Shadowhunters – Season 2, Episode 9: “Bound by Blood”

Shadowhunters – Season 2, Episode 9: “Bound by Blood”
Grade: C+

In the ninth episode of the second season, Shadowhunters dips back down in quality—or at least, I just think the episode didn’t work. From the cliche set of a creepy carnival to an annoying plot, the newest episode wasn’t my favorite of this season. This is the worst grade I’ve given an episode of Shadowhunters season 2.

Though the episode have an interesting premise: Clary’s hand becomes charred and mangled, spreading over her arm—it’s a countdown for Clary to find Madzie, being bound by her oath to the warlock Iris. Both Jace and Simon help her, eventually achiving their goal until Madzie turns against them and Simon is kidnapped by Valentine. Meanwhile, Maia and many other downworlders, knowing Clary has the power to activate (ugh, that word) the sword that would kill all downworlders, want Clary dead.


HIGHLIGHTS

Clary’s favor
for Iris and the awful charring hand spell was interesting. This specific plotline worked really well going through the episode. I loved the curse of her hand being charred, growing closer to her chest and heart. It gave the episode an immediacy and pace that worked nice, however Clary does little of the action which annoyed me. Some of the elements to this didn’t quite work for me (Jace meeting with Valentine in the restaurant, Clary almost dying (I never like main character almost-deaths because we know they aren’t going to die), and the worst part about it (which made it below in its own lowlight section) how quickly the favor being (not) completed fixed her hand. Other than that, I liked the premise. It could’ve been a great side episode that didn’t need Valentine involved at all—or less involved. I’m just not a fan of how they’re going about the adapting of the books. There’s a good way of doing it (following the plot of the books in most episodes, having fun side episodes that play with the characters) and a bad way (the way Shadowhunters is doing it.)

LOWLIGHTS

The oath not really being completed
bothered me greatly. Why did the spell break after Madzie was returned to Clary, and not Iris? Immediately after, Madzie stole Clary away and she was back in Valentine’s clutches, so Iris still doesn’t have Madzie and so Clary should have her hand still charred up until she’s returned to Iris. You’d think that Iris would’ve made the binding spell a little more specific? Like, “find Madzie” could’ve been done by Clary knowing she’s with Valentine and that’s it, spell broken. Iris still didn’t have her, so technically Clary failed to return her safely to Iris, so why is the favor supposedly done?

Carnival theme
was just weird and annoying. It’s like they went, “What’s a creepy, overused motif that is shown over and over again with supernatural/urban fantasy/horror films? Carnival! For no reason! Great!” Like, not necessary. It added nothing. I get that they had Valentine want Madzie to enjoy her time with him, but, like, a lot of ice cream could’ve done that. Relocating your entire evil lair and science experiment creatures for that sole reason was stupid.

Maia
wanting to kill Clary made sense in the episode, but felt out of place for the character. Maia being locked up and escaping didn’t really go anywhere, her claustrophobia wasn’t really explored at all, even after she said that Luke “knew what she’d been through” to have it. And how did she even escape? How was that so easy? I don’t get any of it. As much as I love Maia, her role in this episode was useless.

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The Walking Dead – Season 7, Episode 11: “Hostiles and Calamities”

The Walking Dead – Season 7, Episode 11: “Hostiles and Calamities”
Grade: A-

In the eleventh episode of the Walking Dead season seven, we follow the Saviors exclusively again at the time of returning with Eugene as their captive and just after Daryl escaped. Dwight deals with the ramifications of Daryl escaping, with the help from his ex-wife Sherry, and Eugene learns that instead of being a captive, he’s now considered to be one of the most important new members of the Saviors, being able to create bullets and having a brilliant mind, he’s given a nice room and is treated well.

There were interesting parallels to the third episode of the season, “The Cell” where Daryl is being captive and it features Dwight dealing with being under Negan’s thumb: Eugene is given a nice room,  takes to being a Savior (out of true want or as a defense mechanism) and is asked what his name is, to which he replies “Negan” before Negan can even get out the question; he plays the Easy Street song in his room, the same that Daryl was tortured with; Dwight is locked in a cell by Negan in order to teach him a lesson; Dwight goes on a run to find Sherry, similar to in “The Cell” to find the missing man.

Overall, the episode was really great. It had a lot of layers to it and the focus on Eugene becoming a Savior (again, whether by choice or defensively is still unclear) was really great. Even Negan was more tolerable in this episode, though not any less of an asshole. One of the best episodes from this season for sure.


HIGHLIGHTS

Eugene’s
becoming a Savior was really interesting. It very well could be him dealing with the situation in the best way he knows how (lying in defense) but he does seem to take being a Savior. It’s an interesting storyline that I’m excited to see where it goes.

Dwight
is much more likeable now in this episode. With “The Cell,” we were sort of forced to sympathize with him, but I think it had been too soon. In this episode, now that we’ve been able to get to know Dwight with the third episode and understand he and Sherry’s reasoning for staying, we’re able to feel bad for Dwight more naturally. We’re able to root for him more and hope that he eventually turns on Negan. But that’s still hard to do because of all he’s done—killing Denise one of the big ones—but we know that he’s been doing it just to survive, that being a Savior was better than being dead, but as Sherry states in her letter—they were wrong, it’s not better.

The Magicians – Season 2, Episode 5: “Cheat Day”

The Magicians – Season 2, Episode 5: “Cheat Day”
Grade: A-

The fifth episode of The Magicians’ second season had a beautiful, sad storyline of Quentin, having been sent back to Earth and to a desk job in an office by Dean Fogg, meeting Emily, the woman who Alice and Margo had previously met up with and had known Alice’s brother (and be the reason her turned into a niffin) and discussing magic, getting drunk, and sleeping together, both lonely and missing loved ones. Meanwhile, Julia and Kady deal with Julia learning she’s pregnant with Reynard’s child and try to get an abortion—which goes terribly wrong, Eliot and Margo deal with a man trying to assassinate Eliot, and Penny goes to Mayakovsky to help with his new hands—which won’t allow him to do any magic.

The episode had its faults (the Fillory scenes were surprisingly boring, especially since it was about a group of rebels (called Foo Fighters, hilarious to Margo) trying to assassinate a king) but it mostly great. It’s a hard episode, the heartbreaking sadness of Quentin and the horror that is Julia trying to get an abortion, a deeply disturbing scene that had nothing to do with the procedure itself.


HIGHLIGHTS

Quentin in the real world
working at an office was really great. It worked well, was both funny and heartbreaking, and watching Quentin’s sadness after Alice’s death and his return to a normal world, back to the way his life had been before Brakebills, was sad. Coupled with Emily’s story of tragically still being in love with the Brakebills teacher (revealed to be Mayakovsky) and watching as they drunkenly use each other to feel better, which obviously doesn’t work, makes for a heavy episode. But having lighter moments and bits of magic made for an incredible episode.

Julia and Kady
dealing with the tough situation of Julia going through an abortion—or attempting to, anyway—was really a strong part of the episode. Though it derailed their plans of finding the girl who was able to trap Reynard 40 years ago, this storyline brought it to a much darker level once realized that Reynard is preventing the abortion by messing with the minds of the clinic staff, so much so that the doctor about to perform the abortion stabs out her eye and bleeds to death before she can perform the procedure, a scene which has become one of the most terrifying of the show. You know what might happen, you see the small things that seem a bit off, then it gets worse and worse. The building tension was like a horror film. Overall, Julia and Kady working together is a perfect pairing for Julia’s storyline, making cutting into time with Fillory and Quentin’s crew way more equal in interest.

Mayakovsky
helping Penny (by forcing him to untie thousands of knots and sand down an entire wood table) was funny and worked really well for the episode. It brought everything together once it was revealed that the teacher Emily had been in love with had been Mayakovsky, which is why he’d been banished from Brakebills and started Brakebills South.

LOWLIGHTS

Fillory drama
was surprisingly boring and out of place. I wouldn’t have minded an episode without Eliot and Margo here to better tell the other stories. Often times, when they have too many storylines, the episode suffers a little and one of them becomes the weakest link. Eliot and Margo ruling in Fillory was the weakest link in this episode. Too many storylines in one episode was a problem the show had last season.

Shadowhunters – Season 2, Episode 8: “Love is a Devil”

Shadowhunters – Season 2, Episode 8: “Love is a Devil”
Grade: B+

The eighth episode of the new season of Shadowhunters follows the characters as they attend a party for Max, the youngest Lightwood, as he is to receive his first runes during a special Shadowhunter ceremony. Just before, Simon is finally able to profess his love for Clary and they start dating. At the party, eventually it’s clear that someone is messing with the heads of the party guests—Clary seeing Simon kissing Mia, Alec thinking Clary is wanting him to kill himself, Jace believing that Maryse is trying to kill him—and it’s revealed to be Iris, the warlock Clary made a blood oath with, wanting her favor.

This episode is an excellent example of how to correctly adapt a book to a series—not every episode has to directly relate to the plot, having fun with the characters makes for good television and enables the story to stretch out over many episodes. The show did this well in the first season with “This World Inverted,” taking a situation that didn’t happen in the books but was fun to watch. Though the episode wasn’t perfect, it worked well as an (almost) self-contained episode with little advancement in plot of the show as a whole.


HIGHLIGHTS

Episode concept
was interesting and felt natural for the story. Having all the characters go through an event that didn’t happen in the books is usually awful, but here it worked. It’s what the show should be doing more to be keeping with the books—episodes that follow the plot along with the books and episodes that play with the characters in self-contained episodes that don’t mess with the plot.

Simon and Clary
are together and it’s wonderful. I never liked them together in the books or even in the show, but having them briefly date is fun and what I’ve been waiting for. It’s part of the story and is working well enough for now in the show to keep the tension between Jace’s want for Clary more evident as he becomes more jealous. It’s good stuff.

Magnus at the party
using his magic in a big, powerful way was so incredible to see. It’s exactly the kind of movement, power, and grace I’d expect from book-Magnus. The final fight scene between Magnus and Iris was done really well.

Spanish music
was used in the episode (as the party was a theme party) and I didn’t hate it? It sounds stupid, but the music made the show like a Spanish soap opera and I almost enjoyed it more than the actual music they usually play during scenes? The drama was so much better because of it.

LOWLIGHTS

Yin fen
is not what is in the books (I should say, actually, the yin fen in the show is not what it is in the prequel trilogy, which isn’t even a part of the show). If it had been called anything else, just another drug name or something, it would’ve been better. I like the idea of having Isabelle go through this but it’s ruining yin fen and the concept of it in the world of the books. Yin fen isn’t even made from vampire venom, so why even call it yin fen? Why bring it up at all? Having Isabelle become addicted to a vampire venom drug called something else would’ve been fine and interesting on its own. Having it be yin fen, mentioning Jem, is just making me angry and dislike this storyline.

The Walking Dead – Season 7, Episode 10: “New Best Friends”

The Walking Dead – Season 7, Episode 10: “New Best Friends”
Grade: B+

Rick and the Alexandrians attempt to convince the strange group, the Scavengers, led by Jadis, to join them in the fight against the Saviors. Jadis refuses unless Rick can prove himself being capable by shoving him down into a trash pit with a spike-covered Walker. Meanwhile, Daryl stops Richard from tricking the Saviors into attacking Carol, thinking it will get Ezekiel to join Rick. After Daryl threatens to kill him if he does, Daryl reunites with Carol but doesn’t tell her anything, including about the deaths of Glenn and Abraham, knowing that if he did, she would need to fight the Saviors though she doesn’t want to.

The episode wasn’t the best episode, even though I like how weird Jadis and the Scavengers are, mostly because the episode’s structure was so strange, making the pacing of the first half of the episode annoying and almost slow. Other than that, I enjoyed the episode a lot.


HIGHLIGHTS

Scavengers
were weird but I loved it. Jadis, the leader, was played incredibly by the actress she plays. I like that we’re seeing different types of groups in the new world. I find that the leaders of each group have whatever personality the majority of the group does, as if with limited contact with others, the group’s leader sets the tone and personality for the group. Rick’s brave and hopeful = Alexandrian’s brave and hopeful, Negan’s an asshole = Saviors are assholes, Ezekiel is theatrical = his followers are the same, Jadis is strange = her people are strange. I liked the dynamic and the way the Scavengers communicated and acted, even if the tone of the show changed a little for the episode, it worked well.

Daryl and Carol’s
reunion made me cry. The fact that Daryl didn’t tell Carol about the others to protect her from not wanting to fight, him threatening Richard to save Carol—other than the Scavengers, it was a very Carol/Daryl-centric episode, and we haven’t seen that dynamic in a long time.

LOWLIGHTS

Structure of the episode
was awful. We first get a moment between the Saviors and the Kingdom, a scene with Richard and Daryl, and then another scene with Richard and Daryl before we even got back to the Alexandrian group at the junkyard, a full twenty minutes into the hour.

The Magicians – Season 2, Episode 4: “The Flying Forest”

The Magicians – Season 2, Episode 4: “The Flying Forest”
Grade: B+

After the big battle with the Beast in the previous episode, the fourth episode of The Magicians deals with the aftermath. Quentin—after weeks of surgeries done by centaurs—now has a magic wooden shoulder to replace his wound from the Beast and as he wakes up alone, he’s confronted with all the emotion of losing Alice and then having to deal with Penny being a dick to him—who, to be fair, is dealing with a lot of bullshit with his hands. After getting Quentin to chop off his hands, they both go in search of the White Lady, a mythical deer-like creature that will grant them a wish if caught. After getting lost in the Flying Forest, which makes you completely high, they shoot the White Lady, allowing them each a wish: Penny gets his hands back and Quentin, after not being able to bring someone back from the dead, as he wanted to with Alice, asks to be returned home and leave Fillory.

Meanwhile, Julia and Kady, who has returned after hiding during Reynard’s first attack at the end of the last season, go on a hunt for a Brakebills book in order to revive the dead and frozen Marina for a few minutes after she left a code carved into her arm as a clue. Eliot and Margo struggle with being High King and Queen, so they come up with a way for Eliot to mentally leave Fillory for a break. He gets some help with ruling from Dean Fogg and Margo finds Julia copying the text of a Brakebills library book at the cottage and reluctantly helps her.

Overall a great episode for the Fillory gang, but Julia and Kady’s story, while at first and dark at the end, felt like it went almost nowhere. With the Beast dead and Reynard missing, this is the first time since the beginning of the season that the immediacy of needing to defeat a villain is gone. Reynard is presumably the next villain to go after, but with leaving that part to solely Julia, it makes the main group of characters have almost nothing to strive for anymore—now they’re just Kings and Queens in a magical land. However, having Quentin and Penny have a goal of catching the White Lady worked enough—but there characters need a goal, and if that’s helping Julia kill Reynard, that would be great. It would finally bring Julia into the rest of the group and making her the a quasi-villain of screwing up the main group’s plans for her own.


HIGHLIGHTS

The White Lady
was incredible. The makeup used, the actress playing her, and the role the character played within the episode was all just fantastic. Definitely the best part of the episode and the entire scene worked so incredibly well for sending off Quentin into the real world as he no longer wishes to be in Fillory.

The Flying Forest
gives you a contact high, giving us a tripping Quentin and Penny  duo that was so hilarious I couldn’t even handle it. They go around in circles for so long—and “Where are my stuff touchers?” is my favorite line of this season, probably of the entire show.

Eliot’s sexuality
is being explored more with his wife and I’m wondering if they’re going in a direction of him realizing he’s bisexual—which would be a great if true. Especially great because there are not many openly bisexual men on television, though the show has Quentin so that’s great already, so if they don’t go that route it would be fine, but if they did, great.

LOWLIGHTS

Julia and Kady
worked well together—I loved that Kady is back and they’re working together. I don’t like how their story basically went nowhere. They revived Marina for a few seconds to get information and Marina…wasn’t that helpful? Telling them that they have to kill Reynard and some vague way of someone else being able to summon him—unless I misunderstood what she said, isn’t that already what they tried to do? Julia’s story is starting to feel like last season’s again already, separate from the main plot and away from the rest of the cast, which is one of the biggest problems I had with the first season, even though I enjoyed her journey and the show anyway.

Shadowhunters – Season 2, Episode 7: “How Are Thou Fallen”

Shadowhunters – Season 2, Episode 7: “How Are Thou Fallen”
Grade: B+

Now with the seventh episode, the second season of Shadowhunters has continued on a fairly solid streak of good episodes. “How Are Thou Fallen” begins with Cleophas showing up at Valentine’s lair to tell him about Clary’s ability to create new runes, though he doesn’t believe her, and she ends up looking for Clary and Luke, trying to win them over and bring Clary—who has been hearing strange, loud noises that only she can hear—to her father. When Cleophas learns of Clary hearing the noise she recognizes it as a call of an angel, having been captured and tortured by Valentine, it changes her opinion of Valentine and she wants to help Clary.

Meanwhile, Simon and Maia go on their first date—after Simon gets some terrible advice from Jace about being more suave—and Alec wants to take his relationship to the next level with Magnus. Isabelle has become desperate for more yin fen and goes to great lengths to get some. Overall, the episode is a really good episode when looked at solely from the perspective of the show, and even though it has some great moments I’ve been wanting from the books…plot-wise, it’s a mess. It’s like they’re stretching book two over the stories of book one (in season one) and book three (now in season two)—with elements from the others, too—and creating a bit of a mess.


HIGHLIGHTS

Cleophas
being such a supporter up until she realizes that he has an angel captured and torturing it, is a great arc for her character. Though completely derailing from the books, I like her as a character and having her a part of this portion of the story seems coherent and is working well.

Jace and Simon
scenes in the bar were hilarious and what I’ve been waiting for. Jace was finally like in the books with his attitude and Simon is always one of the best parts of the show. The whole story of Simon trying to change for Maia was really solid.

MIDTONES

With Isabelle and yin fen,
I still don’t know where they are going or how she’ll get out of this one. With Magnus now confirming that it’s made of vampire venom and not from a demon like in The Infernal Devices, even mentioning Jem, I’m not sure how to feel about how they’re handling yin fen—though I’m enjoying the storyline for Isabelle.

LOWLIGHTS

Ithuriel
was just an old man. His wings were just…standard angel wings. The way the angels were described in the book were so beautiful, and Ithuriel himself was described so more golden and mythical and younger. It just sort of didn’t do it for me. The entire scene in general—in the books during City of Glass, the third book—was so incredible and it just didn’t live up to it at all. I’m not sure where they are going to go with it from here.

The Walking Dead – Season 7, Episode 9: “Rock in the Road”

The Walking Dead – Season 7, Episode 9: “Rock in the Road”
Grade: B+

The midseason premiere of The Walking Dead has Rick’s group all back together again, now with the goal of taking out Negan and the Saviors—but they need numbers, so they (unsuccessfully) attempt to gain the help of both the Hilltop leader (though they get some of the citizens to agree to fight) and King Ezekiel of the Kingdom. With little support from the other groups, Rick’s group come upon a Walker trap with explosives set up by the Saviors that they disable to use against Negan. After returning home and dealing with Negan’s men searching for Daryl (who was given asylum by the Kingdom), they learn that Father Gabriel is missing and has taken most of their supplies—however, after finding a note left by him, they track him down to another large group with a large amount of weapons encircling them.

As a midseason premiere, it wasn’t the best episode—nothing too exciting or dramatic happened, though the intensity of a large Walker horde coming toward them while trying to get the explosives was great. The best part of the episode was having the main cast back together again after a disjointed first half of the season. This episode, felt disjointed within itself—a lot happened in this episode. Though it’s only the start of what’s to come, it looks like it’s going to be great.


HIGHLIGHTS

Everyone is together again
and Negan isn’t in the episode except for his voice over the radio. With everyone together all working toward fighting against the Saviors, the show has picked up its energy again and is heading toward something great. Negan not being in the episode worked to the show’s advantage, as giving the time for our main characters to reconnect (though, they sort of didn’t even though they had the chance to).

The dynamite scene
was incredible. The intensity of it, all of them working quickly and efficiently so that none of the explosives are set off and the horde of Walkers coming at them made the scene of slow-moving, far-off zombies exciting. Rick and Michonne taking the horde down with the cable was awesome, but seemed unnecessary to get that close and risking getting killed.

The end scene
in search of Father Gabriel worked best for me. The smile on Rick’s face in the end shot as they’re surrounded by the new community, who seem to be heavily armed and skilled, got me excited for the rest of this season.

LOWLIGHTS

Disjointed
is a great word for what this episode was. It covered a lot of ground with a lot happening. The group went from getting the other communities to join them, to finding and getting the explosives, to returning to deal with the Saviors looking for Daryl, then going on a hunt for Father Gabriel, all the while not giving much attention to the main characters and relationships they have to each other. A lot of scattered plot.

Dialogue and characters
suffered in this episode. For the main characters, there was a lot of waiting around and standing as a group talking to the leaders of the other groups. I mean, for the main cast, were there any more than maybe two scenes where they weren’t all together, like standing right next to each other and not doing anything but adding some mediocre one liners? I’m glad they’re all together again, but it’s almost like the show didn’t know what to do with them now that they are reunited. (The exception is the great action scene of moving the cars, removing the explosives, and escaping the Walkers, the best scene of the episode.) There were other great character moments but they happened with secondary characters: Benjamin, Ezekiel, and Aaron and Eric.

The Magicians – Season 2, Episode 3: “Divine Elimination”

The Magicians – Season 2, Episode 3: “Divine Elimination”
Grade: A

In the third episode of the second season of The Magicians, the new kings and queens of Fillory are sidetracked when the curse the Beast left for the royal court—sitting on their thrones and becoming paranoid, wanting to kill each other—takes affect leaving Penny and Eliot’s bride to find a solution. Meanwhile, with the help of Marina, Julia and the Beast summon Reynard and it all goes wrong from there.

This episode was so incredible, it felt like a finale. The battle with the Beast was just as satisfying as I hoped it would be and Alice as a character, and Olivia Taylor Dudley’s performance, really shined. The majority of the episode focused on a completely unrelated storyline of the curse placed on the palace, though still great, felt slightly disjointed. Overall, it was an incredible episode—I just can’t wait to see where the show goes from here now that the Beast has been defeated.


HIGHLIGHTS

Alice sacrificing herself
to kill the Beast was a beautiful, heartbreaking moment that had a season finale-level of intensity that put this episode as one of the best from the show so far. How they did it, with Alice tormenting the Beast while fighting, showing her turning into a niffin, and then Alice as a niffin taking down the Beast was really spectacular. They made an interesting risk placing this part of the story in the third episode of the season (rather than the finale of last season, as one would expect or midway through the current season) ending the arc of the Beast being the villain and losing a main character. A bold choice that I don’t dislike—though it’s how they handle the next few episodes and the season as a whole that will make it or break this decision for me. (I’ve only read about the first book in the trilogy, so only know what happens in that book. I don’t know much about what happens later on.)

Marina and Reynard
was such a dark, terrifying scene that left my mouth open and eyes wide. He turned her cat inside out. HER TURNED HER CAT INSIDE OUT AND THEN BIT OFF HER FINGER. I don’t know who I’m more terrified of, the Beast or Reynard.

MIDTONES

The curse of the castle
from the Beast mentioned in the previous episode manifests itself here. I loved this idea. I loved the way it was done. I loved everything about the gang all being against each other, wanting to kill one another under the curse with only Penny there to fix the problem. The only thing is, I wish this would’ve been its own episode. I think with some rearranging with the previous episode, it could’ve made for a great second episode, moving the return to Brakebills and looking for the spell to this episode leading right into the battle with the Beast. Especially with the mention of the curse in the previous episode—though the subplot of the demons they magic into their backs wouldn’t quite work out how planned, they could’ve thought of something. However, it’s how it worked out and I don’t dislike it entirely—I just wish it wouldn’t seem as jarring going from a silly curse and Penny figuring out how to fix it and then immediately getting to the battle. It seemed off, but workable.

Shadowhunters – Season 2, Episode 6: “Iron Sisters”

Shadowhunters – Season 2, Episode 6: “Iron Sisters”
Grade: B

In the sixth episode of the new season, “Iron Sisters” takes Clary and Isabelle to Citadel of the Iron Sisters, the Shadowhunters who make the angelic weapons, on a mission to find information in defeating Valentine—with Aldertree using Isabelle’s new addiction to yin fen as incentive to spy on Clary while there. Meanwhile, with Luke gone battling with his grief after Jocelyn’s death by full on wolfing out, Simon and Maia go in search for him, and Magnus and Alec go on their official first date.

Overall, the episode wasn’t quite as good as the previous episode, though the show is still on the right track. Everything is improving, especially in comparison to the first season, but I’m still questioning some plot decisions they are making and hoping it all comes together.


HIGHLIGHTS

Simon and Maia
have some great, funny scenes in this episode. I like their chemistry and can see things starting to happen, which gets me excited. I love the actress who plays Maia and I love Maia in general, so having more time with her is great. And Simon is always funny, so this storyline worked well for some comedic relief and emotional scenes with Simon trying to calm down Luke—though I’m still unconvinced that Luke acting the way he is via wolf form is like in the books, it just seems like odd behavior for wolves to struggle with emotions like that and not be able to control their hunger/anger. Luke was hangry and I don’t get it.

MIDTONES

The Iron Sisters
were nothing like I pictured. I wish they hadn’t shown up here so early in the show, but I get how the writers want to show the world as much as possible to build a greater picture of the world. But I didn’t hate how the Sisters were depicted, it was just different. Having Cleophas be Luke’s sister and not mother didn’t really do much for me because I don’t remember her from the books, though I did instantly find it strange because I knew about Amatis, so that confused me. Overall, I liked a lot of the Citadel and the test they had to pass in order to enter—though thought it was silly they needed to change into white dresses for it—but the Iron Sisters were kind of…meh. That’s done, moving on.