Shadowhunters Episode 12 ★☆☆☆☆

HARRY SHUM JR., DOMINIC SHERWOODI 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?

Cepaz87XIAEQuRZGiven 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.

EMERAUDE TOUBIA“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.

By J. M. Tuckerman

J.M.Tuckerman is a neurodivergent writer with a big education. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults, an MA in Writing, and a BA in Writing Arts (specializing in Creative Writing, New Media Writing, and Publication; concentrating in New Media Production), which she somehow managed to earn despite her three very loud and large dogs. Jessica was lucky enough to intern at Quirk Books and Picador, USA while earning her master’s degrees. Her service dog, Ringo, is very proud of all that she has accomplished and hopes to be on a back cover of a published book with her very soon. An avid reader, writer, and lover of young adult and middle-grade literature, Jessica’s bookshelf is overflowing with hardbacks, paperbacks, and a million half-filled notebooks. She is a proud fur-mommy to two lab/st-bernard littermates, a retriever-mix service dog, and one orange little hobgoblin cat, all of whom have made very audible appearances on the Booked All Night podcast.

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