Full disclosure this was going to be a first five review, doing a nice fifty-fifty split on 2b, but then those 2×15 promotional stills came out and I can predict that review will be so long it will be uncontainable and deserved its own solo piece. So here’s a quick review rundown of the first four episodes of 2B.
Episode 11 ‘Mea Maxima Culpa’:
- A nice welcome back, featuring at least a few brief moments of peace before everything went to hell again.
- Luke and Maia were a huge highlight; seeing them work together again on a united wolf front after quite a bit of confrontation in 2A was fantastic to see. There was more for Luke to do in one episode than in the bulk of 2A.
- A lot of solid foreshadowing for Magnus’ 2B storyline as well as the potential of the Downworlder uprising.
- Bless them for ending that sibling weirdness immediately between Jace and Clary.
- Sebastian’s introduction into the world was well done; Will Tudor instantly proving he’ll be an alarming addition to the cast. He’s clearly capable of playing the seemingly friendliness of the character and the dark disturbing monster we know him to truly be
Performer of the week: Dominic Sherwood, emotional and impressive. He continues to really tap into Jace and make me like a character I could not even stand in the slightest in the books.
Episode 12 ‘You Are Not Your Own’:
- Body swaps are usually poorly executed by most shows. They either chose characters that are too similar, use a character that’s only in the one episode as one of the swappers or the actors just can’t pull it off. That wasn’t the case in this one. They absolutely chose the right two for the plot, performance wise Alan Van Sprang and Harry Shum Jr. completely nailed it in this episode.
- Though it’s bothersome that the continuation of Malec having casual intimacy, touches (only on Alec’s end obviously in this one) largely occurs when it’s not even Magnus, I’m glad to see it looks like a possible continuing trend for equal intimacy and time in upcoming episodes.
- Simon and Izzy have more romantic chemistry than Simon and Clary by far; I’m actually looking forward to the very slow burn that’s inevitable between them.
- That final scene between Magnus and Alec was way too short. I didn’t expect a rousing romantic reunion, not after what had just happened, but 30 seconds is not enough. I don’t expect resolution, I know that that’s coming in the next episodes with them getting closer and understanding each other even more, but still the final Climon/Sebastian scenes were unnecessary and Magnus and Alec needed a more extended scene at the end. Even if it had been simply an extra minute or two of them just sitting together.
Performer(s) of the Week: Alan Van Sprang and Harry Shum Jr., both actors completely managed to capture the others character in tone of voice and down to even the way the characters carry themselves. It was wildly impressive to watch these two perform as the polar opposites of the characters they portray week to week. They also managed to not only nail each other’s characters, but also make the fact that the other’s didn’t figure it out till it was almost too late believable because it was so strange to see those personalities coming out of a different faces.
Episode 3 ‘Those of Demon Blood’:
- The social commentary wasn’t perfect but was surprisingly well handled. Best represented through Maia, Luke, Raphael and Simon’s comparisons to real-world things.
- Magnus and Alec working through their stuff, Alec knowing Magnus isn’t okay, working together that’s what I live for. Not breakups cause it gets hard, genuine feelings and emotions and having each other’s backs, that’s what I live for. Disagreements that result in growing, heartache that heals overtime together on a united front. Matt and Harry continue to have chemistry that’s to die for. That being said that balcony intimacy at the end should have lasted longer considering Malec are an emotionally evolved and in love couple. Don’t get me wrong I’m all for Jace and Maia, all for it, but equal screen time and physical levels of intimacy for the shows only same-sex couple is all I’m asking for.
- Magnus getting to be carefree for a moment was a nice thing to see. You can’t blame Dot for going for it I mean its Magnus, but sorry girl that man is in deep with the love of his life A. Lightwood.
- Alec’s development finally coming to a head in this episode was incredible. He’s still not perfect, he’s still learning, but he’s the first one to stand up for each of the Downworlders not just the one he’s in love with. Also now HEAD OF THE NEW YORK INSTITUTE as he should be.
- Imogen is well played, so well-played you genuinely hate her.
- Kickass Raphael and Meliorn was a welcomed thing. Izzy and the Ex-boyfriends made for an unexpected dream team (and a possible band name if they ever want).
Performer of the Week: Alisha Wainwright, she continues to be a standout in the series as Maia. She was absolutely incredible in this episode; her tenacity and kindness all on display.
Episode 4 ‘The Fair Folk’:
- Let’s start with the fact that the sets for the fairy realm are very pretty. And in an unexpected twist the Seelie Queen is younger than expected and incredibly cunning and dynamic. I even found myself interested in the Simon, Jace and Clary stuff even though I knew how it would play out in the end. Alberto Rosende plays heartbreak well that’s for sure.
- Love her or hate her Maryse Lightwood is trying to make amends, be a better person and a better mother which is lovely to watch. Much like the scene with Maryse and her son’s back in 2×08, her interaction with Isabelle was beautiful and heart wrenching. Nicola Correia-Damude is such an amazing piece of the secondary cast.
- Luke finally got an episode that had a whole lot of his side of the things that are happening and damn was it good to see. He and Alan Van Sprang play that volatile former friendship so well and Isaiah Mustafa held an assertiveness to be reckoned with in that scene.
- Alec has a long fight ahead of him against the clave, but watching him be a fair and right head of the institute was fantastic to see. His leadership combined along with his powerful boyfriend set the tone for their incredible professional power couple status. And of course that cheeky little scene between Mr. Lightwood and Mr. Bane was everything.
- Sebastian’s true colors are beginning to show and Will Tudor is absolutely terrifying. I personally look forward to seeing he and Alan Van Sprang truly get to interact as the duo some of us already know them to be.
- And on a closing note if the Downworld leaders and Alec are going to have regular meetings, can we always see those?
Performer(s) of the Week: Isaiah Mustafa and Nicola Correia-Damude, both were incredible in different ways this week. When Correia-Damude is given emotional scenes to work with she absolutely shines and Mustafa brought a rage and a calming leadership that the show needs to utilize more often. His scene facing down his former parabatai was one of the best moments for Luke and for the show.
Next Week: No new episodes sadly, but after the Fourth of July holiday we’re back for the final six episode stretch. And the next one looks very promising bringing a long overdue Clary and Simon breakup and some casual and deeply emotional moments that will hopefully be incredible and lengthy for Magnus and Alec.