Shadowhunters - Season 2 Episode 1 "This Guilty Blood"

Shadowhunters Review: Daddy Issues

To say that the cliffhanger of season two was loaded with uncertainty is a minor understatement. Chase choosing to follow Valentine with the coveted mortal cup, Joselyn finally waking up, ongoing unrequited love between Simon and Claire, and Magnus’ new romance left us with a bunch of new questions. I had no idea or expectations as to where the plot would go in this new season.

As the opening scene shed some light on Chase’s inner struggle and the dynamic between father and son becomes a bit more clear, I find myself becoming a bit bored with seeing the cliche paradox of dark and light force within the hero. I’m sure that it will continue throughout the season before he decides to accept the darkness within him and choose to listen to his light side but I am hopeful that it’s done with a little more uniqueness and wit.

The driving force of the show however is the element of realistic quality in relationships; I.e. Simon in the friend zone; Luke and Jocelyn and their submission to the comforting love, Magnus and his struggle to help Alexander begin to accept his new life. I being a hopeless romantic find myself wanting to know how it will work out for them and routing for the underdog in the game of love.

The episode did take a twist at the end that I wasn’t quite expecting and I look forward to seeing the resolution to it. All in all the show is entertaining and the actors are pretty to look at, but it can definitely use a few more surprising elements and more depth to the character development.

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Shadowhunters airs Tuesdays at 9/8c on Freeform.