REVIEW: Shadowhunters – 3.02: “The Powers That Be”


Lorenzo Rey: Friend or Foe?

If you love Magnus and Alec’s relationship, you probably loved “The Powers That Be.” This episode took these two characters and their relationship, and put them to the test! I’ve always loved them, both as characters and their relationship, and I think we’re slowly seeing a beautiful dynamic for them as episodes and seasons go on. They’re past the “crush” and “lust” phase and I think Magnus and Alec know each other really well now.

Since Magnus is no longer the High Warlock, we finally met the warlock who’s taking over: Lorenzo Rey – portrayed by Hamilton‘s Javier Munoz. As of right now, I’m not sure what to think of him. Should we trust him or not? Honestly, the only thing I really loved about him so far, was how completely oblivious he was to the fact that Magnus snuck into his house, while Alec played the distraction card (he’s come a long way since his season 1 train wreck attempt). I’m sure I’ll gain more of an opinion in later episodes.


“I didn’t leave Silas University for this!”

Another great aspect of the episode was Simon, Maia, Jace, and Clary’s double date. It had the best unintentionally awkward date I’ve ever witnessed. I couldn’t tell if it was because Simon and Clary know each other really well and that caused friction, or if they just weren’t expecting each other there. I guess that creates the same awkward result? But it must not have helped that Jace brought up Maia and his one night stand. Fortunately in the end, both ships sailed smoothly, and I personally hope they stay this way. I think just for the moment, I’d like to see more dramatic happenings occur just for our new villain, Lillith, the shadowhunter vs. downworlder differences, and have the relationships aspect left alone.

Speaking of Lilith, we found out her magic was causing warlocks to lose control in multiple intervals. I’m interested to see how long it takes before people even realize she’s a threat. One major difference that I noticed between Valentine and Lilith’s villainous ways is that Valentine actually had loyal followers and supporters. Lilith creates her loyal subjects via possession; the love and loyalty they have for her isn’t real. She could lose her power immediately, which displays a real level of vulnerability for Lilith. What are everyone’s thoughts on her currently? Personally, I love what we’ve been shown so far, and quite frankly, I think we need to see more. All in due time, I suppose.

What did you think of Shadowhunters3.02: “The Powers That Be”?

Shadowhunters‘ 3.03: “What Lies Beneath” airs next Tuesday at 8/7c on Freeform.

The trailer for it can be viewed below.

I may hate Sebastian Verlac (as one typically does), but I love Will Tudor, so I’m glad he’s still on the show in some shape or form.