Nicola is so good. Maryse carries so much in her eyes and her emotional scenes are phenomenal. Also, what are your thoughts on this episode?
Nicola is amazing and she really gives Maryse a lot of depth. I love that she’s getting a redemption arc; if Alec deserves one for his biases, then so does she. As for the ep, it obviously wasn’t as strong as last week’s but it wasn’t bad, either. I’ll bullet point some thoughts:
- The Seelie Court kiss was always a given, but I’m glad that it wasn’t all about the drama but the Queen making a point to Simon that Shadowhunters will always choose their own
- I loved Luke’s interactions with everyone. I love seeing his history with Maryse delved into, he finally got to confront Valentine, it seems the Plot Thickens with Ollie, I liked the emphasis on his importance as a respected alpha in the Downworld
- We saw Magnus touch on what happened to him – not in detail, but I like that the Downworld leaders know about it and that Magnus trusted everyone there enough to talk about it
- THIS ISN’T ABOUT CLARY PART 2 (!!)
- I like that we’re meant to see Sebastian as a creepy meddling fuck and not a good person at all. It’s not a coincidence that he learned about the love triangle only for the Queen to use it against them, nor is it a coincidence that this + his attempt to get Luke arrested are both meant to break Downworld/Shadowhunter relations further.
- Maryse reconciling with both her children was great
- Magnus and Alec playacting at being professional colleagues was pretty adorable and it was nice to hear Alec say the word boyfriend out loud
- Really glad rizzy was put into the ground for good; i don’t even care how they went about it I just wanted it to end
All in all I think while people’s instincts are to dismiss or not dismiss an episode based on which ships they favor, I actually found the romance wasn’t as much at the forefront as I anticipated for this episode and it’s important not to sweep the developments concerning the politics and Luke under the table. I didn’t care much for the love triangle, obviously, but actually I found even the kiss – which was purely for drama in the books – had a bit of a political edge to it here and it’s interesting that it wasn’t even really about Clary or Jace. It was about Simon and the Seelie Queen, and her interest in getting someone as unique as a Daylighter on her side.