Shadowhunters “Of Men and Angels” Review (Season 1 Episode 6)

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I’m of two minds about tonight’s episode of Shadowhunters. Now, rest assured, neither mind is under the impression “Of Men and Angels” was a good hour of television, but the argument can at least be made that there was some legitimate progress in the show’s larger narrative. The problem, however, is that the majority of this progress came in the form of a massive flashback info-dump made possible by focusing in large part on Luke, someone who’s largely been a non-character up to this point in the series. Actually, upon writing it out, my two minds have become one.

Look, I don’t come into each episode of this show planning to dislike it. I’ve seen more than my fair share of shows start off rough before everything finds a way to click into place. I keep hoping the same will happen with Shadowhunters, especially since it has a source material to build off of and improve. The problem is that it just keeps stumbling, week after week, to the point that I imagine only the most die-hard fans – and committed reviewers – are still watching.

Anyway, the show is way past the point where it needed to drop a bit more knowledge about Valentine and the Circle, so I’m glad they finally got around to doing so this week. The problem, again, is the way that that’s all this hour was about, constantly throwing us into blue-hued flashbacks with younger versions of characters we hardly know. It’s just not a compelling, natural way to give us exposition. Ideally, though, with all of this out of the way, the show might make some legitimate progress next week.

The only other storyline of note this week was the sudden, bizarrely-intense focus on the Lightwood family drama. I’ll be honest, the idea of Alec or Isabelle being married off is so tangential to the main plot, it’s hard to think of this as anything other than filler. At the very least, we got a better idea of what matters to Isabelle, particularly her love for her family. Alec fared slightly better, as his burgeoning romance with Magnus has some legitimate chemistry and heat to it.

What did you think of this week’s episode? Let me know in the comments!