Shadowhunters Episodes 5 & 6

Warning: This post does contain spoilers for book the Shadowhunters TV show and The Mortal Instruments book series

Episode 5: Moo Shu to Go

First Impressions

In this episode, it is revealed that Clary’s necklace that was given to her by Dot is actually a portal shard. Alec sees this as an opportunity to take the necklace away from Clary until they and figure out how to use the necklace for the good of the Clave (Good old goody-two-shoes Alec). The one flaw in Alec’s plan is that he puts the necklace away right in front of Clary and Jace, so they know exactly where it is and that they need Alec’s stele to retrieve the necklace. We are also introduced to Maryse in this episode, and she is every bit as mean and scary as you would think she’d be. Clary draws a very accurate picture of Valentine and just crumples it up and throws it on the floor of the institute where anyone can find it (mind you, at this point there is still potential for Jace to think Valentine is his father–this may not be part of the show at all).

We are also introduced to Maryse in this episode, and she is every bit as mean and scary as you would think she’d be. Clary draws a very accurate picture of Valentine and just crumples it up and throws it on the floor of the institute where anyone can find it (mind you, at this point there is still potential for Jace to think Valentine is his father–this may not be part of the show at all).

Clary draws a very accurate picture of Valentine and just crumples it up and throws it on the floor of the institute where anyone can find it (mind you, at this point there is still potential for Jace to think Valentine is his father–this may not be part of the show at all).

I am very glad that the Jonathan Christopher storyline is alive and well (no pun intended… okay maybe it was intended).

Throughout this entire episode, Simon has the sight, super strength, and newfound parkour skills but no one seems to care too much that this could mean something.

The Jade Wolf is pretty much exactly how I thought it would look.

Okay. Can I just ask why they have to gradually move their faces closer to each other when they do that stupid parabatai tracking?? It’s like some weird romantic foreshadowing but come on, enough with that.

Luke’s entrance at the end is totally creepy when he finds Clary in the train container and he’s like “I finally found you, Clary.” Yeah… I’d be freaked out too.

What I Missed

I feel like TV Izzy is much warmer and fuzzier than book Izzy, she was kind of cold and a lot less accepting of Clary so quickly.

Why is Jace practicing in slow motion while Maryse watches proudly, I get that she’s basically his mother so it makes sense that she’d be proud, but why slow motion? It’s a bit unnecessary.

Clary’s training is moving very quickly considering that they have not shown very much of her training, she’s getting really good really fast.

There’s a weird moment where Valentine is speaking another language without subtitles, I’m assuming it’s Russian or something because he’s in Chernobyl for some strange reason I still don’t understand.

I entirely missed the connection between the faery blood and the forsaken the first time around, so that’s their explanation as to how they could breach the institute since these special forsaken have the blood of demons and angels? I’m not entirely certain on this either.

I love the on-screen relationship between Izzy and Alec, they come across like genuine siblings and it makes the show a bit more life-like even in the midst of all the fantasy.

Final Thoughts 

This episode shows a little bit of hope that book storylines may still be intact so I’m interested to see what happens.

Favorite Quote (I have a few from this one)

  1. Jace: What did you do, put my leather jacket in the washing machine again?
  2.  Alec: You were engaged? I’m almost certain I don’t want to hear this story
  3. Simon: Do you normally handcuff everyone you talk to? This guy must have the scariest online profile ever.

Grade: C+

Episode 6: Of Men and Angels

First Impressions

At the end of episode 5, Luke kills the alpha of his pack and becomes the new alpha. He also is apparently dying because he was bitten by the previous alpha before he killed him. Which makes absolutely no sense. There is no way that Luke wold die from this because he is the alpha now and (at least I would think) he should now be immune to this “alpha bite.” If there is any clarification as to why this happened I would love to hear it. I mean let’s just hypothetically say that Luke did die from the bite. Who would be his successor as the new alpha since the person who killed him is already dead? He hasn’t had any time to name anyone as his second in command so the whole ordeal just doesn’t quite work. Those are just my thoughts. The whole healing process lasts throughout the entire episode and turns into some cheesy wy for Magnus to call Alec over to use his shadowhunter strength even though Clary and Jace could have also done this job… okay I’ll stop now.

Jace says “I don’t do mundane driving.” Is shadowhunter driving really that different. He seemed pretty confident on a hyper-speed vampire motorcycle a couple episodes back. I mean what do they do portal everywhere? That seems like it would take a toll on you after a while and you’d need a constant warlock to help create them,so it seems unlikely that Jace doesn’t know at least the basics of driving (like how to not wrap your car around a pole).

“We’re Lightwoods. We break noses and accept the consequences.” Ummmmmm okay? I’m not sure if that’s a great sentiment and it definitely doesn’t seem like an Alec thing to say but whatever.

These flashbacks, as I know many agree, are ridiculous because they got younger actors to play the roles who look nothing like the current characters. The youth does not show a possibility that Jocelyn could have already given birth to Jonathan Christopher before she ran off with the cup because she looks about 16 years old.

I had a little laugh when Robert gives Izzy a cookbook because we all know Izzy sucks at cooking. It’s a cute running joke throughout the books and they’re putting it in the show cutely too.

Alright. The arranged marriage BS comes into play here and is just another ridiculous addition to the show that is completely unnecessary. The writers are making it so that the Lightwood children have no idea that their parents were a part of Valentine’s circle and, therefore, were not sent to run the New York institute as punishment. Apparently the children think the Lightwoods have a great reputation, so when they go on a bunch of unsanctioned missions they have ruined the Lightwood name making it necessary to create a political alliance through an arranged marriage. What? No. Just no.

Alec then joins everyone at Magnus’ place because he feels betrayed by his parents and subconsciously loves Magnus.

The stupidest thing Clary has ever thought in this show thus far is that Luke could possibly be her father. When he explains that he and Jocelyn were always in love she has this dumb moment, but I mean come on Clary. You’re literally a white ginger. It’s a pretty far stretch to think your father could be a black guy (I mean no offense, but it’s true).

What I Missed

Simon is still figuring out what is happening to him and licks his own blood because he apparently feels so inclined. I thought it was funny.

Simon makes a bet with Jace “20 bucks says he [Alec] leaves you hanging tonight. I missed this first time around and totally didn’t get why Simon gives Jace 20 bucks at the end of the episode.

Jace is so brooding when Simon walks in one the Clace moment at the end of the episode. And Simon, feeling rejected lays down the 20 for his bet with Jace and runs off home.

I noticed a little detail with Izzy sending a fire message and I liked the animation of it flaming up and disappearing. It’s the perfect image of what I thought a fire message would look like, although we don’t see what it looks like on the receiving end.

Final Thoughts 

This episode ends with Clary accidentally pushing the JC box into her sketch book and then she’s just like “I know where the cup is!” Girl, you don’t even know what you just did. Good luck.

Favorite Quote

I didn’t write one down whoops. I guess nothing struck my fancy.

Grade: C

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