Back in January I wrote a review of the Shadowhunters premiere, so it seemed only fitting that I write a blog about my thoughts on the season overall. For those who don’t know, Shadowhunters is about an eighteen year old girl named Clary. She finds out she is part of a secret race of Shadowhunters (half angel half human demon fighters) .
At the start of the season, I was disappointed in the storyline and the dialogue, but I had high hopes for future episodes. The dialogue did improve throughout the season, but I’m still not thrilled with the overall direction of the show.
Seemingly insignificant details from the book have been changed. This doesn’t seem like a problem until you get to later books (later in the show’s storyline). It will eventually leave holes in the plot that will most likely change the entire plot of later books.
The show itself, however, is getting better. The actors are really growing into their characters, and I am learning to accept the small changes the actors have made to their characters. One of my biggest problems with the acting was mainly due to the dialogue, which did improve. Some of my favorite actors to watch are Alberto Rosende (Simon), Matthew Daddario (Alec), Harry Shum Jr. (Magnus), and Emeraude Toubia (Isabelle). I feel like they really understand who their characters are, and they keep true to their characters even when changes cause characters to do/say things their character in the book would never say. The other actors are not doing a bad job. It’s just all the changes to the plot have changed their characters a little too much for my liking.
Because of the storyline, some of the characters have been altered from their original personalities in the book. Considering what the actors were given to work with I think they did a really good job. Simon is the most accurate to the book so far. The writers know he is a fan favorite, so they are trying to add him into the plot more. Even though this causes changes to the plot, Alberto is doing an excellent job staying true to “book Simon.” This is most likely due to the fact that he was a fan of The Mortal Instruments books before he was cast in the show.
The fight scenes are another aspect of the show that has gotten better over time. Specifically the fights between Shadowhunters (not a spoiler!) are really well done.
Overall I would say the show is a little above average. There are some really convincing moments in the show where I am really engaged in the scene, and there are some moments where I feel like some scenes would never happen based on who the characters are, and the plot of the book. I want the show to do well, and I love watching characters I love brought to life. On the other hand, I am a fan of the book, so I am likely to be more critical of the story and changes.
If you are looking for a new show to watch I would recommend Shadowhunters. If you are a fan of the book, I will tell you to expect some major changes, and if you’re not a fan of the book,-8 give the world and the show a chance. High fantasy is not an easy thing to learn. You have to give it a few episodes for things to start making sense. Shadowhunters was renewed for a second season, so I am looking forward to see how they will handle the changes they made.