barrymore (Charlies Angels)
Timothy Olyphant (Hitman)
Liv Hewson (Before I Fall)
Skyler Gisondo (The Amazing Spider-Man)


Ricardo Chavira (Desperate Housewives)
Mary Elizabeth Ellis (Masterminds)
Richard T. Jones (Terminator: TSCC)
Joy Osmanski (Samantha Who?)
Natalie Morales  (Wall Street 2)
Thomas Lennon (Balls of Fury)
Grace Zabriskie (Drop Zone)
DeObia Oparei (Moulin Rouge!)
Portia de Rossi (Scream 2)
Nathan Fillion (Firefly)
Andy Richter (Elf)
Kaylee Bryant (Legacies)
Patton Oswalt (Agents of S.h.i.e.l.d.)
Ryan Hansen (2 Broke Girls)
Derek Waters (Hall Pass)
Ravi Patel (Grandfathered)
Patricia Belcher (Bones)
Ramona Young (Z Nation)

Santa Clarita Diet on Netflix is an odd and yet oddly simple series. Its creator, Victor Fresco, made his name with Better Off Ted, which played fast and loose with the conventions of the office comedy. In Santa Clarita, he attacks the family sitcom with the same stylized absurdity and mock naïveté. And zombies. Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant star as Sheila and Joel, married real estate agents with a teenage daughter, Abby (Liv Hewson). That changes when Sheila dies after an epic fit of vomiting and comes back to life full of energy, sexually supercharged and very, very hungry for human flesh.
drew-barrymore-timothy-olyphant-santa-clarita-dietIt’s a clever idea — zombification as the route to midlife rejuvenation. Rather than grow bitter and have affairs, Sheila sips human smoothies and gets happier. Her new joie de mourir even recharges her marriage with Joel, a former jock who has receded into a suburban ineffectualness symbolized by the flip-flops he wears around the cul-de-sac.
santa-clarita-diet-staffel-1-01-rcm992x0The first few episodes of “Santa Clarita Diet” do have a good amount of gore and the last third of the season fills out as the mystery and thriller. But there’s a stretch in the middle where Mr. Fresco and his writers have a lot of fun subverting the formulas of the suburban comedy. Family dinners require finesse (because Mom eats people). Abby is angry that her parents keep secrets (because Mom eats people). When told that a pedophile has moved in down the street, Sheila perks up, because she’s on the lookout for undesirable people she won’t feel guilty about eating.screen-shot-2017-01-24-at-10-05-38-amA funny premise and appealing performances take Santa Clarita Diet far. There are enough laughs to make this show bingeable.