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‘Shadowhunters’ 1×06 Recap: ‘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.

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.

Shadowhunters took us back to the beginning where we met a different Valentine and watched his rise to insanity in “Of Men and Angels.”

One of the pleasant surprises about these last couple of episodes of Shadowhunters is that the show has improved significantly, although it’s not entirely without its faults. Here’s to hoping that the show can maintain that sense of stability without introducing anything that might disrupt that balance.

Here’s the rundown…

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) NYKEEM PROVO, SUSANNA FOURNIER, OWEN ROTH

Circle Flashbacks

One of the intriguing aspects of Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments has been the story of the adults that came before Clary and her crew — Jocelyn, Luke, Valentine, and the rest of the Circle.

One of the things I did appreciate in this episode came in a small moment between Maryse and Isabelle where Maryse admitted that she had once thought she could “change the world by breaking the rules,” which was a subtle hint that she and Robert were a part of Valentine’s Circle like in the books. Although we didn’t get to see any flashbacks of her or Robert in the Circle, the seed has been planted.

Meanwhile, Magnus begins to tell Clary the truth about what he knew about Valentine’s beginning — about how her mother was by his side. About how he was a different Valentine than he eventually became. But Magnus tells Clary of the villainous Valentine that Jocelyn had told him of. How Valentine viewed the Accords as a fallacy — how protecting these Downworlders, who are half demon, isn’t something they do; they don’t make peace with demons. But Jocelyn saw the Accords as keeping the peace, how these Downworlders were also half human. But Valentine’s goal was ultimately to kill these half-demon Downworlders and fulfill their destiny.

Valentine wanted to create a new Shadowhunter army, as we all know, and Magnus told Clary the story of how Valentine fought his way inside to accomplish everything he’d wanted — to destroy the Accords, to murder Downworlders, and to secure the Mortal Cup. We see Luke arrive to stop Valentine, and the two fight. Just as Valentine is about to deliver the death blow to Luke, Jocelyn stops him. The two fight and eventually Jocelyn is able to capture the Mortal Cup and run away.

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) ISAIAH MUSTAFA, KATHERINE MCNAMARA

Saving Luke and Clary & the Mortal Cup

When we last left Luke, he had just fought and killed an alpha werewolf who was attempting to harm Clary and her friends. While Luke had defeated the alpha — and become the new alpha — he was also bitten and affected by the bite– because apparently on this show an Alpha werewolf bite can affect a werewolf. When they get him to Magnus’, Luke has a sort of hallucination of sorts as he sees Jocelyn, who warns Luke that he has to help Clary find the Mortal Cup. Not to save Jocelyn but to stop Valentine. And we start to see the weight of Jocelyn’s sacrifice. She cares more about protecting her people than just herself. The true honor of Jocelyn.

Saving Luke

Following the administration of the antidote, Luke understands what he needs to do — he needs to tell Clary the truth like Jocelyn had told him as it may be key in unlocking Clary’s memories of where to find the Mortal Cup.

Luke tells a similar story to Magnus’ only with the key missing details — details that Luke believes forced Valentine to become the person he is. Luke says that the reason Valentine became the man who led the Uprising was because of Luke and Jocelyn — that they betrayed him and they fell in love. The more that Valentine became more dangerous and tempered, the closer that Jocelyn and Luke grew. Valentine believed that Jocelyn and Luke was having an affair, which led him to fight to regain Jocelyn’s heart. He began experimenting with Downworlder blood on himself, which led him to become this shell of a man that we all know. “Once he crossed that line we never got him back again,” Luke tells Clary.

Luke tells Clary of the man that Valentine used to be in the early days of the Circle — how he was a leader, charismatic, honorable, idealistic. Luke explained his belief in Valentine at the time. The demons were winning and they couldn’t train more Shadowhunters fast enough, and Valentine wanted the Clave to use the Mortal Cup to create more Shadowhunters, which made him angry. Luke and Jocelyn tried to reign Valentine in, but he mistook their care for an affair.

We got a flashback to an important scene in the books where Valentine and Luke go on a Downworlder mission involving werewolves, which is where Valentine betrays Luke and ultimately Luke becomes a werewolf. We also got more context to that Valentine-Luke fight that Magnus previously mentioned as Valentine calls Luke “an abomination” and tells him “you should’ve killed yourself.”

So obviously Clary understands even more that retrieving the Mortal Cup is as important as ever seeing as if Valentine got his hands on it then who knows what he would do. But something that Luke told Clary is supposed to unlock something inside of her to help find the Mortal Cup. Only nothing is working. There has to be something Luke hasn’t told Clary…

So Clary asks Luke about the box — the one that belonged to her father with the initials, J.C. But Luke is adamant about not divulging that information. Clary knows that this J.C. isn’t her father, so who is he? “J.C. stands for Jonathan Christopher,” Luke tells her. “Your brother.” Her brother that died in a fire at Fairchild Manor — a fire that Valentine set. (Oh goodness, why are we exploring this storyline so soon?!) We see Clary get upset and literally shove the box into her drawing notepad. And suddenly everything makes sense. Clary knows where to find the Mortal Cup…

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/Sven Frenzel) MATTHEW DADDARIO, EMERAUDE TOUBIA

The Lightwoods

This episode proved to be a significant episode for the Lightwood family, as it saw the introductions of Robert and Max Lightwood, as well as a problem for the Lightwood family that forced change within these characters.

After Alec notices that his mother is in “rare form,” he goes to her and confronts her knowing that something happened in Idris. We get a cute story about how little Alec broke a boy’s nose, and how Maryse couldn’t have been more proud. So whatever the Clave has thrown at their family, they can get through it, Alec comforts his mother. “We’re Lightwoods. We break noses and accept the consequences.”

After Isabelle notices her mother and father arguing about how Alec needs to be the one who does “it,” Isabelle pulls her father asides and questions him about what that little discussion was about. Turns out the Clave believes that the Lightwood family name is beyond repair after those unsanctioned missions helping Clary. But restoring that family honor comes with a tremendous sacrifice — it’s not just about vowing to do better and restore the family name, as Isabelle is quick to suggest. Apparently that’s a sacrifice that Alec is going to have to make: “They’re going to make you marry,” Isabelle tells Alec.

While Maryse spent a majority of the episode being harsh on Isabelle, she took the moment to apologize to her daughter for her cold behavior saying that it’s hard to be her children’s commander and mother. But Isabelle was having none of those poor excuses for parenting. Maryse warns Isabelle that passion makes you dangerous, which is why she doesn’t believe Isabelle is ready for the responsibility she thinks she is. That’s something that needs to be tamed.

We see Isabelle take on that responsibility as she sends Meliorn a letter saying they can’t see each other anymore and finally dresses the way that she always had in the books — Hallelujah! This is her way of showing that she’s taking this seriously — that she will restore the Lightwood name and do her part.

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) KATHERINE MCNAMARA, DOMINIC SHERWOOD

Jace and Simon

Nothing says good idea like pairing up two guys vying after the same girl who clearly despise each other. So that’s exactly what the show did when they partnered up Jace and Simon.

Jace and Simon are tasked with retrieving an antidote for Luke, as well as bringing Magnus to Alec, which might prove to be difficult seeing as Jace and Alec have done more bickering than an old, married couple. But when they do finally speak on the phone, Jace urges Alec to go to Magnus’ — he needs his powerful Shadowhunter energy and maybe something else *wink* — because he’s an honorable man despite Alec’s not wanting to get involved in any more Downworlder business.

But the bulk of the focus here rests with the feuding forces of Jace and Simon, who cannot stand each other and are too busy trying to convince one another that the other person isn’t right for Clary when they should be working faster to track down that antidote. But I digress.

Simon brings up the parabatai card, which gets an immediate reaction for Jace as he feels the need to defend his friendship with Alec after the recent rifts that the two have been experiencing. In fact, Simon bets that Alec leaves Jace hanging, which leads us to a conversation where Simon tells Jace that Alec essentially is Jace’s lap dog — he’ll do as he’s told no questions act. “I guess it takes one to know one,” Jace retorts, which leads to a conversation about how Simon is only ever going to be Clary’s friend — “That’s all she’s ever going to be,” Jace warns.

Simon says that he and Clary have always had each others backs, and makes the mistake of mentioning how he’s noticed Jace and Alec haven’t. Jace scolds Simon for even questioning his and Alec’s relationship with a jolted “Mundane,” which sends Simon over the edge as he puts a blade to Jace’s neck. But Jace is able to sustain him, and Simon doesn’t understand why he lashed out at Jace as he did. “What happened to you at the vampire hotel?” Jace asks — it’s about damn time someone starts noticing that something isn’t quite right with Simon.

While Jace goes to retrieve the antidote off a black market dealer, Simon has a hallucination where he sees his dead self lying at his feet with two puncture marks on his neck. After Jace emerges with the antidote, the two set off running.

But there was a really nice moment at the end of the episode where you could see what Jace told Simon — “She’ll never look at you as more than a friend” — was cemented after Jace and Clary’s little moment and Clary gave Simon a quick, friendly hug. But Jace didn’t rub it in his face

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) HARRY SHUM JR., MATTHEW DADDARIO

Magnus and Alec

Magnus and Alec continue to be one of the show’s greatest strengths, and the proof rests in the small bits that we got and the impact that they had on the fandom in this episode, which left the fandom clutching their hearts.

After some Lightwood family drama at the Institute, Alec says screw everything and defies the rules to steer clear of Downworlders. He heads to Magnus’ — like Jace had mentioned earlier — and arrives just in time to help save Luke. “I need your strength,” Magnus says. “Take what you need,” Alec says as he gives Magnus his hand. And dear God if I’m not entirely emotionally compromised.

Later, we see Alec helping Magnus clean up after the whole saving Luke thing and Magnus asks him if he’d like a drink. This wasn’t the date we were promised, but at least it was something. “To us,” Magnus toasts. Alec wonders why Magnus asked for him when both Clary and Jace were hear. “I wanted to see you again,” he says. Magnus opens up to Alec about how for a century he’s closed himself off to any man or woman. “You’ve unlocked something in me,” he tells Alec. And then as they so often do, a phone ring interrupts at the most inopportune moment. It’s Maryse and duty calling. But Magnus does offer Alec to stay for one more drink…and why must the camera cut here?

Rants and Raves

Raves

  • Malec: Anytime Magnus and Alec have personal interaction with each other chances are it’s going to make it on my raves list. Also, anytime the show pays homage to quotes from the books — “I need your strength.” -Magnus; “Take what you need.” -Alec
  • Max Lightwood: Max’s introduction was both amazing and incredibly heartbreaking at the same time as it brought back old memories of what fate awaits young Max. Max was as adorable as he is in the books, and I hope we get to see more from the littlest Lightwood.
  • Isabelle: I really like how the show is handling Isabelle in this episode and moving forward. We’re finally seeing Isabelle wearing the clothes she always wore in the books, but now she’s also taking on a more professional demeanor as she wants to restore her family’s honor.

Rants

  • Jonathan Christopher: One of my complaints with this show has been the sprinting pace that it seems to move at in regards to adapting storylines from the books. This is a personal preference, but I felt like the eventual reveal that [spoiler] is Jonathan Christopher; that he’s her brother has more impact when it’s revealed that she actually has a brother. It’s double the shock and forces Clary to accept two things immediately. But I guess we’ll see where they take this now that the seed has been planted…
  • The Alpha Bite: This kind of stems back to last week, but since when is a werewolf affected by a werewolf bite? I understand that this was used as a device to explore the flashbacks and force Luke to tell Clary about what happened, but there had to be a different way to go about it.
  • Angry Jace: Jace has just so much anger lately that it’s kind of getting exhausting to watch. Whether it’s with Alec, like most of the time, or with Simon. I want more humor and less anger.

Shadowhunters airs Tuesdays at 9/8c on Freeform.

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17 Comments on ‘Shadowhunters’ 1×06 Recap: ‘Of Men and Angels’

  1. One of the funniest things happening in the Shadowhunters fandom is the people who were so convinced that Alec was going to be on a date with Magnus and refuse to help Jace/go to Jace when Jace called him thus really SHOWING JACE how IMPORTANT ALEC ACTUALLY IS, LIKE WAY MORE IMPORTANT THAN ANYONE ELSE. But no, Alec was actually just refusing in the first place to help any Downworlders and when he did decide to show up at Magnus’ it was shown as a good moral decision he’d finally made, thank god.

    I can’t agree that Malec is a strength of the show. Both actors are cute and charming, but they have no chemistry at all, as it is all undercut by the poor writing. Everything they do together seems awkward, their lines are bad, and the episode capped off with a horrendous speech by Magnus about how Alec had “unlocked something” in him even though he’s met Alec once and they’ve experienced nothing together than would cause him to base this on any part of Alec’s personality. I guess it was based on Matt’s cheekbones, which are nice, but I would like less tell, more show. Show me why Alec and Magnus have anything. Right now, I don’t buy it, and neither by his expressions, does Alec.

  2. Truth be told Luke is the one who tells Clary tha JC stands for Jonathan Christopher when he tells Clary the whole story of him and Jocelyn being a part of the Circle. “The Alpha Bite” sucks, just like that, it´s like vampires freezing time, just nope. Malec was absolutely awesome, I’m so glad Harry and Matthew make such a god couple. Can´t wait to see more of them.

  3. This was the worst episode to date, especially considering that by now the show is supposed to be well into finding it’s groove and getting better.
    That Uprising scene was utterly pittifull; it literally looked like it was filmed in someone’s backyard next to a swimming pool lol! Call me crazy but when I imagine the Uprising, I imagine complete and utter mayhem and devastation everywhere with like, a LOT of people fighting and dying all over the place? What we got was like 10 people lying about after a short, one-on-one fight with Valentine. It was ridiculous!
    So, Idris pretty much consists out of someone’s mansion and a swimming pool? All right then.
    Young Valentine and Jocelyn looked absolutely nothing like their older counterparts and Luke’s skin magically got lighter the older he got. Also, young Luke looked about the same age as this Luke.
    TV Jace is nothing like the book Jace and that really hurts.
    Since when is Magnus’ magic so bloody weak that he can’t cure one demon bite by himself?! Book Magnus can literally cure an entire village while simultaneously painting his nails while this Magnus can’t even create a healing potion by himself!
    This episode only further cemented the fact that I was lied to by a bunch of Hollywood wankers when they promised the show would stay true to the books. Reading the TMI wikipedia page isn’t the same as reading the books, amateurs!
    I know this is a negative bitch-fest and I honestly don’t care at this point. I’m simply fed up with having my favourite book series turned to crap, again!

    • Absolutely agreed. It sounds like I didn’t miss anything because I couldn’t even get through the first five minutes! You said it how I would have said it. I am done watching my favorite book series being butchered. I’m glad someone besides me is complaining because the show is terrible! Also, they’re not following the books anymore. Hmh, shows just how ‘true to the books’ they were. Petulant liars

      Toodles!

  4. Really liked this episode! There were a few issues I had with it, but this is the best episode so far BY far, I think. (It also felt like the most accurate; and that for the first time I’m watching The Mortal Instruments that I know and love.)

    The show definitely seems to have improved by strides from that disastrous third episode, and here’s hoping that that continues.^^

    Aside from episode three, I think each episode has been getting better than the last, which is good.

  5. adventuresoftupa // February 17, 2016 at 10:21 PM // Reply

    “Passion makes you dangerous” was, personally, the best line in this episode. I guess being asian, it strikes a cord with us as we’ve always been a reserved lot.

    When Magnus and Alec shared some drinks towards the end of this episode was just WOW! Their chemistry was so hot i felt like my phone was going to burn! (Again, thanks netflix for making Shadowhunters available worldwide)

  6. The only thing I didn’t like about this was the Circle’s back story. They made seemed like Valentine went rogue because he thought Luke and Jocelyn were having an affair. We all know that wasn’t the case. There was more depth to Valentine’s motives, the same reason why the Circle followed him blindly. This episode made Valentine one-dimensional. Actually, the show is making every character one-dimensional.

    • I agree with what you’re saying about how simplifying his motives simplifies Valentine’s character. That struck me as really odd when I was watching that they insinuated that Valentine’s one reason for going rogue was he had suspicions about Jocelyn.

  7. Warren McAndrew // February 18, 2016 at 3:52 AM // Reply

    Alanna I completely have to disagree with you there, Malec is one of the key strengths of the show along with Simon and after this week possibly Clace. I kind of felt like this week we saw a bit more chemistry between the two and in all honesty I think this show is getting a lot better in terms of acting and story-telling of course there are things were not going to be happy with but if it was all the same story we would get bored I’m sure. I feel like it’s getting a lot better l and of course the acting can improve but I honestly hope they do make a Season 2 and actually give it a chance to take it off it’s feet? Who honestly thought Teen Wolf would get that far? The acting in season 1 was pretty bad they’re just finding their feet with the characters. I feel like as a fandom we should support this show together.

    • I’m a fan of the books. I’m not a fan of the show. Like Mina, I feel disrespected and lied to by people who claimed they would be faithful to the books and then weren’t. I think Ed Decter is a talentless amoral liar who should be fired.

      I can’t agree the show is getting better at storytelling. As they go on, their logic falls further and further apart as opposed to showing us a plotline that’s gathering any momentum. Things just happen and then are never referred to again, as opposed to the tight plotting of the books where everything matters. If you think the storytelling is getting better, I would love if you could explain to me:

      1) Why they made Luke a police officer. It’s never mattered once, he never investigated anything except the “blood-draining” case which we knew was Valentine anyway from Chernobyl scenes and it’s never given the show a single good scene or piece of mystery solving.
      2) Why if alpha bites are poisonous, would there be a rule that you have to fight an alpha to become one? Doesn’t that mean anyone who fights an alpha just dies unless Magnus is there to save them so there are no alphas?
      3) Why are the Lightwoods yakking about honor when they used to be in the Circle and the pet minions of the most evil Shadowhunter ever? Why are they acting like they are a royal family that has arranged marriages when there’s been nothing to indicate Shadowhunter society works like that?
      4) Why have we still not found out why Valentine was paying gems for human blood when you can literally get the stuff for free?
      5) Why did Hodge mistake Clary for her mother when Clary looks nothing like young Jocelyn?
      6) Why Magnus congratulated Clary for saving a warlock child when there was no indication the kid was a warlock or that Clary knew the kid was a warlock?
      7) Why do the vampires want the Mortal Cup? It’s useless to anyone but Shadowhunters. This is taken directly from the film.
      8) Why is Valentine in Chernobyl? Shadowhunters are not immune to radiation.
      9) Why does Clary claim Dot is like her sister but then after Dot is kidnapped, never think about her again or care that she died?
      10) Why is David Guetta a Shadowhunter? Why can’t these people stop making famous people secret Shadowhunters? It isn’t funny and it makes no sense.

      As for Malec, people seem to confuse “pretty people standing together” with “chemistry” and “characterization” with “abs.” I have no idea why Magnus likes Alec other than finding him physically attractive. He doesn’t know him at all. He couldn’t name a single fact about him. As for Alec, he seems actually repulsed by Magnus. Maybe people think all that facial twitching is suppressed desire, but to me, it reads like Alec wants to get away from Magnus, fast.

      If it “was all the same story” we would not get bored. I wish people would stop saying that, as it is stupid. There are ways to make a faithful adaptation that keep the source material fresh and allow new watchers to enjoy what made the source material popular in the first place. Harry Potter. The Fault in Our Stars. The Hunger Games. Outlander. Game of Thrones. I started watching this show because I wanted to see the character and world I cared about, not bad OOC fanfic versions of them. Now I watch for the lolz.

      • Well said Alanna! I couldn’t even get past the first five minutes before I said, “I can’t take anymore.” . So I have no idea what happened in this episode and quite frankly don’t care. I did however watch far enough to understand 2. I hadn’t thought about that, but the fact that the idiots behind the show really don’t even care enough about the show to write a coherent story line is obvious. If they’d followed Cassie’s books, then they wouldn’t be caught up in this alpha bite junk that was ‘their version of the stories universe’ either.But no, they had to make it about ‘their’ ideas and how ‘they’ wanted it to go. I had seen this McAndrew’s comment and said to myself, “He is the intended audience. Not me.” They have made Malec too soon and the main focus and it sounds like that was what the intended audience wanted as well because it sounds like they mistook disgust from Alec as ‘the hots’ towards Magnus. I cannot stand how they have made Magnus talk and walk and gesture like the Cheshire Cat from Lewis Caroll’s Alice in Wonderland. I will read the recap’s to see if something cool happens with Simon or Raphael and to see when Ragnar comes in. They’ll probably ruin him too. Until then, I probably won’t watch anymore. I am sick of watching the books butchered. And to the people who say, “If you don’t like it, don’t watch it.”, no need, because I obviously don’t care to waste my time on what you people find ‘cool’ and ‘good’. If people would just follow one book through and through, then the ratings would be out of this world. But they never will.

        Toodles!

      • Simple answer: They are cluttering every episode with rubbish and leaving out some of important subplots found in the books. The show at this point is a mess and I will be shocked if they get a second season.

      • kyementery // February 20, 2016 at 2:51 AM //

        Hi Alanna,

        When people say that they’re going to stay true to the books, it doesn’t mean that they’re going to follow the book to the dot. It only means that they are going to capture the essence of the books without alienating people who have not read the books or even changing some storyline to create something more inclusive. For example, in 1.) Lord of the Rings certain characters were left out, some were given a bigger part than in the books and some scenes were completely left out (i.e. tom bombadill, scouring of the shire, etc…), women were given a fairly stronger part than in the books (Arwen wasn’t a warrior princess and Eowyn “was tamed” by Faramir), or 2) the Walking Dead, Daryl wasn’t in the comics, Andrea should still be alive, carol should be dead, judith should be dead, there should be no wolves, deana should have been a man and so on. But they were true to the essence that the characters of the books/comics were still the same, the main plot was still carried through and it was still entertaining as heck. This is an adaptation of the book, as they have said in the get go, that is why they changed the name from “the mortal instruments: city of ….” to “shadowhunters: the mortal instruments”.

        As for story telling, what I noticed is that the each of the first few episodes of the series focused on a certain aspect of the shadow world and what they can do. Episode 1 and 2 were focused on showing a glimpse of Shadowhunters, episode 3 was focused on showing a vampire clan, episode 4 was about warlocks and episode 5 was about werewolves. Each of those episodes felt like they introduced those cultures so that when the show focused more on the action, the non-book readers would be comfortable with knowing that a vampire can compel someone to do something, a seelie can do glamour whether to make their appearance more human (because in the CoA they did look extremely different like vines etc) or for reconnaissance purposes, and that wolves follow the strongest.

        now let’s get to the questions:

        1) Why they made Luke a police officer. It’s never mattered once, he never investigated anything except the “blood-draining” case which we knew was Valentine anyway from Chernobyl scenes and it’s never given the show a single good scene or piece of mystery solving.

        – it doesn’t really matter what Luke’s profession is. His character has always been set up as Jocelyn’s love interest and Clary’s father figure. I think that making Luke’s character a detective opens a lot of possibilities for storylines in the future. Maybe when they are already going through to the main plot of CoA, Luke’s character wouldn’t stick out like a sore thumb when people are investigating about the werewolf that was almost drained of blood outside the bar.

        2) Why if alpha bites are poisonous, would there be a rule that you have to fight an alpha to become one? Doesn’t that mean anyone who fights an alpha just dies unless Magnus is there to save them so there are no alphas?

        – a pack follows an alpha not because they chose him/her, but because he/she has shown strength to take on anyone. Like in the documentaries showing Gorillas, Wolves, Hippopotamus and so on, the alpha is the only one that can mate with the whole harem/pack/ or whatever you call that group. Having the storyline with an alpha bite makes the ordeal of taking on an alpha harder and if you have overpowered him/her, you really show true strength and transform into one (like what happened to Luke in episode 6 when Magnus counted 3,2,1 he called it an alpha transformation). Now if you want to follow the books, we were only told that Luke had a bag of bloodied weapons, we never saw it. I like seeing this because Luke showed that he would take on the Alpha no matter the cost just to save Clary.

        3) Why are the Lightwoods yakking about honor when they used to be in the Circle and the pet minions of the most evil Shadowhunter ever? Why are they acting like they are a royal family that has arranged marriages when there’s been nothing to indicate Shadowhunter society works like that?

        – the thing about honour is that a proud and powerful family such as the Lightwoods take their name seriously. Now, with regards to being part of the Circle we have to look at it from a fundamentalist point of view. Have you seen the evangelists on TV, or read about hitler and other dictators? They’re extremely charismatic and people who follow them really believe that what they do is right. Holding it against someone for all eternity would be extremely unjust. Do we hold Germans to the faults of their older generation? Like them, Maryse looks like (as how the show has been setting her up) she’s bent on clearing that name and restoring the proud name of the Lightwoods back to when Gideon and Gabriel Lightwood were still alive. As for the whole arranged marriage thing, nothing in the books says that they didn’t do it either. No harm no foul. Maybe it was just meant do drive the Malec story line with more conflict and not wait until they go through the main plot of CoLS before something makes Malec’s story more human.

        4) Why have we still not found out why Valentine was paying gems for human blood when you can literally get the stuff for free?

        – nothing makes humanity more evil than showing how we would easily sell out our kind for gems right? but i digress, which episode was this one again? i might have overlooked this but among the episodes i’ve seen Valentine wasn’t paying anyone anything.

        5) Why did Hodge mistake Clary for her mother when Clary looks nothing like young Jocelyn?

        – have you ever been told that you look like one of your parents? i’m guessing that’s what happened there. Hodge looked at Clary and reminded him of her. I hope you’re not referring to how the actors look.

        6) Why Magnus congratulated Clary for saving a warlock child when there was no indication the kid was a warlock or that Clary knew the kid was a warlock?

        – i don’t get the criticism here but for the sake of a friendly discourse, i think that the warlocks in the TV series can bear children. Again, this is an adaptation of the books. As for Magnus thanking Clary for saving a warlock child, I don’t think she knew that she was a warlock. She said “she was just a girl, and she was in trouble, i had no choice”. She was just being the heroine of the story.

        7) Why do the vampires want the Mortal Cup? It’s useless to anyone but Shadowhunters. This is taken directly from the film.

        – Actually, the cup is only useful for shadowhunters if they’re making more shadowhunters. But as they have said before, it can control demons. It’s probable that they want it for some uprising or some sorts.

        8) Why is Valentine in Chernobyl? Shadowhunters are not immune to radiation.

        – we don’t know that actually. if were going to take things at face value, the books didn’t mention that they were not either. I mean, if Clary and crew could go into another dimension in CoHS without even getting sick, why can’t they be immune to other things in the same dimension. We could also look at it as Valentine and gang placed runes that would make the environment livable. If they have nourishment runes, i think they can have runes that make places habitable.

        9) Why does Clary claim Dot is like her sister but then after Dot is kidnapped, never think about her again or care that she died?

        – Clary was actually looking for Dot up to episode 2 until the Vampires took Simon so that took immediat priority, then in episode 4 she learned from Magnus that Dot died she was devastated (maybe it didn’t carry through properly due to some lacking in the actor’s part) but when one of you’re family member is still missing or in trouble, one has to delay the mourning period until after everything stabilizes.

        10) Why is David Guetta a Shadowhunter? Why can’t these people stop making famous people secret Shadowhunters? It isn’t funny and it makes no sense.

        – Isabelle said David Guetta was a Vampire.

        let’s make this 11) As for Malec, people seem to confuse “pretty people standing together” with “chemistry” and “characterization” with “abs.” I have no idea why Magnus likes Alec other than finding him physically attractive. He doesn’t know him at all. He couldn’t name a single fact about him. As for Alec, he seems actually repulsed by Magnus. Maybe people think all that facial twitching is suppressed desire, but to me, it reads like Alec wants to get away from Magnus, fast.

        – we’re sorry for being human. Being attracted to someone does entail some sort of physical attraction, and in the gay community, it’s extremely prevalent (believe me, as a gay man myself, we work our butts off just to make our bodies more mainstream attractive, shallow i know, but that’s the world we live in). Saying that you like someone doesn’t mean you automatically Love that person, it only means you’re attracted to them. Love comes after.

        and this as 12) If it “was all the same story” we would not get bored. I wish people would stop saying that, as it is stupid. There are ways to make a faithful adaptation that keep the source material fresh and allow new watchers to enjoy what made the source material popular in the first place. Harry Potter. The Fault in Our Stars. The Hunger Games. Outlander. Game of Thrones. I started watching this show because I wanted to see the character and world I cared about, not bad OOC fanfic versions of them. Now I watch for the lolz.

        – yes, WE would not get bored, but non-book readers could be. CoB was really focused on Jace and clary pinning for each other, without much character development for the other characters. If we followed that to the T, people would think this was another Twilight knock off. The movie tried it but unfortunately people just saw Twilight 2.0.

        I hope i answered at least some, if not all, of your questions. I hope we don’t resort to name calling people like me or McAndrew who like the show as stupid. I mean, it’s ok not to like the show if you’re not into it but I hope that as a Fandom we accept each other’s differences in opinion. I hope we don’t become too aggressive towards other members of the Fandom because isn’ t it that that’s what the whole point of cassie’s books? that we’re all different and that’s ok.

        Cheers!

      • I thought the mortal sword, Maellartach controls demons. Not the cup. Isn’t that the reason why Valentine took it from the Silent Brothers? Either way, it doesn’t make sense why the vampires want the cup. They never showed any interest in getting involve in Shadowhunter affairs. Vampires mostly cared about their own survival.

        Anyway, I don’t mind the changes as long as they stay close to the charactets and myth. But it’s exactly what they are not doing. Almost every main character is off or overshadowed by a new characters. The rules and creatures of the Shadow World don’t make sense. It’s mostly due that they are throwing new things at us without explanation. If they explained, maybe I would be more accrpting. But right now, I kind of wished that they kept the essence of the Shadow World that Cassie created instead of adding their own thing. I understand that they ate trying to stand out from the competition but it’s making the show…cheesy?

    • The fact, McAndrew, that you didn’t even post this reply directly to Alanna’s comment shows that you really didn’t want her to see it. And Malec, a key focus in the show? Why is it that we got Malec before we did Clace? There is no chemistry between any of them at all. And do you seriously think the acting and ‘story-telling’ are getting better? What world have you been living in? That show puts forth possibly some of the worst acting I have ever seen. So terrible that I am unwilling to continue watching. You are the intended audience, Sweet. Not me. And feel free to respond to this reply of mine directly to your comment, as well as the other one directly below your’s. I will be happy to lay out some other facts for you. And I do hope you see some good acting, it is honestly sad that you deem this show’s acting to be ‘good’.

      Toodles!

    • Warren ~ Wow, with some of the negativity that’s coming thru these posts it’s nice to see someone else who is reacting positively! I’d completely agree with you that the storytelling is getting much better and doesn’t feel nearly as rushed. Look how much time was spent on the backstories in this episode 🙂 Not exactly like the books, but I don’t see the problem in that. It would have been horribly difficult to duplicate what had been written. It would have been just too big of a scale. The relationships are still at a bit of an awkward state, but we saw some nice points made in the Jace/Clary/Simon area. It’s now clear to all that Simon is indeed the ‘best friend’, and Jace is undoubtedly the love interest. Clary and Jace are beginning to connect and finishing each other’s sentences ~ showing how very much on the same track they are – two parts of a whole. Malec was introduced as well, and they were absolutely adorable. Still awkward, but that’s as is it should be when they’re first discovering one another. I think it’s great that they made Luke a policeman, nice tie-in with the werewolves living in an old police station 🙂 Different take on how he became the alpha, but that’s fine. It was a good way to transition toward getting Magnus and then Alec into the picture. Things are different than in the books, but in an interesting way. One of the actors (Dom, I think?) had said in an earlier interview that they didn’t want to just repeat the books and wanted to add some interesting surprises for those like us who are already very familiar with the story. I’m enjoying the heck out of it, but maybe that’s because I’m not part of the ‘younger set’ that it was supposedly written for and maybe I’m a little more mature and less judgmental? The fandom needs to age up a little and be more open to creative possibilities. Perhaps the negative ones on this thread really should quit complaining, stop watching the show, and leave it to those of us who enjoy it? It’s a shame, but the negative ones are always the loudest…

  8. I couldn’t get through the first five minutes of this episode before I had to turn it off. The acting is terrible, the changes are horrific, and Malec is way too early and almost feels like they’re trying to make it the most important thing in the show. I cannot stand McNamara anymore, and none of the other actors are improving. I do however like the way Mayrse and Alec communicated though. It was sweet. But it seems like they are trying to make the show all about Malec. And to add to the drama they’re still making Jace’s and Alec’s Parabatai relationship all about fussing. Jace acted towards Simon the way Alec would have. Would they just make the two get along already? I will read the recaps to see when Ragnar comes in or something cool with Simon or Raphael. I will note again that I could not get through the first five minutes of the episode, so if it did get better feel free to tell me. I do not mean to be at all rude, provoking, aggressive, or at all discriminating in my comment.

    With Bitter Farewell,
    A Fan Who Cares

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