With only 5 episodes left it is time to look over the first season of Shadowhunters and tally up the things they got right, and the things that didn’t quite hit the mark. Shadowhunters plays Tuesdays at 9pm on Freeform and it has next day Netflix so make sure you don’t miss an episode! Check out the hits and misses below:
From the moment they first met I have been happy with how the show has handled Malec. Both Alec and Magnus are portrayed so well on this show and the two of them have real chemistry. I appreciate that they are taking things slow and building anticipation. You can tell that there is a connection between the two characters, but it is nice that time and attention is being taken to allow Alec to examine his feelings and discover who he is. Episode 12 is titled “Malec” so I am definitely looking forward to that one!
Part of what makes Malec so good is Alec himself. Matthew Daddario is doing and amazing job at bringing Alec to life on the small screen! In the book I wasn’t a huge fan of Alec, but the show has caused me to re-examine this opinion. With his stubbornness, good looks, and funny one-liners, Alec is most definitely one of the best parts of the show!
Izzy is a strong, smart, sexy young woman and she is not afraid to show it! Emeraude Toubia perfectly embodies all of Izzy’s characteristics that we fell in love with in the book. Izzy is a perfect example to girls everywhere that you can embrace your femininity while also kicking-butt. That girl is capable of wearing heels in any situation! Plus, there are lots of jokes about her horrible cooking.
4. Simon’s Transition
When it comes to Simon becoming a vampire, Shadowhunters is following the book excellently! I appreciate that they didn’t just turn him with a bite, they walked through the entire process. We are able to see Simon’s fear throughout the whole transition, especially because he has to deal with it alone. Not to mention, Alberto Rosende is absolutely killing it in this role! He is portraying all of Simons quirks and anxieties perfectly!
5. References to The Infernal Devices
As a fan of Cassandra Clare’s prequel series to The Mortal Instruments I have particularly been loving the small references made to it. First we had Jace make a comment about demon pox, something that the beloved Will Herondale was a firm believer in. Also, in the most recent episode we were introduced to Lydia Branwell, a relative to Henry and Charlotte Branwell. Lydia makes reference to Henry and Magnus creating the first portal. It is references like these that give me hope we might one day see Will, Jem, and Tessa enter the show.
It is with a heavy heart that I announce that I do not like Clace on the show. Their relationship seems forced and as though they don’t have any chemistry. The most chemistry I have seen between the two of them yet was in episode 7 when they had a fake fight at the police station. This show is removing all of the wit and humour in their relationship and replacing it with cheesy romantic scenes. All of that being said, I have hope that this will improve in time.
Perhaps my issue with Clace is Jace. That is not to say that I think Dominic Sherwood is doing a bad job, he’s doing the best he can with the lines that he is given. In the book Jace has many witty one-liners that make everyone laugh and love his arrogance. In the show however, there is not enough humour in his character, making him seem cocky and self-centred. Giving Jace some of the funny comments Alec gets to make would really improve this character!
3. The Institute
In the grand scheme of things, this complaint is rather small, but the institute is far more technologically advanced than I ever imagined. The institute on the show seems to have computerized trackers that monitor demon activity all over New York. Don’t get me wrong, this technology is cool, but unnecessary. The institute is also way more populated than the book describes. It was my understanding that the only people in the institute on a regular basis were Alec, Jace, Izzy, Clary and Hodge, with the occasional appearance of the other Lightwoods. In the show however, the institute is always buzzing with many other Shadowhunters. Again, not necessarily a big deal, just not what I had imagined.
4. Episode Plotlines
One of my biggest issues with the show is the pacing of it’s episodes. I often feel like too much is trying to get accomplished in each episode, making me feel overwhelmed. My favourite episode so far is episode 5 because it was easy to follow. In episode 5 there weren’t multiple different stories to follow, it was straight forward and easy to understand, making it far more entertaining. Hopefully once the world is fully established the show will find a better pace, we just need to make it that far first.
Overall, I am really enjoying Shadowhunters. Taking this story to the small screen was the right move because now we can fully enjoy the Shadow world rather than just getting a 2 hour glimpse of it. For many shows it takes the first season to find a groove, but once it is found the show takes off and is a huge success. I have a lot of hope that as the actors become more comfortable with their characters and the screenwriters find their rhythm, this will happen for Shadowhunters.