Let me just start by saying that I LOVE the Moral Instruments books series. And I LOVE Infernal Devices. And I actually really liked the movie (except for the changes in some main plot points and the actor who played Jace didn't have the right look). But this series is BAD. And I keep watching it. I keep hoping it will get better and it doesn't.
Here's why it's really bad:
1. The acting. It's HORRIBLE. I mean, it may be the worst acting I've ever seen. It's so overly dramatic and over the top.
2. The casting (and look) of certain characters. Isabelle is sort of skanky (although this last episode it looks like she's changing her look…thank you!) and what is up with Jace's hair? The actress who plays Clary has the right look and actually has her whininess down, but she's the worst of the bunch as far as her acting skills, which is saying a lot. Simon has the right look as well, but he's getting on my nerves (although that's probably true to the book as well). Alec is getting better.
3. Special effects. The whole thing is ridiculous, with the special effects almost laughably bad.
4. The plot. Why is it following the book (sort of)? When I first heard about the series, I just figured it would be like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and have the Shadowhunters going week to week fighting demons. Wouldn't that have been better?
I had such high hopes for this series. Really disappointed.
So Pam tell us how you really feel about the series! While I pretty much agree with Pam's critiques, I am STILL optimistic that the series will improve. In fact, I have seen some improvements in the last two episodes. What's changed you might ask?
Magnus Bane has ARRIVED. Harry Shum Jr. (yes Mike Chang from Glee) plays Magnus. Even though his performance can be a bit over the top I can't help but love Magnus and I love the way they are developing the relationship between Magnus and Alec. It's subtle and charming and utterly Alec and Magnus!
The parents are back. One of the bold casting differences I definitely admire is the decision to cast Isaiah Mustafa as Luc Galloway. That's right, he's African American! While Luc's role in the first 4 episodes was pretty minor it has grown dramatically and he is doing an excellent job in my opinion. In addition to Luc, the Lightwoods are also back from Idris and have added some interesting twists to the story line or at least brought out some new tensions I don't remember from the books. Having the parents back seems to have improved the abilities of the younger actors and adds some more depth to the story line.
Even though many of the young actors are a bit over the top, I would like to give a round of applause to the cast diversity. On the other hand, I would really appreciate toning down the shaming of Isabelle. I have no problem with the decision to make her comfortable with her sexuality but I don't understand why every episode then has to shame her for the thing that we are supposed to admire about her. Frankly it's confusing for me and I'm a grown adult so I can only imagine how confusing it can be for the younger viewers.
At the end of the day I am still excited when the new episode is released on Tuesday nights and I sincerely hope the series is picked up for next year but I completely agree that it needs a lot of work!
What do you think? Are you watching the show? Do you like it? Dislike it? Think it has hope?