We are well and truly immersed in the world of Shadowhunters now that they feel the need to include a ‘last time on…’. Which begs the question, has there really been that much going on to merit that?
This week we are combining episodes four and five together.
Episode 4: ‘Raising Hell’
Directed By: Tawnia McKiernan
Written By: Michael Reisz
First thing’s first, episode four ‘Raising Hell’ finally gave me a glowing ray of beautiful sunshine in the form of Magnus Bane. Yes I have been going on for weeks about Magnus, but I cannot express how good this character is. This series would probably be sinking without the little Malec glimpses, but I genuinely believe the books would not have survived without him. He is the magic (pardon the pun) of this series as a whole, his character just oozes sparkle and flare that brings a light-hearted aspect to the action packed world of Shadowhunters. Then again there is a certain elegance of his presence where you know he has a dark side and not only the fact he has a powerful little black book of ex relationships.
This episode is pretty much based around Magnus and his connection to Clary and her mother. After her dalliance with the Silent Brothers Clary knows that there is still a block on her mind and through Simon’s vampire kidnapping the group know that Magnus is definitely involved in some way. Thanks to Hodge they have a way of making contact with him since he and other warlocks are in hiding from Valentine. We are slowly but surely getting more and more glimpses of the downworlder’s side to this world. In this episode especially, with the attempted summoning of the memory demon Magnus fed Clary’s memories to, it was done exceptionally well .
The acting in this episode again was good from the cast. The standout performance by Matthew Daddario who portrays Alec, and his genuine confused about his feelings was done very well. Once again (although she has gotten better) Katherine McNamara as Clary is still falling flat, her attempts at being full of angst fall so far off the mark. She is still playing what was a dynamic and strong in her own way character as a helpless damsel in distress. So we have to ask can it be put down to direction or writing at this point? Thankfully her performance is overshadowed by the better actors in this series giving the story more impact and depth.
Episode 5: “Moo Shu To Go”
Directed By: Kelly Makin
Written By: Angel Dean Lopez
With episode five, we finally get a fully decent episode that is actually gripping from start to finish with more happening in this one episode than in the four previous. ‘Moo Shu to Go’ sees Clary and the gang go out and look for more clues for how to find Valentine with an underlying story about the Seelies breaking the accords with the Clave and there is even some werewolf action thrown in there.
There were two major plot lines in this episode. The first of which is obviously the entire underlying Simon storyline. To avoid spoilers I will not go too deep into what happens with him but I have to admit I love the way they have managed to drag out this storyline so seamlessly. Yes the audience knows exactly what is happening to him. He feels the change and has an idea of what is happening, but he plays it off as illness. The transition is slow and where others are picking up the slow changes Clary is none the wiser to what is happening to her best friend. I look forward to seeing how they make these subtle changes and where the Simon character is set to go in the narrative.
The werewolves are also clearly being thrown into the mix, we are slowly getting more and more of the downworlders involved in the series but this has been the first proper episode with the werewolves given a lead role. This also of course meant we got to see more of Luke. I would have preferred a little more of him since we have not really got much of his character in this series so far.
This episode was full of action, emotion and politics, it really was a perfectly blended episode which overshadowed the still off acting talents of McNamara but even I have to admit she was improved in this episode. Also Magnus is finally making his move!
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