Season 1, Ep. 1 | Aired Jan 12 | The Mortal Cup
Last night was the premiere of Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments. Or so I was led to believe. I just finished reading City of Bones by Cassandra Clare on Sunday. I saw the movie, didn’t hate it and waited years to finally read the book, but I wanted to finally know the world and characters before the show aired. I read the book in two days and really enjoyed the world building, the characters, and can’t wait to continue in the series. I know it is well loved and now I know why. So I was excited for the premiere. It was getting a lot of hype.
I’ll start by saying not everything was horrible. There were moments, mere moments when I saw a flicker of hope. They were brief but they were there. It was my understanding that this first season would cover the first book. Am I wrong in assuming that? I knew certain liberties would be taken with the adaptation, but I am afraid more liberties were taken than necessary. For the most part, the actors and actresses fit the look of their character, but the acting was definitely cringe-worthy. It felt like they were playing a character rather than being the character. I hope this improves. I know the pilot episode can be rocky.
Super fans complained about the writing and I was right there with them. Some of the lines were way too cheesy. Not only were they cheesy but the lingo and language used did not fit the plot of the book. How is Clary Fray using “mundane” this early on? It makes no sense. How is Jocelyn, Clary’s mom shoving a shadowhunter stele into the hands of Clary at all? How is Valentine in this episode?
So what did I like? Not much but here is a run down.
friendship and interaction between Clary & Simon in the cafe scene
outside of the Institute
Magnus in Pandemonium
There was definitely more bad than good, and this doesn’t include the changes that were made from the book to the show.
flashback 8 hours earlier ( I mean we knew she was an artist but come on…)
CSI crime scene with Luke
shadowhunter stele gift “It’s very ancient”
10 years ago flashback at pond
“Please take her memories”
Jocelyn and Luke’s interaction
inside of Institute (too high tech, too many people)
interaction of Isabelle and Alec
Clary painting a rune on the van
scene when bad guys come for Jocelyn
“You have the sight”
“more mundane blood for your boss”
the circle & Valentine
Valentine’s lab (?)
“potion. she must have been under the protection of a warlock”
Clary picking up the axe in the destroyed loft
Isabelle being so fake and smiley
“Literally my brain is about to explode”
finger paint runes
So the verdict? It sucked. The original was hardly recognizable. I think the 2nd episode is available on the Free Form app but I don’t want to rush and watch another train wreck. I will be tuning in next week though. What did you think about the premiere episode?