First Aired: January 12, 2016-Season One
Status: 2017-Season Two, renewed for 2018-Season Three
Genre: Supernatural Drama, Action, Fantasy, Romance
Shadowhunters is an American supernatural drama television series, loosely based on the popular book series The Mortal Instruments written by Cassandra Clare. The story follows Clary Fray who discovers a surprise concerning her life. The teenager is not who she thinks she is — she comes from a long line of human-angel hybrids, called Shadowhunters, who hunt demons. Clary relies on fellow hunters Jace, Isabelle and Alec to help her navigate the dark world. While living in this new world among creatures like vampires, werewolves, fae and warlocks, Clary and her best friend Simon, who is also thrust into this dark world, work together to protect mundanes (humans) and down-worlders alike.
When Audrey and I first learned there would be a new TV series based on Cassandra Clare’s world of The Mortal Instruments, we were pretty excited. A little apprehensive because, the attempt to translate The Mortal Instruments:City of Bones into a box-office hit, didn’t exactly live up to expectations. Like many other millions of fans, we fell in love with the Downworld Cassandra Clare created and the characters she conceived. The Mortal Instruments is one of Audrey’s very favorite book series and The Infernal Devices is one of mine! We DVR’d the first episode and together watched it with skeptical eyes and hopeful hearts.
Fortunately, the show actually delivered! I think we had both lowered our expectations on what we would see, but after watching that first episode, we were pleasantly appeased. The story line in the first season followed the book’s version for the most part, but not rigidly. The producers, directors and actors of this series have managed to interpret the essence of each character and capture the spirit of the overall story. As we are watching this second season, I am really engaged as unfamiliar situations develop. While some events still emulate the original, I love that each episode is not just a mirror image of the book’s chapters unfolding. I prefer the television series cast of Shadowhunters to that of the movie, City of Bones. Don’t get me wrong, I fully recognize that the acting isn’t always stellar but I find myself invested in these characters and eager for each episode. For me, the one exception is Magnus Bane. Godfrey Gao, who portrayed Magnus in The Mortal Instruments movie, felt more believable to me as Magnus than Harry Shum Jr. who is Magnus in this TV series. Harry Shum Jr. is okay as Magnus, but because I love the Magnus Bane Cassandra Clare created, I want to see him eloquently portrayed, with all the magic that IS Magnus Bane. The brother/sister duo of Alec and Isabelle is so spot on! This Jace and Clary were cast fittingly and even though I was initially timid about Alberto Rosende as Simon because I thought Robert Sheehan, who played Simon in the movie was close to perfect, this new Simon has won me over too! The onscreen chemistry of this TV cast as a whole seems to override any of my negatives. Fingers crossed this series continues for many seasons to come.