*All of our episode recaps contain spoilers*
So we reach the end of the first season of Shadowhunters and it's been a bit of a mixed bag. Which is appropriate as while the season finale has its moments it’s also an average affair.
While the majority of the cast have grown into their roles and helped develop from their clichéd beginnings Clary is still the weak link of the series, which is not good considering she's the protagonist. Her scenes with Jace go round in circles about whether he's good or bad and their relationship is the least interesting part of the show.
What has worked successfully is the Alec/Magnus relationship. While they are now out in the opens about their feelings we get hints of future problems for then. Alec's mum in particular is not happy that Alec likes a downworlder like Magnus and hints at some secrets in his past. Considering he's immortal and has had many lovers in the past it will be interesting to see how they deal with Magnus's past on their relationship in the next season.
Speaking of Magnus' past loves Camille is back, unfortunately. And as she has the key to bringing back Clary's mum the group wants to talk to her. Rafael has hold of Camille and doesn't want the shadowhunters talking to her. I don't blame him not helping Clary as shadowhunters haven't always been their friends. Then Simon, Isabelle and Clary break out Camille. As if Simon and Clary should trust Camille. Why can't they just go to her flat themselves to find the book? It makes no sense to bring Camille with them and for Simon to make a deal saying he asked to be bitten.
At her flat Camille continues to stir trouble by kissing Magnus in front of Alec. But even though she's trying to create trouble Camille is another boring baddie for the show. Shadowhunters is not very good at creating menacing or memorable villains. Rafael would make a better major antagonist but he seems resigned to the sidelines. So we're left with Camille and what a surprise Camille doesn't know where the book is and leaves the others to find it. Which they do but now the alliance with the downworlders is broken anyway.
At the end of the episode Val has the cup and has created his super army with Jace forced to be by his side to save his friends. But on the plus side Magnus uses the book to wake up Jocelyn. Despite these developments the finale feels anticlimactic. It's lacking a big twist or cliffhanger. A second season has already been granted for Shadowhunters, hopefully the show can look over its strengths and weaknesses to make the next season stronger.