Shadowhunters S02E07 “How Are Thou Fallen” REVIEW
Essential Plot Points:
- Cleo (who, it turns out is a former member of the circle) goes to Valentine’s new lair, in a disused prison.
- He calls her a traitor but she says she thought he was dead and only joined the Iron Sisters as a matter of survival. When she learned from Clary (in the previous episode) that Valentine was still alive, she re-activated her Circle rune so that she could rejoin him.
- Cleo tells Valentine about Clary’s new rune power. She is in awe of it.
- Valentine pays a visit to an angel he has in captivity. Valentine warns him to leave Clary alone (the inference being that this guy somehow sent Clary the special rune).
- At the Institute Clary hears a weird sound that nobody else does.
- Malec’s romantic vibe is getting dampened by Magnus having Jace as a roommate.
- Jace has had a complete personality change and instead of the moping you’d expect he’s turned into a hedonistic hump-monster. He ignores a call to the Clave but Alec goes.
- Clary visits Simon and discovers him getting ready for a date with Maia.
- The Institute has learned of Cleo’s disappearance and Magdelana’s death.
- Clary offers to help Izzy fine Cleo, but Izzy cuts her down completely. She says she’s pissed that Clary didn’t tell her about her special rune but there’s clearly a little bit of Yin Fen paranoia going on too.
- Izzy sneaks into Aldretree’s office to nick some more Yin Fen but finds none.
- Izzy goes to Hunter’s Moon (the bar where Maia works) to score some Yin Fen but Magnus is there and stops her.
- She argues she’s not an addict just on Clave business to shut down the Yin Fen trade. Magnus suggests she tackle the problem at its source: vampires.
- Luke tells Clary about Cleo being a member of the Circle, but Clary insists they still try to track her down, because families are important right?
- Simon turns up at Hunter’s Moon for his date with Maia two hours early. He’s anxious. Izzy says Shadowhunter blood is good for nerves and tells him to suck her blood, then laughs it off as a joke. We’re not convinced.
- Cleo turns up at the Jade Wolf bleeding badly (she’s actually done it to herself). She claims she was taken by Valentine’s men in a raid on the citadel and brought to New York where she escaped.
- She says she’ll lead Luke and Clary to Valentine’s secret hideout but neither of them believe her. Clary wants to play along to get to Valentine but Luke demands they hand her over to the Clave.
- So Clary tasers Luke and runs off with Cleo.
- Jace turns up at Hunter’s Moon with his “book club” and takes the piss out of Simon for lacking confidence in the dating stakes. He gives Simon dating advice that leaves Maia pretty much loathing this “new” Simon.
- Simon later makes amends when he and Maia bond over Blade Runner: The Final Cut. But then Maia admits she knows he’s really in love with Clary and urges him to do something about it.
- Alec convinces Magnus he wants to lose his virginity to him (by practically jumping his bones).
- On the way to Valentine, Clary hears the weird sound again. Cleo tells her it’s the cry of an angel on Earth. She seems genuinely upset to realise Valentine has captured an angel. She believes Clary must be blessed if an angel wants to communicate with her. She has a change of heart and wants to help Clary free the angel.
- Especially as, with a storm coming, “If Valentine has the angel and a bolt of lightning” he can activate the Soul-Sword.
- Valentine wants Ithuriel – for that is the name of the angel – to show his true form and “together we will right all of the wrongs” (which presumably doesn’t include Beyoncé getting the Grammy for Best Album instead of Adele).
- Luke enlists Jace’s help and they intercept Clary and Cleo before they get to Valentine’s lair. Clary convinces them that they should all join forces to face Valentine and save the angel.
- When they get to the lair, Cleo and Luke face Valentine while Jace and Clary try to free the angel, who’s on the roof.
- Valentine taunts Luke with the reminder that they were parabatai and tells him he feels that Luke betrayed him by “stealing” Jocelyn from him, and reminds him of what happened to his little sister. There’s a scuffle, Valentine grabs Cleo and makes his escape.
- Clary frees the angel and it give Clary and Jace a vision of a cloaked finger grasping a sword and disintegrating. It must be an angel way of saying thanks. The angel then flies away.
- Izzy visits some vampires. She wants Yin Fen but it looks like she’s going to get some lip first.
Would somebody please find the real Jace? Then lock him up and throw away the key to make sure he never comes back. Because whoever this imposter is we’re introduced to this episode, we like him a lot better.
It was immediately odd to hear giggling coming from his room at Magnus’s place at the start of the episode. We’d assumed he’d be all moody and lock himself in his room with only his blade polishing kit for company. Instead it seems he’s happily found a whole raft of females happy to do that for him as he turns into a decadent lothario with a silver tongue.
And he’s much more watchable like this. If he’s on a downward spiral, which seems likely, it’s going to be much more fun watching than Jace in good little soldier mode. So on one level it’s poor scripting because there’s been little in the show to prepare us for his version of Jace; on another, it’s great scripting because the old Jace was pretty dull, to be frank.
The undoubted highlight of the episode is Jace giving Simon dating tips; we all know Alberto Rosende is great at the light comedy but Dominic Sherwood proves that he’s been wasted being pouty all the time too. He’s excellent and very amusing here.
In fact, all the best moments of the episode happen in Hunter’s Moon, helped by the fact that Alisha Wainwright’s Maia continues to be adorable too. Maia’s clearly a much better fit for Simon than Clary, but hey, this is a YA drama so those who should be together probably never will be together until the show’s well on its way to cancellation and the fan-service goes into overdrive.
Magnus has some fun moments too (we loved his sage advice to Maia about Warlocks tipping and the way he dispatches the drug dealer), though even he looks shocked at Alec’s libido suddenly going into overdrive. Alec’s had a welcome change of character too this season but at least in his case you can see why it’s happening (he’s in luuuurve!).
As for the main plot… well, it happens. Cleo ping pongs through allegiances, Clary tasers Luke because she unilaterally decides walking into a trap is a good idea and there’s an angel who looks like a janitor who gives Clary the gift of a WTF? vision. Everyone says, “there’s a storm coming” a lot and, for once in a fantasy film or TV show, they’re not talking metaphorically. There’s a humdrum fight on a rooftop. And Valentine says bitchy things to Luke. It’s all… okayish. Kinda. But it never really grabs you.
In fact, Izzy doing deals with vampires has more resonance.
So what we’ve got at the moment is a show that’s doing some entertaining character material but has a main plot that continually feels like previous fantasy show’s reheated leftovers. Come on, Shadowhunters – please give us a major revelation that really blows our socks off.
- Pretty much everything about the Jace-trains-Simon-in-the-ways-of-pulling plot, but especially…
- …Jace revealing he can be a geek too, with his Jedi mind trick gesture.
- …“What is that?”
“It’s me being you. Dark. Mysterious.”
“It looks like you’re low on fibre.”
- In fact, all the best lines were uttered at Hunter’s Moon this week, including:
• “Never trust a stingy warlock, Maia, not when we have an eternity to acquire wealth.”
• “Are you staying out of trouble?”
“Well, I haven’t been kidnapped for a while.”
• “Bloody Mary?”
“Minus the Mary.”
- We also loved Simon’s blood moustache.
- Alec practically dragging Magnus to his bed to lose his virginity.
- And while the way the vision at the end was introduced was a far from elegant piece of plotting, the visuals themselves were very pretty.
- Jace appears to have had a complete personality overhaul… actually, is that a bad thing? Even considering what he’s gone through, the sudden change from sulky teen to lounge lizard seems a bit of a leap.
- “Isn’t there another bar in Brooklyn?” Yeah, after a while it was getting farcical that every character on the show seemed to he showing up there. If Clary and Cleo had turned up as well we’d be making Clary On Cleo gags.
- In particular, Hunter’s Moon seriously does not feel like a Magnus haunt. We presumed he only went then in the previous episode to keep Alec happy. But hey, maybe he enjoys slumming it when another plotline demands his convenient participation.
- How did Luke and Jace find Clary and Cleo at the end of the episode? They just suddenly appeared.
- The angel’s wings were a bit of a disappointment when he finally revealed them. Plus, the old, “Thanks, and here’s a vision…” shtick felt a little laboured. If he likes Clary so much why be so damed cryptic?
And The Random:
- This may have been a mere coincidence but after Clary learns that Simon is hanging around with Maia, the glow from her cell phone casts a green light on her face – jealousy, perhaps?
- We’re still not quite sure how to read that odd scene with Izzy apparently “joking” about getting Simon to use his fangs on her. Was she actually thinking this might be a way of obtaining Yin Fen somehow? Or was she actually merely joking?
- Ithuriel may sound like the name of a Middle-earth mineral but he is actually an angel from religion and classical literature having been named in the Kabbalah and in Milton’s Paradise Lost (1667)
- Talking of Middle-earth, Jace does realise that Book Club means you read books, not go on a date with women who look like characters from The Lords Of The Rings, right?
- The episode title comes from the Bible, verse Isaiah 14:12: “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!” Incidentally, Clary’s real family name is Morgenstern, which translates as “Morning Star”. Maybe she’ll inherit a nightclub in LA one day.
- Alec mentions tackling some Shax demons, which we last met in 1.07 “Major Arcana”.