Review: Shadowhunters Season 2 Episode 16 “Day of Atonement”

Although the writing has improved from the last few episodes, with less forced confrontations and a greater hold on the relationships between characters, the mythology gets extremely convoluted as the show attempts to cram in way too many storylines. This allows for little additional nuance, instead presenting constant exposition and attempts to get from plot point to plot point. The pace and stakes again suffer for such a reason as the¬†audience transitions to Valentines torture to an awkward dinner with Simon’s family. The two worlds feel apart, which may be a deliberate comment upon the show’s fantasy aspects, but it damages any intensity or overwhelming interest. It was nice to see the main narrative return to prominence, with a few interesting twists, but it needs to gain its focus again as well. 6.3/10

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