Don’t worry, the dramatic “Shadowhunters” wedding will be discussed. Before we delve into Tuesday’s (March 29) episode, entitled “Malec,”the hot topic of supernatural incest must take precedence.
“Point of fact, brother and sisters are often attracted to each other,” Magnus (Harry Shum Jr.) says to Clary (Katherine McNamara) and Jace (Dominic Sherwood) who discover — in a “Star Wars” replica plot bombshell — that the two star-crossed lovers are actually brother and sister.
Similar to Luke and Leia, this is a thoroughly disturbing piece of information to find out considering the two have already made-out. However, maybe this explains why the show’s two main characters have zero chemistry — it can’t just be McNamara’s weak acting skills. (However, book readers will know the fault mainly lies with McNamara.)
Back to the main plot point of the episode, Alec (Matthew Daddario) is about to enter a marriage of convenience with Lydia (Stephanie Bennett), basically to take on an official beard to hide his true sexuality. However, the moment Magnus shows up at the ceremony — a moment that shocked nobody — Alec confesses to Lydia the he can’t be in this shame of a union. Then, he proceeds to run down the aisle and passionately kiss Magnus in front of everyone. Oh the magnificent drama.
Having an openly gay relationship on Freeform is nothing short of awesome. Daddario is the best actor of the bunch and he is able to somehow create true chemistry with Shum. However, Lydia’s initial reaction to the turn of events is surprisingly chill. She knew Alec was gay and tells him with genuine heart, “I’m happy for you.”
It’s sweet that she’s so understanding but it’s completely unbelievable that a woman who’s willing to give up her own happiness for a higher status in the Shadow World is fine being humiliated in front of everyone. Out for some secret revenge, her attempt to steal the Mortal Cup, ends up being thwarted by Hodge (Jon Cor), who in a seemingly trader move, hands it off to Balantine (Alan Van Sprang).
There’s something about searching for The Book of the White … blah blah … it doesn’t matter, does it? This show is a disastrous mixture of both clunky acting and formulaic writing. At this point, it feels like the only possible way the series can become great is for them to completely dive off the deep end into the ridiculousness of it all. That way, the audience can laugh along with the characters … and not directly at them.
“Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments” airs on Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Freeform.