Shadowhunters is a cheesy fantasy show airing on a network that nobody’s heard of (the former ABC Family, now confusingly called Freeform). But maybe because this show slid so far under the radar, it was able to capture a ton of the subversiveness of the books by Cassandra Clare, including both same-sex relationships…
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Alec was about to get hitched to Lydia. As powerful Shadowhunters, they’d rule the Institute, restore the Lightwood name, spend their lives in a loveless union, etc. But Alec’s feelings could not be denied, and with the season finale coming next week, Shadowhunters finally delivered with “Malec.”
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Shadowhunters’ first season wraps up April 5, and with the Mortal Cup already in hand, the show has ramped up the personal drama as the mission to take down Valentine continues. In “Blood Calls to Blood,” Jace and Clary endured a series of revelations that culminated in the show’s most shocking moment so far.
On “This World Inverted,” Clary’s search for her mother takes her through a portal into a sun-dappled dimension where Shadowhunters don’t exist, but nerdcore most certainly does. The best character is (as always) Magnus, who now favors cardigans and cats, and peddles his fortune-telling trade via cheesy infomercials.
We may gently mock Shadowhunters on a weekly basis, but the supernatural creaturefest/fashion parade has been a hit for Freeform—and it’ll be returning for season two. The news was announced during a giddy Facebook chat session, which yielded no other new information except for the fact that the cast has a bet going…
Look at those cheerful faces. Clave envoy Lydia (a prickly taskmaster, haunted by a terrible tragedy in her past) and Alec (a guy who’s pissed at his parents and in major denial about his attraction to Magnus) are newly engaged. “Rise Up” cements their partnership which is also Shadowhunters’ most unlikely alliance.
We already knew that Simon was on his way to becoming a full-fledged vampire on Shadowhunters, and last night on “Bad Blood,” he finally crossed the line from whiny sidekick to whiny bloodsucker. Great. But his weepy transformation did reveal one hilarious thing about vamps in the Shadowhunters universe.
After ending last week’s episode by announcing she knew how to find the Mortal Cup, Clary gets her mitts on it in “Major Arcana.” Now that the hunt for the cup is over, the Shadowhunters gang can spend the rest of the season trying to rescue Clary’s mom and take down Valentine forever.
Episode six, “Of Men and Angels,” might as well have been titled “Exposition and Flashbacks.” But great balls o’ fire, that elusive Mortal Cup finally showed itself! There was just one big problem: since it appeared in one of those endless flashbacks, we didn’t actually see the thing do any magic.
Scifi/fantasy author Sherrilyn Kenyon is suing scifi/fantasy author Cassandra Clare, claiming that the latter’s Shadowhunters series (also known as The Mortal Instruments) is copying elements of the former’s Dark-Hunter series.
Simon’s been mooning over Clary since before Shadowhunters began—they’ve been friends their entire lives. (Emphasis on friends.) But until last week, we never realized how deeply Alec felt for Jace. Lingering awkwardness led to the below heart-to-heart ’twixt bros on last night’s “Moo Shu To Go.”
Very little hell was raised on “Raising Hell,” and we’re no closer to finding that goddamn Mortal Cup. But we did learn why Alec is so miffed by Clary, and it’s not because she’s been leading the Shadowhunters crew on a wild goose chase after her memories for the past four episodes. Nope. It’s because he’s jealous!
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Amid the many vapid delights of “Dead Man’s Party”—casual grave-robbing; a motorcycle modified to run on “demon energy;” a seduction scene that tries to make a guy with a mullet seem dreamy—this last-act tableaux might have been the episode’s finest moment.
Shadowhunters’ second episode, “The Descent Into Hell Isn’t Easy,” saw Clary and company making multiple attempts to jog her memories and hopefully get closer to saving her mother and the world. But the only character who seems to have a brain on this show is the one who wiped Clary’s mind in the first place.
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Cassandra Clare’s YA book series begat the 2013 film The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones—a box-office disappointment that didn’t capture why so many people loved the books. Round two: TV adaptation Shadowhunters, which is actually way better suited to the dark fantasy material.