I had a lot of hope waiting for Shadowhunters to premiere this January. As a huge fan of The Mortal Instruments book series by Cassandra Clare, I wanted the television series to make up for what the movie somewhat failed to give us.
Except after watching the first two episodes, I’ve found myself thinking back to the movie and missing certain aspects. One of them being my admiration for Lily Collins as Clary Fray.
I know Collins didn’t look exactly like Clary is described and the new actress portraying Clary, Katherine McNamara, looks a little more like her character but it’s the acting on the show that stood out to me.
I have my fingers crossed that hopefully in the upcoming episodes McNamara can really bring the Clary we’ve read about to life and connect with the character more because I can’t see this show lasting if the acting doesn’t slightly improve.
Like I said, I was hopeful and I’m trying to stay that way. So I’m excited to see the cast bring future moments from the books to life on the small screen. How long the writers will stay true to the books, we’ll have to wait and see. But so far many of the events from the books, that also occurred in the movie, have been portrayed on the show.
I do, however, like Dominic Sherwood as Jace. He brings out that arrogant, snarky yet caring attitude that Jace embodies in the books.
The chemistry between Clary and Jace better start improving as well because even though it’s early yet, without said chemistry the story will definitely be lacking.
So far, Alberto Rosende has done a pretty good job as Simon. Even if I did fall in love with Robert Sheehan’s version of Simon in the movie. Rosende’s version of Simon is adorable, dorky and the way he acts around Isabelle is precious. (Yes, I just used the word ‘precious.’)
The same, somewhat, goes for brother and sister duo Alec and Isabelle, played by Matthew Daddario and Emeraude Toubia, respectively.
The one critique I have about this Isabelle is how she was so friendly with Clary right away instead of acting distant and unsure of her. If you read the books, you know Isabelle wasn’t instant BFFs with Clary at all and for a couple of books even blamed Clary for Jace’s eventual sadness. It seems like the writers for the show have given all of that negative attitude to Alec, who yes, isn’t very accepting of Clary at first either but was not the only one who felt that way.
Also, I shouldn’t have to tell you how much I loved Aidan Turner as Luke…
But I’m interested to see what Isaiah Mustafa brings to the character and so far I don’t have any complaints.
It’s hard to completely love an adaptation of your favorite book because there’s always something left out or something switched around and with the time constraint of a movie you can only portray so much. And as much as I’d love to watch three plus hours of a perfect movie version of my favorite book, that’ll probably never happen. This is exactly why I thought a television series of The Mortal Instruments was the way to go.
The writers can space things out through each episode. They don’t have to rush too much or leave out a lot. So, I’m going to try really hard to give this show a chance. I don’t usually abandon shows very quickly unless they’re godawful and watching another second is utter torture, which is why for now I’ll be tuning in each week.
And I know I keep referring back to The Mortal Instruments movie but I think I keep doing so because I didn’t hate it entirely. Yes, they could have done much better, I’m not disagreeing there. But the cast was pretty awesome and I wanted a second movie so much so just to have the writers improve and make us fans of the book series happy again.
That clearly never happened so for the sake of our Mortal Instruments-loving hearts, this show better blow us away in the upcoming episodes. Because another lost adaptation of these books will be a major bummer. I want to start falling in love with these versions of the characters and, whether you’re into it or not, start shipping characters like I did while reading the books.
I’m someone who grows attached to fictional characters (I promise I’m not insane. What? I just promised you so don’t you roll your eyes) and I don’t want these characters brought down by bad writing yet again.
So until next time, Shadowhunters fans, when I’ll hopefully be raving and rambling on about a future episode that was awesome, leave me your thoughts/complaints/wishes about the show below!