TV Review: Shadowhunters 2×03 ‘Parabatai Lost’
Shadowhunters: Season 2 Episode 3
Episode Name: Parabatai Lost
Release date: 16th January 2017
Running Time: 42 minutes
Starring Katherine McNamara, Dominic Sherwood, Alberto Rosende, Matthew Daddario, Emeraude Toubia, Isaiah Mustafa, Harry Shum Jr.
Directed By: Greg Smith
Watch: Freeform (US) – Netflix (Worldwide)
Episode Reviews: Season 1 | Season 2
Already cut off from the Institute and his friends, Jace finds his situation worsen when he becomes a target for the New York wolf pack who believe Jace to be a killer. And don’t forget about Aldertree and the Shadowhunters who continue their own hunt for Jace. With Jace becoming the most wanted man in New York, can his friends get to him before everyone else? Meanwhile, Simon is on a search of his own as Raphael puts pressure on him to find Camille.
Like the previous two episodes, Parabatai Lost starts where we left off. I am really liking that this is happening as it doesn’t let the audience miss anything. Because, of the multiple events that occur, as well as everything being fast paced – it allows us to see everything.
At the start of this episode, we see the outcome of Clary (Katherine McNamara) and Jace (Dominic Sherwood) jumping off the boat to escape Valentine (Alan Van Sprang)- and it’s not all good. The wolves believe that Jace has killed one of their own. And you know what they say, blood for blood. With Jace injured and on the run from not only the Clave but the werewolf pack, someone has to save him.
And it’s not all good on the institute side. Alec is hanging in limbo and Magus is doing everything that he can do to save him. The only problem is that Jace is the one who can.
This season everyone is high on tension and Parabatai Lost is not an exemption. I think it’s one of the highlights from this season already. Everyone is on edge with one another and the audience doesn’t know what is going to happen next. And even though it’s based on books, things have to change for TV and I have no idea what to expect.
The tension between Clary and her mum (Maxim Roy) hasn’t hit breaking point yet, but I feel as the season goes on it will. And I hope it does. The tension between these two was a massive part of the books, and I think it will work so well on TV.
The tension between the gang and the Clave also hasn’t been hit yet, but the next couple of episodes are going to be intense. Especially with the ending of Parabatai Lost.
Magnus (Harry Shum Jr.) was a stand out in Parabatai Lost for me. The audience gets to see that he isn’t all sunshine and daisy. He means business. Especially when he concerns Alec (Matthew Daddario).
Harry plays him in a way that we don’t exactly see in the books. He is intense and has a stance about him that says – don’t mess with me. However, it was great to see this side of him. Magnus has lived hundreds of years and people that are younger than him are telling him what to do. And he doesn’t like it that much, especially when it concerns Alec’s life. The audience is also able to see Magnus human side in this episodes and his vulnerability. It was great to see.
In Parabatai Lost Magnus powers are also put on a show, with fabulous blue sparks. It’s nice to see these little details from the books, weaved into the series. It shows that they are paying attention, listening and reading.
Simon and Raphel
In this week’s episode, we also got to see tension burning between Simon (Alberto Rosende) and Raphel (David Castro). But, we also get to see the banter between the two which I think is working beautifully. It’s one of my favourite things about the books. The back and forth bickering between the two. And the audience is able to see a sliver of it in this week’s episode.
The audience also witness’s flashbacks in Parabatai Lost. We are taken back to when Jace and Alec first meet, their training, and them becoming Parabatai. All tying into Alec, needed Jace to save him. I really enjoyed this aspect of the episode. With everything coming together, and the way that it did. Very well done.
In the flashbacks, we also get to see Alec hesitation for becoming parabatai because of his feelings for Jace, which I thought was brilliant.
We get our first look at Maia Roberts (Alisha Wainwright) in Parabatai Lost. I am not fully sold on her yet, she comes across tougher than I originally thought. But, I am still really enjoying seeing her come into the action. She is a fierce woman ready to fight for what to believes in, and who she cares for.
I really enjoy this episode. The audience is able to see relationships grow and see where they started. The story is become intense and I don’t know which way to turn. I love that they are weaving in things from the books and I am seeing these characters that I imagined come to life. I cannot wait to watch next week.