Shadowhunters Ep 1 ★★★☆☆

shadowhunters-series-premiereOkay, 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.
-Luke Garroway

and of course

Ugh, my life couldn’t be more… mundane.
-Clary Fray

and lastly

I’m turning 18. It’s not like I’m heading out on some epic journey.
-Clary Fray

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.

Published by J. M. Tuckerman

J M Tuckerman is a New Jersey-based writer, blogger, and podcast talent. Tuckerman holds a BA in Writing Arts, an MA in Writing, and an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults. She is a proud dog mom, cat mom, archer, wife, and passionate book wyrm.

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