Thursday, August 17, 2017

Shadowhunters - Beside Still Water

Shadowhunters closes its Third Season by wrapping up the Valentine (Alan Van Sprang) storyline, laying the foundation for multiple conflicts next season, reigniting old passions, and (temporarily) killing a major character. Armed with the Mortal Cup and the Mortal Sword, Valentine travels to Lake Lynn to complete his master plan. The villain is successful in raising the angel Raziel, but he won't live long enough to see his dream of a world without Downworlders come to fruition when he's cut down by his daughter (rather easily concerning how easily he was throwing her around like a rag doll only minutes before) who uses the one wish granted by the angel to restore Jace (Dominic Sherwood) to life.

While Jace is brought back to the land of the living and Valentine is defeated, the villain's son does leave a parting gift by giving the remainder of his life to bring about the arrival of a new threat for the Shadowhuners. In other storylines the show kinda sorta (but not really) deals with the Seelie Queen (Sarah Hyland) while teasing a much larger role for the character next season. The show also briefly resurrects the plot thread of Luke's (Isaiah Mustafa) partner learning his secret and offering up the inevitable reconciliation between Alec (Matthew Daddario) and Magnus (Harry Shum Jr.). As a finale the show leaves quite a bit unresolved, and it's one big moment (Jace's death) is so quickly resolved it lacks any real punch.

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