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Review – Shadowhunters
episode 218 “Awake, Arise, or Be Forever Fallen”

Review – Shadowhunters
episode 218 “Awake, Arise, or Be Forever Fallen”

What can we say about last Monday’s episode of Shadowhunters other than, holy shit! We were literally at the edge of our seats for this riveting, passionate, soul stirring, heartbreaking, utterly devastating emotional journey that lifted us to the highest highs then sent us crashing down to the lowest of lows. Not only did we experience these overwhelming feelings during the show’s 43 heart racing minutes, but it continued on into the days that followed. Leaving no doubt in our minds that Awake, Arise, or Be Forever Fallen, written by Jamie Gorenberg and directed by Amanda Row, will go down as our favorite episode to date, and quite possibly of the entire series! Our team has been rocked to the core by the events that unfolded between Magnus and Alec, so much so we’ve barely been able to function. Sitting here five days after the show has aired we’re still unable to fully process our thoughts and form coherent opinions about what we saw. This is surely a testament to just how amazing the episode was. To say that it was absolute perfection and everything we’ve ever wanted in life, still seems like a vast understatement. But we have to find a way to make it through this review somehow, so buckle up and we’ll start at the very beginning!

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Review – Shadowhunters
episode 215 “A Problem of Memory”

Review – Shadowhunters
episode 215 “A Problem of Memory”

Shadowhunters episode 2×15, “A Problem of Memory”, took a dark turn down the long and difficult road through Magnus Bane’s tragic past. Many fans were familiar with his backstory, but seeing it play out on screen added so much more depth and realism to his painfully emotional journey. We felt our own hearts break for him as the events from his childhood were brought to light. Written by Allison Rymer and directed by Peter DeLuise this episode contained so many great moments between Magnus and Alec as a couple, as well as their individual stories, it turned out to be one of our favorites so far this season.

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Review – Shadowhunters
episode 214 “The Fair Folk”

Review – Shadowhunters
episode 214 “The Fair Folk”

Shadowhunters episode 14, The Fair Folk, aired last Monday night on Freeform, with a new sheriff in town! Our favorite Shadowhunter Alec Lightwood (Ok we admit we might be a little bit biased here), made his somewhat controversial debut as the new Head of the New York Institute. Bringing a whole slew of new leadership ideas to unite Shadowhunters and Downworlders in the aftermath of what was nearly a war. Boy he really shook things up! We loved seeing this stronger, tougher, more dominant Alec in action and we couldn’t have been more proud. Written by Taylor Mallory and directed by Chris Grismer, we are now nearly to the halfway point of season 2B, and the plot is definitely thickening.

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“Review – Shadowhunters
episode 213 “Those of Demon Blood”

“Review – Shadowhunters
episode 213 “Those of Demon Blood”

Episode 13 of the second season of Freeform’s Shadowhunters, titled Those of Demon Blood, aired Monday night promising to be the most controversial episode to date. Written by Zac Hug and directed by Michael Goi, our favorite sci-fi drama dipped its toes into some pretty hefty real-world topics that surely resonated with viewers around the globe. Tackling social and political issues such as prejudice, racial profiling, discrimination and equality, we saw the fantasy genre elevate into something very relevant to today.

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Review – Shadowhunters
episode 212 “You Are Not Your Own”

Review – Shadowhunters
episode 212 “You Are Not Your Own”

Shadowhunters episode 12, You Are Not Your Own, aired Monday night on Freeform and we are still trying to recover from it! Directed by Billie Woodruff and written by Jamie Gorenberg this intense roller coaster ride of pain and heartbreak shocked us to our core. Even with prior knowledge of the body swap between Valentine and Magnus nothing could have prepared us for the emotional journey we were going to experience this week. To say that we were greatly affected would be the understatement of the decade.

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Review – Shadowhunters
episode 211 “Mea Maxima Culpa”

Review – Shadowhunters
episode 211 “Mea Maxima Culpa”

What a comeback! Shadowhunters had their mid-season premiere on Freeform Monday night, after a three month hiatus, and we absolutely loved every minute of it! This marked episode 11 of the 20 planned for season 2, and was titled Mea Maxima Culpa. Written by the amazingly talented Michael Reisz and directed by executive producer Matt Hastings, the hour was jam packed with action and suspense, plenty of drama, plus a healthy dose of romance and angst. All the things we love about the Shadow World. The story picked up right where we left off back in March with Valentine arrested and the Clave desperate to find the Mortal Cup. Our favorite Shadowhunter Alec Lightwood, played by Matthew Daddario, and the love of his life the magnificent Magnus Bane, played by Harry Shum Jr., came right out of the gate firing on all cylinders with stellar performances. Which of course doesn’t surprise us, we always look forward to watching them light up the screen each week.

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Review – Shadowhunters
episode 210 “By the Light of Dawn”

Review – Shadowhunters
episode 210 “By the Light of Dawn”

The mid-season finale of Shadowhunters directed by Joshua Butler has officially aired and we are all officially dead! Only joking of course, but what an absolutely spectacular episode it was! An action packed, stomach churning, edge of your seat thrill from beginning to end that left many fans passionately declaring this the best episode of the season so far. With the lives of every Downworlder in New York hanging in the balance, our favorite Shadow Squad attempted to thwart Valentine’s evil plan of activating the Soul Sword despite a mountain of obstacles at every turn. There were so many close calls and near death experiences for our favs we were holding our breath the entire time. The only thing we can say for sure after surviving this episode is, “How much longer is it until June 5th?” Because that’s when Shadowhunters will be returning for the remaining half of season two. And we can’t wait!

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Review – Shadowhunters
episode 209 “Bound by Blood”

Review – Shadowhunters
episode 209 “Bound by Blood”

Shadowhunters episode 9, “Bound by Blood”, premiered last Monday night on Freeform to a still rather shell-shocked audience, still reeling from the events in the previous episode.  With Valentine’s plan unfolding as we speak the entire Shadowhunter and Downworlder communities were on high alert.  The season really building up for a dramatic winter finale just around the corner, delves deeper and even darker each week.  No doubt everyone is terrified to see if Valentine can successfully annihilate the Downworlders (Boy let’s hope not!) after his chilling scene with the young warlock Madzie at the conclusion of last week.  Let’s jump in and find out how things are going for our favorite warlock and Shadowhunter duo.

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Review – Shadowhunters
episode 208 “Love Is a Devil”

Review – Shadowhunters
episode 208 “Love Is a Devil”

Shadowhunters episode 8, “Love Is a Devil”, premiered last Monday night on Freeform with an unusual plot twist. Hints had been dropped by some of the cast via social media that it would be similar to season 1’s episode 10, “This World Inverted”. So fans were a bit prepared something crazy was going down, though I’m not sure they could have anticipated just how shockingly different this episode was going to be for some of our most beloved characters.

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Review – Shadowhunters
episode 207 “How Are Thou Fallen”

Review – Shadowhunters
episode 207 “How Are Thou Fallen”

Shadowhunters episode 7, “How Are Thou Fallen”, aired this past Monday night on Freeform heavily billed as a major Malec relationship milestone. Eager fans were counting the minutes to see what would happen between their beloved OTP, Magnus Bane and Alexander Lightwood, on the heels of their first date in the previous episode. Several media outlets were also reporting the big event including a fantastic article in Out Magazine with exclusive photos of Magnus and Alec sharing some romantic time together. Saying the fandom was worked into a frenzy would be putting it mildly.

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