‘Shadowhunters’ 3×10 review: a matter of sacrifice

In part two of the mid-season finale, which was definitely the superior episode tonight, things got more intense and set up a whole lot of trouble coming everyone’s way in 3B later this year.

Lilith’s defeat

Lilith has some questionable mothering values that’s for sure, but her determination for his son is so true. Clary however doesn’t seem to agree, she ruffles Lilith’s feathers and has not time for her supposed righteous love. Her interactions with Clary brought Lilith’s rage to a new level, a rage that was only made higher by Simon’s presence. While Lilith is defeated for now, she’s likely trapped in Edom and even angry than before to be parted from her now living son. Anna Hopkins was a great addition to the first ten of the season.

Simon Lewis is too good

Have I ever mentioned that Alberto Rosende is one hell of an actor? Cause he is. After Heidi’s attack Simon had to equally tear inducing heart to hearts with his sister and mother. Rebecca was quick to forgive and instantly was worried about Simon and how he’s been dealing with being a vampire without his family. But his mother had a different reaction, an unforgiving reaction, and Alec with his good heart and soul made a devastating choice to encanto her to believe that he’d died in a horrible accident. Rosende’s barely holding back tears to outright letting them flow was heart wrenching, if it didn’t get you a little teary eyed you might wanna check for a soul.

Luke’s real world finally catches up

For me this storyline is a long time coming, sooner or later Luke’s precinct would start asking questions. His former partner disappeared, his not exactly wife and daughter both vanished from existence and now his current partner goes missing after her mother is murdered, all that should beg some serious questions. It’s no doubt that despite saving Ollie, their return to their work as detectives will not be an easy ride. At least Luke does have one thing going for him: a burgeoning relationship with Maryse, the pair this week got to be two parents just hoping to save their children, another thing they have in common.

Malec

It’s clear that 3B is going to be heavy in terms of storyline for this pair. But tonight they were a little light, but still impactful. Alec won’t stand for him and Magnus not always coming back to each other. His desperate grab onto Magnus’ lapels and his plea for Magnus to come back to him upon announcing he’ll be going to Edom to see his father made that clear. The scene in Magnus’ loft saying goodbye was every bit of heartbreak you could ask for. Magnus initiating the ‘I love you’ for the first time in this moment made it all the more bittersweet. The fact that the ‘I love you’ was said with such a fervor of desperation made it hurt all the more. And Lord, Alec cracking a joke to make Magnus smile as he thinks he’s dying at the episodes end was so Alec, he’s gonna go out making Magnus smile. Of course Alec will be fine, but it’s still such a good moment.

Asmodeus

Oh my god he’s absolutely terrible and I love it. Jack Yang will definitely be returning with his commanding and eerie portrayal of Asmodeus, Prince of Edom, and oh it’s gonna be so good. Expecting Magnus to apologize and trying to manipulate Magnus immediately showed how much a prince of hell he truly is, but what’s even better about it is Magnus’ response. He’s not having any of it, he knows his worth and he has no time for Asmodeus’ attempts to divert the conversation. Harry Shum Jr. and Yang were great together and I’m looking forward to seeing more in 3B.

Jace’s return

It’s been a long time since Jace has been Jace, and truthfully he may never be fully Jace again. It’s no secret he’s not my favorite and the fact that he didn’t drop a thank you to Magnus and left him there with a bleeding Alec wasn’t helping, but it’s hard not to feel for him. Because everything that’s happened to him in these first ten are things that he’s never going to fully get over.

Super team up

You know it’s about to go down when everyone comes together. In the final fifteen minutes of the episode a whole lot of fighting happened. Luke and Izzy, much like a few episodes ago, proved to be an unexpected, but delightful team up to kick some demon ass. Simon and Clary got to be together, even if it was too brief, and their friendship really is always a welcome thing. And then there was that parabatai fight; I’ve always wanted to see Alec stab someone with an arrow, I did however not want to see him stabbed with one, but on the upside he’ll be okay as we already know. It says a lot about Alec as a person that he makes sure to reassure his brother that he forgives him as he’s almost being killed. The fight scenes in general have really upped their game this season in general.

So what’s next?

Clary’s dead. Just kidding, there’s no way she’s dead the question however where is she? And where is her newly resurrected brother?

Magnus is essentially a mundane now, and you know that Asmodeus isn’t done. The next half of the season is bound to hold an incredible arc for him as he navigates being a mortal with no magic. A storyline that’s also bound to get good for he and Alec as Alec inevitably supports him through it all, but it’ll also resurface the immortality talk for sure.

Jace and Simon are about to face a lot of guilt about Clary and there’s also the matter of Jace’s severe trauma moving forward.

Plus Luke’s badge will be on the line, Maia will come back and likely have to resume the position of pack alpha and Izzy well I love her, but I’m still waiting for her to have her own storyline.

Basically 3B can’t get here fast enough.

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‘Shadowhunters’ 3×09 review: don’t resurrect maniacs and other bad choices

Part one of tonight’s two-part midseason finale was definitely the weaker of the two but saw a few returning characters, an epic warlock battle and some serious heartbreak.

Clary on death row

After her decision to tell the truth about the wish Clary has landed herself on Clave death row and it’s not a pretty place to be. She clearly does not deserve to be in the ranks of Circle members and truth be told returning warlock Iris doesn’t either. This whole sequence for Clary is just showing the audience once again how deeply terrible the Clave is.

But death row was the least of Clary’s problems when she found out the Clave wanted to raise Valentine from the dead and volunteered herself to do it. It was a terrible idea, but she succeeded in the task. Alan Van Sprang’s return as Valentine was just as angry and volatile as he had been in life and while it spelled more trouble for Clary it was a welcome return from a performance perspective. Thankfully Clary’s choice to do this didn’t totally bite her in the ass and she was able to play him enough to not only get information out of him, but kill him for the second time.

Simon’s not so fun family reunion

I’ve wanted to see Simon’s sister and mother again for a while, but this wasn’t how I hope it’d go down. Alberto Rosende has always played Simon with such heart and that was on full display here, so much so that he couldn’t even totally convince Heidi that he had a cruel bone in his body. He’d do anything for his family and Heidi forces his hand in ways that Simon will never forgive himself for. It’s truly heartbreaking for this to happen to Simon, but it’s also exactly what Heidi wanted.

The end of scene however really stood out. They’ve been building the Simon and Izzy friendship for a while now, and as book readers know it’ll lead somewhere else one day, and this episode showed it well once again. It’s a friendship in the making that’s for sure, but the fact that she’s there for him in crucial times will make the build up to their inevitable future much more enjoyable.

Lorenzo v. Magnus

In a showdown that was always bound to happen and Lorenzo finally forced it into existence. After his terse meeting with Alec, in which Alec brought out a bit of blackmail with that pure Alec Lightwood salty attitude lace around it, it was clear Lorenzo had no intentions of providing any help.

The alleyway showdown with Magnus just proved that even more. Lorenzo would let Lilith burn it all to the ground if it meant sticking it to Magnus. But Magnus was absolutely not having it and when Lorenzo brought up Alec’s death, a blow to low for Magnus to ignore, it was clear it was about to go down. And down it did. The magical fight between the two is one of my favorite, if not my favorite fight, sequences to date. The way the both moved effortlessly combing magic and a bit of hand to hand was awesome to watch. That’s how you do a fight with two actors who have dance backgrounds.

Luke aka best dad in the whole world

Luke’s constant struggle of being asked to choose between his pack family and his daughter came to a head finally. Unlike where Magnus saw himself in a similar situation last season and saw that he could love a shadowhunter and be a warlock, Luke’s pack isn’t granting him the same opportunity. In the end he chose Clary, because both may be family but at the end of the day there’s something higher about the bond between a child and a parent (just ask Catarina who can’t risk it all because Madzie needs her or Lilith who’s hell bent on seeing her son again).

He’s so tired and so fed up and just wants to protect his kids, but life’s not letting him.

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While they only really had two scenes tonight, it showed the impact of how much they mean to each other. While many of us thought Magnus would be taking the steps he has to save Jace, it’s about Alec really. He’d rather face the consequences of his father (which oh boy did he in part two) than allow Alec to live with burden of killing his own brother the rest of his life. He loves Alec so, so much.

And as a completely unrelated but funny side note, how much do you love Magnus’ voicemail message?

Next Up: the midseason finale coming to you momentarily

#SeeYaNewGirl: a look back at the show’s best episodes

On Tuesday after seven hilarious seasons “New Girl” will say farewell in an hour long series final likely to make us laugh till we cry and possibly just cry. Saying goodbye to this pack of insane room friends from a loft in Los Angeles will be difficult, but in honor of that end here are ten of the best episodes, and some honorable mentions, to look back on fondly.

  1. The Landlord

Despite Nick’s protests Jess calls the building landlord to fix some of the lofts many issues inadvertently putting their living situation at risk. Nick and Jess’ equal stubbornness nearly leads to a threesome with Remy the landlord and you can never forget Winston’s discovery of Schmidt’s old 2007 New Year’s Resolution list which most notably includes “Find out where Winston gets his sparkle, then steal it.”

Best Line: “You always see the worst in people.” – Jess. “Yeah, because people are the worst!” – Nick.

  1. See Ya

When Nick second guesses his decision to move in with Caroline he ends up stranding the gang in the middle of the desert overnight. There Winston must face his fear of the dark, Nick and Jess hilariously face down a coyote and Schmidt and Cece reach a turning point.

Best Line: “I’m worried about Schmidt. He’s a Jew in the desert; I don’t want him to wander.” – Winston.

  1. Keaton

In the shows best holiday episode, Jess throws a Halloween party that Cece refuses to attend if Schmidt is going to be there. Meanwhile, in an attempt to cheer up Schmidt, Nick resorts to once again taking on the fake pen-pal mantle of Schmidt’s childhood hero Michael Keaton which has hilarious results including Jess attempting to be an in-person shadowy Keaton herself even though she can’t even properly say Batmobile.

Best Line: “I stole that from Nelson Mandela. I added the part about the Penguin and the Riddler.” – Nick.

  1. Injured

After being injured while playing football what seems to be an innocuous back injury may lead to the discovery of something more serious for Nick. Upon this realization he begins to reevaluate his life as the gang rallies around him holding a ridiculous faux wake at the bar. It’s an episode that introduces Schmidt’s Fredo kisses, says goodbye to Winston’s terrible old car and is the first major turning point in the Nick and Jess saga.

Best Line: “Are you sure you’re okay? You’re walking like a Disney witch.” – Jess.

  1. Fancyman Parts 1 & 2

In this two-parter Jess begins dating a sophisticated older man played by guest star Dermot Mulroney. Part one hilariously features Nick falling a little bit in love with Jess’ fancyman when accompanying her to a party, a trivia night gone wrong and Jess physically fighting a toilet. Part two features a memorable drunken night for Nick and a not so beautiful, but endlessly perfect performance of songs from “Wicked” by Winston.

Best Line:  “You were denied a cell phone because you have the credit score of a homeless ghost.” – Schmidt. Also every single word said by Nick during the closing credits of part one.

  1. Cooler

When the guys determine that Jess is a ‘cooler’ in their attempts to meet women they go out leaving her alone at the loft, though the fact Nick wears a stolen women’s trench coat the whole night might be their bigger problem. However after hearing strange noises outside she calls them back telling them to bring their dates which results in a night of truth revealing and a hilarious game of True American. Possibly most notably though it’s considered a landmark episode for fans of the will they or won’t they romance between Nick and Jess in which the pair finally share their first kiss.

Best Line: “I’m gonna have sex tonight, you two in?” – Schmidt. “Is that the way you wanted to say that?” – Winston.

  1. Pepperwood

When Jess makes a breakthrough with one of her adult students in her writing course she shares his writing with the gang only for Nick to immediately believe the student is a psychotic killer out to murder Jess. This results in one of the most hilarious sequences the show has ever had in which Nick’s alter ego Julius Pepperwood from Chicago attends Jess’ class and then along with Jess proceeds to break into the students’ creepy backyard shed. Meanwhile Schmidt, Winston and Cece debate the loft mates “pogo’s” which leads to Schmidt horrifyingly shaving his eyebrows.

Best Line: “They make shoes for your penis! They’re called pants!” – Schmidt.

  1. Chicago

After Nick’s father dies unexpectedly the gang travels to his hometown where Jess discovers in Chicago Nick is considered the responsible one. The episode features Nick’s hilariously terrible family with guest stars Margo Martindale, Nick Kroll and Bill Burr, Schmidt facing his fear of funerals with Winston’s help and a fantastic Elvis impersonation by Jess. At its heart, while definitely still a funny episode, this one has a lot of heart. Highlighting the strong familial bond the gang has with one another and the way that Nick and Jess have changed each other’s lives for the better.

Best Line: “I’m just trying to figure out the level of Elvis impersonator we can afford. I think a white one is out of reach.” – Nick.

  1. Prince

Any episode that features Prince, the man, the myth, the purple legend, in it is bound to awesome and this one was. In the show’s post Superbowl episode Jess and Cece are invited to Prince’s house for a party and after Nick accidently tells Jess he loves her for the first time, and she responds with finger guns before the limo pulls away, the guys follow sneaking into the party themselves. The episode features classic flashbacks that show just how Prince obsessed Nick was, Cece destroying Prince at ping-pong and Winston and Coach’s hilarious ‘fire and ice’ routine. Oh also, just in case you missed it, freakin’ Prince is in it! Prince!

Best Line: “You’ve never been turned on by gas mileage?” – Coach or “Anything beautiful is worth getting hurt over.” – Prince.

  1. Elaine’s Big Day

In what is the best episode of the series everything that makes “New Girl” what it is happens. There’s a prank, romance and friendship that knows no bounds. It’s Cece’s big wedding day, which ends up featuring a lot of ‘Cotton Eyed Joe,’ a badger and eventually a runaway groom and Taylor Swift. Nick and Jess make multiple big decisions about their romantic relationship while Cece does the same; the guys partake in what’s easily Prank Sinatra aka Winston’s worst prank idea ever and of course there’s Jess’s dad played by the always hilarious guest star Rob Reiner. The whole episode is funny and heartfelt, but the highlight is everything that happens in the vents with Nick, Winston and a wild badger.

Best Line: “Jess, this is where I belong with Winston and badger!” – Nick, “I’m staying positive, but I think this is where we die.” – Winston or “It’s only romantic because it’s a wedding. I’d be just as happy to sabotage, I don’t know, let’s say, her tax audit.” – Schmidt.

Honorable Mentions: Bells, Thanksgiving, Cabin, Bob & Carol & Nick & Schmidt, and Where the Road Goes.

“New Girl” airs its final two episodes this Tuesday on Fox starting at 9/8c. I know personally I’m gonna miss the hell out this show.

‘Shadowhunters’ review 3×08: three go in, a whole lot of trouble comes out

With only two episodes to go before the midseason break things are ramping up, so let’s get into the havoc Lilith’s actions are creating for all our favorite characters.

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As always Magnus and Alec were a show of endless support in hard times. Tonight they worked together as a unit, alongside Izzy, forming a true power trio.

Inevitably somewhere out there there’s too much reading into one line in the balcony scene happening. Alec’s ‘I’m nothing without him’ line in reference to his brother is quite simply in character. Despite great personal strides in seeing his own worth it’s important to note Alec only started to see himself in a new light barely two full months ago. Much in the way that Magnus can’t be expected to shake centuries worth of insecurities and never close himself off from Alec, or Maia can’t be expected to suddenly trust those around her won’t abandon her after a lifetime of being abandoned, you can’t expect Alec to not occasionally tie his whole self-worth to others and fall back into some of his old insecurities. It’s not the first time Alec’s said such a hyperbolic statement (see 2×01, 2×03 and 2×20 about Magnus as well) and truthfully this sentence isn’t about him loving and caring for one person over another (newsflash you can love numerous people equally in different ways) it’s about Alec himself and the way he still from time to time views himself .

The parabatai bond is often portrayed in an unbalanced way on the show admittedly, but it’s still important to Alec and it’s likely a thing that was ingrained into him since childhood that he was nothing outside of his parabatai bond and while he’s made a ton of strides personally a lifetime of hearing one thing is hard to shake entirely in a few months. Him calling himself nothing also is a thing said in time of high stress logically Alec damn well knows he’s more than just a parabatai, but sometimes logic doesn’t always win out with the words you say.

As a side note the line later when Magnus said ‘if you can hear me’ and Alec could was reminiscent of 2×03 I could cry.

The Owl

The Owl really knows how to twist the knife. The demon knows Jace inside and out and uses words that twist half-truths into manipulations towards Alec, Magnus, Izzy and even Simon. What’s comforting about these words is that mostly the ones on the receiving end don’t let them hurt them. Magnus and Alec are confident enough in each other and in their relationship to know that there’s no competition between Jace and Magnus (see my above newsflash), just as they know that Alec would never choose between the two because a) there’s likely never a situation he’d be in where he’d have to actually make that direct choice and b) he’s a self-sacrificing person who’d let himself die before letting the love of his life or his brother die instead. Izzy doesn’t let the jabs that come her way ruffle them either which shows just how strong she’s become.

Dominic Sherwood is quite good at playing this aggressive, possessed form as well which makes all the taunts a little more impactful out loud. It’s clearly not Jace talking in these moments, because I say this as someone who’s definitely not his biggest fan, there’s no way he’d ever believe or say the things the Owl uses as taunts. Lilith is truly using his body as a vessel, and trapping his mind as punishment, and nothing more.

A Lightwood sibling mind trip

As Alec and Izzy entered Jace’s mind in hopes of freeing him from Lilith the bond between this trio of siblings has never been more apparent. Emotionally the impacts of their scenes were brought to a head heavily by Emeraude Toubia and Matthew Daddario, with Sherwood maybe overselling it a bit too much. Nonetheless it was an emotional journey that was true to the bond these three have and have had since they were young. Seeing the tiny Lightwood’s again was even better this time and the little actors were truly the characters at heart. Their lovely sibling motto of ‘ three go in, three come out’ truly tugged at the heartstrings.

At the end there’s something so very Alec about knowing that they should have kept their promise instead. There’s also some sort of odd balance I can’t quite figure out about Alec finding Jace’s dark side and Izzy finding the light side he was holding onto. Feel how you want to feel about Jace, but there’s no way you can’t feel bad for him and for the inevitable aftermath he’s going to face on the other side of this ordeal.

Maryse and Luke

It’s no secret that I adore Maryse Lightwood and her ongoing evolution as a woman. Now a mundane, but one with a wealth of knowledge she puts in her hand to assist Luke in the brewing storm. Her willingness to help paired with the fact that she holds no ill will towards the woman who Robert cheated on her with just makes me love her even more than before. And while she was a willing force, Luke is just a force that the clave isn’t ready for. I say again and again but he’s the greatest dad in the world and the lengths he’s willing to go to for his girl are astounding.

It’s inevitable that the chemistry of a renewed friendship between Luke and Maryse will build and take time to burn, but damn is it going to a joy to watch these two slowly inch towards a romantic involvement.

Clary on trial

Try as my scrappy little girl might she can’t fight the power of the soul sword, but damn if she doesn’t make a valiant effort. However her disavowing the concept of the wish and the Clave in her speech to Jia was a great moment. She’s got some good points, however those good points could lead to her death a predicament that’s not going to be easy to solve even if Luke breaks her out.

The Simon, Maia and Jordan powder keg

The wick of this powder keg was lit last week and is inevitably going to blow as the tensions between them rise. Maia doesn’t owe Jordan forgiveness, nor does he deserve it, but mixing that with her insistence that Jordan see through his charge to help Simon could inevitably cause too much divide. The three of them working together is awkward and understandably tense though it does turn out some useful information in the end. In the final scene with the trio and in the one following when Maia admits she needs some space Alisha Wainwright yet again blows it out of the park with her performance. While it’s heartbreaking to see Maia hurting, it’s a pleasure to watch Wainwright play it out.

A showdown of Queen’s

Lilith’s power is only getting stronger; she’s clearly a much bigger threat to the world at large and not just Jace. Her showdown with the Seelie Queen was fraught with more passive aggression than any encounter I’ve ever seen and you know Lilith is bad when the out for her own Seelie Queen even thinks she has no heart. Lilith’s determination mixed with a near indestructible power is going to mean only bad things for the team next week. Oh, and that Magnus encounter she has really sets up just why Magnus is likely heading towards Edom soon. Not necessarily to save Jace, but because clearly the only thing Lilith fears and could help put a stop to her (outside of possibly Simon’s mark) is Magnus’ own father Asmodeus.

Basically right now, everybody is screwed.

Next Week: It’s the two hour mid-season finale so you know things are going to get intense.

‘Shadowhunters’ 3×07 review: the past catches up and the owl gets caught

You know you’re nearing midseason when everyone’s stories start to converge and tonight set up a domino effect for the next three episodes for sure.

Maia and Jordan

The highlight of tonight’s episode was by far the tense reuniting between Maia and Jordan. Though the reveal came as no shock to those who read the books, the revealing moment between the two still somehow felt shocking. Then through a series of flashback’s we were shown innocent young love turned to the dark possessive thing that it became.

Alisha Wainwright and Chai Hansen were incredible together showing an innocent chemistry and later an emotional confrontation. The flashbacks in particular showed little things like Maia’s passion for marine biology as well as the unforgivable fact that Jordan left her alone after turning her. They were brilliantly acted but also beautifully directed shown with a softer glow (until they got dark in the final flashback) that was reminiscent of the golden showered flashbacks for Magnus and Alec last season.

Wainwright has been impressively tackling every emotional sequence since her first episode and this episode showed once again just how genuine, heartbreaking and strong she can be.

Magnus and Alec

After last week’s blowout Magnus and Alec reached a tentative resolution to their fight. They’ve both admitted they were wrong with some of the words they said while the reality is that they’re both right in some ways as well. It’s a conversation that’s far from over, but due to the extremes around them has to be put on hold. The immortality/mortality is a discussion they will survive on the other end stronger, but it’s also a discussion that will carry on likely even beyond this season.

You can’t ignore however that they’re still so supportive of one another even when they’re fighting and that the simple fact Alec did not want to let go of Magnus in that hallway hug shot right through the heart. For now  though it’s about Alec supporting Magnus to not feel the guilt he does, a thing they deeply have in common, and Magnus supporting Alec through the attempt to save his brother.

Alicante

After finally telling the truth Clary has an emotional episode. Say what you want about the character but Katherine McNamara’s acting really does get better every season. Seeing Clary emotionally confess, reach a common ground with Alec and her selflessly choose to take the fall so the others could get out was nice turn for her.

Meanwhile in Alicante Imogen Herondale managed to be the best she’s ever been and then proceeded to be eerily killed by Jace. She was a terrible person, but she didn’t deserve that death.

Alicante also welcomed Jia Penhallow for the first time, her introduction allowed us to see Alec get better at lying once again just as we saw earlier in the season with Lorenzo. Hopefully the presence of Jia leads to the return of Aline. Izzy got to flaunt her weapons master title a bit more which was nice to see as well.

Luke and Simon

Luke and Simon have a fantastic relationship (I mean he brought Simon to take your kid to work day once!) and tonight they were on the hunt for Ollie in the hopes to bring her home. Luke’s care for Ollie is so clear, he’s already lost one partner and isn’t ready to lose another. It’s just the way Isaiah Mustafa always plays Luke, firm but deeply and endlessly caring for those in his life.

Lilith and Jace

These two just keep getting creepier, but Lilith is losing ground more and more as the team continues to thwart her plans. Jace is being very well portrayed as a soulless killer I must say and if he took low blows at both his siblings tonight they’re likely to get worse next week.

Magnus and Catarina

Lastly though it was only one scene in the episode we got to see Catarina Loss being the encouraging and tough sister of sorts that Magnus deserves. The more scenes they have the more I want.

Next Week: A Seelie Queen vs. Edom Queen showdown, power trio Magnus, Alec and Izzy attempt to get through to Jace and Clary does hard time.

REVIEW: ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ is an emotional rollercoaster that works

Minor vague spoilers ahead….

“Avengers: Infinity War” could have been a mess of overcrowded characters, introductions, plots and action sequences, but it turned out quite the opposite. “Infinity War” managed to do what previous MCU films like “Age of Ultron” and “Civil War” could barely grasp. There’s a balance between the large influx of characters that doesn’t feel choppy or uneven.

“Infinity War” doesn’t feel congested with characters, finding a way to bring previously unknown to one another heroes together in major ways (i.e. Tony and Strange) as well as including minor delightful encounters (i.e. Steve and Groot; Bucky and Rocket).

The characters aren’t the only thing that blends well, the tones do as well. Fitting the Guardians and each individual Avenger into one other’s worlds seems like an impossible feat but the movie doesn’t make it one. There’s humor at the right points, incredible action sequences that leave you hyped and absolute heartache to boot. It’s all around a well done emotional rollercoaster.

Actor wise there’s a lot of standout, Josh Brolin plays Thanos in an extended way for the first time well and his lackey Ebony Maw in particular stands out. But the biggest standout performance of the film belongs to Zoe Saldana; Gamora goes through a range of emotions and struggle in this film and it’s an incredible performance by the woman behind her.

The final act of the film can’t really be talked about, but it’s exciting, shocking and heartbreaking all at once. The last five minutes in particular bring tears in big ways like with Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany yet simultaneously by actors capable of conveying a whole hell of a lot of emotion in a few simple words, those honors particularly belonging to Sebastian Stan, Tom Holland, Danai Gurira, Chris Evans and Bradley Cooper.

Clearly “Infinity War” is merely the first part of a two part epic. The first film gave time to shine for characters that made their last stand here, while also setting up an ending that will allow some original members their time to shine before they exit in the next film. Our logical brain tells us that the ending isn’t final, that many of the things that occurred will be repaired but the emotion of it all makes logic a little hard right now and may be hard until we see the results of the fixes in the fourth Avengers film out next year.

One last thing: There’s the question of how this affects the MCU as a whole, since everything in Marvel is connected. The anticipated “Captain Marvel” is set in the past, but should “Ant Man and The Wasp” be a really sad movie now? Will “Agents of SHIELD” along with the Netflix series and other television properties that will air between now and next May experience the effects of the huge universal loss this film has caused? Or will we be asked to just believe it all occurred before this film simply because Marvel has finally painted themselves into a corner by keeping everything connected?

 

‘Shadowhunters’ 3×06 review: the owl’s out of the bag

As we near closer to the midseason it’s clear that there won’t be much in the way of a moment’s rest coming for our favorite characters anytime soon, so let’s get into tonight’s ride.

Simon’s dilemma

Arguably one of the best parts of tonight’s episode belongs to Simon Lewis. As I’ve said week after week he has the biggest heart of anyone and that showed when he came face to face with Heidi. Despite it being a shock to him, he tried to understand her and even felt for her; which through the way she was written and portrayed the audience felt for her too.

His decision to ask Kyle to help him was clearly hard on him, but the right decision in the end. This episode also highlighted the relationship he and Maia have, which is about to get very complicated and showed that the friendship they’ve built between he and Izzy is one worth rooting for.

Malec

Still reeling from last week’s episode Magnus and Alec only shared one scene together this week, a scene that resulted in a very well-acted confrontation, but in a lot of ways the rest of their stories were about each other.

While Magnus helped Clary she saw something was troubling him reassuring him that he and Alec can get through anything, meanwhile Isabelle had a meaningful conversation with Alec that assured that same fact. Basically the whole damn shadow world knows these two are going to be okay, the clearly hate fighting but this is just one road bump they have to face. Not to mention the only thing on Alec’s sober and drunk mind is Magnus.

Lightwood family gathering

As a whole the Lightwood family didn’t have a great night, Izzy’s new relationship which is quite sweet is crumbling, Jace has been completely taken over by the ever increasingly creepy Lilith, Alec is fighting with the love of his life and Maryse is facing a scary new chapter in her life.

In her return tonight Maryse was less exuberant than we’d seen her a few episodes ago with Magnus (who by the way she considers a part of her family now!!) and Alec, but still just as compelling. Nicola Correia-Damude stunned once again portraying a woman starting over, but not starting over alone. She’s a force of nature who with the support of her children, who she’s made incredible strides with, will make it through this ordeal. Her scenes with Izzy in particular were touching and showed the bond between the mother and daughter.

Despite Jace being very obviously not himself, Alec being a sad drunk and Charlie being oblivious the Lightwood gathering at the Hunter’s Moon was nice showing how close Maryse can be with her all of her children and how much she’s working to be the mother she never really got to be. But her relationship with her family isn’t the only thing worth noting, her encounter with Luke was the second most chemistry and downright flirtatious behavior on this show after Malec themselves. Isaiah Mustafa showed a smooth as hell side to Luke and Correia-Damude showed an almost innocent side to Maryse. This new flirtation could turn into something truly incredible with Luke knowing better than anyone what Maryse is currently facing.

While Maryse was the highlight of the night, sad drunk, somehow saltier than when sober Alec deserves his credit to. It’s hard to see him this way, but Matthew Daddario played it well. He also might have actually made a new friend in Underhill, seeing someone who’s an outsider to Magnus and Alec’s relationship acknowledge the fact that Shadowhunters only fall in love once and even call Magnus, a Downworlder, Alec’s better half was refreshing to see.

Magnus and Clary uncover the truth

These two have been by and large separate thus far in season three, but tonight they teamed up and because Magnus is the smartest man in the shadow-world pieced together the puzzle that’s been building for weeks. But before their discovery a fun introduction was made when the duo met with book fan favorite Jem Carstairs aka Brother Zachariah for the first time, even dropping in a Will Herondale mention to boot.

But the fun mentions ended quick when they discovered Jace is the Owl and Magnus unknowingly helped the greater demon who’s been controlling him, a thing I’m sure he’ll feel guilty about. The alleyway scene which ended the episode was great fight scene for Magnus, Clary and Luke as well as a shocking moment for the three.

Are Ollie and Charlie both doomed?

Ollie, who I hope they can find a way to save, has been possessed as one of Lilith’s virtuous disciples and Charlie seems potentially doomed to be one as well. Basically posing the question are any of the non-main characters on this show truly safe?

Next Week: Maia discovers the truth about her boyfriend’s new roommate, Clary’s getting thrown off a building and Malec will hopefully be mending some fences.