Shadowhunters – Season 2, Episode 3: “Parabatai Lost”

Shadowhunters – Season 2, Episode 3: “Parabatai Lost”
Grade: B

With the third episode of the season two, Shadowhunters is much better than the first season—though still miles away from being spectacular. In the episode, after Alec had used the stone to track his Parabatai bond with Jace to find him and slipped too far in the last episode, Magnus tries everything to save him while Jace tries everything to get back to the Institute to save him—but he can’t return, as he’s wanted by the new head of the Institute for being a “traitor” and working with Valentine. Meanwhile, Clary helps Simon find his worried mother who hasn’t heard from him in weeks since turning into a vampire. And Maia has arrived to the show, thwarting Jace’s plans to get home after she and the other werewolves believes that Jace had killed the werewolf Valentine kidnapped.

Overall, this episode was great. The dialogue and writing still needs work—and the direction the show is going in needs a good course correction—but this episode worked well enough with all the other pieces, like the acting and effects, that it is so far the best episode of the season. Most of all, Maia is awesome and nothing else really mattered to me.


HIGHLIGHTS

Maia
has arrived and she’s awesome. Her scenes were great, the actress playing her (Alisha Wainwright) is fantastic, and I’m really excited she’s finally a part of the show! Also, that scene of her chasing Jace down through that alley looked incredible, it was so cool.

The episode
was directed by Gregory Smith, an actor I’ve been a fan of for a while, and that was exciting to find out, especially after liking the episode so much. The effects are a thousand times better than they had been in the first season (that werewolf transformation was A+ though I think the glowing green eyes thing could’ve died in season one) and the show is looking better—the only real problem now is the writing.

Emotional
responses and acting were great in this episode! Izzy worried about her brother, Magnus trying everything to save Alec, Clary being there for Simon, Simon and his mother, and Jace returning and saving Alec—what a scene that was, so well-acted and emotional!

LOWLIGHTS

The writing,
oh the writing, is still upsetting me. It’s the only downfall. The characters making stupid decisions, the dialogue being ridiculous, and the overall direction of where the show is going is troubling. (Jace finding the dead werewolf on the beach with him and his first though after someone sees them is to say, “It’s not what it looks like.” He doesn’t pretend to be a fellow victim “Please help us! I’m also injured!” and go along with it??? It’s just ridiculous. And that’s not the only example. If it was to get Luke involved, it was unnecessary as Jace then goes to a bar run by werewolves by accident and meets Maia—which then involves Luke after the fight. The beach lines were completely unnecessary and just awful and stupid.) The show needs an overhaul. I don’t know when the new writers take over (or if that’s just a rumor I heard), but I hope it’s soon and I hope they have a better plan—and are better with dialogue.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s