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Shadowhunters Review: Force without Wisdom

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The Downworlders are at war.

Last night’s Shadowhunters brought Heidi back into the fold (Remember her? Sired by Simon, experimented on by Raphael?).

She escaped Praetor and orchestrated a deadly fight between the Hotel Dumort vamps and Luke’s former wolf pack.

Why? Revenge, boredom, insanity, any and all combinations of things—your guess is as good as mine.

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“Beati Bellicosi” gave the vamps and wolves more screen time than usual in order to set up this war, which presumably, will pull the Shadowhunters in at some point.

The good thing: it gave Maia something to do. She wasn’t thrilled with Russell’s new alpha rules. However, she stopped short of challenging him to a fight.

She did, however, try to get Luke to resume his leadership role. He encouraged her to take over—via diplomacy rather than blood—and pointed out that meant putting her personal life second.

This of course led to the inevitable breakup with Simon (to clear the way for Sizzy).

Can we talk about how adult this breakup was? They focused on the good things (proving all the doubters wrong) and more or less decided they grew apart and that was that.

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(I’m not sure we saw this play out on screen, but I’ll allow it).

Of course there’s the Jordan factor, too. Maia’s not completely over him and things are super complicated.

Thanks to Heidi’s shenanigans they’re even more complicated: Jordan’s been stabbed and he and Maia are locked in the storage room to escape murderous vampires.

Which brings me back to the bad thing about this war: aside from Maia and to some extent Jordan, does anyone really care about these characters?

Without Raphael and Luke’s involvement, it’s basically Maia, Jordan, and a bunch of extras that probably don’t even have character names fighting.

This was not worth the lack of Malec scenes in the episode, people.

Alec spent most of the hour with Izzy (which I’m definitely not complaining about). He continues to be the sweetest.

Not only did he research ways to help Izzy with her addiction, he assured her that he’d always see her as strong—he wishes he could be half as strong as her on her weakest day.

(Excuse me while I melt).

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Izzy had a lead on the shady business happening with the Guard. Except her contact was killed before he could share—with a seraph blade.

(The Clave is the worst).

He did manage to drop some knowledge that translated to “Heavenly Fire.”

(That’s right, fellow book nerds—the title of the final book in the Mortal Instruments series. To quote Dr. Strange, “We’re in the Endgame now”).

Maryse (fresh from kissing Luke and running off awkwardly) informed her kids that it’s a shadow-y Shadowhunters thing and they definitely should not get involved under any circumstances.

(We all know how this will end).

Clary’s settling back into her life after her near death and hostage situation. But Jonathan wasn’t about to let her go that easily.

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He burned her—by burning himself—and Jace healed Clary, but it wasn’t enough. She wanted the mark gone immediately.

Jace recognized the symbol and after doing a little digging, they traced it back to Paradise Lost and the final battle between Michael and Lucifer.

Michael was able to break their bond and cast Lucifer into hell.

(Again, we can guess how this is going to end).

In the meantime, after Jace was unable to remove the mark, Clary decided she was done caring about it, and she would live her life.

So she lit about 80 candles and told Jace she wanted him and she loved him. And Jace responded with the swooniest of book quotes:

“I love you, and I will love you until I die, and if there’s a life after that, I’ll love you then.”

Heart eyes.

I’ve complained a lot about Clace’s development (and lack thereof) on the show, but Kat McNamara and Dominic Sherwood have tons of chemistry, and they sold the hell out of this big moment.

Jace and Clary finally had sex and then Jonathan reappeared via a message scratched into Clary’s arm.

“I miss you.”

SO DAMN CREEPY.

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.