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‘Shadowhunters’ Recap: Rise Up

Published on March 8th, 2016 | Updated on March 9th, 2016 | By FanFest

Episode 8 may have lined up
all the dominos, but episode 9 drops a
nuclear bomb on them. This is the
most gut-wrenching episode yet, and
it comes
from all sides. Simon rules the episode hands-down, but Izzy, Alec,
and Jace
bring some major
gravitas of their own. There is huge fallout from the decisions
made in
Bad Blood, and none of it
gets wrapped up here. Shadowhunters
and Downworlders alike are facing a new
world now, and emotions are at an
time high.

The highs: Simon. Now a fledgling vampire, Simon is
personification of a
tortured soul. He is repulsed by what he has become, and is
destroyed when Clary reveals her part in
making him what he is. Simon’s
character arc this episode is so steep that
it’s practically a straight line,

but it’s handled masterfully. Alberto Rosende hits every single note in this

episode, playing Simon with
such authentic pain in every scene that it makes
everyone else look like
they’re in a middle school play. By
the last scene, all
traces of the whiny and scared human boy are gone,
leaving a powerful
Downworlder in
his place. It’s a magnificent transformation, and viewers could
not have
asked for it to be done any

Raphael. Simon is too busy
growing a backbone of steel to
spar with Jace, who is likewise
However, the head vampire seems more than happy to take over the
of the
resident verbal judo master. His exchanges with Luke are pure gold this
around. There’s a ton of tension
between the Night Children and the
werewolves, and neither leader is going
to let the other off the hook for
split second. The only thing keeping them from attacking each other with
than words is their
common enemy in the Clave, and their common allies in Clary
and Simon. Until
that fails, viewers can look
forward to wit sharper than
Raphael’s fangs or Luke’s claws.

lows: Alec. As much love as there is

here for the eldest Shadowhunter, he’s way out of line here. That’s not to
it’s not understandable.
He’s been taught his whole life that reputation and
appearances matter more
than anything, even more than the
truth. He can’t let go
of that lesson, even as he watches it ruin his life.
He sees the reaction Jace
Izzy have to his engagement to Lydia, he knows what could have been with

Magnus, and he is once again put at
odds with Jace. The final scene between the
parabatai is devastating, and
it’s crystal clear that it’s
tearing Alec apart.
Despite this, he stays with his current course of
action, driving the wedge
him and his siblings further apart with every passing minute. There’s
a massive secret plan up his
tattooed sleeve, or something is very wrong
with Alec. Viewers can only hope
that it’s the

Final Verdict: an
emotionally catastrophic episode from start
to finish. Simon carries the
of the turmoil, but the fallout from the decisions made in the
previous episode
leave no one
untouched. Viewers have been promised that this episode sets the
tone for
the rest of the season. If that’s
truly the case, Freeform better start
shelling out for all the therapy bills
they’re going to cause among

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