I think this is the last episode of Shadowhunters that I’m forcing myself through.
Once again, we fly through story arcs and subplots. We are introduced to Magnus Bane’s old friend Ragnar Fell on the off-chance he might know how to awaken Clary’s mom from the weird potion induced coma that she is currently floating in. I think his total screen time takes up 5 minutes. His total arc follows Shadowhunters trademark, go find, finish formula: Clary and Co. find his home, make their ways through his wards, he drops “Book of the White” as a plot point and then gets killed.
Why even introduce him? The same information could have been given to us in a note. There was nothing special except to say there are other warlocks.
Although the arrival of the demon introduces that there is a mole at the institute. Gee, I wonder who it could be. Not the former circle member Hodge! Oh no! Who didn’t see that coming a mile away?
Given Shadowhunters’ narrative’s omniscience I don’t understand why Jace needed to announce the fact the institute had a mole. Why not just tell the audience that Hodge is a mole, which would’ve made for more dramatic tension and–quite frankly–would have been more surprising.
On the note of surprising: Alec and Lydia finally have their wedding. Which Magnus crashes and Alec allows him to so he can finally come out of the closet. That’s great and all, but what totally ruined the scene was Lydia’s acceptance.
I’m not mad that she accepted Alec’s homosexuality. I’m mad that she’s not upset that she just got left at the altar.
“It’s okay, you don’t have to explain.”
Yes, she knew that Alec had feelings for Magnus. But she should still have some sort of emotional response.
I feel like a lot of characterization is missing from the novels and so those who are watching without reading are probably just as lost, if not as annoyed, as I am.
As I opened with, I just can’t sit through this show anymore. Consider my #DNF tagged at Episode 12.