Compared to the first episode (The Mortal Cup) they slowed things down considerably.
The episode starts where The Mortal Cup left off. Clary's choice, go with Simon and to the cops to find her mother, or Jace. Guess who she ended up with?
Although Clary is still moving at super-speed to find her mother (I don't think she's breathed in the last two episodes), it shouldn't be surprising that she choose to go with Jace. With him she does have a slightly better chance to find her mother faster than if she choose Simon, or pseudo-stepfather (and cop) Luke. What is surprising is how easily Jace let Simon into the Shadowhunter world.
Though considering, I guess Jace will do anything to find the Mortal Cup, and seemingly for Clary.
Alec isn't too thrilled that Clary has chosen to be with Jace, and that he allowed Simon into the Institute. Isabelle on the other hand, is intrigue. Upon introductions, Simon is immediately smitten with the gorgeous Isabelle Lightwood. But we all know where his heart truly lies. Clary is his main concern. No matter how weird things get, or how dangerous. They are a package deal.
Simon is blocked, but Isabelle volunteers to watch Simon. Thinking it will be fun to have some breakfast with the mundane. Jace thinks otherwise, saying it might be safer for him to take on the runes then Izzy's cooking.
Jace takes Clary to the training room where she meets training master Hodge Starkweather. Hodge mistakes Clary for her mother, Jocelyn. Which adds to Clary's intrigue about the whole situation. Clary finds out along with Hodge, and Valentine, that her own mother was apart of the Circle. A group of rouge Shadowhunters.
Hodge can only say so much because of a rune that was placed on him to burn/torture him if he should speak about anything involving the Circle and its members. The only thing of real value that they can get out of him without hurting him too much was Jocelyn being apart of the Circle. Meaning Clary and Jace still don't have any real answers.
Pondering the news they get from Hodge, Jace realizes that Clary's memories have been erased. Of course, we know from whom from episode one. The only logical thought is to find someway to get Clary's memories back. But before they even get to that Clary begins to get visions. Remember that necklace her mom gave her from episode one, yea it comes in handy now.
With one touch (and thought of Dot) Clary can see clearly where Dot is. What bugs me, is that Clary is yet again not phased by any this. Like visions are no big deal. Though considering what she's done, seen, and said up to this point I think visions are low on her lists of worries at the moment. They're helpful, and that's all that concerns Clary.
They arrive too late to save Dot. Bummer. And Clary can't see where she is after her disappearance.
Next stop Silent Brothers.
Jace has the brilliant idea to take Clary to the City of Bones to see the dreaded Silent Brothers. Isabelle and Alec are less than thrilled about this idea.
Two things; (1) the City of Bones is a burial ground for all Shadowhunters that have passed on (we find out that Jace's father is dead, but wasn't buried in the City of Bones). The runes on the deceased Shadowhunters act as a very powerful force field. (2) Silent Brothers are in fact Shadowhunters, but instead of fighting like Jace, Alec and Isabelle they are more keepers of knowledge and power. And they are creepy as hell.
With a sword known as the "Soul Sword" they are able to retrieve Clary's memories by piercing her mind with the sword. And things should go wrong, she'll die. Fun, right? Of course, our young protagonist doesn't hesitate to do just that.
The City of Bones is located under a bridge in New York. Really? Once again, Simon can't enter the City of Bones because the runes would really kill him. So he is left outside with less than thrilled Alec, and the curious Isabelle.
Jace and Clary enter the City of Bones (light can be found even in the darkest of places) and confront the Silent Brothers. For some reason, they can't access all of Clary's memories. Once again, we know who has sealed most of her memories off.
Oh, and Valentine is Clary's father.
This anguish I believe. The other shoe has finally dropped, and things are only getting started.
Though this tidbit is harsh, it isn't surprising. The way Hodge spoke of Jocelyn and Valentine it was evident that they had something between them.
Clary shared the news with the others, Jace shows no emotion but Alec is pissed. He didn't trust her to begin with, and that just gave him more of a reason to hate her even more. But everything is put on hold when Simon gets kidnapped by a vampire. Yes, a freakin' vampire. First its demons, now its vampires.
The vampire makes a deal with them. The Mortal Cup, for Simon.
This is where The Descent Into Hell is Easy ends. Simon's life hangs in the balance because of some mystical cup.
The next episode (airs January 26th) aptly named Dead Man's Party focus's on the group saving Simon from the vampires. According to the promo, Simon is held captive at The Hotel DuMort. Meanwhile, Jace is helping Clary find her inner Shadowhunter, and the powers that come along with it. In the meantime, we should prepare ourselves for the encounter between Simon and vampire clan leader, Camille.
The characters and dialogue are still a bit flat, but it's the only the second episode. The banter between Simon and Izzy was enjoyable, and the pain Hodge went through to give some knowledge to Jace and Clary was heart-wrenching. Fell in love with Alec's attitude and hard exterior. He made me laugh when he couldn't take Simon's excessive talking and questioning.