What is wrong with 2x08 you ask?
Listen I liked the concept of people facing their worst fears and what was tormenting them. I love the way Jace was forced to face Maryse telling him he wasn’t her son, that if she knew he was half demon she would have killed him sooner; I loved the fact that Alec had to face the guilt he was feeling towards killing Jocelyn and being scared that Clary blamed him (which leaded to their making up and Alec getting that weight off his shoulders); You know real problems that did not add up to the build of a ship that, right now, made absolutely no sense to introduce (yeah I’m talking #Climon. Sue me!).
Can we all agree that Clary’s worst fear is not having Simon cheat on her? Please!! We are talking about a girl who lost everything she ever knew and thought was certain, her world has been turned upside down, a few episodes back she wanted Jace and feelings like that just don’t go away (please just give me the Seelie Queen meeting!!) plus the way she looked at him when he said he wasn’t leaving her alone because of Valentine (also appreciating the fact that he said it, and didn’t just do it, because that way yayyyyyy!! We get informed Clary and Jace not acting like the creep he really isn’t but lots of times is lead to act like).
Also the Izzy and Raphael interaction (And note this, because I want you to, that I didn’t use the ship name). I love Raphael. He is a deep, meaningful, dense character that we should get to dismantle in the show! I loved the fact that we got a bit of his backstory, I loved that he made a Magnus reference and the importance he had to his life. I get he had to give her motives to get out of the dangerous way she was heading…. BUT NOT LIKE THAT!
What the hell mate? They never had a positive interaction! NEVER! She burnt his hand with sunlight, always being condescending towards vampires and other downwolders (don’t hit me with the “They’re a new type of Shadowhunters”! Maybe another time I’ll try and explain why I think this isn’t true), freeing his worst enemy because it was in their best interests (I see you Simon). They don’t have a positive interaction!
I LOVED the fact that we got a beautiful, yet short, dialogue on his backstory. I’m just sad it was wasted with Izzy. Because he deserved alone time, or with Magnus, to tell his story. That’s how much of a deep and important character he is to me! He deserves to have his own screen time, alone, that’s just not for plot furthering.
Also the way Izzy forces her blood in his mouth after he said no is cringe worthy and don’t try to justify it to me. It’s the equivalent of saying “no” to something and having it done to you anyway, which was exactly what happened!
Moving forward to the 2x09 trailer, Alec, I love you, but don’t be a dick. Your sister knew what she was getting into.
The Iron Sisters warned her, Magnus warned her, Raphael warned her, everybody warned her!
Is she is going down a dark path? Yes! Is it anybody’s fault but hers? Probably Aldetrees but not Raphael’s. I don’t think he can be blamed for the first time he bit her. I’m not saying It is correct, I just feel like he knew she would go find another vampire who didn’t know the significance she held to someone he cared about (She’s Alec’s sister, meaning she must mean something to Magnus as well, and Raph owes Magnus his life).
Which brings me to that scene of Alec punching Raphael.
First don’t tell me Raph wouldn’t win in a fight with Alec, that’s bullshit and you know it. He had time and time and time to prefect his fighting skills while Alec wasn’t even born, he is a clan leader, he is strong. He probably isn’t fighting back (at least in that scene) beacause of Magnus probabily. Second, if Magnus doesn’t do anything about it- and do something I mean stoping Alec, probably throwing him out of his house- I am going bananas on this show. You know why? Because you don’t get to call someone your “child” and ust have your boyfriend of what?! A few episodes, beat him to a pulp! CAN YOU SEE THE EVIL STEPMOTHER REFERENCE?! Third, Shadowhunters never do anything wrong now do they?! I bet it never ran through their minds that Izzy went looking for trouble, that she found a way to him! Not the other way around! Raphael just wants the best for his clan (and since when is an “arrangement” with Shadowhunters means that precisely?).
I don’t want Alec to be vilanized. He and Raph, along with Simon and Magnus are my favorite characters – and I feel like Magnus is the only one being treated with the respect he deserves (let’s not even go towards Simon or I’ll flip my shit).