Friday, January 15, 2016

MY THOUGHTS: Shadowhunters Season 1 Episode 101 - "The Mortal Cup"

Based on Cassandra Clare's series The Mortal Instruments, Shadowhunters is an all new TV series on Freeform (formerly ABC Family) that follows Clary Fray's journey into the shadow world where she will the truth about herself, downworlders, and demons while searching for her mother.

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Fantasy/Paranormal Drama

Based on the novels by:
Cassandra Clare

Katherine McNamara as Clary Fray
Dominic Sherwood as Jace Wayland
Matthew Daddario as Alec Lightwood
Alberto Rosende as Simon Lewis
Emeraude Toubia as Isabelle Lightwood
Harry Shum Jr. as Magnus Bane
Isaiah Mustafa as Luke Garroway

Episode Synopsis:
One young woman realizes how dark the city can really be when she learns the truth about her past. Based on the bestselling young adult fantasy book series The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare, Shadowhuters follows Clary Fray, who finds out on her birthday that she is not who she thinks she is but rather comes 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 mysterious Jace and his fellow Shadowhunters Isabelle and Alec to navigate this new dark world.

With her best friend Simon in tow, 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 enigmatic warlock Magnus Bane who could hold the key to unlocking Clary's past.


*My Thoughts*

Well...I didn't hate it. I didn't love it. It's ONLY the first episode. Even though I have read the series a few years ago, I can see the changes made to accommodate this TV series adaptation. And...that's just it! This is an adaptation. I can see that much of the integral characters and plot have stayed true to the books. However, there are some distinct changes to the character storylines. And, in no way am I going to compare the film to this series. It wouldn't be fair to either writers.

Moreover, I think this is a good start. Much of the Institute has been modernized from what is written in the books. With that, it gives the feel of a covert operations theme. Well, shadowhunters are hidden from the mundane world...right!?! Hence, covert operations style institute...haha! The show revealed a dark undertone to its theme of the show....seems fitting for the storyline.

This episode delves into introducing viewers to these characters, their background/storylines, and the plot. I like that cast. But...their acting seemed unnatural and forced. The dialogue seemed stiff and fell flat. However, the more I watched, the cast seemed to slowly fall into character.

I think this is a series worth following to find out what direction they will take viewers. I think this deserves a chance. I will more than likely keep watching.

For now, get a sneak peek of Episode 2 - "The Descent into Hell Isn't Easy"

Tuesdays 9/8C on Freeform (formerly ABC Family)

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