Shadowhunters: TV show review

I wrote this in January on my other blog, so I thought I’d post this here. It is a review of Shadowhunters, the TV show. Since it’s an adaptation I thought I’d add it to this blog. I have some new thoughts at the end.


I feel like this has to be said. As you guys know, one of my favorite series is the Mortal Instruments . Well, they’ve made the series into a TV series. Wait, wasn’t it a movie???


Yep, it was a poorly done movie, but that’s besides the point. There is quite some criticism about the new TV show and I want to discuss my own opinion on this TV show.

Shadowhunters is a new TV show that airs on the network “Freeform,” which was formally “ABC Family.” I don’t like the new name. No one knows that name and seriously, it’s a dumb name. Besides, that network is going downhill. Only real reason to watch it now is for the Harry Potter marathons. Yes, Pretty Little Liars is on there, but that show should have been cancelled seasons ago. I’m tired of watching some spoiled rich kids get tormented by some random chick when there are people who can’t afford that single shirt that they are wearing for that one shot going hungry every day. The people on that show are just not relatable.

Anyways, besides that touchy subject, Shadowhunters is just not what I thought it would be. I watch it on Netflix since I live in the UK and you can stream it there the day after it premiers in the US. I will touch on a few basic changes that I feel should not have been messed with. Also, this contains spoilers, so if you haven’t read the books, please feel free to stop reading.


Clary does not get a chance to talk to her mother!!!! Once she goes to the Pandamonium, she doesn’t see her mom alive till much later in the series!!!

Obviously, there are going to be changes, but I felt like this was only put in because of the need to explain to viewers what is even happening. But it really didn’t need to be there.

And wasn’t the witch… you know the one who lives next door… supposed to be old??? 

So far, this series has been a big disappointment to me.

Also, the Institute only had the Lightwood family living there and Hodge. And they were so anti-technology that Jace was always kind of marveling at modern technology. I liked that about him. 

These were some of the changes. There are a ton more, but lets not make me waste valuable time.

The thing that I really want to point out about the show is that THE DIALOGUE IS HORRIBLE! I mean at some times, the dialogue flows well, but then you just have weird pauses between each character. I think they want them to create dramatic effect, which is obviously not getting much of in this series so far. The dialogue is cringe worthy.

Lets talk about the actors! The only three people I really liked was Magnus, Simon, and Isabelle. Clary (played by Kat McNamara) is supposed to be older than the book version. However, Kat looks so much younger. She looks like a twelve year old dressing  up in older kids clothes. And to be honest, I don’t really like her voice… and her acting just sucks. I don’t believe she is this character. I’m not rooting for her to get with Jace and that is a problem.

Jace… man he is gorgeous. I remember I saw the actor, Dom Sherwood, in real life. He is stunning. I think he has potential, his lines aren’t that great though. I don’t get that intense wit from what he is saying. I don’t see a connection between him and Clary yet. I’m sure it’s just the scriptwriters’ fault for not giving him decent lines.

Alec…. well, I just don’t buy that he’s this strung up guy who is secretly in love with Jace. I just can’t get behind him and his character.

These are huge problems for me, as a fan of the books. I’m sure some people loved it, but I feel like as far as content goes, it’s just fluff. If this show does continue, I hope that it gets better in dialogue and maybe Kat could grow up some… I don’t know. I just have a huge problem with her as Clary. She was always kind of a background actress, but now she’s the main part.

I am just saddened that this was almost as bad as the movie. I had high hopes going in and they did not deliver. Some might say that I should wait it out, but the set up just makes me turn away from this show. I will watch it every week, but I won’t be as enthused with it. I just hope that maybe they can salvage this from the dumpster that it’s sitting in.

I just want to say this again because this is a major point for my dislike. They didn’t have technology in the shadowhunter world!!!!


So this is copied from my other blog. I have some burning things I would like to say in regards to how I feel now. I am intrigued enough to watch the second season. I think by the end of the season, we really get a little more substance, at least in regards to the other characters that are not Clary. I just can’t believe that anyone thinks that girl can act. Not to mention the actress seems really trashy to me. It feels like they just looked at her and said, “Oh, she looks good and she would look cute with Dominic Sherwood, so lets cast her as the lead.”

They had the chance to make this an amazing series, but instead they used crappy, cliched writing and terrible actors to portray this series. Oh and the part where they’re in the parallel universe and Clary sees Simon in the sun. He was already standing in the sun! Why would you even feel the need to push him? Like, what would that even accomplish?

The dialogue was very poorly written and let me stress to you guys this point: Clary and Jace have NO CHEMISTRY in this show at all!!! If you’re directing this at teens, I want a relationship where I clearly want them to be together. There’s a line that Jace says to Simon: “I get by with my charm and good looks.” What charm?? He has none to begin with. He is portrayed as the overly broody character who acts tough but has a heart of gold. But there is no reason for me to think that he has a caring side… or even a non caring side. He’s not acting or written in a way that compels me to root for him to be with Clary.

I do think, even though I wasn’t a fan of Jace at first, that the males in the show make the show worth watching. Well, except Valentine. I can’t get over the fact that he is bald. And how their younger selves looked nothing like their older selves. Ugh.


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