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‘Shadowhunters’ Review: Sisterhood of Secrets

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Aldertree is the worst.

Not exactly brand new information, but on the latest episode of Shadowhunters, he sank to new levels of devious.

“Iron Sisters” gave Izzy the chance to meet the sisters, the warriors tasked with designing all the Shadowhunter weapons, and find out why the soul sword is so important to Valentine.

Thanks to Aldertree, Izzy was stopped at the gate because she couldn’t pass the purity test. That magical healing drug he gave to her? Not only does it not heal, it’s made of vampire venom.

In addition to hooking her on demon drugs, Aldertree wanted Izzy to spy on Clary. The purity test proved she didn’t have demon blood, but Izzy eavesdropped on a conversation where Clary revealed her ability to see new runes.

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Side note: how heartbreaking was it when the sister told her that Jocelyn didn’t become an angel? That’s not how their mythology works. The Shadowhunters don’t know what happens after death any more than humans do.

Poor Clary.

I hated being disappointed in Izzy when she followed through on the spying. But. She didn’t share what she learned with Aldertree. Thank goodness.

On the other hand, she also failed to kick his ass for hooking her on drugs because she still wants more.

One step forward, one step back, but at least Izzy finally has a story. So, bright side?

Aldertree also made life miserable for Jace. After barring him from the field, he made him clean the other Shadowhunters’ weapons. This only made the other Shadowhunters more suspicious of Jace. He realized Aldertree’s game: he couldn’t force him out so he opted to make him miserable. In the end, Jace packed his bags and went to go crash with Magnus (this should be fun).

Seriously, what is Aldertree’s endgame? Is he a good guy, blinded by his hatred for Valentine? Or, is he looking to make a name for himself? I can see why he distrusts Jace and Clary. I think it’s stupid because children are not their parents and they’ve both proven themselves. But why is he manipulating Izzy?

He needs to go.

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The Iron Sisters’ scenes were just as awesome as I expected.

Clary learned the secret of the soul sword. Basically, it’s a failsafe that allows heavenly fire and lightning to flow through it, and destroy anything that has demon blood.

Yikes. No wonder Valentine wanted that. The sisters asked Clary to keep the info quiet so the Downworlders wouldn’t revolt.

Clary bonded with Luke’s sister…who turned out to be shady? Or at least have an agenda. After Clary and Izzy left, she stabbed one of her sisters, reactivated her runes, and left on a solo mission. Probably not a good sign.

As for Luke, he’d lost control after Jocelyn’s death (which he learned about off screen, apparently). Simon teamed up with Maia to track him down—after he asked Raphael to wipe his mother’s memories of his vampirism. Side note: who do we have to beg to get Raphael more screen time? He’s too awesome for such short scenes.

Simon and Maia turned out to be awesome together, too. Aren’t you guys glad we didn’t write off Maia after that whole trying to kill Jace thing? Simon appreciated that about her. The two bonded over their rocky starts as Downworlders, and their love for Luke. He helped Maia after she first turned.

What struck me most about their scenes, along with the easy chemistry, was how Simon felt comfortable enough to share his embarrassing story with her when he wouldn’t tell Clary. Sure, we could argue Maia would understand because she went from human to werewolf. But Simon’s a pretty open guy, who tends to talk a lot, often about things he should keep to himself.

By not telling Clary about what was essentially his darkest moment, it emphasized a major crack in their relationship. It’s not that Simon doesn’t trust her. But he doesn’t feel like he can be himself with her. That’s a sign of growing up and growing apart, even if it’s happening on an extreme vampire vs. Shadowhunter level.

(And another reason they should not attempt a romantic relationship, which is where this storyline is clearly going).

I felt terrible for Luke, but also, like we missed a step. I assume the show wanted to go for drama with showing him losing control of his wolf form. But I still wish we would have seen his initial reaction, and maybe felt more of the struggle of him wanting to be there for Clary before he lost control.

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Now, I absolutely saved the best for last: Alec and Magnus went on their first date!

And it was just as adorable, awkward, and uncomfortable as we imagined it would be.

Magnus correctly pointed out to Alec that even with all the crazy, he needed to take time to himself and have fun to remember what he’s fighting to protect.

Alec agreed and they headed out to Hunter’s Moon for an evening of drinking and pool. Who else laughed when Alec bragged about his archery skills translating to pool? Obviously Magnus would be good too, if not better.

But then came the true tricky part of any first date: navigating the minefield of past relationships. Alec’s consisted of Lydia. Magnus’ number was in the 17,000 range. Needless to say, both men were freaked out for different, yet quite rational, reasons.

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I have to give the show props for this. Because for all the magical/supernatural obstacles these two face, they settled on a relatable, human reason to make them second guess what they were doing.

And I don’t blame either one of them for having a moment of pause. Experience, or lack of experience, makes a difference in relationships for multiple reasons (not just the sexual one everyone’s thinking).

Thankfully, Alec came to his senses and decided he wanted to try anyway. I’m so proud of how much he continues to grow. Not to mention Magnus’ endless patience with him.

They’re so perfect for each other, despite all those differences. They ended the date with a kiss…and then Jace interrupted because he needed a place to live.

So much for that much needed privacy, boys.

About the author

Mandy Treccia

Mandy Treccia has served as TVSource Magazine’s Executive Editor since 2016, formerly as Editorial Director from 2012-2016. She is an avid TV watcher and card carrying fan girl prone to sudden bursts of emotion, ranging from extreme excitement to blind rage during her favorite shows and has on more than once occasion considered having a paper bag on hand to get her through some tough TV moments. Her taste in TV tends to rival that of a thirteen-year-old girl, but she’s okay with that. Follow her on Twitter at @SourceMandy.