‘Shadowhunters’ 1×05 Ratings: ‘Moo Shu to Go’

SHADOWHUNTERS - "Moo Shu To Go" - Alec finds himself torn between duty and loyalty to Jace in “Moo Shu to Go,” an all-new episode of “Shadowhunters,” airing Tuesday, February 9th at 9:00 – 10:00 p.m., EST/PST on Freeform, the new name for ABC Family. (Freeform/Sven Frenzel) EMERAUDE TOUBIA, ALBERTO ROSENDE, KATHERINE MCNAMARA, DOMINIC SHERWOOD

The overnight ratings are in for the fifth episode of Shadowhunters.

“Moo Shu to Go” nabbed a 0.5 rating in the 18-49 key demographic and 0.95 million viewers in the U.S., which was up a tenth from last week’s series low 0.4 rating.

Shadowhunters beat out Teen Wolf (0.4, 0.88 million) and The Shannara Chronicles (0.4, 0.80 million) in ratings and viewership.

Shadowhunters airs Tuesdays at 9/8c on Freeform.

‘Shadowhunters’ 1×08 Promotional Photos: ‘Bad Blood’

SHADOWHUNTERS - "Bad Blood" - Alec and Clary are forced to make some hard decisions in “Bad Blood,” an all-new episode of “Shadowhunters,” airing Tuesday, March 1st at 9:00 – 10:00 p.m., EST/PST on Freeform, the new name for ABC Family. (Freeform/John Medland) MATTHEW DADDARIO, STEPHANIE BENNETT

ABC Family/Freeform has released a ton of promotional photos for the eighth episode of Shadowhunters titled “Bad Blood,” which airs March 1.

In “Bad Blood,” Alec and Clary are forced to make some hard decisions.

Check out the photos below:

Here’s the synopsis:

Alec and Clary are forced to make some hard decisions in “Bad Blood,” an all-new episode of “Shadowhunters,” airing TUESDAY, MARCH 1 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EST) on Freeform, the new name for ABC Family.

With word of Alec, Jace and Isabelle’s “extracurricular activities” with Clary reaching The Clave, a convoy is sent to observe the Lightwoods running the New York Institute. Once The Clave representative arrives, it is very clear how much trouble the Lightwoods are in.

Meanwhile, Clary is faced with a devastating decision.

Shadowhunters airs Tuesdays at 9/8c on Freeform.

‘Shadowhunters’ 1×06 Promo: ‘Of Men and Angels’

SHADOWHUNTERS - "Of Men and Angels" - Magnus and Luke reveal Clary’s past in “Of Men and Angels,” an all-new episode of “Shadowhunters,” airing Tuesday, February 16th at 9:00 – 10:00 p.m., EST/PST on Freeform, the new name for ABC Family. (Freeform/John Medland) MATTHEW DADDARIO, HARRY SHUM JR.

Freeform has released a promo for next Tuesday’s all-new episode of Shadowhunters titled “Of Men and Angels,” which delves into the backstory of the Circle — flashbacks included!

Shadowhunters airs Tuesdays at 9/8c on Freeform.

‘Shadowhunters’ 1×04 Roundtable: Discussing ‘Raising Hell’

SHADOWHUNTERS - "Raising Hell" - The Shadowhunters will have to put their trust in a Downworlder to access Clary’s memories in “Raising Hell,” an all-new episode of “Shadowhunters,” airing Tuesday, February 2nd at 9:00 – 10:00 p.m., EST/PST on Freeform, the new name for ABC Family. (Freeform/Sven Frenzel) KATHERINE MCNAMARA, DOMINIC SHERWOOD, HARRY SHUM JR.

Every week we’re teaming up with fellow fansites and fans to share our thoughts, feelings, and opinions about the latest episode of Shadowhunters.

This week we’re talking about “Raising Hell,” including our thoughts on Magnus and Alec, the lack of chemistry between Clary and Jace, and the tension in Jace and Alec’s relationship.

What were your overall thoughts on “Raising Hell?”

TellTaleTV: I thought it was really boring, unfortunately. My favorite relationship is currently the friendship between Clary and Simon, and they were separated for basically all of this episode. I honestly didn’t care much about anything that Clary and the Shadowhunters were doing. Plus, it was all for nothing in the end — Clary’s memory was destroyed, in order to save Jace. The way it happened was very groan-worthy (Alec, why on earth would you break the circle because you were embarrassed?!), and the whole episode was essentially a big waste of time.

Katherine, A Fan: Better than last week’s episode, but it still retains consistent issues of previous episodes. Malec absolutely upped the intrigue this time around. I will say that I’m definitely continuing to enjoy it, regardless of its faults, though.

Mortal Instruments UK: I liked it. Compared to the previous episodes, this has to be one of my favourite ones because MALEC. The one thing that annoyed me about the show was the script and in this episode, the lines were fairly good. I know it won’t be this consistent throughout the show but a girl can hope. May I also just mention how Clary was somehow able to kill a Greater Demon with just one stab. A greater demon is one of the most difficult things to do and in the book, nearly all of them got injured killing one. Clary is only just learning how to use a seraph blade and already she’s a professional at it. It just doesn’t make sense.

TMI Source: This episode was much better than the previous one, but it still has its work cut out for it. The saving grace of this episode was definitely Magnus and Alec, who are the first pairing that has legit chemistry that made me smile like a schoolgirl. Aside from the memory demon and certain character choices, the episode showed progress. I really enjoyed the lines from the book being incorporated into the show, and I hope to see more of that in future episodes.

We So Nerdy: Being a huge Magnus Bane fan, I was excited to see in a larger scale how Harry Shum Jr. was going to bring him alive for the television audience. To me he didn’t disappoint, and the moments that I truly enjoyed from the episode came from lines delivered by Harry. “Raising Hell” wasn’t my favorite out of the episodes we’ve seen so far, but it did entertain me.

Fangirlish: I liked it. How can you not like Malec? It’s like every time that they are on the screen – the rest of the world fades away. Harry and Matt have great chemistry and we can’t help but love them. It wasn’t great all the way through, but Malec was amazing.

This week we finally saw Alec and Magnus meet. What are your thoughts on the Malec pair?

TellTaleTV: This was the only part of this episode I enjoyed! I loved Magnus’ forwardness and flirtatiousness and how bashful and flattered Alec got. That was really cute. Hopefully Alec gets over Jace soon and sees what’s right in front of him with Magnus.

Katherine, A Fan: Ohmygod. I don’t know how to cope with how much I love them so far. If the show has nearly nailed anything it’s been their chemistry and introduction. They’re a lot subtler than Clace, which is very much welcomed. I can’t stop smiling about Alec’s genuinely sweet smiles towards Magnus. I could watch those interactions on a loop.

Mortal Instruments UK: There could be a variety of ways in which Magnus and Alec could have met and this was one of the decent ways. The showrunner said that the first time we see Alec smile is when he meets Magnus and that’s what happened. It’s as awkward as can be when someone talks to the person they like. But this isn’t what happens in the books so I am indifferent to it. I guess the writers wanted to make it blatantly obvious that Alec liked Magnus and vice versa.

TMI Source: It was definitely my favorite pairing of the show so far if only because I can feel it with Malec. It’s something that I haven’t felt with watching Clary and Jace – that chemistry – trust me, I want to, they’re my favorite pairing in the book, but it’s just been lacking. But Magnus and Alec, while it wasn’t much interaction, had that instantaneous spark, and the show teased what could be between the two in the future, which I’m intrigued to see play out.

We So Nerdy: I am ALL for the Malec pair. Magnus with his wit and appeal can hopefully remove the massive chip on Alec’s shoulder. I look forward to see how SHADOWHUNTERS develops their relationship.

Fangirlish: The thing is you can feel the chemistry between Alec and Magnus. I love that. I want a slow burn with the two of them – but nothing like where they have someone else come between them. I want to see them get to know eachother. I want to see them evolve.

We saw the return of Magnus this week after a two-episode absence. What are your thoughts on Magnus?

TellTaleTV: Magnus is super hammy and over the top, but I really like him. Harry Shum Jr. is clearly having so much fun with this role. Some of the things he says are ridiculous (that Dead Sea line was a bit much), but he’s fun. He’s definitely a character. And like I already said, I really want him and Alec to get together like NOW! So far he’s been the only one to get Alec to crack a smile.

Katherine, A Fan: There’s all this talk about how Magnus is the strongest Warlock with immeasurable power, yet we don’t really see that. The way his powers have been displayed so far, his magic isn’t as undefeatable as we were led to believe. Plus, book Magnus wouldn’t be as flimsy in fights as we’re seeing him now. With that said, I love the way Harry Shum is portraying his quirks and personality.

Mortal Instruments UK: I liked Magnus’s flamboyance in the show and Harry in my opinion did a great job as Magnus. But the one flaw I didn’t like about his character are his powers. He is the most powerful warlock yet he didn’t use his powers to just take the necklace from Jace with ease, he negotiated with him instead. I need to see Magnus being the mighty warlock that he is.

TMI Source: While Magnus is a character that we don’t get too much of in the first book, I’ve enjoyed having him on my screen when I do. Aside from the whole running away thing, Magnus has been one of my favorite faithfully portrayed characters on the show next to Simon. There’s also something that Harry Shum Jr. brings to the role that is really incredible to watch.

We So Nerdy: I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Magnus and I truly ADORE Harry so I’m extremely bias in my opinion. I just think Harry is fantastic in this role and I can’t wait to see more of Magnus throughout the season. I also adored that Harry brought a bit of his dance abilities into the role; I love those spirit fingers and hip shimmies.

Fangirlish: In my opinion – Harry did a great job as Magnus. I have a few issues – because I want to see Magnus exert his power, to be the all powerful warlock who lets nothing stand in his way.

Jace and Alec continue to deal with tension in their relationship. How much longer do you see this going on, and what would you like to see from the Parabatai moving forward?

TellTaleTV: I really hope this is resolved sooner rather than later. At this point, Alec’s feelings for Jace are an open secret — everybody knows, including Jace now. So that’s one step in the right direction. Now, Jace just needs to flat out turn Alec down so Alec can start getting over it (and onto Magnus — yeah, I’m really stuck on this whole Malec thing! Shipping it hard!)

Katherine, A Fan: Until Clary does something great enough to justify as least some amount of trust with Alec (i.e. saving Izzy or Jace when he couldn’t) then it’ll be awhile. Alec has legitimate reasons why he can’t trust Clary and Jace will never understand or be okay with his feelings about her. I’d like more scenes where we can see the parabatai bond at work. While the parabatai tracking itself was odd, that scene really functions well because there’s not an ounce of dialogue. It avoids the faltering interactions while building up the visual strength of their bond. Such loaded stares!

Mortal Instruments UK: I really hope not for long because I don’t like the arguments that they keep having. Jace and Alec seem like they are in conflict even before Clary showed up and eventhough they say they are ‘parabatai’, it doesn’t seem like they are. I don’t sense the brotherhood that they are supposed to have.

TMI Source: I haven’t read the first book in a while, but I do not remember Jace and Alec fighting this much. We know why the tension is there – Clary’s arrival and Alec being forced to confront his feelings for Jace in a very direct way. But one of the ideas behind being parabatai is being there and forgiving for your partner no matter what, which we’ve seen. While I understand the tension, I want to see more of Jace and Alec supporting each other, which we’ve seen but not nearly enough. The show has proven when we see Jace and Alec at their supportive best that it’s truly special.

We So Nerdy: I just need these two to really hash it out and get to the root of the problem: JEALOUSY! I do believe there is some mistrust on Alec’s part when it comes to Clary, but I feel the majority of it has to do with Alec being a bit jealous of Jace’s feelings towards Clary. Alec may not realize this yet, but it is there. As parabatai you rely on each other so much and the trust factor must be solid so you can properly protect one another. Also, Jace needs to show some vulnerability in their relationship, the buck doesn’t always stop with him. Jace needs to remember they are a team and act accordingly.

Fangirlish: I don’t like the arguments that keep happening. I feel like yes – they are going to argue. BUT – we are missing the connection that the two are supposed to have. Their relationship is supposed to be able to overcome anything and we know that it will – but don’t like seeing this.

One of the concerns from the beginning has been the relationship between Clary and Jace and how it hasn’t really evolved as far as chemistry. Do you feel a spark between them?

TellTaleTV: Not even a little bit. I’m not really sure what the exact problem is; they’re just not gelling, for me. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Katherine McNamara (Clary) and Alberto Rosende (Simon) have tons more chemistry. Dominic Sherwood is super attractive but unfortunately he is not terribly charismatic (not with Katherine McNamara, at least).

Katherine, A Fan: There have been moments between them that have worked well. The ‘someone’s looking badass’ moment works well. Also, Jace helping Clary when she’s saving the child warlock (because apparently those exist in this incarnation?), they have a quick quip. It’s the small reactions like with Clary walking in on Jace shirtless that work the best. Kat performs those surprised and innocent scenes so well. What’s really working against them is their dialogue, especially Jace’s. A lot of his jokes fall flat, so his charms don’t quite work as well either. It’s a shame, because I think that there would be more chemistry if their personalities lined up more authentically in the scripts.

Mortal Instruments UK: Oh gosh don’t get me started on Clace. This is the one of many things where I prefer the book over the show. When I read about Jace, I instantly fell in love with him and his relationship with Clary. I basically fell in love with Clace. However in the show, I feel nonchalant about their relationship. I can’t put my finger on it but I don’t see a spark. This is what I feel about them and I know some people disagree but this is my opinion and interpretation.

TMI Source: Here’s the thing, I absolutely love Clary and Jace. They are my favorite pairing in the books, but there’s been something inherently missing between them in the show and that’s been a spark. From the show’s pilot I’ve felt the show wanting me to embrace them, but I haven’t been able to completely because of that something missing. When it comes to shows when I ship something I know it, but I’m not feeling it right now. Chemistry isn’t something that can be fixed, but perhaps the show can find a way to salvage what’s supposed to be the show’s core pairing.

We So Nerdy: Chemistry between Clary and Jace… No, nope, naw! I just don’t see it and I am not sure it will come. You either have chemistry or you don’t, and for those actors who don’t, they need to have the talent to combat this and act in a manner that makes it believable. I just don’t feel that Katherine McNamara and Dominic Sherwood have this skill set in their repertoire yet.

Fangirlish: I don’t really feel any chemistry between the two. I feel like this is another time where I miss the book more. I miss the funny, sarcasm of Jace. I feel like it’s lacking. This isn’t a reflection of the actors – it’s just something is missing. I am indifferent to their relationship in the show.

It’s clear that we’re headed straight toward Simon becoming a vampire — probably even in this next episode. What are your thoughts on this rushed story arc?

TellTaleTV: It’s definitely fast, but I have no background with the books so I can’t really compare. As long as it’s done well, I’m interested. It’s easily the most surprising/unexpected thing the show has done so far, so I can’t help but be intrigued: will being a vampire change his personality? How will this effect his relationship with Clary, and his interactions with her fellow Shadowhunters?

Katherine, A Fan: I’m glad that they’ve at least spread out his transition over the course of a few episodes. Let’s be real, it could’ve been even quicker than it is. I’ve really enjoyed watching Simon discover the hints of change here and there throughout the last couple of episodes. Am I happy that he’s turning this soon in the series? No, but at least it’s slowed down slightly until he returns to the Hotel Dumort in the next episode.

Mortal Instruments UK: Not really a fan. I would love to see more mundane Simon in the show and wouldn’t mind if he turned into a vampire at the end of the first season maybe but this is too soon. I don’t know what the story is in terms of what happens after he is a vampire but we’ll see.

Note about Maureen: I really liked her character and her awkwardness in telling Simon she liked him.
TMI Source: I understand where the show is coming from in rushing this storyline for Simon. Before Simon becomes a vampire in the books he serves a purpose for supporting Clary and without any storyline of his own. So in pushing this storyline into motion so soon I can understand why the show is doing the vampire storyline so quickly. But I’m still not a fan of the rushed nature of it all because it’s the product of one of the weak points of the show: the pacing. There is plenty of material to explore and plenty of time to do it, so the show needs to stop sprinting.
We So Nerdy: Altered story arcs don’t bother me with adaptations/interpretations, unless it is killing off a character that doesn’t die in the original material or significantly altering the personality of a character. So making Simon a vampire earlier in the TV series doesn’t bother me. I just hope that when it occurs that it flows well within the material.
Fangirlish: Too much, too soon. Build the world. We are rushing some peoples development and not developing others. It’s sad.

Would you say this week’s episode was an improvement from last week’s?

TellTaleTV: Nope, last week’s was better, I think. This week was super slow and honestly kind of boring. The team’s little adventure with Magnus was a total non-starter. In fact, it set them behind instead of propelling the story forward (they’re farther away from uncovering Clary’s memories, find the Mortal Cup, and rescuing her mother than ever). I also don’t understand why Luke keeps popping up for no reason at all! Either do something will him now or stop showing pointless glimpses of him.

Katherine, A Fan: Improved, but not greatly, unfortunately. The dialogue is still falling flat and the character’s intentions don’t line up, as they should. Alec’s finally verbalized why he hates Clary so much and it helps us understand that tension so much more, I just wish that we had gotten it sooner.

Mortal Instruments UK: It was definitely an improvement and better than last week but it isn’t great either. There’s something missing and askew about the show – I am not connected to the characters in anyway. I truly hope that it gets better.

TMI Source: I would definitely say this episode was an improvement from last week’s episode. Overall the execution of it all was well done although I still have my issues with it, but that’s because it’s my job to critique the show. But introducing the Malec pairing this week was definitely one of the highlights that did really great things for the show. It’s episodes like this – and not “Dead Man’s Party” – that gives me hope that this show can save itself.

We So Nerdy: To me each episode improves a bit more because we see these characters we love from the novels come to life each week. Nothing stirred me as much as episode 1, “The Mortal Cup” because it was the beginning of this new adventure, but as I mentioned in the past roundtables I wasn’t expecting miracles and sitting down to watch SHADOWHUNTERS gives me a moment to escape the humdrum moments of my life and retreat into this fictional world for a bit.

What would you like to see from the show moving forward?

TellTaleTV: They really need to get a handle on pacing. Last week’s “Dead Man’s Party” was fun and decently well-paced. Stuff happened! Some of it was exciting! This week was terribly blah. Also, the dialogue has improved, kinda, but every once in a while they come out with an incredibly cheesy line that just makes me cringe, so they need to work on that for sure. I would also love to see the chemistry between Clary and Jace improve. I know that “Clace” is a huge ‘ship, so there’s no way that the show will totally abandon the books and drop them. But in order for it to work, they’re going to need to (1) actually get to know each other and (2) start vibing. I’m not really sure how to force chemistry, but they need it, asap.

Katherine, A Fan: Improved scripts and more definitive, consistent character behaviors are a must. I’m endlessly hopeful for future episodes and will continue to watch regardless of how outlandish things become. Bringing this world to life (again) is surreal and I’m going to devour it for as long as it continues.

TMI Source: It’s simple: progress. And that stems from a variety of things all of which are already set in stone seeing as the first season has already been filmed. But I want better writing, better dialogue, better portrayal of characters, etc. I hope to continue to see this show progress and get to a place where it’s a show that I can enjoy as a separate entity from the books.

We So Nerdy: I want to see where Malec goes, how Alec and Jace will repair their relationship and the role Isabelle will play in this, and how Simon will make his full transition to a vampire. But I really look forward to Clary and Luke interacting and Clary learning the truth about Luke.
Fangirlish: I believe in this show. I want to feel a connection to the characters. I want to believe in them the way I did in the books.
What are your thoughts? Join in on the discussion!

‘Shadowhunters’ 1×08 Synopsis: ‘Bad Blood’

SHADOWHUNTERS - "Moo Shu To Go" - Alec finds himself torn between duty and loyalty to Jace in “Moo Shu to Go,” an all-new episode of “Shadowhunters,” airing Tuesday, February 9th at 9:00 – 10:00 p.m., EST/PST on Freeform, the new name for ABC Family. (Freeform/John Medland) MATTHEW DADDARIO

Freeform has unveiled an extended synopsis for episode 1×08 of Shadowhunters titled “Bad Blood,” which airs Tuesday, March 1, and finds Clary and Alec with some difficult decisions to make.

Episode 1×08, “Bad Blood”

Alec and Clary are forced to make some hard decisions in “Bad Blood,” an all-new episode of “Shadowhunters,” airing TUESDAY, MARCH 1 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EST) on Freeform, the new name for ABC Family.

With word of Alec, Jace and Isabelle’s “extracurricular activities” with Clary reaching The Clave, a convoy is sent to observe the Lightwoods running the New York Institute. Once The Clave representative arrives, it is very clear how much trouble the Lightwoods are in.

Meanwhile, Clary is faced with a devastating decision.

Shadowhunters airs Tuesdays at 9/8c on Freeform.

‘Shadowhunters’: Extended Synopsis for Episode 1×07 ‘Major Arcana’

SHADOWHUNTERS - "Major Arcana" - With the knowledge of where The Mortal Cup is, Clary and the team race to get it before anyone else beats them to it in “Major Arcana,” an all-new episode of “Shadowhunters,” airing Tuesday, February 23rd at 9:00 – 10:00 p.m., EST/PST on Freeform, the new name for ABC Family.(Freeform/John Medland) DOMINIC SHERWOOD, HARRY SHUM JR.

Freeform has unveiled an extended synopsis for episode 1×07 of Shadowhunters titled “Major Arcana,” which airs Tuesday, Feb. 23. The new logline features some new details about the episode.

Episode 1×07, “Major Arcana”

Armed with the knowledge of the Mortal Cup’s location, Clary and the team race to get it before anyone else, in “Major Arcana,” an all-new episode of “Shadowhunters,” airing TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23 (9:00–10:00 p.m. EST) on Freeform, the new name for ABC Family.

After piecing together the clues as to where her mother hid the Mortal Cup, Clary, Jace, Alec and Isabelle are on the clock to find its hiding place before anyone else. But with demons and Downworlders lurking everywhere, obtaining the Cup may not be as easy as they had hoped.

Meanwhile, as Simon’s symptoms become increasingly worse, he fears he is turning into a vampire.

The network released a ton of promotional photos from the episode, which you can view here.

Shadowhunters airs Tuesdays at 9/8c on Freeform.

‘Shadowhunters’ 1×05: Three Sneak Peeks from ‘Moo Shu To Go’

SHADOWHUNTERS - "Moo Shu To Go" - Alec finds himself torn between duty and loyalty to Jace in “Moo Shu to Go,” an all-new episode of “Shadowhunters,” airing Tuesday, February 9th at 9:00 – 10:00 p.m., EST/PST on Freeform, the new name for ABC Family. (Freeform/Sven Frenzel) DOMINIC SHERWOOD, MATTHEW DADDARIO

Freeform has released three new sneak peek’s from Tuesday’s all-new episode of Shadowhunters, titled “Moo Shu to Go.”

In the sneak peeks, Clary meets Maryse for the first time, Jace and Alec have a heart-to-heart, and Valentine begins his experiments.

Watch them below!

Shadowhunters airs Tuesdays at 9/8c on Freeform.

‘Shadowhunters’ 1×04 Ratings: ‘Raising Hell’

SHADOWHUNTERS - "Raising Hell" - The Shadowhunters will have to put their trust in a Downworlder to access Clary’s memories in “Raising Hell,” an all-new episode of “Shadowhunters,” airing Tuesday, February 2nd at 9:00 – 10:00 p.m., EST/PST on Freeform, the new name for ABC Family. (Freeform/Sven Frenzel) HARRY SHUM JR.

The overnight ratings are in for the fourth episode of Shadowhunters.

“Raising Hell” nabbed a 0.4 rating in the 18-49 key demographic and 0.96 million viewers in the U.S., which dropped a tenth from last week’s 0.5 rating.

Shadowhunters was beat out by Teen Wolf (0.5, 0.97 million) and The Shannara Chronicles (0.4, 0.97 million) in viewership.

Shadowhunters airs Tuesdays at 9/8c on Freeform.

‘Shadowhunters’ 1×04 Recap: ‘Raising Hell’

SHADOWHUNTERS - "Raising Hell" - The Shadowhunters will have to put their trust in a Downworlder to access Clary’s memories in “Raising Hell,” an all-new episode of “Shadowhunters,” airing Tuesday, February 2nd at 9:00 – 10:00 p.m., EST/PST on Freeform, the new name for ABC Family. (Freeform/Sven Frenzel) EMERAUDE TOUBIA, MATTHEW DADDARIO, KATHERINE MCNAMARA, DOMINIC SHERWOOD

“Raising Hell?” More like “Raising Malec.”

In “Raising Hell,” Clary, Jace, Alec, and Isabelle lure Magnus Bane out of hiding in order to discover what he did to Clary’s memories and to retrieve them. The hour brings them to a Downworlder hangout where Alec ad Magnus meet for the first time — and sparks fly — and where things soon turn dark for Magnus and his warlock friends when Valentine’s men find him before Clary and co. attempt to retrieve her lost memories.

We begin with Clary having nightmares about being tied up and having her memories stolen from her. When Clary wakes up, Simon is there — although Clary first sees Jace — and her best friend comforts her. When Jace walks up to the room he’s the walking defintion of jealous before he turns around and leaves. Simon helps Clary put the pieces together and notices the name Magnus — “Magnus Bane,” Simon says — which Camille was mentioning back at Hotel Dumort.

Clary thanks Simon for his help and once again Simon gets friend zoned — seriously if Clary doesn’t want him, I will have him — and then he hallucinates having vampire fangs and blood dripping from his mouth. This can’t be good.

Clary tells Jace what she learned about who might be responsible for taking her memories: Magnus Bane, the High Warlock of Brooklyn. “He could be the key to everything,” Jace says. So it’s clear where they need to look next.

Meanwhile, Simon has had enough of being trapped within the place that has seemingly stolen his best friend away. So he decides to leave the Institute and he wants Clary to come with him. But she won’t follow him, which just only makes Simon angrier than he already is. Clary tells Simon that she thinks these are her people, which hurts worse than a literal slap to the face.

The team gathers to discuss Magnus Bane. Eventually they decide on setting up a meeting at a local Downworlder club to lure Magnus out, along with Isabelle’s ruby necklace. The necklace that fans petitioned for and got. They know there is no way that Magnus can turn down this jewel that was once a gift from him to Camille. And they’re right. Well played, Shadowhunters. But can I ask why the necklace was locked up in the floors of the Institute and not around Izzy’s neck to begin with?

Meanwhile back in Chernobyl, Pangborn isn’t dead like we assumed only he’s developed some kind of ability to spew green gas from his mouth, and Valentine uses him to take out a couple of spies from the Clave. Okay now Pangborn is actually dead.

Since they’re going to a party — not Magnus’ party for Chairman Meow, which is anyone else wondering why we’ve yet to hear about Chairman Meow or Church in this series? — Clary goes to Isabelle’s room to borrow some clothes for the party. But Clary is so a jeans and t-shirt girl– me too, girl — but Izzy lends her a shirt that will look like a dress on Clary, ala the books. In this scene I find myself continuously asking why does Isabelle continue to wear bras like they’re shirts? Because they’re not. Someone throw her a shirt, please.

We finally see Magnus again for the first time since his brief appearance when he was running away in episode. We find him speaking with another warlock, Elios, who is wondering why Magnus is risking everything for some necklace. Valentine poses too big of a threat. “I was alive when the dead sea was just a lake that was feeling poorly,” Magnus says and once again reminds us how amazing it is when lines from the book are incorporated into the show. Though not nearly enough. But end of discussion. Magnus will meet with Clary Fairchild. There was a line near the end of the conversation that fans of Cassie’s books should take notice of:  “Go to the spiral labyrinth and tell Tessa we need more shields.” That’s right, Tessa Gray. That was a nice Easter Egg for fans of the books.

Back at the Institute, Alec and Isabelle are arming up for their trip to the Downworlder club. Alec is his usual cheery self, and Isabelle wonders why he’s not more excited. Alec reminds Izzy that it’s a mission. Isabelle tells Alec that before Clary got here every day was the same: “Go on a mission, kill demons. Go on a mission, kill demons. At least now things are interesting,” she says. Alec reminds Isabelle about the seriousness of the whole thing while unloading his distaste for Clary, which makes him feel much better.

We pick back up with Simon who is literally having the worst day every, and oh, look, Maureen is still on the show. Maureen begins to wonder if Simon and Clary are dating, to which he says no, and she tells him that she’d like to date him. In a fit of embarrassed clumsiness, Maureen cuts herself on a piece of glass and Simon is transfixed and Maureen walks out. Simon walks over to the broken picture frame and touches some of the blood and licks it clean off his finger.

Clary, Jace, Alec, and Isabelle head out to the club to meet with Magnus. When Jace gives Magnus the necklace, Magnus tells them that he fed Clary’s memories to a memory demon to protect Clary but mostly himself so that Valentine wouldn’t torture those memories out of him like he tortured Dot. Ah, yes, Dot. Magnus tells Clary that Valentine killed Dot, and for someone who was supposed to be like a big sister to Clary she didn’t take the news particularly hard. Magnus offers to protect Clary in a way that the Shadowhunters can’t. But Clary refuses to go with him. She won’t hide from her problems.

Just as someone attempts to kill Magnus, an arrow flies out of nowhere to shoot the assassin down. We see that the arrow belongs to none other than Alec Lightwood, who immediately catches Magnus’ eye. “Who are youuuu?” he purrs. But then it’s over just as quickly as Magnus disappears into the portal, but Clary gets a piece of his clothes that will be used to track him down.

Outside the club, Alec takes Isabelle’s advice to not keep his feelings bottled up and unloads on Jace. Not only did they not get Clary’s memories, but they lost the necklace. Alec says that they’re risked their lives again and again for this girl but they’re no closer to getting the Mortal Cup. Just as Clary feels she’s lost all hope, Jace and Alec attempt to track Magnus using the button Clary pulled off of him, which leads to an intimate moment between the parabatai. Also, apparently Shadowhunters have become witches because they can use magic to track down warlocks. Hmph.

The Shadowhunters journey to an abandoned warehouse where they tracked Magnus. The Circle has found Magnus, and he tries to battle one of the members but eventually gets an assist from the hottie with blue eyes. Magnus and Alec are formally introduced, and good God, is that a smile on Alec’s face? (He should do that more often). And that’s definitely a smile on my face. While this scene was brief you could instantly feel that chemistry between Matthew Daddarrio and Harry Shum Jr., which is something that has been missing with these other pairings on the show.

Simon calls Clary to apologize for leaving her at the Institute, and he admits that ever since he left Hotel Dumort he’s been feeling like crap lately. He chalks it up to the flu, but we all know it’s not the flu. “Clary, you’re the last person I’d ever want to leave in this world.” Ominous foreshadowing?

While they were able to fend off Valentine’s attack this time, there’s still the matter of retrieving Clary’s memories, and Magnus agrees to summon the memory demon. But first he pays up for the Shadowhunters helping save his life. He gives Isabelle the ruby necklace, and finally it’s where it belonged in the first place. But back to the memory demon…

After Clary draws the pentagram that will house the demon, Clary, Jace, Isabelle, Alec, and Magnus gather around at each point of the pentagram and lock hands. They cannot break the circle at any point during this process or the demon will escape. So of course there’s that instantaneous feeling that someone is going to let go and all hell is going to break loose.

When they raise the memory demon, Magnus tells them that as payment the memory demon will take one memory from each of them of the person they love the most. We see Isabelle lose a memory of Alec, Clary lose a memory of her mother, and Alec loses a memory of Jace, which prompts him to deny that he loves Jace and Alec ends up breaking the circle and, wouldn’t you know, it hell breaks loose. Jace is grabbed by the memory demon, and Clary ends up killing the demon knowing that her memories will be lost forever. But is Jace okay? “I don’t know. Does he normally lay like that without moving?” Magnus teases as we get another beautiful line from the books. (See, it’s not so hard to incorporate those lines).

When Jace wakes up, Alec moves to the side to watch from afar. Magnus notices this and tells him, “There’s nothing to be ashamed of, Alec.” “I don’t know what you’re talking about,” he replies. “You’ll know.”

Back at the Institute, Jace stops by Clary’s room and compliments her on killing a Greater Demon, which not many Shadowhunters can say they’ve done. But when Clary killed the demon she lost her memories forever, which means that any chance she had of finding her mother is gone. But Jace promises her they’ll find another way. After Jace leaves, Clary calls Simon, who immediately hits ignore, and we see him outside of Hotel Dumort with Camille waiting for him. Oh no.

Back in Clary’s room we see her take a peek at her mother using the necklace she gave her. Only Valentine can see her or sense her or something. So he speaks right to her. “You want your mother? Give me the Cup.”

While this episode was far from perfect, it was much better than last week’s episode that was the poorest to date. Alec and Magnus were the hour’s best moments as we saw what it looks like when you have a pairing that has an insane amount of chemistry. Let’s hope the show continues to take advantage of that and the popularity of the pairing in the fandom. The show still shows promise in carrying out certain relationships and storylines, and I’m anxious to see how the rest of the season plays out.

Here’s a look at the good (raves) and the bad (rants) of “Raising Hell”:

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Magnus and Alec: I’ve been waiting to give a damn about a couple in this show, and finally we have it. While this is just the beginning of Magnus and Alec’s journey, I couldn’t help but smile like an idiot when these two interacted. And that’s a testament to the chemistry between Harry Shum Jr. and Matthew Daddario. It feels organic, genuine, and gives me all the feels.

Lines from the Book: See what happens when you include lines directly from the book? (“Dead sea” and “Does he always just lay there like that”). Good things happen. The writing has been my biggest criticism of this show – and it still is – so when we get dialogue directly from Cassandra Clare’s books it feels so much like the tone of the books. But then just as quickly it’s gone.

Easter Eggs: One of the cool things about adaptations are the little Easter Eggs sprinkled throughout that fans of the source material will easily pick up on. While Shadowhunters hasn’t done that nearly enough, there was a very interesting Easter Egg regarding a certain Tessa Gray from The Infernal Devices, who Magnus name-dropped in the episode. “Go to the spiral labyrinth and tell Tessa we need more shields,” he said, alerting us to Tessa being around in this series. Let’s just hope she remains an Easter Egg and not a full-fledged character in the series. This isn’t her series or when we first want to meet her.

Isabelle’s Necklace: This is also included in my rants portion, but I really appreciated that we finally got to see Isabelle’s ruby necklace from the books that’s been passed on from Lightwoods.

Rants

Jace and Alec Fighting: I understand that Alec is insanely jealous and enraged at Clary’s arrival and how she’s caught the eye of Jace, the guy he is in love with, but there is way too much arguing going on between these parabatai. The thing with Jace and Alec is that sometimes they might disagree — especially about Clary — but they are able to move past it and not let it affect them like we see it is.

Clary and Jace: Unlike with Magnus and Alec, the series’ central pairing lacks the chemistry that makes the audience smile and give a damn. It just comes off as forced and not sincere. But we have to wonder if this is even something that can be fixed at this point?

Isabelle’s Necklace: While I appreciated that the show finally acknowledged Isabelle’s famous ruby necklace, the execution of it all is where it fell flat. This is supposed to be a valuable piece of jewelry that has been passed down in the Lightwood family. But in the show Hodge just found it lying around somewhere in the Institute and used it as a bargaining chip. Didn’t like that depiction.

Pacing: This is all about the Simon becoming a vampire storyline, which was made incredibly clear with this episode. We are four episodes in — to what’s supposed to be a season based on the first book — and a second book storyline is already in full swing. I can see that they want to ramp up Simon’s role in the series, but there are other ways to do that and really let the vampire arc develop.

Shadowhunters airs Tuesdays at 9/8c on Freeform.

What are your thoughts about “Raising Hell?”

‘Shadowhunters’ 1×05 Promo: ‘Moo Shu To Go’

SHADOWHUNTERS - "Moo Shu To Go" - Alec finds himself torn between duty and loyalty to Jace in “Moo Shu to Go,” an all-new episode of “Shadowhunters,” airing Tuesday, February 9th at 9:00 – 10:00 p.m., EST/PST on Freeform, the new name for ABC Family. (Freeform/Sven Frenzel) EMERAUDE TOUBIA, ALBERTO ROSENDE, KATHERINE MCNAMARA, DOMINIC SHERWOOD

Freeform has released a trailer for next Tuesday’s all-new episode of Shadowhunters, titled “Moo Shu To Go.”

Here’s what happens in “Moo Shu To Go”:

Tensions escalate between Alec and Clary as they don’t see eye to eye on the best way to hunt down Valentine. But when Jace and Isabelle are sent on an intel mission to the Seelies by Maryse Lightwood, Alec is put in charge of keeping Clary safe, much to both of their chagrin. With his hard-as-nails mother back in town and Clary’s rule-breaking tendencies, Alec finds himself struggling to stick to the Claves rules while keeping his promise to Jace.

Meanwhile, the New York City Werewolf pack begins their hunt for Clary and The Mortal Cup.

Shadowhunters airs Tuesdays at 9/8c on Freeform.

‘Shadowhunters’ 1×07 Promotional Photos: ‘Major Arcana’

SHADOWHUNTERS - "Major Arcana" - With the knowledge of where The Mortal Cup is, Clary and the team race to get it before anyone else beats them to it in “Major Arcana,” an all-new episode of “Shadowhunters,” airing Tuesday, February 23rd at 9:00 – 10:00 p.m., EST/PST on Freeform, the new name for ABC Family.(Freeform/John Medland) DOMINIC SHERWOOD

ABC Family/Freeform has released a ton of promotional photos for the seventh episode of Shadowhunters titled “Major Arcana,” which airs Feb. 23.

In “Major Arcana,” Clary and Jace break into Luke’s precinct after realizing that the Mortal Cup is hidden inside the drawing on Dot’s Tarot cards located at the precinct.

Check out the photos below:

Shadowhunters premieres tonight at 9/8c on Freeform.

TONIGHT: ‘Shadowhunters’ 1×04 – ‘Raising Hell’

SHADOWHUNTERS - "Raising Hell" - The Shadowhunters will have to put their trust in a Downworlder to access Clary’s memories in “Raising Hell,” an all-new episode of “Shadowhunters,” airing Tuesday, February 2nd at 9:00 – 10:00 p.m., EST/PST on Freeform, the new name for ABC Family. (Freeform/Sven Frenzel) HARRY SHUM JR.

The hunt for Magnus Bane is on in tonight’s all-new episode of Shadowhunters titled “Raising Hell.”

The fourth episode of Shadowhunters finds Clary, Jace, Alec, and Isabelle luring Magnus Bane out of hiding in order to have him help Clary locate the memories he took from her.

Get ready for tonight’s episode with this preview guide:

Shadowhunters 1×04

“Raising Hell”

9pm, Freeform

Synopsis

After getting a clue about who may have wiped Clary’s memories, the crew hunts down the High Warlock of Brooklyn, Magnus Bane. With all of the warlocks in hiding from Valentine, the team must lure Magnus out with something he can’t refuse – a killer party and something very valuable. But with emotions running high, more may come out of their meeting with Magnus than just the retrieval of Clary’s memories.

Meanwhile, Simon doesn’t seem to be himself after his recent Downworlder encounter.

Sneak Peeks

Photos

Shadowhunters airs Tuesdays at 9/8c on Freeform.

‘Shadowhunters’ 1×03 Roundtable: ‘Dead Man’s Party’

SHADOWHUNTERS - "Dead Man's Party" - Clary, Jace, Alec and Isabelle must hatch a rescue plan that takes them into the heart of a vampire lair in “Dead Man’s Party,” an all-new episode of “Shadowhunters,” airing Tuesday, January 26th at 9:00 – 10:00 p.m., EST/PST on Freeform, the new name for ABC Family. ABC Family is becoming Freeform on January 12, 2016. (ABC Family/John Medland) MATTHEW DADDARIO, KATHERINE MCNAMARA, EMERAUDE TOUBIA, DOMINIC SHERWOOD

Every week we’re teaming up with fellow fansites and fans to share our thoughts, feelings, and opinions about the latest episode of Shadowhunters.

This week we’re talking about “Dead Man’s Party,” including our thoughts about our love for ALberto Rosende as Simon, that Isabelle/Meliorn scene, and whether we think the show is improving.

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Let’s talk Simon. Do you love Alberto Rosende as Simon – yes or no? Why?

TellTaleTV: I do. Very much so. To be honest, I’m not sure if he’s actually that good of an actor, but among the rest of the cast he really stands out leaps and bounds as one of the better ones. In the closing scene of this episode, on the rooftop following his rescue, I was totally blown away by his performance when Clary told him that she couldn’t live without him. Unfortunately, she doesn’t exactly mean it the way he wants her to mean it, but that’s another issue entirely.

TMI Source: Simon is the best part of this entire show because he’s the one character that seemingly resembles his book self. Alberto has done a remarkable job with this character. Simon is both the comedic relief and the heart of the show, and it shows in every episode. There’s something missing when Simon isn’t in a scene, and I noticed it especially in this episode. This show and this world has darkness in it, and Simon is the one that provides a required light to the show. My favorite thing about Alberto’s portrayal of Simon is his comedic timing and his heart. You feel everything that Simon feels, and that’s something that is truly amazing in a show where I feel like most of the characters are like Earth-2 versions of themselves (sorry for The Flash metaphor, I’m obsessed with superheroes).
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</When I interviewed Alberto a couple weeks back one of the things I was most impressed with was how much he understands Simon. You can tell he’s done his homework and read the books. He understands Simon to his core. You can see it in every scene, every look, every word. But it’s also in when he speaks about Simon – how he connects to Simon, how he understands Simon, and how the other characters understand Simon. Keep slaying, Alberto.

Fangirlish: If there is one thing that you can about this show that is right – it’s Alberto. He’s perfection as Simon. I was really hesitant because I loved Robbie Sheehan as Simon so very much. However, Alberto – he emodies Simon in a way that I didn’t know that I needed. He has that thing – that star thing that you just can’t over look. He’s everything I could have wanted.

Mortal Instruments UK: I think a lot of people love Alberto as Simon including me. He has a similar personality to Simon and his scenes are very humorous to watch. He is a great Simon.

Katherine, A Fan: Most definitely! Alberto’s a scene-stealer and, unless Church shows up sometime soon, I can’t see that changing. There’s an authentic sweetness to Alberto’s performance that makes you not only trust Simon, but trust Alberto with the role itself.

This week Simon was kidnapped by the vamps – Were you upset that he wasn’t turned into a rat like the books?

TellTaleTV: He was turned into a rat in the books?! I didn’t read the books (or watch The Mortal Instruments movie), so I had no idea. That sounds kind of silly but I have no context so I can’t really judge. I liked the vampire twist though! I wasn’t expecting they would do something like that so early in the series. I really thought he’d be the “token human” for at least a while.

TMI Source: Of course I’m going to say yes because every fiber of my being wants to find elements of Cassie Clare’s books in this show, whether that’s lines or scenes from the book that give a nod to the source material. There a little bits here and there, but it doesn’t happen nearly enough. With that said, I’m not too heartbroken over that. I would’ve loved it, sure, but the film didn’t do it and still managed to capture the Hotel Dumort scene more shadow9accurately than the show. I’m not against changes – they’re necessary – but the show seems to have forgotten that it’s an adaptation of a worldwide popular book series that fans know inside of out. It’s time that it start acting like it.

Fangirlish: Yes. Look, if there is anything that we have learned – it’s that Ed Decter threw the books aside and just used the names of the characters and the bare bones of the Shadowhunter world. I didn’t expect the rat to be in there – but it sucked to me that he was changed so fast and we weren’t able to see him evolve more as a human before he became a vampire.

Mortal Instruments UK: YES. That was a key part of the first book for me so I am disappointed that it isn’t in the show. It feels as though the show runner is ignoring important scenes from the book and adding their own twist which I dislike.

Katherine, A Fan: No, because it would’ve added to the already heightened levels of cheesiness. That being said, would I have wanted to see Jace reacting to that situation onscreen? You bet I would’ve!

We So Nerdy: Lawd! Forgive me, but I TOTALLY forgot Simon was turned into a rat in CITY OF BONES. Even if I had remembered, it wouldn’t have bothered me that he wasn’t on the show. SHADOWHUNTERS is supposedly based on CITY OF BONES, but honestly it’s an interpretation, so I anticipate that there will be quite a few things that don’t make it from the book into the TV show.

Alec seems kind of pissy and it’s evident that he hates Clary. Do you think this is because of his feelings for Jace or is it for some other reason?

TellTaleTV: Oh, he’s totally justified in his distrust of Clary. From an outside perspective, Jace’s immediate acceptance of Clary doesn’t make much sense. She just randomly shows up and it turns out she’s big bad Valentine’s daughter? It’s completely suspicious, and Alec isn’t wrong about being hesitant to trust her. Jace’s implicit trust in Clary is a little bit illogical. I think he’s blinded by love at first sight or something. Of course, we know that Clary is innocent, but from Alec’s perspective it 100% makes sense that he would be suspicious. I don’t think it has to do entirely with his feelings for Shadow1Jace, though that is clearly contributing to it.

TMI Source: I believe Alec thinks it’s because she’s Valentine’s daughter that he doesn’t like her. But that’s because we’re at the point in his character development where he hasn’t accepted who he is, and that even takes time in the books. But it’s clear that most of that anger is coming from a place of jealousy. For so long Alec was all Jace had – his parabatai – but now a stranger has come into his life and completely entranced him. Of course Alec is going to feel that pang of jealously. But at the same time I feel like this is a somewhat new experience for Alec because he’s never been confronted with these feelings, which is why we’re seeing him handle it in such a brash way.

Fangirlish: I think it’s because TV Alec is a dick. And quite honestly, he’s hard to read because I think that because of the weak dialogue he is given we don’t know how to read him. I think it’s Alec’s love for Jace and his unwillingness to accept it that seems to motivate his distrust of everything and his unwillingness to bend. I get why he’s suspicious – but what he’s coming across as is just a dick.

Mortal Instruments UK: I am 99% sure that he’s jealous of Clary because Jace likes her. Though I feel like he should be mad at Clary, not Jace. It also seems as though Jace dislikes Alec and is forced to be with him because they are parabatai. I don’t sense a bond.

Katherine, A Fan: It’s mostly the bad writing. Alec’s definitely not the warm and fuzzy type, but he isn’t this stone-faced jerk either (although I’m sure Matt’s cheekbones could cut glass). Unfortunately, the sarcasm that they’ve written for Alec is coming off harsher than intended, so it feels like Alec doesn’t care about anything at all. Of course, some of his disdain for Clary is because of his feelings for Jace, but nowhere near all of it.

We So Nerdy: Alec gives me the vibe that he is a person who could hold a grudge 5EVA! So regardless if he has feelings for Jace or Clary’s hair is so bright that it blinds him (NOTE: I love the color of Clary’s hair even if I need to wear shades when she comes on the screen), Alex doesn’t appear to be the forgiving kind, and that is played as hate which I actually enjoy seeing acted out.

The graveyard scene. Some fans online said that it was too cheesy, while others loved it. What are your thoughts?

TellTaleTV: So cheesy. Oh my god, I was cringing basically the entire time I watched it. The dialogue was so on-the-nose and WAY too heavy on the innuendos. I actually much preferred the motorcycle ride across the city’s night sky. That was a cute Clace moment! The graveyard training scene was just awful.

TMI Source: It was definitely cheesy. Jace and the whole cliché, ‘Oh let me show you how to hold a seraph blade so I can have intimate contact with you.’ The cheese was high in that scene, but I did find it cute. But the one moment I really liked was the introduction of the term “parabatai” and how Jace explained it to Clary. It managed to give me the most feels I’ve experienced the entire series – and it had nothing to do with the show. When Jace talked about if him or Alec died how the other would lose a part of themselves I was brought back to Will and Jem in The Infernal Devices, and boy did I have an emotional moment right there. It just goes to show you the power of Cassie’s books and characters and the magic that can happen when you bring parts of the book into the show.

tumblr_o1vmkwZUAE1v2d74xo2_r1_250Fangirlish: Look up cheesy on the internet. It will have a scene of this GIF next to it.

Mortal Instruments UK: Everything is cheesy in the show especially the script. That particular scene is basically stolen from a hundred other scenes from movies and tv shows. That being said, I didn’t feel a connection between the characters – it seems like they are robots, doing as they’re told. However, if you love that scene, that’s great.

Katherine, A Fan: I think what made me cringe the most is the double play of the dialogue. Like ‘it’s saying that you belong together’ isn’t something that Jace would ever say. While I want to feel the romance of the scene more than anything, all I keep wondering is why Jace had to be doing the typical ‘guy teaching girl from behind’ move. It’s so beyond overdone at this point.

We So Nerdy: The graveyard scene (“You’re part angel, Clary.”) was so utterly cheesy that I had to love it. I think I am so desperate to hold onto anything regarding Clary and Jace to make me go from indifferent to epic fan flails, that when they have moments that would normally make my eyes bleed, I just grab onto those scenes and put them in a box for later reference. If I had a magical wand I would have preferred if the scene didn’t play out with Jace working with Clary and telling her this important piece of information while instructing her from behind, but either face-to-face or from her side.

Ok – the elephant in the room. Isabelle getting information from Meliorn. What are your thoughts on that entire scene and her using her sexuality for information?

TellTaleTV: This and the Clace graveyard scene were my two least favorite things about this episode. I’m not crazy about the way Isabelle is being portrayed, and the whole exchange felt incredibly cliche. Nothing wrong with Isabelle using her sexuality however she sees fit, it just comes across as cartoonish and silly in this actress’ portrayal. Also, did Meliorn have a leaf or something tattooed on his face?? That and his fake-looking fairy ears really distracted me.

tumblr_o1vwdyOiKL1qmx8nto9_r3_250TMI Source: I hated it. It was vile, not sexy, and was far from who Isabelle is, which made it hard to watch. Isabelle has been my major complaint in this series thus far because while Isabelle is a badass, powerful woman in the books she is far from it in the television show. From the way she dresses (seriously how is it practical to wear a dress and heels to a vampire fight?) to the way she acts (sleeping with Meliorn for information, seriously?) The people who have defended it say, ‘Well she’s a badass because she can fight in heels and is comfortable with her body.’ I’m sorry, but selling your body for sex does not make you a badass. And it’s demeaning as all hell. Also: “The only thing I have to do is you” will go down as one of the worst lines I’ve ever heard.

Fangirlish: I am not at all crazy about the way that Isabelle is being portrayed. Look, I got everyone’s argument that she was strong and confident enough to carry off her skimpy clothing. But you tell me how he trading sex for information is the Isabelle that we all know and love. And Meliorn – don’t get me started on his tent and that damn leaf on his face. There was a chance to have Isabelle be strong and someone that women could see themselves in, but all that they seem to do is view her as a sex object. It’s just too much.

Mortal Instruments UK: I wasn’t entirely sure whether Isabelle had sex with Meliorn just to get information from him or whether she wanted to have sex with him and getting the information was a back burner in her mind. So I can’t really say much about it because I don’t know what’s on Izzy’s mind. May I also say how brutally obvious it was that Izzy wanted to break in the Hotel Dumort by all the questions she asked.

Katherine, A Fan: ‘The only thing I have to do is you.’ Just…why?! There’s clearly a significant difference between seduction and having sex with someone. If she had just tried to flirt it out of him, then fine, but having sex with Meliorn to get information is ridiculous. Izzy is smarter than they’re giving her credit for. It’s reached the point where Izzy’s sexuality is taking over her entire personality and we all know that she’s far more complicated than that.

We So Nerdy: Using ones sexuality to retrieve information might have been initiated by Isabelle. However, both did so to attempt to get the information that they wanted. To me this should have been a filler scene, but unfortunately it wasn’t and was played out too long, which for me made it awkward within the flow of the episode.

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One thing we have all seemed to agree on is that episodes feel somewhat like an information dump. Did you feel that way this episode? How did the dialogue play out?

TellTaleTV: Much improved! There was more world building and less information being fed to us, since we got to spend time with the vampires and observe them instead of just being told about them, like somebody reading off a textbook. For that reason, the dialogue surrounding Jace explaining how the vamps operate to Clary was far less awkward and stilted than his explanation about demons. We actually got to see what he was explaining in action. SO much better.

TMI Source: Once again the show continues to assume that this mythology has been properly grasped by all, book and non-book fans included, when in fact it’s as confusing as ever especially when they keep piling on information. This comes back to the pacing of the show – which I will keep referencing until I see some sign of improvement. The show needs to establish itself and its world before it dives headfirst into these storylines because these storylines happen within this world and there needs to be an understanding of it.

The dialogue continues to get worse. It was really, really bad in this episode. “The only thing I have to do tonight is you.” Are you kidding me? I cringed it was so bad. But that was far from the only line that made me cringe. The whole thing made me angry because the dialogue in the books is a great strength, and in the show it’s been mediocre at best and cringe worthy at worst.

Fangirlish: I feel like the writers are trying to dump the world on us and it’s quite annoying. I mean show it, build it – stop telling me all about it. It’s like writing 101.

Mortal Instruments UK: The dialogue will always be cheesy and there’s something about this episode that wasn’t very good. I wasn’t a fan of some scenes and settings and I agree to the fact the non readers might not have a clue about what is going on. The third episode wasn’t as good as the previous two in my opinion.

Katherine, A Fan: Introducing three new characters in one episode was a bit much, as there wasn’t enough time to establish their motivations, settings, etc. The dialogue really hit some lows this week. I can remember more cringe-worthy lines than I can great ones, which isn’t a good sign.

We So Nerdy: Many book-to-TV adaptations struggle with providing the content from the book alongside new material. This struggle causes so much information to be piled on the viewers, that vital pieces of information can slip by unnoticed. I think this will be a constant struggle for SHADOWHUNTERS because there is a ton of information in CITY OF BONES, and they need to compensate for items that won’t translate well for TV with new information. So even though I believe it will be a constant struggle I won’t allow myself to get too hung up on the dialogue.

Though we don’t see Simon changed to a vampire it is alluded too. What are your thoughts on him becoming a vampire so early?

TellTaleTV: I liked it! It was the first plot point to legitimately surprise me, so I really appreciated it. I’m sure he’ll struggle with the transition and it will change the way he relates to Clary, so it will provide some really good material for Rosende, I’m sure.

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TMI Source: It’s much too early. Here we have the show incorporating a major storyline from the second book in the series, and we’re only in episode three. There hasn’t even been sufficient time to set up the mythology, which continues to remain confusing for those unfamiliar with the series. Some of the responses I’ve seen from those that disagree is that it’s not too soon because Simon has been introduced to the vampires. But that Hotel Dumort storyline is too soon, as well. This all comes back to the pacing of it all. Why is there such a need to rush everything? There’s no shortage of material, that’s true, but if the show was able to do it right there would be plenty of time to explore all of it for years to come.

Fangirlish: Too damn soon.

Mortal Instruments UK: I don’t want to just dump on this episode a lot but I didn’t like the fact that he became a vampire in the third episode. It’s too soon. I want to enjoy mundane Simon. If he became a vampire mid season or towards the end, I would’ve not minded. Plus, I don’t like the fact that Camille was the one who changed him instead of Raphael.

Katherine, A Fan: It’s too early. I cannot believe that they went with this storyline so early on or maybe I can since they’re rushing so many other aspects at this point. I wanted more time to invest in human Simon. I’m worried that some of the humor will be lost with Simon’s transition.

We So Nerdy: I have no problem if Simon becomes a vampire earlier than anticipated. As I’ve mentioned, SHADOWHUNTERS is an interpretation of the CITY OF BONES, I don’t expect the TV production to match the book line for line, so when changes occur it doesn’t bother me.

Simon was friend zoned this week. Is this a good thing or a bad thing?

TellTaleTV: Bad thing. I’m really not feeling Jace/Clary so far (or Jace in general). I much prefer Simon’s character, so I wasn’t thrilled that Clary basically put the kibosh on anything happening with him right up front. Poor Simon. He deserves better.

TMI Source: Speaking as a fans of the books, I say it’s a good thing. Speaking as someone watching just the show, I say it’s a bad thing if only because shadow7Clary and Simon have that chemistry that is essentially missing between Clary and Jace. I should love Clary and Jace – they were my favorite couple in the books – but I just don’t feel anything between them. It comes off as forced. Yet with Clary and Simon there’s an obvious chemistry that makes all of their scenes enjoyable and makes me want to see more from them. It’s organic. It’s believable. It’s everything that I wanted between Clary and Jace but have yet to see. And I’m starting to wonder if I ever will.

Fangirlish: I love Simon. When they rescued him from the hotel – I was happy. The scene on the roof – I was rooting for him. In the books we know how it end up. In this series – who knows if friend zoned will last.

Mortal Instruments UK: I don’t really have a comment for this

Katherine, A Fan: It’s a good thing for Clary and Jace relationship’s development, but bad in keeping the tension of who she’ll choose. Part of what makes the core trio so interesting is their incessant tension and varying loyalties to each other. By placing Simon firmly in the best friend category so quickly, it allows the potential for Jace and Clary to be easier than it should be.

We So Nerdy: I truly hate the term “friend zoned”! Why does being nice to someone give one the right to expect something more than friendship and/or gratitude? Clary is Simon’s friend; she has looked at him as his friend, actually her best friend since episode 1. And even Simon is aware of it! Just because we want something doesn’t mean we are going to get it, even if we risk our lives. So Simon being reassured that he is Clary’s friend is just fine with me.

Is the show improving for you? Better or worse? Why?

TellTaleTV: It has definitely improved for me. The pilot was near unwatchable because of how awkward and expository the dialogue was. Nearly every character has grown on me since then (except Isabelle) and the writing and acting have improved a lot. I think the character relationships and pacing still need work though.

TMI Source: Sadly it’s getting worse. The first two episodes weren’t entirely bad – though they had their issues – but this third episode was a train shadow6wreck. The thing that the show has failed to understand thus far is that this story isn’t about the action or the sex – seriously overkill – it’s about the characters and it’s about why the audience gives a damn about them. The characters have been so out of character – except maybe Simon – and the only connection I have to the rest of them is that they physically and by name resemble the characters I love from Cassie Clare’s books. I absolutely hated how this episode tried to be sexy when all it came off as was creepy. There’s a difference between being sexy and being over sexualized.

Fangirlish: I am rooting for this show. I truly am. I want it to succeed. But it doesn’t seem to be getting any better. The writing is so bad, I can’t even blame the actors – cause they have shit to work with.

Mortal Instruments UK: It was getting better and then episode 3 just went downhill. Some scenes were just cringe-worthily cheesy and just going off track. But I am a bit of an optimist so hopefully episode 4 will be better and it will all go uphill from there.

Katherine, A Fan: The sense of time/pacing in the show has gotten worse. I couldn’t tell you if the first three episodes took place over a couple of days or weeks. It’s adventure after adventure, which works for the dramatic elements, but it’s at the detriment of many other factors of the show. One of those other factors is character development. When introducing the vampires this week, you would’ve thought that Shadowhunters was a satire. It’s definitely hard to integrate vampires into anything without it being cliché at this point, but everything about them from their pale looks to the time-stopping abilities makes me wish that Simon didn’t have to spend more time with them in future episodes. With info dumps these last three weeks, something that wouldn’t resonate for a non-reader is the function and importance of the Clave. Yes, there have been a couple casual explanations here and there, but it isn’t enough to explain why our Shadowhunters live by their rules. There’s definite room for improvement in the world-building side of the story’s structure. Lastly, I am so not here for Izzy bullying Alec about his sexuality. I know that it wasn’t the intent for it to come off negatively on Izzy, but it’s exactly how it feels onscreen and it’s horrendous to watch.

We So Nerdy: SHADOWHUNTERS is an escape from the humdrum realities of my life, and I don’t need for the show to be the most exciting thing I’ve ever seen on TV. I just want to be entertained and so far, SHADOWHUNTERS is fulfilling this task and then some. Are there things I wish could be improved upon, YES! But if those things were to happen it will most likely occur more towards the end of the season when folks are more comfortable in their roles or after some training. My favorites in the books bring me joy in the TV adaptation and as long as this continues to happen, I’ll be a fan of SHADOWHUNTERS as it is.

Shadowhunters airs Tuesdays at 9/8c on Freeform.

‘Shadowhunters’ 1×04: Four Sneak Peeks from ‘Raising Hell’

SHADOWHUNTERS - "Raising Hell" - The Shadowhunters will have to put their trust in a Downworlder to access Clary’s memories in “Raising Hell,” an all-new episode of “Shadowhunters,” airing Tuesday, February 2nd at 9:00 – 10:00 p.m., EST/PST on Freeform, the new name for ABC Family. (Freeform/Sven Frenzel) MATTHEW DADDARIO, KATHERINE MCNAMARA, DOMINIC SHERWOOD

Freeform has released four new sneak peek’s from Tuesday’s all-new episode of Shadowhunters, titled “Raising Hell.”

In the sneak peeks, Clary has a nightmare, Clary talks to Jace about Magnus Bane, Simon lashes out at Jace, and Magnus and Alec interact for the first time.

Watch them below!

Shadowhunters airs Tuesdays at 9/8c on Freeform.

‘Shadowhunters’ 1×03 Ratings: ‘Dead Man’s Party’

SHADOWHUNTERS - "Dead Man's Party" - Clary, Jace, Alec and Isabelle must hatch a rescue plan that takes them into the heart of a vampire lair in “Dead Man’s Party,” an all-new episode of “Shadowhunters,” airing Tuesday, January 26th at 9:00 – 10:00 p.m., EST/PST on Freeform, the new name for ABC Family. ABC Family is becoming Freeform on January 12, 2016. (ABC Family/John Medland) KATHERINE MCNAMARA, ALBERTO ROSENDE

The overnight ratings are in for the third episode of Shadowhunters.

“Dead Man’s Party” nabbed a 0.5 rating in the 18-49 key demographic and 0.98 million viewers in the U.S. The ratings were up a tenth from the previous week, but the viewers were down from “The Descent Into Hell Isn’t Easy.”

Shadowhunters just beat out Teen Wolf (0.4, 0.92 million) but fell behind The Shannara Chronicles (0.5, 1.03 million) in viewership.

Shadowhunters airs Tuesdays at 9/8c on Freeform.

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