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Shadowhunters: Season 1 Reviews

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January 12, 2016
Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments has the rare honor of being wildly complex and still wildly bland.
Full Review | Original Score: D
March 21, 2019
The series is trying to do far too much, too quickly in an effort to stand out. It's too bad then that it's having the opposite effect.
November 20, 2017
All in all, Shadowhunters' first season had some brief high points and some very low points, while the majority of the latter can be additionally categorized as most of the character or plot development adapted from Clare's novels.
March 21, 2019
Shadowhunters has been an incomprehensible show, one that never offered enough to pull the uninitiated in. Maybe the show will find a better path in its second season, but I don't imagine there'll be many disillusioned viewers returning to find out.
March 21, 2019
"Shadowhunters" pilot, titled "The Mortal Cup," is not very good. It's egregiously clunky, confusing and frankly, for a wildly fanciful world seeped in Downworlders and half-angel, half-human demon hunters, lacks any magic whatsoever.
January 12, 2016
Self-serious and deadly dull, Shadowhunters inexplicably misses its mark in just about every way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
January 13, 2016
Shadowhunters needs to ditch its self-serious nature and have more fun with its storytelling if it hopes to connect and resonate with an audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.2/10
January 12, 2016
I just wasn't feeling this painfully generic adaptation of The Mortal Instruments book series by the end of the convoluted first hour, which is all that ABC Family-oops, Freeform-made available.
November 20, 2017
But in the case of Shadowhunters, its first episode was so awkward it might be hard to come back from it.
January 12, 2016
But, lordy, is it silly - and worse, it lacks the wit or sharp self-awareness to own up to its campiness or help make its melodramatic elements more palatable.
January 12, 2016
Sure, this was just the pilot, but if first impressions can be trusted, this series is headed for the junkyard.
November 20, 2017
Not one punch or stab lands with any real force.
October 3, 2019
Every moment we're supposed to care, or worry about a character's fate, we're left cold because the characters are hollow.
January 12, 2016
Decter appears far more interested in Revelations than revelation, and in his rush to get to the "good stuff" he has forgotten that this kind of stuff is good only when it takes a while to get there.
November 20, 2017
For the most part, I was able to go with the flow and enjoy the ride. Even if it did cover a ton of information in a short amount of time.
February 2, 2016
There are better role models than Clary, and more interesting fantasy worlds out there, but the wildly popular source material lends the series appeal to its teen target audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 13, 2016
Overall, The Mortal Cup is an intriguing introduction to the Shadowhunters series and gives fans of the supernatural genre lots to chomp onto.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.2/5
June 21, 2018
[The Show] resolves one major facet of this season (Jocelyn's kidnapping/coma) and sets up next season and an altered group dynamic quite nicely, despite the fact that the central "twist" feels extremely derivative.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 20, 2017
Unless your heart is literally made of limestone, it gets harder not to care about Clary, Simon, Alec, Magnus or even bloody Raphael.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 9, 2016
While the pilot is far from perfect and won't entice an audience beyond its intended demographic, I can't deny seeing some true potential in Shadowhunters.
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