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Review – Shadowhunters episode 219 “Hail and Farewell”

Review – Shadowhunters episode 219 “Hail and Farewell”

After the Malec-heavy goodness that was episode 2×18, things are back to business in the second to last episode of season 2. In “Hail and Farewell” – written by Bryan Q. Miller and directed by Matt Hastings – the shadowhunters of the New York Institute gear up to finally bring an end to the war against Valentine and try their best to take out Jonathan in the process.

Unfortunately, that’s not as easy as it sounds, at least as long as Jonathan Morgenstern has a say in it. The episode opens with a sequence of him storming over an empty rooftop, and shouting his anger into the sky. He’s upset that Clary saw right through his carefully built disguise and angry that he screwed up. Jonathan may like to appear as cold, ruthless and above everything else, but as this scene shows, he clearly isn’t. His own mistakes annoy him just as any other person, maybe even more so since he’s trying to impress Valentine. We loved to see this more vulnerable side of Jonathan, see him doubt and stumble (figuratively, not literally). Will Tudor really crushed his performance this episode.

Meanwhile Clary, Jace and Izzy are out on a mission in the streets of New York with the goal to hunt down Jonathan. The mission is led by Izzy, and we loved that. After all she suffered through with her Yin Fen addiction, it was great to see her all tough and confident again. Don’t get us wrong, we adored seeing her vulnerable side, but a little badass Izzy never hurt anyone. Well…she probably did, but whatever.

After they break into Jonathan’s apartment (again: badass Izzy rocks!) they find the place empty, except for the corpse of the actual Sebastian Verlac. Even though this poor guy already suffered enough this season, Jonathan is not yet done with him – apart from kidnapping and killing him, he also let a demon possess his lifeless body. We really felt sorry for the actual Sebastian during that scene – he’s just that unlucky guy who was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

The Institute is going to war

Back at the Institute, Alec is trying to improve his chances at winning the war against Valentine by setting up a meeting with the Downworld leaders. We loved to see that even in times of war, Alec still sticks to what he believes in and tries to get Shadowhunters and Downworlders to fight as one instead of against each other.

Unfortunately, that meeting does not go so well as the Downworlders have been making new alliances with their own. Magnus, still heartbroken and upset because Alec did not tell him about the Soul Sword, sided with the Seelie Queen, managing to get Luke and Raphael on his side as well.

However much we loved this episode, this is where things got a bit weird for us. Sure, Magnus doesn’t want to have anything to do with Alec or the Clave. But relationship drama aside – since when does Magnus Bane, who cares so much about his people, blindly hand over control to others; the Seelie Queen of all people? She may be the most powerful downworlder alive, but she has proven that she should never be trusted. Therefore, Magnus letting her speak on behalf of the entire downworld seemed a bit out of character for us, especially since Magnus has never refrained from stating his opinions and didn’t seem like someone who would subject to someone else. However heartbroken he might be, this decision just didn’t fit for him in our eyes.

Speaking of heartbreak, Malec are still very much broken up in 2×19. This became painfully obvious during the downworld council meeting, when Magnus wouldn’t even look at Alec. Our poor, Malec-shipping hearts were still aching after that beautiful, yet so painful breakup in 2×18 – and following 2×19, we can confirm that now they have been successfully shred to pieces.

Old friends, new threats

When Magnus gets home from the Institute, a little surprise is waiting for him to cheer him up: Madzie is back! She didn’t come alone, but in the company of a long-awaited character: Ms Catarina Loss – nurse, warlock and one of Magnus’ oldest friends. Catarina is played by Sophia Walker and albeit her scene was a bit short, we already learned two things about her. First, she won’t take crap from anyone and second, she is a force to be reckoned with. Showrunner Todd Slavkin already teased there will be more Catarina and Madzie moments in season 3 – we can’t wait to see what’s in store for them.

Although, Catarina was not the only new character this week – we got to see a new side of the Seelie Queen. Sarah Hyland’s long awaited guest appearance on Shadowhunters finally happened. She plays the Seelie Queen just as sneaky and mysterious as Lola Flanery did. Including her odd fascination with Simon. We enjoyed Alberto and Sarah’s scene together and were left wondering what is it that makes the daylighter so interesting for Her Majesty.

The rise of Clace 2.0

Back at the Institute, the time for Clace shippers had finally come – Jace and Clary try to track Jonathan through their Angelic powers, and we will surely not forget that scene.

Although for some of us, it was a bit uncomfortable to watch. Kat and Dom have amazing on-screen chemistry and the both of them really did a great job on that scene, but it just seemed a bit over the top, as if the producers had wanted to slam into our faces that yes, Clace are back and yes, they still love each other so, so much. Thanks for the update, but we knew that already. A little bit less golden glowing rune magic would have been totally fine. Even if, we have to admit, the runes looked really pretty.

Meanwhile, Valentine and Jonathan try and fail to set up a portal to Idris (seriously, what is it with this guy and playgrounds? They seem to be his favorite place to threaten warlocks recently). When they realize that Jonathan has been tracked, they leave the other Circle members behind and head towards a graveyard, where Valentine rudely turns a mourning family into forsaken to keep the shadowhunters that are coming for him at bay.

Needless to say Alec, Izzy, Jace and Clary are quite busy when they arrive at the graveyard, resulting in some of the coolest action scenes of this season. Honestly, Jace and Alec going after the forsaken in a good old parabatai manner and Alec killing two of them with only one arrow – excuse us, but that looked almost as cool as when he banished Azazel with an arrow while being thrown through Magnus’ apartment in 2×11.

Action-packed until the bitter end

As cool as the scenes on the graveyard may be, they are only the opening act for the true highlight of 2×19: the action-packed final fifteen minutes, centered around the confrontation of the shows’ two “JCs”; Jonathan and Jace.

The scene is set on a bridge at night, we will leave it to Jace Herondale to keep up his cocky and arrogant nature even in the most extreme situations – such as having a heavy iron chain around his neck while being dragged across the floor by Jonathan. He just keeps provoking Jonathan until he snaps – and this results into one of the best fighting scenes we’ve had on the show so far (we’re sorry, 2×11 parabatai training scene, but it’s the truth.)

Both the choreography and what Dom Sherwood and Will Tudor made of it, made the scene one of our highlights this episode. If Will Tudor showed us a glimpse of Jonathan’s vulnerability at the beginning of the episode, this is where he really lets his walls break down. For the first time, we truly see how jealous Jonathan is of Jace, how much he hates him for always being Valentine’s favorite – and how much he wants to be him. Watching this scene unfold was as thrilling as it was nerve wracking.

Thrilling, because – duh. Nerve wracking, because even though Jace may be one of the best shadowhunters of his age, he gets in pretty big trouble fighting Jonathan. Good thing he came with backup – and has a badass warrior sister who is very mad at Jonathan for betraying her trust.

For the past two seasons, we’ve seen Isabelle in many different moods – she was happy, she was sad, she was hurt. But she has never been truly angry. In 2×19, that changes. We really wouldn’t want to mess with Izzy after watching the episode. Emeraude really slays angry Izzy and we loved seeing her basically rip Jonathan apart as she confronts him about his betrayal and his attempt at Max’s life.

Conveniently, Izzy settling things with Jonathan also distracts Morgenstern Jr. long enough for Jace to be able to creep up behind him, stab him in the back and push him into the river.

As we watch Jonathan’s unmoving body float away and the squad celebrate Jonathan’s death – we couldn’t quite trust the situation. I mean, didn’t we learn from every CSI or Criminal Minds episode ever that a person should never be considered dead until there’s a body? We know that Alec, Izzy and Jace probably don’t like mundane TV, but after watching that scene, we keep thinking they might want to give it a chance.

Loose ends and open questions

The team stopping Jonathan may be a small victory, but the fight is not over yet, that much is clear. There is still way too much left unclear – and new problems are added constantly. For instance, as we see Maia waking up in the Seelie Court or the Seelie Queen herself meeting up with Valentine in Central Park in the middle of the night. Altogether, there’s plenty of material to keep the next episode just as exciting and considering that, all we can say is: Season finale, bring it on.

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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”

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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”

This article is “gifs free” at the moment as we are still working to make them again with our new coloring. They’ll be added in a few days!

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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