Summary: Shadowhunters is an American television series broadcast on Freeform based on The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. The series was officially picked up to series on March 30, 2015, by the network. It is the second adaptation of the novel series, the first of which was the 2013 film The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, which was also produced by Constantin Film. The series premiered on January 12, 2016. In Decemeber 2015, the series received an order of 13 episodes. (got this from Wikipedia)
First Episode – Pilot (The Mortal Cup)
Summary: The series begins with Clary, celebrating her 18th birthday at a New York City nightclub, the Pandemonium. She learns about a group of teenagers with apparent supernatural abilities: Jace, Isabelle, and Alec. She sees them attack a demon who had gone into the club, but soon realizes that she is the only person able to see them. Her mother reveals to Clary that she is a shadow hunter and in attempt to protect Clary her from destiny, her mother is captured .
My take on this series so far: Shadowhunters TV Show is finally here! If you are like me, a fan of the book series, you might have been following the ShadowhuntersTV twitter handle and the actors/actresses so that you can stay up to date with them. I am happy to say that I loved everything about this show so far, especially all the actors/actresses that they picked for them. Let’s start with the main gang: Jace, Clary, Alec, Isabelle, and Simon. I say that they are the main gang because they are the ones that Clary, the main character, hangs around with the most.
Jace Wayland is played by Dominic Sherwood. I believe that Dominic is a great choice for Jace because the he is very hot and he is a great person for the role. Granted his eyes are two different colors but it still doesn’t matter in my mind as he is a pretty awesome Jace. He is also a little bit better than Jamie Campbell Bower from the movie but I am not dissing the movie as both the movie and TV show are completely different and are both great in their own ways. This Jace is a better, cockier and sassier version of Jace, which is always a good thing. Dominic Sherwood was recently in Vampire Academy (2014).
Clary Fray/Clarissa Fairchild Morgenstern is played by Katherine McNamara. I believe another great choice for this part as Katherine McNamara to me, is Clary Fray. She has the long red hair that has ringlets in it, not like the curls that Clary is supposed to have but I don’t care, and she has the green eyes to match as well. Granted yes Katherine had to use hair dye but Katherine is originally a red head but died it blonde for another role before being casted as Clary so she had to do that to her hair. Clary is the most prominent character in the series and Katherine McNamara did an outstanding job of bringing Clary to life. Katherine McNamara was recently in both Happyland (2014), The Fosters (2015), and The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trails (2015).
Alec Lightwood is played by Matthew Daddario. Okay I believe that I am going to say this about all the cast members that I talk about but this is another great choice for Alec. Granted yes I know that Alec is supposed to have blue eyes and Matthew has brown eyes. This to me is like everyone talking about how Daniel Radcliffe from Harry Potter doesn’t have green eyes but blue eyes instead. To me that is just a small detail that can be overlooked. Matthew is definitely a great choice for Alec and I am happy that they went with him. I enjoyed his portrayal of the character in the pilot episode. Matthew Daddario was recently in Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List (2015).
Isabelle Lightwood is played by Emeraude Toubia. Emeraude is definitely Isabelle in my head. Isabelle is the person that yes is a girl but she doesn’t want to stay at home to take care of the household but be there in the fight while still looking sexy as she does it. Emeraude just in the little bit of time that she is on the screen shows that greatly while also still caring for her family and Jace. Isabelle is one of those characters that no one really thinks that much of but I do. I mean Isabelle is one of those characters that is comfortable in her skin and wears whatever outfit she feels like wearing out for the night or to fight in. Like when she wears that white leather halter top and white leather mini skirt because she has the confidence to carry it off. As for the outfit and the controversy around it, we need to think about this time frame and this outfit is most definitely something that a teenager now would wear. Emeraude Toubia was recently in Tattooed Love (2015) and other things in her native language.
Simon Lewis is played by Alberto Rosende. Alberto is definitely a convincing Alec and I am thinking that he will be great for both the nerd part of Simon’s personality and when his vampire side. Simon is Clary’s best friend and he loves her as more than a friend but of course Clary doesn’t see him in that way which is pretty much awful for him. Simon is a great guy and anyone would be happy to have as a friend. Alberto Rosende was recently in Blue Bloods (2015).
Now onto the series. We first go into the Shadowhunter world with seeing Jace, Isabelle, and Alec tracking a demon and Jace walking into Clary. This whole episode is all about setting up the whole series with Jocelyn being taken but us meeting Clary, Simon, Alec, Jace, Isabelle, Jocelyn, Valentine, and Luke. Well and other people that are essential in the plot probably later on. I love that even though the episode is only an hour long it fits in a whole lot of information. I asked my mom after the episode was done if she liked it and she did despite not knowing anything about the series (ya, she hasn’t read the books) and I had to tell her about it a little bit (you know how Moms are). She still liked the episode and thought that this series will be a good one. I am very happy to say that I think the same thing. I can’t wait for the other episodes. I don’t want to spoil too much of it since you have to watch it yourself and watch the other episodes on Tuesdays only on Freeform.
I am trying something a little new with this post, I may continue to review the episodes.
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