Shadowhunters went Through the Looking Glass in this week’s episode called “This World Inverted” and literally took Clary to an alternate universe while more trouble was ahead for Izzy as well as Alec and Jace.
Here’s the rundown (SPOILERS AHEAD)…
Welcome to an Alternate Universe
Last week’s episode ended with Meliorn telling Clary that he can help her find Valentine so in “This World Inverted”, Clary learns more about the Portal shard that was given to her. It turns out that it’s from another dimension that she must enter to find the Portal it belongs to to actually get to Valentine.
Meliorn owes Clary a life debt so he uses some Seelie magic to open the ‘door’ to this other universe. The catch? She has to go alone and she mustn’t let herself get consumed by the other Clary. Another thing that isn’t so great about the world Clary is about to enter: Shadowhunters no longer exist. Granted, demons are also gone and Downworlders have adapted, but once Clary steps through the magical door, she’ll be on an one woman mission without any angelic help.
Clary gives Jace the Mortal Cup tarot card and off she goes into another dimension. Suddenly she’s in the Morgenstern kitchen where Valentine, who looks like a regular dad without any megalomaniac tendencies, just wants to have a quiet breakfast with his two favourite ladies. Clary grabs a butter knife and yells “where’s my mother?” at him. Good old Val thinks she’s cosplaying and once Jocelyn aka Valentine’s ‘honey’ shows up, we witness a very interesting Morgenstern family breakfast. We find out that Val is throwing a Mad Hatter party and that he wants to meet Clary’s new boyfriend. This family idyll is interrupted by a ridiculously bad commercial that advertises Magnus Bane’s tarot card & psychic readings. Clary knows where she needs to go to get help finding that Portal.
On her way to Magnus’s place, Clary meets the rest of the gang who are very different: Simon’s a normal nerd with no desire for blood, Izzy is Simon’s girlfriend (YAY) and Star Wars fan. Alec looks like he is on the way to a golf course and he apparently planned the Valentine’s/Institute’s anniversary party which has an ‘AH-mazing’ theme and will happen tonight. Jace is also around and he’s been transformed into a barista who works at Java Jace. 😀 He’s actually Clary’s boyfriend so we do get some AU Clace kisses before she remembers that she’s on her way to Magnus.
Back in the real world, Meliorn and Jace are about to face a demon attack. The demons managed to get into the Seelie realm due to the open door to the other dimension. After an insulting quip, Jace prepares for a fight.
Clary has finally found Magnus, who has the fashion sense of a senior citizen, and she gets a tarot card reading that’s all about love. Clary is distracted once again, but this changes when Chairman Meow shows up. Real life Magnus Bane doesn’t have a cat so Clary remembers her mission and confesses why she’s come. At first Magnus doesn’t believe that he’s really talking to a Shadowhunter, but stubborn Clary quickly changes his mind. They wake up Magnus’s dormant warlock magic and work together to find the important Portal. Thanks to Magnus’s magic they realise that the Portal is in the Institute – hooray! This should be easy. Clary gets a 911 text from Izzy so she tell Magnus to meet her at the party at 7 p.m. before hurrying off.
Izzy’s emergency is a black eye that she got in her kickboxing class. She is freaking out because of the party that night, but Clary covers the bruises with make-up so all is well again. She also asks her friend to put Magnus on the guest list.
The party is finally happening and the gang is dressed up to the nines. Jocelyn and Valentine are completely lovey-dovey while dancing, Jace is nervous to meet Mr Morgenstern and our Clary is distracted because she’s waiting for Magnus’s arrival. Jace still manages to convince his love to dance with him.
Real world Jace has much bigger fish to fry since he’s fighting some demons and also has to deal with being tracked through the parabatai bond which is very painful. He gets knocked down and a demon manages to follow Clary into the alternate dimension – uh-oh.
There, Magnus didn’t actually end up being on the guest list, but Alec notices him and takes care of it. He hits on Magnus, but is turned down because the warlock needs to help Clary who is still dancing with Jace.
Simon and Clary have a quick chat – he wants to ask Izzy to move in with him – before Magnus finds Clary. At first she doesn’t recognise him, but after he shows her his magic, she remembers and they wander off to get to the Portal. Too bad Jace sees and follows them. He isn’t happy that Clary is with another man so he breaks up with her! He storms off but the demon that followed Clary into this alternate dimension jumps out of nowhere. Before anything bad can happen, the demon is temporarily taken down by Clary. You go girl!
Back in the Seelie realm, Jace is awake again and follows Clary and the demon. He takes over AU Jace, who is very freaked out by the demon. Once Jace is really Jace, the demon is getting his/her butt kicked by the Shadowhunters, but still manages to stab Jace with a venom-filled tentacle. This is really bad because there’s no stele around to heal Jace. He insists on finding the Portal to get to Valentine. Magnus finds the Portal and after using Clary’s Portal shard as the key, opens it to send Clary and Jace away.
They finally end up in Valentine’s lab in Chernobyl and although Jace activates his healing rune it’s not working 100%. He soldiers on and they explore the lair. Jace realises that Valentine is making an army. That’s not the biggest shock, though, because the pair hears a noise coming from a locker and when Jace opens it, he finds a man locked up inside. Jace is completely shocked and almost tears up because the man turns out to be … his father!
At the Institute
At the Institute things are tense between Isabelle and Alec. Izzy is clearly on Team Clary & Jace whereas Alec is on Team Lydia & the Clave. Lydia is interrogating one of the Shadowhunters who promptly tells her that the person who attacked him in last week’s episode must have been a Shadowhunter. Lydia looks at Izzy and Alec and we know that this won’t bode well.
She apologises to Alec and then arrests Isabelle for high treason. Yep, you read that right. The next bombshell that is dropped: if Izzy is found guilty, she will be stripped off her runes and be forced to live as a mundane.
Later, ‘Love birds’ Alec and Lydia talk about Izzy’s arrest. Alec confesses that Clary, Jace, Izzy and some Downworlders were all involved in setting Meliorn free and while he gets that they are guilty, he still wants to save his sister. He reveals that he does have the Mortal Cup which he wants to trade for Izzy’s freedom. Yeah, too bad Jace stole the cup in last week’s episode. Alec quickly realises this and he’s pissed.
He confronts Isabelle with what he has learnt and he needs Jace and the Cup to return immediately to save his sister. Jace is still in the Seelie realm, though, so he can’t be tracked. The only way to find him is through the parabatai bond which could have serious consequences. Worst case scenario: the parabatai bond between Alec and Jace gets destroyed. Alec no longer cares because his friends has already broken his trust so he is willing to risk everything. Izzy is shocked and so are Lydia and Hodge. The latter is stunned when Alec says “Jace is dead to me”, but he nevertheless helps by drawing a rune over Alec’s parabatai rune to find Jace. The tracking works, but weakens the bond immensely.
Alec and Lydia find the Seelie glade, but Jace is of course already gone so it’s back to the Institute. There he talks to Izzy again who is definitely going to trial now since the Cup is gone. She tries to comfort her big brother who apologises to her.
Luke and Simon
Our new favourite vampire has been promoted to vampire ambassador and visits his buddy Luke at the Jade Wolf. The werewolves aren’t very happy about having Simon in their midst, but alpha Luke tells them to calm down so they do. Simon is having trouble adjusting to his vampire unlife, like not being able to control his fangs, and asks Luke for help.
Strolling outside the Jade Wolf, Luke plays Obi-Wan to Simon’s Luke while they talk about Clary and the animosity between vampires and werewolves. Suddenly the officer from Internal Affairs shows up, wanting to arrest Luke for the demonic murders. Simon, who hasn’t gotten the hang of his vampire impulses yet, attacks Fiske and knocks him unconscious.
Once Fiske is conscious again, he comes face to face with the demonic killer aka Simon who wants to drain Fiske of his blood. Heroic Luke shows up, though, and ‘kills’ Simon by shooting him six times. He then turns around to Fiske and says, “I told you it wasn’t me.” Of course Simon is still very much ‘alive’ and he has saved the day/Luke’s job!
Rants and Raves
- Polar Opposites: The alternate universe was fun since some of the characters stayed the same, like Clary and Simon, and others were completely different. Izzy was adorable and I would have loved to have seen Simon’s ‘Let’s move in together’ proposal. Alec looked like he was going to the Hamptons, but he was ‘out and proud’ which I liked. Nice throwback to Magnus’s ‘I love a challenge’ comment in the real world. Jace was completely different, but it was nice to see a Jace that didn’t feel that confident and cocky. His reaction to the demon was pretty funny.
Jocelyn and Valentine were cute together and it made me a little wistful of what could have been. I certainly got some ‘Clary in Edom’ vibes. Also thumbs up for Magnus calling Clary ‘biscuit’.
- Real dimension vs alternate dimension: I liked the effects in this episode, how it was shown when Clary was being consumed by the other dimension’s Clary. The blurring effect between what was real and what wasn’t was a nice touch. I also liked the lighting in this episode and I wish there’d be more episodes where there was natural light. Everything seems more real this way.
- Clary and Jace fight the demon: The fighting scene was pretty great! Kat and Dom trained hard and in my opinion it totally shows. I hope we’ll get to see more of that in season 2.
- Simon and Jace: I’m so glad Simon is making my raves list week after week. Alberto is just so good as Simon and #DarkSimon was fun. It was of course obvious what he was really doing, but his innocent grin paired with the lighting was still creepy.
My MVP of this episode was Jace, though, because I loved how Dominic portrayed him! Insecure and scared Jace was great, but Jace who had just seen his back-from-the-dead-father was wow! Jace looked so shattered that I wanted to hug him and tell him that everything would be okay!
- Church and Chairman Meow: We finally saw our favourite felines on the TV show and they looked a lot like I had always imagined them. Good casting choices 🙂
- Alec’s Behavior: “Jace is dead to me.” No, just no. You say one more word and you are dead to ME, Alexander Gideon Lightwood! Just what the heck? This is wrong on so many levels and I am mad. Did *I* end up in an alternate dimension where Alec and Jace don’t love each other as fiercely as brothers?
- Parabatai Tracking can break the Parabatai Bond: I’m sorry, what? I get that the writers are taking liberties with Cassie’s books and that not everything that’s in the books can be translated to the small screen, but this really irritated me. The parabatai bond is so important in the Shadowhunter Chronicles universe and it can only be broken by death, exile or when one Shadowhunter turns into a Downworlder. The suggestion that the bond can be broken by parabatai tracking is diminishing the whole concept of parabatai.
- Always Lydia: Just like Alyssa I cannot stand Lydia. She is causing so much unnecessary drama between the Lightwoods and also Alec and Jace. She’s like the Clave’s lapdog and I completely agree with what Izzy told her.
- Church and Chairman Meow: Yes, the cat duo made it into the TV show, but they were only shown in the alternate universe. I get that working with animals is tough, but it would have been nice to see Church and/or the Chairman in the real Shadowhunters universe. I would have been happy with Church curled up on Izzy’s bed or giving Jace the stink eye and Chairman Meow running through Magnus’s apartment chasing something. Maybe this can be changed in season 2, we’ll see.
- Michael Wayland is Alive: What? I am still stunned by this, but I do know that I don’t like it.
Shadowhunters airs Tuesdays at 9/8c on Freeform.
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