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Television – Shadowhunters (2016)
After her mother is kidnapped, Clary must venture into the dark world of demon hunting in order to find clues that can help her find her mother.
This is an opinion of the Shadowhunters Pilot from someone who hasn’t read anything by Clare.
I’m sorry but aside from production value, Shadowhunters just didn’t work for me on so many levels. I don’t know if the acting or the writing was more disappointing. Like when the baddie appears out of nowhere–and was able to spook Clary–all the while Jace was also in the shot…? Yeeesh. I don’t know if it’s pandering to a younger audience (being on ABC Family? Freeform?) but the dialogue is some Nickelodeon shit right here. There were also some agonizing shot framing (like to need to continually remind viewers that mundanes can’t see Shadowhunter shenanigans).
Which isn’t always a bad thing but it’s simply heightened when it’s paired with other elements that just don’t hold up. At least not for me. Perhaps it’s something I’ll have to get used to because most of what ought to be frightening (?) or serious (?) or emotional (?) was met by laughter and:
The only positive I walked away with:
— Joey (@afterthoughtAn) January 15, 2016
Also dagger-ish lightsabers were neat (although if you could sheathe it…why would you walk around waving the pointy end inside your building?)
Everyone seems pissed with Clary’s fire engine red hair but to an non-reader, it’s like whatever to me. I’m more perplexed at the directive eye in many of the up-close shots where facial expressions make or break the scene. And Clary and Jace were so iffy to me in those moments.
Baseline: if fans (old and new) stay on board with this show, it has the potential to continue succeeding on the network. But don’t let me be the Donnie Downer of you enjoying this show. I just found it particularly painful to watch.
Did you watch the pilot for Shadowhunters? Let me know what you thought of it!