Shadowhunters, Episode 3 – “Dead Man’s Party” Review: Freeform Gets Sexy!

Warning: The following review contains spoilers from this week’s episode of Shadowhunters.

Things have gotten way more difficult for our Shadowhunter-foursome after vampires have kidnapped Simon (Alberto Rosende) and now his life is in danger. They want the Mortal Cup in exchange for him, but they don’t have it nor know where it is. To make matters worse, Alec (Matthew Daddario), one of the Shadowhunters helping Clary (Katherine McNamara), wants to report the fact they’ve discovered she is Valentine’s daughter to The Clave, essentially the law enforcers of the shadow world. She tries to reason with him, but Alec doesn’t seem willing to budge or warm up to her at all.

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Back at The Hotel Du Mort, the vampire hangout where Simon’s being held captive, he tries to reason with them by explaining that he isn’t valuable as a hostage whatsoever. While not as funny as his usual dialogue, I did feel sympathy for the character seeing as he’s only caught up in this mess is because of Clary. The vampires themselves don’t seem very scary, and the close up of Raphael Santiago’s (David Castro) “vampire” teeth was more comical than anything else. They also seem to be treating Simon a lot better than I’d expected – little torture and a very comfortable space – which makes for disappointing conflict in “Dead Man’s Party”. He’s even allowed to walk freely about in the hotel; doesn’t make for a very convincing kidnapping.

On another negative note: Clary is starting to get on my nerves. She’s been a Shadowhunter for about one day and she’s acting like she knows exactly how to save Simon. I understand her feeling desperate, but she should follow the guidance of the more experienced Shadowhunters. I’m pretty sure she can trust that they have a better plan than whatever she can come up with. Chill out, Clary, just go with the flow!

That being said, I am glad that Alec and the other Shadowhunters shed some light on the Downworlders, which is an umbrella term for any other supernatural being in the shadow world. This includes faeries, seelies, pixies, elves, and anyone else of half demon blood. Shadowhunters, on the other hand, are half human half angel. This part of the episode was definitely interesting and made me want to read the books even more; I do love fantasy creatures! Alec hints that Isabelle (Emeraude Toubia) has a thing for a particular seelie, which means more sexy-scenes to follow.

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Clary finally puts her big girl pants on and convinces the Shadowhunter trio to help her without the Clave’s approval, but they need to lay low and acquire weapons to invade the vampire-hotel without anyone knowing. This leads them to a dark graveyard where a secret stash of weapons were left by Shadowhunter ancestors, hidden under the grave of Mary Mulligan. One of my favorite moments from this scene was Jace (Dominic Sherwood) showing Clary how to use a Shadowhunter sword. He takes her hand with authority, letting Clary know the sword’s communicating directly to her. At that moment I wished I was Clary, because she’s so close to Jace and he’s so freaking hot! Sorry, my teenybopper is showing.

Meanwhile, Isabelle goes to seduce Meliorn (Jade Hassoune), a seelie, for information on how to break into the vampires’ lair. Seelies cannot lie and are very intelligent creatures. She appears in this little red dress, which I have no idea where she got it from, but I take back everything I said about censorship. It gets hot and heavy rather quickly as she unzips her dress to reveal a matching bra. The two passionately kiss and then Isabelle throws herself onto the bed. This scene was done tastefully well – not too raunchy, yet not too romantic. Bravo Freeform!

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Isabelle isn’t the only one getting some action; Simon becomes encanto by Camille (Kaitlyn Leeb), the other vampire captor. In his hypnotized state, she slowly sucks his blood while kisses him all over at the same time. He’s riding the hypno-high and happily goes along, yet unwillingly spills all the details to Camille about Clary; specifically, that she doesn’t know where the Mortal Cup is. This might not be good news for Simon, since it makes him expendable to the vampires.

While I’m not really sure how it pertains to the plot, I highly enjoyed the scene when Jace steals a magical flying motorcycle from a vampire. It’s fueled by demon energy and he takes Clary on a joy ride through the night’s sky. I guess it helps them get to the hotel, but they could’ve used a normal means. How Jace and Clary interactions together onscreen is one of my favorite parts of Shadowhunters; you can already feel a powerful attraction growing between them.

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As the Shadowhunters arrive at hotel, Isabelle and Alec provide distraction by going through the meatpacking entrance. She uses her whip and Alec a bow and arrow to fight the vampires. When the first vampires are killed they explode into a fiery mist, which is some cheesy looking effects but I can let it slide. The complex fighting sequences make up for it. Once Simon’s saved, he and Clary have a sexually charged reunion; he wants more than she’s willing to give. I believe this is the beginning of a love square between Jace, Clary, Simon and Isabelle.

There were some highs and lows to this episode;  I loved the sexy scenes, the introduction of other supernatural beings, and the fight sequences. However, I’m not a fan of the cheesy effects, the gaping plot hole surrounding how easily the vampires released Simon, nor how well they treated him as a hostage. I sort of blame that on the network because I don’t think they’re well versed on handling a fantasy genre program, but I’m hoping this is a “practice makes perfect” situation. I’m still looking forward to the next ,and am hopeful about the show overall in the grand scheme of things.

Shadowhunters airs Tuesday nights at 9pm EST on Freeform, the new ABC Family.

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  • Sexy scenes pushing the new Freeform envelope.
  • Well-choreographed fight scenes.
  • JACE


  • Clary's whining is becoming a bit much.
  • The special effects were rather cheesy.
  • Plot holes too big to ignore.
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