Based on the bestselling young adult fantasy book series The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare, "Shadowhunters" follows Clary Fray, who finds out on her birthday that she is not who she was thought to believe she is, but rather someone coming from a long line of Shadowhunters - human-angel hybrids who hunt down demons. Now thrown into the world of demon hunting after her mother is kidnapped, Clary must rely on the stunningly mysterious Jace and his fellow Shadowhunters, Isabelle and Alec to navigate her way around this new world, known as the Shadow World. With her best friend Simon not far behind, Clary must now live among faeries, warlocks, vampires and werewolves to find answers that could help her find her mother. Nothing is as it seems, including her close family friend Luke who knows more than he is letting on, as well as the freewheeling warlock Magnus Bane who may hold the key or answers to unlocking Clary's past.
Life already gets harder when becoming officially an adult. But for Clary Fray, her life is about to be turned completely upside down.
Shadowhunters opens with our Shadowhunters Jace, Alec, and Isabelle tracking a shape-shifting demon that is selling mundane blood to two men (who we find out are Circle Members). Of course, destiny takes over, and it does not take long before Jace bumps into Clary with an introduction that will push these two off into what we are assuming via the books-is an epic love story filled with just about as much angst as one could tolerate. “You can see me?” Jace asks stunned as we transition into the very amazing title card.
We flashback 8 hours earlier where we find Clary at the Brooklyn Academy of Art, where she is submitting some of her work, in hopes of being accepted. Long story short, she is accepted, not because of her original work but because of her sketched ideas for a graphic novel and rune sketches. We see tons of congratulations from Simon to Dot to Jocelyn to Luke, before Clary goes off with Simon and Maureen (who in the show seems to be a member of the band, instead of a 14 year old crazy fan, like in the books) for her 18th birthday celebration, which includes watching Simon’s band, which is not so much a band as it is a duo.
We soon find ourselves back to the start of the episode, when Jace bumps into Clary, who can see him despite the glamour that conceals him from everyone else-who are mundanes. Jace is more than intrigued, as well as Clary who follows him into the club Pandemonium. It’s there where Clary gets a small glimpse of the demonic world that she is about to become a very important part of. From shape-shifting demons to mystical seraph blades that kill with too much ease, to say Clary was shocked would be a huge understatement.
All in all, welcome to the Shadow World, Clary Fray.
Clary believes she was drugged, and is having hallucinations because she believes that she killed a guy. But in fact, it was not a guy, but a demon. This provides the perfect latitude for Jocelyn to tell Clary about this world, which Clary was deprived of and kept hidden from, for so long. So, Jocelyn enlists the help of her warlock friend Dot, with creating the potion and creating portals and such, to help send Clary someone safe, now that the Circle has found her and more than anything desire to possess the Mortal Cup for Valentine. So as Clary is sent through a portal to the police station where Luke, the one person her mother says to trust. But, consequently she learns that he has been using her and her mother to find the Mortal Cup (only we know this to be untrue. One of the many benefits of having read the books).
Knowing no one to turn to at the moment, she returns home, of course. Only Clary does not know that her mother has taken a sleeping potion and was taken by the Circle. At this point Clary doesn’t know that her mother is in danger only that she has to return home because where else is she going to go?
When Clary returns home, she finds a pool of blood on the ground and the place ripped to shreds. She breaks down crying out for her mother before gathering herself and going to find out what the hell happened. She finds her friend Dot, who is really insistent when it comes to knowing where the Mortal Cup is (totally weird, if you ask me). Turns out Dot isn’t actually Dot but a Ravener demon sent by the Circle, I assume, to find out where the Mortal Cup is. While Clary manages to stab the thing, she soon watches as Dot morphs into the grotesque true nature of the demon, and it takes a bite out of her before Jace kills it (of course, he answered with a snarky comeback, “What, no thank you for saving your life?”). Jace starts talking about Ravener demons and such which has Clary’s head spinning, but that’s also because she’s got demon venom racing through her veins. Jace catches her as she falls and carries her back to the Institute. But what I am pretty sure had all of us, Clace fans, jumping in our seats, was the fact that Jace said, "I got you," whilst carrying an unconscious Clary out of her apartment.
Clary wakes up in the Institute’s infirmary, where she comes face-to-face — or actually forehead to face with Isabelle. It is not long before Jace and Alec enter as they argue about whether or not Clary is a mundane. It’s a nice banter between the parabatai — “Here’s a word you don’t hear me say often, please.” — and we see Alec’s jealousy come out as he’s surprised by Jace’s interest in this girl that just came into their lives. We see Isabelle confront him about such in the hallway, but Alec says it is this girl who compromised their mission to find out who is behind the killings, that has him feeling this way. (But, come on we know better).
Once alone, Jace tries to summarize the basics of the Shadow World to Clary, to the certain point where all of this information literally has her head spinning. Clary then gets a call from Simon who made handy use of the “Find Your Friends” app and locates Clary at an abandoned church (to what Simon believes Clary has acquired a meth problem).
Outside the Institute, Clary greets Simon (with a glamoured Jace in the shadows) when one of the Circle members confronts her, and Jace, being her knight in black leather, fights him. Clary’s watching this invisible battle in horror as Simon continues to be confused as hell. “This is for my father,” Jace say as he stabs the man, ending up killing the Circle member. Once, everyone, is all "de-glamorized" things begin to heat up. Simon begs Clary to go with him to find and talk to Luke, but Clary tells him, that Luke can no longer be trusted. But Jace is concerned with keeping her safe because she is one of them; she’s a Shadowhunter (but of course, we know it is more than that). One of the great things about this scene was how the love triangle was so perfectly set-up — with both Jace and Simon holding one hand out, begging for Clary to go with them, and with Clary standing in between them, torn in half about who to follow, who to choose.
Cut to a heated Valentine — “I don’t see the Mortal Cup!”. While they didn’t find the Cup, they did find a daughter. Jocelyn’s daughter. That silences Valentine, and you can see the gears in his head turning as he puts the pieces together. This daughter is his daughter, as well. “Well,” he says in a remarkably calm manner, “I’d like to speak to Jocelyn’s daughter.”