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  1. The “it’s not me, it’s you” was immature, not evil. We’ve seen him use compulsion to help people so we know it’s not in his nature to be malicious for the sake of it. Kaleb’s offer to MG was the vampire equivalent of offering a steak. Horrifying for the cow (RIP Gertrude) but not evidence of aggression, just the food chain. And as a bonus, humans can survive being fed upon which already makes vamps like Kaleb and Caroline who choose not to drain their victims far more humane predators than the entirety of humanity. If we're judging Kaleb by humanity’s standards, then every supernatural who’ve compelled or spelled humans for their convenience is aggressive/evil. And this includes Alaric who’s not above using his students at his convenience. 100% agree. Which was my point that there’s a happy balance between being a rapist and abuser like Damon and a blood-coholic like Stefan who was on an animal diet because he figuratively couldn’t handle his liquor. Just feeding from humans alone isn’t a sign of an aggressive vampire.
  2. Yeah, the show ends up validating this. I have to say I was impressed with a lot of the story last season. I thought the show was playing up the Scary Black Man trope with Kaleb and judging him with standards that never applied to the older, whiter vamps from TVD and TO but the show turned it around. And we see the push - the Council asking for offensive magic for witches, human blood for vampires - early enough in the season that by the end, the Vote against Alaric is justified. Now I just hope they don’t go to the other extreme with Vardemus and retroactively justify Alaric’s stringency. There is a balance between - and the football game with MFH is a great metaphor - throwing the game to appear non-threatening and using superpowers to trump the opposition. Both extremes are wrong and ultimately impractical.
  3. Kaleb wasn’t assaulting girls wtf? Have we forgotten how Damon raped and enslaved Caroline? How The Originals straight up murdered their food? Kaleb fed from people, compelled with pleasant reasons to forget and moved on. He never sexually assaulted or emotionally tormented any body. Why is the standard for Kaleb now different? I mean I can guess why, but I’ll give the benefit of the doubt. She lost control and killed someone in season 2 when she was a newbie vamp. The whole point of Caroline is that she became a supreme well adjusted vampire. Not a blood-coholic Ripper like Stefan or an abuser like Damon. If compelling people is being “aggro” then Alaric just asked MG to be aggro to Maya.
  4. I'm pretty sure Kaleb wasn't asking if he could drink blood straight out of Gertrude The Cow's neck. 😂 Kaleb believed - rightfully - that Alaric was feeding the vamp students animal blood to nerf them.
  5. You mean like Caroline in TVD? That's not being aggro any more than a human being is aggro by eating meat. Kaleb had a different (and justifiable) take on vampire food, not an aggressive one. People need to watch TVD and TO to know what an "aggro" vampire looks like. How? Not from watching The Originals, that much is clear. He kicked her out of the school when she got caught dealing blood, and when Klaus asked for the twins's help to save Hope's life, Alaric needed to be convinced. This "father/daughter bond" is a Legacies invention. Also, Hope wasn't away from Freya whom they showed even visiting her in school. She could obviously still meet with Marcel, Davina, Keelin and Vincent and did. And even though there was a physical distance between her and Kol and Rebekah, they managed to keep a relationship where when they reunited they weren't strangers. Klaus and Elijah were the only ones who were weird about the separation. *As someone who has actually been to boarding school, let me assure everyone that headmasters don't generally become surrogate father figures. Alaric and Hope's dynamic is weird and frankly creepy.
  6. Jed hasn't gone anywhere. I really don't get why people keep confusing/mistaking him for the random dude that died at the end of the episode. Kaleb hasn't changed. The only time he was "mad" was when he was falsely accused of being a murderer, and even then he handled it with far more grace than the other students might have. He has always been the cocksure and sarcastic foil to MG's intensity. The "angry/aggro" characters last season were Hope and Raf, and to a subtle degree, Josie.
  7. I think that was resolved/closed with this episode. Hopefully. Of course, we won't even have this plot point if they had kept Nia on, and developed what was clearly starting between her and MG last season. And Nia in the school would have made her the second non-"trinity"-creature in the school, besides Landon. They need to start moving past the whole "All non-trinity creatures are mindless monsters" and into something more, well, diverse. Even Buffy and Angel went from "all vampires are soul-less demons to be slayed" to Caritas.
  8. And the weird thing is even if people knew who she was, it'll still be suspicious. Hope has a whole-ass family still alive - she has at least 7 adult guardians - aunts, uncles, older brother - and a wolf pack. How Legacies managed to spin this con that Hope is an orphan with nowhere to go is beyond me. There are a lot of more suitable options to shack up with than her middle-aged widowed headmaster. Who already had an inappropriate relationship with a former female student! You didn't finish this so I don't know if him was Kaleb or MG, but assuming the former, I have to say - after thinking about it for a while - some characters are fine remaining in the support role. Kaleb is set up to be a minimal conflict character - vampire-proud, a family that accepts him for who he is, cocksure and confident... He's a foil to MG's slightly sensitive, nerdy personality with his Triad legacy and ripper potential. And, you know what? That's fine. The Black Best Friend trope was offensive because it was a trope that always had a black stereotypical character propping a white fully-realise character, implying that the black character was "less" of a person than the white one. The trope of one character acting as support to another wasn't offensive of itself, it's the context of real-life racial inequality and stereotypes that made it offensive. Which is my roundabout way of saying that as long as Kaleb is MG's wingman, then I don't see the problem. Considering how TVDverse tends to ruin side characters when it decides to focus on them, I'd rather Kaleb stay as MG's best friend than be "upgraded" to Hope's, for example.
  9. More Elijah, IMO. Like he looked like a baby Daniel G. And the actor was strongly channeling Elijah - the accent, the smirky smile... Honestly, his entire interaction with Lizzie looked like a parody of a scene in The Originals. OMG! That's still way better than him being a black best friend to a white character. Plus MG is amazing.  Did we need the romantic music playing during the Alaric and Hope scene?
  10. 💃💃💃💃 Told ya you won’t regret sticking to it.
  11. You should give it a full chance. It ended up being surprisingly satisfying. It's just basic research and sloppiness, and it's annoying in this case because there is supposed to be some POC clout behind the camera - with MBJ, at least. ETA: I stand corrected.
  12. As others stated, they could have made this an original series and run with it, and none of this would be a problem. But they had to break Nancy Drew to make her relatable, and that's the problem/point. Nancy Drew isn't any more a "normal" than Sherlock Holmes or James Bond. She's a hyper-competent Ace and if she's missing clues that the audience is picking up, it doesn't matter that she knows how to break into a house. (Why even use that as an example of competence since first Ned, then her dad's girlfriend had to bail her out?)
  13. Depends on your definition of attractive, I guess. He looked hot to me. I didn't notice this. But it would be worthwhile, checking the actors's ages.
  14. They were just actors for the comic book trailer. Of course, that doesn't mean anyone offered them the job and they said no.
  15. Yeah this is what I said earlier. And it speaks to a larger pattern of US TV thinking that for a female protagonist to be relatable, she has to be incompetent and broken.
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