Against my better judgement, I continued to watch this show and in short, it got better. Like, A LOT. The producer's must have heard the bad news about S1 and made the MUCH needed adjustments. It's not must see TV by a long shot, but there's enough going on in S2 to pluck at the heartstrings of any supernatural drama lover.
Probably the first things viewers will notice is the production value. It's gone up exponentially. No more sometimes glowing swords, BAAAAAD vampire make-up (Raphael!!) and smeared on rune's. Everything from the wardrobe to the weapons to the rune's has improved drastically. Even the shows opening credits are well done.
Season 2 touches on some relevant social issues without diving too deeply into them, still bringing lots of action and magic. The divergent paths of Isabel (Emeraude Toubia) and Alec Lightwood (Matthew Daddario) is an interesting choice with major consequences that will be a nice curveball for characters to grow through. The budding romantic relationship between Magnus Bane (Harry Shum, Jr.) and Alec is FOR SURE the best thing about S2 thus far. The build up is 100% adorable and the promise of something really special happening is the perfect hook for this romantically inclined viewer.
The shows attempt to create storylines around a powerful female lead, Clary Fray (Katherine McNamara) is commendable, but still falls into the trap of coupling her happiness with being in a relationship. To be blunt, she's not kicking nearly enough ass! I know she's supposed to be new to the Shadowhunter world, but instead of focusing on the Jace Wayland (Dominc Sherwood), best friend, Simon Lewis (Alberto Rosende) love triangle, they should have been building up her warrior skills. However, what the show lacks in depth, it makes up for in romantic idealism and boatload of smizing. If viewers can choke down S1, they will be more than mollified by where the story goes in S2.