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    Here’s Why Hope And Landon’s Kiss In The "Legacies" Season 3 Premiere Shouldn’t Have Happened

    "I know this is a fairy tale and all, but..."

    🚨Spoilers ahead!!!🚨

    After a long hiatus, Legacies finally returned last week on The CW.

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    The Season 3 premiere picked up with Hope stuck in a magical coma, staying asleep to avoid dealing with the reality of Landon's death.

    Hope asleep in coma
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    Eventually, Rafael persuades ghost Landon to return to his body so they can get Hope back. Landon then wakes Hope up with a "true love's kiss" and she magically comes back to life.

    Landon kisses sleeping Hope, she wakes up, he says "for you...always"
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    I've gotta be honest — this plot choice left a bad taste in my mouth for several reasons. For one thing, Legacies teased a nearly identical situation with Hope and Josie in the Season 2 finale, but with a VERY different message.

    The pig suggests Hope try to kiss Josie to wake her up, Hope says "a non-consensual kiss is never the answer"
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    It's worth remembering that Josie was later revealed to be the pig.

    Legacies set a very clear standard with the above scene: Non-consensual kisses aren't okay, and people who are unconscious obviously cannot give consent. So, uh, why did that rule suddenly fly out the window the very next episode?

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    Yes, I know Landon is Hope's boyfriend and one might be able to conclude that she would probably be okay with him kissing her, but still — it sends an iffy message. You still need consent even in an established relationship.

    And look, I get the whole Sleeping Beauty reference, and I'm not suggesting anything intentionally sinister on Landon's part. HOWEVER, TV often holds LGBTQ relationships to higher standards, and this feels like a shining example of that.

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    If Hope needs to ask for consent to kiss Josie (as she should!), then the rules should NOT be different with Landon.

    This is also part of a larger issue with the way Legacies approaches its W|W relationships. While it's fantastic that we have multiple queer female characters, it's a bit disappointing that we've really only seen one sapphic couple (Josie and Penelope, who were already broken up) so far. The show also constantly teases Hope and Josie's mutual attraction, but has yet to actually do anything with it — at this point, it's hard for it to feel like anything but queerbaiting.

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    Meanwhile, most of Hope’s recent storylines involve Landon, to the point where Hope barely feels like her own character anymore. That's not to say she can't have a love interest — of course she can! — but she's literally supposed to be, like, the most powerful being ever. She deserves to have storylines that don't revolve around Landon, and the way the premiere chose to resolve the problem was disappointing, IMO.

    Hope wakes up: "Landon, you're here"
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    Hope also felt pretty out of character in this episode too, if I'm being honest. You're telling me all she wants to do when she wakes up is make out with Landon? Not check on any of her friends — namely Josie, who she spent an entire episode trying to save and was one of the reasons she was in the coma?

    So yeah, tl;dr — the Hope and Landon kiss shouldn't have happened because it enforced an unfair double standard and it was an overall disservice to Hope's character arc.

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    And I'm not the only one with strong feelings about the kiss:

    A NONCONSENSUAL KISS IS NEVER THE ANSWER ...... tf

    CONSENT 👏 IS 👏 STILL 👏 NEEDED 👏 EVEN 👏 IF 👏 YOU 👏 ARE 👏 IN 👏 A 👏 RELATIONSHIP 👏 #Legacies

    Twitter: @zulasjosie

    and the thing is josie gave consent to hope to kiss her, hope just didn’t know that it was josie she was talking to. however hope didn’t give landon consent to kiss her because she was unconscious so before y’all come after the w|w ship you need to think about that #legacies

    Twitter: @josiescraft

    SO LANDON CAN KISS HOPE TO WAKE HER UP BUT HOPE COULDN’T DO THAT TO JOSIE????

    Twitter: @saltzmanshosie

    In conclusion:

    a non consensual kiss is never the answer #Legacies

    Twitter: @steIenq

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