ShumDario News Reviews: S2E4 "Day of Wrath"

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By the Angel! Episode 4 of Shadowhunters, aptly titled “Day of Wrath”, aired Monday night on Freeform leaving us completely and utterly traumatized!

From start to finish we were on the edge of our seats as we watched our beloved characters thrust into a desperate and overwhelmingly perilous situation like nothing we’ve ever seen before on the show. One shockingly devastating event after another, told at a frenetic pace by writer Jamie Gorenberg, no doubt left audiences' jaws hanging open with disbelief just as it did our own. As unforeseen injuries and deaths mounted, the episode unraveled into a scene of total chaos. By the end of the hour we could only scrape together what was left of our remaining senses to ask ourselves, “What the heck just happened?”

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The episode began with Clary (Katherine McNamara) taking a solo trip back to the City of Bones to find Jace (Dominic Sherwood) who is currently being held prisoner, awaiting his trial for murder and treason.

The look and feel of this location has dramatically changed since season 1. We were excited to see newly designed catacombs with dozens of fiery lit staircases stretching down into a bottomless chasm reminiscent of the Mines of Moria. Tortured screams from unseen victims are heard echoing through the darkness, setting a very ominous tone. Clary bravely treks alone through the spooky surroundings until she is discovered by a Silent Brother who willingly agrees to take her to see Jace. Upon her arrival to Jace’s cell she faces yet another grim set of circumstances as Jace tells her she shouldn’t have come and no matter what happens she should stay away and never come near him again. Clary is visibly upset as well as heartbroken by this unexpected rejection. Sadly she is beginning to realize more and more any type of relationship with her newly discovered brother is unlikely to happen. Jace is also distraught by their exchange, proving to the audience just how deep a connection still exists between them.

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Back at the Institute, Magnus (Harry Shum Jr.) tells Alec (Matthew Daddario) that Victor Aldertree (Nick Sagar), acting head of the Institute, plans to punish him for his attack on Raj (Raymond Ablack) which happened in the previous episode.

Alec confesses to Magnus that even though Jace was the one who brought him out of his coma he could feel Magnus with him the whole time and it did make a difference. A very touching moment between the two as their trust and openness with each other continues to grow. Alec then brought up the fact that they’ve still yet to have their first date and the two discuss going to dinner, much to the delight of the impatiently awaiting Malec fandom. Harry Shum Jr. does an amazing job showing Magnus’ joyous anticipation for the date, his eyes dazzling us with feels. Matthew Daddario offers up one of his brilliantly genuine, yet bashful smiles, leaving no doubt in our minds that both characters are anxious to finally spend time alone together. Unfortunately the two are interrupted by Raj who pulls Alec away for demon hunting business. (Boy this guy really needs to go!) Magnus is obviously disappointed, but he manages to still make us laugh when he tells Alec, “You go battle your demons, and I’ll go battle mine” -- a nod to the inner demons of self-doubt and pessimism Magnus has been struggling with ever since he first met Alec and a foreshadowing of his confrontation with one of the literal demons from his past later on in the episode.

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In another part of the Institute, Clary encounters her mother Jocelyn (Maxim Roy). Their relationship continues to be strained ever since Jocelyn attempted to murder Jace right in front of Clary’s eyes.

She informs her daughter she’s being reassigned to Idris and would like Clary to come live with her so they can make a fresh start. Thankfully Alec and Isabelle (Emeraude Toubia) interrupt their awkward conversation to report a demon attack has just occurred downtown. They need Clary to come with them since Jace is gone, but Alec makes sure Clary knows she wasn’t his first choice. We immediately pick up on the preexisting rift between these two characters as they continuously butt heads in every episode. Once downtown the banter picks up as Alec gives Clary a bit of field training. Their tense relationship playing out with a surprising hilarity we didn’t see coming. Alec calling out, “Hey Fray!” gave us a much needed laugh. A possible Alec and Clary friendship in the making left us hungry for more interactions between these two.

Later Clary and Alec discover a mundane girl who, Alec tells us, is suffering from a “classic demon possession hangover”. She’s covered in blood and unable to remember the gruesome murder she committed while the demon was controlling her body. A foreshadowing that became critically important just a few scenes later. It is also worth noting we were again impressed with the enhancements to the newly imagined visual effects -- Luke (Isaiah Mustafa) elegantly crossing a glamored boundary line that was hiding the demon’s victim, and Alec showing Clary how to spot demons using heat signatures. Visual imagery like these are really noticed and appreciated as a major step up from Season 1. Every week we are exposed to more and more technology and special effects which adds more interest and depth to this new take on the Shadow World.

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Back at the Institute, Aldertree had summoned vampire Raphael Santiago (David Castro) to appear before him for questioning regarding a series of raids on local vampire dens.

These vampires are guilty of violating Clave law by killing mundanes and draining their blood, some of them even children. Raphael claims he and his clan are innocent of these heinous crimes but Victor insists he doesn’t believe him based on his less than stellar track record. He ends up clamping Raphael to a chair and torturing him with a newly designed Clave weapon of highly concentrated UV rays. Terrifying to us but only a “persuasion” tactic as called by Victor who uses the weapon to attempt to force a confession from Raphael. Once again this shows the Clave as willing to do whatever it takes to get what they want, regardless of whatever questionable or inhumane methods they deem necessary. Victor then tells Raphael that if he doesn’t deliver Camille (Kaitlyn Leeb) to the Clave within 12 hours he and his entire clan will be killed. The book readers from our team rejoiced as Raphael showed up on Magnus’ doorstep for help, telling him he had “nowhere else to go”. Bloody and disfigured from the torture, Magnus scoops Raphael up, sweetly referring to him as “my poor boy” and promises to take care of him. This reveals to the audience for the first time what a deep and longstanding connection the two characters have shared. David Castro’s stoic and tough as nails version of Raphael finally shows us his vulnerability and human side that was really endearing. Harry Shum Jr. grips our hearts yet again with his gentle and fatherly treatment toward Raphael as he lovingly heals his wounds. Just another layer of depth and dimension to Magnus’ character as we add “caring and supportive father” to his long list of attributes.

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Next, Simon Lewis (Alberto Rosende) arrives to Magnus’ loft with both barrels loaded, demanding more help with locating Camille.

As soon as he discovers Raphael is also there the two face off for a full on vampire showdown. Fortunately it was quickly interceded by their Downworlder Dad as Magnus forces them apart and offers cocktails as an alternative. This confrontation ended up being one of our most favorite moments of the entire episode. Alberto Rosende and David Castro, who play the two vamps, could almost pass for real life brothers fighting and snarling at each other between Magnus’ outstretched arms. We found this exchange to be particularly adorable and we hope to see their relationship explored more thoroughly in future episodes. Along with Magnus, this dynamic threesome might be a bit of a dysfunctional family, but we couldn’t stop smiling the entire time as their on screen chemistry together was mesmerizing.

The vamp skirmish over at least for now, Simon flourishes the mystery box he snagged from Camille’s house during the previous episode. We learn from Raphael that it contains her grave dirt which gives them the power to summon Camille at will. Using Simon’s blood, Raphael opens the box while an observant Magnus seems conflicted and quite on edge. We begin to see his tumultuous past relationship with Camille coming back to haunt him. Magnus’ feelings for her seem a bit muddier than we originally thought. In a touching balcony scene a deeply saddened Magnus confesses a horrifically tragic story to Simon of his near suicide in the early 1870s. Camille was the only one there to save him during this low point in his life and since then has always been “his rock”. Harry Shum Jr. gives an incredibly emotional delivery of this woeful tale with the mention of Blackfriars Bridge pulling extra hard on the book lovers’ heartstrings.

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Back at the Institute Izzy and Lydia (Stephanie Bennett) are with the corpse of the person who was killed in the demon attack.

Once their backs are turned, a swirling cloud of black smoke rises out of the body and infiltrates the Institute’s ventilation system setting off a domino effect of disastrous circumstances. Alec and Clary return to join the rest of the team in a desperate search for the demon who is currently wreaking havoc throughout the Institute. Raj is possessed and almost kills Lydia. Then Alec is possessed and tragically kills Jocelyn which was a soul crushing, book burning, holy crap moment that none of us saw coming. This really felt like a turning point in the season as the writers and showrunners demonstrate their willingness to turn the Shadow World on its head to further drive their new and inventive plotlines.

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Back at the City of Bones, Jace is taken from his cell to stand trial in front of Aldertree and the Silent Brothers.

Holding the Soul-Sword he is asked a series of questions about his alleged crimes. Struggling to hold himself together, Jace isn’t able to deny his “unbrotherly” feelings for Clary or choose a side between the blurred lines of Valentine’s madness and the Clave’s moral corruption and bigotry. When found guilty and sentenced to life in prison Jace raised the Soul-Sword to his neck in what appeared to be a suicide attempt. Unable to even consider a life spent locked up, his swift action was thwarted by one of the Silent Brothers. Dominic Sherwood really shined again this week with another touching performance. We could feel the pain pulsing through his body during the trial as he fought with all his might to overcome the sword’s power. The admittance of his feelings for Clary was so devastating to witness and we’ve all just about given up on ever seeing Jace happy again.

At some point after the trial, Valentine (Alan Van Sprang) and his men break into the City of Bones and slaughter the Silent Brothers in order to steal the Soul-Sword and break Jace free. Valentine admits he unleashed the demons on the Institute as a diversion and when Hodge (Jon Cor) tries to help by grabbing him through his prison bars, Valentine stabs him in the head killing him. Jace lashes out as he watches his teacher die and proceeds to massacre Valentine’s entire posse of thugs -- the death toll for the episode rising to what is surely a new record. In a last ditch effort to convince Jace to leave with him, Valentine lays down another one of his famous ultimatums. Jace contemplates his options for a minute then decides to save Aldertree’s life allowing Valentine to escape with the Soul-Sword. This pivotal moment now puts two of the Mortal Instruments into Valentine’s possession. A fact that doesn’t bode well for anyone in the Shadow World.

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Saving the best two scenes for last we first go back to Magnus’ loft where he has just sent his two vampire sons away on a wild goose chase to fetch more potion ingredients.

A lie so he could summon Camille in private, fearing he might not have the strength to turn her in. The tension and crippling stress visibly coming from Magnus in this scene was perfectly delivered and emotionally painful to witness. When he referred to her as “My dearest Camille” it was definitely a bitter pill for Malec fans to swallow. Magnus’ obvious trepidation and wavering resolve kept us biting our nails until the very end. Luckily Camille made the fatal mistake of hitting below the belt. First her cruel and obviously jealous statement of “don’t tell me you’re doing the Clave’s bidding because of your silly infatuation with that boy toy Shadowhunter” ruffled Magnus’ feathers as he quickly told her to leave Alec out of it. Then her continuing threats to the Downworlders Magnus has taken under his wing, his “children” as he explains to her, she stupidly accuses him of only attaching himself to them out of fear of loneliness. A low blow even by Camille’s standards. Her desperation seeping through as she reminds him that she’s the only one who will be with him forever and that deep down he loves her. It’s too little too late at this point as these hurtful statements end up being the final nails in Camille’s coffin. Magnus gathers the courage to bravely portal her to the Clave to pay for her crimes, although still clearly upset as he looks away, unable to watch her go. Kaitlyn Leeb gives a solid performance as Camille, and Harry of course wows us yet again with the infinite range of emotions used for his impassioned portrayal of Magnus.

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The grand finale of this harrowing episode took us back to the Institute to a visibly shook and guilt ridden Alec who’s trying to stop Clary from going off to hunt the demon alone.

Things go from bad to worse when Isabelle suddenly shows up possessed, throwing Clary across the room and viciously attacking her own brother. Thankfully Clary is able to subdue her with a non-life-threatening stab to the back that released the smoky demon from her body. Clary then takes her seraph blade and kills the demon all on her own while Alec immediately scrambles to Izzy’s side to heal her with an iratze. Apart from Clary now facing the cold hard realization of her mother’s death this scene is really beautiful. Alec gently tending to his sister, they are soon joined by a newly freed Jace who wraps Alec in his arms pulling him close to his chest. It gave us all the Lightwood feels we could handle while a haunting new song added to the emotional moment. Simon is next to arrive and rushes to Clary’s side, shocked to see her current state. It was well timed as we see Jace’s face fall with resounding defeat knowing he can’t be the one to comfort her. It doesn’t look like Clace fans are going to see their beloved OTP together anytime soon, but those in favor of a Simon and Clary connection are surely going to see them be there for each other during this devastating loss.

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All in all our souls were left weary once this chaotic episode full of twists and surprises came to an end.

As usual, leaving us hungry for more and counting the days until the next installment. Looking ahead to next week, our minds are full of questions. Is Jocelyn really dead? Or could this be another one of Valentine’s tricks? How will Luke handle the news? Will Jace now be allowed to return to the Institute? Are Raphael and Simon finally out of harm’s way, or does Aldertree have more evil plans up his sleeves? Will Simon be able to help Clary deal with her grief without going off the deep end? Is she really going to attempt to bring her Mom back from the dead? And most importantly of course, will Magnus and Alec ever get to finally go on their first date?

Be sure to tune in every Monday night to watch the latest episode of Shadowhunters on Freeform!

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