Welcome back everybody! Season three is officially here and it looks like the show is continuing its upward trend season to season if this premiere is anything to go by, there’s a whole lot of secrets, a cool new villain and the world’s greatest boyfriends continuing to absolutely kill it, so let’s get into it.
After his not so near death experience last season Jace is quite frankly a mess. His and Clary’s decision to keep what happened at the lake in the season finale last year to themselves is bound to bite them in the ass, but these two do love their angst. Aside from secret keeping Jace also is being haunted by the likely not dead for long spectre of Sebastian. Will Tudor is still creepy as ever, and somehow a little creepier as a haunting figment in Jace’s mind.
Aside from poor secret keeping, the girl really needs to learn to lie better; Clary is coming into her own as a Shadowhunter more already. Her best moment of the premiere however was with Luke. It’s so nice to see them getting back their father/daughter dynamic and the scene between the pair when Clary was choosing her signature weapon reminded the audience how nice their relationship is, including the fact that more than anyone she really does want to tell Luke the secret she’s keeping.
However his pseudo-daughter’s secrets are the least of Luke’s problems. His nosy partner, who got some nice backstory this week, knows all about the shadow world now which can only spell complex trouble. Despite it being worrisome for Ollie, this is great for Luke who seems to be setting up for a very solid storyline of his own this season.
Much like Luke, Simon is in his own world of trouble this time with the Seelie Queen. With her giving him what I’m assuming is the Mark of Cain his flipped upside down world is about to get flipped again. A task Alberto Rosende will no doubt play with heart, humor and a little song. Though it’s very good knowing he won’t be going it alone at least sort of telling Maia (who I’m so excited is a series regular now) what’s going on.
Izzy is on her own new path which is exciting as well. With a new job at the institute, recovery in full swing and a possible new beau in her future (please don’t be evil Dr. Charlie) Izzy is looking to have an important new role this season.
And of course then there’s Alec and Magnus. Magnus, now dismissed as High Warlock, is getting better at lying about being okay when he’s not. Harry Shum Jr. is still out here nailing it with every little movement and way he speaks. Matthew Daddario has brought fully sassy Alec back in all his glory as he’s not buying the story Jace and Clary are selling. Then when they come together it’s everything you’ve come to love and expect from these two. From the small things like Alec following Magnus’ movements to maintain eye contact when they’re talking, to flirting over a pool table and open honest communication their chemistry is still blowing everything else out of the water.
And from the perspective of character growth, both individually and as a couple, they’re always moving forward. Alec’s former dreams are based on a life when he thought he’d be lonely, now his dreams are getting to do his job and be with the man he loves. And Magnus is still figuring out how to be vulnerable and not see his feelings as a burden on Alec. They’re both truly putting in the effort for their relationship and they’re doing it together every step of the way like the wildly supportive soulmates they are.
And while their love is a bright light on the show, a dark one moved in. The season big bad, Lilith, is bound to be a huge and interesting threat to our characters. Anna Hopkins plays her with an intense, creepy and terrifying calm air. I look forward to seeing her and Tudor play off of each other down the line.
Overall the premiere set up another great season with cool visuals and a dark, oddly beautiful vibe.
Other bits to love: Meliorn bopping his head to Simon’s song, CATARINA LOSS, the compelling father/son dynamic between Magnus and Raphael (even though Raph’s got secrets), Clary’s true unique weapon is scrappiness and Maia and Alec are both excellent bullshit detectors so let them be friends.
Quote of the week:
“I’ve always dreamed of meeting someone like you.” – Alec ‘my wedding vows are gonna be fire for this man’ Lightwood
Next Week: Lorenzo Rey and Malec ruling like the power couple they are!