In the US it airs on ABC Family, now named Freeform (Netflix for the rest of us), which sadly is the only interesting thing about the show.
First off, I have read the books. They are okay. Perhaps a tad cliché for my taste but then again, I am no young adult anymore.
I have even seen the movie from 2013. It was bearable. Mostly because of the casting.
Now somebody has been unfortunate enough to be responsible for Shadowhunters the TV show. So please, whoever is in charge, put an end to this travesty.
It is not imperfect. It is total GARBAGE.
I am actually not that concerned of the changes in the cast. Like so many fans.
I do not even care that Luke is black. Tokenism or not.
I can even tolerate the new high tech X-men base that is the no-longer gothic Institute.
The only one that actually can act is Alan Van Sprang. I am certain he can give the oomph that is Valentin Morgenstern. I loved him as Sir Francis Bryan in The Tudors and as King Henry II in Reign, but the writers do not bother explaining or give time to the antagonistic Circle or Valentin. Hell, they do not even bother about Shadowhunters that much.
What they do care about is showing of model perfect, beautiful people.
Locked in selfie mode.
Look at the official teaser (all the way down, at the end of the rant).
If you think it looks weird, low budget and unfinished, this is also how the rest of the show looks like.
I am talking plastic swords with LED- lighting and ill-fitted supermarket cat eye contacts.
Hey, it is cheaper than CGI!
You know what will save even more money? Let’s not actually show the fight scenes! Just hint at it. Cheaper than paying a fight choreographer.
In my research for this rant (yes I actually do work at it) I found what creator Clare herself says about the show.
Clare states on her homepage (and seriously, it is really all her, high lights and all): “Please understand that I have nothing to do with the decision to make a television show instead of more movies. I have nothing to do with any casting or recasting decisions. I HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH THE WRITING OF THE SHOW OR ITS PLOT. […]“.
I rest my case.