As I said after watching last week’s episode, I pretty much hated everything. So much so that I’m not sure if I’ll watch this week’s episode. Some things bothered me more than others. And of course there was the one big thing.
I’m going to start with the Clary storyline. It’s no secret I’ve always hated the character. A lot of it has to do with the actress, who can’t play the complexity that Clary should have. Instead she comes off as a selfish, bubble headed twit who constantly gets herself in danger and has to be rescued. She did it again this past week and it’s so old. I’m tired of that plot point and so should the people around her.
And there’s Simon. Simon is one of my favorites and I loved his scenes with Maia. They were cute and funny and he’d finally met a nice girl who likes him. Of course he dumps her for Clary, who I’m sure will hook up with Simon and dump him as soon as she finds out Jace is not her brother. Speaking of which, I HATED those scenes with Jace and Simon. Jace is a jerk and he’s always been a jerk to Simon. I don’t know why Simon would listen to him. I know they were supposed to be funny, but it only showed what as ass Jace is.
Izzy has always been a woefully underused character. I guess they have to hold her back so Clary can be the lead heroine, but Izzy deserves to shine, not toil in the background. And she certainly should not be saddled with this awful out of character storyline. I don’t buy Izzy as a drug addict or for one second, mostly because it happened so quickly. The show drags out all the other stories, but this one happens out of the blue. It’s beneath her character and I hope it ends quickly.
Of course, my biggest issue with the show was Magnus and Alec. Boy, where do I start with how bad it was. Well, let’s begin with: why rush them into bed? They have been dragging out this relationship for over a year. They went on their first date last week.
I thought that Alec would want to rush into it because of the talk he and Magnus had about previous lovers but Magnus would make him realize he wasn’t ready and was willing to wait until the time was right for them both. From there some longing and desire and a few aborted attempts. The fans should have been anticipating the moment as much as they were. Alec being so aggressive and rushing into this was completely out of character.
And then were was the scene itself. Well, there was no scene. Alec shoved Magnus into the bedroom and that was it. I kept wanting for the show to go back to them, but it never did. You know what it reminded me of? Back on Dynasty when after about a half a season of angst, Steven Carrington and Luke Fuller had sex. Only you never saw it. Steven went into Luke’s apartment told Luke he wanted to be with him and they closed the door. That’s pretty much what they did to Magnus and Alec. Only this is 2017, not the early 80’s. You should have think we would have come a long way, but we haven’t.
It’s especially insulting and offensive since in the same episode we saw a naked Jace on top of another naked dayplayer in a very intimate scene. But we get barely a kiss for one of the show’s most popular couples that we have followed since the first episode? Does the show really think the fans don’t deserve more than that? Hell, even an afterglow scene would have been something. And when Jace and Clary finally have sex, do you think their scene will play out like that with Jace pushing Clary into a bedroom and the door closing? You think we won’t see any of their lovemaking? That shows just how wrong what the producers of this show did.
They promote the hell out of this couple, let them generate lots of attention and fans and then treat them like something to be hidden and ashamed of when the most important step in their relationship takes place. That is wrong, unforgivable and offensive. And for me, they may have lost a viewer. I’ve seen this too many times on too many shows. I’ll be damned if I keep supporting a show that has done it to me yet again.
Folks know that I was not thrilled with the writing for Kevin early on. I hated the BFF to the girls stuff and the chatter about fashion and generally being bitchy. It’s such a stereotype for TV gay teens and I’d like to get past that nonsense. Thankfully, they’ve toned Kevin down a bit and made him a bit more real and likable so I’m grateful for that. I liked the ‘meet cute’ with Joaquin, though I’m not sure if the show letting us think the gang banger was beating Kevin up when they were actually making out was a good directorial decision. Still, I like giving Kevin a love interest and there’s instant conflict between them. And it’s not at all about being gay.
Another thing I loved was Kevin’s very simple discussion with his father where his dad wanted him to find a nice boy. We needs scenes like that in this day and age. That’s very important. BTW, why are all the fathers in this town DILFs? Forget Archie and Jughead, I’d take their dad’s anyday. LOL!
And I really am thankful to the show for showing us that Archie and Miss Grundy’s relationship was icky, inappropriate and wrong. I didn’t expect that. Usually these ‘hot for teacher’ storylines are seen as sexy and salacious, but the show rightfully depicted Miss Grundy as a predator and Archie as a victim of her manipulation and abuse. And we saw that it wasn’t the first time she had preyed on a teenage boy. She’s a pedophile and the show wrote her as that. Because if the sexes had been reversed you can bet a male teacher sleeping with a female student would be seen as a sexual abuser. It should be here. But I have a feeling that Miss Grundy will be back though probably with a ginger baby…..
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