‘Morning Star’ is such a hopeful-sounding title: the star that appears in the east before sunrise (at different times, this is Venus, Sirius or Mercury), a sign of new beginnings… but I’m wondering if they meant “mourning star”?
Jace joined Valentine and his army of new Shadowhunters, to overthrow the Clave and take over the world. How is that hopeful? It’s terrible! It’s as terrible as Anakin deserting Padme and joining Palpatine and the Dark Side!
Then I looked up ‘morning star’, and in Latin it is ‘Lucifer’, a name that has been applied to Satan, or an embodiment of evil. I’d also completely forgotten that it isn’t just about Astronomy. As many of you already knew, it’s one of these:
This type of medieval weapon was known, in Germany around the 1400’s, as a “Morgenstern”. (reference: Newman, Paul B. (2001). Daily life in the Middle Ages (2nd ed.). McFarland. p. 227. ISBN 0-7864-0897-9.)
Valentine’s surname is Morgenstern. If he is Jace’s father, then Jace is also a Morgenstern, and this episode, he seems to have owned that.
As Alec said, “Something’s killing [Jace] inside.” Whether that’s the result of the demon venom from a few episodes ago, or from the distress that has been eating at Jace since Michael/Valentine started talking to him, Jace is certainly not the same as before. Jace has been wondering if he’s actually the evil killer that Valentine (as Michael Wayland) was training him to be. Hodge and Luke both see similarities between Jace and Valentine.
We know that Jace went with Valentine because he was saving his friends. We also know that he was trying to find Valentine in order to kill him. Is Jace really going to become Valentine’s mini-me, or will he have a longer-term plan to hide his real intentions until he has the chance to kill Valentine, and stop his army? As Valentine’s ‘publicly’ declared son, and therefore heir, it is plausible that if Valentine dies, his new Shadowhunters (who have been fed Valentine’s ideology, not Shadowhunter history and culture) might follow Jace as their new leader, and he could lead them back to a more civilised approach.
Of course, one happy event for the Morgensterns this episode was Jocelyn finally being brought out of her magic coma/trance by Magnus! Clary is distraught at losing Jace, and worrying about what he’s going to do, but she’s also got her mom back.
Unfortunately, Simon is now in trouble with the Vampires, so I don’t know where he’ll be ‘living’, and if he’s going to be in danger from them. Perhaps they should have tried harder to explain the situation to Raphael? Thank goodness, though, that releasing Camille led them to ‘The Book of the White’, and Magnus was able to use it to revive Jocelyn. Luke certainly looked pleased!
Presumably everyone has noticed that Magnus isn’t asking for payment these days? He’s working ‘for the greater good’ with his friends, for free! But he also didn’t ask Camille for payment for the Writ. (Anyone else hoping that Magnus wrote some kind of tricky clause into it, for later? I wish Simon hadn’t signed it!) Camille said “You and I will never be done.” Was that about love, or does Magnus owe Camille some kind of obligation, like a life debt?
Camille was certainly trying to mess with Magnus. She’d only been there a few minutes,and she was quizzing Magnus about his love life. She smelled angel blood, and spun Magnus to kiss him, just in time for Alec to walk in. I’m pretty sure that was intentional. How did she know? We all know that Camille is selfish and pretty much evil, but what is she trying to achieve? Does she want Magnus back, or does she just want to make him miserable? In either case: why? They haven’t seen each other for nearly 140 years! I have an idea that the ruby necklace that Izzy wears, called “true love can never die” was created by Magnus using blood, and stores his love for Camille. Most likely there’s something in the books explaining that necklace, but I still haven’t read them. (Perhaps I should do that, instead of making up wild theories, but, where’s the fun in that?)
Since this was the Finale for Season 1, and we have to wait until 2017 for Season 2 (20 episodes!), if you want more ‘Shadowhunters’ before then, there’s:
And the various Cassandra Clare books, including:
I’ll certainly be looking forward to Season 2, and looking forward to seeing more of Clary, Simon, Jocelyn, Luke, Magnus, Alec & Izzy, Jace’s recovery and Morgenstern’s downfall.
PS I’ll also be watching and writing about ‘Wynonna Earp’, another strong woman killing demons with a magic weapon. Wynonna is certainly no angel, though, and the show, (on Syfy, Fridays at 10pm/ 9c, and CHCHTV 9pm in Canada) is definitely for an Adult audience, and includes horror, swearing and violence, as well as humour and developing relationships as mysteries become clear and demons are sent back to hell. If you’re following me already, you’ll have seen my first couple of posts about Wynonna Earp.
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