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'Shadowhunters' roundtable: Waiting for your ship to come in

Season 1 | Episode 2 | “The Descent Into Hell Is Easy” | Aired Jan 19, 2015

Each week, EW Community Contributors Terri Clark and Zakiya Jamal, both passionate fans of Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series, will discuss the newest episode of Shadowhunters.

SPOILER ALERT: There are minimal spoilers from the books. Read at your own risk. If you have NOT read the books, what are you waiting for? Nothing, and we mean NOTHING, beats them!

Terri: Mick Jagger, oh, please. This Jace wishes he had that kind of swagger.

Zakiya: Yeah, I really want to like Dominic Sherwood, but he just doesn’t do it for me. Why couldn’t Jamie Campbell Bower just be Jace again? WHY?

Simon and Izzy

Terri: I laughed out loud at Simon’s declaration that he was tough, and his flirtation with Izzy was just as adorkable as you’d hope. The two actually have good chemistry.

Zakiya: Yeah, I really like the “Sizzy” relationship. Still impatiently waiting for “Malec,” though. Also, isn’t it a bit soon for Clary and Jace to be holding hands?

Terri: It seemed forced. What did you think of our first peek at WereLuke? We didn’t see him turn, but heard his growls during the fight with a Circle member.

Zakiya: Eh, it was fine. Honestly, #OldSpiceLuke isn’t doing it for me either. I’m trying to get past this whole detective thing, but it’s REALLY hard. Give me the Luke who loves books, please!

Terri: Cops can love books! One change that shocked me was Hodge. In the book, he’s an elder mentor described as a “kindly college professor.” Now he’s a fearless and fit weapons trainer.

Zakiya: I don’t know how I feel about this. Hodge shouldn’t be hot.

Terri: Another surprise: Dot is alive and a warlock! We see her and Luke flex their proverbial pecs at each other, neither one entirely trusting the other, but both agreeing that they must find Clary.

Zakiya: Dot and Luke fighting is interesting to me. Also, I know we can trust Luke, but he’s SO shady right now. And who is that detective guy he’s having secret chats with?

Terri: Someone from his pack, perhaps? One change I kinda dig is the amulet. The gift of sight is a definite storytelling cheat, but it works well here. However, the best part of that scene is Simon’s line: “Great. I’ll drive. What? Unless you have a Shadowhunter-mobile or something.”

Zakiya: I love the van! I feel like it’s such a key part of Simon’s dorkiness, and I’m glad they included it in the show. And yeah, the amulet seems strange to me, because it’s new and I’m not sure I really understand how it works. At first she was able to see her mom, but now she can see Dot. Does she just have to think of someone and then she knows where they are?

Harry Shum, Jr as Magnus BaneTerri: If so, could she please think of a better Magnus Bane! It slays me to say this, but Harry’s portrayal was positively painful. His theatrics made me physically squirm. Let’s hope he finds his footing sooner rather than later. He looks the part, but his overacting doesn’t convey the sexy, the braggadocio, and the mystery that is Magnus Bane.

Zakiya: I 100 percent agree. I love Harry Shum as an actor, but I can’t stand him as Magnus. And I LOVED Magnus in the books, so this really pains me. Also, one more time, where is Malec?

Terri: Patience—your ship will soon sail. Hey, did Izzy sound decidedly more Latina to you? And if so, shouldn’t her brother too?

Emeraude Toubia and Matthew Daddario

Zakiya: Yes! I was thinking the same thing. I know the actress playing her is Latina, but the Lightwoods are definitely white (unless there’s something we don’t know). I hate when an actor of color has to play white, but for this I think she has to. Also, is Max going to be on this show? Because he hasn’t shown up yet and I’m concerned.

Terri: I don’t know—I think the Lightwoods could be Latino, but then Alec should be too. They’re damn gorgeous siblings! I finally saw some appeal in Dominic too: “It’s cute—you assume I have feelings.” His charm shines through most in his moments of humor.

Zakiya: Ugh, that line actually made me cringe. But to be honest, I wasn’t that big of a Jace fan in the books. At least not the first three. The last three books, I liked him way more.

Silent Brother

Terri: My cringe moment came with the Silent Brothers; they’re even more frightening on film than I imagined. I would’ve liked that scene more drawn out, though. The books make the danger and fear so palpable, but they rushed through it.

Zakiya: I wasn’t expecting the Silent Brothers to look like that. In my imagination, their eyes and mouth were always just shut, but not sewn shut. Also, am I the only one who jumped when Simon was grabbed in the van?

Terri: I leaped too! The Night Children have him and, knowing what we do, I can’t wait to see what happens next.

Zakiya: Question: Was that Raphael? Because I love him and would like to see more of him.

Terri: That’s my guess, so next week should be fun. They’re certainly speeding along. I’ll bet they’ll deliver the entire first book in the 13 episodes. My last thought is this: Matthew Daddario, where have you been all my life, you breathtaking boy? Despite my aforementioned concerns with Harry, I can’t wait to see Malec. Please oh, please, don’t disappoint.

Zakiya: I mean I think I’ve said this enough times … but I also can’t wait to see Malec. Alec is literally the only thing keeping me interested in this show right now. I’m trying really hard to like it, but I’m still very annoyed with all the changes. But I will push through and keep watching—at least until the end of the first season.

Shadowhunters airs Tuesdays at 9/8C on Freeform (formerly ABC Family).