Yo!! Sirius here.
Welcome to my first ever Halloween Special.
Like what I said on my announcement last week, I will be posting entries relating to the theme, Halloween, starting today until Sunday. Yep, for the whole week. My entries will be random, from animes to other mediums, for variety purposes.
To start off this special, I will be talking about Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instrument’s TV Series Adaptation, Shadowhunters.
I am a huge fan of Books ever since I was a little kid. I think I already expressed that a lot. Lol. Like animes, books help me escape reality and make my imagination go full overdrive. I love that sensation.
As I grew older, my tastes in books also widen. From reading classics and fanfics, I became addicted to the YA genre. Like really really deep to a point that all of the books I read are almost the same, but I still love them all.
It’s different now though.
I still do appreciate it now, but I’m not that into it anymore.
One of the books I got addicted to was the Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare.
Clary Fray has just enrolled at Brooklyn Academy of Arts. On her eighteenth birthday, she learns that she is a Shadowhunter, a human born with angelic blood who protects humans from demons and rogue downworlders. That night, Clary’s mother, Jocelyn, is abducted by a group of rogue Shadowhunters called the Circle. Their leader is Jocelyn’s ex-husband, Valentine Morgenstern, who is also Clary’s father.
With her mother missing, Clary turns to Luke, a person she trusted, only to be “betrayed”. Clary joins up with a group of Shadowhunters to save her mother and discovers powers she never knew she possessed. Clary is thrown into the world of demon hunting with the mysterious, narcissistic, and attractive Shadowhunter Jace, Isabelle, Alec and also her loyal and geeky friend Simon. Now living amongst the fair folk, warlocks, vampires, and werewolves, Clary begins a journey of self-discovery as she learns more about her past and what her future may hold. (Wikipedia)
At the time I was into Mortal Instruments, I was reading a lot of fantasy novels. I had a lot of books to compare with it. But what stood out to me with this series was its story. It was about Angels and Demons.
Heh, for sure you guys might be thinking how cliche and overrated that plot is, believe me, it really is. However, the books were really interesting and were one hell of a page-turner. the next thing I know I was into the franchise.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to finish reading the novel series as I got caught with my real-life shizzzz. It was a bummer.
That’s why I was really really ecstatic hearing the news of the tv series adaptation. Even though I knew that there’s a possibility that this tv series would suck, I still gave it a chance. And bruh, it did well.
When I say it did well, it really did.
It exceeded my expectations for it, but it took a while for the series to be stable and become legit GOOD.
Like I said above, one of the reasons why I got hooked to this franchise was because of its story. Yes, the series starts off very cliche and the series is about Angels and Demons, so typical for a YA series. But if you take a look at this series, you can clearly see how vast and deep the Lore of the series. It’s quite clear that Cassandra Clare not only researched about Angels and Demons, she also made it really interesting and engaging to people. Good thing, the production team of the series also did the research and made sure to adapt the series really well and tried to tell the story as faithful as they can be.
I guess my only annoyance was the fact that they mixed up quite a lot of plot points. I mean, I read the book series so I’m very familiar with the overall story, but the tv series had a lot of mini-plots that were unique and new. Bruh, I know I’m pretty much nitpicking at this point, but they just annoyed me. Still though, those mini-plot don’t affect the overall story and I am very thankful for that.
I don’t think I could proceed without talking about weird ups and downs of the tv series.
It’s quite common for a tv series to have good and bad times, and Shadowhunters is no exception. The tv series had a rocky start. The first few episodes were really awkward and forced. The casts’ acting was subpar as if they haven’t fully embraced yet the characters assigned to them. This really affected my enjoyment of the series. However, the pacing of the story itself wasn’t affected as it story goes on, gliding through the awkward acting.
The actors were able to redeem themselves in the later episodes and seasons, and they really proved to us, fans, that they are legit the characters coming to life.
However, all of this came crashing down in the last season. To be able to fit a ton of plot points, the pacing of the 3rd season was horrible, I didn’t have time to breathe. Not just me, the characters also. It wasn’t a bad season, believe me, I just wish the season story plot was stretched a bit like by adding few more episodes or something, cuz it was too fast-paced.
Despite that, I had a really good time binging all of its episodes.
I love the characters.
I think this is a given as I am a fan of the franchise. Yes, they are not perfect, but they sure are well-written and had developed tremendously all throughout the series.
If I were to point out something negative, then that would be the lack of chemistry between Clary and Jace, the main love team of the series. They were portrayed as both of them becoming interested in each other at first sight, but because of the awkward acting of the actors, the supposed foundation of their relationship wasn’t there. Good thing, they were able to sparks some butterflies from me in the 2nd half of the first season. They connection bloomed further in the later seasons and as a fan of their pairing in the books, I am greatly happy about this.
If there’s a pair that was flaming hot in the very beginning then that would be Alex and Magnus Bane. OMG, I am no BL fan, but damn their chemistry is amazing. Kudos to the actors for portraying their characters really well.
Lastly, I want to talk about Isabelle and Simon. Both of them are my favorite characters in the book series, so I paid a lot of attention to them here in the tv series. Thank God, the actors for the roles delivered., especially Isabelle. OMG, she really nailed it. My only problem with them would be the development of their relationship, it wasn’t as consistent as I wanted it to be. Regardless, their relationship was still really sweet and very low-key. I love how everything got right in the end.
I really enjoyed watching Shadowhunters. From start to finish, I had a really good time. Yes, it had an unstable start and a really bad pacing in the last season, but the journey to the end was totally worth it.
I really love how they ended the series. That was a nice touch. It was different compared to the book series, yet I still find it very satisfying.
It was indeed a really good series.
Would I recommend this tv series? Hell yeah.
Especially now that its Halloween, Shadowhunters is definitely a good series to binge as this can found on Netflix. That means you guys can easily watch this at home and chill. Ooohohohohoho.
That’s it for today, stay tuned for tomorrow’s Halloween Special post.
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This has been Will Sirius and thanks for reading!!