TV Review: Shadowhunters 2 x 09 ‘Bound by Blood’
Shadowhunters: Season 2 Episode 9
Episode Name: Bound by Blood
Release date: 27th February 2017
Running Time: 42 minutes
Starring Katherine McNamara, Dominic Sherwood, Alberto Rosende, Matthew Daddario, Emeraude Toubia, Isaiah Mustafa, Harry Shum Jr.
Directed By: Matthew Hastings
Watch: Freeform (US) – Netflix (Worldwide)
Episode Reviews: Season 1 | Season 2
With word getting out that Clary is a key part of Valentine’s plan, the Downworlders are at odds on how to handle the issue. But when Iris activates her blood oath, Clary has more to worry about than hiding from Valentine and the Downworlders.
Meanwhile, Isabelle and Raphael get closer as Alec tries to figure out what’s going on with his sister.
Bound by Blood:
I feel that each week I’m left on the edge of my seat. It’s getting more and more intense as the season goes on. And with the mid-season finale next week, I can only guess what is going to happen. In Bound by Blood Clary feels the after effects of her blood oath with a warlock and everything goes downhill from there.
On the desperate hunt for Madzie; Jace, Clary, and Simon run into a little trouble with downworlders of all kinds. After last week’s confession from Clary and Jace, the words gets out and downworlders want Clary dead.
Meanwhile, Izzy is becoming more depended on vampire blood and Alec has become concerned about her behaviour.
Simon and Clary
Simon and Clary really explore their relationship in this episode. It was really sweet actually. We get to see Clary have some fun – which she hasn’t really this whole series. The chemistry between them was totally adorable.
When they were both sitting on top of the van, it felt raw. Thier emotions were on full display and I loved seeing. I love this relationship even though it’s only going to be for a while. They need that from each other.
Izzy and Raphel
Now let’s talk about this one. I actually quite enjoy it. Two very different people, that somehow are similar to one another. I think both are them are relying on each other. Izzy for her fix of Vampire Blood and Raphel for his fix of human blood.
I felt for both of them in this episode, letting their need for a fix clouds both of their judgments. There was a line that Magnus said in this episode that really stuck and I think explains it so much.
Simon and Jace
Simon and Jace have always had a rough relationship as both have strong feelings for Clary – making everything tense around them. And just like the books, it’s fun to watch. They both care so much, but Jace having to step back because of Clary being his sister has changed the game.
In Bound by Blood however, we see these two come together and work with one another. It was great to see the banter between the two and even though at times they hate each other – they both care for Clary.
All hell has broken lose with Downworlders and everyone is on edge. A war is going to break out soon, it is coming. We already know that there is tension between Downworlders and Shadowhunters and I think the next couple of episodes is going to test that.
I felt this episode focused a lot of Alec and his strength. Throughout the series, we have seen him stand his ground a little here and there.But in Bound by Blood he became the Alec we know and love.
I love his strength in this episode, his determination. His love for his family is above anything else. The way that he stood up to Aldertree – hell yeah.
I enjoyed this episode. Tensions were high and everyone was on edge. Everyone is out to kill one another and you have no idea who to trust. Plus that ending – if you’ve read the books, you know what’s going to happen real soon. And I am excited.
Have you watched Bound by Blood? What did you think of it? What do you think is going to happen next? Are you ready for the mid-season finale? Let’s Chat!