To recount, Shadow Hunters was an abysmal film. The TV show, is worse. Much, much worse. I'm not a critic who likes to tear down actors, no performance is 100% all on them. It's a collaboration and a lot can go wrong when one or more of the pieces is out of whack. There's no doubt in my mind that this show has a lot of pieces way out of whack, the acting being only one. It's plods along frustratingly slow with poorly executed fight scenes. The show seems to care more about how the characters look instead of developing any sort of interesting storyline. It's like a bad soap opera where the characters get all geared up and pumped up to do something and they spend about 40 mins talking about it and do nothing until the very end. I've not read the books but I'm pretty confident they read a lot more slicker and action packed than what's being dramatized. They're trying to be so sexy and dark while creating a romantic longing between the characters and they're failing at every turn. It's a real shame and viewers should make them pay for being so lazy when they had perfectly good material to draw upon. Tune out.
Against my better judgement, I continued to watch this show and in short, it got better. Like, a lot. The show 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. 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 probably the best thing about S2 thus far. 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 Shadow Hunter 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. But, 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.