Shadowhunters: Malec – Traitor? (Review)

STEPHANIE BENNETT, MATTHEW DADDARIO

Shadowhunters: Malec takes up after the devastating news that Clary and Jace are brother and sister but Jocelyn is now safe. However there is a mole in the Institute and the traitor appears to be Hodge; Jocelyn’s one time BFF. Things are tense between the “new” siblings, with Jace refusing to make eye contact and acting pretty snotty  in general.

Alec prepares for his wedding to Lydia while Jace, Clary and Magnus reach out to Ragnor Fell (Adam Kenneth Wilson) who put Jocelyn to sleep. Phoebe wants to throw Alec a bachelor party and goes to get advice from Simon. Clary invites her BFF vampire to the wedding. 

Magnus is visited by Alec and it is clear that the two are still attracted to one another.

At Ragnor Fell’s, one of Magnus’ oldest friends,  the trio are met by a real firewall and as Clary walks through, Jace and Bane disappear.  Clary continues and the mischievous warlock plays hide and seek until Fairchild spots him hiding in the mirror.

The warlock acts eccentrically speaking to two empty chairs either side of Clary. After promising Fell everything, he waves toward the chairs and both Magnus and Jace reappear. Ragnor goes up to find an item to help track the white book needed when he is attacked and killed by a demon.

Back  at the institute Jace believes that Lydia (Stephanie Bennett) is the mole/traitor and wants to confront the powerful Clave official. Clary intervenes and the two women have a moment to accept one another.  After their conversation Clary is convinced that Lydia is innocent. 

Alec’s bachelor party, that Izzy sets up, has only Jace as a guest. The parabatai mend their burnt bridges and grow close once more. Jace also confesses his  distress about learning that Clary is his sister. He reveals that he not only kissed Fray, but he “wanted” her. Jace tells Alec that he must be sick.

Jace’s parabatai smoothes things over and while Jace is not overly convinced, he does feel better. Proven when he manages to make eye contact with Clary during the wedding ceremony. The  Shadowhunters have healed the rift between them and allowed Jace to move on to other things.

In the middle of the ceremony between Lydia and Alec ; Magnus arrives (“like in The Graduate” Simon gushes excitedly) and the path of   “true love” and the storyline of “Malec” comes together at last. Marisa tries to stop Magnus who silences her with one raised hand. “I’ll leave if Alec asks me to,” Bane says.

Lydia, who confessed to Clary that she loved Alec, lets her intended go to Bane. The two men meet in the aisle and a shocked Marisa looks on in horror as Alec and Magnus kiss. Jace, Simon, Isabelle and Clary look on in delight.

Marisa storms out of the wedding and Jace talks with Clary telling her that what Alec has done makes him realize that he cannot shut her out.

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Marisa is not happy with Alec.

Magnus, Alec, Jace and Clary go to track down the book required to wake Jocelyn. It belongs to Bane’s old lover Camille, who is not dead but chained in the basement of the Hotel Dumort.

Clary reveals that their mother never abandoned him, she thought he was dead. Jace tells his sister that perhaps he should join their father, Valentine as he feels a darkness inside him.

Alec’s mother Marisa confronts him and she  is not upset that he chose a man over Lydia. She is furious that Alec  has chosen a downworlder. Alec’s father Robert tells his son to “give her time.” Robert is not upset, just confused. After he leaves Magnus reminds Alec that they have not been on a  date yet.

Lydia goes to retrieve the Mortal Cup and is knocked out. The vessel is retrieved  by Hodge, the real mole/traitor, who wears a summoning ring that brings Valentine’s projection into the Institute. Hodge offers up the cup in exchange for release from his punishment  rune, Clary’s father agrees.

This penultimate episode in season one brings a lot of things together. The fate of Camille; chained and in the basement of the hotel, Simon’s romanticism, Hodges’s treachery and Jace’s misery and confusion over the fact that he had “the hots” for his sister.

It also reveals much about Magnus, immortal he may be, but the warlock is just as much a romantic as Simon Lewis. The big question is whether Hodge will, or can be, stopped before turning the cup over to Valentine.

Shadowhunters airs Tuesdays on Freeform and the season finale is next week.

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.

ADAM HARRINGTON, DOMINIC SHERWOOD

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 Jr.to 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.

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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.

HARRY SHUM JR.

Shadowhunters airs Tuesdays on Freeform.

 

 

Shadowhunters: Bad Blood – Bad Decisions (Recap/Review)

In Shadowhunters: Bad Blood Clary still has the Mortal Cup and it seems that all this episode is about bad decisions versus right ones.

MATTHEW DADDARIO, STEPHANIE BENNETT

In Shadowhunters: Bad Blood Clary still has the Mortal Cup and it seems that all this episode is about bad decisions versus right ones.  The Institute is in trouble, mainly because of Clary Fray being allowed to run about rather than saying in the Institute under their protection.  An envoy from the Clave; Lydia Branwell (Stephanie Bennettis put in charge of the Institute and Simon is dead.

Although Clary’s BFF is not really dead just yet, he is a fledgling  in “transition” according to Raphael (David Castro) who brings the young man to the Institute. Apart from explaining what Simon is going through, Raphael tells Clary and her fellow Shadowhunters  that Camille, who turned Simon, is the one who broke the accords. 

Valentine begins making his move to get the cup in earnest. Sending Forsaken to attack first the werewolves and then the Institute. At each attack a former Circle member is the target as Clary’s father starts seeking revenge from all who betrayed him.

Luke Garroway (Isaiah Mustafais first on Valentine’s list and Hodge (Jon Coris number two. Clary is beside herself with guilt over letting Simon down and Raphael explains that she must either allow her best friend to transform or kill him.

Magnus arrives at the Institute after being called by Lydia to research the dead Forsaken. The warlock is pleased to see Alec still does not know how he feels about Bane.  Alec also seems pretty impressed  with Lydia.  Lightwood may be uncertain about how he feels about Magnus but  either the Clave envoy nor Bane have any doubt about how they feel about Alec.

As Clary struggles with her decision about Simon, Luke reveals that her mother, Jocelyn stuck by him after Valentine changed him from  Shadowhunter to werewolf. Another revelation has to do with Alec learning that his parents are also former Circle members.

Jace tells Clary the story of a boy and a wild falcon. The boy is told, by his father, to tame the bird and when he succeeds the man kills the creature. After Fray declares this the worst story she has ever heard, Jace reveals the morale of the tale. The boy was not meant to love the bird, just tame it.

Before Fray can choose Simon’s fate, Camille arrives to reclaim her pet mundane. Raphael, with the aid of other vampires stages a coup and Camille is destroyed. Simon is allowed to turn and when he becomes a vampire he is filled with revulsion at becoming a monster. He flees and Raphael promises to look after him before following the former mundane.

Lydia, who shared her backstory with Alec, takes over the Institute permanently and after Magnus advises Alec to follow his own heart, he proposes to the envoy. The plan being the they rule the Institute together. Branwell seems to like the idea.

It is also revealed that Luke was Valentine’s parabatai before he attacked him and turned Garroway into a werewolf.    Apart from certain “bad” decisions much more of the Shadowhunters’ world is revealed. The backstories show a lot of history and explains a lot about Valentine’s rage.

By the end of the episode, Clary obviously feels that she has made a couple of bad decisions, not telling Simon’s mother and letting her best friend turn into a vampire.  Simon is definitely not pleased about his new “state” and right now it looks like Fray has lost her BFF.

Harry Shum Jr. was not given a lot of screen time in this episode, but it is interesting to see his rather “fey” warlock again after watching his recent performance in Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon: Sword of DestinyKatherine McNamara is still working hard at being the heroine from Clare’s novels and only time will tell if she can completely convince fans of the franchise of her “veracity” as Clary Fray. 

Mad props to Alberto Rosende for knocking it out of the park with his transformation scene, one for the tissue box most definitely. Kudos too have to be given to McNamara for her reaction to same.  The scene had one reviewer reaching for a hanky and doing a bit of eye dabbing…

Thus far Shadowhunters continues to entertain, although it has lost that “snappy” feel from the opening episodes and moving into darker more tragic territory.  The series airs Tuesdays on Freeform, tune in and see what you think. Does the show capture Cassandra Clare’s world or is it a complete miss?

 

Shadowhunters: Mu Shu to Go – Changing (Recap/Review)

In Shadowhunters: Mu Shu to Go Alec continues to have issues with Clary as well as a total disregard for anyone not a member of the Clave, unless it is Valentine aka Fray’s father.

 NICOLA CORREIA-DAMUDE

In Shadowhunters: Mu Shu to Go Alec continues to have issues with Clary as well as a total disregard for anyone not a member of the Clave, unless it is Valentine aka Fray’s father.  This episode is all about changing; Simon apparently turning into a vampire, Clary becoming more confident and Luke turning out to be a friend after all; a furry one.

Alec tricks Clary and Jace into giving over the portal “necklace” so he could lock it up.  Isabelle and Clary talk about Jocelyn. While the two are talking about how frustrating Isabelle’s brother is,  Maryse Lightwood, the siblings’ mother turns up. Apart from showing her displeasure with Clary “Fairchild” she tasks the Shadowhunters with seeing why the Seelies will not talk.

Maryse (Nicola Correia-Damude) orders Isabelle and Jace to go question the Seelie contact and forces Alec to watch after Clary.  None of the Shadowhunters are overly pleased with their assignments. Meanwhile Luke wants to intensify his search for Clary as she continues to obsess over her father; Valentine (Alan Van Sprang).

Alec tries to tell his parrabati how he really feels but stops when it appears that Jace will make it difficult for him to explain.  Simon heads back to Hotel DuMort and is stopped by the vampire who helped save him the last time and told to never return.

KATHERINE MCNAMARA, MATTHEW DADDARIO
Sparring and talking…rules.

Clary and Alec spar with weapons while talking about rules, Valentine and saving Fray’s mother. She reveals to her “babysitter” that her mom kept a box of her father’s at the loft.  Fray wants to go get it and as she attempts to persuade Alec, a lovestruck Magnus (Harry Shum Jr.) calls to ask Alec out for a drink. Lightwood has to cut the conversation short as Clary has left the room and Magnus is intrigued:

“Playing hard to get…”

Alaric returns to the werewolf lair and the alpha, Theo,  orders that Clary be captured and forced to reveal where the Mortal Cup is hidden. Alec catches up to Fray and tells her off for using the invisibility rune but not turning off her phone. While remonstrating her for sneaking out, Simon calls and arranges to meet his best friend and help.

Clary reveals to Alec that she knows his secret and he continues to be in denial. Valentine is still building an army, by injecting Seelie blood into volunteers and Meliorn (Jade Hassouné) talks to Isabelle and Jace but they do not like what they hear. 

Simon helps Alec and Clary sneak into her old home and her best friend is exhibiting some new traits that bother Lightwood. Simon can now see runes and he is incredibly strong. Once they enter the loft apartment, he also finds the loose floorboard where the box is hidden.

As they open the box, Alec hears a noise outside and he leaves the apartment to investigate. Once outside, he encounters a werewolf and while Alec tries to shoot it with an arrow, Clary and Simon are kidnapped by more werewolves and driven off in a black unmarked car.

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Clary and Simon in the Jade Wolf.

The kidnapped couple are taken to the Chinese restaurant the Jade Wolf as Jace angrily blames Alec for Clary  being taken. The two try to track her but cannot.  Clary and Simon are handcuffed and he is taken out with the threat of being ripped to shreds by the alpha female werewolf.

Clary tells the pack leader that the Mortal Cup is at her old apartment and several wolves go out to find it. Meanwhile, Simon easily breaks his bonds with his newfound strength and finds a lighter and a phone. Calling Jace he is told to create a diversion. Simon sets off the fire alarms.

Theo takes Clary out and locks her up, Luke (Isaiah Mustafa) shows up and attempts to rescue Fray but she mistrusts him and his motives. Jace and Alec arrive and knock Luke out.  Isabelle saves Simon…again:

Isabelle: “I’m getting seriously tired of saving your life.”

Simon: “I am not.”

The Shadowhunters are surrounded by the pack of werewolves and another wolf challenges the alpha male. Theo is killed by the challenger who turns out to be Luke.  Garroway is now the new leader the pack. Jace, Clary and Simon take the badly wounded werewolf off to be treated. Simon drives the little band as he is  the “only mundane with a license.”

Even though the action is heating up, Clary is no closer to saving her mother. Magnus is still infatuated with Alec who is still cannot face how he really feels about Jace. Isabelle still has a thing for Simon who is changing into something other than a mundane. On top of all these things Valentine is making changes of his own.

JORDAN HUDYMA, CHRISTIAN BAKO, ALAN VAN SPRANG
Valentine is making changes as well…

It appears that “mommy” Lightwood does not get along with her daughter Isabelle at all and that the Clave are not overly pleased with Clary Fray at all.

Shadowhunters airs Tuesdays on ABC. Tune in and get caught up in the action and the fantasy and see how Simon, and Clary, keep changing.

 

Shadowhunters: Raising Hell – Infection (Review)

After retrieving Simon from the Hotel Dumort vampire enclave last week in Shadowhunters, Raising Hell sees Clary getting closer to Jace and further away from her best friend who is now suffering from a Camille infection.

HARRY SHUM JR.

After retrieving Simon from the vampire enclave last week in Shadowhunters, this week Raising Hell sees Clary getting closer to Jace and further away from her best friend who is now suffering from a Camille infection. The vampire leader offered up vampire blood to Simon while he was a hostage and Clary’s BFF is not himself.

Infected or not, Simon offers up the first real lead that Fray has gotten; Magnus Bane.  After this transfer of information, Lewis bolts from the safety of the Shadowhunter lair. The first real gulf appears between the two and after Clary reveals that she belongs with the Shadowhunters, Simon leaves.

In order to find Magnus, who wiped Clary’s memory, Isabelle suggests throwing a Downworld rave.  The lure works and the warlock teams up with Fray and her group of protectors.  Bane falls instantly for Alec who, it seems, only has eyes for his parrabati Jace.

Valentine continues his search for both Magnus and Clary while Luke Garroway also searches for the girl. Each  are looking for the Mortal Cup.  Valentine is still based at Chernobyl and Luke is still at the precinct, but only just.

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Alan Van Spang as Valentine.

As the episode progresses, Clary learns that Magnus gave her childhood memory to a memory demon and Valentine tracks Bane down and begins killing warlocks.  Simon starts having strange urges and sees visions of Camille and blood. He also gets told off by his mother and Maureen tells Simon how she feels.

“I’d like to date you.”

This confessional moment, which doubles as a request, becomes more than a little awkward as Simon “zones” out. Upset at this lack of response Maureen leaves.

Clary finds out that Dot is dead after meeting Magnus. He explains that Valentine killed her and offers to protect Fray. She refuses just as an assassin sent by Valentine strikes and misses when Alec saves Bane. Magnus is smitten by Isabelle’s brother but leaves as Clary grabs a button off his outfit.

Jace and Alec track Magnus down, after Jace argues again with his parrabati about Clary. As the Shadowhunters arrive at the Warlock lair, Valentine’s minions are killing everyone. Fray saves a warlock child and Magnus helps to summon the memory demon.

The Shadowhunters take position around the pentagram that Clary draws to summon the demon and as it appears, each one must give up a memory of the one they love most. Despite being warned not to break contact, when Alec’s memory turns out to be of Jace, he reacts badly and lets go of Jace’s hand.

The demon begins killing Jace and Clary jumps in to kill the demon. This act also destroys Clary’s  memories that Magnus stored in the creature. Simon spends a lot of time trying to contact his friend to apologize. Later, when Clary attempt to call him, Simon ignores the call. He is on his way back to Camille.

The revelation at the demon summoning, or “hell raising,” that Alec loves Jace explains all that animosity towards Clary…he is jealous.  The male Lightwood is also apparently in denial about his true feelings and nature.

Clary now must live with losing any chance of reclaiming the memories her mother asked Magnus to take but she and Jace are even closer than before.

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Emeraude Toubia, the sexiest Shadowhunter

Thus far in Shadowhunters Isabelle,  as played by Emeraude Toubia,  is the sexiest and most sensual character hands down.  Her character is a fashionista as well and she makes this Lightwood sister captivating,  full stop.

Harry Shum Jr. plays Magnus with a fey self awareness that makes his character interesting and vulnerable.  Bane is world weary in some areas, offering sage advice to Alec after the  Jace demon revelation  that “it’s nothing to be ashamed of,” yet is still able to be swept off his feet by the male Lightwood like a giddy teenager. 

Alberto Rosende has stepped fully into vampire infection territory as his character heads unsteadily back to Camille. Dominic Sherwood convinces as the Shadowhunter who thinks “outside the box” and the guy who is steadily falling for Clary Fray.  

Alan Van Sprang gives Valentine a most impressive air of menace and danger while also conveying a sort of faded sophistication. Matthew Daddario does a good job of being the jealous parrabati who may, or may not, love Jace.

Katherine McNamara has her work cut out for her as Clary.  The young actress has to vacillate between desperation, wonder, disbelief and heroic gestures.  Not surprisingly, as it is early days yet, McNamara struggles with some nuances but never fails to keep her character interesting and earnestly vital.

MATTHEW DADDARIO, KATHERINE MCNAMARA, DOMINIC SHERWOOD
Clary and Jace being watched by Alec.

Part of the problem may be with the dialogue as written but that will obviously improve as the season moves along. Certainly with a script that includes a topical gag of David Guetta being a Downworlder…

Shadowhunters ended last week with Jace learning that he had a supporter in the vampire camp. This world is in upheaval as all search for the Mortal Cup and things should only get more interesting.

This series airs Tuesdays on ABC Freeform and one does not have to be a fan of the YA franchise by Cassandra Clare to enjoy the show.  Tune in and let the camerawork, music and editing carry along the storyline of Clary Fray in her quest to free her mother and to defeat Valentine.