While Shadowhunters continues to distinguish itself from the book series, it seems as though the show is progressing. Fans of the books may not enjoy the changes, nor understand how or why they decided to deviate from certain plot points, but as a whole, the show seems to be coming together.
Last week we saw Clary attempt to bring Jocelyn back from the dead and the creation of a new rune; Jace returned to the Institute but the Clave do not trust him; Izzy is given yin fen to help with her wound; Alec and Magnus begin to rekindle their relationship; Simon’s mother finds out he’s a vampire; and Luke is M.I.A.
The episode opens at the Iron Citadel where the Iron sisters, a group of women who were previously Shadowhunters possess the ability to forge the Shadowhunter weapons from pure adamas. While the opening scene falls a little flat, the practice fight scene between the Sisters was interesting to watch. Also, is that really the best outfit they could create? It looks a little tacky and cheap.
Back at the Institute, Clary is talking to Jace about the rune she created when Izzy walks in and makes it feel weirdly intimate between the two. Clary seems to be handling the death of Jocelyn well, but wishes to take her mind of it even more. After Izzy announces she has been cleared to visit the Iron Sisters and shows off some really cool chopstick knives, Clary requests to join and she is approved too.
Prior to their departure, Izzy visits Aldertree again to gain a yin fen refill, despite her junkie twitches. He gives her one, but only if she reports on Clary’s every move. It’s a little sad to see the show take Isabelle down this path, but hopefully they bring in an excellent plot to counter it and assist her in recovering. Simon perhaps?
With Luke still missing, Simon asks the pack why they have given up and they claim they can’t track him, but surely they would be able to track his scent? Maia overhears and decides to help Simon find him, which results in some lovely moments between the two based off their Downworlder status. Whilst on the road to find Luke, Maia shares some personal stories with Simon, and we see a flashback scene where Luke finds a younger Maia after her first transformation. Eventually they find Luke, who is about to attack people since his grief has overcome him and he is no longer in control. Simon manages to calm him down and Luke shifts back.
Clary and Isabelle head to the Iron Citadel, which could have looked much better, but the close-ups of the Citadel make up for it. The two meet the Iron Sisters and discover one of them, Sister Cleophas, is in fact Luke’s sister. In the books, Cleophas is Luke’s mother, but thankfully they mention their mother was an Iron Sister also, and their other sister Amatis still exists in the TV adaption. In order to enter the Citadel, the girls must face a purity trial to ensure they are pure with no demonic connections.
After changing into sheer white lacey gowns, which didn’t feel necessary, the two enter the water. Naturally Clary passes, but due to Isabelle’s yin fen usage, she won’t be allowed to enter. After querying why, she is told that the drug is made from vampire venom, which felt like an unnecessary change from the books.
Meanwhile, Alec and Magnus head out on their first date together. The two end up at Hunter’s Moon and it starts off awkward as innocent Alec has never dated before, and it becomes even more awkward when Alec asks about Magnus’s past relationships. Obviously being immortal, the discussion isn’t going to end well, especially when he shares a rough estimate of past suitors… which is about 17,000. After a little lover’s quarrel, it looks like it’s not going to work out, until Alec returns and passionately kisses him. #Malec is back on, but then Jace walks in and apologises for ‘killing the mood’ but he is here to crash at Magnus’s for a while.
Back at the Citadel, Clary learns of Valentine’s true intentions with the Mortal Sword. Sister Cleophas shows Clary the story of Raziel through a pretty cool mural and admits the Mortal Sword can also be used to kill all Downworlders. Clary then confides in Cleophas about the rune she created and Isabelle sees her draw the rune.
When the girls return back to the Institute, Isabelle returns to Aldertree for more yin fen and he smirks at her need for it. Luckily though, she doesn’t tell Aldertree about Clary’s rune. This definitely may prove my theory that Aldertree could potentially be Sebastian in disguise, because he is becoming even more interested in Clary and we all know how Sebby feels about her.
At the end of the episode, we cut back to the Citadel where Sister Cleophas has a bag packed and plans to go to New York when she runs into another Sister. She stabs the Sister and reveals the Circle mark on her neck… Oh no!
Overall, the episode was good, but not great. The dialogue has definitely improved over the past few episodes as well as the filming, but as for the plot, let’s hope it redeems itself soon. Shadowhunters will return next week with ‘How Are Thou Fallen’.
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