As many of you know, the TV adaptation of The Mortal Instruments aired this week along with the second episode of the series. I went into this having weird expectations of being excited and also being extremely nervous at the same time.
To start out, the things I disliked the most was simply was different and confusing it was. I know the actors have said that it’s faithful to the book but with a twists, but I honestly don’t see much faithfulness at all. There was so many moments in the first two episodes where all I could think was “WHAT?” (such as the runes, Maureen, Jocelyn giving Clary a stele, the CGI, the seraph blades, the institution, weird pedaling of mundane blood, and since when do shadowhunters have weird hyper speed (not Jace)).
My biggest concern going in too was Kat McNamara as Clary and while I’m she’s a wonderful person, I don’t like her acting and portrayal of Clary. She’s suddenly way more bold and rash in the TV show and even how she looks is odd in my opinion, Clary doesn’t wear heels. I think Kat and Dom (Clary and Jace) have a cute chemistry, but their relationship is moving way too fast for me. By the second episode they were holding hands and it was super weird.
However, I love Alberto as Simon so so very much. I found myself giggling at a lot of his lines, and I’m just so pleased with his character. I love all of his interactions with Alec, Jace, and honestly the entire cast. Half of my notes that I was taking while watching the show were about how much I adore Alberto.Overall, I think this series has potential. If I could give one word to it, it would definitely be potential. There’s a lot of the writers have changed, the dialogue is cheesy, some parts are overacted, and there’s many confusing aspects of the story. However, there are some great actors (Alberto Rosende, Maxim Roy, Matthew Daddario, Isaiah Mustafa, and Alan Van Sprang), there’s some good chemistry starting between characters, and there’s still plenty of time for the show to grow!