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.

By J. M. Tuckerman

J.M.Tuckerman is a neurodivergent writer with a big education. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults, an MA in Writing, and a BA in Writing Arts (specializing in Creative Writing, New Media Writing, and Publication; concentrating in New Media Production), which she somehow managed to earn despite her three very loud and large dogs. Jessica was lucky enough to intern at Quirk Books and Picador, USA while earning her master’s degrees. Her service dog, Ringo, is very proud of all that she has accomplished and hopes to be on a back cover of a published book with her very soon. An avid reader, writer, and lover of young adult and middle-grade literature, Jessica’s bookshelf is overflowing with hardbacks, paperbacks, and a million half-filled notebooks. She is a proud fur-mommy to two lab/st-bernard littermates, a retriever-mix service dog, and one orange little hobgoblin cat, all of whom have made very audible appearances on the Booked All Night podcast.

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