So in the drama of the last episode, I think some of us was left wondering if this episode was going to be bit low-key so the writers can allow us to catch our breaths somewhat. Ha ha, how about no! Because for all did this episode did lack in Valentine’s usual villainous shenanigans, instead this episode was chocked full of family feels. So before you watch this episode be sure to grab some tissue and your favorite flavor of ice cream because this episode is going to break your heart.
And now for my usual warning: I’m not the biggest fan of Clary (although I think considering her current circumstances I’m going to give her a bit more slack this episode). I’m also not a huge fan of the Jace/Clary/Simon love triangle. Also, if you are new I want to warn you guys from the jump that I despise Victor Aldertree, so if you love him you need to leave right now.
What I Loved About This Episode
I truly loved all the family feels in this episode. We did get a nice parallel between Clary’s grief over Jocelyn and Simon’s issues with his own family. It was actually a relief to not have to deal with Valentine and his general nastiness and instead for a change, we actually got to deal with issues more closer to home.
Honestly, at first, I really didn’t like Clary’s journey of accepting her mother’s death. Mostly, because Clary once again did what she does best and ignore everyone’s great advice and does what she wants to do. And yeah, I totally understand that grief makes people hella irrational, but she still managed to grate on my nerves a bit. However, again I’m going to give Clary a bit of slack this episode and not drag her as hard as I usually do.
I actually liked that Clary was able to finally realize towards the end of the episode that losing her soul and using dark magic to bring her mother back was a line she couldn’t cross. I also love Alec’s subplot, and how much he was obviously racked with guilt for killing Jocelyn while he was possessed. I just felt for him. For someone like Alec, who always plays by the rules, who always tries to do the right thing the whole situation is just devastating for him.
Matthew Daddario did a fantastic job conveying Alec’s feelings through his excellent acting. I also want to give a brief nod at how Jace and Magnus tried to reach to Alec. Both scenes were heart-wrenching as hell to watch.
I want to take a quick break here to give another nod at Kat McNamara’s acting. I really felt for her during Jocelyn’s funeral. Her pain seemed all too real to me and relatable and that is %100 due to Kat and her wonderful acting.
I also want to take some time to squee a bit about all of these little nuggets of Magnus’s tragic background that we are getting this season. And that not only the people closest to him, but by proxy, we the audience as well get to see bit by bit behind Magnus’s mask. My heart ached for Magnus when he told Clary about his mother committing suicide when he was nine because she couldn’t handle Magnus being a demon. And that he still kept the dagger she used to commit suicide I was kind of pissed off at Clary for sort brushing off the story, but again I’m cutting her some slack because her mother just died.
And now, I want to talk about Simon and how devastating it was to witness Simon revealing that he was a vampire to his mother. And Jesus, when Simon’s mother thought it was it was a horrible joke, it just about killed me a little bit inside, because again was the vampire reveal once again felt like a very real parallel to someone coming out the closet as GLBTQ+.
And that parallels made that whole scene even more painful to watch. And then to top off an already horrible situation, Elaine walked in on him feeding on a bag of blood and her horrified face. I’m not at all happy how Elaine then immediately decided to tell a Doctor about Simon, automatically betraying his trust and putting a target on both of their backs from the Vampire Coven. I don’t think Raphael is going to be all that happy when he finds out and he’s already proven that he has no problem going after Simon’s mother.