Shadowhunters “Malec” Review (Season 1 Episode 12)

I honestly don’t know what to say about this episode of Shadowhunters. Despite being the penultimate episode of the season, “Malec” was an episode filled with almost no forward progression or compelling moments. With a lack of any of the goofier moments I’ve grown to love this episode was a huge disappointment.

Really, as we near the end of the season, I’m realizing that it was wrong to come into this show expecting much in the way of plot progression. This is a show less concerned with the ongoing threat of Valentine than it is with the dull internal politics of the Clave itself. That’s certainly been the focus for several weeks now, and I’m at a loss for why the show is so focused on such a dull element. We get it, the adults in the Clave kind of suck and are bigoted towards down-worlders; we don’t need to be constantly reminded of it every week.

In fairness, it’s not as if the younger characters are much better. The biggest praise I can give this season is that, with Alec, it explored the idea of him working to explore and accept his own sexuality. However, it became so muddled and mixed with his place in Clave society that he spent much of the season as a petulant, vindictive jerk. I’m glad he finally found himself in the end, but it didn’t land as well as it would have if he were a likable character. The only good part of Alec’s story was that it continued to allow Magnus to appear and be a part of the story.

Meanwhile, despite starting the series as the clear antagonist, Clary’s become a bit lost in the shuffle. Despite attempting to free her mother this week, her main role still seems to be being trapped in an awkward love triangle with doofy Simon and what might be her own brother. I assume she’ll be integral to beating Valentine in next week’s finale, but I don’t know that she’s done enough to be worthy of that victory. And that’s assuming Valentine even will be beaten in next week’s finale, given that a second season is coming.

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