I have to dive in right off the bat and say that this episode didn’t actually suck! I know that’s unusual coming from me but I think this finale actually did a decent job of tying up loose ends and setting up the next season. Guess what it comes down to: they actually executed the most important scene as it was in the book. See show runners? If you actually use the material that’s provided the show has so much more potential!
Episode 20: Beside Still Water
Sebastian has washed up on the beach and he’s bleeding out a pentagram, creepy as heck, but then he calls out to his demon mother for help and naturally she comes to his aid. She releases a scary dragon demon through the pentagram to be a distraction for the shadowhunters while Valentine is off getting to Lake Lyn. The special effects for this weren’t to cringe. What made me a bit annoyed was that the gang then goes out to fight this demon all together, but they do so while disrupting mundane traffic. At no point should anyone without the sight be able to see glamoured shadowhunters, and they would never stand in the middle of the road! They were literally blocking traffic in the middle of Manhattan and no one seemed to care until they snapped out of their demon fighting trance. The people on the sidewalk didn’t seem to care at all but then everyone in the cars was like MOVE IDIOTS YOU’RE BLOCKING THE ROAD. And it was true, they were.
Moving on, Simon and Luke go to Seelie to find Maia since Queenie dearest took her. Turns out all the Seelie Queen wanted to do was ask Maia about Simon, apparently things “only a girlfriend would know.” To me that sounded less like she was trying to figure out Simon in a we-just-made-a-deal-and-I-want-to-know-if-he’ll-follow-through way and like more of an innuendo, but maybe that’s just me.
It’s so funny to me that they think JC is dead. XD Like of course he’s not you idiots. But they’ll find out eventually, I jut think they should probably know better that to think he would die so easily.
Alec: Be careful.
Jace: Like wise, and when am I ever not careful?
This was a great Jace sarcasm line and it was well placed since Jace is about to be so un-careful that he literally dies.
Laughed out loud at Luke just swacking Faeries in the face with a stick and knocking them out so he can find Maia. He was being a little too intense, and then as soon as he finds her (after looking alone for ages) Simon and the queen just walk right in and Simon runs to Maia. Like let’s give Luke some credit here, he actually found her but then no one even cared!
Consul Malachi is on Valentine’s side, they figure this out very quickly as he reveals this fact and his circle mark. Poor guy actually had a decent role in the books, but they just introduced, laid out his whole character arc with dialogue, and killed him in the same scene. Too easy. And also completely insignificant because he wasn’t even mentioned before now so why should we care that there’s suspicion about him being in cahoots with Valentine? We shouldn’t, and we don’t. I’d understand that scene if they had introduced the suspicion in prior episodes but they really aren’t juggling all of the subplots well.
Jace’s angel blood super strength is really coming in handy lately. Does it get activated in his most dire moments? Does he have any control over it? It just doesn’t really add up for me in the show whereas the book Jace was just awesomely lethal all the time. No activation and glowing eyes needed. It’s a little weird and frankly, seems like it only exists for plot convenience so Jace can always save the day when it matters most.
Valentine just punches Clary in the face and it was lights out? Come on. Clary is actually a terrible fighter still but I suppose that’s acceptable considering she’s only been a shadowhunter for a few weeks by the normal timeline. I really don;t know how much time has passed in the show. However, they did keep to how things happened in the books this episode, with Jace dying and the angel bringing him back per Clary’s stolen wish. Side note: the parabatai rune shouldn’t disappear when one of them dies, it should fade. I guess they were going for the dramatic when they made Alec’s rune just disappear like it never existed at all, the parabatai bond is far too strong to disappear altogether after one of them dies.
Valentine death scene was pretty intense. I can be on board with that. I did think that the fight made Clary seem really weak, but it was also very emotional. The girl is killing the father that she never knew about as a child but has screwed up her life in so many ways. One does not simple do that without being emotionally scarred.
I can see them setting up for the season three villain to be Sebastian working with mother dearest, Lilith—the first of the demons. It’s gonna get real evil next season, so much worse than Valentine.
Lead in to Season 3
Simon went back to the Seelie queen. I’m a little confused by this plot, but I think the queen offered Simon a deal, he refused, and maybe now he’s going back to accept it? I guess I’ll find out eventually.
Jace is having some brought-back-by-the-angel-Raziel complications.
Those demons that just “disappeared” are being controlled by JC’s mother, Lilith, who for all intents and purposes is his blood mother on the demon side. So next season I’m sure they’ll be working together and bringing hell upon the shadowhunters.
I am interested in where the show is heading from here, but I also still cringe a lot every time I think about watching the next episode. I assume the new season will start-up in January of 2018, and I don’t plan on prioritizing it over school and all the other shows I watch but that’s so far in the future that I could definitely change my mind.
What did you think about how Shadowhunters season 2 wrapped up?