Shadowhunters Season 2B: Episode 13 Review

Where We Left Off

So the preview last week told us that the basis of this episode would be about Shadowhunters being killed off by downworlders. The first is killed by a werewolf, then a warlock, and a faerie. It’s all going down and Inquisitor Herondale wants to create a way to track all downworlders so they can see who’s doing the murdering.

Episode 13: Those of Demon Blood

I still hate the intro sequence with Clary explaining who she trusts and crap. I wish it wasn’t there. I really do. But I’ll try to ignore that form now on since I can tell it’s not going anywhere. Continue reading “Shadowhunters Season 2B: Episode 13 Review”

Shadowhunters Season 2B: Episode 12 Review

Where we left off:

Azazel is on the loose looking for the mortal cup and he cast a spell on Valentine and Magnus (he claim’s it is a good thing for Valentine) which causes the warlock and the villain to swap bodies. Now the real Valentine is running free while Magnus is stuck in prison and trapped in Valentine’s body. Oh dear.

Episode 12: You Are Not Your Own

There’s a new intro bit where Clary is explaining her story and where it’s going so far. I can’t remember if this was at the beginning of last week’s episode too, but I don’t like it either way. That type of recap/intro is lame and reminds me of when Doctor Who did it for like a whole season when Amy was the 11th Doctor’s companion (I’m probably rambling but fellow Whovians will know what I’m talking about). Basically, if they keep doing that to start off every episode, it’s going to get really annoying. Just in general, the organization of the first couple of minutes confused me. There’s Clary’s recap intro bit, then “previously on Shadowhunters,” then a little first scene w/ Magnus (Valentine) and Azazel, then finally the theme song? And then we’re just in bed with Simon and Clary who most definitely have done the nasty before hand. Like what? What is happening here I’m lost. It was two manic minutes and then things got into the right groove. Just an awkward start for me. Continue reading “Shadowhunters Season 2B: Episode 12 Review”

Shadowhunters Season 2B Premiere

A quick recap going into this episode:

At the end of the first half of season 2, the sibling twist has been ended. Jace knows that he is not Valentine’s real son, and therefore is not Clary’s brother. He can act on his feelings for her again, but Clary is happily dating Simon now and Jace doesn’t want to ruin that for her, so he doesn’t tell her right away. The Mortal Cup is missing again and everyone thinks Valentine is the only one who knows where it is, and he is being held by the Clave for questioning. Simon is a daylighter now, possibly because he drank Jace’s angel blood, but there is no Mark of Cain branding his forehead as there was in the book. Izzy got addicted to Yin Fen, thanks to Aldertree, and Rafael is trying to stop her from taking anymore vampire venom to feed her addiction.

 

Episode 11: Mea Maxima Culpa (Translation: I have failed)

We open on a scene of Jace and Alec sparring together in some weird dark corner of the institute. At first, I assumed it was the training room, but then I noticed there were leaves all over the ground so maybe they were in a courtyard of some sorts? They really don’t make the locations of scenes very clear, it’s just as if the characters are there but the audience has no reference as to where they are in relation to the rest of the scenes. Plus, this scene was VERY dark, it was hard to see anything, I get that it’s mysterious and atmospheric, but I could have done with just a little more light so I could see the fight choreography a bit better. My other criticism is that I’m kind of sick of the electronic music that’s lumped on to every fight scene or training scene with the choreographed fighting. That said, I still think the choreography is a million times better than it was in season 1. Continue reading “Shadowhunters Season 2B Premiere”

13 Reasons Why Review

Let me start this review off by saying, I was reluctant to write it. In fact, this is the second time I am starting this post because I trashed the original. Right after finishing the finale, I knew I wanted to write a review, but then all this controversy was brought about saying that the show was triggering and inappropriate for viewers. Let’s get one thing straight, Netflix rated the show as TV-MA:

This program may contain one or more of the following: intensely suggestive dialogue (D), strong coarse language (L), intense sexual situations (S), or intense violence (V). Mature Audience Only. This program is specifically designed to be viewed by adults and therefore may be unsuitable for children under 17.

This information was taken from www.tvguidelines.org, but basically, this rating is the TV equivalent of a movie being rated R. I know the book is labelled as YA Fiction, so teens will most likely have read it (or those who are adults now may have read it while still a teenager). This is an appropriate rating because of the nature of violence, language, a graphic images that we don’t seem to care about as much in books. These things matter more when they are being portrayed visually. Now that I think about it, that’s a bit of a double standard, but I suppose it does make some sense.

The main argument I have heard against the show is that it is inappropriate for young viewers. Now, I can see why this is a problem in several ways:

1) Parents should have some say in what their child sees or doesn’t see. I think anyone under the age of 15 should probably steer clear of this show because the situations would be above their current level of experience, and again it is a very graphic show. That said, I do believe it is okay for teens under 17 to see R rated (or TV-MA) programs as long as they and their parents have come to the conclusion that they are ready for it. I won’t lie, I was watching American Horror story and plenty of R-rated movies with sex and violence when I was 16. Because I knew, and my mother knew, that I was mature enough to watch them. It’s a joint effort I think to watch something so emotionally taxing and I wouldn’t see anything wrong with a parent watching the program with their child.

Maybe this is an issue that could be avoided in the future by different parental permissions being set on Netflix accounts. Maybe greater security needs to be implemented for accounts that are used by multiple people in one household so that parents are more aware of the mature content that their children are watching. It’s all just out there on Netflix right now with nothing to block mature shows from younger viewers (as far as I know).

2) With what I said in the previous point, it is a personal choice to watch and/or mature content. As stated above, you have to know that you are ready for it, that you won’t let this fiction affect real life. To hammer in my American Horror Story anecdote, I stopped watching after the premiere of season 5. At that point I was 18 years old, but the content of that premiere episode was a bit too much for me. It was creepy and bloody and sexual and it made me uncomfortable enough to stop watching altogether. I may go back and watch this show again, but at that point I knew I was not ready to continue. At any point during a show or movie, it’s okay to stop watching if you are not comfortable with what is being shown on screen. I think this is SO important to remember.

3) I’ll only briefly touch upon my stance on this next one because it’s similar to those above. Those who are suicidal, depressed or suffer from any of the issues talked about in the show (i.e. suicide, rape, bullying) should be aware that this show may trigger their bad emotions and decide whether they are able to watch the show based on this. Of course this show is going to be difficult to watch for anyone, so those who relate too closely should 100% be aware that it may not be the show for them.

I was disturbed myself as I watched Hannah slit her wrists and bleed out. That was the point. The whole point of the show was to hammer in to our minds the effects of suicide on everyone in a person’s life. In this way, the show-runners and actors did very well. In others, I do have a few criticisms. Continue reading “13 Reasons Why Review”

Shadowhunters Season 2 Episodes 6-10

Alrighty friends! We have reached the winter finale of Shadowhunters season 2 and things are definitely looking up for this series. I’m pretty impressed with the way things are going and how this mid-season finale left us. They’ve kind of breezed right through City of Ashes and changed a lot along the way, kind of adding in elements from the rest of the series and some minor bits from The Infernal Devices that I would rather not have included in the show yet, but I’m not in charge so I can’t make those calls! This post is going to have spoilers about the first half of Shadowhunters season 2, so don’t read any further if you aren’t fully caught up! Some of this may overlap with my thought about the first 5 episodes, but I’m aiming for a more overall thoughts kind of thing here. I am not going to be going through each episode individually, instead I will be touching on each of the major plot points that have been happening this season and my thoughts about them! Continue reading “Shadowhunters Season 2 Episodes 6-10”