This weeks episode is continuing the streak that this show has of upping the ante every week in order to provide us with some good television. “Blood Calls To Blood” easily is the best episode of Shadowhunters yet, as it weaves every theme the show has been touching upon seemingly into the story; moving the plot forward at the perfect pace while also spending considerable time on character progression. Intrigued? I hope you are!
Let’s start this week by being happy that Shadowhunters has been picked up for a Season 2! Yay!! So this week’s episode is 1×10 “This World Inverted” and it follows Clary on her journey through an alternate dimension in order to find a way to her father. Today’s post we will be talking about the implications of the themes the show is focusing on, and some comparisons to the books.
We are back on track, all caught up with what has aired of Shadowhunters currently. Last night’s episode 1×09 “Rise Up” gave us lots of action, drama, and character building. Clary and Jace are closer to finding Jocelyn, Alec and Lydia think they are close to figuring out how to restore the Lightwoods name (they aren’t) and Izzy’s relationship with Meliorn is coming back to bite her in the ass. Remember way back when in that post I made with all the need-to-know terms, well we’re going to need that again. Lydia, working on orders from the Clave (the ruling body for Shadowhunters) arrests Meliorn (a seelie) on suspicion of getting information from Izzy and giving to Valentine. His punishment is going to see the Silent Brothers (remember those weird dementor-like dudes that tried to read Clary’s memories? Yeah those guys. They don’t love Downworlders so this pretty much means Meliorn is going to die. This weeks episode is an episode where we see every single one of the main characters dealing with some really morally exhausting problems.
This week’s three episodes are full of, you guessed it: more werewolves, more vampires, and more hijinks. They take a turn however, because we see Clary’s art begin to play a major role in the story in a more obvious way. Also, Alec’s arc is starting to take shape as his feelings for Magnus become more apparent and his ability to ignore them is no longer as strong as it once was. Izzy as well, is being forced to change her ways in order to win back the Lightwood’s honour and protect Alec’s well being.
Welcome to another week of discussion about Shadowhunters. This week we will be talking about Isabelle “Izzy” Lightwood, and setting up the pace for some hopefully really great and meaty analysis about representation in this show. This week’s three episodes (little different than usual, but it’s important I talk about storylines and the show as a whole as it finishes early April) finally seems to push the show forward away from strictly introductory work. Kidnapping! Vampires! Faeries! Oh My!!! These episodes are also filled with demons, warlocks, transformations, flirting, and much more!
Let’s get this chilly reading week post underway! We’re going to start today with a tiny overview of the plot! Clary Fray is a New York 18 year old artist who’s mother has been keeping a secret from her. Her mother, Jocelyn, is taken by followers of a man called Valentine that sparks Clary learning that the secret her mother was hiding was that they are something called Shadowhunters. Half angel half human people who protect the human race from all the things that go bump in the night. Clary is helped by 3 outrageously beautiful young Shadowhunters who save her life and begin to work with her to stop Valentine and save her mother.
Here are some people/terms you should know!
Young hot people:
- Clary Fray (Kat McNamara)
- Main character, doe eyed artist who’s life is turned upside down.
- Simon Lewis (Alberto Rosende)
- Best friend to Clary. Pretty obviously in love with her.
- Jace Wayland (Dominic Sherwood)
- Shadowhunter who seems to be taken with Clary already. Kind of a shithead. Adopted brother of Alec and Izzy.
- Alec Lightwood (Matthew Daddario)
- Oldest of the bunch. Rule abiding. Secretly in love with Jace. SUPER in the closet. Generally annoyed with people who aren’t Shadowhunters.
- Isabelle (Izzy) Lightwood (Emeraude Toubia)
- Sister of Alec and Jace. Smart, sassy, comfortable in her own skin. Fights well with the boys. Is pushed aside by her mother in favour of the boys.
- Magnus Bane (Harry Shum Jr)
- Something like 300 years old. Potential love interest for Alec. Wiped Clary’s memories as a child.
Older hot people:
- Jocelyn Fray (Maxim Roy)
- Clary’s mother. Now in a potion induced coma after being taken by Valentine’s men.
- Luke Garroway (Isaiah Mustafa)
- Uncle type figure to Clary. Friend of Jocelyn. Shadowhunter…with a twist.
- Valentine Morgenstern (Alan Van Sprang)
- Clary’s father. Formed The Circle. Evil. Experiments on humans and downworlders. Wants the Mortal Cup in order to control demons.
- Hodge Starkweather (Jon Cor)
- In the books he’s a crotchety old man but now he’s like 35 and trains with his shirt off? He used to be in The Circle and now works for the Clave. Sketchy.
- A sort of wand like contraption that Shadowhunters use to make and activate Runes on their bodies.
- Sort of tattoos that give Shadowhunters powers and abilities when fighting.
- The Clave
- The political body Shadowhunters recognize. They inforce and interpret the law.
- Demons, werewolves, vampires, Seelies, Faeries, etc etc.
- Regular humans. A semi derogatory term for them used by Shadowhunters. Short version: Mundies.
- The Circle
- A group Valentine formed as a young Shadowhunter. Many of it’s members assumed that Valentine started it for good reasons but quickly it became a way for his experiments and power hungry plans to come to light.
- The Mortal Cup
- A chalice that creates new Shadowhunters and also can be used to control demons.
- The Institute
- A super high tech hub for Shadowhunters in New York to have sanctuary and train in what appears as a decrepit Church to mundanes. The Lightwoods run it and Hodge cannot leave the building.
Today marks the start of a little series of reviews of Freeform’s (Netflix if you are not in the US) new show Shadowhunters. I just started watching the show and every week I am going to be reviewing and examining the episodes as I watch them. This also will be the end of introductory type posts, as after this the need for context will be much less urgent.
Let’s get this started with some background information! Shadowhunters is based on the book series The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. The series follows a young girl, Clary Fray, on a journey that takes her from a “plain” and “normal” girl to the realization that she is more than that. Her mother has been, her entire life, hiding something from her. The secret is that she is half angel, people like her are called shadowhunters and they fight demons and evil creatures in order to keep the human world save. That’s not it though. Clary is also informed that the Big Bad Man in the shadowhunter world, Valentine, is her father. After her father kidnaps her mother Clary embarks on an adventure with her Nice Guy™ friend Simon and a motley cru of young shadowhunters. Naturally love triangles, arguments, jealously and tears ensue. Sound ridiculous? Don’t worry, it gets better… but really just worse. There are numerous incest storylines (the first one is fake…but then 3 or maybe 4 books later there is another moment of intentional (???????) incest). It has also already been made into a movie which…did not do well.
Additionally, the books author, Cassandra Clare, has a long history of plagiarism and fandom issues that are topics of discussions to this day. If you are interested and have an afternoon to spare, here’s some background information on that: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 [edit: She is being sued for copyright infringement. What perfect timing!]. My blog however is not about her plagiarism, and even if it were it would probably take me years to sift through her work and her interactions with people online. Anyway, full disclosure; these books were not great, and the show is mediocre at best. However, obviously it has something that I enjoyed enough to buy and read 6 books of, and also enough of something that is keeping me interested in the show. I hope with these reviews over the weeks that I can merge enjoying this show as a fun reimagining of the book series, while also discussing the ways they present young girls on the show, and consequences of the gender roles represented. So without further ado here is my recap/review of the episode and a little bit of analysis to wrap it up!