PICKS AND PANS PART 2
Okay, color me surprised. I never thought the show would bring on a new fella for Iolo. And since he’s Dani’s brother, it looks like he’ll stick around for awhile. Iolo and Tyler are cute together and they have chemistry. But, the whole thing seems rushed and underplayed.
For example, over the past few weeks we’ve see Iolo and Tyler bickering with each other in that rom-com sort of way, but there’s been no indication of an attraction between them.
So for them to go from bickering to making out seemed weird. I don’t understand why we couldn’t have seen that they were attracted to each other, but hid it, building up to this.
Or if they didn’t want to reveal that Tyler was gay why not have Iolo be attracted to Tyler, assume Tyler was straight and that Iolo was upset that again he was into a guy he could never have and then find out Tyler was queer. The handling of it just seems odd. But I did enjoy the scene after the initial kiss. It was cute and funny.
But as much as I’m glad for a new guy for Iolo, I wish they’d wrap up the story left from his relationship with William and all the secrets that Sion has been keeping from Iolo. William needs to come back so that all can be resolved. Even if William doesn’t stay, I just think it’s a storyline that needs some closure.
Of course Elias is dating Kalle’s ONS. It’s a soap so the plot twist is to be expected. The only thing now is: how soon before the truth comes out?
What really gets me is that Kalle is turning himself to a drunk over a relationship between Elias and Lari that only exists in his mind. Lari isn’t interested in Elias. He didn’t bat an eyelash or show a flicker of jealousy when Elias told him about his date. It still makes me wonder how they’re going to move back to Elias and Lari when Lari has been over it for about two years now. Not that is what I want to happen, of course. Elias and Lari have always been toxic, IMO.
I’d love it if instead of using Kalle’s drinking to break them up, it only made them stronger and Lari helped Kalle deal with his issues and they stuck it out.
Man, this episode was boring.
Here’s the thing about alternate universes. They really need to be interesting and this certainly was not. It was just matching the same couples that exist on the regular show rather than mixing things up and having this person wind up with that person, stirring up the characters in ways you wouldn’t expect.
For example, why not take Alec and Jace’s relationship one step further than the bond the show beats us over the head with and have them be lovers in the alternate universe? Or put Isabelle with Magnus, something to make this world different? That’s the thing about alternate universes, it can give the show the chance to tell stories that couldn’t in their world and this show did none of that.
But also part of the problem is that this alternate universe episode is taking place too early in the show’s history. Maybe a year or two of the regular Shadowhunter’s world should be established and played out before bringing us into a new realm and showing us the differences. One thing is for sure: Jace and Clary as a couple in any universe is boring and irritating.
In other news the way they resolved the ‘Luke being accused of murder’ storyline was ridiculous. Branding Simon a serial killer makes no sense. Wouldn’t Simon’s face be plastered all over the news given that he’s believed a serial murderer? The capture of the killer wouldn’t get the attention of the press? Simon has no plans to go home and see his family again?
I’m sure Simon has been at the police station at least once or twice since the show began. No one would recognize him and say ‘that’s the killer? Why he was just here visiting Luke the other day’.
What about Simon’s body? Will anyone notice when it just disappears from the lab? Actually, the internal affairs investigator seemed to have no interest in even finding out the name of this serial killer! Capturing him wouldn’t end the case, there would be so many aspects to cover. Like I said, ridiculous. The idea was clever, but the execution and plot holes left all over the place ruined it.
I did like the lingering shots of Matthew Daddario’s torso though and I appreciate the show not going after his hairy chest with the razor.