If you read my last review, you know that I wasn’t all that happy with it. The writers finally introduced a storyline for Isabelle, and I was so not impressed by it. Then, they are the usual Victor Aldertree fuckery that has basically put a nasty taint on this season so far. However, with this episode, the writers pulled out all the stops and managed to not only shock the hell out of me but they managed to delight me as well.But as always before I get to all of that, I would like to start this off with talking about the things I loved about this episode.
And now for my usual warning: I’m not the biggest fan of Clary Fray. I’m also not a huge fan of the Jace/Clary/Simon love triangle. There is also a bit of Sizzy bashing so stay away from this review in particular if you can’t handle someone talking shit about your OTP. Also, if you are new to my recaps 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.
Right off the bat, I’m going to squee at the top of my lungs about the Iron Sisters. They were not only badass warriors but a vast array of bad ass women of color. Again, I applaud the writers for never hesitating in adding people of color to their already racially diverse cast.
Despite what happened at the end, I really liked the insight that we got into Luke’s background. I wanted to hate Luke’s sister Cleophas (because how can anyone disown the perfection that is Lucian Garroway ) but she was so bad ass and so awesome during most of the show I couldn’t help but like her. And speaking about Luke, I’m going to squee a little bit about the theme of this episode was about him. I loved how they showed how Luke’s very presence in other people’s lives has helped them.The writers could have easily made it all about Clary and Luke’s relationship, but they didn’t and I commend the writers for it.
Expanding a bit more on this point: I also love how the writers keep fleshing out Luke’s character and not making him into a token black character. Luke, a black man has his own background and his own storyline mostly separate from Clary, their white lead character. Which in this day in age, is still frustratingly rare in the media.
And speaking of bad ass women of color I’m now going to squee about Maia Roberts. Maia this season is everything I wanted from the books and more. Again, I’m going to tip my hats to the writers but I’m also going to give a lot of those kudos to Alicia Wainwright’s acting. The flashback between Luke and Maia was heartbreaking to watch and I love how Luke was just there for her; a complete stranger no less. I really love how the writers are gradually revealing her backstory instead of just dropping her background on us in one big obvious info-dump that we got in ‘City of Ashes’.
Also, continuing the trend of Maia’s awesomeness, the Simon and Maia scenes were absolutely gold! Now, you guys know that despite all the fuckery that went down between Raphael and Simon earlier this season, that I am still a diehard Saphael shipper. You also know that I just barely tolerate Simon/Isabelle (Sizzy) but screw Sizzy, because if I can’t have Saphael, then I will gladly take Simon/Maia all day every day.
Not only do they have a lot in common Simon and Maia have incredible onscreen chemistry and they are so freaking adorable together. And besides, I am more than over the stupid Jace/Clary/Simon relationship drama. Right now, I just want Simon to finally move on and have a healthy relationship already! Simon Lewis deserves to be fucking happy (and although I want to knife his book counterpart in the back) I actually want nothing but good things for his character on the show.
I think other than the Maia and Simon scenes, the best scenes of the entire episode hands down are the Magnus and Alec’s scenes and their subplot in this episode Despite the fact that Magnus is a centuries-old warlock and Alec is a Nephilim their relationship and their talk about their past relationships is so totally relatable me and anyone else that has ever been in a relationship. Because who hasn’t had that very same talk with their significant other?
And then Alec admitted that he has never had a relationship pulled on my heart strings.I think that once again it’s very relatable. Although that wasn’t exactly my own experience as a queer person, I know that it is for a lot of people in the GLBTQ+ spectrum. So that scene repeatedly suckerpunched me directly in the feels and the scene was so beautiful that I didn’t even mind.