2016 was a very “Korean drama” year for me. I almost failed my reading challenge, and I lost track of all the Western shows I was watching. That’s why when two of my recent favorite Korean dramas ended weeks ago, I decided to start watching Shadowhunters out of curiosity. In addition to that, I was one of those who loved the 2013 The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones movie, so I was really interested about the tv series.
Disclaimer: Please take note that these thoughts are mine , and that I’m far from a professional critic. I’m simply sharing my opinions, and what I felt as I watched Season 1 of the show. 🙂
The first episode was a mess. It felt like there was no story build up, and I think the only reason I understood what was happening was because I’ve read the 1st book that’s why in a way, I have an idea of what will happen/happened in the story. The characters seemed like they were on their own different worlds, and there was no chemistry at all. Even Alec and Izzy who were supposed to be siblings, didn’t look like siblings at all. And OH MY GOSH, CLARY WAS SO AWKWARD I, TOO, FELT AWKWARD FOR HER. I don’t know if it’s just me but it felt like she wasn’t ready to be Clary. I was so distracted by her. Simon was, yeah I guess he was okay too, but I haven’t really felt his existence yet. And Jace was okay, I think? But what bothered me the most was Clary and Jace’s very instant attraction. It’s not even episode two and their already making steamy stares, is that really what it is supposed to be? I wanted story building because it’s a tv series! I felt like the story went by too fast. Was I really that distracted with Clary that I missed it? Was it there?
Of course I didn’t let episode 1 stop me from watching, so I continued and told myself I can get through my issues with this show because season one has only 13 episodes. One episode’s only 40minutes, more or less, so why not finish the whole season right?
I CONTINUED AND GUESS WHAT? THE SHOW GREW ON ME. AND IT’S ALL BECAUSE OF MAGNUS FREAKING BANE. I have no idea if the show’s fans love or hate him, but me, I LOVE HIM. He charmed his way to my heart and he was the go-light I needed to continue watching. Oh, and Alec too.
I don’t remember shipping #Malec this hard when I saw the movie and read the books. There’s something about Matthew Daddario and Harry Shum Jr.’s chemistry that made me love them and ship them very VERY hard. I forgot about the messy 1st episode and awkward Clary, and the lack of story build up. I want to thank the creators and everyone behind this show for dedicating an episode for this very charming couple.
The most surprising thing was, despite its shortcomings on the first few episodes, Shadowhunters is somewhat addicting. I can’t help but watch the next episode because it grows on you. It’s not perfect, but it has potential to get better. Plus, let us not forget how well-loved the book series was. After finishing the last episode of the first season I had a realization that maybe I had my hopes too high with the first episode because I was expecting the scenes from the book to happen. I forgot for a moment that this is a TV show and that it can deviate from the original story. So if you haven’t read the books and you’re interested in watching this, go watch and see for yourself.
As for me, I’ll continue watching and start with season 2 as soon as I can while crossing my fingers because I really want this show to last. I want to see and fangirl over Malec for a long time, plus I’m looking forward to Sizzy’s development. Okay, Clace too. 😉
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