Shadowhunters Review: Mad for Loving You

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Shadowhunters dialed the creepiness factor to eleven million this week.

Why are you so obsessed with your sister, Jonathan? And perhaps, more importantly, why is Clary falling for it?

“A Kiss from A Rose” began with Jonathan and a Seelie disguised as Clary. In his version, she’s tired of her virginal persona and wants to be bad with him.

(Pause for collective vomiting).

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Yes, yes, Jonathan’s a demon, raised in hell, tortured, etc. It’s a sad story and maybe in another life there’d be a redemption arc.

But now we know two things for sure: 1) he’s way too attached to his sister (whom he doesn’t even know) and 2) thanks to Izzy’s genius we learned his reason for wanting the Morningstar sword.

Surprise—said no one—it’s exactly what one would assume: he wants to use the sword to raise an army of demons to presumably take over the Earth.

(Somewhere in hell, Valentine must be so proud).

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Clary attempted to ignore the message on her arm (thank goodness for healing runes) and went on to enjoy her day ice skating with Jace.

Prior to Jonathan ruining everything (again), these two were really bringing it for me. The adorableness of the date, Jace failing at skating, but managing to give a swoon-worthy speech about the reason behind it—go ahead and admit you were smiling.

(Also, Alec totally gave him pointers on epic boyfriend speeches, right?)

But then Jonathan knocked out Jace and took on his face to whisk Clary away. This included (more vomiting) a kiss.

And that, combined with his favorable comments on Jonathan, raised her suspicions. So she pricked her finger on a rose and saw “Jace” wind up with the same injury.

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She called Izzy for help (the smart choice). Izzy and her team rescued Jace and came to save Clary before they reached the magical apartment.

Unfortunately, Clary hesitated when it came time to deliver the non-lethal blow and Jonathan escaped. Again.

Has Clary been brainwashed? Is the connecting rune messing with her head? Those are the only explanations I’m willing to buy.

There’s no way the Clary Fray/Fairchild we know and love would willingly choose Team Evil. No matter how much Jonathan insists it’s what she wants.

Jace continued his good boyfriend moves when Clary, rightfully feeling violated, flinched at the idea of kissing him. Instead, they opted for sad cuddling, which is exactly what this horrible situation requires.

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Elsewhere, Maia and Jordan made amends. I love Maia, but as usual, she gets the short end of the stick. It’s hard to care about a relationship when we’re being told it happened.

That said, it was nice to see Jordan, even as he nearly died, doing his best to keep Maia calm. I could ship it.

Simon and Luke rescued them. And then Luke took the fall for all of the dead bodies the cops discovered after trailing him there.

Seriously, does anyone care about this plotline? Not Luke; Luke is always worth caring about; but the mundane cops being suspicious of him.

Simon could fix this entire thing with well-placed compulsion. Or the Shadowhunters could cover it up—isn’t that their entire job? Keeping Mundanes safe from the Shadow World?

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No one’s tuning into this show to see what the humans are up to—especially when those humans are nameless guest stars.

Finally, our named guest star: Javier Munoz returned as Lorenzo. And he remains the worst. His fragile ego was destroyed when Magnus disobeyed him (and saved the day).

So Lorenzo made sure he held Magnus’ fate in his hands alone by forbidding the other warlocks from aiding him now that he’s magic-less.

Magnus, who admitted to Alec he needed his magic to feel alive, was more than willing to beg and bargain with Lorenzo in order to get his magic back.

And it worked. Lorenzo gifted Magnus with power in exchange for his apartment.

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Real estate is notoriously hard to come by in NYC, but this still seems a bit shady even if it is to “teach Magnus a lesson” or whatever nonsense Lorenzo claimed.

Alec, who continues to hold the Best Boyfriend honor, understood why Magnus was willing to make the trade. But he still wasn’t going to let Lorenzo get away with it.

He confronted the warlock and warned him that he knows a lot about being a leader. And he’s confident Lorenzo will slip up sooner rather than later.

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BEST—no one in this universe has grown more since than pilot than Alec.

And he might be on to something—when Magnus created a portal to the Institute (where he lives now?), his nose started to bleed.

Did Lorenzo mess with him? Is it a complication from going back on the deal with his dad? Either way, he’d better be okay, show.

Finally, Izzy remains the MVP. Not only did she save Jace and Clary, she also realized the Shadowhunter who died last week literally meant the answer was inside him.


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.

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