If You Love "The Vampire Diaries" You Need To See "Legacies"

CW’s 'Legacies' Will Never Be 'The Vampire Diaries,' But You Should Still See It

TVD/TO: "Always and forever".

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It has to be said that nothing will ever compare to the original "The Vampire Diaries" or its amazing spinoff, "The Originals." The two intertwine with each other so beautifully, that the entire universe that is collectively known as TVD/TO comes to life both onscreen and in the hearts and minds of the audience watching.

While I got into the TVD/TO game pretty late, I've binged watched both series to my heart's content countless times. I will always be team Klaroline, Elijah will always be my favorite Original, Elena will always get on my nerves (but honestly, I still love her), and Matt will always be the poor human caught in between two very different worlds.

So, when it was announced "The Originals" were ending, much to my chagrin, I was left with a Mystic Falls/New Orleans hole in my heart. There were still so many stories that were left untold. I needed to know more about Hope Mikaelson after the deaths of Hayley, Klaus, and Elijah. I had to know how Alaric would break the news of the Merge to Lizzie and Josie (FYI the answer lies in season 1 of "Legacies"). And above all, I wanted to see Alaric in action doing what he does best back in Mystic Falls.

Consider my surprise when the news was revealed that as "The Originals" was ending, "Legacies" was beginning. To make a long summary short, "Legacies" follows Alaric's daughters, Lizzie and Josie, and Hope Mikaelson after she is separated from the Hollow and her father and uncle sacrifice themselves for her.

Hope is back at the Salvatore School in Mystic Falls trying to figure out her new place in the world. In walk foster brothers Rafael and Landon, a werewolf and his mysterious best friend. Once they join the Salvatore School things quickly change, not entirely for the better. The school is left working together to defend themselves against a new darkness that's descended on Mystic Falls. They are left relying on legends and folklore to fight old and forgotten monsters, to keep the balance between what they think they know and what's actually going on.

The show has gotten a lot of disrespect online from hardcore TVD/TO fans. These individuals are claiming that the original shows aren't represented enough and that the stories aren't as strong as they were previously. Now granted, showrunner Julie Plec has brought a very Teen Wolf/Supernatural approach to different monsters every week, which challenges the formats of its predecessors. However, at its core, the show still focuses on relationships between supernatural beings, both with themselves and the outside world. There's still a love triangle between two brothers who've fallen for the same girl. There's still an Original family member to possibly jeopardize everything as they know it. And finally, there's still Alaric Saltzman, who is the main reason I got into the new series.

If you're on the fence about actually dedicating time to watch, "Legacies," let me say that it's totally worth it. There are some new storylines that have a lot of potential and some old storylines that are continuing with their stories. Remember The Merge between Jo and Kai and Liv and Lucas? Well, that's all going to be addressed. According to Julie Plec, our favorite sociopath Kai Parker will also be making an appearance, as well.

On the very likely chance that you're one of those people who absolutely can't watch it unless more cast members from TVD/TO are featured, fear not! In the first season, we see the return of both Jeremy Gilbert and Matt Donavan. In addition, there are so many Easter eggs. Freya, Klaus, Caroline, Damon, Elena, and even Stefan are mentioned throughout the season. Not to mention that the Salvatore School is actually located at the Salvatore Boarding House.

It's totally up to you whether you watch the first season or not, but I have to say that it filled the TVD/TO size hole that was in my life. It definitely is not like anything you've seen in the past, but it does stay true to the universe and the integrity of the characters and their shared lives. In addition, it has been said many times my Julie Plec and the writers at "Legacies" that former cast members will always be welcome to come back to the show. And to be honest, with the heavy Caroline dialogue that's occurred this past season, I really hope she comes back for an episode or two in the next installment.

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36 Rules Of Life From 'NCIS's' Leroy Jethro Gibbs

Sometimes we all need a smack on the back of the head.
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I have been watching "NCIS" since the show began back in 2003, and season 15 will be airing this September. It is one of the longest running series and for a good reason, even though a lot of your favorite characters die off in the show they somehow still keep it alive. Anyone who has watched an episode or more knows about the infamous Gibbs's rules. Here's the list that we can gather from the many episodes:

Rule 1: "Never let suspects stay together." - revealed in the Season 1 premiere episode, Yankee White (episode).

Rule 2: "Never screw over your partner." - revealed in the Season 4 episode, Blowback (episode). McGee also stated this rule to Ned Dorneget in Need to Know (episode). McGee also mentioned to Abigail Borin in Ships in the Night (episode) that rule number one has been taken twice, showing that he knows that there are two number one rules.

Rule 3: "Always wear gloves at a crime scene." - revealed in "Yankee White."

Rule 4: "Don't believe what you're told. Double check." - again revealed in "Yankee White."

Rule 5: "Never be unreachable." - revealed in the Season 3 episode, Deception (episode) although Gibbs has been known to be intentionally unreachable. The rule was shown in Rule Fifty-One (episode) in the background when Gibbs opens the box.

Rule 6: "The best way to keep a secret? Keep it to yourself. Second best? Tell one other person - if you must. There is no third best." - revealed in the Season 4 episode, Blowback (episode)

Rule 7: "You don't waste good." - revealed in the Season 8 episode, Baltimore (episode).

Rule 8: "Never say you're sorry. It's a sign of weakness." - This rule has been mentioned throughout the series, but it wasn't given a specific number until Flesh and Blood (episode). The rule is also a direct reference to John Wayne's catch phrase in "She Wore A Yellow Ribbon" (John Ford, Director). Wayne said: "Never apologize, mister, it's a sign of weakness." to subordinates in a military situation. DiNozzo notes the connection in Hiatus Part 1 (episode). Mark Harmon's career has paralleled John Wayne's. They both were quarterback of their southern California college football team, both went into acting. (Harmon's father, Tom Harmon, was a Heisman Trophy-winner and actor & announcer as well.) Note: This is continuously told to Tony, Ziva and Tim through a smack to the back of their heads.

Rule 9: "Always be specific when you lie." - revealed in the Season 1 finale episode, Reveille (episode).

Rule 10: "Never take anything for granted." - revealed in the Season 3 episode, Probie (episode) although Gibbs also quotes it as being "Never assume" during the Season 9 episode, Rekindled (episode).

Rule 11: "Never go anywhere without a knife." - revealed in the Season 1 episode, One Shot, One Kill (episode)although it's sometimes quoted as "Never leave home without a knife" or "Always carry a knife."

Rule 12: "Never get personally involved in a case." - revealed in the Season 7 episode, Obsession (episode) and again referenced by the new SECNAV Clayton Jarvis in the Season 9 premiere episode, Nature of the Beast (episode) as the number one rule in Washington politics.

Rule 13: "When the job is done, walk away." - revealed in the Season 6 episode, Semper Fidelis (episode).

Rule 14: "Never date a co-worker." - revealed in the Season 1 episode, Enigma (episode).

Rule 15: "Never, ever involve lawyers." - revealed in "Collateral Damage." Rule 51 is written on the back of the card containing Rule 13 in "Rule Fifty-One."

Rule 16: "Bend the line, don't break it." - revealed in Anonymous was a Woman (episode).

Rule 17: "Always work as a team." - revealed in Leap of Faith (episode).

Rule 18: "If someone thinks they have the upper hand, break it." - revealed in the Season 8 finale episode, Pyramid (episode).

Rule 19: "Never, ever interrupt Gibbs during an interrogation." - revealed in the Season 14 episode, Privileged Information (episode).

Rule 20: "It's better to seek forgiveness than ask permission." - revealed in Silver War (episode).

Rule 21: "Always look under." - revealed in The Artful Dodger (episode)

Rule 22: "Never ever bother Gibbs in interrogation." - revealed in Smoked (episode).

Rule 23: "Never mess with a Marine's coffee... if you want to live."- revealed during "Forced Entry."

Rule 24: "There are two ways to follow someone. First way, they never notice you. Second way, they only notice you." - Jack Knife (episode) and "Rule Fifty-One."

Rule 25: "When you need help, ask." - revealed during Blood Brothers (episode).

Rule 26: "Always watch the watchers." - revealed in "Baltimore."

Rule 27: "If you feel like you are being played, you probably are." - revealed in Nature of the Beast (episode).

Rule 28: "Your case, your lead." - revealed in Bounce (episode) placing Tony as temporarily in charge of the team, and also in Phoenix (episode) with Ducky as leader.

Rule 29: "There is no such thing as coincidence." - revealed in Obsession (episode) although DiNozzo states that Rule 39A is "There is no such thing as a small world" during Canary (episode).

Rule 30: "If it seems like someone is out to get you, they are." - revealed in Borderland (episode).

Rule 31: "Never accept an apology from someone who just sucker punched you." - revealed in Psych Out (episode).

Rule 32: "First things first, hide the women and children." - This rule number was mentioned in Patriot Down (episode) but was not stated until Rule Fifty-One (episode).

Rule 33: "Clean up the mess that you make." - revealed in "Rule Fifty-One" although it's also stated as "Never leave behind loose ends" in Hiatus Part 2 (episode).

Rule 34: "Sometimes you're wrong." - Created by Gibbs in Rule Fifty-One" by writing it on the back of the card containing Rule 13. It is unknown if his coworkers are aware of this rule.

Rule 35: "Always give people space when they get off an elevator." - revealed in Double Back (episode)

Rule 36: "Never trust a woman who doesn't trust her man." - revealed in Devil's Triangle (episode).



While some seem to deal with Gibbs only there are some very great life lessons present. If you haven's started watching "NCIS" I suggest you start soon, it is all on Netflix.

"A slap to the face is an insult - a slap to the back of the head is a wake-up call." Leroy Jethro Gibbs
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Gypsy Rose Is A Victim And Should NOT Be In Prison For Her Mother's Murder

Watch "The Act," and you will know why!

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By now, everyone has heard of the new Hulu show called "The Act" which is centered around the case of Gypsy Rose Blanchard whose mother forced her to be sick in order to get money and sympathy, so she and her boyfriend ended up killing her and are now serving time in prison.

She and her mother were the center of many news stories. They went on a lot of charity trips through the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and they also received a lot of generous donations from strangers. Her mother claimed that she had all of these conditions, and what is scary is that everyone easily believed her.

One of the first times I had ever heard of this case was through this Buzzfeed article. It was very detailed and very scary as well that a parent would do that to her child when most parents hope for their kids to be happy and healthy.

Of course some people are quick to blame Gypsy because yes murder is bad, however, she sadly felt like this was her only way to escape her abusive mother. She had tried to escape, but her mother always found out and she ended up back in her arms.

I recently watched a documentary with her in it called "Mommy Dead and Dearest"—it was on HBO, but you can always find it somewhere on YouTube—where they have interviews with her family, people who knew her, and Gypsy herself.

After reading the whole story, I can't believe that a mother would do that, but it is believed that she had Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy

This mother was taking her daughter to the emergency room for little things such as a cough or a scraped knee trying to convince doctors that she had something wrong with her when in reality she was perfectly fine.

While the mother is to blame for what happened, the doctors weren't any better either. If they didn't find anything wrong with Gypsy then maybe they should have called the police on her mother or refuse to treat Gypsy because there was nothing wrong with her. I always wonder how her mother was able to get away with it for so long. I thought with the doctors' training that they would be able to spot a fake illness and report it to the police right away.

If you have Hulu, I would recommend watching "The Act." While it may not be all accurate, as most true crime shows are dramatized, it does bring awareness to this condition and Gypsy's story. I would also recommend watching the documentary as well, whether you have HBO or you find it on YouTube, it is worth your time to know the full story.

Here is hoping that Gypsy is able to get an early release and can have a normal life that her mom robbed her of.

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