The Hunt Has Begun Again | Shadowhunters Review 2.01

WARNING: If you haven’t seen the episode yet and don’t want any spoilers, don’t read this review. I’m going into details

TIME TO REVIEW SHADOWHUNTERS AGAIN! I really enjoyed doing this last year, as it made me love and analyse the show more. Plus it made me remember the previous episodes more which helped because usefully I have a terrible memory. Only a week has passed and I’m already like ‘who’s that’ ‘what’s that’ ‘WHAT IS HAPPENING’.

ANYWAY. The premiere was a solid start to what seems like a really good season. The first season only got better and better in my opinion and it looks like season 2 will continue that pattern. From the beginning on it already seemed that Dom’s acting only improved. So did Kat’s, but I feel like Dom had more opportunity to shine in this episode. I really liked the way he portrayed Jace’s hurt and omg can we just get him away from Valentine already? I mean just this one day is enough to mess him up. I really hope the writers and Dom will get the consequences of what Jace is going through right. So far I’m really impressed with his acting, especially compared to early last season. The way his eyes shifted when Valentine tells him Jocelyn left him was just really good.

Let’s talk about a few changes they made  now that they have a bigger budget! I’m really happy with the new seraph blades (though sad to let the lightsaber jokes go) and runes. They’re small things but it just looks so much better. AND THAT OPENING. I had already seen it, but to see it during the episode itself made it even better. And no more weird slow motion effects bless. Look, I won’t criticise the special effects because honestly, I don’t really care that much and while their budget is bigger now, it still probably isn’t that big. As long as the effects make sense I won’t complain. The slow motion effects last season just didn’t, since sometimes they were used and sometimes they weren’t. And the vamps had a different slow motion effect that made them look really really slow instead of fast? It was weird so I’m glad to see them go.

‘Clary’ actually being Valentine didn’t surprise me at all, since I guessed that that would happen ever since we saw the first trailer and Jace threatens (what probably is the real) Clary and tells her he’s sick of her mindgames. So yeah, maybe the promotion team shouldn’t have added that scene lol. I wonder how often Valentine is going to use this trick. Right now it won’t surprise me if Jace will be leaning towards Valentine’s side, as Valentine is manipulating him through and through. He told him Jocelyn left him to die and then Jocelyn tries to kill him. To make things worse Valentine took the arrow for him. Also taking him to those vampires? Valentine knows exactly what he’s doing (and while I hate it I also love it because I love calculating, manipulative villains like this. AND ALAN VAN SPRANG). Anway, it won’t surprise me if Jace will be very conflicted on which side he should be on (also Valentine’s speech on how one blood of demon blood means you’re evil and you can’t control your urges? That’s going to mess him up badly) but in the trailer we saw him threaten who he thought was Valentine. So I’m really interested in seeing how things will play out.

Also when Valentine is like ‘it made you stronger’ when Jace tells him how much he screwed up, it really reminded me of the ‘you fucked up a perfectly good … is what you did. Look at it. It’s got anxiety’ meme.

What did bother me about these scenes was the flashback Valentine showing Jace of him experimenting on unborn Jace. Isn’t he supposed to look younger? I watched the flashbacks of episode 6 again and the experiments can’t have happened that much later that Valentine looks that old. I mean, after the Uprising Jocelyn ran away with the Cup, and they all looked really young then. I get that the actor they used last season may not have been available, but this was just Alan in a wig. 

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I’m also interested in seeing Clary and Jocelyn’s relationship. I’m still so happy that the show has chosen to show the adults and their relationship with the younger ones. Clary has all the right reasons to be upset with her mom, but Jocelyn isn’t wrong in wanting to protect her daughter as well. I mean, she thinks Jace is Valentine Junior and watched him break the Accords and then save Valentine. Can you blame her? Really interested in seeing how this will play out. And I hope we’ll get more Jocelyn and Luke soon! I pretty much melted when Luke refused to leave the Institute because he wanted to stay by Jocelyn’s side. They love each other so much and they have such a healthy relationship.

I’m really conflicted on Victor Aldertree. I absolutely LOVE the actor (did anyone see his Tuesday Takeover on Instagram? What a babe) but I’m not sure yet about Victor. I don’t blame him at all for not trusting Jace; he looks incredibly suspicious. And Jocelyn is not only Valentine’s ex-wife, she was an active member of The Circle and pretty much his second in command. So yeah, can’t blame him for that. But it looks like he doesn’t care much for Downworlders either. He has no sympathy for Simon when he says it’s almost dawn and he has nowhere to go. Also time to bring back my weekly appreciation for Alberto’s acting because he sounded so small and scared my poor son. AND HIS FACE WHEN THE WEREWOLVES KICK HIM OUT. WHY YOU DO THIS.

Speaking of good acting: Matthew! He captured Alec’s worry for Jace and the Parabatai bond so well. The hurt in everyone’s eyes in the first scene when Alec lets it out on them though. They’re such small things but it’s done so well. And we got so many great Malec scenes in which Alec knows he shouldn’t let it out on Magnus and apologises and they actually frickin’ communicate and just ajbfshgd. I love the Shadowhunters writers so much for writing them so well and for writing them as a healthy relationship. And Magnus pointing out that Alec shouldn’t have said that he ‘did so much for him’ because not marrying Lydia and coming out, that was all for him just carry me to my grave already will you. The way Matthew and Harry deliver these lines and look at each other and just act with each other. You can carry me off now.

I also really missed Clary and Simon’s friendship. They’re so cute together and so comfortable with each other. Also can you believe Simon cockblocked himself – iconic

Other things:

  • So glad to see my bae Lydia again I swear if she dies
  • SO MANY ICONIC LINES ‘The Clave being unhelpful? Who’s shocked? Show of hands?’ ‘Get off my docks’ ‘I’m a vampire I’m running slow for you’ ‘First rule of Shadowhunting: don’t give anyone your phone or stele’
  • Lydia and Izzy being smart and working together in the beginning of the episode hell yeah
  • When Clary, Jocelyn and Luke are having a serious conversation and Simon just goes very cheerfully ‘hey guys!’
  • Clary and Izzy silently communicating and Izzy comforting Clary and them training together seriously where is my grave I love these gals so much and their relationship
  • Encanto‘ Simon where did you learn that oh my god. Is that even a real thing?? I headcanon that Rafael thought him that just to mess with him
  • Also when he went to sleep he put his arms like a vampire what a nerd
  • ALEC CALLING MARYSE OUT ON HER BULLSHIT
  • I aspire to be as dramatic as Magnus. When Alec asks him to stop his magic training thing and he just dramatically throws it backwards and hits the lamp so Extra™

How did you feel about this episode? Let me know in the comments!

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IS MY BABY OKAY | Shadowhunters 1.12 Review

SPOILER WARNING: This review is pretty detailed, so if you haven’t seen the episode yet and don’t want to be spoiled, stop reading now! Also sort of book spoilers

Okay so you probably expected the title of this post to be Malec-related; the episode was called Malec after all and now they’re also canon on tv! BUT WHAT I’M MOST CONCERNED ABOUT IS WHETHER MY BAE LYDIA BRANWELL IS OKAY. SHE BETTER BE. I TOLD YOU I’D FIND YOU WRITERS IF YOU KILL HER OFF. AND I WILL

*whispers* I will

You can’t introduce us to this badass, independent, strong, cinnamon roll, with great beliefs and adorable smile, a solid background story and lay the basis for some beautiful relationships (Alec, Magnus and Izzy) AND THEN TAKE IT AWAY YOU HEAR ME. She’d better be alive and well and back in season 2. The wedding just made me cry okay. She looked so beautiful and happy walking down the aisle, but all she wants is Alec to be happy. She’s too pure. I WILL HUNT YOU DOWN HODGE.

And that scene where Clary confronted her. Like seriously Clary, just a second ago you were telling Jace he couldn’t just accuse Lydia of anything without proof, but you’re doing the exact same thing? Except you’re calmer than Jace would have been. And you go Lydia, like look who’s talking Clary. I will fight both you and Jace for even thinking of my bae (and probably lose because I’m weak and they’re Shadowhunters but that’s beside the point okay).

This was me several times during the episode at Clary, Jace, Maryse and Hodge

Before we talk about Malec (you guys know I want to haha) I want to talk about Magnus first. Harry just keeps outdoing himself every episode. Magnus grieving and the pain in his eyes, looking at that picture of him and Ragnor (oh and Camille but who cares, speaking of which, I wonder how she got The Book of the White?), imagining Ragnor being there with him and giving him advice. And oh my god him taking out that instrument- such a nice nod to The Bane Chronicles, though it made me cry. I just love all the little references they make to the books.

So Malec time! A few weeks ago I wouldn’t have thought that I wouldn’t start my Malec review with Malec, but Lydia’s safety is very important to me, and since we were on the topic anyway I decided to just talk about her haha. Anyway, can I say something sane about them that isn’t SANJG MALEC NJAGDH PERFECT ADGHBS THE FEELS AGNBDJHG KISS NKDSJGH

Literally me

I’ll try though. I think the writers handled it really well and it felt very realistic and in character to watch. Magnus looking hurt when Alec suggested it was all a game to him and all of Alec’s worries *nods* It was all just so perfect. And the fact that besides Maryse, and sort of Robert, all the characters were so happy for them and are basically fangirling. The smiles gave me so much life. And Simon being such a dork. I loved Magnus and Alec’s expression. Alec had no idea what was going on and Magnus was either amused or so happy that he just didn’t care. And Alec’s face when Magnus walked in was so cute like bae what are you doing here (can we give Izzy an award for inviting Magnus). And Alec not being able to breathe and just dfjbhs EVERYTHING WAS PERFECT OKAY CAN WE LEAVE IT AT THAT. There are people out there who can put this in much better words than me haha

I get why they had to go looking for Ragnor this early, but I really hoped this meant we could see more of him (and his friendship with Magnus), though I saw it coming, I really hoped they wouldn’t kill him off already (also I wonder what this will mean for Sebastian?). He didn’t completely feel like Ragnor to me, though he did have his Ragnor-like moments, especially when it came to his banter with Magnus, but he still felt out of character to me at times. Also I wonder why he wasn’t green? It’s not a big deal, but I’m just curious. Magnus calling him his cabbage made no sense because he’s not green. Now it just sounds like a silly ‘Magnussy’ nickname.

I like the way they handled the Jalec make-up. Of course Izzy set it up and I’m glad it was Jace who initiated it. It’s clear that their bond is strong, the way they listened to each other, quickly forgave each other and were soon comforting/giving advice. Also I’m just glad to see the Parabatais being Parabros again like Kat put it haha.

WHERE WAS MY BRO HUG THOUGH. I EXPECTED THEM TO HUG

Speaking of Jace, I’m finally starting to warm up to tv!Jace. That or I’m getting used to him/Dom’s acting. Or maybe it’s because he hasn’t been acting like a major jerk lately. Except when he accused Lydia. But that’s just my bias for my bae talking (seriously I was ready to fight him)

Speaking of Hodge: I KNEW THAT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN THE MOMENT LYDIA OPENED THAT PANEL. They had been talking about a mole in the beginning of the episode, so obviously they weren’t just going to drop that and this was the perfect moment to show us Hodge’s true nature (not to mention next ep is the finale so really, perfect timing). Either the show is predictable or I’m getting really good at theorising haha

Let’s talk about my favourite siblings though, because I loved that Izzy immediately ran towards her brother to tell him how proud she is of him, to make sure that Maryse’s reaction isn’t going to make him regret what he’s done and he won’t mess everything up. Bless you Izzy.

Also I really like how they’re handling the Clace incest drama so far. I really hope they won’t kiss/pursue each other after all, like they kind of did in the books. That made me so uncomfortable, even though I knew they weren’t siblings after all (I figured it wasn’t really true when I read CoB so I spoiled myself by looking it up haha). So far they removed a lot of problematic things from the books (like Clizzy’s relationship in CoB), so fingers crossed that they’ll handle this well! I also liked how they stayed true to Jace’s feelings towards Jocelyn and how he thinks of Maryse as his mother.

Other things:

  • I really, really hope we’ll get a better opening next season
  • Who let Alec into Magnus’ apartment at the beginning of the episode?
  • Magnus calling Izzy Izzy gave me life – give me more of their friendship please
  • I loved Izzy coming to Simon for advice on how to throw a bachelor party
  • Why did they give me hope though – for a sec I thought Ragnor wasn’t dead
  • Where was Catarina or at least a mention of her? I would’ve liked Magnus calling her to tell her their best friend is dead. I LOVE MY WARLOCK TRIO OKAY
  • Jace adjusting Alec’s suit gave me life
  • His own suit didn’t feel very Jace-y to me though
  • ALEC LOOKED SO FINE
  • AND SIMON DAMN SON
  • ALSO HIS HAIR IS SO FLUFFY AND CUTE
  • IZZY WAS GORGEOUS LIKE ALWAYS AND HER HAIR DAMN
  • AND I LOVED CLARY’S DRESS
  • MAGNUS HAVING RED STREAKS IN HIS HAIR
  • Still disappointed that as the captain of the Malec ship Izzy didn’t take Maryse down when she walked angrily towards Alec
  • Seriously Simon’s reaction at the Malec kiss though. If he’d had popcorn he’d be eating it really fast during the scene
  • They better show us Malec’s first date. IT WAS SO ADORABLE IN THE BANE CHRONICLES I WANT IT. If it’s a different first date I’m okay with it too though. I JUST WANT TO SEE THEIR FIRST DATE
  • I want to know more about Hodge’s ring
  • SERIOUSLY IS MY BAE OKAY

Bonus pictures:

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So basically my face is broken from smiling so much, I’m anxious about Lydia’s fate (seriously if anyone knows anything, PLEASE TELL ME), Malec was done SO well, Harry’s acting was sublime (LIIIIIME); just seriously guys I’m so happy with how this show turned out. At first I was really excited and hopeful, than I got wary, but now I’m so excited again and I really love the show.

So how did you like the episode? DID YOU SURVIVE ALL THE MALEC BECAUSE I’M TALKING TO YOU GUYS FROM THE GRAVE. AND DO YOU KNOW IF LYDIA IS OKAY I’M ASKING YOU THIS FROM MY EVEN DEEPER GRAVE. Let me know in the comments!

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