Shadowhunters Review: Blood Calls to Blood or Jace I am Your Father

Shadowhunters: Blood Calls to Blood is all about familial love, more specifically sibling love, and the episode has a Star Wars feel to it. Especially after Valentine tells the blond shadowhunter, “Jace I am your father.


Shadowhunters: Blood Calls to Blood is all about familial love, more specifically sibling love, and the episode has a Star Wars feel to it. Especially after  Valentine tells the  blond shadowhunter, “Jace I am your father.

It is all happening in a rush as the first season moves to its finale.  (Freeform have already approved the show for another season.)  Isabelle goes on trial for treason, Jace and Clary find his father in Chernobyl and a number of things change. Including the arc of Fray’s abilities and that she alone felt something was not right about Jace’s dad Michael.

The three shadowhunters escape from Chernobyl, where Clary (Katherine McNamarawas meant to find her father Valentine and Jocelyn, but where they find Jace’s presumed dead parent instead.  Meanwhile the trial against Isabelle proceeds and a desperate Alec asks Magnus Bane (Harry Shum be his sister’s attorney.

Banes’ initial price is too steep for Lightwood (Magnus asks for Alec as recompense.) and he then alters his fee to the  bow and arrows that Alec carries on the hunt for demons. Alec agrees to pay the price.

Jace is very ill after getting a dose of demon blood in him and he needs a transfusion. Simon and Clary go to Hotel Dumont to get blood to help her stricken boyfriend. Jace receives the blood and as he recuperates Clary and Luke head to the deserted smallpox hospital where Valentine is supposed to be.

Once there, the two discover hundreds of demons and decide they need reinforcements. The trial of Isabelle begins and Magnus does a brilliant job as defense attorney.  As things proceed, the accused tells off the Clave for forgetting their roots and Lydia drops the charges.  This does not get Isabelle off however.  The Clave demand that the cup be returned or Lightwood will be expelled.

Jace, Clary, Luke and Michael head back to the hospital. Luke stays outside to fight off demons and the remaining three head inside.  Demon’s surround the center room and Clary takes out the Mortal Cup and tries to order the demons to leave. Michael reaches his hand out and asks to try.


The moment he gets the cup, Michael changes in attitude  and within seconds he morphs into Valentine. Despite ordering the demons to kill all who betrayed him, nothing happens. Clary has glamoured a fake Mortal Cup. There is a brief struggle and Valentine grabs Jace telling him that he is weak and that he is the young man’s father.

He is also Clary’s father.

Back at the institute, Magnus apologizes for not getting Isabelle free.

After a brief struggle and explanation about where the Fray family tree branches really are, Valentine leaves with the cup.

The cup is then returned to the Institute and everything works out well. Jace is angry with Alec and Magnus has a word with the object of his desire. The warlock tells Alec if he marries Lydia that the two of them will be lonely.

Simon learns from Luke that his biggest competition for Clary is really her brother and Jace is upset that Clary sensed that Michael was Valentine all along. He tells her that there is something wrong with him; he is weak.

Fans of the books already know of the brother/sister storyline but to those who have not read the Cassandra Clare franchise, it was surprising. Much more so than the “Michael is Valentine” plot thread. This was so blazingly obvious that Michael might as well have worn a sign saying “I am the evil Valentine.”

Still, the big question has to be did the two do much more than snog their socks off? Their passionate carry on certainly seemed to imply something much more in-depth was going to occur off camera.

Simon is, obviously, overjoyed at the news that Jace is Clary’s brother (although half-brother would be more accurate here perhaps) even though he is a vampire now. Mr. Lewis is also forgetting that Clary just does not see him that way.

Valentine escaped but without his wife and the cup. Clary has not yet seemed to have taken in the whole  “Jace is your brother” twist as she seems too engrossed in the rescue of her (still) comatose mother.

Away from the Clary Fray storyline, one has to feel for Magnus. He really does seem to feel something other than just a physical attraction to Alec who apparently also felt something initially.


Shadowhunters airs Tuesdays on Freeform.



Author: Mike's Film Talk

Former Actor, Former Writer, Former Journalist, USAF Veteran, Former Member Nevada Film Critics Society

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