January 12th marks the release date of Shadowhunters, an adaptation of the global bestselling Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare; it is a complete re-boot to the series and has no ties with the 2013 movie, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.
Shadowhunters are half-human, half-angel beings that protect mankind from demons whilst having frequent encounters with Downworlders, who are the vampires, warlocks and faeries that roam the streets of New York. The story follows Clary Fray, played by Katherine McNamara, who discovers that she is a Shadowhunter, after her mother gets kidnapped by Valentine, who is attempting to create a demon army.
While many fans were wary due to the fact that there already was a cast and a movie, I thought the new actors were chosen like I originally imagined the characters when reading the books, therefore I was keen to see them portrayed on screen.
I, however, did have doubts about the plot as a result of numerous accounts circling the web that the story-line would stray very far from the source material. On the contrary, it appears that most of the script contained accurate scenes from the City of Bones book.
I particularly enjoyed the modernization of the world that the story is set in. Albeit this is not properly experienced until Episode 2 where we see the inside of the Institute and the processes used to track people down, even in the Pilot, it feels current and edgy, which is something the movie lacked on.
Although there were various clichéd lines, the script reflects the personalities of the characters very well, in particular Simon Lewis, Clary's best friend, played by Alberto Rosende. His portrayal was executed in a true Simon fashion and was very true to the books; he was the highlight of the Pilot episode for me.
The costume design team did a phenomenal job, in particular with Magnus Bane, a warlock, as his extravagant clothing perfectly reflects his character traits.
A key difference to the book is the change in profession for Luke Garroway, played by Isaiah Mustafa. In City of Bones he owns a bookstore, whereas in the show he is a detective for the NYPD, which follows the theme of modernising the Shadowhunter world. I was pleased with this change as the new criminal aspect gives rise to a wider audience.
Overall, I had a very enjoyable time watching the show so far, to find out my in depth thoughts, check out my spoiler discussion below.