Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Shadowhunters - Those of Demon Blood

When Shadowhunters begin showing up dead from apparent attacks by werewolves, vampires, and warlocks some believe that the downworlders are taking revenge for recent events. The Claive's overreaction of first demanding DNA samples and then attempting to forcibly implant GPS tracking chips in all downworlders only raises tension even further and even raises trust issues between the Shadowhunters and their closest friends. After starting the ball rolling, Inquisitor Herondale (Mimi Kuzyk) leaves events and the Institute in the hands of Jace (Dominic Sherwood) who Clary (Katherine McNamara) can't believe is so willing to go along with his new mother's edicts. The themes of the episode are a big hamfisted, but they do reinforce the fragile truce between the various groups and the underling resentments ready to boil over at even the smallest provocation.

With everyone dealing with their own drama, Isabelle (Emeraude Toubia) enlists the help of Raphael (David Castro) to find the real killer, who has abducted her next victim - Max (Jack Fulton). It's good to see Isabelle get to be more than just a victim and earn some respect from the Institute's new leader, even if her victory feels a bit rushed given the various other stories. As for Simon (Alberto Rosende), the episode continues the recent plot thread of his new celebrity growing among vampires suggesting a possible larger purpose for the character in the future.

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