TV Review: Shadowhunters 2 x 08 ‘Love is the Devil’
Shadowhunters: Season 2 Episode 8
Episode Name: Love is the Devil
Release date: 20th February 2017
Running Time: 42 minutes
Starring Katherine McNamara, Dominic Sherwood, Alberto Rosende, Matthew Daddario, Emeraude Toubia, Isaiah Mustafa, Harry Shum Jr.
Directed By: Ben Hernandez Bray
Watch: Freeform (US) – Netflix (Worldwide)
Episode Reviews: Season 1 | Season 2
Tasked with arranging his brother Max’s Rune Ceremony, Alec decides this would be the perfect opportunity for his family to get to know Magnus. But with tensions flying among the different Shadowhunters, Max’s big event quickly becomes an evening where they all must face their biggest fears.
Meanwhile, Simon makes a bold move as Isabelle finds an unlikely new ally.
Love is the Devil:
This season, each episode is getting better and better. I am starting to really love this series and can’t wait to see what to going to happen next. I’ve seen a lot of hate recent and although it’s not the best series out there, it’s by far not the worse. I learned a while ago not to compare it to the books because it’s not. If anyone read Vampire Diaries or Pretty Little Liars you know that they are very different from the show. I’m really enjoying what they are doing so far, and each episode brings more of the books in, slowly, but it’s happening.
In this week’s episode Love is the Devil Max Lightwood has returned from Idris and is ready to perform his rune ceremony. But tension is high between the Lightwood family and Alec is in charge of Max’s party. To try and fuse the tension he asks Magnus to help with the party. But, the party doesn’t all go to plan. Meanwhile, Simon and Clary have a heart to heart and Isabelle starts to spiral.
Simon and Clary
Simon and Clary take a big step in Love is the Devil. Thier relationship has been building up for the last couple of episodes. The audience already knows that Simon is very much in love with Clary, but after last weeks talk with Maia, everything starts to pay off.
Even though I adore Clary and Jace together, Simon and Clary need to happen. Even if it’s only for a little while. They need to explore this relationship with each other. Thier relationship also helps Jace explore himself and his feelings for Clary.
There is a lot of tension going on with the Lightwood family. It’s heartbreaking to see, but I also loved it at the same time, because they are staying true to the books in that manner. It’s the first time Maryse has been back in the institute for a while and everyone is on edge.
Alec and Izzy don’t like the way that Maryse treated Jace when the Clave where after him. They have always seen Jace as part of the family and by her acting with Clave – it hurt them all.
To try and fix the gap between Magnus and Maryse – Alec gets Magnus to help with his rune ceremony party. And well Magnus knows how to put on a show.
I liked the tension between Magnus and Maryse – as it reflects a lot of the book. How cold she is at times and even though Magnus tries, she just doesn’t like him.
Then something crazy starts to happen and I loved it. We really got to know the characters in this episode – their fears. What they don’t want to hear most. And it was so well played. I sorted guessed what was happening, but it still worked so well.
Valentine is up to something and something big. I am loving Alan Van Sprang as Valentine, he has this nature about him that screams Valentine and evil. Because the writers are taking risks and not exactly following the book, it’s interesting to see what they are going to make him do – and I am excited.
I’ve talked about Izzy the last couple of episode, but this week. I felt her. Izzy is struggling, breaking, but we also see this tough girl – suffering. I really like to see how far this is going to go, what’s going to happen to her next.
Love is the Devil was a pretty damn good episode. I like how week after week I am loving it even more. I do wish that the rating and how people are watching grow. I am just seeing too many complain and I am over really.