Okay, so FreeForm’s Shadowhunters started a few weeks ago, and I wasn’t sure how I felt about it. It feels like a well-budgeted b-film and–not surprisingly–I kind of like that charm about it. But that’s not why you’re reading this review.
So I didn’t read the books, that’s an important lead out here. I have only Tumblr based fandom knowledge. I know going in that there are angels, demons, vampires, etc. and that humans are called mundanes.
That confession out of the way: Shadowhunters moves a little fast. If it’s this fast paced in the books I’m not sorry that I couldn’t make it through the first chapter. Of course, I didn’t like The Lunar Chronicles when I first picked that up and now I’m hooked, so maybe I’ll give City of Bones another go–if you all think I should.
Don’t get me wrong–there’s a lot to initiate viewers with in that first episode. We need a lot of vocab words like shadowhunters, parabatai, mundanes, and technically even warlock since it applies to both male and females. But I also felt like it was too much. A little bit like word vomit, really.
In two specific instances I feel like the writers need to be smacked upside the head for the dialogue. Namely:
Jocelyn and me–we’re different.
and of course
Ugh, my life couldn’t be more… mundane.
I’m turning 18. It’s not like I’m heading out on some epic journey.
The foreshadowing is strong with Shadowhunters. I digress.
The acting… well it’s not all bad. And quite frankly I’m not sure if it’s the actors’ fault or if it’s the lines. Because-I mean some of the lines are just horrible (as I’ve mentioned).
Despite all the negative things I have to say about it I am–for some reason–inclined to watch episode two.